McGuire on Fire – October 18 Jazz Concert

McGuire on Fire Jazz Concert bannerFour local jazz artist come together to form the Dennis Plies Jazz Quartet. We are pleased to host the Quartet’s Sunday, October 18, concert: McGuire on Fire.

When: Sunday, October 18, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Where: Warner Pacific College’s McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland)

Cost: $10 donation at the door

What: Jazz means unpredictable improvisation and group interplay. You will not be disappointed in the jazz styling’s and performance at McGuire on Fire, featuring music of Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, John Lewis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mongo Santamaria, Jimmy Heath, Sergio Mendes, Elton John, and Gabriel Faure.

Who: The Quartet is made up of four local jazz musicians:

• Dennis Plies, Marimba & Vibes (WPC music professor)
• Dan Gaynor, Piano
• Dave Captein, Bass
• Tyson Stubelek, Drums

Dennis Plies has been at home on the marimba playing classical and gospel music since age six, and twenty-two years later he added the jazz dimension, including its central role–improvisation. The vibes, played very similarly to the marimba, has become his jazz voice. He has directed the Jazz Band at Warner Pacific College since 1981 and has played vibes in the jazz trio, Mirage, since 1999. His first jazz recording in 1986 features his vibes work with the Ron Steen Trio. In 2006 he recorded an album called Minor Inconvenience with sax player Howard Whitaker plus a rhythm section.

Dave Captein is an accomplished performer on both string bass and bass guitar, having worked as a professional musician for over 40 years in the Pacific Northwest. Dave has performed in a broad range of situations, from symphonic performances to studio and club work, as well as many jazz concerts and festivals around the country and in Europe. He has worked with many well-known jazz artists. He freelances in the Portland area, and is a very active member of the music community, frequently appearing in the city’s many clubs and concert venues, as well as recording studios.

A native of Portland, pianist Dan Gaynor has performed with a wide variety of artists. He studied jazz and music theory at Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University with teachers including Randy Porter, Dave Barduhn, Darrell Grant, Glen Moore, and Tomas Svoboda. Dan is also a versatile vocal accompanist, with a wide repertoire and experience in many musical styles. He is recorded on Good Morning Geek by the Portland Jazz Orchestra, En Route by Ed Bennett and on both Libre and Two Dollars to Ride the Train by Martin Zarzar.

Tyson Stubelek has been teaching drum lessons for over 11 years both in schools and through his private studio. He has toured internationally across Canada, the UK, and throughout the United States, and has studied and played with numerous prominent musicians including: Danilo Perez, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Ingrid Jensen, Jerry Bergonzi, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Joe Locke, Dave Douglas, Clarence Penn, Tony Malaby, Ben Street, Adam Benjamin, and Joshua Redman.

Founder’s Day at Warner Pacific

 Join us as we celebrate the inaugural Founder’s Day.

Warner Pacific Founder's Day 2015We will be looking back to the day Pacific Bible College opened their doors on October 5, 1937.

Warner Pacific College has come a long way since those early years, and we want to join with alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and current students to reminisce about our history and prepare for our future.

Warner Pacific historical timeline buttonWhen did the cafeteria move to Egtvedt Hall? Who was the second President of the College? Where was the original building on the Mt. Tabor campus? Did you know that Warner Pacific had the last true switchboard in Portland? Learn more about the College’s history on through the Historical Timeline.

Continue the Legacy

We are asking alumni to donate $1 for each year you’ve been out of college. 

Give to WPC securely onlineFriends, faculty, staff, and current students can donate $1 for every year they’ve been connected to the college.

These donations will go a long way in helping current Knights earn a quality liberal arts education and create similar lifelong memories and friendships.

Share your memories!

You can participate in Founder’s Day from any place on the globe! 

View our campus timeline and add your favorite photos and WPC memories via social media. Remember to
@ mention us or use #warnerpacific.

Founder’s Day Activities

Pacific Bible College nka Warner Pacific CollegeLUNCH: If you live close to campus, please join us for lunch on Founders Day – Monday, October 5.  The cafeteria opens at 11 am. Feel free to stop in, grab lunch, and mix/mingle with current students and fellow alums. (Lunch is just $5 with coupon (PDF).)

CAKE: President Cook will be cutting the birthday cake at 12:30 pm in the dining hall of the Mt. Tabor Campus.

TRIVIA: At 7:00 pm, we will be hosting a special PBC/WPC trivia night in the Student Union Building. Join us for a fun competition! (Study the Historical Timeline.)

WPC is one of the Best Online Colleges in Oregon

Warner Pacific: Best in Oregon Online College progrm 2016Warner Pacific’s online program is touted as one of the best offered in Oregon.

Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online) released its 2015-16 ranking of all colleges and universities in the state that offered online programs.  Warner Pacific’s program topped the list as 4th in the state above Oregon State University and Linfield College.

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.

AC Online ranked colleges’ online programs for: maintaining quality and affordability and the number of online programs offered. The excellence of Warner Pacific’s online program distinguished it as one of the best in Oregon.

Just 18 months ago, the Adult Degree Program launched its online program. Since then the College was recognized by Christian Universities Online as a top Christian college offering affordable online degrees. In fact, Warner Pacific ranked 25th out of 100 colleges and universities. No other Pacific Northwest Christian college ranked higher than Warner Pacific.

Students cut classes to volunteer in the community: Common Day of Service

Warner Pacific CDS invasive species clean upThursday, September 17, was the 11th annual Common Day of Service at Warner Pacific when day classes are cancelled as the College focuses on serving our community.

The on-again off-again rain didn’t dampen spirits as everyone lived into the College’s motto: “Where faith and scholarship lead to service.” Over 400 students, staff, and faculty members stepped out of the classroom to serve the Portland community as part of the College’s 11th Annual Common Day of Service.

The work completed today (almost 2,000 combined hours of volunteerism) served more than 1,500 people, 20 local organizations from NE Portland to Oregon City to Tualatin, and provided an estimated economic impact of nearly $46,150. Warner Pacific CDS garbage pick up

Common Day of Service at Warner Pacific began 11 years ago, when a student asked local elementary schools and organizations how Warner Pacific students could help support their efforts in the community. Since then, the event has been embraced by the entire College and is a welcome way to kick-off each new school year. This year, projects included:

    • Working with Habitat for Humanity and the Cully Neighborhood to transform an abandoned strip club into a community resource center by removing graffiti and garbage.
    • Learning about nonnative and invasive species and then helping the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge remove cockaburrs, which can take over a natural area, making it difficult for the desired flora to propagate. Over 90 pounds removed!
    • Sorting donated clothing and harvesting vegetables in a community garden at NAYA PDX (Native American Youth and Family Center).
    • Setting up for a fundraising gala to support the Children’s Center in Oregon City. The Center provides a safe place and support for abused children.

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  • Assembling science learning kits for school children served through the AKA Science program at Impact NW.
  • Taking apart donated old or broken down bicycles to salvage usable parts and metal for recycling at Rosewood bikes.
  • Working through SOLV to pick up garbage that accumulated alongside the I-205 walking/bike path making it cleaner and safer.
  • Sorting and cleaning donated books for the Book Bank. Volunteers even crafted handmade bookmarks with inspirational quotes for the young readers.


“Common Day of Service is an important day in the life our institution as we live into our motto. Today, students were out in the city serving our community,” explains Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “For us, service learning means volunteering off the campus and assisting in the community in places of poverty, places of oppression, and places where there is great need.”

Warner Pacific Common Day of Service
Warner Pacific students are asked to complete a minimum of 10 hours of service each semester. Over 34.1% of Oregonians volunteer annually, ranking the state’s volunteerism 10th in the U.S. Education, religious, and social service organizations receive the most volunteer hours in Portland. View more photos on the College’s Instagram feed (@wpcollege) and 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 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, 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.

A Top 10 Regional College!

Warner Pacific Wrestler Jawayne.Warner Pacific College continues to be ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges (West) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 edition.

The ranking allows prospective students and their families compare the relative quality of colleges based on widely accepted indicators of excellence such as as first-year student retention, graduation rates,and strength of the faculty.

Warner Pacific College is one of the Top 10 Regional Colleges – West, an area that includes institutions from 14 states. Warner Pacific is one of only two Oregon colleges to be in the top 10.  Warner Pacific is the only college or university in the Northwest (in any category) to be recognized as a place “most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group.

“As a small college, we are honored to be nationally recognized for the quality of our educational environment,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “Warner Pacific students experience a unique blend of rigorous study and authentic relationships that provide them with the confidence they need to seek a career that is both professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling.”

In addition to internships, service opportunities, and study abroad programs, Warner Pacific College also offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, artistic groups, and leadership opportunities. Using the city as their classroom, students develop the skills necessary to become life-long learners who are prepared to face a rapidly changing world.

Other recognition from U.S. News

The College is also ranked 10th as a “Best Value College – West” and ranked 7th as a “Best College for Veterans – West.”

As an urban college designed to serve students from diverse backgrounds, Warner Pacific is also being recognized for its ethnic diversity on campus.


