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Founder’s Day at Warner Pacific

 Join us as we celebrate the inaugural Founder’s Day.

Warner Pacific Founder's Day 2015We will be looking back to the day Pacific Bible College opened their doors on October 5, 1937.

Warner Pacific College has come a long way since those early years, and we want to join with alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and current students to reminisce about our history and prepare for our future.

Warner Pacific historical timeline buttonWhen 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.

Continue the Legacy

We are asking alumni to donate $1 for each year you’ve been out of college. 

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

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

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Founder’s Day Activities

Pacific Bible College nka Warner Pacific CollegeLUNCH: If you live close to campus, please join us for lunch on Founders Day – Monday, 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.

TRIVIA: At 7:00 pm, we will be hosting a special PBC/WPC trivia night in the Student Union Building. Join us for a fun competition! (Study the Historical Timeline.)

Students cut classes to volunteer in the community: Common Day of Service

Warner Pacific CDS invasive species clean upThursday, September 17, was the 11th annual Common Day of Service at Warner Pacific when day classes are cancelled as the College focuses on serving our community.

The on-again off-again rain didn’t dampen spirits as everyone lived into the College’s motto: “Where faith and scholarship lead to service.” Over 400 students, staff, and faculty members stepped out of the classroom to serve the Portland community as part of the College’s 11th Annual Common Day of Service.

The work completed today (almost 2,000 combined hours of volunteerism) served more than 1,500 people, 20 local organizations from NE Portland to Oregon City to Tualatin, and provided an estimated economic impact of nearly $46,150. Warner Pacific CDS garbage pick up

Common Day of Service at Warner Pacific began 11 years ago, when a student asked local elementary schools and organizations how Warner Pacific students could help support their efforts in the community. Since then, the event has been embraced by the entire College and is a welcome way to kick-off each new school year. This year, projects included:

    • Working with Habitat for Humanity and the Cully Neighborhood to transform an abandoned strip club into a community resource center by removing graffiti and garbage.*
    • Learning about nonnative and invasive species and then helping the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge remove cockaburrs, which can take over a natural area, making it difficult for the desired flora to propagate. Over 90 pounds removed!
    • Sorting donated clothing and harvesting vegetables in a community garden at NAYA PDX (Native American Youth and Family Center).
    • Setting up for a fundraising gala to support the Children’s Center in Oregon City. The Center provides a safe place and support for abused children.

Warner Pacific CDS book clean up

  • Assembling science learning kits for school children served through the AKA Science program at Impact NW.
  • Taking apart donated old or broken down bicycles to salvage usable parts and metal for recycling at Rosewood bikes.**
  • Working through SOLV to pick up garbage that accumulated alongside the I-205 walking/bike path making it cleaner and safer.
  • Sorting and cleaning donated books for the Book Bank. Volunteers even crafted handmade bookmarks with inspirational quotes for the young readers – 173 books were donated to the Children’s Book Bank.

“Common Day of Service is an important day in the life our institution as we live into our motto. Today, students were out in the city serving our community,” explains Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “For us, service learning means volunteering off the campus and assisting in the community in places of poverty, places of oppression, and places where there is great need.”

Warner Pacific Common Day of Service
Warner Pacific students are asked to complete a minimum of 10 hours of service each semester. Over 34.1% of Oregonians volunteer annually, ranking the state’s volunteerism 10th in the U.S. Education, religious, and social service organizations receive the most volunteer hours in Portland. View more photos on the College’s Instagram feed (@wpcollege) and Facebook page.

*Taking back something for the neighborhood – Warner Pacific’s “Boyz n Girlz in the Hood: Justice & Neighborhood Change in Portland” First-Year Learning Community (FYLC) partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Living Cully to help them with the transformation of property that housed undesirable businesses. During Common Day of Service, students painted, removed graffiti, landscaped, and eradicated inappropriate decals on some of the doors and windows.

The black-painted windows, dingy red carpet, and cracked checkerboard tiles that line the walls of this former strip club highlight the dark history of the Sugar Shack in NE Portland (Cully neighborhood). Even without the presence of its former clientele, the dilapidated bars, bathrooms covered in faux animal prints, and the multiple pictures of nude women littering the building still bear the marks of its seedy past.

The building used to house a variety of adult-themed businesses including numerous strip clubs and an adult video store. The maze of hallways that lead from one business to the next was easy to get lost in, winding through the property and taking students into cramped corridors that ended in dingy rooms papered with yellowed instructions to dancers. One door opened to a moldy hot tub while another lead to a rickety spiral 2015 Common Day of Service: FYLC cleaning former strip clubstaircase and an old-fashioned safe. At every turn, they are confronted with an atmosphere of hopelessness and sadness.

