Increasing graduation rates

In response to the editorial “Student debt’s growing risk, reward,” that appeared in the Sunday, June 29, 2014, Oregonian, Warner Pacific provided the following commentary from Dale Seipp, Jr., Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing at the College:

Warner Pacific student studyingI was pleased to see the [Oregonian] editorial staff clearly lay out the benefits of investing in a college education. Having worked in Oregon higher education for 25 years, I have witnessed its changing landscape and have walked alongside students experiencing the trials and triumphs of earning their degree.

One important area that the editorial board did not touch upon, is the need to increase graduation rates among students from diverse backgrounds and those who will be the first in their families to earn a degree. With our state’s rapidly changing demographics, the fastest growing population segments; low-income, first-generation, and minority youth are the least likely to earn college degrees.

At Warner Pacific College (SE Portland), we have established a track record for making college affordable and accessible to all students:

  • Warner Pacific science classroomWe reduced tuition by 23% in 2008, and have worked to keep our tuition increases lower than the average increase level nationally each year.
  • Our tuition and fees are 33% lower than other private colleges in the Northwest.
  • The College provides 10 full-need scholarships each year to emerging urban leaders through the Urban Service Track of the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative.
  • We are improving persistence and achievement through academic, spiritual, vocational, and mentoring support so that students not only enroll, but succeed in graduating.
  • Our faculty is exploring innovative teaching strategies to address the specific needs of students coming from generational, working class, situational, and immigrant poverty.

This multi-dimensional approach is working. In 2013, 53% of our first-year traditional undergraduate students identified as persons of color. As our institutions continue to serve a student body that includes many who are the first in their family to go to college, who demonstrate high financial need, and who are from diverse backgrounds, it is important that we provide students with the tools they need to confidently manage the financial realities of completing a college degree.

We also need to recognize that it often takes graduates some time to build their income capacity after completing college, which is why Warner Pacific launched “Freedom to Flourish,” a groundbreaking loan repayment assistance program for incoming, first-time freshmen who enroll in the traditional undergraduate program beginning in the fall of 2014. The first program of its kind in the Portland Metro area, “Freedom to Flourish” provides assistance for all federal, private, and parent PLUS loans to students who earn less than $37,000 a year after graduation.

Commitment to diversity in higher education cannot stop at enrollment. Institutions must take the time to work closely with students and their families, ensuring that their needs are being met financially, academically, socially, and spiritually.

Dale Seipp, Jr.

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Warner Pacific Named a College of Distinction

National College Guide Highlights Colleges that Excel in Student-Focused Education

College of Distinction Warner Pacific 2014-15We are honored that once again Warner Pacific College has been nationally acclaimed as a College of Distinction (2014-15).

Warner Pacific is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on our excellence in four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities, and successful outcomes. In fact, only seven colleges in the state of Oregon received this honor.

With our commitment to seeing individuals, families, and communities flourish, we know our students will find their passion and be equipped to serve in their calling whether it is in business, on the basketball court, behind a microphone, or from a pulpit.

Check out and share our page on Colleges of Distinction’s website.


 

About Colleges of Distinction:

Colleges of Distinction is a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. High school college counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction, which then evaluates each school based on qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed. The selection process reviews such factors as the school’s first year experience, general education program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction.

“We focus on colleges that are deeply dedicated to students’ learning,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ offer innovative learning experiences that educate, nurture, and transform students.”

 

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Sign up for New Student Registration Day: July 24

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.

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    • Thursday, July 24

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

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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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Welcoming Athletes to WPC

Athete Orientation HQWe are looking forward to a fantastic year of sports at Warner Pacific.

If you are an incoming Knight athlete, your arrival on campus this August will be an exciting time. To help make the transition a smooth one, the Athletic Department set up a convenient portal to assist you with all the paperwork and other steps that you need to complete before you report to campus.

Please visit the Athlete Orientation Headquarters.

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Governor Kitzhaber declares July 28 – August 1 as Oregon Private College Week

Warner Pacific College joins the statewide celebration of private higher education by hosting free campus tours and information sessions.

Gov-Procl-2014The Oregon Private College Week proclamation, signed by Governor John Kitzhaber, cites the indispensable contributions of Oregon’s private, nonprofit sector of higher education to Oregon’s communities to the state’s 40-40-20 education attainment goal.

About College Week (July 28 – August 1):

Discover which Oregon private college is right for you and your student. Oregon’s private colleges are an affordable choice, offer a variety of degrees, and assure the success of their students.

Students who visit at least four institutions during College Week will receive application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities (“Alliance”) member college or university, including Warner Pacific.

RSVP Schedule to Attend College Week:

College Week sessions are free and begin at 9 am and 2 pm daily from Monday, July 28, through Friday, August 1.

The deadline for reservations is noon on Friday, July 25, 2014. However, Warner Pacific College will gladly accept walk-ins for each session throughout the week. Schedule now.

The Oregon College Savings Plan, the Matched College Savings Program (MCSP), and SALT are sponsors of Oregon Private College Week.

