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Summer 2015


The Future of




s the world becomes more urban, our institutions of higher education are being challenged to engage new teaching modalities to better serve this booming generation of smart, relational, and increasingly diverse students. Recent Census data is clear; as student demographics change over the coming years, growing institutions will be known more for their flexibility than their rigidity. I believe that Warner Pacific is poised to become a leading voice in the dialogue to re-imagine the future of higher education. We are fiercely local and committed to helping diverse students flourish in their studies, careers, and communities. In the last five years, Warner Pacific has been strategically focused on bringing together our liberal arts core and our urban context. We are fully committed to serving our city, while ensuring that our institutional priorities run through the lens of our Christ-centered, urban identity. As we prepare to grow into the future, we are also striving to live into our seven-year strategic plan. This plan has been designed to help Warner Pacific align our curricular and co-curricular strategies to ensure success for all students. As a growing institution in the heart of the city, developing the right programs and assessments while also providing guidance and leadership to our gifted faculty becomes a focal point for success. As we embark on this journey of transformation, it is imperative that our administrative leadership reflect our institutional mission. In this issue, you will meet the College’s new Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Reginald T.W. Nichols.

Dr. Nichols is a gifted communicator, with an innate ability to facilitate meaningful dialogue between staff, faculty, students, and community partners. I believe he will bring innovative ideas to help Warner Pacific College foster an authentic, Christ-centered, and multi-cultural learning community. Additionally, Fulbright Scholar in higher education administration and incoming member of the Warner Pacific Board of Trustees, Dr. Eileen Hulme explores what current research is saying about the value of the liberal arts for today’s graduates. I am proud of the creative and professional leadership that the Warner Pacific administrative staff, faculty, and board provide to the College. Their efforts are building upon our firm foundation of academic excellence while increasing the regional awareness of the institution and its mission to prepare the next generation of urban and diverse young leaders. In Christ,

Andrea P. Cook, Ph.D. President

contents Summer 2015



Meet new VPAA, Dr. Reginald T.W. Nichols


Guest essay by Dr. Eileen Hulme


Jose Cazares ‘15 Quincy Jones ‘15 Rolando Cruz ‘11 Kristen Budd ‘15



Dr. Lori K. Jass

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EDITOR Melody Burton 2219 SE 68th Avenue Portland, OR 97215 503.517.1020 Insta


New Leadership for a Shifting Paradigm BY MELODY BURTON


ince 1937, Warner Pacific has prepared thousands of students for lives of leadership and service by affording them transformative and relational learning experiences inherent to a Christ-centered, liberal arts education. This approach invites students to seek answers to difficult questions, challenging them to expand their comfort zones in order to explore the ways in which they understand society, community, and faith. Looking toward the future of higher education, Warner Pacific still stands firm on the foundational importance of Christ-centered, liberal arts curriculum. It also envisions the College as an integral component of the living, breathing city of Portland. In the coming years, Warner Pacific will strive to be known as a Christ-centered, innovative, diverse, formational learning community recognized for fostering collaboration, while developing a sense of vocation among students, staff, and faculty. Course work, teaching methods, internship opportunities, student teacher placements, research, and adult education offerings must be run through the organizing principle of the College’s urban identity, not only addressing educational needs of the city, but also issues of social justice, poverty, and spiritual climate. The city is the lens through which Warner Pacific views its mission. The institution is poised to grow in many capacities as its urban

identity continues to emerge in new and creative ways. Dr. Cole Dawson, recognizing both his own desire to spend more time engaging with students and the unique paradigm shift that the College is embracing, made the decision to step down from his role as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty (VPAA), a position that he has held for 10 years. Dawson was already a well-respected part of the Warner Pacific community when he was appointed VPAA in 2005, having taught on the campus for 28 years. Initially, he took on the role as an interim, imagining that he would be VPAA for only a year. However, Dawson’s strong leadership quickly became apparent and the interim role was soon a permanent position. In Dr. Dawson’s ten years as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Warner Pacific has experienced: • Growth and restructuring of the Adult Degree Program, which includes the opening of new classroom sites throughout Portland and Southwest Washington. • Increased intentionality to embrace the core themes of our mission statement through the liberal arts curriculum. • The addition of several new academic programs.


For a season of three years, Dawson supervised the Student Affairs needs of Warner Pacific in addition to his other responsibilities as VPAA. Under his leadership as the College’s accreditation liaison, the College’s accreditation credibility has grown substantially. After a sabbatical during fall semester, Dr. Dawson will return to the faculty as Professor of History. “I will continue to think of Dr. Dawson as a trusted adviser,” says President Andrea Cook. “However, I am thrilled that students will once again benefit from his teaching skills as a full-time professor.” When asked about the decision to step down as the VPAA by “Knight Times” reporter, Diana Nesukh, Dawson shared his desire to return to the classroom but also remarked that this is a pivotal time for the College, saying, “We need a fresh pair of eyes that will revitalize, re-question, and re-evaluate the future of Warner Pacific.”


President Cook affirmed the importance of identifying an experienced leader to serve as the VPAA when forming the search committee, made up of faculty, staff, and student representatives. “The role is focused on planning, implementing, and coordinating the educational programs of the College; the Vice President for Academic Affairs is integral in providing leadership that will promote academic excellence within the Warner Pacific community.” The work of the VPAA has a substantial impact on the life of the College both internally and externally. It includes serving on the Executive Cabinet; leadership of the faculty; oversight of academic policies; development of curriculum; the assessment of academic excellence; the improvement of teaching and learning; partnership development with local high schools and community colleges; and budget oversight of all academic units.


