Spring Concerts: Jazz Band, Vocal Choirs, Wind Ensemble (2015)

Spring concertsWe invite you to enjoy the beautiful music and melodic voices of Warner Pacific’s musicians and vocalists at these free Spring concerts.

Jazz Band & Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert

Wednesday, April 22
7:30 pm
McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland)

A toe-tapping evening full of Fusion, Latin, Jazz, and Gospel music. Including everyone’s favorites: When the Saints Go Marching In; Danny Boy; and Fly Me to the Moon.

Choral Concert

Sunday, April 26
3:00 pm
McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland)

An afternoon choral concert featuring the Concert Choir and Warner Chorale. This entertaining concert will engage and inspire people of all ages. The broadly international repertoire includes pieces by Rachmaninov, Lauridsen, Clausen, Lopez-Gavilan, Orban, and Rutter. We will also be honoring our largest group of graduates and presenting an arrangement by WPC Student Enric Sifa: ‘Evolution of a Lizard’.

Wind Ensemble Concert

Friday, May 1
7:30 pm
McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland)

The Warner Pacific Concert Band and Brass Ensemble are performing a variety of musical selections including music from Miss Saigon (arranged by Johann De Meij) with special guests Warner Pacific Alumni Danielle Valentine and Danielle Purdy with Benjamin Hartle on vocals.

You will also enjoy Sojourn of Dreams by Kevin Walczyk, a brand new work commissioned by the Warner Wind Ensemble and a consortium of other concert bands.

Solid Brass, a large brass ensemble of local Portland musicians (6 trumpets, 4 horns, 4 trombones, 1 baritone, 1 euphonium, and 2 tuba), is joining Warner Pacific students throughout the May 1 concert. For more information about Solid Brass, visit solidbrasspdx.com

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Celebrating Coach Fagan’s Retirement (May 2-3)

Former Warner Pacific soccer alumni, fans, and friends, please join us as we celebrate Bernie Fagan’s retirement from 26 years of coaching at the College.

We have a full weekend of festivities planned, to help you connect with your beloved coach and fellow players.

Spread the word!

Please RSVP no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 30.

Warner Pacific retiring soccer coach Bernie Fagan
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Retirement Celebration Schedule

Saturday, May 2
3:00 – 7:00 pm Open House Hosted by Bernie and Susan Fagan Bernie and Susan Fagan’s home: 4015 NE Wistaria, Portland OR 97212
7:30 pm Portland Timbers Game vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Providence Park: $35 per ticket (Limited tickets available. Price is discounted due to group sales and obstructed view.)
Sunday, May 3
2:00 – 4:30 pm Soccer Alumni Scrimmage and BBQ WPC Home Pitch at Portland Adventist Academy, 1500 SE 96th, Portland OR 97216: Bring your chairs and blankets for this picnic style BBQ.  $15 per adult, and $10 per child
5:30 pm Post Game Alumni Gathering with Bernie and Susan McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SE Halsey St., Troutdale OR 97060 (This is a no host event. Alumni and family are welcome to join us. While you will order on your own, please RSVP so we can add you to the reservation.)


Questions, please contact the Director of Alumni: Serena Cline at scline@warnerpacific.edu or 503.517.1026.


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Dr. Andrea Cook named a 2015 Orchid Award Winner by the Portland Business Journal

Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner PacificWarner Pacific College President Dr. Andrea Cook was recently named a 2015 Orchid Award Winner by the Portland Business Journal, which will honor her during their “Women of Influence” awards ceremony on Thursday, April 16.

The Orchid Award honors and recognizes the region’s most influential women professionals with strong records of innovation, outstanding performance in their respective fields, and meaningful contributions to their communities. Nominations for the award were judged on three criteria: professional accomplishments, community leadership, and awards and milestones.

“Equitable access to higher education is central to the mission of Warner Pacific College and its president, Dr. Andrea P. Cook,” comments Judith McGee, Chair/CEO of McGee Wealth Management and a friend of the College. “Through specially tailored programs, first-generation students at Warner Pacific are achieving their higher education goals, paving the way to a brighter future. With love, respect, and accountability, Dr. Cook has nurtured a partnership with the Portland Leadership Foundation, creating the Act Six Leadership & Scholarship Initiative Urban Track, which provides full-need scholarships to under-represented, first-generation students in the Portland-metro area.”