About Alliance Members:

Alliance member campuses enroll 18 percent of the state’s undergraduates and annually award 22 percent of all baccalaureate degrees in Oregon, including high-need fields such as STEM (22%), health professions (35%), business (23%), and public administration and social service (27%).

  • Thirty-one percent of Alliance undergraduates qualify for federal Pell Grants based on income.
  • Alliance member institutions are cost effective. The average indebtedness of Alliance graduates is lower than the national average for private colleges and universities and similar to that of public institution graduates.
  • Ninety-two percent of first time, first year students receive financial aid, with an average grant and scholarship award of over $17,000.

The majority of students enrolled in Alliance member institutions graduate within four years and begin to make an immediate contribution to Oregon’s economy.

Alliance members include Concordia University, Corban University, George Fox University, Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Marylhurst University, Pacific University, Reed College, University of Portland, Warner Pacific College, and Willamette University.

The Alliance represents Oregon’s regionally accredited, not-for-profit private higher education institutions. Together, the private not-for-profit sector enrolls more than 35,000 students and delivers approximately 30% of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. Through the Alliance, institutions collaborate to strengthen Oregon’s intellectual, creative, and economic resources through public advocacy, institutional cooperation, and strategic collaboration with the public sector, including business, philanthropy, and government. For more information visit www.oaicu.org.

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Rethinking Church (Thursday, June 12, at 7 pm)

Rethinking Church Event June 12 2014The Parish Collective, Parish Collective PDX, and Warner Pacific College are partnering together for an evening of conversation, exchange, and literary discovery around the topic of… “Rethinking Church.

It will be a delightful time of conversation, epiphany, inspirational thinkers, and practical church imaginings.  This is a time of belief in the ever-incarnating reality of the people of the Jesus-Way.

Please come and enjoy some celebrated local authors and a ballroom full of local, neighborhood-based practitioners as we imagine afresh what faith-gathering can and must look like in our radically shifting world.

  • When:   Thursday, June 12, 7 – 9 pm
  • Where:  Warner Pacific College, McGuire Auditorium
  • Hosted by:  Michelle Lang (Assoc. Director of Campus Ministries) and Tony Kriz (Author in Residence)
  • Cost: There is no admission fee for the event; however, there will be a request for donation at the door to cover costs. Everyone is volunteering their time and expertise for the event.
  • There will be coffee and cookies.
  • There is no need to RSVP.

Featured Authors:

Paul Sparks is a Community Organizer and Social Entrepreneur. His place-based expertise and trusted friendships in neighborhoods across North America make him an indispensable consultant to community organizations, academic institutions, and faith-based groups. Paul is the co-founding instructor for the innovative Leadership in the New Parish Certificate at the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology. He lives in Tacoma with his wife Elizabeth.

Tim Soerens is a social entrepreneur and co-founding director of the Parish Collective. As co-director of the Parish Collective, he convenes ministry leaders, teaches, and consults with organizations seeking human flourishing in particular neighborhoods while also working collaboratively across the city. As social entrepreneur he is a founding adviser of Impact Hub-Seattle, an innovative co-working space for change makers in both non-profit and business sectors. He also co-founded the Inhabit Conference, Leadership in the New Parish, and is a curator for Social Capital Markets, the world’s largest gathering of socially-motivated investors and entrepreneurs.

Dwight Friesen is a professor, new parish theologian, author, speaker, former church-planter, and co-founder the annual Inhabit Conference in Seattle. Having led Christian missional communities for more than a dozen years, Dwight now trains new parish leaders at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and with the Parish Collective. Born and raised in Canada, he lives in Washington state with his wife and son, and seeks to be a good neighbor.

John Pattison is the co-author of “Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus” (Spring 2014) and “Besides the Bible: 100 Books that Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture” (2010), both from InterVarsity Press. He is also the Managing Editor of CONSPIRE Magazine. Previously he served as the Deputy Editor of the Burnside Writers Collective. He is a regular contributor to Relevant Magazine and the Englewood Review of Books. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, his essays, articles, and reviews have also appeared in Books & Culture, Neue Magazine, as part of Powells.com’s Review-a-Day program, and in newspapers and magazines around the country. He lives in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley with his wife and two daughters.

Kelly Bean served as pastor/cultivator of Third Saturday Organic Community, which gathered in her living room for twenty-four years. She is coplanter of Urban Abbey, an egalitarian intergenerational intentional community in north Portland, Oregon. A pastor, speaker, writer, mentor, activist, and artist, Kelly has been creating and leading strategic networks for women in ministry for the past ten years with both National Emerging Women Leaders Initiative and Convergence. She is contributor to a Fuller Seminary publication on the church in contemporary culture and has written for E-Florescence, Mutuality, and Idea-Labmagazines. Kelly is pursuing a masters degree in ministry leadership from George Fox Seminary and working to complete a certification in mediation and conflict resolution from Marylhurst University. She is a mother of three children, grandmother of three, and wife of Ken.

