I Speak Life: 2nd Annual World Aids Day Celebration

Chrysalis Ministries, in association with Warner Pacific, presents

I Speak Life

A celebration of life event honoring individuals whose lives have been directly or indirectly impacted by an HIV diagnosis

I Speak Life World Aids Day When:  Sunday, December 1, starting at 3 pm

Where: Warner Pacific College – McGuire Auditorium


  • 3 pm – Exhibit/Reception
  • 3:45 pm – Prayer Vigil
  • 4 pm – Concert

Featuring artist from the Pacific Northwest:

  • Alonzo Chadwick (BET’s “Sunday’s Best finalist)
  • Marilyn Keller (Celebrated Jazz Vocalist)
  • Angela Staples (Gospel Recording Artist)
  • GNC Ministries and The Red Carpet Kids (Mime Troupe)
  • Bobby Fouther (Visual and Performing Artist)
  • Kemba Shannon Dance School (African Dance)
  • Emmett Wheatfall (Spoken Word Artist/Author)
  • Teteh Kofi & Bethel AME Church
  • Inspirational musical tribute to honor those living with or who succumbed to HIV or an AIDS-related illness

RSVP  (click here)

About Chrysalis Ministries: In 1998,  Pastor Renee’ Ward founded Chrysalis Ministries, a faith-based non-profit agency following the death of her late husband, who succumbed to an AIDS-related illness. Over the past 15 years, Ward continues to advocate for more awareness on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and it’s impact on descendants of the African Diaspora as well as other opportunistic diseases, like breast cancer, through visual arts and ongoing collaborations with local and national organizations representing the health, civic, art, non-profit, and government arenas. A passionate humanitarian of social justice against disparities impacting vulnerable populations, her actions speak loud as her words in proclaiming that:  “A positive diagnosis doesn’t mean a negative outcome. I SPEAK LIFE.”



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59-year-old WPC runner is a true inspiration

Fred Willet 2013 Cross Country(From NAIA.org): Running is considered a lifetime sport. While speed and endurance may fade, it’s an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Still, it’s not often you find a 59-year-old man who can handle the competition of collegiate athletics, regardless of sport.

That didn’t stop Fred Willet, an Army veteran who enrolled at Warner Pacific (Ore.) under the G.I. Bill. “When I first got to Warner Pacific, I was looking at the athletics website and saw that they offered cross country and track & field,” Willet said. “I thought I might as well try out for the team, since it’s something I have done all my life.”

Read the rest of the NAIA blog about Fred, including receiving his NAIA eligibility and how natural it was for this life-long runner to become an inspirational part of the current WPC cross country team.

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Emotional First Aid Seminar

providing emotional supportLearn how to provide comfort to someone during or after a crisis at this one-day workshop. (Print and share the flyer.)

When: Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 8 am—4 pm

What: Learn the specific skills needed to assist friends, neighbors, coworkers, clients, family members, and strangers immediately following any type of tragedy.

Presented by: June Vining, Founder and Executive Director of Trauma Intervention Program of Portland/Vancouver, Inc.

Where: Kardatzke Hall (Mt. Tabor Campus)

Cost: $15 for no credit; $35/$50 for 1 academic credit (pass/no pass)

Contact:  Jennifer Lichtenberg or Dr. John Fazio

How to register:

Undergrad students taking the class for credit:

  • Register for PSY 340 through MyWP
  • $15 materials fee, however the tuition ($50) will be part of your tuition block

Adult Degree Program students taking the class for credit:

  • Complete the paper registration for PSY 340
  • Submit it to Records for processing
  • Contact your Academic Advisor to assist you
  • $15 materials fee and $35 for the credit

Any individual wishing to take the class for no credit:

  • Complete a registration form
  • Submit it to Records, specifying that you’ll be auditing the class
  • $15 materials fee, but NOT be charged an audit fee



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Blood Drive (American Red Cross)

Give the gift of life – donate blood on Friday, November 15.Nov-blood-drive-2013

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Knights Athletics: Fall sports round up

Cascade Collegiate ConferenceAs our fall athletics season comes to a close, here’s a quick review of Knights soccer, volleyball, golf, and cross country.


  • Seven student-athletes were named US Bank Academic All-Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) for their outstanding performance in the classroom. Marchelle Bostic, Almir Celebic, Briana Cowin, Pedro De Leon, Jessica Kepfer, Hannah Mierow, Josh Wright

Men’s Soccer

  • The Knight men’s soccer team has struggled somewhat on the field, posting a 4-9 record so far, with six of those losses having been by a single goal
  • Bernie Fagan will complete his 25th year as head coach in 2013. His overall record is 257-184-35
  • Jameson Jones leads the team with five goals scored
  • The Knights will say goodbye to seniors Scott Schnitzer, Abe Kidane, Josh Wright, Pedro De Leon, Ricky Carmolinga, Daniel Ervin, Dorian Lair, and Jameson Jones

