Social Entrepreneurship Seniors Begin Capstone Projects

Warner Pacific seniors in the Social Entrepreneurship program

Warner Pacific Social Entrepreneurship seniors Luwam Kahassay, Gimena Olguin, Anthony Sims, Kristi Gifford, and Emily Potts with Business Professor Dr. Roger Martin, Warner Pacific VP for Advancement Dr. Aaron McMurray, John Friese, Carrie Atkinson, Junea Rocha, and Warner Pacific students Thalia Garcia, Milo Lopez, Edgar Contreras, Ricky Ruiz, and Jonathan Hillis.

During their senior year, Social Entrepreneurship students identify a need within the community and create a small entrepreneurial business to meet that need (their Capstone Project).

On January 13, 2015, the 2015 Capstone Projects were presented in front of John Friese from Starve Ups (an entrepreneurial start up group in Portland), Carrie Atkinson from Sock It To Me (in Portland), and Junea Rocha from BraziBites. Students received feedback to prepare for the Capstone Project competition.

  • Luwam Kahassa – ArtCart, helping people engage their creative side
  • Anthony Sims – KooksLife, using business to help skateboarders
  • Gimena Olguin – UniMe, United Minority Entrepreneurs
  • Kristi Gifford – BU Fitness Wear, serving women 18 to 50 years of age who live motivated and active lives
  • Emily Potts – VEAS, using photography for people to see both the good and the bad of life

Each Capstone Project is made up of a team that includes the student, a Social Entrepreneurship Advisory Board (SEAB), community partners, and faculty members. This team works toward the common goal of creating free enterprise while meeting community need, providing students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to real life practice. By the end of the semester, the student and his/her team will create an Executive Summary, full Business Plan, and presentation of the project.

The culmination of the Capstone Project is a cash award for the best Business Plan, allowing students to become real-world social entrepreneurs by the time they graduate.

Congratulations Warner Pacific Alum Lacey Beaty

Warner Pacific Alum Lacey Beaty ’13 is putting her education to use as the newest member of the Beaverton City Council.

 

Warner Pacific Alum Lacey Beaty

Lacey’s husband Ian, currently serving in Afghanistan, watching his wife’s swearing in ceremony thanks to technology. Ian is also a Warner Pacific alum.

From Army Combat Medic to newly elected Beaverton City Councilwoman, Warner Pacific alum Lacey Beaty is using her gift of leadership to make her community a better place.

Benefiting from the focused immersion in managerial practices taught in the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership program through the Adult Degree Program, Lacey honed her managerial skills, understanding of the influences of financial and regulatory pressures on management, conflict resolution, and transformational leadership.

“My master’s degree continues to help me almost daily. I lead high performance team, I train, mentor, and most importantly am a servant leader,” Lacey reflects. “Being a manager is a simple task; however leading with compassion and a servant’s heart is no easy task. I learned the skills necessary to lead from the front and take my team to the next level.”

When asked why she choose Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree program, Lacey had this to say: “I selected Warner Pacific for graduate school because it was the best fit with where I was in my life at the time. As a military veteran who joined the army right out of high school I didn’t start my undergraduate degree until I was almost 25.  Warner Pacific allowed me to keep working and attend school at the same time. It was challenge balancing work, life, and classes for 18 months; however it was the ultimate solution to the graduate school puzzle.”

On January 6, 2015, Lacey was sworn in to the start of her first term as a Beaverton City Councilor.

Lacey was a high school senior in the San Diego area when the tragic events of 9/11 happened. She was inspired to serve her country and joined the United States Army.  Trained as a Combat Medic, Lacey was deployed to Iraq in 2004.

After the army, Lacey sought out other ways to serve. She started coaching lacrosse at Beaverton High School. Now she coaches student athletes from kindergarten through college. She served as the Vice-Chair of the Beaverton Community Vision Committee and was on the board of directors of HomePlate Youth Services – Washington County’s only drop in center for youth experiencing homelessness.

Warner Pacific is honored to count Lacey Beaty, and her husband Ian, among our alumni. We look forward to watching her flourish.

Fall 2014 Dean’s List

The academic office at Warner Pacific College has released the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.

Students must be enrolled full time and achieve a 3.5 GPA to qualify. The list includes students from both the Adult Degree Program and traditional undergraduate programs. Those with an asterisk (*) earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.

