When Ruth Gomez '19 told her mother she wanted to go to college, she became her family's "Esperanza" or Hope. With the help of their sacrifices, and critical scholarships, she's on track to be the first in her family to graduate from college
Pacific students and alumni say personal faculty support is what sets Pacific apart. "The opportunities the professors are willing to create for you, and connect with you, are phenomenal," says recent alumna Erin Wilson '05, PharmD '18.
A friend of the university, Fay Littlefield realized a little can go a long way. The mother of an optometry alumna and faculty member, Littlefield has established two endowments to support student success.
An innovative gift to Pacific helped link outreach efforts in optometry and dental hygiene, creating interprofessional care opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience while meeting the critical needs of our communities.
After earning his doctor of pharmacy from Pacific, Peter Agbo PharmD '09 went on to receive a master of public health and a doctor of medicine degree. Today, he spends most of his time at the hospital where he works. But he's also founded a nonprofit organization and takes fellow healthcare providers back home to West Africa annually to serve those without access to healthcare.
Boxer III debuted this fall at Homecoming. The third incarnation of our beloved mascot statue was unveiled as an art piece representing the history, diversity and spirit of Pacific.
Pacific University's Black Student Union was formed in 1967 to give African American students a center of social and political gravity. It later went dormant, but has rebounded again to provide African American students with a sense of community.
In 1970, Khiem "Tim" and Thuy "Cathy" (Trinh) Tran came to Pacific as bright-eyed international students. Less than a decade later, they were refugees. With the help of friends at Pacific, they made it— and today, the successful retirees are saying thank you with perpetual support for the university they love.
To Jahan Asad, Pacific's historic buildings and green lawns have always looked like a fairy tale. Now, Jahan's wish is coming true. This fall, with the help of a scholarship, Jahan will become the first woman in her immediate family to attend college.
With the right education and training, optometrists can save lives. That's why two recently retired College of Optometry professors have created an award to inspire future generations of doctoral students.