Welcome Dr. Reginald Nichols, Warner Pacific’s New Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Reginald Nichols VPAA and Dean of Faculty for Warner Pacific College July 2015Warner Pacific College welcomes Rev. Dr. Reginald Nichols as our new Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty (VPAA) as of Monday, June 29. The College’s VPAA plays a critical role in the College’s academic direction by leading the faculty, developing partnerships with local high schools and community colleges, providing oversight of academic polices and curriculum as well as serving as the chief accreditation officer.

After a nation-wide search earlier this year, Dr. Nichols was selected to take on the role Warner Pacific’s new VPAA. Dr. Nichols brings a wealth of diverse experience in improving student learning, empowering urban communities, facilitating study abroad, serving first-generation students, and fundraising. For the past 30 years, he has served as a senior educational executive and international / global program initiator in the United States and around the world.

“The work of the Vice President for Academic Affairs has a substantial impact on the life of the College both internally and externally,” said Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “I believe God called Dr. Nichols to Warner Pacific College for ‘such a time as this.’ His proven gifts in administration, educational program management, and fund development will support the College’s rich tradition of providing Christ-centered, liberal arts Dr. Nichols Warner Pacific VPAA with students July 2015education to our students.”

Dr. Nichols received his Bachelor of Arts from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Doctor of Education in Organization and Leadership – International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Nichols has written and presented extensively on topics related to student achievement and engaging urban families through education, community partnership, development, and strategic planning. He has a long-standing relationship with the Kellogg Foundation, and serves as President of the Board of the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance.

Dr. Nichols with Robin Gordon, Warner Pacific, 2015As an ordained minister committed to the liberal arts as a solid foundation for a student’s understanding of his/her purpose in life, Dr. Nichols will advance the College’s mission of cultivating a Christ-centered learning community for students from diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Nichols was selected as former Dean, Dr. Cole Dawson, shifts to full time teaching. Under Dr. Dawson’s 10 year service as the College’s VPAA, Warner Pacific enjoyed significant growth in the Adult Degree Program and other academic programs. Students will once again enjoy Dr. Dawson’s teaching as he returns to campus this fall as a full-time professor of history.

Warner Pacific students will official meet Dr. Nichols during the College’s Welcome Weekend at the end of August when classes resume.

Governor Brown Proclaims August 3-7 as “Oregon Private College Week”

Oregon Governor Kate Brown 2015Governor Kate Brown declared August 3-7, 2015, to be Oregon Private College Week. The proclamation cites the indispensable contributions of the state’s private, nonprofit sector of higher education to Oregon’s communities and to the state’s 40-40-20 education attainment goal.

Eleven private, nonprofit colleges and universities across the state are opening their doors to prospective students and their families during Oregon Private College Week. Students who visit at least four institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any Alliance member college or university.

Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll 19% of Oregon’s undergraduate students, award 23% of Oregon’s undergraduate degrees and confer 24% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students in the state, including high-need fields such as STEM (21%), health professions (35%), business (24%), and public administration and social service (27%).

Together, the private nonprofit sector offers degrees in more than 240 fields of study, such as engineering and computer science.

The majority of students enrolled in Alliance member institutions graduates within four years and begins to make an immediate contribution to Oregon’s economy. Also cited in Governor Brown’s proclamation is the economic contribution that Oregon’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities make to the state’s economy.

During Oregon Private College Week, prospective students and their families are invited to learn about academic programs and financial aid, meet experts in admission, and tour the campus. College officials will also address common myths about private higher education:

  • Thirty-two percent of Alliance undergraduates qualify for federal Pell Grants based on income.
  • The Alliance member institutions are cost effective. The average indebtedness of Alliance graduates is lower than the national average for private colleges and universities and similar to that of public institution graduates.
  • Ninety-two percent of first time, first year students receive financial aid, with an average grant and scholarship award of over $18,000.

Sessions will begin at 9 am and 2 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information about Oregon Private College Week, to view a list of participating colleges or to register, please visit www.oregonprivatecolleges.com.

The Matched College Savings Program (MCSP) and SALT are sponsors of Oregon Private College Week.

About The Alliance
The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon’s regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 35,000 students and deliver approximately 30% of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. The Alliance intersects the needs of business and industry, private nonprofit colleges and universities, and the public good to create real solutions that build a more educated and skilled workforce for Oregon. For more information, visit www.oaicu.org.

