When Ruth Gomez was 7, she wanted to be a teacher. She’d have to go to college, her first-grade teacher told her. The idea was foreign.
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.