Super Jazz with Dennis Plies Quintet (March 5)

Dennis Plies Jazz Quintet adWarner Pacific is delighted to host the Dennis Plies Jazz Quintet’s spring concert.

Enjoy an afternoon full of grooves and emotions with Dave Evans on tenor sax, clarinet, and bass clarinet, Dan Gaynor on piano, Dave Captein on bass, and Tyson Stubelek on drums. Dennis Plies will be on vibes.

The Quintet will perform tunes by Bud Powell, Michel LeGrand, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Horace Silver, Charles Lloyd, and Thelonius Monk, and more.

Super Jazz with Dennis Plies Quintet
Warner Pacific College, McGuire Auditorium
Sunday, March 5, 3:00 PM
$10 donation at the door

Changing Focus: Warner Pacific Alumnus Vic Gilliam Leaves Oregon House of Representatives

WPC Alum Vic GilliamWarner Pacific alumni often leave the College with a degree in their hand and a passion to serve others in their heart.  It is truly inspiring to see the many ways in which a Christ-centered, liberal arts education cultivates leaders who are prepared to engage actively in a constantly changing world.

Alumnus Vic Gilliam ‘75, a ten-year veteran in the Oregon House of Representatives, is an inspirational embodiment of how you can remain true to God’s call to love and serve your neighbor, even in the face of public and private challenges.

On Monday, January 20, 2017, Gilliam announced that he was stepping down from the Oregon House of Representatives in a letter stating: “I am extremely grateful and honored by the confidence you have placed in me for over a decade.  However, several changes in life show it’s time to announce my resignation as your State Representative.”  In November 2015, Representative Gilliam announced he was experiencing the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In the midst of this difficult time, he continued to point to God’s goodness in an honest and heartfelt letter penned to his constituents.  “I also wanted to share that faith has been crucial for facing this new chapter of life. Becky and I are finding comfort in these words of Jesus: ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’”

He pledged to serve as long as his health allowed. During the 2016 legislative session, Gilliam’s ALS symptoms became more noticeable. ALS is an incurable nervous system disease that weakens the body’s muscles. “After prayer and consulting family and friends, I was led to the decision to resign for reasons including fairness to you my constituents.”

“Vic embodies the mission of the College through his strong gift of leadership and his deep commitment to civic engagement and service,” said Warner Pacific President, Andrea Cook. “Vic has spent his life serving others not for the prestige or power, but because of his love for God and His people.”

Colleagues in the legislature laud Gilliam for his sense of humor and ability to reach across the aisle to get the state’s work done.  “He served his community with honesty and integrity, and he is without a doubt the funniest guy in the Capitol,” remembers Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek.

“People like Vic are increasingly rare in this world,” said House Republican Leader Mike McLane. “While his time in the Legislature has come to a close, I believe his legacy will fill the halls of the Capitol for years to come. He is, and will always be, the embodiment of what it means to be a public servant in Oregon.”

From 2007, Representative Gilliam represented House District 18, which includes Silverton, Molalla, Hubbard, Aurora, and Mount Angel. In July 2016, the Oregon Business Association selected Gilliam as their 2016 “Statesman of the Year.” Warner Pacific presented him with an Honorary Doctor of Law degree during the May 14, 2016, graduation ceremony.

Vic has lived in Silverton, Oregon, since 1998 and has raised three children with his wife, Becky. In addition to serving as a state representative, he had a 25-year career as a development executive with non-profit organizations including Willamette University, Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, International Youth Foundation, and Mercy Corps.

As he looks toward a future as a private citizen, he intends “to turn my primary focus on personal faith and the important path as a follower of Jesus” using the words of Paul an Apostle of Jesus as an example of God’s comfort during current challenges:  ‘… God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?’” (Galatians 5: 13-15)

Warner Pacific College congratulates Vic Gilliam on his remarkable accomplishments in both the private and public sector. We wish him all the best as he and his family continue to seek God’s guidance in this next chapter.

Dr. Andrea Cook to Serve on National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities’ Board

Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College 2015Warner Pacific is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrea Cook, President, was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent College and Universities.

Dr. Cook will serve a three-year term on the Board representing institutions in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado., Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming (NAICU’s Region VIII).

As a Board Member, Dr. Cook will provide influence on NAICU’s focus areas: student aid, tax policy, and government regulation of higher education.

Since 1976, NAICU is the only national organization solely focused on representing private, nonprofit higher education on public policy issues in Washington, D.C.

Board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives; and oversee the organization’s financial administration.





