College Preview Days! Visit us on April 6-7

2017 Spring Preview Day imageGet a sneak peek at college life during Warner Pacific’s Preview Days coming up Thursday, April 6, and continuing through Friday, April 7.

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  • Make new friends
  • Meet current students
  • Explore our academic programs
  • Get to know our faculty
  • Attend a class and see what college courses are really like
  • Obtain information about financial aid and the college application process
  • Stay overnight in the dorms or come for the day
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President’s Scholarship Auction coming up April 8

Dr. Cook with Warner Pacific Students at President Auction

Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, invites you to support Portland’s next generation of urban and diverse leaders at a contemporary tea and live auction.

Now in its eighth year, the President’s Scholarship Auction is a unique opportunity for hundreds of community-minded individuals to gather and support the needs of under-served and first-generation college students who are pursuing their higher education goals.

Guest Speaker:  Warner Pacific welcomes Katelyn Beaty, the author of A Woman’s Place: A Christian 2017 Keynote Speaker Katelyn BeatyVision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World (Simon & Schuster) and an editor at large at Christianity Today, where she served as the magazine’s youngest and first female managing editor for four years. During her time at the magazine, she co-founded the women’s website ‘Her.meneutics’ and served as editorial director of This Is Our City, a documentary series that featured Christians in six cities, including Portland. She has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Learn more at

Act Six Speakers:  Warner Pacific students Angel Casteneda ’17 and Cathy Lara ’17

Auction RSVP buttonSATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017
10:30 am – 1:30 pm at Warner Pacific College
$40 per person; $280 per table of seven

Purchase tickets by April 3, 2017

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

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A Rising Star Advocating for Vulnerable Citizens: Warner Pacific alum working for positive change for those with disabilities

Warner Pacific Alum Sonya FischerWarner Pacific alumnae Sonya Fischer ’88, is an inspiring example of how the College prepares students and alumni to become active change agents for their communities. We congratulate Fischer on her recent appointment to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, a place where her servant’s heart will flourish while acting for the betterment of the county’s most vulnerable citizens.

She came to a turning point with the intersection of her education and her personal experience. “As a mother of a child with significant disabilities, I found myself working hard to gain access to services and education,” recalled Fischer.  After earning her degree in Sociology and Social Work from Warner Pacific, Sonya began her life-long journey helping parents of children with disabilities secure important early intervention services, including schooling.

Fischer elevated and expanded her ability to positively impact this vulnerable community by continuing her educational journey through law school at Lewis & Clark. Her compassion for and understanding of her client’s struggles guides how she focused her Portland-area law practice on family and juvenile law, special education, and guardianships.

“It is very encouraging to learn about alumni who are positively impacting our community because they are creating an exciting legacy that I am proud to be part of,” relates Caitlin Asher ’17, Director of the Warner Pacific Social Work Leadership Committee.  “As a Warner Pacific student enrolled in the Social Work program, my cohort of seniors is currently involved with internships in and around Portland.  We are putting classroom theory into practice and preparing for a career in the Social Work field.”

For her deep commitment to working on behalf of families and children, Warner Pacific honored Fischer with the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Service Award. The College recognized her over 20 years of advocating for the rights of vulnerable people in Oregon.

Selected as an Oregon State Bar Super Lawyer (2009-2012), Fischer served on the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, worked with the Oregon Department of Human Services, chaired the FACT: Family and Community Together Policy Committee for the Clackamas County Bar Association, and is involved with the ARC of Multnomah County.

“When we stand together, we are stronger,” is Fischer’s mantra as she seeks answers and explores collaboration for her clients and constituents.



ALUMS: Join us for Homecoming 2017 (February 17-18)

2017 Homecoming event bannerHomecoming is your chance to reconnect with old friends, make new professional connections, and celebrate your heritage as a Warner Pacific Knight!

We’ve got great activities planned, including a special Chapel, basketball games, Athletic Hall of Honor Reception, celebration of the class of 1967, a service project, and a ’60s themed party for everyone: A ’60s Celebration!

Registration questions? Contact Diane Minor at 503.517.1114

2017 Homecoming schedule buttonPlease continue to check back here for updates for the entire Homecoming celebration weekend (February 17-18, 2017).

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7 Things to Consider Before Committing to a School

 7 Things to Consider Before Committing to a School

Congratulations, you’ve been admitted to a college! You have only just begun to work towards your bachelor’s degree. The next step is to weigh your acceptances to find the best fit for your targeted educational path. Here are 7 Things to Consider Before Committing to a School:

  1. Environment – What type of environment will best suit you as you pursue your bachelor’s degree? Think not only about the general considerations of geography in your county, state or region, across of the country or within the country (or even an international location), but also if are you looking for an urban or suburban location.

