Commencement Awards (May 2016)

At the May 14, 2016, commencement, Warner Pacific honored the following people with awards of academic and personal excellence. Watch commencement addresses and awards presentations on the College’s YouTube Channel.

A.F. Gray Award: Alejandra Garcia

Warner Pacific 2016 AF Gray awardAlbert F. Gray, the first president of Warner Pacific College, demonstrated the living example of a godly life, a disciplined mind, and a warm and loving heart. In 1940, he declared that the College seeks to impart to its students, knowledge of the great facts of religion and build into their personality those noble characteristics of love, faith, loyalty, devotion—in short, the graces of the spirit—that they may be well qualified to serve Christ and His church.” In order to uphold and honor these timeless principles, the College presents the A.F. Gray Award each year to a student who clearly exemplifies those high ideals.

Alejandra Garcia serves as a role model to the Warner Pacific community in both her words and actions. She has shown great discipline in her studies, always coming to class on-time, prepared, free from distractions, and ready to fully engage the learning process. This enables her to excel in her academic pursuits and empowers her to embrace challenging growth opportunities, including spending her summers as an intern in Legacy Health Operating Rooms since 2012. However, it would be short-sighted to label Alejandra as only a bright and gifted student, as she is so much more.

Embodying our Christ-centered mission, Alejandra displays a truly kind and genuine heart. Whether she is tutoring other students, providing guidance in her role as a peer mentor in the First-Year Learning Communities, or sharing her skills as a Spanish Interpreter both on campus and at local high schools through the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program, Alejandra is selfless.

Alejandra is the kind of person that you want in your classroom, in your workplace, in your community, and in your family. She is a bright light that emanates from Mt. Tabor and we know that she will continue to shine in all she does.

Warner Pacific Perry Award 2016Wilma I. Perry Award: Nathan Herbst

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.





Warner Pacific Christensen award 2016Marshall K. Christensen Award: Boston Domino Jackson

The Marshall K. Christensen Award for Excellence in Scholarship, named in honor of the College’s fifth president. This award is presented a graduating senior who best embodies the values characterizing academic life at Warner Pacific College. Faculty members nominate students whom they recognize as having not only benefited from our academic program of study and co-curricular activities but also ones who have made significant contributions to their classmates and colleagues.






2016 Chapman awardMilo L. Chapman Award: Ricardo Ruiz Madrigal

Warner Pacific College’s is a place “Where Faith and Scholarship Lead to Service.” As a Liberal Arts institution we are committed to the development of the whole person. Throughout their four (or more) years at Warner Pacific, students are given an opportunity to become learners and servants both inside and outside of the academic classroom, on our campus, and in the community. Many students go beyond the basic requirements of learning and enhance their holistic education by participating in a variety of experiences that allow them to integrate all they are learning about themselves, their world, and their faith. Following the model that Christ set before us of tangibly loving the community in which they live, students are able to put feet to their faith and realize the joy of serving.

The Milo L. Chapman Excellence in Service Award is named for a man who served Warner Pacific College as a model of servant hood to this community. His association with the College spanned 46 years. During these years, he filled the position of President three times, served as Dean, and in addition taught classes on a consistent basis.  Milo was a man of wisdom who listened. He was a counselor, encourager and mentor.  He was a man of great faith in God. His life was a life of service.


Traditional Undergraduate Outstanding Students Recognition:

These honors and awards were presented to students at the May 5, 2016, Honors & Awards Chapel.

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Students Recognition:

  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Liberal Arts Leadership and Service: Keely A. Warren
  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Christ-Centered Leadership and Service: Irma Wassermann
  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Diversity Leadership and Service: Femi Jaha Johnson
  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Urban Leadership and Service: Andre J. Lockett

Honorary Doctorate of Laws presented to: Representative Victor Gilliam ’75

Just released: 2016 Rocinante – a journal of art and literature

Warner Pacific Rocinante poemEnjoy the talents of Warner Pacific’s students, staff, and faculty in this year’s Rocinante.

The pieces in this journal represent the struggles that we all face. F. Scott Fitzgerald once said: ‘That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.’ We are all living unique lives, and our problems are different but we can relate to struggle, isolation, and oppression. This is what literature has always meant for me. Whether a piece was written last year, or a hundred years ago, there are themes to which I have been able to relate.

Art and literature force us to stop and think. A well-written text or a great piece of art winds itself into our minds and our hearts. Even a single line or idea can put down roots into a being and stick with us for Warner Pacific photo in Rocinante by K Coveyyears. I hope that every reader finds something in this journal that sticks with them. Know that you are not alone, know that you are not the only one who is struggling, and know that Warner Pacific is a place where your unique thoughts and ideas matter.”  —Hannah Mierow, Editor-in-Chief

Read it online or find a copy on campus and in the library.

