During her first two years at Pacific University, Alex (Bing) Marchbanks ’14, SLP ’18 had only a vague sense of what she hoped to do after graduation.
Paula Kutzner OD, MEd/VFL ‘18 worked with a Forest Grove elementary school to develop new in-school vision screenings to improve learning opportunities for children. Her efforts will continue as the screenings become part of ongoing outreach to local schools through Pacific. Kutzner is pursuing simultaneous doctor of optometry and master of education degrees from Pacific.
Stacy Bannerman is dressed head-to-toe in red, white and blue. Her Old Navy T-shirt is adorned with an American flag. She doesn’t look like the stereotype of a peace activist. The political narrative often paints those who oppose the country’s War on Terror as anti-military, even anti-American. That’s not Bannerman.
Growing up, Avery Richardson ’17 wasn’t sure his father’s alma mater was even real. “He’s a corny guy, and my mom would joke, ‘Did you even go to college?’” Avery said. “He’d talk about Pacific, and it sounded like he made it up.” He didn’t.
This project began in September of 2013, when Theatre Professor Ellen Margolis introduced me to Ginger Moshofsky, then in Pacific’s Office of Alumni Relations. She was inspired by the Whitman College Letters Project, which gathered original materials, like journals and letters, from their alumni and pieced them into a play.