4.0 Name City State
* Carrie Adams Portland OR
Sophia Agustin Kaneohe HI
* Mercedes Alcaraz Woodburn OR
* Lisa Alexander Battle Ground WA
Hinsene Ali Portland OR
* Kristen Allen Milwaukie OR
Ayde Alvarado Portland OR
* Angela Alway Portland OR
Jaime Ambriz Vancouver WA
Ruben Amezcua Las Vegas NV
Desaray Andexler Portland OR
* Elizabeth Andrews Kalama WA
Vicki Andrews Portland OR
Floria Arjomand Camas WA
* Kevin Armstrong Vancouver WA
* Melissa Armstrong Clackamas OR
Matthew Arnold Battle Ground WA
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
* Abigail Autrey Portland OR
* Vanessa Auyong Mililani HI
Margaret Bah Washougal WA
Janee’ Baker Portland OR
Johnnie Ballard Portland OR
* Olga Barabash Portland OR
* William Barnes Vancouver WA
* Lisa Bartlett Kalama WA
Mable Bartlett Portland OR
* Tanya Batchelder Vancouver WA
* Bradford Batchelor Portland OR
* Dillon Battles Gresham OR
Rahana Bear Portland OR
Gabriella Begazo Buchanan NY
Allison Beisley Saint Helens OR
* Sommer Bellon Gladstone OR
Sabrina Bender Portland OR
Jamie Bennett Damascus OR
Terrell Bennett Sherwood OR
* Jacob Berg Vancouver WA
Hayley Bernick Portland OR
* David Berra Longview WA
Stephen Bessler Portland OR
Tina Bettger Milwaukie OR
Brittney Bevens Oregon City OR
Tiffany Bird Portland OR
Micah Birlew Beaverton OR
Joshua Black Queensland
* Lois Blake Vancouver WA
* Gregory Bledsoe Salem OR
* Madison Bliss Clackamas OR
* Darcy Blue Hillsboro OR
Ama Boatemah Portland OR
* Marchelle Bostic Gresham OR
* Robert Bowden Portland OR
* Deana Bower Beaverton OR
* Michelle Bowers Gresham OR
* Blaine Bradford Portland OR
* Kimberly Branstetter Gresham OR
Nicholas Brechbiel Milwaukie OR
Riannon Bresaw Vancouver WA
Yvette Briceno Cornelius OR
Holly Briggs Vancouver WA
* Brittany Brzezinski Portland OR
* Jonathan Bullock Tigard OR
Jason Bumgardner St Helens OR
Jay Busher Vancouver WA
Chelsea Bybee Estacada OR
* Michaela Byers Vancouver WA
Ashley Cade Saint Helens OR
* Lynette Caldwell Kalama WA
* Andres Campos Beaverton OR
Jennika Cappoen Milwaukie OR
Ryan Carlson Happy Valley OR
* Timminy Carlson Leaburg OR
* Sandy Carpenter Ridgefield WA
* Carissa Carr Lake Oswego OR
Paul Carter Molalla OR
* Almir Celebic Portland OR
Lily Chavez Gervais OR
* Mila Cherchenko Portland OR
* Christopher Choi Portland OR
* Whitney Christenson
* Katie Chupp McMinnville OR
Jason Clark Vancouver WA
Shelby Clayton Oregon City OR
* Kristen Coghill Sheridan OR
* Linda Colburn Vancouver WA
Andrea Coler Portland OR
* Kim Coles Beaverton OR
Lequeta Colford Gresham OR
* Mark Combe Portland OR
* Kathryn Conyers Portland OR
Ariel Cook Tustin CA
Mariah Cooper Portland OR
* Shauna Cooper Oregon City OR
Jenny Corrigan Tigard OR
Jesse Corrigan Tualatin OR
Andrea Cortese Clackamas OR
Megan Costello Battle Ground WA
* Valerie Couch Gresham OR
* Crystal Coutu Oregon City OR
Antranette Covington Portland OR
* Michelle Cowden Vancouver WA
Brianna Cowin Centralia WA
Matthew Cray Portland OR
* Shannon Cummings Oregon City OR
Nayomi Cunningham Portland OR
* Christopher Curry Vancouver WA
Terry Dahlquist Portland OR
Sable Dalton Bedford IN
Kelsey Davisson Tulare CA
* Kirsten Day Portland OR
Pedro De Leon Las Vegas NV
* Heather Degroot Vancouver WA
* Rochelle Degroot Bozeman MT
* Valynda Demel Sherwood OR
* Sean Diamond Clackamas OR
Daniel Dicarlo Clackamas OR
* Carmen Dimitras Portland OR
* Brycen Dodds Salem OR
Virgiliu Dolinta Portland OR
* Elizabeth Dominguez Hollister CA
Tam Dong Vancouver WA
Tonya Dorris Longview WA
Katelyn Douglas Gresham OR
Sean Downey Forest Grove OR
Casey Duckworth Portland OR
Sirrage Dughri Hillsboro OR
