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FACULTY & STAFF NEWS
Alumnus directs new Hawai‘i office
BY WANDA LAUKKANEN | When
Gary Pacarro ’74 started school at Pacific
University in 1970, he was the first in his
family to leave the Hawaiian Islands to
attend college.
He was one of just two students from the
Punahou School in Honolulu (also the alma
mater of President Barack Obama) to come
to Pacific University that year.
When he arrived, though, he found a
collection of classmates from all over his
home state.
“Coming from a school in Oahu, it was
fun to connect with kids from all over the
state,” he said. The rivalries from their K-12
schools were gone, and their camaraderie as
Gary Pacarro ‘74 heads up Pacific University’s new administrative office in Honolulu.
students from Hawai‘i was just beginning.
“Once they got to Pacific, they were all
Boxers,” he said.
Being part of the Boxer Nation is
“We intend to be here for the long haul,”
Pacarro said.
His role will include building
employment opportunities in Hawai‘i for
Pacific students and graduates. And, the
office will serve as a resource center and
still Pacarro’s life. In January, he took on
relationships with schools and community
connection point for Pacific University
the position of founding director of the
colleges in Hawai‘i, aided in part by a new
students and their parents.
university’s new Hawai‘i Office, located in
partnership agreement signed between
Honolulu. The new office is dedicated to
Pacific and the community college system
student at Pacific, where he attended for his
maintaining a closer connection between
in Hawai‘i to help create a seamless pathway
freshman, junior and senior years, spending
the university and the state that is home to
for students. He also will work to reconnect
his sophomore year at a college in Hawai‘i.
hundreds of alumni and more than 300 of
with alumni in the state and develop a
Pacific’s 1,700 undergraduates.
network that will provide internship and
Pacarro remembers his own days as a
See Pacarro page 2
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Zipcar makes it way to campus
Need to drive somewhere, but don’t have a car,
of two vehicles available on campus in Lot F by
or don’t want to use your own car?
McCormack Hall for a rate as low as $7.50 per
An alternative is now available to Pacific
hour and $69 per day. Gas, insurance, reserved
University employees.
parking spots and up to 180 miles of driving
Zipcar, considered to be world’s leading
car-sharing network, is offering a car-sharing
per day are included.
Two vehicles are available, a Toyota Prius
program on the Forest Grove Campus. The
and a Ford Focus. Reservations can be made
program is open to employees, students and
in several ways, including downloaded apps
the Forest Grove community.
from smartphones, on Facebook, on the
Employees may join the program with a
$25 annual membership fee, then may rent one
website—www.zipcar.com/pacificu—or over
the phone.
Pacarro: Office plays unique role in the islands
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Pacarro’s freshman year in 1970-1971
served as the Hawai‘i state coordinator until
When his children, Kahi and Noel, were
recently and continues to lead seminars.
in elementary school, Pacarro became
Pacarro also has coached baseball,
a student himself, earning a degree in
involved a lot of “firsts.” Among them, he
basketball and football from peewee to the
education from Chaminade University
said, was “the change of seasons, snow for
high school level. He currently coaches
and becoming a fourth-grade teacher at
the first time.”
the Division II varsity basketball team at
Punahou, his alma mater.
He lived that first year in a quad on the
top floor of Clark Hall with three other
students from Hawai‘i. The quad had bunk
Punahou, where he has been a consistent
winning coach.
“It’s not about the wins, but the
Later, as his children attended mainland
colleges, he joined his wife, Gwen, as an
advisor at Morgan Stanley, where they
beds on one side with a big study room in
maturation process and the experience of
worked together for eight years. (Today,
the middle.
the student athletes,” he said. “This is what
daughter Noel Pacarro Brown MAT ’05, is a
keeps me coming back each year.”
partner with Gwen.
He especially appreciated that one of his
classmates from Sherwood, Ore., invited all
four to his family’s home for Thanksgiving.
“That was special,” he said.
That, and the opportunity to make a
difference in a child’s life.
Pacarro’s philosophy mimics that of the
Pacarro said he has been “in training” for
the job as founding director of the Hawai‘i
Office for his entire career. The last four
Positive Coaching Alliance: “What we’re
years were especially important, he said, as
Coach Chuck Bafaro and earned all-
doing is changing lives, using sports as a
he reconnected with Pacific University as a
conference status in 1971.
metaphor for life.”
member of the Board of Trustees. He and
At Pacific, Pacarro played baseball for
He also stayed at Pacific after graduation,
taking classes and working as a graduate
Pacarro also has been involved in the
travel, education and financial industries.
his wife realized the impact Pacific had on
their lives and decided to fund an endowed
assistant coach for the baseball team.
After graduation, Pacarro and lifelong
scholarship for students from Hawai‘i.
Coaching remains one of Pacarro’s
friend Art Kalahiki ’73 spent a few years
“Pacific continues to be a big part of
passions, and he long has been associated
playing music together for Hawaiian
my life. I am thankful I was afforded the
with the Positive Coaching Alliance, a
Airlines, doing worldwide promotional
opportunity to attend Pacific,” he said. “In
nonprofit organization dedicated to making
tours with two hula dancers to encourage
retrospect, it shaped the direction and
youth sports a more positive experience. He
tourism to the islands.
purpose of my life.”
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