As an education major and Japanese minor, Diane Lebowitz '16 has enjoyed making connections with fellow students and local youth with a variety of language and cultural backgrounds through Pacific.
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Elona Wilson '18 explored a lot of options before settling on early childhood education. "Pacific has so many different opportunities," she said.
A family gift allowed Judy Mason '60 to attend Pacific University — and it changed her world. Mason has given back to Pacific for the past 20 years, hoping to create the same opportunities for others.
Mandi Feucht '09, MEd '14 earned her bachelor's degree and teaching credentials in four years at Pacific University. The local teacher took part in a Q&A with Pacific about her experience.
Two Pacific alumni found each other — and a shared love of education — in Pacific's Master of Arts in Teaching Program.
Fourteen members of the extended Smith family have attended Pacific University over three generations. The Boxer Spirit is in their blood.
"The program really just prepares you for the day-to-day challenges of the classroom," said Pacific University alumna Becky Tengs '08, now a teacher at the Forest Grove Community School.
The award will help the university finance a collaborative project to enhance STEM education in six area school districts, including Salem-Keizer, Tigard-Tualatin and Woodburn.
Ralph Watkins '08 is a free spirit. Most recently, his wandering feet and Pacific University teaching degree took him to Shishmaref, Alaska, where he's principal of a small preK-12 school.
"I wouldn't be in the place I am if it wasn't for them," says Clint Rodreick '06, MAT '08.