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Common Day of Learning 2014 will take place Tuesday, March 4.

Session One 9:30–10:45 a.m.
Chapel and Keynote Address 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Noon Hour 12–1 p.m.
Session Two
(Including Poster Session)
1–1:50 p.m.
Session Three 2–2:50 p.m.
Session Four 3–3:50 p.m.


Tuesday, March 4

Session One - 9:30 a.m.
A Cheerful Heart is Good Medicine

Diana Rudulph, M.A., Department of Exercise and Sport Science; Doug Crowell, M.S., C.S.C.S., HFS, CES, cPT, Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Can laughter promote good health? As stated in Proverbs 17:22, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Studies show that laughter has numerous psychological and physiological effects. In this workshop, faculty from the Exercise and Sport Science department will review the current research on how laughter therapy affects the brain, immune system, mood, and overall wellbeing. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to learn and practice various laughter therapy exercises in a fun and energizing group setting. This workshop will be filled with valuable evidence based research and active learning, sure to bring understanding, cheer, and good health to the heart.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
A Humanities Approach to Hyper-Individualism

Chris Noble, Ph.D., Department of English, High Sierra Program; Sabrina Dermody, undergraduate student, Biology; Whitnee Sherman, undergraduate student, Cinematic Arts; Ashlee Ginn, undergraduate student, English; Stephanie Thomas, undergraduate student, Chemistry

Today we believe that an identity can be easily assembled and disassembled. We believe that we are masters of our own experience and therefore we are obsessed with it. This is hyper-individualism and it's showing up in the most unexpected places from academics, to our families, to social justice movements, and food/agriculture consumption. The humanities provide an avenue to understand and interact with a world plagued by hyper-individualism. Through viewing this phenomenon through various ancient thinker's lenses, a new way to interact with individualization arises.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Biblical Stories Retold: Inspiration, Adaptation, and Spiritual Growth

Monica Ganas, Ph.D., Department of Theater, Film, and Television; Jeff Tirrell, Department of Theater, Film, and Television; Rachell Campbell, Department of Theater, Film, and Television; Hannah Bushyeager, undergraduate student, Theater Arts

From our formative years Christian children are told Bible stories: Jonah, Abraham and David came to life on felt boards and as vegetables on TV screens. But what purpose or place do these stories have in the lives of adult men and women today? This seminar will examine how biblical narratives provide inspiration for aspiring storytellers, explain how they have been adapted (even within the bible itself) for various audiences, and discuss how they may serve as a tool for spiritual growth and formation in the life of the believer, as well as wider audiences. Drawing on the experience of artists, professors and students, this paneled forum will be of interest to all those hoping to use story (or respond to the stories of others) to expand their imaginations and influence the world around them.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Bretton Woods and the Origins of Globalization

Daniel Palm, Ph.D., Department of History and Political Science; Emmaleigh Carlson, undergraduate student, International Business with Leadership minor; Ciara Totten, undergraduate student, Global Studies

The year 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the 1944 Bretton Woods meeting, a gathering of Allied government representatives and economists during the Second World War. At that meeting were laid down the foundations for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, organizations often associated with increased trade and development, and the "globalization" controversies of the past two decades. Honors students in this panel will discuss the Bretton Woods conference, and its present day implications for global trade and international relations.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Epigenetics for the "One" to Generations - What Do We Need to Know About Health Living?

S. Pamela Shiao, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, School of Nursing; Mildred Gonzales, MSN, graduate student, Nursing/Ph.D. Program; Veronica Nunez, MSN, graduate student, Nursing/DNP Program; Ching-Yi Chiu, graduate student, Nursing/MSN Program; Hsiao-Ling Chen, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar; Amanda Lie, undergraduate student, Nursing

The new human genome science discoveries show that mutations in the genome of normal human cells can lead to the development of chronic diseases for oneself and future generations. Humans have about 25,000 genes and 3 billion pairs of DNAs. Lifestyle and diet have a major effect on the development of chronic diseases for oneself and future generations. Western dietary habits may induce gene expression changes in key regulatory pathways and affect metabolic processes. Dietary habits may play a mediating factor with ages in lifespan for the development of chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular syndromes, through the regulation of methylation enzyme pathways. Nutrients and enzymes in the methylation pathways are essential for energy generations, protein and fat synthesis, as well as DNA methylation and new DNA synthesis, affecting epigenetic health environment for oneself and future generations. The methylation pathways in relation to epigenetics will be introduced. The lifestyle factors in relation to cancer and cardiovascular health will be summarized from research. Goals for health behaviors will be explored with motivation activation through participants' active learning and participation process.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
FWS Academic Conference Readings

Thomas Allbaugh, Ph.D., Department of English

Every year, the Freshman Writing Seminar program sponsors a conference to feature writers who achieve excellence in writing in three different genres typical of writing in Freshman Writing: personal essay, argument, and researched argument. This will be a time where the winners of the conference will read their essays to their peers.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
History & Truth-Telling

Bradley Hale, Ph.D., Department of History and Political Science; Sean Berwald, undergraduate student, History and Political Science; Aaron Bubert, undergraduate student, History; Tyler Shattuck, undergraduate student, History; Nicholas Primuth, undergraduate student, History

Telling the truth is an act of love, even when it makes the hearer uncomfortable. This panel then will examine the nature and purposes of the discipline of History, especially history as truth-telling. Panelists in this session will reflect on how the Christian historian's search for truth, even if it unearths uncomfortable facts - or perhaps especially if it does - is an act of love and compassion. To this end, each panelist will discuss the work of an historian from the past (Julius Caesar, Tacitus, Arrian, and Bede) in order to understand the nature of historical truth, and how history has been both used and abused. They will evaluate what lessons - both positive and negative - Christians can learn from those who have made claims to historical truth in the past. Finally, they will consider why the Christian historian's pursuit of truth is relevant and valuable in a contemporary world seeking truth and compassion.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Homeless Healthcare Outreach: How APU Nurses Respond to the Health Needs of the Homeless in our San Gabriel Valley

Connie Brehm, Ph.D., FNP, RN, School of Nursing; Gerome Bermudez, undergraduate student, Nursing; Michelle Sytsma, undergraduate student, Nursing; Rebecca Johnston, undergraduate student, Nursing

Dr. Connie Brehm, Founder and Director of APU's Homeless Healthcare Outreach (and Professor of Nursing at APU) brings healthcare to the homeless population of our region, the San Gabriel Valley. For 15 years Dr. Brehm has been recruiting undergraduate and graduate nursing students along with nursing faculty to provide care to those who seek help from programs of the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless, a local non-profit organization. This session will focus on the nature of homelessness in the San Gabriel Valley and provide an overview of APU's Homeless Healthcare in the Winter Shelter Program and Emergency Assistance Center. Presenters will share anonymous case studies of individuals and families as examples. Student experiences, client responses, and new research related to chronic health problems will be highlighted.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Intersex and Transgender - Give us ears to hear and eyes to see

Teri Merrick, Ph.D., Department of Theology and Philosophy; Kathryn Ecklund, Ph.D., Department of Psychology; William Yarchin, Ph.D., Department of Biblical Studies; Jürgen Ziesmann, Ph.D., Department of Biology and Chemistry; Craig Keen, Ph.D., Department of Theology and Philosophy

