Beyond the Statistics

According to Estes and Weiner from the University of Pennsylvania, “at least 100,000 American children are being exploited through pornography or prostitution every year.” This does not mention all the men and women who are exploited outside of the country. Estes and Weiner continue with “1 out of every 5 pornographic images is of a child; and 55% of child pornography comes from the U.S.,” proving human trafficking is more of an epidemic than we think.

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Warner Pacific’s Social Work Program hosted the “Beyond the Statistics” event; a night dedicated to discussing the unfortunate epidemic of human trafficking. It featured a small fair at the beginning, followed by a few introductions, a table group conversation, and proceeded the rest of the night with a panel discussion.

The small resource fair featured organizations that were making an impact for survivors. One of the programs was YES, Youth Ending Slavery, a student led Portland-based nonprofit that started at St. Mary’s Academy. The nonprofit focuses on raising awareness and fighting against modern slavery by hosting and speaking at various events. Students facilitate chapters in middle/high schools, colleges, and universities. The students are also involved in legislation and political policies. Another organization there was Shared Hope International. They work on teaching minors to avoid unsafe situations with traffickers and they train professionals to read signs of trafficking to identify victims. They also help victims find resources like shelter and counseling services, after escaping the trafficking world. Shared Hope also partners with lawyers to help strengthen state and federal laws to protect the victims from prosecution and charge buyers and traffickers aggressively.

Dr. Stephanie Mace, the director of the social work program at Warner Pacific, welcomed the attendees and shared her excitement of hosting Beyond the Statistics at the College. She then continued to introduce and thank Dr. Andrea Cook, president of Warner Pacific, for participating and supporting Beyond the Statistics. President Cook shared gratitude to all who work in the social work field, saying “I appreciate all of you who are trying to make whole a world that is very broken,” and concluded with how we can all contribute to the solution of ending human trafficking. After President Cook concluded her introduction, Dr. Mace introduced the moderator of the night, Elizabeth Alston, the CSEC Coordinator for the state of Oregon. Ms. Alston started our evening with a short video to introduce the topic of the night.

The video contributed to the next activity of a small table discussion. Each table member spoke about why they have a passion to end human trafficking. Some shared that they knew a survivor and that they could never imagine the pain and horror they had to face. Others, such as myself, knew this was a problem around the world but never thought it was a huge problem in the U.S., especially in Oregon. The video sparked conversation on the current policies, victims being prosecuted for prostitution, and traffickers/buyers receiving lenient charges. However, this is being changed with advocacy and altering the narrative of human trafficking. We spoke about how silent the epidemic is because we live in an environment that fails to see the signs and characteristics of a human trafficker and a victim. Many tend to embed a stereotype of what a trafficker and victim look like. We often perceive certain areas as more prone to facing this issue because of the socioeconomic title they hold. This sort of crime is committed in even the quietest neighborhoods and pleasant areas in town. For example, in Beaverton, Oregon, a residence that was known as a massage establishment was performing sexual acts for money in January of this year. This issue is spreading from the city out to smaller towns or neighboring cities.

After the video discussion, the evening continued and ended with a panel discussion that discussed the personal motivations that sparked them to join the fight against human trafficking. One panelist spoke about how difficult it is to trust certain support systems because she knew a victim who was lured into trafficking by an interpreter she had at a hospital. The victims contributed to that by saying “anyone can be a trafficker,” there is not one specific way they look. It can be a man or woman, young or old, charming or anti-social. Anyone can be a potential threat which is why you just have to be careful. One of the victims shared her trafficker was actually her boyfriend at first and he later sold her to buyers to perform sex acts. Unfortunately, she stated that having trust in your trafficker is a common way to get reeled into this “relationship.” This makes it hard to see the pain that is being inflicted. The panel spoke about how they try to receive justice in the courtroom and in the law, even though some laws need update. They spoke about research and services that prove this problem is spreading and is more prevalent than what we often assume.

Warner Pacific professor Dr. Stephanie Mace.

