Dr. Andrea Cook to Serve on National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities’ Board

Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College 2015Warner Pacific is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrea Cook, President, was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent College and Universities.

Dr. Cook will serve a three-year term on the Board representing institutions in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado., Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming (NAICU’s Region VIII).

As a Board Member, Dr. Cook will provide influence on NAICU’s focus areas: student aid, tax policy, and government regulation of higher education.

Since 1976, NAICU is the only national organization solely focused on representing private, nonprofit higher education on public policy issues in Washington, D.C.

Board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives; and oversee the organization’s financial administration.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Rush to Choose Your Major

Let’s face it, a college degree is becoming more of a necessity in today’s competitive job market than it was in bygone years. Today, one in three people in the U.S. hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. With so much pressure to earn a degree that will allow you to join the job force, students often rush into the wrong major in an effort to “just pick one”. If you’re feeling stressed about your undeclared status, know that you’re not alone. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 80% of students change their major at least once, so even freshmen who enroll as a declared major are more likely than not to switch it up.

Especially in Liberal Arts Colleges, students are encouraged to survey courses ranging from Microbiology to U.S. History Through Film, zeroing in on Don't Rush to Choose Your Majorpotential areas of study and ruling out others. If you’re in pursuit of a major that will get you to where you want to be post-graduation (even if you don’t quite know where that is), be proactive. It’s OK to be undecided as long as you’re making steps towards finding your perfect fit.

Before You’ve Declared

Do your research. If there are a few different fields of study you think you may be interested, talk to as many people as you can in those fields. Connecting with upperclassman can also be a huge help in deciding the right path for you. Try joining a private social media group created for students at your college to connect with upperclassman. You should also:

Job Shadow

Informational interviews and job shadowing are possibly the most beneficial tools in your arsenal. They allow you to gain invaluable insight into what working in the field is really like and could help you discover a new position you didn’t even know existed.

Aim to schedule at least one informational interview a week. You’ll be surprised at how receptive many professionals are to helping students (plus, everyone likes talking about themselves). Your first step should be to check a company or organization’s website for contact information. Brevity is important when reaching out. Be professional and to-the-point about who you are and what you’re looking for. Connect via email and follow up if you don’t hear back within a week. If you don’t hear anything back after the second try, find another candidate.

LinkedIn is an incredible resource for connecting with professionals across fields. Create a profile with a clear, professional photo of yourself (try paying a visit to the photography department at your school and asking students if they’re willing to take a headshot of you). Your headshot doesn’t have to be professional grade, you just have to look professional in it. Make sure your profile indicates that you are a student at the college in which you attend and that you are looking to meet with professionals in specific fields. Search companies or organizations you’re interested in working with to view a list of employees. If you do not have their email addresses, connect as a “Friend” and be sure to introduce yourself in the optional message when you ask to connect.

Many professionals will suggest meeting for coffee if you don’t first imply that you would like to come to their office. Though this isn’t always an option, meeting at someone’s office can give you valuable insight into the work environment as a whole and how this person’s particular job fits into the bigger picture.

It’s important to dress appropriately for an informational interview. If you’re not sure what to wear, call the front desk to ask what the office dress code is and match that. Always bring a pen and paper, turn your cellphone off, and have some questions prepared. Lastly, visit a few different professionals at different companies or organizations that hold similar jobs as the experience may be completely different from place to place.

If you’re considering a teaching degree, get in touch with a local school district. Dress professionally and visit the school’s main office during school hours. Introduce yourself and explain that you are a student who is considering earning a teaching degree and are interested in any opportunities that would allow you to shadow in a classroom. If you attend a college close to where you attended primary or secondary school, reach out to teachers who have had you as a student to inquire about shadow opportunities. Be sure to shadow a few different teachers, grades, and subjects.

