Welcome Weekend for New Students: August 29-31

Exciting activities and time-honored traditions, enjoyed with a community of diverse, smart, interesting people who will make you glad you chose to become a Knight.

Welcome to Warner Pacific

Warner Pacific Welcome WeekendWhether you’re new or returning to campus, these events—which begin the Saturday, August 29—will help you prepare for a successful year and experience what it means to be a Warner Pacific student.

Welcome Weekend includes the New Student Knighting Ceremony on Saturday after the Aloha Dinner. The weekend is packed full of informative and fun events including time exploring Portland, a movie on the lawn, trying out Salsa Dancing, and ending with the College Convocation and the start of classes. (All Welcome Weekend activities are required for new students – freshmen or transfer.)

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Congratulations to our Summer Graduating Class of 2015

The smokey haze that enveloped Portland on Saturday, August 15, 2015, did nothing to damp the excitement when 106 students of our Adult Degree Program achieved their dream of becoming a college graduate. Sixteen also earned their master’s degrees and were ceremoniously presented with their academic regalia (hood).

We congratulate each and every one of these new alumni on earning their degrees, sticking with the program, coming to class every week, and choosing Warner Pacific.

Often students find they suddenly have a lot of extra time on their hands. Time, for the last 18 months, spent studying and in class. Meg DuMez, Assistant Professor and Senior Academic Advisor for the Adult Degree Program,  offers this advice:

“I hope for you is that you  remember to be intentional about what you  want to do next with your time and resources.  Between class sessions, travel, learning team meetings, and homework, these you’ve sacrificed at least 10 hours a week for the past few years.  Now you are regaining that time back and life (work, television, chores, watching paint dry) will fill that void if you are not intentional what you want to do.  I want all our graduates to use this time well.  Volunteer.  Start a hobby.  Spend more time with family and friends.  Pursue a graduate degree.  Read for fun!  This is the perfect time to reclaim that time and choose to do something great!”

Wilma I. Perry Award: Rashida Renee Willard

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.

Awards Presented:
  • Excellence in Christ-Centered Leadership & Service – Teressa Jeffries
  • Excellence in Urban Leadership & Service – Antranette Renee Covington
  • Excellence in Liberal Arts Leadership & Service – Melissa Frache
  • Excellence in Diversity Leadership & Service – Candye Marie Parkin

We know they will do wonderful things with this knowledge and with God’s blessing.

School districts are hiring more teachers

There is a shortage of certified teachers nationwide!

Math TeacherAfter years of cutbacks, there is hiring rebound in school districts across the country. Nationally, 200,000 teachers will be needed, and it is estimated that in Oregon almost 16,500 NEW teachers will be hired by 2020. Right now, however, districts are struggling to meet these high hiring demands, especially for teachers of special education, advanced math, bilingual education, and even language arts.

Now is a great time to pursue your passion and become a teacher.

Warner Pacific offers education degrees in early childhood education through high school level instruction.

Through our unique 4.5 MAT, you can specialize in a subject that interests you such as science, business, English, or music; then towards the end of your bachelor’s program, add education courses so you finish with a bachelor’s and your Master of Arts in Teaching. (Read more about our 4.5 MAT program.)

Dr. Robert Nava, Chair of the Warner Pacific Department of Education, is routinely contacted by local school districts and private schools throughout spring semester and during summer break looking for candidates for the coming school year. These districts are even coming directly to our campus to recruit prior to graduation. Students do need to complete their teaching certification prior to stepping into the classroom.

“All of our 2015 education graduates are working,” report Dr. Nava.

Instill the love of learning in others.

You won’t need to go far to find the perfect classroom for you. If you relish the challenge of rural teaching, Alaska has been plagued with teacher shortages for years. Sunny California leads the nation in its need for teachers. Staying in the Pacific Northwest is a viable option as well since both Oregon and Washington are in desperate need of qualified teachers at all levels. Schools right around the Warner Pacific Mt. Tabor campus have openings!

Substitute teachers are also in high demand. If you’d like to have the flexibility that comes with being a substitute, especially for elementary education, districts across eastern Oregon are looking for a qualified teacher like you.

Join us in empowering youth with knowledge that can transforms lives. Learn more about the Warner Pacific education program today.

 

 

 

Celebrating the life of Professor Christine Tokonitz

Christine TokonitzIt is times like these that we lean heavily on our faith.

Warner Pacific lost a dear and valued member of our community on Monday morning (August 17, 2015) with the passing of Christine Tokonitz, Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration.

On August 12, Chris was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer, Leiomyosarcoma – Stage IV and, unfortunately, succumbed to the disease quite rapidly.