National health and advocacy groups estimate that 1 out of 2000 infants are born intersex (with ambiguous genitalia) and 3% of adults living in the U.S. self-identify as transgender. This is a small, but not insignificant number of people, especially for the parents, pastors, psychologists, medical practitioners, friends, and family members who love and care for them. During this session, we will first hear what various academic disciplines, e.g. Biology, Psychology, Theology, and Biblical Studies, have to say, if anything, about sex and gender identity. Secondly, we will practice charitable listening to and learning from another on a topic that is often so polarizing that we are afraid to talk about it. The hope motivating this session is that hosting a thoughtful interdisciplinary conversation about intersex and transgender will facilitate our speaking the truth in love concerning a subject that many of us know little about.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Networking in Hollywood

Michael Smith, MFA, Ed.D., Department of Theater, Film, and Television

How does one start and maintain a career in Hollywood? If all that matters is "who you know", does one need to "use" people? How does one commit to truth about oneself and love others while pursuing a career? This session will involve a panel of APU alumni and others who have successfully networked their way into careers in the film and television business. It is most suitable for Cinematic Arts majors and those interest in careers in mainstream arts and entertainment.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Present Yourself: What You Communicate Through Your Appearance in the Workplace

Ryan Montague, Ph.D., Department of Communication Studies; Becca Butler, undergraduate student, Communication Studies; Carly Olsen, undergraduate student, Communication Studies; Arielle Dreher, undergraduate student, Journalism/English; Nicolette Drulias, undergraduate student, Communication Studies; Annalise Larson, undergraduate student, Communication Studies

How important is self-presentation in the workplace? From LinkedIn profiles to physical appearance, self-presentation counts for a lot in the professional world. What does your self-presentation say about you? Come find out how social media, gender, and appearance can impact your chance at getting a job. Make the most of your self-presentation, and communicate that you deserve to be hired!

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Rediscovering the Holy Land

Grace Bahng, Ph.D., Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL; Adena Joy Ipolani Duvauchelle, undergraduate student, Global Studies; April Fautsch, undergraduate student, Global Studies; Kristin Costa, undergraduate student, Global Studies

Three Global Studies seniors chose to seek the truth, an often hidden perspective, in the place that Christ, the head of the body (Ephesians 4:15) was born. Rather than exploring Israel, these three students chose to explore the land of Bethlehem, Palestine. Here they reflect on their experiences while living, researching, and experiencing the land, people, and culture of Palestine. Specific topics will include: Christians leaving Palestine, refugees, and settlements. This seminar is an opportunity to discuss, seek truth and ultimately arrive at a compassionate understanding towards those that are the most misunderstood within what is traditionally known as the Holy Land.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Seeking Truth in Love: A Reading of Original Poetry

Katie Manning, Ph.D., Department of English; Hannah Fuhlendorf, undergraduate student, Communication Studies; Charles Crowley, undergraduate student, English; Robert Hernandez, undergraduate student, English; Katie Rose Thomas, undergraduate student, English

Four undergraduate students will read from their new poetry collections. Each of these poets chose a topic to pursue through research, reflection, and writing, and the results of their work are powerful poems. They delve deeply into the things that haunt us and the things we shouldn't say. They explore love, death, and identity in fresh ways, making these age-old topics new and evocative again. Join us to hear some thought-provoking poetry and to participate in creating a new collaborative poem.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Sigma Tau Delta Presents: Creative and Critical Writing

Andrea Ivanov-Craig, Ph.D., Department of English; Andrew Soria, undergraduate student, Spanish/English; Jasmine Serna, undergraduate student, English; Caitlin Fredlock, undergraduate student, English; Kathryn Grogan, undergraduate student, English

Members from Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, will read their creative and critical work, which was just presented at the 2014 annual convention in Savannah, GA.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Speech and Debate: Seeking Truth and Love

Amy Jung, M.A., Department of Communication Studies; Arlene Galarza, Ashley Maderos, Briana Obrien, Brianna Bode, Cassi Marshall, Emily Ayala, Holly Watt, Isaiah Vasquez, Matt Guest, Neal Gockel, Tess Sherkenback, Vanessa Cazares, Karin Anderson, Daniel Whipple

Christians can approach the search for truth with knowledge in the framework of compassion before God and others, and confidence in our ability to gain wisdom and understanding. Through a moderated discussion and a performance of literature, Forensics students will demonstrate how the search for God's truth can lead to compassion.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and Homework

Adrien Lowery, Ph.D., Department of English

Our contemporary culture rewards the large, heroic service projects and grand spiritual gestures; thus, we easily miss the ways in which the Holy Spirit works in and through our daily activities and mundane tasks. Tapping into the Benedictine spirituality that a number of us experienced in the Ireland Study Abroad program, Summer 2013, this workshop will introduce students to the gentle, humane spiritual direction found in St. Benedict's Rule which focuses on spiritual growth through our studies and our everyday tasks and relationships. After a brief orientation to Benedict's impact on 1500 years of Christianity, we will practice together his favored spiritual discipline of "Lectio Divina" which helps us develop a sense of compassion for others and a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit's direction. The workshop will also demonstrate how this spiritual practice of Lectio has direct application to academic study - integrating spiritual awareness with academic efforts. The workshop will also provide guided small group discussion to help participants develop a personal plan for seeking God in our academic studies and daily tasks and embracing the growth that will result.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
The School of Theology Mini-AAR/SBL

Kirsten Oh, Ph.D., Department of Practical Theology; Aron Tillema, undergraduate student, Biblical Studies; Isaac McAllister, undergraduate student, Biblical Studies/Philosophy; Meghan Easley, undergraduate student, Youth Ministries/Biblical Studies; Jaime Sease, undergraduate student, Theology

This session features brief presentations of superior papers by students who represent the four departments that make up the undergraduate School of Theology. One student's paper has been selected by each department's faculty. The session takes its name after the major academic conference attended annually by thousands of academics in religion, theology, and biblical studies.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
To Share or Not to Share: My Life in Social Media and Beyond

Bill Fiala, Ph.D., University Counseling Center; Amber Blews, M.A., University Counseling Center; Andrew Webster, University Counseling Center; Kelsey Penner, University Counseling Center; Michelle Owaka, University Counseling Center

The struggle with appropriate interpersonal disclosure is something we are all familiar with, especially in a time when communication is influenced by social media and a "share-everything" culture. Questions such as "How much should I share?" and "How will others view me?" affect both depth and content of disclosures. These questions are important in fostering genuine and authentic relationships; however, living authentically does not equate to living without boundaries. Information will be presented on learning to set appropriate boundaries in regard to self-disclosure including how it affects both the person sharing and those listening. Attendees should leave equipped with basic communication skills allowing them to set healthy boundaries, both interpersonally and in social media outlets.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Writing for Children and Adolescents: Authors and Illustrators Share How They Created Their Books

Nancy Brashear, Ph.D., Department of English; Gail Bouslough, Ph.D., Department of English; Katelyn Almojuela, undergraduate student, Graphic Design & Studio Art; Domenic Biagini, undergraduate student, English; Jessica Palmini, undergraduate student, Liberal Studies; Christine Ligh, undergraduate student, English; Curtis Isozaki, undergraduate student, Liberal Studies: Alma Chavez, undergraduate student

Join guest authors and illustrators (students and faculty) who will share excerpts from their written and visual work, discuss their creative processes, and reveal strategies for "hooking" readers. The literature they produces is an effective way to engage and extend thoughtful discussion between children, adolescents, and young adults.

