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Shawn Opfer '19 smiling
The Pacific University student's study plans were "disrupted" by an encounter with computational chemistry. Now he’s using computational chemistry to study the behavior of surfactant compounds, with an eye on real-world uses.
Grad Students Illustration
When we talk about the cost of college, we often think of the four-year undergraduate student. But students seeking advanced degrees like master’s and doctorate degrees — like about half of all Pacific students — also are a huge part of the student debt conversation.
Donor-supported funds augment the revenue from tuition, allowing the university to provide more discounts and scholarships for students.
Charli Elliot sitting on grass with a book
Creative writing major and basketball player Charli Elliott '19 will deliver a commencement address — then go on to Taiwan to teach English as a second language.
Kelsi Roth Pictured smiling
A creative writing major, Roth has tackled difficult subjects in her original works. “I hope that it opens up people’s minds and I hope that it makes people laugh,” said Roth, who says she employs “dark humor” to deal with sensitive subjects.
Keilian MacCulloch Smiling
Keilian MacCulloch '19 fell in love with chemistry at Pacific University. After conducting research in the lab, he hopes to earn a PhD and spend his career in chemistry.
Dr. Bernard Brown Pictured Smiling
After Bernard Brown '49, OD '50 earned a Purple Heart and his way home from the European Theater in World War II, he pursued a lifelong career in optometry with a degree from Pacific University. Now, he's helping other veterans follow him into the profession.
A retired educator and speech pathologist, Steve Dustrude '73 has invested in student success, in and out of the classroom. He's been a leader in Oregon's education system and an advocate for student support at Pacific University.
Dr. Burch-Pesses Conducting students
Pacific's music program is at a crescendo! The Music Department now boasts more than 100 students, up from about 30 a decade ago. With new offerings in music therapy and music education, the Music Department is on tempo for a new era of success.
Daintry Bartoldus with Alice.
As executive administrator of the Hawai`i Council on Developmental Disabilities, Daintry Bartoldus '88 spends her working hours ensuring support for vulnerable members of her community. But outside of work, she goes even further, taking in neighbors and lifting up those in need.

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