Delayed Open: January 17

Warner Pacific offices will open and classes will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17. Chapel is canceled, the ELC Preschool is closed.

The Winter Weather Plan is in effect. Employees and students should use their best judgement when traveling to campus and contact their supervisor or professor with any concerns or special needs.

Winter Weather Plan:

  • Academic activity (classes) may be cancelled or moved online. Students are encouraged to check their WP email often for updates from their professors.
  • Offices open: Mt. Tabor from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; ADP Offices from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • Please use the Egtvedt parking lot at the Mt. Tabor Campus (upper parking lots may not be treated).
  • Walkways from Egtvedt to other buildings will be treated so that they should be navigable.
  • As per the Employee Handbook, employees are to use their personal judgement regarding safely commuting to campus.  If they feel unsafe, they should notify their direct supervisor and use “Sick Time” to cover the hours missed from work.

 

Be Prepared for Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will make the decision whether or not to close offices and cancel classes or delay the start of classes.

TRADITIONAL CAMPUS: Decisions impacting offices and classes will be made by 6:00 am that day.

ADP CAMPUSES: Due to changes in weather patterns, decisions will be made by 4:00 pm that day whether to cancel ADP classes across all campuses. In severe weather occasions, the decision to cancel ADP classes may be made in the morning. In such cases, ADP class cancellation will be included in the text of the alert.

Information is first distributed through our e2campus alert system. If you are not currently signed up to receive campus alerts, please follow the instructions below. After the campus alert is sent, information about office closures and class cancellations or delays will be shared with local news outlets, as well as on the College’s Facebook page and website to ensure that guests planning to visit the campus will be notified of potential service disruptions.

If no announcement is made, it’s safe to assume that Warner Pacific campuses are operating as usual. On rare occasions, individual professors may choose to cancel a class meeting even though the College is operating normally, so please be sure that you are checking your Warner Pacific email account to find out if your specific class is impacted.

 

How to Register for e2campus Alerts:

  1. Go to www.e2campus.com/my/warnerpacific
  2. Click the “Create New Account.”
  3. Enter your Warner Pacific College user name (usually your first initial and last name) and a password.
  4. Enter the rest of the information requested (Under “Opt-Out Date” select a date appropriate for the length of time you intend to be at Warner Pacific. Employees should select the date farthest out).
  5. Put a check mark in the box marked Tabor Campus (for traditional/Tabor Campus), ADP Campuses, or both if you are associated with both programs.
  6. Once you ask the system to create your account, it will send a code to your cell phone which you will need to enter into the system to verify that it is working correctly.
  7. Once you have entered that code online, you have created your account.

You can always log in to the system at www.e2campus.com/my/warnerpacific with your user name and password to adjust account information (cell number, email addresses, etc.).

Please direct any emergency notification questions to Paul Hartman, Director of Campus Services, at phartman@warnerpacific.edu.

 

Dean’s List: Fall 2016

Warner Pacific recognizes and honors the academic accomplishments of our students. The following 417 Warner Pacific College students were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 academic term. To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time and achieve a 3.5 or greater grade point average. Students with an asterisk (*) earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.

