Warner Pacific has a new Men’s Soccer Head Coach

On Friday, March 13, Warner Pacific Director of Athletics Jamie Joss announced that Chris Thoms will be the new head coach of the Knights men’s soccer program.

Thoms is a well-known club coach and individual trainer in the Portland area, working with Portland City United and Southside soccer clubs, as well as his own training and consulting business. His playing career spanned international professional opportunities in England, the Netherlands, and Thailand. He also competed domestically with the Salem Surge.

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Alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow leaves a legacy that embodies the WPC mission

Warner Pacific Alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow. (Photo from Windy City Media Group)The Warner Pacific community is deeply saddened by the death of alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow, a true civil rights pioneer.

Barrow (nee Taplin) was born in Burton, Texas, one of six children. Her father was a rural pastor in the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) and Willie decided to follow in his footsteps. At 16, she moved to Portland to attend Warner Pacific College (then Pacific Bible College), studying theology. Even at a young age, Barrow proved herself a strong leader, being elected president of the Student Council and founding the first African-American Church of God in Portland. During this time, Barrow also worked as a welder at the Portland shipyards, where she met her husband, Clyde Barrow.

After they married in 1943, the Barrows moved to Chicago where her minister encouraged Willie to get involved in civil rights demonstrations. By 1950, Barrow was organizing marches throughout the United States. In 1963, she attended the March on Washington and got to know Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1965, she traveled to Selma, Ala., to demonstrate alongside Dr. King.

Rev. Willie T. Barrow, Warner Pacific Alum (photo from Chicago Tribune)Known as “The Little Warrior” for her small stature and strong will, Barrow advocated for racial equality, women’s rights, educational access, and labor rights. Barrow helped found Operation Breadbasket in Chicago. As the organization evolved, Barrow became the first woman to lead as the Executive Director  of Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity), where she led campaigns to serve the poor and marginalized in her community.

“Rev. Barrow is the embodiment of our mission,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, president of Warner Pacific College. “God’s clear calling on her life led her to often difficult places, but her commitment to see the equity, love, and justice of His Kingdom enabled her to do great things. We are honored to be a part of Rev. Willie T. Barrow’s story and her legacy continues to inspire our institution as we strive to serve urban and diverse students in Portland.”

Warner Pacific is exploring ways to publicly honor the remarkable life of Rev. Willie T. Barrow in the near future.

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WPC Coach named CCC Coach of the Year

After a 25-win season and a Cascade Collegiate Conference Co-Championship, post-season accolades rolled in for the Warner Pacific men’s basketball team. Four Knight players received All-CCC awards and Jared Valentine was voted Cascade Conference Coach of the Year.

Earl Jones, Coletun Tarr, and Doug Thomas were voted 1st Team All-CCC thanks to outstanding individual performances.

Knight receive CCC praise -  March 2015

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Providing a second chance to flourish

Earl Jones - Warner Pacific Basketball 2015Recently, Earl Jones, a member of the basketball team, was featured in a Portland Tribune article where he shared how being given a second chance to flourish at the game he loves gave him new direction in a career choice and life.

“He’s definitely one of the best point guards in the nation,” says Steffen Harvey, WPC assistant basketball coach.

With his skill and determination, it takes no imagination to compare five-foot-eight inch No. 3 Jones to Tim Hardaway during his time with the Golden State Warriors.

“Now Jones, a former Mt. Hood Community College star, is back in uniform, playing for nationally ranked Warner Pacific College and enjoying the student-athlete ride again.

“’I don’t know where my life would be without this second chance,’” says the 5-8, 170-pound guard from Henderson, Nev.

Jones, a Warner Pacific junior, has a hard time explaining why he left the college game after earning all-league honors at Mt. Hood in 2009 and 2010.”

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Meet our new Act Six Cadre 6

Warner Pacific is pleased to introduce you to our sixth cadre of Act Six scholars.

Warner Pacific Act Six Cadre 5 2015

Mayra, Gisell, Irving, Margaret, Brianna, Vanessa, Janelly, Reuben, Kevin, and Terah

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.

Name Major High School
Irving Ayala Psychology Tigard
Tarah Bedell Psychology David Douglas
Elvia “Janelly” Carranza Valladares Social Entrepreneurship Tualatin
Vanesa Delgado Pre-Dental Tigard
Gisell Delgado Gil Nursing Reynolds
Ruben Estrada Pre-Med Grant
Margaret Gichachi Psychology Tualatin
Brianna Grisby Psychology Grant
Randall “Kevin” Henderson Communications Tigard
Mayra Martinez Iniguez Social Work Tigard

Alumni Honored

During the 2015 Warner Pacific College Homecoming Weekend (February 12-14), local Alums were honored for their professional and community achievements.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, Legacy:

Warner Pacific College is pleased to recognize Jim ‘71 and Terri Teague (Vancouver) for their legacy with the College.

