Samuel Arbital celebrated the 55th anniversary of his home-office practice fitting of contact lenses in Plainview, N.Y.
Robert Casteel and his wife, Barbara Pelton Casteel ’56, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary March 23, 2014. They received the Pacific University Outstanding Alumni Award in 1986. Bob is a professor emeritus in speech and hearing sciences at Portland State University. Barbara is a retired insurance company executive.
Chuck Olson was part of the featured barbershop quartet, The Aliens, at the 68th annual All-Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest in Forest Grove in March. The Aliens have competed in the barbershop quartet contest 32 times and have performed all over the United States and Canada.
Jerry Kalapus was named to the Reynolds School (Fairview, Ore.) District Hall of Fame in November 2013. Kalapus taught at Reynolds High School from 1961 to 1965 and still substitutes in the district. His boys’ tennis teams won numerous conference titles over several decades. In 2012, he was named Oregon’s Substitute Teacher of the Year. He is married to Suzanne (Richards) Kalapus ’60.
Patricia (Laws) Conrad has resumed playing her clarinet after 50 years. She has joined the Portland Community Winds Band. She is a retired high school math and English as a second language teacher.
Jarunee (Toktaeng) Chantraparnik and her store, Toys Unique, which closed in February, were featured in a story in the Washington Post. The Potomac, Md., store offered a variety of specialty toy items — no toy guns — and catered
to a wealthy clientele.
Kathleen (Morgan) Ferrando retired as a principal and is now working at a San Francisco area university supervising student teachers and teaching an online class. She and her husband Al run a church thrift shop and volunteer at the Petaluma Visitors Center one day a week. They enjoy walking their dog, Dante, and enjoying the area near their home in the Petaluma Hills north of San Francisco.
Gordon Woods ’74, OD ’75 is now retired in Jacksonville, Fla.
Max Miura retired from the Department of Education of Hawai’i in June 2012 after more than 33 years teaching. He wrestled for Pacific University from 1975 to 1977 and still officiates high school wrestling in Hawai’i and occasionally in Oregon.
Carol (Pritchett) Riggs has signed a contract with Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot Books for her debut sci-fi novel, The Body Institute, to release in January 2015. It explores society, body image and identity and involves a teen whose mind is downloaded into overweight clients to help them lose weight.
Frank Giardina ’83, OD ’86 is the optometric director at Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc. He also is an adjunct professor of optometry at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., and his clinic serves as an externship site. He was appointed to the California State Board of Optometry by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013.
Terry J. “TJ” Lantz OD, a colonel in the U.S. Army, is relocating to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he will be stationed in the Office of the Chief, Medical Service Corps. He has served 25 years in the Army in postings including Korea, Germany and several bases in the U.S. He is assistant corps chief for clinical sciences for the Medical Service Corps, chief of Army optometry and consultant to the Surgeon General.
Shaun Hearn earned a master’s degree in library and information science at Drexel University.
Deb Park is a learning strategist at Medicine Hat College in Alberta, Canada, and is a doctoral candidate in education at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore.
Frank Johnson, former Pacific wrestling coach, is the coach of the men’s and women’s wresting program at Warner Pacific College in Portland. Johnson coached at Pacific from 1997 to 2002 and is credited with starting the women’s wrestling program. He later worked at Forest Grove High School, where he coached six state champions. He is married Tammara R. Johnson ’91, MAT ’92.
Rachel (Fennimore) Glancy recently moved with her husband, Patrick Glancy, and son, Caleb Clancy, to the Sunshine Coast of Australia. She earned a doctor of dental medicine degree from Oregon Health Science University in 1995 and a certificate in orthodontics in 1998.
Kimberley (Dodson) Andresen is the owner and marketing account manager for The AndresenGroup, a graphic and print design company in Eagle Point, Ore.
Stephen Kelson completed a master’s of divinity degree and is now a hospital chaplain at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. He lives in Beaverton, Ore. with his wife, Jennifer (Roberts) Kelson ’94, and four children.
Kathy Miles MAT ’95 was honored by the Lakeview (Ore.) Soroptimist Club with the Ruby Award. Miles heads the Lake County Youth Mentor Program. She is branch director of the Treasure Valley Community College and a member of the National Council for Economic Education.She teaches at Lakeview High School.
Aaron Ross and Dina Trueheart '96 welcomed daughter Skylar on Dec. 17, 2013. Ross is an ergonomics specialist at Boston’s Partners Healthcare.
Katie (Putnam) Cole ’98, DPT ’01 and husband Shad welcomed daughter Jessie Lynn on May 2, 2013. She joins brother Morgan.
Rena Dunbar MAT and Marty Smith MAT were awarded the Peace Educator of the Year Award in May by the Nobel Peace Laureate Project. The grassroots organization, based in Eugene, Ore., promotes peace by honoring and inspiring peacemakers. Dunbar teaches atSpencer Butte Middle School and Smith teaches at Roosevelt Middle School, both in Eugene.
Erica (Long) Sawyer is a counselor at Riverside Living in Wood Village, Ore., where she practices art therapy.
Denise Giesbers received the Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion Award at the National Institute For Study of Transfer Students conference in February 2014.
Audrey Owens MSPT and husband Neville Kodkani welcomed son Kian on Nov. 12, 2013.
Audrey (Fields) Grube OD and husband Thomas J. Grube welcomed son Thomas James David Grube on Nov. 25, 2013. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20 inches. He joins big sister Anabelle Eva Marie, age 2. Annabelle was born Oct. 4, 2011, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 ¼ inches.
Stephanie (Zimmerman) Davis and husband Jacob welcomed son Eric Joseph on Dec. 18, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches.
Mike Okouchi was recently interviewed on the Lifetime Channel about the Better Body System. He is a chiropractor in Irvine, Calif
Sara (Thornton) Hendrickson and husband Matthew welcomed daughter Quinn Emmerie Hendrickson on Jan. 18, 2014. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.
Joe Balash is the youngest member ever appointed commissioner of the Alaska Department of National Resources. He was featured in the March 2, 2014, edition of the Alaska Journal of Commerce for his role working for the state of Alaska on a prospective multi-billion dollar gas project.