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Barbara was a shy PK (preacher's kid) from the big city of Los Angeles.
A 29-year career culminating in the Office of the Surgeon General started with optometry school at Pacific. “Pacific was, and still is, a small school where, instead of being a number, you can become an individual," said Col. John Pyle OD '64. "I had a really good time there.”
Becky Tengs smiling
"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.
Kelsey met her long-time boyfriend, Jeremy, during a freshman orientation ice-breaker.
Her hand tapped the microphone as she began to speak about the importance of hula to a culture where it is not commonly practiced. Her voice sang the words of her hula expressions, and her movements suggested the beauty that followed.
Each year, alumni celebrate milestones by gathering with their classmates at Homecoming. Among the top milestones is induction into the Golden Guard. 
A junior from Roseburg, Gegenhuber hopes to earn either a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry or an MD. 
Young children pictured studying together.
Pacific's part-time route to a master of arts in teaching allowed Tristin Jarmer MAT '12 to earn her degree, become a teacher and start helping bilingual students at Hillsboro's Reedville Elementary School begin their route to college and making their dreams come true.
Melissa Lowery '09
Melissa Lowery '09 debuts her feature-length documentary, "Black Girl in Suburbia," about the experience of growing up black in suburban Oregon.
Pacific University helped launch George Long '63 on a 38-year career in weapons and defense — plus, the Athletic Hall of Fame inductee is still playing tennis.

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