 

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Welcome new students – June 26 Photos

New Student registration at Warner PacificToday, we are hosting the second of three new student registration events.

Across campus, new Knights are getting acclimated to Warner Pacific, meeting with professors, talking with current students, filling out forms, and obtaining the information they need to make this fall semester a success.

View photos of the day’s activities on our Facebook page or Instagram feed.

The next registration events for new Warner Pacific students is on Thursday, July 24.

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Spring 2014 Dean’s List

The academic office at Warner Pacific College has released the Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester.

Students must be enrolled full time and achieve a 3.5 GPA to qualify. The list includes students from both the Adult Degree Program and traditional undergraduate programs. Those with an asterisk (*) earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.

4.0 Name City State
* Aaron Aab Clackamas OR
Carrie Adams Portland OR
* Emily Adams Boring OR
Sophia Agustin Kaneohe HI
* Karleen Aichele Happy Valley OR
Mercedes Alcaraz Woodburn OR
* Kristen Allen Milwaukie OR
* Tirzah Allen Anchorage AK
* Jaime Ambriz Vancouver WA
Elizabeth Andrews Kalama WA
Lisa Andrews Kalama WA
* Floria Arjomand Camas WA
* Kevin Armstrong Vancouver WA
* Melissa Armstrong Clackamas OR
* Kaui Arnold Newberg OR
Colleen Ashley Edmonds WA
* Stephanie Aulwurm West Linn OR
Nicole Aune Gladstone OR
Vanessa Auyong Mililani HI
Christi Avery Eagle ID
Jeanette Badon Portland OR
* Margaret Bah Washougal WA
* Sarah Bailey Milwaukie OR
Janee’ Baker Portland OR
* Julie Baker Milwaukie OR
* Frayne Ballard Sherwood OR
* Alexandria Bannon Vancouver WA
Veronica Banuelos Portland OR
* Olga Barabash Portland OR
* Inge Bard Gresham OR
* Dwayne Barnes Canby OR
* William Barnes Vancouver WA
* Paul Barnum Vancouver WA
* Lisa Bartlett Kalama WA
Mable Bartlett Portland OR
Shelly Barton-Perry Portland OR
Tanya Batchelder Vancouver WA
* Bradford Batchelor Portland OR
* Melissa Bateen Gresham OR
* Kati Beard Ellensburg WA
Sarka Beckett Portland OR
Andrew Beekman Gresham OR
Gabriella Begazo Portland OR
Allison Beisley Saint Helens OR
Sabrina Bender Portland OR
* Jacob Berg Vancouver WA
Jonathan Berg Vancouver WA
* Seth Bergman Portland OR
Hayley Bernick Portland OR
David Berra Longview WA
Mollie Berry Oak Grove OR
Tiffany Bird Portland OR
Micah Birlew Beaverton OR
* Melissa Bishop Portland OR
* Rosemary Bishop Portland OR
Lois Blake Vancouver WA
* Gregory Bledsoe Salem OR
Madison Bliss Happy Valley OR
Brittany Blundon Hillsboro OR
* Ama Boatemah Portland OR
Sarita Bolleddula Aloha OR
Rebecca Bottemiller Milwaukie OR
* Debra Botteron Milwaukie OR
* Robert Bowden Portland OR
* Deana Bower Tualatin OR
* Michelle Bowers Gresham OR
Blaine Bradford Portland OR
* Hakeem Bradley Portland OR
Karla Branson Portland OR
* Kimberly Branstetter Gresham OR
Nicholas Brechbiel Milwaukie OR
Riannon Bresaw Vancouver WA
Gerald Bristol Vancouver WA
Pamela Brokaw Castle Rock WA
Kristin Brown North Plains OR
* Meghan Brown Sandy OR
* Tamara Brown Hillsboro OR
Katrina Bryan Keizer OR
Heidi Bryson McMinnville OR
* Brittany Brzezinski Portland OR
* Hillary Bucklew Vernonia OR
Kristen Budd Sandy Hook CT
Lezlie Bugg Portland OR
Jonathan Bullock Tigard OR
Jason Bumgardner St Helens OR
* Daniela Bunac Clackamas OR
* Jared Bunn Woodland WA
* Jan Bunte Milwaukie OR
* Jay Busher Vancouver WA
* Michaela Byers Vancouver WA
Teri Jo Byers Vancouver WA
* Lynette Caldwell Vancouver WA
* Norie Caniglia Camas WA
Jennika Cappoen Portland OR
* Amanda Cardin Vancouver WA
* Ryan Carlson Happy Valley OR
Timminy Carlson Leaburg OR
* Sandy Carpenter Ridgefield WA
* Carissa Carr Lake Oswego OR
Almir Celebic Portland OR
Wei Chen Portland OR
* Mila Cherchenko Portland OR
* Lisa Chiem Portland OR
* Craig Chilson Stockton CA
* Christopher Choi Portland OR
* Whitney Christenson Portland OR
* Adrienne Christinia Vancouver WA
* Nicholas Chully Portland OR
