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Commencement Advisory: Mother and Daughter to Graduate Together From Pacific University on Saturday - 05/17/19

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Pacific University will hold its undergraduate commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in Hanson Stadium on the north side of the university's Forest Grove Campus. Pacific will award an honorary doctorate to alumna and longtime supporter Mary Fair Berglund '58 during the morning ceremony, which will also feature the awarding of bachelor's of education and learning degrees to a mother-daughter duo. Aurea Lomeli (mother, age 42) and Leslie Lomeli (daughter, age 22) live together and took classes together at the university's Woodburn Campus, and plan to teach elementary school students. They are the first in their family to graduate from college.

The university will hold a ceremony for graduate and professional students at 1:30 p.m., also in Hanson Stadium. Degrees will be awarded to students of optometry and vision science, pharmacy, speech-language pathology, education and teaching, physical therapy and athletic training. During the afternoon ceremony, Pacific's College of Optometry will award its 2019 Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist to alumna and professor emerita Nada Lingel '79, OD '81, MS '88, '00.

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

Pacific University Weekly News Brief - 05/16/19

The latest news from Pacific University:

Pacific University Spring Commencements Set for Saturday, May 18

Pacific University to Award Honorary Degree to Mary Fair Berglund '58

Dr. Nada Lingel '79, OD '81, MS '88, '00 to Receive Ninth Annual Kamelia Massih Prize

Pacific University Honors Excellence in 2019 Undergraduate Awards Ceremony

Pacific University Faculty and Staff Honored at 2019 Ceremony

Pacific Tabs Allan Bird To Lead International Student Initiative, Teach Business

AMIGOS Named International Organization's Chapter of the Month

71st Annual Music in May Festival Set for May 23-25

Krebs 'Make a Difference' Award Helps Student Stay at Pacific

Laura Stallings Drops "Interim" From Her Title; Becomes Director of Student Counseling Center

 

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

Economics professor Phil Ruder receives Pacific University's 2019 Distinguished University Professor Award from President Lesley Hallick.
Economics professor Phil Ruder receives Pacific University's 2019 Distinguished University Professor Award from President Lesley Hallick.
Pacific University Recognizes Outstanding Faculty and Staff at Annual Awards Ceremony (Photo) - 05/10/19

FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University honored an array of employees for outstanding service during its 2019 Faculty & Staff Honors & Awards Ceremony held May 8 on the university's Forest Grove Campus.

Longtime economics professor Phil Ruder received Pacific's Distinguished University Professor Award. Ruder joined the faculty in 1994 and will complete his 25th year of service at the conclusion of the academic year.

Other notable faculty honorees include:

  • Gail Aamodt (Dental Hygiene Studies) - President's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • Amanda Stead (Communication Sciences & Disorders) - President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
  • Michelle Larkins (Center for a Sustainable Society) - Outstanding Contribution to the University Award
  • Wilber Ramirez Rodriguez (Dental Hygiene Studies) - University Diversity and Justice Award
  • Nicola Carter (Pharmacy) - Provost's Junior Faculty Award for Teaching
  • Marina Suzuki (Pharmacy) - Provost's Junior Faculty Award for Scholarship
  • Anita Cleven (Pharmacy) - Provost's Junior Faculty Award for Service

A number of staff members were also recognized for exceptional service, including:

  • Danny Kambel (Intercollegiate Athletics) - Dedication to Students Award
  • Adam Fein (Marketing & Communications) - Splendid Audacity Award for innovation
  • Breanna Hugon (Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Research) - Boxer Spirit Award for teamwork
  • Suzie Schwab (School of Occupational Therapy) - Outstanding Leadership Award

Additionally, recently retired employee Lois Hornberger and her husband Dan Hornberger '69 were honored with the university's Community Service Award, bestowed upon an individual or individuals who have significantly contributed to the cultural or educational development of the university or the City of Forest Grove.

The ceremony also noted multiple retirements and milestone terms of service. Pacific will hold its spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, during which time retiring faculty will be recognized. Complete 2019 Pacific faculty & staff honors can be found online.

