News, Media and Stories | Winter 2020

National Honor Roll for Voting
The Student Voting Honor Roll recognizes American colleges that develop action plans to bolster student voter registration, and it ranks the schools based on their student voter registration rate. Pacific ranked 122 in the country and is the only Oregon university on the 2020 list.
Nationally Ranked University
The university ranked in the top half of all its peers nationwide and also was named among the country's Best Value Schools and Best Colleges for Veterans.
Bali scene
Pacific University undergraduates now have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the world through the new Global Scholars Program. Starting with a first-year seminar and companion travel experience, participating students will complete a set of requirements focused on international and diverse perspectives, mastering a second language, studying or interning abroad, and finally integrating global learning into the senior capstone. 
Classroom presentation
Pacific University is embarking on a coordinated program to increase support for undergraduate students under a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Sign on door of Boxer Makerspace
Pacific University recently completed its most successful year of giving in school history, with donors contributing gifts and pledges totaling more than $14.4 million between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.
Abigail Schmidt performs with the Pacific Dance Ensemble from a distance
While Pacific University students were scattered this spring by the spread of COVID-19, many campus events were canceled, including the popular spring concert by the Pacific Dance Ensemble. Yet the dancing went on. Pacific Director of Dance Jennifer Camp, switching to virtual instruction, asked dancers to make videos of themselves performing aspects of choreography they’d learned. 
Music student Leiana Petlewski playing the cello
A music scholarship at Pacific opened artistic doors for Leiana Petlewski ’21 and helped ignite her creative passion. She plays the cello in the symphonic orchestra and is a member of the dance ensemble. Now a junior, Petlewski is majoring in applied theatre and dance.

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