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Where the Wild Things Are - 2002 Annual Report - Azusa Pacific University

It takes about four hours from the Azusa campus parking lot to the Emerald Cove mess hall. In those four hours, students are transported from a traditional college setting to a rustic environment more John Muir than John College Student.

Ponderosa pines and incense cedar surround the campus (it is actually a summer camp; APU leases the facilities nine months of the year), a stone’s throw from Bass Lake, California, and the front door to Yosemite National Park.

It is in this Sierra Nevada-locale where about 50 students spend three months as participants in the High Sierra Program, a rigorous academic adventure based on the great works of art, literature, world civilization, philosophy, and church history. Three faculty members live on the grounds with the students, engaging them in an integrated core studies program, investigating primary texts in several disciplines in relationship to each other. Students meet general studies requirements while in the program.

“Removed from the distraction of city life, High Sierra Program students are able to give their best attention to the ideas they study,” said Jody Godoy ’05, a charter member of the program. “The way classes are held as small discussion groups encourages individual thought and scholarly excellence. Students are able to develop close relationships with faculty, as they live very nearby the students.”

A total of 90 students have participated in the program since its inception in fall 2001, with nearly 50 more ready to head for the hills in 2003.

Throughout summer 2002, APU’s Office of World Missions sent 21 teams to the ends of the Earth on short-term missions trips. More than 200 students, faculty, and staff traveled to Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States conducting work projects, vacation Bible school, street evangelism, and much more.

Terence Cannings, Ed.D., was named the new dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies. Cannings comes to APU from Pepperdine University where he served as associate dean and professor of education at their Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

The School of Music’s handbell choir traveled to Armenia for an eight-day concert tour of the Eastern European nation. The choir performed eight times while in Armenia.