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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The Spitfire Grill ~ Spring Drama Performance (March 5-8 and March 12-15)

The Spitfire Grill, WPC Drama Program's Spring productionThe Warner Pacific Drama Program presents The Spitfire Grill, a musical by James Valcq and Fred Alley, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff.

Percy Talbott arrives in Gilead, Wisconsin, looking for a new start. She is instead greeted by sideways glances and whispers in dark corners. Over time, Percy starts to find a place in the small community, in spite of her dark and mysterious past.

The music of The Spitfire Grill is described as becoming an extra character by some critics. Without the jazz-hands spectacle of a Broadway musical, the score provides a place to reveal the characters’ emotional state. The heart-melting vocals are surprisingly refreshing and have a homey feel about them which draws the listener in.

The Spitfire Grill is a continuation of the theme of the Fall Showcase—Violence in American Drama: Student-Directed Works—examining what comes after the violence is done: redemption. Percy and the residents of Gilead begin to find the hope they lost, both in one another and in a future for their home. In this half-forgotten town in the 1990’s, the characters begin to discover that what they need doesn’t always come in the package that they were expecting.

The cast includes:

  • Kelsey Davisson as Percy Talbott
  • Brandon Bush as Sheriff Joe Sutter
  • Haley Harn as Hannah Ferguson
  • Emily Shaindlin as Effy Krayneck
  • Nick Brechbiel as Caleb Thorpe
  • Melissa Sondergeld as Shelby Thorpe
  • Matthew Dotson as the Visitor

The Spitfire Grill will be performed in the McGuire Theatre at Warner Pacific’s Mt. Tabor Campus.

There are multiple show times:

  • Thursday, March 5 – Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 p.m. with a cast/crew talk-back session immediately following the show.
  • Thursday, March 12 – Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 15, at 2:00 p.m. with a cast/crew talk-back session immediately following the show.

Tickets are on sale for $5 in the WPC Bookstore on campus: call or visit to purchase them, 503.517.1100.

The campus address is 2219 SE 68th Ave., in Portland.

Due to construction around the SE 68th Ave. parking entrance, we recommend that drivers use the SE 69th Ave drive way entrance in order to park in the main lot in front of Egtvedt Hall. For those taking the bus, there is a temporary stop on SE 66th Ave., as well as a regular stop at SE 71st, where there is also a crosswalk for those dropped off on the opposite side of SE Division.

Written by Deborah Landers
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Providing a second chance to flourish

Earl Jones - Warner Pacific Basketball 2015Recently, Earl Jones, a member of the basketball team, was featured in a Portland Tribune article where he shared how being given a second chance to flourish at the game he loves gave him new direction in a career choice and life.

“He’s definitely one of the best point guards in the nation,” says Steffen Harvey, WPC assistant basketball coach.

With his skill and determination, it takes no imagination to compare five-foot-eight inch No. 3 Jones to Tim Hardaway during his time with the Golden State Warriors.

“Now Jones, a former Mt. Hood Community College star, is back in uniform, playing for nationally ranked Warner Pacific College and enjoying the student-athlete ride again.

“’I don’t know where my life would be without this second chance,’” says the 5-8, 170-pound guard from Henderson, Nev.

Jones, a Warner Pacific junior, has a hard time explaining why he left the college game after earning all-league honors at Mt. Hood in 2009 and 2010.”

Read more…

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Meet our new Act Six Cadre 6

Warner Pacific is pleased to introduce you to our sixth cadre of Act Six scholars.

Warner Pacific Act Six Cadre 5 2015

Mayra, Gisell, Irving, Margaret, Brianna, Vanessa, Janelly, Reuben, Kevin, and Terah

Act Six provides leadership training and full scholarships for emerging urban and community leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities.

Name Major High School
Irving Ayala Psychology Tigard
Tarah Bedell Psychology David Douglas
Elvia “Janelly” Carranza Valladares Social Entrepreneurship Tualatin
Vanesa Delgado Pre-Dental Tigard
Gisell Delgado Gil Nursing Reynolds
Ruben Estrada Pre-Med Grant
Margaret Gichachi Psychology Tualatin
Brianna Grisby Psychology Grant
Randall “Kevin” Henderson Communications Tigard
Mayra Martinez Iniguez Social Work Tigard
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Alumni Honored

During the 2015 Warner Pacific College Homecoming Weekend (February 12-14), local Alums were honored for their professional and community achievements.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, Legacy:

Warner Pacific College is pleased to recognize Jim ‘71 and Terri Teague (Vancouver) for their legacy with the College.

They have been invaluable partners by serving on the Board of Trustees, the President’s Advisory Council, and chairing the selection team to choose Dr. Cook, Warner Pacific College’s seventh, and first female, president.

 Both Jim and Terri have a heart for Warner Pacific College and their legacy to the College is shown through their faithful service, generosity, and prayer. You can also find them cheering courtside at most Knights basketball games. Jim and Terri have raised two Warner Pacific College graduates, who also married alumni. Only time will tell if their grandchildren will someday be counted among the proud Warner Pacific student community.