After a nation-wide search, Dr. Reginald T. W. Nichols was named the new VPAA at Warner Pacific. Dr. Nichols brings a wealth of diverse experience in improving student learning, empowering urban communities, facilitating study abroad programs, serving first-generation students, and fundraising. For the past 30 years, he has worked as a senior educational executive and international program initiator in the United States and around the world. Robin Gordon, incoming Faculty Chair and Assistant Professor of Speech and Drama, remembers two observations made by Dr. Nichols during his campus visits which stood out to her. “Dr. Nichols sees our uniqueness and recognizes that we have few, if any, peer institutions with which to fairly compare ourselves. He also recognizes that our ability to sustain our vision while providing the best education we can in service to the students, city, and world will require faculty support and student support services.” Gordon notes that the increasing VPAA support to faculty will serve the College well as it embraces its urban context. “If we invest in our faculty in responsible ways that build trust, expand networks, and protect the time and space necessary to cultivating deep examination of self and other in the world and a love for lifelong learning, we could see a great return on human investment while also living out our mission in urban-intentional ways.” Of course, responsibility for both the academic and administrative sides of the College is no simple task, reminds Gordon. “Wearing those two hats is a balancing act, so I pray that Dr. Nichols’s acrobatic skills can help him successfully traverse that high wire with confidence and grace. His personal skills are strong, his experience is varied, and he is prepared to navigate a period of transition. This combination of flexibility and groundedness will serve him well in his first year.” Nichols has written and presented extensively on topics related to student achievement and engaging urban families through education, community partnership, development, and strategic planning. He has a long-standing relationship with the Kellogg Foundation, and served as President of the Board of the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. He joined the College on June 29, bringing with him significant experience in serving first-generation students, empowering urban communities, and improving student learning; all skills that will help Warner Pacific’s diverse student body flourish. “I believe that God has called Dr. Nichols to Warner Pacific College for ‘such a time as this,’” says President Cook. “His proven gifts in administration, educational program management, and fund development will support the College’s rich tradition of providing Christ-centered, liberal arts education to our students.”

Q&A with DR. NICHOLS What drew you to Warner Pacific College? I am very excited about the mission of Warner Pacific as it aligns with my personal journey of faith. In this age when colleges and universities search for relevance in the global arena, it is refreshing to be a part of a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college that is dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. It is also a joy being in Portland. The texture and the rhythm of the city resonate deeply with me and it provides a great venue for the work at Warner Pacific.

What excites you about the VPAA role?

DR. REGINALD T.W. NICHOLS EDUCATION Gordon College; B.A. Liberal Arts (Biblical Studies/Psychology) Fuller Theological Seminary; M.Div. Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling University of San Francisco; Ed.D. Organization and Leadership, International & Multicultural Education

FELLOWSHIPS W.K. Kellogg International Leadership Program Salzburg Seminar

BOARD SERVICE Rankin County Chamber of Commerce Mississippi World Trade Center Southern Association of Independent Schools/Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance – President of the Board Served on 5 school accreditation teams and chaired 3 teams

MEMBERSHIPS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Presbyterian Church USA, ordained June 1983 National Council on Educating Black Children Rotary International Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Association of Fundraising Professionals

I love to build powerful educational environments where faculty and staff can fulfill God’s calling on their lives and impact the present and the future through scholarship and service in a vibrant, diverse learning community. This role allows me to work alongside of students, faculty, staff, and administrative colleagues as well as the people of the greater Portland area to create a hopeful future for historically marginalized communities. It also allows me to use my gifts and skills alongside others to build a just society where every individual can flourish.

What skills and experiences do you bring that will support the College’s mission to “prepare students to engage actively in a constantly changing world?” I believe that I bring a great sense of mission and calling as well as compassion, listening, and organizational skills. I like to get things done and throughout my various life experiences, I have focused on providing opportunities for all to receive an excellent education. My commitment to diversity, equity, excellence, and genuineness along with my strong faith, humor, and varied experiences will guide me in this role as I interact with students, faculty, staff, and the community. I would also hope that my extensive international work and travels will provide a great frame of reference for our work as we prepare students and engage the faculty.

With the landscape of higher education changing, what challenges do you see on the horizon for Warner Pacific College? What opportunities? Relevancy is not necessarily determined by quantitative factors, although they are important. We are relevant because of our mission and as we continue to focus on that mission and execute our mission with compassion, excellence, and a strong sense of purpose and commitment, we will stay at the forefront of higher education. Our focus on creating an open educational space for a new generation of leaders who will build better homes, families, communities, cities, and world is exciting and engaging. However, we need to be technologically proficient and globally perceptive in our work. This will allow us to do this important work effectively and efficiently while remaining open to new opportunities.


