Common Day of Learning 2017 takes place Wednesday, March 1. The full schedule will also be available on the APU Events app the week of CDL.

9-9:45 a.m. Session One
10-10:45 a.m. Session Two
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Chapel
12-1 p.m. Lunch
1:15-2 p.m. Session Three
1:15-3 p.m. UG Research Posters: Psychology, Social Work, Christian Issues
1:15-3 p.m. UG Research Posters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
2:15-3 p.m. Session Four
3:15-4 p.m. Session Five


Wednesday, March 1

9 a.m.
All Latinos Eat Tacos

Marcela Rojas, Ph.D., Ethnic Studies

Hyun Seo Lee, Undergraduate, Psychology

Areli Arellano, Undergraduate, Art

“Hispanic” and “Latino” refer to populations with a common cultural and linguistic heritage. These umbrella terms serve to classify this group of multiracial and multicultural individuals, but what has been unrecognized is a wide spectrum of diversity within this population. Latinos represent a mix of racial heritages, national origins, nativities, geographic distributions, and cultures that deserve acknowledgement and appreciation. This within-group diversity of Hispanic/Latino populations should be identified and understood as well as the pan-Latino experiences in the United States. Several similarities and differences of major Latin American heritages, including Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and El Salvadoran, are noted by revisiting historical events that led to the formation of contemporary Hispanic/Latino populations. Thus, semistructured interviews of students from various Latin American backgrounds were utilized to unfold more personal stories in regards to their diverse perspectives and experiences as Latinos. 


9–9:45 a.m.
Born American (But in the Wrong Place)

Christopher Flannery, Ph.D., Honors College

I am a native of Los Angeles. Growing up, I discovered that, contrary to received opinion, you can see the world from here. It’s a new world. But that’s an old story. So, with the aid and comfort of some friends, and in the freedom that seems at home in America, and even in L.A., I thought to tell that old story in this new way. This is a sabbatical report. For a recent sabbatical (spring 2016), I proposed to produce five to seven narratives and to record them with musical accompaniment. I also proposed to produce a few poems. This presentation features a few of those narrative recordings, interspersed (time permitting) with readings of a few poems. The theme of the narratives is “Born American (But in the Wrong Place).” These stories are mainly about what it is that makes America beautiful, what it is that makes America good and therefore worthy of love. It is our hope that these stories may in some small way move the better angels of our nature to touch the mystic chords of memory that strengthen our bonds of affection and make us friends. In our case, these mystic chords stretch not only from battlefields and patriot graves, but from back roads, school yards, bar stools, city halls, summer afternoons, and old neighborhoods from everywhere you find Americans being and becoming Americans.

9–9:45 a.m.
Gender in the 21st Century: Views from Scripture, Science, and Society

Kevin Mannoia, Ph.D., Chaplain

Teresa K. Pegors, Ph.D., Psychology

Bill Fiala, Ph.D., Higher Education

CahleenShrier, Ph.D., Biology and Chemistry

This panel discussion focuses on current issues in gender identity.

9–9:45 a.m.
How to Create a Transformational Learning Environment in Your Classroom: Service-Learning Pedagogy Reconsidered (Workshop)

Judy Hutchinson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research

Kristen Sipper-Denlinger, Ph.D., English

Diana Rudulph, Applied Exercise Science and Physical Education

Tolu Noah, Ed.D., Liberal Studies

Stephen Martin, Director of Music and Worship

Dan Grissom, Ph.D., Engineering and Computer Science

Michelle LaPorte, Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research

It can be challenging for professors to make service-learning a meaningful and relevant aspect of their courses. Service-learning provides a vehicle for mutual edification and transformation within the university and the community. In this session, service-learning faculty fellows across five disciplines show how they have enhanced service-learning, creating transformational experiences in their classrooms. Fellows present a practical tool that enables students to connect experiential learning to course SLOs and inspires them to serve the community well. This critical-reflection tool also allows students to become true scholars of their own learning process. The fellows discuss experiences from their two years of experimenting and learning together and, along with some of their students, share specific examples, including successes and challenges from implementation of this process. Session two is a workshop using the reflection tool.

9–9:45 a.m.
Leaving College, Quitting Your Job, and How to Exit Gracefully

Courtney Davis, Ph.D., Communication Studies

This session reviews Davis’ research on individuals’ exits from organizations (such as college, and student organizations within), in addition to equipping students with understanding for how to gracefully and professionally quit a job. Planned organizational exits, in which the date of exit is known prior to the date of entry, are experienced by many of our students. Understanding what they can expect, communicatively, has been theorized in Davis and Myers’ Model of Planned Organizational Exit (2012). The four main components include: critical incidents, participation, communication between leavers and stayers, and anticipatory deidentification. Each of these components is understood in a three-stage model as individuals near their departure. Additionally, communication experts theorize best practices for “giving notice” and quitting one’s job, something in which students may find great value.


9–9:45 a.m.
Mass Media Portrayals of Ethnic Groups

Thomas Parham, Ph.D., Cinematic Arts

Viewing Television from the Margins      

Connor Christofferson, Undergraduate, Cinematic Arts

Misrepresentation of African Americans on Television

Nathan Somerfield, Undergraduate, Cinematic Arts

Lack of Latino Presence within American Media

Janet Ramirez, Undergraduate, Vocal Performance

Asians in Film         

Erik Oam, Undergraduate, Cinematic Arts

Portrayals of Muslims in Film

Grant Jape, Undergraduate, Communication Studies

This year marked the second in a row that Anglo actors comprised all 20 nominees in the Academy Awards’ performance categories. Hence the term “Oscars So White.” Hollywood clearly has a race problem that cannot easily be solved in the near term. Student presenters examine this issue in depth from a variety of perspectives.

9–9:45 a.m.
Poverty Project

Catherine Heinlein, Ed.D., Nursing 

First-Year Seminar, Section 26: Karisk Acosta, Stacy Berumen, Diana BuDoff, Alyse Butterfield, Grace Clemence, Mikayla Cutter, Lauren Dewey, Noah Dyo, Kelsey Hallberg, Megan Hersh, Liesel Hirsch, Lauren Kaaua, Matthew Louie, Casey Mandeville, Taylor Midland, Matthew Miyagishima, Allie Murphy, Chloe Nakamoto, Lilly Pugel, Rochelle Roman, Julianna Rosik

As part of the 2016 First-Year Seminar experience, students in Heinlein’s class (Section 26) share their solutions to the poverty problem in the local community. When given the opportunity to create a solution to a poverty problem, students can take the lead with their passion, individual strengths, and driven hearts to make a difference—right here in the Azusa community.

Dining points

Nutritional supplementation to the homeless

Urban gardens

Use of empty space

9–9:45 a.m.
Redeeming the Gap

Danielle Van Stryland, Undergraduate, Liberal Studies

Caroline Andrews, Undergraduate, Music 

Paul Flores, Ph.D., Liberal Studies

The academic achievement gap presents a complex challenge for K-12 public school teachers. Academic achievement gaps are noticeable in math, reading, and writing between culturally diverse and white students. In addition, research consistently displays a gap in test scores between students who are wealthy and students who are poor. Yet the academic achievement gap can be redeemed. Studies regarding music in schools in the United States show that there exists a relationship between quality of music instruction and academic performance (Johnson and Memmott, 2006, p. 304). Public schools must offer students music instruction so students may experience academic achievement, improving self-efficacy and promoting valuing of others. Implementing music education programs will help close the gap and bring about educational equality. A Christian worldview implores seeking justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God, leading to redemption.

