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Warner Pacific College Becomes Warner Pacific University, Reduces Tuition

Warner Pacific College in southeast Portland announced a name change to Warner Pacific University, at an event held this morning. The new name more accurately reflects the growth and development that Warner Pacific has experienced in recent years. Additionally, they announced a drastic tuition reduction of 23 percent. Continue reading

Warner Pacific Featured in Book Exploring Diversity in Christian Higher Ed

The book, Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education was published on August 8, 2017, and 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. Among these is Warner Pacific College, the Church of God college in Portland, Oregon. Continue reading

Former Warner Pacific President Sworn in as Mayor

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Photo: Jay Barber

Building on a life dedicated to serving others, Rev. Dr. Jay Barber, president emeritus of Warner Pacific College, is taking on another leadership role as the newly appointed mayor of the coastal town of Seaside, Oregon. Continue reading

Choose Church of God: College, Universities Band Together

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By Carl Stagner

Free time or another conference? If you were one of the approximately 725 students who acknowledged a call to ministry while in San Antonio for IYC2016, you chose the latter early in the afternoon on Monday. But it wasn’t just another conference. It was the huddle of a new team of emerging leaders ready to take on the world with the message of the gospel. Students were applauded for accepting their call to ministry, prayed for, and given practical tools and tips to get started on the path to Christ-centered leadership. One of the most powerful resources we have to equip and train such leaders is Church of God higher education. Long before thousands of students descended on San Antonio, Texas, for the fiftieth International Youth Convention, Anderson University, Mid-America Christian University, Warner Pacific College, and Warner University took practical steps to unite their efforts for the sake of leadership development. Continue reading

State Representative Battling ALS Honored by Warner Pacific

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Photo: Rep. Gilliam honored by Warner Pacific leadership.

During Warner Pacific College’s spring graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016, the college bestowed on Victor “Vic” S. Gilliam ’75, the honorary doctor of laws. As an alumnus of Warner Pacific, Vic Gilliam embodies the mission of the college through his strong gift of leadership and his deep commitment to civic engagement and service. Continue reading

Warner Pacific Honored with Education in Equity Award

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Photo: Dr. Cook w/ Joyce Coleman (ORCC board).

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Warner Pacific College was presented with the Education in Equity Award from the Oregon Campus Compact at their 20th Anniversary Celebration.

“This award represents a significant achievement in advancing equity within higher education and it is our honor to recognize the hard work that Warner Pacific has put into improving its practices, policies, and programs to improve the quality of the educational experience and the outcomes for students of color and first-generation students,” explained Josh Todd, executive director of Oregon Campus Compact. Continue reading

Give Me Your Eyes: Portland Project Puts People in Perspective

By Carl Stagner

In 2008, contemporary Christian recording artist Brandon Heath recorded “Give Me Your Eyes,” a song which many radio stations are playing to this day. Those familiar with the song know its pointed challenge to open our eyes to see men and women as made in the image of God—to put on God’s eyes and see them like he sees them. Ken Loyd has observed that often the most overlooked and ignored in our society are the people of the street, particularly those of the younger generation. Motivated by a love for the disenfranchised in Portland, Oregon, and empowered by funds from the Change the World grant awarded last year, this Warner Pacific College professor and local pastor is doing something about it. He’s preparing a training package to help open the eyes and hearts of the Church of God to the people behind the faces of those in our cities we might prefer not to notice. Continue reading

CHOG Universities, College Gear Up for Convention

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By Carl Stagner

Church of God Convention 2015—Royals, Knights, Evangels, and Ravens welcome! Of course, all others are welcome, too! We simply want alumni of Warner University, Warner Pacific College, Mid-America Christian University, and Anderson University to be aware of the celebrations, receptions, and other opportunities your alma mater is bringing to this year’s convention. Even if you didn’t attend one of these Church of God schools, some of these events still apply to you! But most of these events also require RSVP by Monday, June 1. Continue reading

It’s Graduation Time at Church of God Universities, College

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Photo: Warner University commencement, May 2.

April showers bring May flowers, but semesters of hard work and showers of blessing from above bring May graduations at the universities and college of the Church of God. Mid-America Christian University (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) and Warner University (Lake Wales, Florida) held their commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 2. On Saturday, May 9, commencement ceremonies will take place at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, as well as Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Anderson University released the following details about the events surrounding their commencement this weekend:

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Warner Pacific College President Named ‘Woman of Influence’

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Photo: Dr. Andrea Cook

Warner Pacific College President Dr. Andrea Cook was recently named a 2015 Orchid Award Winner by the Portland Business Journal, which will honor her during their “Women of Influence” awards ceremony on Thursday, April 16.

