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A Shepherd to the Students - 2002 Annual Report - Azusa Pacific University


If it is your first visit to Chris Brown’s office, it is guaranteed the conversation will end with him handing you a Sharpie and saying, “Sign my wall before you leave.”

And hundreds of students have signed his office walls. The signatures, doodles, Bible verses, and greetings are reminders of the reason Brown is at Azusa Pacific University: to be a resource to students on their spiritual journey toward Christ.

Brown's first year as campus pastor to undergraduate students was a tough one. In addition to the pitfalls of beginning a new job, Brown led memorial services for two female students killed in a car accident, and comforted the student body after the terrorist attacks on the East Coast. Through these tragedies and his diligence in connecting with students, however, Brown solidified his role as shepherd to the students.

"APU takes seriously its responsibility to challenge students to push their academic and spiritual lives to a new level," said Brown, who believes his new role will allow the Student Life division to better reach undergraduates. "This position is one that exists solely for the students, and it is meant to meet their specific needs. Whether it be spiritual, emotional, psychological, or financial, I am a doorkeeper to resources for them."

A year into his tenure, the original paint on Brown's office walls is barely visible, which is a good thing in his book.

Orlando Griego, Ph.D., professor of business in the School of Business and Management, was named the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member at the May 2002 Commencement.

Azusa Pacific finished fourth in the Sears Cup, marking a fourth-straight, top-five finish. The Sears Cup recognizes the top athletic programs in the nation.

More than 400 student musicians performed at "Festival of Christmas" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. This was the first time an event of this magnitude occurred involving all of APU's School of Music ensembles.

Azusa Pacific University was named #21 on U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges Western Universities Master's Ranking. A total of 1,400 institutions participated in the survey process.