From the Editor

I am passionate about food access and hunger relief.

I want veterans to have healthcare. I want refugee children to have safe places to live and learn. And I want my own children to attend world-class schools where they are challenged and loved.

I contribute to many different organizations to advance the causes I support — and I give to Pacific University, because I believe an investment in education is the best way to create a better world in the future.

Almost two-thirds of all Pacific University employees give back to the university. No one says we have to. We do it because we, perhaps more than anyone, see firsthand the value this place contributes to our world.

Every day, I have the privilege of sharing the stories of students and alumni whose lives were changed by the people they met, the subjects they studied, and the activities they participated in at Pacific University.

I meet first-generation college students who have exceeded their parents’ wildest dreams with the opportunity afforded by an education.

I meet brilliant researchers who are looking for solutions to humankind’s biggest challenges.

I meet passionate teachers, social workers, artists and entrepreneurs who are empowered to bring their ideas to life because of what they learn and do at Pacific.

The gifts we make to Pacific University support student success today through scholarships, faculty fellowships, research grants, facilities and much more. But those students, in turn, also go out and serve others, making a perpetual difference in the world.

This issue of Pacific magazine shares just a few of those stories — and I assure you, there are many, many more. I hope that you will see these stories as thanks for your tremendous support of Pacific University in the past and that you will join me in continuing to support student success with a gift to Pacific University.

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