Shannon Hammond ’19 didn’t really plan to go to college in her backyard. But when you grow up in Forest Grove and want to be a doctor, Pacific University’s stellar reputation in the health professions is pretty tempting.
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.
No one goes it alone. That pretty much summed up the message that Sara Allender ‘09 posted on Facebook on May 5 — and why she made a gift to Pacific for Boxer Giving Day.