Fall 2014 Athetics Round Up

Knight Cross County 2014Knights fans can now hear all the action on the Knights Sports Network. Hear games on our free stream or on the radio in Portland on 1330AM!

Wrestling: This fall Warner Pacific’s new wrestling team took to the mats. We welcomed 28 men and 14 women wrestlers to the Knight’s roster.

Volleyball: Though the Knights were much more competitive this season overall, the team managed just a 5-18 record. Janessa White was No. 3 in the Cascade Conference in kills per set and named 1st Team All-CCC. Marchelle Bostic set a new WPC record with 2095 in assists. Bostic and Kendra Henry were named Academic All-CCC.

Cross Country: It was a rebuilding year for Warner Pacific Cross Country. The Knight men placed 8th at the CCC Championships, while the women placed 9th. A bright spot was freshman Ahmed Ibrahim, who placed 10th in the men’s race and qualified for the NAIA National Championship. Chad Smurthwaite, Hannah Mierow, and Briana Cowin were named Academic All-CCC.

Women’s Soccer: The Knight women’s soccer team took a major step forward, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and winning a post-season game for the first time in program history. Coach Holly Popenuk was named CCC Co-Coach of the Year after leading the team to a 8-10-2 record. Ashley Valencia was voted 1st Team All-CCC, while Elle’ Nelson and Crystal Foster were named 2nd Team All-CCC. Valencia, Nelson, and Cathy Lara earned Academic All-CCC honors.

Men’s Soccer: The WPC men finished with a 7-8-3 record, and 5th place in the CCC – one spot away from the playoffs. Mario Guizar scored 14 goals on the way to CCC Newcomer of the Year honors and was voted 1st Team All-CCC. Geovanny Vazquez was named 2nd Team All-CCC. Academic All-CCC honors went to Ruben Amezcua and Almir Celebic.

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Flourish at ADP: Lynn’s Story

ADP-Alum-Lynn-Wong-ThaiI was looking for a school that would allow me to earn my degree in a short amount of time, when I learned about the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program (ADP) from my coworker, Sabrina Black, who was enrolled at the time. She told me about her experiences with ADP, and I knew it right then that Warner Pacific was the right place for me. I contacted the school advisor and I knew immediately that my prayer had been answered!

Earning a degree through ADP made a significant difference in my life. It was not only about professional growth, it was personally fulfilling as well.

My family was very proud of me for going back to school. In fact, my son told me that the reason he got accepted into the Academic Science and Engineering (ASE) program at Lewis and Clark College was because he saw the importance of taking risks to achieve your goals when I was balancing my job responsibilities, and family while attending school. He wrote an essay for Lewis and Clark about why he thought he was the best candidate for the program. He said that my example had given him the courage to write to the college, which speaks volumes as to why I think Warner Pacific has made a difference in my life and my family’s.

As a Reinsurance Specialist, I really enjoy being able to solve complicated problems, help people in need, and learn new skills. In August, there were a lot of people out on vacation in my department and we were experiencing a challenging issue with our billing statements. I knew that we were in danger of missing our deadline, so I recommended a new approach to the team. We quickly implemented it and we were able to complete the entire process without any delay. I was very proud that I was able to think critically and come up with an alternate solution; our quick decision making saved us from stressing out and missing an importance deadline.

Earning my degree through ADP has made me more confident and I feel more mature than I did two years ago. I plan to look for other jobs within my company and now that I have graduated, it will be the perfect time for me to market myself to the hiring managers and let them know what I have to offer.

ADP-anniv-image-logoLynn Wong-Thai
Senior Reinsurance Specialist
Bachelor of Business Administration ‘14

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Three Lady Knights Voted All-CCC Players; Holly Popenuk Named Co-Coach of the Year

After leading the Knight women’s soccer team to their first ever post-season win, Ashley Valencia, Elle’ Nelson, and Crystal Foster were named All-Cascade Conference, and Holly Popenuk was named Co-Coach of the Year.

Valencia, a 5-5 senior midfielder, scored six goals and passed for six assists while starting all 20 games. She is the first Knight to be voted 1st Team All-CCC since Amy Korzelius in 2009.

Nelson, a 5-4 junior, anchored the Knight defense in all 20 games, rarely leaving the field on the way to 2nd Team All-CCC honors. She helped WPC to register five shutouts for the season, and also contributed one assist.

Also voted 2nd Team All-CCC was 5-5 junior Crystal Foster. The junior forward led the Knights with nine goals including two game winners, while also passing for two assists.

Holly Popenuk was named Co-Coach of the Year, along with Vallan Seid of Northwest University .

After finishing 3-8-1 in her first season, Popenuk turned around a struggling Warner Pacific team ending her second season with a 7-7-2 record overall. Popenuk led the Knights to a fifth place finish and a playoff berth.

Northwest’s Acacia Johnson and Concordia’s Jasmin Ayala were selected as the women’s soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year respectively, while College of Idaho’s Katelyn Benavidez was named the conference Newcomer of the Year.

Read the full release from CCC…

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Adult Degree Program waives application fee in November

NoAppFeeWarner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program (ADP) is waiving its application fee during November, a savings of $25 – $45 (depending on the program).

For more than 25 years, we’ve been providing continuing education opportunities to adult students through our ADP.