For over a decade, residents of the Cully neighborhood had to deal with this string of adult businesses, located right across the street from a children’s medical office, residential apartment buildings, and school bus stops. In addition to being a community eyesore, the Sugar Shack was also a hotbed of criminal activity, which is what ultimately closed the building, when its owners plead guilty to an IRS and prostitution conspiracy in a court case that spanned 5 years. The 25,991-square-foot building was then purchased by the Living Cully collation, which includes Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Hacienda CDC, and the Cully-based nonprofit Verde.

The work done by the FYLC helped the new owners start to create a positive space that benefits the neighborhood.

**Repairing bikes in Rosewood –  “My Common Day of Service experience was filled with learning all about gentrification and how this complex problem has severely affected many families and businesses. Gentrification in Portland is causing people to move to the city’s outskirts where transportation options are more limited. Working at the bike shop in one of these neighborhoods was a great opportunity to help fix up an important mode of transportation for many people. Biking is a much less expensive option for commuting than driving a car, so providing people with more affordable modes of transportation, as Rosewood Initiative does, is something very rewarding. They are open to the public from 4-6 pm on Thursdays bike riders to use tools, spare parts, and to learn more about how to repair and maintain their bikes. I hope to have the opportunity to help out at the shop again, to provide as many people as possible with working transportation.”  Kaylee D., Warner Pacific freshman

 

Recognized for Ethnic Diversity on Campus

Students at Warner Pacific.As an urban college designed to serve students from diverse backgrounds, Warner Pacific is being recognized for its ethnic diversity on campus by U.S. News & World Report Best College Guide 2016.

Dr. Daymond Glenn, Vice President for Community Life and Chief Diversity Officer at the College, explains why he was drawn to the diverse mission of Warner Pacific, “I was drawn to the spirit undergirding the mission of the College, not just in terms of its written form, but the divine charge of the College to live up to the reality it espouses. As a Christ-centered institution, planted in an urban environment, with an interdisciplinary response to understanding and solving issues, seeing equity for historical marginalized populations is at the core of who we are and what we are about.”

Warner Pacific is the only college or university in the Northwest (in any category) to be recognized as a place “most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group.”

 

Named a “Best College for Veterans”

Warner Pacific vets from 1940sWarner Pacific is proud to be continue to be commended as a Best College for Veterans – West (ranked 7th) due to the ease of programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services offered to those who served.

In fact, Warner Pacific has been committed to helping veterans receive a quality education since World War II.

The College’s mix of traditional degree offerings and Adult Degree Programs allows Warner Pacific to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

For over 25 years, Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program has offered flexibility for adult and working students. Meeting just one evening a week and providing a high quality education in a cohort setting, adult learners flourish with one of Warner Pacific’s five undergraduate and four graduate level programs through the ADP.

In addition to internships, service opportunities, and study abroad programs, Warner Pacific College also offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, artistic groups, leadership opportunities, and 13 intercollegiate competitive sports.

Named a “Best Value School” for 2016

For another year, Warner Pacific is ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 10th) and named as a “Best Value School” (ranked 10th) and a “Best College for Veterans” (ranked 7th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 edition.

Warner Pacific was recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Values in Regional Colleges – West (ranked 10th). The College strives to make 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 $21,460 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.

“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.

A Top 10 Regional College!

Warner Pacific Wrestler Jawayne.Warner Pacific College continues to be ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges (West) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 edition.

The ranking allows prospective students and their families compare the relative quality of colleges based on widely accepted indicators of excellence such as as first-year student retention, graduation rates,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. Warner Pacific is one of only three Oregon colleges to be in the top 10.  Warner Pacific is the only college or university in the Northwest (in any category) to be recognized as a place “most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group.

“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.

Other recognition from U.S. News

The College is also ranked 10th as a “Best Value College – West” and ranked 7th as a “Best College for Veterans – West.”

As an urban college designed to serve students from diverse backgrounds, Warner Pacific is also being recognized for its ethnic diversity on campus.

See all of Warner Pacific’s national rankings

 

A “Best Bang for the Buck” College

The Other College Guide provides “honest and practical information” students need to help in the college selection process. Unlike other guides, this one is based on the best available data on what really matters to you: which schools will charge you a fair price and not bury you in debt? Which help students graduate? Which provide degrees that allow you to earn a decent income?

