Class Notes

News and updates from Pacific University alumni

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ClassNote_RoloffJohn Roloff has created a scholarship in memory of his father, Harvey J. Roloff ’41. The elder Roloff competed in football, baseball, basketball and track at Pacific, while earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He went on to serve in World War II before completing a master’s degree and becoming a coach at Pacific. He was inducted into Pacific’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. John Roloff created the Harvey J. Roloff Endowed Exercise Science Scholarship Fund for Pedagogy and Coaching in remembrance of his father, mother Eileen Lyons Roloff and sister Judy Lynn Roloff. The fund will provide an annual scholarship to an exercise science major focusing on coaching or teaching. The first award will be granted in Spring 2016.


Daniel Livengood is married and enjoying a family of three children two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.


ClassNote_PikeJerry Jolley ’68, OD ’70, Scott Pike ’68, OD ’70 and Scott’s wife Joene visited the northern Line Islands in Kiribati this winter as part of a mission trip with Pacific Islands Medical Aid, or PIMA. They examined 351 patients, dispensed 268 pairs of eyeglasses, as well as 300 pairs of sunglasses, and identified 82 patients in need of eye surgery, which will be performed by PIMA volunteers. It was the Pikes’ second mission to the islands with PIMA.


Sydney Verry Scarbrough is living outside Fayetteville, Ark., where she has been for the past 10 years. She lost her husband seven years ago, after a 36-year marriage. She is an active member of the Fayetteville Lions Club, having served as president and in other positions. She makes quilts and crochets scarves for the local veterans hospital and is active in her church.


Robert H. Meisel OD was named San Diego County Optometric Society 2014 OD of the Year. A retired Navy Captain, he spent 31 years in active and reserve military service, including duty in the Pentagon and as a special advisor to the Navy Surgeon General. He has traveled to all 50 states and nearly 60 countries, including more than a dozen vision missions with Lions In Sight. He continues to work two days a month for the Veterans Administration following his semi-retirement in 2007. He and his wife, Lois Carlson RN, MEd, live in Alpine, Calif.


ClassNote_OptometrySteven Tronnes OD ’75, Roger Pabst OD ’75 and Robert Collins OD ’75 reunited June 26, 2015, at the American Optometric Association’s 118th Congress in Seattle. The trio celebrated 40 years since graduating from Pacific University’s College of Optometry.


Lisa (Walker) Klupenger had her artwork Magical Landscapes & Other Stories shown at Gallery 135 in Portland this fall.


Blake Timm has spent the last year as co-editor of The Oregon Distance Runner, the quarterly magazine of the Oregon Road Runners Club. It was recognized by the Road Runners Clubs of America as its 2014 Outstanding Club Print Newsletter. Timm spent 16 years as sports information director at Pacific University and is now assistant commissioner for communications for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Becky Weaver received a PhD in American literature from the University of Minnesota in May 2011. She has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship at Georgia Perimeter College-George State starting in Fall 2015.


Niani (Morse) Dunner received a master in public health from Portland State University, which she completed while also working full time at the Oregon Health Authority.


ClassNote_EatonTori Eaton ’05, OT ’12 earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from Pacific University in August. She works in the Pacific School of Occupational Therapy as a clinical instructor focused on community-based practice.

LeRoy Popowski OD and Felicia (Taylor) Popowski OD ’05 welcomed twin boys, Luke Taylor and Levi Ashton on April 28, 2015. Both weighed about 5.5 pounds. They join big brothers Jared, 16, and Zack, 15. LeRoy owns Elite Vision, a private practice in Colorado Springs, and Felicia practices with four MDs and three other ODs at Buckley Vision Eye Institute, a surgical and specialty eye care practice.


Justin Arnold recently accepted a position as a political reporter for the Yomiuri Shimbun’s Washington, D.C., bureau. He will be covering the 2016 election, Congress and the State Department.


Jess (Dunkin) Hamlet graduated from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., with a master of letters degree in Shakespeare and performance. Her thesis project, A Deed Without a Name: Macbeth, Richard III, and the Regicidal Fantasies of Civil War Virginia, won the Andrew Gurr Award for Outstanding Thesis. Jess has begun work on a master of fine arts degree in Shakespeare and Performance at MBC and plans to graduate in May 2016.


ClassNote_OrtizAubrey Ortiz and CJ Aalona ’11 were married June 27, 2015, in Hau‘ula, Hawai‘i. Instead of a cake cutting, they fed each other pounded poi.

Robert Peake MFA has published a full-length collection of poetry, The Knowledge, through Nine Arches Press in the United Kingdom.

Nina Perard MA turned her final-year practicum in the School of Professional Psychology into a full-time job following graduation. She is now associate chief of psychology at Oregon State Hospital.

Bridgett Pride completed a bachelor’s degree in history from University of La Verne in August and is now attending Simmons College for a dual master’s in history and library information science, with an emphasis in archives.


Lee Moyers graduated with the County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety 31st Recruit Class on July 31, 2015. He is now a Maui County firefighter.

Johannah Wong ’10, OT ’13 married Matthew Senn on June 20, 2015.


Kristina Guerrero OT appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank on Jan. 16 and struck a deal for her product, Turbo Pup, to-go nutrition bars for dogs.

Emma Jacobsen and Alex Lawsen married April 8, 2015, at the Oxford Town Hall. They met at the University of Oxford, where he was completing a master in physics and she was working on a master’s in social anthropology. Both are teaching high school in London.


Shannon (Gusy) Kopp MFA published her memoirPound for Pound, with HarperCollins in October. The book details her recover from an eating disorder, with the help of shelter dogs.

Jordan Kronen was offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for an English Teaching Assistantship in Malaysia. He is among 1,900 U.S. citizens in the 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Melissa Nelson MHA and Corey Scribner were married April 11, 2015, in Maui, Hawai‘i. The groom’s sister, Jenna Scribner ’12, was a bridesmaid.

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