WP Alum Shares Insights into Best Selling Novel and New Movie: The Shack

Paul YoungWarner Pacific Alum and Author William Paul Young ’78 didn’t imagine a future as a New York Times best selling author when he put pen to paper and created an inspired Christmas gift for his six children. After sharing The Shack with friends and family, he heeded to their encouragement to have the novel published.

The struggling journey from tragedy to eternity resonated with readers. The Shack was on the New York Times Best Seller list for almost two years after gaining popularity in 2008 and becoming a USA Today best seller. Nine years later with over 22 million copies in print worldwide, The Shack was beautifully transformed for the big screen.

“I have never written a book with an agenda but rather climbed inside story to explore human questions; about faith, God, and what it means to be human beings in a broken world. Good creative work opens up more space than it uses,” explains Young. “It is my opinion that a good deal of modern creative work offered to the world by the faith community deteriorates into religious propaganda and loses its artistic beauty. We need to trust the Holy Spirit, not play the Holy Spirit.”

Born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, Young and his missionary parents lived in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua), among the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people, until he was six years old. “My father then worked as a pastor for a number of small churches in Western Canada; by the time I graduated from high school, I had attended 13 different schools.” Through the twists and turns of life, Young completed his undergraduate degree in Religion and graduated summa cum laude from Warner Pacific in 1978 and in December 2010, the College honored him with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Paul Young at WPC chapelYoung hopes that Warner Pacific students will not only enjoy the movie, that they will be encouraged in their faith. “The Shack, novel or movie, opens up space and I believe is highly respectful to the audience member. I think every person who sees the movie with have an encounter, depending on who they are and what they brought with them. It may be comfort, or affirmation, or confrontation. Personally, I think the movie is a fantastic adaptation of the book and anyone who loved the novel will not be disappointed by the film.”

In theaters now, The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative journey that will show him the ultimate truth about love, loss, and forgiveness.



Introducing our New Act Six Scholars

On March 9, 2017, Act Six announced that 99 emerging urban and community leaders across Tacoma-Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Yakima Valley, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, will receive scholarships to 12 colleges in the Pacific NW, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Colleges provide full-tuition, full-need scholarships over four years for their Act Six Scholars.

Warner Pacific is delighted to welcome our newest students, Act Six Cadre 8:

Warner Pacific Act Six Scholars 2017

  • Juan Angulo, Academy of International Studies Woodburn
  • Brianna Garcia, Forest Grove High School
  • Yersalem Gebremedhin , Liberty High School
  • Annalisa Green, David Douglas High School
  • Lashawn McCarthy, Roosevelt High School
  • Destiny Miteg, McNary Senior High School
  • Kal-EL Rivera, Tualatin High School
  • Abigail Tamay, Alliance High School at Benson
  • Maria Valenzuela Cervantes, Gladstone High School

Spring Drama Production: Nickel and Dimed (March 16-19)

Warner Pacific’s Drama Department presents: Nickel and Dimed

WP Spring Drama Production Nickel and Dimed poster image


When: Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 19, at 2:00 pm

Tickets: $5 general admission at the door

Location:  McGuire Theatre; 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland (free parking)

There is nothing funny about not getting by in this country.

But there is something absurd about the fact that some of the hardest working people in this country are paid the
least for their work. There is also something absurd about the fact that the United State is one of the wealthiest
countries in the world, but it can’t figure out (or doesn’t want to figure out) how to distribute the wealth so that no
one suffers from starvation or homelessness. Joan Holden capitalizes on the absurdity of the working class poor’s
situation in the wealthy country to create a fast-paced comedy about a dramatic and downright dire subject.

Can a middle-aged, middle-class woman survive, when she suddenly has to make beds all day in a hotel and live
on $7 an hour? Maybe. But one $7-an-hour job won’t pay the rent: she’ll have to do back-to-back shifts, as a
chambermaid and a waitress. This isn’t the first surprise for acclaimed author Barbara Ehrenreich, who set out to
research low-wage life firsthand, confident she was prepared for the worst. Ehrenreich’s best-seller about her
odyssey is vivid and witty, yet always deeply sobering.