Women’s Soccer

  • First year coach Holly Popenuk is excited about the improvement shown this season. After struggling early in the season to a 1-7 record, the Knights have won two games in a row
  • Senior Trisha Durham leads the team with 5 goals scored, and has been named Cascade Conference offensive player of the week two times in 2013


  • The Knight volleyball team has suffered a rash of injuries this season, contributing to a 4-21 record so far
  • Newcomer Julia Toscano has been an outstanding addition. Her 287 kills (3.30 kills per set) is #4 in the Cascade Conference
  • Marchelle Bostic has moved into #2 on the WPC career assist list. She has 1399 in 189 sets played, and needs just 71 more to surpass Rebekah Patton for the #1 spot


  • The Knights golf teams competed in three tournaments this fall, including the Warner Pacific Invitational at Glendoveer Golf Course
  • A.J. Nelson won the Warner Pacific Invitational for his first career individual medal


  • First year coach, David Kilian has undertaken a rebuilding project for both the men’s and women’s teams
  • The Knights will compete in their final event, the CCC Championships held in Caldwell, Idaho, on November 9
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Enjoy the Arts at Warner Pacific

The Warner Pacific Music Department has a number of performances coming up that will help get you in the holiday mood!

Music Department Fall ConcertsJoin us on November 20, as the Warner Pacific Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz present a free evening of toe-tapping music, starting at 7:30 pm in McGuire Auditorium

The College’s Concert Choir and Warner Chorale will offer an afternoon of classics, gospel, and contemporary literature on November 24. Join us in McGuire Auditorium at 3 pm for this free performance.

On November 23, Adventist Health invites you to their annual Celebration of Thanksgiving concert featuring award winning gospel artists, Selah, who will be joined by Warner Pacific’s own, Bridgetown.  Admission is free with your donation of non-perishable food for the Oregon Food Bank.

Advent Chapel, on December 5, features performances by the Chorale, Wind, and Jazz Ensembles starting at 10 am in McGuire Auditorium.

We’ll wrap up this semester’s arts performances on December 5 with a free Wind Ensemble concert held at 7:30 pm in McGuire Auditorium

For a complete list of upcoming events, visit our full calendar.

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Student Story: Emily Potts

WPC Student Emily Potts[By Dr. Andrea Cook] As a student in the College’s new Social Entrepreneurship major, Emily Potts ’16, has discovered that there is power in business and when done right, it can change the world.

When asked to share her thoughts on the program, Emily had this to say:

“My coursework has shown me that entrepreneurship is an opportunity to fundamentally change the lives of people for the better. Warner Pacific is not only teaching me the practical skills I will need in the future, but the College has been a key factor in helping me develop as a person. The people and classes here have challenged me to dive deeper into all aspects of my life and ask the hard questions. Warner Pacific is helping me develop my strengths and recognize my weaknesses so that when the next phase of my life comes, I will be prepared to serve others at my full potential.

There is a special place in my heart for the people of Guatemala. When I graduate, I hope to move to Guatemala and work for a non-profit with the ultimate goal of starting my own organization that will help empower the people there; especially women and children.”

I’m inspired by students, like Emily, who are working hard to pursue the intersection of business and social justice. Programs like the Social Entrepreneurship major are opening the doors to innovative ideas that will have a lasting impact in our communities.

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What it means to Flourish

New student with her family at Aug 2013 welcome week[By Dr. Andrea Cook] As we look into the future, we have been asking: What is Warner Pacific’s promise? Warner Pacific College is dedicated to seeing individuals, families, and communities flourish.

Much could be said about the transformation that occurs in the lives of our students at Warner Pacific College. Long before I became President, the institution had been committed to providing a Christ-centered, liberal arts education that challenged students to see the interrelatedness of all things.

In the last four years, Warner Pacific has completely altered our institutional trajectory. Whether it is our financial aid philosophy, our first-year learning communities, or how we think about student support on campus; we are rethinking how the entire Warner Pacific model works so both the students we serve and the institution we love will flourish in the days to come.

This shift is evidenced by the fact that this fall, 52% of the students in our incoming freshman class are students of color, and perhaps for the first time in the history of Warner Pacific, our campus community truly reflects the ethnic diversity of the world in which we live.

At Warner Pacific, students from diverse backgrounds will find a welcoming and inclusive space to dream, serve, achieve, and flourish.

In the days and years to come, you will be seeing our new tagline, “Flourish,” pop-up on billboards and marketing materials. This is our commitment. This is our promise. We will work each day so our students and our city will flourish.

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Men’s and Women’s Intercollegiate Wrestling Coming to WP in 2014

Warner Pacific College Director of Athletics Jamie Joss announced that the College will add men’s and women’s wrestling to its athletics program and begin intercollegiate competition in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 2014-15. The search for a head coach and recruitment of student-athletes will begin immediately.

“We’re thrilled to offer a robust athletics program that serves the needs of a wide variety of students,” said Warner Pacific President, Andrea Cook. “I believe men’s and women’s wrestling will provide many students new avenues in which to pursue their higher education goals, while strengthening their character through the principles inherent in Knights Athletics.”

