Warner Pacific earns President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

Warner Pacific College Recognized for Service to the Community

President's Higher Education Communty Service Honor Roll logo.Recently, Warner Pacific College was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). This is the highest honor a college can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Warner Pacific is the only school in the Portland area on the Honor Roll for which the “with Distinction” designation was bestowed*. Since 2008, the College has been recognized for its commitment to neighbors through inclusion in the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

“’Where faith and scholarship leads to service’ has long been the motto at Warner Pacific,” said Dr. Andrea Cook, President of the College. “We believe that loving, serving, and being with our neighbors here in Portland is a vital component of preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world.”

Our students are encouraged to explore compassion by becoming involved in the lives of others. They build relationships, connecting with people from different circumstances which leads to a better understanding of the world around them.

It is the College’s desire to serve “neighbors” in a very real sense. An example of this local commitment is seen through the work of our students at elementary schools that fall within a square mile of the campus. Two years ago at Jim Bridger School, just blocks from the College’s campus, the student-led group Enactus began teaching after school classes and offering tutoring for students. Now, students teach or assist in more than half the after school classes at Bridger, making a positive impact on that elementary school and its young students.

Other projects students are involved in during the academic year include:

  • Common Day of Service (19 local community sites).
  • MLK Day of Service, which includes the Boys & Girls Club, SCRAP, Faubion Elementary School, and Children’s Book Bank.
  • Faith-based internships at The Underground (homeless youth), Shared Hope International (human trafficking), Trauma Intervention Program, Vibe of PDX (youth and music), Second Stories (community development), and Catholic Charities.
  • Assisting or leading SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) classes, which includes homework assistance and enrichment programming such as music, art, cooking, writing, science, and even special programs like LEGO Robotics.
  • Helping at food banks, community gardens, Embrace Oregon, and the College’s own Hot Chocolate Ministry for homeless in Portland during the winter months.
  • Blood drives each semester for the Oregon Red Cross.

Warner Pacific students are increasingly involved in solving community challenges and being civically engaged. Last academic year, students gave almost 51,000 hours of service in the city of Portland, volunteer hours valued at $1.1 million.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, is part of the CNCS’s strategic commitment to engage millions of college students in service and celebrate the critical role of higher education in strengthening communities.

* The Honor Roll “With Distinction” recognition will be given to those applicants that display strong levels of institutional commitment, provide a compelling case for partnerships that produce measurable impact in the community, and have a Federal Work-Study community service percentage of 15 percent or above.


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Flourish at ADP: Rebecca’s Story

Becky Black, Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program alumniWhen I decided to go back to school I had a family and a full time job, so I needed a specialized program that would fit my lifestyle; that’s when I discovered the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program (ADP). I believe that all of us should be lifelong learners, and since I was working in the education field, I felt I needed to exemplify that by earning my degree.

I am the Founder and Executive Director of Oregon Outreach, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides education programs to youth who have not been successful in traditional school settings. Oregon Outreach provides individualized instruction, small class sizes, comprehensive supportive services, and high academic standards. Our support services are offered to help students stabilize their lives so that education can become a reality. In 1994 our first student graduated. Since that time over 360 students have earned their high school diploma through our programs.

I love seeing our students graduate from an accredited high school! I also get so excited to work with young people who are often the first in their family to earn a high school diploma. It can be difficult to find staff who understand the challenges that our students face. To be effective in alternative education, you must be committed to working with the population we serve. As an ADP student, I received a lot of encouragement for the work that I was already doing with Oregon Outreach, Inc. I also learned that in a true educational institution, differences of opinions are respected, a lesson I still value today.

ADP-anniv-image-logoRebecca Black
Founder and Executive Director, Oregon Outreach, Inc.
Bachelor of Business Administration ‘97

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Fall Concerts Coming Up at WPC

Autum leaves on sheet musicWarner Pacific College invites you to immerse yourself in beautiful music at three free, and open to the public, concerts in mid-November and early December featuring talented students:

Jazz Concert featuring the Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Wednesday, November 19
7:30 pm
McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland)

The Warner Pacific Jazz Band will perform a variety of jazz styles from straight ahead jazz to rock to Latin to ballad. It’ll sizzle!

Then the Warner Pacific Vocal Jazz will present an engaging and entertaining set loaded with beauty, fun, and groove!

Fall Choral Concert

Sunday, November 23
3:00 pm
McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland)

The Warner Pacific College Concert Choir and Warner Chorale concert features music of many styles from classical to contemporary to gospel. This entertaining concert will engage and inspire people of all ages. The broadly international repertoire includes pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ethan Sperry, Morten Lauridsen, and Rene Clausen.

Wind Ensemble Concert

Thursday, December 4
7:30 pm
McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland)


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A “Frozen” Fall Family Festival

Please join us for our annual Fall Family Festival. This year’s theme is “Frozen.”

