Celebrating our 2015 graduating class

May 9, 2015 – On a Saturday morning that held the promise of sunshine and warmth, 237 Warner Pacific College students earned their associate, baccalaureate, or master diplomas. The class of 2015 was comprised of traditional undergraduate students who attended classes full time at our main Mt. Tabor Campus along with those attending through the Adult Degree Program at one of six satellite campuses across the Portland-Metro area and southwest Washington.

Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific has celebrated over 78 commencements, each one a remarkable and treasured memory for the College. In May 1976, 39 years ago, the College was honored to have President Gerald Ford speak before the graduates at commencement.

“When I received your invitation to address Warner Pacific, I welcomed the opportunity to address an institution that encourages civic virtues based upon the highest spiritual values,” said President Ford in 1976. Following his remarks, President Ford was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by then Warner Pacific President Dr. E. Joe Gilliam.

Today, the Christ-centered spiritual foundation of Warner Pacific continues to inspire the College to serve the city and its neighbors. We are blessed with a graduating class that not only achieved academic excellence; they’ve forged in their hearts a true sense of service for this community.

Two Warner Pacific graduating students stood before their classmates to offer words of reflection and hope for the future. Yvonne Edwards, a West Indian immigrant who grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, finally achieved degree of earning a degree through our Adult Degree Program. For exactly 2 years, 4 months, and 13 days, she  commuted over 19,200 miles from Lacey, Wash., to the Cascade Campus in Portland!

“My grandmother, with her third grade education and in her West Indian dialect would say ‘Vonnie, tek in yu lessons;’ translated that means: ‘take-in and absorb your education so that you can apply the knowledge to your life’s journey,’” shared Yvonne (Bachelor of Science in Human Development). “Never in my wildest dreams did I consider my journey would lead me here.”

A Human Development and History & Social Studies double major through the traditional program on the Mt. Tabor Campus, Ben Irwin transferred to Warner Pacific and found a place of acceptance within our community. He never stopped being an individual, however; relentlessly pursuing answers to paradoxes presented.

Taking time to do anything seems contradictory to the Gen Z’s view of life. Insightfully, Ben sums up, “We want a quick fix, an instantaneous way of being recognized: a way to gain, not a way to grow. But the journey matters more than the destination. This graduation and even the degree itself means less than how you spent your time getting here. Too often, we shrug off life experiences and go ‘Yeah, but what can this do for me?’ We’re a culture of ‘I went to Uganda on a short-term missions trip, and it completely changed my profile picture on Facebook.’”

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Yvonne reminded fellow graduates from Gen Z to Baby Boomers to savor this time, this moment, “Graduation is one of those awkward times in our lives when we are torn between the joy of our memories and the excitement of our future. Should we look back on what were the greatest years of our lives, both triumphant and sometimes a struggle? Times filled with joy from the boisterous sounds of that first spring day out on the lawn or the calmness of the chapel. Instead, should we focus on the next stage in this journey called life? We have been impatiently waiting for this day for years, and now, we just want to hit pause. We want to slow it down, and enjoy the last fleeting moments. Our lives forever altered in one short moment, after we walk across the stage and receive our diploma.”

“Your time as a student is only beginning. For that reason, I encourage you to always be learning, stretching yourself, puzzling for solutions, and embracing the complexities that lack solutions,” advised Ben. “Always experiment with the unfamiliar and uncomfortable.”

In her address to the graduates, Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, reminded them that, “in our constantly changing world, you are likely to change occupations several times. So, the aspects of your education that will serve you the best are your ability to keep learning, to wrestle with the big questions of life, to think critically, and to adapt to new and exciting opportunities.”

We are proud of all the graduates and have been blessed through your journey with us at Warner Pacific. Graduation is a bittersweet time as we say goodbye to students we have grown so fond of during their short time at the College. We pray that God will lead you as you engage in the opportunities that are ahead of you.

As parting words to the graduating class, Yvonne reminds us that “Warner Pacific has instilled in us a tremendous fire, a passion for life, and a desire to make the community and the world in which we live a better place. We owe it to each other, our family, our professors, our College, our country, and our God to pursue our wildest dreams.”

Congratulations to Warner Pacific’s class of 2015!

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!

Bridgetown releases third CD (Free concert on May 2)

Warner Pacific's Bridgetown releases third CDJoin us as we celebrate the release of Bridgetown’s third album, Treasure.

Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 pm
McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland)

  • An evening of music
  • Meet the group
  • Purchase your copy of Treasure
  • Free event open to to everyone!
  • No RSVP
  • Listen to the CD sample on Bridgetown’s Facebook page

Celebrating Coach Fagan’s Retirement (May 2-3)

Former Warner Pacific soccer alumni, fans, and friends, please join us as we celebrate Bernie Fagan’s retirement from 26 years of coaching at the College.

