Calling & Community: a Choral Music Summit & Concert (September 18 & 19)

2015 Warner Pacific Choral SummitIt is the love of what many harmonic voices can do for the soul that inspired the Department of Music at Warner Pacific to bring to campus this fall two very notable choral directors from the internationally recognized St. Olaf Choir, Dr. Anton Armstrong and Mark Stover.

The two-day  “Calling & Community: A Choral Summit” brings 12 local high school choirs to Warner Pacific for a one-day clinic (either September 18 or 19) culminating each day in a celebration concert featuring that day’s choirs, an Honor Choir of accomplished high school voices, and Warner Pacific’s choral ensembles. This concert is open to the public ($10 in advance or $15 at the door).

High school vocalists participating in the Choral Summit will gain valuable lessons in maximizing their voices, improving note reading, overcoming performance anxiety, teamwork, and learning to lead through excellent conducting.

This Choral Summit is a wonderful occasion for high school students to experience the challenge of an excellent college environment.

“Students will see that we have a focused intensity with a touch of whimsy; are formal but not stuffy; fun but not immature; and serious about the craft while not arrogant,” remarks Celebration concert ticket order buttonDr. Kelly Ballard, WPC’s Associate Professor of Music and Choral Summit organizer.

The Warner Pacific Department of Music hopes these choir students will be able to easily visualize themselves in a college choir, perhaps Choral Summit observer pass buttoneven considering Warner Pacific as a place to pursue future study.

About Calling & Community: a Choral Music Festival

The Department of Music presents professional daily clinics and community performances celebrating local high school choral programs on Friday, September 18, and Saturday, September 19.

Students from 12 high school choirs will receive guidance and direction in vocal production and presentation with special guests Dr. Anton Armstrong, St. Olaf College’s Tosdal Professor of Music, and Mark Strover, Artistic Director of Magnum Chorum chamber choir based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

Choir students will also attend breakout sessions with Warner Pacific professors and students.

An 80-voice honor choir will be created from accomplished singers (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) from local high schools, as nominated by their choir directors. This group will rehearse together during the day under the direction of Dr. Armstrong and Mr. Stover.

The day will culminate in a Celebration Concert, open to the public, with performances by the Honor Choir, each high school choir, as well as the Warner Pacific choral ensembles.

About the Guest Conductors

Dr. Anton Armstrong is the Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, a private liberal arts college in Minnesota. With roots as a founding conductor for the Oregon Bach Festival’s Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, a unique summer choral program for high school vocalists, Dr. Armstrong is the conductor of the internationally acclaimed St. Olaf Choir.

Mark Stover is the Artistic Director of Magnum Chorum, a 50 voice chamber choir based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also the Minister of Worship, Music, and Arts at Colonial Church in Minneapolis. Professor Stover will conduct the St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Viking Singers during the 2015-16 academic year.

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.

 

Expanding opportunities for our science students

Warner Pacific is partnering with the Doctor of Chiropractic Program at University of Western States to offer accelerated entry into their chiropractic program.

Warner Pacific offers entry into Chiropractic programWarner Pacific science students can gain entry into the Doctor of Chiropractic program offered at University of Western States while finishing the requirements for their Bachelor of Science degree from Warner Pacific; obtaining their post-secondary degree sooner than others.

In December, Warner Pacific (WP) partnered with the University of Western States (UWS), located in NE Portland, for direct entry by qualified WP students into the UWS Doctor of Chiropractic degree program.

After successfully completing their first five quarters at UWS, WP students will receive their Bachelors of Science in Biological Science degree. This unique partnership eliminates one year of classroom time; saving WP students money and time when obtaining their Doctor of Chiropractic.

“Completing a bachelor degree while earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from a well-respected program such as the one offered at University of Western States is a terrific opportunity for our Biological Science majors,” comments Elizabeth DuPriest, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Natural Sciences and Health and Associate Professor of Biology at Warner Pacific College. “This partnership helps our students to flourish sooner, allowing them to begin easing pain and promoting good health in their patients faster.”