2015 Distinguished Alumna Award, Adult Degree Program:

Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program is honored to presents its very first Distinguished Alumni award to Rebecca Black ’94 (Portland), who represents the ADP commitment to excellence in lifelong learning.

Rebecca believes strongly that “Education is the Great Equalizer,” and that access to a great education isn’t available for all youth in our country. This knowledge led Rebecca to found Oregon Outreach, Inc., a non-profit organization that works with gang-identified youth by providing counseling, job training, job placement, and educational assistance. Oregon Outreach began working with youth in Portland who, due to incredible barriers, were leaving school and giving up on a positive future. Rebecca currently serves as the Executive Director for Oregon Outreach, providing educational services to 15 Oregon School districts.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, Ministry:

Reverend Nick Van der Veur ’52 (Sequim) was recognized for his faith and dedication to the Christian mission of Warner Pacific College. Since before graduation, Rev. Van der Veur has followed his vision of planting churches. His very first began with $500 of raised funds and four fellow students who shared his passion. They began what is now the Gresham Church of God.

Over the years, Rev. Van der Veur started or assisted Church of God congregations from California to Alberta. Now retired, when asked about his legacy, the Reverend says it is seen in the lives he pastored. He taught people to love each other, and how to love the unloved.

Warner Pacific also presented the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards this year. Due to the February 2014 snow storm that happened right as Homecoming weekend began, the College had to postpone these presentations.

2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award for Professional Achievement:

Warner Pacific College is honored to recognize Kerry S. Kuehl, ’81 (Portland), who graduated from Warner Pacific with a degree in health and ministry.

Kerry Kuehl, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.S., and his colleagues at Oregon Health & Science University are transforming lives by improving healthcare outcomes. Through leading-edge research, Dr. Kuehl is demonstrating the powerful impact of lifestyle on health.

Currently, Dr. Kuehl is a Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine, and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at OHSU. He is a teacher, researcher, and practicing physician specializing in sports medicine as well as occupational medicine as it relates to improving wellness and safety in the workplace. Dr. Kuehl established himself as a leading researcher for first responders. He is on the national physician panel for police and fire agencies, which sets the standards for the health and safety of these high risk workers.

2014 Distinguished Young Alumna Award:

Warner Pacific College is honored to recognize musician and songwriter, Nicole (Yerden) Wells, ’98 (Sherwood). While studying at Warner Pacific, Nicole taught music to 30 students per week to pay for her education. She graduated from the College in 1998 with a degree in music. Nicole and her husband work in vocational youth ministry, music ministry, senior pastor ministry, and church planting. They currently serve as lay leaders in a ministry focused on recovery. The Sherwood Arts Foundation, Sherwood Soccer, Voices for the Performing Arts, the YMCA, Hopkins Elementary School, and the Robin Hood Festival all benefited from the participation of Wells family members.

In September 2013, Nicole was awarded the grand prize for Best Song from the West Coast Songwriters. Nicole also performs regularly as a soloist and with her sister in The Carlson Wells band.

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KAFU’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Kazakh-American Free University will celebrate their 20th anniversary in the United States on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at McGuire Auditorium on the Warner Pacific Mt. Tabor Campus.

Join the KAFU President, other leaders from KAFU, and friends from around North America who have been involved in teaching at KAFU and hosting KAFU faculty, staff, and students in the USA.

This event includes a buffet dinner and opportunities to share how relationships with KAFU students and staff have touched your life.

It will be a time of reunion for all those involved at KAFU over the past 20 years and a time to celebrate KAFU’s 20 years of preparing leaders for Kazakhstan and the world.

(Read about Dr. Cook’s visit to KAFU this past fall.)

Please learn more and RSVP on KAFU Event Brite page.

Sponsored by Co-Serve.

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Religion & Christian Ministry Spring Events (May 10)

Discover how God is moving in and through seniors in the Department of Religion & Christian Ministries.

At these two unique events, you’ll find out how Warner Pacific College is preparing students for ministry in a constantly changing world.

Ministry isn’t about the job you choose, it’s about the life you live.

The Art of the Call

  • Warner Pacific Religion & Ministry Dpt Art of the Call Event 2015Tuesday, May 5
  • 4:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Egtvedt Hall, Room 203

The Art of the Call is an interactive showcase of senior projects, exploring the journeys that led these students to embrace a call to ministry. This is an open exhibit using the PechaKucha visual storytelling technique. You are welcome to come and go as you are able.


Night of Stories: Student Reflections on Ministry

Warner Pacific Night of Stories 2015At Night of Stories (hosted on March 4), students shared their experiences with hands-on ministry in Portland. We learned more about the organizations serving our most vulnerable neighbors and how students are changing and being changed by the city we call home.

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Warner Pacific Named a College of Distinction

National college guide honors Warner Pacific for distinctive educational excellence.

Warner Pacific was honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-15 school year. The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Warner Pacific was found to excel in all Four Distinctions.

Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. Schools selected must excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.

WPC a Christian College of Distinction 2014-15 Warner Pacific an Oregon College of Distinction Warner Pacific a college of distinction 2015

“We focus on colleges that are the best places to learn, grow, and succeed,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country.”

To view Warner Pacific’s profile or to find more information about the online guide visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

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