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Pacific University Optometry Alumni Dominate Statewide Honors (Photo) - 07/20/18

FOREST GROVE -- The Oregon Optometric Physicians Association once again validated something many in the vision healthcare circles have long known: Pacific University College of Optometry alumni are among the very best in caring for patients and advancing primary eye care.

OOPA bestowed its top individual honors for outstanding leadership at its annual conference in Bend last month. Five of the seven awards presented went to Pacific University College of Optometry alumni to receive one of seven awards presented.

Doug Walker OD '99, who resides and practices in Brookings, has been honored as OD of the Year. The award is presented to the optometrist who has made the most outstanding contributions to the OOPA. Dr. Walker owns and operates Eye Center of Brookings and currently serves as president of the Oregon Board of Optometry.

Amanda Balsalobre OD '04 received the President's Award for continual contributions over several years to the optometric profession and local communities. Dr. Balsalobre resides in Bend and has practiced at Elemental Eyecare since 2011.

Pacific University EyeClinics Chief of Pediatrics and College of Optometry Professor J.P. Lowery OD '93, MEd '96 is the 2018 OOPA Apollo Award recipient. The honor is bestowed upon an individual who has performed distinguished service for the welfare of the public. In addition to overseeing all facets of pediatric care at Pacific's six EyeClinic locations throughout the Portland area, Dr. Lowery has served as director of the Oregon Lions Statewide Low Vision Clinic since 1995. The clinic provides education-oriented low vision evaluations for children with vision impairments. Dr. Lowery is also a faculty advisor for the university's student AMIGOS Eyecare program and has led many eye care missions to underserved populations all over the world.

Amber Dunn OD '13 has been named the OOPA Young OD of the Year. The honor recognizes an optometrist who has been in practice two and six years and who has significantly participated in organized optometry through the OOPA. Dr. Dunn owns and operates Gatti Vision in King City and is also an assistant professor of optometry at Pacific, as well as the head coach of the university's cheerleading squad.

Shaina Sullivan, part of Pacific’s College of Optometry Class of 2019, received the OOPA Student of the Year Award. The honor recognizes a Pacific student and member of the college's next graduating class who has demonstrated a dedicated commitment to voluntary service through the participation of extracurricular optometric and community outreach activities. The Student of the Year Award recipient is selected from and by the members of the graduating class.

At its annual meeting, the OOPA also elected its Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 year, and five of the eight seats are now occupied by Pacific alumni:

Gabby Marshall '94, OD '97 - President. Dr. Marshall is the clinical director at Elemental Eyecare in Bend.

Nicole Rush OD '01 - President Elect. Dr. Rush practices in the coastal communities of Bandon, Coquille and Gold Beach.

Scott Walters OD '88 - Senior Past President. Dr. Walters is a senior partner at Eyecare Group of Southern Oregon, which serves the communities of Grants Pass and Cave Junction.

Amber Dunn OD '13 - Board Member. Dr. Dunn owns and operates Gatti Vision in King City, and is also an assistant professor of optometry at Pacific, as well as the head coach of the university's cheerleading squad.

Derri Sandberg OD '07 - Board Member. Dr. Sandberg is a partner at Lifetime Vision Care in Bend. 

The Pacific University College of Optometry was originally founded in 1921 as the North Pacific College of Optometry. It became part of Pacific University and the Forest Grove Campus in 1945, and produces comprehensive practitioners with expertise in general optometry, contact lenses, low vision, vision therapy, sports vision and ocular disease. Founded in 1849, Pacific University is a diverse learning community offering a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the arts and sciences, education, business, optometry and the health professions.

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Economics professor Jamie Haag has joined Pacific University's Board of Trustees as a faculty representative.
Economics professor Jamie Haag has joined Pacific University's Board of Trustees as a faculty representative.
Pacific University Welcomes New Members to Board of Trustees (Photo) - 07/12/18

The Pacific University Board of Trustees recently welcomed three new members to serve on the university's chief governing body.

Alumnus Jim Fitzgerald '68, a retired executive at Dell Computer and resident of Georgetown, Texas, began a four-year term on Pacific's Board of Trustees on July 1.

Also joining the board were Pacific economics professor Jamie Haag, and United States Navy Lt. Adam Preston MEd '10, OD '11, an alumnus and current student. Haag began three-year term, and Preston a two-year term, on July 1 as the university's faculty and graduate student representatives, respectively.

Fitzgerald earned his bachelor's degree in business and economics at Pacific before earning a master's degree in law and taxation from New York University School of Law, and a juris doctorate from Loyola School of Law. He retired from Dell Computer Inc. in 2011 as vice president of global tax and administration. He and his wife, Susan (White) Fitzgerald ’69 are long-time supporters of Pacific. In addition to his recent appointment to the Pacific Board of Trustees, Jim Fitzgerald also serves on the College of Business' Executive Council.

Haag, a member of Pacific's faculty since 2000, is the chair of the College of Arts & Sciences faculty, as well as the university's Economics Department, and is a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Council. He specializes in applied macroeconomics, regional economics and the economics of higher education, and possesses both a master's degree and PhD in economics from the University of Oregon. Haag succeeds Pacific physics professor James Butler as the undergraduate faculty member on the Board of Trustees.