* Katie Chupp McMinnville OR
* Edith Clark Portland OR
Jason Clark Vancouver WA
Kristy Colarchik West Linn OR
* Linda Colburn Vancouver WA
* Nicole Cole Vancouver WA
Andrea Coler Portland OR
* Lequeta Colford Gresham OR
* Janessa Colina Milwaukie OR
Mark Combe Portland OR
Wendie Conley Vancouver WA
* Julie Connors Portland OR
* Kathryn Conyers Portland OR
Cody Cook Troutdale OR
Shauna Cooper Oregon City OR
Lauren Copeland Modesto CA
Kayla Cord Gresham OR
* Crystal Coutu Oregon City OR
* Kendall Crouch Vancouver WA
Kristopher Curtis Milwaukie OR
* Terry Dahlquist Portland OR
Gregory Damazo Portland OR
Sidney Davie Portland OR
Cherie Davis Portland OR
* Deborah Davis Beaverton OR
Scott Davis Cornelius OR
Kelsey Davisson Tulare CA
Pamela Dawson Vancouver WA
Pedro De Leon Las Vegas NV
* Lisa DeGrenier Vancouver WA
* Heather Degroot Vancouver WA
* Rochelle Degroot Bozeman MT
Yesenia Delgado Portland OR
* Valynda Demel Sherwood OR
* Meredith Derfler Portland OR
Megan Derrick Portland OR
Daniel Dicarlo Clackamas OR
* Lisa Dickey Woodburn OR
* Melissa Dickinson Portland OR
* Carmen Dimitras Portland OR
Ina Dolinta Portland OR
* Virgiliu Dolinta Portland OR
* Elizabeth Dominguez Hollister CA
Tam Dong Vancouver WA
* Tonya Dorris Longview WA
* Sean Downey Forest Grove OR
* Steven Downing Vancouver WA
* Irina Dumitrescu Portland OR
* Danielle Durham Gresham OR
Trisha Durham Clackamas OR
* Moses Dyson Portland OR
* Kristina Eaton Fairview OR
Melissa Eberhardt Milwaukie OR
* Yvonne Edwards Olympia WA
Aida Elezovic Beaverton OR
Sean Emery Vancouver WA
Kate Farr Portland OR
* Cerissa Farrington Portland OR
Shalene Fenton Portland OR
* Matthew Field Portland OR
Alicia Finch Gladstone OR
* Desiree Flynn Estacada OR
Jennifer Forster Vancouver WA
Jessica Fox Portland OR
* Joshua Franklin Vancouver WA
* Elizabeth Fulsher Portland OR
* Ella Fultz Vancouver WA
Michael Gaddi Vancouver WA
* Melissa Gaither Portland OR
* Jamie Gallegos Olympia WA
* Ricardo Gallegos Portland OR
* Kevin Gallivan Troutdale OR
* Carole Gamoy Vancouver WA
* Jordan Gannon Vancouver WA
Emir Garcia Wood Village OR
* Maria Garcia-Perry Gresham OR
* Karen Garrett Vancouver WA
Kaylee Garvey Vancouver WA
Pedro Gaytan Farfan Gresham OR
* Christina Gibb Estacada OR
* Kristi Gifford Milwaukie OR
* Kevin Gilchrist Vancouver WA
* Jennifer Glass Vernonia OR
* Vanessa Gonzalez Portland OR
* Daniel Goodland Milwaukie OR
* Holly Gorman Portland OR
Darren Green Vancouver WA
* Julia Greenough Fairview OR
* Travis Griggs Battle Ground WA
* Kristine Grindy Washougal WA
* Rosita Gustave Portland OR
* Deborah Guyton Portland OR
Rachel Haigwood Vancouver WA
Gwendolyn Hamilton Olympia WA
* Angela Harr Banks OR
* Julie Harris Beaverton OR
* Amy Harrison Beaverton OR
Christina Hart Scappoose OR
* James Hastings Vancouver WA
Michael Hatch Portland OR
Grayson Haugen Oregon City OR
Suzanne Haworth Clackamas OR
Georgina Hayes Beaverton OR
* Emily Heinson Happy Valley OR
Megan Helm Chehalis WA
* Darla Helt Vancouver WA
Denise Henderson Vancouver WA
Jason Hendrix Tualatin OR
Abigail Henning Bend OR
Kendra Henry Olympia WA
* Nathan Herbst Vancouver WA
* Nena Herbst Vancouver WA
Brittney Hermansen Oregon City OR
* Belynda Herrick Oregon City OR
* Mary Herrington Portland OR
Jaclyn Heupel Vancouver WA
Kathleen Highley Vancouver WA
* Kathleen Hiigel Portland OR
Sara Hill Canby OR
* Jonathan Hillis Portland OR
Rachael Hillis Portland OR
Nicole Himes Portland OR
* Hannah Hinsz Portland OR
Aaron Hochstrasser Sandy OR
* Jeff Hoffman Vancouver WA
Amber Hoggatt Vancouver WA
Sondra Hopson Portland OR
* Carolyn Horsey Portland OR
* Jessica Hov Vancouver WA
* Ian Hurst Vancouver WA
Pota Idencio-Amataga Vancouver WA
* Ruth Imig Portland OR
Christina Ingram Vancouver WA
Dana Ingram Portland OR
Andrea Irby Portland OR
* Paul Irvin Portland OR
Kamille Irwin-Cordero Portland OR
Samantha Itkin Gresham OR
Jack Jackman Happy Valley OR
* Boston Jackson Portland OR
* Mickyla Jackson Portland OR
Timothy Jackson Portland OR
* Sarah Jarvis Gresham OR
* Kianna Jass Vancouver WA
* Toni Jefferson Vancouver WA
