Leading from Behind

The unorthodox journey to Azusa Pacific of Mayra Almazan ’15, leading to her acquirement of multiple honors in soccer and demonstration of exemplary leadership through faith. Read more

APU Screens Award-winning Alumni Film

APU senior capstone project "Luiseño" screened at an Alumni Open House on October 24, was named “Best Student Film” at the Eighth Annual Trinity Film Festival in August. “Luiseño” helped propel involved alumni to industry success.Read more

Reclaiming Mindfulness

Christian mindfulness practices are worthwhile, and there is an opportunity to continue to measure how this approach can enhance our spiritual, physical, and emotional lives, enabling us to be better servants of God.Read more


The Art of the People

Street art redefines the meaning and purpose of art and has become part of the urban fabric of cities and popular culture. Read more


Voicing Change

As professional vocalists, a burgeoning community of APU alumni, reclaim the Christian tradition of excellence in the arts and shine light into one of the world’s most influential industries. Read more

50 Things to Do Before Graduation

Want to make the most out of your APU experience? We put together a list of 50 things—traditions, events, local activities—APU students must do before graduating!Read more

1899 Dining Hall Gets 2015 Makeover

Azusa Pacific University’s 1899 Dining Hall underwent an extensive remodel and menu update this summer. Diners will experience a fresh take on convenient, made-to-order meals in a modern, customer-friendly environment.Read more



The Clapham Saints exemplified a deep faith in the midst of trials as they worked to abolish slavery in 18th-century London.Their example can inspire today's believers to place their confidence more fully in the Lord.Read more

Made for Teaching

Through the support she received from her APU mentors, Tolulope “Tolu” Noah ’04, Ed.D., became a full-time educator at age 20 at an inner-city school in Watts. Now a professor, she gives back to future teachers.Read more

Tough Hesed

John E. Hartley, Ph.D., distinguished professor of Old Testament, counts business leaders, missionaries, pastors, and professors among his many protégés as he continues to pour into new generations of eager minds. Read more

Friendships and Memories Made at Special Olympics

Azusa Pacific University shared in this momentous, global celebration welcoming the Special Olympics South Africa delegation to campus and sending volunteers to assist at the games resulting in new friendships and lasting memories.Read more

Millennial Marketing

Kyle Griffin ’12, cofounder of innovative marketing firm Culture Cube, stands at the forefront, equipped to reach today’s top consumers: millennials. Read more

Backstage Leadership

APU alumni Kyle Cleveland ’10, MBA ’11, and Wesley Tullis ’14, serve in ministry at Saddleback Church. Working behind the scenes, they use their organizational leadership skills to advance God's Kingdom.Read more


Not of This World

Amy Jung, director of forensics and assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies, understands first-hand the challenges and advantages of growing up as a Third Culture Kid.Read more

Intellectual Hospitality

Diana Pavlac Glyer, Ph.D., professor in the Department of English, explores the concept of intellectual hospitality as a means to cultivate generosity, humility, and understanding among those with differing viewpoints and backgrounds.Read more

Serving Those Who Serve

Serving in the U.S. Air Force inspired Azusa resident Andrew Montes '15 to pursue a career in social work to help struggling veterans transition to civilian life.Read more

Entrepreneurial Angel

Lindsey Rehfeld '86 intentionally placed herself at the intersection of entrepreneurial business and powerful ministry when entering the home care industry with her company Visiting Angels. Read more

A Jump of Faith

Teyana Poole '17 finds hope in the challenges, drawing inspiration from her brother and father.Read more

Obedient Scholar

Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, delights in helping students see that the stewardship of their academic gifts represents an act of obedience that pleases God.Read more


Reflections On Charleston

The tragedy in Charleston forces us to agonize again over the question of why. Perhaps, a better question would be, "What should we do next as followers of Jesus Christ"?Read more

A Picture of Affirmation

Sam Louie, M.A. '09, a Seattle-based psychotherapist specializes in multicultural issues and addictions using PhotoTherapy, a therapeutic technique where photography is self-initiated as a means toward personal growth.Read more

APU’s Ed.D. Program Prepares K-12 Leaders

Answering the call to assist educators in navigating while developing as professionals, Azusa Pacific’s School of Education recently introduced its redesigned Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Program.Read more

The Yo–Yo Man

Michael Lee '90 first encountered the yo–yo as an APU freshman. Little did he know that he would be encouraging more than 1.7 million children with a yo–yo. Read more

Living His Dream

Once a wide receiver at Azusa Pacific, Jesse Merrick's '12 big break arrived in August 2014, when he became a full-time sports anchor/reporter at News Channel 5 in Grand Junction, Colorado. Read more


Coaching Character

For John Verhoeven, joining APU's staff as the pitching coach was a quick decision made after announcing his retirement as the head baseball coach of 16 successful years at Biola University. Read more

Spirited Justice

Robert Welsh, Ph.D., describes his experience of studying Christians who risk their lives for the sake of making peace and bringing justice. His findings? Christians are called to develop sensitivity to the Spirit's leading.Read more

Exhibit Honors John Muir

University Libraries' Special Collections presented "John Muir: A Centennial Remembrance, 1914-2014," an exhibit celebrating the beloved American naturalist, author, and conservationist, from October to December 2014. Read more

Students Target Best Ideas in Business Competition

APU’s Young Executive Master of Arts in Management students put classroom learning into action when they pitched their best ideas to Target executives in the Target Case Study Competition, with the winning team earning $1,000 in scholarship funds.Read more


Entrepreneurial Action Advances God’s Kingdom

The Azusa Pacific chapter of the Enactus non-profit organization is a community of student, academic, and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.Read more

Meet Christian Author Joseph Bentz, Ph.D.