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* Nathan Abraham Vancouver WA
* Raineka Ackley Portland OR
Yesica Aldaco Salem OR
* Kiandra Alexander West Linn OR
* Christopher Allen Salem OR
* Ayde Alvarado Portland OR
* Christina Anderson Vancouver WA
* Christine Anderson Portland OR
* Lauren Andrada Gladstone OR
Melinda Andrews Portland OR
* Vicki Andrews Portland OR
* Rebecca Anna Portland OR
Laura Araza Aloha OR
* Adrian Arechiga Portland OR
* Adrienne Armstrachan Fort Worth TX
* Miriam Ash Centralia WA
Tiffanie Ashcraft Canby OR
* Caitlin Asher Portland OR
Guadalupe Astorga Ramos Vancouver WA
* Arika Atkins Longview WA
Wesley Austin Portland OR
Martina Avendano Fairview OR
Madison Bacon Vancouver WA
Chloe Banks Happy Valley OR
Luis Barajas Beaverton OR
* Amy Barchini Vancouver WA
Erdal Barkay Singapore
* Samuel Basarab Vancouver WA
* Matthew Batchelor Woodland WA
* Dillon Battles Gresham OR
Regina Bell Underwood WA
Robert Bellon Gladstone OR
* Sommer Bellon Gladstone OR
Michael Bentz Scio OR
* Jacob Berg Vancouver WA
Katheryn Bergen Portland OR
Nicole Bergen Canby OR
Samantha Bernal Lake Oswego OR
* Hayley Bernick Portland OR
* Holley Besaw Portland OR
Tina Bettger Milwaukie OR
* Alexis Black Portland OR
* Cheyanne Bleth Camas WA
* Joseph Boivin Portland OR
Susan Boston Oregon City OR
Arianna Bowen Trail OR
* Michelle Bowers Gresham OR
* Blaine Bradford Portland OR
Hakeem Bradley Portland OR
Ab Brown Casper WY
* Clarissa Brown Phoenix AZ
* Adrienne Brown-Dunn Portland OR
* Irina Bubnova Portland OR
Nicole Buckner Vancouver WA
* Erick Buder Gresham OR
Barbara Bundy Vancouver WA
Amanda Calcano Clackamas OR
* Jamie Caldwell Milwaukie OR
* Jennifer Canaan Vancouver WA
Timminy Carlson Leaburg OR
* Noeme Carrillo Portland OR
* Lindsay Caruso San Diego CA
Marissa Casanova Port Orchard WA
Lanijoy Castaneda Portland OR
Jeffrey Cavin Portland OR
Jose Cazun Rodriguez Portland OR
Claudia Cedeno-Fornos Happy Valley OR
Erica Cedillo Milwaukie OR
* Mary Celsi Milwaukie OR
* Craig Chan Portland OR
* Ping Chen Longview WA
* Mila Cherchenko Portland OR
Jason Clark Vancouver WA
Carly Cogburn Portland OR
Nicole Cole Vancouver WA
Rachael Coleck Newman Lake WA
* Craig Coleman Vancouver WA
Genna Comara Portland OR
Mark Combe Portland OR
Erin Cooper Beaverton OR
* Hannah Crane Damascus OR
* Jessica Crapser Eugene OR
* Adam Crouse Gresham OR
Alexis Cruz Lodi CA
* Christine Culkins Oregon City OR
* Nayomi Cunningham Portland OR
Naomi Cutshall Saint Helens OR
* Steven D’Ambrosia Portland OR
Leah Danley Fairview OR
Cherie Davis Portland OR
Sarah Davis Forest Grove OR
* Pamela Dawson Vancouver WA
* Heather Degroot Vancouver WA
* Valynda Demel Sherwood OR
Andreana DiGiorgio Vancouver WA
Jason DiGiovanna Beaverton OR
* Andrey Dmitriyev Battle Ground WA
* Brycen Dodds Salem OR
* Shannon Dolan Portland OR
Raquel Dorshkind Tualatin OR
Adrianne Douma Westport OR
Ashley Doumit Longview WA
* Elke Downer Portland OR
* Christopher Duclos Milwaukie OR
* Jason DuClos Portland OR
* Calli Dunkin Moscow ID
Jija Eberhardt Portland OR
* Julianna Edwardson Wenatchee WA
* Holly Edwins Battle Ground WA
Jeremie Eloy Montpellier  VT
John Erbert Casper WY
Susana Escobedo Clackamas OR
* Alexis Estrada Gresham OR
* Amara Estrada Gresham OR
* Ellie Evans Oregon City OR
* Rachelle Farwell Beavercreek OR
* Morgan Fast Centralia WA
Tara Faulkner West Linn OR
Julia Feeser Fircrest WA
Lynzee Felder Monroe WA
Cletus Fernandez Salem OR
* Sanela Fetherolf Hillsboro OR
* Alicia Finch Gladstone OR
Amanda Foley Salem OR
* Britney Foote Tacoma WA
Loren Forkgen Vancouver WA
Andrea Forstag Portland OR
* Joy Foster Elmira OR
Derek Franco Portland OR
Donya Frazier Portland OR
Bonshee Freeman Portland OR
* Beth Froschauer El Cajon CA
Alyssa Frostick Tualatin OR
Kaitlyn Funai Hilo HI
Josh Furlong Kalama WA
* Victor Gallardo Molina Portland OR
* Manuel Garcia Boring OR
Maria Garcia Portland OR
* Pam Garrett Portland OR