* Makenzie Jenson Eugene OR
Sarah Johns Portland OR
Courtney Johnson Clackamas OR
* Edward Johnson Vancouver WA
Femi Johnson Portland OR
* Ann Jones Vancouver WA
* Shaquwonna Jones Vancouver WA
* James Juengel Sherwood OR
Greg Kammer Clackamas OR
* Michael Kaylor Ridgefield WA
Robert Keever Oregon City OR
* Virginia Kennedy Longview WA
Jessica Kepfer Auburn CA
* Julian Khouri Beaverton OR
* Christina King Vancouver WA
* Deidre King Vancouver WA
* Michael King Beaverton OR
Windee Klinger Portland OR
* Trey Klug Vancouver WA
* Michelle Korne Vancouver WA
* Taylor Kornell Vancouver WA
* Nicole Kroon Gresham OR
Jason Kryston Hillsboro OR
Jason La Carney Vancouver WA
Mychell Lake Beaverton OR
* Cali Lamb Camas WA
Nicole LaMont Vancouver WA
Deborah Landers Vancouver WA
* Esther Landers Vancouver WA
* Brittany Landon La Center WA
Cathy Lara Portland OR
Brooke Larkins Damascus OR
* Nicole Larson Wilsonville OR
Jenifer Lasseigne Vancouver WA
* James Layton Beaverton OR
* Chrystal Lee Scappoose OR
* Marjorie Lehman Battle Ground WA
Crystal Leibham Wood Village OR
* Scott Lemon Clackamas OR
* Deborah Levi Oregon City OR
* Charneal Lewis Portland OR
* Jenny Lewis Beaverton OR
Lance Lijewski Vancouver WA
Sherelle Littleton Portland OR
* Qing Liu Salem OR
* Margaret Lopez Portland OR
* Jennifer Love Salem OR
David Lute Wilsonville OR
* Marsha MacDonald Portland OR
Oksana Maksimov Woodburn OR
* Connie Maller Aloha OR
DeeAnne Manley Portland OR
* Levi Manselle Gladstone OR
* Katie Manwell Portland OR
* Carla Marcoff Gresham OR
* Tory Marsh Milwaukie OR
* Angela Martin Vancouver WA
* Ashley Martin Vancouver WA
* Kawan Martin Vancouver WA
* Monica Mast Vancouver WA
Johdi Masterman Milwaukie OR
* Natalia Mathews Vancouver WA
Andrew Matsuoka Portland OR
Sharon Maxwell Portland OR
* Jamie McCarthy Battle Ground WA
Tyesha McCool-Riley Portland OR
Dustin McGuirk Portland OR
Shelly Mead Portland OR
* Brenda Melby Damascus OR
* Bradley Meyers Troutdale OR
Taaj Middleton Portland OR
* Hannah Mierow Oregon City OR
Theodore Mikaele Vancouver WA
* Lloyd Milburn Wilsonville OR
Jacqueline Miller Portland OR
* Robin Miller Portland OR
Selena Montoya San Diego CA
* Ronette Moody Portland OR
Michael Moore Tualatin OR
Zena Moore Portland OR
Angel Morgan Portland OR
Mary Morris Vancouver WA
* Bradford Morrison Battle Ground WA
Ethan Morrow Portland OR
Travis Moultrie Vancouver WA
* Kimberly Munden Portland OR
Jordan Mura Estacada OR
* Jesse Murray La Center WA
Sean Musaeus Portland OR
Kimberly Muzatko Mcminnville OR
Sherrita Myers Portland OR
Dana Nault St. Paul OR
Jose Navarro Portland OR
Breeyn Nelson Portland OR
Jennifer Nelson Oregon City OR
* Diana Nesukh Portland OR
Nalani Newberry Beaverton OR
* Anh Ngo Portland OR
* Bang Nguyen Portland OR
* Keith North Milwaukie OR
Nicole Oakes Beaverton OR
Nicholas Olin Portland OR
* Candaice Oliphant Vancouver WA
* Diana Olivares Portland OR
* Denice Oliver Vancouver WA
Lisa Olson Portland OR
* Christopher O’Malley Vancouver WA
* MacKenzie O’Neill Hillsboro OR
Brijon Ortiz Bullhead City AZ
* Austin Owens Portland OR
* Erin Palacios Gresham OR
* Kristin Palmer Happy Valley OR
Ryan Parks Henderson NV
* Heidi Patten Longview WA
* Aaron Peck Newberg OR
* Marchelle Peck Oregon City OR
Louis Pellegrino West Linn OR
* Garland Perry Portland OR
* Ernest Petefish Portland OR
Joshua Petersen Oregon City OR
* Michelle Peterson Kelso WA
Edward Petrie Portland OR
* Paul Petrone Oregon City OR
Danielle Pettyjohn Washougal WA
Lashawn Phillips Vancouver WA
Roseann Pinkerton Portland OR
* Terah Pitchford Vancouver WA
Shannon Pittman Ridgefield WA
* Joni Poole Goldendale WA
Steven Popp Vancouver WA
Adler Pottebaum Portland OR
Zinette Pratcher Portland OR
* David Precechtil Portland OR
* Joyce Pultz Portland OR
* Kathy Ramsey Portland OR
* Stacy Raney Damascus OR
Laura Rattonasouk Oregon City OR
Kristine Rebber Portland OR
* Jennifer Reed Oregon City OR
Savannah Reed Portland OR
Michael Reid Portland OR
Katelin Renfro Albany OR
Stephannie Reser Hubbard OR
* Aaron Reyes Washougal WA
* Thomas Rhoads Ridgefield WA
Kaytlynn Richards Longview WA
