Honors & Awards

Pacific faculty are great teachers — and researchers, authors, and leaders in their fields. We feature alumni, professor and coach Amber Dunn OD ’13; NSF grant-awardee Andy Dawes; national awardee Lisa Rowley; 50-year employee Judy Sherman; and three Fulbright recipients.

Amber Dunn OD ’13, Optometry, has been named the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association’s Young OD of the Year. Dunn owns and operates Gatti Vision in King City, Ore., and is an assistant professor of optometry and head cheerleading coach at Pacific. Dunn is among five optometry alumni honored with OOPA’s annual awards and one of five alumni elected to the eight-seat OOPA Board of Directors. Read More

Andy Dawes, Physics, has received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to fund undergraduate student research positions in his study of quantum optics. “Unlike big research universities, Pacific students are the primary researchers,” Dawes said. “I’m proud we can offer a lab environment with the same cutting-edge equipment you would find at top-tier institutions like Harvard and M.I.T.” Read More

Lisa Rowley, Dental Hygiene, was one of two national recipients of the Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s lifetime achievement award. Rowley, the founding director of Pacific’s School of Dental Hygiene Studies, has overseen the education of more than 300 future dental hygiene practitioners, and has been an active leader and advocate for public health. She recently stepped down as director of DHS, succeeded by Amy Coplen, but continues to teach in the program. Read More

Judy Sherman, Athletics, was honored for 50 years of service to Pacific University. The former softball coach and athletics director is a member of the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame. At 76, she continues to share game management duties. She was honored at halftime during Boxer Football’s home opener in September. Read More

Stacey Halpern, Biology, Nancy Neudauer, Mathematics, and
Kevin Johnson, Chemistry,
have all earned honors from the Fulbright program. Halpern, a Fulbright Scholar Fellow, is spending seven months studying invasive plant species in Japan. Neudauer has received her fourth Fulbright Specialist Award, continuing her work expanding math education abroad. And Johnson received a Fulbright International Education Administrators award to examine higher ed and international opportunities for students in Germany. Read More

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