MORE THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in the Real World BY EILEEN HULME, PH.D. WITH SHEILA RAPER



iberal arts colleges have come under increasing criticism over the past decade. As the cost of a college degree and the pressure to secure gainful employment after graduation have increased, many wondered if being immersed in the liberal arts is still relevant or practical. Seen as an esoteric pursuit for the wealthy, the study of great literature, philosophical and ethical questions, visual and performing arts, and religious traditions seems out of step with today’s workforce demands. The term “liberal arts” is particularly broad and sometimes confusing. Generally, it is those courses encompassing the humanities and social sciences, as opposed to those that promote vocational and professional skills or programs in science, technology, engineering, and math. According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), a “liberal education” is “a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with broad knowledge and transferable skills, and a strong sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement.” To be more specific: liberallyeducated individuals learn how to learn, think, and reason; they learn how to see things as more than just a sum of their parts; they learn to employ compassion and tolerance when dealing with others. As Edward J. Ray, President of Oregon State University, emphasizes: “Our society desperately needs the grounding in ethical thinking and questioning that the liberal arts provide. Improving engineering fundamentals will accomplish little if our ethical foundations keep eroding.” New research also clearly shows the need for and monetary potential of a liberal arts education. In fact, this need even seems to be increasing, and not just here in the United States. Countries like China and Japan are making room in their science- and math-laden curriculums for more liberal arts education because they are in great need of employees who can think broadly, connect concepts, and see beyond their own field. When a workforce is educated without a focus on critical thinking, curiosity, creativity, and problem solving, economic growth suffers. (Christ, 2012). In 2014, the AAC&U and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) released “How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment,” a national survey of employers that details earnings and long-term career paths for college graduates. The report, based on an analysis of U.S. Census and other economic data, also provides insight into how liberal arts graduates fare on the bases of employment and salary outcomes, as compared to graduates in professional and preprofessional fields and those in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The report’s findings clearly emphasize the significance of the liberal arts: • 4 out of 5 employers want all students to study the liberal arts and sciences. • More than 9 in 10 employers want those they hire to demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity, intercultural skills, and the capacity for continued new learning.

• 93% of employers agree that the demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their major. • 55% of employers agree that both field-specific knowledge and skills as well as a broad range of knowledge and skills are important for employees who want to pursue advancement. • At peak earning ages (56-60), graduates of the humanities or social sciences out earned those with professional and preprofessional degrees by an average of $2,000. • 14% of liberal arts graduates attain advanced degrees, in comparison to 6% of professional and preprofessional majors. • Humanities and social sciences graduates with advanced degrees can earn as much as $5,000 more than professional and preprofessional graduates. • Unemployment rates are low for liberal arts graduates and decline over time. • Nearly three-fourths of employers would recommend this kind of (liberal arts) education to a young person they know as the best way to prepare for success in today’s global economy. “Recent attacks on the liberal arts by ill-informed commentators and policy makers have painted a misleading picture of the value of the liberal arts to individuals and our communities,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “As the findings in this report demonstrate, majoring in a liberal arts field can and does lead to successful and remunerative careers in a wide array of professions.” Creativity and innovation; problem solving and critical thinking; the ability to grasp conflicting points of view in order to find solutions instead of start arguments; sensitivity to personal, cultural, and political perspectives: all these skills are critical for success in any occupation, and they are at the foundation of a liberal arts education. That same flexibility and versatility also enables liberal arts graduates to be more adaptable to the potential career changes inherent in the ebbs and flows of the job market. College is not just career prep, though; it’s also life prep. And beyond the hope of a decent job and rewarding career, those virtues that are fundamental in any liberal arts education can prepare us to be better, more well-rounded people and citizens. As Wendell Berry states, “Underlying the idea of a university—the bringing together, the combining into one, of all the disciplines—is the idea that good work and good citizenship are the inevitable by-products of the making of a good—that is, a fully developed—human being. This, as I understand it, is the definition of the name university.” Eileen Hulme possesses 20 years of experience in higher education administration, including three vice presidencies. Hulme, a 2001 Fulbright Scholar in higher education administration, has taught at both the master’s and doctoral levels for the past 10 years and her research interests include the development of meaning and purpose in college students, the effect of emotional intelligence on success in a university environment, and a strengths-based approach to leadership. Dr. Hulme is a member of the Warner Pacific College Board of Trustees. Sheila Raper is the marketing director for a national real estate brokerage, freelance writer, and proud holder of two liberal arts degrees. 7

Jose Joel Cazares ‘15 B.A. in History, minor in Political Science Murdock Charitable Trust, Summer Intern Portland Leadership Foundation, Young Fellowship

The first time I arrived at Warner Pacific, I knew little about the institution and even less about the higher education system overall. I came from a small community, where people with underserved backgrounds often times had little exposure and motivation to pursue dreams of higher education. That changed when I came to Warner Pacific. The school showed me how I could embrace my culture, education, and spirituality; something I would have not have experienced in any other college. My motivation to continue my work is possibilities. Every day I wake up to a world full of possibilities for me and for students who, like me, have at some point, had the dream to better themselves, their lives, and the lives of the people around them. Through my work, I am not only an important part of organizations that help people in my community but also, I create opportunities for people who will eventually take over the roles that I have had. Being part of a liberal arts institution prepared me to embrace and better overcome the challenges that come with finding my place in society and the best way to better my community. My liberal arts education was not intended to train me to a specific job, but more so it prepared me to flourish by providing me with an invaluable set of skills. Leadership, organization, and the ability to learn in diverse environments are just some of the skills that will launch me into the next step in my professional career.


