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2011
December
December 26, 2011 by Georgeann Halburian Ikuma
Rick ’79 and Robyn (Delamarter ’80) Dillon support the importance of community and connection through their significant gift to the university to underwrite the transformation of Adams field.
December 20, 2011 by APU Life Staff
Naisa Wong ’00 and ’01, a Los Angeles-based director and producer, reflects on APU’s influence on her life and career as she assumes the new role as an adjunct professor in the Department of Theater, Film, and Television.
December 15, 2011 by Jon R. Wallace, DBA
President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, shares the university vision for the next 10 years, focused on mission, academic reputation, valuing people, and financial excellence.
December 1, 2011 by Erica Redmond
The 2010 census data demonstrates the wrenching impact of the recession on 20-somethings in search of jobs, but having an internship in college can help thwart the recession's impact.
November
November 21, 2011 by Brianne Martin ’13
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the University Choir and Orchestra reunion concert affirmed the group’s reputation for excellence in performance and commitment to music ministry.
November 14, 2011 by Maureen Taylor
John Oduro ’67, APU’s 2011 Alumnus of the Year, has dedicated himself to pursing God’s call for his life, providing an excellent example of a life lived in pursuit of servant leadership and in faithful obedience to the Lord.
November 7, 2011 by Shannon Linton ’07
Three APU Education alumni use their gifts to transform their schools’ campuses and students’ lives.
October
October 24, 2011 by Joseph Bentz, Ph.D.
Joseph Bentz, Ph.D., professor in the Department of English, examines the impact of words in Mark Twain's controversial and classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, affirming the value of great literature to challenge and inspire.
October 21, 2011 by University Relations
The four-year accreditation review by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) process culminates in fall 2012.
October 19, 2011 by Jared Thornton '12
Each year, elementary school children walk single-file through campus with big, bright, excited smiles, taking in the sights of APU. These exuberant fourth graders are all part of the C.H.A.M.P. (College Headed and Mighty Proud) program.
October 19, 2011 by Kimberly Rios ’13
On October 8, 2011, Azusa Pacific University students participated in the local Azusa Golden Days celebration.
October 12, 2011 by Meghan Kyle ’13
Over the summer, Azusa Pacific made changes to the dining facilities throughout campus. The new school year brings new menus, more options, added space, and an overall better experience for students eating on campus.
October 10, 2011 by APU Life Staff
Craig Wallace, executive director of alumni and parent relations, discusses APU’s beloved annual Homecoming and Family Weekend and highlights its significance for students, alumni, and their parents.
October 10, 2011 by G. James Daichendt, Ed.D.
As Azusa Pacific celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, G. James Daichendt, Ed.D., associate professor of Art, sees the university setting as the ideal framework to study the impact and influence of the KJB.
September
September 28, 2011 by Meghan Kyle '13
Jazmin Bennett '14 and her Alpha group headed to Canyon Christian Fellowship, a local church in Azusa, for City Links, Azusa Pacific’s annual service event that takes place three consecutive weekends in September to October.
September 22, 2011 by Bala A. Musa, Ph.D.
Bala A. Musa, Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of Communication Studies, examines the influential role of civility in building community and transforming moral conflict.
September 20, 2011 by Cynndie Hoff
With its acceptance into the NCAA DII, Azusa Pacific University ushers in a new era of Cougar athletic competition, providing opportunities that go beyond winning championships.
September 19, 2011 by Scott Banks
Because schools shape children's character, and their character impacts society, experts encourage parents and educators to partner for the benefit of the children.
September 14, 2011 by Brianne Martin ’13
Khristi Adams, M.Div., Azusa Pacific’s newest campus pastor, New Jersey native, and Knicks fan, is excited about journeying through Scripture with students.
September 12, 2011 by Kimberly Rios '13
A recent study reported by the Los Angeles Times has determined that college is one of the best financial investments a person can make in his or her lifetime.
September 5, 2011 by Laurie A. Schreiner
Research conducted by faculty and students in APU’s doctoral programs in higher education offers a new vision for student success—one that encompasses the whole person and focuses on not just surviving college, but also thriving.
