Fall Preview Days – Nov. 10-11

Fall Preview Day 2016Get a sneak peek at college life during Warner Pacific’s Preview Days coming up Thursday, November 10, and continuing through Friday, November 11. Register today!

You will……

  • 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 dayRSVP button

Free Family Fall Festival at WPC on October 31 (fun for everyone!)

WPC 2016 Fall FestivalSpooky fun for the whole family at this free fall event.

Come wearing your favorite costume (kids and adults)!

What:  WPC’s Annual Fall Festival for the community

When:  Monday, October 31, from 6 – 9 pm (Haunted House is open until 10 pm)

WhereWarner Pacific College campus – 2219 SE 68th Ave. (cross street is SE Division)

  • Family Fun events in Egtvedt Hall, Room 203 (6:00 – 7:15 pm)
  • Haunted House in the Student Union Building (8:30 – 10:00 pm)
  • Fall Pops Concert in McGuire Auditorium featuring music from Wicked, Star Trek, and Aladdin (7:30 – 9:00 pm)

 Free family fun includes:

  • Family friendly fun
  • Treats of course
  • Games for the kids (win prizes)
  • Haunted House (8:30 – 10:00 pm)
  • Pops Concert  (7:30 – 9:00 pm)
  • Costume Contest during the concert


Invitation to the Global Education Series: A Perspective on Leadership (October 27)

Featuring educators from Kazakh-American Free University (Kazakhstan)

Gain a better understanding of global leadership at the Global Education Series: a Perspective on Leadership event hosted by Warner Pacific College in partnership with Co-Serve International and featuring visiting educators from  Kazakh-American Free University (KAFU) located in Kazakhstan.

What: Global Education Series: a Perspective on Leadership with a focus on leadership in Kazakhstan

When: Thursday, October 27, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Description:  Three visiting educators from Kazakhstan’s Kazakh-American Free University will define leadership through their cultural lens, sharing their definition of leadership and how Kazakhstan’s culture and traditions impact its growth. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to meet and talk with the KAFU presenters. Refreshments provided.


  • Marina Kikina: Vice President/Director of KAFU
  • Fatima Iskenderova: Senior Lecturer, Department of Pedagogy and Psychology for KAFU
  • Aizhan Khairullina: Manager, International Department; Teacher of English Language, English Department for KAFU

Where: Warner Pacific College’s Linn Library: 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland, OR 97215. Free parking is available on SE 68th Ave. or in front of the College’s Egtvedt Hall along SE Division.

Cost: Free

The three KAFU representatives are participating in a program by Co-Serve International called the International Educators Academy which helps international universities develop cultures that model the practices of servant leadership. As they visit classes, attend meetings, chapel, and participate in social and student government events on the Warner Pacific Campus and in the Portland area, the KAFU administrators will learn about how the mission and culture of WPC help students discover their purpose in life.

KAFU - Marina Kikina
Marina Kikina
KAFU - Fatima Iskanderova
Fatima Iskanderova
KAFU - Aizhan Khairullina
Aizhan Khairullina


Warner Pacific recognized for an ethnically diverse campus

Warner Pacific diversityCollege-bound students who believe that studying with people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds is important will want to consider student-body diversity when choosing a school. Warner Pacific College was recognized for its ethnically diverse campus by The 2017 U.S. News & Word Report Higher Education Guide. WPC received the highest ranking and was the only college from Oregon in the top 10.

Warner Pacific is intentionally working to develop relationships and partnerships with historically under-represented communities and to help students see the opportunities that higher education provides, to engage others in a learning process that can be transformative, and to have significant impact in helping our city and region flourish.  By creating a campus community that values and honors diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, the College is engaged in conversations that raise awareness and provide space for understanding and learning to occur.

Through programs like Act Six and CityBuilders, where we have focused on identifying and developing diverse leaders and providing them with scholarship funds and training.  The work of our Student Diversity Council and the various student cultural clubs to create conversations and share experiences around ethnic/cultural identity and issues has been significant.

