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What are the Differences Between Big and Small Colleges

For many students, this is the penultimate question when determining what college they want to attend: big or small? Each has its merits and the truth is neither is superior to the other; the reality is they cater to different types of students.

Are you self-motivated and enjoy anonymity? Are you curious and interested in a community?What are the Differences Between Big and Small Colleges

These are two of the core questions to ask, but even if you don’t know the answer, hopefully the following differences will help you figure it out. Here’s a comprehensive list of the differences between big and small colleges.

Class Size: Big or Small?

If you’ve just graduated high school, then this may be hard to visualize, but the class sizes at big colleges are enormous. Can you imagine being in a classroom with 200 other students? How about 300 or 400 where students are standing in the back row (waiting for people to drop out)? This is common and especially with your mandatory general education courses.

Some students enjoy this feature of big colleges because they feel like they can blend in. They won’t be called to answer a question unless they decide to. There are many opportunities to meet new people and you don’t feel like you’re being watched every time you send a text to one of your friends during the lecture. That said, unless you make a concentrated effort to formally introduce yourself to your professor and make repeat visits to their office hours, you cannot expect to build a mentor/student relationship naturally. Smaller classes are essentially the opposite of this.

In smaller classes, you will get to know everyone, even the professor, and you are no exception. Your presence will be felt and have an impact on the class. If you’re the one always asking the questions on everyone’s mind and you’re out sick, then it will change the tone of the class that day. Similarly, if you prefer anonymity, but the person who always asks questions is absent, then that role might fall onto you.

Professors: Esteemed or Mentors?

Typically, larger colleges have famous or esteemed professors at their school. These can be people who are experts in their field and teach as a “side-gig” while they work full-time on their own or with a research grants from the university. For many students, this can be appealing since you’re not simply reading about contemporaries in your field of study, but you’re listening to your contemporaries talking about their books; their research.

That said, there is a caveat that comes with this. Not all classes “by the professor” are necessarily taught by the professor. Oftentimes, the professor’s assistant is the one teaching the course, but the professor is available during office hours.

With smaller colleges, it’s less likely that you’ll meet a famous professor in your field (less likely, not impossible), but they are usually full-time professors. This means you can reach out to them, talk with them, get coffee and really delve into the subject matter and/or develop a mentor/student relationship.

(Also, especially with this difference, remember that this doesn’t apply to all colleges. Some small colleges have famous professors, but some of the best small colleges might have no one you’ve ever heard of. It’s simply more likely that at a large university, you will have someone of renown.)

Sports: Priority or Secondary?

Almost all schools have sports teams, but at the bigger universities, you’re guaranteed to have large sporting events celebrating your home team. These are huge gatherings that you can enjoy with friends or experience a new community.

Small colleges foster sporting programs and athletes as well, but there’s usually a focus on a few select sports rather than the whole gamut. So if you’re erring on the side of small colleges, you should definitely do some research beforehand to ensure that the one you select has the sports program you’re interested in.

Majors: Variety or Select?

Another big difference between large and small colleges is the options for majors. Larger colleges tend to have an endless swathe of choices. This caters to people who are interested in double-majoring, majoring in something a bit more esoteric, or don’t know what they want. If you go into a four-year college undecided, then a large university will give you a taste of the myriad choices.

A smaller college is more focused. They may not offer as many majors, but they do offer very customized plans. Many small colleges are flexible and if your passion appears to be a hybrid of sorts, you may be able to create an entire program for yourself.

Community?

The last difference we’ll address is community because for many people, this is why they attend a small college over a larger college. If you’re not very outgoing, you can go through your entire four-years at a larger college without getting to know anyone. There are thousands of students and you can slide through the cracks wholly anonymous. At small colleges however, you will know everyone, it’s a consequence of being at the same school. You don’t need to have a class together to get to know someone. You meet everyone by proxy or through some intermediary. You establish a genuine community with your peers. If this is important to you, then you may want to consider a smaller Christian college.

Ultimately, the choice is yours, but as you may have already pieced together, each college appeals to a certain type of person. If you’re self-disciplined, outgoing, but unsure of who you are (or want to be), then a bigger college will appeal to you. You can be the anonymous observer, get the work done, experience some events and become who you want to be.

