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:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Oregon Private College Week

Oregon Private College Week (OPCW) was an event that was sponsored by the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities.  This event was created to give prospective college students the opportunity to find out more about the private colleges in Oregon.

This was the first year that OPCW was held.  Pacific University, along with 10 other private colleges, held two visit sessions a day from July 28, 2014 - August 1, 2014. Students who attended these sessions at Pacific, participated in the #Boxertour Challenge. Students who took part in this challenge went on a tour of campus and were given a sheet of paper that they used to write down five locations on campus where they saw Pacific's mascot, Boxer. While on the tour, students were also encouraged to take photos of themselves with our mascot, post the photos on a social media outlet and hashtag the photos "#boxertour". After they were done with the tour, students wrote their names/social media handle on their sheets of paper, and entered them into a drawing for some pacific swag.

Below are some pictures of the lucky student who participated and WON:


Monday, May 12, 2014

Boxer Life in Forest Grove

Forest Grove, Oregon is the home of Pacific University. There are a lot of perks that Boxers can take advantage of in Forest Grove. Listed below are a few of them:

1. Theatre in the Grove

Forest Grove has a very active theatre community. If you are a theatre lover or an aspiring thespian, you owe it to yourself to check-out the productions that are coming up!

The Grove:
Pacific University:

2. The Farmers Market
Every Wednesday from May through October, on Main Street (between Pacific Avenue and 21st Avenue), the Market is held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It features fresh produce and flowers, along the tastiest traditional tamales this side of Mexico. It also offers children’s activities, opportunities for cultural exchange, entertainment, locally made crafts and a mini-photo studio ready to take your family (roommate & you) portrait.

3.  Discounts @ Local Businesses & Restaurants

Boxers get discounts at local businesses and restaurants.  Listed below are just some of the discounts that students receive when they flash their Boxer I.D. cards:

-Maggie's Buns - 10% off
-Pizza Schmizza - $1 off
-Forest Theater - $2 Movie, $1 Popcorn & $1 Soda
-Regal & Cornelius Cinema - 2 Tickets for $11

4.  The Great Outdoors

Just minutes from our Historic Downtown, you can be hiking, horseback riding or biking through old growth forests, boating on a peaceful lake or playing a few rounds of golf on some of the most picturesque courses in the region. Click HERE to discover some of the places to enjoy the great outdoors.


Forest Grove offers its residents a peaceful and serene slice of Americana.  This environment provides perfect conditions to hunker down and study!!!  At Pacific, your academic success is paramount. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Best of Both Worlds

Pacific University is located in the sleepy town of Forest Grove, OR.  Forest Grove is located 30 minutes west of Portland, OR.  As a student at Pacific, you will have the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds: the peace and beauty that Forest Grove provides (perfect for studying) and the fun, metropolitan scene that Portland offers!

The next post will contain Forest Grove's "Top 5."

1.  Food Carts - Portland is a “foodie town” that is known for its diverse plethora of food carts. Food carts make it possible for creative cooks to dispense their culinary creations to the WORLD.  You would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not check out the many a delicious options that are provided through these vehicles.

2.  Powell's Books - Powell's is the largest independent bookstore in the world.  In fact, it is so big that the store provides a map for visitors.  A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon is getting lost in its aisles, grabbing some coffee from the store’s coffee shop, and thumbing through rare art books.

3.  "Take Me Out to the Ball Game...or Puck Game" - Portland is the proud host of the following professional sports teams:

Women's soccer
National Women's Soccer League
Arena football
Arena Football League
Major League Soccer
National Basketball Association
Ice hockey
Western Hockey League

4.  Concerts - Portland has a very active and diverse music scene that provides venues for both the 21+ crowd and the under 21 bunch.

5.  ZooThe Oregon Zoo has some pretty amazing animal exhibits and it boasts an extensive plant collection and specialized gardens. During the summer it is host to a concert series, and in the winter produces ZooLights, a holiday light show.

Need to learn more about transportation options?  Click HERE! Pacific also offers the Zipcar service.  Click HERE to learn more!