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Pacific University Weekly News Brief - 09/20/18

A digest of links to the week’s news from Pacific University

Center for Civic Engagement and Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation Merge

Oregon Optometric Physicians Association Awards Inaugural Scholarships to Pacific Optometry Students

Public Invited to Pacific University on Sept. 24 to Meet Candidates for Washington County Commissioners Chair

Coming Attractions

Women’s Volleyball vs. Whitman - Friday, Sept. 21   All Sports Schedule

Men’s Soccer vs. WillametteSunday, Sept. 23

Washington County Commissioners Chair Candidates – Monday, Sept. 24

Rotary Club of Forest Grove Weekly Meeting – Wednesday, Sept. 26

Senior Preview Scholarship DaysFriday, Sept. 28

Cawein Gallery Exhibit - Swash, New Paintings and Drawingsthrough Sept. 28 (M-F 1-5 p.m.)

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Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.

Pacific University's Center for Civic Engagement and Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation Merge - 09/19/18

FOREST GROVE -- A pair of centers at Pacific University have recently consolidated to advance their shared mission to empower students to engage as active members of larger communities.

The Center for Civic Engagement, founded in 2004 as the university's Humanitarian Center, and the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation, which launched in 2010, recently merged to become the Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement.

Civic engagement has been a core focus of each center, said Stephanie Stokamer, who oversaw the Center for Civic Engagement and will continue as McCall Center for Civic Engagement director.

"Bringing the two centers together puts the university's civic engagement efforts in a single organization, which will strengthen the programming we offer our students, as well as their community outreach opportunities," she said.

Politics & Government Professor Jim Moore, the founding director of the McCall Center for Policy Innovation, will serve as the merged McCall Center's director of political outreach. Under Moore, the McCall Center for Policy Innovation has brought together policymakers and students through internships and campus-based events, as well as public events in the wider community.

"The McCall Center for Policy Innovation's political focus will now be part of the McCall Center for Civic Engagement's overall efforts to foster meaningful engagement in the communities in which our students find themselves," Stokamer said. Part of the goal, she added, is to widen the community of Pacific students who are aware of political internships as a component of civic engagement.

The first public offering of the McCall Center for Civic Engagement takes place Monday evening, Sept. 24, when candidates for the chair position of the Washington County Board of Commissioners will take part in a community conversation at Pacific's Forest Grove Campus.

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Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.

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Pacific University Weekly News Brief (Photo) - 09/13/18

A digest of links to the week’s news from Pacific University

Physics Professor Andy Dawes Receives $69,000 NSF Grant for Collaborative Research With Undergraduate Students

Public Invited to Pacific University on Sept. 24 to Meet Candidates for Washington County Commissioners Chair

Pacific University Among Top Regional Universities for Both Quality and Value, According to U.S. News & World Report

Pacific Honors Judy Sherman for 50 Years with Boxer Athletics

Public Invited to Pacific University on Monday, Sept. 17 for Pair of Lectures

Coming Attractions

Men’s Soccer vs. Whitman - Friday, Sept. 14   All Sports Schedule

54th Annual Corn Roast & Fall FestivalSaturday, Sept. 15

Football vs. Cal LutheranSaturday, Sept. 15

Women’s Soccer vs. Lewis & Clark – Sunday, Sept. 16

Constitution Day Lecture – Monday, Sept. 17

Annual Kniep Lecture – Monday, Sept. 17

Rotary Club of Forest Grove Weekly MeetingWednesday, Sept. 19

Washington County Commissioners Chair CandidatesMonday, Sept. 24

Cawein Gallery Exhibit - Swash, New Paintings and Drawingsthrough Sept. 28 (M-F 1-5 p.m.)

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Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.

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Public Invited to Pacific University on Sept. 24 to Meet Candidates for Washington County Commissioners Chair (Photo) - 09/13/18

FOREST GROVE -- The candidates for the Washington County Board of Commissioners chair position will take part in a community conversation at Pacific University on Monday, Sept. 24. 

