Free Family Fall Festival at WPC on October 29 (fun for everyone!)

Warner Pacific Fall Festival Star Wars ThemedSpooky fun for the whole family at this free family event with a Star Wars flare.

Come wearing your favorite costume (kids and adults)!

What:  “Return of the Fall Festival” (Star Wars themed)

When:  Thursday, October 29, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

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

  • Family Fun events in Kardatzke Hall (5:30 – 7:15 pm)
  • Haunted House in the Student Union Building (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
  • Concert in McGuire Auditorium (7:30 – 8:30 pm)

 Free family fun includes:

  • Face painting
  • Photo booth
  • Treats of course
  • Games for the kids
  • Haunted House (6 – 8 pm)
  • Concert featuring works from the Star Wars Trilogy (7:30 – 8:30 pm)
  • Costume Contest during the concert
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Fall Production – Encounter (Nov. 5-8)

Student devised work on changing the world, one friend at a time

Fall Drama Production: Encounter - Warner Pacific 2015ENCOUNTER is a student devised theatrical work in which Warner Pacific drama scholars will record, dramatically shape, and perform their memories and transformative moments of encountering strangers and making friends. In this production, an ensemble of six actors will share their stories of making friends at The Underground, a Wednesday night dining and living room space for homeless youth in downtown Portland.

As part of the creative process, the Drama Department worked with CoHo Productions in NW Portland to learn how to incorporate the video production elements found in ENCOUNTER.

ENCOUNTER is produced as part of a collaborative project funded by the Change the World grant, established by Church of God Ministries. The grant-funded project consist of a six-week lesson plan titled “do No Harm” designed by Ken Loyd; a devised theatrical work created by Robin Gordon and Warner Pacific Drama Scholars; and a film by Stuart Eagon revealing the beauty of our friends who live outside. Together, the works serve as an invitation to step outside—of church, of your comfort zone, of the familiar—and make a friend.

What: Encounter

When: November 5 – 8, 2015

  • Thursday, November 5:  7:30 pm
  • Friday, November 6: 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 7: 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 8: 2:00 pm

Where: Warner Pacific’s McGuire Theatre located on the first floor of Egtvedt Hall – 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland (cross street is SE Division)

Cost: $5 at the door



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Prayers and support for UCC

Support of Umpqua Community CollegeOne week ago, we were all shocked and saddened as the tragic events unfolded on the Umpqua Community College campus.

Solemn thoughts and prayers were offered today during a time of silence at Chapel as our community remembered those lost and injured in last week’s shooting.

Students and staff showed solidarity with those impacted through the simple act of taking and posting photos on social media with a #IamUCC sign. Photos of support can be viewed on the ASWPC Facebook page.



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Calling & Community: a Choral Music Summit & Community Concert (October 9-10)

2015-Choral-Summit-Poster-octIt is the love of what many harmonic voices can do for the soul that inspired the Department of Music at Warner Pacific to bring to campus this fall two very notable choral directors from the internationally recognized St. Olaf Choir, Dr. Anton Armstrong and Mark Stover.

The two-day  “Calling & Community: A Choral Summit” brings 12 local high school choirs to Warner Pacific for a one-day clinic (either October 9 or 10) culminating each day in a celebration concert featuring that day’s choirs, an Honor Choir of accomplished high school voices, and Warner Pacific’s choral ensembles. This concert is open to the public ($10 in advance or $15 at the door).

High school vocalists participating in the Choral Summit will gain valuable lessons in maximizing their voices, improving note reading, overcoming performance anxiety, teamwork, and learning to lead through excellent conducting.

This Choral Summit is a wonderful occasion for high school students to experience the challenge of an excellent college environment.

“Students will see that we have a focused intensity with a touch of whimsy; are formal but not stuffy; fun but not immature; and serious about the craft while not arrogant,” remarks Dr. Kelly Ballard, WPC’s Associate Professor of Music and Choral Summit organizer.

The Warner Pacific Department of Music hopes these choir students will be able to easily visualize themselves in a college choir, perhaps even considering Warner Pacific as a place to pursue future study.

About Calling & Community: a Choral Music Festival

The Department of Music presents professional daily clinics and community performances celebrating local high school choral programs on Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10.

Students from 12 high school choirs will receive guidance and direction in vocal production and presentation with special guests Dr. Anton Armstrong, St. Olaf College’s Tosdal Professor of Music, and Mark Strover, Artistic Director of Magnum Chorum chamber choir based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

Choir students will also attend breakout sessions with Warner Pacific professors and students.

An 80-voice honor choir will be created from accomplished singers (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) from local high schools, as nominated by their choir directors. This group will rehearse together during the day under the direction of Dr. Armstrong and Mr. Stover.

The day will culminate in a Celebration Concert, open to the public, with performances by the Honor Choir, each high school choir, as well as the Warner Pacific choral ensembles.