2014 Fall Festival InstagramThe evening is a chance for kids of all ages to show-off their costumes, trick-or-treat in a safe environment, and enjoy getting to know new friends and neighbors. The event is free and open to the public, costumes are highly encouraged (even for you mom and dad)!

Thursday, October 30

  • 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. for festival events in Egtvedt Hall Room 203
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for the haunted house in the Student Union Building
  • 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. for concert and costume contest (for all ages) in McGuire Auditorium

Festival Events:

  • Fun games
  • Face painting
  • Getting your picture taken
  • Costume contest for all ages
  • Toe tapping pop’s concert featuring costume-inspired music*
  • “Spooky” haunted house
  • Refreshments
  • And, of course, plenty of candy

*Musical selections will include: ‘Frozen’ (featuring Warner Pacific Alum Danielle Purdy on vocals), ‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘The Avengers,’ and Grieg’s spooky favorite ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King.’




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FYLC Semester-End Events 2014

The First-Year Learning Communities (FYLCs) at Warner Pacific invite you to share their first-semester experiences through a series of community events.

At these events, freshmen are able to engage with fellow students, local service partners, and members of the Warner Pacific community through the shared exploration of the four FYLC values: City, Curiosity, Community, and Connection.

Each FYLC uses their chosen topic as a lens through which students are invited to examine their personal experiences with questions like “who am I?”,  “why am I here?”, and “how can I learn from the city I call home?”

Please join us for these interactive community events.
  • November 20: Faith, Justice, and Portland: Advocating for Social Change
  • November 25: All about the Benjamins: Financial Literacy and Resources
  • December 2: Power & Privilege: Emerging Leaders
  • December 3: Image and Word: InDesign and Print Culture
  • December 3: Food Carts, Farms, and Freddy’s: Thinking About Eating
  • December 4: Boyz n Girlz in the Hood: Justice and Neighborhood Change
  • December 8: What’s on your IPod? Music in Human Nature
  • December 9: Live Long and Prosper: Building Bridges to Wellness
  • December 11: One Love: Interfaith Conversations

2014-Faith-and-Justice-FYLCREL160X: Faith, Justice, and Portland: Advocating for Social Change

When: Thursday, November 20

Time: 10 a.m. (during Chapel)

Where: McGuire Auditorium

BUS 160X: All About the Benjamins: Financial Literacy and Resources

When: Tuesday, November 25

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Egtvedt 203

SOC 161X: Power & Privilege: Emerging Leaders in Portland

When: Tuesday, December 2

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Egtvedt 203

HUM 161X: Image and Word: InDesign and Print Culture in Portland

When: Wednesday, December 3

Time: 1 p.m.

Where: Center for Teaching & Learning

HUM150X: Food Carts, Farms, and Freddy’s: Thinking About Eating in PDX

When: Wednesday, December 3

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Kardatzke

Who is invited: Dinner by invitation only; please contact Derek Moyer if you are interested in attending.

FYLC-Boyz-n-GirlzHUM 160X: Boyz n Girlz in the Hood: Justice and Neighborhood Change in PDX

When: Thursday, December 4

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Kardatzke

MUS 160X: What’s on Your iPod?: Music in Human Nature

When: Monday, December 8

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Egtvedt 203

FYLC-Live-LongHHK 160X: Live Long and Prosper: Building Bridges to Wellness in PDX

When: Tuesday, December 9

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Egtvedt 203

REL 161X: One Love: Interfaith Conversations in PDX

When: Thursday, December 11

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Egtvedt 203

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Dr. Cook Presented with OLAA’s Ally for Excellence Award

OLAA-summit-2014Saturday, October 11, the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action (OLAA) hosted their annual Summit at Warner Pacific.

We are proud to announce that Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, was presented with  the OLAA Líderes Award – Ally for Excellence Award. Tom Hughes, Metro Council President, was honored as well. This award is given by the OLAA to exemplary individuals who have contributed to the growth, innovation, impact, and results of our Latino community.

Of Dr. Cook, OLAA says: “We believe it is important to acknowledge community members who value Latinos and promote their abilities and contributions in government, education and health. Our board at OLAA believes that you exemplify these traits and would like to extend this award to you.”

OLAA’s goal is to establish a broad-based statewide coalition of Latino organizations, community groups, and individuals to strategically advocate and work for systems change and to develop policy recommendations on issues affecting our communities. The Summit is a platform to establish strategic priorities for meeting the over-arching needs of the growing number of Latino Oregonians.

