Philanthropy News

Gifts to Pacific University leave a lasting legacy in the students and programs they support.

Katie Lightcap '18: 'Being a Boxer Has Pushed Me'

“I love Pacific and am so grateful I will be able to get my degree from a place that has so quickly become a second home.”

College of Optometry Awards First Bleything Fund for Faculty Development Award

Pacific University College of Optometry Professor Kenneth Eakland is the first-ever recipient of the Bleything Fund for Faculty Development award for faculty scholarship.

Pacific Athletic Facility Renamed Ledbetter Field

Ledbetter Field will be officially dedicated at Homecoming on Oct. 7 in honor of the generosity of Pacific University Trustee Kim Ledbetter and his wife Barb.

Sweet Rehabilitation

An endowed faculty grant allowed Pacific University Associate Professor Rik Lemoncello to launch the project of his dreams: a bakery that helps people with traumatic brain injuries return to work and fun. Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop opened in Summer 2017, offering hands-on experience for students in Pacific's speech-language pathology program.

Pharmacy Professor John Harrelson Awarded More Than $375,000 to Research New Therapies for Tobacco Addiction

The National Institutes of Health grant will fund research to evaluate a dietary agent, cinnamaldehyde, as a prototype for new orally-administered tobacco cessation agents.

Professor Nancy Neudauer Receives Simons Foundation Award

Dr. Neudauer awarded $35,000 to support collaborative research project “Matroids in an International Research Community: generating new researchers.”

Pacific University Legends Salutes Tommy Thayer and Generates More than $500,000 to Support Athletics and Music

The annual event hosted by KISS guitarist and university trustee Tommy Thayer concludes its 10-year run.

Philosophy of Glub

Pacific is paying tribute to retiring Philosophy Professor Dave Boersema’s career and influence on students with the Philosophy Book Fund. 

Doug Weberling '72, OD '74 Named Recipient of 2016 Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist

Dr. Weberling received the honor at Pacific's spring commencement on May 21.

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Class of 2016 Valedictorian Bruno Gegenhuber

The biology major from Roseburg graduated summa cum laude on May 21 and is one of two students to have received a Fulbright award this year.

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