Chris had two passions in her life, her family and the College’s Health Care Administration program.  “Chris put her heart and soul into the program and her students.  We will do our best to honor her well as we continue the work that she loved,” said Dr. Lori Jass, Associate Vice President for the Adult Degree Program. “She was an exceptional gift to all of us at the College, and I know that those in her program feel a special connection to her and grieve her passing.”

August 18 2015 memorial gathering for Prof Christine Tokonitz

Warner Pacific’s community came together on August 18 to remember and honor Chris.

She entered the WPC Adult Degree Program in the associate’s program, and completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees while working full time and being a mother to her three busy kids. In fact, Chris was pursuing her doctoral degree at the time of her passing.

“She’s been an integral part of our ADP community and truly beloved by our Health Care Administration students,” commented Meg DuMez, Assistant Professor, Senior Academic Advisor for the Adult Degree Program. In 2007, Chris joined the WPC staff as an ADP financial aid counselor, moving into the role of academic counselor in 2009. She then became an Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration (for both the traditional and ADP) helping others achieve their dreams of a degree and fulfilling career. Chris spent countless hours building online courses for the program.

“We are so deeply saddened by the loss of the friend and colleague we all had in Chris,” said Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “She lived with such passion and excelled in serving our students on the traditional campus and through the Adult Degree Program. I ask that you keep her family and extended family in your prayers as we all cope with this loss.”

Chris leaves behind a loving husband (George) and three amazing children (Alex 17, Faythe 12, and Conor 10) as well as an extended family and friends.

The Warner Pacific community came together Tuesday afternoon to remember and honor Chris. Common threads in the stories and memories included her overwhelming enthusiasm for the Health Care Program and her students. Teaching at Warner Pacific was exactly where she belonged and she thrived in that awareness. She genuinely cared for people and had a warm inviting spirit and a welcoming smile. The biggest lesson we can take from Chris’s spirit-filled life is to live each day with gratitude and joy since it is a gift from God.

A Memorial Service will be held at Mt. Scott Church of God (10603 SE Henderson Street, Portland, Oregon  97266) on Sunday, August 23, at 3 pm. 

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8

Sign up for New Student Registration Day: 2015

This one-day event in the summer is the first major event for new Warner Pacific students. Admitted students can begin the orientation process without the anxiety of waiting until the end of August.

To help you prepare for your exciting days ahead at Warner Pacific, we invite you to join us. It will be a valuable day of introductions, information, and preparation.

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    • Thursday, July 9

We have a full day of activities and information planned to prepare you for the start of your career as a WP student.

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Sessions are available for your parents, too, tailored to their questions and needs. We ask that parents not sit in on their student’s registration/advising session. If they have any questions or concerns at the end of the day, they can be addressed with the admissions or registrar’s office staff. (NOTE: there is a $10 fee for guests and all students must pay their tuition deposit.)

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WPC hosted a graduation reception on May 1, for students of closed Heald College in Portland

Heald College graduation program hosted by Warner Pacific at Mt. Scott Church of God May 2015Just days before almost 100 Heald College students in Portland were to celebrate achieving their academic dream of obtaining a college degree, they were hit with the news that Heald was closed and the graduation ceremony was cancelled.

On April 27, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which owns Heald College, “ceased substantially all operations and discontinued instruction at its remaining 28 ground campuses,” displacing approximately 16,000 students. The closure included Corinthian’s 13 Everest and WyoTech campuses in California, Everest College Phoenix and Everest Online Tempe in Arizona, the Everest Institute in New York, and 150-year-old Heald College–including its 10 locations in California, 1 in Hawaii, and 1 in Oregon. Heald College was a regionally accredited for-profit business offering programs in healthcare, business, legal, and technology.

Excited graduate of Heald College coming to the graduation program hosted by Warner Pacific at Mt. Scott Church of God May 2015For over nine years, Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program (ADP) partnered with Heald College. During that time, Enrollment Staff set up informational tables at Heald’s Portland campus on a quarterly basis, presented in their classes, and worked closely with their career placement services to help students who wanted to pursue baccalaureate degrees after finishing their programs at Heald.

Several local colleges and universities quickly responded to provide Heald students with options to finish their degree programs. Warner Pacific College recognized the need for graduating Heald students to have some opportunity for celebration and decided to reach out to plan a graduation party for those students who were left with no public acknowledgment of their accomplishments

Heald College graduates at reception hosted by Warner Pacific at Mt. Scott Church of God May 2015On Friday evening, May 1, over 300 people gathered at Mt. Scott Church of God (Portland) to celebrate the academic and personal achievements of those who successfully earned degrees from Heald College.