Students should explore and choose WPC because it is a campus community that is dedicated to knowing each student, encouraging each voice to be engaged in conversation, to creating a space where each student is safe and loved.  Because WPC is a place where students are taught how to think, not what to think.


Classic Keyboard Collage (October 16)

Classical Keyboard Collage event at Warner Pacific


Warner Pacific music professor D. PliesYou are invited to an uplifting afternoon of music by J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, and Howard Whitaker featuring Dennis Plies playing marimba and Colleen Adent on the piano.

Mr. Plies has been a professor of music at Warner Pacific College for more than 35 years. He has taught aural skills and piano, directed jazz ensembles, and taught a popular humanities course. He has had a lifelong interest in the art of teaching, having written his doctoral dissertation on the pedagogy of jazz improvisation.  He performs regularly as a jazz artist.

Ms. Adent is a classically trained, improvisationally minded pianist. She is a freelance musician, with over 35 years experience as a performer, arranger, and teacher and acclaimed as one of the Pacific Colleen AdentNorthwest’s accomplished pianists.

Date: Sunday, October 16, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

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

Tickets: $10 at the Door; Free with a Warner Pacific College Student ID

Students can submit 2017-18 FAFSA as early as October 1


Starting with the 2017­–18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place with regards to submitting your FAFSA:

  • Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier.  Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Saturday, October 1, 2016. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)
  • Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

Read “What you need to know about the 2017-18 FAFSA”

Twelve Years of Serving the Community: Common Day of Service

Wednesday, September 14, was our 12th annual Common Day of Service.

This is a time when the College focuses on serving our urban community. The sunny, warm day just added to the high spirits as everyone set out to volunteer time and talents to aid 18 local organizations, living in to the College’s motto: “Where faith and scholarship lead to service.”

The 380 students, staff, and faculty members who stepped out of the classroom to serve provided more than 2,280 volunteer hours in one day.

  • Repairing donated bikes at Rosewood Bikes located in SE Portland to make biking more accessible
  • Building fences for dog owners that improves the quality of life for their dogs – so they can be off tether and play safely in a backyard
  • Continuing to clean up a former strip club; helping the neighborhood reclaim the property for the community’s use
  • Working in community gardens to help support families who live at or below the poverty level by providing greater food security in Multnomah County
  • Clearing invasive and non-native plants from a park to promote healthy urban green space
  • Sorting and preparing clothes, household items, toys, books, and food for distribution to people in need in Vancouver

“Our Adult Degree Program cohorts participated with a book drive for the Children’s Book Bank. The cohorts donated 368 books that will be distributed to children in our community.  It was great fun to sort through all of those books and reflect on some wonderful stories. A special appreciation is due to BBA 1-47, the cohort with the highest number of donations,” commented Meg DuMez, Assistant Professor and Senior Academic Advisor Adult Degree Program.

Organizations served: AKA Science/Impact NW; Bridger Elementary; Hosford Elementary; Kairos PDX; St. Andrew Nativity School; Free Listening Project; Living Cully; Rosewood Bikes; The Bus Project; Yes for Affordable Homes; Outgrowing Hunger; NAYA; SOLVE; Fences for Fido; Birch Community Services; My Father’s House; Janus Youth; and Children’s Book Bank.

Common Day of Service 2016
Common Day of Service 2016
Common Day of Service 2016

“Knights 4 A Day” introduces high school golfers to college

Oregon Junior Golf Association golfers spent a day as honorary members of Warner Pacific College’s Knights Golf Teams on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Oregon Junior Golfers with Knight Golfer at Knights 4 A Day eventIt was an idyllic summer day for golf in Portland and a perfect day for seven local high school golfers to go back to school as part of a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Warner Pacific Knights Golf Teams and the Oregon Golf Association.

“’Knights 4 A Day’ is a truly unique, one-of-kind program developed by Warner Pacific Athletics. It uses golf as a pathway to reach diverse and underrepresented high school students,” explained Dr. Aaron McMurray, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations. “We hope to inspire and educate young golfers by giving them a taste of what it is like to be a college athlete, even just for a day.”