Religion & Christian Ministry Spring Event (2017)

Warner Pacific RCM Night of Stories 2017 imageDiscover how God is moving in and through the lives of our seniors in the Department of Religion & Christian Ministries.

Ministry isn’t about the job you choose, it’s about the life you live.

Night of Stories: Student Reflections on Ministry

  • Thursday, March 2
  • 7:00 – 8:30 pm (reception immediately following)
  • Schlatter Chapel (Mt. Tabor Campus, 2219 SW 68th Ave., Portland)
  • Free

Students will share their experiences with a journey to calling. You’ll learn more about the how Warner Pacific students are changing and being changed by the city we call home through the love of God, self, neighbor, enemy, stranger, and the world today.


10 Reasons to Pursue a Teaching Degree

10 Reasons to Pursue a Teaching Degree

Pursuing a teaching degree will likely be the one decision tied to both the most challenging and the most rewarding moments of your life. There is no cookie-cutter plan for where your teaching degree will lead you, but here are 10 of the top reasons your teaching degree is setting you up for an amazing future:

Job Flexibility. Becoming a teacher opens up an incredible amount of diverse job opportunities. A 2011 poll published by the research company Gallup found that 71% of Americans are disengaged from their workplace. A teacher’s ability to teach different subjects, grades, and in different schools keeps the profession fresh. A high school biology teacher may eventually choose to pursue a Ph.D. and teach as a professor; or to take a new approach in a private school such as Waldorf, become a principal, or choose to spend summers as an environmental educator. A high school psychology teacher may be asked to fill in for a guidance counselor for a semester. Just about every school district in America is in desperate need of substitute teachers. A substitute teacher has the ability to cherry-pick jobs in the subjects and at the schools he/she prefers. Subbing is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door at a school and subs who have a teaching license get paid more.

Travel. Going abroad tops the list for a significant number of millennials. Securing a visa to work abroad is difficult and often reserved for engineers, elite business professionals, and yes, teachers. Teaching English abroad is a great way for new teachers to get experience in the classroom, and can be a lucrative job for teachers with a Master’s degree or previous teaching experience. Some of the highest-paying jobs teaching abroad (in countries like Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain) require a teaching degree, while other opportunities could be the perfect gap-year for new teachers looking to gain experience before going back to school to get a teaching license or Master’s degree in education.

Summer vacation. Though teachers do have plenty of workshops and conferences on the days students have off, it’s just about the only profession that still allows plenty of free time to soak up the dog days of summer. A teacher’s schedule is especially beneficial to teachers who have school-aged kids of their own. Having the majority of summer vacation off means not having to worry about paying a summer nanny, or not having enough long weekends to spend at the beach. BONUS: Spring Break and Winter Break!

Lifelong learning. Teaching different grades and subjects means always having new material to learn. As a teacher, you’re expected to be the expert, so teachers have to consistently study-up on new material and review the stuff that’s familiar. Teacher workshops are also built into the work schedule. New skills, techniques, and classroom technology is taught to teachers during these workshops so the way they run their classroom is constantly evolving.

Share your passion. The best teachers are those who are genuinely excited about the topics they teach—their excitement is contagious and will likely translate into meaningful, engaging lessons. Brazilian pianist Joao Carlos Martins sank into a deep depression after losing the use of most of his fingers, until a friend convinced him to teach music to disadvantaged youth. Since, he’s cultivated musical talent through his youth orchestras, and most importantly, rediscovered his happiness. Though he cannot play music himself, his interest and talent in the subject has fostered the next generation of musicians that have been given the opportunity to perform in such esteemed venues such as New York City’s Carnegie Hall. An extreme example, but you get the idea. Do you find nothing more interesting than the culture of ancient Egypt? Sounds like you may make the perfect 5th grade history teacher.

Meaningful, direct feedback in the workplace. Kids are often recognized as the most honest people around. Though teachers can expect to undergo reviews from their superiors, the most important feedback is what they observe in their own classroom. Seeing a student’s grades improve after one-on-one reviews of material let a teacher know they are presenting the information in a way the student understands. On the contrary, unanimous poor performance on a test is an indication firstly, that the material needs to be reviewed, and secondly, that a new approach may need to be taken when teaching the subject.

Teachers create jobs. Teaching is one of the only professions that actually prepares people for jobs long before they can even work. Teachers lay the basic foundation needed by the world’s future lawyers, accountants, and graphic designers. Teachers are the people who spark an interest in a topic or realize their aptitude toward a particular subject.

