Briefly Noted

News and notes from Pacific University.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION | Pacific University’s rigorous academic programs continue to receive national attention. This fall, the public affairs magazine Washington Monthly ranked Pacific at 19th in the nation — in the top 3 percent — among similarly classified universities. The rankings hinge on student mobility, research and service. Meanwhile, Pacific tied for 25th in the West Region of U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings.

VETERAN HONORS | This fall, Pacific launched a Wall of Honor to recognize members of the Boxer community who serve or have served in the Armed Forces. The online Wall of Honor lists known alumni and employees who are active military, reservists or veterans, with special designation for those killed in action. We recognize that our records are incomplete, so we welcome you to send additional information to

SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP | The Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and university chaplain at Pacific, attended the invitation-only arrival ceremony for Pope Francis at the White House in September. Currie is a long-time advocate for social justice who works at Pacific to create a welcoming environment for students of all faiths. “I have enormous respect for Pope Francis, his welcoming inclusion of all, and his work to bring about peace, economic equality and support for the environment.”

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