The Warner Pacific Social Work program is known for the rigorous, thought-provoking course work and two-year field experience that is required for obtaining the degree.  Dr. Stephanie Mace shared a few words on the program and the unique characteristics it is known for,

“The Warner Pacific Social Work Program is unique in a lot of ways. We are a small program with a small faculty so one-on-one interaction is embedded in our program. We have a trauma-informed curriculum in the social work practice series courses and are intentional about addressing this. Our field education program is the signature pedagogy of our program and we strive to place students in internships that reflect their career aspirations and develop skilled social work practitioners. We also provide not only academic advising, but professional advising and mentorship too.”

The WPC Social Work Program did an amazing job on piecing everything together to create an impactful event that brought awareness to a problem that is creating so much pain and brokenness in this world.

The resource fair included:

  • Abolition Now
  • Adorned in Grace
  • Compassion Connect
  • DHS Child Welfare
  • Door to Grace
  • Fight Against Sex Trafficking & Fight Against Slavery/Trafficking (FAST)
  • Home Free, Volunteers of America
  • Giving Connection
  • Janus Youth Program
  • LifeWorks Northwest
  • Morrison Child & Family Service: SAGE Youth Residential Program
  • Native American Rehabilitatio Association of the Northwest. Inc. (NARA)
  • Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)
  • Shared Hope International
  • Youth Ending Slavery (YES)

The panel consisted of:

  • JR Ujifusa, a senior Deputy District Attorney, who is also a special assistant US Attorney for Oregon focusing on federal human trafficking crimes.
  • Andrea Benson, a survivor leader.
  • Marisa Benson, an advocate and sister to survivor.
  • Officer Ariana Ridgely, a Task Force Officer for the local FBI Child Exploitation Task Force and PDX Sex Trafficking Unit.
  • Tatyana Bondarchuk, a bilingual Crime Victim Advocate for the Lutheran Community Services NW Program and member of the National Crisis Response Team.
  • Marsha Hayes, a survivor and Warner Pacific
  • Stephanie Mace, a researcher and Director of the Social Work Program at WPC.

 

-Cristina Lopez Alonso ’19

Join Dr. Luke Goble for Lunch and “Worshiping Politics” Discussion

On Tuesday, October 10, Dr. Luke Goble will share insights from his new book, “Worshiping Politics” and host a discussion session over lunch after Chapel. The event is free and open to the public but a lunch reservation is requested. The Chapel service will take place in McGuire Auditorium at 10:00 AM and continue in Egtvedt 203 with the book discussion and lunch at 11:15 AM. Please register for the lunch here.

Dr. Luke Goble is an Associate Professor of History and Humanities at Warner Pacific, having taught at the College since 2007. Dr. Goble has a bachelor of arts in English and American Literature from Harvard University and a doctorate in American Studies from State University of New York at Buffalo.

His new book, “Worshiping Politics: Problems and Practices for a Public Faith,” explores the connections of politics and faith. The country is facing a time of brokenness and pain but when faith is thrown into the mix of politics how do we know what to believe and accept? Dr. Goble explains the difference between believing in something from faith and from cultural or societal norms. Goble suggests we need to focus on the impacts a problem has on others in order to decipher how best to respond from a Christ-centered place of love and care for our neighbors.

“Worshiping Politics” was published by Cascade Books, a selective imprint for Wipf and Stock Publishers, on May 8, 2017. The imprint was established in 2004 and publishes books that combine academic rigor with broad appeal and readability in the areas of theology and religion. His book can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s Books and other websites.

 

-Cristina Lopez Alonso ’19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WPC featured in New Book Exploring Diversity

The book, “Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, and the future of Christian Higher Education,” was published on August 8, 2017. It explores the unique need for diversity in Christian universities and colleges. The book begins with various universities and colleges that have made diversity a goal and priority.

President Cook writes about her experience prior and during her time as president of Warner Pacific College. She saw a lack of effort in prioritizing diversity, so she committed to the challenge of shifting the paradigm. She stated,

“I shared with him [Jay Barber, former President of Warner Pacific College] that I felt we were misplacing our mission emphasis and that we needed to go all-in with our urban identity… God loves the city, and he loves the students we serve. This is his work. If we are available and willing to take the risks as he beckons, I believe the days ahead for Warner Pacific and for Christian colleges and universities   across the world are very bright.”  (pp. 65 & 76)

In her chapter, President Cook spoke of the details her journey, which consisted of reaching out to organizations in the community for support, to cutting language barriers between students and Warner Pacific. Her intention was to provide as much detail as possible to help other universities and colleges who are striving for diversity as well. During her time at Warner Pacific, President Cook has managed to achieve an astonishing statistic: “…as of Fall 2016, 57 percent of the students at Warner Pacific College are students of color. This is more than a 400 percent increase from when I arrived in 2005!” (p. 71). Since the writing of the book, diversity has continued to grow. As of Fall 2017, 64 percent of the students attending Warner Pacific come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

The book is published by Abilene Christian University Press, a publishing company that focuses on twelve genres, one being Christian higher education. “Diversity Matters” is available online on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, or Powell’s Bookstore.

