Hui (Team) | Hawaiʻi Outreach & Programming
Edna K. (Doar) Gehring BS ’70, MSEd ’72, has worked at Pacific University since 1983, starting in the admissions office, recruiting students from Hawaiʻi.
She was the Director of the Underserved in Sight Health Careers Opportunity Program for the College of Optometry, and recruited students from Micronesia, Guam, American Samoa, and Native American students. She was also the Director of Multicultural Services and Learning Support Services (LSS) for Students with Disabilities at Pacific. “Aunty Edna” has been the Advisor for Nā Haumāna O Hawaiʻi (NHOH), Pacific’s Hawaiʻi Club since 1983; promoting the spirit of the islands and the ʻohana dynamics among all students interested in the history and culture of Hawaiʻi. On May 10, 2000, she was recognized for her outstanding devotion to Pacific University’s community with the University Service Award, as the Director of LSS, Multicultural Services, Wellness Education and as the Advisor to Nā Haumāna O Hawaiʻi. In addition, she was the recipient of the David and Sandy Lowe Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2005 for her significant contributions of time, service, and talents to Pacific University.
Edna is now the Director of the Hawaiʻi Outreach and Programming Office, which was established in 2014.
The Hawaiʻi Outreach and Programming’s office workers are comprised of students ranging from freshmen to seniors.
Together, these individuals help to manage the office and assist Aunty Edna with various tasks. Year-round, they communicate with students and parents and answer questions regarding HOP, NHOH, and Lūʻau.
They also collaborate with NHOH to create programs and events that coincide with the office’s mission.