Joan Holden’s stage adaptation is a focused comic epic shadowed with tragedy. Barbara is prepared for hard work
but not, at age 55, for double shifts and nonstop aches and pains; for having to share tiny rooms, live on fast food
because she has no place to cook, beg from food pantries, gulp handfuls of ibuprofen because she can’t afford a
doctor; for failing, after all that, to make ends meet; or for constantly having to swallow humiliation.

The worst, she learns, is not what happens to the back or the knees: it’s the damage to the heart. The bright
glimpses of Barbara’s co-workers that enliven the book become indelible portraits: Gail, the star waitress pushing
50 who can no longer outrun her troubles; Carlie, the hotel maid whose rage has burned down to disgust; Pete, the
nursing home cook who retreats into fantasy; Holly, terrified her pregnancy will end her job as Team Leader at
Magic Maids, and with it her $0.50 raise.

These characters endure their life struggles with a gallantry that humbles Barbara, and the audience. The play
shows us the life one-third of working Americans now lead, and makes us angry that anyone should have to live it.

Why You Should Get to Know Your Professors

Earning your college degree means giving yourself a crucial leg-up in today’s job world. The college experience extends beyond GPAs, finals, and diplomas, though, and the relationships you form here can be some of the most beneficial of your lifetime. Whether you’re attending a Big 10 school in the midwest or a small college in Oregon, cultivating relationships with your professors goes a long way. How?

They’re experts in their field. A professor’s knowledge and interest in the field expands far beyond the classes they teach. Scan your school’s website for faculty bios so you can get a brief idea of what your professor’s concentration is in. Keep in mind, this person has dedicated his or her life to a specific area of study. Showing interest in their work is a great way to initiate a connection, especially if that interest is genuine.Why You Should Get to Know Your Professors

Professors are sometimes allocated funds to hire student researchers. (Hint, this could be you!). Your favorite professor may be willing to advise you on a future thesis project or introduce you to a topic you didn’t even know you were interested in. You could find yourself switching majors or adding a double major or minor that could make you stand out to future employers.

They can vouch for you. Especially if your job experience is slim, a professor can be an excellent person to attest to your abilities, work ethic, and dedication if the job you’re applying to requires a reference. If you plan to attend a graduate or Ph.D. program, many schools require applicants to provide multiple letters of recommendation from professors. Stay in touch with the professors you really meshed with so they stay familiar with you as well. Professors have thousands of students over their careers so keeping in touch (via email at the very least) will help those letters of recommendation come from a genuine place. Take a look at these tips on how to ask for a letter of recommendation when the time comes.

They can be a mentor. Think about it: you’ve had mentors your entire life—whether they take the form of a coach or music teacher—and once you enter college and beyond, mentors remain a crucial part of personal growth. Cultivating a relationship with a professor early on in your college experience could give you the opportunity to have a professional to call on for advice in the future. From looking over a cover letter to sharing advice about how to break into the industry, cultivating a mentor-mentee relationship with a professor can help you long after graduation. Asking for advice is a great way to keep in touch so you stay fresh in this person’s mind.

They know people. Because they should be familiar with their colleagues, professors can recommend classes you may be interested in or other faculty you should meet with. They also may know people in your field of study that work in a sector you’re interested in. It’s easier to connect with professionals when an introduction is made through a mutual contact and such introductions can lead to additional mentors or even internships. Don’t ask a professor to connect you with his or her network right off the bat—many times these relationships are years in the making and a professor may feel at risk of jeopardizing such relationships by making an introduction before he or she gets to know a student.

Proving yourself as a committed, reliable, and professional individual throughout the semester will make it easier for a professor to extend a helping hand in this way. On the flip side, a professional may reach out to professors in his or her network when looking to fill a job or internship position. Developing a personal rapport with your professors gives you have a better chance of hearing about such postings before other applicants.

You’ll want to do well. Psychologically, forming a more personal relationship with your professors will make you want to do well—your performance in the class will feel less about your GPA and more about pleasing this person who has grown to know you on a personal level. It may also be easier to actually perform well, with a personal connection making it easier to reach out for clarification on class material.

Some professors may also notice if your grades start to slip at some point during the semester and reach out to you to see how they can help you get back on track. Forming a personal relationship with your professors may also create more pressure on yourself to not skip class, a bad habit that often leads to extra semesters (and therefore, money) between you and graduation. Though you should never assume grade-bumping is warranted, a professor who has witnessed you reaching out for extra help and putting in genuine effort may be more likely to be lenient when a grade is subject to discussion.

