Knights Athletic Spring Roundup

Warner Pacific Knights golfer Kendall Cowley

Kendall Cowley

Basketball season is over; however, many spring sports are just starting. Here’s what has been happening with the Knights.

Men’s Basketball

The Knight finished with a 16-15 record, and fell short of their goal of a 9th straight trip to the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) National Tournament. Doug Thomas led the team with 15.9 points per game and he and teammate Ryan Parks were named All-Cascade Conference team following the season.

Women’s Basketball

It was a rough season for Lady Knights basketball as the team ended the year with a 6-23 record. Jordan Wilcox made 61 three pointers during the season, and was voted Honorable Mention All-Cascade Conference. Senior Jacki Cannon was named Academic All-Cascade Conference.


The WPC golfers began their spring season with a trip to the Corban Invitational in Salem, Oregon. Freshman Malu Rosenthal turned in his best ever result by placing 7th overall.


Deborah O’Dell and Christi Avery represented the Knights at the NAIA Indoor National Championships. Deborah O’Dell placed 12th in the high jump event by clearing a height of 5 feet 3 inches, while Avery placed 19th in the 60 meters in a time of 7.91 seconds.

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Wrestling Receives Grant from US Wrestling Foundation

Start up costs can be an obstacle to launching any new athletic program and wrestling is no different, but the newest sport on campus at Warner Pacific College received a major boost with a generous grant from the US Wrestling Foundation.

“We are very thankful to the US Wrestling Foundation and the National Wrestling Coaches Association for their willingness to help,” said Jamie Joss, Warner Pacific’s Director of Athletics. “The ability to defray our costs as we begin our new wrestling teams will allow us to push forward with confidence in our inaugural season and improve the experience for our student-athletes.”

Read more about the Foundation Grant…

(from National Wrestling Coaches Association’s website)
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7 Money Rules for Life | Mary Hunt of Debt-Proof Living

Mary-Hunt-webWarner Pacific is thrilled to have Mary Hunt, of Debt-Proof Living, visit our campus on Wednesday, April 9, to share life changing strategies for better money management.

You are invited to her free 60-minute seminar where you will learn Mary’s “7 Money Rules for Life.”

Money management is not difficult. And it’s even easier if you learn how to manage money before you make mistakes that can have a severe impact on your future.

Mary will teach you seven straightforward rules for life that are so simple, you can fit on the back of a business card.

You will learn them, memorize them, and have them embedded into your heart and mind … for life!

  • When: Wednesday, April 9, starting at 7 pm
  • Location: Warner Pacific College, Egtvedt Room 203
  • Cost: Free
  • No RSVP but seating is limited
  • Refreshments provided

About Mary Hunt

Mary Hunt is an award winning and bestselling author, syndicated columnist, and sought-after motivational speaker, who created a global platform that is making strides to help men and women battle the epidemic impact of consumer debt. She is the founder of Debt-Proof Living, a highly regarded organization consisting of an interactive website, a monthly newsletter, a daily syndicated column, and hundreds of thousands of loyal followers. Now in its twentieth year, DPL is dedicated to its mission to provide hope, help and realistic solutions for individuals who are committed to financially responsible, and debt-free living. As a speaker, Mary travels extensively, addressing conferences, corporations, colleges, universities, and churches at home and abroad. A frequent guest on radio and television, Mary has appeared on dozens of television shows including Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, Oprah, Fox and Friends, Focus on the Family, and Dateline.

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Warner Pacific is Part of Oregon Private College Week (July 28 – August 1)

The Alliance to Host Oregon Private College Week

Register now to visit Warner Pacific

Prospective students are invited to participate in Oregon Private College Week from July 28 – August 1, hosted by the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities (The Alliance).

OPCW_IDtag2Oregon’s private, non-profit, regionally accredited colleges and universities support educational attainment for Oregon’s socio-economically diverse population with 21% of their undergraduates being the first in their family to attend college, and 31% qualifying for federal Pell Grants based on income.

