McGuire on Fire… Again! (Sunday, April 3)

2016 Warner Pacific McGuire on Fire again!Five local jazz artists come together to form the Dennis Plies Jazz Quintet. We are pleased to host the Quintet’s Sunday, April 3, concert: McGuire on Fire…Again!

When: Sunday, April 3, 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 Duke Ellington, Howard Whitaker, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gerry Mulligan, Gordon Lee, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Osvaldo Farres, and Lennon & McCartney.

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

• Dennis Plies, Marimba & Vibes (WPC music professor)
• Jeff Uusitalo, Trombone
• 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.

Jeff Uusitalo hit the scene at age 20, when he toured with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, soloing on the group’s last two albums, Journey to Capricon and Live in Europe. Since then, Jeff has been in demand as a soloist, guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator at jazz festivals throughout the United States and Canada. With over 45 albums and multiple television broadcasts to his credit, Jeff has traded fours with some of the best jazz musicians in the world including: Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Billy Higgins, Ed Bickert, Lionel Hampton, and Freddie Hubbard.

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.

Come to our Preschool Open House: March 28

Warner Pacific Early Learning CenterDo you have a preschool age child or grandchild (ages 3-5)?

We have a fabulous preschool right here on the Warner Pacific Campus and we offer half-day and full-day programs, at prices lower than most other local options.

Interested? We invite you to meet our wonderful teachers, tour the facility, and ask questions at our Open House!

Open House

Monday, March 28; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Early Learning Center at Warner Pacific College
Located at the corner of SE 70th and Division, Portland

Register in March, and we will take $25 off your registration fee!

If the Open House date or time doesn’t work for you, you are welcome to visit the Early Learning Center anytime. To make an appointment, contact the Director, Darcy McMurray at 503.517.1081.

Hear what people are saying about the Early Learning Center (ELC):

Students at Warner Pacific Preschool 2016There are many things our family values about the ELC. It is an environment that is welcoming and laid back as well as consistent and fair. I see this from the moment my son is greeted at the door in the morning to the moment it is time to say goodbye at pick-up time.

The teachers are energetic, attentive, and patient. They are concerned to draw out the children’s own particular interests in a way that helps them enter through those interests into a process of understanding and exploring the wider world. The rhythms of the day provide important structure wherein the kids and teachers alike then have much flexibility to experiment, learn, and play. Kids are free to be who they are but invited to grow each day. What’s more-I can tell that the teachers at ELC really care about my son. He can tell it, too.   Cassie Trentaz; Parent of an ELC student and WPC faculty member

“What do you like about school?” I asked my son one afternoon after returning home from work and having heard about his day. His reply: “We get to paint. We get to build. We get to figure out how things in the world work.” Winston age 5; student at the ELC

Our purpose is to provide a creative learning environment for preschool children, a laboratory school for Warner Pacific students, and a resource for the community.

You will not find lower ratios of student – teacher 1:4 and most days even lower. We are a cozy intimate preschool that is play based and values community and relationships. Darcy McMurray, Director for the Early Learning Center

Meet our new Act Six Cadre

We are looking forward to these new Act Six students joining the Warner Pacific family.

Warner Pacific Act Six cadre 2016
Alex, Yaislenis, Jose, Jose, Taylor, Luis, Evangeline, and Pamela

Act Six provides leadership training and full scholarships for emerging urban and community leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities.

As pictured above:

  • Maria (Alex) Monroy-Benitez – Roosevelt High School
  • Yaislenis Estrada – Grant High School
  • Jose Ramirez Mendez – Liberty High School
  • Jose Abraham Bautista-Bautista – Milwaukie High School
  • Taylor Waters – Franklin High School
  • Luis Saavedra – Newberg High School
  • Evangeline (Angie) Matley – Benson High School
  • Pamela Domingo – Benson High School

Congratulations to our outstanding alumni

During the 2016 Warner Pacific College Homecoming Weekend (February 11-13), local Alums were honored for their professional and community achievements.