Where do you start?
Getting to know your professors doesn’t happen overnight. Especially in large schools that rely heavily on saturated lecture halls, it’s important to take initiative. Start the first day of class off right by sitting in the front. Try to participate in discussions or answer a question at least once per class. Make your face familiar by following up with questions you have after class. Office hours are a great way to snag one-on-one time with professors. Even if you don’t have any questions about the class material, connect with a professor during office hours to discuss the career path you see yourself embarking upon and get his or her feedback.

However, you approach getting to know your professors, keep in mind that personal connection goes a long way and not all professors are interested in forming a more personal relationship with their students. Some professors expect relationships to remain in the classroom while others are happy to chat over coffee or use office hours to get to know students’ interests and career goals. Respect each professor’s style and direct your energy towards those willing to form a connection.

Esteemed Athletic Director Bart Valentine Inducted into Athletic Hall of Honor

Bart Valentine inducted in Hall of Honor 2017Former Warner Pacific Athletic Director, Head Coach, and faculty member Bart Valentine was inducted into the Warner Pacific Athletic Hall of Honor during 2017 Homecoming festivities in February.

In front of a group that included family, friends, and alumni, Valentine became the 10th individual inducted since the Hall of Honor was established in 2012. Jared Valentine and Demarcus Best were featured speakers, who along with many others during an open mic session, paid tribute to a beloved husband, father, coach, and mentor.

“Following my graduation from Warner Pacific with my biology degree and teacher’s licenses in hand, my goal was to be a head boys’ basketball coach at the high school level,” recalls Valentine.  After many years coaching at several schools, he was presented with an opportunity that would bring him back to his college alma mater. “In the spring of 1997, I received a call from then President of Warner Pacific, Dr. Jay Barber. He asked if I would be interested in coming to work as the Director of Athletics and the Head Men’s Basketball Coach.”

Warner Pacific was set to reinstate intercollegiate athletics after a seven year hiatus.

Valentine continues, “Honestly, I had no plans to coach at the college level. I loved what I was doing and did not see Warner Pacific as a good professional opportunity. I didn’t tell Dr. Barber this but in my mind I’d already said no this opportunity. However, after time in prayer and counsel from a few people, I decided to take on the challenge. And believe me, it was a real challenge! I realized that God was asking me to go back to Warner Pacific and be part of creating a great college experience for the athletes. God opened the door and I needed to be obedient and walk through.”

Bart ValentineHis career at Warner Pacific spanned 15 years and included 10 years as the Director of Athletics, 12 years as the head Men’s Basketball Coach, and 5 years as a full-time math professor and Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and Health.

“The legacy of my life’s work resides in the lives of my players and students.”

Valentine was presented a plaque that read:

With a career that spanned over 30 years at both the high school and college levels, the State of Oregon has seen few coaches who can match the success of Bart Valentine.

After graduating from Warner Pacific in 1976, Valentine began coaching and teaching at Molalla Middle School. Just six years later, he achieved a professional milestone when he was named the boys varsity coach at Colton High School. The impact of his leadership was felt immediately, as he led his team to the state championship game and was named the OSAA 2A Coach of the Year.

His next position was at West Linn High School where his success as a coach continued. In his 12 years as head coach at West Linn, Valentine led his teams to a state championship title in 1997 and was named OSAA 4A Coach of the Year twice.

Valentine returned to his alma mater in 1999 to revive the athletic program as both the director and the men’s basketball coach. Under his leadership, the resurrected Knights grew from four sports to eleven and his basketball teams were perennial winners. He has two Cascade Conference titles to his credit, and with his guidance, the Knights qualified for the NAIA National Tournament six times. Valentine’s win-loss record as head coach at Warner Pacific is 233-157.

As a coach and administrator, he exemplified WPC’s Christ-centered mission. The Knights are proud to play their home contests at “Bart Valentine Court.”

(Excerpts from the Warner Pacific Knights website.)

How to Save Money in College

College is a new and exciting adventure. You’ll meet new friends, explore your career options, study topics you are passionate about, and engage in experiences that you can’t even yet fathom. College is a wonderful, but expensive adventure. This is why it is essential to learn the best ways to save money in college.

