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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington Monthly has named Pacific a "Best College for Student Voting" list, which measures how well institutions encourage their students to vote.
Frank Giardina ’83, OD ’86 is the optometric director of Community Health Centers of the Central Coast Inc., in Califorina.
Richard “Rick” Snyder ’81 became the new principal for Winchester (Ore.) Elementary School, the school he attended as a child.
Jeffrey “Jeff” Grundon ’80 and Patrick “P.K.” Higa ’94 organized a free workshop called College Prep 101 that was held at King Kekaulike High School in Pukalani, Hawai’i.