If you’re curious and need to dig deeper into subject matters, and want some guidance, then a smaller college would be perfect for you. The community gives you the opportunity to enhance yourself, but the mentor relationship fosters growth. It’s your choice, so take some time to delve deeper into what you want and then decide what’s right for you.

 

 

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Why Warner Pacific Ranks Best Regional College West

Year after year, Warner Pacific continues to rank in the top ten for Best Value Schools and Regional Colleges West by U.S. News. The metrics for determining these rankings is manifold, weighing the tuition cost, financial aid options, graduation rates, overall academics and even safety. Ranking is an honor and demonstrates a school’s commitment to quality education. Still you may be wondering why Warner Pacific ranks so highly. Here are the top reasons why Warner Pacific Ranks in the top ten for Best Regional College West and Best Value.Why Warner Pacific Ranks Best Regional College West

1. Affordability

Warner Pacific is incredibly affordable, especially when compared to other private colleges or four-year universities. In 2015-2016, the tuition rate was $21,460. For some, that number may still seem daunting, but that’s roughly 30% less than the majority of private colleges and even less than the cost of some public four-year institutions. On its own, this is a feat, but it’s nothing compared to the second reason Warner Pacific ranks so highly.

2. Financial Aid

Many colleges are ranked for their financial aid opportunities. Having a prestigious college with expert professors at the forefront of their field of study won’t mean anything if students cannot receive the financial aid necessary to attend. In this regard, Warner Pacific continues to put education as their top priority, reinvesting their own finances into the students. On average, students of Warner Pacific receive $6,462 in scholarships or grant awards directly from the College.

Warner Pacific offers a wide-range of scholarship opportunities and many of them are easy for students to achieve simply by working hard in their high school studies. In addition, there are major-specific grants and scholarships, as well as faith-based and leadership scholarships. This makes Warner Pacific an incredibly affordable college, and it is largely based on the students’ own merits.

3. Faculty to Student Body Ratio

One of the elements Warner Pacific prides themselves on is being a small college. A small college is a selling point for many students and is, indeed, a reason for a school to rank highly.

Small colleges offer a more interactive environment for students; more intimate class discussions — as opposed to lectures. This is the perfect environment for students who want a hands-on learning experience and, more importantly, to build a mentorship with their professors.

With larger colleges, students need to be incredibly self-disciplined which, although admirable, is not a skill learned overnight. Considering that most college students pursue a degree after 12 years of mandatory school, it can be challenging for freshmen to simply take on their academics on their own. This is why larger schools are usually the better choice for students who are already self-motivated, since they need to take ownership of the workload and rarely connect with their professors.

At Warner Pacific, the ratio of faculty to students for the 2015-2016 academic year was 12:1 with over 71% of classes having fewer than 20 students. Professors recognize their students, know them by name, and mentorships can easily be formed. The mentorship in particular is useful as students graduate college and start seeking employment. The professors at small colleges are usually well-networked within their field — so if a graduate is struggling to find work, they’ll have someone to turn to for help.

4. Safety

Warner Pacific ranks highly for safety, offering 24-hour patrols around the campus, lighted pathways, emergency telephone lines for students, and late night transport and escort service for anyone in need of additional safety. In addition, all dormitories are secure premises, requiring either a key or security card to get access.

And since 2011, there have been 0 arrests on campus. In short, Warner Pacific is an extremely secure school, and make no mistake, just because Warner Pacific is secure, does not mean students lack freedom. Over 70% of the student body have their own vehicles on campus and they are free to come and go as they please.

5. Education for Veterans

Warner Pacific also ranks in the top ten for Veterans. This means that Warner Pacific participates in federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty military pay for their college degrees.

6. A Top Ranking Faith-Based College

Education is always held in the highest regard at Warner Pacific, a christian college, but the other reason to attend is because Warner Pacific is a faith-based college. For those who believe strongly in their faith and want to continue to grow in a community of their peers, this is the right school for you.

