Congratulations Summer Graduates

On Saturday, August 16, we honored the accomplishments of our 114 summer graduates.

The following awards were presented:

Wilma I. Perry Award: C’eirra M. Williams

Summer-Grad-WPC-2014-Perry-Award-winnerDr. 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 – Associate of Arts in Organizational Dynamics: Ricardo Allen Gallegos

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student – Bachelor of Science in Human Development: Stephanie Sequeira

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student – Bachelor of Business Administration: Julia Johnson

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student – Bachelor of Health Care Administration: Karleen M. Aichele

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Welcoming a record number of new students to campus

We are welcoming a record number of 250 new freshmen and transfer students to campus during the 2014 Welcome Weekend beginning Saturday, August 23.

“We are excited that so many students selected Warner Pacific College for the next step in their educational journey,” said Dale Seipp, Jr., vice president for enrollment and marketing. “We are eager to welcome this diverse group of young people to our community, to hear their stories, share in their dreams, and engage in a collaborative learning experience to help them flourish academically, socially, spiritually, and have great impact in their community.”

Welcome Weekend is a time of transition for all new students. They are leaving the comforts of home and stepping into a new and different world. The activities and informative sessions offered during this first official weekend as a college student are designed to foster new friendships, answer questions, alleviate anxiety, and build anticipation for their first class.

Students will also be introduced to the College’s four core themes: Christ-centered, urban, diverse, and liberal-arts.

While Warner Pacific’s new students come from all over the Portland-metro area and the Pacific Northwest as well as from across the country and world, they all become Knights on Saturday evening. During a time-honored tradition full of pageantry, Dr. Andrea Cook, president of Warner Pacific College, bestows the title of Knight on each and every new student in a special ceremony.

Students will also have a chance to explore Portland during Warner Pacific’s traditional “City Search” scavenger hunt on Sunday afternoon.

Warner Pacific recognizes and embraces the diversity of our campus. During the weekend, students will learn more about the richness of multiculturalism, the connections made by joining a club, the encouragement from staff and faculty, the fullness of serving others, and the depth of our commitment to ensuring every Warner Pacific student flourishes.

Seipp encourages incoming students to fully engage in all activities offered during this orientation weekend. “You’ll be able to look back at these few days down the road and realize that was where you first met some of your best friends,” said Seipp.


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Christmas Advent Brunch: A Child is Born

Advent-Brunch-ImageWelcome to the Season of Advent

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Christmas Advent Brunch with President Andrea Cook. This year we are inviting women and men to participate in this a joyful time of fellowship, reflection, and renewal.


  • Saturday, December 6
  • 10 am – 12 pm
  • McGuire Auditorium
  • Featuring Bridgetown, the College’s premiere men’s singing group
  • Gourmet Brunch
  • Help us spread joy this season by donating a new or gently used children’s book for the Children’s Book Bank Drive
  • Tickets are just $25 per person

Get your Tickets

  • Tickets are $25 per person
  • Contact Diane Minor: email or 503.517.1114
  • Please RSVP by Friday, November 21

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.)

Chldren's Book Bank

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Welcome Weekend for New Students: August 23-25

Exciting activities and time-honored traditions, enjoyed with a community of diverse, smart, interesting people who will make you glad you chose to become a Knight.

Welcome to Warner Pacific

Warner Pacific Welcome WeekendWhether you’re new or returning to campus, these events—which begin the Saturday, August 23—will help you prepare for a successful year and experience what it means to be a Warner Pacific student.

Welcome Weekend includes the New Student Knighting Ceremony on Saturday after the Aloha Dinner. The weekend is packed full of informative and fun events including time exploring Portland, a movie on the lawn, trying out Salsa Dancing, and ending with the College Convocation and the start of classes. (All Welcome Weekend activities are required for new students – freshmen or transfer.)

Welcome Weekend Schedule
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Warner Pacific hosts ‘Movie on the Lawn’ (August 9)

Portland Parks Summer Free For All Concert logoadventures-of-tintinAs part of the Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All, Warner Pacific is hosting a free Movie on the Lawn featuring The Adventures of TinTin, The Secret of the Unicorn.



  • When: Saturday, August 9
  • Time: Festivities start at 6:30 pm; movie starts at dusk
  • Where: Warner Pacific College’s AF Gray Lawn (2219 SE 68th Ave.)
  • Featuring: Food Vendors, free popcorn, and music by The River City Band

Bring the entire family; low lawn chairs or a blanket; dinner; and even the dog (on a leash).



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Free concert in the park – July 29

toque-libre---mt-tabor-concert-in-park-hosted-by-Warner-Pacific-2014Portland Parks Summer Free For All Concert logoWarner Pacific is pleased to sponsor a Summer Free for All concert with Portland Parks & Recreation.

The College is hosting a free concert at Mt. Tabor Park featuring Toque Libre – passionate acoustic Latin music.

Pack a picnic dinner and join us.

  • When: Tuesday, July 29, starting at 6:30 pm
  • Where: Mt. Tabor Park: SE 68th and Taylor
  • Cost: Free

Bring: picnic dinner, blanket, children, and dogs on a leash

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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.)

Photos or video taken at our events or campus visits may be used in publications such as brochures, newsletters, and magazines, or video presentations. Such photos or videos may also be used electronically in online publications, our websites, e-mails, social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or in other electronic forms of media. If you are pictured and would like us to discontinue using the photo, please contact us.



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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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