Press release courtesy of the Alliance

Reducing barriers towards earning a degree

Warner Pacific helping achieve Oregon's 40-40-20 goalWarner Pacific and Mt. Hood Community College are partnering to help more students earn college degrees and close the state’s higher education gap.

In 2011, the Oregon legislature approved the “40-40-20” education-reform plan. By 2025, the state’s goal is to have 40 percent of students complete a bachelor’s degree, 40 percent complete an associate degree or a certificate in a skilled occupation, and 20 percent earn their high school diplomas.

The largest gap, however, is seen with Oregonians aged 25 to 34 in completing at least an associate degree or certification, the middle 40 of the state’s reform plan. A mere 18 percent hold a community college degree or post-secondary certification, according to Oregon Learns.

WPC and MHCC MOU signing

Dr. Andrea Cook (President of Warner Pacific) and Dr. Debra Derr (President of MHCC) at the June 19, 2015, MOU signing ceremony.

At the June 19, 2015, signing ceremony, Warner Pacific and Mount Hood Community College committed to reducing barriers for community college transfer students and provide greater access to degree attainment through two initiatives:

  1. Co-admission/co-enrollment: this program allows students to be admitted to both institutions and take courses at both institutions simultaneously, providing students with a breadth of course offerings and class scheduling flexibility.
  2. Reverse transfer program: students who start at MHCC and transfer to Warner Pacific prior to earning an associate degree will be able to have coursework they complete at Warner Pacific (that meets the associate degree requirements) transfer back to MHCC so they can earn the associate degree enroute to earning their bachelor degree from Warner Pacific.

“Our hope, through these partnerships, is that we are able to provide more students the opportunity to earn both their associate and bachelor degrees as we partner to share information, advising, and financial planning resources,” said Dale Seipp, Jr., Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing at Warner Pacific.

As further explained in the June 25 Oregonian article about the partnership, “Prior to the official partnership, if a student wanted to take, say, six credits at MHCC and six at Warner Pacific during the same semester, this created financial aid complications, because the student was considered a part-time student at both places, but not a full-time student overall.”

The benefits for students include:

  • ability to obtain transferable credits at the lower tuition costs of MHCC
  • financial aid counts enrollment at both schools for the same semester/term (for qualified students)
  • increased flexibility in class scheduling as students will have access to classes at MHCC and Warner Pacific
  • dual enrollment at both schools
  • maintain active enrollment status as both schools and are eligible to use campus libraries, labs, and other on-campus amenities (subject to any additional fees)
  • advising available through both schools
  • easier transition from community college to a four-year college

Read the Oregonian article about the partnership…

Learning Online – a blessing for busy adults

Offering degrees on line via WPC ADPIn March 2014, the WPC Adult Degree Program began offering an online-learning option for our busy adult students. If you have access to the internet, you could earn a college degree from Warner Pacific College. Currently, we offer five degree options including an associates, three bachelors, and one masters.

While online-learning can be a blessing for busy adults who want to pursue or finish their degree, going back to school in any form can be daunting.

Recently, Jess Scherman, a higher education blogger who writes on behalf of The College of St. Scholastica, asked questions of education experts concerning online learning. She interviewed Dr. Lori Jass, Associate Vice President for the Adult Degree Program at Warner Pacific, as part of that experts panel. Below is an excerpt of Jess’s blog and a link to the entire article “Everything adult learners need to know to navigate the online classroom.”

Bachelor’s degrees are becoming the new norm in today’s job market, so you’re definitely not alone in considering going back to school to earn one. Not to mention, the number of working adults out there who are looking to change careers is increasing, and a college degree is a great way to put yourself on a new path.

But let’s put all of that aside for a moment. The reality is that going back to school—especially to pursue an online degree—after a lengthy absence from the classroom can be daunting, intimidating, and overwhelming.

The online classroom environment is simply one of several formats colleges and universities are offering to make higher education more accessible to students from all backgrounds. Institutions offer traditional on-campus programs, hybrid programs that mix on-campus and online classes, fully online programs, and even accelerated degree paths that offer night and weekend courses. The important part is determining what format is best for you.  