We offer degree programs in accounting, education, business, and management that are designed to work with your busy schedule. They’re also designed to offer you relevant professional knowledge rooted in the social, ethical, and political context of today’s world.

Begin today!

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Flourish at ADP: Mark’s Story

Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program Alum Mark BallarisIn September 2010, I had just completed my 4-year review at OHSU. One of my goals for the next year was to look into going back to school. Later that day, I was sitting in my living room folding laundry and in through the mail slot came a postcard from the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program, so I called. My orientation was Thursday, November 11, and my first night of class was Thursday, November 18, 2010. Everything happened so fast it wasn’t until February that I realized what I was actually doing; I was fulfilling a dream I had never thought possible.

My main job as a Histotechnologist is to provide technical assistance for high quality testing services that support the overall patient care. Everything is automated now days, so most of the time we can just push a button and a machine runs the test. However, every once in a while I need to run special stains on muscle tissue by hand. I make up all of the solutions and if the test works, I know it right away. I love experiencing that instant gratification in my work!

Making the time to go back to school and earn my degree taught me that no matter how hard a job or task is, it’s important to have a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and a smile. My experiences in the Adult Degree Program also had a significant impact on my personal life in that my children watched me accomplish a goal. Now they know with a positive attitude, any dream is possible.

One of the greatest ladies I know, Professor Christine Tokonitz, shared these words with me, “…relax and breathe, nothing is as bad as it seems. Everything will be just fine.” I live by them every day.

ADP-anniv-image-logoMark Ballaris
Histologist
Bachelor in Healthcare Administration ‘12

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Warner Pacific earns President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

Warner Pacific College Recognized for Service to the Community

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll logo.Recently, Warner Pacific College was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). This is the highest honor a college can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Warner Pacific is the only school in the Portland area on the Honor Roll for which the “with Distinction” designation was bestowed*. Since 2008, the College has been recognized for its commitment to neighbors through inclusion in the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

“’Where faith and scholarship leads to service’ has long been the motto at Warner Pacific,” said Dr. Andrea Cook, President of the College. “We believe that loving, serving, and being with our neighbors here in Portland is a vital component of preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world.”

Presidential Award of Distinction for Warner Pacific 2014Our students are encouraged to explore compassion by becoming involved in the lives of others. They build relationships, connecting with people from different circumstances which leads to a better understanding of the world around them.

It is the College’s desire to serve “neighbors” in a very real sense. An example of this local commitment is seen through the work of our students at elementary schools that fall within a square mile of the campus. Two years ago at Jim Bridger School, just blocks from the College’s campus, the student-led group Enactus began teaching after school classes and offering tutoring for students. Now, students teach or assist in more than half the after school classes at Bridger, making a positive impact on that elementary school and its young students.

Other projects students are involved in during the academic year include:

  • Common Day of Service (19 local community sites).
  • MLK Day of Service, which includes the Boys & Girls Club, SCRAP, Faubion Elementary School, and Children’s Book Bank.
  • Faith-based internships at The Underground (homeless youth), Shared Hope International (human trafficking), Trauma Intervention Program, Vibe of PDX (youth and music), Second Stories (community development), and Catholic Charities.
  • Assisting or leading SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) classes, which includes homework assistance and enrichment programming such as music, art, cooking, writing, science, and even special programs like LEGO Robotics.
  • Helping at food banks, community gardens, Embrace Oregon, and the College’s own Hot Chocolate Ministry for homeless in Portland during the winter months.
  • Blood drives each semester for the Oregon Red Cross.

Warner Pacific students are increasingly involved in solving community challenges and being civically engaged. Last academic year, students gave almost 51,000 hours of service in the city of Portland, volunteer hours valued at $1.1 million.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, is part of the CNCS’s strategic commitment to engage millions of college students in service and celebrate the critical role of higher education in strengthening communities.

* The Honor Roll “With Distinction” recognition will be given to those applicants that display strong levels of institutional commitment, provide a compelling case for partnerships that produce measurable impact in the community, and have a Federal Work-Study community service percentage of 15 percent or above.

 

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Flourish at ADP: Rebecca’s Story

Becky Black, Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program alumniWhen I decided to go back to school I had a family and a full time job, so I needed a specialized program that would fit my lifestyle; that’s when I discovered the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program (ADP). I believe that all of us should be lifelong learners, and since I was working in the education field, I felt I needed to exemplify that by earning my degree.

I am the Founder and Executive Director of Oregon Outreach, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides education programs to youth who have not been successful in traditional school settings. Oregon Outreach provides individualized instruction, small class sizes, comprehensive supportive services, and high academic standards. Our support services are offered to help students stabilize their lives so that education can become a reality. In 1994 our first student graduated. Since that time over 360 students have earned their high school diploma through our programs.

I love seeing our students graduate from an accredited high school! I also get so excited to work with young people who are often the first in their family to earn a high school diploma. It can be difficult to find staff who understand the challenges that our students face. To be effective in alternative education, you must be committed to working with the population we serve. As an ADP student, I received a lot of encouragement for the work that I was already doing with Oregon Outreach, Inc. I also learned that in a true educational institution, differences of opinions are respected, a lesson I still value today.

ADP-anniv-image-logoRebecca Black
Founder and Executive Director, Oregon Outreach, Inc.
Bachelor of Business Administration ‘97

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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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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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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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