* Irina Dumitrescu Portland OR
* Danielle Durham Gresham OR
* Moses Dyson Portland OR
* Yvonne Edwards Olympia WA
* Christopher Ekerson Newberg OR
Aida Elezovic Beaverton OR
* Cerissa Farrington Portland OR
Julia Feeser Fircrest WA
* Stephanie Fernandez Nava Clackamas OR
* Alicia Finch Gladstone OR
* Camryn Fisher Beaverton OR
Megan Flamm Gresham OR
Lizbeth Flores-Romero Tigard OR
Jennifer Forster Vancouver WA
* Naomi Fox Oregon City OR
* Melissa Frach Portland OR
* Melinda Fraley Kelso WA
* Joshua Franklin Vancouver WA
Jason Friend Vancouver WA
* James Furns Oregon City OR
* Michael Gaddi Vancouver WA
* Danielle Galbreath Hillsboro OR
Victor Gallardo Molina Portland OR
Jamie Gallegos Olympia WA
* Ricardo Gallegos Portland OR
Kevin Gallivan Troutdale OR
Jill Galloway Vancouver WA
* Carole Gamoy Vancouver WA
* Alejandra Garcia Gresham OR
* Lisa Garcia Woodburn OR
* Maria Garcia-Perry Gresham OR
* Karen Garrett Vancouver WA
Aubrie Gatewood West Linn OR
Christina Gibb Estacada OR
Kristi Gifford Milwaukie OR
* Kevin Gilchrist Vancouver WA
Jennifer Glass Vernonia OR
* Ana Gonzalez Portland OR
Vanessa Gonzalez Portland OR
* Erin Graham Tigard OR
* Lyssa Greene Beaverton OR
* Travis Griggs Battle Ground WA
Rosita Gustave Portland OR
Ema Gutcher Bakersfield CA
Deborah Guyton Portland OR
Aidan Hackett Sherwood OR
* Melissa Hadduck Portland OR
Maurice Hale Sacramento CA
MacKenzie Hale-Schwendeman Gig Harbor WA
* Craig Hamilton Portland OR
Grace Hamilton Portland OR
Michael Hammett Vancouver WA
* Blake Harlan Deer Park WA
Haley Harn Newberg OR
* Angela Harr Banks OR
Patricia Harris Portland OR
* Christina Hart Scappoose OR
Felicity Harvey Newberg OR
* James Hastings Vancouver WA
Michael Hatch Portland OR
* Grayson Haugen Oregon City OR
Lori Haugen Gresham OR
Isaac Hawkins Springville IN
Alexander Hayes Damascus OR
* Megan Helm Chehalis WA
* Scotti Helmick Ontario OR
Jason Hendrix Beaverton OR
Kendra Henry Olympia WA
* Nathan Herbst Vancouver WA
* Nena Herbst Vancouver WA
Ashley Hernandez Petaluma CA
Cinthia Hernandez Beaverton OR
* Mary Herrington Portland OR
* Thomas Higgins Canby OR
* Kathleen Hiigel Portland OR
Jonathan Hillis Portland OR
* Rachael Hillis Portland OR
* Nicole Himes Portland OR
* Aaron Hochstrasser Sandy OR
* Jeff Hoffman Vancouver WA
Ione Holbrook Battle Ground WA
* Drew Holm Sherwood OR
* Carolyn Horsey Portland OR
Tasha Hoskins Oregon City OR
Trevor Hostetler Louisville OH
Jessica Hov Vancouver WA
Joy Howard Salem OR
* Ian Hurst Vancouver WA
Pota Idencio-Amataga Vancouver WA
Christina Ingram Vancouver WA
Andrea Irby Portland OR
* Paul Irvin Portland OR
* Kamille Irwin-Cordero Portland OR
Irma Isarraras Portland OR
Jack Jackman Portland OR
* Boston Jackson Portland OR
Daesha Jackson Phoenix AZ
Mickyla Jackson
Timothy Jackson Portland OR
* Kathryn Jacobson Portland OR
* Sarah Jarvis Gresham OR
* Kianna Jass Vancouver WA
* Toni Jefferson Vancouver WA
* Sarah Johns Portland OR
* Edward Johnson Vancouver WA
Femi Johnson Portland OR
James Johnson Portland OR
Jesse Johnson Great Falls MT
Larry Johnson Newberg OR
* Ann Jones Vancouver WA
* Quincy Jones Auburn WA
* Shaquwonna Jones Vancouver WA
* James Juengel Sherwood OR
Greg Kammer Clackamas OR
De’Wana Kashaija Vancouver WA
Aaron Keiffer Portland OR
* Virginia Kennedy Longview WA
Taylor Kern Gresham OR
* Christina King Vancouver WA
* Michael King Beaverton OR
* Trey Klug Vancouver WA
Natalie Knight Sandy OR
Ashleigh Konzelman Albany OR
Michelle Korne Vancouver WA
* Christi Krause Newberg OR
Jason La Carney Vancouver WA
Ashley Labes Gresham OR
Mychell Lake Beaverton OR
* Cali Lamb Camas WA
Shannon Lamb Portland OR