“Learning online is a great option for people who do not have a predictable schedule, who travel a lot or who simply love to learn!” says Lori K. Jass, associate vice president at Warner Pacific College. “Being successful in an online environment requires some ability to be a self-starter and the ability to communicate in writing.”

Read Jess’s entire blog…

Sign up for New Student Registration Day: 2015

This one-day event in the summer is the first major event for new Warner Pacific students. Admitted students can begin the orientation process without the anxiety of waiting until the end of August.

To help you prepare for your exciting days ahead at Warner Pacific, we invite you to join us. It will be a valuable day of introductions, information, and preparation.

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    • Thursday, July 9

We have a full day of activities and information planned to prepare you for the start of your career as a WP student.

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Sessions are available for your parents, too, tailored to their questions and needs. We ask that parents not sit in on their student’s registration/advising session. If they have any questions or concerns at the end of the day, they can be addressed with the admissions or registrar’s office staff. (NOTE: there is a $10 fee for guests and all students must pay their tuition deposit.)

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Dean’s List for Spring 2015

The following 498 Warner Pacific College students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2015 academic term (includes traditional undergraduate and Adult Degree Program students). To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time and achieve a 3.5 or greater grade point average.  Students with an asterisk (*) earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.

4.0 Name Home City Home
Dai’jsa Abel Portland OR
Jenny Acosta Forest Grove OR
* Kelsey Akers Vancouver WA
Kiandra Alexander West Linn OR
* Lisa Alexander Battle Ground WA
Adrienne Alexandre Portland OR
* Ayde Alvarado Portland OR
* Angela Alway Portland OR
* Rebecca Aman Vancouver WA
Ruben Amezcua Las Vegas NV
Jeanette Anderson Portland OR
Desaray Andexler Portland OR
* Dale Apple Portland OR
* Melissa Armstrong Clackamas OR
* Miriam Ash Centralia WA
Kristin Ashenfelter Vancouver WA
* Caitlin Asher Portland OR
* Guadalupe Astorga Ramos Woodburn OR
Stephanie Aulwurm West Linn OR
Wesley Austin Portland OR
* Vanessa Auyong Mililani HI
Janee’ Baker Portland OR
* Olga Barabash Portland OR
Jeffrey Barker Portland OR
* William Barnes Vancouver WA
* Lisa Bartlett Kalama WA
Mable Bartlett Portland OR
Shaker Baskaron Troutdale OR
* Dillon Battles Gresham OR
* Rebecca Baumgarden Portland OR
Gabriella Begazo Purdys NY
Allison Beisley Anderson IN
Britny Belcher Eugene OR
Sommer Bellon Gladstone OR
Devan Belshe Portland OR
Jenene Belshe Gladstone OR
* Jacob Berg Vancouver WA
* Samantha Bernal West Linn OR
Hayley Bernick Portland OR
David Berra Longview WA
Holley Besaw Portland OR
* Stephen Bessler Portland OR
Tina Bettger Milwaukie OR
Brittney Bevens Oregon City OR
Tiffany Bird Portland OR