12 Knights named Scholar Athletes

Twelve Warner Pacific athletes are among a total of 276 Cascade Collegiate Conference student-athletes in the spring sports of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, and softball have earned U.S. Bank Academic All-CCC honors for their performances in the classroom.

To earn recognition as a CCC scholar-athlete, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and sophomore standing.

Name – Year Sport Major
Ayde Alvarado – Sophomore Track/Field Sports & Recreation Management
Dillon Battles – Sophomore Men’s Golf Business
Jacob Berg – Junior Men’s Golf Biology
Lily Chavez – Sophomore Track/Field Physical Science
Adrian Koza – Senior Men’s Golf Business
Glenn Linder – Sophomore Men’s Golf Human Development
Chirs Morgan – Sophomore Track/Field Education
Alina Munoz – Sophomore Track/Field Business
Benjamin Nelson – Junior Track/Field Sports & Recreation Management
Brittany Teraoka – Sophomore Women’s Golf Human Development
Jessie Vonbargen – Sophomore Track/Field General Studies
Blair Walsh – Junior Men’s Golf Business

Honors and Awards Chapel 2016

Honors Chapel (Thursday, May 5), an annual end-of-the-school-year tradition at Warner Pacific when students, staff, and faculty are recognized for their outstanding achievements throughout the past academic year.

This year, we are pleased to share with you those who were acknowledged for being exceptional.

Kendall Award for Excellence in Scholarship: Dr. Luke Goble
Kendall Award for Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Terry Baker
Outstanding Business Student: Lyssa Greene (Health Care Administration)
Outstanding Business Student: Adrian Koza (Business Administration)
Outstanding Achievement in Science & Mathematics: Natasha McDougal
Senior Recognition Award in Science & Mathematics: Alejandra Garcia
Senior Recognition Award for Heath & Human Kinetics: Renata Prihoda
Senior Recognition Award for Sports & Recreation Management: Elle’ Nelson
Outstanding Education Student: Adrian Mashia
Outstanding Education Student: Rachael Hillis
Outstanding Drama Student: Taylor Clark
Outstanding Humanities Student: Deborah Landers
Outstanding English Major: Hannah Mierow
Outstanding Communications Major: Allison Beisley
Outstanding HUM 410 Paper: Deborah Landers
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Music: Davy Berra
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Music: Boston Jackson
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Music: Elizabeth Dominguez
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Music: Benjamin Hartle
Religion & Christian Ministries Award for Integrative Theo-Ethical Practice: Mollie Meyer
Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service: Nic Olin
Outstanding Student in Human Development & Family Studies: Rochelle DeGroot
Outstanding Student in the Social Science Major: Megan Bones
Presented by the students: Staff Member of the Year: Frank Johnson
Presented by the students: Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Bill Dobrenen

Honors Chapel Education awards
Department of Education
Humanaties awards at WPC Honor Chapel
Department of Humanities
Music awards from Honors Chapel
Department of Music
Religion awards from Honors Chapel
Department of Religion & Christian Ministries
Science awards from Honors Chapel
Department of Natural Sciences & Health
Social Science awards from Honors Chapel
Department of Social Sciences
Student choice award for staff and faculty
ASWPC Staff & Faculty Award
Outstanding faculty award
Kendall Awards

Named a “Best Christian College”

Warner Pacific named a Best Christian CollegeAs a Christ-centered college, we know that the education does not end when class is over. Our students are engaged in service and community where their faithful compassion and liberal arts teachings from a Christian College encourage them to think critically as they actively participate in life’s opportunities.

Warner Pacific was recently named one of the 100 Best Christian Colleges and Universities by College Choice. The list “is designed to help any student from any denomination find the college that will provide the right fit. Both large and small universities are listed, some more secular, and some deeply rooted in Bible-based teaching, but all have one thing in common—they believe that Christian faith is a powerful component of a life well lived, both personally and professionally.”

College Choice’s rankings were designed to help prospective students make a the right choice about where to invest their time and money in earning their degree. Schools and programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and return on investment.

Honored with the Education in Equity Award from Oregon Campus Compact

Warner Pacific presented with award from Campus Compact
Dr. Cook with Joyce Coleman, Board Member of ORCC.

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Warner Pacific College was presented with the Education in Equity Award from the Oregon Campus Compact at their 20th Anniversary Celebration.

“This award represents a significant achievement in advancing equity within higher education and it is our honor to recognize the hard work that Warner Pacific has put into improving its practices, policies, and programs to improve the quality of the educational experience and the outcomes for students of color and first generation students,” explained Josh Todd, Executive Director of Oregon Campus Compact.