* John Lambert Portland OR
Brittany Landon La Center WA
Cathy Lara Portland OR
Brooke Larkins Damascus OR
Shayna Larsen Vancouver WA
Emma Larson Albany OR
Debra Latham Longview WA
* Jennifer Latu Portland OR
* Maribel Legaria Cisneros Woodburn OR
Charneal Lewis Portland OR
* Deborah Lewis Portland OR
Ramay Lewis-Dansby Oregon City OR
* Lance Lijewski Vancouver WA
Erica Linch Vancouver WA
* Glenn Linder Eagle Point OR
Rayssa Lira Renton WA
* Qing Liu Salem OR
* Lestan Loomis Troutdale OR
Jeannette Lopez Camas WA
Joseph Losk Portland OR
* Jennifer Love Salem OR
* Marsha MacDonald Corbett OR
Oksana Maksimov Woodburn OR
* Connie Maller Aloha OR
Iesha Mangum Vancouver WA
Allesandra Mangus Vancouver WA
* Katie Manwell Portland OR
Carla Marcoff Gresham OR
* Ashley Martin Vancouver WA
* Kawan Martin Vancouver WA
Carlos Martinez Canyon Country CA
* Adrian Mashia Portland OR
Johdi Masterman Milwaukie OR
Kiara McDonagh Vancouver WA
* Natasha McDougal Portland OR
Dustin McGuirk Portland OR
* Megan McInnis Clackamas OR
* Patrick McMurtry Vancouver WA
Toby Medford Portland OR
* Brenda Melby Damascus OR
Biruktawit Mengistu Seattle WA
* Gerald Messenger Clackamas OR
Bradley Meyers Troutdale OR
* Taaj Middleton Portland OR
* Theodore Mikaele Vancouver WA
Jennifer Milburn Longview WA
* Lloyd Milburn Wilsonville OR
Erin Miller Portland OR
Kai-Lynn Miller Portland OR
Robin Miller Portland OR
* Tracy Miller Vancouver WA
Blake Milnes West Linn OR
* Alexa Minasian Chatsworth CA
Darla Miner Vancouver WA
* Carol Mitchell Vancouver WA
Marcos Montas Portland OR
* Selena Montoya San Diego CA
Christina Moran Salem OR
* Samuel Moran-Lopez Portland OR
Christopher Morgan Albany OR
Bradford Morrison Battle Ground WA
Samantha Morrison Portland OR
Travis Moultrie Vancouver WA
* Kimberly Munden Portland OR
* Sean Musaeus Portland OR
Kimberly Muzatko Mcminnville OR
Sherrita Myers Portland OR
* Dana Nault St. Paul OR
* Jose Navarro Portland OR
* Benjamin Nelson Vancouver WA
* Jennifer Nelson Oregon City OR
* Diana Nesukh Portland OR
* Bailey Newell Lake Stevens WA
* Anh Ngo Portland OR
* Brett Nielsen Forest Grove OR
Keith North Milwaukie OR
* Nicole Oakes Beaverton OR
* Adam O’Bryan Vancouver WA
Michelle O’Connor Vancouver WA
Rachel Olague Oregon City OR
Nicholas Olin Portland OR
* Candaice Oliphant Vancouver WA
* Diana Olivares Portland OR
Denice Oliver Vancouver WA
Otari Oniashvili Camas WA
Melanie Osburn Troutdale OR
Jessie Osuna-Mondragon Portland OR
Malia Oswalt Damascus OR
* Austin Owens Portland OR
Kuali’i Pabro Tigard OR
Erin Palacios Gresham OR
* Kristin Palmer Happy Valley OR
Terry Pangle Portland OR
Robert Parker Portland OR
* Candye Parkin Sherwood OR
* Ryan Parks Henderson NV
* Thomas Parrotte Aloha OR
Heidi Patten Longview WA
Ylonda Patton Portland OR
Douglas Pearson Vancouver WA
James Peery Fairview OR
Louis Pellegrino West Linn OR
Antonio Perez Hillsboro OR
Mayela Perfecto Woodburn OR
Sherlyn Perryman Portland OR
* Ernest Petefish Portland OR
* Erik Peterson Camas WA
Melissa Peterson Vancouver WA
* Paul Petrone Oregon City OR
Danielle Pettyjohn Washougal WA
Katelin Pippert Portland OR
Terah Pitchford Vancouver WA
* Shannon Pittman Ridgefield WA
* Carol Popi Vancouver WA
Angela Posch Rainier OR
* Adler Pottebaum Portland OR
Zinette Pratcher Portland OR
* Wayne Price Vancouver WA
Renata Prihoda Vancouver WA
Joyce Pultz Portland OR
Pamela Quinn Troutdale OR
* Stacy Raney Damascus OR
* Laura Rattanasouk Oregon City OR
* Natasha Reay
Kristine Rebber Portland OR
Jennifer Reed Oregon City OR
* Stephannie Reser Hubbard OR
* Aaron Reyes Washougal WA
Jeffery Reznick Portland OR
