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Pacific University President Lesley Hallick (right) inducts Professor Emeritus Byron Steiger and Dianne Steiger '79 into the university's 1849 Society during Pacific's 2018 Celebration of Giving held Nov.29.
Pacific University President Lesley Hallick (right) inducts Professor Emeritus Byron Steiger and Dianne Steiger '79 into the university's 1849 Society during Pacific's 2018 Celebration of Giving held Nov.29.
Pacific University Honors Top Supporters at Celebration of Giving (Photo) - 12/07/18

FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University paid tribute to the generosity of alumni and friends on Nov. 29, recognizing its most dedicated donors and the most successful philanthropic year in school history at its annual Celebration of Giving.

Donors committed a fiscal-year record $12.4 million in 2017-2018, the first year of the the public phase of Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University. To date, Pacific has secured more than $50 million in gifts and pledges toward the campaign's $80 million goal to strengthen itss endowment, develop and enhance learning environments, and invest in innovation for tomorrow.

"Your generosity not only creates the future for Pacific, it also transforms the lives of students today," said Vice President Cassie Warman.

Among them, students like keynote speaker, associate dean, sociology professor and Pacific alumna Jaye Cee Whitehead.

Whitehead, a 2000 sociology major who was the first in her rural Wyoming family to attend college, went on to earn a doctorate and return to teach at her alma mater.

“Pacific changed the trajectory of not only my life, but of my entire family line — generations to come,” she said. “My partner — who was also a first-generation student at Pacific — and I have two little Boxer children. Because of the opportunities we had at Pacific, our kids have a completely different landscape of opportunity.”

She explained that 25 percent of current Pacific students are, like her, the first in their families to go to college, and that Pacific launches more students into the middle- and upper-middle class than any of its regional peers.

“My story is the story of Pacific — and it is centrally about social mobility and community responsibility,” she said. “I personally thank you for your support, which makes this launching pad and community of care possible.”

Those recognized included nine new inductees to the university's President's Circle (honoring individuals and organizations who have committed a cumulative $100,000 or more) and one new inductee to the 1849 Society (honoring those who have committed a cumulative $1 million or more)

Professor Emeritus Byron Steiger and wife Dianne '79 are the newest members of the 1849 Society. He taught sociology at Pacific for 34 years, and the Steigers have since created a scholarship for Pacific sociology majors who plan to pursue graduate studies, as well as the foundation for an endowment that will give financial support to first-year Pacific faculty members.

New members of the President’s Circle include:

Albertsons Companies (Boise, Idaho) | A major supporter of Pacific's School of Pharmacy, Albertsons sponsors many school events and the Albertsons-Safeway Pharmacy Scholarship has supported 29 Pacific students since 2009.

Julie Berglund Baker and Doug Baker (Carlsbad, Calif.) | Julie Berglund Baker serves on the Pacific Board of Trustees, and the couple has supported Boxer athletics, the College of Optometry and the establishment of Pacific’s College of Business.

Essilor of America (Dallas, Texas) | The company has been strong supporters of Pacific’s College of Optometry for almost two decades, where they created the Essilor Optical Technology Lab and recently supported the renovation of Jefferson Hall.

Robert '63 and Sunny '67 Iboshi (Hillsboro) | This alumni couple has supported a wide range of Pacific initiatives for more than four decades, including the Pacific Excellence Fund, Boxer Athletics and an endowed scholarship for students from Hawai'i.

Dr. Peter and Judy Kohler (Beaverton) | Peter Kohler serves on the Pacific Board of Trustees, and the couple’s philanthropic support includes the Kohler Endowment for Undergraduate Research to support the pursuit of undergraduate student research at Pacific through scholarships, stipends, travel support and equipment.

Fay Littlefield (Hillsboro) | The mother of a College of Optometry alumna and faculty member, Littlefield created an endowed scholarship for rural optometry students, as well as an award for public health outreach in the college.

Chuck and Connie Quinn (Clovis, Calif.) | The parents of a Pacific student funded the resurfacing of the baseball facility's infield with a synthetic turf to expland competition opportunities for student-athletes and community teams.

Dwight Taylor '29 (Washington, D.C.) | The late Mr. Taylor's children facilitated a gift to Pacific from his estate to create the Dwight D. Taylor Endowed Scholarship, awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need.

Gordon Zimmerman (McMinnville) | A longtime friend of Pacific’s music and history programs, the late Mr. Zimmerman left a bequest to create two scholarships, one for students of each department.

In an evening rife with gratitude, Pacific also highlighted the transformational impact that generosity is already making on the university’s students, programs and communities by unveiling five donor-funded learning environments:

The EyeSmile Outreach Program | Through a generous $1 million gift from an anonymous donor, Pacific established the EyeSmile Outreach Program to maximize mobile healthcare provided by the College of Optometry and School of Dental Hygiene Studies. The gift built two new state-of-the-art mobile clinics and also funded the creation of a new clinic coordinator position to run the program and coordinate the care.

The Brim Family Outdoor Learning Center |  A gift from Trustee Evie Brim funded the construction of this outdoor classroom in the Pacific University Early Learning Community. The ELC serves children ages 3 through 8 and offers an envionrment for future teachers to study best practices in early childhood education, including nature- and place-based learning.

The Essilor Classroom & Weberling Classroom | As part of the renovation of Jefferson Hall and the Pacific EyeClinic Forest Grove, donors Essilor and Doug ’72, OD ‘74 & Eileen Weberling each funded extensive upgrades to classrooms serving College of Optometry students.

Baseball Infield Synthetic Turf | Through a significant gift from parents Chuck and Connie Quinn, the infield of the university's baseball facility received a major upgrade with the addition of synthetic turf.