Do you prefer to achieve your bachelor’s degree at a special interest school concentrated around religion? One private by gender? With a large Greek life or campus life? With particular athletics or other extra-curricular activities? Are you looking to go to school with friends or classmates from high school or making a giant leap into independence? Do take into consideration the actual campus and classrooms – will you be driving to/from school or living on campus? Is the campus walkable or will you need to a car, bicycle or other transportation to get from one area to another or do they provide cross-campus transportation? What did you like or dislike about your high school so that you can compare similarities and make adjustments?

Weighing these initial options may provide the first level of your checklist as you compare your acceptances to find your best fit where you will thrive.

  1. Facilities – In addition to having on-campus residence halls or labs related to your program of study, what else does your potential campus have to offer? Are there fitness centers? Computer labs? How does the library compare and what hours does it operate? Are there healthy dining options accessible to fuel your mind and body? (And, how is the food?) These aspects of campus life may greatly contribute to your success.
  1. Cost – Whether you are attending college or university on a Warner Pacific scholarship, with financial aid or will be paid-in-full, the price of tuition is a significant factor for most students. According to College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year was $33,480 at private colleges, $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. This does not include room and board, books or other potential charges that will impact the budget.

Perhaps you’re planning to live at home and commute, in which case your budget would need to consider gas, tolls, parking passes, etc. Or, if you’re living far from home you may need to account for traveling for the holidays and summer break, furnishing your campus housing and even the storage of furnishings while away for the summer.

  1. Academics & Faculty – If you already know the field of study for your bachelor’s degree, how do the schools where you were accepted rank? U.S. News and World Report publishes an annual list searchable by nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help you narrow your choice. For instance, if you wanted to review rankings of liberal arts colleges within 50 miles of Dallas, TX, this report would give you an opportunity to compare schools meeting the academic profile, and can then further narrow down selections by cost, classroom size, and other related factors.

What is the ratio of faculty to students? What are the credentials of the faculty in your program of study and what do other students have to say about them? You can review student commentary at a site like

What is the class structure? Are there tutoring services available as part of your tuition or available with added fees?  Some colleges such as Warner Pacific in Portland, OR offer coursework tutoring as well as academic training including building a foundation of positive study skills.

  1. Transfer Credits – If you have already started working toward your bachelor’s degree at a community college or have earned high school Advanced Placement credits, will the school(s) you’re considering accept these? As outlined by Warner Pacific College, it is often “at the discretion of accepting institutions what credits meet institutional equivalents for transfer.” This may not be an initial factor, but in a compare and contrast evaluation between colleges, consider the work you may have already posted toward your degree.
  1. Graduation Rate – Researching the school’s rankings, faculty credentials and reputation will provide some of the story, but you may also wish to review the school’s overall graduation rate as well as any statistics within your targeted bachelor’s degree concentration. According to, most schools have a graduation rate of 60 to 80 percent. Is your major along the higher end of this scale at the school(s) where you’ve been accepted?
  1. Job Placement Rate & Support – What is the job placement rate at the school(s) you’re evaluating? If available, review job placement data published by your school or in national directories. Also, investigate if the school offers job placement services. Many schools will provide up to six months of career counseling and job search assistance as your success will ultimately reflect upon the program’s impact in the field of study.

Does the placement support only apply post-graduation, or will your school assist with internship placements that will better prepare you for the post-college working environment? Additionally, you might consider reviewing the esteemed alumni from your targeted school(s) working in said area of interest. These success stories may support your decision-making process or offer the opportunity to further discuss your career objectives with someone who can personally respond to questions or reservations you may have when deciding upon your college path.

In theory, you’ve considered many of these attributes when you first applied to your targeted colleges, but the seven items outlined may help you make your final decision and thrive in pursuit of your bachelor’s degree from a liberal arts college.

It’s not always an easy decision, but it’s one that with careful evaluation should set you off on a path to success.



Super Jazz with Dennis Plies Quintet (March 5)

Dennis Plies Jazz Quintet adWarner Pacific is delighted to host the Dennis Plies Jazz Quintet’s spring concert.

Enjoy an afternoon full of grooves and emotions with Dave Evans on tenor sax, clarinet, and bass clarinet, Dan Gaynor on piano, Dave Captein on bass, and Tyson Stubelek on drums. Dennis Plies will be on vibes.

The Quintet will perform tunes by Bud Powell, Michel LeGrand, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Horace Silver, Charles Lloyd, and Thelonius Monk, and more.

