News and notes from Pacific University.
10–YEAR MARK | The Pacific University College of Health Professions celebrates 10 years on the Hillsboro Campus this spring. Mark your calendars for May 6, 2017, for a special anniversary celebration and continuing education opportunities for alumni.
NEW LEADERSHIP | Pacific University alumnus Gerald C. Yoshida ’73 has been elected chair of the Pacific University Board of Trustees. He is the first Hawai’i resident to hold the post. Yoshida is a shareholder, director and officer of Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto Attorneys at Law in Honolulu. Yoshida has been a trustee since 2010.
ISLAND TRADITION | Pacific celebrated a nearly 70-year tradition of partnership with Hawai’i in September with a series of historic events. The Boxer football team beat Occidental 45-22 in what is believed to be the first-ever NCAA Division III game held in the state. Additionally, Pacific hosted its first-ever Board of Trustees meeting in Hawai’i, along with a fundraiser golf tournament, special evening reception drawing more than 400 guests, and a pre-game party. Representatives from several undergraduate and graduate programs traveled to the Islands to connect with prospective students, to build partnerships with schools in Hawai’i, and to provide continuing education for alumni. About 17 percent of the university’s undergraduate students hail from the Islands, and more than 1,500 engaged alumni call Hawai’i home. Trey Kodama ’17, an All-Northwest Conference senior linebacker from Pearl City, said the university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity is readily apparent by what it does to make Hawai’i residents feel welcome in Oregon. “Ohana over everything — taking care of each other — is the hallmark of Hawaiian culture,” he said. “What Pacific does for those of us from Hawai’i is make the environment as inviting and friendly as it is on the Islands. From the food service — where rice is provided at every meal and SPAM and bento Fridays are the norm — to all of the learning services and activities, Pacific truly embodies the ‘Ohana over everything’ principle.”