* Danise Rickard Happy Valley OR
Kamichia Riddle Gresham OR
* Anthony Rieger Molalla OR
* Jayston Ripplinger Vancouver WA
Elisa Rivera Troutdale OR
* Taj Rockitt Portland OR
Donna Rogers Portland OR
Shawna Romanelli Eugene OR
* Carlos Romero-Villalobos Estsacada OR
Latosha Ross Portland OR
Peter Ross Tualatin OR
* Heather Ruecker Gresham OR
Sara Ruecker Portland OR
* Kerri Rueda-Vargas Beaverton OR
Vanessa Ruelas Portland OR
Sally Saeteurn Portland OR
Randi Salinas Portland OR
Christina Salvitelli Portland OR
Ellen Sanders Vancouver WA
* Kaelyn Sanders Vancouver WA
* Jessica Santilli Corona CA
* Erika Scarborough Portland OR
* Sarah Scarnato Wood Village OR
* Alan Schill Olympia WA
Jace Schwartz Portland OR
* Todd Schwartz Ridgefield WA
Colleen Schweitzer Sandy OR
Theodore Seifert Vancouver WA
* McKenzie Seipp Mcminnville OR
Elaine Sene Vancouver WA
Whitney Senft Regina SK
Jongwon Seo Portland OR
* Stephanie Sequeira Portland OR
* Jonathan Sewell Gresham OR
William Sharp Lacey WA
* Nicole Sherriffs Salem OR
* Brandon Short Damascus OR
* Kateri Shrider Sandy OR
Jana Sikorsky West Linn OR
Robin Sill Portland OR
Bobbie Simmons Vancouver WA
* Alexandra Sindorf Rockford MI
* Matthew Sluman West Linn OR
Russel Smalley Vancouver WA
* Alyssa Smith Gervais OR
Amber Smith Portland OR
* Benjamin Smith Beaverton OR
* Chantel Smith Portland OR
Jensen Smith Vancouver WA
Jhaizmine Smith Portland OR
Jodie Smith Portland OR
* Chad Smurthwaite Boring OR
* Ashley Snoddy Portland OR
Katie Soden Vancouver WA
Danielle Solis Portland OR
* Melissa Sondergeld Bonney Lake WA
* Roberto Soto-Zavala La Center WA
Jennifer Souders Eagle Creek OR
Heidi Souvenir Kalama WA
* Rachel Spires Portland OR
* Sarah Stathos Beaverton OR
* Andrew Stefano Vancouver WA
Travis Stein Oregon City OR
* Jennifer Stephens Portland OR
* Cindy Stevens Vancouver WA
Darryl Stewart Portland OR
* Daniel Stratton Portland OR
Jillian Struck Milwaukie OR
* Vera Sumtsov Vancouver WA
Spencer Sundem East Olympia WA
* Trina Swaja Forest Grove OR
* Abigail Sweeney St. Helens OR
* Hannah Switzer Portland OR
Denise Taplin West Linn OR
* Jessica Thoens Oregon City OR
Amber Thomas Portland OR
* Timothy Thompson Vancouver WA
Jennifer Tina Portland OR
* Albert Torres Portland OR
* Rosana Torres-Sinay Milwaukie OR
Julia Toscano Portland OR
* Diana Tran Portland OR
Jacob Tront Battle Ground WA
Megan Tullis Lake Oswego OR
* Anna Underwood Portland OR
Deanna Upshaw Portland OR
Valorie Urbach Vancouver WA
* Larissa Ushriya Tigard OR
* Jennifer Utterback Vancouver WA
Lissandra Valdes Hillsboro OR
Paul Vance Gresham OR
Holly VanHeck Vancouver WA
* Teresa VanVoorst Portland OR
Brenden Varnell Gladstone OR
Chelsea Villamor La Grande OR
Elizabeth Vonau Washougal WA
Lora Wahrgren Portland OR
Lauren Waits Portland OR
Brenda Walker Gresham OR
Jared Walker Portland OR
* Jennifer Walker Portland OR
* Michael Walker Hillsboro OR
Rachel Wallace Kelso WA
* Rose Marie Wambold Vancouver WA
* Michelle Wanless Portland OR
* Ronald Warner Columbia City OR
* Deborah Warren Gervais OR
Katelynn Warren Milwaukie OR
* Keely Warren Vancouver WA
Sheila Watson Portland OR
* Lora Webb Battle Ground WA
Heidi Wedemeyer Washougal WA
* Samantha Weeman Phoenix AZ
Andrew Weigand Canby OR
* Bree West Gresham OR
Tyrone Whalen Vancouver WA
John Wheeler Portland OR
* Cheryl White Battle Ground WA
Thompson White Troutdale OR
Sarah Whitman Lakeview OR
* Jordan Wilcox Prineville OR
Nicole Willers Milwaukie OR
* Ashley Williams Portland OR
C’eirra Williams Portland OR
Demetrius Williams Vancouver WA
Kenneth Williams Vancouver WA
* Charlotte Wilson Vancouver WA
* Holli Wilson Portland OR
Nicholas Wiltgen Portland OR
* Craig Winbush Vancouver WA
* Kimberly Wing Portland OR
* Veronica Winslett Clackamas OR
* Richard Witka Happy Valley OR
Gabriella Wolpert Portland OR
* Christina Womack Vancouver WA
* Amanda Wood Damascus OR
* Florence Wood Portland OR
* Raymond Woodson Vancouver WA
Nicole Worthington Troutdale OR
Joshua Wright Olympia WA
* Roxanne Wyant Gresham OR
Dennis Xiong Gresham OR
Carolynn Yarbrough Portland OR
* Sara Zea Portland OR

