Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Events on Campus - Fall, 2014

Coffee with the President: Friday, Oct. 17 @ 4:00pm, UC Lounge

Fall Choral Concert: Friday, Oct. 17 @ 7:30pm, in Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center

Family Weekend: Friday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 19

Football Game: Boxers vs. Pacific Lutheran: Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 1:00pm, in Forest Grove

Cuéntame Coyote: Thursday, Oct. 23 @11:30am-1:00pm

Theatre: The Scrivener: Thursday, Oct. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 26 @ 7:30pm and on Sunday, Oct. 26 @ 2:00pm

Football Game: Boxers vs. George Fox: Saturday, Oct. 25 @ 1:00pm, @ George Fox

Hall-O-Safe: Friday, Oct. 31

Football Game:  Boxers vs. Lewis & Clark: Saturday, Nov. 1 @ 2:00pm, @ Lewis & Clark

Politics & Sports Public Lecture Twofer: Monday, Nov. 3 @ 4:30pm-6:00pm, in Marsh 216

Majorfest: Class of 2017 & 2018: Thursday, Nov. 6 @ 4:00pm-5:30pm, in the MPR

Fall Symphonic Band Concert: Friday, Nov. 7 @ 7:30pm-10:00pm, in Taylor-Meade

Football Game: Boxers vs. Willamette: Saturday, Nov. 8 @ 1:00pm, in Forest Grove

Fall Jazz Nite: Saturday, Nov. 8 @ 7:30pm-10:00pm, in Taylor-Meade

Pacific Philharmonic & Chamber Ensembles Concert: Friday, Nov. 14 @ 7:30pm-10:00pm, in Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center

Football Game vs. Linfield: Saturday, Nov. 15 @ 1:00pm, @ Linfield

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band: Saturday, Nov. 15 @ 7:30pm-9:30pm, in Taylor-Meade

Theresa Williamson, In Your Face Lecture: Monday, Nov. 17 @ 7:00pm, in Marsh 216

A Night in November: Tuesday, Nov. 18 @ 7:30pm-9:30pm, Tom Miles Theater

Thanksgiving Holiday Break:
Wednesday, Nov. 26 – Friday, Nov. 28

Reading Day: Wednesday, Dec. 3

Holiday Concert: Saturday, Dec. 6 @ 7:30pm-10:00pm, in Taylor-Meade


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Homecoming Highlights 2014

Homecoming is a big deal at Pacific University.  During Homecoming, Alum come to campus to rediscover the university and to connect with current students. Pacific genuinely believes that once you are a always are a Boxer!  At homecoming Alum and students participated in the following events:

-Homecoming Football Game (Pacific won!)
-The Noise ParadeEach year, students participate in the Noise Parade, which is exactly what it sounds like. Almost all of the 130 students build floats and yell or use noise-makers to create a NOISE in the town of Forest Grove.
-Alum BBQ
-Campus Tours - Alum were able to check out all of the updates that were made to the campus over the summer!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pacific University Application Nights

Pacific University understands that the college application process can be a bit daunting.  That is why our Undergraduate Admissions Department has decided to hold Application Nights this fall.

At these events, seniors in high school are invited to get hands-on help with their Common Application, learn tips and tricks for writing a stellar application essay and get FREE FOOD!  Admissions counselors and staff will be there to answer any questions that students might have about Pacific University or the college application process in general.

Below are the dates, times, and locations of the Application Nights:

September 23, 2014 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm @ Forest Grove Campus 
October 8, 2014 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm @ Woodburn Campus 
October 20, 2014 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm @ Eugene Campus 
October 21, 2014 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm @ Forest Grove Campus 
November 6, 2014 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm @ Portland Fine Arts Campus 
November 19, 2014 – 4:00pm – 6:30pm @Forest Grove Campus

If you have any questions, or if you wish to RSVP, please contact Anastasia Bennett at or (503) 352-3190.  


Monday, September 15, 2014

Pacific Wonderland

Oregon is known as the Pacific Wonderland. The State's diverse climates, terrains, cultures and history provide Pacific students with a broad variety of activities and opportunities. We went around Pacific and asked current students about cool things to do/places to go in Oregon. Listed below is a shortened list (the original was much, much longer).  
Pictured Above: The Ashland Shakespeare Festival, The Painted Hills, Voodoo Doughnuts, The Sea Lion Caves, The Oregon Aquarium, The Portland Saturday Market, The Oregon Zoo, The House of Mystery (Oregon Vortex), Multnomah Falls, Mt. Hood, OMSI & the Columbia Gorge.

