FYLC Semester-End Events 2014

2014 Fall FYLC Events SquareThe First-Year Learning Communities (FYLCs) at Warner Pacific invite you to share their first-semester experiences through a series of community events.

At these events, freshmen are able to engage with fellow students, local service partners, and members of the Warner Pacific community through the shared exploration of the four FYLC values: City, Curiosity, Community, and Connection.

Each FYLC uses their chosen topic as a lens through which students are invited to examine their personal experiences with questions like “who am I?”,  “why am I here?”, and “how can I learn from the city I call home?”

Please join us for these interactive community events.
  • November 20: Faith, Justice, and Portland: Advocating for Social Change
  • November 25: All about the Benjamins: Financial Literacy and Resources
  • December 2: Power & Privilege: Emerging Leaders
  • December 3: Image and Word: InDesign and Print Culture
  • December 3: Food Carts, Farms, and Freddy’s: Thinking About Eating
  • December 4: Boyz n Girlz in the Hood: Justice and Neighborhood Change
  • December 8: What’s on your IPod? Music in Human Nature
  • December 9: Live Long and Prosper: Building Bridges to Wellness
  • December 11: One Love: Interfaith Conversations

2014-Faith-and-Justice-FYLCREL160X: Faith, Justice, and Portland: Advocating for Social Change

When: Thursday, November 20

Time: 10 a.m. (during Chapel)

Where: McGuire Auditorium

BUS 160X: All About the Benjamins: Financial Literacy and Resources

When: Tuesday, November 25

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Egtvedt 203

SOC 161X: Power & Privilege: Emerging Leaders in Portland

When: Tuesday, December 2

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Egtvedt 203

HUM 161X: Image and Word: InDesign and Print Culture in Portland

When: Wednesday, December 3

Time: 1 p.m.

Where: Center for Teaching & Learning

HUM150X: Food Carts, Farms, and Freddy’s: Thinking About Eating in PDX

When: Wednesday, December 3

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Kardatzke

Who is invited: Dinner by invitation only; please contact Derek Moyer if you are interested in attending.

FYLC-Boyz-n-GirlzHUM 160X: Boyz n Girlz in the Hood: Justice and Neighborhood Change in PDX

When: Thursday, December 4

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Kardatzke

MUS 160X: What’s on Your iPod?: Music in Human Nature

When: Monday, December 8

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Egtvedt 203

FYLC-Live-LongHHK 160X: Live Long and Prosper: Building Bridges to Wellness in PDX

When: Tuesday, December 9

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Egtvedt 203

REL 161X: One Love: Interfaith Conversations in PDX

When: Thursday, December 11

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Egtvedt 203

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Dr. Cook Presented with OLAA’s Ally for Excellence Award

OLAA-summit-2014Saturday, October 11, the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action (OLAA) hosted their annual Summit at Warner Pacific.

We are proud to announce that Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, was presented with  the OLAA Líderes Award – Ally for Excellence Award. Tom Hughes, Metro Council President, was honored as well. This award is given by the OLAA to exemplary individuals who have contributed to the growth, innovation, impact, and results of our Latino community.

Of Dr. Cook, OLAA says: “We believe it is important to acknowledge community members who value Latinos and promote their abilities and contributions in government, education and health. Our board at OLAA believes that you exemplify these traits and would like to extend this award to you.”

OLAA’s goal is to establish a broad-based statewide coalition of Latino organizations, community groups, and individuals to strategically advocate and work for systems change and to develop policy recommendations on issues affecting our communities. The Summit is a platform to establish strategic priorities for meeting the over-arching needs of the growing number of Latino Oregonians.

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3rd Annual Diversity Lecture Series (October 25)

Warner Pacific Presents Celebrity and Social Change: Two Free Public Lectures

“I am excited to welcome some of America’s most well respected and thought-provoking leaders to Warner Pacific College as we discuss this year’s topic of celebrity and social change,” said Dr. Daymond Glenn, Vice President for Community Life and Chief Diversity Officer at Warner Pacific College. “Through collaborations such as these, we believe our students and neighbors will gain a deeper knowledge on some of the important socio-cultural issues that disproportionately exist in urban spaces and how we negotiate and make sense of them.”

WPC-Diversity-Lecture-Tricia-Rose-photo“Social Change and Popular Culture” with Dr. Tricia Rose

Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Few scholars are honest enough to tackle the most difficult and yet richest areas of our culture in an effort to debunk the societal myths and stigmas that plague our psyches in the way Dr. Tricia Rose does. She specializes in 20th century African-American culture and politics, social thought, popular culture, and gender issues.