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3rd Annual Diversity Lecture Series (October 25)

Warner Pacific Presents Celebrity and Social Change: Two Free Public Lectures

“I am excited to welcome some of America’s most well respected and thought-provoking leaders to Warner Pacific College as we discuss this year’s topic of celebrity and social change,” said Dr. Daymond Glenn, Vice President for Community Life and Chief Diversity Officer at Warner Pacific College. “Through collaborations such as these, we believe our students and neighbors will gain a deeper knowledge on some of the important socio-cultural issues that disproportionately exist in urban spaces and how we negotiate and make sense of them.”

WPC-Diversity-Lecture-Tricia-Rose-photo“Social Change and Popular Culture” with Dr. Tricia Rose

Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Few scholars are honest enough to tackle the most difficult and yet richest areas of our culture in an effort to debunk the societal myths and stigmas that plague our psyches in the way Dr. Tricia Rose does. She specializes in 20th century African-American culture and politics, social thought, popular culture, and gender issues.

Dr. Tricia Rose is Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.  Additionally, Dr. Tricia Rose is a highly praised author, commentator, and social critic who is most well-known for her ground-breaking book on the emergence of hip hop culture. Her first book on Hip Hop, “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America” was listed as one of the “Top Books of the Twentieth Century” by Black Issues in Higher Education and is considered a foundational book in the history and study of hip hop.  Dr. Rose continued her interest in tackling under-examined but vital social issues by writing one of the only oral histories of black women’s sexuality, “Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy.”  Her 2008 book, “The Hip Hop Wars.” challenges the contemporary state of hip hop and examines the possibility of reincarnating the progressive heart of what hip hop once was and still can be.  Dr. Rose received a B.A. in Sociology from Yale University and her Ph.D. from Brown University in the field of American Studies.

Where: Warner Pacific College’s McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland)

Cost: FREE

More information: Dr. Glenn at dglenn@warnerpacific.edu or 503.517.1271

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Costume-Inspired Pops Concert includes a Costume Contest (Oct 30)

Music for all ages and prizes for best costume

Warner Pacific College’s Concert Band is hosting a free costume-inspired concert featuring musical selections appropriate for all ages. Come in your best costume and you could win a prize (that includes you too mom and dad).

When:  Thursday, October 30 (Halloween eve), at 7 pm

Where: Warner Pacific College’s McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland, OR)

What:  Music, costumes, and prizes for all ages

  • Selections from ‘Frozen’ (featuring Warner  Pacific Alum Danielle Purdy on vocals)
  • Selections from ‘Mary Poppins’
  • Music from ‘The Avengers’
  • Grieg’s spooky favorite ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’
  • And much, much more!

There is no admission and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy.

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College Application Fee Waived Through December 1

See yourself here.

Warner Pacific College students having a good time together.When you apply to attend Warner Pacific College, we’ll waive your application fee.

Hurry. While the benefits of a quality, Christ-centered education through Warner Pacific will last a lifetime, the application fee waiver period ends Monday, December 1, 2014.

This waiver applies to applications from incoming freshmen, transfer students, and international students.

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Flourish at ADP: Jim’s Story

Jim Band Photo ADP Alum 2014I don’t care how good you are at anything, if you’re not good with people, you won’t be successful. Earning my degree in Human Development through the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program (ADP) gave me a better understanding of what makes people tick and an understanding that we all come from different places with different fears, needs, and motivations. As the Chief of Police in Oregon City, these skills are vital to my work each and every day.

I found out about ADP through a co-worker who had attended Warner Pacific and had a great experience. Practically speaking, graduating from college opened the door for me to apply for a promotion to a position that required a degree. This has equated to more responsibility and an increased income. In terms of how it applies to my job, I have been better prepared to deal with all of the challenges that go with being a police chief. My degree was in human development and I think it has made a significant difference in how I read, communicate with, and handle people.

As the head of Oregon City’s police department, my main job is to steer the agency according to the vision and ideals of our community. There are a lot of things that make this job rewarding. I like fixing things that people believe will never be fixed, and I also like finding new solutions; the creative process of problem-solving. The most challenging part of my work is trying to maintain a healthy balance. It’s hard to focus on doing fewer things well, rather than trying to change everything that you think needs to be fixed. Sometimes it feels like there are so many ideas and so little time.

Even though my job involves working with a wide variety of people, oddly enough it was the ADP group projects that I really disliked during my time as a student. However, it was those interactions that ended up teaching me the most. I remember working with people of every type from all walks of life. At the time, it was difficult to complete some of these projects while negotiating all of our differences. But, that is what problem-solving really is; getting a group of people to function and complete work in spite of their differences. Learning in this way forced me out of my comfort zone and taught me to look past each of our differences and encouraged me to utilize our individual strengths. I learned how to stop focusing why we thought so differently and instead, recognize it as an advantage.

ADP-anniv-image-logoJim Band
Chief of Police, Oregon City
B.S. in Human Development ‘04

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