9–9:45 a.m.
Sex Trafficking: Awareness and Action

Cheryl Boyd, Nursing

Sex Trafficking: What to Know and What to Do

Cheryl Boyd, Nursing

Sarah Corr, Undergraduate, Nursing

Cheryl Westlake, Ph.D., Nursing

Introduction and Promotion of Free the Captives

Sarah Bedore, Undergraduate, Free the Captives Representative

Introduction and Promotion of Project Cultivate

Lisa Ricard, Undergraduate, Project Cultivate/Enactus Representative

Sex trafficking is a growing multibillion-dollar industry with millions of victims around the world and within the United States (Polaris Project, 2016). This panel discussion introduces attendees to relevant issues regarding sex trafficking in the United States. Topics addressed include the incidence, prevalence, risk factors for, and outcomes of sex trafficking. With increased awareness comes increased responsibility, so this presentation offers ways to take immediate action in the fight against sex trafficking. Representatives from two APU-sponsored groups, Free the Captives and Project Cultivate, present opportunities for local service and support, and other organizations are introduced for off-campus involvement. Presenters facilitate the development of attendees’ personal action plans for involvement and service. No matter what your major or discipline, there are opportunities to serve victims.

9–9:45 a.m.
Substance Use and Sin: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Curtis Lehmann, Ph.D., Psychology             

William Whitney, Ph.D., Psychology

Erika Aldana, Graduate Student, Psychology

Rebecca Soon, Undergraduate, Psychology

Sandra Sandoval, Undergraduate, Psychology

For Christians, sin is a key component of understanding the human condition and the necessity of salvation. While theological accounts of sin may vary, some theologians have argued that people have free will and should be held entirely responsible for their actions, and this includes taking responsibility for substance use and addictive behaviors. This theological perspective contrasts with the scientific view that addiction is a brain disease and that people with substance-use disorders should not be blamed or stigmatized. This presentation argues for an integrative and multidimensional view of sin and addiction that incorporates biological, developmental, and environmental aspects.



9–9:45 a.m.
The Brexit as Europe’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Ismael Lopez Medel, Ph.D., Communication Studies

From the moment Europeans woke up on June 23, 2016, it was clear that it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. On that day, voters across the UK voted in a referendum to leave the European Union in what became known as Brexit. The result (53.4% in favor) left Europe in a state of confusion, legally and conceptually. As it turns out, the European Union has a well-established protocol on how to join the union, but there is nothing in place for when a member wants to leave. It had never happened before. On top of the complicated legal, political, and economical repercussions, there is a more troubling story to be told. If the UK once stood as Europe’s lighthouse for human rights and democracy, there are now increasing reports of verbal and physical attacks on immigrant communities, a political narrative built on fear and racism in the midst of the resurgence of populist movements all across Europe.


9–9:45 a.m.
The Constitution and the Commander in Chief

Reagan’s Military Invasion of Grenada

Tess Scherkenback, Undergraduate, History and Political Science

George W. Bush’s Invasion of Panama

Aryana Petrosky, Undergraduate, History and Political Science

Truman’s Actions in Korea Without a Declaration of War from Congress

Noah Jackson, Undergraduate, History and Political Science 

Sydney Folsom, Undergraduate, History and Political Science

This panel focuses on the constitutionality of presidential war powers during specific 20th-century episodes. The key question to answer is: Did the president have the constitutional authority to do as he did? In these particular scenarios, presidents mobilized troops into hostile situations without the authorization of Congress. Does the Constitution, in Article II, allow for this action, or were these presidents exercising power outside of the scope of their Article II delegation?

9–9:45 a.m.
The Contemplative Way Through Stress

 Aaron Rosales, Counseling Center

Noah Branson, Counseling Center

Mallorey Newland, Counseling Center

We live in a frantic world full of all kinds of stress. Maybe no one knows this better than college students! Between all of the assignments, work, and relationships, life is always presenting us with opportunities for stress. There is, however, another way through stress that doesn’t involve sleepless nights and racing minds. In an era where mindfulness has shown us the power of the present, Christian contemplation offers a radical way forward that draws from the deep wells of faith tradition. This presentation highlights some of the core contemplative practices that help us slow down and enter God’s restful peace in the present moment. After presenting the opportunity to experience these rich practices, we suggest that the contemplative life is not one of withdrawing from the world, but one that allows us to bring peace and mutual edification into each relationship in our lives.

9–9:45 a.m.
The Madness of Women: Gender as Heretical Rhetoric Against Montanism

Jennifer Wolfe, Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs

The New Prophecy, known in later centuries as Montanism, was unique in Christianity in that it was led by the prophecy of two women, accepted by Tertullian and Ireneaus. In later centuries, as Christianity was legalized into the heavily patristic Roman empire, the New Prophecy was labeled as heretical, the truth of the prophecy of Priscilla and Maximilla undermined by questions of their character and accusations of madness. The destroying of the credibility of these women is part of a pattern of patristic cultures using coded language to portray female leadership as heretical so Christian leadership could fit into the Roman status quo.

9–9:45 a.m.
The Transformative Power of Student, Staff, and Faculty Voices: A Diversity Mosaic

Richard S. Martinez, Ed.D., Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence

Susan R. Warren, Ph.D., Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence

Aaron Hinojosa, Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity

The 2016 Climate Study revealed that students, staff, and faculty of color often feel a disconnect from the organizational culture of APU. This panel discusses the power of creating structures that allow voices to be heard at multiple levels of the university system. Panelists representing the Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity reflect on the journey of undergraduate students and the formation of the Mosaic Caucus to inform university leadership, and those representing the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence reflect upon how the Diversity Ambassador program has cultivated a collaborative culture among staff and faculty. The Diversity Ambassador Mosaic Video project is explored, and panelists reveal how honoring diversity narratives in higher education is the cornerstone for transformational change.

9–9:45 a.m.
Tollers and Jack: The Transforming Friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

Diana Pavlac Glyer, Ph.D., Department of English

When Lewis and Tolkien first met, they did not see eye to eye. But over time, their love of books forged a lasting friendship. They supported one another, fought and argued, and accomplished more together than either one could have imagined. In this session, learn how a single conversation became the spark that led to The Lord of the Rings, Out of the Silent Planet, and dozens of other creative projects. And learn how you can enhance your own creative vision by starting an Inklings group of your own.

9–9:45 a.m.
Turning Faith Integration Inside Out: How What We Are Learning Can Teach Us New Things About Faith

Paul Kaak, Ph.D., Executive Director, Office of Faith Integration

Typically, academic faith integration refers to ways the Christian faith helps us better understand, critique, or appreciate the subject being learned in a particular class. But faith integration is an act of mutual edification: Your faith edifies what you are learning, and what you are learning edifies your faith. When faith integration is turned inside out, what is being learned can help us better understand Christian ideas and practices. This session demonstrate ways that non-Bible/theology classes can broaden, deepen, and challenge Christian life in a meaningful, energizing, and interesting way. This session offers a lens that increases your desire and ability to grow as a well-balanced, well-informed, well-equipped disciple of Jesus.

9–9:45 a.m.
What Time Is It? Entering the Church's Historic Faith Through the Church's Calendar

Dennis Okholm, Ph.D., Theology

Trevecca Okholm, Ph.D., Practical Theology

What time is it? Seems like a simple question, doesn’t it? In our world, however, there are so many different schedules and calendars giving competing answers.  Over the centuries, the Church has invited Christ followers to follow an alternative calendar that weaves through and grounds us in our story of faith. There is a rhythmic and cyclical nature in the order and the unfolding of the Church year that invites us to remember who we are as a historic people of God, as well as why we exist and find our meaning and place in God’s story. As the calendar weaves into and out of each turning year, we are invited to enter more deeply into our place in God’s story, being formed into an alternative reality and receiving a hopeful answer to the question, “What time is it?”