They have been invaluable partners by serving on the Board of Trustees, the President’s Advisory Council, and chairing the selection team to choose Dr. Cook, Warner Pacific College’s seventh, and first female, president.

 Both Jim and Terri have a heart for Warner Pacific College and their legacy to the College is shown through their faithful service, generosity, and prayer. You can also find them cheering courtside at most Knights basketball games. Jim and Terri have raised two Warner Pacific College graduates, who also married alumni. Only time will tell if their grandchildren will someday be counted among the proud Warner Pacific student community.

2015 Distinguished Alumna Award, Adult Degree Program:

Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program is honored to presents its very first Distinguished Alumni award to Rebecca Black ’94 (Portland), who represents the ADP commitment to excellence in lifelong learning.

Rebecca believes strongly that “Education is the Great Equalizer,” and that access to a great education isn’t available for all youth in our country. This knowledge led Rebecca to found Oregon Outreach, Inc., a non-profit organization that works with gang-identified youth by providing counseling, job training, job placement, and educational assistance. Oregon Outreach began working with youth in Portland who, due to incredible barriers, were leaving school and giving up on a positive future. Rebecca currently serves as the Executive Director for Oregon Outreach, providing educational services to 15 Oregon School districts.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, Ministry:

Reverend Nick Van der Veur ’52 (Sequim) was recognized for his faith and dedication to the Christian mission of Warner Pacific College. Since before graduation, Rev. Van der Veur has followed his vision of planting churches. His very first began with $500 of raised funds and four fellow students who shared his passion. They began what is now the Gresham Church of God.

Over the years, Rev. Van der Veur started or assisted Church of God congregations from California to Alberta. Now retired, when asked about his legacy, the Reverend says it is seen in the lives he pastored. He taught people to love each other, and how to love the unloved.

Warner Pacific also presented the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards this year. Due to the February 2014 snow storm that happened right as Homecoming weekend began, the College had to postpone these presentations.

2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award for Professional Achievement:

Warner Pacific College is honored to recognize Kerry S. Kuehl, ’81 (Portland), who graduated from Warner Pacific with a degree in health and ministry.

Kerry Kuehl, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.S., and his colleagues at Oregon Health & Science University are transforming lives by improving healthcare outcomes. Through leading-edge research, Dr. Kuehl is demonstrating the powerful impact of lifestyle on health.

Currently, Dr. Kuehl is a Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine, and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at OHSU. He is a teacher, researcher, and practicing physician specializing in sports medicine as well as occupational medicine as it relates to improving wellness and safety in the workplace. Dr. Kuehl established himself as a leading researcher for first responders. He is on the national physician panel for police and fire agencies, which sets the standards for the health and safety of these high risk workers.

2014 Distinguished Young Alumna Award:

Warner Pacific College is honored to recognize musician and songwriter, Nicole (Yerden) Wells, ’98 (Sherwood). While studying at Warner Pacific, Nicole taught music to 30 students per week to pay for her education. She graduated from the College in 1998 with a degree in music. Nicole and her husband work in vocational youth ministry, music ministry, senior pastor ministry, and church planting. They currently serve as lay leaders in a ministry focused on recovery. The Sherwood Arts Foundation, Sherwood Soccer, Voices for the Performing Arts, the YMCA, Hopkins Elementary School, and the Robin Hood Festival all benefited from the participation of Wells family members.

In September 2013, Nicole was awarded the grand prize for Best Song from the West Coast Songwriters. Nicole also performs regularly as a soloist and with her sister in The Carlson Wells band.

Warner Pacific Named a College of Distinction

National college guide honors Warner Pacific for distinctive educational excellence.

Warner Pacific was honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-15 school year. The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Warner Pacific was found to excel in all Four Distinctions.

Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. Schools selected must excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.

WPC a Christian College of Distinction 2014-15 Warner Pacific an Oregon College of Distinction Warner Pacific a college of distinction 2015

“We focus on colleges that are the best places to learn, grow, and succeed,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country.”

To view Warner Pacific’s profile or to find more information about the online guide visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

Recognized as a “Best Online Christian College”

Warner Pacific is a Best Online Christian College 2015After launching its first online degree program just 11 months ago, Warner Pacific College  was recognized by Christian Universities Online as a top Christian college offering affordable online degrees. In fact, Warner Pacific ranked 25th out of 100 colleges and universities. No other Pacific Northwest Christian college ranked higher than Warner Pacific.

Warner Pacific College’s online degree programs include:

• Associate of Arts in Organizational Dynamics
• Bachelor of Business Administration
• Bachelor of Health Care Administration
• Bachelor of Human Development (NEW and available in March 2015)
• Master of Science in Management – Organizational Leadership

Earning a degree online is an ideal solution for students whose work schedules are unpredictable or who are raising a family while working full-time.