WPC alum Mike Moreland with Dr. CookDistinguished Alumni Award, Adult Degree Program (ADP)Mike Moreland, Sr. ’12, Chief Human Resources Officer for Providence Health & Services, Oregon and Alaska Region

Mike earned his Master’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership through Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program in 2012. “I was already a Human Resources professional when I decided to go back and earn my master’s degree,” remembers Mike. “I considered pursuing an MBA at another institution but the Master’s in Management and Organizational Leadership curriculum was a better match for my personal style and professional needs.”

The intentional diversity of the ADP cohorts was something Mike valued. “In forming cohorts, the College really tried to mix us up in a way that showcased our diversity of skills, experience, gender, and everything in between. This reinforced the idea that diversity does not happen without intentionality; working in HR, that concept is key.”

As a proud graduate of Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program, Mike actively recruits his colleagues and staff members to attend WPC’s ADP program. Mike’s son and nephew recently graduated from Warner Pacific, and he currently has a niece attending WPC’s traditional program. Mike considers his family a “Warner Family.”

WPC Alum Jennifer Davis with Dr. CookDistinguished Alumni Award, Professional/Academic AchievementJennifer Davis ’94, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at Planar

A liberal arts education laid the foundation for a strategic thinking in the high tech industry. “I love seeing a well-executed strategy deliver results. It excites me to see team members taking initiative, growing into new roles, and being successful,” remarks Jennifer.

Jennifer earned a BS in Business Administration and History from Warner Pacific College. She reflects, “My years at Warner Pacific resulted in new opportunities and broadening horizons. An internship at a software company translated into my first career job and set me on the path to a career in high-technology. Encouragement from my math professor gave me confidence to handle the most technically-challenging work, even in my marketing roles.”

She encourages current students to take advantage of the internships offered through the College because you never know what doors they will open.

WPC alum Heather Phillips with Dr. CookDistinguished Alumni Award, Recent Alum Heather Phillips ’06, Executive Director of City Crossroads, a ministry of the Church of God in San Francisco’s South of Market Area neighborhood

Heather earned a B.S. in Social Work, Religion and Christian Ministries, and Human Development from Warner Pacific. She describes the work of City Crossroads to be both simple and profound. They provide for the physical, social, and spiritual needs of children, youth, and their families. Heather explains “that’s really just a fancy way to say we open our doors five nights a week to kids with nowhere else to go. We feed them dinner, help with homework, play board games, and share the joys and sorrows of raising exceptional young people amidst extraordinarily hard circumstances. The acts themselves are simple, and yet the profound nature of what we do is not lost in the day-to-day detail.”

“Today, when I think about finding myself at the helm of this ministry, I am so incredibly thankful for the way Warner Pacific prepared me to view life not as a set of simple black and white circumstances or problems to be fixed, but to see the world as an interdependent community; messy and complicated but full of beauty, where we all have a place.”

WPC Alum Kalen Abbott with Dr. CookKnights Hall of Honor 2016 – Kalen Abbott ’06, Emergency Medicine Physician at University Medical Center Phoenix

He was one of the early stars for the relaunched cross country and track & field programs at Warner Pacific. A competitor from 2002-06, Abbott anchored the Knight cross country team and achieved NAIA All-American Status after placing 22nd at the national meet in 2004. In track & field, he capped his senior season as the Cascade Conference Champion in both the 5000 meter and 10,000 meter races.

An outstanding student, Kalen was named a NAIA Scholar Athlete in 2005 and 2006. He used his academic excellence to move on to medical school at University of Colorado Denver. His residency commenced at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and his training took him to South Africa where he worked in tuberculosis prevention and at a number of very busy trauma centers. His work is recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians quarterly newsletter.

As You Like It – Spring Production (March 10-13)

WPC Spring Drama Production: As You Like ItAll the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.

