Thursday, February 16, 2017

Diverse Perspectives

Raise your hand if you think you need to know about people and places around the world, in order to know how best create change?

Yeah, our hand is up too.

Here at Pacific, we believe that changing the world should be integrated into your everyday life; the way you live, the way you do everything, should reflect the type of world that you want to have. This means that one of the four cornerstones for your time at Pacific is International and Diverse Perspectives.
We believe that, in order to effect true world change, we all need to continually increase our awareness of and competency with diverse cultures. If we know more about different people and cultures, then we can better know how to make the world a better place for all, even just in our day-to-day interactions.

Sounds great, right?

We think so too. Here’s how we do it:
·         Pro-social clubs and organizations, like Black Student Union, which are open to all students for participation.
·         On and off campus events that extend your cultural horizons, whether it be a panel on gender and sexuality diversity, or a serve day on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
·         Study abroad, and immerse yourself in another culture, learning the about the issues most pertinent to that part of the earth.
And if that’s not enough, your cultural horizons will be expanded just by showing up to class. We offer classes that emphasize diverse thinking in everything from Anthropology to Art, and everything in between. If you want to learn how to think more inclusively, and you want to do it through a Music, we even offer that.

Diversity is something we value here at Pacific, and we’re excited that you do too. Come see what we’re all about: contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Academic Highlight 004: Education

Academic Highlight 004

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
-Nelson Mandela

We couldn't have said it better ourselves; but we try to at least come close, every day.

Pacific University works hard to prepare its students to educate the next generation in ways that empower themselves as teachers, and their students as learners. How do we do this? By giving our students in the Education program a "deep understanding of the psychological, social, philosophical, and curricular foundations of education."

By doing this, we take on that privilege of using education as an agent for social change, and give our students the tools to do the same. The students in our Education program graduate ready to pass on the tools they have learned to youth of all ages, in all sorts of classroom settings.

How does that sound to you?
Yeah; it sounds pretty amazing to us too.

Do you want to join us in creating a generation of teachers that empower their students to change the world? Contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit with Pacific; a University that's helping passionate teachers change the world by equipping youth with the same skills.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Academic Highlight 003: Business

Academic Highlight 003

How does Pacific University empower its Business students to be world-changers?
By developing skills in students that "foster students’ ability to make decisions with ethics and integrity."

Michael Porter, in his increasingly engaging Ted talk (if you have 15 minutes, we think you'd really enjoy watching it) discusses why businesses may actually be the future of solving issues in the world like sustainability or lack of access to water.

Pacific University Business students are ready to jump in with exactly what Michael Porter discusses.

Pacific University students are joining in that effort to use their skills for Business in making the world a better place. They're taking their ideas, and using their skills to find solutions to the issues the world is seeking answers for. How?

"The business program at Pacific University helps students develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication and quantitative reasoning. These skills foster students’ ability to make decisions with ethics and integrity."

Pacific University Business students graduate prepared to become effective, not only in their business practices, but also in using those business practices to help those around them.

Contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit with Pacific; a University that's empowering passionate Business students to make a difference in our world.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Liberal Arts for Personal and Global Growth

What happens when everyone grows?
Society grows.

What happens when you attend a Liberal Arts University?
You grow; and research backs that up.

So, what happens when a group of people engage in a Liberal Arts Education?
Society will grow and continue to progress forward.

Richard A. Detweiler found quantifiable evidence supporting a lifetime of positive results in students who attended a Liberal Arts University (aka, what we do best). These benefits span a breadth of characteristics that I think we can all agree would be worthwhile to develop in ourselves, and our world as a whole:

  • Students who attended a Liberal Arts University were more likely to have altruistic characteristics, especially at Universities that discussed ethical issues (aka our commitment to Civic Engagement).
  • Students who had more personal relationships with professors were more likely to feel more personally fulfilled in their lives. Further, students who talked with professors about nonacademic subjects were more likely to become leaders in their communities (aka our incredibly intelligent and personable professors).
  • Students who took part in class discussions were more likely to be lifelong learners (aka our student to faculty ratio of 11:1 that actually allows students to get involved in class.

What does all this mean?
Essentially, Liberal Arts Universities, like Pacific, are more likely to create altruistic leaders who expand their understandings of the world throughout the entirety of their lives.

So what does this mean for Pacific University?
Well, I guess you could say that we're kind of experts in the field of developing altruistic leaders who like to learn.