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Session Two - 1 p.m.
APU's Ethnic Studies Program: The Loving Truth About Diversity

Patricia Andujo, Ph.D., Director, Ethnic Studies Program; Nicole Ennes, undergraduate student, Social Work; Casimiro Pena, undergraduate student, Sociology

APU's commitment to God-honoring diversity is reflected in the Ethnic Studies Minor Program. Established in Spring 2005, the program has experienced several challenges; however, the fact that it has been sustained for nearly nine years is a testament of God's divine plan for diversity in APU's classrooms. This presentation showcases the truth about the program's inception, its challenges with transition, and most importantly, the essential need for transformational scholarship that the program offers to students.

1–1:50 p.m.
Compassionate Literacy: How to Read Textbooks with Guts

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

Reading is an escapable element of the college experience. Learning to read critically, and even to love reading, is one of the meta-objectives of most courses of study. But reading class materials is often done in a lifeless, glazed over, disengaged way. Reading with the lens of compassion, on the other hand, not only adds an enriching element to learning, inviting response, it is deeply consistent with the nature and aim of the Christian faith. In this session, participants will discover what it means to read compassionately. Examples will be given from across the disciplines and opportunity to practice will be part of the session. Those who attend will understand the importance, the challenges, and the benefits for both their Christian life and their academic studies of reading from the gut - with a heart of compassion.

1–1:50 p.m.
Deep Justice: Service and Justice That Sticks

Kara Powell, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker, Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute

Have you ever wondered why short-term missions and services produce an immediate spiritual high, but often fall short of long-term transformation? Based on both the Sticky Faith and Deep Justice research projects from the Fuller Youth Institute, this workshop makes research the launching pad for rethinking short-term missions and service. Packed with stories and examples, you'll leave with ideas you can implement right away in your present and future service.

1–1:50 p.m.
God's Kingdom Come: Unleashing Compassion in the City

Colleen Livermore, Kern Center for Vocational Ministry; Becks Heyhoe, Costa Mesa Liaison for Homelessness at Rock Harbor Church; Tommy Nixon, Executive Director of Solidarity; Kevin Young, Pastor of Victory Outreach Church in Inglewood

What does it mean "to do justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly with Your God" in your city? What does it mean to be a church that lives out what it says it believes? Interact with a panel of all-in Christ-followers on the frontlines of unleashing compassion in their cities through such avenues as mentoring, education, prayer, community development, and immigration reform. Listen, learn and interact with catalytic city leaders committed to seeing "God's kingdom come" in their communities from both the church and non-profit perspective.

1–1:50 p.m.
How To Speak Truth in Love in Academic Integrity: Biblical Principles for Academic Honesty

Vicky Bowden, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs; Samuel Grissom, undergraduate student, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Amber Villanueva, undergraduate student, College of Music and the Arts; Mackenzie Lind, undergraduate student, College of Music and the Arts; Andrew Soria, undergraduate student, Honors College; Lauren Ramirez-Oda, undergraduate student, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences; Kelly Phe, undergraduate student, School of Business and Management; Dana Meshkin, undergraduate student, School of Nursing; Bryan Muirhead, undergraduate student, School of Theology

APU strives to live up to the biblical principles that form the cornerstones of the institution's mission. How do we speak truth in love to matters of academic integrity within the context of our principles as an institution?

1–1:50 p.m.
Inclusion: Compassion for Children

Paul Flores, Ph.D., Director, Liberal Studies Program; Jennifer Seman, undergraduate student, Liberal Studies; Lexi Khandjian, undergraduate student, Liberal Studies; Stephanie DeWyn, undergraduate student, Liberal Studies; Elizabeth Beaty, undergraduate student, Liberal Studies

The education of children with disabilties is something that has been changing and growing for the last 35 years. Students with disabilities have often been looked at as less than human often subject to exclusion or educational environments away from the mainstream. Understanding the history of special education, laws, and programs produces truth as to the development of the education of students with disabilities. One such program that has been developed is an inclusion model which proves to be beneficial to both the student with disabilities and the general education student. It gives students with disabilities an equal opportunity while involving the participation of parents, teachers, and other students leading to compassion and a fair representation of society and the kingdom of God. Research indicates inclusion is beneficial to all students and is more reflective of individuals as created in the image of God.

1–1:50 p.m.
Invitational Rhetoric Framework for Argumentation as a Means of Achieving Clarity Rather than Victory

Joshua Kammert, Department of Communication Studies

In nearly all realms of life one will encounter argumentation; whether this comes from a profession that lends itself to confrontation, a disagreement among friends or family, or, most-notably, in the ever-present politics-heavy news cycle that causes people to think of where they stand on a myriad of issues. For the follower of Christ this is especially prevalent as we are oft required to speak truths to which general society is resoundingly opposed. In these instances it is key that we frame our thoughts, assertions, and arguments in a manner that reflects the love of Christ and invites the world to learn about His glory, His grace, and His majesty.

1–1:50 p.m.
"Jesus ate and drank with 'sinners', but Paul says, 'Do not eat with them": Discerning the Company We Keep According to 1 Cor. 5

B.J. Oropeza, Ph.D., Department of Biblical Studies

What is the Christian's responsibility when it comes to associating with those whose lifestyle contradicts essential Christian values? To what extent are believers to separate themselves from others who commit heinous vices? These questions become relevant for Christians who read that in the New Testament the apostle Paul calls the Corinthians to shun a congregation member who was committing incest (1 Cor. 5). As representatives of Jesus Christ it befits Christians to act in a manner consistent with New Testament principles, but when it comes to associating with the type of people Paul says to shun, two principles seem to clash. On the one hand, Jesus in the Gospels ate and drank with "sinners", and was criticized by the religious leaders for doing so. On the other hand, Paul discourages the believers in Corinth from being associated with the man who committed this act of sexual deviance. More specificially, after deciding with the Corinthian congregation to expel the incestuous man, Paul exhorts the congregation neither to associate nor eat with individuals who commit certain vices (1 Cor. 5:9-11). Should the Christian follow the example of Jesus or Paul when it comes to associating with those whose behavior is inconsistent with Christian ethics? The boundaries of these associations doubtless need to be more clearly delineated. My task in this paper has four parts: first, I observe contextual aspects of 1 Corinthians 5, and second I explore Paul's charge for the congregation to disassociate with immoral individuals. Third, I then compare the text with the type of table fellowship one finds related to Jesus eating together with sinners in Gospels. Finally, I conclude with some practical ways in which what is learned from this study might be implemented in contemporary situations.