August
August 22, 2011 by Meghan Kyle '13
It wasn’t until his junior year that Grant Bridges felt ready, spiritually and mentally, to embark on a journey that would not only challenge his faith, but open his heart to new understandings as well.
August 22, 2011 by APU Life Staff
Harlem Globetrotter showman Kevin “Special K” Daley testifies to the value of education, making him a role model both on and off the court.
August 22, 2011 by APU Life Staff
Tina Jin earned a prestigious APU degree from her hometown in China, making her the first APU student ever to complete an entire program online and off site.
August 18, 2011 by Jared Thornton '12
There is an old adage in the sports world that says, “Those who can’t play, coach.” For some this may be true, but not for Azusa Pacific University’s softball coach Gina Oaks.
August 8, 2011 by Caitlin Gipson
More than 25 years after joining the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, alumnus Ron Cochran still provides a compelling example of how God uses Christians, whatever their chosen profession, as agents for change.
July
July 28, 2011 by Meghan Kyle '13
With an expanding student body, a new online university, and now NCAA membership, how does Azusa Pacific University stay rooted in its beliefs?
July 25, 2011 by Brianne Martin ’13
APU hosted this year’s Student Leadership Conference, led by Doug Fields, which encouraged and inspired hundreds of high school students to make a difference in their homes, schools, churches, and communities.
July 25, 2011 by APU Life Staff
Born in Iran and adopted by American parents, Ghahre Pascale’s cultural blend gives him unique insight into the value of global citizenship, the plight of Iranian Christians, and making a Kingdom impact around the world.
July 25, 2011 by Georgeann Halburian Ikuma
Joe and Lori Lawson credit their years at APU with not only preparing them to lead Petrescue Bible Institute—an adult college for refugees in Egypt—but also for teaching them about servant leadership and being true to their beliefs.
July 21, 2011 by Kimberly Rios '13
On June 29, Azusa Pacific University opened its doors to young students from the Azusa community for the 10th annual G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) Summer School program.
July 20, 2011 by Kimberly Rios '13
Summer offers time for many students to read books for fun! With so many books out there, it may to hard to pick the perfect one. Azusa Pacific professors come the rescue with their summer reading suggestions.
July 11, 2011 by Jessica Sherer
Many modern Christians practice Sabbath in adherence to the Law, but because of the grace of Christ, all believers can focus more on how to respond to God's invitation to rest in Him daily with gratitude and humility.
June
June 30, 2011 by Brianne Martin ’13
APU forecasts a 400-student increase from fall 2010 to fall 2011 and prepares for the opportunities and challenges that accompany record undergraduate enrollment.
June 29, 2011 by Meghan Kyle '13
Connie Brehm, Ph.D., FNP, RN, associate professor of nursing at Azusa Pacific, received a grant award of $10,000 from Kaiser Permanente in June 2011.
June 27, 2011 by Jared Thornton '12
With the help of director Barbara Harrington and a private donor, Azusa Pacific University recently unveiled its newest addition, the Galileo Film Studio. What makes this studio stand out from others? The 3D capabilities it offers.
June 27, 2011 by Sabrina Wong
The beauty of printed words remains clear, yet the increasing popularity of ebooks may spell an end to the widespread use of physical books as we know them.
June 23, 2011 by Meghan Kyle '13
Both educators and students alike struggle to ensure that classroom learning is not lost during summer break, but what about the spiritual growth students experienced last semester?
June 21, 2011 by University Relations
APU’s reaccreditation process through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) continued with the Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR) March 9–11.
June 15, 2011 by Brianne Martin ’13
Azusa Pacific’s new Office of Military and Veterans Outreach builds relationships with military veterans and servicemembers, sharing how they can benefit from a Christ-centered education at APU.
June 13, 2011 by Joe Reinsch
Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ ’09 rapid ascent up the professional baseball ladder only adds to the poise and humility of a man and athlete beyond his years.
June 9, 2011 by Erica Redmond '13
More than 200 Azusa Pacific students, staff, and alumni travel around the world for missions each year. But sometimes, the most amazing stories are of people who continue to serve those ministries at home.
June 7, 2011 by Meghan Kyle '13
The Azusa Renaissance Theater Company and APU’s Department of Theater, Film, and Television came together this summer to produce Our Town, a three-act play written by Thornton Wilder.
