News, Media and Stories | Fall 2023

Vámonos Outside participants tubing in snow
Aunque la naturaleza tiene sus puertas abiertas para todos, el racismo, la segregación y la accesibilidad han hecho que esa invitación no les llegue a muchas personas. Conozcan a tres exalumnos de Pacific University, Wesley Heredia ‘15, Punneh Abdolhosseini ‘14 y Brad Bafaro ‘80, MAT ‘86, que están haciendo su mejor esfuerzo para que las actividades al aire libre sean más accesibles para todos, al crear oportunidades de inclusión y conexión.
Kayaks On The Willamette River During An Adventures Without Limits Trip
Through Adventures Without Limits, which he founded in 1995, Brad Bafaro '80 MAT '86 provides avenues for those with physical and mental disabilities to experience the outdoors. 
Through her work with Metro, the Portland area's regional government, Punneh Abdolhosseini '14 works to redefine modern definitions of connecting to the land.
Wesley Heredia Sitting On Bench On Pacific University Forest Grove Campus
Through his work with the Deschutes County non-profit, Vamanos Outside, Wesley Heredia '15 works to open the outdoors up to the area's growing Laxinx population.
Gordon Haller Illustration
The world's most famous triathlon is the Ironman World Championship in Hawai'i. The event's first champion, Gordon Haller '72, emerged first of a small field that competed in the inaugural event.
Rob DeCou Riding Recumbent Bicycle
Rob DeCou likes pushing his body to the limits and uses his participation in endurance sports to raise money for a number of humanitarian causes.
Satan's Pilgrims Playing The Milky Way
For Pacific students in the 1990s and 2000s, the Milky Way was to place to be in Forest Grove for concerts, movies, outdoor adventures and a good cup of coffee.
A love of running has taken AK Freeland MFA '20 around the world, providing incredible experiences and subject matter for her creative outlets.
Kelsey Graczyk '19 long dreamed of working for the National Park Service. Now she helps tell the story of the parks as a visual communications specialist.
In his role as a biological wildlife technician at Hawai'i's Haleakalā National Park, Josh Higa '19 is helping to preserve populations of two of the islands' iconic and endangered birds.