Adult Degree Program waives application fee in November

NoAppFeeWarner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program (ADP) is waiving its application fee during November, a savings of $25 – $45 (depending on the program).

For more than 25 years, we’ve been providing continuing education opportunities to adult students through our ADP.

We offer degree programs in accounting, education, business, and management that are designed to work with your busy schedule. They’re also designed to offer you relevant professional knowledge rooted in the social, ethical, and political context of today’s world.

Begin today!

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Flourish at ADP: Mark’s Story

Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program Alum Mark BallarisIn September 2010, I had just completed my 4-year review at OHSU. One of my goals for the next year was to look into going back to school. Later that day, I was sitting in my living room folding laundry and in through the mail slot came a postcard from the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program, so I called. My orientation was Thursday, November 11, and my first night of class was Thursday, November 18, 2010. Everything happened so fast it wasn’t until February that I realized what I was actually doing; I was fulfilling a dream I had never thought possible.

My main job as a Histotechnologist is to provide technical assistance for high quality testing services that support the overall patient care. Everything is automated now days, so most of the time we can just push a button and a machine runs the test. However, every once in a while I need to run special stains on muscle tissue by hand. I make up all of the solutions and if the test works, I know it right away. I love experiencing that instant gratification in my work!

Making the time to go back to school and earn my degree taught me that no matter how hard a job or task is, it’s important to have a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and a smile. My experiences in the Adult Degree Program also had a significant impact on my personal life in that my children watched me accomplish a goal. Now they know with a positive attitude, any dream is possible.

One of the greatest ladies I know, Professor Christine Tokonitz, shared these words with me, “…relax and breathe, nothing is as bad as it seems. Everything will be just fine.” I live by them every day.

ADP-anniv-image-logoMark Ballaris
Bachelor in Healthcare Administration ‘12

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Sign up for New Student Registration Day: 2015

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.

rsvp-button-orangeNew Student Registration Day:

    • Friday, May 15
    • Friday, June 12
    • Monday, June 15
    • Thursday, July 9

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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Alan Hirsch will be at Warner Pacific on November 12

Hirsch-Flyer-2014-791x1024Warner Pacific College is proud to partner with ForgePDX in welcoming guest speaker Alan Hirsch to give his lecture, “Activating Diversity to Energize Discipleship and Local Movements” at 8:45 am in Schlatter Chapel on Wednesday, November 12.

Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. Currently he co-leads Future Travelers, an innovative learning program helping megachurches become missional movements. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world.

Forge PDX is an emerging, local expression of the wider Forge America Network, a network of missional pioneers, communities and churches who are seeking to join God in His mission in this world.

When: Wednesday, November 12, from 8:35 am – 12:00 pm (doors open at 8:30 am)

Where: Warner Pacific College’s Schaltter Chapel

Admission: $20 in advance; $35 at the door

Admission to this event is FREE to all Warner Pacific students, faculty, and staff.  Please bring your Warner Pacific ID to gain entry into the event.

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Fall Concerts Coming Up at WPC

Autum leaves on sheet musicWarner Pacific College invites you to immerse yourself in beautiful music at our free, and open to the public, concerts in mid-November and early December featuring talented students:

Fall Choral Concert

Sunday, November 23
3:00 pm
McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland)

The Warner Pacific College Concert Choir and Warner Chorale concert features music of many styles from classical to contemporary to gospel. This entertaining concert will engage and inspire people of all ages. The broadly international repertoire includes pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ethan Sperry, Morten Lauridsen, and Rene Clausen.

Wind Ensemble and Brass Choir Concert

Thursday, December 4
7:30 pm
McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland)

Selections will include Amazing Grace by Frank Ticheli, Commando March by Samuel Barber, selections from Mary Poppins, a suite from Disney’s “Frozen” featuring Warner Alum Danielle Purdy on vocals, and Christmas favorites. The concert will feature two world premiere performances, including a new work for Brass Choir by Warner Pacific student David Berra and a brand new Concert Band work by composer Michael Landers.

