Classic Keyboard Collage (October 16)

Classical Keyboard Collage event at Warner Pacific


Warner Pacific music professor D. PliesYou are invited to an uplifting afternoon of music by J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, and Howard Whitaker featuring Dennis Plies playing marimba and Colleen Adent on the piano.

Mr. Plies has been a professor of music at Warner Pacific College for more than 35 years. He has taught aural skills and piano, directed jazz ensembles, and taught a popular humanities course. He has had a lifelong interest in the art of teaching, having written his doctoral dissertation on the pedagogy of jazz improvisation.  He performs regularly as a jazz artist.

Ms. Adent is a classically trained, improvisationally minded pianist. She is a freelance musician, with over 35 years experience as a performer, arranger, and teacher and acclaimed as one of the Pacific Colleen AdentNorthwest’s accomplished pianists.

Date: Sunday, October 16, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

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

Tickets: $10 at the Door; Free with a Warner Pacific College Student ID

Students can submit 2017-18 FAFSA as early as October 1


Starting with the 2017­–18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place with regards to submitting your FAFSA:

  • Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier.  Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Saturday, October 1, 2016. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)
  • Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

Read “What you need to know about the 2017-18 FAFSA”

Twelve Years of Serving the Community: Common Day of Service

Wednesday, September 14, was our 12th annual Common Day of Service.

This is a time when the College focuses on serving our urban community. The sunny, warm day just added to the high spirits as everyone set out to volunteer time and talents to aid 18 local organizations, living in to the College’s motto: “Where faith and scholarship lead to service.”

The 380 students, staff, and faculty members who stepped out of the classroom to serve provided more than 2,280 volunteer hours in one day.

  • Repairing donated bikes at Rosewood Bikes located in SE Portland to make biking more accessible
  • Building fences for dog owners that improves the quality of life for their dogs – so they can be off tether and play safely in a backyard
  • Continuing to clean up a former strip club; helping the neighborhood reclaim the property for the community’s use
  • Working in community gardens to help support families who live at or below the poverty level by providing greater food security in Multnomah County
  • Clearing invasive and non-native plants from a park to promote healthy urban green space
  • Sorting and preparing clothes, household items, toys, books, and food for distribution to people in need in Vancouver

“Our Adult Degree Program cohorts participated with a book drive for the Children’s Book Bank. The cohorts donated 368 books that will be distributed to children in our community.  It was great fun to sort through all of those books and reflect on some wonderful stories. A special appreciation is due to BBA 1-47, the cohort with the highest number of donations,” commented Meg DuMez, Assistant Professor and Senior Academic Advisor Adult Degree Program.

Organizations served: AKA Science/Impact NW; Bridger Elementary; Hosford Elementary; Kairos PDX; St. Andrew Nativity School; Free Listening Project; Living Cully; Rosewood Bikes; The Bus Project; Yes for Affordable Homes; Outgrowing Hunger; NAYA; SOLVE; Fences for Fido; Birch Community Services; My Father’s House; Janus Youth; and Children’s Book Bank.

Common Day of Service 2016
Common Day of Service 2016
Common Day of Service 2016

“Knights 4 A Day” introduces high school golfers to college

Oregon Junior Golf Association golfers spent a day as honorary members of Warner Pacific College’s Knights Golf Teams on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Oregon Junior Golfers with Knight Golfer at Knights 4 A Day eventIt was an idyllic summer day for golf in Portland and a perfect day for seven local high school golfers to go back to school as part of a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Warner Pacific Knights Golf Teams and the Oregon Golf Association.

“’Knights 4 A Day’ is a truly unique, one-of-kind program developed by Warner Pacific Athletics. It uses golf as a pathway to reach diverse and underrepresented high school students,” explained Dr. Aaron McMurray,  former Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations. “We hope to inspire and educate young golfers by giving them a taste of what it is like to be a college athlete, even just for a day.”

For the junior golfers, their day as a Knight started in the classroom, giving them a true college student experience. An interactive presentation about college admissions and financing provided tips and resources that will help them regardless of what school they ultimately choose.

Paired with a Knight golfer, the students spread out across the Mt. Tabor campus for a scavenger-hunt-style campus tour that even included capturing several Pokémons.  One junior golfer loved “how WPC is right next to a dog park.” Their on-campus experience was capped with a workout with a WPC trainer.