Quincy Jones ‘15

B.S. Biological Science with a Human Emphasis It was by chance that I attended Warner Pacific. On an extended break between my associate degree and continuing my education, a friend and current Warner Pacific student invited me to move to Portland with him. Needing to go back to school in order to pursue a career in dentistry, enrolling at Warner Pacific became my first step in attaining that goal. During my time at the College I was challenged, in and out of the classroom, to be the best person I can be. I remember a lecture in organic chemistry, when Dr. Terrell made a remark that stuck with me and has greatly influenced my actions since. “Everything we learn in the classroom is meant to prepare us, not

for the test, but for the lives we want to lead.” That simple sentence changed my entire view on education. I started looking for real world application in all of my classes. The liberal arts curriculum demanded introspection, creating a deeper understanding of who I am. In doing so, the curriculum allowed me to develop more efficient studying habits, showed me where my values lie, and taught me how to recharge myself. My post-graduation plans involve working at a local dental office while studying for the DAT, or Dental Admission Test. In September, I will be applying to dental schools along the west coast and traveling as much as I can while I have time off. For the first time in several years, I have been able to freely experience the world around me without having to worry about deadlines and due dates, which has reinvigorated my desire to excel in my career.

Rolando Cruz ‘11 M.S. Management & Organizational Leadership Category Information Analyst, Nike

When I was brainstorming a thesis project for my master’s program, I came across a joint internship between the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office. Both offices were trying to get a grasp on the health of migrant workers in the state. My thesis provided a snap shot of the current research across the state and identified gaps that informed the Oregon Health Authority on next steps. The liberal arts curriculum at Warner Pacific gave me an open forum to explore an area of interest and create a finished product that could be used to inform change with an underrepresented population in our state. The instructors in the program were supportive and provided me with constructive feedback that made the project a success for all parties. This project opened doors for me that allowed me to connect to a job working for Multnomah County Chair, Deborah Kafoury. My experiences in her office and my time at Warner Pacific have set me up for success in my current job at Nike. My whole life has been influenced by sports. If it wasn’t because of a few mentors and a soccer ball, I’m not sure where I would be today. Nike’s mission is to bring inspiration and motivation to every athlete in the world and we believe that if you have a body, you are an athlete. It is easy to get excited when I come to work every day. However, what motivates me most is collaborating with driven individuals who enjoy building relationships that allow us to work hard while still maintaining a good work-life balance.


Kristen Budd ‘15 B.S. Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Student, Teachers College of Columbia University In December 2012, I was home in Connecticut for Christmas break during the second year of my undergraduate studies. The moment I learned that there had been a shooting at Sandy Hook School, where my two brothers and had I attended elementary school, was the day a passion was birthed within my soul. I desired to understand the ubiquitous challenges within systems of society and an individual’s development that are manifested in situations such as the Sandy Hook Shooting. Following the tragedy, I became deeply interested in cognition and development in education. I began an internship with Impact Northwest’s SUN Program, an after school safe space for students living in poverty or at risk of not completing high school on time. In the summer of 2014, through the AmeriCorps Summer VISTA Program, I had the opportunity to work in collaboration with Oregon Campus Compact and All Hands Raised as the Summer VISTA Training and Development Coordinator for the 9th Grade Counts program. The goal of the program was to increase access to quality educational resources for students and promote equity within the classroom so that all are granted an opportunity to educational success. This experience solidified my passion to see change in the urban education system. This fall, I will pursue full time graduate studies in Developmental Psychology and Education at Teachers College of Columbia University, one of the oldest and largest graduate schools of education in the United States. I am excited to continue to grow in my understanding of urban education and become a stronger and wiser agent of effective change.


news&events Bethel Honored for Social Justice The Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel, senior pastor of Maranatha Church and former Warner Pacific Trustee, was named “Ecumenist of the Year” on May 7, 2015, at the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. The award is presented in recognition of leadership and commitment to fostering the love of Christ through ecumenical dialogue, witness, and ministry.

Opening Doors for Community College Students

Bridgetown Releases New CD Bridgetown celebrated the release of their third album, Treasure, on May 2, 2015. The men’s a capella ensemble was founded in 2011, and features a rotating roster of six students who share the message of the gospel at schools and events throughout the Northwest. Listen to song excerpts and order your copy of Treasure at

WP and CHOG Congregation Throw a Graduation Celebration for Displaced Students On May 1, just days before almost 100 Heald College students in Portland were set to celebrate their academic dream of obtaining a college degree, they were hit with the news that Heald was closing immediately and the graduation ceremony was cancelled. For over nine years, Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program has partnered with Heald College, working closely with their career placement services to assist students desiring to pursue baccalaureate degrees after completing an associate degree at Heald. A number of Warner Pacific staff jumped into action, planning an impromptu graduation celebration for these Heald students. The response was overwhelming, and within one day, the celebration had outgrown the facilities available on campus. Thankfully, friends at Mt. Scott Church of God opened their doors with very little advanced notice, helping to celebrate the academic and personal achievements of those who successfully earned degrees from Heald College. To read the full story, visit

Warner Pacific Hosts Summer Celebration The Oregon and Southwest Washington Association of the Churches of God returned to Warner Pacific for Summer Celebration 2015, July 26-29. This year marks the sixth Summer Celebration that the College has hosted. Staff, faculty, and students enjoyed getting to know members of our partner congregations as they visited the campus for this annual event. Speakers included Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel, Rhonda Philips, Audrey Weiger, Rev. Brian Arnold, Rev. Nate Jackson, and Rev. Teresa Hellstrom. Worship was led by The Exchange (theexchangerock. com). Learn more at


