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Dr. Ami (Heaton) Halvorson OD ’07 has been awarded the 2013 Pacific University Young Alumni Leadership Award for her professional work in optometry, including in Pacific University’s clinics, her mentorship of optometry students and her volunteer work supporting underserved populations.
The men’s tennis teams of the early 1960s were three-time NAIA District II team champions, winners of the 1964 NWC team championship with a perfect 13-0 record, and participants in the 1963 and 1964 NAIA National Championships.
A stand-out pitcher with Pacific University who caught the eye of scouts and was signed by the Detroit Tigers organization in 1940, Frank Dierickx '41 played five seasons in the minor leagues in between medical school and a two-year stint in the military. He pitched with the Portland Beavers during parts of the 1945 and 1949 seasons while also working as a practicing surgeon.
Key defender on Pacific’s outstanding soccer teams of the mid-1990s, Billy Merck '97, MAED '03 was a two-time First Team All-NWC selection, named First-Team NAIA All-Pacific Northwest Region, and an honorable mention NAIA All-American. He is Pacific’s career record-holder in assists and played four seasons of professional indoor soccer.
One of only two athletes in Pacific history to be named an All-American in two sports: basketball and track and field, DeeDee Arnall '06 was a three-time All-Northwest Conference selection in basketball and graduated as the career record-holder in scoring average and free throws made and attempted.
Pacific University starts the construction of a new residence hall by celebrating with a Groundbreaking Ceremony.
Students, alumni and friends of Pacific University go wild in the Homecoming 2013 photo booth.
Professor Rich Van Buskirk and his students are studying why kestrels, a bird species that's declining nationwide, continue to thrive near Forest Grove, Ore. Read more about their research in the Spring 2014 issue of Pacific magazine.
Judy Zimmerman smiling
Judy (Zimmerman) Glenney ’71 is a pioneer in women’s weightlifting, moving the sport to the international arena and winning along the way.
Kestral in a researchers hand
Kestrels are disappearing worldwide — except in Forest Grove, where they thrive. Through the Pacific University undergraduate research program, one professor and his students are studying the healthy population to find out how they can protect the species elsewhere.

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