Morelli has love of technology, history Two sided BY WANDA LAUKKANEN



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August 2013


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Morelli has love of technology, history


Some people might call Dave Morelli a computer geek.

After all, his title is enterprise database administrator, meaning he manages computer database systems at

Pacific University.

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

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Faculty, staff give back to Pacific University

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

Contribute one time, monthly or annually.

Make donations online, by cash or check, or with a payroll deducation. 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

Dental Health

Science and the Facilities

Department in the Office of

Finance and Administration.

Employee giving, by university, FY12

66 percent

Pacific University

60 percent

Willamette University

47 percent

Linfield College

33 percent

Whitworth College

32 percent

Whitman College

27 percent

Lewis & Clark College

* FY2012

Employee giving, by year, Pacific

63 percent


66 percent


57 percent


62 percent


58 percent


19 percent

January 2009


Find what gets you in trouble, get paid for it

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couple of years, then joined the

U.S. Navy.

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.



Faculty & staff highlights


and JUDY


, 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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Smythe is third woman optometry grad to earn historic presidency

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.



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Volunteers are needed to help usher guests or drive golf carts at Commencement Aug. 10 on the Forest

Grove Campus.

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 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.



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]