Dr. Tricia Rose is Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.  Additionally, Dr. Tricia Rose is a highly praised author, commentator, and social critic who is most well-known for her ground-breaking book on the emergence of hip hop culture. Her first book on Hip Hop, “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America” was listed as one of the “Top Books of the Twentieth Century” by Black Issues in Higher Education and is considered a foundational book in the history and study of hip hop.  Dr. Rose continued her interest in tackling under-examined but vital social issues by writing one of the only oral histories of black women’s sexuality, “Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy.”  Her 2008 book, “The Hip Hop Wars.” challenges the contemporary state of hip hop and examines the possibility of reincarnating the progressive heart of what hip hop once was and still can be.  Dr. Rose received a B.A. in Sociology from Yale University and her Ph.D. from Brown University in the field of American Studies.

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

Cost: FREE

More information: Dr. Glenn at dglenn@warnerpacific.edu or 503.517.1271

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Costume-Inspired Pops Concert includes a Costume Contest (Oct 30)

Music for all ages and prizes for best costume

Warner Pacific College’s Concert Band is hosting a free costume-inspired concert featuring musical selections appropriate for all ages. Come in your best costume and you could win a prize (that includes you too mom and dad).

When:  Thursday, October 30 (Halloween eve), at 7:30 pm

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

What:  Music, costumes, and prizes for all ages

  • Selections from ‘Frozen’ (featuring Warner  Pacific Alum Danielle Purdy on vocals)
  • Selections from ‘Mary Poppins’
  • Music from ‘The Avengers’
  • Grieg’s spooky favorite ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’
  • And much, much more!

There is no admission and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy.

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College Application Fee Waived Through December 1

See yourself here.

Warner Pacific College students having a good time together.When you apply to attend Warner Pacific College, we’ll waive your application fee.

Hurry. While the benefits of a quality, Christ-centered education through Warner Pacific will last a lifetime, the application fee waiver period ends Monday, December 1, 2014.

This waiver applies to applications from incoming freshmen, transfer students, and international students.

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Flourish at ADP: Jim’s Story

Jim Band Photo ADP Alum 2014I don’t care how good you are at anything, if you’re not good with people, you won’t be successful. Earning my degree in Human Development through the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program (ADP) gave me a better understanding of what makes people tick and an understanding that we all come from different places with different fears, needs, and motivations. As the Chief of Police in Oregon City, these skills are vital to my work each and every day.

I found out about ADP through a co-worker who had attended Warner Pacific and had a great experience. Practically speaking, graduating from college opened the door for me to apply for a promotion to a position that required a degree. This has equated to more responsibility and an increased income. In terms of how it applies to my job, I have been better prepared to deal with all of the challenges that go with being a police chief. My degree was in human development and I think it has made a significant difference in how I read, communicate with, and handle people.

As the head of Oregon City’s police department, my main job is to steer the agency according to the vision and ideals of our community. There are a lot of things that make this job rewarding. I like fixing things that people believe will never be fixed, and I also like finding new solutions; the creative process of problem-solving. The most challenging part of my work is trying to maintain a healthy balance. It’s hard to focus on doing fewer things well, rather than trying to change everything that you think needs to be fixed. Sometimes it feels like there are so many ideas and so little time.

Even though my job involves working with a wide variety of people, oddly enough it was the ADP group projects that I really disliked during my time as a student. However, it was those interactions that ended up teaching me the most. I remember working with people of every type from all walks of life. At the time, it was difficult to complete some of these projects while negotiating all of our differences. But, that is what problem-solving really is; getting a group of people to function and complete work in spite of their differences. Learning in this way forced me out of my comfort zone and taught me to look past each of our differences and encouraged me to utilize our individual strengths. I learned how to stop focusing why we thought so differently and instead, recognize it as an advantage.

ADP-anniv-image-logoJim Band
Chief of Police, Oregon City
B.S. in Human Development ‘04

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Music & the Mind (October 17)

Music & The Mind lectureThe Warner Pacific Music Department presents:

Music & the Mind

Strengthening the developing and aging brain through musical exploration.

Featuring Dr. Larry Sherman, a musical neuroscientist at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, will provide insights into some of the most exciting brain research in recent years – the connection between music, brain development, and the ways music can prevent or delay brain aging and help patients with damage to the brain. In this multi-media experience, Dr. Sherman mixes musical performances, humor, and neuroscience to reveal the amazing connection between music and human brain function.