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ADP November food drive for the Oregon Food Bank

can-food-drivefoodThe Adult Degree Program is partnering with the Oregon Food Bank to make a difference in our community.

Throughout November, donations of canned food will be accepted at the Centre 205 Campus (98th & SE Division).

The Oregon Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and its root causes… because no one should be hungry. OFB’s network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger.  For the third year in a row, they distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.


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Warner Pacific earns President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

Warner Pacific College Recognized for Service to the Community

President's Higher Education Communty Service Honor Roll logo.Recently, Warner Pacific College was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). This is the highest honor a college can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Warner Pacific is the only school in the Portland area on the Honor Roll for which the “with Distinction” designation was bestowed*. Since 2008, the College has been recognized for its commitment to neighbors through inclusion in the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

“’Where faith and scholarship leads to service’ has long been the motto at Warner Pacific,” said Dr. Andrea Cook, President of the College. “We believe that loving, serving, and being with our neighbors here in Portland is a vital component of preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world.”

Our students are encouraged to explore compassion by becoming involved in the lives of others. They build relationships, connecting with people from different circumstances which leads to a better understanding of the world around them.

It is the College’s desire to serve “neighbors” in a very real sense. An example of this local commitment is seen through the work of our students at elementary schools that fall within a square mile of the campus. Two years ago at Jim Bridger School, just blocks from the College’s campus, the student-led group Enactus began teaching after school classes and offering tutoring for students. Now, students teach or assist in more than half the after school classes at Bridger, making a positive impact on that elementary school and its young students.

Other projects students are involved in during the academic year include:

  • Common Day of Service (19 local community sites).
  • MLK Day of Service, which includes the Boys & Girls Club, SCRAP, Faubion Elementary School, and Children’s Book Bank.
  • Faith-based internships at The Underground (homeless youth), Shared Hope International (human trafficking), Trauma Intervention Program, Vibe of PDX (youth and music), Second Stories (community development), and Catholic Charities.
  • Assisting or leading SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) classes, which includes homework assistance and enrichment programming such as music, art, cooking, writing, science, and even special programs like LEGO Robotics.
  • Helping at food banks, community gardens, Embrace Oregon, and the College’s own Hot Chocolate Ministry for homeless in Portland during the winter months.
  • Blood drives each semester for the Oregon Red Cross.

Warner Pacific students are increasingly involved in solving community challenges and being civically engaged. Last academic year, students gave almost 51,000 hours of service in the city of Portland, volunteer hours valued at $1.1 million.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, is part of the CNCS’s strategic commitment to engage millions of college students in service and celebrate the critical role of higher education in strengthening communities.

* The Honor Roll “With Distinction” recognition will be given to those applicants that display strong levels of institutional commitment, provide a compelling case for partnerships that produce measurable impact in the community, and have a Federal Work-Study community service percentage of 15 percent or above.


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Flourish at ADP: Rebecca’s Story

Becky Black, Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program alumniWhen I decided to go back to school I had a family and a full time job, so I needed a specialized program that would fit my lifestyle; that’s when I discovered the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program (ADP). I believe that all of us should be lifelong learners, and since I was working in the education field, I felt I needed to exemplify that by earning my degree.

I am the Founder and Executive Director of Oregon Outreach, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides education programs to youth who have not been successful in traditional school settings. Oregon Outreach provides individualized instruction, small class sizes, comprehensive supportive services, and high academic standards. Our support services are offered to help students stabilize their lives so that education can become a reality. In 1994 our first student graduated. Since that time over 360 students have earned their high school diploma through our programs.

I love seeing our students graduate from an accredited high school! I also get so excited to work with young people who are often the first in their family to earn a high school diploma. It can be difficult to find staff who understand the challenges that our students face. To be effective in alternative education, you must be committed to working with the population we serve. As an ADP student, I received a lot of encouragement for the work that I was already doing with Oregon Outreach, Inc. I also learned that in a true educational institution, differences of opinions are respected, a lesson I still value today.