* Alysa Garrick Oregon City OR
* Blanca Gaytan Farfan Gresham OR
Joshua Gehrke Gresham OR
* Michael Goldman Los Angeles CA
* Kathleen Goldsberry Longview WA
Kaili Goodpaster Washougal WA
* Ashley Gorsek Vancouver WA
* Joshua Gossage Milwaukie OR
Emily Granard Marysville WA
* Kellan Grant Portland OR
Mallory Graves Vancouver WA
Lenette Green Portland OR
* Jennifer Greenley Clackamas OR
Jasmine Groves Portland OR
Fredy Gutierrez Portland OR
* Deborah Guyton Portland OR
Aidan Hackett Sherwood OR
* Brooke Hackett Portland OR
* Phillip Hackworth Portland OR
Josiah Hall Silverton OR
* Clayton Hanchett Aloha OR
Madyson Hanna Warrenton OR
Theresa Hansen Troutdale OR
Andy Harding Portland OR
* Haley Harn Newberg OR
* Robert Harp Portland OR
* Terrance Harris Portland OR
* Shelly Harryman Washougal WA
* Kimberly Hartwell McMinnville OR
Julian Hassel Portland OR
* Michael Hatch Portland OR
Camillia Hatton Portland OR
Jennifer Haveman-Christian Vancouver WA
Kenneth Helmes Gresham OR
* Michelle Henderson Hillsboro OR
* Terra-Beth Henderson Longview WA
* Nena Herbst Vancouver WA
Sarah Herd Portland OR
Soltsinansy Hernandez Troutdale OR
Kailey Herren Vancouver WA
Jaclyn Heupel Ridgefield WA
Ann Marie Higgins Canby OR
Troy Hill Milwaukie OR
Krystle Hilman Portland OR
* Gwenlyn Hitch Happy Valley OR
* Lisa Hogan Salem OR
Bradley Hoggatt Kalama WA
* Alexia Holt Portland OR
Kaleb Hood Boring OR
Christina Hopkins Portland OR
Lynndie Horton Portland OR
Tasha Hoskins Oregon City OR
Chelsea Hostetler Portland OR
Trevor Hostetler Louisville OH
Delilah Houck Castroville CA
* Bradley Hunt Longview WA
William Huschka Happy Valley OR
* Joshua Ipock Kelso WA
Celeste Jackson Carpenter WY
Makayla Jamison New Plymouth ID
* Andrew Jenness Gresham OR
* Ann Jenness Gresham OR
* Edward Johnson Vancouver WA
Jesse Johnson Great Falls MT
* Joseph Johnson Vancouver WA
* Carolyn Johnson-Evans Portland OR
Kisha Johnston Beaverton OR
* Shaquwonna Jones Vancouver WA
Aaron Keiffer Portland OR
Taylor Kern Gresham OR
* Mark Kernell Vancouver WA
Isaiah Kim Beaverton OR
Nicole Kincaide Petaluma CA
* Christina King Vancouver WA
Keenya King Portland OR
* Telaina King Portland OR
Phillip Kirkpatrick Longview WA
Stephanie Knippa Milwaukie OR
* Brandy Knutson Scappoose OR
Daniel Knutson Scappoose OR
* Michelle Korne Vancouver WA
Bethany Kosmowski Beaverton OR
* Ariel Krauser Battle Ground WA
* Jason Kryston Hillsboro OR
Chelsea La Mar Coos Bay OR
Julia Laird Camas WA
Cali Lamb Washougal WA
* Katie Lane Longview WA
Cathy Lara Portland OR
* Kristin Laulainen Longivew WA
* Ashlee Lavoy Happy Valley OR
Janelle Lawrence Milwaukie OR
* Kevin Levine Vancouver WA
* Deborah Lewis Portland OR
* Mariah Liebert Portland OR
Glenn Linder Portland OR
* Dusty Lomeland Vancouver WA
* Joie Lopez Solomon AZ
Brittinie Love Portland OR
Kristine Lucero Molalla OR
Eric Luna Portland OR
* Sheila Mace Cathlamet WA
* Andrea Macias Romero Gresham OR
Lita Maffi Vancouver WA
* Justin Maier La Center WA
* Oksana Maksimov Woodburn OR
* Leslie Malanche-Abbott Gresham OR
Nelly Manzo Hernandez Portland OR
* Lacey Marsolek Yacolt WA
Annette Marzan Portland OR
Janessa Mast Hillsboro OR
* Sharyce Matayoshi Honolulu HI
* Leslie Mathies Portland OR
Reanna McBroom Sheridan OR
* Biruktawit Mengistu Portland OR
* Gerald Messenger Clackamas OR
Tessa Meyer Portland OR
Brendan Miller Oregon City OR
* Jacqueline Miller Portland OR
Stephanie Milnes West Linn OR
Stephan Mitchley Portland OR
Satera Mohd-Sidek Portland OR
* Francoise Moisan Portland OR
Mercedes Montgomery Gresham OR
Selena Montoya San Diego CA
Luke Moody Vancouver WA
Yolanda Morales Portland OR
* Shelli Morton Beaverton OR
Jenelle Moses Canby OR
* Deidre Moss Gresham OR
* Dan Murphy Longview WA
Sean Musaeus Portland OR
Adaya Navarro Perez Portland OR
* Nadia Nelson Duncanville TX
* Bailey Newell Lake Stevens WA
* Keith North Milwaukie OR
Adam O’Bryan Vancouver WA
* Miroslava Olenin Vancouver WA
Amanda Olin Johnson City TN