Despite the feelings of frustration and loss resulting from the closure of the college, friends and family were extremely appreciative when plans for the graduation reception were announced. “With everything that has happened I’m so happy Heald graduates get the recognition they deserve,” one person posted on Heald’s Facebook page.

A former Heald administrative staff member attending the reception expressed, “I want to extend a tremendous thank you to Warner Pacific for hosting this event. Our students have been heartbroken by recent events. This gesture of kindness says a great deal about your commitment to our community.”

Everyone is extremely grateful to Mt. Scott Church of God for opening their doors to this celebration. Denise Douglas, Co-Senior Pastor at Mt. Scott explains, “We heard about the need from Dr. Andrea Cook who is part of our church community. She asked if we could help by providing space to honor the Heald College graduates and their families. We were thankful our calendar was clear (which was unusual) and we could respond with an, ‘Absolutely!’ We did so because it would be crazy not to share what God has given us to bless our community.”

Heald College graduate with family at reception hosted by Warner Pacific at Mt. Scott Church of God May 2015With nothing but blessings and friendship, Warner Pacific celebrated with Heald graduates and their friends, providing a place to gather and take photos while remembering the hard work and looking forward to a bright future.

“It was such a privilege to see the Warner Pacific team come together to serve on Friday evening! Their heart for adult learners was evident as they cheerfully sacrificed personal time to provide a celebration for those impacted by Heald’s abrupt closure,” commented Dr. Lori Jass, Associate Vice President for Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program. “I am profoundly grateful for President Cook’s leadership, not only because she inspires us toward service, but also because of her passion for Portland and our neighbors. Her prayer of blessing for the Heald graduates was a deeply moving experience that few will soon forget.”

View photos from Heald Graduation buttonPastor Douglas adds, “We hope the community guests felt their hard work was acknowledged and honored. We hope they felt celebrated by their friends, family, and community. We hope they felt like we cared about their circumstances because we did.”

Congratulation graduates!


About Warner Pacific:

Warner Pacific College is an over 75-year old private, Christ-centered college of over 1,400 undergraduates and graduate students in Portland, Ore. In 2014, the College welcomed its largest class of incoming freshmen. Warner Pacific was recognized as a top college and best academic value in the west according to the 2015 U.S. News and World Report. Established in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Warner Pacific offers 29 undergraduate majors and 5 graduate programs in business, education, ministry, and music at 6 campuses across the Portland metropolitan area and online. Warner Pacific provides all students with a welcoming and inclusive space to dream, achieve, and flourish

About Mt. Scott Church of God:

Mt. Scott Church of God is a community of care that transforms lives. Founded in 1924, Mt. Scott is located Lents neighborhood of Southeast Portland on the border of Happy Valley.

Please support our food drive for Take Action, Inc.

Annual community food drive

take action logoAll month long, we are collecting donations for Take Action, INC.

Make a difference in the lives of children who are experiencing hunger in our community. Every Friday, Take Action, INC., provides backpacks full of food to children who face food insecurity at home on weekends.

PLEASE give generously to the food drive at Warner Pacific College.

We will deliver the food to local elementary schools, ensuring that children in our community will have enough to eat during the weekend.

Your donations will allow these elementary students to return to school on Monday, nourished and ready to learn; increasing their self-esteem and laying the groundwork for a brighter future.

Drop off donations all month long at:

Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program Centre 205
2600 SE 98th Ave., Suite 200
Portland (cross street is SE Division)

Warner Pacific’s Tabor Campus Admissions Office
2219 SE 68th Ave.
Portland (cross street is SE Division)

Thinking about continuing your education?

Now through May 31, when you apply for an adult degree program at Warner Pacific, we’ll WAIVE your application fee when you make a non-perishable food donation to Take Action, Inc. At Warner Pacific you can get the healthcare, business, or education degree with the flexibility busy adult learners need. Pursue your degree and help out a worthy cause at the same time!

Seniors honored for academic achievements and personal excellence

2015 Warner Paciifc Social Science Seniors honoredAs the 2014-15 academic year draws to a close, students, staff, and faculty gathered for the annual Warner Pacific Honors and Awards Chapel (April 30, 2015).

