Warner Pacific Alum becomes Medford’s new City Manager

Warner Pacific alum Brian Sjothun, Medford City ManagerThe College congratulates alum Brian Sjothun ’96 who was recently named as Medford’s new City Manager by a vote of the Medford City Council. The City Manager’s Office provides support to the Mayor and City Council and includes the City Recorder, Emergency Management, and Facilities Management divisions.

[From a KOBI5 news report] Sjothun served with the City of Medford since March 2004. He served as the Recreation Superintendent for five months prior to becoming the Parks and Recreation Director in August 2004. Prior to coming to the City of Medford, Brian spent 16 years with the Woodburn Recreation & Parks Department. Sjothun received his Bachelor’s degree from Warner Pacific College and completed his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.

“I am honored to be selected and look forward to continue serving the residents of Medford,” said Sjothun in press release sent by the City of Medford.

Join us for Founder’s Day at Warner Pacific (October 5)

  Join us as we celebrate our 2nd Annual Founder’s Day.

2016 Founder's Day NoticeWe’re celebrating the day Pacific Bible College opened its doors, October 5, 1937.

You are invited to drop by Egtvedt Hall on Wednesday, October 5, at 12:30 pm for your slice of WP birthday cake!

When did the cafeteria move to Egtvedt Hall? Who was the second President of the College? Where was the original building on the Mt. Tabor campus? Did you know that Warner Pacific had the last true switchboard in Portland?

Learn more about the College’s history on through the Historical Timeline.


 Continue the Legacy

We are asking alumni to donate $1 for each year you’ve been out of college. 

Friends, faculty, staff, and current students can donate $1 for every year they’ve been connected to the college.

These donations will go a long way in helping current Knights earn a quality liberal arts education and create similar lifelong memories and friendships.

 Share your memories!

You can participate in Founder’s Day from any place on the globe! 

View our campus timeline and add your favorite photos and WPC memories via social media. Remember to
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Warner Pacific recognized as a College of Distinction

Warner Pacific is a College of DistinctionA national college guide honors Warner Pacific for distinctive educational excellence.

Warner Pacific continues to be honored as a College of Distinction!

The 2016-17 College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Warner Pacific was found to excel in all Four Distinctions.

Warner Pacific a Christian College of Distinction

Warner Pacific was nominated by high school counselors and educators and evaluated on several key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment, and curricular innovation.

The College was also recognized as a Christian College of Distinction. With our commitment to seeing individuals, families, and communities flourish, we know our students will find their passion and be equipped to serve in their calling whether it is in business, on the basketball court, behind a microphone, or from a pulpit.

Warner Pacific is an Oregon College of DistinctionColleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education.





Opening of the 80th Academic Year: Convocation

Warner Pacific Convocation 2016 With the entire Warner Pacific community gathered together on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, we officially opened the 80th Academic Year of the College with the pomp and circumstance of Convocation.

All of our students were welcomed back to campus with encouraging words affirming that they are indeed in the right place at the right time to develop the knowledge and character to flourish for a lifetime. We introduced our 175 new students (58% are first-year students, 30% transfers, and 2% returning Knights). Dale Seipp, Jr., Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing asked us all to “challenge them, support their efforts, and Warner Pacific Convocation Keynote Speaker 2016encourage them as we work and grow together this coming year.”

Everyone was urged by Grace Kim, Director of Events and External Relations, to “live in humble expectancy because every day that we awake with breath in our lungs is a gift.” She explained in her words of greeting that “expectancy continue to hope and to live in expectancy means to understand that entering into the unknown is okay.”

“As professors, we celebrate when that passion on the court, that expression in your performance, that energy in your work, that devotion in your worship also translates to the classroom,” related Dr. Luke Goble, Chair of the Department of Humanities.  “We are here to walk with you but also to encourage you to press on.”

Warner Pacific Convocation Keynote Speaker Dr. Robinson 2016Through a lively, and at time witty, summation of the 300 years between Joseph and Moses, our Convocation keynote speaker Dr. William Robinson, Former Interim President for Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and President Emeritus of Whitworth University, reminded us that God can use the ordinary stuff in our hands, much like Moses’s staff, to set people free from oppression.

Dr. Robinson asks: can God use the cup of coffee and smart phone that are in your hand right now for His purpose?

Our new class of Knights

  • 175 new students
  • 118 first year students (freshmen)
  • 2nd largest first year class in the College’s history
  • 60% are women
  • 30% are transfer students
  • 70% are from Oregon
    • Representing 14 states and 5 foreign countries
  • 36% identify as Hispanic
  • 30% Caucasian
  • 23% Multi-Cultural
  • 6% Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 5% African American
  • Age range: 17-46



22nd Annual Oregon Small Business Fair hosted at Warner Pacific (September 17)

Thinking of starting your own business or expanding the one you already own?

The Oregon Small Business Fair (Saturday, September 17) offers free workshops and exhibits as well as providing an opportunity for entrepreneurs in Oregon to get invaluable business information.

  • Attendees can enjoy a wide range of workshops topics including Access to Capital, Marketing Online for Business Success, Exploring the Government Marketplace, Hiring Business Professionals, Staying on the Right Track with Taxes, and Insuring Your Business Success.
  • The Keynote Speaker, Oregon’s current State Treasurer and Mayor Elect of Portland,Ted Wheeler, will be speaking during the luncheon.
  • Get free business counseling and advice from 30 exhibitors.