The 2015 “Best Bang for the Buck” list shows which schools in the West are the best value for your money based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well they do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

Out of the 233 colleges included in this list for 2015, Warner Pacific is ranked at 70th nationwide and 5th for Oregon (out of the 20 schools from Oregon included).

Warner Pacific offers many scholarships, a tuition that is lower than most private colleges, and a loan repayment assistance program for incoming freshmen.

Ranked 37th in nation by Washington Monthly’s College Guide

College guideWashington Monthly’s annual college guide gives prospective students a unique view when it comes to college rankings. They look at what colleges are actually doing for the country – how they are working to make communities better.

We are thrilled that Warner Pacific ranked 37th in the nation on the 2015 Baccalaureate Colleges list, moving up the list 11 slots from last year!

Warner Pacific is the ONLY college in Oregon to be included in the top 100 and is the highest ranking Oregon college included in the complete list. The College out shone larger schools, nationwide, in community service participation of our students and cumulative hours served (ranking 16th).

“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,” explain the editors of Washington Monthly.

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.

Master’s Degree in Human Services now offered at Warner Pacific College

Cohorts now forming across Portland

Warner Pacific offers a masters of arts in human sciences degree.Warner Pacific College introduces a new Masters of Arts in Human Services degree through the Adult Degree Program.

This program is designed for experienced professionals who are passionate about their communities and wish to make a positive impact. If you are already working in diverse settings such as group homes, corrections, mental health centers, children services, aging services, case work, advocacy, counselors, or other profession that assists individuals and communities to function effectively, this master’s program is for you.

The Masters of Arts in Human Services will be taught in a cohort format meeting one night a week for six weeks. The full program consists of 13 courses (total of 39 semester credits).

Advance in what you do best, caring for people, when you study and earn your graduate degree in Human Services. Make a greater impact with the skills you will need to be an effective leader in fostering change for your clients.

If you already have your bachelor’s degree and would like to pursue this master’s degree, visit www.warnerpacific.edu/human-services for details about the courses, requirements, and application information.

For over 25 years, the Adult Degree Program at Warner Pacific College has provided busy adults the opportunity to pursue a college degree at an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s level. Warner Pacific has six campuses in the Portland metropolitan area, including Vancouver and Longview, and offers many degrees online.

The Start of the 79th Academic Year

After a summer of dry, hot, not-a-raindrop-in-sight weather, Warner Pacific’s new and returning students were greeted with the wettest and windiest weekend of the season when they returned to campus (August 29, 2015).

That did not dampen the excitement or fun of the new school year, which included a photo booth with crazy props; enthusiastic staff waiting to help each and every new Knight; games in the gym; time to meet new friends; movie screening of Jurassic World; giant slip-n-slid, volleyball, and touch football; food, food, and more food; Knighting of the new students; exploring Portland’s iconic landmarks; worship and prayer; and salsa dance lessons.

Dr. Cook opened the 79th Academic Year at Convocation on Tuesday, September 1. (Watch the Convocation video.)

With a message paralleling the story of Humpty Dumpty with the lives of those in attendance in a unique and creative way, Dr. Reginald Nichols, the College’s new Vice President for Academic Affairs, asked us to commit to being our very best through observation, exploration, and expansion and not sit on a wall doing nothing.

“He is the God of boundless resources. The only limit is in us. Our asking, our thinking, our praying are too small; our expectations are too limited,” reminded      Dr. Nichols during his Convocation address.

“A powerful educational environment calls us to stretch – to move beyond our zones of comfort and enter new spaces of grace within ourselves. Christopher Columbus is quoted as saying, ‘You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.’ A powerful educational environment is hard work that causes us to lose sight of the shore and step into a different type of living – one that understands fully that you walk by faith and not by sight.”

Dr. Nichol’s final words to the student body and others in the audience was a quote from a sermon by Dr. Martian Luther King that ended with “Be the best at whatever you are.”

After a weekend of fun, time to get to know fellow students, and the pomp and ceremony Convocation, students settled into their class routine of the fall semester.

We welcomed 200 new students to the Mt. Tabor campus, including 122 first year students; the second largest incoming freshmen class in the College’s history.

These new Knights hail from 17 states and 3 foreign countries (most are from Oregon). They are predominantly multi-cultural with non-Caucasian backgrounds. And range in age from 17 to 71!

View photos from Welcome Weekend and Convocation on Warner Pacific’s Facebook page or Instagram.

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