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Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific University has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. At Pacific, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 

Pacific University Weekly News Brief - 05/09/19

The latest news from Pacific University:

Pacific University STEM Teacher Pathways Program Awarded $1.4 Million by National Science Foundation

Two Recent Pacific Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards

Boxer Giving Day 2019 is a Huge Success

Pacific University Spring Commencements Set for Saturday, May 18

April Horner, MAT '19, Named Educator of the Year by The Arc Oregon

Pacific University to Award Honorary Degree to Mary Fair Berglund '58

Dr. Nada Lingel '79, OD '81, MS '88, '00 to Receive Ninth Annual Kamelia Massih Prize

Occupational Therapy Director Gregory Wintz to Retire

Pacific University faculty members are experts in their respective disciplines, and many are available for journalists in need of sources for stories.

Upcoming Events

Media Arts Senior Film Screenings - May 10, May 11 (Fri., Sat.)

Percussion Concert - Monday, May 13

May Commencement – Saturday, May 18

Music in May – May 23-25 (Thurs.-Sat.)

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

Pacific University STEM Teacher Pathways Program Awarded $1.4 Million by National Science Foundation - 05/08/19

Pacific University has received a National Science Foundation award of more than $1.4 million to expand the university's highly successful and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teaching licensure program offered through its College of Education at the Woodburn Campus.

Dr. Kevin Carr, program director and professor of education, said the project, "Creating Community-Based STEM Teacher Pathways,” promotes K-12 student participation and success in STEM education — and subsequently opens the door to career opportunities in high-paying STEM fields — by providing local communities with outstanding STEM teachers. Key partners in the five-year project include Chemeketa Community College and the Woodburn School District.

The NSF grant, part of its Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, provides direct support for students in Pacific’s STEM Teacher Pathways program. That program offers students a master of arts in teaching that combines endorsements in middle- and high-school science and math, as well as ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages).

This is the third such NSF grant awarded to Pacific's STEM Teacher Pathways program, which has produced more than 80 high school math and science teachers since 2011. The program currently has a 95 percent employment success rate for graduates following completion.

Among those successful teaching candidates is Denise Aquino, who will graduate this May with her MAT in STEM/ESOL from the Woodburn-based program. Aquino earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Pacific in 2018. She initially planned to be a researcher, but while volunteering, she recognized the need for more Latina science experts in the classroom. In the last year, she’s completed the MAT STEM/ESOL program and secured a job in Molalla, Ore., the community where she grew up.

The $1.4 million grant will support 60 additional Pacific Noyce Scholars over the next five years, awarding each up to $25,000 to lower the cost of becoming a teacher. "The program will provide the resources and support needed to expand access to rural Oregon, where many science and math teachers are in need of teacher licensure," Carr said.

By combining the Noyce Scholarship with support through the Pacific Scholarships in Mathematics and Sciences (PSiMS) program, a current community college student could receive more than $32,000 during their college years to become a STEM teacher.

Applications are now open to become a Pacific Noyce Scholar and start becoming a STEM teacher as soon as June 24, 2019.

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Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific University has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. At Pacific, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest.

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Two Recent Pacific University Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards (Photo) - 05/06/19

FOREST GROVE -- A pair of recent Pacific University alumni recently were awarded U.S. Fulbright Student Awards.

Jasmine Libert '18, who graduated in May 2018 with a bachelor's degree in music therapy, was offered a U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship award to teach in Germany, as well as a similar award from the Fulbright Austria program to teach in that country. She heads to Austria in the fall.

Anita Gill MFA '18, who earned her master of fine arts in writing from Pacific last year, received a Fulbright award to conduct research in Spain for the completion of a novel of historical fiction centered around playwright Lope de Vega.

Libert, a board-certified music therapist for Portland Music Therapy, is excited about her upcoming Fulbright experience.

"Participating in the Fulbright program has been a goal I have been working toward since I first started at Pacific," she said. "It isn't possible to accept two Fulbright award opportunities for the same time period, and ultimately, I feel the program in Austria is a better fit for me, my passions and aspirations. My first experience abroad was in Vienna (Austria's capital) and I fell in love with the city."

As a Fulbright teaching assistant, Libert will provide English language program support under the guidance of mentor teachers at two secondary schools. She will start in October and conclude her service in May 2020.