The book features many contributors, with Dr. Karen A. Longman serving as the general editor. Dr. Karen A. Longman is a professor and program director at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. She teaches in the school of behavioral and applied sciences in the higher education department, where she also directs the Ph.D. Higher Education program. Dr. Longman, also an author and editor, has contributed to over 20 publications and edits the journal: Christian Higher Education. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

-Cristina Lopez Alonso ’19

 

 

Adult Degree Program Dean’s List for Spring 2017

The following Warner Pacific College students from the Adult Degree Program have achieved a place on the Dean’s List for the 2017 Spring term.

In order to accomplish this students must be enrolled full-time (a minimum of 12 credits) and achieve a 3.5 or greater grade point average. Those who have an asterisk (*) before their name earned a 4.0 GPA.

Congratulations Knights on you academic accomplishment!

4.0Student NameHome City, State
*Raineka AckleyPortland, OR
Yesica AldacoSalem, OR
*Dorothy AlexGresham, OR
Monica AlvaradoCanby, OR
Rebecca AmanVancouver, WA
*Christine AndersonPortland, OR
*Lauren AndradaGladstone, OR
*Melinda AndrewsPortland, OR
Vicki AndrewsPortland, OR
*Adrian ArechigaPortland, OR
Adrienne ArmstrachanFort Worth, TX
*Madison BaconVancouver, WA
*Susan BakerVancouver, WA
*Amber BarberPortland, OR
*Amy BarchiniVancouver, WA
*Lisa BartlettPortland, OR
*Noemi BartleyLongview, WA
Matthew BatchelorWoodland, WA
Robert BellonGladstone, OR
Elizabeth BergenPortland, OR
*Katheryn BergenPortland, OR
Samantha BernalLake Oswego, OR
*Tonia BertellottiLongview, WA
Holly BriggsVancouver, WA
*Tammi BrightmonVancouver, WA
*Emily BrownRidgefield, WA
*Jordan BrownPortland, OR
Adrienne Brown-DunnPortland, OR
Amanda CalcanoPortland, OR
*Jamie CaldwellMilwaukie, OR
Sara CamposBeaverton, OR
*Jennifer CanaanVancouver, WA
*Mishka CarpenterWest Linn, OR
*Lindsay CarusoSan Diego, CA
*Destiney ClarkPortland, OR
Kristen CoghillSheridan, OR
*Billie CokleyPortland, OR
*Stephanie CookPortland, OR
*Carolyn CoutuPortland, OR
Hannah CramerVancouver, WA
*Adam CrouseGresham, OR
*Yohana CualioGresham, OR
*Christine CulkinsOregon City, OR
Anthony CushingFairview, OR
*Naomi CutshallSaint Helens, OR
*Steven D’AmbrosiaPortland, OR
Leah DanleyFairview, OR
*Cherie DavisPortland, OR
Monica DavisLayton, UT
Pamela DawsonVancouver, WA
*Elizabeth DeardorffTroutdale, OR
Kimberly DeckerYacolt, WA
*Sara DeclercqueKennewick,WA
*Dallas DelagrangeLongview, WA
Valynda DemelSherwood, OR
Bishnu DhungelPortland, OR
*Andrey DmitriyevBattle Ground, WA
Carmen DouglassPortland, OR
Adrianne DoumaWestport, OR
*Ashley DoumitLongview, WA
*Elke DownerPortland, OR
*Jason DuClosPortland, OR
*Jija EberhardtPortland, OR
*Holly EdwinsBattle Ground, WA
*Jessica FarmerGresham, OR
*Rachelle FarwellBeavercreek, OR
*Emily FazioHappy Valley, OR
*Sanela FetherolfHillsboro, OR
*Marla FoertschVancouver, WA
*Andrea ForstagPortland, OR
Mitchel FroehlichPortland, OR
*Beth FroschauerEl Cajon, CA
*Josh FurlongKalama, WA
*Emir GarciaWood Village, OR
*Susan GarciaSilverlake,WA
Lisa GettingGresham, OR
Jillian GibidesPortland, OR
Kerry GillockTigard, OR
*Kathleen GoldsberryLongview, WA
*Lyubov GoncharovMilwaukie, OR
*Joshua GossageVancouver, WA
Olga GradinarPortland, OR
*Phillip HackworthPortland, OR
Allison HallAstoria, OR
*Madison HamerLongview, WA
*Clayton HanchettAloha, OR
Mark HannaTroutdale, OR
*Andy HardingPortland, OR
*Jennifer HarpPortland, OR
*Robert HarpPortland, OR
*Patricia HarrisPortland, OR
*Terrance HarrisPortland, OR
*Shelly HarrymanWashougal, WA
*Kimberly HartwellMcMinnville, OR
Camillia HattonPortland, OR
*Jennifer Haveman-ChristianVancouver, WA
*Terra-Beth HendersonLongview, WA