* Melissa Bishop Portland OR
Joshua Black Queensland
* Madison Bliss Clackamas OR
Daniel Blue Portland OR
Ama Boatemah Portland OR
Joseph Boivin Portland OR
Marchelle Bostic Gresham OR
Arianna Bowen Trail OR
* Deana Bower Beaverton OR
* Michelle Bowers Gresham OR
* Blaine Bradford Portland OR
Hakeem Bradley Beaverton OR
Karla Branson Portland OR
* Kimberly Branstetter Gresham OR
Nicholas Brechbiel Milwaukie OR
Riannon Bresaw Vancouver WA
Yvette Briceno Cornelius OR
Hillary Bucklew Portland OR
Kristen Budd Sandy Hook CT
Jason Bumgardner St Helens OR
* Barbara Bundy Vancouver WA
Shannon Burkhalter Castle Rock WA
Britta Burleigh Vancouver WA
Susan Burns-Allen Happy Valley OR
Jay Busher Vancouver WA
Larissa Byrgazova Portland OR
* Lynette Caldwell Kalama WA
Pamela Callina Vancouver WA
Kaelynn Canyete Waianae HI
Bradden Cappoen Milwaukie OR
* Ryan Carlson Happy Valley OR
Timminy Carlson Leaburg OR
Misha Carlton Portland OR
Annie Carnes Portland OR
* Sandy Carpenter Ridgefield WA
Carissa Carr Lake Oswego OR
Jose Cazares Cornelius OR
Almir Celebic Portland OR
* Shani Center Milwaukie OR
Mila Cherchenko Portland OR
* Craig Chilson Stockton CA
* Trudy Chimko Tigard OR
Christopher Choi Portland OR
* Whitney Christenson McMinnville OR
Mitchell Chung Honolulu HI
* Katie Chupp McMinnville OR
Alexis Clark Portland OR
Jason Clark Vancouver WA
Denisa Clayton Portland OR
Elizabeth Clucas Glen Ellyn IL
Linda Colburn Vancouver WA
* Theresa Cole Hillsboro OR
* Andrea Coler Tenino WA
Lequeta Colford Gresham OR
Julie Connors Portland OR
Kathryn Conyers Portland OR
* Shauna Cooper Oregon City OR
Andrea Cortese Clackamas OR
Megan Costello Battle Ground WA
* Valerie Couch Happy Valley OR
Crystal Coutu Oregon City OR
Paula Covalt Tigard OR
* Antranette Covington Portland OR
* Michelle Cowden Vancouver WA
Jennylynn Cowdin Portland OR
Brianna Cowin Centralia WA
Matthew Cray Portland OR
Lesley Crowell Clackamas OR
Alexis Cruz Lodi CA
* Shannon Cummings Oregon City OR
* Kerry Cunningham Vancovuer WA
* Robert Cunningham Portland OR
Suzie Curtis Forest Grove OR
Terry Dahlquist Portland OR
* Sidney Davie Pleasant Hill OR
Kelsey Davisson Tulare CA
Pamela Dawson Vancouver WA
Kirsten Day Portland OR
Jerry De La Fuente Central Point OR
* Rochelle Degroot Bozeman MT
Valynda Demel Sherwood OR
Jason DiGiovanna Beaverton OR
* Carmen Dimitras Portland OR
Brycen Dodds Salem OR
* Elizabeth Dominguez Hollister CA
Sean Downey Forest Grove OR
Casey Duckworth Portland OR
* Irina Dumitrescu Portland OR
Benjamin Durham Portland OR
* Danielle Durham Gresham OR
* Moses Dyson Portland OR
Kristina Eaton Fairview OR
* Kathleen Edwards Vancouver WA
* Yvonne Edwards Olympia WA
* Dennis Einarson Woodland WA
* Christopher Ekerson Newberg OR
* Stacie Elkins Milwaukie OR
John Erbert Casper WY
* Noemi Espinoza Troutdale OR
* Danielle Esquerra West Linn OR
Madelaine Fagliano Beaverton OR
* Cerissa Farrington Portland OR
Julia Feeser Fircrest WA
Leah Fehlman Lake Oswego OR
* Cletus Fernandez Salem OR
Alicia Finch Gladstone OR
* Camryn Fisher Beaverton OR
* McKenzie Flores Portland OR
Naomi Fox Oregon City OR
* Melissa Frach Portland OR
* Joshua Franklin Vancouver WA
* Jean Freeman Troutdale OR
* Jason Friend Vancouver WA