9–9:45 a.m.
10 a.m.
Autism Services: Do Ethnicity and Race Affect the Utilization of Approved Services?

Hannah Sullivan, Undergraduate, Social Work

Research shows that among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), minority children have less access to and receive fewer services compared to Caucasian children. There is a gap in research examining ethnic disparities in terms of number of hours of service utilization compared to the total number of hours the child has been approved to receive service. In response to this gap in research, this study examines if there are significant ethnic differences in monthly number of behavioral therapy hours accessed out of the total number of approved hours for children with ASD. Findings inform professionals of potential underutilization of services across ethnicities. Findings also foster conversations regarding culturally appropriate ways to encourage utilization of services among clients with diverse cultural backgrounds, as well as examine if any changes need to be made to better tailor services to clients of differing ethnicities. y examines if there are significant ethnic differences in monthly number of behavioral therapy hours accessed out of the total number of approved hours for children with ASD. Findings inform professionals of potential underutilization of services across ethnicities. Findings also foster conversations regarding culturally appropriate ways to encourage utilization of services among clients with diverse cultural backgrounds, as well as examine if any changes need to be made to better tailor services to clients of differing ethnicities.

10–10:45 a.m.
Being Strong When Under Attack

Shawn Kohrman, Information and Media Technology

Holly Magnuson, Information and Media Technology  

Today we are under constant attack through phishing, malware, and now the Internet of Things (IoT). How do we protect ourselves and our information from ever-growing threats? This session describes many of the current threats to our information and best practices to protect our information.

10–10:45 a.m.
Conscientious Objection, Bioethics, and Justice: What's a Christian Doctor to Do?

Alain Julian Leon, Undergraduate, Philosophy and Political Science

This presentation is a response to secular bioethicist Julien Savulescu, who argues that conscientious objection is unjust and that a doctor’s conscience has no place in the medical field. Leon argues that the consequences of banning conscientious objection are worse than allowing it, and proposes three reasons why: 1) it limits the available amount of health care providers, 2) it disadvantages diversity by homogenizing the beliefs in the medical field, and 3) it limits progress in the medical field.

10–10:45 a.m.
Diversity: Some Lessons from Engineering

George Thomas, Ph.D., Engineering and Computer Science

Diversity is a well-developed theme in engineering, with solid mathematical foundations. For example, wireless or satellite communication channels with different quality attributes can be optimized to work together to yield substantial benefits. Diversity theory in communications engineering seeks to optimally deploy differently abled channels to derive the maximum communication throughput. Techniques such as select channel and maximal ratio combining have been known to yield optimal performance under prescribed conditions. This session attempts to apply these engineering principles to social diversity issues and develop some useful guidelines drawn from engineering practice, hoping to illustrate that some commonly held social practices may not be the optimal solutions under certain circumstances.

10–10:45 a.m.
Divine Opportunity: Finding God in the Conversations of Everyday Life

Ryan Montague, Ph.D., Communication Studies

Divine opportunity is a challenging and convicting reminder of the many ways in which God desires to use each of us daily in conversation with others, yet how often we miss His direction and guidance as we are distracted by technology and sheer busyness. Considering the pervasiveness of technology, this is the perfect time to engage with this topic. Inspiring real-life stories and countless practical tips reveal the difference between the unfulfilled life of disengagement and a meaningful life of discovery in profound, life-changing conversations. You will rediscover the importance of quality, as opposed to quantity, in your communication and relationships. This presentation can inspire you to take significant strides forward in your ability to: 

1. Recognize divine promptings 

2. Overcome your conversational fears 

3. Experience firsthand God moments through your interactions with others 

After this spiritual journey, I guarantee that your life will never be the same!

10–10:45 a.m.
Don’t Put On a Happy Face: Grief and Loss in Ministry

Jenn Graffius, Theology/Center for Vocational Ministry

Chris Adams, Ph.D., Theology/Center for Vocational Ministry

Happiness is so valued in the Church today that those in ministry often feel like they are not allowed to grieve. However, grief and loss are a significant experience of ministry. Invisible loss is often tied to the unseen rejection many people in ministry carry with them, a lack of empathy from others, and a sense of relational and psychological isolation. In this session, the Center for Vocational Ministry team presents on and facilitates a discussion about the often-unaddressed topic of grief and loss in ministry, and explores how to journey through those seasons in healthy ways.

10–10:45 a.m.
Evaluating Equity at Azusa Pacific University Using Student Leadership as a Model

James Whitfield, Undergraduate, MEL Scholar, Physics

Talia Barraza, Undergraduate, MEL Scholar, Liberal Studies 

Andrew Boyd, Undergraduate, MEL Scholar, Applied Exercise Science

Kasandra Gomez, Undergraduate, MEL Scholar, Applied Exercise Science

Michelle Alexander states in The New Jim Crow (The New Press, 2012) that affirmative action and similar diversity programs have created an elite class of people of color, and notes that most of these resources are given to the same people of color at each opportunity. This is because diversity programs often are not aimed toward spreading resources evenly, but making sure all are represented. Here at Azusa Pacific University, this is evident in student leadership, as leadership programs do not equally represent the different student groups on campus. This is due to unintentional effects of programs focused on diversity rather than equity. We define diversity as including individuals that represent the student body in opportunities extending beyond simply college entrance. Conversely, equity is sharing ownership among individuals in a way that equally represents the student body in these same opportunities. This session expounds upon this topic and factors in the need of change to bring equity to APU.

10–10:45 a.m.
Exceptional and Effective: How Students with Special Needs Effectively Engage University Students in the Learning Process

Maggie Collins, Undergraduate, Liberal Studies

Sarah Eandi, Undergraduate, Liberal Studies

Paul Flores, Ph.D., Liberal Studies

The education of children with exceptionalities has been developing for the last 40 years. Students with disabilities have often been marginalized and considered less than human, or not having something to contribute to learning. In addition, students preparing for teaching often have experiences that are late and few in the process, thus they don’t develop compassion and an understanding of truth regarding students with exceptionalities and the kingdom of God. Qualitative methods are utilized to analyze responses, producing common themes of knowledge gained, development of faith, and desire to serve in classrooms with special needs learned from exceptional students. Conclusions suggest service-learning experiences can be beneficial for developing compassion and motivation while understanding students with special needs from a Christian worldview, in pursuit of becoming a teacher with open hands who serves students with special needs.

10–10:45 a.m.
Fulbright Voices from Around the World

Diane Guido, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and Research

Come learn about an opportunity for a year of fully-funded teaching or study abroad. Hear from Fulbright recipients about how the grant has impacted them, what it is like to live in a foreign country for a year, and what it takes to create a successful application. Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Are you ready to immerse yourself in a foreign culture, pursue academic excellence, and experience a life-changing year?



10–10:45 a.m.
Gender Portrayals in Mass Media

Thomas Parham, Ph.D., Cinematic Arts

Who Is the Strongest of Them All? Hegemonic Masculinity in Disney Movies

Brian Baker, Undergraduate, Economics

Girl Power: Feminism on The Disney Channel

Cassondra Barnes, Undergraduate, Cinematic Arts

Nudity and the Portrayal of Women in Game of Thrones

Alexis Blake, Undergraduate, Cinematic Arts

Impact: The Importance of Females in Media   

Anna Kane, Undergraduate, Cinematic Arts

Masculinity in Modern Media

Andrew Martin, Undergraduate, Screenwriting

From the objectification of females to the “doofus dad” stereotype, mass media have struggled with portrayals of women and men. Join a panel of student filmmakers and scholars for a frank discussion about how film and television have portrayed both genders and where present trends seem to be heading.