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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 Weekly News Brief - 12/06/18

A digest of recent news from Pacific University:

Gloria Everett Joins Pacific University Board of Trustees

Hannah Brandow ’22 Named NWC Women's Swimming Student-Athlete of the Week

Daisy Rizo '17, MSW '18 Combines Passion for Social Work with Helping Latinos Who Face Cancer Treatments

Startup Water Bottle Business Co-Founded by Jonas Hanna ’18 Attracts Made in Oregon

Coming Attractions

Senior Preview Scholarship Days – Dec. 7, 14, 17, 21

Women’s Basketball – Dec. 7-8

Rotary Club of Forest Grove Luncheon – Dec. 12

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie to Discuss Origins of Christmas Holiday and How It’s Changed Through Time – Dec. 14

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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.

Gloria H. Everett
Gloria H. Everett
Gloria Everett Joins Pacific University Board of Trustees (Photo) - 12/06/18

FOREST GROVE -- Gloria H. Everett has been named to the Pacific University Board of Trustees.

A resident of Napa, Calif., Everett is currently president and chief executive officer of The Mutual Risk Retention Group, Inc., which delivers medical professional liability insurance services to healthcare providers, including those practicing emergency medicine and specialty acute care.

Everett possesses more than 30 years of experience in insurance risk management, sales, marketing and general management, including 18 in the area of medical professional liability with The Mutual.

She has served on multiple executive boards, including the National Risk Retention Association Board of Directors, the Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Physician Insurers Association of America Board of Directors, where she served as chair.

Everett holds a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from Saint Mary’s College (Calif.). She began a four-year term on Pacific’s Board of Trustees in September.

The Pacific University Board of Trustees is the chief governing body of the university.

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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.

Attached Media Files: Gloria H. Everett
Pacific University Weekly News Brief - 11/15/18

A digest of recent news from Pacific University:

College of Optometry Dean Jennifer Coyle Receives National Honor

Pacific University Enrollment Edges Closer to Year 2020 Goal

High school students find pharmacy is a balm for the lips — and maybe a life's pursuit

Healthcare On the Go

Performing Arts Series Features John Jorgenson Quintet on Sunday, Nov. 18

Coming Attractions

Autumn Choreographers Concert – Nov. 15-17

Pacific University Symphonic Band Concert – Saturday, Nov. 17

Performing Arts Series Presents John Jorgenson Quintet – Sunday, Nov. 18

Women’s Basketball vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps – Sunday, Nov. 18           Athletics Schedule  

Cawein Gallery of Art Exhibit: Richard Cutshall – through Nov. 20 (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 College of Optometry Dean Jennifer Coyle (right) with fellow alumna and former colleague Col. Carol Rymer (US Army). Dr. Coyle received Women in Optometry's Theia Award of Excellence for Education.
Pacific University College of Optometry Dean Jennifer Coyle (right) with fellow alumna and former colleague Col. Carol Rymer (US Army). Dr. Coyle received Women in Optometry's Theia Award of Excellence for Education.
Pacific University Optometry Dean Dr. Jennifer Coyle Receives National Honor (Photo) - 11/15/18

FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University College of Optometry Dean Jennifer Coyle ‘90, OD ‘93, MS ‘00, FAAO has been honored as the recipient of the 2018 Women in Optometry Theia Award of Excellence for Education.

Coyle was among seven optometrists the publication honored for their contributions to the profession and recognized at the annual American Academy of Optometry Meeting held in San Antonio on Nov. 8.

The Theia Awards of Excellence are named for Theia, the Greek goddess of vision or sight.

“Jenny is a wonderful colleague with unique education and leadership skills and a willingness to give her many talents to help advance her students, the college and the profession,” said Dr. Stanley Yamane ‘65, OD ‘66, who nominated Coyle for the honor.

Coyle received the honor with several Pacific alumni, faculty and staff colleagues in attendance, including doctors Yamane, Tad Buckingham '92, OD '94, Michela Kenning OD '12, James Kundart OD '99, Hannu Laukkanen '83, OD '84, MEd/VFL '94, JP Lowery OD '93, MEd/VFL '96, Bree McGhee OD '17, Col. Carol Rymer OD '92 and staff members Marcie Brown, Miki Buckingham and Nora Garfias-Lopez.

“I am truly humbled by this honor,” Coyle said. “I have had an amazing 25-year career at Pacific, advocating for our constituents in optometry, and to be honored for what I love to do is a bit surreal.”

Coyle said she is most proud of the accomplishments of the approximately 2,100 Pacific optometry students she has had the pleasure of meeting and working with during her tenure at Pacific, as well as alumni who “routinely find their bliss” through a profession that helps.

“I’m very blessed to have such great friends and colleagues,” she added. “I couldn’t do what I do without the support and passion each of them exhibit on a daily basis.”

The award is just the latest in a long list of honors for Coyle, who has also been selected as the first female president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (2013), Oregon Optometrist of the Year (2010), chair of the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association Advocacy Committee (2009), and one of Vision Monday’s 50 Most Influential Women in Optical (2006). She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, Diplomate in the AAO Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. 

Pacific University's College of Optometry prepares engaged learners to be optometric leaders and vision scientists through a diverse education while advancing professional and ethical eye care, scholarship and service to the community.

Under Coyle’s leadership, Pacific optometry students have excelled academically, routinely scoring significantly higher than the national average on national board exams. Students also serve communities locally and globally by providing vision care services to underserved populations through the EyeVan, EyeSmile and AMIGOS programs. The Pacific University College of Optometry also was named the 2018 School of the Year by the National Optometric Association.

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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.