Carlos Orellana Portland OR
Lori Orth Portland OR
Malia Oswalt Portland OR
Austin Owens Portland OR
* Alena Paliy Happy Valley OR
Adriana Palla Portland OR
Michelle Palma-Sotelo Tualatin OR
* Kristin Palmer Happy Valley OR
* Terry Pangle Portland OR
* Kaitlin Park Portland OR
* April Parker Portland OR
Danielle Parker Happy Valley OR
* Jennifer Peacock Sandy OR
Louis Pellegrino Lake Oswego OR
Erin Perkins Beaverton OR
Ashley Perry Oregon City OR
Christina Peterson Hillsboro OR
* Leslie Pfannes Kelso WA
Harry Pilkington Hartlepool
Michaela Pin Portland OR
* Shannon Pittman Ridgefield WA
Luis Pon Gresham OR
Zinette Pratcher Portland OR
* Roxanne Pratt Vancouver WA
Zachary Preciso-Temple Portland OR
Michelle Pulido Portland OR
* Sandra Ramirez Portland OR
* Gregory Ramsay Vancouver WA
* Kathy Ramsey Portland OR
Sarah Ray Walla Walla WA
Kristine Rebber Portland OR
* M’Kailah Redden Mount Vernon WA
Johannes Reiber Lawrence KS
* Amber Rennells Lonview WA
* Jennifer Reyes Portland OR
* Noemi Reyes Gervais OR
* Teressa Rhinevault Gladstone OR
Danise Rickard Happy Valley OR
* Luis Rivas-Vazquez Beaverton OR
Cesar Rodriguez Luna Portland OR
Robert Rodriguez Madra OR
* Kelsey Roldness Vancouver WA
Kyle Roldness Vancouver WA
* Kealia Rosa Beaverton OR
* Sarah Royer-Stoll Portland OR
* Yolanda Ruiz-Simon Salem OR
* Meuy Saetern Gresham OR
Alejandra Sanchez Kelso WA
Faith Sanchez Happy Valley OR
Jamie Sarvent Grants Pass OR
* Ali Scharbach Gresham OR
* Wyatt Schlamp Oregon City OR
* Kenzie Schumacher Gresham OR
Jeff Scott Ridgefield WA
William Seals Hillsboro OR
* Tatiana Seledkov Silverton OR
* Whitney Senft Calgary AB
* Celeste Servo Gladstone OR
Sheila Sharp Longview WA
Bryan Shaw Estacada OR
Cindy Shaw Gresham OR
Eileen Shaw Vancouver WA
Kristen Shirley Beaverton OR
* Gayle Singleton Battle Ground WA
* Chalita Sitthisakuldej Gresham OR
* Angelica Sletten Dallas OR
Alexis Smith Portland OR
* Christeen Smith Vancouver WA
* Mary Smith Longview WA
* Chad Smurthwaite Boring OR
Trent Standard Vancouver WA
* Vivian Stanley Gresham OR
David Stephens Portland OR
* Andrew Stevens Milwaukie OR
* Amie Stewart Battle Ground WA
Makeda Stewart Portland OR
Nicholas Stocker Vancouver WA
Summer Stone Happy Valley OR
Germina Straughter Hillsboro OR
* Jennifer Street Hillsboro OR
* Christie Stumbaugh Vancouver WA
Staci Tatum Gresham OR
Jennifer Tayler Clackamas OR
Tai Teasley Beaverton OR
Brittany Teraoka Fresno CA
* Orvil Tetz Happy Valley OR
Angelica Thompson Ruelas Portland OR
* Timothy Thompson Vancouver WA
Mychal Tillery Portland OR
Silvia Toppila Portland OR
* Anita Traver Milwaukie OR
Melody Tripp Gresham OR
* Carissa Tuck Amboy WA
* Alison Unverferth Portland OR
* Jennifer Utterback Vancouver WA
Sean Valentine Gresham OR
* Cindy Valenzuela Troutdale OR
Amy Vauthier Corbett OR
* Brenda Ventura Vancouver WA
Nathaniel Verley Irrigon OR
Morgan Villalpando Troutdale OR
Vladan Vlaski Portland OR
Kyler Vogt Ontario OR
Ekaterina Volkov Portland OR
* Samantha Wagner Kelso WA
* Kelly Wahl Independence OR
* Julie Walch Vancouver WA
Sharon Walker Longview WA
Blair Walsh Prescott AZ
* Joni Walters Gresham OR
* Kevin Warnecke Wausau WI
* Jacob Wease Gladstone OR
Nicholas Wehrman Vancouver WA
* Joshua Weir Portland OR
* Olivia Welch Boring OR
* Jourdan Wenzinger Estacada OR
* Janessa White
* Joel Whiteside Longview WA
Andrew Wiencken Beaverton OR
* Matthew Wiles Vancouver WA
* Angela Williams Vancouver WA
Chelsea Wilson Washougal WA
* Dawn Wilson Vancouver WA
* Rebekah Wilson Gresham OR
Nicholas Wiltgen Vancouver WA
* Anna Winslow West Linn OR
Emily Wintringham Troutdale OR
* Angeline Wolski Portland OR
Jessica Wolters Eagle Creek OR
* Heather Wooldridge Longview WA
* Emily Wright Estacada OR
* Tara Yoshiwara Happy Valley OR
Nicole Young Sandy OR
* Ryan Youngs Damascus OR
Anne Yun Portland OR
* Lillie Zable Vancouver WA
* Serghei Zaharia Portland OR
Sara Zea Toledo WA
Jeremy Zitek Gresham OR