First and foremost, no matter which college you decide to attend, whether it’s one of the best private colleges or a nearby community college, fill out your FAFSA  form. Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA, is one of the best ways to acquire funds for college.

FAFSA provides over $150 billion to students each year and if you want a piece of the pie, apply early and ensure your information is correct and current.

How to Save Money in CollegeThrough FAFSA, you will learn if you’re eligible for government-distributed scholarships, work-study programs, and federal student loans. Scholarships are the best options as they don’t need to be paid back, often followed by work-study depending on your schedule. However, federal student loans are also a great option.

It is not ideal to leave school with loans, but it is the reality for most graduates. So, if this is your route to attend college, always go with federal over private loans as they almost always offer the lowest interest rates and best pay-back plans. This will save you money up front and over the course of the loan.

Next, carefully look over your acceptance and offer letters from each college you were accepted to. Where you decide to attend may be a clear-cut decision for you, but sometimes it is a challenge to choose between two schools. When thinking about finances, do not just think about the listed sticker price. It might be a reflex to throw out one of the best private colleges because you think it is expensive. But, what if they offer you a fabulous scholarship or free room and board. Then, all of a sudden your financial reach school is within your grasp.

It is also important to look beyond black and white. Look at what your potential transportation, entertainment, food, and general living expenses might add up to. The in-state college might look good, but if it’s on the other side of the state in an urban metropolis, your expected transportation and entertainment costs might double your anticipated monthly expenses.

Choosing which school you will attend is just one piece of the puzzle. Do not forget to budget once you are there. It is easy to think, “I have scholarships and loan money to spend. I’ve got this cover,” and then overspend in the first few semesters. Instead, allocate your funds properly to ensure it lasts all year, with some to spare just in case.

Here a few excellent ways you can save money and stretch your budget even further.

Take full advantage of student discounts. Once you have your official student ID, ask if a student discount is offered everywhere you go. If you don’t, the sales associate will likely not tell you so be proactive. Some of the best discounts around include:
• Huge discounts on Apple computers
15% off at J. Crew to fund your professional wardrobe
• Unlimited access to The Wall Street Journal online to keep you informed
10% discount at Under Armour so you can get the latest workout gear
• 10% off at Rosetta Stone so you can learn a new language
• Up to 90% off used textbooks at Barnes & Noble so you can cut down your book costs
Free 6-month trial for Amazon Prime
• And many, many more!

You can also eat for extra cheap when you frequent the following locations with your student ID on hand: 10% off at Buffalo Wild Wings, free drink at Chick-fil-A, 10% off your McFlurry at McDonalds, and more.

Are you looking to furnish your dorm or new apartment? If you wait until the last minute you will spend more money on bedding and needed accessories, but if you are patient and shop online and at thrift stores, you will find everything you need at discounted rates.

You can pick up a set of metal silverware, a pot, pan, spatula, cups, and plates for just a few bucks at Goodwill. You can also find excellent deals on Amazon on everything from pillows to towels, and with your free Amazon Prime membership (as seen above), get it shipped to your desired location for free in just two days.

Your school, whether you attend one of the best private colleges or an in-state school, will offer various free events throughout the year. Some schools put on free concerts, while almost all will have free speaking engagements. Sometimes there is so much going on that you might not even hear about all the amazing free events happening on campus. Make sure to check your local school paper, events website, flyers hanging around, as well as with your local student government. Chatting with upperclassmen is also a great way to find the most underrated, discounted entertainment options around campus.

Similarly, and especially at the start of the semester, many campus clubs will provide free food at their introductory meetings. This is the perfect way to get involved in campus, learn more about the various organizations you might want to be a part of, and nosh on some free snacks.

Also, think about your transportation options. You might currently have a car, but do you need it at school? Many campuses have excellent bus systems and schools regularly provide free or discounted mass transportation options if you are in an urban area. Instead of paying for gas, oil changes, and insurance, trade in your car for a bike and the bus.

College is a unique experience where you have the opportunity to learn and interact with amazingly smart and talented classmates and professors to prepare you for future success. It’s also a time when you are suddenly thrust into more adult situations. College may be the first time you are (for the most part) financially dependent on yourself. Set yourself up for not just a successful career, but also a successful financial future by following some of the savings tips listed above.