Finally, the golfers found their way to the links where they excelled in the friendly competition offered by the nine-hole scramble. The Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course, along the Clackamas River, challenged them with undulating greens, water hazards, and greenside sand bunkers. Knights coached the junior players with tips that immediately improved their stroke, stance, and score. “I was able to share some drills and practice techniques that will help them make it to the next level with their golfing,” said Warner Pacific golfer Jacob Berg. “It was fascinating to think that only four years ago I was in their shoes and now I am starting the last competitive season of golf in my life! It was a humbling experience.”

Oregon Junior Golfers with Knight golf coach Quincy Heard
Oregon Junior Golfers with Knights Golf Coach Quincy Heard

By the end of the day, the junior golfers really saw the difference between playing for a high school team and playing at college level.

Warner Pacific golfer Quincy Anderson remembered “how I felt when I was their age. I was so unsure of college and what it would be like.” She wishes there would have been a program like this when she was exploring colleges and enthusiastically supports future Knights-4-A-Day events.

Because of this innovative introduction, several of the junior golfers expressed serious interest in making Warner Pacific their top college choice.

“Thank you to Warner Pacific and the Warner Pacific Golf Teams for inspiring junior golfers and for encouraging them to continue having fun playing golf while looking ahead to college opportunities,” expressed Robyn Lorain, Certified PGA, Director, Oregon Junior Golf for the Oregon Golf Association. “We are very impressed with how well rounded the entire day was and filled with so many experiences – the scavenger hunt, lunch, and golf. Your golfers certainly made the juniors feel special.”

Oregon Junior Golf introduces youth to the sport, encouraging friendships and a life-long love for the game for young golfers of all skill levels. Oregon Junior Golf offers both competitive and non-competitive junior golf playing opportunities.

Join us for Founder’s Day at Warner Pacific (October 5)

  Join us as we celebrate our 2nd Annual Founder’s Day.

2016 Founder's DayCelebrate the day Pacific Bible College opened its doors, October 5, 1937. Drop by Egtvedt Hall on Wednesday, October 5, at 12:30 pm for your slice of WP birthday cake!

We are asking alumni to donate $1 for each year you’ve been out of college. Every dollar donated (up to $4,500) will be matched thanks to the generosity of WPC alums Don Heerlein and Cliff Schrock.

Friends, faculty, staff, and current students can donate $1 for every year they’ve been connected to the college.

Support WPC students todayThese donations will go a long way in helping current Knights earn a quality liberal arts education and create similar lifelong memories and friendships.

 Join the celebration on campus

LUNCH: If you live close to campus, please join us for lunch on Founders Day – Wednesday, October 5. The cafeteria opens at 11 am. Feel free to stop in, grab lunch, and mix/mingle with current students and fellow alums. (Lunch is just $5 with coupon (PDF).)

CAKE: President Cook will be cutting the birthday cake at 12:30 pm in the dining hall of the Mt. Tabor Campus.

 Discover WPC’s history

When did the cafeteria move to Egtvedt Hall? Who was the second President of the College? Where was the original building on the Mt. Tabor campus? Did you know that Warner Pacific had the last true switchboard in Portland?

Learn more about the College’s history on through the Historical Timeline.

 Share your memories!

You can participate in Founder’s Day from any place on the globe! 

View our campus timeline and add your favorite photos and WPC memories via social media. Remember to
@ mention us or use #warnerpacific.

WPC is also recognized for as a Best Value School by US News

We are so pleased that for another year, Warner Pacific not only ranks in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 6th), the College was also named as a “Best Value School in the West” (ranked 7th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2017 edition. To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News takes into account both academic quality and cost. We strives to make a private, Christian higher education accessible to as many qualified students, and their families, as possible.

In 2008, Warner Pacific reduced tuition significantly and continues to keep it an affordable level, with tuition and fees averaging just $22,710 a year, more than 40% less than the average private college in Oregon and Washington.

Warner Pacific also launched “Freedom to Flourish” in 2014. This is Portland’s first loan repayment assistance program for undergraduate students that promises incoming freshmen that the College will provide assistance to repay student loans after graduation to those who need it (valid for students who entered Warner Pacific as freshmen in Fall 2014 through Fall 2015).

“We’re very aware of the financial strain facing many families,” said Dale Seipp, Jr., Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing. “That is why we are 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.”

Other resources offered to students include scholarships, work-study positions, financial literacy coaching, and a free membership into $ALT.

Warner Pacific Ranks as 6th Best Regional College in the West (U.S. News & World Report)

Warner Pacific science classWarner Pacific College offers students a place to explore and find answers while growing in leadership, service to the community, and faith. In addition, the school’s urban location offers professional internships, volunteer opportunities, and work experiences where students can apply the knowledge and skills they’ve developed in the classroom and within a campus culture.