In recognition of the College’s graduating seniors who best exemplify the values and goals of Warner Pacific College as demonstrated by overall performance academically, spiritually, and as a member of the Warner Pacific College community, the following students were recognized:

Awarding Department/Program Student
Humanities: History Jordan Wilcox
English Katie Scribner
Business Thompson White
Business Joshua Franklin
Education Hannah Switzer
Drama Zechariah Dirdak
Drama Melissa Sondergeld
Music Kelsey Davisson
Natural Science & Health Anh Ngo
Natural Science & Health Almir Celebic
Health & Human Kinetics Scotti Jo Helmick
Biology Brianna Cowin
Sports & Recreational Management Josh Black
Religion & Christian Ministries Garrett Eastwood
Religion & Christian Ministries Jace Schwartz
Human Development Katie Scribner
Psychology Kathryn Conyers
Social Work Rosemary Bishop
Urban Community Development Alexandra Sindorf
Outstanding HUM 410 Thesis Jace Schwartz
Outstanding HUM 410 Thesis Alexandra Sindorf
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Alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow leaves a legacy that embodies the WPC mission

Warner Pacific Alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow. (Photo from Windy City Media Group)The Warner Pacific community is deeply saddened by the death of alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow, a true civil rights pioneer.

Barrow (nee Taplin) was born in Burton, Texas, one of six children. Her father was a rural pastor in the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) and Willie decided to follow in his footsteps. At 16, she moved to Portland to attend Warner Pacific College (then Pacific Bible College), studying theology. Even at a young age, Barrow proved herself a strong leader, being elected president of the Student Council and founding the first African-American Church of God in Portland. During this time, Barrow also worked as a welder at the Portland shipyards, where she met her husband, Clyde Barrow.

After they married in 1943, the Barrows moved to Chicago where her minister encouraged Willie to get involved in civil rights demonstrations. By 1950, Barrow was organizing marches throughout the United States. In 1963, she attended the March on Washington and got to know Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1965, she traveled to Selma, Ala., to demonstrate alongside Dr. King.

Rev. Willie T. Barrow, Warner Pacific Alum (photo from Chicago Tribune)Known as “The Little Warrior” for her small stature and strong will, Barrow advocated for racial equality, women’s rights, educational access, and labor rights. Barrow helped found Operation Breadbasket in Chicago. As the organization evolved, Barrow became the first woman to lead as the Executive Director  of Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity), where she led campaigns to serve the poor and marginalized in her community.

“Rev. Barrow is the embodiment of our mission,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, president of Warner Pacific College. “God’s clear calling on her life led her to often difficult places, but her commitment to see the equity, love, and justice of His Kingdom enabled her to do great things. We are honored to be a part of Rev. Willie T. Barrow’s story and her legacy continues to inspire our institution as we strive to serve urban and diverse students in Portland.”

Warner Pacific is exploring ways to publicly honor the remarkable life of Rev. Willie T. Barrow in the near future.

Learn more about this extraordinary lady:

The College received $96,000 in grants to support scholarship, education, and students

Recently, the College received grants to support student scholarships and improved instructional design.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust provided a $71,000 matching grant to establish an educational technology design lab, including a portable computer lab, located in the College’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

The Trust awarded a 1:1 matching grant. Once the match is raised, the CTL will use these resources to provide faculty with tools, training, and support to shift a number of courses to a hybrid design that combines online digital technologies with face-to-face teaching to support increased student success.

A portable computer lab containing 20 laptops will be used to train faculty, as well as increase faculty’s implementation of digital technology with students in the place-based classroom.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

A $5,000 grant from the Zimmerman Family Foundation will support the College’s educational technology design lab and studio as well.

“The Zimmerman Family Foundation’s grant moves the College closer to our $71,000 goal to realize a matching grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust,” said Dr. Aaron McMurray, Vice President for Advancement. “The educational technology design lab will assist professors in diversifying course delivery formats from face-to-face to hybrid and online class configurations.”

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that inspire education, literary, scientific, and spiritual growth. All of which will be achieved through the increased implantation of digital technology in the classroom.

The $20,000 grant from the William H. & Mary L. Bauman Foundation  supports the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative’s Urban Service Track at Warner Pacific. Act Six is Oregon’s only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership scholarship.

The Urban Service Track model is a tailored scholarship and leadership program designed to help under-prepared but talented and highly motivated high school scholar-leaders succeed in achieving their higher education goals.

The Bauman Foundation was established in 1992 following the death of Bill Bauman, owner of Bauman Sawmill, which later became part of Willamette Industries and then Weyerhaeuser Corp. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to support children and youth, and evangelical churches and organizations.

“I am so appreciative of the William H. & Mary L. Bauman Foundation’s generous and continued support of this important initiative at Warner Pacific College,” said President Andrea Cook. “Our Act Six Scholars continue to make an impact on campus, in the community, and in their homes; this grant will truly have a positive impact on the lives of Warner Pacific students and the greater Portland community.”

For each Act Six Scholar, Warner Pacific provides a scholarship, supplementing federal and state aid, to cover full-tuition for two years as well as room and board for all four years. These scholarship funds are raised entirely by Warner Pacific through grant awards and private contributions, such as the funds granted by the William H. & Mary L. Bauman Foundation.