"I hope to use my experience working as an assistant teacher at the German Immersion School in Beaverton as well as my degree in music therapy to help inspire Austrian students to get excited about learning English," she said.

Fulbright awards are highly competitive, especially to places like Germany and Spain, according to Professor Jann Purdy, who serves as interim coordinator of Pacific's Fulbright program. Purdy and a number of faculty and staff at Pacific are highly involved in supporting students through the application process.

"The entire Fulbright committee at Pacific gave me incredible guidance and I am eternally grateful for everyone’s support," Libert said.

Gill received an Open Study Award to conduct independent research on the life of the 16th century Spanish playwright Lope de Vega.

"He was a prolific playwright during the Spanish Golden Age, known to have written hundreds of plays which were performed regularly in Madrid," Gill said, adding that de Vega also lived an extraordinary life as a poet, secretary to a Duke, naval officer, father, husband, philanderer and, later in life, a priest.

"I intend to capture his life in a historical novel about the man who became a master of letters in order to raise his social status and secure his legacy through this plays and progeny," Gill said. "He was certain he would be remembered, unlike his neighbor, Cervantes, the author of the infamous Don Quixote. While de Vega is well-known in Spanish-speaking countries, his plays are rarely performed in the United States."

Gill will spend her nine-month fellowship primarily be Barcelona, where her affiliate runs a research program about Lope de Vega. She will also travel to Madrid, Toledo, and Seville, some of the places where de Vega once lived.

"I'm thrilled to receive this opportunity to devote myself wholeheartedly to this subject, an interest that alighted in me 10 years ago," she said. "With the support of the Fulbright, I have the freedom to read, research, and write my novel with historical accuracy, all the while crafting a story that would resonate with a wider audience."

Gill echoed Libert's appreciation for Pacific faculty and staff support in pursuing the grant. "When it comes to applying for a Fulbright, it takes a village," she said. "Thankfully, I had the community at Pacific!"

Pacific has produced 37 Fulbright student scholars to date, as well as numerous faculty who have received Fulbright awards, including recent honorees Nancy Neudauer (mathematics), Kevin Johnson (chemistry), Stacey Halpern (biology) and Jules Boykoff (politics & government). Pacific's commitment to the Fulbright program also includes serving as a host site for Fulbright language assistants for the past 25 years.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and those of other nations.

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Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific University has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. At Pacific, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest.

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Boxer Giving Day 2019 is a Huge Success (Photo) - 05/03/19

FOREST GROVE -- Boxer Giving Day, Pacific University's annual giving challenge, was a huge success.

Preliminary results from the 36-hour fundraising blitz held May 1-2 show that 858 donors contributed a total of $234,891, a 10 percent increase in donor participation and a 24 percent increase in gifts from the university's last giving day. Gifts are still being processed and will ultimately adjust the final number of participants and funds raised.

Challenges issued throughout Boxer Giving Day drew special gifts, including a $5,000 match from President Lesley Hallick for gifts from first-time donors, which resulted in gifts from 71 new donors to Pacific.

Trustee Bob Barrett ’66 matched $5,000 for the College of Business, and Vice Provost and College of Health Professions Executive Dean Ann Barr-Gillespie and husband Peter matched $25,000 for the College of Health Professions Diversity Scholarship.

Honorary Trustee Ruth Burlingham gave $25,000 to the Pacific Excellence Fund when the university met its participation goal of 519 donors. Deans Jennifer Coyle (College of Optometry), Sarah Phillips (College of Arts & Sciences), James Goodrich (College of Business) and Leif Gustavson (College of Education) all played large roles as successful Boxer Giving Day Advocates, leveraging their connections and social networks to bring in generous gifts and matches.

Philanthropic support is what makes a Pacific experience possible for so many students by providing scholarships for students, funding programs and faculty initiatives, and creating world-class learning environments that allow alumni to innovate for tomorrow. Even prior to Boxer Giving Day, the university had secured more than $54 million in gifts and pledges towards its comprehensive $80 million Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University

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Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific University has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. At Pacific, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest.

