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News Archive for 2014


September 29, 2014 by Evan Black '17
Azusa Pacific University's ZuVenturez returns as striving entrepreneurs pitch their business plans to venture capitalists in this student version of Shark Tank.
September 22, 2014 by Kayla Johnston ’16
Students, staff, and faculty look for ways to incorporate this year's university Scripture passage throughout campus.
September 19, 2014 by Evan Black '17
The Honors College at Azusa Pacific is not another reward or “academic achievement” stamp on a résumé, but rather a genuine opportunity to pursue a more rigorous education.
September 18, 2014 by Robert Mullins, Ph.D.
Azusa Pacific University continues to “dig” the Holy Land!
September 13, 2014 by Kayla Johnston ’16
Students, staff, faculty, and families headed to Trinity Lawn for the annual Fall Fest event Friday, September 5.
September 10, 2014
Azusa Pacific University earned a place in the National Universities category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2015 rankings.
September 10, 2014
APU unites with schools around the country to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17.
September 4, 2014 by Kayla Johnston ’16
Learn more about the six unique chapel options APU has to offer!
September 3, 2014 by Rachel White
Azusa Pacific University’s School of Education has launched a Superintendent-in-Residence program as evidence of its commitment to train effective educators ready to lead amidst the changing environment of the nation’s K–12 schools.
September 1, 2014 by University Relations
Jerry Duprez '75, Ph.D., wrote a humorous memoir chronicling his struggle with testicular cancer, affirming his belief that laughter and hope are the best medicine.
August 27, 2014
The Pew College Society at APU offers training opportunities for the GRE and GMAT, exams required for admission to many graduate programs.
August 25, 2014 by Caitlin Gipson
Two APU alumni selected as part of the Capitol Fellows Program, a highly competitive fellowship at the State Capitol that provides hands-on experience and training for future legislators.
August 25, 2014 by University Relations
APU's Honors College launches a new curriculum that seeks to recover the wisdom of the Christian tradition, instill moral and intellectual virtue, and reclaim the classical quest for truth, beauty, and goodness.
August 20, 2014 by Kayla Johnston ’16
New APU students: What you need to know about eating, shopping, and everything in between in the city of Azusa.
August 18, 2014 by University Relations
The university selected Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D., as the new dean of the College of Liberals Arts and Sciences, Azusa Pacific's largest academic area.
August 18, 2014 by University Relations
Called by God to the nursing profession, school nurse Zahira (Rivera '99) Orioli, PNP '05, FNP '12, cares for her patients' physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs, empowering students to live healthfully and succeed.
August 14, 2014 by Joe Reinch
Emily Sanchez '16 learned the value of hard work and enduring hope from her mother, skills she transfers to her role on APU's acrobatics and tumbling team.
August 11, 2014 by Rachel White
Advancing its mission to equip professionals ready to succeed in today’s business environment, Azusa Pacific University’s School of Business and Management (SBM) appointed two faculty to new leadership positions for the 2014–15 academic year.
August 11, 2014 by University Relations
A foster care summit designed by Robert Duke, associate professor of biblical studies, educated religious leaders about the foster care system, identifying specific programs to support and advocating unity under a common cause.
August 4, 2014 by University Relations
Azusa Pacific, celebrating its third annual Brain Awareness Week, chose the theme "Traumatic Brain Injury" as part of a national discussion advocating for smarter and safer sports.
August 4, 2014 by Evelyn Allen
A rising figure in classical opera and the broader musical arts, Darnell Abraham ’09 believes in the power of the arts to transform people and communities.
August 4, 2014 by Caitlin Gipson
From the plains of Tanzania to bustling downtown Los Angeles to the ancient streets of Jerusalem and beyond, Skyler Russell ’13 traverses the globe, capturing his adventures through the lens of his camera and firmly trusting God with his future.
July 30, 2014 by Department of Communication Studies
Journalism is one of the newest majors on the Azusa Pacific University campus, but it’s already making headlines.
July 29, 2014 by Kayla Johnston ’16
As move-in day approaches, here are a few tips for families about staying in touch when your son or daughter heads off to college.
July 28, 2014 by University Relations
Celebrating 30 years, Night of Champions is a beloved tradition, featuring dynamic speakers, top Christian music artists, engaging activities, and a presentation of the Gospel for local junior high and high school students.
July 28, 2014 by Jim Willis
In a multimedia age where stories often appear on tablets and smart phones in real time, consumers of news must discern between fact and opinion.
