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.


Dr. Cook at the round table conference.


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

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The Gift of Education

jawayne-wrestler-2014As the calendar year comes to a close, you probably find yourself reflecting on 2014, and planning for the year ahead. At Warner Pacific, we’re engaging in the same process. In the fall, we were honored to enroll our largest and most diverse class of incoming Traditional students in the College’s history!

This year, we were excited to welcome back men’s wrestling and introduce women’s wrestling. At our Adult Degree Program, we have been privileged to share alumni success stories as we celebrate over 25 years of serving adult learners throughout the Portland metro area.

Looking to the future, we are motivated to find meaningful ways to engage you, our alumni and friends, in building programs to support our increasingly diverse student

As you make decisions about your year-end giving, we invite you to give the GIFT OF EDUCATION. Over 95% of students at Warner Pacific rely on scholarships, and you will play a vital role in their education by giving your gift today.

Your charitable gift will make it possible for students like Jawayne (pictured here) to continue receiving a Christ-centered education that provides them with the knowledge, skills, and life experience to flourish as they lead and serve in our constantly changing world.

Help us reach our year-end goal of $100,000 for Warner Pacific Student Scholarships!

The annual fund helps provide academic, leadership, and athletic scholarships to students.

Your tax-deductible donation is more than just money; it is the GIFT OF EDUCATION. You are a vital partner in helping us provide a life-changing, Christ-centered education for students who often believe that college is out of reach.

We invite you to give the GIFT OF EDUCATION this season! Thank you.




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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.


  • 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


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

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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.

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Flourish at ADP: Lynn’s Story

ADP-Alum-Lynn-Wong-ThaiI was looking for a school that would allow me to earn my degree in a short amount of time, when I learned about the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program (ADP) from my coworker, Sabrina Black, who was enrolled at the time. She told me about her experiences with ADP, and I knew it right then that Warner Pacific was the right place for me. I contacted the school advisor and I knew immediately that my prayer had been answered!

Earning a degree through ADP made a significant difference in my life. It was not only about professional growth, it was personally fulfilling as well.

My family was very proud of me for going back to school. In fact, my son told me that the reason he got accepted into the Academic Science and Engineering (ASE) program at Lewis and Clark College was because he saw the importance of taking risks to achieve your goals when I was balancing my job responsibilities, and family while attending school. He wrote an essay for Lewis and Clark about why he thought he was the best candidate for the program. He said that my example had given him the courage to write to the college, which speaks volumes as to why I think Warner Pacific has made a difference in my life and my family’s.

As a Reinsurance Specialist, I really enjoy being able to solve complicated problems, help people in need, and learn new skills. In August, there were a lot of people out on vacation in my department and we were experiencing a challenging issue with our billing statements. I knew that we were in danger of missing our deadline, so I recommended a new approach to the team. We quickly implemented it and we were able to complete the entire process without any delay. I was very proud that I was able to think critically and come up with an alternate solution; our quick decision making saved us from stressing out and missing an importance deadline.

Earning my degree through ADP has made me more confident and I feel more mature than I did two years ago. I plan to look for other jobs within my company and now that I have graduated, it will be the perfect time for me to market myself to the hiring managers and let them know what I have to offer.

ADP-anniv-image-logoLynn Wong-Thai
Senior Reinsurance Specialist
Bachelor of Business Administration ‘14

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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.


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Three Lady Knights Voted All-CCC Players; Holly Popenuk Named Co-Coach of the Year

After leading the Knight women’s soccer team to their first ever post-season win, Ashley Valencia, Elle’ Nelson, and Crystal Foster were named All-Cascade Conference, and Holly Popenuk was named Co-Coach of the Year.

Valencia, a 5-5 senior midfielder, scored six goals and passed for six assists while starting all 20 games. She is the first Knight to be voted 1st Team All-CCC since Amy Korzelius in 2009.

Nelson, a 5-4 junior, anchored the Knight defense in all 20 games, rarely leaving the field on the way to 2nd Team All-CCC honors. She helped WPC to register five shutouts for the season, and also contributed one assist.

Also voted 2nd Team All-CCC was 5-5 junior Crystal Foster. The junior forward led the Knights with nine goals including two game winners, while also passing for two assists.

Holly Popenuk was named Co-Coach of the Year, along with Vallan Seid of Northwest University .

After finishing 3-8-1 in her first season, Popenuk turned around a struggling Warner Pacific team ending her second season with a 7-7-2 record overall. Popenuk led the Knights to a fifth place finish and a playoff berth.

Northwest’s Acacia Johnson and Concordia’s Jasmin Ayala were selected as the women’s soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year respectively, while College of Idaho’s Katelyn Benavidez was named the conference Newcomer of the Year.

Read the full release from CCC…

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Adult Degree Program waives application fee in November

NoAppFeeWarner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program (ADP) is waiving its application fee during November, a savings of $25 – $45 (depending on the program).

For more than 25 years, we’ve been providing continuing education opportunities to adult students through our ADP.

We offer degree programs in accounting, education, business, and management that are designed to work with your busy schedule. They’re also designed to offer you relevant professional knowledge rooted in the social, ethical, and political context of today’s world.

Begin today!

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Flourish at ADP: Mark’s Story

Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program Alum Mark BallarisIn September 2010, I had just completed my 4-year review at OHSU. One of my goals for the next year was to look into going back to school. Later that day, I was sitting in my living room folding laundry and in through the mail slot came a postcard from the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program, so I called. My orientation was Thursday, November 11, and my first night of class was Thursday, November 18, 2010. Everything happened so fast it wasn’t until February that I realized what I was actually doing; I was fulfilling a dream I had never thought possible.

My main job as a Histotechnologist is to provide technical assistance for high quality testing services that support the overall patient care. Everything is automated now days, so most of the time we can just push a button and a machine runs the test. However, every once in a while I need to run special stains on muscle tissue by hand. I make up all of the solutions and if the test works, I know it right away. I love experiencing that instant gratification in my work!

Making the time to go back to school and earn my degree taught me that no matter how hard a job or task is, it’s important to have a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and a smile. My experiences in the Adult Degree Program also had a significant impact on my personal life in that my children watched me accomplish a goal. Now they know with a positive attitude, any dream is possible.

One of the greatest ladies I know, Professor Christine Tokonitz, shared these words with me, “…relax and breathe, nothing is as bad as it seems. Everything will be just fine.” I live by them every day.

ADP-anniv-image-logoMark Ballaris
Bachelor in Healthcare Administration ‘12

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Sign up for New Student Registration Day: 2015

This one-day event in the summer is the first major event for new Warner Pacific students. Admitted students can begin the orientation process without the anxiety of waiting until the end of August.

To help you prepare for your exciting days ahead at Warner Pacific, we invite you to join us. It will be a valuable day of introductions, information, and preparation.

rsvp-button-orangeNew Student Registration Day:

    • Friday, May 15
    • Friday, June 12
    • Monday, June 15
    • Thursday, July 9

We have a full day of activities and information planned to prepare you for the start of your career as a WP student.

You will

Sessions are available for your parents, too, tailored to their questions and needs. We ask that parents not sit in on their student’s registration/advising session. If they have any questions or concerns at the end of the day, they can be addressed with the admissions or registrar’s office staff. (NOTE: there is a $10 fee for guests and all students must pay their tuition deposit.)

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