Talk to Professors

Make sure the programs you’re interested in are exactly what they appear to be. Some programs prepare students to continue on in academia where others focus on job acquisition. If you think you want to study biology with a botany focus, make sure your school’s biology program has that track. Talking to professors may help you discover the program focuses on something you aren’t interested in or help uncover an entirely new focus that could be a better fit. Check your college’s website for faculty descriptions and contact information.

Focusing Your Declared Major

You can focus your major by adding a minor or taking specific courses within your major. Focusing your major will make your path more clear and help you build up a resume that will land you the specific job you’re after.

Join Clubs

Most colleges will have career-centered clubs that help students be proactive in building connections and exploring niches within their area of study. Many clubs book guest speakers for meetings or tour different organizations in the area. Clubs are a great way to learn about internship opportunities that could lead to further interest specialization. Clubs can help boost your resume, too. For example, writing for the school newspaper can help a journalism major decide whether they excel in writing or editing while they produce clips for their portfolio.

Off-Site Learning Opportunities

Off-site learning opportunities are a great next step to focus your major once you’ve declared. Maybe you know you want to work in humanitarian work, but aren’t sure if you want to focus domestically or abroad. A study abroad program could help you decide. Teaching degree programs often offer assistance in finding student teaching positions in local schools. Students pursuing other fields can often get credit while working at off-site internships that could reveal additional potential job descriptions.

 

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Blood Drive at Warner Pacific (February 3)

The Red Cross will be back on Warner Pacific’s Mt. Tabor campus in the famous Blood Mobile to collect blood donations:

  • Friday, February 3, 2017
  • 9:00 am -3:30 pm
  • Egtvedt Parking Lot

Join us in giving this life saving gift. Sign up to be a donor through the Red Cross’s website. Type in our sponsor code “WarnerPacific” and select your donation time.

 

10 Tips College Freshmen Should Know

College is an excellent learning and growing experience regardless if you choose to live on campus, commute from home, go away to school, attend an in-state university, or an out-of-state Christian college. You will be exposed to new people, experiences, and academic adventures. However, you will never be fully prepared for the dramatic difference between high school and college. But, here are some of our favorite tips to make the transition more seamless and enjoyable.

10 Tips College Freshmen Should Know1. Always Go To Class
It’s easier to skip class than to take the initiative to show up. For maybe the first time, no one is going to wake you up and force you to go to school. You have to take responsibility for your own actions and show up.

There are many benefits to attending class, the first of which is your professor may consider your presence as part of your final grade. Secondly, even if most material can be learned in a book, you’ll find your professor dropping hints that you’ll want to note for exams and papers. And, if you’re more of a numbers person, with classes costing hundreds of dollars, you are wasting money each time you opt out of attendance.

2. Backup Your Files
We all know we should back up our computer files, but how often do you actually follow this practice? Well, I can almost guarantee you will learn the hard way if you choose not to backup your files in college.

If you are writing your assignments on campus, your college may have an online server where you can save your documents. It’s also recommended to have an email backup, as well as using a portable external hard drive to protect your electronic documents. Do not be the freshman who goes crying to your English 101 professor because your computer crashed the night your paper was due. Take steps now to prevent this disaster.

3. Get Involved
You’ve made friends with your roommates and other people in your hall. You’re actually showing up to every class on time. You finally dedicated some time to do laundry. You’re nailing this college thing! Now, it’s time to have some fun!

Get involved on campus! Join student government or the science club, become a DJ at the local radio station, sign up for a co-ed indoor volleyball team, or take advantage of opting for a Christian college and nourish your faith at the local campus ministry. Getting involved is a great way to meet like-minded people, add activities to your resume, and try new experiences. You’re not taking full advantage of the college experience if you only go to college for class.

4. Get To Know Your Professors
Your professors are way cooler than you’ll expect and a great source of knowledge. They are also just people who have some fun stories to share. Do not be afraid to attend your professors’ office hours. In fact, go even if you don’t have any specific questions. Just show up and tell them you really like the class, ask for a book recommendation, or request study tips. Your professors are there for you, so absorb their knowledge. And, sometimes you’re lucky to find special connections that lead to mentorship and future letters of recommendation.

