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Some people might call Dave Morelli a computer geek.
After all, his title is enterprise database administrator, meaning he manages computer database systems at
The title, however, reflects only a part of the man, who not only manages the modern-day conveniences of electronic systems but also is an advocate for remembering the past and is a staunch proponent of brick-and-mortar colleges.
“Half of what you get in college is the education,” he said. “The other half is the people you meet. And if you’re not building relationships while you’re in college, you’re missing half of your education. ... Pacific actually gives something you can’t get online.”
Morelli puts his money where his mouth is. Together with his wife, Jo
Morelli, who worked at Pacific for several years in the 1990s, Morelli has donated to the university for 17 consecutive years.
Photo by Stacie Struble
Dave Morelli watches over databases at Pacific πand is a long-time contributor to the university.
In addition, the two are very much involved in local historical events.
They are members of the Friends of
Historic Forest Grove and can often be found in period dress at various venues celebrating history.
Morelli moved to the unincorporated rural community of Midway, located between Hillsboro and Newberg, from
California when he was 10, because, he said, “My aunt lied to my dad.”
Apparently, Morelli’s father came to visit earlier during a nice spring week.
“He asked if it was always like this, and she said, ‘Sure.’”
Morelli graduated from Jesuit High
School, attended Seattle University for a
It may not be a traditional intercollegiate competition, but Pacific
University is outpacing many of its peers in an important category: employee giving.
For the 2012 fiscal year, July
1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, some
66 percent of Pacific employees made donations to the university, said Meredith Brynteson, assistant director of annual giving.
(The 2013 giving rate was a bit lower at 63 percent, and the comparative data from other schools isn’t available yet.)
That marks a larger percentage than employees from at least five other private schools in the
Northwest Conference, she said.
Closest is Willamette
University at 60 percent, and other schools had giving rates
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pacificu.edu/giving ranging down to 27 percent.
Pacific’s percentage is impressive on a regional and national scale, too, said Brynteson.
“People were incredibly impressed that we are able to do this,” she said of her colleagues.
Employee giving has grown significantly from its 19 percent rate in January 2009. That’s when the university put in place a dedicated program for soliciting staff and faculty gifts, at the urging of former university
President Phil Creighton.
Employee giving rate is a point of pride, Brynteson said, because it speaks to how much staff and faculty members value and support Pacific.
“Not only do corporations and foundations look at that number for grants, but it is a great way for alumni, parents and students to see how caring everyone in the
Pacific community is.”
In the 2012 fiscal year, five groups of employees at
Pacific achieved 100 percent giving rates: President’s Office,
University Advancement, Career
Development Center, School of
Science and the Facilities
Department in the Office of
Finance and Administration.
Employee giving, by university, FY12
Lewis & Clark College
Employee giving, by year, Pacific
couple of years, then joined the
His job? “I was a nuclear extortionist for six years,” he said with a chuckle, adding that he served on a missilecarrying, atomic submarine.
“I was part of a team that ran around the world threatening people with nuclear destruction if they didn’t do what we wanted them to do … our job was basically to run around and say,
‘Don’t do anything stupid or we’ll blow you away.’”
Six years later, he said, he took advice from the opening line of the movie The
Graduate in which a character said, “ I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. ... Plastics!”
So, he managed Morelli’s Q & D
Plastics, a Forest Grove firm that does injection, compression and transfer molding, for 15 years before deciding to return to college.
His advice for anyone deciding on a major — “If you’re having trouble deciding what to do, find out what you get in trouble for doing, and find a way to get paid for it. In my case, I was working plastics. We were selling the company so I knew I had to get to a different job … my boss walked in
(to my office) and says, ‘Are you playing with the damn computer again?’
“So I knew the answer to that question … I went to school and got a bachelor’s degree in computing.”
Morelli spent two and half years earning his bachelor’s degree at Portland
State University with his wife supporting him and three young children at home.
Later, he worked for several companies and also did private consulting before being hired by Pacific in 1999. pacificu.edu/marcom/pacnews.cfm
, Mail Services, each earned
Executive Mail Center Manager certifications in May. The Executive
Mail Center Management program, designed by the U.S. Postal Service for mailing industry professionals, is a comprehensive training program. Two
U.S. Postal Service instructors from the Postal Service’s Oklahoma division traveled to Portland to conduct the certification course.
, Social Work, and his research on formerly homeless young people was the subject of a
National Clearinghouse on Families &
Youth report titled “Offering a New
Perspective, Learning New Skills: Youth
Engagement in Research.” The story included Schweitzer’s unique approach in using young people to help analyze his research interviews. He found the young analysts by posting a job opportunity at a local basic center and transitional living programs.
, Politics and
Government, authored “At Brazil’s
Confederations Cup, A Dress Rehearsal for Dissent” in the July 3 issue of
Dissent A Quarterly of Politics and
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Pacific University College of
Optometry dean Jennifer Smythe
’90, OD ’93, MS ’00, has been elected the first woman president of the Association of Schools and
Colleges of Optometry.
Smythe assumed the presidency at the ASCO annual meeting in San
Diego on June 26.
In 2010, she became the first woman elected to the ASCO executive committee. Later that year, Smythe received the Optometrist of the Year honor by the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association.
Since her residency at Pacific in 1993, she has held various roles within the
College of Optometry, including professor, chief of contact lens services and associate dean for academic programs.
Dr. Smythe was in a private practice in Beaverton, Ore. for 12 years. She is a contributing editor for Primary Care Optometry News, a fellow in the American
Academy of Optometry and a diplomat in the Section on Cornea and Contact
Lenses. She was also a charter board member of Women of Vision.
In 2006, Smythe was named to Vision Monday’s “50 Most Influential Women in Optical.” Smythe earned her doctor of optometry from Pacific in 1993 after earning a bachelor’s degree. She also earned a Master of Science degree from her alma mater in 2000.
Founded in 1941, ASCO represents the interests of the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico. The organization is committed to helping its member institutions prepare well-qualified graduates for the optometry profession.
With Smythe’s installation as the first female president in ASCO history,
Pacific’s College of Optometry has now produced three female optometrists who have ascended to the presidency of a national association.
Joan Exford, OD ’66, an optometry alumna of both Indiana University and Pacific, became the first female president of the American Academy of
Optometry in 1993. Dori Carlson OD ’89, became the American Optometric
Association’s first female president in 2011. pacificu.edu/marcom/pacnews.cfm
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR
Volunteers are needed to help usher guests or drive golf carts at Commencement Aug. 10 on the Forest
Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon for ushers, or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for cart drivers. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
To help, contact Melodye MacAlpine, director of graduate and professional student services, at [email protected]
PACIFIC HOSTS BOXER PLAY DATE
FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG KIDS
Pacific University community members with young children are invited to gather for a Boxer Play Date at
9 a.m. Aug. 17 at the HPC2 Atrium at the Hillsboro campus. Light snacks will be provided for the children, and families are welcome to bring their own food. The event is free, but registration is requested for planning purposes. Contact Alumni Relations at 503-352-2057.
ALL-STAFF, STAFF SENATE
The quarterly meeting of all Pacific University staff will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 7 in the Multi-Purpose Room of the
University Center at the Forest Grove Campus and by video in room HPC 518 at the Hillsboro campus.
The Staff Senate will meet at 3 p.m. Aug. 14 in HPC
502 at the Hillsboro campus. All senate meetings are open to the staff community. Correspondence may be send to [email protected]