Benefits to Warner Pacific students:

  • Be admitted to the chiropractic program at University of Western States with all the necessary pre-requisite courses completed
  • Earn a Doctor of Chiropractic in less time
  • Save an average of $19,000 in tuition
  • Obtain a B.S. from Warner Pacific and a D.C. from University of Western States in less time (this program partnership will reduce the time in class by about a year)
  • Receive hands-on clinical training

University of Western States is a leading chiropractic research institution and the first chiropractic college to receive a multi-million dollar federal grant for research. It has the second oldest chiropractic educational program in the world; founded in 1895 by D.D. Palmer. UWS consistently achieves high scores on both U.S. and Canadian national board examinations.

Visit warnerpacific.edu/chiropractic for a list of the required course work.

360 Review of Dr. Andrea Cook

Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner PacificAs is required in the Warner Pacific Board Policy Manual, the Board of Trustees has completed a “360 Review” of the performance of the Warner Pacific College President, Dr. Andrea Cook. To facilitate this review, the Board engaged the services of Larry Large, Ph.D., a highly respected and experienced Oregon educator and former university president.

Dr. Large conducted personal interviews with a broad range of Warner Pacific constituents and he received insightful feedback from the faculty, staff, students, members of the Board of Trustees, and leaders throughout the Portland metro area. Dr. Large provided an extensive written report of his findings to the Board of Trustees.

The “360 Review” investigated and synthesized the judgment of Warner Pacific College stakeholders regarding Dr. Cook’s performance in her roles and responsibilities. The review provided constructive input that recognized her strengths and successes as well as areas for potential improvement.

The Board determined that the “360 Review” was both complete and comprehensive, thanking Dr. Large for his attention to detail and recognition of key professional measures.

“We are grateful for the attention to detail that was paid to this review” commented Steve Anderson, Chair of the Warner Pacific Board of Trustees. “Larry sought input and opinions from a wide range of people within the academic community of Warner Pacific, as well as others in the city, region, and nation who have observed            Dr. Cook’s leadership, and made an effort to identify her professional strengths and areas for development.”

Mr. Anderson stated, “As a Board, we are very pleased with this report on Dr. Cook’s leadership, both in guiding the College and in representing the College favorably in the city of Portland, the Church of God, and in the Christian academic community. In addition, we are excited about the direction she is taking Warner Pacific as she begins her second five year term as President.”

Social Entrepreneurship Seniors Begin Capstone Projects

Warner Pacific seniors in the Social Entrepreneurship program

Warner Pacific Social Entrepreneurship seniors Luwam Kahassay, Gimena Olguin, Anthony Sims, Kristi Gifford, and Emily Potts with Business Professor Dr. Roger Martin, Warner Pacific VP for Advancement Dr. Aaron McMurray, John Friese, Carrie Atkinson, Junea Rocha, and Warner Pacific students Thalia Garcia, Milo Lopez, Edgar Contreras, Ricky Ruiz, and Jonathan Hillis.

During their senior year, Social Entrepreneurship students identify a need within the community and create a small entrepreneurial business to meet that need (their Capstone Project).

On January 13, 2015, the 2015 Capstone Projects were presented in front of John Friese from Starve Ups (an entrepreneurial start up group in Portland), Carrie Atkinson from Sock It To Me (in Portland), and Junea Rocha from BraziBites. Students received feedback to prepare for the Capstone Project competition.

  • Luwam Kahassa – ArtCart, helping people engage their creative side
  • Anthony Sims – KooksLife, using business to help skateboarders
  • Gimena Olguin – UniMe, United Minority Entrepreneurs
  • Kristi Gifford – BU Fitness Wear, serving women 18 to 50 years of age who live motivated and active lives
  • Emily Potts – VEAS, using photography for people to see both the good and the bad of life

Each Capstone Project is made up of a team that includes the student, a Social Entrepreneurship Advisory Board (SEAB), community partners, and faculty members. This team works toward the common goal of creating free enterprise while meeting community need, providing students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to real life practice. By the end of the semester, the student and his/her team will create an Executive Summary, full Business Plan, and presentation of the project.

The culmination of the Capstone Project is a cash award for the best Business Plan, allowing students to become real-world social entrepreneurs by the time they graduate.