This list includes only full-time undergraduate students (12 credits or more) with a 3.5 or higher semester GPA. Graduate students are not included on this list. Students in the undergraduate Adult Degree Program who have completed at least 12 credits for classes ending during the specified dates are included.

(Questions about this list? Email marketing@warnerpacific.edu.)

One of the Top 25 Best Christian Colleges in the West

Warner Pacific named a top Christian college - badgeWarner Pacific was recently named as one of the top Christian colleges in the west by Christian Universities Online (CUO).

Christ-centeredness is the lens through which we see all other tenets of the Warner Pacific mission. Our purpose and calling as an institution are inextricably linked to the heritage of deep faith that first called our church of God (Anderson, Ind.) founders to travel west and build a college. At the core is our Wesleyan Holiness theology, which pushes us all to become more like Jesus as we seek to change the world,” explains Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific.

Through this ranking CUO seeks to highlight intentionally Christian colleges and universities that excel in categories of personal attention to their students, selectivity, readily available financial aid, and overall student satisfaction.

CUO is an independent online resource for prospective students and their families researching Christian higher education. Here you will find rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities

How to Decide Between a Public or Private College

How to Decide Between a Public or Private College

Earning your college degree is more important in today’s professional world than ever before—with one in every three people holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. While a college degree is beneficial across the board, the type of institution from which you earn your degree is a deeply personal decision. With so many factors weighing in on your college decision, how do you choose whether a public or private college is the right fit for you?

Cost of Tuition

How the schools are funded is a key factor differentiating public and private colleges. The funding a college receives outside of tuition directly affects its tuition price. Most public colleges are subsidized by state governments, meaning less of the college’s operating cost will have to be funded with tuition. On the other hand, private colleges rely on private contributions to offset tuition costs and do not receive government subsidies.

Though private colleges have a reputation of carrying a hefty price tag (just take a look at the 20 priciest schools in the nation), many smaller private schools have been recognized as the best value for higher education. A private college in Portland, Oregon even reduced tuition prices over the past couple of years—practically unheard of in a market that experienced a tuition increase of 179% among private colleges, and tuition increases of 226% for in-state and 296% for out-of-state students among public colleges over the past 20 years.

Public universities are often cheaper for in-state students and increase tuition costs significantly for out-of-state students. When applying to out-of-state schools, a small private college will often cost as much or even less than a public university.

With fewer students, grants and scholarships allocated directly through private schools may be available to a larger portion of the student body than those allocated through a public college.

Living costs such as average rent also need to be taken into account. The average monthly rent for an apartment in Portland will be very different than the same apartment in New York City. Because financial aid, grants, scholarships, living costs, and residency all factor into the amount paid for a college degree (outside of base tuition), determining how much a student will pay for a private college versus a public college varies significantly.

Class and Campus Size

Traditionally, private colleges are smaller than public colleges in both student body and campus size. Students looking to “blend in” may like a public college’s 200-person lecture halls, while others thrive in a more intimate classroom setting.

If a public college is divided into different schools, class sizes will likely shrink for students choosing a specific track within a degree, especially for upperclassmen. Class sizes at small private colleges are typically small enough to facilitate interaction among students and professors. Students who think they may thrive in classrooms that make it easy to get to know both professors and fellow students should consider a small private college.

Large public colleges are often considered research universities, employing professors who teach in order to secure support for their research. While this is not always the case, students are more likely to encounter this at a large public school than a small private college.

Students seeking instructors with a greater passion for teaching may find private schools to be a better fit. If a student is particularly interested in research (rather than, for example, a business degree) he or she may choose a public research university over a private Christian college due to the larger number of opportunities to pursue specialized research as part of their degree.

Campus layout is huge in determining the feel of a school. Some college campuses are spread through an entire city or neighborhood, with no real center or meeting space, utilizing the city’s public transportation and fostering a feeling of being in the “real world”. Other campuses have a clear central meeting spot and establish clear campus boundaries that foster on-foot commuting. Many colleges incorporate natural areas such as forests, rivers or beaches into campus—choosing the right campus feel is completely up to student preference and varies within public and private colleges themselves. The best way to decide what works best for you is to schedule a campus visit.

Area of Study

Students looking to major or minor in a specific topic, such as a language or area of history, may struggle to find their area of study listed among degree options at private colleges. Large public universities typically offer more major and minor options (Oregon State University offers more than 200 undergraduate degree programs), and therefore a larger pool of classes to choose from.  

