Sign up for New Student Registration Day: 2016

RSVP buttonNew Student Registration Dates and Times: June 13 or July 7, from 9 am – 3:00 pm

Congratulations on being admitted to Warner Pacific!

Now that you are on your way to becoming a Knight, signing up for New Student Registration will ensure that you are well-prepared to begin your first year at Warner Pacific.

Who can attend New Student Registration?

New Student Registration is open to any student who has been admitted to Warner Pacific, and has paid their $200 tuition deposit.

What’s the purpose of New Student Registration?

New Student Registration allows you to complete the mandatory tasks you need to start at Warner Pacific… in one, easy, fun day! At New Student Registration, you will:

  • Meet with an advisor and register for classes
  • Complete important forms and touch base with various campus departments
  • Meet your future classmates
  • Take placement exams (if needed)*

*If you are required to take a placement exam, you must arrive at 8 am.

Can I bring a guest?

Each student is invited to bring one guest, free of charge, to accompany them to New Student Registration. It is important that this guest be able to answer required questions regarding your finances, or plans for paying for college. Additional guests are welcome to join the New Student Registration Parent and Guest program for $10 per person. A separate program will run at the same time as the New Student program.

What do I need to do to attend?

  • First, download and complete the New Student Form bundle, and read and sign the Faith & Service Commitment (online form).
  • Bring the completed New Student Forms with you to New Student Registration.
  • Then, simply hit the RSVP today button on this page to register!

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 503.517.1020 or

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Warner Pacific Lauded as a “Most Affordable Small College for a Master’s in Education”

Top Education Degrees selects Warner PacificThe College was recently identified as one of the 50 Most Affordable Small Colleges for a Master’s in Education (in Early Childhood Education and Middle/High School Education) by Top Education Degrees. Warner Pacific is the only school from Oregon included on their list.

The College offers education degrees in early childhood education through high school level instruction as well as two paths towards earning a master’s degree in education.

Through the College’s unique 4.5 MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching), students can specialize in a subject that interests them such as science, business, English, or music; then towards the end of their bachelor’s program, add education courses so they finish with a bachelor’s and a Master of Arts in Teaching in less total time.

Throughout spring semester and during summer break, Dr. Robert Nava, Chair of the Warner Pacific Department of Education, is routinely contacted by local school districts and private schools looking for candidates for the coming school year. These districts are even coming directly to the Warner Pacific campus in SE Portland to recruit students prior to graduation. Students do need to complete their teaching certification prior to stepping into the classroom.

“All of our 2015 education graduates are working,” reports Dr. Nava.

According to Top Education Degrees, “cost is always a concern for students wishing to return to school to complete an advanced degree. After searching College Navigator for all schools in the United States that offer a master in education degree and have an undergraduate enrollment of fewer than 5,000 students, we have discovered the following 50 most affordable small colleges for a master’s in education,” including Warner Pacific College.

Find out more about Warner Pacific’s education degrees:

  • Bachelor degree in early childhood/elementary education
  • Bachelor degree in middle/high school education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (accelerated 4.5 program)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (adult degree program)

Top Education Degrees is an online source for quality information about education degree programs.

College Preview Days! Visit us on April 14-15

Get a sneak peek at college life during Warner Pacific’s Preview Days coming up Thursday, April 14, and continuing through Friday, April 15.

RSVP today!

2016 Preview Days

  • 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

McGuire on Fire… Again! (Sunday, April 3)

2016 Warner Pacific McGuire on Fire again!Five local jazz artists come together to form the Dennis Plies Jazz Quintet. We are pleased to host the Quintet’s Sunday, April 3, concert: McGuire on Fire…Again!

When: Sunday, April 3, 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 stylings and performance at McGuire on Fire, featuring music of Duke Ellington, Howard Whitaker, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gerry Mulligan, Gordon Lee, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Osvaldo Farres, and Lennon & McCartney.

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

• Dennis Plies, Marimba & Vibes (WPC music professor)
• Jeff Uusitalo, Trombone
• 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.

Jeff Uusitalo hit the scene at age 20, when he toured with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, soloing on the group’s last two albums, Journey to Capricon and Live in Europe. Since then, Jeff has been in demand as a soloist, guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator at jazz festivals throughout the United States and Canada. With over 45 albums and multiple television broadcasts to his credit, Jeff has traded fours with some of the best jazz musicians in the world including: Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Billy Higgins, Ed Bickert, Lionel Hampton, and Freddie Hubbard.

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.

