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Lorraine Basch and her parents
Lorraine Basch ‘17 has covered a lot of territory since she graduated from Pacific University. And she’s just getting started.
Ashley Martin
Ashley Martin '20, MBA '21 cruised directly from her Pacific University undergraduate degree in economics into the university's MBA program. The experience has taught her much about the world of work, professional networks, and friendships.
Tim Tran in front of a house
Tim and Cathy Tran struggled to survive after the fall of South Vietnam but overcame challenges to reach America, where they flourished.
Anna Meiners MA '11 in her office
The broad-based shift from the office to remote workspaces may have forever altered the balance between employers and employees.
Teacher Tim Foster on a Zoom call
Remote learning, along with changing pandemic protocols, took a toll on students and teachers. And they’re still navigating the uncertainty.
Globe Illustration
Charlas Comunitarias sobre el Bienestar y la Salud Emocional, a program led partly by Ruth Zúñiga, went online during the pandemic and reached a global audience of 15,000 viewers.
Elona Wilson '18 in Portland
Elona Wilson '18 took her undergraduate degree and ran with it, breaking a family cycle of poverty and addiction on her way to becoming a respected leader of Next Up, a Portland, Ore.,-based nonprofit.
Martha Mendez '21 in front of high school
As a child, Méndez Bolaños ’21 attended a school in Hillsboro where she struggled to keep up with classes requiring English. Now she teaches English language learners in the same school.
Kelsey Schweitzer '11 and friends on a mountaintop
Kelsey Schweitzer ʼ11 attended Pacific University with hopes to become a marine biologist. She dreamed of studying wildlife to find ways to promote the health of the environment and mankind. Eight years later, she had her heart set on going to law school.
Kenny Long MAT '19
Kenny Long MAT '19 chose the Pacific University master of arts in teaching in special education program in part because it was quick and flexible.

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