About the Guest Conductors

Dr. Anton Armstrong is the Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, a private liberal arts college in Minnesota. With roots as a founding conductor for the Oregon Bach Festival’s Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, a unique summer choral program for high school vocalists, Dr. Armstrong is the conductor of the internationally acclaimed St. Olaf Choir.

Mark Stover is the Artistic Director of Magnum Chorum, a 50 voice chamber choir based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also the Minister of Worship, Music, and Arts at Colonial Church in Minneapolis. Professor Stover will conduct the St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Viking Singers during the 2015-16 academic year.

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McGuire on Fire – October 18 Jazz Concert

McGuire on Fire Jazz Concert bannerFour local jazz artists come together to form the Dennis Plies Jazz Quartet. We are pleased to host the Quartet’s Sunday, October 18, concert: McGuire on Fire.

When: Sunday, October 18, 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 Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, John Lewis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mongo Santamaria, Jimmy Heath, Sergio Mendes, Elton John, and Gabriel Faure.

Who: The Quartet is made up of four local jazz musicians:

• Dennis Plies, Marimba & Vibes (WPC music professor)
• 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.

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.

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WPC is one of the Best Online Colleges in Oregon

Warner Pacific: Best in Oregon Online College progrm 2016Warner Pacific’s online program is touted as one of the best offered in Oregon.

Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online) released its 2015-16 ranking of all colleges and universities in the state that offered online programs.  Warner Pacific’s program topped the list as 4th in the state above Oregon State University and Linfield College.

Convenience and flexibility of an online degree program fits well with the College’s Adult Degree Program, which already offers quality academic programs to fit today’s busy lifestyle.

AC Online ranked colleges’ online programs for: maintaining quality and affordability and the number of online programs offered. The excellence of Warner Pacific’s online program distinguished it as one of the best in Oregon.

Just 18 months ago, the Adult Degree Program launched its online program. Since then the College was recognized by Christian Universities Online as a top Christian college offering affordable online degrees. In fact, Warner Pacific ranked 25th out of 100 colleges and universities. No other Pacific Northwest Christian college ranked higher than Warner Pacific.

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Founder’s Day at Warner Pacific

 Join us as we celebrate the inaugural Founder’s Day.

Warner Pacific Founder's Day 2015We will be looking back to the day Pacific Bible College opened their doors on October 5, 1937.

Warner Pacific College has come a long way since those early years, and we want to join with alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and current students to reminisce about our history and prepare for our future.

Warner Pacific historical timeline buttonWhen 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.

Continue the Legacy

We are asking alumni to donate $1 for each year you’ve been out of college. 

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

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

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.

Founder’s Day Activities

Pacific Bible College nka Warner Pacific CollegeLUNCH: If you live close to campus, please join us for lunch on Founders Day – Monday, 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.

TRIVIA: At 7:00 pm, we will be hosting a special PBC/WPC trivia night in the Student Union Building. Join us for a fun competition! (Study the Historical Timeline.)

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Students cut classes to volunteer in the community: Common Day of Service

Warner Pacific CDS invasive species clean upThursday, September 17, was the 11th annual Common Day of Service at Warner Pacific when day classes are cancelled as the College focuses on serving our community.

The on-again off-again rain didn’t dampen spirits as everyone lived into the College’s motto: “Where faith and scholarship lead to service.” Over 400 students, staff, and faculty members stepped out of the classroom to serve the Portland community as part of the College’s 11th Annual Common Day of Service.

The work completed today (almost 2,000 combined hours of volunteerism) served more than 1,500 people, 20 local organizations from NE Portland to Oregon City to Tualatin, and provided an estimated economic impact of nearly $46,150. Warner Pacific CDS garbage pick up

Common Day of Service at Warner Pacific began 11 years ago, when a student asked local elementary schools and organizations how Warner Pacific students could help support their efforts in the community. Since then, the event has been embraced by the entire College and is a welcome way to kick-off each new school year. This year, projects included:

    • Working with Habitat for Humanity and the Cully Neighborhood to transform an abandoned strip club into a community resource center by removing graffiti and garbage.*
    • Learning about nonnative and invasive species and then helping the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge remove cockaburrs, which can take over a natural area, making it difficult for the desired flora to propagate. Over 90 pounds removed!
    • Sorting donated clothing and harvesting vegetables in a community garden at NAYA PDX (Native American Youth and Family Center).
    • Setting up for a fundraising gala to support the Children’s Center in Oregon City. The Center provides a safe place and support for abused children.

Warner Pacific CDS book clean up

  • Assembling science learning kits for school children served through the AKA Science program at Impact NW.
  • Taking apart donated old or broken down bicycles to salvage usable parts and metal for recycling at Rosewood bikes.**
  • Working through SOLV to pick up garbage that accumulated alongside the I-205 walking/bike path making it cleaner and safer.
  • Sorting and cleaning donated books for the Book Bank. Volunteers even crafted handmade bookmarks with inspirational quotes for the young readers – 173 books were donated to the Children’s Book Bank.