10–10:45 a.m.
Great Texts: Seeking the Good

Rhonda Roberts, Executive Assistant to the Dean, Honors College

Lament, Presence, and Re-Storying: The Limitations of Theodicy and a Communal Response to Suffering

Alexander Brouwer, Undergraduate, Youth Ministry

To Address the Soul: Active Love and its Transformative Effect

Brianna Askew, Undergraduate, Honors Humanities and Psychology

Insufficient Self-Salvation: The Limitations of David Hume’s and Immanuel Kant’s Anthropocentric Moralities

Logan Cain, Undergraduate, Honors Humanities and Biblical Studies

Winners of the Honors College annual paper competition present their scholarly efforts to address foundational human questions such as: What is the Good? How can we find it? And how can we incorporate knowledge of the Good into our self-actualization?

10–10:45 a.m.
How Clear is the Evidence for Anthropogenic Climate Change?

Louise Huang, Ph.D., Biology and Chemistry

Fragmented and contradictory information from mass media and other similar sources results in knowledge gaps as well as misconceptions about climate change among Americans. To clarify some of these misconceptions, some results from climate change studies regarding the emission of carbon dioxide—a greenhouse gas—are presented. Furthermore, the difference between greenhouse effect and enhanced greenhouse effect is explored. Consequently, this will bring clarity regarding the evidence for human-induced climate change.

10–10:45 a.m.
How to Create a Transformational Learning Environment in Your Classroom: Service-Learning Pedagogy Reconsidered (Workshop)

Judy Hutchinson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research

Kristen Sipper-Denlinger, Ph.D., English

Diana Rudulph, Applied Exercise Science and Physical Education

Tolu Noah, Ed.D., Liberal Studies

Stephen Martin, Director of Music and Worship

Dan Grissom, Ph.D., Engineering and Computer Science

Michelle LaPorte, Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research

This workshop session, presented by service-learning faculty fellows and students across five disciplines, provides practical training in a process they have used over the past two years to create dynamic learning communities within their classrooms. Participants will learn to use The Grid, an innovative reflection tool designed to help students predict and assess, individually and collectively, their academic learning, reciprocal involvement, and the difference made and the impact on their faith through their service-learning experience. This flexible reflection process, which can be used in any service-learning course, has been shown to effectively enhance the transformative impact of the educational experience in the classroom. Session participants learn how it all works by acting as students to experience process and outcomes. This presentation is designed to serve as a standalone workshop or as a continuation of the previous presentation of the same title from Session One.

10–10:45 a.m.
How Will Global Climate Change Impact Life on Earth?

Charles Chen, Ph.D., Biology and Chemistry

Why are climate change and global warming such a big deal? Scientists and other scholars have clearly identified ways in which the global climate system is changing due to our human activities. In addition, our understanding of the present consequences of climate change on life on Earth is growing day by day. This session explores the implications of anthropogenic climate change for nature as well as for human civilization. Lastly, it considers briefly how we ought to respond to the problem, for the sake of people living today as well as for future generations.



10–10:45 a.m.
Imago Dei, Covey’s Proactive Model, and the Golden Rule: A Christian Perspective on Diversity

Denzil Barnett, Global Studies/TESOL

This presentation reviews the Imago Dei concept in conjunction with Covey’s Proactive Model and the Golden Rule. Based on these principles, it is argued that a Christocentric perspective on how we act, react, and interact with others—particularly the culturally, ethnically, racially, and politically different other—can make a positive contribution to the conversation and issue of diversity and inclusiveness in light of the current climate of divisiveness that seems to be permeating U.S. society. Participants have the opportunity to discuss potential implications and applications of a Christocentric discourse approach to engaging others.

10–10:45 a.m.
Is Pursuing Graduate School Your Next Step Toward Mutual Edification?

Joseph Bentz, Ph.D., English

Brian Eck, Ph.D., Psychology

Carly Smyly, Graduate and Professional Admissions

Thomas Eng, Center for Career and Calling

In fields as widely varying as psychology, medicine, theology, law, nursing, and others, many undergraduate students who wish to pursue mutual edification will need not only the undergraduate education they are receiving at APU, but also graduate education in order to pursue those goals. This session, sponsored by the Pew College Society, an organization dedicated to helping good students get into graduate school, answers questions as widely varying as: Is graduate school necessary for me? If so, how soon should I go? How do I choose a school? How do I get in? How soon should I start? How will I pay for it? This session features a panel comprising the Pew College Society director, professors in key graduate-school-related fields, and experts from the Center for Career and Calling and the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.


10–10:45 a.m.
Leader-Member Exchange and Turnover Intention: How They Relate and Their Implications

Eric Lee, Graduate Student, Psychology

There is a saying that people quit their boss, and not their jobs. The proposed research question in this class project was to determine the relationship between leader-member exchange (LMX) and turnover intention (TI). The findings suggest a possible relationship between LMX and TI through the notion of career success. Those who experienced a positive, high-quality LMX have a better-perceived outlook on their career, which leads to reduced TI. Those who experienced low-quality LMX had greater withdrawal intentions, and their perception of their career was either neutral or negative. Literature suggests that high LMX provides more resources for employees to succeed, which leads to less quitting intention. This study suggests the importance of career success via the theory of motivation. There are strong implications for leaders and their behaviors that positively influence LMX, follower career success, and organizational success.

10–10:45 a.m.
Poverty Project

Catherine Heinlein, Ed.D., RD, M.S., CDE, RN, Nursing 

As part of the 2016 First-Year Seminar experience, students in Heinlein’s class (Section 26) share their solutions to the poverty problem in the local community. When given the opportunity to create a solution to a poverty problem, students can take the lead with their passion, individual strengths, and driven hearts to make a difference—right here in the Azusa community.

Dining points

Nutrition supplementation to the homeless      

Urban gardens

Use of empty space

10–10:45 a.m.
President Trump

Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D., History and Political Science

If the 2016 presidential election surprised you, you were not alone. The nature of the campaign and its historic outcome defied nearly every expectation about presidential politics and rendered every campaign and election textbook obsolete. This session reviews the major turning points that altered the trajectory of the campaign and offers some initial predictions about the political agenda for the Trump administration.


10–10:45 a.m.
Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle: Plastics and Ocean Health

Sarah Richart, Ph.D., Biology and Chemistry

This session attempts to answer some basic questions about plastic usage, including: What plastic? Why has plastic accumulated in all of Earth’s oceans? What are the implications for plastic accumulation on marine life?  What can we do about it?

10–10:45 a.m.
Relational Conflict Dynamics Come Alive Through Art

Starla Anderson, Communication Studies

This session presents material that was published in a recent book chapter titled “Art as an Aid to Solidify Students’ Understanding of How Narrative Theory Helps Uncover Relational Conflict Dynamics.” In addition, a compilation of current students’ artwork is displayed as students explain the relational conflict dynamics they discovered through their research projects.

10–10:45 a.m.
Sport as Character-Building Practice: A Christian Approach

Doug Crowell, Exercise and Sport Science

Gary Pine, Director of Athletics

Nate Meckes, Ph.D., Exercise and Sport Science

Victor Santa Cruz, Head Football Coach

Can sport build character? Some observers suggest that it does, while others suggest it does not. Character formation is a dynamic and complex concept that requires an understanding of the interaction between an individual’s cognitive/emotional skills and the culture/environment. This panel discussion endorses the view that sport does provide the potential to build good character. Specific strategies for developing the virtues or attitudes that reinforce the development of good character are explored, and the panelists also examine how the Christian worldview can provide the cultural context for approaching sport as a practice for building good character.