Joseph Bentz, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of English and is the author of five novels and four non-fiction books. This year marks the upcoming 20th anniversary and re-release of his first novel, Dreams of Caladria.Read more

CRIS Hosts Re-Imagine Event

The Center for Research in Science challenged APU students and faculty to think differently about waste through their event, Re-Imagine. Read more

A Q&A with Leslie Wickman

Leslie Wickman, Ph.D., now celebrates the release of her first book on April 14. God of the Big Bang: How Modern Science Confirms the Creator (Worthy Publishing) examines how science and faith interact.Read more

The Magic of Two

English professor and scholar Diana Pavlac Glyer explores the power of collaboration in pairs, especially through the work of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.Read more

New Program Streamlines Degree Completion

University College's (UC) Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies streamlines the process and breaks the mold of the typical degree completion program, offering an efficient way to increase earning potential and career advancement.Read more

Common Day of Learning Promotes Academic Discovery

APU fostered its commitment to scholarship by hosting the annual campus– and community–wide multidisciplinary conference dedicated to the celebration of academic discovery—the William E. and Ernest L. Boyer Common Day of Learning (CDL). Read more


Faculty Member Named as Emerging Scholar

Rachel Gonzales-Castaneda, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, was recognized by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, as 1 of 12 Emerging Scholars of the Year in the January 2015 issue.Read more

Saving Humanities

Azusa Pacific's High Sierra Semester integrates outdoor experience and leadership training into a humanities curriculum and employs a traditional "great books" approach to the liberal arts. Read more

Honors College Hosts Renowned Political Theorist

Students and faculty explored the incisive language and organic nature of America's cardinal text, the Declaration of Independence, when the Honors College hosted Danielle S. Allen, Ph.D., during a Koch Lecture Series event in February.Read more

Sharing in Civility

“Is Jesus a Capitalist or a Communist: Christian Response to the Problem of Poverty,” featured Peter Greer and Shane Claiborne, representing two distinct opinions on the effects of capitalism on poverty. Read more

A Tale of Two Schools

Before becoming Azusa Pacific University, the students of Azusa College anxiously anticipated merging and moving to their rivals campus, Los Angeles Pacific College (LAPC). Read more

Elevating the Competition

On March 21, 2015, Azusa Pacific University will hold a regional competition for burgeoning entrepreneurs, offering them a chance to win $20,000 and entry into the national competition in Silicon Valley with a $50,000 award. Read more


A Child's Touch

Known as "Mama Ellen" to the children at the orphanage in Leogane, Haiti, Elaine Rensink '01 founded and directs Lespri Haiti Mission, a nonprofit organization funding the orphanage and five ministry sites throughout Haiti. Read more

Veterans Honored in Annual Tribute

Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College joined efforts to celebrate the nation's military men and women at the ninth annual Saluting Our Veterans event on November 6, 2014. Read more

YEMAM Students Pitch Ideas to Kaiser Officials

students from the Young Executive Master of Arts in Management (YEMAM) program presented strategic initiatives designed to further Kaiser Permanente’s mission of providing high-quality health care, and KP officials chose two proposals to implement.Read more

Cougar Interview— Michael Burdett '04

Michael Burdett ’04, D.Phil. (Oxford), professor, theologian, and scientist, works to develop an effective dialogue for future academic leaders around the perceived conflict between science and religion. Read more

Courtroom Defense

Tim Peterson ’93, JD, and his firm now serve professional sports teams by providing legal counseling, training procedures, and managing risk and litigation involving player and non-player injuries.Read more

The Positive Side of Pain

Diverse Issues in Higher Education named Rachel Castaneda, Ph.D., an Emerging Scholar for her groundbreaking research on addiction among young people.Read more

Rushing with Purpose

Terrell Watson ’15, the 6-foot-2-inch, 240-pound Azusa Pacific University running back, summed up his life in a 40-character tweet this past summer while prepping for his senior year: “I’m honestly addicted to getting better.”Read more


Silent Beauty

After traveling a painful and perplexing road, Emily LaVelle '14 discovered a God of hope and His plan for her life as an artist. Read more

Art and Soul

Why does art matter? Does it serve a purpose in society? And what is art’s place in the Christian academy? Azusa Pacific University offers a resounding, "Yes!," and seeks to equip those called to be difference makers in this creative field.Read more

APU Hosts Annual Communication Ethics Conference

“The Ethics of Storytelling,” the theme for the 28th annual David C. Bicker Communication Ethics Conference on February 7, 2015, explores the power of the story and how it enables people to connect with and understand concepts on a deeper level. Read more

The River of Faith

Six streams form a river of faith, representing the rich history and diverse tapestry of Christian life.Read more