Rosalind and her cousin, Celia, escape a threat of death at court and seek refuge in the Forest of Arden, where they find friendship, family, and love.

Believe then, if you please, that I can do strange things.

What: As You Like It, a comedy by William Shakespeare
When: March 10, 11 & 12 at 7:30 pm | March 13 at 2 pm
Where: McGuire Theatre, Warner Pacific College, 2219 SE 68th Ave
Cost: $5 General Admission (tickets available at the WPC Bookstore)

A Best Online School (2016)

Best Online Schools Oregon logoDid you know that in Oregon, 30 colleges and universities offer online degree programs, making earning a higher education degree easier than ever? The online degrees offered through our Adult Degree Program were recently recognized by Accredited Schools Online as one of the best in the state.

Ranked 2nd in the state for 2016, Warner Pacific’s online program balances academic rigor, student support, and affordability.

According to a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group, 14% of undergraduate students in Oregon are enrolled in at least one online class. We are meeting the needs of these students by offering excellence in education and work-life-study balance.

“We wanted to recognize schools that are implementing convenient and cutting-edge technological learning opportunities to all students,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of Accredited Schools Online. “These schools are not only offering exceptional programs, but they have expanded their program excellence to the much-desired online environment.”

Ranked schools meet a number of criteria and metrics, including:

  • Must offer an Associate’s degree or higher
  • Must be a public or private, not-for-profit institution
  • Must offer at least one fully-online associate’s degree program began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education. Their free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources.

Religion & Christian Ministry Spring Events (2016)

RCM Spring 2016 eventsDiscover how God is moving in and through the lives of our seniors in the Department of Religion & Christian Ministries.

At these two unique events, you’ll find out how Warner Pacific College is preparing students for ministry in a constantly changing world.

Ministry isn’t about the job you choose, it’s about the life you live.

Night of Stories: Student Reflections on Ministry

  • March 2
  • 7:30 pm (reception immediately following)
  • Schlatter Chapel

Students will share their experiences with hands-on ministry in Portland. Learn more about how WP students are changing and being changed by the city we call home through the love of God, self, neighbor, enemy, stranger, and the world today.

The Art of the Call

  • May 3
  • 5:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Egtvedt Hall, Room 203

The Art of the Call is an interactive showcase addressing the integrative formative experiences in the Religion & Christian Ministries department. This is an open exhibit using creative visual storytelling techniques for graduating students to address who they are in Christ and how they are called to engage the world.

Ranked No. 2 in Portland for online degrees!

Great Value Colleges logoGreat Value Colleges recently reviewed colleges and universities located in the Portland area to create its list of top 10 colleges offering an online degree. Warner Pacific ranked 2nd in their 2016 list!

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. Currently half of the degrees offered through the ADP are also offered online.

They selected schools with high rankings from Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. Great Value Colleges chose only accredited colleges and universities, and schools that offered at least one online degree option.


Dean’s List for Fall 2015

The following 464 Warner Pacific College students were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2015 academic term. To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time♦ and achieve a 3.5 or greater grade point average. Students with an asterisk (*) earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.