* Myesha Richmond Portland OR
Kamichia Riddle Gresham OR
Caeleigh Rieger Kennewick WA
* Stephanie Riley Oregon City OR
Jayston Ripplinger Vancouver WA
Kelsey Roldness Vancouver WA
Kyle Roldness Vancouver WA
Tricia Roldness Vancouver WA
* Carlos Romero-Villalobos Estsacada OR
Nancy Rosales Moncada Vancouver WA
Latosha Ross Portland OR
* Jessica Routh Sandy OR
Heather Ruecker Vancouver WA
Sara Ruecker Vancouver WA
* Victoria Ryun Portland OR
Randi Salinas Portland OR
* Christina Salvitelli Portland OR
* Maria Sanchez Gresham OR
Zaira Sanchez Hermiston OR
* Kaelyn Sanders Vancouver WA
Kelly Sanderson Milwaukie OR
Erika Scarborough Portland OR
* Sarah Scarnato Wood Village OR
Mikkayla Schlamp Oregon City OR
Lindsay Schmidt Sandy OR
* Jace Schwartz Portland OR
* Todd Schwartz Ridgefield WA
William Seals Hillsboro OR
* Sharon Seifert Vancouver WA
Theodore Seifert Vancouver WA
McKenzie Seipp Portland OR
Whitney Senft Regina SK
Jongwon Seo Portland OR
* Jonathan Sewell Gresham OR
Nicole Sherriffs Salem OR
* Brandon Short Damascus OR
* Kateri Shrider Sandy OR
Bobbie Simmons Vancouver WA
Anthony Sims Portland OR
* Alexandra Sindorf Rockford MI
Gayle Singleton Vancouver WA
* Matthew Sluman West Linn OR
Ben Smith Battle Ground WA
Chantel Smith Portland OR
* Jensen Smith Damascus OR
* Jhaizmine Smith Portland OR
Jodie Smith Portland OR
* Lindsay Smith Portland OR
* Chad Smurthwaite Boring OR
Ashley Snoddy Portland OR
Danielle Solis Portland OR
* Melissa Sondergeld Bonney Lake WA
Roberto Soto-Zavala La Center WA
* Jennifer Souders Eagle Creek OR
Vivian Stanley Gresham OR
Andrew Stefano Vancouver WA
* Travis Stein Oregon City OR
Ernest Stephens Clackamas OR
* Jennifer Stephens Portland OR
Daniel Stratton Portland OR
Connor Streed Gladstone OR
Jillian Struck Milwaukie OR
* Vera Sumtsov 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
Denise Taplin West Linn OR
Staci Tatum Gresham OR
George Taylor Portland OR
Kalah Taylor-Florence Portland OR
Brittany Teraoka Fresno CA
Amber Thomas Portland OR
* Cameo Thompson Vancouver WA
Timothy Thompson Vancouver WA
Jennifer Tina Portland OR
* Rosana Torres-Sinay Milwaukie OR
Julia Toscano Portland OR
Diana Tran Portland OR
Jacob Tront Battle Ground WA
Megan Tullis Portland OR
Anna Underwood Portland OR
* Deanna Upshaw Portland OR
Tahliba Upton Vancouver WA
* Jennifer Utterback Vancouver WA
Ashley Valencia Gresham OR
* Morgan Valentine Tigard OR
* Teresa VanVoorst Portland OR
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
* Lauren Waits Portland OR
* Brenda Walker Gresham OR
* Jennifer Walker Portland OR
Michael Walker Hillsboro OR
Rachel Wallace Kelso WA
Michelle Wanless Portland OR
Brooke Warner Vancouver WA
* Katelynn Warren Portland OR
* Keely Warren Vancouver WA
Irma Wassermann Portland OR
Andrew Watts Vancouver WA
* Ashley Weber Milwaukie OR
Jesse Weber Milwaukie OR
Sharla Weber Hood River OR
Casey Weedman Gresham OR
Olivia Welch Boring OR
* Bree West Gresham OR
* Kendra Wetter Tigard OR
Tuyen Whitaker Portland OR
Cheryl White Battle Ground WA
Jacob White-Duong Portland OR
* Jordan Wilcox Prineville OR
Rashida Willard Battleground WA
Nicole Willers Milwaukie OR
* Ashley Williams Portland OR
Kenneth Williams Vancouver WA
Charlotte Wilson Vancouver WA
Jackline Wilson Boring OR
Kimonti Wilson Portland OR
* Craig Winbush Vancouver WA
* Anna Winslow West Linn OR
Kyle Wirkkala Longview WA
* Clark Wolfe Portland OR
* Gabriella Wolpert Portland OR
Christina Womack Vancouver WA
* Florence Wood Portland OR
Beth Woodard Cornelius OR
Nicole Worthington Troutdale OR
* Hannah Wright Oregon City OR
Sara Zea Portland OR

