Meet the Staff

Orientation Staff 2017

Denise Price-Giesbers ‘00 | Director: Orientation, Office of Transfer Student Services, and Pacific Information Center

Major: Music with an emphasis in vocal performance
Minor: Art
Year: 2000
Hometown: Ontario, OR

My Pacific Story | I was a transfer student. When I decided to transfer I had visited, registered for classes, bought a sweatshirt, and a bumper sticker—all for another university. My mom was adamant that I needed to visit at least one other institution. One of my high school teachers had been talking to me about Pacific for a couple of years, as his middle son was a current student and his youngest son (who was in my class) was looking at attending there as well. He kept insisting that Pacific would be a good fit for me. 

I was scheduled to be in this area for state solo and ensemble festival so I figured why not, it doesn’t hurt to go visit and get them off my back. We arrived on campus in the pouring down rain, yet on the campus tour I realized this is where I was supposed to be. For the record, I detest the rain with a passion. But I truly appreciated that people knew each other, took the time to say hello, and seemed to care about their peers. I would not be another number but a part of a community that I now know as the Pacific family.

Advice for Incoming Students | Your experience at Pacific is what you make it. If you go to class and go back to your room, that is an experience, but not one I would recommend. 

If you go to class, get involved with a club or organization, join a study group, etc…that is a much more enriching experience. The outside the classroom experience is designed to enhance and put into practice everything you are learning inside the classroom. You may not realize it now but in 5, 10, maybe 15+ years from now, you will realize just how important creating your own experience and all that you learned outside the classroom really was.

Advice for Family Members | You did it!  You have successfully supported your student through their first steps (and the many more that followed) in their educational career.  Now you become their support system, most likely from a distance, as they continue their journey of exploration to further their academics in pursuit of a career they are passionate about. The process of learning how to be supportive of their decisions when it isn’t exactly how you want them to do it can be very difficult.  Just remember, you raised them to be who they are. Trust that you did your job well and when they need you, you will be there.    

Shania Hall | Freshman Coordinator

Hey, my name is Shania Hall and I am going into my third year here at the beautiful Pacific University. I am from Willamina, OR and am a Pre-Dental Hygiene major with just a few classes left on the Forest Grove campus before heading to the Hillsboro campus in Fall of 2018. While here at Pacific, I have been involved in the Alpha Kappa Delta sorority as the New Member Coordinator for two years and also as the Public Relations Coordinator for one. I have also been involved in the Rainbow Coalition as the Public Relations Coordinator. I have held work study positions in the Sports Information Department and also currently as a Student Life receptionist. I am so excited to work as an Orientation Coordinator with my wonderful team to make the transitions as smooth, fun and welcoming as possible for the incoming new students.

Kawita Kaur | Transfer Coordinator

Hello, my name is Kawita Kaur and I am a recent graduate  and I am from Ashland, OR. While enrolled I majored in Biology as a pre-med undergraduate. During my time at Pacific University I held a work-study position as an office manager for the Assistant Director of Social Science, been an orientation POD leader for two years, and  have played an active role in a variety of clubs which include; Anthropology club, Biology club, and Pre-med club. I feel incredibly honored to serve as a returning Orientation Coordinator in 2017 and am excited to work alongside my fellow boxers in providing the best orientation possible.

Michelle Brown | Family Coordinator

Hello! My name is Michelle Brown and I am a senior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am majoring in Exercise Science (the Integrative Physiology track) and minoring in Psychology. I am the secretary for the Exercise Science club and the Pre-Physical Therapy club, a lead caller for the Pacific University Phonathon and a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology. During my time at Pacific, I have been the Multimedia and Marketing Coordinator for the Residence Hall Association, a caller for Phonathon, and a volunteer at the Oregon SHAPE conference. Off campus I have worked to build homes with Habitat for Humanity and I currently volunteer to build my hours of physical therapy observation. I am so blessed to have the opportunity be an Orientation Coordinator and work with the orientation team to make 2017’s orientation the best one yet! 

Corey Hedger | Freshman Coordinator

Hello, my name is Corey Hedger and I am a senior from Oregon City, OR. I’m majoring in History with a double minor in Comparative Religion and Asian studies. During my time at Pacific, I have held a work-study position at the Office of Admissions as an Admissions Counselor Assistant and as a receptionist, I am currently an active player on the handball team, and I have been involved with an assortment of clubs on campus which include: history club, intramural sports, public health club, Boxer tour guide, and Boxer Radio. I have also served as Orientation Ambassador for the past two years. I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as an Orientation Coordinator and I am very excited to work with the team to make this year’s orientation the best orientation of them all!