10–10:45 a.m.
Tango with Rango: How Rango Can Help You Achieve Your Destiny

Tom Cairns, Ph.D., School of Business and Management

Natalie Nicole Tea, Undergraduate, Business and Management

A movie can help teach important life principles by creating an opportunity to relate and discuss the issues raised. Rango is the story of an ordinary lizard with dreams and ambitions like you and me. It takes place in the town of Dirt, whose water supply has mysteriously dried up. Rango saves the town, but not before many twists, turns, mistakes—did we say big mistakes?—and high drama that lead Rango to a journey of self-discovery. In this interactive session, we learn from Rango’s struggles by reviewing seven legendary scenes that help you find meaning and purpose in life, setting you on a path to achieving your destiny: 

1. Who am I? I’m nobody. I could be anybody.

2. Whoever controls the water, controls everything.

3. People have to believe in something.

4. Where are we going?

5. I don’t know what I’m looking for.

6. Don’t you see, it’s not about you, it’s about them.

7. I’ve got a plan.

Leave inspired. It’s fast. It’s furious. It’s Rango!




10–10:45 a.m.
The Role of Books in the Life of C.S. Lewis: An Investigation Into His Personal Library

M. Roger White, Ed.D., Azusa Pacific Seminary and University Libraries

C.S. Lewis has been identified as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. In his autobiography, he reveals himself as a lover of books. He appreciated the look and feel of books and enjoyed collecting them throughout his life. But how did the library of C.S. Lewis take shape over the years, and what themes are represented in his vast collection? Beginning with a look at early influences during his youth and continuing on with highlighting books relating to his academic career, this presentation provides a general overview of Lewis' library, the state of the collection near the time of his passing, and details of its present home(s). Anecdotes from Lewis' book buying, his reading habits, and descriptions of his favorite books are presented in the context of the unfolding story about the library of this renowned and beloved Christian author. The narrative is based on firsthand interviews and research conducted at Oxford University, where Lewis lived and taught, and at other sites where portions of his library are housed. Several books formerly owned by Lewis and now held by the University Libraries Special Collections are on display.

10–10:45 a.m.
1:15 p.m.
Behind the Scenes of a Star Wars Fan Film

Jay Sherer, Office of Innovation

The Reclamation Society, a local nonprofit run by APU alum Jay Sherer, set out to create a Star Wars fan film different from any he’d seen—one with a story that could be used to open deeper discussion that would lead people into conversations about Truth. That same film was entered into the official Disney/Lucasfilm fan film contest in 2016, and since then has been viewed more than 23,000 times on YouTube.

But what does it take to create a Star Wars fan film with a story? And what is true? This presentation takes attendees behind the scenes to explain the ins and outs of storytelling, filmmaking, and the goal of reaching viewers with stories that encourage people to dive deeper into Truth. Join Sherer as he explains how the Reclamation Society set out to reach Star Wars fans via a Star Wars fan film. 

1:15–2 p.m.
Can Competitive Sports Edify Others?

Steve Quatro, Practical Theology

Followers of Christ are called to edify those around them. Can competitive sports help believers fulfill this calling? How? Athletes and coaches present their views while engaging the audience in this discussion.

1:15–2 p.m.
Going to Your Happy (Work)Place: Must-Have Skills for After-College Job Hunting

Dave Harmeyer, Ed.D., University Libraries

Janice Baskin, University Libraries

First comes graduation, then job hunting. Do you know the skills needed for the job-hunting process? How about finding a job that is truly satisfying, one mutually edifying to you and your employer? This session addresses the three-part process all job hunters go through and how information literacy competencies apply to each part: 1) interpreting job postings, 2) customizing a résumé and cover letter, and 3) negotiating a job interview. Second, you’ll discover how information literacy competencies can edify the five abilities that employers look for in applicants: 1) working in teams, 2) solving problems, 3)  communicating in groups, 4) planning, organizing, and prioritizing work, and 5) utilizing information.  Third, you’ll learn how to practice these abilities in the job search process.

1:15–2 p.m.
Great Texts: Exploring Human Nature

Rhonda Roberts, Executive Assistant to the Dean, Honors College

Songs, Shrouds, and Stories: Weaving Power on the Ancient Greek Loom

Angela Pham, Undergraduate, Honors Humanities and Economics

Milton’s Mythology and Augustine’s Theology: Milton’s Use of the Proserpine Simile to Foreshadow His Incorporation of Augustinian Theology

Caleb Agron, Undergraduate, Honors Humanities and Spanish

Compilers, Qualia, and the Human Mind

Nicholas Chera, Undergraduate, Honors Humanities         and Computer Science

Winners of the Honors College annual paper competition present the results of their explorations into the intricacies and nuances of human nature.

1:15–2 p.m.
Inspiration to Publication: The Path to Publishing Creative Writing

Christine Kern, Ph.D., English

Thomas Allbaugh, Ph.D., English

Kathryn Ross, Graduate Student, English

A panel of APU students, alumni, and faculty read short portions of their creative work and discuss how they moved from the original idea to the published piece. Authors offer suggestions for others wishing to publish poems, stories, creative nonfiction, and plays.

1:15–2 p.m.
Representation Matters!

Monica Ganas, Ph.D., Theater Arts

Bethany Arneson, Undergraduate, Theatre Arts

Sarah Campbell, Undergraduate, Theatre Arts

La Shawn Simmons, Undergraduate, Cinematic Arts

In a society where media and advertising bombard us at all hours of the day, the influencing and raising up of our children can no longer be controlled by one’s parents, teachers, or church. Advertisements, magazines, shows, movies, and music shape how the youth of today view themselves, others, and their futures. We are a rapidly changing society, but media has been slow to catch up to the trends, often reinforcing negative racial and gender stereotyping. In a subversively entertaining style inspired by the Living Newspapers of the 1930s Federal Theater Project, student performers present statistics, research, and conclusions from students’ senior seminar papers explaining the toxic trend of underrepresentation of minorities in American media.


1:15–2 p.m.
Respecting the Rights of LGBTI People and Religious Liberty

Teri Merrick, Ph.D., Philosophy

Lori Speak, Guest Speaker

Often, the issues related to respecting the rights of LGBTI people and religious liberty are framed as an either/or choice. In keeping with this year’s theme of mutual edification, this symposium is aimed at seeing if we can do both. Presenters include Lori Speak, Legal Director with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.


1:15–2 p.m.
Sigma Tau Delta Presents Original Creative and Critical Work to be Read at the Annual Convention

Andrea Ivanov-Craig, Ph.D., English

Heidi Turner, Graduate Student, English 

Lauren Jacobs, Undergraduate, English

Brooke Adams, Undergraduate, English

Rebecca Peterson, Undergraduate, English

Elizabeth Torstenbo, Undergraduate, English

Gregory Wilburn, Graduate Student, English

Hear the up-and-coming generation of writers and literary critics as members of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, present work accepted by the Conference Committee of the 2017 International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.


1:15–2 p.m.
The Alternative to the 1031 Exchange: How to Exit Real Estate using the Tax Exempt Trust

Hosted by the Office of Gift & Estate Planning and the Financial Advisor Network of APU

Presenters: Randy Huston, Dennis Beckwith and Jim Martindale

Find out why the Charitable Remainder Trust is the ideal tax problem solving tool for those who would like to sell their appreciated real estate, but want to avoid the taxes. You will learn when this works well, how it works and who it can benefit. This is also a great way to support charities and ministries like APU!



1:15–2 p.m.
The American Presidency: Leadership and War

Abbylin Sellers, Ph.D., History and Political Science

Aryana Petrosky, Undergraduate, History and Political Science

Chloe Buckler, Undergraduate, History and Political Science

Alain Julian Leon, Undergraduate, History and Political Science

What do we expect out of our presidential candidates as leaders? Does their own moral conduct matter and affect how they will govern? These questions will be addressed by examining the 2016 presidential election candidates. Do presidents have the constitutional power to engage troops into hostile situations without an express authorization from Congress? Franklin D. Roosevelt’s actions to support Great Britain before the United States entered WWII and Lyndon B. Johnson’s intervention in the Dominican Republic test the Article II grant of war powers to the executive office.