Tom Mears, Chairman of The Holland, Inc., and member of the Warner Pacific Social Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, adds: “Under Dr. Cook’s leadership, the College has embraced its identity as an urban campus dedicated to serving the City of Portland. Dr. Cook is actively involved developing partnerships and collaborative relationships in the Portland area. She serves on the boards of Oregon Campus Compact, the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and on the national leadership council for the Church of God, Warner Pacific’s partnering church denomination.”

In recent years, the College has embraced innovations to assist and encourage scholarship and leadership as well as adapt to changes in higher education including adding a Social Entrepreneurship major, developing First-Year Learning Communities, offering Portland’s first undergraduate loan repayment assistance program that enables students to flourish in the career of their choice after graduation, and embracing transfer students from the many local Community Colleges.

On September 20, 2009, President Cook, a native Oregonian, was inaugurated as Warner Pacific’s seventh – and first female – president. Dr. Cook is the recipient of the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action’s Ally for Excellence Award; the Adventist Health Foundation’s Heroes of the Heart award for service to the Portland Community; and the Northwest Nazarene University’s L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator of the Year award.

Dr. Cook is joined by 24 other exemplary Portland women being honored as Portland Business Journal as Women of Influence.

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President’s Tea ~ Saturday, April 18

Warner Pacific President's Tea 2014 by Kai Hayashi Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, our Act Six Scholars, and everyone at Warner Pacific thanks you for joining us on a beautiful Saturday morning for our sixth annual President’s Tea & Scholarship Auction.

We’d also like to extend a heart-felt thank you to our special guest, Liz Vice (singer and a pure Portland gem) and to our student speakers, Bronson Enos and Luwam Kahassay.

We are tallying up the amount you raised to support our urban and diverse student-leaders. All proceeds from the tea, auctions, and paddle raise benefit Act Six scholarship students.

view-photos-green-buttonPhotos from the April 18 event are available on our Facebook Page. Please tag yourself and share the photos.

For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at 503.517.1114 or email.


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Warner Pacific has a new Men’s Soccer Head Coach

On Friday, March 13, Warner Pacific Director of Athletics Jamie Joss announced that Chris Thoms will be the new head coach of the Knights men’s soccer program.

Thoms is a well-known club coach and individual trainer in the Portland area, working with Portland City United and Southside soccer clubs, as well as his own training and consulting business. His playing career spanned international professional opportunities in England, the Netherlands, and Thailand. He also competed domestically with the Salem Surge.

Read more…

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Alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow leaves a legacy that embodies the WPC mission

Warner Pacific Alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow. (Photo from Windy City Media Group)The Warner Pacific community is deeply saddened by the death of alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow, a true civil rights pioneer.

Barrow (nee Taplin) was born in Burton, Texas, one of six children. Her father was a rural pastor in the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) and Willie decided to follow in his footsteps. At 16, she moved to Portland to attend Warner Pacific College (then Pacific Bible College), studying theology. Even at a young age, Barrow proved herself a strong leader, being elected president of the Student Council and founding the first African-American Church of God in Portland. During this time, Barrow also worked as a welder at the Portland shipyards, where she met her husband, Clyde Barrow.

After they married in 1943, the Barrows moved to Chicago where her minister encouraged Willie to get involved in civil rights demonstrations. By 1950, Barrow was organizing marches throughout the United States. In 1963, she attended the March on Washington and got to know Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1965, she traveled to Selma, Ala., to demonstrate alongside Dr. King.

Rev. Willie T. Barrow, Warner Pacific Alum (photo from Chicago Tribune)Known as “The Little Warrior” for her small stature and strong will, Barrow advocated for racial equality, women’s rights, educational access, and labor rights. Barrow helped found Operation Breadbasket in Chicago. As the organization evolved, Barrow became the first woman to lead as the Executive Director  of Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity), where she led campaigns to serve the poor and marginalized in her community.

“Rev. Barrow is the embodiment of our mission,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, president of Warner Pacific College. “God’s clear calling on her life led her to often difficult places, but her commitment to see the equity, love, and justice of His Kingdom enabled her to do great things. We are honored to be a part of Rev. Willie T. Barrow’s story and her legacy continues to inspire our institution as we strive to serve urban and diverse students in Portland.”