Warner Pacific and Mt. Hood Community College are partnering to help more students earn college degrees and close the state’s higher education gap. In 2011, the Oregon legislature approved the “40-40-20” education-reform plan. By 2025, the state’s goal is to have 40 percent of students complete a bachelor’s degree, 40 percent complete an associate degree or a certificate in a skilled occupation, and 20 percent earn their high school diplomas. The largest gap, however, is seen with Oregonians aged 25 to 34 in completing at least an associate degree or certification, the middle 40 of the state’s reform plan. A mere 18 percent hold a community college degree or post-secondary certification, according to Oregon Learns. At the June 19, 2015, signing ceremony, Warner Pacific and Mount Hood Community College committed to reducing barriers for community college transfer students by providing greater access to degree attainment through two initiatives: Co-admission/co-enrollment: this program allows students to be admitted to both institutions and take courses simultaneously, providing students with a breadth of course offerings and class scheduling flexibility. Reverse transfer program: students who start at MHCC and transfer to Warner Pacific prior to earning an associate degree will be able to have coursework they complete at Warner Pacific (that meets the associate degree requirements) transfer back to MHCC so they can earn the associate degree enroute to earning their bachelor degree from Warner Pacific. Learn more at

High School Choirs Shine at WP The Department of Music welcomes internationally recognized choral directors, Dr. Anton Armstrong and Mark Stover to campus for Calling & Community: A Choral Music Summit, September 18-19, 2015. The event brings 12 local high school choirs to Warner Pacific for instructive clinics with Armstrong and Stover, culminating each day in a celebration concert that is open to the public and features the school choirs and a specially comprised honor choir of accomplished young musicians. Learn more at

staff updates

Valentine and Ahlquist Retire Bart Valentine ‘75 spent 23 years teaching and coaching in the local public school system before returning to his alma mater as the Director of Athletics and the Head Men’s Basketball Coach in 1999. Tasked with rebuilding the Knights Athletics program after a 9-year hiatus, Valentine created a formidable program, diversifying student talent, recruiting a high-quality coaching staff, and growing the program from only four sports in 1999 to eleven sports by 2008. In 2009, Valentine stepped down as Director of Athletics to accept a full time faculty position as the Assistant Professor of Mathematics, continuing to coach men’s basketball. When Valentine retired from coaching in 2011, the basketball court was named in his honor.

Before coming to Warner Pacific, Sandy Ahlquist was a therapist in community mental health for over 20 years. A Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations, Ahlquist is the Associate Professor of Social Work and has taught at the College since 1995. She was responsible for the creation of the Social Work major which continues to grow and evolve in exciting ways. Her time working professionally has enabled her to collaborate with students to develop meaningful internship experiences. Issues of human rights, oppression, and social justice influenced her teaching and community service activities, helping to prepare students to use their education in service to the needs of others. Professor Ahlquist will continue to teach in an emerita role.

Dr. Cole Dawson Returns to the Classroom After 10 years of serving Warner Pacific as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Dr. Cole Dawson is returning to the classroom to teach full-time. After a sabbatical during fall semester, Dr. Dawson will return to the faculty as Professor of History. Students and colleagues alike are happy that Dr. Dawson will continue to bring the intellect, insight, and intentionality he is known for into the classroom.






COMMENCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS Two Warner Pacific graduating students stood before their classmates to offer words of reflection and hope for the future. Yvonne Edwards, a West Indian immigrant who grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, finally achieved her dream of earning a degree with the help of our Adult Degree Program. For exactly 2 years, 4 months, and 13 days, she commuted over 19,200 miles from Lacey, Wash., to the Cascade Campus in Portland! “My grandmother, with her third grade education and in her West Indian dialect would say ‘Vonnie, tek in yu lessons;’ translated that means: ‘take-in and absorb your education so that you can apply the knowledge to your life’s journey,’” shared Edwards. “Never in my wildest dreams did I consider my journey would lead me here.”

A Human Development and History & Social Studies double major through the traditional program on the Mt. Tabor Campus, Ben Irwin transferred to Warner Pacific and found a place of acceptance and support. He never stopped being an individual, however; relentlessly pursuing answers to life’s paradoxes. “Your time as a student is only beginning. For that reason, I encourage you to always be learning, stretching yourself, puzzling for solutions, and embracing the complexities that lack solutions,” advised Irwin. “Always experiment with the unfamiliar and uncomfortable.”


• A.F. Gray Award: Kelsey Davisson • Wilma I. Perry Award: Yvonne Edwards • Marshall K. Christensen Award: Alexandra Sindorf • Milo L. Chapman Award: Gimena Olguin

Faculty members who are transitioning to new roles were also recognized for their service. A Presidential Citation was given to Dr. Cole Dawson, in acknowledgement of his exemplary service as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty (2005-2015). Dr. Dawson will be returning to the classroom to teach full-time following a fall term sabbatical. Professor Sandra Ahlquist retired after spring semester and was presented with a Faculty Emeritus Citation to honor her new role as faculty emerita. Also retired, Bart Valentine was given the Caldwell Award for Service. The Caldwell Award honors a member of the faculty who has significant contributions to the improvement of the human condition through personal involvement in the life of the College, through the church, and in response to the highest needs of society.

In her address, Dr. Andrea Cook reminded graduates that, “in our constantly changing world, you are likely to change occupations several times. So, the aspects of your education that will serve you the best are your ability to keep learning, to wrestle with the big questions of life, to think critically, and to adapt to new and exciting opportunities.” Congratulations to Warner Pacific’s class of 2015!


awards & milestones

Social Entrepreneurship Program Awards Innovation and Community Service Two seniors were presented with the first Capstone Project awards from the innovative Social Entrepreneurship (SE) Major. Gimena Olguin took home first place and a cash award of $5,000; second place and a cash award of $3,000 went to Anthony Sims. The business plans for each Capstone Project were judged by Arnie Kainu, President and CEO of NTT Centerstance; Carolyn Walker, Partner at Stoel Rives LLP and practicing in the Labor and Employment group; and Ben and Liz Bohannon, entrepreneurs and owners of Sseko Designs, both of whom were recently featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” The cash awards will help both graduating seniors fund their business plans and become real-world social entrepreneurs.