“Common Day of Service is an important day in the life our institution as we live into our motto. Today, students were out in the city serving our community,” explains Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “For us, service learning means volunteering off the campus and assisting in the community in places of poverty, places of oppression, and places where there is great need.”

Warner Pacific Common Day of Service
Warner Pacific students are asked to complete a minimum of 10 hours of service each semester. Over 34.1% of Oregonians volunteer annually, ranking the state’s volunteerism 10th in the U.S. Education, religious, and social service organizations receive the most volunteer hours in Portland. View more photos on the College’s Instagram feed (@wpcollege) and Facebook page.

*Taking back something for the neighborhood – Warner Pacific’s “Boyz n Girlz in the Hood: Justice & Neighborhood Change in Portland” First-Year Learning Community (FYLC) partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Living Cully to help them with the transformation of property that housed undesirable businesses. During Common Day of Service, students painted, removed graffiti, landscaped, and eradicated inappropriate decals on some of the doors and windows.

The black-painted windows, dingy red carpet, and cracked checkerboard tiles that line the walls of this former strip club highlight the dark history of the Sugar Shack in NE Portland (Cully neighborhood). Even without the presence of its former clientele, the dilapidated bars, bathrooms covered in faux animal prints, and the multiple pictures of nude women littering the building still bear the marks of its seedy past.

The building used to house a variety of adult-themed businesses including numerous strip clubs and an adult video store. The maze of hallways that lead from one business to the next was easy to get lost in, winding through the property and taking students into cramped corridors that ended in dingy rooms papered with yellowed instructions to dancers. One door opened to a moldy hot tub while another lead to a rickety spiral 2015 Common Day of Service: FYLC cleaning former strip clubstaircase and an old-fashioned safe. At every turn, they are confronted with an atmosphere of hopelessness and sadness.

For over a decade, residents of the Cully neighborhood had to deal with this string of adult businesses, located right across the street from a children’s medical office, residential apartment buildings, and school bus stops. In addition to being a community eyesore, the Sugar Shack was also a hotbed of criminal activity, which is what ultimately closed the building, when its owners plead guilty to an IRS and prostitution conspiracy in a court case that spanned 5 years. The 25,991-square-foot building was then purchased by the Living Cully collation, which includes Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Hacienda CDC, and the Cully-based nonprofit Verde.

The work done by the FYLC helped the new owners start to create a positive space that benefits the neighborhood.

**Repairing bikes in Rosewood –  “My Common Day of Service experience was filled with learning all about gentrification and how this complex problem has severely affected many families and businesses. Gentrification in Portland is causing people to move to the city’s outskirts where transportation options are more limited. Working at the bike shop in one of these neighborhoods was a great opportunity to help fix up an important mode of transportation for many people. Biking is a much less expensive option for commuting than driving a car, so providing people with more affordable modes of transportation, as Rosewood Initiative does, is something very rewarding. They are open to the public from 4-6 pm on Thursdays bike riders to use tools, spare parts, and to learn more about how to repair and maintain their bikes. I hope to have the opportunity to help out at the shop again, to provide as many people as possible with working transportation.”  Kaylee D., Warner Pacific freshman


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Recognized for Ethnic Diversity on Campus

Students at Warner Pacific.As an urban college designed to serve students from diverse backgrounds, Warner Pacific is being recognized for its ethnic diversity on campus by U.S. News & World Report Best College Guide 2016.

Dr. Daymond Glenn, Vice President for Community Life and Chief Diversity Officer at the College, explains why he was drawn to the diverse mission of Warner Pacific, “I was drawn to the spirit undergirding the mission of the College, not just in terms of its written form, but the divine charge of the College to live up to the reality it espouses. As a Christ-centered institution, planted in an urban environment, with an interdisciplinary response to understanding and solving issues, seeing equity for historical marginalized populations is at the core of who we are and what we are about.”

Warner Pacific is the only college or university in the Northwest (in any category) to be recognized as a place “most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group.”


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Named a “Best College for Veterans”

Warner Pacific vets from 1940sWarner Pacific is proud to be continue to be commended as a Best College for Veterans – West (ranked 7th) due to the ease of programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services offered to those who served.

In fact, Warner Pacific has been committed to helping veterans receive a quality education since World War II.

The College’s mix of traditional degree offerings and Adult Degree Programs allows Warner Pacific to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

For over 25 years, Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program has offered flexibility for adult and working students. Meeting just one evening a week and providing a high quality education in a cohort setting, adult learners flourish with one of Warner Pacific’s five undergraduate and four graduate level programs through the ADP.

In addition to internships, service opportunities, and study abroad programs, Warner Pacific College also offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, artistic groups, leadership opportunities, and 13 intercollegiate competitive sports.

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