* James Furns Oregon City OR
Victor Gallardo Molina Portland OR
* Ricardo Gallegos Portland OR
Kevin Gallivan Troutdale OR
* Carole Gamoy Vancouver WA
* Catherine Gant Vancouver WA
Thalia Garcia Aguilar Hillsboro OR
* Emir Garcia Wood Village OR
* Maria Garcia-Perry Gresham OR
* Casey Garza West Linn OR
* Elena Gastelum Portland OR
* Aubrie Gatewood West Linn OR
* James George Estacada OR
Kristi Gifford Milwaukie OR
* Kevin Gilchrist Vancouver WA
Jennifer Glass Vernonia OR
* Vanessa Gonzalez Portland OR
Kaili Goodpaster Washougal WA
Erin Graham Tigard OR
Sorrell Gray Portland OR
* Lyssa Greene Beaverton OR
Anton Grokhovskiy Portland OR
Ashlin Gross Las Vegas NV
Ema Gutcher Bakersfield CA
Aidan Hackett Sherwood OR
* Michael Hammett Vancouver WA
Blake Harlan Deer Park WA
* Haley Harn Newberg OR
* Angela Harr Banks OR
* Elizabyth Harrington Portland OR
* Julie Harris Beaverton OR
Patricia Harris Portland OR
Benjamin Hartle Oregon City OR
* Felicity Harvey Newberg OR
* James Hastings Vancouver WA
Michael Hatch Portland OR
* Lori Haugen Gresham OR
Jennifer Haveman-Christian Vancouver WA
Alexander Hayes Damascus OR
* Joshua Haywood Clackamas OR
Megan Helm Chehalis WA
Melissa Helmick Beaverton OR
* Scotti Helmick Ontario OR
Kendra Henry Olympia WA
* Nathan Herbst Vancouver WA
* Nena Herbst Vancouver WA
Ricardo Hernandez Woodburn OR
Kailey Herren Vancouver WA
Ann Marie Higgins Canby OR
Jaye Hill Portland OR
Jonathan Hillis Portland OR
* Rachael Hillis Portland OR
Nicole Himes Portland OR
* Gwenlyn Hitch Portland OR
* Aaron Hochstrasser Sandy OR
* Jeff Hoffman Vancouver WA
Jamie Hogan Bellevue WA
* John Hollada Vancouver WA
Drew Holm Sherwood OR
Shaniece Holt Portland OR
Daesa Hoppie Longivew WA
Tasha Hoskins Oregon City OR
* Cammi Hubert Portland OR
* Lina Ibarra-Prado Portland OR
* Pota Idencio-Amataga Vancouver WA
* Christina Ingram Vancouver WA
Andrea Irby Portland OR
* Kamille Irwin-Cordero Portland OR
Jenean Iven Milwaukie OR
Jack Jackman Portland OR
* Boston Jackson Portland OR
Daesha Jackson Phoenix AZ
Mickyla Jackson Albany OR
Timothy Jackson Albany OR
* Kathryn Jacobson Portland OR
* Sarah Jarvis Gresham OR
* Toni Jefferson Vancouver WA
Sonceria Jenkins Portland OR
Robert Jimenez-Sutton Milwaukie OR
Nakia Jimmerson Portland OR
* Sarah Johns Portland OR
Edward Johnson Vancouver WA
* Femi Johnson Portland OR
* Kisha Johnston Beaverton OR
Jameson Jones Portland OR
Quincy Jones Auburn WA
Shaquwonna Jones Vancouver WA
Greg Kammer Clackamas OR
De’Wana Kashaija Vancouver WA
Aaron Keiffer Portland OR
* Taylor Kern Gresham OR
Nicole Kincaide Petaluma CA
* Christina King Vancouver WA
* Michael King Beaverton OR
* Jonathan Kirchem Clackamas OR
Windee Klinger Portland OR
Molly Klinkhammer Portland OR
* Trey Klug Vancouver WA
* Natalie Knight Sandy OR
Ashleigh Konzelman Albany OR
* Michelle Korne Vancouver WA
Bethany Kosmowski Beaverton OR
Adrian Koza Portland OR
* Cali Lamb Camas WA
* Shannon Lamb Portland OR
John Lambert Portland OR
* Deborah Landers Vancouver WA
* Brittany Landon La Center WA
Shawn Langford Sherwood OR
Cathy Lara Portland OR
Brooke Larkins Damascus OR
Emma Larson Albany OR
Debra Latham Longview WA
Jennifer Latu Portland OR
