March just may be the busiest month at APU this year! Students are already talking about midterms and Easter Vacation, and graduation is looming closer for anxious seniors who are prepping resumes and graduate school applications. Meanwhile, we are excited to have a number of special guest speakers on campus this month, including Billy Collins, J. Budziszewski, and Jordy Nelson.

Here's a quick look at just a few highlights from this month. Visit our online calendar for a complete schedule of events.

Common Day of Learning
Wed., March 2, 9:30 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Common Day of Learning is a campus-wide event dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and learning. On the first Wednesday of March each year, regular daytime classes and activities are suspended so that faculty, staff, and students can have an opportunity to share their recent academic discoveries with members of the campus and surrounding communities.

APU Opera: Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio (The Marriage Contract)
March 11– 12, 7:30 p.m.; March 13, 3 p.m.

La Cambiale Matrimonio is a classic fast-paced Italian comic opera in true Gioachino Rossini style. It was his first opera and one of the duets later appears again in his opera The Barber of Seville. Sunday's matinee is “family friendly” and following the performance, kids of all ages will have the opportunity to meet the cast, ask questions, or get autographs.

History Day L.A.
Sat., March 12, 9 a.m.

History Day L.A. is part of a national program that encourages students to prepare posters, exhibits, papers, websites, performances, and documentary presentations on a historical theme. More than 700 L.A. County students are expected to compete. All entries will be evaluated by judges, and the winners will advance to California History Day later on in the year.

Battle of the Big Bands: Round 8
Fri., March 18, 8 p.m. & Sat., March 19, 8 p.m.

The Battle of the Big Bands: Round 8 is an annual favorite and kindles a pleasant rivalry between Citrus College’s Blue Note Orchestra and Azusa Pacific University’s Jazz Ensemble. This year’s battle takes place at Citrus College’s Haugh Performing Arts Center. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (626) 963-9411.

Night of Champions
Sat., March 19, 2:30 – 8 p.m
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Night of Champions is a joint effort by APU and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to provide about 2,000 youth with an exciting, inspirational program and present successful role models. This year’s main speaker is Super Bowl hero, Green Bay Packer wide receiver Jordy Nelson. This year’s guests also include Jake Olson, a 12 year-old USC fan, who had his left eye removed when he was only 1 year old due to retinal blasphoma, and a performance from the Christian contemporary group, The Katrinas.

Theater Presents: Man of La Mancha
March 17-19, 24-26, & 31, 7:30 p.m.
March 20, 26, 2 p.m.

APU’s Theater Arts Program continues their spring lineup with Man of La Mancha, directed by Monica Ganas. For ticket information and other upcoming performances, visit the Theater website.

Symphony Orchestra
Thurs. March 31, 7:30 p.m.

The month of March comes to close with a Symphony Orchestra concert, under the direction of Christopher Russell, at Pomona First Baptist Church. APU’s distinguished visiting professor, Charles Stegeman, is the soloist in the beautiful Violin Concerto by American composer Samuel Barber. The program will begin and end with two of the most popular French orchestral works of all time: Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of Faun and Maurice Ravel’s Bolero.