Bob Terry, a current Washington County commissioner, and Kathryn Harrington, a member of Metro Council regional government, will discuss issues facing the county and how they will approach them, and then take questions from attendees. The forum begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in Taylor Auditorium (Marsh Hall, room 216) on the university's Forest Grove Campus (2043 College Way). Admission is free, but seating is limited and early arrival is recommended.

Washington County is facing issues of growth, conservation, water resources, traffic, and land use. In addition, the county commission is the governing body for the second largest urban population center in the state — unincorporated suburban Washington County — which would be by far the second largest Oregon city if it were incorporated.

“The contest to select a new county commission chair is, arguably, the second most important candidate election in the state after the governor’s race,” said Jim Moore, event moderator and director of political outreach for the university’s Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement. “The new chair will be a crucial player in the county’s role as the economic engine for the entire state.”

The forum is a chance for Washington County voters to hear firsthand from the candidates in advance of the general election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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The Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University promotes active citizenship by connecting students, faculty and staff with policymakers and partner organizations in the larger community for collaborations that contribute to the common good for the betterment of society.

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Pacific University Among Top Regional Universities for Both Quality and Value, According to U.S. News & World Report - 09/10/18

FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University remains among the top universities in the west, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Colleges rankings released today.

Pacific is tied for 21st in the West of the "Regional Universities" category, out of 140 institutions across 15 states including California and Texas. Pacific is also included among U.S. News' Best Value Schools in the region. 

For its rankings, U.S. News uses the Carnegie classification system in designating a university or college in one of the following categories: National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges. U.S. News segments the Regional Universities category by geographical quadrant (North, South, East, West) and defines these institutions as those that "offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master's programs, but few doctoral programs."

The publication evaluates colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality that comprise the value set used to determine the rankings: student outcomes (35 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), expert opinion (20 percent), financial resources (10 percent), student excellence (10 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).

For its Best Values rankings, U.S. News takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2017-2018 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. "The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal," U.S. News editors said, adding that "Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because we consider the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically."

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Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.

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Pacific University Weekly News Brief (Photo) - 09/06/18

A digest of links to the week’s news highlights from Pacific University

Pacific Gets Greener with Sustainability Initiatives

Pacific University Among Select Group in 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Rankings

Public Invited to Pacific University on Monday, Sept. 17 for Pair of Lectures

Alumna Meaghan Conway ’18 Coaches U.S. Swim Team at 2018 IWAS World Youth Games

Coming Attractions

Theatre Department Reading SeriesSept. 7-9 (Fri-Sun)

Cawein Gallery Exhibit - Swash, New Paintings and Drawings - Sept. 7-28 (M-F 1-5 p.m.)

Forest Grove Lions Run/Walk for Sight and HearingSaturday, Sept. 8

Football vs. Dubuque (Iowa)Saturday, Sept. 8         All Sports Schedule

Men’s Soccer vs. Warner PacificSunday, Sept. 9

54th Annual Corn Roast & Fall FestivalSaturday, Sept. 15

Constitution Day Lecture Monday, Sept. 17

Annual Kniep Lecture – Monday, Sept. 17

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Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.

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Pacific University Weekly News Brief (Photo) - 08/30/18

A digest of links to the week’s news highlights from Pacific University

Pacific University Selects Jim Langstraat as Vice President for Finance & Administration

Pacific Among "Best Colleges and Universities in Oregon for 2018" According to College Consensus

Pacific Tabbed a "Best Bang for the Buck" by Washington Monthly

University Named a "Hidden Gem" and "Best Northwest College" by College Raptor

Tran Library Remodel to Feature Additional Study Rooms, Makerspace and More

 

Coming Attractions

Women's Volleyball Tournament: Oregon Trail Classic - Aug. 31 - Sept. 1 (Fri-Sat)           All Sports Schedule