 

Graduates Honored at the 2014 Winter Commencement

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

For Warner Pacific’s 156 new graduates, we know they will flourish in whatever God has planned for them. (View photos / order your photo.)

Warner Pacific Winter CommencementAt the December 13, 2014, Winter Commencement, several graduates were honored with awards of distinction:

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in “Urban”: Kristen Allen

This award honors a student who is also a change agent in their community; someone who is actively involved in an organization (volunteer or professional) where he or she is making a difference in our community.

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in “Diversity”: Nena A. Herbst

This award is presented to a student who is recognized for being a positive influence in their Learning Team and cohort. One who is a creative leader and able to collaborate. Someone who embodies this quote from Margaret Meade: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committee people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in “Christ-Centered”: Jeffrey David Allen

This award will be given to a student who is nominated by a faculty or staff member for their positive interactions with classmates, faculty, and staff, and with course content. The  recipient of this award will be a living expression of the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and known for striving to do their best in every situation.

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in “Liberal Arts”: Mimi Catherine Fonseca

This award is to acknowledge a student whose academic skills are recognized by faculty members for a high grade point average, strong attendance record, evidence of critical thinking skills, and active participation in the classroom.

Congratulations to all our graduates.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23

Warner Pacific Student Wins 1st Place in Video Contest

Copyright: a win-win for WPC student Sean Musaeus

Warner Pacific student Sean Musaeus wins video scholarshipCopyright: the legal right to be the only one to reproduce, publish, or sell the contents and form of a literary, musical, or artistic work (Merriam-Webster)

When it comes to music copyrighting, most of us are confused about its importance or necessity – that is except for Sean Musaeus. This Warner Pacific sophomore entered an original video in the National Music Council and Music Publishers Association 2014 Copyright Awareness Scholarship contest and took first place.

Sean remembers that he “got really excited when I found out about the scholarship, which was during my senior year in high school. At the time I was researching copyright law and how weird it all seemed to be. I was interested in how the current media environment created by the Internet affected the dynamics of copyright.”

Warner Pacific student Sean Musaeus music copyright video wins award.After posting some simple videos on YouTube in which Sean used license-free music, he became interested in creating more advanced short films. This got him pondering the ramifications and legalities of using copyrighted music.

Scratching the surface and then digging deeper into the complex world of copyright laws, policies, and procedures on Youtube only further peaked his interest. This lead him to websites and books on the subject and ultimately the Copyright Awareness Scholarship.

So inspired about copyright law, Sean crafted a “fairly traditional explainer video” clarifying why copyright was important. His first video entry was a quirky little hand-drawn graphics production with a voiced over narrative. It didn’t win.

Through the research and creative process, Sean says, “I’ve come to understand how important copyright is in supporting the creative economy.”

Warner Pacific student Sean Musaeus award winning video on copyright.Undeterred, Sean changed his approach to illustrating why copyright was important, in three minutes or less. He’d get the point across through the narrative of a wordless “short film.” Making the video—shooting it, composing and recording the soundtrack, and editing it took him less than two weeks. Settling on a concept for this video, however, took slightly longer; over a year.

With the June 1, 2014, deadline looming, it was Sean’s third and final concept that was submitted. Why so diligent in showcasing this subject matter in a short video? Sean explains that the scholarship contest “combined two things I was interested in: filmmaking and copyright law.”

In his final concept, like Yin and Yang, you see the two faces of music downloads. Sean artfully showcased the talent, dedication, and time taken by the artist to create something worthy for the audience to buy and download. He contrasted that with a dark and shady character easily pirating the music and offering free downloads, negatively impacting the artist’s efforts. In the end, the video has a simple message – Don’t cheat yourself. ©

His creative approach to explaining why copyright laws are an important protection for artists is this year’s First Place winner. Sean also received a monetary scholarship award.

Sean has yet to declare a major but knows he will at least minor in music. He chose Warner Pacific because it is a Christian, liberal arts college close to home. Sean is a born and raised Portlander.

When asked what he thinks of his new found notoriety, Sean modestly replies: “I haven’t really had any fame from the video so far… I always feel weird being the center of attention, so if anyone talks about it I usually try to downplay it and change the subject.”