1:15–2 p.m.
The Logic of Lent

Tim Peck, D.Min., Chapel Programs

Anna Mohr, Undergraduate, Theology and Humanities

This session addresses the historical development of the modern practice of Lenten observance, as well as some of the theological themes associated with this development. Particular attention is given to the post-Nicene practice of preparing catechumens for baptism at the annual Easter vigil, and practices of penance and preparation for Easter observance among baptized Christians.

1:15–2 p.m.
The Training School for Christian Workers: A Primary-Source Analysis

Veronica Gutierrez, Ph.D., History

Alex Rowland, Undergraduate, History

Renee’ Wilson, Undergraduate, History 

Hannah Moreno, Undergraduate, History

In this session, Gutierrez, a trained historian, moderates student discussion of the primary-source-analysis assignment in HIST 300, a writing-intensive course she designed to teach history and social science majors to think, read, and write like historians. Students visited Special Collections—for many their first trip to an archive—and photographed one entry of an autograph book dating to the 1920s, ’30s, or ’40s belonging to one of two former APU students. This entry was paired with a newsletter produced by the Training School for Christian Workers, as APU was then known, whose date corresponded most closely to the handwritten “autograph.” As professional historians do, students researched the historical context of the period and followed clues in their entries and newsletters to more fully understand these individuals and their TSCW experience. In the end, students experienced the thrill of doing original archival research and also learned something about themselves by learning APU’s early history. Panelists share with the audience the excitement of historical discovery and demonstrate how APU’s past shaped who it is today as a Christian institution.


1:15–2 p.m.
The Truth About Eating Disorders

Mallorey Newland, Graduate Student, Doctoral Clinical Psychology

What is the line between being healthy and being sick? Thousands of students come to undergraduate programs each year. Some want to reinvent themselves, some want to create healthier lifestyles, and others want to lose weight or bulk up. One aspect they all share is seeking acceptance. Eating disorders are the deadliest of all mental health disorders. Even more startling, they are on the rise. They are common among college campuses, yet shame and stigma stop people from asking for the help they need. This presentation is designed to help you become more informed about what eating disorders are, warning signs, ways to get help or talk to a friend about concerns, and what the process of treatment looks like. Together, let’s put an end to eating disorder and mental health stigmas.

1:15–2 p.m.
Was C.S. Lewis Indifferent to the Genocide of the Jews During World War II?

Carole J. Lambert, Ph.D., English

“But don’t you see,” broke in Camilla, “that you can’t be neutral? If you don’t give yourself to us, the enemy will use you.” (C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength).

It is hard to understand why C.S. Lewis did not do more to defend the Jews during the Holocaust, but his lack of intervention must be seen in the context of his location and era. Minimal concern for Jewish victims seems to have prevailed at Oxford among many intellectuals of his circle, and in his Letters, Lewis mentions few Jews during the War years of 1940-45. This presentation explores some of Lewis’ letters, essays, novels, and nonfiction texts written from 1933-50 that shed light on his seeming indifference to the Jews during their time of greatest need. The session concludes with suppositions about why Lewis seems to be “neutral” about Jewish Holocaust suffering. This presentation draws content from Chapter 2 of Lambert’s Against Indifference: Four Christian Responses to Jewish Suffering during the Holocaust (C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, André and Magda Trocmé), (Peter Lang, 2015).

1:15–2 p.m.
What is Your Environmental IQ?

Toney Snyder, Facilities Management/Environmental Stewardship

Do you live a sustainable lifestyle? Find out how to live a lifestyle that doesn’t abuse or take advantage of our limited resources. Learn what APU’s Facilities Management has been doing to reduce its consumption, and learn what you can do on campus and at home to not only conserve but also reduce your costs. Topics include theology of sustainability, how to conserve water and electricity, and how to reduce waste and increase recycling. Be inspired to make a difference.

1:15–2 p.m.
2:15 p.m.
A Brief History of American Dance

Ann Kwinn, Ph.D., Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology

This session reviews the major American dance forms through the use of video and demonstration: 

  • American folk dance, including the influence of European forms, especially on square dancing
  • Tap and clogging, including the influence of Irish step dancing
  • Swing dancing, including the difference between West Coast and East Coast swing and Lindy Hop
  •  Jazz and Broadway dancing, including basic musical theater movement in live theater and films
  • Hip-hop, including the influence of Latino and Black dance pioneers over the years

This session covers the importance of the various dances to American culture as they appeared on the scene, and Kwinn sharing a few personal stories and images while providing references for how participants can take part in or watch the various types of dances in Los Angeles.

2:15–3 p.m.
Best Practices in Nursing Based on Research

Pam Cone, Ph.D., Graduate Nursing

Current and ongoing health science research reveals new information that impacts nursing practice. It is important to identify and disseminate the most current knowledge on problems and their solutions within nursing practice. Student groups in the Graduate Research and Theory course present their findings on the best quantitative and qualitative research and give their recommendations for whether a change in practice is warranted and what that change should be.

2:15–3 p.m.
Comic Books and Truth: The Spirituality of Superheroes

Jay Sherer, Office of Innovation

Tim Posada, APU Alum

Comic books influence culture. The question is, what truths are being communicated? How can you analyze how culture is being shaped by comic books? And how does that relate to Jesus Christ as Truth?


2:15–3 p.m.
C.S. Lewis and Evil: A Problem in Three Dimensions

Adam Green, Ph.D., Philosophy

The problem of evil comes up in a number of the works of C.S. Lewis, though most focally, of course, in The Problem of Pain. One way of making sense of the different things Lewis says about evil is to see a progression in Lewis’ thought from some more immature position to a more nuanced one. This approach is reflected in the critically acclaimed movie Shadowlands, about the loss of Lewis’ wife and a resultant crisis of faith experienced by Lewis. Another approach is to harmonize away any apparent tensions in Lewis’ treatment of the problem of evil. In this session, Green shows a way one can read three of Lewis’ texts—The Problem of Pain, A Grief Observed, and Till We Have Faces—to get a nuanced, complementary treatment of the problem of evil, in no small part because of the tensions between the works.

2:15–3 p.m.
Helping the Homeless: A Model of Public- and Private Sector Partnership in Los Angeles County

Tess Scherkenback, Undergraduate, Political Science

As one of the largest cities in the United States, Los Angeles is home to one of the nation’s largest homeless populations, with an estimated 46,874 people confirmed by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s 2016 census report. This expanding problem has resulted in several unique public- and private-sector partnerships in the East San Gabriel Valley between churches in the city of Glendora and the nonprofit organization known as the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless (ESGVCH). Together, the churches and ESGVCH, which is partially funded by government grants, provide a rotational winter shelter program for local homeless populations. By examining this winter shelter as a case study of public-private cooperation, I explore the research question: What are the benefits gained from the city of Glendora’s model of partnership between the private and public sectors in assisting the local homeless population?