Warner Pacific’s motto is “Where faith and scholarship lead to service” and the idea is to weave the teachings of God into all of your experiences. This doesn’t limit it to academics, but leadership, friendship, art, and co-curricular passions. Warner Pacific calls students to involve their faith in every facet of what they do – and it’s why living amongst your peers is so beneficial for the college experience. This is the type of college that invites students to ask hard questions, but also seek answers. To challenge themselves while having a community to support them. Too often, schools separate scholarship from faith, but Warner Pacific believes in combining the two; to see how they’re intertwined, rather than divided.

For students interested in growing in their faith, becoming a part of lifelong community, and attaining a four-year college degree, then Warner Pacific is the right choice.

 

 

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Warner Pacific recognized as a College of Distinction

Warner Pacific is a College of DistinctionA national college guide honors Warner Pacific for distinctive educational excellence.

Warner Pacific continues to be honored as a College of Distinction!

The 2016-17 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.

Warner Pacific a Christian College of Distinction

Warner Pacific was nominated by high school counselors and educators and evaluated on several key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment, and curricular innovation.

The College was also recognized as a Christian College of Distinction. 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.

Warner Pacific is an Oregon College of DistinctionColleges 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.

 

 

 

 

Opening of the 80th Academic Year: Convocation

Warner Pacific Convocation 2016 With the entire Warner Pacific community gathered together on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, we officially opened the 80th Academic Year of the College with the pomp and circumstance of Convocation.

All of our students were welcomed back to campus with encouraging words affirming that they are indeed in the right place at the right time to develop the knowledge and character to flourish for a lifetime. We introduced our 175 new students (58% are first-year students, 30% transfers, and 2% returning Knights). Dale Seipp, Jr., Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing asked us all to “challenge them, support their efforts, and Warner Pacific Convocation Keynote Speaker 2016encourage them as we work and grow together this coming year.”

Everyone was urged by Grace Kim, Director of Events and External Relations, to “live in humble expectancy because every day that we awake with breath in our lungs is a gift.” She explained in her words of greeting that “expectancy continue to hope and to live in expectancy means to understand that entering into the unknown is okay.”

“As professors, we celebrate when that passion on the court, that expression in your performance, that energy in your work, that devotion in your worship also translates to the classroom,” related Dr. Luke Goble, Chair of the Department of Humanities.  “We are here to walk with you but also to encourage you to press on.”
Through a lively, and at time witty, summation of the 300 years between Joseph and Moses, our Convocation keynote speaker Dr. William Robinson, Former Interim President for Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Warner Pacific Convocation Keynote Speaker Dr. Robinson 2016and President Emeritus of Whitworth University, reminded us that God can use the ordinary stuff in our hands, much like Moses’s staff, to set people free from oppression.

Dr. Robinson asks: can God use the cup of coffee and smart phone that are in your hand right now for His purpose?

Our new class of Knights

  • 175 new students
  • 118 first year students (freshmen)
  • 2nd largest first year class in the College’s history
  • 60% are women
  • 30% are transfer students
  • 70% are from Oregon
    • Representing 14 states and 5 foreign countries
  • 36% identify as Hispanic
  • 30% Caucasian
  • 23% Multi-Cultural
  • 6% Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 5% African American
  • Age range: 17-46

 

 

Graduates honored at Summer Graduation Ceremony

Warner Pacific Graduation“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11

On a beautiful summer morning (Saturday, August 13, 2016), 65 Warner Pacific students became new Alumni and several graduates were honored with awards of distinction:

Wilma I. Perry Award: Joel Whiteside

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

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in Christ-Centered Leadership and Service: Deadra Shavers

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in Urban Leadership and Service: Heather Wooldridge

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts Leadership and Service: Everett D. Horvath

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in Diversity Leadership and Service: Moses D. Dyson

 

5 Great Reasons to Pursue a Teaching Degree

Teaching is an incredible experience and worthwhile profession. Not only do you have an impact on thousands of peoples’ lives, but every year – every day – is different. Chances are you have an age group in mind that you want to work with and field of study that captivates your interests. Imagine being able to gush about your passion while gaining fresh insight on a daily basis. It’s no wonder so many people choose to be teachers and professors.5 Great Reasons to Pursue a Teaching Degree

Then again, maybe you’re on the fence. Maybe you’ve had friends, parents, or even colleagues that have painted teaching as a profession that’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Let’s put the naysayers to rest and show you five great reasons why you should pursue a teaching degree.

