April. Spring. Spring fever. Easter Vacation. Finals. Graduation. Just a few of the things on students' mind this month as they anxiously count down to the end of another semester. It's timely that April is Stress Awareness Month. For those who, like our students, are quite aware of stress, here are a few tips from Jim Burns, Ph.D., executive director of APU's HomeWord Center for Youth and Family: Lighten Up! Five Tips for Eliminating Stress.

We're getting close to wrapping up another traditional academic year, but things don't slow down here at APU. Here's a glance at a few activities taking place this month:

Theater Presents: Man of La Mancha
Sat., April. 1-2

APU’s Theater Arts Program concludes their spring lineup with the final weekend of Man of La Mancha, directed by Monica Ganas, Ph.D., co-chair of the Department of Theater, Film, and Television.

C.H.A.M.P. Graduation
Tues., April 5, 2011

The College Headed and Mighty Proud semester-long program culminates with a graduation ceremony for the fourth-grade participants who have committed to pursuing college. Approximately 250 students from Lee Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary School, and Powell Elementary School will be recognized and receive a certificate from APU.

First Convocation of the Hispanic Theological Center
Thurs., April 7, 6:30 p.m. and Sat., April 9, 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Justo Gonzalez, Ph.D., an author and Latin America historian is the keynote speaker for this convocation for APU’s Hispanic Theological Center. Gonzalez will discuss the “Spiritual Acts” to clarify and discuss questions on the historical development of the Church, and the ministry direction through the multicultural context of Southern California.

University Choir and Orchestra: 30th Annual Reunion Concert
Sat., April. 9, 6 p.m
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The 30th Anniversary Reunion Concert honors the heritage and legacy of Azusa Pacific’s University Choir and Orchestra. More than 350 APU alumni are expected to participate. The concert takes place at Yorba Linda Friends Church in Yorba Linda.

Azusa Scholars 10 Year Celebration
Thurs., April 14, 11:30 a.m.

The Nancy Moore Azusa Citizen’s Scholarship celebrates their 10th anniversary with a special luncheon at Aldolinos. Current and alumni scholars, as well faculty and staff, mentors, and others will be present for this historic occasion.

Azusa Reads Year-End Celebration
Thurs., April 14, 4 p.m.

APU’s Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research and the Azusa City Library hosts the year-end celebration for Azusa Reads, at the Azusa Library. In the 11 year history of the program, more than 1,580 students have participated, with an estimated 7,145 hours of free tutoring.

Mexico Outreach
April 16–22

APU students will once again serve in the Mexico Outreach during Easter Vacation. About 200 APU students and nearly 2,000 high school students from around the nation spend a week in Ensenda and Mexicali serving in the local community and spreading the Gospel.

Easter Vacation
April 18–25

University offices will be closed Fri., April 22, for Good Friday.