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Faculty & StaFF NewS September | 2012
MHA grad heads certificate offering
There’s such a need for qualified people in healthcare compliance, says Pacific’s new program manager
By Wanda Laukkanen | A seasoned
professional—and Pacific University
alumna—will oversee a new online
graduate program due to debut in January
at Pacific University.
Aurea Beidler, a 2010 graduate of
Pacific’s first cohort in the master of health
administration program, will oversee the
University’s new healthcare compliance
certificate program. The program will help
provide the tools and training for people
working in healthcare organizations striving
to meet guidelines mandated by changing
federal and state law.
Beidler did not originally set out to be a
By David Panton
healthcare professional. A native Oregonian, Aurea Beidler will manage the University’s new online healthcare compliance certificate program.
she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism
from the University of Oregon in 2002, earned a graduate certificate in healthcare “Really, there isn’t a typical day, but one
then worked part time in advertising and management and policy in 2006. She also of the main things we do is make sure
creative design for the Newport (Ore.) News- worked for Good Samaritan Regional that any new regulations…that we
Times. She also worked part time as a clerk Medical Center in Corvallis, doing risk interpret those and [make] sure that the
in the radiology department at Samaritan management with insurance. institution is complying or will comply
Pacific Communities Hospital, a job that “I really liked the regulation side of that, with those regulations.”
sparked her interest in healthcare. the compliance issues,” she said. Later, Beidler became a member of
“I did a little bit of everything,” she said. To many, perhaps, working with Pacific’s first class of MHA students.
The new interest in healthcare took regulations might be a boring job, but
See COMPLIANCE, page 2
her to Oregon State University, where she Beidler finds it very interesting.
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Perkins takes new role in Student Affairs
A familiar face on the Forest Grove
campus for the past seven years began a
system, was a hall director and also an academic advisor, as well as
crisis therapist on a mobile crisis team.
Library unveils new spaces
The Pacific University Library Long term plans may include
new position this summer. Will Perkins, Perkins and his wife, Robin, moved to Oregon so she could
on the Forest Grove campus sectioning the new Media
who came to Pacific University in 2005 as pursue her career. When he moved to this state, Perkins said, “I
is beginning the first steps of Commons with the 24-hour
director of student services for the College decided to try something different and spent a short period of time
creating a Media Commons. Study Center to provide after-
of Optometry, is now the acting vice as a police officer in Corvallis.”
Space on the main floor that hours access for students.
president for Student Affairs. However, he said, “After realizing that being a police officer
previously housed periodicals “As we repurpose our spaces, our
Perkins takes the role of Vice President was interesting, but not the best career for me, I returned to
has been opened up and will goal is to create a more engaging
Eva Krebs, who died this summer and had served Pacific since 1995. being a therapist.”
be stocked with collaborative environment for learning,” Kunkel
Perkins began his Pacific career in the College of Optometry in For the next three year, Perkins worked at Trillium Family Services,
study tables. Over the coming said. “The Media Commons is the
December 2005. In 2008, he became associate dean for graduate the state’s largest mental health provider, first in Corvallis, then in
year, new technology will be first step, but we are developing
and professional students, and in 2010, he took on the role of Portland. He began as a child and family therapist and eventually
added to the area to create the plans to create more collaborative
assistant vice president of Student Affairs. became an access manager before joining Pacific’s staff in 2005.
space and tools for students and study spaces and additional small
He earned a degree in psychology from Washington University in When not at work, Perkins said he enjoys spending time with his
faculty to integrate more digital Media Commons will have all the necessary seminar rooms, more exhibit
St. Louis in 1992 and then a master’s degree in counseling in 2001 two children, daughter Zoe, 9, and son Soren, 7. As a soccer player
technology into teaching and learning. computers, software and media equipment space and a space where students and other
from Arizona State University. himself, he helps coach their soccer teams and also enjoys cycling
“The Media Commons will be the home that students or faculty will need to produce researchers can actually work with the unique
While in graduate school, he worked as an advisor to the Greek and spending time outdoors.