1. Teachers Will Always Be In Demand

It probably doesn’t surprise you to learn that the teaching profession (like nurses and doctors) is always in demand. The National Center for Education Information (NCEI) reported that almost 3.7 million teachers were working in America’s elementary and secondary schools alone. That’s a lot of teachers! That number is expected to rise to 4 million by 2018, which means teaching provides real job security.

2. Bachelor’s Degrees Are Required

There are some people who may be thinking they can find a trade school or certification program that will enable them to be a teacher. However, as the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) pointed out, just about 98% of all teachers at elementary and secondary schools had a four-year degree or more.

For many states and districts, a Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement if you want to pursue a career in teaching. So, while a teaching certificate is helpful, it won’t function on its own, but in some cases, a teaching degree will be all you need.

3. Teaching Degrees Prepare You For Teaching

There are people that will pursue the five-year route of obtaining a BA degree from a christian college in their field of study and then go on to attain a teaching credential. While this choice is valid and works for some people, it is more common to see these teachers go back to school to receive additional training in teaching.

Meanwhile, earning a teaching degree means that every moment of your education is preparing you to be a teacher. Your courses will teach you more about creating a curriculum, writing lesson plans, managing classrooms, working with children or teens, and how to improve your skills. In short, a teaching degree doesn’t simply prepare you to teach your area of interest, it teaches you to be a teacher. For many people, this is the greatest perk because it’s personally transformative. You can actually become a teacher in and out of the classroom. Plus, you’re far more prepared to handle whatever stressors may come from working in a classroom.

4. An Interactive Teaching Approach

A teaching degree is constantly putting you to work in the field. You’re going to be working with actual students over the course of your four years of study. This means real experience that you can put on a resume, but also – and more importantly – learn and prepare from.

The people who tend to pursue their own degree programs and then follow it up with a teaching certification often feel overwhelmed. They worked in a classroom with their peers, discussing the subject matter at a high level. After four years of doing this, the challenge is then to adapt quickly to the much more fast-paced and often rambunctious elementary and secondary school atmosphere. It’s challenging and it can throw a five-year plan into disarray and cause self-doubt.

Meanwhile, students who pursue a teaching degree from a christian college are deeply enmeshed in classrooms, gaining real experience, and really seeing how they fit into the role. Moreover, there’s more time, so they have an opportunity to acquire much needed feedback from the esteemed staff. They can help you conquer your weaknesses and nurture your strengths.

5. A Teaching Degree Promises More Money

No one jumps into the teaching profession for the money, it’s for the active environment, working with young people, and constantly talking about your interests. It’s a lot of responsibility (and quite the undertaking), but wholly worth it. That’s why, you may be surprised to learn that a teaching degree usually provides the additional benefit of “more money.”

Although there’s always a demand for teachers, the wages can be very competitive and that’s when your unique experience determines your value to the school. You may have someone applying for a teaching position who has a Ph.D. in children’s psychology… but if they’ve never worked in a classroom, you may be surprised by the outcome. Similarly, someone with a Bachelor’s in their field of study (who acquired a teaching credential after) may not be compensated for their years’ worth of academic experience if they have not had sufficient classroom experience.

However, if you pursue a teaching degree, you not only have four years of experience in the classroom, but you also have esteemed faculty members as references to write recommendations.

In addition to these five reasons, think about this as well: if you’re passionate about something, you’re going to learn about it. So if you’re a history buff or fascinated by the English language, you will continue to read and explore these fields on your own. If you’re passionate about teaching however, it’s hard to continue exploring that passion without a classroom. You can study teaching in theory, but in order to really understand the profession, you need experience – that’s what a teaching degree offers.