1–1:50 p.m.
Missed Opportunities for Divine Appointments: Regret, Conviction, and The Healing Process

Ryan Montague, Ph.D., Department of Communication Studies

This presentation is based off of research in the area of interpersonal communication and missed opportunities for divine appointment conversations. Missed opportunities are times where people feel as though God is prompting, leading, or nudging them to talk with another person and for whatever reason they are not obedient to the prompting, and they subsequently miss the opportunity to connect with that person. In some cases, people actually witness the negative ramifications of missing out on a conversation. These missed opportunities often result in feelings of regret, guilt, and conviction. In these times, people go through a healing process in order to recover from the regret and conviction. This healing process includes three primary stages: 1) managing the feelings of regret so that it is functional and useful rather than debilitating, 2) accepting God's grace and forgiveness, and 3) experiencing or expecting future opportunities for behavior change as an opportunity for redemption.

1–1:50 p.m.
Music, Moxie, and Michelangelo

Stephen Martin, M.M., School of Music

Music and the visual/performing arts present a unique tool for communication. Not only do these disciplines provide vehicles for expressing emotion, but they also have the potential to serve as vehicles for communicating and exploring truth. Used judiciously, music and the arts can gently, yet powerfully, open avenues for dialogue and truth-telling, particularly in difficult situations. This session will investigate avenues for exploring truth, in and through music and the arts.

1–1:50 p.m.
Pursuing Faustus - Adaptation, Design, and Process

Rachel Tracie, Ph.D., Department of Theater Arts; Christopher Keene, MFA, Department of Theater, Film, and Television

We will explore how a piece of theater moves from "source text" through adaptation, to conceptualization of design and production. How do colleagues "tell the truth in love" in pursuit of the goal of production?

1–1:50 p.m.
Seeking the Truth in Love: Resources from the Christian Intellectual Tradition

Steve Wilkens, Ph.D., Department of Theology and Philosophy

Before we can speak the truth in love, we need to seek the truth in love. While many segments of the intellectual world have viewed love as a dangerous passion that interferes with a clear-headed and rational search for truth, Christian intellectuals from across the historical spectrum have often argued that love, understood rightly, is absolutely critical for understanding rightly. This session looks at the resources that love brings to our quest to know truth.

1–1:50 p.m.
Situationism, Skepticism, and Asceticism: A Philosophical Response to a Two-Fold Challenge from Social Psychology

Rico Vitz, Ph.D., Department of Theology and Philosophy

In the past decade, a number of philosophers have argued that a series of psychological studies call into question 1) the empirical adequacy of traditional virtue ethics and 2) the effectiveness of modern forms of moral education. Some are motivated to come to the defense of virtue ethics by trying to show how these studies fail. In this presentation, after introducing the studies and motivating problem, I will argue, essentially, that these studies succeed and suggest that this is actually good news for a traditional Christian conception of virtue ethics.

1–1:50 p.m.
Student-centered learning: The role of relationships in the formation of knowledge

Paul Flores, Ph.D., Director, Liberal Studies Program; Curtis Isozaki, undergraduate student, Liberal Studies

The philosophy, pedagogical development, and thriving relational psychology are the make-up of student-centered educational success that is a well-defined progressive movement. Academic success is embodied in the student-centered approach as it partners with the progressive trifecta rigorous curriculum, relevant academia, and relational pedagogy. A student presenter will share research that suggests that educators play a significant role in relationships that make a difference and inspire student achievement due to the effectiveness of student-centered learning and its partnership with rigor, relevance, and relationship. It must be understood that within the training grounds of education students face many trials such as comparison, depression, competition, violence, and more that will alter their lives and worldviews being the beginning of many interpersonal battles that they may face for the rest of their life. Participants are encouraged to reflect on learning experiences in search of truth in the framework of compassion.

1–1:50 p.m.
The Chicano/Latino Experience: Exploring Culture

Marcela Rojas, MFA, Ph.D., Department of Modern Languages; Mark Miller, undergraduate student, Spanish/Journalism; Andrew Soria, undergraduate student, Spanish/English; Vivianne Carrasco, undergraduate student, Spanish; Aaron Acosta, undergraduate student, Business

The Chicano / Latino experience is different for each of us even though we live in Southern California. In this presentation we will explore, in a personal way what it has meant to be part of the Juan Bruce-Novoa series during 2013. Students will tell their personal experiences learning about the Chicano / Latino Culture, so close yet unknown to many. The talk will cover topics on Chicano / Latino history, culture, religion, education, bilingualism, and more.

1–1:50 p.m.
The Intersection of Suffering and Compassion - A Place Called Redemption

Glen Green, Ed.D., Department of Teacher Education

What happens when a compassionate educator intersects the life of a suffering student? That student's life is forever changed, made more resilient, redeemed! This presentation is a case study of the "compassion equation" (suffering + compassion = redemption). All who attend will be given a "Medal of Valor" for reflecting on their own journey toward becoming a compassionate soul.

1–1:50 p.m.
The Leadership Identity

Edgar Barron, Executive Director, Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity; Jacqueline Blanca, undergraduate student, Psychology with Leadership minor; Coriana Polynice, undergraduate student, Communication Studies; Megan Mercado, undergraduate student, Nursing with Nutrition minor; Kimberly Saepan, undergraduate student, International Business; Isaiah Vasquez, undergraduate student, Political Science

We would like to examine the causes and reasons for the lack of representation of minority students in leadership positions on campus. We will discuss the role of student minorities in leadership positions and why this gap exists throughout the various offices on the university campus.

1–1:50 p.m.
Transcultural Nursing that Evokes Love and Truth

Catherine Heinlein, Ed.D., RD, MS, CDE, RN, School of Nursing; Sharon Titus, MSN, RN, School of Nursing; Maddie Boer, undergraduate student, Nursing; Chandler Fuller, undergraduate student, Nursing; Kaley Morrison, undergraduate student, Nursing; Lauren Nelsen, undergraduate student, Nursing; Fedelyn Rapinan, undergraduate student, Nursing; Cambria Reese, undergraduate student, Nursing; Kaitlin Unferdorfer, undergraduate student, Nursing

With great enthusiasm, eight student nurses and two faculty from Azusa Pacific University, School of Nursing, traveled to Kolkata, India for a transcultural learning experience. In preparing for the trip, APU faculty reminded students to prepare their hearts to offer compassionate care with boldness to share God's truth. During the India pre-trip learning, each student presented on a health topic or social issue that we expected to encounter as transcultural student nurses. Their presentations included the prevalence of mosquito related illnesses, common diseases found in developing nations such as thalassemia, iron deficiency, and tuberculosis, as well as a presentation on the crimes against women and resulting injuries. While the empirical knowledge of these healthcare issues heightened their understanding of transcultural nursing, it was the spiritual and professional growth they gained through their lived experiences that greatly surpassed all planned course objectives.

1–1:50 p.m.
Turn the Pages: The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition

Luba Zakharov, M.A., MTS, MLS, MFA, University Libraries Librarian and Curator; Lyrica Taylor, Ph.D., Department of Art and Design

Our understanding of Christian faith has been handed down to us through the written Biblical text. The Saint John's Bible, the first hand illuminated Bible made in over 500 years, is a seven volume set designed by Donald Jackson, scribe to the Queen of England and commissioned by the Benedictine monks at Saint John's Abbey. Jackson has said, "The continuous process of remaining open and accepting of what may reveal itself through hand and heart on a crafted page is the closest I have ever come to God." Azusa Pacific University Libraries Special Collections has, for this academic year alone, two volumes from The Heritage Edition of the Saint John's Bible. The Smithsonian Magazine calls this "one of the extraordinary undertakings of our time." Discover the power of these illuminated texts, turn their pages and see how truth is transformed into love through beauty.