Protect students beyond the classroom. Teachers are often the whistle-blowers for children who are experiencing difficult home lives that may require intervention. Whether that means the student’s family needs assistance with food, weather-appropriate clothing, or a student is living in a dangerous home, teachers are often one of the only adults young students interact with regularly outside their family. Teachers have the opportunity to sound the alarm to the people who can intervene when they see something that doesn’t seem right.

Pay it forward. Ask any adult and they can likely recall specific teachers and the impact they had on them. Becoming a teacher means you have the opportunity to be that person in someone else’s life.

It’s hard. According to an article published in the Harvard Business Review, the happiest people are the ones that tackle the most difficult problems. Teaching is not an easy profession. Some students will be easier than others, but you can count on having at least one particularly challenging student in every class. Teachers have to perform a constant balancing act of pleasing parents, students, and superiors. Teaching is also recognized as one of the most rewarding professions on the planet: a constant challenge that comes with unprecedented rewards.



Don’t Rush to Choose Your Major

Let’s face it, a college degree is becoming more of a necessity in today’s competitive job market than it was in bygone years. Today, one in three people in the U.S. hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. With so much pressure to earn a degree that will allow you to join the job force, students often rush into the wrong major in an effort to “just pick one”. If you’re feeling stressed about your undeclared status, know that you’re not alone. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 80% of students change their major at least once, so even freshmen who enroll as a declared major are more likely than not to switch it up.

Especially in Liberal Arts Colleges, students are encouraged to survey courses ranging from Microbiology to U.S. History Through Film, zeroing in on Don't Rush to Choose Your Majorpotential areas of study and ruling out others. If you’re in pursuit of a major that will get you to where you want to be post-graduation (even if you don’t quite know where that is), be proactive. It’s OK to be undecided as long as you’re making steps towards finding your perfect fit.

Before You’ve Declared

Do your research. If there are a few different fields of study you think you may be interested, talk to as many people as you can in those fields. Connecting with upperclassman can also be a huge help in deciding the right path for you. Try joining a private social media group created for students at your college to connect with upperclassman. You should also:

Job Shadow

Informational interviews and job shadowing are possibly the most beneficial tools in your arsenal. They allow you to gain invaluable insight into what working in the field is really like and could help you discover a new position you didn’t even know existed.

Aim to schedule at least one informational interview a week. You’ll be surprised at how receptive many professionals are to helping students (plus, everyone likes talking about themselves). Your first step should be to check a company or organization’s website for contact information. Brevity is important when reaching out. Be professional and to-the-point about who you are and what you’re looking for. Connect via email and follow up if you don’t hear back within a week. If you don’t hear anything back after the second try, find another candidate.

LinkedIn is an incredible resource for connecting with professionals across fields. Create a profile with a clear, professional photo of yourself (try paying a visit to the photography department at your school and asking students if they’re willing to take a headshot of you). Your headshot doesn’t have to be professional grade, you just have to look professional in it. Make sure your profile indicates that you are a student at the college in which you attend and that you are looking to meet with professionals in specific fields. Search companies or organizations you’re interested in working with to view a list of employees. If you do not have their email addresses, connect as a “Friend” and be sure to introduce yourself in the optional message when you ask to connect.

Many professionals will suggest meeting for coffee if you don’t first imply that you would like to come to their office. Though this isn’t always an option, meeting at someone’s office can give you valuable insight into the work environment as a whole and how this person’s particular job fits into the bigger picture.

It’s important to dress appropriately for an informational interview. If you’re not sure what to wear, call the front desk to ask what the office dress code is and match that. Always bring a pen and paper, turn your cellphone off, and have some questions prepared. Lastly, visit a few different professionals at different companies or organizations that hold similar jobs as the experience may be completely different from place to place.

If you’re considering a teaching degree, get in touch with a local school district. Dress professionally and visit the school’s main office during school hours. Introduce yourself and explain that you are a student who is considering earning a teaching degree and are interested in any opportunities that would allow you to shadow in a classroom. If you attend a college close to where you attended primary or secondary school, reach out to teachers who have had you as a student to inquire about shadow opportunities. Be sure to shadow a few different teachers, grades, and subjects.

Talk to Professors

Make sure the programs you’re interested in are exactly what they appear to be. Some programs prepare students to continue on in academia where others focus on job acquisition. If you think you want to study biology with a botany focus, make sure your school’s biology program has that track. Talking to professors may help you discover the program focuses on something you aren’t interested in or help uncover an entirely new focus that could be a better fit. Check your college’s website for faculty descriptions and contact information.

