Celebrating our graduates’ achievements.
- Saturday, August 22, 2015
- Beginning at 10 am
- Mt. Scott Church of God: 10603 SE Henderson St, Portland, OR 97266
Celebrating our graduates’ achievements.
Warner Pacific is one of only seven colleges in Oregon on the 2015-16 Distinction list
Warner Pacific was honored as a College of Distinction for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. As one of only seven Oregon colleges on the list and one of three Oregon Christian colleges on the list, WPC was found to excel in all four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.
Providing an undergraduate education that is teaching-centered and combines innovative learning programs with experiential education opportunities was just one of the ways Warner Pacific excels.
Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. www.collegesofdistinction.com
“We focus on colleges that are the best places to learn, grow, and succeed,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country.”
Warner Pacific College welcomes Rev. Dr. Reginald Nichols as our new Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty (VPAA) as of Monday, June 29. The College’s VPAA plays a critical role in the College’s academic direction by leading the faculty, developing partnerships with local high schools and community colleges, providing oversight of academic polices and curriculum as well as serving as the chief accreditation officer.
After a nation-wide search earlier this year, Dr. Nichols was selected to take on the role Warner Pacific’s new VPAA. Dr. Nichols brings a wealth of diverse experience in improving student learning, empowering urban communities, facilitating study abroad, serving first-generation students, and fundraising. For the past 30 years, he has served as a senior educational executive and international / global program initiator in the United States and around the world.
“The work of the Vice President for Academic Affairs has a substantial impact on the life of the College both internally and externally,” said Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “I believe God called Dr. Nichols to Warner Pacific College for ‘such a time as this.’ His proven gifts in administration, educational program management, and fund development will support the College’s rich tradition of providing Christ-centered, liberal arts education to our students.”
Dr. Nichols received his Bachelor of Arts from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Doctor of Education in Organization and Leadership – International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Nichols has written and presented extensively on topics related to student achievement and engaging urban families through education, community partnership, development, and strategic planning. He has a long-standing relationship with the Kellogg Foundation, and serves as President of the Board of the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance.
As an ordained minister committed to the liberal arts as a solid foundation for a student’s understanding of his/her purpose in life, Dr. Nichols will advance the College’s mission of cultivating a Christ-centered learning community for students from diverse backgrounds.
Dr. Nichols was selected as former Dean, Dr. Cole Dawson, shifts to full time teaching. Under Dr. Dawson’s 10 year service as the College’s VPAA, Warner Pacific enjoyed significant growth in the Adult Degree Program and other academic programs. Students will once again enjoy Dr. Dawson’s teaching as he returns to campus this fall as a full-time professor of history.
Warner Pacific students will official meet Dr. Nichols during the College’s Welcome Weekend at the end of August when classes resume.
Governor Kate Brown declared August 3-7, 2015, to be Oregon Private College Week. The proclamation cites the indispensable contributions of the state’s private, nonprofit sector of higher education to Oregon’s communities and to the state’s 40-40-20 education attainment goal.
Eleven private, nonprofit colleges and universities across the state are opening their doors to prospective students and their families during Oregon Private College Week. Students who visit at least four institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any Alliance member college or university.
Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll 19% of Oregon’s undergraduate students, award 23% of Oregon’s undergraduate degrees and confer 24% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students in the state, including high-need fields such as STEM (21%), health professions (35%), business (24%), and public administration and social service (27%).
Together, the private nonprofit sector offers degrees in more than 240 fields of study, such as engineering and computer science.
The majority of students enrolled in Alliance member institutions graduates within four years and begins to make an immediate contribution to Oregon’s economy. Also cited in Governor Brown’s proclamation is the economic contribution that Oregon’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities make to the state’s economy.
During Oregon Private College Week, prospective students and their families are invited to learn about academic programs and financial aid, meet experts in admission, and tour the campus. College officials will also address common myths about private higher education:
Sessions will begin at 9 am and 2 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information about Oregon Private College Week, to view a list of participating colleges or to register, please visit www.oregonprivatecolleges.com.
The Matched College Savings Program (MCSP) and SALT are sponsors of Oregon Private College Week.
About The Alliance
The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon’s regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 35,000 students and deliver approximately 30% of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. The Alliance intersects the needs of business and industry, private nonprofit colleges and universities, and the public good to create real solutions that build a more educated and skilled workforce for Oregon. For more information, visit www.oaicu.org.
Press release courtesy of the Alliance
Warner Pacific and Mt. Hood Community College are partnering to help more students earn college degrees and close the state’s higher education gap.