4.0 Student Name
Matthew Aguigui
Kelsey Akers
Kiandra Alexander
* Lisa Alexander
Ayde Alvarado
Lesley Alvarez-Luna
* Ruben Amezcua
* Lauren Andrada
* Rebecca Anna
* Dale Apple
* Laura Araza
Melissa Armstrong
* Miriam Ash
Kristin Ashenfelter
* Caitlin Asher
* Guadalupe Astorga Ramos
* Arika Atkins
* Amanda Atwood
* Vanessa Auyong
Abigail Baker
Breanna Baker
Luis Barajas
* William Barnes
* Shelly Barton-Perry
* Dillon Battles
Nathen Bauer
* Rebecca Baumgarden
* Gabriella Begazo
Allison Beisley
Britny Belcher
* Regina Bell
Sommer Bellon
* Samantha Bennett
* Jacob Berg
* Katheryn Bergen
* Samantha Bernal
* Hayley Bernick
David Berra
Holley Besaw
Tina Bettger
Tyler Bettis
* Tiffany Bird
Micah Birlew
* Gregory Bledsoe
Brittany Blundon
* Keira Bogart
Joseph Boivin
Marchelle Bostic
Ta’Chelle Bowden
* Michelle Bowers
De’jon Bowman
* Blaine Bradford
* Kimberly Branstetter
Yvette Briceno
Holly Briggs
* Irina Bubnova
* Hillary Bucklew
Jason Bumgardner
Barbara Bundy
Michael Burke
* Britta Burleigh
Jay Busher
Michaela Byers
* Timminy Carlson
* Sandy Carpenter
Marissa Casanova
* Leslie Catabay
* Jeffery Cavin
Claudia Cedeno-Fornos
* Shani Center
Katherine Cereghino
Rachel Chamberlain
Michael Chapman
Ping Chen
* Mila Cherchenko
* Craig Chilson
* Trudy Chimko
* Christopher Choi
* Samantha Christensen
* Molly Christiansen
Elizabeth Clark
Jason Clark
Taylor Clark
Kristen Coghill
Nicole Cole
* Theresa Cole
* Craig Coleman
Mark Combe
* Makenna Conley
Julie Connors
Erin Cooper
Mariah Cooper
* Shauna Cooper
Andrea Cortese
Kevin Coser
* Megan Costello
* Valerie Couch
Crystal Coutu
Paula Covalt
* Antranette Covington
* Michelle Cowden
* Hannah Crane
* Shannon Cummings
* Kerry Cunningham
Nayomi Cunningham
Robert Cunningham
* Leah Danley
Cherie Davis
Sarah Davis
Stephanie Davis
* Heather Degroot
* Rochelle Degroot
Valynda Demel
Megan Derrick
Jason DiGiovanna
Zechariah Dirdak
* Brycen Dodds
* Elizabeth Dominguez
* Adrianne Douma
Sean Downey
Alishia Duckett
* Casey Duckworth
Edith Duku
Benjamin Durham
Latosha Dyson
* Moses Dyson
* Alesandra Edwards
* Julianna Edwardson
* Dennis Einarson
* Stacie Elkins
John Erbert
Susana Escobedo
* Noemi Espinoza
* Alexis Estrada
* Cerissa Farrington
Tara Faulkner
Julia Feeser
* Alicia Finch
Toni Fletcher
* Amanda Foley
Spencer Folkman
Britney Foote
* Joy Foster
Naomi Fox
Melinda Fraley
* Bonshee Freeman
* Jean Freeman
Benjamin Fuhrer
* James Furns
* Ricardo Gallegos
Jill Galloway
* Carole Gamoy
* Catherine Gant
Emir Garcia
Manuel Garcia
Maria Garcia
* Tami Gardner
* Casey Garza
Blanca Gaytan Farfan
Kristi Gifford
Kevin Gilchrist
* Michael Goldman
Kaili Goodpaster
Erin Graham
Lenette Green
* Lyssa Greene
* Jennifer Greenley
Cameron Griego
Deborah Guyton
Aidan Hackett
Maurice Hale
* Josiah Hall
Craig Hamilton
Michael Hammett
Blake Harlan
Haley Harn
* Elizabyth Harrington
* Benjamin Hartle
Michael Hatch
* Joshua Haywood
* Megan Helm
Melissa Helmick
Maranda Henderson
Kendra Henry
* Nathan Herbst
Ashley Hernandez
Keilah Hernandez
Soltsinansy Hernandez
Kailey Herren
* Jaclyn Heupel
Maria Higa
* Ann Marie Higgins
Jaye Hill
Samantha Hill
Rachael Hillis
* Gwenlyn Hitch
Aaron Hochstrasser
* Jeff Hoffman
Ione Holbrook
* John Hollada
Alexia Holt
* Haylee Hopkins
* Everett Horvath
Chelsea Hostetler
Jessica Hov
Taylor Howlett
* Bradley Hunt
* Lina Ibarra-Prado
Pota Idencio-Amataga
Joshua Ipock
* Andrea Irby
Jenean Iven
* Boston Jackson
Sonceria Jenkins
Robert Jimenez-Sutton
Sarah Johns
Christopher Johnson
* Edward Johnson
Eric Johnson
* Femi Johnson
* Joseph Johnson
* Ryan Johnson
* Carolyn Johnson-Evans
* Ann Jones
Brandee Jones
Jacqueline Jones
* Shaquwonna Jones
Elianna Jurado-Zambrano
Andrea Kahler
Camille Keaulana
* Aaron Keiffer
Nicole Kincaide