Come to our Preschool Open House: March 28

Warner Pacific Early Learning CenterDo you have a preschool age child or grandchild (ages 3-5)?

We have a fabulous preschool right here on the Warner Pacific Campus and we offer half-day and full-day programs, at prices lower than most other local options.

Interested? We invite you to meet our wonderful teachers, tour the facility, and ask questions at our Open House!

Open House

Monday, March 28; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Early Learning Center at Warner Pacific College
Located at the corner of SE 70th and Division, Portland

Register in March, and we will take $25 off your registration fee!

If the Open House date or time doesn’t work for you, you are welcome to visit the Early Learning Center anytime. To make an appointment, contact the Director, Darcy McMurray at 503.517.1081.

Hear what people are saying about the Early Learning Center (ELC):

Students at Warner Pacific Preschool 2016There are many things our family values about the ELC. It is an environment that is welcoming and laid back as well as consistent and fair. I see this from the moment my son is greeted at the door in the morning to the moment it is time to say goodbye at pick-up time.

The teachers are energetic, attentive, and patient. They are concerned to draw out the children’s own particular interests in a way that helps them enter through those interests into a process of understanding and exploring the wider world. The rhythms of the day provide important structure wherein the kids and teachers alike then have much flexibility to experiment, learn, and play. Kids are free to be who they are but invited to grow each day. What’s more-I can tell that the teachers at ELC really care about my son. He can tell it, too.   Cassie Trentaz; Parent of an ELC student and WPC faculty member

“What do you like about school?” I asked my son one afternoon after returning home from work and having heard about his day. His reply: “We get to paint. We get to build. We get to figure out how things in the world work.” Winston age 5; student at the ELC

Our purpose is to provide a creative learning environment for preschool children, a laboratory school for Warner Pacific students, and a resource for the community.

You will not find lower ratios of student – teacher 1:4 and most days even lower. We are a cozy intimate preschool that is play based and values community and relationships. Darcy McMurray, Director for the Early Learning Center

Meet our new Act Six Cadre

We are looking forward to these new Act Six students joining the Warner Pacific family.

Warner Pacific Act Six cadre 2016
Alex, Yaislenis, Jose, Jose, Taylor, Luis, Evangeline, and Pamela

Act Six provides leadership training and full scholarships for emerging urban and community leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities.

As pictured above:

  • Maria (Alex) Monroy-Benitez – Roosevelt High School
  • Yaislenis Estrada – Grant High School
  • Jose Ramirez Mendez – Liberty High School
  • Jose Abraham Bautista-Bautista – Milwaukie High School
  • Taylor Waters – Franklin High School
  • Luis Saavedra – Newberg High School
  • Evangeline (Angie) Matley – Benson High School
  • Pamela Domingo – Benson High School

Congratulations to our outstanding alumni

During the 2016 Warner Pacific College Homecoming Weekend (February 11-13), local Alums were honored for their professional and community achievements.

WPC alum Mike Moreland with Dr. CookDistinguished Alumni Award, Adult Degree Program (ADP)Mike Moreland, Sr. ’12, Chief Human Resources Officer for Providence Health & Services, Oregon and Alaska Region

Mike earned his Master’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership through Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program in 2012. “I was already a Human Resources professional when I decided to go back and earn my master’s degree,” remembers Mike. “I considered pursuing an MBA at another institution but the Master’s in Management and Organizational Leadership curriculum was a better match for my personal style and professional needs.”

The intentional diversity of the ADP cohorts was something Mike valued. “In forming cohorts, the College really tried to mix us up in a way that showcased our diversity of skills, experience, gender, and everything in between. This reinforced the idea that diversity does not happen without intentionality; working in HR, that concept is key.”

As a proud graduate of Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program, Mike actively recruits his colleagues and staff members to attend WPC’s ADP program. Mike’s son and nephew recently graduated from Warner Pacific, and he currently has a niece attending WPC’s traditional program. Mike considers his family a “Warner Family.”

WPC Alum Jennifer Davis with Dr. CookDistinguished Alumni Award, Professional/Academic AchievementJennifer Davis ’94, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at Planar

A liberal arts education laid the foundation for a strategic thinking in the high tech industry. “I love seeing a well-executed strategy deliver results. It excites me to see team members taking initiative, growing into new roles, and being successful,” remarks Jennifer.

Jennifer earned a BS in Business Administration and History from Warner Pacific College. She reflects, “My years at Warner Pacific resulted in new opportunities and broadening horizons. An internship at a software company translated into my first career job and set me on the path to a career in high-technology. Encouragement from my math professor gave me confidence to handle the most technically-challenging work, even in my marketing roles.”