New Online Degrees Recognized for Excellence After launching its first online degree program just over a year ago, Warner Pacific College was recognized by Christian Universities Online as a top Christian college offering affordable online degrees. In fact, the College ranked 25th out of 100 colleges and universities. No other Pacific Northwest Christian college ranked higher than Warner Pacific. Warner Pacific College’s current online degree programs include: • Bachelor of Business Administration • Bachelor of Health Care Administration • Bachelor of Human Development • Master of Science in Management – Organizational Leadership

Cook Honored as a Woman of Influence Warner Pacific College president, Dr. Andrea Cook was recently named a 2015 Orchid Award Winner by the Portland Business Journal. The Orchid Award 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. 16


athletics scoreboard

Neal Earns Pair of All-American Awards at NAIA Championships Alyssa Neal capped her outstanding season for Warner Pacific with two All-American performances at the NAIA National Track & Field Championships. The sophomore narrowly missed out on two event wins, placing 2nd in both the long jump and triple jump competitions. Neal matched her program record in the long jump, turning in a distance of 5.97 meters (19-07). That effort was eight inches short of champion Elizabeth Dadzie from Oklahoma Baptist. A few hours later Neal again was close to an individual title, but her effort of 12.12 meters (39-09.25) was just behind Jerica Heyd of St. Gregory’s. The distance was a new Warner Pacific record. Adding to her awards at the NAIA Indoor National Championships, Neal is now a four-time NAIA All-American.

New Records Set at CCC Championships The track and field team placed 8th on both the men’s and women’s side of competition at the Cascade Conference Championships. Alyssa Neal was the CCC Champion in both the long jump and triple jump, and was the lone Knight representing the team at the NAIA National Championships. RECORDS:

• Women’s Long Jump – Alyssa Neal, 19 feet 7 inches • Women’s Triple Jump – Alyssa Neal, 39 feet 5.25 inches • Women’s Discus – Jordan Hunter, 124 feet 3 inches • Men’s Hammer – Jovenn Pacheco, 115 feet 6 inches • Women’s Hammer – Kristen Swim, 136 feet 1 inch

Golf Round Up Men’s Golf finished in 3rd place at the CCC Championship Tournament. Royce “Malu” Rosenthal was the top individual finisher in 7th place overall. Jeremie Eloy ended the season with the lowest scoring average at 74.63 and set a WPC record for lowest round with a score of 68 at the WPC Spring Shootout. Women’s Golf: The ladies placed 5th at the CCC Championships. Taylor Akamine (8th) and Scotti Jo Helmick (9th) both played to top ten finishes. Helmick, the lone senior on the team, wrapped up a four-year career that includes 2 tournament wins and 21 top ten finishes.





Lon Stratton ‘70 is self employed as a Consultant/Trainer specializing in Aging, Gerontology, and Traumatology with the following credentials: Licensed Board Certified & Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, Board Certified & Diplomate in Traumatic Stress, Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor/American Association of Christian Counselors. Lon and his wife Nancy reside in Vancouver, Wash.

Rev. Adele Hooker ‘45 was born in 1921 and is a graduate of Pacific Bible College, the founding name of Warner Pacific College. Adele was an accomplished author with 13 books published. She served as a tour guide to the Holy Lands, taught English Literature at Gresham High School and Judson Baptist College in Portland, and she devoted 60 years to counseling ministries. Over a 65 year period of time, Adele, and her husband Sam, pastored churches in Tacoma, Wash., Muskogee, Okla., Portland and Newberg, Ore., as well as serving as interim pastors throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Hookers were Pastors Emeritus at Mt. Scott Church of God in Portland. Adele passed at the age of 93, and had joy and anticipation when she spoke about leaving this world to be with the Lord.

On Friday, June 5, 2015, Representative Bill Kennemer ‘68 (R-Canby/Oregon City) was bestowed honorary knighthood at the Royal Rosarian Honorary Knighting Ceremony, an annual Portland Rose Festival event honoring dignitaries and persons of accomplishment from around the world. Rep. Kennemer was among 40 guests knighted by Queen Emma, the current Queen of Rosaria. Representative Kennemer received the title of Sir Knight, Lord of the Rose Pat Austin. Founded in 1912, the Royal Rosarians serve by mayoral proclamation as the official greeters and goodwill ambassadors for the city of Portland and the Portland Rose Festival. This year’s ceremony took place at the Oregon Square Courtyard and marked the 103rd consecutive celebration. Karen Douglass ‘88 has been selected as the new superintendent of Stevenson-Carson School District in Stevenson, Wash. Karen has worked for the district for more than 25 years, including serving as the principal of Stevenson Elementary for the past decade. Carrie Dahlin ‘03 has published her first book, a memoir titled “What Led Me To You: How a mother’s faith and family grew in ways she never expected.” Carrie became a foster parent hoping to show the love of Jesus to children in need. She soon discovered that she also was in need of His love, more than ever. It wasn’t until God started to peel back layers in Carrie’s life that she learned how to put her trust in God. As Carrie started seeking God’s will, her life became less like the cookie-cutter shape she had imagined and more the shape God intended for her family. Rachel (Sanford) Phelps ‘04 received her Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University in December 2014. Rachel is currently a middle school vocal music teacher at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland. Deana Dace ‘14 is currently working as a Senior Financial Aid Counselor at Warner Pacific College.