The private sector campuses make indispensable contributions to Oregon’s communities and our state’s 40-40-20 education attainment goals by awarding 22% of baccalaureate degrees in such high-need fields as STEM, business, public administration and social service, and half or more of graduate degrees in health professions, education, and business. Moreover Alliance institutions contribute 30% of the bachelor’s degrees and higher portion of the 40-40-20 attainment goal.

Colleges will offer campus tours and information sessions about admissions, financial aid and academic programs. College officials will also correct some common myths about the cost of a private college education.

Students who visit at least four institutions during the week will receive four application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any four Alliance colleges or universities.

“Personally visiting campuses is one of the most important steps in the college search process,” explains Larry D. Large, President of The Alliance. “I encourage students and their families to explore which college or university is the best match. And I want to reassure them that a high-quality education at an Oregon private college or university is affordable.”

Sessions will begin at 9 am and 2 pm on Monday through Friday. For more information about Oregon Private College Week, including a list of participating colleges and to register, please visit

In-state students attending an Oregon private college or university are eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant. A program of the State of Oregon, the Oregon Opportunity Grant will be approximately $2,000 in 2014-15.

The Oregon College Savings Plan and the Matched College Savings Program (MCSP) are sponsors of Oregon Private College Week.

The colleges and universities participating in Oregon Private College Week are listed below

  • Concordia University
  • Corban University
  • George Fox University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Linfield College
  • Marylhurst University
  • Pacific University
  • Reed College
  • University of Portland
  • Warner Pacific College
  • Willamette University

About The Alliance:

The Alliance represents Oregon’s regionally accredited, not-for-profit private higher education institutions. Together, the private not-for-profit sector enrolls more than 32,000 students and delivers approximately 30% of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. Through The Alliance, member institutions collaborate to strengthen Oregon’s intellectual, creative, and economic resources through public advocacy, institutional cooperation, and strategic collaboration with the public sector, including business, philanthropy, and government. For more information visit and download a fact sheet.

(Courtesy of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities)

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Act Six Scholar Recognized as Youth of the Year

by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Sophie Velasquez was named Youth of the Year.

Sophie Velasquez named Youth of the Year by Woodburn Chamber of Commerce (photo by Lindsay Keefer – Pamplin Media)

Congratulations to Sophie Velasquez, Act Six Cadre Five, on being recognized by the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce as their 2014 Youth of the Year.

Sophie, a senior at Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy, has been an active volunteer in Woodburn since she was 13. She has been a member of the city’s Youth Advisory Board, is a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board, and served on last year’s Fiesta Mexicana Court.

Read more about Sophie’s accomplishments at the Woodburn Gazette online.

The 2014 Distinguished Service Awards banquet, which is sponsored by Silverton Health, will be held March 14, at the Woodburn Health Center. Tickets are available at the chamber office, located at 979 Young St. in Woodburn

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The Knights enter the Cascade Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament

Tip off for the first game is Wednesday, February 26, at 7 pm (on WPC home court) when the Knights take on the Eagles of Northwest University.

The fourth seed and final home game in the first round goes to Warner Pacific, who outlasted Oregon Tech in overtime on Saturday night to finish 10-8 in conference play and 16-14 overall. The Knights won a three-way tiebreaker over Northwest and Northwest Christian to secure the home game.

Read more…

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About the President’s Tea

Now in its fifth year, the President’s Tea & Scholarship Auction is an opportunity to gather and help meet the needs of under served and first generation college students as they pursue their higher education goals.

The event will feature both a silent and verbal auction, as well as a charity ‘paddle raise.’

This year, we welcome award winning author, Sarah Thebarge as our keynote speaker.

After surviving a grueling battle with breast cancer, Sarah fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship on the East Coast to start over in Portland.

She was hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life, but instead she met Hadhi, a Somali refugee abandoned by her husband.

Sarah befriended Hadhi and her daughters, and set out on an adventure she’d never anticipated.