She encourages current students to take advantage of the internships offered through the College because you never know what doors they will open.

WPC alum Heather Phillips with Dr. CookDistinguished Alumni Award, Recent Alum Heather Phillips ’06, Executive Director of City Crossroads, a ministry of the Church of God in San Francisco’s South of Market Area neighborhood

Heather earned a B.S. in Social Work, Religion and Christian Ministries, and Human Development from Warner Pacific. She describes the work of City Crossroads to be both simple and profound. They provide for the physical, social, and spiritual needs of children, youth, and their families. Heather explains “that’s really just a fancy way to say we open our doors five nights a week to kids with nowhere else to go. We feed them dinner, help with homework, play board games, and share the joys and sorrows of raising exceptional young people amidst extraordinarily hard circumstances. The acts themselves are simple, and yet the profound nature of what we do is not lost in the day-to-day detail.”

“Today, when I think about finding myself at the helm of this ministry, I am so incredibly thankful for the way Warner Pacific prepared me to view life not as a set of simple black and white circumstances or problems to be fixed, but to see the world as an interdependent community; messy and complicated but full of beauty, where we all have a place.”

WPC Alum Kalen Abbott with Dr. CookKnights Hall of Honor 2016 – Kalen Abbott ’06, Emergency Medicine Physician at University Medical Center Phoenix

He was one of the early stars for the relaunched cross country and track & field programs at Warner Pacific. A competitor from 2002-06, Abbott anchored the Knight cross country team and achieved NAIA All-American Status after placing 22nd at the national meet in 2004. In track & field, he capped his senior season as the Cascade Conference Champion in both the 5000 meter and 10,000 meter races.

An outstanding student, Kalen was named a NAIA Scholar Athlete in 2005 and 2006. He used his academic excellence to move on to medical school at University of Colorado Denver. His residency commenced at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and his training took him to South Africa where he worked in tuberculosis prevention and at a number of very busy trauma centers. His work is recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians quarterly newsletter.

As You Like It – Spring Production (March 10-13)

WPC Spring Drama Production: As You Like ItAll the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.

Rosalind and her cousin, Celia, escape a threat of death at court and seek refuge in the Forest of Arden, where they find friendship, family, and love.

Believe then, if you please, that I can do strange things.

What: As You Like It, a comedy by William Shakespeare
When: March 10, 11 & 12 at 7:30 pm | March 13 at 2 pm
Where: McGuire Theatre, Warner Pacific College, 2219 SE 68th Ave
Cost: $5 General Admission (tickets available at the WPC Bookstore)

A Best Online School (2016)

Best Online Schools Oregon logoDid you know that in Oregon, 30 colleges and universities offer online degree programs, making earning a higher education degree easier than ever? The online degrees offered through our Adult Degree Program were recently recognized by Accredited Schools Online as one of the best in the state.

Ranked 2nd in the state for 2016, Warner Pacific’s online program balances academic rigor, student support, and affordability.

According to a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group, 14% of undergraduate students in Oregon are enrolled in at least one online class. We are meeting the needs of these students by offering excellence in education and work-life-study balance.

“We wanted to recognize schools that are implementing convenient and cutting-edge technological learning opportunities to all students,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of Accredited Schools Online. “These schools are not only offering exceptional programs, but they have expanded their program excellence to the much-desired online environment.”

Ranked schools meet a number of criteria and metrics, including:

  • Must offer an Associate’s degree or higher
  • Must be a public or private, not-for-profit institution
  • Must offer at least one fully-online associate’s degree program began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education. Their free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources.

Religion & Christian Ministry Spring Events (2016)

RCM Spring 2016 eventsDiscover how God is moving in and through the lives of our seniors in the Department of Religion & Christian Ministries.

At these two unique events, you’ll find out how Warner Pacific College is preparing students for ministry in a constantly changing world.

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

Night of Stories: Student Reflections on Ministry

  • March 2
  • 7:30 pm (reception immediately following)
  • Schlatter Chapel

Students will share their experiences with hands-on ministry in Portland. Learn more about how WP 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.

The Art of the Call

  • May 3
  • 5:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Egtvedt Hall, Room 203

The Art of the Call is an interactive showcase addressing the integrative formative experiences in the Religion & Christian Ministries department. This is an open exhibit using creative visual storytelling techniques for graduating students to address who they are in Christ and how they are called to engage the world.