With Warner Pacific’s affordable and accessible online programs, students have the opportunity to make meaningful connections with other classmates and instructors as part of Warner Pacific’s vibrant, Christ-centered learning community that’s dedicated to their success.

Our online degree programs use the same curriculum and course progressions as in-person classes. Students receive the same high-quality education whether they study online or at one of WP’s six campus locations across the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.

The College received $96,000 in grants to support scholarship, education, and students

Recently, the College received grants to support student scholarships and improved instructional design.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust provided a $71,000 matching grant to establish an educational technology design lab, including a portable computer lab, located in the College’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

The Trust awarded a 1:1 matching grant. Once the match is raised, the CTL will use these resources to provide faculty with tools, training, and support to shift a number of courses to a hybrid design that combines online digital technologies with face-to-face teaching to support increased student success.

A portable computer lab containing 20 laptops will be used to train faculty, as well as increase faculty’s implementation of digital technology with students in the place-based classroom.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

A $5,000 grant from the Zimmerman Family Foundation will support the College’s educational technology design lab and studio as well.

“The Zimmerman Family Foundation’s grant moves the College closer to our $71,000 goal to realize a matching grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust,” said Dr. Aaron McMurray, Vice President for Advancement. “The educational technology design lab will assist professors in diversifying course delivery formats from face-to-face to hybrid and online class configurations.”

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that inspire education, literary, scientific, and spiritual growth. All of which will be achieved through the increased implantation of digital technology in the classroom.

The $20,000 grant from the William H. & Mary L. Bauman Foundation  supports the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative’s Urban Service Track at Warner Pacific. Act Six is Oregon’s only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership scholarship.

The Urban Service Track model is a tailored scholarship and leadership program designed to help under-prepared but talented and highly motivated high school scholar-leaders succeed in achieving their higher education goals.

The Bauman Foundation was established in 1992 following the death of Bill Bauman, owner of Bauman Sawmill, which later became part of Willamette Industries and then Weyerhaeuser Corp. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to support children and youth, and evangelical churches and organizations.

“I am so appreciative of the William H. & Mary L. Bauman Foundation’s generous and continued support of this important initiative at Warner Pacific College,” said President Andrea Cook. “Our Act Six Scholars continue to make an impact on campus, in the community, and in their homes; this grant will truly have a positive impact on the lives of Warner Pacific students and the greater Portland community.”

For each Act Six Scholar, Warner Pacific provides a scholarship, supplementing federal and state aid, to cover full-tuition for two years as well as room and board for all four years. These scholarship funds are raised entirely by Warner Pacific through grant awards and private contributions, such as the funds granted by the William H. & Mary L. Bauman Foundation.

 

Expanding opportunities for our science students

Warner Pacific is partnering with the Doctor of Chiropractic Program at University of Western States to offer accelerated entry into their chiropractic program.

Warner Pacific offers entry into Chiropractic programWarner Pacific science students can gain entry into the Doctor of Chiropractic program offered at University of Western States while finishing the requirements for their Bachelor of Science degree from Warner Pacific; obtaining their post-secondary degree sooner than others.

In December, Warner Pacific (WP) partnered with the University of Western States (UWS), located in NE Portland, for direct entry by qualified WP students into the UWS Doctor of Chiropractic degree program.

After successfully completing their first five quarters at UWS, WP students will receive their Bachelors of Science in Biological Science degree. This unique partnership eliminates one year of classroom time; saving WP students money and time when obtaining their Doctor of Chiropractic.

“Completing a bachelor degree while earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from a well-respected program such as the one offered at University of Western States is a terrific opportunity for our Biological Science majors,” comments Elizabeth DuPriest, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Natural Sciences and Health and Associate Professor of Biology at Warner Pacific College. “This partnership helps our students to flourish sooner, allowing them to begin easing pain and promoting good health in their patients faster.”

Benefits to Warner Pacific students:

  • Be admitted to the chiropractic program at University of Western States with all the necessary pre-requisite courses completed
  • Earn a Doctor of Chiropractic in less time
  • Save an average of $19,000 in tuition
  • Obtain a B.S. from Warner Pacific and a D.C. from University of Western States in less time (this program partnership will reduce the time in class by about a year)
  • Receive hands-on clinical training

University of Western States is a leading chiropractic research institution and the first chiropractic college to receive a multi-million dollar federal grant for research. It has the second oldest chiropractic educational program in the world; founded in 1895 by D.D. Palmer. UWS consistently achieves high scores on both U.S. and Canadian national board examinations.

Visit warnerpacific.edu/chiropractic for a list of the required course work.