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NO BUTTS ABOUT IT | Pacific University is now a 100 percent smoke-free environment. On May 31, in conjunction with World No Tobacco Day, Pacific’s updated Smoke-Free Tobacco Policy went into effect. Smoking of any kind is prohibited on all university-owned or controlled grounds, including indoor and outdoor areas and parking lots in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene, Woodburn, Portland and Hawai‘i. Use of any tobacco product, including smokeless chew, is prohibited on the Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn campuses and locations in Portland. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, and the updated policy is designed to provide the healthiest possible environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors. Pacific joins more than 1,100 colleges and universities that have implemented tobacco-free policies.

TEACH THEM WELL | The Pacific University Early Learning Community will expand its preschool and kindergarten offerings to include first grade in Fall 2015. The ELC is a demonstration site that provides early childhood education for families in the Forest Grove area while also offering students the opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience. Undergraduate and master’s level teaching candidates gain practicum experience in the ELC, and the College of Education partners with several other university programs, including undergraduate psychology, exercise science, speech-language pathology and optometry.

ON BOARD | The Pacific University Board of Trustees has welcomed five new members to its ranks in 2015. New independent trustees include Dan James ’87, vice president of public affairs and marketing of PNGC Power; Cameron Perry ’65, who spent 25 years as an advertising executive with The Oregonian then launched Cam’s Coffee Company; and Martin Moll, a Pacific parent and partner at AKT, a professional services firm of advisors, independent CPAs and business consultants. James Butler, a member of Pacific’s physics faculty, has been elected one of two university faculty representatives on the board, and Josie Kochendorfer ’17, a creative writing and psychology major, is the new undergraduate student representative.

SPRUCING UP CAMPUS | University facilities are continuing to improve this summer with several construction projects. University Avenue on the north side of the Forest Grove Campus is scheduled to be improved to address driver access and pedestrian safety and to add on-street parking to campus. Price and Strain halls will be remodeled to better serve students in the natural sciences with new classrooms and labs. Scott Hall will get new classrooms and study pods, as well as restrooms and a new elevator. Two residences will be upgraded with new paint, flooring, appliances, and more. Additionally, the university will add locker rooms and a rowing practice facility on Sunset Drive.

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