Private colleges offer less diversity in majors, but often specialize in a specific academic focus. One private college may be top-notch for liberal or fine arts while another specializes in math and engineering. Incoming freshmen who know their focus—biochemical engineering or contemporary dance, for example—may find the specialization of a small private school beneficial when honing their craft.

Sports Teams

A college’s athletic department can be a huge part of campus culture. Students who want the experience of roaring football stadiums and intense school rivalries may find a large public university to be a good fit. On the other hand, if you’re vying to be a student athlete, sports teams at small private colleges are usually less competitive and easier to make. Both small private colleges and large public universities often have recreational sports teams that create community and keep students active.

Community

A school’s community is largely determined by size and campus layout, though many factors go into the broader sense of community at a school. Some colleges have a strong network of fraternities and sororities, and some are known for their school newspapers.

Ask yourself: what’s important to you? If your faith is an important influence on your college experience, you may choose a private Christian college. If a strong athletic department is an important piece of your desired college experience, you may choose a large public college with D1 sports teams.

Smaller schools tend to create a tight-knit student body, though a large public college can feel smaller when students get involved in extracurricular activities such as school clubs. Look into college alumni associations, too (both public and private colleges have them). A community of alumni who are still active in their college community is a good indication that students value what they got out of their college experience. Alumni can also provide leads on internships and other ways to transition from college to career.

 

 

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WPC Student’s Crocheting Benefits Local Charity, Shepherd’s Door

WPC Student Crocheted hats for charity 2016 (K Hilman)With 14 hand-crocheted winter hats completed, Warner Pacific student Krystle Hilman ‘17 is well on her way to fulfilling her goal of creating 20 hats by Christmas for Portland-based charity, Shepherd’s Door.

“I learned to crochet just this past October (2016) when I realized making hats would be an economic way to give gifts to my 12 nieces and nephews,” recalls Krystle, an English major. “I didn’t know I’d catch the crocheting bug! To date I’ve completed more than 30 hats that I plan to give as gifts, donate, or sell.” She’s also crafted a few warm and cozy infinity scarves.

After buy several skeins of yarn and crocheting hooks, she found a hat pattern and created her first foundation chain. In just a few weeks, she had nine hats completed and realized her gift hats would be finished well before Thanksgiving. “I needed another reason to keep crocheting.” That’s when she contacted the Portland Rescue Mission about donating hats for children. Krystle believes kids living in vulnerable conditions are the “first priority.”

Crocheted baby hat; WPC Student Crocheted hats for charity 2016 (K Hilman)Her creations will be worn by the young children of women participating in the addiction recovery program through the Rescue Mission Shepherd’s Door. This program provides sanctuary and security for the women dealing with and recovering from addiction. They learn healthy lifestyle skills, how to restore relationships, and ways to be free from previous life choices.

The movement of creating a single, chain, and slip stitches helps Krystle stay calm and focused during class. She lives with anxiety and restlessness. “In my psychology class, I learned that movement can help you learn better because your brain is more engaged.”

Crocheted hats; WPC student crocheted hats for charity 2016 (K. Hilman)For this Warner Pacific senior, crocheting is not just a solution, it’s a blessing.

 

 

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Former WPC President Sworn in as Mayor of Seaside, Oregon

Ref. Dr. Jay Barber, former WPC PresidentBuilding on a life dedicated to serving others, Rev. Dr. Jay Barber ’64, President Emeritus of Warner Pacific College, is taking on another leadership role as the newly appointed mayor of the coastal town of Seaside, Oregon.

On Monday, December 5, Barber was sworn in as mayor, filling the unexpired term of former mayor Don Larson, who recently passed away. Barber and his wife Jan moved to the north coastal town in 2006 and three years later he became involved in the Seaside City Council. Barber’s previous political experience includes serving as a city councilor and two-term mayor in Red Bluff, California.

In 1996, Barber became Warner Pacific’s sixth president. When interviewed by the search committee, he said one of the first things he wanted to do as the College President was reinstate intercollegiate athletics, which had been discontinued in 1993. “It’s such an important part of the fabric of the campus,” he claimed. Three years later, Barber saw Warner Pacific Knights in action on the field and court. The continued growth and development of Knights Athletics is just one example of Barber’s rich legacy at the College.

During his 12 years of leadership, Warner Pacific became debt free for the first time in its history, enrollment increased dramatically, and the College’s reputation was solidified. On May 30, 2008, Barber retired; however, he didn’t slow down. Sharing his strong leadership, fundraising, and strategic planning skills, Barber was appointed the first Senior Fellow with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in 2008. He also served as a director and two years as chair of the Board of Directors of Mercy Corps, a relief and disaster organization based in Portland. And recently served as the interim Teaching Pastor for the 3,000 member Sunset Presbyterian Church in Beaverton.