Violet “Vi” (Nelson) Morin McIntosh ‘48 was born on July 5, 1926, and passed away from pneumonia on January 30, 2015, at the age of 88. Vi was an accomplished pianist and her dedicated service to College Park Community Church in North Bend, Ore., included being church pianist, singing in choirs and trios, and 30 years as bookkeeper. She was active until her death and led Prime Timers, the senior group that she started, was a church greeter, attended two Bible studies, played the piano for the monthly senior group at Hauser Community Church, attended Christian Women’s Club, and sold Avon. Vi married Donald Morin in 1948, and they had two daughters; Judy ‘72 (Barry ‘70) Youso and Janet ‘76 (Jerry ‘76) Isley. Don passed away in 1960. Vi married Howard McIntosh Sr. in 1971, who had two sons, Howard Jr. and Larry. Howard passed away in 2004. Vi loved Jesus Christ, her Savior, and the church with all her heart. She loved her family and friends dearly. She delighted in people and everyone was her friend. Dr. Clifford E. Harrison ’55 passed away on July 26, 2015, at the age of 84. He was living near his family in New Jersey at the time of his passing. He was born on May 13, 1931, the thirteenth child to Susan (Harvey) Harrison and William Harrison. He married Marilyn L. Hockett in 1952, and together they raised their three children, later moving to Ringwood, New Jersey. Dr. Harrison was employed by Nabisco for 31 years starting at their Portland, Oregon plant and ending his career as Director of Corporate Personnel Administration at corporate headquarters. After his career at Nabisco, Dr. Harrison joined the University of Wisconsin-

Oshkosh as a professor of management / human resources in 1984. In 1986, Cliff joined Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota as Chair of the Business and Economics department, where he served until retirement in 1997. Cliff will best be remembered as a devoted and loving husband and father. Cliff was predeceased by his beloved wife Marilyn in 2011, as well as 10 of his siblings. Cliff leaves behind children Pamela R. (Richard) Adams, Bradley A. (Janet) Harrison, and Gregory S. (Elona) Harrison; grandchildren David Harrison, Amy (Connor) Brazell, Melissa (Nathan) Chappell, and Timothy Adams; great-granddaughters Natalie and Amelia Chappell; his sister Mable (Claude) Mitson, and brother Albert L. Harrison; as well as many nieces and nephews. Lewis Edward Hyslip ‘59 of Salem, Ore., went home to his father in heaven on June 25, 2015, while surrounded by his family, he was 80. Born in 1934 in Smithville, Ark., Lewis was the youngest of seven children. His father was a sharecropper which made for a challenging childhood. At the age of 18, Lewis joined the United States Navy where he served his country from 1952-1954 aboard the U.S.S. Mount McKinley. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in theology at Warner Pacific College (then Pacific Bible College) and went on to complete his master’s degree at Azusa Pacific University. He taught at Seattle Pacific University while undertaking Doctorate Studies in Christian Education at the University of Washington. Lewis was ordained in Nevada City, Calif., in 1962, and served his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a pastor in multiple locations throughout the United States and Canada. Lewis was preceded in death by siblings Virginia, Virgil, Lottie, and Lester. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Barbara Livingston Hyslip; children Sonja, Tammie, and Edward Hyslip; siblings William and Betty; sister-in-law Alene; grandchildren Douglas and Adam Sherriffs, and Jocelyn and Alicia Hyslip; as well two greatgrandchildren, Brayden and Taylor Sheriffs. Norman Scott Carrell ‘63 went to be with his Lord at Wyoming Medical Center on April 4, 2015, at the age of 71. He was born on July 19, 1943 in Great Falls, Mont.; Norm was the second of five children. After attending Warner Pacific College in the early 1960s, Norm received a bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University and a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming. Norm

married Marcia Bliss on August 29, 1964, in Newcastle, Wyo. In 1969, they moved to Casper in response to a compelling invitation that painted a bright future for a small, struggling church. Through hard work and sacrificial giving, this little group of believers became Highland Park Community Church. Norman loved watching that vision become a reality while building a career in the Natrona County School District. Norm had many passions but central to all was his love of Christ and Highland Park Community Church where he served as a lay music minister for fifteen years, and the chairman of all three major building projects of the church. At the time of his death, Norm was a member of the Board of Servant Leaders, the governing board of Highland Park Community Church. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; and their two children, Heather (Brian) Feraud and Marc; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Marilyn (Harry) Smothers; and brothers, Dean (Susan) and Clifford. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Helen Carrell and younger brother, Harold. Bill Edward Beltz ‘66 passed away on July 13, 2015, he was 69. Bill was the fifth child of Irene (Dixon) and the Rev. LeRoy T. Beltz. On June 4, 1983, he married Shirley Jenkins. Bill was actively involved in church and found his life’s calling when he went on a mission trip to Nicaragua in 1992. Bill and Shirley were committed to meeting the needs of Nicaraguans and what started as a small child sponsorship program quickly grew into the Nicaragua Christian Education Foundation (NiCE) in 2000. Memorial contributions may be made to NiCE Foundation, 1405 Walnut Street, Highland, Ill., 62249. Ralph Dockter ’81 was born in 1931 and began attending Pacific Bible College (PBC) in 1950. While attending PBC, Ralph met the love of his life, Doris ‘58; they were married in August of 1952. Ralph worked as the Director of Christian Education at Woodstock Church of God in Portland. He became an ordained minister with the Church of God at the Middleton Campmeeting of the Churches of God of Southern Idaho. Ralph returned to the College and earned his bachelor’s degree from Warner Pacific in 1981. Ralph spent 50 years serving in various ministerial positions. With the work ethic and soul of a farmer, Ralph enjoyed getting his hands dirty while woodworking or repairing just about anything.