* Chrystal Lee Scappoose OR
Mark Leslie Vancouver WA
* Charneal Lewis Portland OR
* Deborah Lewis Portland OR
Justyn Lewis Lacey WA
* Erica Linch Vancouver WA
* Glenn Linder Eagle Point OR
Monica Lodolini Gladstone OR
Joseph Losk Portland OR
Marsha MacDonald Corbett OR
Oksana Maksimov Woodburn OR
Iesha Mangum Vancouver WA
* Allesandra Mangus Vancouver WA
* Carla Marcoff Happy Valley OR
Pamala Marini Battle Ground WA
* Kawan Martin Vancouver WA
* Adrian Mashia Portland OR
* Monica Mast Vancouver WA
Jacob Matson Vancouver WA
* Audrey McCabe Salinas CA
* Natasha McDougal Portland OR
Katelin McEllrath Vancouver WA
Dustin McGuirk Portland OR
* Gerald Messenger Clackamas OR
* Tjana Meusec Gresham OR
Cody Meyer Tulare CA
Hannah Mierow Springfield MO
Jennifer Milburn Longview WA
Erin Miller Portland OR
Robin Miller Portland OR
* Tracy Miller Vancouver WA
Blake Milnes West Linn OR
Alexa Minasian Chatsworth CA
Cassandra Minnieweather Portland OR
Carol Mitchell Vancouver WA
* Marcos Montas Portland OR
* Selena Montoya San Diego CA
* Christina Moran Salem OR
Amanda Moreland Gresham OR
* Bradford Morrison Battle Ground WA
Travis Moultrie Vancouver WA
Kimberly Munden Portland OR
Alina Munoz-Licea Portland OR
Sean Musaeus Portland OR
* Kimberly Muzatko Mcminnville OR
* Benjamin Nelson Vancouver WA
Elle’ Nelson Missoula MT
* Jennifer Nelson Oregon City OR
* Diana Nesukh Portland OR
Bailey Newell Lake Stevens WA
* Anh Ngo Happy Valley OR
* Bang Nguyen Portland OR
* Jackie Nguyen Portland OR
* Brett Nielsen Forest Grove OR
* Laurie Nitschke Vancouver WA
Keith North Milwaukie OR
* Nicole Oakes Beaverton OR
Amanda Olin Portland OR
Nicholas Olin Beaverton OR
Jordan Olson Rancho Cucamonga CA
* Otari Oniashvili Camas WA
Brianna Ooms Yacolt WA
Felix Ortega Portland OR
Melanie Osburn Troutdale OR
Jessie Osuna-Mondragon Portland OR
Malia Oswalt Damascus OR
* Austin Owens Portland OR
Erin Palacios Gresham OR
Adriana Palla Portland OR
* Michelle Palma-Sotelo Tualatin OR
* Kristin Palmer Happy Valley OR
Candye Parkin Sherwood OR
* Thomas Parrotte Aloha OR
Sadie Parsons Kelso WA
* Heidi Patten Longview WA
Bethany Patterson Milwaukie OR
Douglas Pearson Vancouver WA
Louis Pellegrino West Linn OR
Erik Peterson Camas WA
Lisa Peterson Vancouver WA
* Melissa Peterson Vancouver WA
Paul Petrone Oregon City OR
* Shannon Pittman Ridgefield WA
Teresa Polette Vancouver WA
Carol Popi Vancouver WA
* Adler Pottebaum Portland OR
Zinette Pratcher Portland OR
Renata Prihoda Vancouver WA
* Emilee Probasco Kelso WA
Trent Rau Hillsboro OR
Kristine Rebber Portland OR
Savannah Reed Portland OR
Stephannie Reser Hubbard OR
* Jennifer Reyes Portland OR
Jeffery Reznick Portland OR
* Kaytlynn Richards Longview WA
* Myesha Richmond Portland OR
* Kamichia Riddle Gresham OR
* Stephanie Riley Oregon City OR
* Jayston Ripplinger Vancouver WA
* Kristine Rister Vancouver WA
* Larissa Roberts Beaverton OR
Charles Robinson Longview WA
Shurie Rodriguez Portland OR
* Kelsey Roldness Vancouver WA
Kyle Roldness Vancouver WA
Tricia Roldness Vancouver WA
Renee Rosal Lake Oswego OR
Latosha Ross Portland OR
Jessica Routh Sandy OR
Sara Ruecker Vancouver WA
* Kerri Rueda-Vargas Beaverton OR
Vanessa Ruelas Portland OR