We have a full weekend of festivities planned, to help you connect with your beloved coach and fellow players.

Spread the word!

 

Warner Pacific retiring soccer coach Bernie Fagan

Retirement Celebration Schedule

Saturday, May 2
3:00 – 7:00 pm Open House Hosted by Bernie and Susan Fagan Bernie and Susan Fagan’s home: 4015 NE Wistaria, Portland OR 97212
7:30 pm Portland Timbers Game vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Providence Park: $35 per ticket (Limited tickets available. Price is discounted due to group sales and obstructed view.)
Sunday, May 3
2:00 – 4:30 pm Soccer Alumni Scrimmage and BBQ WPC Home Pitch at Portland Adventist Academy, 1500 SE 96th, Portland OR 97216: Bring your chairs and blankets for this picnic style BBQ.  $15 per adult, and $10 per child
5:30 pm Post Game Alumni Gathering with Bernie and Susan McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SE Halsey St., Troutdale OR 97060 (This is a no host event. Alumni and family are welcome to join us. While you will order on your own, please RSVP so we can add you to the reservation.)

 

Questions, please contact the Director of Alumni: Serena Cline at scline@warnerpacific.edu or 503.517.1026.

 

President’s Tea ~ Saturday, April 18

Warner Pacific President's Tea 2014 by Kai Hayashi Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, our Act Six Scholars, and everyone at Warner Pacific thanks you for joining us on a beautiful Saturday morning for our sixth annual President’s Tea & Scholarship Auction.

We’d also like to extend a heart-felt thank you to our special guest, Liz Vice (singer and a pure Portland gem) and to our student speakers, Bronson Enos and Luwam Kahassay.

We are tallying up the amount you raised to support our urban and diverse student-leaders. All proceeds from the tea, auctions, and paddle raise benefit Act Six scholarship students.

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For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at 503.517.1114 or email.

 

Otto F. Linn: Scholarship in Service to the Church – a lecture by Dr. Merle Strege (Sept. 18)

Read Dr. Strege’s lecture notes…

Otto F Linn For more than twenty years Dr. Otto F. Linn served Warner Pacific College as professor and academic dean. His path-breaking career spanned the Great Depression and the Space Age.

He introduced his church to the academic study of the Bible, inviting criticism from powerful traditionalists. But Linn was convinced that the church’s ministers should not let others do their thinking for them. His personal faith merged scholarship with warm-hearted piety, providing for his students and church ministers alike, a splendid example of the blend of academy and church.

Learn more about this monumental figure in the Church of God and Warner Pacific College at a free evening lecture with Dr. Merle Strege, president of the Church of God Historical Society.

The lecture will take place at the west end of the Reading Room in Otto F. Linn Library. This will be an excellent opportunity for alumni, faculty, staff, and students to learn more about the history of our College.

 

7 Money Rules for Life | Mary Hunt of Debt-Proof Living

Mary-Hunt-webWarner Pacific is thrilled to have Mary Hunt, of Debt-Proof Living, visit our campus on Wednesday, April 9, to share life changing strategies for better money management.

You are invited to her free 60-minute seminar where you will learn Mary’s “7 Money Rules for Life.”

Money management is not difficult. And it’s even easier if you learn how to manage money before you make mistakes that can have a severe impact on your future.

Mary will teach you seven straightforward rules for life that are so simple, you can fit on the back of a business card.

You will learn them, memorize them, and have them embedded into your heart and mind … for life!

  • When: Wednesday, April 9, starting at 7 pm
  • Location: Warner Pacific College, Egtvedt Room 203
  • Cost: Free
  • No RSVP but seating is limited
  • Refreshments provided

About Mary Hunt

Mary Hunt is an award winning and bestselling author, syndicated columnist, and sought-after motivational speaker, who created a global platform that is making strides to help men and women battle the epidemic impact of consumer debt. She is the founder of Debt-Proof Living, a highly regarded organization consisting of an interactive website, a monthly newsletter, a daily syndicated column, and hundreds of thousands of loyal followers. Now in its twentieth year, DPL is dedicated to its mission to provide hope, help and realistic solutions for individuals who are committed to financially responsible, and debt-free living. As a speaker, Mary travels extensively, addressing conferences, corporations, colleges, universities, and churches at home and abroad. A frequent guest on radio and television, Mary has appeared on dozens of television shows including Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, Oprah, Fox and Friends, Focus on the Family, and Dateline.