 

 

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What to Expect from Your Freshman Year of College

College is a big change regardless of whether you’re attending a college from out of state or commuting you’re your parents’ house. You’re transitioning from a high school where you spent some of your most impressionable years with the same group of people and now you’re in a completely new environment; new professors; new classmates; new schedule.

What to Expect from Your Freshman Year of CollegeIt’s exciting! It’s daunting. It’s a roller coaster of emotions that no one person can really prepare you for. That said, here are some things you should expect.

1. With great freedom comes great responsibility

You are in control of your schedule; you have the freedom to add classes that appeal to your lifestyle. Tired of waking up early? Book some late afternoon or night classes. Want to work out midday? Schedule classes around that time slot. You have the flexibility to arrange your courses however you want. That said however, no one is going to micromanage you to ensure that you attend the classes – let alone show up on time.

Whereas in high school, you may receive a detention or a phone call home for missing a class. In college, it’s completely on you to monitor your schedule. If you don’t, you’ll be dropped from the course, which may not sound like a big deal now, but if the course is only offered every Spring semester, then this can easily add on additional semesters (or even years) to your college career.

More freedom means more responsibility, remember that. Professors will treat you like the adult you are, so don’t necessarily expect them to approach you about late assignments; if you’re struggling with the workload, you need to approach your professors.

2. It can get lonely

This applies to students commuting to school or living on campus. Typically, there’s a great deal of excitement right out of the gate, but when times get tough and you start feeling the stress of midterms, you may yearn for your familiar friends and traipsing across your old stomping grounds.

It’s natural to feel that way, but don’t give up. You’re being exposed to a tremendous amount of change and some of your endeavors, extracurricular activities and friends will pan out, others won’t. Remember that this experience is almost as much about getting a bachelor’s degree as it is about finding out who you are. In these moments of hardship, don’t make rash decisions about your major or your new friends and pursue your faith. One of the benefits of attending a Christian college is you have a community of people who are there to welcome you with open arms, who understand hardship.

It’s easy to fall back on what’s familiar, but Christian universities foster a community that’s ready to support you and embrace you for who you are.

3. Being a student is a full-time job (and then some)

It’s not just that you have a lot of homework, but you have a lot of reading, projects, papers – oh yes, the papers. No matter what your major is, chances are you’re going to need to write a paper for it. It’s not simply that classes are lengthy, but the homework is a hefty load as well. Even if you only have 3 hours of classes one day, the country averages you have two hours of homework for each class – and any college student will tell you, that’s a conservative estimate.

No matter how well you plan, chances are high that you’re going to have a few all-nighters trying to finish (or perfect) a paper. It is not easy. However, the best way to overcome this stress is to treat school like a full-time job. Budget time for homework; budget time for breaks. If you’re feeling exhausted, make time for a nap and reward yourself when you can.

Plus, this is in large part why colleges offer so many extra-curricular activities and events. You need to be able to unwind, to release stress, to socialize, and to have fun. It’s about finding a balance. You will learn to organize as a consequence of stress and this is a skill that will only help you in life.

4. You need to slow down

Chances are, when you first enrolled in college, you saw the sum of all the units you need to graduate and the list of classes, and you felt overwhelmed – maybe a little excited, but ultimately overwhelmed. This is four years you’re committing to and it can feel like a lot, so much so, that you may feel driven to sign up for a lot of classes initially and overextend yourself to try and speed up the process.

Slow down.

By this point in your life, you don’t need to be told “life moves so fast,” as you’ve already been told this on repeat from your parents (and everyone else’s). However, four years is a long time and you don’t want to miss out on meeting friends and trying new activities by bogging yourself down with endless studies.

In addition to this, you may feel like general education courses are limiting you – as many people want to dive into their majors right away. The fact is though, students change their majors and the last thing you want is to enroll in a slew of major-specific courses, only to realize that it’s not something you want to pursue beyond college. General education courses may feel like a formality and, at times, tedious, but these courses not only introduce you to other fields of study, but they’ll also pair you with students you would otherwise have never met. Embrace this.

5. You will learn who you are

Each year builds on top of the others and you will discover your likes and dislikes. Your group of friends freshman year may be completely different by your senior year. College reintroduces you to yourself. It puts you in a new, high stress environment and you have to adapt to it.