Her memoir, “The Invisible Girls,” was released in April 2013 and is available in the campus bookstore. Learn more about Sarah at

The President’s Tea supports the Act Six Scholarship program at Warner Pacific.

We also welcome special guest and Act Six scholar, Yesenia Delgado.

The oldest of five children in a single parent home, college was not at the top of her priority list after graduating from Reynolds High School.

Through the support and investment of the Act Six Program at Warner Pacific, Yesenia discovered a desire to lead.

She is now majoring in Human Development, and serves on Student Government and Student Diversity Council.

Yesenia is passionate about investing and inspiring others to achieve greatness one day, just as Warner Pacific believed in her.

She will be graduating in May 2014.

(Back to the President’s Tea)


President's Tea and Auction



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Spring Drama Performance: Changes of Heart

Changes of Heart, a comedy by French playwright Pierre de Marivaux, translated and adapted by Stephen Wadsworth.

The Prince loves Silvia, but Silvia is quite sure that she loves Harlequin, though she kind of likes the Guardsman, but she definitely, absolutely, positively does not love the Prince, she thinks. Meanwhile, Harlequin, who is totally in love with Silvia, also likes Flaminia, and food.

In Changes of Heart, which premiered in 1723 (as La Double Inconstance, or The Double Inconstancy), Marivaux captures the shifting sentiments of an enlightened Europe. His characters struggle to reason in matters of love only to discover that love is not necessarily reasonable.

Changes of Heart will open Thursday, March 6, and runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings starting at 7:30 pm, and Sunday afternoons (2:00 pm) through March 16.

For tickets, call or visit the WPC Bookstore on campus, 503.517.1100.


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Warner Pacific Named a College of Distinction

National college guide honors Warner Pacific for distinctive educational excellence.

Christian College of Distinction Warner PacificWarner Pacific was honored as a College of Distinction for the 2013-2014 school year. The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Warner Pacific was found to excel in all Four Distinctions.

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 Oregon College of Distinction Warner Pacificof education. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. Schools selected must excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.

“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 College of Distinction Warner PacificDistinction’ create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country.”

To view Warner Pacific’s profile or to find more information about the online guide visit

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WPC’s New Act Six Scholars (Cadre Five)

The Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative announced today that 59 emerging urban and community leaders across the Puget Sound region, Portland, Spokane, and the Yakima Valley will receive full-tuition, full-need scholarships. Collectively, the awards will provide more than $8 million in financial aid over four years.

Selected through a rigorous three-month competition among more than 900 applicants, these diverse student leaders were selected for their distinctive leadership, academic potential, and commitment to making a difference in their communities.

WPC’s Cadre Five Act Six Scholars:

Warner Pacific Act Six Cadre 5

Sameya Amme, Jefferson High School
Eldy Davila, Tigard Senior High School
Alicia Grovom, Gresham Union High School
Lloyd Jones, Madison High School
Hana Kent, Roosevelt High School
Francisco Moreno-Campos, De La Salle North Catholic High School
Raymond Ontiveros, Tigard Senior High School
Aaleyah Patterson, Tigard Senior High School
Daisy Ulloa, Tigard Senior High School
Sofia Velasquez, Woodburn Arts & Community Academy

Act Six develops leaders through a simple, but powerful, four-step strategy:

  • Recruit and select diverse, multicultural cadres of the Northwest’s most promising emerging urban and community leaders.
  • Train and prepare these groups of students in the year prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically, and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.
  • Send and fund the teams together to select private, liberal arts colleges in the Northwest on four year, full-tuition, full-need scholarships.
  • Support and inspire by providing strong campus support and ongoing leadership development to nurture these young people as they find their vocation and grow into the next generation of community leaders.

To date, 90 percent of the 434 scholars who have started college have graduated or are still enrolled – reflecting graduation and retention rates that far exceed national averages. Four Act Six scholars have been elected as student-body presidents and scholars have been involved in numerous other leadership roles on campus and in the community.

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