* Jonathan Kirchem
Nicole Klann
* Trey Klug
* Natalie Knight
Stephanie Knippa
Ashleigh Konzelman
* Michelle Korne
Adrian Koza
* Christi Krause
* Jason Kryston
Sarah Kudrna
Ashley Labes
* Cali Lamb
* Shannon Lamb
* John Lambert
Deborah Landers
* Brittany Landon
* Katie Lane
Augusta Lang
Shawn Langford
Cathy Lara
Brooke Larkins
Emma Larson
Jennifer Latu
* Kristin Laulainen
Brandon Laumeister
* Janelle Lawrence
* Deborah Lewis
* Mariah Liebert
Glenn Linder
* Lestan Loomis
Alexa Lorentzen
* Justin Maier
* Iesha Mangum
Nelly Manzo Hernandez
* Lacey Marsolek
* Kawan Martin
* Annette Marzan
* Adrian Mashia
Monica Mast
Sharyce Matayoshi
* Ashley McBride
* Reanna McBroom
Angel McCurdy
* Natasha McDougal
Dustin McGuirk
Kelsey Merritt
* Gerald Messenger
Tjana Meusec
* Samantha Meza Gomez
Hannah Mierow
Brendan Miller
Jacqueline Miller
* Robin Miller
* Tracy Miller
Blake Milnes
Darla Miner
Cassandra Minnieweather
* Carol Mitchell
Samantha Mitchell
Tumaini Mkandama
Marcos Montas
Mercedes Montgomery
Yolanda Morales
* Paige Moreland
Cory Morris
* Bradford Morrison
* Jenelle Moses
* Deidre Moss
Travis Moultrie
* Jennifer Mowry
* Brandi Mullaney
Serena Murray
* Sean Musaeus
Sherrita Myers
* Erica Navarro
Marisol Negrete-Flores
Elle’ Nelson
* Nadia Nelson
Shaun Nelson
Bailey Newell
* Jackie Nguyen
Laurie Nitschke
Adam O’Bryan
Amanda Olin
Nicholas Olin
Felix Ortega
Nicholle Ortiz
Erandi Osorio
Jessie Osuna-Mondragon
* Malia Oswalt
Austin Owens
* Erin Palacios
* Adriana Palla
* Kristin Palmer
Terry Pangle
* Robert Parker
Bethany Patterson
June Pederson
Louis Pellegrino
* Erin Perkins
Christina Peterson
Lisa Peterson
* Leslie Pfannes
* Terah Pitchford
Teresa Polette
Luis Pon
Angela Posch
Adler Pottebaum
* Roxanne Pratt
* Emilee Probasco
Michelle Pulido
Mandy Putnam
Kristine Rebber
Stephannie Reser
* Jennifer Reyes
Joshua Reznick
* Myesha Richmond
Danise Rickard
* Stephanie Riley
Jayston Ripplinger
* Kristine Rister
* Luis Rivas-Vazquez
Charles Robinson
Victoria Rocca
Ryan Rodgers
* Shurie Rodriguez
Kelsey Roldness
* Kealia Rosa
Rachelle Ross
* Jessica Routh
* Kerri Rueda-Vargas
Deasha Russell
* Faith Sanchez
Maria Sanchez
Kaelyn Sanders
* Erika Scarborough
Ali Scharbach
Wyatt Schlamp
* Todd Schwartz
* Jeff Scott
* William Seals
* Sharon Seifert
* Tatiana Seledkov
* Jonathan Sewell
Sheila Sharp
* Caitlyn Shearer
Albina Shkopu
* Gayle Singleton
* Chalita Sitthisakuldej
Alexis Smith
Elizabeth Smith
* Emilee Smith
Jensen Smith
* Lindsay Smith
* Mary Smith
* Chad Smurthwaite
* Melissa Sondergeld
* Roberto Soto-Zavala
Heidi Souvenir
William Stalcup
Trent Standard
* Vivian Stanley
* Lindsy Stevens
Rachael Strand
Jillian Struck
* Christie Stumbaugh
* Spencer Sundem
* Trina Swaja
Destiny Tackitt
Cayde Tagami
Kalah Taylor-Florence
* Brittany Teraoka
* NeJuan Thompson
Timothy Thompson
Mychal Tillery
* Jennifer Tina
* Julia Toscano
* Nancy Tovar
* Anita Traver
Melody Tripp
* Jessica Tucker
* Jennifer Utterback
Morgan Valentine
* Brenda Ventura
Jasmine Vickers
Erendira Villagomez
Morgan Villalpando
Kyler Vogt
Ekaterina Volkov
* Jessie Vonbargen
* Phai Vue
Shelby Wacker
Lauren Waits
* Jennifer Walker
* Monica Wall
Rachel Wallace
Blair Walsh
* Kevin Warnecke
* Keely Warren
* Irma Wassermann
* Jacob Wease
Jesse Weber
* Autumn Wedan
* Nicholas Wehrman
Olivia Welch
Kayla Wells
* Adam Westfall
* Kendra Wetter
* Cheryl White
* Joel Whiteside
Jameson Wilent
* Matthew Wiles
Nicole Willers
* Ashley Williams
* Mark Williams
Geri Willich
Chelsea Wilson
Kimonti Wilson
* Anna Winslow
Hannah Wirkkala
* Eric Witmer
* Gabriella Wolpert
Beth Woodard
Lynnette Woods
Raymond Woodson
* Heather Wooldridge
* Carissa Workman
Nicole Worthington
Emily Wright
Brittney Yoshimura
* Natasha Young