The Orchid Award honors and recognizes the region’s most influential women professionals with strong records of innovation, outstanding performance in their respective fields, and meaningful contributions to their communities. Nominations for the award were judged on three criteria: professional accomplishments, community leadership, and awards and milestones. Continue reading

Warner Pacific to Present Student Reflections on Ministry

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Discover how God is moving in and through seniors in the department of religion & Christian ministries and how Warner Pacific College is preparing students for ministry in a constantly changing world.

Night of Stories: Student Reflections on Ministry

•  Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m.
•  Schlatter Chapel at Warner Pacific (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland – cross street is SE Division)
•  Reception immediately following Continue reading

D.S. Warner: Still Relevant for You and Your Church

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By Carl Stagner

From Lake Wales, Florida, to Portland, Oregon, the title has already caught the attention of readers across the country. Church history aficionados, university students, pastors, and laypeople alike have been intrigued by the provocative title of Barry Callen’s new publication. The Top Ten: Why Daniel S. Warner Is Still Relevant for You and Your Church weaves Church of God history and personal application in an easy-to-read format, and it’s accessible to anyone who wants to learn more. Thanks to the generous support of Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, you can secure a copy for free.* Continue reading

Warner Pacific College Recognized Nationally for Community Service

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Warner Pacific College was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). This is the highest honor a college can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Warner Pacific is the only school in the Portland area on the Honor Roll for which the “with Distinction” designation was bestowed*. Since 2008, the College has been recognized for its commitment to neighbors through inclusion in the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Continue reading

Warner Pacific to Welcome Record Number of New Students

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Photo: Warner Pacific College

Warner Pacific College (SE Portland) is welcoming a record number of 250 new freshmen and transfer students to campus during the 2014 Welcome Weekend beginning Saturday, August 23.

“We are excited that so many students selected Warner Pacific College for the next step in their educational journey,” said Dale Seipp, Jr., vice president for enrollment and marketing. “We are eager to welcome each of these students to our community, to hear their stories, share in their dreams, and engage in a collaborative learning experience to help them flourish academically, socially, spiritually, and have great impact in their community.” Continue reading

Warner Pacific: Making College Affordable and Accessible

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Photo: Warner Pacific is working hard to make education affordable and accessible.

By Dale Seipp, Jr.

I was pleased to see the [Oregonian] editorial staff clearly lay out the benefits of investing in a college education. Having worked in Oregon higher education for 25 years, I have witnessed its changing landscape and have walked alongside students experiencing the trials and triumphs of earning their degree.

One important area that the editorial board did not touch upon, is the need to increase graduation rates among students from diverse backgrounds and those who will be the first in their families to earn a degree. With our state’s rapidly changing demographics, the fastest growing population segments; low-income, first-generation, and minority youth are the least likely to earn college degrees.

At Warner Pacific College (SE Portland), we have established a track record for making college affordable and accessible to all students:

  • We reduced tuition by 23% in 2008, and have worked to keep our tuition increases lower than the average increase level nationally each year.
  • Our tuition and fees are 33% lower than other private colleges in the Northwest.
  • The College provides 10 full-need scholarships each year to emerging urban leaders through the Urban Service Track of the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative.
  • We are improving persistence and achievement through academic, spiritual, vocational, and mentoring support so that students not only enroll, but succeed in graduating.
  • Our faculty is exploring innovative teaching strategies to address the specific needs of students coming from generational, working class, situational, and immigrant poverty.

This multi-dimensional approach is working. In 2013, 53% of our first-year traditional undergraduate students identified as persons of color. As our institutions WarnerPacific_Science-classroom-2014_FORWEBcontinue to serve a student body that includes many who are the first in their family to go to college, who demonstrate high financial need, and who are from diverse backgrounds, it is important that we provide students with the tools they need to confidently manage the financial realities of completing a college degree.

We also need to recognize that it often takes graduates some time to build their income capacity after completing college, which is why Warner Pacific launched “Freedom to Flourish,” a groundbreaking loan repayment assistance program for incoming, first-time freshmen who enroll in the traditional undergraduate program beginning in the fall of 2014. The first program of its kind in the Portland Metro area, “Freedom to Flourish” provides assistance for all federal, private, and parent PLUS loans to students who earn less than $37,000 a year after graduation.

Commitment to diversity in higher education cannot stop at enrollment. Institutions must take the time to work closely with students and their families, ensuring that their needs are being met financially, academically, socially, and spiritually.

Dale Seipp, Jr. serves as vice president for enrollment and marketing at Warner Pacific College. Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Learn more at www.warnerpacific.edu.