The Educational Equity Award recognizes one college or university in Oregon that has shown significant commitment to advancing equity in higher education, inequities in outcomes for students of color, first generation students, and other students who have historically be underrepresented in higher education.

Warner Pacific presented with award from Campus Compact
Dr. Cook with Jessica Howard, Chair of ORCC.

“At Warner Pacific, transformation is at the core of our Christ-centered identity and we see both the tremendous need and the amazing opportunity for higher education to be transformed into an equitable environment where all students can flourish,” said President Andrea Cook. “I am grateful for the many faculty, staff, and especially students who have been part of this work at the College, and I look forward to continuing to develop the ways in which we serve historically marginalized and underrepresented groups of students. We are honored by this award from Campus Compact but we know that we must continue to learn from one another because there is still work to be done.”

The 20th Anniversary Celebration highlighted the achievements made by Oregon Campus Compact’s college and university members. The evening was a time to recognize leaders and innovators in Oregon higher education and recommitment to guaranteeing that for the next 20 years the Compact’s robust network will stay focused on ensuring all students succeed and become active, engaged members of the community.

Thank you for a successful President’s Scholarship Auction: April 9

Dr. Cook with Warner Pacific Students at President AuctionThank you for joining us at the 7th Annual President’s Scholarship Auction to support the Act Six Leadership & Scholarship Initiative at Warner Pacific College! Your support is providing our students with hope, opportunity, and a future that would otherwise be unattainable.

Liz Forkin Bohannon, co-founder of ethical fashion brand Seeko Designs, was our keynote speaker. Ms. Bohannon shared what she has learned as a young entrepreneur who is using business as a powerful platform for social change. She reminded us how important it is to invest in diverse talent in our own communities if we hope to see our city and our industries flourish.

Keynote speaker at Pres Auction Liz Forkin BohannonAct Six scholar Alejandra Garcia ’16 shared how her Act Six scholarship made it possible to attend college, changing the trajectory of her future and impacting the lives of her entire family. Alejandra was just one of the many Act Six scholars who took part in the day, each of whom benefit from the time and resources provided by those who participated in the event.

Through your generosity, we were able to raise over $135,000 in a single afternoon, a new record for the President’s Scholarship Auction! This strong show of support will help local underserved students gain the knowledge they need to become future leaders in their careers, their communities, and their families by providing equitable access to an urban, Christ-centered college education. There is still time to make a difference for our students and future leaders with your gift (click here to make your donation conveniently online).

Act Six scholar Alejandra Garcia at Pres AuctionWe hope you’ll mark your calendar for Saturday, April 15, 2017 and plan to join us again next year. We are excited to see how this event will continue to grow in the future and I am so very thankful for your faithful support. Truly, the President’s Scholarship Auction was a success because of your participation!

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Spring Concerts

Beautiful Music Blossoming like Flowers

Warner Pacific College invites you to immerse yourself in beautiful music at our  free, and open to the public, concerts featuring our talented students.

Jazz Concert

When: Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 pm
Where:McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland)
Cost: FREE admission

The Warner Pacific Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform an upbeat potpourri of straight ahead swing, rock, and Latin charts. Featured pieces from Doug Beach, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and Charlie Parker This will be an evening loaded with beauty, fun, and groove!

Choral Concert

When: Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 pm
Where: Warner Pacific’s McGuire Auditorium, 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland
Cost: FREE admission

The 50-voice Concert Choir and select Warner Chorale will sing a broad selection of songs from composers such as Rutter, Debussy, Haydn, Bernstein, and Persichetti.  This concert will be both inspiring and entertaining.  All are welcome at this free event.

Wind Ensemble Concert

When: Friday, May 6, at 7:30 pm
Where: Warner Pacific’s McGuire Auditorium, 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland
Cost: FREE admission

The Music of Davis Maslanka (free concert April 16)

The Warner Pacific Music Department presents “The Music of David Maslanka.” This free concert features the talented students of the Warner Pacific and the University of Portland Wind Ensembles joined with the WPC Faculty Woodwind Quintet and special guest Myroslava Hagen, clarinet soloist. Come early for a pre-concert interview with David Maslanka.

When: Saturday, April 16, at 3 pm (pre-concert interview at 2 pm)

Cost: Free admission

Where: McGuire Auditorium at Warner Pacific


David Maslanka concert at Warner Pacific


Spring Jazz Concert (April 27)

You are invited to immerse yourself in beautiful music at this free, and open to the public, concert featuring our talented students in the WPC Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The Warner Pacific Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform an upbeat potpourri of straight ahead swing, rock, and Latin charts. Featured pieces from Doug Beach, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and Charlie Parker. This will be an evening loaded with beauty, fun, and groove!