Aug. 22, 2013
New students arrive on Pacific's Forest Grove Campus ready for a new year. Take a peek at what they couldn't leave home without.
What’s the one thing you absolutely need to bring when moving into a college residence hall?
“Probably all of my electronics,” said Malynda Taylor '17 of Beaverton, who was among the hundreds of students returning to Pacific University’s Forest Grove Campus on Thursday.
Several students agreed, including Kyle Cochran '17 of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Victor Kaidan '17 of Beaverton and Charles Morse '17 of Forest Grove, who all said “laptop.”
Morse, who plans to join Pacific’s swim team, quickly added “swimsuit” to his must-have list.
Others had different thoughts on what they needed for the coming year:
* “Baby blanket,” said Makayla Cain '17 of Boise, Idaho
* “Play station and a TV,” said Alex McGann '17 from Molalla, Ore.
* “Music” was the choice of Johnathan Miller '17 of Newberg, Ore., who moved three trombones into his residence room
One student, Christopher Johnson '17 of Portland, brought a photo of Martin Luther King Jr.
“It’s been in my room since I was a kid,” he said. “I would not feel right leaving it behind.”
Pacific welcomed incoming freshman and transfer students late this week, along with their families, with a lot of help from 88 orientation ambassadors. The ambassadors, all Pacific students, directed traffic, manned paperwork tents, provided information, lugged suitcases and, in general, helped students get situated in their new homes.
As in the past, orientation programs will be conducted for new students as well as their parents. This year, Pacific also has added a track for teen siblings of new students, said Denise Giesbers ’00, director of orientation, the Office of Transfer Student Services, and the Pacific Information Center (PIC).
“Our goal for orientation is to help you experience the Pacific culture, integrate you into our community, and expose you to the broad opportunities available here at Pacific,” Giesbers said, as she welcomed families to Pacific.
Aiding in the planning and execution of the orientation programs were Angie Surratt, assistant director of the PIC and the Office of Parent and Family Support, and Will Perkins, dean of students. Others helping to coordinate the programs included Conner Cousins ’14, Amber Reid ’14, Heather Silva ’13, Colin Kanewske ’16, Devin Fachko ’14, Hannah Porter ’14, Tiara Herr ’14 and Michelle Wold ’14.