Don’t feel beholden to epiphanies you experienced in high school, be open to new ideas. In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance, he writes, “Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today. – You shall be misunderstood. Is it so bad to be misunderstood?”

That’s the point, you are not limited to who you were, but being a student means becoming more of who you are everyday; constantly learning; constantly changing. And if it sounds scary, then you should doubly consider attending a Christian university. In times of great stress, you will have a community to lift you back up if you fall.

 

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Named a Best College for Online Business Degree

WPC a Best College for Online Business DegreeA bachelor degree in business administration is one of the most popular online degree programs a college can offer. Warner Pacific’s online Bachelor of Business Administration degree is a two-year program consisting of 14 courses, all of which last five weeks. The program aims to develop students’ ability to lead, make informed, evidence-based business decisions, and perform various business functions within a context of Christian College moral principles.

As one of the top 40 colleges offering an online bachelor degree in business administration according to a recent ranking report released by College Start, Warner Pacific’s program also offers an on-campus experience for students in the Portland/Vancouver area.

College Start’s website provides students with a  simplified search tool designed to help them easily find all colleges that offer the programs they  are looking for and at the same time giving detailed information about a faith based college.

WPC Alum Rep. Vic Gilliam named “Statesman of the Year”

WPC Alum Vic GilliamThe Oregon Business Association (OBA) has announced their selection of Representative Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) as their 2016 “Statesman of the Year.” We are so proud of his accomplishments and know this is a very well deserved honor.

Rep. Gilliam, who recently was presented an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the College,  initially suspected his former colleague Senator Ryan Deckert (now OBA President), was “pulling his leg,” but realized it was not April 1 [April Fool’s Day] and released the following statement in response:

“With the paths we walk from education, politics, art or religion, the most important influence in our life is another person. Knowing personalities whose character, actions, and words that impact our thinking and learning, easily becomes worthy of our emulation.

“There are several Representatives and Senators from my decade in the Oregon Legislature that are worthy of emulation and two come quickly to mind from my favorite Session in 2012 when the House was tied 30-30. Co- Speakers Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg) and Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) demonstrated extraordinary statesmanship. Additionally, they offered me opportunities to practice their models of conviction, respect and compromise in policies affecting our State, as I served as Co-Chair of two pivotal House committees.

“I believe Oregon’s greatest statesman ever is my former boss, Mark O. Hatfield. To be this year’s OBA Statesman is not at the level of the Senator’s life-long legacy, but this honor is humbling nonetheless.

“As a former staff member, being mentored by Mark Hatfield was not unique, due to his consistency mentoring staff and students over his career as a professor and political leader. But my experience was indelible.

“He cared about each person that crossed his path and was articulate about the character and values of those who mentored him as well. He especially emulated Jesus sharing his faith with compassion not judgment and as the Senator said: “Reaching out to people with compassion and love, bringing the Gospel alive.

“The Senator’s example inspired me and I share these further thoughts from his auto-biography, ‘Against the Grain’: ‘…thank God, you cannot legislate the hearts or minds of any people.’

“I hold a deep respect for all great religious truths, and Christianity… is simply my way. Professionally, it helped me realize the aisle was no barrier in my work, that arbitrary labels between Republican and Democrat were just that – arbitrary. Labels are never important in a spiritual context – the heart is.

“My faith in Jesus was fortified by the Senator’s example and as a result, prepared me for many life circumstances including the complex nature of politics and governing. His guidance especially assists me in developing fruitful relationships with other people that are in the Senator’s words: ‘more forgiving, loving, and inclusive.’

“My sincere thanks to Ryan Deckert and the Board of OBA for this honor.”

Representative Vic Gilliam represents House District 18, which includes Silverton, Molalla, Hubbard, Aurora, and Mount Angel.

Summer Graduation Ceremony: August 13

Our Summer Graduation Ceremony is coming up on Saturday, August 13, starting at 10 am.

We are hosting it in McGuire Auditorium located on our Mt. Tabor Campus (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland – cross street is SE Division).