An Invitation for All to Hear Rev. Efrem Smith Speak at Chapel on March 16

Rev Efrem Smith to speak at WPCYou are invited to Chapel, Thursday, March 16, as Warner Pacific welcomes special guest speaker Rev. Efrem Smith.

Join us for Chapel service (10:00 am) and the After-Chapel Q&A (11:15 am) to hear from this leading voice on matters related to “Christ, Justice & the American Way.”

Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He also consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development for churches, educational institutions, and other organizations. Efrem has held positions with church and para-church organizations as well as community foundations. He also served as Founding Pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church and President of The Sanctuary Community Development Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Currently Efrem is the President and CEO of World Impact, an urban mission, church planting, and leadership development organization. He is the author of the books “Raising-up Young Heroes”; “The Hip Hop Church”; “Jump”; “The Post-Black and Post-White Church”; and just released “Killing Us Softly.”

Efrem is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary. Currently, he is a doctoral student in Church Leadership at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, where he serves as Vice-Chair of the National Chaplain’s Committee. Efrem is married to Donecia and has two daughters; Jaeda and Mireya. They reside in the Bay Area of Northern California.

College Preview Days! Visit us on April 6-7

2017 Spring Preview Day imageGet a sneak peek at college life during Warner Pacific’s Preview Days coming up Thursday, April 6, and continuing through Friday, April 7.

RSVP today!


  • Make new friends
  • Meet current students
  • Explore our academic programs
  • Get to know our faculty
  • Attend a class and see what college courses are really like
  • Obtain information about financial aid and the college application process
  • Stay overnight in the dorms or come for the day
  • More details…..









A Rising Star Advocating for Vulnerable Citizens: Warner Pacific alum working for positive change for those with disabilities

Warner Pacific Alum Sonya FischerWarner Pacific alumnae Sonya Fischer ’88, is an inspiring example of how the College prepares students and alumni to become active change agents for their communities. We congratulate Fischer on her recent appointment to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, a place where her servant’s heart will flourish while acting for the betterment of the county’s most vulnerable citizens.

She came to a turning point with the intersection of her education and her personal experience. “As a mother of a child with significant disabilities, I found myself working hard to gain access to services and education,” recalled Fischer.  After earning her degree in Sociology and Social Work from Warner Pacific, Sonya began her life-long journey helping parents of children with disabilities secure important early intervention services, including schooling.

Fischer elevated and expanded her ability to positively impact this vulnerable community by continuing her educational journey through law school at Lewis & Clark. Her compassion for and understanding of her client’s struggles guides how she focused her Portland-area law practice on family and juvenile law, special education, and guardianships.

“It is very encouraging to learn about alumni who are positively impacting our community because they are creating an exciting legacy that I am proud to be part of,” relates Caitlin Asher ’17, Director of the Warner Pacific Social Work Leadership Committee.  “As a Warner Pacific student enrolled in the Social Work program, my cohort of seniors is currently involved with internships in and around Portland.  We are putting classroom theory into practice and preparing for a career in the Social Work field.”

For her deep commitment to working on behalf of families and children, Warner Pacific honored Fischer with the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Service Award. The College recognized her over 20 years of advocating for the rights of vulnerable people in Oregon.

Selected as an Oregon State Bar Super Lawyer (2009-2012), Fischer served on the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, worked with the Oregon Department of Human Services, chaired the FACT: Family and Community Together Policy Committee for the Clackamas County Bar Association, and is involved with the ARC of Multnomah County.

“When we stand together, we are stronger,” is Fischer’s mantra as she seeks answers and explores collaboration for her clients and constituents.



ALUMS: Join us for Homecoming 2017 (February 17-18)

2017 Homecoming event bannerHomecoming is your chance to reconnect with old friends, make new professional connections, and celebrate your heritage as a Warner Pacific Knight!

We’ve got great activities planned, including a special Chapel, basketball games, Athletic Hall of Honor Reception, celebration of the class of 1967, a service project, and a ’60s themed party for everyone: A ’60s Celebration!

Registration questions? Contact Diane Minor at 503.517.1114

2017 Homecoming schedule buttonPlease continue to check back here for updates for the entire Homecoming celebration weekend (February 17-18, 2017).

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