Enter to win a $1,000 Scholarship – open to all Warner Pacific students

college-scholarshipsWarner Pacific students are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from imin.com. This is open to all enrolled students, including our Adult Degree Program students.

Win a Scholarship That’s Like an Education Coupon

Shoppers get coupons from imin.com for great ways of spending less money on their everyday purchases. Imin.com wants to also help someone with some savings on their college or trade school education. Think of it as a coupon that saves you $1,000 on either tuition or books for your college career.

All that’s required from you is to fashion a unique 650-word essay by December 31, 2014, based on the $1,000 Imin.com Scholarship theme, “Do coupons influence your purchasing decisions…why, or why not?

After e-mailing it to scholarships@imin.com, your essay is placed on imin.com to be voted on by the Imin.com users.

Receive enough votes to become one of the top 10 vote-getters and your essay is reviewed by a committee at Imin.com, who selects the winner by January 31, 2015.

Receive all of the facts about the $1,000 Imin.com Scholarship at imin.com (also below).


Who:

Any college student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in the fall of 2014 or the spring of 2015 at any accredited college, university, or trade school in the United States.

What:

A $1,000 Imin.com scholarship will be awarded, based on an essay written from the topic “Do coupons influence your purchasing decisions…why, or why not?”

When:

The deadline for submitting this scholarship is December 31, 2014.

How:

Applicants must e-mail a written essay of a minimum of 650 words.

Awards:

The $1,000 Imin.com Scholarship will be awarded in the name of the winner and the college he/she is attending. It can be used toward college tuition and/or books.

Reply:

Please, e-mail your essay to scholarships@imin.com

Submission Deadline:

December 31, 2014

Award Date:

January 31, 2015

 

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Download our phone app: WP Mobile

Warner Pacific’s mobile app is available on Google Play and the App Store (ITunes). The app is available for download on your IPad as well.

WP Mobile puts everything Warner Pacific in the palm of your hand.

Features of the WP Mobile app include:

  • robust calendar bringing student activities, community events, the academic calendar, athletic games, and more all together in one place
  • aggregate news feed pulling from the warnerpacific.edu news, the Shield (WPC student blog), and WPC Knights news
  • filter function so you can see all the events/news or you can just select which items you want to view
  • information about campus life (for new, returning, and prospective students) that provides details and contact information for various aspects of our community
  • podcasts and live stream capabilities so you won’t miss a moment of the Knights in action
  • directory to quickly reach departments, allowing you to call or email directly through the app as well as access web pages with more information

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Act Six Students interned for Multnomah County this summer

For the past three years, Multnomah County government has invited Act Six Scholars to apply and compete for the Office of Diversity and Equity College to County Mentorship Program.

The ODE College to County Mentorship Program exposes college students to a variety of county careers so they will consider the county for employment once they graduate. These students are chosen for their solid academics and leadership potential.

The program offers three months temporary employment doing substantive work on county projects, systems, or processes.  While performing the work, they gain knowledge, skills, and abilities required to secure positions in their assigned project area and they are oriented to the county’s recruitment process.  They grow to understand the organization’s role in carrying out the county’s mission and gain a greater appreciation for public service.

Out of 29 summer positions this year, 14 of them were Act Six Scholars and 6 were Warner Pacific College Scholars!

Here’s what they are up to this summer:

WPC-Act-Six-Jaques-Anderson-DART-2014Jaques Anderson: DART Intern

I visited communities all over the city of Portland with the intent to verify Multnomah County Property Tax records.

 

 

 

 

WPC-Act-Six-Jessie-Osuna-Mondragon-Comm-Info-intern-2014Jessie Osuna-Mondragon: Community Information/ Referral Intern

I spent my days reaching out to people in different communities within our county. My partners and I helped low-income individuals apply for SNAP (food stamps) as well as other human service resources.

 

 

 

WPC-Act-Six-Gimena-Olguin-Hospital-Research-intern-2014Gimena Olguin: Hospital Research Intern

I worked for the Division of Assessment, Recording & Taxation analyzing financial data submitted by Oregon hospitals under IRS 501(c)(3) tax exemption status and populating specific information into existing tax calculation spreadsheets.

 

 

 

WPC-Act-Six-Bronson-Enos-Comm-Info-intern-2014Bronson Enos: Community Information/ Referral Intern

I worked with several communities in Portland and spoke at shelters and various organizations about resources the county provides. The hope was to assist low income people access resources such as signing up for food stamps, energy assistance, medical, and dental help as well as weatherization (home repairs). The goal is to help them save money and discover what they didn’t know before.

 

 

 

WPC-Act-Six-Angel-Castanada-DART-intern-2014Angel Castanada: DART Intern

I worked on a Tax Exemption team ensuring compliance with property tax laws, verifying that exemptions are properly applied. This is a combination of field and office work.

 

 

WPC-Act-Six-Jose-Morales-IT-intern-2014Jose Morales: Service Catalog/IT Intern

In the IT Department I did a little bit of everything such as working with the Multnomah County servers that house the websites and storage. I also worked at the desk to help people within the county who were having issues with their computers. I completed a phone-enrolling project. I also installed new phones in all the clinics and helped instruct users on the new equipment.

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New reusable to-go containers now being used in the dining hall

choose to reuseBeginning with the 2014 fall semester, Warner Pacific College and Sodexo (our on-site food service provider) are implementing a new eco-friendly program: the “Choose to Reuse Container Program,” which will bring reusable takeout containers to dining hall.

Students and employees of the College will use the new, reusable to-go boxes instead of the usual disposable option. Last year Sodexo estimates that over 10,500 to-go boxes were put into the trash.

The “Choose to Reuse” plastic to-go boxes are similar in shape to the disposable boxes previously available. The new takeout boxes are sealable and designed to be carried around without leaking. Containers cost just $4.99.

When the used, rinsed out containers are returned to the dining hall, students and staff will receive a token entitling them to a clean to-go box. The used boxes will be cleaned, sterilized, and put back into circulation.

As part of Sodexo’s commitment to sustainability, the “Choose to Reuse Container Program” will help to reduce the volume of waste from the dining hall.

Warner Pacific and Sodexo do recycle all glass, aluminum, and paper/cardboard used on the campus.

Sodexo Reuseable Container Poster

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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.

Visit: warnerpacific.edu/welcome-weekend

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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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