Congratulations Sean. Enjoy his winning video, which contains some original music by Sean. Don’t worry, it’s copyrighted!

Warner Pacific presents at the Annual Murdock College Science Research Conference (2014)

Several Warner Pacific students attended the annual Murdock College Science Research Conference (November 17 and 18, 2014).  Warner Pacific Biological Science major, Anh Ngo presented the College’s research project entitled: “Is reduced adiponectin mRNA associated with alterations in transcription factor ATF3 in adipose tissue of nutritionally programmed microswine offspring?”

One of her co-authors, Almir Celebic, presented a poster at the conference entitled: “Reduced plasma adiponectin and beta-adrenergic receptors in adipose tissue of nutritionally programmed microswine offspring.”

Both students did their research with Elizabeth DuPriest, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and Health and Associate Professor of Biology, at the Portland VA Medical Center. Both are continuing with the research and will write a senior thesis based on their findings.

According to Dr. DuPriest, “The idea behind our research is that a mother’s diet (and other environmental factors, before and during childhood) can negatively influence the way a child develops. This can permanently ‘program’ the individual for higher risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease later in life. We are trying to discover what the links are between early environment and later health. Adiponectin is a beneficial hormone that is changed in offspring by maternal diet in our research, and we are trying to learn more about it.”

The students involved in the presentation included: seniors Anh Ngo, Brianna Cowin, and Almir Celebic and junior Biruktawit Mengistu. Brianna, Anh, and Biruktawit have all expressed interest in either doing research or medicine for their careers, while Almir is planning to become a dentist.

Warner Pacific professors and students at the 2014 Murdock Conference.

Dr. Brad Tripp, Dr. Elizabeth DuPriest, Almir Celebic, Brianna Cowin, Anh Ngo, Biruktawit Mengistu, and Dr. David Terrell

Here is Dr. DuPriest’s complete summary of the research presented for the Conference:

The idea behind our research is that a mother’s diet (and other environmental factors, even during childhood) can negatively influence the way a child develops. This can permanently “program” the individual for higher risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease later in life.

We previously published data showing that microswine (pigs) whose mothers were fed a low protein diet have low mRNA levels of adiponectin, a beneficial hormone made in adipose (fat) tissue. (mRNA is the cellular “instructions” used to direct the production of specific proteins.)

Anh and Almir’s work focused on why that is true, and whether the actual adiponectin hormone levels in blood are also low.

Anh’s data (still preliminary) are showing that if you put the “programmed” offspring on a calorie-restricted diet after weaning, they have an abnormal response in their adipose tissue compared to how normal offspring respond to calorie restriction. This may indicate that typical lifestyle interventions that help normal individuals lead healthy lives may not work the same way in those who had a suboptimal early environment. We don’t yet know whether this abnormality is beneficial or detrimental.

Almir’s data show that the actual circulating levels of adiponectin in the blood are reduced, except in male “programmed” offspring that are also calorie restricted after weaning. They actually have higher adiponectin hormone.

 

After 26 years, Coach Fagan hangs up his cleats

Warner Pacific men's soccer coach Bernie Fagan.After coaching a mere 497 soccer matches for the Warner Pacific College men’s soccer team, long-time coach Bernie Fagan is retiring.

For as long as anyone can remember, men’s soccer at Warner Pacific College was synonymous with Coach Bernie Fagan. Well known for his own time on the field, Fagan played for the Seattle Sounders, Los Angeles Aztecs, Detroit Lighting (indoor soccer), and finally the Portland Timbers until they folded in 1982.

The 1982 fall season was Fagan’s first at Warner Pacific. He coached the Knights to 11 wins and earned the NAIA District 2 Championship that year. During those heady times of the early 80’s, the Knights qualified for the NAIA National Tournament three times, including a best ever third place finish in 1984.

The first half of Fagan’s coaching career with Warner Pacific ended after 10 seasons when the College eliminated all athletic programs in 1991.

Read more about Coach Fagan’s career at Warner Pacific on the WPC Knight’s website.

Dr. Cook visits Kazakhstan

Travel Notes by Dr. Andrea P. Cook, President

Access to higher education is a justice issue both in North America and across the globe. In the midst of a changing milieu in the industry, I have great hope that God is rising up leaders who have vision, care deeply, and are leading proactively to develop institutions that meet the needs of students in the 21st Century.

Earlier this Fall, I was grateful to take my first trip to the Republic of Kazakhstan, to celebrate the leaders there and participate in the 20th anniversary celebration of Kazakh American Free University (KAFU).

KAFU is a dynamic and emerging institution that is rising to serve Kazakhs dreaming about the transformation of their country.

