2003

APU Names Vice Provosts: APU appoints Diane Guido, Ph.D., as vice provost for undergraduate programs and Rosemary Leigler, Ph.D., as vice provost for graduate and adult programs. As vice provosts, they assist in the development and administration of the quality of APU’s academic programs.

T.E.A.M. Premier Youth Leadership Institute Event: More than 100 high school upperclassmen take the opportunity to receive training for leadership during T.E.A.M., the Youth Leadership Institute’s (YLI) premier ministry training event. Gathering leaders from several churches in the area, the program identifies and equips attendants with future and present ministry challenges.

Trinity Hall Opens: Trinity Hall opens in September offering new housing to 350 freshman students. A five-story, 103,000 square foot dorm, this building is the largest on campus, facilitating the community with prayer rooms and meeting rooms.

APU Acquires Presidential Signature Collection: Consisting of signatures from each United States President since George Washington, APU’s Presidential Signature Collection, donated by archivist Monsignor Francis J. Weber, is housed in the Thomas F. Andrews room of the Hugh and Hazel Darling Library. The collection of documents includes a Revolutionary War discharge signed by George Washington and a pardon signed by Abraham Lincoln.

A Taste of the Town: The Azusa Chamber of Commerce and APU initiate the first Taste of the Town, sampling foods from local vendors in an effort to discover local dining. Gathering on APU’s West Campus during Azusa’s Golden Days celebration, these vendors give students and community members a chance to listen to entertainment while tasting dishes from well-known and undiscovered restaurants in the area.

Duke Academic Complex Completed: The John and Marilyn Duke Academic Complex is completed, bringing an additional 12 classrooms, 6 seminar rooms, a lecture hall, 40 faculty offices, an art gallery, and a theology library to APU’s West Campus. The $13.5 million project marks the need to accommodate APU’s growing population, supporting academic excellence through state-of-the-art facilities.

Women’s Track and Field National Championships: Mike Barnett leads APU women’s track and field team in their first-ever NAIA Outdoor Women’s Track and Field national championship. During three days of competition, the effort in scoring throws, distances, and jumps puts APU in first place, adding to the 21 NAIA championships for APU sports.

APU Dedicates Ventura County Regional Center: With more than 175 people present, including APU administration, board members, faculty, staff, and students, APU dedicates the Ventura County Regional Center’s new location in Oxnard. The Ventura County Regional Center strives to meet the educational goals of the regional counties, while advancing the mission and four cornerstones of APU.