June 6, 2011 by Kimberly Rios '13
A recent study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) predicts that more college graduates are expected to be hired this year than in recent years.
June 6, 2011 by Georgeann Halburian Ikuma
Despite the rising costs, diminishing benefits, and controversial insurance coverage of today's health care system, lifelong nurse Darlena Stevens, Ph.D. '09, believes it's a great time to infuse strong Christian values into the nursing field.
June 3, 2011 by Jared Thornton '12
Since 1899, Azusa Pacific University has held tightly to its God First motto, encouraging students to grow in their relationship with God and offering quiet places on campus to enable students to spend time in prayer and worship.
June 1, 2011 by Meghan Kyle '13
Adrien Lowery, Ph.D., associate professor of English, believes that storytelling in the classroom helps students dive deeper into the literary world.
May
May 25, 2011 by Brianne Martin '13
APU’s Community Counseling Center, led by Executive Director Mark J. Souris, Psy.D., works hard to make a healthy impact on the local community.
May 23, 2011 by Marvin Mardock
Touched by the presence of God during a bout with cancer, Marvin Mardock, Ph.D., professor emeritus, bears witness to the miracles that led to his full recovery, his long career at APU, and his impact in Christian higher education and ministry.
May 17, 2011 by Jared Thornton '12
Azusa Pacific's Office of Career Services hosted a Teacher Career Forum to help prospective teachers prepare for applying and interviewing in a competitive job market.
May 10, 2011 by Karla Shirvanian '10
Internationally renowned theologian Justo Gonzalez spoke to over two hundred people gathered inside the Mary Hill Theater for the first Spanish lecture series for APU’s Hispanic Theological Center.
May 9, 2011 by Gary Pine
Once mired in a troubled life, today runner Emma DeLira '11 knows God's love and the blessing of family through the camaraderie of her APU cross country and track and field teammates.
April
April 28, 2011 by Brandon Hook '12
Family, friends, and faculty alike gathered to send off scholarship recipients from Azusa and celebrate the scholarship program
April 25, 2011 by Caitlin Gipson
Further strengthening the influence of its spiritual mentoring programs, APU launched the Spiritual Mentoring Initiative, which aims to increase the number of APU community mentors capable of inspiring students' greatest spiritual growth.
April 22, 2011 by Michaela Pereira '12
This spring and summer, APU's Office of World Missions will be sending out 32 missions teams out to spread God's word and work with various ministries.
April 19, 2011 by Nina Karim '10
In honor of Earth Day 2011, here are eight ways APU contributes to protecting Earth's resources.
April 19, 2011 by Christian Brazo
Azusa Pacific’s iPhone App Earns Webby Nod
April 18, 2011 by McKenzie Feitler '11
This semester, two music students’ hard work is paying off – both received national recognition for their musical abilities.
April 13, 2011 by McKenzie Feitler '11
On March 28, Azusa Pacific University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was awarded First Runner Up against other local universities competing at the regional competition in Orange County.
April 11, 2011 by David L. Weeks
David L. Weeks, Ph.D., dean of APU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, looks to history to teach students about the habit of leadership.
April 5, 2011 by Ahmed Sedam '11
On Saturday, March 19, more than 3,500 high school students flooded onto West Campus for the 27th Annual Night of Champions at Azusa Pacific University.
March
March 31, 2011 by Michaela Pereira '12
So, who is this young man about to take the helm in leading a new SGA team? Here are a few things you may not know about Carter Posladek.
March 28, 2011 by Briauhnna A. Phelps
Senior studio art major Kathryn Mueller has only been at APU for two years, but she has made the most of her time here.
March 28, 2011 by Monica Ganas | illustration by Ben Cauwels '11
Monica Ganas debunks the fantasy of California-ism and the endless quest for perfection. Instead, she claims the beauty of real life and encourages us to claim our community, relationships, and experiences.
March 24, 2011 by Brandon Hook
James L. Hedges distinguished lecture series hosts its first poet laureate in second annual gathering
March 23, 2011 by Ahmed Sedam '11
Azusa Pacific University, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and the Perryman Foundation hosted the 31st annual History Day L.A. on March 12.
