Monday, April 14, 2014

Studying in Santiago

Vanessa Yee is a Junior at Pacific University.  She is currently studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, and would like to share what she has experienced so far!

When I first decided to be a Spanish and Exercise Science double major, everyone thought I was crazy! It seemed like every time I told someone that I was a language and science double major, I would be asked the inevitable question: “But how will you have enough time?” Well, ladies and gents, I made time. Studying abroad in Chile spring semester of my Junior year has been an experience like no other and I am so glad that  I chose to study abroad! Sure, it may mean a full credit load all my other semesters, but there is absolutely nothing like experiencing another culture. I have only been down here for two months, and I already know that it was totally worth it! I chose to live with a Chilean lady instead of in a house with several other university students, and I am so glad I made that choice. Homestay is definitely the way to go! Many evenings have been spent talking about Chilean culture and traditions over a piping hot plate of Charquican, which is a traditional Chilean dish kind of like beef stew, or strolling around one of the many neighborhood parks in Santiago learning new vocabulary or “Chilanismos”, which are common Chilean sayings

Me in Parque Araucano!

School, classes, and the atmosphere here are actually not unlike those at Pacific. The Universidad de los Andes is one of the smaller private universities here in Santiago; it is actually a pretty new school, only 25 years old! That is really young in comparison to Pacific! I am taking fully integrated classes; in fact, I only have one class that is just exchange students! This does make for an intense workload, but I have made some great Chilean friends as well! Universidad de los Andes does a good job of looking after its exchange students. It took a little motivation on my part, but I am all settled in now! 

Argentina, USA, Spain, Poland, and France, respectively!

I have made some great friends in the group of exchange students; it really helped that all of us attended an orientation together for the first week of school. We did everything from take a tour of campus, to visit Pablo Neruda’s house here in Santiago, to go to the concert sponsored by the university!

Spain, Austria, Mexico, and USA at the concert!
I am actually the only student from the USA in the exchange program at this time, and the first from Pacific University! If any of you Boxers out there are thinking of studying at the Universidad de los Andes, know that the credit transfer is a little weird, and you will need to take 24 credits to qualify as a full time student! Don't worry...its not as bad as it sounds. My weekends have been spent getting to know Santiago and the people in it. Last weekend, my friend from Peru, Tania, and I went to the central market, which sells a LOT of  fish and local goods, and then I spent a beautiful afternoon on Santa Lucia hill.

Tania and me at the top of Santa Lucia hill!

Well, Boxers and Future Boxers, that’s all for now! Un beso y chao! Hasta la próxima vez! 


Friday, April 4, 2014

Sustainability at Pacific

Pacific supports education, research, policy formation, and information exchange to move toward global sustainability and offers peer institutions and community partners assistance to do the same. We encourage all faculty, staff and students to create and participate in opportunities to raise university, public, industry, foundation and government awareness by openly addressing the need to move toward an environmentally sustainable future.

Pacific University takes seriously the responsibility to cultivate a well-educated, engaged 

community committed to building a healthier future. As stated in our mission, we embrace the 
concept of environmental sustainability, and commit to using the University as a learning 
laboratory for sustainable practices. Students have the opportunity to contribute/learn through the following:

Center for a Sustainable Society

Opened in July 2012, the center works closely with the University Sustainability Committee, student environmental organizations, faculty, staff and off-campus partners—such as METRO, Clean Water Services, businesses, nonprofits and local cities—to make the day-to-day operations of the University and the region more sustainable. In concert with the university's mission, the center also promotes opportunities for research, education and relevant work experiences for students.

Sustainability Minor

The minor in sustainability at Pacific University allows students to craft their own course of study within the environmental studies field in order to build their understanding of the components of sustainability. Students gain the core knowledge that allows them to enhance their primary field of study with environmental knowledge. They may use their understanding of sustainability in the corporate world, in nonprofits, in building design, in art or in education.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Voyages 2014

Begin your journey at Pacific University by embarking on a fun and challenging Voyage! You will get the opportunity to go on an exhilarating adventure led by students and staff that will allow you to grow and flourish in developing trust, communication, and resiliency.
See below to Learn more about our variety of trips:


Friday, March 28, 2014

5 Reasons to Become a Boxer!

Yes, there are more than five reasons why one should deposit at Pacific, but we just wanted to share five that we thought were significant.

1. Pacific University is Nationally Ranked

Pacific University has once again been recognized highly by US News World Report and Forbes. US News ranked the university tied for 20th in the "Regional Universities West Region" category, comprised of institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors, master programs and doctoral programs. Washington Monthly magazine, a non-profit publication based in the nation's capital, has ranked Pacific University 13th in the nation in the "master's universities" category.

2. The Professors

Pacific’s faculty are committed to the pursuit of excellence, and to helping our students to achieve success in a variety of fields. Our professors enjoy a world-class reputation for their research/publications and our wonderful students go on to bridge the worlds of the liberal arts and professional achievement.

