Meet the Staff

The Orientation staff is here to welcome you!

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Denise Price-Giesbers

Denise Price-Giesbers ‘00

Director of Orientation, Office of Transfer Student Services, Greek Life, Veteran Services, and Pacific Information Center

Major | Music, Emphasis on 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.

Janalei Chun

Janalei Chun

Aloha! I’m Janalei Chun, also known as, “Aunty Jana” on campus. I’m originally from Hilo, Hawai’i and graduated from Pacific University in 1989 with a BA in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1997. I was an elementary school teacher for 28 years and am blessed to be back at Pacific as the Director of Hawaiʻi Outreach and Programming, and also the Advisor of Nā Haumāna O Hawaiʻi. My main focus is to support the students from the 50th state, but am thrilled to be able to join the Orientation team to welcome you to the Boxer ‘Ohana! See you soon!


Evangeline Van

Evangeline Van '15

Hello, my name is Evangeline Van, and I graduated from Pacific with a BA in Integrated Media and Business Administration-Marketing. While in undergrad, I worked for various university offices, held numerous student leadership positions, and went on tour to Taiwan with the Chamber Singers Choir. My time as a Boxer was filled with so many opportunities to discover what I love and I am so excited for you to find your passions as well! Since graduation, I have worked in various positions within higher education and have been working as an Art Director for a media company. This year, I’m excited to be joining the Orientation Team; Pacific University has such a special place in my heart and I am so excited for Pacific to become your home and community!

Kate Ward

Kathleen Ward ‘22

Hi friends! My name is Kathleen Ward, though most people call me Kate. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I am from the small city of Troutdale, OR which is just a short drive or max ride from the heart of Portland. I graduated from Pacific this last spring with my Bachelor of Arts in Education and a minor in theatre. I will be starting Pacific’s Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program this fall before becoming an elementary school teacher. During my time in undergrad, extracurricular activities were a huge part of my experience at Pacific and are what made it as special as it was. I was a student leader in both my own Sorority of Theta Nu Alpha and also the Pacific University Greek Senate (PUGS for short). I was a member of the Teacher’s Alliance club, and I acted in and worked on props and costumes for a few plays. I also worked for the Orientation Office and the Office of Transfer Student Support Services. These leadership roles and incredible groups that I got to be a part of have shaped me into the boxer I am. I also love strawberries and sunflowers, rainy days inside, and being with the people that I love. I am honored to be working with Orientation again to welcome home our new and returning boxers!

Jazz Burns

Jazz Burns

Hello everyone! My name is Jazz Burns and I am a current senior from the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. I am majoring in Public Health with hopes of obtaining my Masters in Healthcare Administration from the Pacific University graduate program. I am involved in multiple clubs here on campus such as Greek Life (I am the VP of the Alpha Kappa Delta Sorority, VP of Programming for the Pacific University Greek Senate or PUGS for short, and a member of the Order of Omega the National Greek Honors Society), Nā Haumana ʻO Hawaiʻi (Hawaiʻi Club), and Girl Gains (all female weightlifting club)! I also work as an Undergraduate Admissions Rep where I give tours to prospective students, input data and act as a student receptionist (some of you may have been on one of my tours!). I am also a current First Year Seminar or FYS mentor for the Global Scholars program so some of you may be my mentees in that class. This will be my second year mentoring with the FYS program and my third year being a mentor here on campus for various other programs (Mentor Collective, NHOH Peer Mentor, etc). I enjoy traveling/exploring new places, eating lots of good food, and making new memories with friends and family. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the 2022 Orientation Team and want to be one of the first to welcome you to our Boxer family!

Wendy Fargo

Wendy Fargo BSW ‘22

Hey everyone! My name is Wendy Fargo and I use she/her pronouns. I earned my undergraduate degree in social work from Pacific (May 2022) and this year I will be in the advanced standing class of 2023 for the Masters in Social Work program. I am a member of the Phi Kappa Theta and Phi Alpha honor sororities.I am also a member of the American Association of University Women.

Being a non-traditional transfer student from Portland Community College who commutes to campus everyday from Newberg, Oregon, I wanted to get involved in campus life and that is how I became a staff member at the Center for Gender Equity. This next year I will chair the Gender Equity Committee, I am also involved with the Office for Transfer Students and love being able to connect with students who are new to our campus and to the college experience!

I’m really excited to be a part of the Orientation Team for the 22-23 school year and even more excited to be able to connect with our new students, YOU!

Jillian Lamb

Jillian Lamb

Hello there! My name is Jillian Lamb and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I come from Happy Valley, Oregon, which is about an hour away. I’m a senior at Pacific University and am majoring in Bioinformatics and minoring in Mathematics. My major involves a number of science classes that help prepare students for invigorating computer science and biology work. My goal is to work in a cancer research department, but for now I’m thrilled to get started on the research for my bioinformatics capstone. On the other hand, I love comics, going on walks, and rootbeer. In fact, I am often spotted in the University Center acquiring a rootbeer from the market to get me through the day, but students taking biology classes may see me around! I’ve had the honor of being a TA for introductory biology classes and will be doing so again this year. I’m involved in some of the communities here, such as ASL club and Greek Life. I have student leadership positions in the Pacific University Greek Senate and the Theta Nu Alpha sorority. I can’t express enough how much I love Pacific and the homey feeling I got when I first arrived. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had in orientation, and can’t wait to work again to welcome more Boxers!

Nancy Vidal

Nancy Vidal

Hello, my name is Nancy Vidal, and my pronouns are She/her. I am originally from Guanajuato, Mexico but I grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon. I graduated from Portland Community College in the Spring of 2021 before transferring to Pacific University in the Fall of 2021. I am a first-generation college student, I am a senior this year majoring in Social Work with a minor in Psychology of well-being. In my free time, I like to go on walks and spend time with my dog (Casper). I also really enjoy spending time with my family whether that is watching a movie or having a big family gathering. I enjoy going out to eat and explore new places with my friends. I like the outdoors so I try to spend as much time out as I can outside and be active. I have recently helped organize Boxer Thrift and Borders and Borders & Belonging Migration Symposium this past spring semester. It has been very rewarding working with the Pacific Community, which is why I am very excited to be working with the orientation team this year!


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