1–1:50 p.m.
What Do Christian College Students Value in Non-Profit Organizations? An Exploratory Study of Three Factors

David Dunaetz, M.A., Department of Psychology; Megan Jones, undergraduate student, Psychology; Meredith Fann, undergraduate student, Psychology; Loren Jolley-Ruud, undergraduate student, Psychology

Krochet Kids, a non-profit organization and clothing brand, requested help in understanding the values of today's Christian college students and how these influence their attitude toward non-profits. This study explored three factors concerning APU students' attitudes towards an organization: the mission of the organization, the location of the people benefiting from the organization, and the way that the organization communicates with donors. Organizations like Krochet Kids which promote economic development (rather than evangelism), help people in developing countries (rather than in America), and provide physical gifts to donors (rather than letters) are especially attractive to APU students.

1–1:50 p.m.
Where in the world can a Fulbright grant take you?

Diane Guido, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and Research; Nicole Roberts, Executive Assistant, Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and Research

Come learn about an opportunity for a year of fully-funded teaching or study abroad! Hear from a past Fulbright recipient about his time overseas, how the grant has impacted his future and what it is really like to live in a foreign country for a year. Both 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?

1–1:50 p.m.
Session Three - 2 p.m.
Against Indifference: Three Religious Approaches to Increase Compassion for the Other

Carole Lambert, Ph.D., Department of English; Tyler Shattuck, undergraduate student, History; Andrew Soria, undergraduate student, Spanish/English

This panel will present three different approaches, two Christian and one Jewish, to the problem of indifference in communities. Presented diachronically, the first speaker will discuss the medieval Rule of Saint Benedictine acting as a response to turbulent times but not an expression of indifference to those surrounding crises; the second speaker will discuss the 18th century Sephardic Jewish Biblical commentary, the Me'am Lo'ez, which is a text inherently motivated to increase Jewish ethical self-consciousness and guide interactions with the Other and others; the third speaker will discuss intellectual Thomas Merton's choice to leave university teaching and become a Benedictine monk in 1941, a choice based on on indifference to the world but rather extreme compassion for it. All three presenters highlight that scholarship can lead to greater compassion for God and others.

2–2:50 p.m.
Are We Speaking the Same (Strengths) Language?

Keith Hall, Ed.D., Director, Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Leadership and Education; Emmaleigh Carlson, undergraduate student, International Business with Leadership minor


In many ways, our strengths reflect how we think and communicate. This interactive roundtable discussion is designed for existing or aspiring student leaders interested in discovering the impact our strengths have on the way we communicate. Experiential exercises will be used to prompt participants to consider the role strengths play in relaying and receiving messages. Participants will leave the discussion with a deeper understanding of strategic and empathic communication practices that can be implemented to achieve greater levels of engagement and resonance in interpersonal conversations. 

2–2:50 p.m.
Building Characters: Students' Idea of Excellent Teachers

Linda Chiang, Ed.D., Department of Teacher Education; Christopher Alertas, graduate student, Single Subject Teacher Education; Cuyler McDonald, graduate student, Single Subject Teacher Education

In this presentation prospective teachers will use movie clips, case studies in addition to personal experiences to discuss and share their perception of excellent teachers.

2–2:50 p.m.
Bullying: Truth and Compassion

Paul Flores, Ph.D., Director, Liberal Studies Program; Brianna Cook, undergraduate student, Liberal Studies; Caleb Conner, undergraduate student, Performance - Percussion with Mathematics minor

Bullying is the prevalent problem that has been observed in schools across America for many years. Bullying not only can cause physical damage, it also causes emotional damage to students leading to psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety disorder, and eating disorders. In addition, a lack of awareness for both cyberbullying and traditional bullying contribute to a negative school environment impacting academic achievement. In recent years, schools have addressed the issue through the development of anti-bullying programs. Research, qualitative and quantitative will be presented to bring truth to the issue and its impact on students and schools. Come learn the truth about bullying while developing compassion to make a difference in schools and society.

2–2:50 p.m.
Care and Compassion for the Aged and their Caregivers: An Interdisciplinary Response

Adria Navarro, Ph.D., LCSW, Department of Social Work; Julia Pusztai, MN, RNC, Director, Azusa Neighborhood Wellness Center

APU faculty from nursing and social work will share their research related to the care and compassion for serving the fastest growing demographic in the United States, older adults. The Fostering Aging Research Interest Group encourages collaborations across the campus to bring together the expertise of multiple disciplines. This session will focus on understanding in the form of gathering wisdom directly from the "oldest old" and through protection by evaluating a novel response to elder financial exploitation. Discussion will be encouraged as we speak the truth to a community of believers on the important of loving care and compassion for older adults and their caregivers.

2–2:50 p.m.
Celebrating Excellence in Undergraduate Research: Winning Entries from the Sixth Annual Honors Paper Competition (1)

David Weeks, Ph.D., Dean, Honors College; Christina Ligh, undergraduate student, English with Psychology minor; Kyle Fish, undergraduate student, Biochemistry with Psychology minor

The authors of the essays published in the sixth annual Honors paper competition will present their essays and provide a question and answer with the audience. Each author received a monetary prize toward their personal libraries and 6 copies of the Honors College journal, Gratia Eruditionis ("For the sake of knowledge").

2–2:50 p.m.
Christian Universalism and the Evolution of the Christian Hipster

Arielle Dreher, undergraduate student, Journalism/English

In a postmodern world, Generation Y is drifting from the certainty we were raised with in various faith traditions. In differentiating ourselves from our superiors, we tend to drift into the realm of uncertainty in forming beliefs during and after college experience, specifically at APU. In a paper written for ENG 489, Religion and Literature, I discuss the moral grey areas that come with this uncertainty, particularly portrayed in J.D. Salinger’s novel Franny and Zooey as well as addressing texts by McCord Adams, Schmidt, and McCracken in an attempt to understand the Christian Universalism that has seeped into the ideology of the Christian hipster. My paper (and presentation) will seek to trace the ideology of the emerging, young Christian thinker who might be unaware of the Universalist ideas that they adhere to without meaning to. Is the Christian hipster actually a Christian Universalist? As academics how does what we have learned at APU inform or enforce these Christian Universalist ideas? My paper seeks to examine the different elements that can explain this question’s many answers.

2–2:50 p.m.
Compassion for Children

Paul Flores, Ph.D., Director Liberal Studies Program; Christine Fannin, undergraduate student, English; Natalie Jasmin, undergraduate student, English

Understanding educational barriers that exist with students is critical to academic success in K-12 schools. Childhood depression is an issue not highly discussed, yet there is an overwhelming need of knowledge to prevent MDE (Major Depressive Episodes). Depression has proven to cause a "lack of social skills, more interpersonal conflict", school absences, and an increase of school dropout percentages. Furthermore, children in protective services often who lose their culture, sense of self, and identity - education is their ticket out, yet they are often not given an education with the intention of being prepared for post-secondary education. In order for success to occur, educational stability, educational advocacy, and the option of secondary education are all necessary. Student presenters will share research from their senior thesis.