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Pacific University Weekly News Brief - 05/02/19

The latest news from Pacific University:

Pacific University to Award Honorary Degree to Mary Fair Berglund '58

Dr. Nada Lingel '79, OD '81, MS '88, '00 to Receive Ninth Annual Kamelia Massih Prize

Pacific University Spring Commencements Set for Saturday, May 18

Dance Company Awards Creative Prize to Pacific Alumnus Shaun Keylock ‘15

Pacific University Partnering With Saturday Academy to Offer Youth Learning Opportunities This Summer

Pacific University faculty members are experts in their respective disciplines, and many are available for journalists in need of sources for stories. Professor Jeff Seward (Politics & Government) is an expert on U.S. - South America relations and has been following the political unrest in Venezuela.

Upcoming Events

College of Optometry White Coat Ceremony – Friday, May 3

Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Concert – Friday, May 3

Dance Choreographers Informal – Friday, May 3

Consent Color Run – Saturday, May 4

Pacific University and PCC Rock Creek Choirs Collaboration – Saturday, May 4

Larry Lipin’s Last Lecture – Monday, May 6

Faculty and Staff Honors and Awards Ceremony - Wednesday, May 8

Alumni Remembrance Ceremony - Thursday, May 9

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

Pacific University Spring Commencements Set for Saturday, May 18 - 05/01/19

FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University will confer degrees on nearly 900 students during its spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 18, at Hanson Stadium on the Forest Grove Campus.

An undergraduate ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the graduate and professional ceremony at 1:30 p.m. No tickets are required to attend the free events, and additional guest information is available online.

Commencement at Pacific marks the culmination of years of study by Pacific students and the beginning of their next steps toward careers, graduate school or professional advancement. About half of the graduating students will receive bachelor’s degrees in the morning after studying in more than 60 majors and minors offered by the university’s colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business and Education.

They include students like Charli Ann Elliott, this year’s undergraduate valedictorian. Elliott, a creative writing major and basketball player from Seattle, said she came to Pacific because it offered everything she wanted in a college experience: the opportunity to play intercollegiate athletics and study abroad while mastering the craft of the written word. She is currently in the midst of writing her first novel and plans to teach English overseas, likely in Taiwan, before pursuing an advanced degree in writing.

Pacific is committed to inspiring students to think, care, create and pursue justice in the world — and Elliott is just one of many Class of 2019 graduates who intend to pay their education forward by working for the benefit of the global community.

Others include criminal justice, society and law major Jenna Richards, currently an intern with Metropolitan Public Defender, who plans to enter law school to further her passion for reforming the criminal justice system. Creative writing major Kelsi Roth hopes her writing will inspire others to open themselves up to strengthen relationships and better understand the human condition.

And chemistry majors Keilian MacCulloch and Hoan Nguyen will continue to pursue scientific advancements in graduate school after spending their undergraduate years trying to develop a molecular technique for purifying natural gas. Pacific is the No. 1 private research university in the Northwest, affording undergraduates rare hands-on research opportunities.

The other half of Pacific’s graduates on May 18 will receive graduate and professional degrees from programs throughout the colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Professions, and Optometry. The largest contingent will be from the School of Pharmacy, which will confer doctoral degrees on more than 100 candidates and will also award its first master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences to Heather True PharmD ’18 of Port Orchard, Wash.

True earned her PharmD degree in 2018 and was attracted by the additional skills and knowledge set the master's in pharmaceutical sciences provides. "This program has enabled me to master new lab techniques, learn how to teach curriculum to current pharmacy students and refine my presentation abilities, as well as my scientific writing, critical thinking and public speaking skills," she said. "It has provided me with the experience and confidence I need to pursue a PhD with an emphasis on clinical and experimental therapeutics," she said.

Graduate and professional degrees also will be awarded in athletic training, business administration, optometry, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, social work, and teaching and education.

Also May 18, Pacific will award its second honorary degree in as many years during the morning ceremony, as alumna and longtime university supporter Mary Fair Berglund '58 will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. She, valedictorian Elliott, and Music Professor Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses will all deliver remarks during the morning ceremony.

In the afternoon, the university will bestow its annual Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist on alumna and faculty emerita Nada Lingel '79, OD '81, MS '88, '00, who will serve as the afternoon keynote speaker.