 

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Graduation Spring 2014

Warner Pacific Graduation May 10, 2014On an overcast Saturday morning (May 10, 2014), 233 students of Warner Pacific College earned their Associate, Baccalaureate, or Master diplomas. This class of 2014 was comprised of traditional undergraduate students who attended classes full time at our main Mt. Tabor Campus along with those attending through the Adult Degree Program at one of five satellite campuses across the Portland-Metro area.

Seventy-five years prior in 1939, Warner Pacific College’s (then Pacific Bible College) first graduating class consisted of two students, Naomi Beasley and Allee Wilson. Both received the Christian Education certificate.

Today, for some of our graduates, it has been a four year journey through a traditional undergraduate program. And for others, their lives were a delicate balance of work and family as they attended evening classes in our Adult Degree Program.

Two Warner Pacific graduating students stood before their classmates to offer words of reflection and hope for the future. Sarah Whitman was part of our vibrant Mt. Tabor campus life. Attending classes, grabbing a cup of coffee at Tabor Grind, worshiping with fellow students at Chapel, and offering a strong godly presence in service projects and as a RA in the dorms.

“We’re graduating. But more than recognizing our ‘arrival,’ we are celebrating the fact that we have learned, that we have at times walked through the unknown, that we have been loved, and that we have a hope-filled future,” reflects graduate Sarah Whitman, who received her Bachelors of Arts in Christian Ministry that Saturday morning.

After three years of evening classes, graduate Dana Ingram received her Bachelors of Business Administration through the Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program.  “As I pondered what to say today, I began to reflect on how I got here. Right here, in this very position, behind this podium, speaking to all of you. So I asked myself the same question that Professor Brandi Walton asked me and the rest of my cohort on our first day as WPC undergrads: ‘Why did I return to college?’ further ….’why Warner Pacific College over other adult degree programs’?”

Dana reflected that she remembered clearly specific reasons for choosing to return to college. “My classmates shared their desire for job security and advancement, a boost of self-esteem and confidence, and the hope for a feeling of accomplishment. Someone set out to finish college before her children completed high school; others were first generation college students hoping to change family history.”

In her address to the graduates, Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, reminded them that, “in our constantly changing world, you are likely to change occupations several times. So, the aspects of your education that will serve you the best are your ability to keep learning, to wrestle with the big questions of life, to think critically, and to adapt to new and exciting opportunities.”

We are proud of all the graduates and have been blessed through your journey with us at Warner Pacific. We pray that God will lead you as you engage in the opportunities that are ahead of you.

“God has created you and called you out of love.  You have been called out, gifted, empowered, and offered hope, healing, and restoration through Jesus Christ because God has good plans for your life.  You matter.  You are powerful.  And amidst the uncertainties many of us may be facing, know that none of it is uncertain to God.  Know that in trusting a loving God you will ultimately not be left hanging,” was and is Sarah’s prayer for all Warner Pacific graduates.

In honor of her late husband, Robert who graduated from the Adult Degree Program at Warner Pacific in 2009, Dana offers this final thought that is applicable to all graduates, students, and all of us, “Let’s get to work.”