2–2:50 p.m.
Cultural Traditions and Spiritual Dynamics in the Novel: Mi Amigo El Flamboyan

Juan B. Guerrero, Ph.D., Department of Modern Languages

It is the story of infancy, narrated from the memory that Don Pedro constructs in a hospital of the USA, and after a threat of a heart attack. The main character is a son of an absent father and of an abnegated mother's family, who develops an imaginary friendship with a Flamboyant tree. The narrative portrays how Latino cultural traditions and religious faith tend to shape types of confusing behaviors within the roles of husbands and wives. The events took place in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorship of Trujillo.

2–2:50 p.m.
Cyber Security / Know Your Enemy

Shawn Kohrman, Information and Media Technology; Holly Magnuson, Information and Media Technology

Join us as we discuss your personal security and well-being in light of today's cyber threats. We will explore common tricks and tactics used to obtain your critical information, along with ways to ensure you are protected online. Key topic areas include:

  • Protecting your family online
  • Social networking
  • Mobile device security
  • Protecting your identity
2–2:50 p.m.
"I am just a regular person": Sculpting Race and Racial Identity Development

Edgar Barron, Executive Director, Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity; Marcela Aguilera, undergraduate student, Sociology/Spanish; Nicole Thompson, undergraduate student, Sociology; Kayla Bradanini, undergraduate student, Political Science/Sociology

We are experts in one thing, our own lives and our racial identity development is essential to how we understand ourselves within the world we live. Conversations around race, racism, and identity can be tiring, especially if you feel inadequately equipped to engage in dialogue. Join us in an interactive workshop which seeks to provide participants with new tools of engagement by assessing their own real life experiences on campus while listening to the stories of others. Black, White, Brown, Yellow...there's more to me than what you see.

2–2:50 p.m.
Learning in the Digital Age: Rethinking Our Relationship to Technology

Mike Truong, Ph.D., Executive Director, Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology

Learning in the digital age is a conundrum.  We have instant and unlimited access to vast knowledge, yet our understanding and connections are shallow and fleeting at best. This interactive presentation will explore what it means to pursue knowledge in the digital age as Christians, highlighting the gains, the losses, and the implications. 

2–2:50 p.m.
Pajamas and Textbooks: How to get the most out of online classes at APU

 Josh Hibbard, School of Adult and Professional Studies; Christin Roberson; Student Succes; Evelyn Valenzuela, Student Success

Using information gathered from online students and student success staff, we will share tips on how to get the most out of online classes. If you’ve never taken an online class before or want to learn more about how to be successful in these classes---this is the session for you!

2–2:50 p.m.
Positive Exposure: Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita

Reade Tillman, undergraduate student, Biology

Positive Exposure is an organization committed to changing the concept of beauty through means such as photography, advocacy, and peer ambassadors. PEARLS ambassador Rebecca has Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, a rare developmental disease with genetic inheritance that results in joint contractures, decreased mobility, and other various complications. Through a partnership with the PEARLS Project, arthrogryposis multiplex congenita will be examined on pathological, clinical, and personal levels, raising awareness that genetic differences should not limit the definition of what is beautiful, but expand it.

2–2:50 p.m.
Promoting Compassion Through Understanding Minority Use of Hospice Psychosocial Services

Anupama Jacob, Ph.D., Department of Social Work; Lauren McNair, undergraduate student, Social Work; Taylor Henderson, undergraduate student, Social Work

Data collected at a hospice agency examines the frequency at which ethnic minorities utilize psychosocial services (chaplain services, music therapy, social work, and legacy projects) as compared with Caucasian patients. Presenters will discuss the importance of this research in relation to ethnic diversity and hospice care. This will inform professionals of potential disparities and psychosocial needs between ethnic groups so they can make necessary changes to promote accessibility and develop culturally relevant services.

2–2:50 p.m.
Spirituality and Mental Health: Understanding Clients with Religious or Pathological Experiences

Danielle Patterson, undergraduate student, Social Work

The purpose of the paper is to discuss the trends in assessing client spiritual or pathological occurrences as a means of helping clients understand their experiences and assisting clinicians in a counseling setting. The paper will include reported characteristics of experiences that were considered spiritual in both diagnosed and undiagnosed individuals, including characteristics that overlap spiritual and pathological experiences that can make assessment difficult. Clinicians and clients may never know with complete certainty whether an experience was truly pathological or spiritual, but these occurrences should still be explored with compassion and knowledge. Differentiating between a spiritual or pathological experience should be collaborative, include the context of the client, and be individualized.

2–2:50 p.m.
The Uniqueness of the Korean-American Family: Theories of Parenting and Child-Rearing

Alan Oda, Ph.D., Department of Psychology; Ye Eun Grace Oh, undergraduate student, Nursing

Numerous studies have examined Asian American parent-child relations (see Chao, 1994; Oda, 2007). At the same time, Korean-American families, because of their unique emigration patterns, offer interesting similarities and contrasts compared to other Asian American populations. Specifically, many Korean parents (and their children) are relatively recent immigrants and/or were born in Korea, but brought here as children to the United States. Acculturation patterns and adaptation to American culture show several similarities to other Asian immigrants (Chinese, Japanese), but also show some unique characteristics, including the prominent influence of the Protestant Church. The present review will examine current literature as well as discuss our current research to measure and document parent-child practices of this American ethnic population.

2–2:50 p.m.
Unfavorable Odds: Moral, Philosophical, and Spiritual Implications of The Hunger Games

Thomas Parham, Ph.D., Department of Theater, Film and Television; Gary Black, Ph.D., Department of Graduate Theology; Keith Matthews, D.Min., Graduate Ministry Department

Suzanne Collins' book series The Hunger Games envisions a dystopian future where a totalitarian government pits young people against each other in televised games. The author draws upon mythology and literary antecedents, such as "The Most Dangerous Game", George Orwell's 1984, and Battle Royale, to create a world where the mass populace is literally amused to death and distracted from overthrowing the corrupt regime. Now that the film adaptations have become wildly succesful, faculty from the School of Theology and the School of Visual and Performing Arts will lead a round table discussion of the moral, philosophical, and spiritual implications of a society where youth engaged in mortal combat passes for entertainment.

2–2:50 p.m.
Welfare Reform and the Caseload Reduction Credit: Unintended Consequences of Policy Development and Implementation

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

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193) established a work requirement for welfare recipients. A provision called the caseload reduction credit was created to incentivize states to move their welfare caseloads into the workforce and use annual welfare caseload declines to reduce their required state work participation rates. With the significant decline of the caseload within five years of implementation, the caseload reduction credit provided states a legitimate means of having a very small percentage of their welfare caseload engaged in work; several below 10 percent and a number at zero percent. This was not rectified until welfare reform was successfully reauthorized in 2005. The caseload reduction credit was well intentioned, but became obsolete after five years because it was based on something states could only partially control (falling caseload) and not set targets or an automatic updating system. The politics and merits of the caseload reduction credit shed light on the public policy process of formulation, implementation, evaluation, and policy change.

