Ranked No. 2 in Portland for online degrees!

Great Value Colleges logoGreat Value Colleges recently reviewed colleges and universities located in the Portland area to create its list of top 10 colleges offering an online degree. Warner Pacific ranked 2nd in their 2016 list!

Convenience and flexibility of an online degree program fits well with the College’s Adult Degree Program, which already offers quality academic programs to fit today’s busy lifestyle. Currently half of the degrees offered through the ADP are also offered online.

They selected schools with high rankings from Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. Great Value Colleges chose only accredited colleges and universities, and schools that offered at least one online degree option.


From the WPC Kitchen – homemade Christmas ornaments

Have fun with the family this Christmas making ornaments for your Tree. Warner Pacific’s Executive Chef, Tim Bartunek, shares this easy Cinnamon Ornament recipe from the Warner Pacific Kitchen:

Ingredients/Items Needed:

  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup + 2 tbs ground cinnamon (2 – 2.37 oz bottles)*
  • A bit of nutmeg and ground cloves
  • Christmas cookie cutters
  • 1 drinking straw
  • Color ribbon


  • Preheat the oven to 200°F.
  • Mix applesauce with cinnamon and other spices in a small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. It is okay to use your hands to mix the cinnamon thoroughly.
  • Cut dough into quarters.
  • Roll each quarter to 1/3-inch thickness (TIP: place dough between two sheets of plastic wrap).
  • Peel off wrap and cut dough into shapes with the cookie cutters.
  • Press straw into top of ornament to make hole.
  • Place on baking sheet.
  • Bake 2 1/2 hours.
  • Cool on wire rack for 1 – 2 days or until thoroughly dry. Turn occasionally.
  • Insert ribbon into hole; tie into loop; and hang on tree.
  • OPTIONAL: decorate with opaque paint markers.

These reusable ornaments will be fragrant for many years. Store in moisture proof container.

These ornaments should not be eaten.

*Chef Tim suggests purchasing the cinnamon in bulk to save packaging waste as well as money.

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You are invited to the FYLC Fall 2015 Final Events

Warner Pacific First-Year Learning Communities Fall 2015 end of semster events (image)The First-Year Learning Communities (FYLCs) at Warner Pacific invite you to share in their first-semester experiences through a series of community events.

At these events, our freshmen will engage with fellow students, local service partners, and members of the Warner Pacific community through the shared exploration of the four FYLC values: City, Curiosity, Community, and Connection.

Each FYLC uses their chosen topic as a lens through which students are invited to examine their personal experiences with questions like, “who am I?”,  “why am I here?”, and “how can I learn from the city I call home?”

Fall Event Schedule
Date FYLC / Event
Location on Campus
Thursday, December 3
6:00 – 7:30 pm
HUM 164- LC 3: Fish, Forests, and Faith: Environmental History and Justice in PDX Center for Teaching & Learning
EVENT: Student projects about social justice issues related to the environment in Portland. Dessert and refreshments provided.
Monday, December  7
1:30 – 3:00 pm
HHK 160-LC8: Live Long and Prosper: Building Bridges to Wellness in PDX Egtvedt Hall Room 203
Monday, December 7
6:00 – 7:30 pm
HUM 160-LC1: Boyz n Girlz in the Hood: Justice and Neighborhood Change in PDX Egtvedt Hall Room 203
Tuesday, December 8
6:00 – 7:30 pm
MUS160-LC4: What’s on Your Playlist?: Music and Justice in PDX McGuire Theatre
Wednesday, December 9
1:30 – 3:00 pm
HUM 161-LC7:  Image and Word: InDesign and Print Culture in PDX Center for Teaching & Learning
EVENT: Students will showcase the marketing and promotional pieces they created for Saint Andre Bessette Catholic Church.
Wednesday, December 9
6:00 – 7:30 pm
HUM 165-LC5: Food Carts, Farms, and Freddy’s: Thinking About Eating in PDX Kardatzke Hall
Monday, December 14
1:30 – 3:00 pm
HUM 162-LC2: Bicycles, Equity, and Gentrification: Urban Mobility in PDX Egtvedt Hall Room 203
Monday, December 14
6:00 – 7:30 pm
HUM 163-LC6: UrbanRez: Voices of Oppression & Strength in PDX Egtvedt Hall Room 203


A “Best Online College” in Oregon

WPC a best online college in OregonWarner Pacific has been recognized by OnlineColleges.net as a top choice for online education in Oregon – placing in the top 10 of their online list!

They carefully reviewed every college offering fully online degree programs in Oregon, and Warner Pacific College is one of the best choices for students in 2016.

They evaluate online offering using a complex methodology that compares academics, student experience, and online programs, resulting in a clear picture of the best online colleges in each state.

“Since online education began in the 1990s and really took off in the 2000s, it has evolved from a rarely-used educational supplement to a viable option not only for adult learners and full-time professionals, but also for first-time students.” Since 2009, Online Colleges has been a free resource for online education and obtains their information about listed institutions from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics).