Preston, already a Pacific alumnus with a doctor of optometry degree (2011) and a master's degree in visual function and learning (2010), is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in vision science and a master's degree in healthcare administration from the university. He is an active 16-year Navy veteran, having served in a variety of capacities, including head of the Optometry Department at the U.S. Naval Health Clinic in Quantico, Va. Dr. Preston is currently licensed in Oregon and Florida, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, member of the Armed Forces Optometric Society and a two-time recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal. Preston succeeds clinical psychology student Katie Ohene PsyD '18 as the university's graduate student member.

In addition to electing the new trustees at its most recent meeting, the Pacific Board of Trustees also bestowed trustee emeritus status on outgoing members Kim Ledbetter of The Standard (ret.) and Brian Doherty of Miller Nash Graham and & Dunn LLP, as well as longtime former trustee Dan Dutton of Stimson Lumber Company (ret.).

Pacific's Board of Trustees is the ultimate body within the university's governance structure.

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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 3,800 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 professor Ellen Margolis
Pacific University professor Ellen Margolis
Professor Ellen Margolis Honored by Portland Civic Theatre Guild for Best Original Script of 2017-2018 (Photo) - 07/06/18

FOREST GROVE -- Ellen Margolis, professor of theatre and Theatre and Dance Department chair at Pacific University, has been honored by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild for excellence in local theatre.

Margolis received the Drammy Award for Best Original Script of the 2017-18 season for her play, Pericles Wet, at the guild's annual honors ceremony on June 25. The Drammys are the highest honors the guild annually bestows on Portland-area actors, directors and designers.

Pericles Wet is an adaptation of one of Shakespeare's more obscure plays, Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Like the original, Margolis' adaptation finds Pericles fleeing his homeland by ship after a dangerous encounter and having strange, troubling and hilarious adventures. Pericles Wet, however, focuses more on an abusive situation the protagonist witnesses in the first scene that prompts questions of what an individual's responsibilities are when they witness horrific events.

Pericles Wet was commissioned by the Portland Shakespeare Project, which went on to produce the play last December, where it ran at the Arts Hub in Portland under the direction of Michael Mendelson, a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre. The production received rave reviews by Willamette Week, Broadway World and Oregon Arts Watch, particularly in light of its proximity to the national Time's Up movement against sexual harassment.

When first seeing Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Northwest Classical Theatre several years ago, Margolis said she found the show enchanting, but was also troubled that the first scene told a story of abuse that was never revisited in the rest of the play.

"I always felt like I had unfinished business with the play, which is what led me to my adaptation," she said.  "In Shakespeare's play, Pericles simply takes off and travels the world after learning of a young woman being abused by her father. But in my play, he is haunted by whether he could have helped her, and ultimately makes his way back to try to do right by her."

The Drammy is the second of Margolis' career, and she joins fellow Pacific faculty member Tal Sanders as a two-time Drammy Award honoree. In addition to Margolis, another Pacific University community member received a Drammy honor for outstanding work. Alec Lugo '16 received a Drammy Spotlight Award, which recognizes individuals who do things behind the scenes for the Portland area theatre community. Lugo, a marketing and development assistant with Bag and Baggage Productions, has worked both on stage and backstage on a large number of productions throughout the metropolitan area over the past two years.

Margolis is a founding member of Playwrights West, a Portland-based theatre company, and member of both Dramatists Guild and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. She has received commissions from Portland Shakespeare Project, Mile Square Theatre, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and her work has been widely published and recognized nationally by the New York International Fringe Festival, the Trustus Foundation, and Jane Chambers Competition, among others.

The Portland Civic Theatre Guild is a volunteer based, non-profit organization that enriches the Portland theatre community by giving annual awards to students, theatre companies and individual artists while bringing audiences the highest quality, professionally staged readings Portland has to offer. Since 1979, the Drammy Committee consisting of guild members has striven to promote live theatre in Portland by recognizing and rewarding the outstanding work of Portland-area actors, directors and designers through the Drammy Awards.

Theatre studies at Pacific develop and encourage creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. Faculty are committed to a high standard in the performing arts and to the rigorous study of performance from a liberal arts perspective. For more information, visit pacificu.edu/theatre.

Pacific University Invites Prospective Students and Families to Explore Campus During Oregon Private College Week, July 23-27 - 06/27/18

Pacific University is joining 10 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities to celebrate Oregon Private College Week July 23-27 by inviting prospective students and their families to campus for a closer look.

Earlier this month, Gov. Kate Brown declared July 23-27, 2018 to be Oregon Private College Week, citing the “indispensable contributions private, nonprofit colleges and universities make to Oregon’s communities and to the state’s higher education attainment goals.” 

Prospective students and their families who register in advance and visit at least four participating colleges during the week will be eligible for application fee waivers when they apply for admission to any of the participating institutions. 

Campus visitation sessions will begin at Pacific at 9 a.m. and at 2 p.m. each day of Oregon Private College Week. Prospective students and their families can explore campus, learn about academic programs and financial aid, talk to admissions staff and more.