2–2:50 p.m.
Well Water Wisdom: Jesus' Encounter with a Three-Striker

Brent Wood, Ph.D., School of Adult and Professional Studies

Why would Jesus send 12 men to get food for 13 men? In John 4, Jesus confronts ethnic and gender prejudice, offers living water and reveals that he is the Messiah to a three striker (woman, Samaritan, questionable reputation), shows us the importance and method of racial reconciliation, distinguishes true worship from cultural tradition and challenges a Samaritan woman's lifestyle in the context of a caring encounter (speaking the truth in love).

2–2:50 p.m.
Women in Journalism - "Take me seriously": A study exploring how women have to adapt to cultural and environmental norms

Arielle Dreher, undergraduate student, Journalism/English

Women have been fighting for a place in the workforce for a century, at first to have a place in the job industry at all, and now to be on an equal level with men. The field of journalism is no exception. For women in the field, there has been oppression, opposition and even rejection to the idea that women could report on any news that was not considered “soft”. “Hard” news was for men because it dealt with gritty details of death, war or actually important news. A long and somewhat arduous history of women in the field of journalism lends itself to the idea of progress—that still has a way to go. In the 21st century, female journalists are still up against a predominantly male hierarchy of corporate leaders, publishers and even their own managing editors in the newsroom.

Using history and interview responses, my research project (and paper) project a picture of the progress of females in journalism as well as where there are still areas to improve upon. By evaluating newsroom cultural, workplace environment and fieldwork factors in interviews with the case study group from The Daily Herald, this study will capture an example of what being a female in a modern-day newsroom looks like.

2–2:50 p.m.
Session Four - 3 p.m.
A Dramatic Approach to Stress and Rhythm

Tasha Bleistein, Ph.D., Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL; Jason Mercer, graduate student, TESOL

This demonstration provides a fresh approach to stress and rhythm acquisition and vocabulary learning in dramatic readings.  English Language Learners, in particular, often struggle with acquiring these pronunciation features, which can often lead to intelligibility issues.  In the session, the presenter starts with a two-minute brief topic overview, including theories, continues by demonstrating two four-minute sample activities, and concludes with a five-minute reflection using audio/video representation from the classroom. 

3–3:50 p.m.
Celebrating Excellence in Undergraduate Research: Winning Entries from the Sixth Annual Honors Paper Competition (2)

David Weeks, Ph.D., Dean, Honors College; Matthew Morrison, undergraduate student, Philosophy with Humanities minor; Ysabel Johnston, undergraduate student, Philosophy with Mathematics minor

The authors of the essays published in the sixth annual Honors paper competition will present their essays and provide a question and answer with the audience.  Each author received a monetary prize toward their personal libraries and 6 copies of the Honors College journal, Gratia Eruditionis (“for the sake of knowledge”). 

3–3:50 p.m.
Critical Issues in Cinematic Genres

Thomas Parham, Ph.D., Department of Theater, Film, and Television; Peter Hall, undergraduate student, Cinematic Arts Production; Nicholas Limon, undergraduate student, Cinematic Arts - Screenwriting; Jonathan Strellman, undergraduate student, Cinematic Arts Production


Genre film and television have become big business during the past decades. From Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings trilogy to Breaking Bad, audiences can’t seem to get enough of heroes, villains, and antiheroes. A trio of student papers will explore aspects of these trends. Peter Hall’s “When Bad Made Gold” posits that a slew of television antiheroes helped usher in a new Golden Age of TV. Jonathan Strellman’s The Allure of Fantastic Worlds explores why audiences seem drawn to explore other times and other places. Finally, Nicholas Limon’s “Eschatology in Popular Culture” focuses on the fascination with end times, especially the dreaded “zombie apocalypse.”

3–3:50 p.m.
Does Love = Acceptance? When You Care Enough to Say, "You're Not Okay."

Kenneth Litwak, Ph.D., Adjunct Library Faculty

There is a common view in our culture that Christian love requires acceptance.  Is that really what it means to love your neighbor? Do believers need to accept anyone no matter what and what does this acceptance mean? Are there times that a Christian needs to say, "No, that's not acceptable"?  This session will look at examples of Christians who equate loving others with accepting them no matter what and comparing this to the perspective that  as Christians, we need to speak the truth in love, even if the truth is not what the other person wants to hear.  We will also look at the biblical picture of God's love for humans and the terms of His acceptance of people.

3–3:50 p.m.
Egalitarianism and Social Media: Potential for Individual and Institutional Change

Katy Tangenberg, Ph.D., MSW, Associate Dean, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences; Kate Wallace, Department of History and Political Science


This presentation will explore recently renewed interest in egalitarianism, roles of social media in disseminating personal narratives and trends regarding egalitarianism, and ways social media may impact a social movement with the potential to shift gender beliefs among individuals and Christian institutions. Using statistical data describing women’s church experiences and related influences of institutional beliefs, the presentation will contrast egalitarian and complementarian views and their potential consequences (Henderson, 2012).  Social media sites associated with Christians for Biblical Equality and the Junia Project, and blogs written by Rachel Held Evans, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), and Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist (2013), will demonstrate varying approaches to disseminating egalitarian views.  The potential of social media to affect gender-related social movements (Harcourt, 2011; McLean and Maalsen, 2013) will be discussed.  Consistent with the conference theme, the presentation will explore the importance of truth and compassion in social media.

3–3:50 p.m.
Genogram Science: Dating, Falling in Love and Marrying Images of Ourselves and Our Parents in Other People

Stephen Lambert, Ph.D., Department of Psychology

From the time we are young children, we spend more time looking at ourselves in the mirror and reflecting on who we are than we do looking at and reflecting upon any other person.  Whether we consider visible characteristics, such as the size of our eyes or the shape of our face, or not so visible characteristics, like our personalities and value systems, we are attracted to people who validate and affirm what we love in ourselves and our parents.  As an advanced follow up to last year’s presentation on why we may marry someone like our parents, Genogram science and mapping will be used to explain self-attraction realized in our dating and marriage partners.  Following the presentation, students will construct genograms to foster a more practical understanding of why they may date and marry people like themselves and their parents.

3–3:50 p.m.
Is Graduate School the Right Place for You to "Seek" the Truth in Love?

Joseph Bentz, Ph.D., Department of English; Thomas Eng, M.S., Career Counselor, Office of Career Services; Steve Syverson, Director of Graduate Admissions; Brian Eck, Ph.D., Department of Psychology

In fields as widely varying as psychology, medicine, theology, law, nursing and others, many undergraduate students who seek the truth 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, will answer 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? The panel will be made up of the Pew College Society director and others, including professors in key graduate-school-related fields and Career Services and Graduate Admissions experts.

3–3:50 p.m.
Learning in the Digital Age: Rethinking Our Relationship to Technology

Mike Truong, Ph.D, Executive Director, Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology


Learning in the digital age is a conundrum.  We have instant and unlimited access to vast knowledge, yet our understanding and connections are shallow and fleeting at best. This interactive presentation will explore what it means to pursue knowledge in the digital age as Christians, highlighting the gains, the losses, and the implications.