“Jay Barber lives a life that truly exemplifies the motto of Warner Pacific College, ‘Where faith and scholarship lead to service,’” said President Andrea Cook. “We are honored to be part of his story and we are grateful for his continued friendship. We wish him all the best and we are confident that the City of Seaside will be blessed by his strategic leadership.”

Warner Pacific congratulates Jay Barber on his appointment as Mayor.

Graduates honored at December Graduation Ceremony

“‘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

The smiles of our graduates radiated brightly on the rainy Saturday morning (Saturday, December 10, 2016) when 174 Warner Pacific students became new Alumni.

Adult Degree Program graduate Annette Hunt spoke during Commencement: “To my graduating class, I not only congratulate you on the amazing journey that you have just completed but encourage you to keep God first in your life.” She adds encouragement to continue achieving dreams,”Don’t ever quit and don’t allow fears to hold you back. In this increasingly changing society, our knowledge, wisdom, and courage begs for us to be the voice for those who cannot be heard. There will always be room for growth not only within yourself, but in someone else who needs inspiration.”

Several graduates were honored with awards of distinction:

Wilma I. Perry Award: Leslie Catabay

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: Jeff L. Scott

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in Urban Leadership and Service: Nena A. Herbst

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts Leadership and Service: Craig M. Coleman

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in Diversity Leadership and Service: Francoise A. Moisan

When to Start the College Admissions Process

When to Start the College Admissions Process

As your high school graduation quickly approaches, the process of applying to colleges may seem like an overwhelming task. Which colleges will you apply to? Will you accept alternatives? How much, if any, financial aid do you need? All of these questions, and more, need answers as you start the college admission process. You may also be asking yourself when exactly is the best time to begin thinking about private college admissions. These are some things to consider.

When Should I Start Thinking About College?

While it’s never too early to consider what colleges you’d like to attend, the actual application process should begin in earnest during the summer before your senior year. During that time, you should begin to seriously narrow down where to apply. You’ll want to take advantage of the free time that summer vacation offers to research schools as the last thing you want is to be rushed during this process!

It’s important to take your time figuring out exactly what you want, so don’t wait until the summer is almost over. Be diligent in the research you do; at this point, you can’t be sure exactly where you’ll end up so have several options that you think will fit you well. You should also consider that many colleges allow you to apply early; this may increase your chances of being accepted, although it may also require you to commit to a school sooner so decide whether early application is right for you.

How Do I Choose a College?

There are many factors to consider when choosing which colleges to apply to. Of course, you should consider your major and focus on schools that have programs suited to your area of interest. Think about what the college’s admission requirements are, but don’t necessarily become discouraged if you think you don’t quite meet them. Often, the test scores listed on the school website are averages; if yours are slightly lower that doesn’t necessarily mean an automatic rejection.

There should be other considerations as well; research the cost of the schools and the campus culture. Don’t pick a school just because a friend (or boyfriend or girlfriend) is going there. Location matters as well! Do you plan to relocate for college, or stay closer to home? The culture of the college is important, too. Avoid selecting schools just because of the “party” reputations or other non-academic factors. Do consider, however, the values that matter to the school that you’re applying to. Visit the websites, social media and read the mission statements to get an understanding of a college’s core values. If you plan to go to college in the Portland area, and your Christian faith is a strong part of your life, applying at Warner Pacific College is an excellent choice.

What Do I Put On My Application?

Once you’ve narrowed down your potential choices to a manageable list (five to eight is usually recommended), it’s time to start work on the application. Most likely, these applications will need to be submitted by September, so allow plenty of time during summer break to perfect them.

Putting together applications for private college admissions is a bit of an art form; you’ll want to convey your unique personality so the school can see what type of person you are. If you are applying to a school that values leadership, for example, make sure your application emphasizes your leadership abilities. Colleges look not only at courses you completed, they also consider extracurricular activities (clubs, volunteering).

What Else Do I Need?

Often, it’s not enough to simply send in your application. You may need to do more if you want to maximize your chances of being admitted; letters of recommendation from teachers are an example of something that you may want to include. Ask your teachers for these as soon as you can! If the deadline for your application is in early fall, then you’ll want to have a letter ready to go by then. Teachers are busy people, so they may need some time to write your letter. It is not polite to rush them.

Early on in the process you should also consider how you expect to pay for college; find out how much your family plans to contribute and consult with the schools themselves about potential financial aid options.

I Submitted My Application, Now What?

The college admission process does not stop simply because you’ve submitted your application. More than ever, it’s essential you keep your grades up and make sure that potential colleges still see you as a good choice. It is possible for a school to revoke an acceptance offer should you prove to no longer meet the criteria due to falling grades during your senior year.

Usually, acceptance letters do not begin arriving until February, so you’ll have to be patient as you wait to start seeing them. Once they do begin to come in, congratulations! Your hard work will have begun to pay off. During this period, you can re-visit and tour your top choice schools. Observe as much as you can; the campus, the classrooms, and the housing situation should all be factors to consider.