This free one-day event features exhibits hosted by the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and SW Washington (APACC), and sponsored by Business Oregon, Umpqua Bank, City of Portland, On Point Community Credit Union, SAIF, Albina Community Bank, The Portland Development Commission, M Bank, Phoenix Media, and Warner Pacific College.

Graduates honored at Summer Graduation Ceremony

Warner Pacific Graduation“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11

On a beautiful summer morning (Saturday, August 13, 2016), 65 Warner Pacific students became new Alumni and several graduates were honored with awards of distinction:

Wilma I. Perry Award: Joel Whiteside

Dr. Wilma I. Perry embodied many wonderful qualities that Warner Pacific College considers of high value for its graduates of the Adult Degree Program. In her lifetime, Dr. Perry served as pastor of the Friendly Street Church of God in Eugene, OR, following years of service as an itinerant preacher and evangelist. Furthermore, she earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Oregon as an adult student and joined the faculty at Warner Pacific College, where she also directed the College’s Center for Human Services. She was known for her speaking and teaching abilities, and as a gifted, published scholar. Dr. Perry’s life was one of service, academic excellence, integrity, and transformation

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in Christ-Centered Leadership and Service: Deadra Shavers

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in Urban Leadership and Service: Heather Wooldridge

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts Leadership and Service: Everett D. Horvath

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in Diversity Leadership and Service: Moses D. Dyson


Named a Best College for Online Business Degree

WPC a Best College for Online Business DegreeA bachelor degree in business administration is one of the most popular online degree programs a college can offer. Warner Pacific’s online Bachelor of Business Administration degree is a two-year program consisting of 14 courses, all of which last five weeks. The program aims to develop students’ ability to lead, make informed, evidence-based business decisions, and perform various business functions within a context of Christian moral principles.

As one of the top 40 colleges offering an online bachelor degree in business administration according to a recent ranking report released by College Start, Warner Pacific’s program also offers an on-campus experience for students in the Portland/Vancouver area.

College Start’s website provides students with a  simplified search tool designed to help them easily find all colleges that offer the programs they  are looking for and at the same time giving detailed information about the college.

WPC Alum Rep. Vic Gilliam named “Statesman of the Year”

WPC Alum Vic GilliamThe Oregon Business Association (OBA) has announced their selection of Representative Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) as their 2016 “Statesman of the Year.” We are so proud of his accomplishments and know this is a very well deserved honor.

Rep. Gilliam, who recently was presented an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the College,  initially suspected his former colleague Senator Ryan Deckert (now OBA President), was “pulling his leg,” but realized it was not April 1 [April Fool’s Day] and released the following statement in response:

“With the paths we walk from education, politics, art or religion, the most important influence in our life is another person. Knowing personalities whose character, actions, and words that impact our thinking and learning, easily becomes worthy of our emulation.

“There are several Representatives and Senators from my decade in the Oregon Legislature that are worthy of emulation and two come quickly to mind from my favorite Session in 2012 when the House was tied 30-30. Co- Speakers Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg) and Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) demonstrated extraordinary statesmanship. Additionally, they offered me opportunities to practice their models of conviction, respect and compromise in policies affecting our State, as I served as Co-Chair of two pivotal House committees.

“I believe Oregon’s greatest statesman ever is my former boss, Mark O. Hatfield. To be this year’s OBA Statesman is not at the level of the Senator’s life-long legacy, but this honor is humbling nonetheless.

“As a former staff member, being mentored by Mark Hatfield was not unique, due to his consistency mentoring staff and students over his career as a professor and political leader. But my experience was indelible.

“He cared about each person that crossed his path and was articulate about the character and values of those who mentored him as well. He especially emulated Jesus sharing his faith with compassion not judgment and as the Senator said: “Reaching out to people with compassion and love, bringing the Gospel alive.

“The Senator’s example inspired me and I share these further thoughts from his auto-biography, ‘Against the Grain’: ‘…thank God, you cannot legislate the hearts or minds of any people.’

“I hold a deep respect for all great religious truths, and Christianity… is simply my way. Professionally, it helped me realize the aisle was no barrier in my work, that arbitrary labels between Republican and Democrat were just that – arbitrary. Labels are never important in a spiritual context – the heart is.

“My faith in Jesus was fortified by the Senator’s example and as a result, prepared me for many life circumstances including the complex nature of politics and governing. His guidance especially assists me in developing fruitful relationships with other people that are in the Senator’s words: ‘more forgiving, loving, and inclusive.’

“My sincere thanks to Ryan Deckert and the Board of OBA for this honor.”

Representative Vic Gilliam represents House District 18, which includes Silverton, Molalla, Hubbard, Aurora, and Mount Angel.

Summer Graduation Ceremony: August 13

Our Summer Graduation Ceremony is coming up on Saturday, August 13, starting at 10 am.

We are hosting it in McGuire Auditorium located on our Mt. Tabor Campus (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland – cross street is SE Division).

Welcome Weekend for New Students: August 20-21

Welcome to Warner Pacific

We are glad you have been chosen to become a Knight, and are excited to meet you on August 20 at Welcome Weekend.

Welcome Weekend is a jam-packed two days of engaging activities, time-honored traditions, and opportunities to meet the diverse, intelligent, and interesting students who will become your community of classmates and friends.

We look forward to experiencing this with you and your parents and family.  See you at Welcome Weekend 2016!

All Welcome Weekend activities are required for new students – freshmen or transfer.

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