Pacific professor on drug task force

Michael Millard, an assistant professor in Pacific University's School of Pharmacy, has been named to the Oregon Governor's Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force.

Last August, the National Governor's Association gave grants to gubernatorial offices around the country to develop statewide plans to address the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. 

"I look forward to representing Pacific University in these important patient advocacy efforts," Millard said. 

During his nearly 40-year career, Millard has led efforts to improve patient safety as a pharmacy director, instructor and consultant. He has received numerous citations for professional excellence, including the 1990 Oregon Pharmacist of the Year honor. 

Millard also serves in several other advisory roles, including the Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Commission for the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon State Pharmacy Coalition executive board.

Pacific faculty rates in top 25

Out of 650 colleges across America, Pacific University comes in 17th for the quality of its professors, based on the online scoring tool, "Rate My Professor."

According to the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, which compiles the college rankings each year for Forbes Magazine, Pacific's overall ranking was 251. But in the "RMP" category (Rate My Professors) it shares top-25 status with colleges such as Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania, Carleton in Minnesota, Wellesley in Massachussetts, Sarah Lawrence in New York and Whitman in Washington.

The site includes categories for easiness, clarity, helpfulness, overall quality and "hotness." It depends on students voluntarily finding the site and submitting their ratings. Some Pacific professors haven't been rated for several years.

Tuality foundation offers scholarships

The Tuality Healthcare Foundation is accepting applications for two scholarships it will award to high school seniors seeking a career in health care in July.

The deadline for applying is April 1. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and be a graduating senior attending one of the following high schools: Aloha, Banks, Banks Christian Academy, Century, Faith Bible Christian, Forest Grove, Gaston, Glencoe, Hillsboro, Liberty, Life Christian, Miller Education Center or Westview.

The Flo Rhea Health Careers Endowment Scholarship was established in 1992 to pay tribute to Rhea, who served eight years as COO of Tuality Healthcare before serving as president and CEO from 1988 to 1992. It will award one $1,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a career in a human healthcare-related field.

The Dr. Marvin J. Robb Memorial Scholarship will award one $1,600 scholarship to a student pursuing a similar career. Dr. Robb practiced medicine at Tuality Community Hospital for 38 years. The scholarship was established in 2007 to honor his years of service to the community.

Application forms are now available in the career counseling centers of the previously mentioned high schools or by contacting the Tuality Healthcare Foundation at 503-681-1170. Completed applications need to be emailed to Melanie Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or faxed to 503-681-1942.

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