5. Bring a Small Refrigerator
If you are living in the dorms, coordinate with your roommates and get a small fridge. Yes, the meal plans are excellent and you should definitely use it as you are paying for this service, but there will be late nights, off hours, and random cravings when you will want refrigerated items. Some of the most common items found in freshmen fridges include milk, juice, yogurt, fruit, and deli meat.

6. Live in the Dorms
If you can, live in the dorms for at least one year. Yes, it can be a pricey experience, but it’s unique and can’t be replicated, especially freshman year. Everyone is new freshman year. If you know one other person in your dorm, you’ve hit the jackpot as often everyone is started life with a clean slate. If you want to reinvent yourself, this is the perfect opportunity. If you desire, you can make friends for life.

7. Reinvent Yourself
Maybe you went to high school with the same friends since elementary school. Maybe you switched schools every few years to accommodate a parent’s crazy work schedule. Either way, college is a great opportunity to learn more about yourself, as well as your studies.

For maybe the first time, you are forced into responsibility and adult-like situations. You are molding into your future self, building the life you want, but that doesn’t just mean employment. You will change, too. Do you want to learn about art? Do it! Are you looking to develop more spiritual connections and explore the limitations of your faith? This is the time and place to push boundaries. Unlike high school, no one is going to poke fun at your interests. You are free to explore everything without ridicule and are sure to find a group that welcomes you with open arms.

8. Take Advantage of Campus Resources
It’s unfortunate, but you may not even know all your college has to offer until you are walking down the graduation aisle, so do all you can to explore campus resources. Depending on your university, you may have access to free concerts, movies, and comedic performances. You will also have numerous academic tools at your disposal including free tutoring and workshops on how to master excel. Also, reach out to your school’s health center. It’s commonplace to experience stress in college; if you don’t, you’re doing it wrong. However, there are so many ways to alleviate your symptoms and professionals to speak with when the pressure exceeds your personal limitations. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Take advantage of all resources available; they are included in the price of tuition so you might as well.

9. Find a Balance
Finding a balance in life is likely something you will struggle with at various times, and college is no exception. Your life has been uprooted from normalcy and you are forced to adapt to a new place, new people, and rigorous examinations of your studies. However, it’s important to continue to do what you love and experience what the world has to offer beyond campus. Get a part-time job, volunteer in the community, read a book for fun, attend weekly church services, and exercise regularly; your mind and body will thank you.

10. Learn to Budget
Unfortunately, you have probably not developed a budget for yourself yet. No, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have any income, you still need to learn where your money is going, and college is the perfect time to learn if you haven’t yet. Start with the basics. Create an excel spreadsheet and track where each cent of your money is going each month. How much would tuition come out to this month? Did you go out to eat off-campus with friends? Did you pay for transportation to school or maybe a quick visit home? Every dollar adds up, and it adds up quickly. The faster you learn this lesson and get in the habit of tracking your money, the more prepared you will be for the real world and the better saver you will become.

 

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WPC named a “Best Online School” in Oregon

Warner Pacific named a top 10 best online school in oregon (2017).Online/distance learning is an effective and efficient path for working adults to earn a higher education degree.

Warner Pacific was recognized as one of the Top 10 schools in Oregon offering degrees online in Value College’s recent ranking. Through our Adult Degree Program, we offer six online majors:

Curriculum and course progressions are the same whether students study online or at a campus location.

Each institution included in the Top 10 ranking meets Value Colleges Best Value credentials with a solid ROI and institutional accreditation.

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: If the College’s campuses are close due to weather, ADP classes are not canceled; they move to ONLINE.  Students are expected to log in and follow your professor’s instructions in order to earn attendance and participation for the week. Be sure to check your Warner Pacific email for communication. Use Moodle/Online class access:  http://mywpclasses.warnerpacific.edu.

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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