Nearly 50 years ago, Tim ’74 and Cathy Tran ’74 came to Pacific University as bright-eyed international students. At the top of their classes at home in Vietnam, they were intent on gaining U.S. college degrees and expanding the opportunities available for their futures.
At Pacific University, we encourage students to get involved. Civic engagement is a cornerstone of a Pacific education, and our students do not live or learn in an isolated bubble.
A few years ago, we updated the Pacific University mission statement. We strive, it says, “to inspire students who think, care, create, and pursue justice in the world.” The use of the word care was intentional.
Danika Gilbert ’94 is helping Afghan girls experience freedom by climbing mountains. Mandi Feucht ’09, MED ‘14 is teaching sixth-graders in Beaverton.
Every legacy begins somewhere.
It was 1997 — the year many of our freshmen were born. The cover of Pacific magazine featured six successful alumni. Inside, the story asked a burning question: What is the value of a liberal arts degree in today’s world? Eighteen years later, the same question resonates.