Archive for November, 2012
By: Kristine Cody
If you stroll through Azusa Pacific University’s campus this week you may be surprised to find troops of elementary school kids walking along the pathways. Don’t be alarmed, their bus driver did not take a wrong turn. This is actually a bi-annual occurrence that is sponsored by the Center for Academic Service-Learning & Research’s College Headed and Mighty Proud (C.H.A.M.P.) program.
C.H.A.M.P. is overseen by Dr. Paul Flores, the chair of the liberal studies department, and has been in existence for twenty-one years. It is a ten week program, held each semester, during which APU students facilitate lessons on college preparation in fourth grade classrooms around the Azusa community. The curriculum focuses on team building, financial aid, major and career exploration, and the college application process. The experience culminates with an expository essay, a visit to APU’s campus, and a graduation ceremony. Currently C.H.A.M.P. services six elementary schools: Murray, Magnolia, Paramount, Mountain View, Lee, and Powell.
November is an eventful month for this program including three campus visits and graduation. These events promote both a concrete experience of higher education for students, and allow parents of first generation students to become educated. Individuals looking to learn more about this program or get involved are welcome to attend graduation on November 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the Felix Event Center. Additional information can be obtained through the C.H.A.M.P. webpage, http://www.apu.edu/caslr/champ/, or by contacting the C.H.A.M.P. director at email@example.com.
This year’s C.H.A.M.P. director, Anthony Bernardo, seeks to lead on the “front line” by demonstrating care and intentionality with all students in order to have the greatest possible impact. Bernardo’s Liberal Studies background and family history in the field of education has equipped him well to mentor and motivate those under his supervision. He is thrilled to be in a position that merges both of his passions – college students and children.
He believes that C.H.A.M.P. finds success because of the buy-in from administrators from both the university and elementary schools. In addition, this program will find continued success if awareness and support grows within the Azusa community. Bernardo’s recommendations for accomplishing this are prayer for education in general, advocacy for college access for younger generations, and involvement by local businesses. These efforts will help our youngest citizens understand the value of higher education and their opportunity to participate. Each partner plays a critical role in defining this value, which inspires our youth to be tomorrow’s leaders.
So if you happen to be on campus and see an elementary school student making their way towards you, flash a smile or offer a high five. You may be in the presence of a future president.
Kristine is a graduate assistant at the Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research serving as the 2012 – 2013 Coordinator for Student Professional Development. She is working towards her Master’s of Science in College Counseling and Student Development.
I really hope your week went well. For many of you, it was a break between terms and a new one is beginning. As you step into this term, I hope you will see the invitation that is before you. Oh, yes, the profs invite you to learn, and listen, and take notes, and take tests… But God also invites you into His love. It is an invitation, not condemnation. It is welcoming, not judgmental. And in the center of that love, you will find confidence, quietness, and deep fulfillment. May I encourage you to accept the invitation by faith in Christ to receive more deeply the love of God for you. There is the place your heart will call home.
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