With our (1) commitment to every student's Civic Engagement, (2) our passion for creating students that "think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world" long after they graduate, and (3) our Professors who are nationally ranked and engage with students in a genuine way, we know a thing or two about our graduates going into the world and pushing for progress.

Not only are we a Liberal Arts University, we are a Liberal Arts University that excels in preparing our students to be effective people in the world. According to research, we're doing exactly what we need to do, to give you, and our world, the full value of a Liberal Arts Education at a high level.

Want to hear more about how you can begin your process of becoming a Boxer? Contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit with Pacific; a University that creates leaders who care, learn more, and use that to create a better world for all.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Academic Highlight 002: Peace & Social Justice

Academic Highlight 002
Peace & Social Justice

How does Pacific University use our academics to change the world?
By having an entire set of classes dedicated to empowering students to create social justice and a more peaceful world.

Raise your hand if you've ever watched the news and wanted to do something about it all.
Yeah, our hand is up too.

So, we created an entire field of study dedicated just to "doing something about it all."
The Peace & Social Justice minor at Pacific University engages students in investigating issues of social justice, inequality and violence among individuals, groups, and the nations of the world.

With an interdisciplinary approach to creating peace and social justice in our world, students will be prepared with the diverse perspectives necessary to solve the diverse problems our world faces today. It's rare that a social issue has a clear cut solution; things tend to be nuanced. So we made our education in peace and social justice nuanced to match that.

We're creating well-prepared, informed and active citizens who have a broad understanding in varying social issues. Contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit with Pacific; a University that's empowering passionate students to make a difference in our world.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"Growing Green"

Our world is changing, and so is our campus.
We are constantly building and developing in order to ensure that our campus excels for the modern college student.
But doesn't that mean that as our campus grows, so too does our carbon footprint?
Not at Pacific.
Why is building sustainably important? Buildings consume over half of all U.S. energy, and account for 35% of CO2 emissions. We heard these stats at Pacific, and immediately decided to make a commitment to "grow green".
With all of our expansion and updating, we are continually making sure that our buildings meet the sustainability standards put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council. With seven LEED-certified buildings, 41% of Pacific's floor area is certified as sustainable, and that number continues to grow. 
As if "growing green" wasn't enough, we are also working backwards, updating our older, non-LEED buildings to reduce energy consumption and bring those buildings to LEED energy standards and beyond.
From recycled concrete, steel, insulation, and drywall in Gilbert Hall, to installing bio-filters on the roof of Burlingham Hall in order to reduce the contamination of rainwater runoff, we care about how we impact the environment here at Pacific. And the best part is, we've been doing it since 2005, when we built our library to match LEED's standards. It's safe to say that we know what we're doing when it comes to sustainability.
Contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit with Pacific; a University that cares about sustainability, and is continually growing green.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Professor Highlight 003: Don Schweitzer

Professor Highlight 003
Don Schweitzer, PhD, LMSW, BSW 
How is Dr. Schweitzer changing the world?
Social Work.

He is a professor of Social Work on our Undergraduate campus who has been dedicated to providing students with opportunities to apply their coursework to real world challenges. He's passionate about analyzing social structures and helping students figure out how to use them for good.

How do you integrate making the world a better place into your coursework?
In the classroom, I provide assignments and readings that connect students to real world challenges where they have to develop real world solutions. Examples include:

  • A policy class designed around working with a local Anti-Poverty Workgroup to develop policy recommendations to improve issues such as affordable housing, access to affordable childcare, and food stamps. Students worked collaboratively with the Workgroup throughout the semester to develop legislative priorities for the Workgroup.
  • One of my favorite class discussions is on the power analysis. Although power is often used to harm vulnerable people, when power is understood it can be harnessed to improve the lives of the vulnerable. The power analysis helps us understand how to assess it and develop a plan of action to change it.
  • I incorporate texts such as Jonathan Kozol’s Amazing Grace. These type of texts provide us a window into a world, often in our own backyard, where people are hurting, struggling, and, often times, voiceless and disempowered.

How do you integrate making the world a better place into your other duties as a faculty member?
By working collaboratively with my colleagues. I think it is critical for us to work across professional lines. Listening to others’ ideas, learning from other disciplines, and finding common ground is something that not only makes the world a better a place, it makes me better at what I do.

How do you integrate making the world a better place into your personal life?
Getting involved in my community. Whether that’s volunteering as a board member for a local non-profit or volunteering my expertise to community members, helping them conduct community needs assessments. I have a set of skills to offer and I enjoy using them to make my community a better place.

Contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit with Pacific; a University that has professors who are passionate about change.