Warner Pacific is exploring ways to publicly honor the remarkable life of Rev. Willie T. Barrow in the near future.

Learn more about this extraordinary lady:

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Faith & Culture Writers Conference: April 10-11, 2015

Faith and Culture Writers Conference logo 2014.Warner Pacific College welcomes the Fourth Annual Faith & Culture Writers Conference, April 10 – 11, 2015.

This year’s theme is ROUGH DRAFT: From Blank to Beautiful.

The Faith & Culture Writers Connection is a diverse, faith-based creative community of writers, bloggers, lovers of literature,  journalists, professors, activists, theologians, literary agents, editors, publishers, screenwriters, musicians, artists, poets, and everyday people who love words, God’s Word, and story.

During the yearly conference, attendees are invited to ask questions, participate in conversations, dialogue with diverse people of faith, and cultivate authentic friendships with a community of creative people from around the world.

Warner Pacific is thrilled to host the 2015 conference, featuring Emily P. FreemanWm. Paul Young, Romal Tune, Tony KrizCornelia Seigneur, Bob Welch, AJ Swoboda,  Alex Marestaing, Chip MacGregor, Elizabeth Stewart, Micah J. Murray, Karen Zacharias Spears, Shane Blackshear, Erika Morrison, Jelani Greenridge, and Rochelle Carter, just to name a few.

PRE-CONFERENCE: This year, we have expanded the conference to include the new “Breathing Space-A Mini Retreat” on Friday, April 10, where we are featuring Nish Weiseth and Seth Haines, writing time, and 12 workshops.

We have different price ranges depending on when attendees register. And note, we have a student discount!

To register or to learn more, visit the Faith & Culture Writers website. To stay up to date with the latest conference news, subscribe to the Insider Email.

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WPC Coach named CCC Coach of the Year

After a 25-win season and a Cascade Collegiate Conference Co-Championship, post-season accolades rolled in for the Warner Pacific men’s basketball team. Four Knight players received All-CCC awards and Jared Valentine was voted Cascade Conference Coach of the Year.

Earl Jones, Coletun Tarr, and Doug Thomas were voted 1st Team All-CCC thanks to outstanding individual performances.

Knight receive CCC praise -  March 2015

Read more on the Knights’ website…

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Preschool Open House (Wednesday, March 18) and Early Fall Enrollment

Did you know that Warner Pacific College has a preschool?

The Early Learning Center (ELC) is a nationally accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and state licensed part-day preschool program.  The ELC provides an opportunity for our education students to practice skills being learned in the classroom, under the guidance of a director and qualified teachers.

The Early Learning Center is hosting an informational, drop in Open House on Wednesday, March 18, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., for parents with children between 3 – 6 years of age. You can meet the teachers, tour our facility, and pick up a registration packet.

Preschool open house banner March 2015

Why choose the ELC?
  • Astoundingly low tuition
  • Low teacher to preschooler ratio (1:4 or lower)
  • Flexible schedule (enroll in our one, two, three, four, or five-day options)
  • Play-based creative learning
  • Anti-bias, caring, nurturing environment
  • Open to all our neighbors with children 3- 6 years of age

The ELC is located on the Warner Pacific College campus (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland) on the corner of SE Division St. and SE 70th Ave.)




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Knights headed to the National Tournament. Help get them there with your donation.

The Warner Pacific Men’s basketball team has qualified for nationals!!

Warner Pacific's Men's Basketball Team 2014-15The 2015 NAIA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held at College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri, on March 11-17, 2015.

The NAIA provides a list of resources for fans traveling to the tournament at their official website. In addition, live streaming of tournament games is provided at www.cofo.edu/naia.

The NAIA does not cover any travel expenses for national tournaments.

Warner Pacific is seeking to raise funds to assist in covering the expenses of getting the team back to Missouri for the tournament.

All donations are tax-deductible and will go directly to support the men’s basketball team’s trip to the National Tournament.

Gifts can be sent to Warner Pacific College Athletics at 2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland, OR 97215, or you can give conveniently and securely online at www.warnerpacific.edu/give.

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Thank you for supporting the team!


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