Oregon Private College Week at Pacific will include an informational session that will cover areas of study offered, clubs and activities, research and internship opportunities, scholarships and the financial aid process at Pacific. Admissions counselors will also be available to answer any questions that students and guests might have about the university or the college search process in general. Advance registration is strongly encouraged and can be done online.

Officials at all participating colleges and universities will be on hand to counter commonly held myths that private higher education is not affordable or attainable. In fact, the following are true:

  • Private college students are economically, socially and racially diverse. Nearly one in three undergraduates at an Alliance member institution receives/is eligible for Federal Pell grants. One in five is the first in their family to attend college, and one in three is a student from a demographic group historically underrepresented on the nation’s college campuses.
  • Private colleges are focused on student success. One of the best indicators of success is class size, and the student to faculty ratio averages 11:1.  Strong campus communities offer plenty of student support and hands-on learning applicable to real-world careers.
  • Private college is affordable. Ninety-three percent of first-time, first-year students at private, nonprofit colleges and universities receive financial aid, with awards averaging more than $20,000 per year.

Oregon’s private higher education sector enrolls 19 percent of the state’s undergraduate students, awards 23 percent of its undergraduate degrees, and confers one in four of STEM and health baccalaureate degrees earned by students of color.

The majority of undergraduate students (61 percent) enrolled in Alliance member institutions finish their bachelor’s degrees in four years, the highest rate of completion in the state, and 28 percent graduate with zero debt. 

For more information about Oregon Private College Week, including a complete list of participating colleges and universities, please visit oregonprivatecolleges.com.

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About Pacific University

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 3,800 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.

About The Alliance

The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon’s regionally accredited, nonprofit private institutions of higher education. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 35,000 students, conferring approximately one in four baccalaureate degrees and about half of the master’s and doctoral degrees awarded in Oregon. More than one in four graduates complete their degrees with zero debt; average debt for those students who graduate with debt is on par with the national and Oregon average. The Alliance works to intersect the needs of business and industry with private nonprofit colleges and the public good to create real solutions to build a more educated and skilled workforce for Oregon. For more information, visit oaicu.org.

Lisa Rowley - Pacific University School of Dental Hygiene Studies director
Lisa Rowley - Pacific University School of Dental Hygiene Studies director
Pacific University School of Dental Hygiene Studies Director Honored with National Award (Photo) - 06/26/18

Lisa Rowley, director of the Pacific University School of Dental Hygiene Studies, is one of just two recipients nationally to receive an Award of Excellence in Dental Hygiene from the American Dental Hygienists' Association. Rowley received the honor at the ADHA annual convention in Columbus, Ohio last weekend.

Presented by Johnson & Johnson, the Award of Excellence is the ADHA’s lifetime achievement award that honors dental hygienists who have been actively involved with the association and its constituents, while exhibiting leadership in the advancement of dental hygiene.

The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments that have an impact on the practice and future of the dental hygiene profession in any and all roles of the dental hygienist. Only two recipients may be chosen for the honor each year.

“I am grateful to Pacific University for providing me with the opportunity to design a dental hygiene program that truly reflects the future of the dental hygiene profession,” Rowley said.

Rowley founded the university’s School of Dental Hygiene Studies in 2005 and has overseen its growth into a premier bachelor’s degree program for aspiring dental hygienists. She is developing a dental therapy education program for the school that is slated to become part of the curriculum later this year.

“Lisa has been masterful in garnering the philanthropic support of industry leaders in Washington County with a similar commitment to public health dentistry,” Pacific College of Health Professions Executive Dean Ann Barr-Gillespie said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to have Lisa as a member of the College of Health Professions leadership team. She is a true public health advocate who shines appropriate light on the critical importance of oral healthcare in a person’s primary healthcare.”

Rowley has a distinguished record of healthcare advocacy and service to her profession. She has served ADHA’s Council on Regulation & Practice for two years, including as chair during her second year, and is currently Oregon's liaison to the ADHA Institute for Oral Health. She has represented both Oregon and Pennsylvania as a delegate at the ADHA annual session, and has completed the ADHA Unleashing Your Potential leadership development program.

At Pacific, Rowley has overseen the education of more than 300 future dental hygiene practitioners, including the direct mentorship of many who have gone on to distinguish themselves in leadership and advocacy roles here in Oregon and nationally.

In addition to active roles in both the ADHA and the Oregon Dental Hygienists' Association, she has overseen the development of Pacific's Dental Hygiene Clinic and Smilecare Everywhere Mobile Clinic, both of which offer dental hygiene services to underserved populations.

Rowley holds bachelor's and master's degrees in dental hygiene from Old Dominion University (Va.), as well as a master's degree in organizational management from College Misericordia (Pa.). She earned her initial degree in dental hygiene (associate's) from Bergen Community College (N.J.).

The honor is the second for Rowley during the 2017-2018 academic year. Last November, she received the ODHA’s Lynn Ironside Access to Care Award, an honor named on behalf of a longtime advocate of oral health for underserved populations.

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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 3,800 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.