Honors & Awards

Pacific University faculty are great teachers — and great researchers and authors.

Pacific University’s String Project — the only Oregon member of the National String Project Consortium — was awarded a grant from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation to continue its work improving the quality of string teachers’ preparation through integrated learning and providing quality and affordable string education to school-age children of diverse backgrounds.

Professor Richard Ivan Jobs, History, has published his third book, Backpack Ambassadors: How Youth Travel Integrated Europe (University of Chicago Press). The book explores the heydey of backpacking in Europe in the decades after World War II. Drawing on archival work in eight countries and five languages, Jobs recounts the stories of backpackers whose personal desire for freedom of movement helped bring the war-torn continent together. 

Jack Driscoll, MFA in Writing, has published a short-story collection, The Goat Fish and The Lover’s Knot (Wayne State University Press). Most of the stories in the collection are set in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. In her  review, fellow MFA in Writing faculty member Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, writes: “You’ll savor every word as Driscoll sings the sad, sweet songs of rural America. These songs believe in heartaches and miracles. These miracles look up at the stars and see humanity in the constellations.”

Dr. Lorne Yudcovitch, Optometry, appeared late last summer on Portland NBC affiliate KGW to discuss proper ways to view the solar eclipse. The interview was syndicated all through the country to numerous KGW sister stations, including those in Washington D.C., Seattle, Wash. Dallas, Texas, Charlotte, N.C, and elsewhere.

Jeffrey Kawaguchi, Athletic Training, spent July as the athletic trainer with the under-19 USA Women’s Basketball National Team as it competed in the 2017 FIBA Women’s World Cup. Kawaguchi previously served as the athletic trainer for the USA Women’s National Team for the 2012 under-17 World Championships in Amsterdam; the 2007 under-19 World Championships in Slovakia; and the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China. He is the director of Pacific’s Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.

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