In 2011, the Oregon legislature approved the “40-40-20” education-reform plan. By 2025, the state’s goal is to have 40 percent of students complete a bachelor’s degree, 40 percent complete an associate degree or a certificate in a skilled occupation, and 20 percent earn their high school diplomas.
The largest gap, however, is seen with Oregonians aged 25 to 34 in completing at least an associate degree or certification, the middle 40 of the state’s reform plan. A mere 18 percent hold a community college degree or post-secondary certification, according to Oregon Learns.
At the June 19, 2015, signing ceremony, Warner Pacific and Mount Hood Community College committed to reducing barriers for community college transfer students and provide greater access to degree attainment through two initiatives:
“Our hope, through these partnerships, is that we are able to provide more students the opportunity to earn both their associate and bachelor degrees as we partner to share information, advising, and financial planning resources,” said Dale Seipp, Jr., Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing at Warner Pacific.
As further explained in the June 25 Oregonian article about the partnership, “Prior to the official partnership, if a student wanted to take, say, six credits at MHCC and six at Warner Pacific during the same semester, this created financial aid complications, because the student was considered a part-time student at both places, but not a full-time student overall.”
The benefits for students include:
Read the Oregonian article about the partnership…
In March 2014, the WPC Adult Degree Program began offering an online-learning option for our busy adult students. If you have access to the internet, you could earn a college degree from Warner Pacific College. Currently, we offer five degree options including an associates, three bachelors, and one masters.
While online-learning can be a blessing for busy adults who want to pursue or finish their degree, going back to school in any form can be daunting.
Recently, Jess Scherman, a higher education blogger who writes on behalf of The College of St. Scholastica, asked questions of education experts concerning online learning. She interviewed Dr. Lori Jass, Associate Vice President for the Adult Degree Program at Warner Pacific, as part of that experts panel. Below is an excerpt of Jess’s blog and a link to the entire article “Everything adult learners need to know to navigate the online classroom.”
Bachelor’s degrees are becoming the new norm in today’s job market, so you’re definitely not alone in considering going back to school to earn one. Not to mention, the number of working adults out there who are looking to change careers is increasing, and a college degree is a great way to put yourself on a new path.
But let’s put all of that aside for a moment. The reality is that going back to school—especially to pursue an online degree—after a lengthy absence from the classroom can be daunting, intimidating, and overwhelming.
The online classroom environment is simply one of several formats colleges and universities are offering to make higher education more accessible to students from all backgrounds. Institutions offer traditional on-campus programs, hybrid programs that mix on-campus and online classes, fully online programs, and even accelerated degree paths that offer night and weekend courses. The important part is determining what format is best for you.
“Learning online is a great option for people who do not have a predictable schedule, who travel a lot or who simply love to learn!” says Lori K. Jass, associate vice president at Warner Pacific College. “Being successful in an online environment requires some ability to be a self-starter and the ability to communicate in writing.”
This one-day event in the summer is the first major event for new Warner Pacific students. Admitted students can begin the orientation process without the anxiety of waiting until the end of August.
To help you prepare for your exciting days ahead at Warner Pacific, we invite you to join us. It will be a valuable day of introductions, information, and preparation.
We have a full day of activities and information planned to prepare you for the start of your career as a WP student.
Sessions are available for your parents, too, tailored to their questions and needs. We ask that parents not sit in on their student’s registration/advising session. If they have any questions or concerns at the end of the day, they can be addressed with the admissions or registrar’s office staff. (NOTE: there is a $10 fee for guests and all students must pay their tuition deposit.)
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The following 498 Warner Pacific College students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2015 academic term (includes traditional undergraduate and Adult Degree Program students). 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.
