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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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2    Elizabeth Scanlon         11 Pete Truax                  19 Annjanette                27 Ellen Reuler

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3    Alexandra Ifrim           11 Jules Boykoff               19 Anita Zijdemans           27 Jeffrey Peyton
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4    Kathy Walden              11 Valerie Nguyen
                                                              19 Derek Naegeli             28 Robbie Pock
4    Pauline Cawley            12 Juliette Stoering
                                                              19 Yu-Chi Tai                28 Lucia Martinez
5    Robin Polly               13 Joe Lang
                                                              20 Jennifer Jordan              Herrejon
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                                                                                           29 Robert Fisher               Wanda Laukkanen
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                                                                                           29 Alecia Neuman
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                                                                                           30 Parrish Evans
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                                                                                           30 Mary Hunt
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