News and notes from Pacific University.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION | Pacific University’s Forest Grove Campus was transformed into the fictional town of Beacon Heights in March as film crews shot the pilot of The Perfectionists, a spinoff of the Pretty Little Liars TV series. The filming brought visibility to the university and gave some students the chance to serve as extras and learn from professional filmmakers.
DACA IN FOCUS | “Dreamers of Oregon: Out of the Shadows” — a photo exhibit examining the lives of immigrants under the embattled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — opened at Pacific this spring. A collaboration between photographer Holly Andres and the nonprofit Bienestar, the exhibit includes dramatic portraits of DACA recipients, including mother-of-two Brianda Alcazar Polvos ’17, who earned a chemistry degree at Pacific and is set to start pharmacy school this fall.
SPLASHY CELEBRATION | The Forest Grove Aquatic Center — home to Pacific’s Swim Team — will celebrate its 50th anniversary at a special celebration on June 16. Events include a formal celebration, open-mic remarks and open swim at 1968 prices.
WRITE STUFF | The Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program hosts its annual summer residency on the Forest Grove Campus in June. Renowned author-mentors serve as faculty for the low-residency program. Guest speakers at the residency will include author Barry Lopez, memoirist Claire Dederer, the National Book Foundation’s Lisa Lucas and essayist Sarah Gerard.
CAP & GOWN | Pacific University celebrates its spring commencement on May 19, welcoming 740 new members to the Alumni Association. Highlights of the celebration include the conferral of an honorary degree upon Trustee Tommy Thayer, best known as the guitarist for KISS, and the awarding of the Kamelia Massih Prize to Shinji Seki ’77, OD ’79.