1. Oregon Coast: Our beautiful coastline and beaches are unlike any that you can find in the world! Some favorite beach towns are Seaside, Cannon Beach, and Florence.

2. Sea Lion Caves: Hundreds of Sea Lions can be seen here in the caves and nearby rocky shore.

3. Oregon Zoo: The main attraction at our zoo right now is the baby elephant, Lily, and our new lion cubs.

4. Multnomah Falls: A beautiful waterfall that you can hike up to the top of.

5. Portland Saturday Market: Hosts local artisans and vendors, you get the true Downtown Portland feeling when you go.

6. Lewis and Clark National and State Historic Parks: See where Lewis and Clark hung out.

7. Crater Lake: Once an active volcano, over the years the volcanic crater filled with water, creating the deepest lake in the country.

8. Mt. Hood: A great spot for winter sports as well as hiking and other outdoor activities.

9. Rose Garden: Portland is the City of Roses.

10. Columbia River Gorge: A scenic destination all year, a great place for sightseeing, drives, and outdoor adventures.

11. Oregon Coast Aquarium: This coastal aquarium blends the local landscape and ecology into its exhibits.

12. Voodoo Doughnuts: If you want to see why we have “Keep Portland Weird” bumper stickers, this is where you want to go.

13. Portland Hearts Foot Carts: Portland’s selection of food carts — the city has more than 600 — has drawn global acclaim (CNN declared Portland home to the world’s best street food).

14. Smith Rock: Near Bend, in the high desert, people come from all around to rock climb the cliff faces and to take in the scenic views.

15. Painted Hills: Part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, this unique rock formation is known for its multi-layered, colorful strata.

16. Tillamook Cheese Factory: Tour the factory, get free samples, and snack on some ridiculously delicious ice cream.

17. Sauvie Island: In the fall there are lots of pumpkin patches to go and visit, plus tons of Halloween time fun.

18. Oregon Caves National Monument: The caves were formed in the Siskiyou Mountains and are one of the only marble caves in the world. There are also some plants and animals that are only seen there.

19. Sunstone Mine: Located in Plush, you can pan and mine for your very own sunstones (the Oregon State gemstone).

20. Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Founded in Ashland, you can go and see plays almost year round, but the best time to go is during the summer.

21. OMSI: The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, a fun museum with changing exhibits that vary from Egyptian mummies to ancient dinosaurs.

22. Sporting Events: We have several sports teams that are based in Portland, Oregon, including the Trail Blazers, Timbers and Thorns.

23. Newberry National Volcanic Monument: You can explore lava beds/caves and unique rock formations just south of Bend.

24. The Oregon Vortex: This is a really cool area where the gravitational pull of the earth is naturally altered.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Boxer Athletic Schedule - Fall, 2014

Pacific University has 24 varsity athletic programs that students can try-out for. August - November, students are participating in Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Football, Soccer and Volleyball. Check out the Fall athletic schedule to see what games and events you can come to!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall 2014 Senior Preview Days

Pacific Preview Days provide high school seniors and their guests an opportunity to interact with the Pacific University campus and community.  Throughout the day you will hear from an Admissions Counselor, meet with outstanding faculty and tour our beautiful campus.

Below is the list of dates that Senior Preview Days will be taking place.  Please click on one of the dates to RSVP:


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Who is Boxer?

Students admiring the original Boxer statue. 

There are a lot of crazy college mascots out there; Banana slugs, boll weevils, okra, the list goes on.  Pacific also has a non-traditional mascot that we are very proud call "Boxer."

In Chinese culture, Boxer is known as a Foo Dog, Buddha Dog, or Qilin. Boxer is thought to be a mix of several animals; a lion, a dog, a dragon, a unicorn, and some others (depends really on who you ask). This creature is a mystical  guardian and that protects the entrances of places like temples, tombs and palaces. Boxers also bring good luck to the people that they watch over.

In 1896, a statue of Boxer was brought to the university from China by Alum, Reverend J.E. Walker. The statue became a 
coveted item on campus, so students started a tradition where people would try to steal Boxer. This practice was dubbed, “Boxer Toss,” but ended in 1969 when the statue was stolen and never returned. The statue hasn't been seen on campus since...complete that is. Every once in a while an alum will return a piece of the original statue, that had broken off due to the toss. The latest piece was Boxer’s tail, which was returned by Don Metzer ’66, O.D. ’67 in July of 2012.
For more information about our awesome mascot, Boxer, check out Boxer Central at: