News and notes from Pacific University.
NEW RECRUITS | Military veterans can take the next step in their lives with a Pacific University education. At the undergraduate level, Pacific’s admissions process recognizes the unique opportunities and challenges of military service. Young people may mature through their military experience, while the active service and re-entry into civilian life can also be tumultuous.
Personal experiences are taken into account along with academic records. Additionally, some graduate programs offer specific opportunities for prospective students who are veterans. For example, the Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies offers two programs to help veterans become physician assistants. The school’s highly competitive admissions process has an advantage for veterans, guaranteeing an admissions interview for the top seven veteran applicants who meet minimum criteria. Additionally, the master’s level program recognizes veterans’ non-traditional routes to the PA profession and offers a bachelor’s degree completion program for those without an undergraduate degree.
HELP IS HERE | Pacific’s Student Counseling Center offers consultation, crisis support and ongoing therapy for students who are service members or veterans. Psychologists have completed UC4 training through the Center for Deployment Psychology. The Pacific University Psychology and Comprehensive Healthcare Clinics in Hillsboro and Portland, meanwhile, partner with the Returning Veterans Project providing free counseling for post-9/11 combat veterans and their families.
NEXT STEPS | Pacific welcomed nearly 800 new alumni in May as it celebrated undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies at Hanson Stadium on the Forest Grove Campus. A record 410 bachelor’s degrees were conferred at the morning ceremony, where retiring Philosophy Professor Dave Boersema was the keynote speaker. The afternoon ceremony featured the hooding and degree conferral upon students who had studied social work, business, finance, speech-language pathology, teaching, pharmacy, physical therapy, athletic training, optometry, and vision science. Trustee Doug Weberling ’72, OD ’74 was recognized with the Kamelia Massih Distinguished Prize for an Optometrist at the event. In June, more than 30 students also graduated from Pacific’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program.