July 23, 2014
Azusa Pacific's 2014–15 undergraduate and graduate catalogs are now available entirely online.
July 21, 2014 by Ann Croissant
The scorched land left behind from last winter's Colby Fire stands as a reminder of the devastating effects of rampant wildfires, but also presents fertile ground for important fire ecology research.
July 21, 2014 by University Relations
Kiersti Plog '09 follows God's call to write, composing award-winning historical fiction that breaks down barriers and touches readers' hearts.
July 18, 2014 by Bethany Wagner
Mike Hestrin, JD, Riverside County district attorney and adjunct professor at APU, pursues justice in the courtroom and inspires students in the classroom.
July 14, 2014 by University Relations
Spring conferences showcased APU faculty’s scholarship along with the work of other national and international thought leaders.
July 14, 2014 by University Relations
Police officer by day and screenwriter by night, David Hedges '88 draws upon his law enforcement experience to inspire his stories including two that have captured the interest of Hollywood.
July 14, 2014 by University Relations
Zach '07 and Charis (Bauer '08) Ifland help change the tide of social welfare in Hawaii by feeding the hungry and providing programs for at-risk kids through Surfing The Nations.
July 10, 2014 by University Relations
Bronze Star Medal recipient Capt. Bill Ostan '01 reflects on his military commitment, decision to serve others, and what it truly means to be a leader.
July 7, 2014 by Cynndie Hoff
Tim Broach '81 carries on APU's legacy of empowering others for lives of service by training church leaders in Cuba to expand and strengthen their own ministries.
July 2, 2014
The university will be closed beginning at noon on Thursday, July 3, for the 4th of July holiday.
June 30, 2014 by Anita Fitzgerald Henck
The emergence of the Common Core State Standards carries significant implications for higher education institutions committed to preparing K–12 educators.
June 19, 2014
A project by APU cinematic arts alumni wins Best Student Film at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival.
June 18, 2014 by Tally Flint
For 40 years, Azusa Pacific University’s Walkabout program has trained and equipped student leaders for service.These students leave the mountain ready to apply the lessons of community, sacrifice, and reliance on God in their daily lives.
June 16, 2014
Gary Black Jr., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Advanced Studies and director of the Doctor of Ministry program in Azusa Pacific Seminary, was a guest on FOX News with Vipp Jaswal on Sunday, June 15.
June 16, 2014 by Evelyn Allen
Several Azusa Pacific alumni work and live out their faiths in the farming industry, helping cultivate small farms, innovative agricultural technology, and the relationships between farmers, consumers, and the earth.
June 11, 2014
A road closure is scheduled for the northbound lanes of Citrus Avenue at Alosta Avenue beginning Monday, June 16. Please plan accordingly.
June 2, 2014 by Alexander Jun
Alexander Jun, Ph.D., professor of higher education, embarked on a three-year research journey documenting the lives and experiences of underprivileged youth in Cambodia who thrive academically despite difficult circumstances.
May 23, 2014
The university will be closed Monday, May 26.
May 19, 2014 by Roger White
The modern library invites learning in community. Azusa Pacific's University Libraries leads the charge to adapt to the evolving needs of its users.
May 19, 2014 by University Relations
To meet the needs of its growing graduate student population, Azusa Pacific expanded support and resources available to graduate students, further developing programs and centers helping students succeed in their academic and career goals.
May 13, 2014 by Kimberly Rios '13
Graduate student Kimberly Rios embarked on a journey to the East Coast alongside 19 other students enrolled in the Young Executive Master of Arts in Management (YEMAM) program to gain a real-world perspective on how businesses work.
May 13, 2014 by Emily Leyva ’14
Students from local schools experience APU Opera’s performance of The Vanishing Bridegroom as part of an educational outreach program through the School of Music.
May 12, 2014 by University Relations
The Center for Transformational Leadership, formerly the Free Methodist Center, expands the scope of its influence and mission, providing cross-disciplinary positions to students in community service and the academy.
May 5, 2014 by Catherine R. Heinlein
While many Americans take daily vitamin and mineral supplements, most know very little about these products. Dietician and nursing professor Catherine Heinlein offers answers to maximize healthy living.
May 5, 2014 by University Relations
Keeping History Alive reaches $1 million in grant money raised for L.A. County teachers, funding upgraded classroom technology, field trips, and professional development opportunities.