of our Center for Education Technology a wide variety of digital materials, such as primary resources we have in our Archives.”
and Curricular Innovation and will support videos, images, animations and web pages, In the meantime, the periodicals that
faculty who are integrating technology into for their classes or other academic work.” were moved to make way for the Media
Compliance: Courses will use live video broadcasting their courses and scholarship,” said Library He also said that students and staff Commons have been located near the
Director Marita Kunkel. working in the Commons will have digital elevator, where more comfortable furniture
Continued from page 1 “I really decided I want to go train and program will use software in which “The Commons will also support media expertise to provide assistance for has been added to create a comfortable
teach these people.” the teachers will be using face-to-face programs that require students to work with Pacific community members. reading area.
“We kind of set the stage for the MHA In 2011, she earned a graduate certificate broadcasting with the students at a set time, digital media, such as the new editing and The Library also is working with The children and young adult collection
program, working through improvements in biomedical informatics from Oregon essentially a virtual online classroom with publishing minor.” architectural firm FFA, who designed the also has been moved to the second floor,
to help make it what it is today,” she said. Health Sciences University, where she is also both teachers and students able to see and Added Al Weiss, director of educational building that opened in 2005, to plan where the Library soon has installed lower
Beidler began working at Salem Health a teaching assistant. hear each other. technology and curricular innovation, “The renovations to better suit student needs. shelving for easier access.
with the title of corporate integrity analyst As the manager of Pacific’s new “We set up times…so everyone would
Several activities slated for annual Corn Roast on campus Sept. 15
for the healthcare system, later promoted compliance certificate program, Beidler will come together,” Beidler said. “We’d do a
to administrator of the corporate integrity co-teach three classes. The program will be lecture; then they break into groups and
program. Her capstone project for her almost completely online, she said, with work on a project. They would come back Pacific University joins the The College of Optometry The Pacific University Center
48th Corn Roast
MHA degree, which examined the strategies only three credit hours required on the and present or we would work through a Forest Grove community in and the Forest Grove Lions for Civic Engagement hosts Sept. 15, 2012
of Oregon hospitals to comply with Health Professions Campus. case study.” celebrating the 48th annual Club team up to sponsor the a campuswide Pacific Day of
Medicare’s Recovery Audit Contractors, “It is for someone who’s already working The 18-credit program will generally Corn Roast on Sept. 15. 12th annual 5K Run/Walk for Service, replacing the former Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
“really pushed me into a position as a in compliance or risk management kind of take 12 months to complete, depending on The festivities kick off with Sight. The event raises funds Sprucing Up the Grove and
compliance analyst,” she said. area, or for someone who wants to get into students’ backgrounds. Students may apply the 22nd annual Sidewalk Chalk for scholarships for optometry including service projects for 5K Run/Walk for Sight
9 a.m. walkers
As an administrator, however, she that field,” she said. the credits earned to the MHA program if Art Festival. All ages and abilities students, as well as for eye staff, faculty and students. Sign-
9:15 a.m. runners
noticed a need for qualified professionals. “You do have to have a bachelor’s degree they so desire, Beidler noted. are invited to create their care for those in financial need ups coming soon.
Pacific Day of Service
“There aren’t enough people in healthcare in anything you want. Our ideal candidate Outside of her academic career, Beidler masterpieces on the downtown and for Amigos, an optometry Corn Roast starts at 1 p.m. 9 a.m.
who truly understand compliance would have healthcare experience.” still finds time to use the skills she learned sidewalks. Cost is $7 for student humanitarian group. with entertainment and booths.
Corn Roast & Booths
requirements and the need for an effective Unlike any other program currently at as a journalism major. She does freelance members of Valley Art, or $12 Registration is $20 by Sept. 2 Pacific’s vision and dental vans 1 p.m.
compliance program. Pacific, the newest healthcare compliance writing for travel magazines and websites. for nonmembers. or $25 the day of the event. will be present for screenings.
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