Super Jazz with Dennis Plies Quintet
Warner Pacific College, McGuire Auditorium
Sunday, March 5, 3:00 PM
$10 donation at the door

Changing Focus: Warner Pacific Alumnus Vic Gilliam Leaves Oregon House of Representatives

WPC Alum Vic GilliamWarner Pacific alumni often leave the College with a degree in their hand and a passion to serve others in their heart.  It is truly inspiring to see the many ways in which a Christ-centered, liberal arts education cultivates leaders who are prepared to engage actively in a constantly changing world.

Alumnus Vic Gilliam ‘75, a ten-year veteran in the Oregon House of Representatives, is an inspirational embodiment of how you can remain true to God’s call to love and serve your neighbor, even in the face of public and private challenges.

On Monday, January 20, 2017, Gilliam announced that he was stepping down from the Oregon House of Representatives in a letter stating: “I am extremely grateful and honored by the confidence you have placed in me for over a decade.  However, several changes in life show it’s time to announce my resignation as your State Representative.”  In November 2015, Representative Gilliam announced he was experiencing the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In the midst of this difficult time, he continued to point to God’s goodness in an honest and heartfelt letter penned to his constituents.  “I also wanted to share that faith has been crucial for facing this new chapter of life. Becky and I are finding comfort in these words of Jesus: ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’”

He pledged to serve as long as his health allowed. During the 2016 legislative session, Gilliam’s ALS symptoms became more noticeable. ALS is an incurable nervous system disease that weakens the body’s muscles. “After prayer and consulting family and friends, I was led to the decision to resign for reasons including fairness to you my constituents.”

“Vic embodies the mission of the College through his strong gift of leadership and his deep commitment to civic engagement and service,” said Warner Pacific President, Andrea Cook. “Vic has spent his life serving others not for the prestige or power, but because of his love for God and His people.”

Colleagues in the legislature laud Gilliam for his sense of humor and ability to reach across the aisle to get the state’s work done.  “He served his community with honesty and integrity, and he is without a doubt the funniest guy in the Capitol,” remembers Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek.

“People like Vic are increasingly rare in this world,” said House Republican Leader Mike McLane. “While his time in the Legislature has come to a close, I believe his legacy will fill the halls of the Capitol for years to come. He is, and will always be, the embodiment of what it means to be a public servant in Oregon.”

From 2007, Representative Gilliam represented House District 18, which includes Silverton, Molalla, Hubbard, Aurora, and Mount Angel. In July 2016, the Oregon Business Association selected Gilliam as their 2016 “Statesman of the Year.” Warner Pacific presented him with an Honorary Doctor of Law degree during the May 14, 2016, graduation ceremony.

Vic has lived in Silverton, Oregon, since 1998 and has raised three children with his wife, Becky. In addition to serving as a state representative, he had a 25-year career as a development executive with non-profit organizations including Willamette University, Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, International Youth Foundation, and Mercy Corps.

As he looks toward a future as a private citizen, he intends “to turn my primary focus on personal faith and the important path as a follower of Jesus” using the words of Paul an Apostle of Jesus as an example of God’s comfort during current challenges:  ‘… God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?’” (Galatians 5: 13-15)

Warner Pacific College congratulates Vic Gilliam on his remarkable accomplishments in both the private and public sector. We wish him all the best as he and his family continue to seek God’s guidance in this next chapter.

Dr. Andrea Cook to Serve on National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities’ Board

Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College 2015Warner Pacific is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrea Cook, President, was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent College and Universities.

Dr. Cook will serve a three-year term on the Board representing institutions in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado., Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming (NAICU’s Region VIII).

As a Board Member, Dr. Cook will provide influence on NAICU’s focus areas: student aid, tax policy, and government regulation of higher education.

Since 1976, NAICU is the only national organization solely focused on representing private, nonprofit higher education on public policy issues in Washington, D.C.

Board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives; and oversee the organization’s financial administration.





Religion & Christian Ministry Spring Event (2017)

Warner Pacific RCM Night of Stories 2017 imageDiscover how God is moving in and through the lives of our seniors in the Department of Religion & Christian Ministries.

Ministry isn’t about the job you choose, it’s about the life you live.

Night of Stories: Student Reflections on Ministry

  • Thursday, March 2
  • 7:00 – 8:30 pm (reception immediately following)
  • Schlatter Chapel (Mt. Tabor Campus, 2219 SW 68th Ave., Portland)
  • Free

Students will share their experiences with a journey to calling. You’ll learn more about the how Warner Pacific students are changing and being changed by the city we call home through the love of God, self, neighbor, enemy, stranger, and the world today.