May 2, 2014 by Bethany Wagner '14
Art professor Tom Dunn retires from more than a decade of committed service at APU to work with his wife on the international mission field, trusting God entirely with the rest of their lives.
April 29, 2014 by Emily Leyva '14
During a Life After Graduation event hosted by Alumni and Parent Relations, Azusa Pacific alumni share the possibilities and potential road bumps soon-to-be graduates may encounter.
April 28, 2014
The School of Adult and Professional Studies merges with Azusa Pacific Online University to create University College.
April 28, 2014 by University Relations
Graduate social work students facilitate a year-long assessment of the Azusa community to gain a better understanding of the issues local residents face and present recommendations to address them.
April 25, 2014 by Kayla Johnston '16
As summer approaches, many students are searching for jobs and internships to further their experience and enhance their résumés.
April 24, 2014 by Kate Sullivan '15
The class of 2014 anxiously awaits the momentous steps across a stage, symbolizing the end of their college journey and the beginning of God’s next chapter in their lives.
April 24, 2014 by Bethany Wagner '14
Many children in the foster care system are in dire need of caring homes. APU faculty members respond to this call, welcoming these children into their homes and showing them something many have not experienced: love.
April 21, 2014 by University Relations
APU's speech and debate team performs exceptionally well, taking first, second, and third place at the novice and junior levels, finally closing out two national tournaments.
April 21, 2014 by University Relations
Dave Canales '02 became the first Cougar to participate in a Super Bowl when Seattle defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. In the midst of this success, however, he seeks to put God and his family first.
April 15, 2014 by Kayla Johnston '16
With Earth Day approaching, see how APU has implemented sustainable practices on campus.
April 14, 2014 by University Relations
APU hosted the first Thriving in College Conference, inviting researchers, faculty members, and other professionals from schools across the country to learn about successful college student transitions.
April 10, 2014 by Kate Sullivan '15
My Friday night in Downtown Los Angeles was not the average experience of a 21-year-old.
April 7, 2014 by University Relations
APU's Special Collections celebrates 40 years of preserving the past and promoting future scholarship through historical books, manuscripts, documents, and other significant items of antiquity.
April 7, 2014 by Joe Reinsch
Rising Oakland Athletics baseball star Stephen Vogt '07 blends faith, family, and love of the game, drawing inspiration from his wife and daughter.
April 3, 2014 by Kate Sullivan '15
With each trip, Mexico Outreach deepens existing relationships and mobilizes local leaders to impact their community.
April 2, 2014 by Kayla Johnston ’16
The 2014-15 Student Government Association president looks forward to leading students to help make a Kingdom difference.
March 24, 2014
An all clear was issued for the Segerstrom Science Center and Building One on the West Campus of Azusa Pacific University.Emergency is over.
March 24, 2014 by University Relations
An ICU nurse specializing in heart and lung transplants, Glenn Grimes '11 uses his education, skills, and Christian purpose to care for and bond with patients and their loved ones.
March 24, 2014 by University Relations
This April, APU's Graduate School of Theology celebrates a 30-year heritage of God-honoring excellence, transformational service, and many alumni prepared to serve God.
March 20, 2014 by Bethany Wagner '14
APU's annual Night of Champions event celebrates 30 years of impact, inviting 4,000 junior high and high school students for a night of music, entertainment, celebrity speakers, engaging activities, and a presentation of the gospel.
March 17, 2014 by Kayla Johnston '16
After midterms wind down, students make the most of their time off to travel, serve, and visit family.
March 17, 2014 by Kate Sullivan '15
A partnership between the Special Olympics and Azusa Pacific University brings a Special Olympics basketball event featuring 12 teams of adult athletes from the San Gabriel and Los Angeles region to Felix Event Center on Sat., April 12.
March 17, 2014
Get ahead on your coursework through discounted summer school classes.
March 17, 2014 by Emily Leyva '14
Within the walls of the Hugh and Hazel Darling Library, surrounded by a world of knowledge and history, appropriately rests one of Azusa Pacific’s hidden treasures—Special Collections.
March 17, 2014 by University Relations
Jason Wyatt '93, six-time national champion shot putter and All-American linebacker, inspires youths to work hard and follow their own dreams in athletics.
March 14, 2014
The C.S. Lewis Conference will be held Thursday, March 27–Friday, March 28, at Azusa Pacific University, featuring guest speakers, a panel discussion, and student presentations.