*Tracy HensleyKelso, WA
Maria HigaVancouver, WA
*Alicia HigashiSalem, OR
*Ann Marie HigginsCanby, OR
Jamie HoganBellevue, WA
*Alexia HoltPortland, OR
Lynndie HortonPortland, OR
Caleb HowardWashougal, WA
*Travis HowePortland, OR
Katie HoytPortland, OR
*Valarie HrubyDamascus, OR
*Cayci HughesMidland, NC
Adanna IfamaMilwaukie, OR
Katie Jackson-AngusBeaverton, OR
*Sara JantzeWilsonville, OR
*Andrew JennessGresham, OR
*Ann JennessGresham, OR
Robin JohnGresham, OR
*Edward JohnsonVancouver, WA
Jacqueline JonesPortland, OR
*Linda KasingerVancouver, WA
*Mark KernellVancouver, WA
*Christina KingVancouver, WA
Jonathan KirchemPortland, OR
*Jeniffer KirtonPortland, OR
Brandy KnutsonScappoose, OR
Daniel KnutsonScappoose, OR
*Chelsea KunzeWashougal, WA
*Machelle KurtzLongview, WA
Julia LairdCamas, WA
*Kristin LaulainenLongview, WA
*Ashlee LavoyHappy Valley, OR
*Janelle LawrenceMilwaukie, OR
Thang LePortland, OR
Michael LeblancPortland, OR
Zellard LemonVancouver, WA
Leslie LivelyGresham, OR
Trisha LockeGladstone, OR
*Dusty LomelandVancouver, WA
*Lestan LoomisTroutdale, OR
*Heather LucasGaston, OR
Kristine LuceroGladstone, OR
*Caleb LutherLongview, WA
*Antonette LyonPortland, OR
*Karalynn MacRae-SmithVancouver, WA
*Lita MaffiVancouver, WA
*Chanh MaiPortland, OR
Pamala MariniBattle Ground, WA
*Leslie MathiesPortland, OR
Reanna McBroomIndpendence, OR
*Robert McGuffieWashougal, WA
Katie McWherterRedmond, OR
*Beth MeansBattle Ground, WA
*Lauren MessengerClackamas, OR
*Jacqueline MillerPortland, OR
Erica MoorePortland, OR
*Shelli MortonBeaverton, OR
Jenelle MosesCanby, OR
*Dan MurphyLongview, WA
*Patience MwanzaKing City, OR
*Ashley NelsonPortland, OR
*Sarita NissaniPortland, OR
*Tavis OehleyVancouver, WA
*Johntai OliveVancouver, WA
*Lori OrthPortland, OR
Terry PanglePortland, OR
April ParkerPortland, OR
MeLeesa PattenPortland, OR
*Jennifer PeacockSandy, OR
Louis PellegrinoLake Oswego, OR
Erin PerkinsBeaverton, OR
Christina PetersonBeaverton, OR
*Shannon PittmanRidgefield, WA
Zachary Preciso-TemplePortland, OR
Mandy PutnamPortland, OR
Alejandra QuintanillaHappy Valley, OR
*Amber RennellsLongview, WA
Brianne RichartPortland, OR
Cynthia RileyPortland, OR
*Kimberly RojasHillsboro, OR
Kelsey RoldnessVancouver, WA
*Sara RueckerVancouver, WA
*Yolanda Ruiz-SimonSalem, OR
*Taylor SaeleeSacramento, CA
*Meuy SaeternGresham, OR
*Karina SanchezVancouver, WA
Crystal SchultzVancouver, WA
John SegarLebanon, OR
*Celeste ServoGladstone, OR
*Bryan ShawEstacada, OR
*Trevor ShultzWest Linn, OR
Tanya Simantel-CarrBeaverton, OR
*Gayle SingletonBattle Ground, WA
*Stefanie SmithVancouver, WA
*Sarah SoderbergBeaverton, OR
Ryan SorensenOregon City, OR
*Linda StandingbearPortland, OR
*Megan StarksLake Oswego, OR
Andrew StevensMilwaukie, OR
Jennifer StewartLake Oswego, OR
*Jennifer StreetHillsboro, OR
Christie StumbaughVancouver, WA
Jennifer TaylerClackamas, OR
Estius ThelusPortland, OR
Marcus ThomasPortland, OR
Mychal TilleryPortland, OR
*Amanda TrippPortland, OR
*Melissa TrottierVancouver, WA
Jasmine TurnerClackamas, OR
Alison UnverferthPortland, OR
Jennifer UtterbackVancouver, WA
Stephanie VarelaCottage Grove, OR
Brenda VenturaVancouver, WA
Sarah VerserSandy, OR
Darya VinokurovGresham, OR
*Samantha WagnerKelso, WA
*Kelly WahlIndependence, OR
*Julie WalchVancouver, WA
*Sharon WalkerLongview, WA
*Kevin WarneckeWausau, WI
*April WassomMolalla, OR
*Amanda Wehrley HazenClatskanie, OR
Nicholas WehrmanVancouver, WA
Molly WhitakerTroutdale, OR
Jameson WilentHillsboro, OR
*Marlo Williams-AcciusHappy Valley, OR
*Nina WilliquetteLongview, WA
Chelsea WilsonWashougal, WA
*David WilsonPortland, OR
*Dawn WilsonVancouver, WA
Eric WitmerBeaverton, OR
Jessica WoltersEagle Creek, OR
*Eryn YeatsKelso, OR
*Nicole YoungSandy, OR
*Lillie ZableVancouver, WA
*Serghei ZahariaPortland, OR
Sara ZeaToledo, WA

