Serving in the Air Force set Karen Mae Manalo PharmD ’21, MBA ’21 on a course she couldn't have charted on her own.
As we mark Veterans Day today, we pause to acknowledge those who have put on a uniform in service of the United States.
Chris Walker ’21 received the Pacific University College of Arts & Sciences Dean of Students Award.
For Irisa Grimes ’17, OTD ’20 the sky is the limit. Grimes is passionate about veterans’ health, social justice, healthcare equity and intersectionality. We first introduced you to Grimes in 2017. Read more about what this outstanding alumna has been up to since then.
Today, on Veterans Day, we pause to acknowledge those who have put on a uniform for this country. But this is not the only day that veterans need or deserve our thanks and attention.
From Pacific to the Frontlines: Pacific Optometry Professor Responds to COVID-19 with Kansas Air Guard
Pacific optometry alumnus and professor Bill Hefner OD ‘96, MEd ‘97 is a commander in the Kansas Air National Guard. He played a key role in the state’s response to the spread of COVID-19.
For Chris Walker ’21, Nov. 11 is more than just his birthday — it is also a time to remember his nearly six years of service in the United States Marine Corps. Read about his experience in Afghanistan, and at Pacific University.
Jon Larson '14 plays for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. He majored in music education at Pacific, and serves as a piano instrumentalist, team leader, arranger and is also in charge of staging for the band.
Listen to Willard “Wid” Bleything ’51, OD ’52, MS ’54 Share Oral History on Service as Air Force Optometrist
Willard “Wid” Bleything ’51, OD ’52, MS ’54 earned three degrees from Pacific University on his way to becoming an optometrist. He served in the Air Force and Air Reserves, retiring as a colonel, and he also worked in private practice for many years before eventually returning to Pacific, where he became the dean of the College of Optometry.
The university's Veterans Resource Center, and new scholarships for Pacific student-veterans, were made possible by a World War II veterans who believes strongly in the importance of education.