2:15–3 p.m.
My Life is a Primary Source: Learning the Art of Memoir in a History-Writing Course

Veronica Gutierrez, Ph.D., History

JenelleDhing, Undergraduate, History

Matt LaDam, Undergraduate, History

Samuel Butler, Undergraduate, History

In this interactive session, Gutierrez, a trained creative writer and Latin American historian, outlines her pedagogical decision to assign spiritual memoir in HIST 300, a writing-intensive course she designed to teach history and social science majors to think, read, and write like historians. Though memoir may not appear to have a place in historical writing, its value lies in teaching students to read their life as a primary source, to select only the most compelling facts that move the narrative forward, to focus on crafting an effective hook, and to write vibrant prose, all without conducting additional research or including citations or footnotes. Three of her students provide the bulk of the presentation’s context, individually sharing their experiences with this assignment and discussing how it positively affected their subsequent assignments and their understanding of historical writing. The goal is to change the way the audience understands memoir.



2:15–3 p.m.
Namibia: A Holistic Approach to Missions and Career Calling

Dan Grissom, Ph.D., Engineering and Computer Science

Nicholas Chera, Undergraduate, Engineering and Computer Science

Sarah Marley, Undergraduate, Engineering and Computer Science

Sarah Harkin, Undergraduate, Engineering and Computer Science

Jonathan Ming, Undergraduate, Engineering and Computer Science

As a college-educated individual, you have a specific set of skills that few others have; how can you use that skillset to impact the world in a unique and meaningful way? Mission trips don’t need to exist as a “service trip” blip in the Other Activities section of your résumé, but instead can be a prevailing “relevant experience.” Meanwhile, how do you prevent a sincere, God-given excitement to help others from transforming into a stale, works-based experience? This session provides a relevant example, in the context of the Department of Engineering and Computer Science’s Namibia project, which reveals how academics, service, career, and faith interact. Come hear how 30 APU students formed an international collaboration with students, professors, and doctors in Africa in an effort to revolutionize the health care industry of an entire nation. Grissom and four students share how this project has impacted their relationships, faith, and résumés, as well as how you can get involved.

2:15–3 p.m.
Sexual Assault Prevention Workshop

Elaine Richardson, Ph.D., Office of Women’s Development

Madeline Ho, Program Coordinator, Office of Women’s Development

Courtney Frybarger, Undergraduate, Office of Women’s Development

Cynthia Arroyo, Undergraduate, Office of Women’s Development

Jessica Beeler, Undergraduate, Office of Women’s Development

This session is an educational workshop that covers the topics of consent, sexual assault, and bystander prevention.

2:15–3 p.m.
The Blessing of Bilingualism

Lynsey Oordt, Undergraduate, Liberal Studies

Iris Ortiz, Undergraduate, Liberal Studies

Nadia Sanchez, Undergraduate, Liberal Studies

Christine Heinrichs, Elementary School Principal

Paul Flores, Ph.D., Liberal Studies

America consists of a society fragmented along cultural and linguistic lines. With a large portion of the K-12 student population having a first language other than English, it is essential that public schools find a way to best educate students through intervention programs that are beneficial for English Language Learner students. Though many consider bilingual education unnecessary, there is an effective bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural program that has brought academic success to K-12 students. This session presents research demonstrating how dual-language immersion programs have spread in the United States over the last few years with success and benefits to all students who participate. In addition, research proposes that the dual-language immersion program benefits English language learners and English-only students, promoting the truth of God-honoring diversity while displaying compassion to non-English speakers and developing a culture of appreciation and acceptance. 

2:15–3 p.m.
The Practice of Lent

Kenneth L. Waters, Ph.D., Biblical and Religious Studies

Rico Vitz, Ph.D., Philosophy

Maureen Taylor, Executive Director of Strategic Communications, University Relations

Enrique Zone, Ed.D., Azusa Pacific Seminary

Barbara R. Harrington, Ph.D., Honors College

An overview and examination of how Ash Wednesday and Lent are practiced in various Christian traditions around the world, and what we can learn from each other as members of the Body of Christ.

2:15–3 p.m.
When the Product is a Person: Resisting the Effects of Pornography, Hook-Up Culture, and Other Ways of Consuming Humans

Monica Ganas, Ph.D., Theater Arts

Scott Boynton, Undergraduate, Theater Arts

Cassidy Shuflin, Undergraduate, Theater Arts

Katie Emma Filby, Undergraduate, Theater Arts

Nicole Peurifoy, Undergraduate, Theater Arts

While it’s widely known that the internet has mainstreamed pornography, casual sex, and virtual sex, the ways in which this is affecting our basic regard for other human beings is less well understood. This panel explores the various dynamics of this important issue, from millennials’ seeming difficulty in making commitments, to rampant porn/sex addiction, human trafficking, and beyond.  It also addresses several ways to resist the commercial influences surrounding this generation, and to take action against the casual and destructive human exploitation that seems to go unnoticed much of the time. We hope to learn together how to behave as citizens who protect our neighbors, rather than as consumers who disregard and degrade them.

2:15–3 p.m.
Whose English is it Anyway?: Translanguaging,Globalization,and Academia

Lauren D. Carroll, Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL

Rita Van Dyke-Kao, Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL

This interactive session explores the topic of translanguaging in academic environments, challenging and resisting the dominant discourse of standard written English in modern-day writing instruction. The 21st century calls for a writing pedagogy that is moving away from monolingualism and monoculturalism and toward a space that includes multiple voices and perspectives, supports and honors bilingual and bidialectical students, and encourages these students to utilize their entire linguistic repertoire in the writing classroom. Session participants engage in an activity and discussion before presenters define the concept of translanguaging, introduce translanguaging strategies, and discuss its implications for various stakeholders in higher education.

2:15–3 p.m.
Wills, Living Trusts & Estate Planning

Hosted by the Office of Gift & Estate Planning and the Financial Advisor Network of APU

Presenters: Attorney Jonathan Harrell, Dennette Miramontes 

Come and Learn about:

-Wills & Living Trusts

-The best age to prepare a Will and who should prepare it

-A power of Attorney for healthcare

-The best way to pass down assets to family and charities

-Choosing a successor trustee

-How to avoid capital gains

2:15–3 p.m.
3:15 p.m.
A Comic Vision of Purgatory: Staging C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce

Monica Ganas, Ph.D., Theater Arts

APU Theater Students from the cast of The Great Divorce

American Christianity is rarely if ever celebrated for its easy way with satire, even in light of a talented Catholic satirist such as Stephen Colbert. Therefore, approaching a theatrical production of the short novel The Great Divorce by famed theologian C.S. Lewis presents a problem. Clearly (like Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters), The Great Divorce is a broad satire, in this case containing stock characters faintly reminiscent of Saturday Night Live. Yet the show is steeped in theology of the most profound nature—theology dealing with life, death, heaven, hell, and most importantly, the imagined world in between. How does one stage such a story with maximum impact, and promote conversation rather than controversy? This presentation explores the thoughtful preparation, research, design, staging, vocal training, and acting needed for such an endeavor. Excerpts of scenes from the show are peppered throughout the discussion.


3:15–4 p.m.
Best Practices in Nursing Based on Research

Pam Cone, Ph.D., Graduate Nursing

Current and ongoing health science research reveals new information that impacts nursing practice. It is important to identify and disseminate the most current knowledge on problems and their solutions within nursing practice. Student groups in the Graduate Research and Theory course present their findings on the best quantitative and qualitative research and give their recommendations for whether a change in practice is warranted and what that change should be.

3:15–4 p.m.
Cougars and Cradle-Robbers: Perceived Inequity Predicts Prejudice Toward Age-Gap Couples

Brian Collisson, Ph.D., Psychology

Couples who differ in age—commonly referred to as age-gap or May-December relationships—often elicit negative stereotypes and prejudice. Drawing upon social relationship and comparison theories, we hypothesized that age-gap, as compared to age-matched, couples would be perceived as less equitable and, as a result, less liked. To test these hypotheses, in Study 1, people evaluated the relationships of age-gap and age-matched couples in general. In Study 2, people were said to have fallen in love with someone whom they later learned was in a relationship with someone much younger, older, or similar in age. Afterward, they rated the extent to which they liked the couple being together and who was benefiting in the relationship. In both studies, age-gap, as compared to age-matched, couples elicited significantly greater prejudice and were perceived as significantly less equitable. Importantly, perceived inequity significantly predicted prejudice toward age-gap, but not age-matched, couples.