 

-Cristina Lopez Alonso ’19

Behind the Statistics: Workshop to Support Survivors of Sex Trafficking

The Warner Pacific College Social Work Program invites you to BEHIND THE STATISTICS: REAL STORIES OF SEX TRAFFICKING.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Warner Pacific College, 2219 SE 68th Avenue, Portland

Program Includes:

  • Panel of experts who will share real stories of trafficking in the Rose City.
  • Resource Fair to provide information about organizations and services in the community.
  • Table discussions that offer engagement opportunities.

NO COST TO ATTEND, FREE PARKING
Donations for survivors are welcome. This would include items such as $5.00-10.00 gift cards for places like Walmart, Fred Meyer, and Walgreens or fast food restaurants such as McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc.

In collaboration with Giving Connection: Community Support for Survivors of Child Sex Trafficking.

Campuses Close for Annual Day of Service

Warner Pacific at Portland Mercado.

Warner Pacific celebrated the 13th Annual Common Day of Service on September 13, 2017.

The Common Day of Service is a chance for the entire College to join together and focus on serving our Portland Metro community. The beautiful day was the perfect event to kick-off a new academic year, as students, staff, and faculty left classrooms and offices to volunteer their time and talents to support 25 local organizations, living in to the College’s motto: “Where faith and scholarship lead to service.”A few of the projects that Warner Pacific participated in are:

  • Adult Degree Program (ADP) students donated over 1500 items for hygiene kits which were then assembled by ADP staff to be distributed to children throughout our area
  • Removing invasive species of plants from urban green spaces and cultivating safe and welcoming parks for the community
  • Continuing to remodel a former strip club; helping the neighborhood reclaim the property for the community’s use
  • Working in community gardens to help support families who live at or below the poverty level by providing greater food security in Multnomah County
  • Sorting and preparing clothes, household items, toys, books, and food for distribution to people in need in Portland and Vancouver

The Common Day of Service began 13 years ago, when a student asked local schools and organizations how Warner Pacific could help support their efforts in the community. Since then, the event has been embraced by the entire College and has grown into an important part of the Warner Pacific experience.

