Flourish at ADP: Rebecca’s Story

Becky Black, Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program alumniWhen I decided to go back to school I had a family and a full time job, so I needed a specialized program that would fit my lifestyle; that’s when I discovered the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program (ADP). I believe that all of us should be lifelong learners, and since I was working in the education field, I felt I needed to exemplify that by earning my degree.

I am the Founder and Executive Director of Oregon Outreach, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides education programs to youth who have not been successful in traditional school settings. Oregon Outreach provides individualized instruction, small class sizes, comprehensive supportive services, and high academic standards. Our support services are offered to help students stabilize their lives so that education can become a reality. In 1994 our first student graduated. Since that time over 360 students have earned their high school diploma through our programs.

I love seeing our students graduate from an accredited high school! I also get so excited to work with young people who are often the first in their family to earn a high school diploma. It can be difficult to find staff who understand the challenges that our students face. To be effective in alternative education, you must be committed to working with the population we serve. As an ADP student, I received a lot of encouragement for the work that I was already doing with Oregon Outreach, Inc. I also learned that in a true educational institution, differences of opinions are respected, a lesson I still value today.

ADP-anniv-image-logoRebecca Black
Founder and Executive Director, Oregon Outreach, Inc.
Bachelor of Business Administration ‘97

Flourish at ADP: Jim’s Story

Jim Band ADP Alum 2014I don’t care how good you are at anything, if you’re not good with people, you won’t be successful. Earning my degree in Human Development through the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program (ADP) gave me a better understanding of what makes people tick and an understanding that we all come from different places with different fears, needs, and motivations. As the Chief of Police in Oregon City, these skills are vital to my work each and every day.

I found out about ADP through a co-worker who had attended Warner Pacific and had a great experience. Practically speaking, graduating from college opened the door for me to apply for a promotion to a position that required a degree. This has equated to more responsibility and an increased income. In terms of how it applies to my job, I have been better prepared to deal with all of the challenges that go with being a police chief. My degree was in human development and I think it has made a significant difference in how I read, communicate with, and handle people.

As the head of Oregon City’s police department, my main job is to steer the agency according to the vision and ideals of our community. There are a lot of things that make this job rewarding. I like fixing things that people believe will never be fixed, and I also like finding new solutions; the creative process of problem-solving. The most challenging part of my work is trying to maintain a healthy balance. It’s hard to focus on doing fewer things well, rather than trying to change everything that you think needs to be fixed. Sometimes it feels like there are so many ideas and so little time.

Even though my job involves working with a wide variety of people, oddly enough it was the ADP group projects that I really disliked during my time as a student. However, it was those interactions that ended up teaching me the most. I remember working with people of every type from all walks of life. At the time, it was difficult to complete some of these projects while negotiating all of our differences. But, that is what problem-solving really is; getting a group of people to function and complete work in spite of their differences. Learning in this way forced me out of my comfort zone and taught me to look past each of our differences and encouraged me to utilize our individual strengths. I learned how to stop focusing why we thought so differently and instead, recognize it as an advantage.

ADP-anniv-image-logoJim Band
Chief of Police, Oregon City
B.S. in Human Development ‘04

Inductees into the Knights Athletic Hall of Honor

Warner Pacific Hall of Honor Athletics 2014During Homecoming weekend (February 6-8), we will induct Darcy Fast and the 1982 and 1983 volleyball teams into the Knights Athletic Hall of Honor.

“Our tradition of inducting outstanding alums into our Athletic Hall of Honor continues with our 2014 class,” said Athletic Director Jamie Joss. “The Knights Club has selected very deserving former athletes and we are excited to welcome the committee’s selections back to the campus to share their special time at Warner Pacific with our current student-athletes during the homecoming weekend.”

Fast and the volleyball team will be honored on Saturday, February 8, during the Hall of Honor Dinner, and be recognized at half-time of the men’s basketball game.

Darcy Fast: Baseball and Basketball, 1965-67

Though drafted by the New York Yankees in the 7th round, Fast enrolled at Warner Pacific College in 1965. He participated in basketball and baseball for the Knights during the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons and was named All-Conference in both sports.

Drafted again in 1967, this time by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round, Fast signed a professional contract and started pitching in the minor leagues. Quickly promoted to AAA Tacoma, he broke Hall of Famer Juan Marichal’s Pacific Coast League strike-out record in his first appearance.

Darcy’s reputation as one of the top pitching prospects in the Cub’s organization and his fast rise to the Major Leagues continued when he was called up by the Chicago Cubs in 1968 with less than one year of professional experience. Fast appeared in eight MLB games for the Cubs, and struck out ten batters in ten innings pitched. He also walked eight and gave up six earned runs and eight hits. His professional career lasted four seasons, from 1967–1970.

After leaving professional baseball, Darcy entered Christian ministry and served as Senior Pastor of Centralia Community Church for over thirty years. His life has been profiled in the Chicago Sun Times and Sports Spectrum Magazine as well as baseball books and magazines, and countless newspapers throughout the country. His book – The Missing Cub – a memoir of his baseball career and life’s calling was published by Xulon Press in 2008.

He is a lifetime member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and the Association of Professional Ball Players of America.

1982 and 1983 Volleyball Teams

The pinnacle of success for Warner Pacific College Volleyball was in the early 1980’s, as the program won back-to-back NCCAA National Championships in 1982 and 1983. The Knights were coached by Gene Kreiger (82), and Terry Thomas (83).

Overall record 1982: 28-9, 1983: 38-10.


Holly Snow: Eugene, Ore.
Angel Humphrey: Corbett, Ore.
Carol Trejos: San Jose, Costa Rica
Kristi Reiser: Springfield, Ore.
Barbara LaFont: Portland, Ore.
Diane McGraw: Oregon City, Ore
Sharon Bergstrom: Mollala, Ore.
Glenna LaFont: Portland, Ore.
Karen Harris: Springfield, Ore.
Paula Krekow: Estacada, Ore.
Becky Farmer: Portland, Ore.
Vicki Rich: Kennewick, Wash.
Marie Snelling: Vancouver, Wash.
Chris Yates: Madera, Calif.
Karen Harris: Springfield, Ore.
Kathy Hutchinson: Seattle, Wash.

WP Alum Named Athletic Director of Portland Public Schools

On Friday, August 16, 2013, Warner Pacific Alumni Marshall Haskins (class of 1985) was named Athletic Director for Portland Public Schools.

Marshall currently serves on the Warner Pacific Board of Trustees and was inducted into the WP Athletics Hall of Honor in 2013.

Read the Oregonian article…

Read the Experience Alumni Profile of Marshall Haskins (Spring 2013)…