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First University Day Celebrates a Legacy of Dedication

Oct 15, 2012

Pacific's growth, from its roots in the Methodist Church to the strong institution it is today, has been nurtured by a rich heritage.

Indeed, the University has flourished since 1851 thanks to these critical ingredients: the wisdom, loyalty and generosity of its leaders and donors.

Pacific's heritage and bright future-and the supporters who have been vitally important to its success-were celebrated at the first University Day on Oct. 3. Participants were treated to a range of presentations, including an address by President Pamela A. Eibeck and a discussion of the history of spirituality at Pacific by Chaplain Joel Lohr, Professor Emeritus Larry Meredith and former Campus Minister Gary Putnam. A panel of faculty and alumni, including Arthur Dugoni, dean emeritus of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, also lent their expertise in a dialogue about Pacific's future as a leader in healthcare delivery.

The event served to honor the inaugural members of Pacific's new 1851 Society, consisting of benefactors who have given or pledged at least $1 million cumulatively to the University.

"The individuals and families we had the privilege to recognize at University Day have touched the lives of every student and faculty member at Pacific," said President Eibeck. "They have created a lasting legacy- and will continue to touch lives and brighten futures in perpetuity."

The impact of their gifts cannot be overstated, Eibeck said.  Their scholarship donations have changed lives. They have helped create one of the most beautiful universities in the country, with the facilities students need to succeed. They have supported Pacific's mission of providing a superior learning experience that prepares students for satisfying, successful careers, meaningful service and exceptional lives.

"Our donors have played a key role in so much of what makes this University remarkable," she said.

"Giving to Pacific is an extraordinary way to create a lasting legacy that benefits the future of our young people and our community"
~ Kathleen Lagorio-Janssen, 1851 Society member and Chair of the Board of Regents 

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