Organizations served: Mother and Child Education Center; Bridger Elementary School; Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge; Friends of Mt. Tabor; Portland Mercado; The Giving Closet; Free Listening Project; Pioneer School; Catholic Charities; Early Learning center; Gresham Japanese Garden; Living Cully/Habitat for Humanity; Rosewood Initiative; Vibe of Portland at Cafe Au Play; Outgrowing Hunger; Elohe Farm; Audubon Society; Columbia Christian; Spring Mountain Elementary School; SOLVE; Kairos PDX; Birch Community Services; My Father’s House; Ascension Church; Northwest Children’s Outreach.

DACA Statement

Warner Pacific Academic SealUPDATE: September 5, 2017 –

Regardless of today’s news, Warner Pacific continues to stand with DACA participants and their families. We will do everything within our power to support and protect students who have been directly impacted by this decision. Students who have questions, concerns, or fears are encouraged to reach out to the Counseling Center or Student Life staff so that the community can respond to your needs appropriately. I want you to know that the actions of a government cannot change the fact that you are deeply loved children of God and you are not alone.

Warner Pacific also calls on Congress to set aside party lines and come together to enact a permanent solution that will honor the dignity and experiences of those who were brought to this country as children and have worked to make it their home. As an institution, we support proposed legislation such as the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act. We urge lawmakers to take action quickly to ensure the safety of these young students and professionals. I encourage you to take a few moments and contact your congressional representatives and senators to share your support for enactment of a law that secures the future for DACA individuals.

August 31, 2017 – In response to growing concerns about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, has issued a statement in support of upholding this vital resource for undocumented students in America.

“At Warner Pacific, our Christ-centered, diverse mission calls us to address the needs and disparities of historically marginalized and underrepresented groups in higher education. In Oregon, this must include students who have the dream and the drive to pursue a degree but are left with few options because they cannot obtain citizenship status due to decisions that were made beyond their control.

“Warner Pacific is committed to supporting undocumented students as they work to earn a degree that empowers them to use their God-given gifts to serve our community with confidence and assurance of safety. We fully support DACA because it creates an ethical pathway to opportunity for diverse, young leaders who will help our city and our nation flourish.”

Since 2012, DACA beneficiaries have been able to attend colleges and universities without fear of deportation, using their education to become scholars, business innovators, and leaders in the community. Warner Pacific stands with our partners in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), in welcoming undocumented students to our campuses.

“Many young people were brought to the U.S. as infants or young children by their parents who entered the country illegally. Undocumented through no fault or decision of their own, these young adults have limited ability to pursue an education. Many came out of the shadows and registered with the government under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted eligible recipients temporary permission to stay in the U.S. and obtain work permits.

“If the government decides to let DACA expire and roundup affected persons for deportation, the costs are estimated to be up to $60 billion in government expenditures and an additional $280 billion in reduced economic growth. We support extending DACA policy, at least as a temporary step, so that these students can have greater opportunity to contribute to the country they consider home.”   -CCCU

In November 2016, President Andrea Cook joined more than 600 college and university presidents from public and private institutions across the United States to sign a statement urging business, civic, religious, and non-profit leaders to support DACA and undocumented immigrant students.

Campus Gathers for Solar Eclipse Viewing

The first day of classes is always exciting at Warner Pacific but this year is extra special as we look to the sky to experience a “once in a lifetime” event,  the 2017 Solar Eclipse! On Monday, August 21, students, staff, and faculty will gather from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. to follow the sun on this momentous morning with a schedule that will celebrate and educate, but not cause too much interruption to classes.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. All students and faculty are expected to attend their regularly scheduled classes on the first day, August 21. All classes will be held as usual and campuses will be open; staff are invited to participate in the viewing with students and faculty.
  2. From 9:30 -10:30 a.m., students, faculty, and staff are welcome to gather on the lawn and watch the sky darken. Dr. David Terrell, Professor of Physical Science, will provide context for what we are seeing and information about the phenomenon that we are witnessing.
  3. Streaming televised coverage will be available in McGuire Auditorium for those who wish to see how the eclipse is being seen across the country. Resource information is also available in the library and you can learn more through the Oregon Observatory.
  4. Commemorative Warner Pacific eclipse glasses will be available for $1.

