Welcome to Azusa Pacific University’s annual William E. and Ernest L. Boyer Common Day of Learning (CDL). Since 1993, APU has fostered its commitment to scholarship—one of the university’s Four Cornerstones—by hosting a campus-wide conference dedicated to the commemoration and celebration of academic discovery. Regular daytime activities are suspended so that faculty, staff, and students can have an opportunity to share their recent findings with each other and guests from the surrounding communities. The morning chapel session features a keynote address by a distinguished guest speaker, and members of the campus community participate in scholarly presentations throughout the day.
To promote a common discussion, conference events are planned around
a central theme. The theme for 2013—“Give Me an Understanding Heart”
(1 Kings 3:12)—defines the purpose of education as being the ability for educators to instill understanding among their students. Understanding is gained through an inquiry process, which asks questions to review general principles and inspires students to think deeply about the content. I hope that the presentations this year demonstrate that the students, staff, faculty, and administrators at APU promote an understanding heart.
HeeKap Lee, Ph.D.
CDL Faculty Director