Focusing Your Declared Major

You can focus your major by adding a minor or taking specific courses within your major. Focusing your major will make your path more clear and help you build up a resume that will land you the specific job you’re after.

Join Clubs

Most colleges will have career-centered clubs that help students be proactive in building connections and exploring niches within their area of study. Many clubs book guest speakers for meetings or tour different organizations in the area. Clubs are a great way to learn about internship opportunities that could lead to further interest specialization. Clubs can help boost your resume, too. For example, writing for the school newspaper can help a journalism major decide whether they excel in writing or editing while they produce clips for their portfolio.

Off-Site Learning Opportunities

Off-site learning opportunities are a great next step to focus your major once you’ve declared. Maybe you know you want to work in humanitarian work, but aren’t sure if you want to focus domestically or abroad. A study abroad program could help you decide. Teaching degree programs often offer assistance in finding student teaching positions in local schools. Students pursuing other fields can often get credit while working at off-site internships that could reveal additional potential job descriptions.



Blood Drive at Warner Pacific (February 3)

The Red Cross will be back on Warner Pacific’s Mt. Tabor campus in the famous Blood Mobile to collect blood donations:

  • Friday, February 3, 2017
  • 9:00 am -3:30 pm
  • Egtvedt Parking Lot

Join us in giving this life saving gift. Sign up to be a donor through the Red Cross’s website. Type in our sponsor code “WarnerPacific” and select your donation time.


10 Tips College Freshmen Should Know

College is an excellent learning and growing experience regardless if you choose to live on campus, commute from home, go away to school, attend an in-state university, or an out-of-state Christian college. You will be exposed to new people, experiences, and academic adventures. However, you will never be fully prepared for the dramatic difference between high school and college. But, here are some of our favorite tips to make the transition more seamless and enjoyable.

10 Tips College Freshmen Should Know1. Always Go To Class
It’s easier to skip class than to take the initiative to show up. For maybe the first time, no one is going to wake you up and force you to go to school. You have to take responsibility for your own actions and show up.

There are many benefits to attending class, the first of which is your professor may consider your presence as part of your final grade. Secondly, even if most material can be learned in a book, you’ll find your professor dropping hints that you’ll want to note for exams and papers. And, if you’re more of a numbers person, with classes costing hundreds of dollars, you are wasting money each time you opt out of attendance.

2. Backup Your Files
We all know we should back up our computer files, but how often do you actually follow this practice? Well, I can almost guarantee you will learn the hard way if you choose not to backup your files in college.

If you are writing your assignments on campus, your college may have an online server where you can save your documents. It’s also recommended to have an email backup, as well as using a portable external hard drive to protect your electronic documents. Do not be the freshman who goes crying to your English 101 professor because your computer crashed the night your paper was due. Take steps now to prevent this disaster.

3. Get Involved
You’ve made friends with your roommates and other people in your hall. You’re actually showing up to every class on time. You finally dedicated some time to do laundry. You’re nailing this college thing! Now, it’s time to have some fun!

Get involved on campus! Join student government or the science club, become a DJ at the local radio station, sign up for a co-ed indoor volleyball team, or take advantage of opting for a Christian college and nourish your faith at the local campus ministry. Getting involved is a great way to meet like-minded people, add activities to your resume, and try new experiences. You’re not taking full advantage of the college experience if you only go to college for class.

4. Get To Know Your Professors
Your professors are way cooler than you’ll expect and a great source of knowledge. They are also just people who have some fun stories to share. Do not be afraid to attend your professors’ office hours. In fact, go even if you don’t have any specific questions. Just show up and tell them you really like the class, ask for a book recommendation, or request study tips. Your professors are there for you, so absorb their knowledge. And, sometimes you’re lucky to find special connections that lead to mentorship and future letters of recommendation.

5. Bring a Small Refrigerator
If you are living in the dorms, coordinate with your roommates and get a small fridge. Yes, the meal plans are excellent and you should definitely use it as you are paying for this service, but there will be late nights, off hours, and random cravings when you will want refrigerated items. Some of the most common items found in freshmen fridges include milk, juice, yogurt, fruit, and deli meat.

6. Live in the Dorms
If you can, live in the dorms for at least one year. Yes, it can be a pricey experience, but it’s unique and can’t be replicated, especially freshman year. Everyone is new freshman year. If you know one other person in your dorm, you’ve hit the jackpot as often everyone is started life with a clean slate. If you want to reinvent yourself, this is the perfect opportunity. If you desire, you can make friends for life.