♦Full-time means earning 12 or more credits in the semester.

Graduates Honored at the 2015 Winter Commencement

“Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”  Proverbs 24:14

For Warner Pacific’s 160 new graduates, we know they will flourish in whatever God has planned for them.

Warner Pacific Winter CommencementAt the December 19, 2015, Winter Commencement, several graduates were honored with awards of distinction:

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in “Urban”: Kamille LeAnne Irwin-Cordero

This award honors a student who is also a change agent in their community; someone who is actively involved in an organization (volunteer or professional) where he or she is making a difference in our community.

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in “Diversity”: Julie Connors

This award is presented to a student who is recognized for being a positive influence in their Learning Team and cohort. One who is a creative leader and able to collaborate. Someone who embodies this quote from Margaret Meade: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committee people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in “Christ-Centered” Leadership and Service: Edith Taibo Duku

This award will be given to a student who is nominated by a faculty or staff member for their positive interactions with classmates, faculty, and staff, and with course content. The  recipient of this award will be a living expression of the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and known for striving to do their best in every situation.

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student Award for Excellence in “Liberal Arts”: Shannon Cummings

This award is to acknowledge a student whose academic skills are recognized by faculty members for a high grade point average, strong attendance record, evidence of critical thinking skills, and active participation in the classroom.

Congratulations to all our graduates.

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