3. Research & Internships

We will establish opportunities to further research for students by doing the following:
(1) Offering assistance to find granting agencies to support research;
(2) Acting as a publicity arm of the university to promote and to interest both our own constituency, and those beyond the campus in the research enterprise
(3) Creating systems that track, manage and support the research endeavor; and
(4) Developing financial resources that support and enhance the research environment.

An internship is a supervised, purposely educational and sustained work experience that supports your career development by providing the opportunity for Applied Learning, Career Exploration, Skill Development and Personal Development. Though facilitated by your Faculty Internship Advisor, a professional in the employment community, and the Internship Coordinator, you are the primary director of this learning experience, aimed at exploring the intersection of your academic and professional interests.

4. Student Life & Activities

Here at Pacific University we encourage all students to become involved with student activities to enhance their academic, cultural, social and recreational experiences outside the classroom through participation in group programs and activities.

5. Athletics & Club Sports

Pacific students work hard and they play hard. About 50 percent of students participate in either varsity, intramural, or club sports, and many more enjoy cheering on the Boxers against their rivals. The Boxers compete in the Northwest Conference (NWC), an NCAA Division III league that includes nearby schools such as Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, and Willamette University.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Where Are They Now?

Spring is here! One glance outside makes it pretty clear that spring has arrived on the Pacific campus.  Flowers are popping out, trees are in full bloom, and students are hanging-out on the Quad.  It's a great day to be a Boxer!

Oftentimes, we get asked by prospective students (like you!) where our alumni go after graduation.  What kind of jobs do they get?  Do they go back to their hometowns?  Well, in answer to those questions, we've compiled a list of recent grads and where they are today!  This list is specific to graduates from our Business and Economics programs.  (You'll have to check back for other areas!)

  • Matt Hendryx graduated from Pacific with a degree in Economics, and he is now the Concessions Manager at Ovations Food Services, LP, in the Portland area.
  • Phil Bastian now lives in New York City, New York, and works in public policy.  He is currently working for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as an Economic & Statistical Consultant.  Previously, he worked for The Economist and UNESCO.
  • After graduating from Pacific University, Taylor Kane worked for a marketing firm and Bee Control Northwest.  He is now a technical trainer at Trebol Soccer Club in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Geoff Aoyagi took his Pacific education and springboarded to the East Coast.  Now located in the Greater New York City Area, Geoff works as the Director of Analytics at Fuse Networks, LLC.
  • Since graduating from Pacific, Carrie McDermott has taken on a variety of roles.  From Global Language Adventures to Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, Carrie has taken the Pacific name to Anchorage, Alaska.  She now works as a Client Account Manager for SMB at Alaska Communications.
  • Pamela Booth worked with our Student Life department while at Pacific University.  She resides in the Portland, Oregon area and works at Ecotrust as a WWRI Intern.

We are so proud of our graduates and the differences they are making in their communities around the world.  Stay tuned for more outcomes from all of our different majors.

Happy Spring!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Wishing you and your family all the wonderful things that make Thanksgiving such a special day!


Monday, October 29, 2012

When Should I Apply??

In the world of college applications and admissions deadlines, there are many terms that get tossed around; and sometimes, it can be plain confusing.  So, I’ve set out to clarify what each term means and how that applies to your application.

Early Action – this is a certain kind of early admission used by some colleges.  Essentially, the school requires that the student turn in his application by November 1st (instead of the standard, January 1st), and they commit to notifying students of their admission decision in mid-December (rather than mid-Spring).  For most schools, this is non-binding action – meaning that, even if you apply early, you are not bound to attend that school.  Some schools, however, have what is called, “Restrictive Early Action” wherein students are only allowed to apply to one restrictive early action institution.  This brings me to…

Early Decision – this is an admissions process that is, ultimately, a binding decision to enroll.  It means that, if a student is accepted under an early decision program, the applicant must withdraw all other applications and enroll at that institution.  See the difference?  Early action simply requires that you apply sooner and are able to know whether you’re admitted sooner.  Early decision has more finality. But then, there’s…

Rolling Admission – this is an admissions process that is increasingly more common among colleges and universities.  Essentially, the school will accept applications from fall through spring.  At Pacific University, we are on a rolling admissions basis.  Our application opens on August 15th and we will *officially* accept applications until nearly July 15th. ****  However, this whole “not applying until July” is not encouraged.  While we accept applications almost year-round, we still encourage students to apply before Winter Break.  The sooner students apply, the more scholarship opportunities are available to them.

For example, we have a scholarship competition in February called, Pacesetters. (I’ll tell you more about that later…) In order to be invited, the student must have been admitted before February 1st.  In order to be admitted by February 1st, the student needs to make sure that they have applied far in advance of that date!

Students who wait until the last minute to apply miss out on exciting scholarship opportunities.

If you're interested in getting the application process started with Pacific, visit the Common App website and get started on your application profile today!!