* Faith Sanchez Happy Valley OR
Kelly Sanderson Vancouver WA
Erika Scarborough Portland OR
Ali Scharbach Gresham OR
Mikkayla Schlamp Oregon City OR
* Jace Schwartz Portland OR
* Todd Schwartz Ridgefield WA
Katie Scribner Portland OR
William Seals Hillsboro OR
* Sharon Seifert Vancouver WA
Whitney Senft Regina SK
Jongwon Seo Seoul
Jonathan Sewell Gresham OR
Emily Shaindlin Vancouver WA
* Eileen Shaw Vancouver WA
* Caitlyn Shearer Tigard OR
Nicole Sherriffs Vancouver WA
Brandon Short Damascus OR
* Kateri Shrider Sandy OR
* Alexandra Sindorf Rockford MI
* Gayle Singleton Vancouver WA
Jolene Sinor Portland OR
* Chalita Sitthisakuldej Gresham OR
Ben Smith Battle Ground WA
* Elizabeth Smith Vancouver WA
Jensen Smith Damascus OR
Lindsay Smith Portland OR
* Chad Smurthwaite Boring OR
Chris Solis Portland OR
* Roberto Soto-Zavala La Center WA
* Jennifer Souders Eagle Creek OR
Heidi Souvenir Kalama WA
* William Stalcup Battle Ground WA
* Vivian Stanley Gresham OR
* Jennifer Stephens Portland OR
Jennifer Stewart Lake Oswego OR
Kassi Strano Battle Ground WA
Daniel Stratton Portland OR
Jillian Struck Milwaukie OR
* Christie Stumbaugh Vancouver WA
* Spencer Sundem East Olympia WA
* Trina Swaja Forest Grove OR
Abigail Sweeney St. Helens OR
* Jessica Swink Camas WA
* Hannah Switzer Portland OR
Coletun Tarr Milwaukie OR
Staci Tatum Gresham OR
* George Taylor Portland OR
* Amber Thomas Portland OR
Cameo Thompson Happy Valley OR
NeJuan Thompson Tigard OR
Timothy Thompson Vancouver WA
Jennifer Tina Portland OR
Rachel Tolon Happy Valley OR
* Rosana Torres-Sinay Milwaukie OR
Julia Toscano Portland OR
Nancy Tovar White City OR
* Hayley Tragis Clackamas OR
* Anita Traver Milwaukie OR
Melody Tripp Gresham OR
* Jacob Tront Battle Ground WA
Megan Tullis Portland OR
Jennifer Utterback Vancouver WA
Ashley Valencia Gresham OR
* Morgan Valentine Tigard OR
Amy Vauthier Corbett OR
Brandy Velasquez Gresham OR
* Brenda Ventura Vancouver WA
Chelsea Villamor La Grande OR
Vladan Vlaski Portland OR
Kyler Vogt Ontario OR
* Ekaterina Volkov Portland OR
* Elizabeth Vonau Washougal WA
* Jessie Vonbargen Chehalis WA
Phai Vue Gresham OR
Shelby Wacker St. Helens OR
Lauren Waits Portland OR
* Monica Wall Milwaukie OR
* Rachel Wallace Kelso WA
* Kevin Warnecke Wausau WI
* Brooke Warner Vancouver WA
* Irma Wassermann Beaverton OR
* Jesse Weber Milwaukie OR
Sharla Weber Hood River OR
Heidi Wedemeyer Washougal WA
* Olivia Welch Boring OR
Kayla Wells Springfield OR
Bree West Gresham OR
* Kendra Wetter Tigard OR
Tuyen Whitaker Portland OR
* Joseph White London
Kendra White Beaverton OR
* Thompson White Troutdale OR
Jacob White-Duong Portland OR
* Jordan Wilcox Gresham OR
* Rashida Willard Battle Ground WA
* Ashley Williams Portland OR
* Kenneth Williams Vancouver WA
Charlotte Wilson Vancouver WA
Chelsea Wilson Happy Valley OR
* Holli Wilson Portland OR
Kimonti Wilson Portland OR
* Anna Winslow West Linn OR
Hannah Wirkkala Longview WA
* Eric Witmer Portland OR
Clark Wolfe Portland OR
* Gabriella Wolpert Portland OR
Raymond Woodson Vancouver WA
Carissa Workman Portland OR
* Nicole Worthington Troutdale OR
Joshua Wright Olympia WA
Elizabeth Zacchaeus Portland OR
Sara Zea Portland OR

