Reunion and Homecoming Weekend are upon us. What do you remember of your Pacific experience?Jessica Cornwell '10
What do you remember about your time at Pacific University?
It could be a professor or staff member who taught you the one thing that opened a door you’d never heard of before. Or, maybe it’s an event that inspired, amused or amazed you.
Did you once have possession of Boxer? Did the University dedicate a new building while you were enrolled? Was it long nights of studying, Greek life, favorite classes, performances or walking across the stage at graduation?
Maybe you weren’t a student at Pacific, but your parent or child was. What was it like watching him or her see Marsh Hall for the first time during the orientation tour? And what was it like when they gave you the tour?
That’s what Homecoming and Reunion is all about: returning to the campus you remember, discovering new things that weren’t there before, and catching up with those who are returning from your class year and others while sharing the Boxer spirit with loved ones.
There’s still time to join us on the Forest Grove campus if you haven’t already made your plans. Whether you’re able to visit or are with us in spirit, read on to hear from parents, members of the classes of 2001, 1986 and 1961 as they share their excitement about returning to the campus and the people they remember.
Visit pacificu.edu/homecoming to register for Homecoming and Family Weekend.
10-Year Reunion: Class of 2001
Azizi Dunston ’01 can’t wait for Reunion. Not only is she co-chair for her reunion class, she is thrilled to hear about the changes and growth that have occurred on campus and is looking forward to seeing them for herself. “I’m excited to see the new buildings on campus,” she said. “I hear there’s a football team, too!”
Campus might have changed, but she believes it’s the same old Pacific University; she hopes to see all her favorite professors and to catch up and reconnect with old friends. After all, “Ten years is not a long time in the grand scheme of things. But it’s long enough.”
25-Year Reunion: Class of 1986
For Tom Barreto ’84, O.D. ’86, the connections made at Pacific University last a lifetime. During his seven years at the University, he worked as a photographer for the Office of Public Affairs; he still visits with Charlotte Filer, the former editor of Pacific Today. “She lives in McMinnville now,” he says. “We have breakfast together every month.”
At his practice, Eyes on Broadway, some of his staff members are Pacific alumni. Both graduate and undergraduate students shadow him in his work. “I still frequently talk with many of my friends from Pacific and visit with former professors,” he added.
50-Year Reunion: Class of 1961
Despite the radical changes on campus since 1961, when he graduated from Pacific University with a degree in journalism, Bob Dernedde ’61 still enjoys visiting his old haunts. Along with classmates Jerry Frye and Janie Stein Kershaw, he’s encouraging his graduating class to raise funds, with a goal of $25,000. “As of now, the money will go into scholarships for Pacific University students,” he said.
The biggest changes on campus he has seen are the new buildings. “Back then, we had Marsh, McCormick, Herrick and the old gym. Walter had just opened in my freshman year,” he said.