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Knights named to the all-Cascade Collegiate Conference men’s soccer team

WPC Knight Mario Guizar soccer team 2015
Mario Guizar

Congratulations to our men’s soccer team on their successful 2015 season. The Knights finished sixth in the 14-team league with an 8-4-1 Cascade Collegiate Conference record.

  • Knight Mario Guizar, a senior midfielder, was named to the all-Cascade Collegiate Conference men’s soccer team for 2015
  • Goalkeeper Joe White, sophomore, made the all-CCC second team, along with teammate Cesar Esquivel, a senior
  • Honorable mention went to senior defender Edgar Zapeda

Lady Knights women’s soccer players Carley Turner, Brittney Yoshimura, and Mariah Liebert were named All-Cascade Conference as well.

Students Present Research at Murdock College Science Research Conference

At the recent Murdock College Science Research Conference (November 6-7) hosted in Vancouver, two Warner Pacific science students presented research posters. Science posters are a key component of communicating a snapshot of research and are intended to invite conversation about the work.

The Conference focuses on sharing and advancing new knowledge in the natural sciences that were created or discovered through collaborative faculty-student research at the eleven MCSRP funded colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest.

Warner Pacific College was one of 31 schools in attendance. Both students presenting at this Conference assisted Chair of the Natural Sciences & Health Department, Dr. Elizabeth DuPriest, with research over the summer break.

Warner Pacific science student Anh Ngo's Murdock Conference poster 2015Anh Ngo, who will be graduating in December, presented a poster about Mechanisms of Hepatic Hypersensitivity to Growth Hormone in Nutritionally Programmed Microswine Offspring. Anh will also be presenting her research poster at the Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter Student Poster Presentations session at Portland State University later in November.

Natasha McDougal’s poster was about Adipose Tissue Transcription Factor Expression in Nutritionally-Programmed Offspring. Natasha is graduating in May 2016.

Warner Pacific science student Natash McDougal Murdock conference poster 2015After graduation, Anh is proceeding to graduate school at Oregon Health Sciences University in their Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program. Natasha is advancing to a doctoral level program in Naturopathic Medicine.

Join us for Advent Brunch (December 5)

Warner Pacific Advent Brunch 2015Please join us for the 4th Annual Advent Brunch hosted President Andrea Cook; a joyful time of fellowship, reflection, and renewal.

Details

  • Saturday, December 5
  • 10 am – 12 pm
  • McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland)
  • Gourmet Brunch
  • Help us spread joy this season by bringing and donating a new or gently used children’s book for the Children’s Book Bank Drive and help us give kids throughout Portland the gift of reading
  • Tickets are just $25 per person or $175 for a table of 7 guests

Get your TicketsAdvent Brunch RSVP button 2015

  • Purchase your tickets  ($25 per person or $175 for a table of 7 guests) by registering securely online or contacting Diane Minor: email or 503.517.1114
  • Please RSVP by Monday, November 30

Give the Gift of Reading

We are excited to once again partner with the Children’s Book Bank, supporting  their work to bring the gift of reading to kids throughout Portland. Easy access to books is foundational to literacy development. Scarcity of books in the home is one of the greatest obstacles that must be overcome by children living in poverty. Children with books in the home become better readers and do better in school.

Please bring your new or gently used books to the brunch and help us give  Portland’s most vulnerable children the gift of reading. Types of books most in need are Dr. Seuss and Spanish-language books. Other requests are: picture books, board books, alphabet books, and counting books. (New books are preferred for Christmas.)

Click here to purchase books specially requested by the Children’s Book Bank.

Chldren's Book Bank

Athletes earn Academic All-Conference Recognition

Seventeen Warner Pacific athletes are among a total of 339 Cascade Collegiate Conference student-athletes in the fall sports of men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, and volleyball have earned U.S. Bank Academic All-CCC honors for their performances in the classroom, the conference office announced on October 27, 2015.

To earn recognition as a CCC scholar-athlete, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and sophomore standing.

Read more and view the list of Knights who earned this recognition….

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

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

Come wearing your favorite costume (kids and adults)!

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

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

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

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

 Free family fun includes:

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

Fall Production – Encounter (Nov. 5-8)

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

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

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

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


What: Encounter

When: November 5 – 8, 2015

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

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

Cost: $5 at the door

 

 

Prayers and support for UCC

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Calling & Community: a Choral Music Festival

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

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

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

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

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

About the Guest Conductors

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

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

McGuire on Fire – October 18 Jazz Concert

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

When: Sunday, October 18, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Where: Warner Pacific College’s McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland)

Cost: $10 donation at the door

What: Jazz means unpredictable improvisation and group interplay. You will not be disappointed in the jazz stylings and performance at McGuire on Fire, featuring music of Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, John Lewis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mongo Santamaria, Jimmy Heath, Sergio Mendes, Elton John, and Gabriel Faure.

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

• Dennis Plies, Marimba & Vibes (WPC music professor)
• Dan Gaynor, Piano
• Dave Captein, Bass
• Tyson Stubelek, Drums

Dennis Plies has been at home on the marimba playing classical and gospel music since age six, and twenty-two years later he added the jazz dimension, including its central role–improvisation. The vibes, played very similarly to the marimba, has become his jazz voice. He has directed the Jazz Band at Warner Pacific College since 1981 and has played vibes in the jazz trio, Mirage, since 1999. His first jazz recording in 1986 features his vibes work with the Ron Steen Trio. In 2006 he recorded an album called Minor Inconvenience with sax player Howard Whitaker plus a rhythm section.

Dave Captein is an accomplished performer on both string bass and bass guitar, having worked as a professional musician for over 40 years in the Pacific Northwest. Dave has performed in a broad range of situations, from symphonic performances to studio and club work, as well as many jazz concerts and festivals around the country and in Europe. He has worked with many well-known jazz artists. He freelances in the Portland area, and is a very active member of the music community, frequently appearing in the city’s many clubs and concert venues, as well as recording studios.

A native of Portland, pianist Dan Gaynor has performed with a wide variety of artists. He studied jazz and music theory at Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University with teachers including Randy Porter, Dave Barduhn, Darrell Grant, Glen Moore, and Tomas Svoboda. Dan is also a versatile vocal accompanist, with a wide repertoire and experience in many musical styles. He is recorded on Good Morning Geek by the Portland Jazz Orchestra, En Route by Ed Bennett and on both Libre and Two Dollars to Ride the Train by Martin Zarzar.

Tyson Stubelek has been teaching drum lessons for over 11 years both in schools and through his private studio. He has toured internationally across Canada, the UK, and throughout the United States, and has studied and played with numerous prominent musicians including: Danilo Perez, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Ingrid Jensen, Jerry Bergonzi, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Joe Locke, Dave Douglas, Clarence Penn, Tony Malaby, Ben Street, Adam Benjamin, and Joshua Redman.

WPC is one of the Best Online Colleges in Oregon

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

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

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

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

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