Boxer Football Pregame Party (Chapman, Calif.) – Saturday, Sept. 1

Labor Day holiday – Monday, Sept. 3 (no classes, university closed)

Old College Hall Open House - Wednesday, Sept. 5 (open first Wednesday of each month)

Rotary of Forest Grove Weekly Luncheon MeetingWednesday, Sept. 5

Center for Peace & Spirituality Open HouseThursday, Sept. 6

Theatre Department Reading SeriesSept. 7-9 (Fri-Sun)

Forest Grove Lions Run/Walk for Sight and HearingSaturday, Sept. 8

Football vs. Dubuque (Iowa)Saturday, Sept. 8         All Sports Schedule

54th Annual Corn Roast & Fall FestivalSaturday, Sept. 15

Historian Ed Lengel to Give Annual Kniep LectureMonday, Sept. 17

                                                                                                           

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Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.

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Pacific University Selects Jim Langstraat as Vice President for Finance & Administration (Photo) - 08/30/18

FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University President Lesley Hallick announced today that Jim Langstraat has been selected to lead the university's Finance & Administration division as vice president.

Langstraat has spent the past six and half years at Portland Community College, including the last three as its vice president of finance and administration.

At PCC, Langstraat has led all facets of the college's fiscal and administrative management, including investments, debt management, accounting, budgeting, business strategy, information technology, facilities management, risk management, public safety and auxiliary services.

"On behalf of the university and our Board of Trustees, I am delighted to welcome Jim Langstraat to Pacific," Hallick said. "Jim's administration style and vision strongly align with our values of financial sustainability, shared governance and social justice here at Pacific. His demonstrated ability at PCC to lead by simplifying complex information for a diverse group of stakeholders set him apart from a truly outstanding pool of candidates."

Langstraat has served on the President's Cabinet at PCC, where he helped navigate the college's educational, economic, political and social environments. Additionally, he co-chaired both the college's Facilities Plan Committee and its College Policy Advisory Committee and has also chaired the Strategic Investment Council.

As Facilities Plan Committee co-chair, Langstraat has provided guidance to PCC's long-term physical and operating needs for a changing educational environment that spans four comprehensive campus locations and many additional locations.

Additionally, he has also consistently delivered a balanced biennial budget in a time of declining overall enrollment. He has developed five-year financial plan and established a framework for long-range planning, and restructured outstanding debt that saved the college an estimated $10 million.

Langstraat has written several PCC policies on investing, debt management and operations, and has been responsible for the college's recently improved bond rating of Aa1 from Moody's to AA+ from Standard and Poor's.

Among many other accomplishments are his successful formation of unit change teams to promote a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and their incorporation into the college's strategic and planning goals and budget planning processes.

Langstraat has led successful search committees for several key position openings at PCC in the areas of financial services, facilities, public safety and risk management. Additionally, he has implemented successful plans for technology infrastructure enhancement and improved food service offerings with an emphasis on local and healthy products. He has also delivered a plan for managed print services that has resulted in an estimated annual savings of more than $750,000.

Prior to his time at PCC, Langstraat served as chief financial officer for the North Clackamas School District (2006-2012). He came to Oregon from Waterloo, Iowa, where he served as executive director of administrative services and board treasurer for the Waterloo Community School District (2002-2006). Prior to that, he completed a six-year stint as finance director for the Norwalk Community School District.

Langstraat entered the education sector in 1991 as an accounting manager for the Cedar Rapids Community School District after serving as a senior auditor for the State of Iowa for seven years.

He holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Central College in Pella, Iowa. His professional credentials include that of certified public accountant (inactive), certified managerial accountant (inactive) and certified government finance manager (inactive).

Langstraat's main activities outside of work are spending quality time with his wife, Lisa, and their extended family, cooking, gardening, traveling, and enjoying their dogs. He competed in wrestling as a student-athlete at Central College and collegiate wrestling remains his favorite sport.

Langstraat begins his appointment at Pacific on Monday, Oct. 1.

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