March 18, 2011 by Jaime Garispe '11
APU Professor Robert Duke, Ph.D., integrates classroom learning with service activities within the community.
March 18, 2011 by McKenzie Feitler '11
When word began to spread of a secret, on-campus concert on Thursday, March 10, most students never guessed it would be Grammy Award-winning rock band, Jars of Clay.
March 17, 2011 by Michaela Pereira '12
When we attend college sporting events, we watch players, coaches, and even the school mascot, but many of us forget some key people who are also part of the game—student athletic trainers
March 14, 2011 by Sarah Reinhart '10
Giving back through his films, Jeremy Craig '02 explores the pressing environmental issues facing Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico, and surrounding landscapes.
March 14, 2011 by Tally Flint | illustration by Debbie Lee
Honoring the sanctity of life, a number of APU organizations, academic departments, faculty, and alumni work to bring attention to the plight of human trafficking and find solutions to combat it.
March 9, 2011 by Brandon Hook
Students and faculty alike join to discuss Christianity's interaction with science
March 7, 2011 by McKenzie Feitler '11
School of Business and Management Professor Paul Anderson, MBA, CPA, not only serves his students in the classroom, but also outside the classroom by training the APU marathon team.
March 1, 2011 by University Relations
In preparation for accreditation renewal through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2012, APU gears up for the next step of the process—the Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR), slated for March 9–11, 2011.
February
February 28, 2011 by Sabrina Wong
Recognized for their support, leadership, and service over the years, Dale and Rosemary Bohlka continue to advance APU’s mission to prepare disciples and scholars to impact the world for Christ through the scholarship endowment they established.
February 14, 2011 by Michaela Pereira '12
Prom is one of the many highlights of high school for some girls, but having to worry about buying an affordable dress can be a burden. My Sister’s Closet strives to relieve that stress.
February 14, 2011 by Caitlin Gipson
With each philanthropic initiative they support, Robert and Patricia Kern seek broad systemic change while enriching the lives of others. The Kern Family Foundation Pastoral Ministry accomplishes just that.
February 11, 2011 by Ahmed Sedam '11
On January 31, Azusa Pacific University hosted a service-learning colloquium, “Community-University Partnerships: A Match Made in Heaven, or an Earthly Challenge? A 15-year Retrospective on Civic Engagement.”
February 10, 2011 by April Overholt '11
APU's School of Nursing now offers human patient simulation at three regional centers, an interactive, hands-on hospital simulation that allows students to practice on lifelike mannequins.
February 7, 2011 by Briauhnna A. Phelps
To the delight and awe of their family and friends, the Azusa Pacific University Chamber Singers took the stage at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena on Friday, January 28.
February 7, 2011 by Michaela Pereira '12
APU's Justice Week serves as a reminder to students to live God’s Kingdom justice daily.
February 4, 2011 by Christian Brazo
"Armed with an iPod and a Challenge."
January
January 31, 2011 by Scott Banks
Working to build relationships in Afghanistan, Dillop Joseph ’96 now recognizes and appreciates the tie between Muslims and Christians. The lesson helps him take on a “bigger picture” view of life.
January 31, 2011 by Sarah Reinhart '10
Christopher Russell has served as director of APU's Symphony Orchestra since 2008, bringing a considerable expertise to the School of Music.
January 28, 2011 by Michaela Pereira '12
The Keeping History Alive program held its sixth award ceremony for Los Angeles County history teachers on Saturday, January 22, at Azusa Pacific University.
January 24, 2011 by April Overholt '11
The Office of University Advancement encourages students to help support APU through the weGIVE initiative.
January 18, 2011 by Mark Stanton, Ph.D.
Marking an important season of reaffirmation, President Jon R. Wallace commissioned a Blue Ribbon Task Force to lead APU in a thought-provoking examination of the university’s core values over the next year.
January 14, 2011 by Jaime Garispe '11
William Lane Craig, Ph.D., kicked off APU's spring Science, Faith, and Culture lecture series by providing evidence for the historical Jesus.
January 3, 2011 by Jon R. Wallace, DBA
In his annual Orientation chapel message to new APU students and their families, President Jon R. Wallace painted a compelling picture of the university’s signature Four Cornerstones.