3–3:50 p.m.
Marriage, Technology, and Self-Awareness

Holli Eaton, Psy.D., Department of Graduate Psychology; David Brokaw, Ph.D., ABPP, Department of Graduate Psychology; Ashley Watson, graduate student, Psychology; Cassandra Campbell, graduate student, Psychology; Brandie Boghosian, graduate student, Psychology; Dana Reyes, graduate student, Psychology


After the honeymoon, what keeps a marriage going? Is love enough? Is speaking the truth in love ever detrimental to a marriage? It may be more about how the message is delivered or received than what the message contains. Come hear what is being uncovered in this ongoing research about how couples use technology in their marital relationship. This panel of Graduate Psychology doctoral students and faculty will present the state of their research on couple satisfaction, individual factors, and technology.

3–3:50 p.m.
Not A Women's Issue: Gender Roles and Career Aspiration

Annie Tsai, Ph.D., Department of Psychology; Sam Vaudrey, undergraduate student, Psychology; Katie Vasseur, undergraduate student, Psychology

How do your ideas about gender influence your career? Is it as advantageous for a woman to attend a Christian university as it is for a man? How do your church and school shape your goals? Each year, controversial questions about gender and careers are asked more frequently as society reevaluates the way roles are distributed. This presentation is an extension of a study recently conducted at Azusa Pacific University and the University of Southern California pertaining to gender role ideology, religiosity and career aspiration. The results of our study hold implications for everybody; female and male, traditional and progressive, Christian and non-Christian. Join us as we discuss how gender ideologies are formed, what factors predict career aspiration, and how your future is affected by gender roles.

3–3:50 p.m.
'Organic Communication': "Every joint supplies the body for the building up of itself in love"

Maria Mayer, Department of Modern Languages

The quote from (Ephesians 4:15), illustrates that as Christians, we should be aware of the need to project love, vitality, and a dynamic unity of interconnection (‘organic communication’ we could call it). And this need to is the case in our family, our community, our society, and around our world, as part of humanity. However, as we know, humankind as a “body” is far from being culturally or religiously homogeneous; as a matter of fact, most of human-kind  is not even Christian. So, what should we make out of this ‘unity’?

The challenge for a Christian institution of higher learning  is to interact with such a multipolar world while at the same time managing to keep its Christian identity;  and that type of interaction, I pose, is very Christian, loving, bold (let us not forget this last adjective, as boldness entails risk and danger).

3–3:50 p.m.
Responding to home-culture frustrations after a cross-cultural experience

Erin Thorp, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Center for Global Learning and Engagement; Gary Conachan, undergraduate student; Cambria Reese, undergraduate student, Nursing

Involvement in a cross-cultural experience can help us more critically analyze our home culture and be aware of new ways to live out our faith. Many times, the friends and family we return home to have a hard time understanding our newly developed perspectives. Join us for a discussion on effective strategies to live out and communicate these perspectives before they turn into frustrations.

3–3:50 p.m.
Rethinking the Parable of the Sower in Order to Speak the Truth in Love

Thomas Cairns, DBA, School of Business and Management

Most are familiar with the parable of the sower found in Matthew 13.  Jesus tells of a farmer who sowed good seed but it fell on every kind of soil and only the seed that fell on good soil produced a crop. However, that crop was greater than all the seed sown. As educators we have the potential to sow good seeds of knowledge to hundreds if not thousands of students representing every kind of soil. In the parable you almost get the sense that the seed falling on good soil was a coincidence. However, good soil does not happen by itself and why was not all the soil good? I would argue that the farmer failed to do an important part of his or her job which is preparing the soil for planting. Imagine the crop if all the seed had fallen on good soil. Good soil is not a coincidence, it is the product of hard work. As educators we need to focus as much on preparing the soil as we do on preparing and sowing the seed. This session is to challenge us as educators that in order to speak the truth in love we need to prepare the soil.

3–3:50 p.m.
Second Language: From Foreign to Acceptance

Paul Flores, Ph.D., Director, Liberal Studies Program; Christine Heinrichs, Principal, Walnut Elementary School; Jacqueline Lopez, undergraduate student, English

America consists of a fragmented society along cultural and linguistic lines. TESOL, teaching English to students of other languages, is part of the larger picture that ESL instruction is a component of. Rather than view speakers of other languages as foreign perhaps a consideration needs to be given for acceptance and value of multiple linguistic opportunities.  The application of sociolinguistics in the realm of TESOL can impact society leading to acceptance of all humans. Research indicates that Dual Language Immersion benefits both English language learners and English-only students because English Language Learners can achieve proficiency in reading and writing in English while also developing fluency in their native language.  In addition, English-only students can achieve proficiency in reading and writing in English while also achieving proficiency in a second language.  This effective program promotes the truth of God honoring diversity while displaying compassion to non-English speakers developing a culture of appreciation and acceptance.

3–3:50 p.m.
Social Activism: The Suit, The Mike, The Pen

Edgar Barron, Executive Director, Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity; Jordan Esqueda, undergraduate student, Youth Ministry; Michelle Rao, undergraduate student, Global Studies; Seth Brown, undergraduate student, Physics

What do Nelson Mandela, Tupac Shakur, Lauryn Hill and Maya Angelou all have in common? Join us as we take a look at the lives of these activists and see how they used their spheres of influence to engage in this conversation about social justice. Through their stories we aim to empower each other to see how we can go forth in our particular contexts with our specific skills and do the same. Not all social activists will go down in the history books, but every one of us can make a difference.

3–3:50 p.m.
Speaking in Unity: Tools for Effective Group Decision Making

Judy Hutchinson, Executive Director, Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research; Fatima Elali, Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research; Justeen Montelongo, Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research

This presentation will teach a group decision-making process developed by Edward De Bono and used by many of the Fortune 500 Corporations. Participants will participate in a fast-paced and fun interactive training session which will enable them to not only gain a basic knowledge of De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats model, but will also provide them with the opportunity for collective analysis and application. This model is relevant to majors across academia as it has proved to be effective in situations ranging from crisis intervention to creative initiatives.    

3–3:50 p.m.
Speaking the Truth in Love: The Cultural Shift Away from Vocal Expressiveness

Kirsten Humer, Department of Theater, Film and Television; Rachell Campbell, Department of Theater, Film, and Television

In this interactive presentation, we will examine the dynamic ways that we are able to speak the truth in love with our voices and practice expanding our vocal expressiveness through the use of acting exercises. During this session, we will explore the dramatic decrease in the expressive range of the speaking voice that has taken place over the last century. Professor Humer and Rachell Campbell will lead a group discussion about the history of the speaking voice and provide specific examples as to how film and television have depicted voice over the last century. The objective of the discussion is to observe what has changed, acknowledge what the change means, and complete an interactive practice into how we can use our own voices to speak the truth in love.

3–3:50 p.m.
Wrestling with God: Biblical Perspectives on Identity Disruption

Matthew Hauge, Ph.D., Department of Biblical Studies; Craig Anderson, Department of Biblical Studies

This presentation encourages Christians to embrace the concept of disrupted identity as a positive and natural experience when encountering/learning about God through the iconic stories of identity change in Jacob/Israel (OT) and Saul/Paul (NT).

3–3:50 p.m.