Private college admissions are not easy, so you should be proud once you’ve completed this process! You will have taken a big step toward the next chapter of your life. The actions you take when applying for colleges will have a very profound effect on the rest of your life, so make sure you go through this process with deliberation and care.

 

 

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Are Small Colleges Still Affordable?

Are Small Colleges Still Affordable?

Though many schools of higher education are firmly rooted in tradition—through campus life, sports, and legacy families—what higher education looks like today is quite different than it did for previous generations. With over 2,700 schools to choose from, online classes are becoming the norm and more schools are offering completely online degrees. Flexible schedules are allowing more people to earn degrees than ever before, but it comes at a cost (literally).

Tuition prices have skyrocketed in the past 20 years. Between 1995 and 2015, the average tuition at private U.S. universities rose by 179%, surpassed by out-of-state tuition for public schools’ increase of 226%, and in-state public university tuition alarming jump of 296% (note that inflation between the same years grew by just 55.1%). Collectively, the 44 million Americans saddled with student loans are $1.3 trillion in student debt. The average higher education graduate in 2016 has $37,172 in student loan debt, 6% more than students who graduated just one year before. So in short, all universities, big and small, are increasingly expensive.

Cost aside, earning your college degree is more important today than it ever has been—with one in every three people holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. With so many factors determining which career path is right for you, affordable small colleges make it easier to find your perfect fit without drowning in debt.

Why Choose a Small College?

Small colleges can be among the most affordable options for higher education and are scaled to create a strong sense of community among students and staff. Starting college can be overwhelming, but a smaller campus with fewer students can reduce reasons for anxiety.

Academically, affordable small colleges are more likely to employ instructors and professors who are there because they love to teach. Large universities often pull big-name professors who teach in order to have an institution to conduct their research. Small class sizes at small colleges facilitate one-on-one interactions and a tight-knit learning environment. With a shorter list of majors, small colleges often offer customizable degrees that cater to the career goals of each individual student.

How to Keep Small Colleges Affordable

Whether you go big or small, starting with a low base tuition is the best way to keep college affordable. Grants, loans, scholarships, and part-time jobs all make getting your degree more affordable, but first you need to determine which combination of these subsidies and payment methods is right for you:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

During your college years, you’ll likely become quite acquainted with the acronym FAFSA—a huge factor in determining the amount and the kind of financial help you’ll receive each year. Your year in school, enrollment status, cost of attendance, and the income of your parents or guardians (unless you are an independent student, then your personal income will be a factor instead) all determine your eligibility for financial help. The tricky thing is, even if your parents or guardians do not plan to help pay for your tuition, FAFSA will take their income into account as if they are the ones picking up the check.

Government financial aid is divided among two categories. Need-based aid is financial aid that you can receive if you have financial need and meet other eligibility criteria. It includes grants, subsidized loans, and work-study opportunities. Non-need-based aid does not take Expected Family Contribution (based on household assets and income) into account, but rather is based on the other assistance a student has or will be receiving. Unsubsidized loans and minimal grants are included in non-need-based aid.

Loans

To qualify for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans, a student must be enrolled at least half-time (taking 6 credit hours of classes, for example). Subsidized loans give students a six-month post-graduation grace period until your payment obligation kicks in. Interest accumulated while the student is enrolled at least half-time is paid by the U.S. Department of Education. Interest payments for unsubsidized loans accrue throughout a student’s enrollment time and are tacked-on to the loan amount once the student graduates.  

Grants

Unlike loans, grants do not have to be paid back. Grants can be privately or governmentally funded. The Federal Pell Grant is part of FAFSA’s need-based aid and is usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a degree. Every student who is deemed eligible on a need-based evaluation can receive the Pell Grant. The amount allotted per student each year fluctuates and will change each academic year. Even if you do not qualify for grants through the government, there’s a good chance you can apply to some through your affordable small college’s website.

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded for just about anything you could think of and though they usually require a lengthy application process, scholarships can help save thousands of dollars on college tuition. High schools, extracurriculars, and sports teams, as well as private foundations and companies, are all great resources for potential scholarship money. College websites list scholarships awarded through the school. Like grants, you don’t have to pay back scholarships.

Work-Study

Nearly every school offers a work-study program that provides part-time work for enrolled students with financial need as determined by FAFSA. Work-study programs are often available to both half-time and full-time students and include both on-campus jobs and jobs through select nonprofit organizations or public agencies. Work-study jobs are typically very flexible and work around class schedules. Students are paid hourly and placement is determined by a student’s skill-set and financial need, though the early worm does usually get the employment worm! Be proactive. If your FAFSA determined you eligible, apply before the semester starts to increase your chances of being placed.

 

 

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