10 Reasons to Pursue a Teaching Degree

10 Reasons to Pursue a Teaching Degree

Pursuing a teaching degree will likely be the one decision tied to both the most challenging and the most rewarding moments of your life. There is no cookie-cutter plan for where your teaching degree will lead you, but here are 10 of the top reasons your teaching degree is setting you up for an amazing future:

Job Flexibility. Becoming a teacher opens up an incredible amount of diverse job opportunities. A 2011 poll published by the research company Gallup found that 71% of Americans are disengaged from their workplace. A teacher’s ability to teach different subjects, grades, and in different schools keeps the profession fresh. A high school biology teacher may eventually choose to pursue a Ph.D. and teach as a professor; or to take a new approach in a private school such as Waldorf, become a principal, or choose to spend summers as an environmental educator. A high school psychology teacher may be asked to fill in for a guidance counselor for a semester. Just about every school district in America is in desperate need of substitute teachers. A substitute teacher has the ability to cherry-pick jobs in the subjects and at the schools he/she prefers. Subbing is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door at a school and subs who have a teaching license get paid more.

Travel. Going abroad tops the list for a significant number of millennials. Securing a visa to work abroad is difficult and often reserved for engineers, elite business professionals, and yes, teachers. Teaching English abroad is a great way for new teachers to get experience in the classroom, and can be a lucrative job for teachers with a Master’s degree or previous teaching experience. Some of the highest-paying jobs teaching abroad (in countries like Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain) require a teaching degree, while other opportunities could be the perfect gap-year for new teachers looking to gain experience before going back to school to get a teaching license or Master’s degree in education.

Summer vacation. Though teachers do have plenty of workshops and conferences on the days students have off, it’s just about the only profession that still allows plenty of free time to soak up the dog days of summer. A teacher’s schedule is especially beneficial to teachers who have school-aged kids of their own. Having the majority of summer vacation off means not having to worry about paying a summer nanny, or not having enough long weekends to spend at the beach. BONUS: Spring Break and Winter Break!

Lifelong learning. Teaching different grades and subjects means always having new material to learn. As a teacher, you’re expected to be the expert, so teachers have to consistently study-up on new material and review the stuff that’s familiar. Teacher workshops are also built into the work schedule. New skills, techniques, and classroom technology is taught to teachers during these workshops so the way they run their classroom is constantly evolving.

Share your passion. The best teachers are those who are genuinely excited about the topics they teach—their excitement is contagious and will likely translate into meaningful, engaging lessons. Brazilian pianist Joao Carlos Martins sank into a deep depression after losing the use of most of his fingers, until a friend convinced him to teach music to disadvantaged youth. Since, he’s cultivated musical talent through his youth orchestras, and most importantly, rediscovered his happiness. Though he cannot play music himself, his interest and talent in the subject has fostered the next generation of musicians that have been given the opportunity to perform in such esteemed venues such as New York City’s Carnegie Hall. An extreme example, but you get the idea. Do you find nothing more interesting than the culture of ancient Egypt? Sounds like you may make the perfect 5th grade history teacher.

Meaningful, direct feedback in the workplace. Kids are often recognized as the most honest people around. Though teachers can expect to undergo reviews from their superiors, the most important feedback is what they observe in their own classroom. Seeing a student’s grades improve after one-on-one reviews of material let a teacher know they are presenting the information in a way the student understands. On the contrary, unanimous poor performance on a test is an indication firstly, that the material needs to be reviewed, and secondly, that a new approach may need to be taken when teaching the subject.

Teachers create jobs. Teaching is one of the only professions that actually prepares people for jobs long before they can even work. Teachers lay the basic foundation needed by the world’s future lawyers, accountants, and graphic designers. Teachers are the people who spark an interest in a topic or realize their aptitude toward a particular subject.

Protect students beyond the classroom. Teachers are often the whistle-blowers for children who are experiencing difficult home lives that may require intervention. Whether that means the student’s family needs assistance with food, weather-appropriate clothing, or a student is living in a dangerous home, teachers are often one of the only adults young students interact with regularly outside their family. Teachers have the opportunity to sound the alarm to the people who can intervene when they see something that doesn’t seem right.

Pay it forward. Ask any adult and they can likely recall specific teachers and the impact they had on them. Becoming a teacher means you have the opportunity to be that person in someone else’s life.

It’s hard. According to an article published in the Harvard Business Review, the happiest people are the ones that tackle the most difficult problems. Teaching is not an easy profession. Some students will be easier than others, but you can count on having at least one particularly challenging student in every class. Teachers have to perform a constant balancing act of pleasing parents, students, and superiors. Teaching is also recognized as one of the most rewarding professions on the planet: a constant challenge that comes with unprecedented rewards.