Winter Concerts in December (Free)

Warner Pacific Winter Concerts web graphicWarm up this winter with concerts at Warner Pacific.

Jazz Band & Vocal Jazz
Wednesday, December 2
7:30 pm

Concert Choir & Warner Choral
Sunday, December 6
3:00 pm

Advent Chapel
Thursday, December 10
10:00 am

Wind Ensemble
Friday, December 11
7:30 pm

All concerts, hosted in the College’s McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland), are free and open to the public.

Join us for Advent Brunch (December 5)

Warner Pacific Advent Brunch 2015Please join us for the 4th Annual Advent Brunch hosted President Andrea Cook; a joyful time of fellowship, reflection, and renewal.


  • Saturday, December 5
  • 10 am – 12 pm
  • McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland)
  • Gourmet Brunch
  • Help us spread joy this season by bringing and donating a new or gently used children’s book for the Children’s Book Bank Drive and help us give kids throughout Portland the gift of reading
  • Tickets are just $25 per person or $175 for a table of 7 guests

Get your TicketsAdvent Brunch RSVP button 2015

  • Purchase your tickets  ($25 per person or $175 for a table of 7 guests) by registering securely online or contacting Diane Minor: email or 503.517.1114
  • Please RSVP by Monday, November 30

Give the Gift of Reading

We are excited to once again partner with the Children’s Book Bank, supporting  their work to bring the gift of reading to kids throughout Portland. Easy access to books is foundational to literacy development. Scarcity of books in the home is one of the greatest obstacles that must be overcome by children living in poverty. Children with books in the home become better readers and do better in school.

Please bring your new or gently used books to the brunch and help us give  Portland’s most vulnerable children the gift of reading. Types of books most in need are Dr. Seuss and Spanish-language books. Other requests are: picture books, board books, alphabet books, and counting books. (New books are preferred for Christmas.)

Click here to purchase books specially requested by the Children’s Book Bank.

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Free Family Fall Festival at WPC on October 29 (fun for everyone!)

Warner Pacific Fall Festival Star Wars ThemedSpooky fun for the whole family at this free family event with a Star Wars flare.

Come wearing your favorite costume (kids and adults)!

What:  “Return of the Fall Festival” (Star Wars themed)

When:  Thursday, October 29, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Where:  Warner Pacific College campus – 2219 SE 68th Ave. (cross street is SE Division)

  • Family Fun events in Kardatzke Hall (5:30 – 7:15 pm)
  • Haunted House in the Student Union Building (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
  • Concert in McGuire Auditorium (7:30 – 8:30 pm)

 Free family fun includes:

  • Face painting
  • Photo booth
  • Treats of course
  • Games for the kids
  • Haunted House (6 – 8 pm)
  • Concert featuring works from the Star Wars Trilogy (7:30 – 8:30 pm)
  • Costume Contest during the concert

Fall Production – Encounter (Nov. 5-8)

Student devised work on changing the world, one friend at a time

Fall Drama Production: Encounter - Warner Pacific 2015ENCOUNTER is a student devised theatrical work in which Warner Pacific drama scholars will record, dramatically shape, and perform their memories and transformative moments of encountering strangers and making friends. In this production, an ensemble of six actors will share their stories of making friends at The Underground, a Wednesday night dining and living room space for homeless youth in downtown Portland.

As part of the creative process, the Drama Department worked with CoHo Productions in NW Portland to learn how to incorporate the video production elements found in ENCOUNTER.

ENCOUNTER is produced as part of a collaborative project funded by the Change the World grant, established by Church of God Ministries. The grant-funded project consist of a six-week lesson plan titled “do No Harm” designed by Ken Loyd; a devised theatrical work created by Robin Gordon and Warner Pacific Drama Scholars; and a film by Stuart Eagon revealing the beauty of our friends who live outside. Together, the works serve as an invitation to step outside—of church, of your comfort zone, of the familiar—and make a friend.

What: Encounter

When: November 5 – 8, 2015

  • Thursday, November 5:  7:30 pm
  • Friday, November 6: 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 7: 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 8: 2:00 pm

Where: Warner Pacific’s McGuire Theatre located on the first floor of Egtvedt Hall – 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland (cross street is SE Division)

Cost: $5 at the door



Prayers and support for UCC

Support of Umpqua Community CollegeOne week ago, we were all shocked and saddened as the tragic events unfolded on the Umpqua Community College campus.

Solemn thoughts and prayers were offered today during a time of silence at Chapel as our community remembered those lost and injured in last week’s shooting.

Students and staff showed solidarity with those impacted through the simple act of taking and posting photos on social media with a #IamUCC sign. Photos of support can be viewed on the ASWPC Facebook page.



Calling & Community: a Choral Music Summit & Community Concert (October 9-10)

2015-Choral-Summit-Poster-octIt 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 October 9 or 10) 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 Dr. 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 even 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, October 9, and Saturday, October 10.

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.