3:15–4 p.m.
Creating Culture-Specific False Memories

Hyun Seo Lee, Undergraduate, Psychology

Benjamin Uel Marsh, Ph.D., Psychology

The presentation of words or images tends to increase the accessibility of related concepts. For instance, seeing the word “pillow” or a picture of a pillow likely brings to mind the word “sleep.” It is likely that relationships between some concepts are culture dependent, meaning that one ethnic group may associate two things that another ethnic group does not. Therefore, it is assumable that subjects with particular cultural knowledge may be more vulnerable to falsely recognizing nonpresented items that are culturally relevant than those who are not. The purpose of this study was to assess whether the presentation of culturally relevant concepts led to an increase in misrecognition of words in various American racial/ethnic groups.

3:15–4 p.m.
Genograms: Unlocking the Mysteries of Your Family Through Beginning to Advanced Genogram Science

Stephen Lambert, Ph.D., Psychology

Robert Linsalato, Regional Campus Director, Psychology

Genogram science can be used to detect simple, obvious factors in family health, such as the impact of marital tension on children. Genogram science can also be used to detect more subtle matters in personality and character development. This presentation explains the simple and more subtle, nuanced meaning in genograms to promote family wellness and flourishing. Lambert has constructed genograms with more than 400 university students, comprising one of the largest genogram science databases in the United States. This presentation reveals some of the more subtle and nuanced wisdom in genograms that may be used toward the promotion of self-care, wellness, and flourishing in families. Time will be permitted for a basic group activity involving the construction of genograms.

3:15–4 p.m.
Hope, Wellness, and Identity Formation in Young Women

Kellie Cabrera Nasont, Graduate Student, Psychology

Young women in college face some of the more complex developmental tasks of their lifetime. Little support is provided as they navigate these tasks, and in many contexts is silenced altogether, resulting in confusion and isolation. This presentation addresses the topics that face all young women, looking through a psychological and developmental lens that normalizes experiences and validates open discussion of the topics of sexuality, beauty, belonging, and hope. The presenter is a fourth-year Doctor of Psychology student at APU with experience in sexual assault counseling, eating disorders, and identity development. The presentation addresses these topics according to the best practice in the field of psychology, and supplements with narratives of women who have experienced these things firsthand. 

3:15–4 p.m.
India: Impact on Heart, Spirit,and Mind

Catherine Heinlein, Ed.D., Nursing

For several years, the School of Nursing has sponsored a short-term study program to India. This symposium allows students who have experienced Kolkata to voice the impact it has had on their hearts, spirits, and minds.

3:15–4 p.m.
Looking Beyond the Obvious: Students’ Perceptions of, and Experiences with, Economic and Religious Abuse

Candice R. Hodge, Ph.D., Criminal Justice

On-campus incidents of violence have recently garnered media attention. Sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and intimate partner violence are serious public concerns that affect many college and university students (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013). This project assesses students’ experiences with interpersonal violence, with a focus on economic and religious abuses, and the study reports on a nonprobability quantitative sample of 421 questionnaires, and a qualitative sample of 15 in-depth, one-on-one interviews. Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) results yielded differences in students’ experiences with economic abuse based on age, gender, and sexual orientation. As a result, recommendations to participating institutions were created.

3:15–4 p.m.
Pastors’ Exposures and Experiences With Trauma in Resource-Poor Communities: Findings From the Urban Pastors Study

Jennifer Shepard Payne, Ph.D., Social Work

Trauma exposure risk rises for residents of poor urban areas due to neighborhood violence, yet treatment access is limited. By default, clergy are frontline counselors in these communities. There are few published studies that have sought pastors’ input on their views on how to handle present psychological and societal issues. This study, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, is a phenomenological study in which African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian Protestant pastors serving low-income urban areas were invited to participate in 90-minute semistructured qualitative interviews. Forty-eight pastors discussed their experiences of interacting with trauma-affected individuals in urban contexts. Findings inform trauma-related collaborations with mental health professionals and clergy.

3:15–4 p.m.
Seeking God as a Team: Relationships Between Prayer, Team Performance, and Decision Making

Ryan T. Hartwig, Ph.D., Communication Studies

While many investigations of personal prayer have been conducted over the years, few have studied how the prayer of leadership team members of churches affects team performance and collaborative decision making. To offer a window into the intersection of prayer, team performance, and collaborative decision making, this paper shares results from a survey study of the communication practices of 764 members of 145 senior leadership teams in Protestant churches across the United States and the world. Relationships are explored between the extent to which a team sought God for divine inspiration while making difficult decisions, other decision-making practices, and team performance.

3:15–4 p.m.
Stillness: A Lenten Journey

Jenn Graffius, Center for Vocational Ministry William Catling, MFA, Department of Art and Design

The season of Lent helps us reconnect to our source of life. This session explores the idea of Lent as the container for a life-giving experience, and leads participants in a time of reconnecting to that life source through experiential learning.

3:15–4 p.m.
The Civil Rights Movements of Yesterday and the Black Lives Matter Movement Today: Trivial or Necessary?

Cole Mizel, Undergraduate, MEL Scholar, Business Management   

Hannah Bournes, Undergraduate, MEL Scholar, Psychology

Keawe Alapai, Undergraduate, MEL Scholar, International Business

This presentation covers the historical civil rights movements that preceded the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and inspired the current movement’s motives. While comparing BLM to previous movements, we gauge the effectiveness of their tactics. Through research of societal impact, government change, and the unification of the black community, we gauge the magnitude of impact that the movements have had on American culture. Although there is room for improvement in BLM, our research of historical context, personal experience, and the platform of BLM indicates that the movement is necessary.

3:15–4 p.m.
The Impact of Religion on Suicidality

Stephanie Schussman, Graduate Student, Psychology           

Curtis Lehmann, Ph.D., Psychology        

Cailey Whittaker, Undergraduate, Psychology

Suicide rates have been increasing in recent years for reasons that are not fully understood. Religiousness is recognized as a protective factor for suicidality and therefore represents an important topic of study for the prevention of suicide. However, studies that have linked religion and suicide have rarely been theory-driven and typically measure religiousness superficially, such as church attendance or religious importance. This presentation explores potential mechanisms by which religiousness might affect suicide risk through the lens of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide (IPTS), which posits that thwarted belongingness, perceived burdensomeness, and acquired capability for suicide underlie suicidality. The role of religious fundamentalism, motivation, support, and coping are addressed with preliminary findings from a research project at APU. The findings could have implications for determining levels of suicide risk, especially among religious college students.

3:15–4 p.m.
The Truth Behind Popular Culture’s View of Nonverbal Communication

Marcia Berry, Ph.D., Communication Studies and Honors College

Nonverbals are Bi-Partisan:  The Little Acknowledged Angle That Helped Shape the Presidential Debates

Caleb Holley, undergraduate, Communication Studies

Nonverbal Communication in Action

Madison Morgan, undergraduate, Communication Studies

The Secret to Getting Any Guy - Debunked!

Taylor Noble, undergraduate, Communication Studies

 Pop culture articles promise to reveal the nonverbal secrets to developing that great relationship, attracting attention from the right person, or learning the necessary information for success at work. Come test your knowledge of nonverbal communication as the top-voted student presentations from the Nonverbal Communication class document the truth, the half-truths, and the lies you have heard from pop culture.




3:15–4 p.m.