|Jenny Acosta||Forest Grove||OR|
|Kiandra Alexander||West Linn||OR|
|*||Lisa Alexander||Battle Ground||WA|
|Ruben Amezcua||Las Vegas||NV|
|*||Guadalupe Astorga Ramos||Woodburn||OR|
|Stephanie Aulwurm||West Linn||OR|
|*||Samantha Bernal||West Linn||OR|
|Brittney Bevens||Oregon City||OR|
|Kristen Budd||Sandy Hook||CT|
|Jason Bumgardner||St Helens||OR|
|Shannon Burkhalter||Castle Rock||WA|
|Susan Burns-Allen||Happy Valley||OR|
|*||Ryan Carlson||Happy Valley||OR|
|Carissa Carr||Lake Oswego||OR|
|Elizabeth Clucas||Glen Ellyn||IL|
|*||Shauna Cooper||Oregon City||OR|
|Megan Costello||Battle Ground||WA|
|*||Valerie Couch||Happy Valley||OR|
|Crystal Coutu||Oregon City||OR|
|*||Shannon Cummings||Oregon City||OR|
|Suzie Curtis||Forest Grove||OR|
|*||Sidney Davie||Pleasant Hill||OR|
|Jerry De La Fuente||Central Point||OR|
|Sean Downey||Forest Grove||OR|
|*||Danielle Esquerra||West Linn||OR|
|Leah Fehlman||Lake Oswego||OR|
|Naomi Fox||Oregon City||OR|
|*||James Furns||Oregon City||OR|
|Victor Gallardo Molina||Portland||OR|
|Thalia Garcia Aguilar||Hillsboro||OR|
|*||Emir Garcia||Wood Village||OR|
|*||Casey Garza||West Linn||OR|
|*||Aubrie Gatewood||West Linn||OR|
|Ashlin Gross||Las Vegas||NV|
|Blake Harlan||Deer Park||WA|
|Benjamin Hartle||Oregon City||OR|
|Ann Marie Higgins||Canby||OR|
|Tasha Hoskins||Oregon City||OR|
|*||Brittany Landon||La Center||WA|
|*||Glenn Linder||Eagle Point||OR|
|*||Carla Marcoff||Happy Valley||OR|
|Pamala Marini||Battle Ground||WA|
|Blake Milnes||West Linn||OR|
|*||Selena Montoya||San Diego||CA|
|*||Bradford Morrison||Battle Ground||WA|
|*||Jennifer Nelson||Oregon City||OR|
|Bailey Newell||Lake Stevens||WA|
|*||Anh Ngo||Happy Valley||OR|
|*||Brett Nielsen||Forest Grove||OR|
|Jordan Olson||Rancho Cucamonga||CA|
|*||Kristin Palmer||Happy Valley||OR|
|Louis Pellegrino||West Linn||OR|
|Paul Petrone||Oregon City||OR|
|*||Stephanie Riley||Oregon City||OR|
|Renee Rosal||Lake Oswego||OR|
|*||Faith Sanchez||Happy Valley||OR|
|Mikkayla Schlamp||Oregon City||OR|
|Ben Smith||Battle Ground||WA|
|*||Roberto Soto-Zavala||La Center||WA|
|*||Jennifer Souders||Eagle Creek||OR|
|*||William Stalcup||Battle Ground||WA|
|Jennifer Stewart||Lake Oswego||OR|
|Kassi Strano||Battle Ground||WA|
|*||Spencer Sundem||East Olympia||WA|
|*||Trina Swaja||Forest Grove||OR|
|Abigail Sweeney||St. Helens||OR|
|Cameo Thompson||Happy Valley||OR|
|Rachel Tolon||Happy Valley||OR|
|Nancy Tovar||White City||OR|
|*||Jacob Tront||Battle Ground||WA|
|Chelsea Villamor||La Grande||OR|
|Shelby Wacker||St. Helens||OR|
|Sharla Weber||Hood River||OR|
|*||Rashida Willard||Battle Ground||WA|
|Chelsea Wilson||Happy Valley||OR|
|*||Anna Winslow||West Linn||OR|
Warner Pacific sophomore student-athlete Alyssa Neal capped her outstanding track and field season for Warner Pacific with two All-American performances at the NAIA National Track & Field Championships.
The sophomore narrowly missed out on two event wins, placing 2nd in both the long jump and triple jump competitions.
The Knights had a terrific spring season. We saw 5 Warner Pacific athletic records broken and 14 Knights added to Warner Pacific College’s Elite List.
Men’s Golf: The Knights finished in 3rd place at the CCC Championship Tournament. Royce Rosenthal was the top individual finisher in 7th place overall. Jeremie Eloy ended the season with the lowest scoring average at 74.63 and set a WPC record for lowest round with a score of 68 at the WPC Spring Shootout.
Women’s Golf: The ladies placed 5th at the CCC Championships. Taylor Akamine (8th) and Scotti Jo Helmick (9th) both played to top ten finishes. Helmick, the lone senior on the team, wrapped up a four-year career that includes 2 tournament wins and 21 top ten finishes.
Track: The track and field team placed 8th on both the men’s and women’s side of competition at the Cascade Conference Championships. Alyssa Neal was the CCC Champion in both the long jump and triple jump, and will be the lone Knight representing the team at the NAIA National Championships.