Honored with the Education in Equity Award from Oregon Campus Compact

Warner Pacific presented with award from Campus Compact
Dr. Cook with Joyce Coleman, Board Member of ORCC.

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Warner Pacific College was presented with the Education in Equity Award from the Oregon Campus Compact at their 20th Anniversary Celebration.

“This award represents a significant achievement in advancing equity within higher education and it is our honor to recognize the hard work that Warner Pacific has put into improving its practices, policies, and programs to improve the quality of the educational experience and the outcomes for students of color and first generation students,” explained Josh Todd, Executive Director of Oregon Campus Compact.

The Educational Equity Award recognizes one college or university in Oregon that has shown significant commitment to advancing equity in higher education, inequities in outcomes for students of color, first generation students, and other students who have historically be underrepresented in higher education.

Warner Pacific presented with award from Campus Compact
Dr. Cook with Jessica Howard, Chair of ORCC.

“At Warner Pacific, transformation is at the core of our Christ-centered identity and we see both the tremendous need and the amazing opportunity for higher education to be transformed into an equitable environment where all students can flourish,” said President Andrea Cook. “I am grateful for the many faculty, staff, and especially students who have been part of this work at the College, and I look forward to continuing to develop the ways in which we serve historically marginalized and underrepresented groups of students. We are honored by this award from Campus Compact but we know that we must continue to learn from one another because there is still work to be done.”

The 20th Anniversary Celebration highlighted the achievements made by Oregon Campus Compact’s college and university members. The evening was a time to recognize leaders and innovators in Oregon higher education and recommitment to guaranteeing that for the next 20 years the Compact’s robust network will stay focused on ensuring all students succeed and become active, engaged members of the community.

Thank you for a successful President’s Scholarship Auction: April 9

Dr. Cook with Warner Pacific Students at President AuctionThank you for joining us at the 7th Annual President’s Scholarship Auction to support the Act Six Leadership & Scholarship Initiative at Warner Pacific College! Your support is providing our students with hope, opportunity, and a future that would otherwise be unattainable.

Liz Forkin Bohannon, co-founder of ethical fashion brand Seeko Designs, was our keynote speaker. Ms. Bohannon shared what she has learned as a young entrepreneur who is using business as a powerful platform for social change. She reminded us how important it is to invest in diverse talent in our own communities if we hope to see our city and our industries flourish.

Keynote speaker at Pres Auction Liz Forkin BohannonAct Six scholar Alejandra Garcia ’16 shared how her Act Six scholarship made it possible to attend college, changing the trajectory of her future and impacting the lives of her entire family. Alejandra was just one of the many Act Six scholars who took part in the day, each of whom benefit from the time and resources provided by those who participated in the event.

Through your generosity, we were able to raise over $135,000 in a single afternoon, a new record for the President’s Scholarship Auction! This strong show of support will help local underserved students gain the knowledge they need to become future leaders in their careers, their communities, and their families by providing equitable access to an urban, Christ-centered college education. There is still time to make a difference for our students and future leaders with your gift (click here to make your donation conveniently online).

Act Six scholar Alejandra Garcia at Pres AuctionWe hope you’ll mark your calendar for Saturday, April 15, 2017 and plan to join us again next year. We are excited to see how this event will continue to grow in the future and I am so very thankful for your faithful support. Truly, the President’s Scholarship Auction was a success because of your participation!

Phto album buttonFor more information, contact the Office of Advancement at 503.517.1114 or email.


Spring Concerts

Beautiful Music Blossoming like Flowers

Warner Pacific College invites you to immerse yourself in beautiful music at our  free, and open to the public, concerts featuring our talented students.

Jazz Concert

When: Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 pm
Where:McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland)
Cost: FREE admission

The Warner Pacific Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform an upbeat potpourri of straight ahead swing, rock, and Latin charts. Featured pieces from Doug Beach, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and Charlie Parker This will be an evening loaded with beauty, fun, and groove!

Choral Concert

When: Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 pm
Where: Warner Pacific’s McGuire Auditorium, 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland
Cost: FREE admission

The 50-voice Concert Choir and select Warner Chorale will sing a broad selection of songs from composers such as Rutter, Debussy, Haydn, Bernstein, and Persichetti.  This concert will be both inspiring and entertaining.  All are welcome at this free event.

Wind Ensemble Concert

When: Friday, May 6, at 7:30 pm
Where: Warner Pacific’s McGuire Auditorium, 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland
Cost: FREE admission

The Music of Davis Maslanka (free concert April 16)

The Warner Pacific Music Department presents “The Music of David Maslanka.” This free concert features the talented students of the Warner Pacific and the University of Portland Wind Ensembles joined with the WPC Faculty Woodwind Quintet and special guest Myroslava Hagen, clarinet soloist. Come early for a pre-concert interview with David Maslanka.

When: Saturday, April 16, at 3 pm (pre-concert interview at 2 pm)

Cost: Free admission

Where: McGuire Auditorium at Warner Pacific


David Maslanka concert at Warner Pacific


Spring Jazz Concert (April 27)

You are invited to immerse yourself in beautiful music at this free, and open to the public, concert featuring our talented students in the WPC Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The Warner Pacific Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform an upbeat potpourri of straight ahead swing, rock, and Latin charts. Featured pieces from Doug Beach, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and Charlie Parker. This will be an evening loaded with beauty, fun, and groove!

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 admissions@warnerpacific.edu.

Warner Pacific new student registration day banner

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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