In order to accommodate this viewing, the class schedule for August 21, 2017 will be as follows:

  • 8:00-8:50 classes meet 8:00-8:40 a.m.
  • 9:00-9:50 classes meet 8:50-9:30 a.m.
  • Break for eclipse coverage 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • 10:00-10:50 classes meet 10:30-11:10 a.m.
  • 11:00-11:50 classes meet 11:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • 12:00-12:50 classes meet 12:10-12:50 p.m.
  • 1:00-2:15 p.m. classes meet as scheduled

 

Social Work Program Earns CSWE Accreditation

The Warner Pacific College Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work degree (BSSW) has been granted accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This is an exciting and important step for the Social Work Program, which achieved candidacy status in August 2014 under the direction of Dr. Stephanie Mace, Professor Debra Penkin, and Pamela Harrington.

Although optional, CSWE accreditation is a widely respected “stamp of approval” that communicates to students and future employers that the program meets the rigorous standards, policies, procedures, and behaviors outlined by the CSWE. Warner Pacific is one of only 6 accredited baccalaureate programs in the state of Oregon.

“The Warner Pacific College administration and faculty are very thankful and proud of all partners that have contributed to the accomplishment of the accreditation of the Social Work Program, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, field agency staff, and volunteer advisory members,” said Dr. Stephanie Mace, Assistant Professor and Director of Social Work at Warner Pacific. “It is an honor to receive CSWE accreditation and marks a great milestone in the growth and development of our program. We celebrate this exciting time and are looking forward to the opportunities it will provide our students, graduates, and the community we serve.”

The CSWE accreditation will allow Warner Pacific to:

  • Continue to build the strong reputation of the College in excellence of programming
  • Be positioned to competitively and nationally attract students who are interested in social work as a major and are looking for an accredited program
  • Potentially participate in federally-funded programs such as the Title IV-E Child Welfare initiative and other grants
  • Increase internship opportunities
  • Develop opportunities for collaboration with other CSWE-accredited programs

Warner Pacific offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work (BSSW). The social work curriculum is intentionally designed to build upon the liberal arts core and multi-disciplinary foundational courses, providing students with a strong framework for generalist social work practice or graduate studies.

 

 

Faculty Welcomes Dr. Courage Mudzongo

Warner Pacific is pleased to welcome Dr. Courage Mudzongo to the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences as Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Courage Mudzongo - Assistant Professor of Social Science

Originally from Harare, Zimbabwe, Dr. Mudzongo imagined a career at an international development agency but while attending college, he discovered that he was truly a sociologist at heart. Dr. Mudzongo’s research seeks to expand scholarship on adolescent reproductive health, goal setting, and helping young people take steps to achieve their dreams by preventing pregnancy and disease. In 2013, he had a unique opportunity to do research on the impact of faith-based mission trips on the lives of the people who participated in them.

“It is my desire as an educator that students use their knowledge to improve the human condition,” explains Mudzongo. “My approach is to empower students to share and articulate their thoughts and ideas. I teach students to master the art of learning and develop the confidence to ask and discuss questions about human development across the lifespan.”

Dr. Mudzongo holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Science and a M.S. in Sociology from North Dakota State University; and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Professional affiliations include:

  • Society for Research on Adolescence
  • The Society for Research in Child Development
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Research and publications include:

  • Secor-Turner, M., Randall, B. A., Mudzongo, C. C. & Garama, M. (2014). Barriers and facilitators of adolescent health in rural Kenya. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, doi: 1043659614558453.
  • Mudzongo C. C. & Whitsel, C. (2013). Determinants of child labor in Malawi and Tanzania, Journal of Community Positive Practices, (3), 3-24.
  • Mudzongo C. C. Understanding Child Work and Child Labor in the 21st Century: Case Study of Malawi and Tanzania. ProQuest.