While our students know what a wonderful place the College is, we continue to be recognized for our excellent liberal arts education. Warner Pacific consistently ranks in the Top 10 Regional Colleges (West) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges. The ranking allows prospective students and their families compare the relative quality of colleges based on widely accepted indicators of excellence such as first-year student retention, graduation rates, excellence in education, and strength of the faculty.

Warner Pacific College is one of the Top 10 Regional Colleges – West, an area that includes institutions from 14 states. The College is one of only two Oregon colleges to be in the top 10.

Warner Pacific religion class“As a small college, we are honored to be nationally recognized for the quality of our educational environment,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “Warner Pacific students experience a unique blend of rigorous study and authentic relationships that provide them with the confidence they need to seek a career that is both professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling.”

In addition to internships, service opportunities, and study abroad programs, Warner Pacific College also offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, artistic groups, and leadership opportunities. Using the city as their classroom, students develop the skills necessary to become life-long learners who are prepared to face a rapidly changing world.

The information presented in the 2017 Best Colleges rankings and directory was collected during spring and summer 2016 via the U.S. News annual statistical survey of colleges.

See all of Warner Pacific’s national rankings

Pre-Election Event: Politics, Portland, and You (September 27)

Warner Pacific College invites you to our Pre-Election Event 2016 on National Voter Registration Day.

WPC Pre-election event 2016When: Tuesday, September 27, from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Warner Pacific College, McGuire Auditorium, 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland (cross street is SE Division); Free parking
RSVP: Sign up with our online registration form or Facebook – space is limited; No cost

  • Is there a connection between the national election and housing in your neighborhood?
  • How can you get involved and make change in your community?

Learn from local leaders about how to get involved though formal politics and community organizations.

  • Keynote speaker Margaret Salazar, Field Office Director, Oregon State Office at US Department of Housing and Urban Development, will discuss the National Impact on Local Housing.
  • Panelists WPC Alum Senator Rod Monroe ’64, Portland NAACP President Jo Ann Hardesty, Representative Alissa Keny – Guyer, and Lynn Snodgrass, CEO of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce will share their stories and answer your questions.
  • Local agencies will be on site to help you get involved: NAYA, Unite Oregon, Causa Oregon, Latino Network, Hacienda CDC, Transition Projects, Yes for Affordable Homes, Bus ProjectRSVP button

The event is open to the public, so please join us and invite your friends!

Questions: Please contact Serena Cline or 503.517.1026

22nd Annual Oregon Small Business Fair hosted at Warner Pacific (September 17)

Thinking of starting your own business or expanding the one you already own?

The Oregon Small Business Fair (Saturday, September 17) offers free workshops and exhibits as well as providing an opportunity for entrepreneurs in Oregon to get invaluable business information.

  • Attendees can enjoy a wide range of workshops topics including Access to Capital, Marketing Online for Business Success, Exploring the Government Marketplace, Hiring Business Professionals, Staying on the Right Track with Taxes, and Insuring Your Business Success.
  • The Keynote Speaker, Oregon’s current State Treasurer and Mayor Elect of Portland,Ted Wheeler, will be speaking during the luncheon.
  • Get free business counseling and advice from 30 exhibitors.

This free one-day event features exhibits hosted by the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and SW Washington (APACC), and sponsored by Business Oregon, Umpqua Bank, City of Portland, On Point Community Credit Union, SAIF, Albina Community Bank, The Portland Development Commission, M Bank, Phoenix Media, and Warner Pacific College.

Warner Pacific Alum becomes Medford’s new City Manager

Warner Pacific alum Brian Sjothun, Medford City ManagerThe College congratulates alum Brian Sjothun ’96 who was recently named as Medford’s new City Manager by a vote of the Medford City Council. The City Manager’s Office provides support to the Mayor and City Council and includes the City Recorder, Emergency Management, and Facilities Management divisions.

[From a KOBI5 news report] Sjothun served with the City of Medford since March 2004. He served as the Recreation Superintendent for five months prior to becoming the Parks and Recreation Director in August 2004. Prior to coming to the City of Medford, Brian spent 16 years with the Woodburn Recreation & Parks Department. Sjothun received his Bachelor’s degree from Warner Pacific College and completed his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.

“I am honored to be selected and look forward to continue serving the residents of Medford,” said Sjothun in press release sent by the City of Medford.