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come back to where it all began

Pacific University celebrated Homecoming from Oct. 10-13, with hundreds of alumni returning to Forest Grove and Hillsboro to relive their glory days as Badgers and Boxers. The following are a few highlights of the celebration, and you can find more stories and photos online. 

Reunions Almost a dozen classes from the various sections and eras of Pacific University marked the time since their graduations with reunions. Alpha Zeta Fraternity members returned to campus for a reunion, while members of the Gamma Sigma Fraternity celebrated their group’s 150th anniversary with a golf scramble and special dinner. Check out a timeline of the history of Gamma Sigma, the oldest fraternity west of the Mississippi.

1863 Rev. Edward

1896 “The society now has a room in

Allen Tanner, principal of Tualatin Academy and member of the original Lyceum, helps students organize Gamma Sigma Literary Society. — Gamma Sigma history

Marsh Hall, neatly furnished and lighted with electricity, and is a very inviting place to all who wish to spend an evening pleasantly and profitably. No young man in P.U. can afford to miss this rare opportunity and the advantages which such a society affords.” — Pacific Index


Faculty attempt to disband Gamma Sigma after a competing group, Alpha Zeta Alpha, collapsed. Secret meetings are held in the bachelor residence of the late Hon. T.H. Tongue. — Gamma Sigma history

The History

Golden Guard Members of the Class of 1963 were inducted into the Golden Guard with a luncheon and the traditional etching of their names into the concrete sidewalk outside of Old College Hall.

Athletics Students, families, community members and alumni turned out en masse to support Boxer teams. Included in the long-weekend festivities: Pacific’s volleyball team beat Lewis & Clark 3-1 on Friday, and the men’s soccer team rousted George Fox 2-0 on Sunday. No game was bigger, though, than the football team’s face-off against the University of Puget Sound. The Boxers won 56-14, bringing the team to a school-best 5-0 record on the season.

Community Fun Alumni took tours of the newest features on Pacific’s campuses, visited Washington County wineries, enjoyed a family outing to a local pumpkin patch, and the annual Noise Parade was a howling good time.

1905 Gamma Sigma

hosts its third annual banquet in March, boasting a menu of oysters on the half shell, crab salad, roast chicken, sugar-cured ham, Neapolitan ice cream and more. — Pacific Index


“Gamma Sigma Hall was the scene of a trial last Thursday evening. ... Oscar Axelson was even paler than usual as he heard himself accused of stealing two gallons of alcohol from the science laboratory [pictured, Science Hall, now Old College Hall]. ... Much conflicting testimony was brought forward, many perjuries were committed ... they finally secured a verdict of not guilty. ... the question yet remains: “‘Who got that alcohol?’” — Pacific Index

Pacific magazine | Philanthropy Edition, Fall 2013  

The magazine of Pacific University

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