Warner Pacific previously fielded a men’s wrestling program from 1968-75 led by local coaching legend and Warner Pacific Hall of Honor member, Dave Sanville. Under Sanville, the Knights amassed a 58-30-3 record in dual match competition and had 35 individuals qualify for the NAIA National Wrestling Championships including one NAIA All-American. Sanville continued to coach in the high school ranks for many years, including eight years at Bend High School (1976-84), and 17 years at West Linn High School (1984-2001).

“Many top wrestlers in Oregon and Washington are forced to leave the state to pursue college wrestling, while others just stop wrestling after high school,” said Director of Athletics, Jamie Joss. “The return of wrestling at Warner Pacific College provides wrestlers in our region with the opportunity to continue their pursuit of athletic excellence, while providing an outstanding urban Christ-centered liberal arts education. We are very excited to find the right coach to lead both programs and begin recruiting student-athletes who are ready to excel as champions on the mat, in the classroom, and in life.”

The College’s decision to initiate a women’s program is a historic addition for NAIA wrestling. Warner Pacific will become the 15th women’s program in the NAIA, allowing women’s wrestling to become a NAIA Recognized sport. Warner Pacific women’s wrestling will be the third program in Oregon, joining non-NAIA programs at Pacific University and Southwest Oregon Community College.

“Adding the women’s program is a great opportunity for many of the top women’s wrestlers from Washington to stay close to home, while also expanding the recruiting efforts of the College in California and Hawaii,” Joss added.

Women’s wrestling is a recognized Olympic sport, and since 1994, the number of women participating in high school wrestling has grown from 804 to over 8,727. California, Guam, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington sponsor a girl’s state high school championship, while many girls compete for boys high school teams across the United States.

The Knights women will compete both regionally and nationally in the Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA). The National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) added a Women’s Collegiate Division in 2008.

The WCWA is the current governing body for all collegiate women’s wrestling programs at NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA institutions.  The WCWA competes in freestyle Olympic wrestling and includes the following weight classes (in pounds): 101, 109, 116, 123, 130, 136, 143, 155, 170 and 191.

The Knights, along with Life University (Ga.), Lyon College (Ark.), and Ottawa University (Kan.), have committed to adding women’s wrestling beginning in 2014-2015. They will join current NAIA women’s wrestling programs including: Oklahoma City University, University of Jamestown (S.D.), Missouri Valley College, Wayland Baptist University (Texas), Missouri Baptist University, University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), Midland University (Neb.), Waldorf College (Iowa), Lindenwood University-Belleville (Mo.), Menlo College (Calif.), and Campbellsville University (Ky.).

Warner Pacific’s men’s program is the fifth intercollegiate team in the state joining Clackamas Community College, Oregon State University, Pacific University and Southern Oregon University.

The men’s sport, which was added by the NAIA in 1958, is currently sponsored by 43 institutions across the United States. The NAIA Wrestling National Championship has 10 men’s weight classes (in pounds): 125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197 and 285.

There are currently 280,000 high school students actively engaged in wrestling at the secondary education level.

For information on recruiting and hiring within the Warner Pacific College wrestling program, contact Jamie Joss at 503.517.1261 or jjoss@warnerpacific.edu. Learn more about Knights Athletics.

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President Cook receives Educator of the Year award from alma mater

David Alexander with Dr. Andrea CookNorthwest Nazarene University honored alumna Dr. Andrea Cook on Monday with the 2013 L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator of the Year award. The award is given each year to an alumnus who has provided distinguished service in the field of education.

Cook’s 30-year career has been dedicated to higher education culminating in her current role as the first female president of Warner Pacific College (WPC), Portland, Ore. A 1977 elementary education alumna, Cook holds a master’s degree and doctorate both in educational policy and management from the University of Oregon. She has held positions at several colleges including Judson Baptist College, University of Oregon, George Fox University and Goshen College, working primarily in financial aid, admissions and advancement.

During her time at WPC, Cook has been a driving force behind the college embracing its identity as an urban campus dedicated to serving the City of Portland. Through specially tailored programs, first-generation students at Warner Pacific are achieving their higher education goals, paving the way to a brighter future.

During her acceptance comments, Cook said, “I have used my elementary education degree from Northwest Nazarene University each and every day of my life as I have served in all of those places and all of those roles. I’m grateful for the grounding in Christ-centered higher education, for learning how to work with people, for understand the dynamics of learning and the power of relationships in developing the ability for people to dream, achieve, flourish.”

The Wesche Award is named in honor of Dr. Lilburn Wesche, NNU faculty emeritus, who graduated from Northwest Nazarene College in 1951. During his 30-year career at NNU, he was a professor, head of the education department, director of teacher education, director of graduate studies, interim academic dean and chair of the division of professional studies. Award recipients are current professionals who make a positive impact in the field of education that extends beyond the classroom.

Northwest Nazarene University, a comprehensive Christian university, offers over 60 areas of study, 19 master’s degrees in seven different disciplines and one doctoral degree. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 6,000 continuing education students, and 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program.

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