For the junior golfers, their day as a Knight started in the classroom, giving them a true college student experience. An interactive presentation about college admissions and financing provided tips and resources that will help them regardless of what school they ultimately choose.

Paired with a Knight golfer, the students spread out across the Mt. Tabor campus for a scavenger-hunt-style campus tour that even included capturing several Pokémons.  One junior golfer loved “how WPC is right next to a dog park.” Their on-campus experience was capped with a workout with a WPC trainer.

Finally, the golfers found their way to the links where they excelled in the friendly competition offered by the nine-hole scramble. The Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course, along the Clackamas River, challenged them with undulating greens, water hazards, and greenside sand bunkers. Knights coached the junior players with tips that immediately improved their stroke, stance, and score. “I was able to share some drills and practice techniques that will help them make it to the next level with their golfing,” said Warner Pacific golfer Jacob Berg. “It was fascinating to think that only four years ago I was in their shoes and now I am starting the last competitive season of golf in my life! It was a humbling experience.”

Oregon Junior Golfers with Knight golf coach Quincy Heard
Oregon Junior Golfers with Knights Golf Coach Quincy Heard

By the end of the day, the junior golfers really saw the difference between playing for a high school team and playing at college level.

Warner Pacific golfer Quincy Anderson remembered “how I felt when I was their age. I was so unsure of college and what it would be like.” She wishes there would have been a program like this when she was exploring colleges and enthusiastically supports future Knights-4-A-Day events.

Because of this innovative introduction, several of the junior golfers expressed serious interest in making Warner Pacific their top college choice.

“Thank you to Warner Pacific and the Warner Pacific Golf Teams for inspiring junior golfers and for encouraging them to continue having fun playing golf while looking ahead to college opportunities,” expressed Robyn Lorain, Certified PGA, Director, Oregon Junior Golf for the Oregon Golf Association. “We are very impressed with how well rounded the entire day was and filled with so many experiences – the scavenger hunt, lunch, and golf. Your golfers certainly made the juniors feel special.”

Oregon Junior Golf introduces youth to the sport, encouraging friendships and a life-long love for the game for young golfers of all skill levels. Oregon Junior Golf offers both competitive and non-competitive junior golf playing opportunities.

Join us for Founder’s Day at Warner Pacific (October 5)

  Join us as we celebrate our 2nd Annual Founder’s Day.

2016 Founder's DayCelebrate the day Pacific Bible College opened its doors, October 5, 1937. Drop by Egtvedt Hall on Wednesday, October 5, at 12:30 pm for your slice of WP birthday cake!

We are asking alumni to donate $1 for each year you’ve been out of college. Every dollar donated (up to $4,500) will be matched thanks to the generosity of WPC alums Don Heerlein and Cliff Schrock.

Friends, faculty, staff, and current students can donate $1 for every year they’ve been connected to the college.

Support WPC students todayThese donations will go a long way in helping current Knights earn a quality liberal arts education and create similar lifelong memories and friendships.

 Join the celebration on campus

LUNCH: If you live close to campus, please join us for lunch on Founders Day – Wednesday, October 5. The cafeteria opens at 11 am. Feel free to stop in, grab lunch, and mix/mingle with current students and fellow alums. (Lunch is just $5 with coupon (PDF).)

CAKE: President Cook will be cutting the birthday cake at 12:30 pm in the dining hall of the Mt. Tabor Campus.

 Discover WPC’s history

When did the cafeteria move to Egtvedt Hall? Who was the second President of the College? Where was the original building on the Mt. Tabor campus? Did you know that Warner Pacific had the last true switchboard in Portland?

Learn more about the College’s history on through the Historical Timeline.

 Share your memories!

You can participate in Founder’s Day from any place on the globe! 

View our campus timeline and add your favorite photos and WPC memories via social media. Remember to
@ mention us or use #warnerpacific.