Congratulations WPC student athlete Alyssa Neal (earning two All-American Awards at NAIA Championships)

Warner Pacific student athlete Alyssa NealWarner Pacific sophomore student-athlete Alyssa Neal capped her outstanding track and field season for Warner Pacific with two All-American performances at the NAIA National Track & Field Championships.

The sophomore narrowly missed out on two event wins, placing 2nd in both the long jump and triple jump competitions.

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Knights’ Spring Roundup 2015

The Knights had a terrific spring season. We saw 5 Warner Pacific athletic records broken and 14 Knights added to Warner Pacific College’s Elite List.

Spring Roundup by Sport

Warner Pacific golfer Jeremie EloyMen’s Golf: The Knights finished in 3rd place at the CCC Championship Tournament. Royce Rosenthal was the top individual finisher in 7th place overall. Jeremie Eloy ended the season with the lowest scoring average at 74.63 and set a WPC record for lowest round with a score of 68 at the WPC Spring Shootout.

Women’s Golf: The ladies placed 5th at the CCC Championships. Taylor Akamine (8th) and Scotti Jo Helmick (9th) both played to top ten finishes. Helmick, the lone senior on the team, wrapped up a four-year career that includes 2 tournament wins and 21 top ten finishes.

Track: The track and field team placed 8th on both the men’s and women’s side of competition at the Cascade Conference Championships. Alyssa Neal was the CCC Champion in both the long jump and triple jump, and will be the lone Knight representing the team at the NAIA National Championships.



  • Warner Pacific Track & Field Alyssa NealWomen’s Long Jump – Alyssa Neal, 19 feet 7 inches
  • Women’s Triple Jump – Alyssa Neal, 39 feet 5.25 inches
  • Women’s Discus – Jordan Hunter, 124 feet 3 inches
  • Men’s Hammer – Jovenn Pacheco, 115 feet 6 inches
  • Women’s Hammer – Kristen Swim, 136 feet 1 inch

Elite Movement

  • Men’s Discus – Jovenn Pacheco #2
  • Men’s Discus – Joe Dickinson #7
  • Women’s Discus – Jordan Hunter #1
  • Women’s Discus – Kristen Swim #2
  • Women’s Discus – Lynzee Felder #4
  • Men’s Javelin – Bobby Waldie #5
  • Warner Pacific Track and Field Jovenn PachecoWomen’s Javelin – Kristen Swim #6
  • Women’s Long Jump – Alyssa Neal #1
  • Women’s Triple Jump – Alyssa Neal #1
  • Men’s Hammer – Jovenn Pacheco #1
  • Women’s Hammer – Kristen Swim #1
  • Women’s Hammer – Lynzee Felder #3
  • Women’s 200m – Kiki McDonagh #7
  • Women’s 100 hurdles – Alina Munoz #5

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!

Commencement Awards (May 2015)

At the May 9, 2015, commencement, Warner Pacific honored the following people with awards of academic and personal excellence.

A.F. Gray Award: Kelsey Davisson

AF Gray award - Kelsey Davisson 2015Albert 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.

As a worship arts leadership major and drama minor, Kelsey personifies servant leadership. She served well as co-president of the student-led  Choral Studies Council; as both a performer and student director of drama productions; and as Chapel Arts Coordinator. She leads with intelligence,  intuition, self-differentiation, and empathy.

Kelsey is a kind, attentive, compassionate, and articulate young woman.  She is the daughter of two alumni and has a rich history with the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.). As such, she has been formed by the stories of the College in the life of her family and community. She is rooted to our past with a deep understanding of our urban Portland context, and with a hunger to explore global perspectives.


Wilma I. Perry Award: Yvonne Edwards

Wilma Perry award 2015 - Yvonne EdwardsDr. 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.

Marshall K. Christensen Award: Alexandra Kathleen Sindorf

Alexandra Kathleen Sindorf - 2015 Christensen awardThe 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.


Milo L. Chapman Award: Gimena Olguin

2015 Chapman award - Gigi OlguinWarner 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 April 30, 2015, Honors & Awards Chapel.

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Students Recognition:

  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Liberal Arts Leadership and Service: Bradford Eugene Batchelor
  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Christ-Centered Leadership and Service: Ly Doan
  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Diversity Leadership and Service: De’Wana Kashaija
  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Urban Leadership and Service: Kateri M. Shrider

Presidential Citation was given to:

Dr. Cole Dawson, in recognition of his exemplary service as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty (2005-2015)

Faculty Emeritus Citation was presented to:

  • Sandra Ahlquist

Caldwell Award for Service (faculty):

  • Bart Valentine

Presidential Citation 2015 - Dr. Dawson

Dr. Cole Dawson

Faculty Emeritus 2015 Sandra Ahlquish

Sandra Ahlquist

2015 Caldwell Award - Bart Valentine

Bart Valentine