From the Abbott Alumni Center

News from the Office of Alumni Relations

Pacific University is constantly growing and changing, but the important things remain the same. Our alumni of every generation tell us how much they value the community of Pacific.

Alumni volunteers are instrumental in creating and maintaining that community, supporting the success of the university, the success of current students, and the relationships that are at the core of the Pacific experience.

This winter, our alumni showed their overwhelming pride by voting for Pacific in a Portland logo contest. In May, our alumni helped surpass our goals by almost double on Boxer Giving Day.

Pacific alumni have risen to the challenge in more subtle ways, too. In the past year, 280 alumni have participated in 324 volunteer positions (44 alumni did double duty). Nearly 50 are working to plan reunions for their classes. More than 20 returned to campus to support students on Senior Projects Day, and 45 have lent their expertise to support students through the Career Development Center.

Members of our Alumni Board of Representatives are especially active in supporting Pacific’s mission.

Joel Lampert ‘05, MA ‘07, PsyD ‘10, incoming board president, helped develop our pilot Alumni Mentor Program.

Steve Dustrude ‘73, now past-president, oversaw the creation of several new chapters and the revision of the Alumni Board Legacy Scholarship.

Ken Colman ’84, president-elect, had an incredibly successful year representing the Puget Sound Chapter and was a star volunteer for Homecoming 2014, arriving a day early and asking to be put to work.

And, Secretary Sara Allender ‘09, who cheerfully helps whenever asked, also serves as president of the Portland-Area Young Alumni Chapter, a big job given that half of all our alumni graduated in the past 15 years.

Finally, there are alumni whose support is quieter, but no less important. They are the alumni who encourage young people to consider a career in optometry, physical therapy, social work, or any of the other fantastic programs offered here.

They are alumni who don their Pacific gear when traveling and spread the Boxer Spirit around the world.

They are alumni who share a fee-waived application with a high school student.

They are the alumni who have shown, time and again, their incredible power to spread the mission and spirit of this place. Keep sharing our mission with all you know and everywhere you go!


Find out how you can get involved in volunteer opportunities with Pacific University.

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