A “Best Bang for the Buck” College

The Other College Guide provides “honest and practical information” students need to help in the college selection process. Unlike other guides, this one is based on the best available data on what really matters to you: which schools will charge you a fair price and not bury you in debt? Which help students graduate? Which provide degrees that allow you to earn a decent income?

The 2015 “Best Bang for the Buck” list shows which schools in the West are the best value for your money based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well they do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

Out of the 233 colleges included in this list for 2015, Warner Pacific is ranked at 70th nationwide and 5th for Oregon (out of the 20 schools from Oregon included).

Warner Pacific offers many scholarships, a tuition that is lower than most private colleges, and a loan repayment assistance program for incoming freshmen.

Ranked 37th in nation by Washington Monthly’s College Guide

College guideWashington Monthly’s annual college guide gives prospective students a unique view when it comes to college rankings. They look at what colleges are actually doing for the country – how they are working to make communities better.

We are thrilled that Warner Pacific ranked 37th in the nation on the 2015 Baccalaureate Colleges list, moving up the list 11 slots from last year!

Warner Pacific is the ONLY college in Oregon to be included in the top 100 and is the highest ranking Oregon college included in the complete list. The College out shone larger schools, nationwide, in community service participation of our students and cumulative hours served (ranking 16th).

“Higher education, after all, doesn’t just affect students. We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they put students from lower-income families on the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders. And we all pay for it, through hundreds of billions of dollars in government-financed financial aid, tax breaks, and other spending,” explain the editors of Washington Monthly.

In order to identify the most “public-minded institutions,” Washington Monthly ranks  “every four-year college and university in America based on three criteria: social mobility, research, and public service.” By giving equal weight to public service, this ranking identifies colleges, such as Warner Pacific, that embrace an ethos of service to their communities. They also recognize schools that do the best job of enrolling and graduating low-income students.

Alum named acting director of Oregon’s Department of Human Services by Governor

Warner Pacific Alum Jerry WaybrantWarner Pacific congratulates alumni Jerry Waybrant ‘80 on his recent appointment to head Oregon’s Department of Human Services. On Wednesday, September 2, Governor Kate Brown named Waybrant the Acting Director as the longtime director, Erinn Kelley-Siel, steps down on Friday, September 4.

“Jerry Waybrant has spent his career serving some of the Northwest’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Dr. Andrea Cook, Warner Pacific College President. “As an institution, we are honored to have been part of his story and we are grateful that the state of Oregon will benefit from his strong leadership, knowledgeable insight, and deep compassion.”

Prior to this appointment, Waybrant was the Chief Operating Officer for Child Welfare and Self Sufficiency, overseeing the care for thousands of foster children annually as well as cash assistance for needy families and SNAP (the food stamp program). Since 1985, he has been a caseworker, a supervisor, an acting program manager (in Lakeview and Douglas counties), and a district manager. Prior to working in Oregon, Waybrant was a Mental Health Therapist and caseworker in Washington.

Waybrant graduated from Warner Pacific in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Recently he has been providing valuable insight to the College about curriculum pertaining to human services.

Actively seeking to provide internships for Warner Pacific students, Waybrant says, “I am interested in partnering with local colleges around the issue of preparing students for careers at DHS. The jobs we offer can be life changing for the employee and the clients they serve while the employee earns a living wage with great benefits.”

Waybrant shares that his “passions include his family, cutting firewood, and playing handball. Interestingly enough, that is a game where you run around in a small room chasing a hard, little ball that hurts your hands every time you hit it or, get hit by it.” He does admit it is not a metaphor for work.

Master’s Degree in Human Services now offered at Warner Pacific College

Cohorts now forming across Portland

Warner Pacific offers a masters of arts in human sciences degree.Warner Pacific College introduces a new Masters of Arts in Human Services degree through the Adult Degree Program.

This program is designed for experienced professionals who are passionate about their communities and wish to make a positive impact. If you are already working in diverse settings such as group homes, corrections, mental health centers, children services, aging services, case work, advocacy, counselors, or other profession that assists individuals and communities to function effectively, this master’s program is for you.

The Masters of Arts in Human Services will be taught in a cohort format meeting one night a week for six weeks. The full program consists of 13 courses (total of 39 semester credits).

Advance in what you do best, caring for people, when you study and earn your graduate degree in Human Services. Make a greater impact with the skills you will need to be an effective leader in fostering change for your clients.

If you already have your bachelor’s degree and would like to pursue this master’s degree, visit for details about the courses, requirements, and application information.

For over 25 years, the Adult Degree Program at Warner Pacific College has provided busy adults the opportunity to pursue a college degree at an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s level. Warner Pacific has six campuses in the Portland metropolitan area, including Vancouver and Longview, and offers many degrees online.