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Warner Pacific University Adds Women's Softball (Photo) - 05/10/18

Portland, OR. – May 10, 2018 – Warner Pacific University is adding a women’s softball program to its athletics roster this fall, with plans to begin intercollegiate competition in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 2019-20. The search for a head coach and recruitment of student-athletes will begin immediately.

“I’m thrilled to see our athletics program continue to grow and serve the needs of a wide variety of students,” said Warner Pacific President, Andrea Cook. “I believe women’s softball will provide many students new avenues in which to pursue their higher education goals, while strengthening their character through the principles inherent in Knights Athletics.”

The Knights softball team will start this fall as a club sport and lay the foundation for the varsity team to begin play the following year.

“The Cascade Collegiate Conference congratulates Warner Pacific University on the addition of softball to their intercollegiate sport offerings,” said Robert Cashell, CCC commissioner. "The CCC boasts some of the best softball in the NAIA and I am excited for more student-athletes to have the opportunity to thrive academically and athletically at WPU."

According to the annual report by the Sports & Fitness Association, a leader in sports participation research, softball is growing in popularity and participation among young athletes.  The National Federation of State High School Associations reported that more than 365,000 high school students participated in softball in recent seasons.

For information on recruiting and hiring for the Warner Pacific University softball program, contact Frank Johnson at 503.517.1261 or fjjohnson@warnerpacific.edu. Learn more about Knights Athletics at wpuknights.com.

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About Warner Pacific University

Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific University is Oregon’s most diverse university and the state’s only four-year Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education. Offering associate, bachelor, and master degrees, Warner Pacific University empowers students through personalized attention, relational support, and career-focused liberal arts education. Degrees are available in the traditional undergraduate format, as well as one night a week, and online. Earlier this year, Warner Pacific announced tuition reductions for all undergraduate degrees as part of its mission to provide equitable access to higher education for every student. Learn more about Warner Pacific University at www.warnerpacific.edu.

 

 

 

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Warner Pacific University First In Oregon To Be Named Hispanic-Serving Institution (Photo) - 05/03/18

Portland, OR. – May 3, 2018 – Warner Pacific University is the first four-year college or university in Oregon to receive designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation requires over 25 percent of full-time students identify as Hispanic or Latino. With 30.1 percent of its student body identifying as Hispanic or Latino, Warner Pacific University is the first bachelor-granting HSI in Oregon, and one of only twelve HSI-designated institutions in the entire Northwest.

“Receiving the HSI designation is a reflection of the mission, vision, and values of Warner Pacific,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, president of the University. “Our commitment to empowering Hispanic and Latino students, as well as those from other historically under-represented backgrounds, stems from our confidence in these students to step up to the challenges of the future and be the next generation of leaders in Portland and beyond. Warner Pacific honors the unique contributions that our Hispanic and Latino students are making across our campuses and we continue to support the development of all our students who come to this University seeking a diverse learning environment that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world.

Becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution

The HSI designation is a public recognition of the intentional work that Warner Pacific has been focused on for more than a decade. In 2003, just 13 percent of students at Warner Pacific identified as people of color. Today, 63 percent of the student body comes from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds and 57 percent of students are the first in their family to attend college, making Warner Pacific University one of the most diverse higher education institution in Oregon.

Warner Pacific understands that equitable access to higher education requires more than just diverse enrollment. That is why the University provides personalized attention and support, with class sizes that average 12 students. Earlier this year, Warner Pacific made earning a degree even more attainable when they announced a 24 percent tuition reduction in their traditional undergraduate program, making it the most affordable private institution in Oregon.

HSI Designation Benefits All Students
The HSI designation benefits all Warner Pacific students, as it opens the door to scholarships to any student who attends an institution that is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), regardless of race or ethnicity. Federal agencies that provide grants and scholarships to students attending HACU institutions include the departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"Education is the best way to support the continued growth and vitality of our communities, “ said Carmen Rubio, executive director of Latino Network. “By recognizing the inequities often present in higher education and addressing this issue head-on, Warner Pacific is leading the way to a brighter future.”

Rubio continued, “I am grateful for the University’s leadership in being the first four-year institution in Oregon to receive the HSI designation. Warner Pacific provides a pathway to the career-focused degrees that will strengthen and equip Oregon’s future leaders.”

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About Warner Pacific University
Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific University is Oregon’s most diverse four-year institution. Offering associate, bachelor, and master degrees, Warner Pacific University empowers students through personalized attention, relational support, and career-focused liberal arts education. Degrees are available in the traditional undergraduate format, as well as one night a week, and online. Earlier this year, Warner Pacific announced tuition reductions for all undergraduate degrees as part of its mission to provide equitable access to higher education for every student. Learn more about Warner Pacific University at www.warnerpacific.edu.

To learn more about the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, and the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation, visit www.hacu.net.