7. Reinvent Yourself
Maybe you went to high school with the same friends since elementary school. Maybe you switched schools every few years to accommodate a parent’s crazy work schedule. Either way, college is a great opportunity to learn more about yourself, as well as your studies.

For maybe the first time, you are forced into responsibility and adult-like situations. You are molding into your future self, building the life you want, but that doesn’t just mean employment. You will change, too. Do you want to learn about art? Do it! Are you looking to develop more spiritual connections and explore the limitations of your faith? This is the time and place to push boundaries. Unlike high school, no one is going to poke fun at your interests. You are free to explore everything without ridicule and are sure to find a group that welcomes you with open arms.

8. Take Advantage of Campus Resources
It’s unfortunate, but you may not even know all your college has to offer until you are walking down the graduation aisle, so do all you can to explore campus resources. Depending on your university, you may have access to free concerts, movies, and comedic performances. You will also have numerous academic tools at your disposal including free tutoring and workshops on how to master excel. Also, reach out to your school’s health center. It’s commonplace to experience stress in college; if you don’t, you’re doing it wrong. However, there are so many ways to alleviate your symptoms and professionals to speak with when the pressure exceeds your personal limitations. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Take advantage of all resources available; they are included in the price of tuition so you might as well.

9. Find a Balance
Finding a balance in life is likely something you will struggle with at various times, and college is no exception. Your life has been uprooted from normalcy and you are forced to adapt to a new place, new people, and rigorous examinations of your studies. However, it’s important to continue to do what you love and experience what the world has to offer beyond campus. Get a part-time job, volunteer in the community, read a book for fun, attend weekly church services, and exercise regularly; your mind and body will thank you.

10. Learn to Budget
Unfortunately, you have probably not developed a budget for yourself yet. No, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have any income, you still need to learn where your money is going, and college is the perfect time to learn if you haven’t yet. Start with the basics. Create an excel spreadsheet and track where each cent of your money is going each month. How much would tuition come out to this month? Did you go out to eat off-campus with friends? Did you pay for transportation to school or maybe a quick visit home? Every dollar adds up, and it adds up quickly. The faster you learn this lesson and get in the habit of tracking your money, the more prepared you will be for the real world and the better saver you will become.



WPC named a “Best Online School” in Oregon

Warner Pacific named a top 10 best online school in oregon (2017).Online/distance learning is an effective and efficient path for working adults to earn a higher education degree.

Warner Pacific was recognized as one of the Top 10 schools in Oregon offering degrees online in Value College’s recent ranking. Through our Adult Degree Program, we offer six online majors:

Curriculum and course progressions are the same whether students study online or at a campus location.

Each institution included in the Top 10 ranking meets Value Colleges Best Value credentials with a solid ROI and institutional accreditation.

Be Prepared for Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will make the decision whether or not to close offices and cancel classes or delay the start of classes.

TRADITIONAL CAMPUS: Decisions impacting offices and classes will be made by 6:00 am that day.

ADP CAMPUSES: If the College’s campuses are close due to weather, ADP classes are not canceled; they move to ONLINE.  Students are expected to log in and follow your professor’s instructions in order to earn attendance and participation for the week. Be sure to check your Warner Pacific email for communication. Use Moodle/Online class access:

Information is first distributed through our e2campus alert system. If you are not currently signed up to receive campus alerts, please follow the instructions below. After the campus alert is sent, information about office closures and class cancellations or delays will be shared with local news outlets, as well as on the College’s Facebook page and website to ensure that guests planning to visit the campus will be notified of potential service disruptions.

If no announcement is made, it’s safe to assume that Warner Pacific campuses are operating as usual. On rare occasions, individual professors may choose to cancel a class meeting even though the College is operating normally, so please be sure that you are checking your Warner Pacific email account to find out if your specific class is impacted.


How to Register for e2campus Alerts:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the “Create New Account.”
  3. Enter your Warner Pacific College user name (usually your first initial and last name) and a password.
  4. Enter the rest of the information requested (Under “Opt-Out Date” select a date appropriate for the length of time you intend to be at Warner Pacific. Employees should select the date farthest out).
  5. Put a check mark in the box marked Tabor Campus (for traditional/Tabor Campus), ADP Campuses, or both if you are associated with both programs.
  6. Once you ask the system to create your account, it will send a code to your cell phone which you will need to enter into the system to verify that it is working correctly.
  7. Once you have entered that code online, you have created your account.

You can always log in to the system at with your user name and password to adjust account information (cell number, email addresses, etc.).

Please direct any emergency notification questions to Paul Hartman, Director of Campus Services, at