This brown bag lecture is free and open to all.

When: Friday, October 17, from 1 – 2 pm

Where: Warner Pacific College’s McGuire Auditorium

Dr. Larry Sherman is a professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the Oregon Health & Science University. He is also the President of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. He has over 80 publications related to brain development and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. He serves on a number of US and international scientific review panels for the US National Institutes of Health, the US Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Programs, and others. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Portland Monthly Magazine recognized Dr. Sherman as one of the “People who are changing our world.” He was also the 2012 Teacher of the Year at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.


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Ranked 48th Nationally by Washington Monthly’s Annual College Guide

college-guideWashington Monthly’s annual college guide gives us a unique perspective when it comes to college rankings. They look at what colleges are doing for the country.

“Higher education, after all, doesn’t just affect students. We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they put students from lower-income families on the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders. And we all pay for it, through hundreds of billions of dollars in government-financed financial aid, tax breaks, and other spending.”

In order to identify the most “public-minded institutions,” Washington Monthly ranks  “every four-year college and university in America based on three criteria: social mobility, research, and public service.” By giving equal weight to public service, this ranking identifies colleges, such as Warner Pacific, that embrace an ethos of service to their communities. They also recognize schools that do the best job of enrolling and graduating low-income students.

We are pleased that Warner Pacific ranked 48th in the nation on the 2014 Baccalaureate Colleges list. As one of only four Oregon colleges to be included on this list, we out shone larger schools in community service participation of our students and cumulative hours served (38th) and jumped to the head of the list with regard to service staff, courses, and financial aid support (15th).

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Named to the 2015 Military Friendly Schools® List (5th Year)

Warner Pacific named a Military Friendly School.Warner Pacific College’s commitment to providing a supportive educational environment for military students was confirmed this week as the College was named to the prestigious Military Friendly Schools® list for a 5th year.

The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list (Victory Media) honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students, ensuring their success on campus.

“Warner Pacific College is proud to be included in the list of military friendly schools,” said Dale Seipp, Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment. “Our mix of traditional undergraduate degree offerings and adult degree programs, including an online degree option, allows Warner Pacific embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.”

As military personnel seek to expand their education after retirement, or while still on active duty, the convenience presented through the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program’s once-a-week class schedule and online courses is the best path to completing a degree that will be beneficial in civilian life or in furtherance of an Armed Forces career.

For over 25 years, Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program (ADP) has offered flexibility for adult and working students. Meeting just one evening a week and providing a high quality education in a cohort setting, adult learners flourish with one of Warner Pacific’s five undergraduate and three graduate level programs through the ADP offered at six locations across the Portland area and online.

Warner Pacific’s allegiance to veterans and military students was also underscored by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 edition recently naming the College a “Best College for Veterans” (ranked 4th in the west).

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Named a Great Affordable Private College in the West

Great Value CollegesWarner Pacific named an Affordable College in the West by Great Value Colleges recently released a new college ranking. What makes the new ranking unique is that it features only western schools with tuition set at $22,000 or lower per year. The western states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Warner Pacific was one of only three private Oregon colleges to make this list.

We were very aware of the financial strain college can put on many families. Warner Pacific is committed to keeping increases in tuition, fees, and housing to a minimum, providing affordable, Christ-centered, private liberal arts education that serves students and families for whom college has traditionally been out of reach.

Being named one of the West Coast’s most affordable private colleges affirms that the College is on the right path in making a quality education affordable and accessible.

In 2008, we reduced tuition significantly and continues to keep it an affordable level, with tuition and fees averaging just $20,300 a year, 33% less than the average private college in Oregon and Washington.

In the fall of 2014, we launched “Freedom to Flourish.” This is Portland’s first loan repayment assistance program for undergraduate students that promises the 2014 incoming freshmen class (and those to come) that the College will provide assistance to repay student loans after graduation to those who need it.

At Great Value Colleges, their “goal is to help you get the most bang for your buck when it comes to getting a college degree. We realize that determining ‘value’ can be an elusive concept. But when it comes to the sizable investment in a college degree, we think it’s worth the time to examine all the angles. Your personal interests and career goals are a big factor, and so are cost of tuition, potential financial aid, personal savings, family contribution, cost of living, and the quality of the chosen institution where you’ll get your degree.”

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