KAFU has become a sister institution to Warner Pacific, and I was pleased to present Dr. Mambetkaziyev, the President of KAFU, and Dan Ballast with honorary doctorates from Warner Pacific while visiting the great work they are doing.

KAFU has benefited over the last two decades from the engagement and leadership example of former Warner Pacific President, Marshall Christensen. Dr. Christensen has provided consultation to Kazakh leadership as he teaches servant leadership, using the model of Jesus, with the hope of influencing and shaping education to the people of Kazakhstan after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Warner Pacific has been able to strengthen our relationship with KAFU through Visiting International Professors, a summer academy, and extended internships in which KAFU students practice language skills and learn intercultural competencies while living in Portland.

KAFU will be hosting a 20th anniversary celebration in the United States on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Warner Pacific.  This will be a time for all of KAFU’s American friends and partners to come together to celebrate and remember the last 20 years. We anticipate many of KAFU’s leaders will join this event, including KAFU’s President, Dr. Mambetkaziyev, and his wife. We welcome you to join as well!

Dr. Cook (right) with Dr. Christensen and KAFU President, Dr. Mambetkaziyev

Dr. Cook (right) with Dr. Christensen and KAFU President, Dr. Mambetkaziyev.

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Dr. Cook at the round table conference.

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KAFU President, Dr. Mambetkaziyev, cuts the ceremonial ribbon with Dr. Cook, Dr. Christensen, and Hugh Hallman, to open the new KAFU sports facility.

Christmas Advent Brunch: A Child is Born (December 6)

Advent-Brunch-ImageWelcome to the Season of Advent

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Christmas Advent Brunch with President Andrea Cook. This year we are inviting women and men to participate in this joyful time of fellowship, reflection, and renewal.

Details

  • Saturday, December 6
  • 10 am – 12 pm
  • McGuire Auditorium
  • Featuring Bridgetown, the College’s premiere men’s singing group
  • Gourmet Brunch
  • Help us spread joy this season by donating a new or gently used children’s book for the Children’s Book Bank Drive
  • Tickets are just $25 per person or $175 for a table of 7 guests

RSVP

Get your Tickets

  • Purchase your tickets  ($25 per person or $175 for a table of 7 guests) by registering securely online or contacting Diane Minor: email or 503.517.1114
  • Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 3

Give the Gift of Reading

We are excited to once again partner with the Children’s Book Bank, supporting  their work to bring the gift of reading to kids throughout Portland. Easy access to books is foundational to literacy development. Scarcity of books in the home is one of the greatest obstacles that must be overcome by children living in poverty. Children with books in the home become better readers and do better in school.

Please bring your new or gently used books to the brunch and help us give  Portland’s most vulnerable children the gift of reading. Types of books most in need are Dr. Seuss and Spanish-language books. Other requests are: picture books, board books, alphabet books, and counting books. (New books are preferred for Christmas.)

Chldren's Book Bank

Fall 2014 Athetics Round Up

Knight Cross County 2014Knights fans can now hear all the action on the Knights Sports Network. Hear games on our free stream or on the radio in Portland on 1330AM!

Wrestling: This fall Warner Pacific’s new wrestling team took to the mats. We welcomed 28 men and 14 women wrestlers to the Knight’s roster.

Volleyball: Though the Knights were much more competitive this season overall, the team managed just a 5-18 record. Janessa White was No. 3 in the Cascade Conference in kills per set and named 1st Team All-CCC. Marchelle Bostic set a new WPC record with 2095 in assists. Bostic and Kendra Henry were named Academic All-CCC.

Cross Country: It was a rebuilding year for Warner Pacific Cross Country. The Knight men placed 8th at the CCC Championships, while the women placed 9th. A bright spot was freshman Ahmed Ibrahim, who placed 10th in the men’s race and qualified for the NAIA National Championship. Chad Smurthwaite, Hannah Mierow, and Briana Cowin were named Academic All-CCC.

Women’s Soccer: The Knight women’s soccer team took a major step forward, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and winning a post-season game for the first time in program history. Coach Holly Popenuk was named CCC Co-Coach of the Year after leading the team to a 8-10-2 record. Ashley Valencia was voted 1st Team All-CCC, while Elle’ Nelson and Crystal Foster were named 2nd Team All-CCC. Valencia, Nelson, and Cathy Lara earned Academic All-CCC honors.

Men’s Soccer: The WPC men finished with a 7-8-3 record, and 5th place in the CCC – one spot away from the playoffs. Mario Guizar scored 14 goals on the way to CCC Newcomer of the Year honors and was voted 1st Team All-CCC. Geovanny Vazquez was named 2nd Team All-CCC. Academic All-CCC honors went to Ruben Amezcua and Almir Celebic.

Stay up to date with all Knight’s news by visiting wpcknights.com.