When he was too young to work the fields, Ralph’s mother kept him busy in the kitchen, which fostered Ralph’s lifelong love for cooking. Ralph is survived by his loving wife Doris; daughter Karen Cardin ’77, and sons Brian and Michal Dockter ’79; grandchildren Alexander Cardin, Karlena Brailey, Amanda Cardin ’14, Rebekka Ramirez ’13, Annetta Cardin, Chris Dockter, Aaron Dockter, Rober Dockter, Philip Dockter, and Kristina Dockter; brothers Roy ’60, Erwin, Herbert ’58, and Clifford Dockter; sisters Marjorie Chandler ’59, Deloris Bohlender, Betty Larson, and Marion Killian ’66; and fourteen great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents August and Marie, and brothers Rueben and Clarence Dockter. Darla Kay (Schultz) Hymes ‘86 of Harrisburg, Ore., passed away in her sleep on June 26, 2015. Darla was born in Eugene on September 11, 1966, to Rod and Kay Schultz. Darla graduated from Churchill High School in 1984, and then attended Warner Pacific College for two years. She graduated with her LPN in 1987. Darla married Tom Hymes on September 20, 1986. Darla is survived by her parents, Rod and Kay Schultz; husband Tom Hymes; daughters Kaylyn Hymes, Courtney Hymes and Kristi Hymes; sister Ginger Schultz Cox; and brother Jay Schultz.

The Wound by Adele Hooker

In silent contemplation I sit and feel the wound Of my loved one’s recent spurning. Faith wings upward toward the sky, Till angel flutters come nearby. With humble heart I pray, “Healing messenger of God, Please touch my wound. Charge this bitter pain to go away.” I’m struck with awe At what I hear the angel say, “Allow the wound to have its God intent, Know there is purpose for which it’s sent.” “And what could be the use Of grief and pain?” in sullenness I sneer, And turn away from what I hear. “The wound’s an opening for the setting of a gem. The precious jewel, compassion, Can only come through pain.

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Time will bring this gift of Splendor as it heals again.” Then I hear another angel sing, “Peace comes on forgiveness’ wing.”    


parting words

Vocation and the Liberal Arts BY LORI K. JASS, ED.D.

Heald graduates celebrate their achievement

Back in May, the Warner Pacific team had an extraordinary opportunity to be “in the city and for the city” in a tangible way, sharing the love of Christ through hospitality. Corinthian Colleges, a large, for-profit education company with a number of subsidiaries including Everest College and Heald College, suddenly closed its doors. This left thousands of students, many of them our neighbors at Heald College in northeast Portland, with no opportunity to complete their degree programs. As this news spread, the WPC team was already mobilizing to help. It was thrilling to see our staff reaching out to displaced students, helping them figure out how to complete their degrees, and even putting together a celebration for those whose graduation ceremony had been canceled. There are some who may cynically suggest that Warner Pacific and other schools provided help only to enhance our own enrollment. But the truth is that for many of these students, Warner Pacific is not the right college. At Heald, many were enrolled in highly specific, career-oriented programs leading to roles in areas like medical billing and pharmacy technology. Though we couldn’t help all students, we knew that Warner Pacific College had something unique and valuable to offer to many: a Christ-centered private, liberal arts education that is relevant to their lives. Warner Pacific’s programs both shape students’ dispositions and develop marketable skills that prepare them for career growth. One of the reasons our team felt compelled to help these displaced students is because we understand that choosing what type of institution you attend can often feel like a paradox. Within the Academy, there is a long-standing debate about the relevance of a liberal arts education on the one hand (the implication being that it is expensive and elitist), and the quality of a vocational education on the other (the implication being that it is less rigorous and


therefore less virtuous). At Warner Pacific College, we are trying to change the conversation. Rather than asking “which kind of education is most valuable?” we think it is more productive to ask, “how can we achieve the positive values of each in transformative, liberating ways for all students?” Toward that end, in the Adult Degree Program we are thinking proactively about the idea of “applied liberal arts.” A commitment to the liberal arts is one of our core values; we are unwavering in that commitment. We believe all students, including those who come to us for the express purpose of earning a raise or starting a new career, will benefit from exposure to a wide range of disciplines that help them think more broadly and critically about the world and their roles in it. At the same time, we realize that adult learners need their study to be relevant. They need to know why studying art, literature, environmental science, theology and yes, even math is important. So instructors connect theoretical work to the practical world of life and career. Literature classes explore themes emerging from creative works and ask how they illuminate current issues in civic life. Scientists point out the impact that recycling has on Earth health, and ask questions about how students can incorporate sustainable practices in their homes and work environments. Math teachers show students that they can do the math, and that it will actually help them make better decisions on the job. So while for some the idea of “vocational” education portends an erosion of commitment to classical education, we instead focus on how we can ensure that our broad-based, classically informed curriculum can help students do integrative work that will make them well-informed, well-spoken, and well-respected professionals in a variety of vocational contexts.








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Calling & Community Choral Summit

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