March 10, 2014 by University Relations
As superintendent of Walnut Valley Unified School District, Robert Taylor, M.A. '97, Ed.D. '06, navigates the district's challenges, placing children first and fostering collaboration among parents and teachers.
March 10, 2014 by University Relations
A team of archaeologists, led by Robert Mullins, Ph.D., discovers a rare ancient artifact that provides important clues as excavation continues in Israel's Abel Beth Maacah.
March 3, 2014
Azusa Pacific University theology faculty Gary Black Jr. and Paul Shrier participated in a research project, funded by the Kern Family Foundation, examining the relationship between Christian professionals and their working lives.
March 3, 2014 by Caitlin Gipson
Board of Trustees chair Peggy Campbell invests in and cares for APU students, connecting with them on a personal level and inspiring joy in all she encounters.
March 3, 2014 by University Relations
A short film created by APU students and alumni garnered national recognition as a top-20 finalist in the Canon USA "Project Imaginat10n" contest judged by director Ron Howard.
February 28, 2014
The 34th Annual History Day L.A. takes place at Azusa Pacific University's West Campus on Saturday, March 1.
February 28, 2014
Improve your marriage with the 2014 Refreshing Your Marriage Conference March 14–15 at Azusa Pacific University, featuring Jim Burns, Ph.D., and Doug Fields of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family.
February 24, 2014 by Georgeann Halburian Ikuma
Henry and Betty Jo '74 Botzbach do good and give of their resources by supporting APU students, fostering their knowledge, skills, Christian values, and a drive to serve in the world.
February 24, 2014 by University Relations
The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society awarded APU's Phi Omicron Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi the 2013 award for the most outstanding chapter in the nation.
February 21, 2014 by Bethany Wagner '14
Marc Battier, Ph.D., internationally renowned musician, brings his experience and skills to APU, demonstrating new musical techniques and collaborating with the Symphony Orchestra in concert.
February 18, 2014
Azusa Pacific University presents the 22nd annual William E. and Ernest L. Boyer Common Day of Learning (CDL) on Tues., March 4.
February 17, 2014 by Diane J. Guido
Each year, vice provost for graduate programs Diane Guido, Ph.D., aids APU students in preparing applications for the prestigious international Fulbright Program, a process requiring great courage, skill, and determination.
February 17, 2014 by University Relations
APU professor Alexander Jun, Ph.D., presented his scholarly research on Cambodian orphans at a TEDx Talk, a conference series created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.”
February 13, 2014
The university will close Friday, February 14,
February 10, 2014 by Kayla Johnston '16
Azusa Pacific students have the opportunity to spend a semester living, learning, working, and serving their community in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
February 10, 2014 by Pamela M. Christian
A strong leader, Jessica Barron '05, Ph.D., left a legacy of racial reconciliation and multiethnic understanding at APU and continues to promote social justice as a post doctorate student in Durham, North Carolina.
February 10, 2014 by University Relations
APU's School of Education hosted the president of the California State Board of Education, facilitating dialogue among educational professionals and discussing the issues facing public schools today.
February 3, 2014 by Joe Reinsch
Jackie Slater, M.A. '14, member of the NFL Hall of Fame, brings his strong leadership skills, humility, and sharp intellect to APU's football team as offensive line coach.
January 28, 2014 by Kate Sullivan '15
Hoping to inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, Azusa Pacific University hosted more than 300 San Gabriel Valley Boy Scouts for a day of interactive learning at the Segerstrom Science Center.
January 27, 2014 by Cynndie Hoff
As one of the leading cardiologists in the nation, APU's Alumnus of the Year Matthews Chacko '93, MD, uses his skills and talents to fight cardiovascular disease.
January 27, 2014 by University Relations
Azusa Pacific earns a place of recognition among the nation's most prestigious universities in the 2014 U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton Review.
January 20, 2014 by University Relations
New opportunities and exciting changes marked the 2012–13 academic year for Azusa Pacific University.
January 20, 2014 by Jon R. Wallace, Keven W. Mannoia, and Kenneth Waters Sr.
This year, the Apostle Paul's words in Ephesians 4 provides a foundation for APU, a university community rooted in love, grace, and Christ.
January 17, 2014 by Brendon Cadmen '13 with Laurie Schreiner, Ph.D.
Transitioning from high school to college can be an experience that is both exciting and daunting. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for this important transition.