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Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific University has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. At Pacific, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Nada Lingel '79, OD '81, MS '88, '00
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Pacific University to Award Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist to Dr. Nada Lingel, '79, OD '81, MS '88, '00 (Photo) - 04/30/19

FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University College of Optometry professor emerita and alumna Dr. Nada Lingel '79, OD '81, MS '88, '00 will receive the ninth annual Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist on May 18 at the university’s graduate and professional commencement ceremony. The honor recognizes a Pacific University College of Optometry alumnus or alumna who has made a significant impact on the profession.

As a professor and associate dean for clinical education, Lingel greatly contributed to the cutting-edge knowledge and skills of hundreds of Pacific students, providing them with guidance and resources to advance optometric education, clinical care, and community outreach. Her classes and clinic services featured the most progressive technologies in the optometric profession, including advanced techniques in physical diagnosis, injections, and suturing. The recipient of many teaching awards while on Pacific's faculty, Lingel was awarded the prestigious rank of Distinguished Professor at Pacific University in 2002.

Lingel has been very active in educating the community about optometry and the importance of eyecare, having presented lectures to local high schools, colleges, church groups and senior citizen groups. She has also been involved with developing new sites and programs to provide optometric care.

She worked with the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, a multidisciplinary health facility for the medically underserved in Washington County, to develop a full-time, in-house eye clinic staffed by the university's College of Optometry. Lingel also created a Diabetic Teleretinal Program collaboration between Pacific and Virginia Garcia that has resulted in the diagnostic evaluation of hundreds of diabetic patients who would otherwise not have been evaluated.

She also worked to improve the welfare of the public in Brazil as a Senior Fellow of the World Council of Optometry, spending six weeks in 2001 working with several universities there to develop optometry curricula.

Lingel has made many significant contributions to advance optometric knowledge, publishing numerous articles in many professional journals on ocular and systemic disease topics. Additionally, she co-authored the Diseases of the Cornea chapter in the Bartlett and Jaanus Clinical Ocular Pharmacology text for the third, fourth and fifth editions, and wrote the chapter on Diagnosing and Treating of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma in Onofrey’s Clinical Optometric Pharmacology and Therapeutics text.

Lingel has also lectured extensively at professional meetings in the U.S. and abroad, and been involved in developing courses to help advance the knowledge sets of Northwest optometrists. Additionally, she has been involved with many leadership positions at Pacific. As the assistant dean for academic affairs from 1993 to 1996, she helped open new clinics and many preceptorship sites where optometry students serve during their fourth year of training. Lingel was also responsible for establishing laboratory privileges and developing the quality assurance and provider credentialing programs for the university's colleges. She has served as the chair for many college and university committees, including as faculty chair for the College of Optometry.

Lingel has been involved in clinical research as a consultant for Ciba and has contributed written pieces for the National Board of Examiners. She also performs peer review for Optometry, the journal of the American Optometric Association, and serves as a member of the Educational Review Board for the journal Optometric Education.

A longtime member of the AOA, Lingel distinguished herself by serving as a member of the Accrediting Council of Optometric Education (ACOE) from 1995 to 2004, serving as chair from 2002 to 2004. In addition, as chair of the Leadership and Development Committee, which trained consultants to perform site visits, she developed and implemented a web-based training program and subsequently received the first Innovation in Education Award from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

Lingel became a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 1989 and is currently serving on the AAO's Admittance Committee.  She and her husband, fellow Pacific professor emeritus Dr. Dennis Smith OD '87, established the Drs. Dennis L. Smith and Nada J. Lingel Award for Excellence in Systemic Disease, an annual honor that recognizes one or more fourth-year optometry students for their hard work, skill and dedication to understanding systemic disease and providing comprehensive patient care.

The Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist honors a Pacific University College of Optometry alumnus who has made a significant impact on the profession. It was established by the family of Kamelia Massih, who was born and raised in Iran before coming to the United States to pursue her education. She completed her doctor of optometry degree at Pacific in 1985 and opened her own practice, Beaverton Vision World, in 1989, followed by a second location in Portland. She died in March 2010 following a three-year battle with cancer.

Massih cared deeply about others, giving countless hours of time and financial resources to a wide range of local and national charities.

“Kamelia had a keen affinity for Pacific University,” said her brother, Fariborz Maseeh. “Our family hopes this gift will recognize excellence of optometry graduates of Pacific University and will inspire other alumni to carry on Kamelia’s passion for serving our community and those in need.”