ADP-anniv-image-logoRebecca Black
Founder and Executive Director, Oregon Outreach, Inc.
Bachelor of Business Administration ‘97

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A “Frozen” Fall Family Festival

Please join us for our annual Fall Family Festival. This year’s theme is “Frozen.”

2014 Fall Festival InstagramThe evening is a chance for kids of all ages to show-off their costumes, trick-or-treat in a safe environment, and enjoy getting to know new friends and neighbors. The event is free and open to the public, costumes are highly encouraged (even for you mom and dad)!

Thursday, October 30

  • 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. for festival events in Egtvedt Hall Room 203
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for the haunted house in the Student Union Building
  • 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. for concert and costume contest (for all ages) in McGuire Auditorium

Festival Events:

  • Fun games
  • Face painting
  • Getting your picture taken
  • Costume contest for all ages
  • Toe tapping pop’s concert featuring costume-inspired music*
  • “Spooky” haunted house
  • Refreshments
  • And, of course, plenty of candy

*Musical selections will include: ‘Frozen’ (featuring Warner Pacific Alum Danielle Purdy on vocals), ‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘The Avengers,’ and Grieg’s spooky favorite ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King.’




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Fall Drama Production – Violence in American Drama: a student directed showcase

View photos from the productions. Click here.

Fall 2014 drama instagramWarner Pacific examines violence in American plays in this student directed showcase (November 6-9 and November 13-16 in McGuire Theatre; tickets are $5 per person).

How is violence written for and portrayed on the stage? What role does the difference in gender, class, or race have in building tension or dramatic conflict that leads to or results from an act of violence in each play? What does the playwright, or the violent act itself, reflect or reveal about our society and country? What does the impact of performing or viewing staged violence have on actors and audience?

This semester, the Warner Pacific Drama Program’s student directed showcase will explore previously published one-act plays and selections from full-length plays that portray or reveal an act of violence.

At the end of each showcase there will be a Talk Back session so the audience and actors can discuss the program.

Trigger Warning: One or more of the plays presented in this showcase series address or depict murder, suicide, brutal beatings, physical and verbal threats and assaults, sexual harassment, alcoholism, mental abuse, and profanity.

Birdbath and Sweeney Todd
  • Thursday, November 6, at 8 pm
  • Sunday, November 9, at 2 pm
  • Friday, November 14, at 8 pm

In Leonard Melfi’s Birdbath, directed by education major Sidney Davie, co-workers Frankie, an unsuccessful poet, and Velma, a nervous young woman, make a fast friendship in a New York diner. When Velma ends up at Frankie’s apartment, potential treats abound and real human interaction finally exposes an extremely violent act.

Violence begets violence in the revenge-driven tale of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. After an innocent barber is separated from his wife and child by a greedy judge, the barber returns thirsty for his own brand of justice. Music major Brianna Oom directs selections from this opus by award-winning American composer Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by Hugh Wheeler.

Oleanna and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992
  • Friday, November 7, at 8 pm
  • Thursday, November 13, at 8 pm
  • Saturday, November 15, at 8 pm

What begins as an apparently benign interaction between college student Carol and college professor John leads to accusations of “sexual exploitativeness,” battery, and rape in David Mamet’s Oleanna. Communication major Brandon Bush direct the violent third act of this award-winning play.

Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith is a docu-drama written as a series of monologues that captures multiple perspective of the Los Angeles riots that broke out after the police responsible for violently beating Rodney King were acquitted of charges. History and social science/theatre major Zechariah Dirdak directs selected monologues from this acclaimed work.

Boy Gets Girl and The Zoo Story
  • Saturday, November 8, at 8 pm
  • Sunday, November 16, at 2 pm

Named Time Magazine #1 Play of the Year in 2000, Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman calls the audience to watch how Theresa become a stalker’s target. English major Debora Landers directs selections from this eerily realistic and suspenseful drama.

Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, directed by music education and theatre major Melissa Sondergeld, introduces Jerry and Peter, two strangers who, through stories, threats, and an extreme act of violence, leave an indelible mark on each other by the play’s end. Playwright Albee is the recipient of three Tony Awards, three Pulitzer Prizes, and numerous other awards.



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