Monday, December 15, 2014

Holidays at Pacific

The holiday season is upon us again, allowing us to boom Christmas music to our hearts content

without getting odd looks from people. It’s also a time where we can enjoy the season with a variety

of festive events around the Portland area. One big event that happens throughout December is Zoo

Lights at The Oregon Zoo. The zoo gets decked out with tons of twinkle lights throughout the park

and you get to wander through after hours while enjoying a nice cup of hot cocoa. Also if you like

lights, you can visit Peacock Lane in Portland from December 15th to December 31st or The Grotto

during the evenings through December 30th. You can also catch a ride on the MAX to Pioneer Square

anytime to see the giant lighted tree in Portland’s living room. If you want to be in the great outdoors

there are many Christmas tree farms surrounding Portland that have special holiday events like

meeting Santa’s reindeer or enjoying piping hot apple cider. If you want to have some holiday fun

indoors, you can check out Pittock Mansion's Christmas Past, Present, and Future event. For this

event, the Pittock Mansion gets decorated according to all of the different Christmas traditions and

you can enjoy some holiday foods and Christmas music while you are there too.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Pacesetters 2015

The Pacesetters Scholarship Competition is an opportunity for academically talented high school students to earn up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year for all four years) in additional scholarship money by demonstrating their exceptional abilities with Pacific's faculty members. RSVP Today!

Pacesetters Dates

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015  
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

The Details

The first thing you should know is that everybody wins at Pacesetters. If you participate in the entire event, you are guaranteed between $2,000 and $5,000 in annual Pacesetters scholarships in addition to previously awarded merit scholarships. Our two highest scoring Pacesetters competitors will receive a full-tuition scholarship for all four years.
Parents and students will learn more about Pacific while interacting with faculty about specific academic programs, connecting with current students, enjoying lunch, and having financial aid and student services questions answered.

The Exam

Students have 50 minutes to complete an exam that is comprised of a reading comprehension section and a problem solving section. Calculators are not permitted and students are expected to show their work. This exam is written and proctored by faculty from our english, chemistry, political science, economics, computer science, mathematics and biology departments.

The Rewards

  • A minimum $8,000 scholarship ($2,000 annually) to every student who attends the competition
  • As much as $20,000 ($5,000 annually) based on exam scores
  • A full-tuition scholarship to the two highest-scoring Pacesetters competitors

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pacific University's Undergraduate Research Conference 2014

The 2014 Pacific University Undergraduate Research Conference will feature a professional panel discussion and two student poster sessions. The Conference is sponsored by the Pacific Research Institute for Science and Mathematics and the Career Development Center and is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Multi-Purpose Room, University Center
Professional Panel 4:30 – 5:15 pm
A panel of Pacific Natural and Social Sciences alumni discuss their career paths and roles in their fields.
Student Poster Session I 5:15 - 6:00 pm
Student Poster Session II 6:00 - 6:45 pm
Closing Ceremonies 6:45 - 7:00 pm
Students who have conducted research projects both on and off campus will be available to discuss details and answer questions about their research. Light appetizers will be served.

If you would like to attend to see what kind of research opportunities are available for students at Pacific, please contact Anastasia Bennett at 


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.