Dr. Lingel becomes the ninth recipient of the prize on May 18. Previous recipients include:

  • 2011 | James H. Berglund OD '60
  • 2012 | Stanley J. Yamane '65, OD '66
  • 2013 | Dori M. Carlson '88, OD '89
  • 2014 | Kirk L. Smick '66, OD '67
  • 2015 | Willard B. Bleything '51, OD '52
  • 2016 | Douglas R. Weberling '72, OD '74
  • 2017 | Edward "Larry" Jones OD '85
  • 2018 | Shinji Seki OD '79

Dr. Lingel will receive the award at Pacific’s graduate and professional commencement ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Hanson Stadium in Forest Grove. She also will deliver the keynote address for that ceremony, where the university will confer master’s and doctoral degrees on about 440 students.

Earlier in the day, during Pacific’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, Pacific will recognize about 400 bachelor’s degree candidates form the colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business and Education. The university also will award an honorary doctor of humane letters degree alumna and longtime supporter Mary Fair Berglund '58.

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

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Mary Fair Berglund, PhD
CORRECTED: Pacific University to Award Honorary Degree to Mary Fair Berglund '58 (Photo) - 04/29/19

FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University will award an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree to Mary Fair Berglund '58, PhD on Saturday, May 18 during the university's spring undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Along with her husband and fellow alumnus Jim Berglund OD '60, Mary Fair Berglund is among the university's most distinguished alumni. Her commitment to the greater good throughout her career, as well as tireless efforts to support funding for scholarly research, is unsurpassed.

The Berglunds' philanthropic leadership has resulted in innovative learning environments and opportunities throughout Pacific, most notably the addition of Berglund Hall on the Forest Grove Campus in 2007, the founding of the College of Business in 2013, and the Berglund Center, an on-campus incubator for students to develop and launch new products and services ideas.

After graduating from Pacific in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in economics, Fair Berglund earned master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Nebraska, where she subsequently joined the faculty. She later served as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego and as a research associate at the University of California, Irvine.

As an academic economist, Fair Berglund specialized in government regulatory policy involving public utilities, antitrust and freight transport, as well as the economics of transportation. She has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Association of American Railroads, and as a board member for numerous entities, including the California Transportation Commission, San Diego Transit Corporation, the University of California, San Diego, UCSD Foundation and the City of San Diego Energy Advisory Board.

Since 1984, Fair Berglund has served as executive vice president of J. Berglund Company, a private asset and portolio management in La Jolla, Calif., where she specializes in finance and institutional investment portfolio management. She is currently a trustee and treasurer of both the Charles Lee Powell Foundation and the ResMed Foundation, as well as chair of the Powell Foundation's Investment Committee, which has funded more than $105 million in grants for engineering research at Stanford, Caltech, USC and UC San Diego.

In addition to overseeing the ResMed Foundation's endowment, Fair Berglund also serves on its Philanthropy Committee. She also serves as a trustee, past treasurer and president of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and is a member and supporter of a number of other civic, arts and non-profit organizations throughout the San Diego area.

Fair Berglund will be the second Pacific honorary degree recipient in as many years, following the university's 2018 conferral on Pacific trustee and KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer.

Pacific's undergraduate spring commencement ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. and takes place at Hanson Stadium on the north side of the university's Forest Grove Campus. Admission is free and additional information is available at pacificu.edu/commencement.

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

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Upcoming Events

Spring Jazz Nite – Friday, April 26

Spring Dance Works XVI – April 26-27 (Thurs.-Sat)

OSAA High School Music Championships – April 26-27 (Fri.-Sat.)

Community Collaboration Celebration – Tuesday, April 30

Boxer Giving Day – Wednesday, May 1

Old College Hall Open House – Wednesday, May 1

College of Optometry White Coat Ceremony – Friday, May 3

Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Concert – Friday, May 3

Dance Choreographers Informal – Friday, May 3

Consent Color Run – Saturday, May 4

Pacific University and PCC Rock Creek Choirs Collaboration – Saturday, May 4

Larry Lipin’s Last Lecture – Monday, May 6

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.