Honor’s bestowed

A.F. Gray Award: Yesenia Delgado

Warner Pacific Graduation May 2014 AF Gray AwardAlbert F. Gray, the first president of Warner Pacific College, demonstrated the living example of a godly life, a disciplined mind, and a warm and loving heart. In 1940, he declared that the College seeks to impart to its students, knowledge of the great facts of religion and build into their personality those noble characteristics of love, faith, loyalty, devotion—in short, the graces of the spirit—that they may be well qualified to serve Christ and His church.” In order to uphold and honor these timeless principles, the College presents the A.F. Gray Award each year to a student who clearly exemplifies those high ideals.

Yesenia is graduating with a degree in Human Development. She served as a leader of the Student Diversity Council, was involved in Student Government, participated in a leadership development program with the Department of Human Services, and served as an officer for Enactus. Additionally, Yesenia represented the College at academic and leadership conferences, international mission trips, and numerous local speaking engagements. Yesenia is a generous, compassionate, and ambitious young woman who embodies the mission, vision, and values of Warner Pacific.

Marshall K. Christensen Award: Mollie Berry

The Marshall K. Christensen Award for Excellence in Scholarship, named in honor of the College’s fifth president. This award is presented a graduating senior who best embodies the values characterizing academic life at Warner Pacific College. Faculty members nominate students whom they recognize as having not only benefited from our academic program of study and co-curricular activities but also ones who have made significant contributions to their classmates and colleagues.

Milo L. Chapman Award: Ethan Morrow

Warner Pacific College’s is a place “Where Faith and Scholarship Lead to Service.” As a Liberal Arts institution we are committed to the development of the whole person. Throughout their four (or more) years at Warner Pacific, students are given an opportunity to become learners and servants both inside and outside of the academic classroom, on our campus, and in the community. Many students go beyond the basic requirements of learning and enhance their holistic education by participating in a variety of experiences that allow them to integrate all they are learning about themselves, their world, and their faith. Following the model that Christ set before us of tangibly loving the community in which they live, students are able to put feet to their faith and realize the joy of serving.

The Milo L. Chapman Excellence in Service Award is named for a man who served Warner Pacific College as a model of servant hood to this community. His association with the College spanned 46 years. During these years, he filled the position of President three times, served as Dean, and in addition taught classes on a consistent basis.  Milo was a man of wisdom who listened. He was a counselor, encourager and mentor.  He was a man of great faith in God. His life was a life of service.

Wilma I. Perry Award: MacKensie Keiner

Dr. Wilma I. Perry embodied many wonderful qualities that Warner Pacific College considers of high value for its graduates of the Adult Degree Program. In her lifetime, Dr. Perry served as pastor of the Friendly Street Church of God in Eugene, OR, following years of service as an itinerant preacher and evangelist. Furthermore, she earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Oregon as an adult student and joined the faculty at Warner Pacific College, where she also directed the College’s Center for Human Services. She was known for her speaking and teaching abilities, and as a gifted, published scholar. Dr. Perry’s life was one of service, academic excellence, integrity, and transformation.

Traditional Undergraduate Outstanding Students Recognition:

These honors and awards were presented to students at the May 1, 2014, Honors Chapel.

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Students Recognition:

  • ADP Outstanding Student – Associate of Arts in Organizational Dynamics:  Autumn Amber Enns
  • ADP Outstanding Student – Bachelor of Science in Human Development:  Matt Field
  • ADP Outstanding Student – Bachelor of Business Administration:  Larissa Ushriya
  • ADP Outstanding Student – Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership:  Carrie J. Elgin

Faculty Emeritus Citations were Presented to:

  • John A. Fazio, Ph.D.
  • Louis G. Foltz, Ph.D.
  • Phyllis Michael

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Special graduation ceremony for Knight’s Track & Field Team

Warner Pacific Knights graduate at CCC CompetitionThe Cascade Collegiate Conference Track & Field Championships were hosted in Idaho over the same weekend as Warner Pacific’s graduation ceremony (May 10).

Three seniors opted to represent Warner Pacific in Idaho and not attend their own graduation back in Portland.

Competing athletes from other colleges were also foregoing their commencement ceremony to attend the track and field events.

The CCC hosted a special graduation ceremony for the seniors. Warner Pacific was able to send caps, tassels, and diploma covers to the venue in Idaho. On Saturday, May 10, while their classmates were in full cap and gown walking the across the stage to receive their diplomas, athletes Ka’imi Scott, Christi Avery, and Jessica Kepfer celebrated their graduation at the CCC Track & Field Championships.

How did the Warner Pacific Track & Field Team do at the CCC Championship? Our men climbed to seventh place and the women finished in seventh place as well. “It was a good championship meet for us and I’m proud of the effort of our athletes,” said coach David Kilian. “As with any championship meet, we had some marks that didn’t meet our expectations, but we also had several athletes that scored surprise points for our team. It is always a thrill to see a Knight on the podium and we had several this weekend. We will build on this and continue to add depth and talent to our program going forward.”

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