News Archive (2017)

  • December 8, 2017
    Approximately 1,335 students will graduate from Azusa Pacific University on Sat., December 16, 2017, at the university’s winter commencement ceremonies.
  • December 5, 2017
    A new independent economic impact study shows that Azusa Pacific University contributes significantly to its immediate neighbors in the city of Azusa, directly enhancing the quality of life for thousands of people.
  • December 4, 2017 by Micah McDaniel
    Just four years into his head coaching career, Azusa Pacific head football coach Victor Santa Cruz, M.A. ’10, considered throwing in the towel.
  • November 16, 2017 by Cynndie Hoff
    In honor of the late Kimasi Browne, Ph.D., Danielle Harris '16, M.S.'18 organized a 10-day trip with 19 students, faculty, staff and parents that aimed to learn how the past experiences of African Americans have impacted their present-day reality.
  • November 15, 2017
    APU alumnus Jonathan Garcia '11 is recognized by Forbes in their 2018 edition of 30 Under 30 for his work in education.
  • November 7, 2017
    Inside Higher Ed features book co-authored by APU faculty members discussing the importance of celebrating the gift of diversity.
  • November 6, 2017 by University Relations
    Day and night, in hospitals throughout the nation, thousands of dedicated nurses go above and beyond the call of duty, spending countless hours doing what they love and often paying a painful price for their sacrifice.
  • October 30, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University presents its second annual Salute to Heroes Football Game on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m., at the Citrus College Stadium.
  • October 30, 2017 by Cynndie Hoff
    The escalating racial tension throughout the country highlights the need for serious conversations that lead to paradigm-shifting actions. Christian colleges and universities carry a responsibility for the biblical tenets of celebrating diversity.
  • October 30, 2017 by University Relations
    Azusa Pacific’s new Master of Science in Child Life, slated to launch in fall 2017, equips graduates to serve this vulnerable population within a Christian framework.
  • October 24, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College invite the community to pay tribute to our military men and women at the annual Saluting Our Veterans event on Wed., Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m., on the Citrus College Campus Center Mall.
  • October 23, 2017 by Bethany Wagner
    Last December, another round of missiles and bombs struck the war-torn city of Aleppo, Syria. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians had already lost their lives to nationwide civil war, and citizens waited in terror each time another airstrike approached.
  • October 16, 2017 by Micah McDaniel
    Life as a student-athlete involves a unique set of challenges, and multiple studies have shown that more than half of all athletes experience heavy stress related to their sport in the form of pressure to win, extreme anxiety, and fear of failure.
  • October 13, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Azusa Pacific University alumna Jessica Ng ’10, is the founder of Body Juice, a business meant to promote a healthy lifestyle while also supporting efforts to end human trafficking.
  • October 13, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner ’18
    This fall, Azusa Pacific University’s Department of Communication Studies’ journalism program launched a long awaited rebranding of its four media outlets.
  • October 9, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner ’18
    This October marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and its lasting global impact on the Church, culture, art, and politics. At APU, a library exhibit and a cross-discplinary conference commemorate this momentous event.
  • October 5, 2017
    Left on a doorstep as a baby, Terrell Watson, a 2015 graduate of Azusa Pacific University, is living his dream with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • October 3, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    For three weeks this past summer I had the privilege of joining 14 of the best and brightest public relations and communications students from Azusa Pacific University on a short term study abroad experience in Spain.
  • October 2, 2017 by Bethany Wagner
    AFter graduating, Sara (Hickenbottom ’14) Tillema had her career goals in place: earning a Master of Divinity and working in a full-time ministry position. Her minors in religion and humanities proved the tipping point in discovering her calling.
  • October 2, 2017 by Robert Mullins, Ph.D.
    This past summer marked the fifth year of Azusa Pacific University’s archaeological excavation at Abel Beth Maacah with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • September 25, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner ’18
    In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Azusa Pacific University is answering the call to help. The Center for Student Action (CSA) is raising funds and mobilizing teams to assist with disaster relief.
  • September 25, 2017 by Cynndie Hoff
    Azusa Pacific seeks to bridge that gap by producing competitive, skilled graduates prepared to thrive in many of the state’s fastest-growing occupations.
  • September 22, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University Theater commences it’s 23rd season with the Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods. The show runs October 5-15, with Thursday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday performances at 2 p.m.
  • September 18, 2017 by Paul Kaak, Ph.D.
    Faith integration sounds like fitting rhetoric for a Christian university, and a worthy pursuit, but what does it mean? How do faculty members incorporate the viewpoints of the Christian faith into their curricula?
  • September 18, 2017 by University Relations
    Celebrating the challenges and triumphs inherent in mathematics education, Azusa Pacific hosted the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s (LACOE) Math Field Day.
  • September 11, 2017 by University Relations
    More than 75 Southern California school districts sent representatives to meet with APU education students at the annual Education Hiring Fair. The event enables students to complement their résumés with personal connections and conversations.
  • September 11, 2017 by University Relations
    Azusa Pacific joined Biola University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Pepperdine University, to host the second annual Advancing Women in Leadership in Christian Higher Education Conference.
  • September 11, 2017 by Evelyn Allen
    “Our family’s journey from Vietnam to the U.S. succeeded because everyone shared a vision of where we were going and what we needed to do to get there,” said Lawe. Now a leader in education, Lawe creates a common mission among those she serves.
  • September 8, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University earned a place in the National Universities category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2018 rankings, positioned alongside premier universities such as Princeton, Stanford, and UCLA.
  • September 6, 2017
    While these are uncertain times, APU reaffirms its support for every student in our community, regardless of immigration status or national origin, and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and nondiscrimination.
  • September 5, 2017
    APU's Center for Research in Science hosts "Gene Editing: Who Draws the Line? The science, ethics, and advances of CRISPR," featuring a collaborative discussion with renowned experts in the fields of genetics and ethics.
  • September 5, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner ’18
    With professors and students recognized for their advanced research and commitment to selfless service, Azusa Pacific University’s School of Nursing creates the finest nurses in the nation.
  • September 5, 2017 by Caitlin Gipson
    What does it mean to be “well”? APU supports students, faculty, and staff in the development of a wellness mindset, laying a sound personal foundation for making a difference in the world.
  • September 1, 2017
    Featured in the New York Times, APU alumni Paul Ward '11 and Tyler Endres '11 own the first of its kind Esports Arena in the U.S. where they recently hosted a televised video game tournament with a grand prize of $100,000.
  • August 25, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner ’18
    Steven Schmidt ’17, commercial music major, and friend Christian Guerrero, received the first Charles Dodgson Award from USC's Wonderland Award Competition for their musical Mad World, which tells the story behind Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
  • August 14, 2017
    In the face of tragic circumstances that took place in Charlottesville,Virginia, Azusa Pacific stands at the foot of the cross in love of God and neighbor—all the people of God.
  • August 7, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University's School of Nursing is ranked in the top 10 nursing programs in the United States, according to USA Today.
  • August 4, 2017
    Five teams comprised of Azusa Pacific University alumni and students will present their final pitch to a room of investors, donors, and business leaders, hoping to secure support for their innovative start-ups at Zuventurez INCUBATE.
  • July 31, 2017 by Cynndie Hoff
    Studies indicate that the shift in focus from pure intellectual exploration to job preparation has neither increased the value of higher education nor rendered graduates more marketable.
  • July 28, 2017
    Monrovia Unified School District is partnering with Azusa Pacific University to create a pathway to college for Monrovia’s High School with guaranteed admittance and a $10,000 renewable scholarship.
  • July 24, 2017 by Cynndie Hoff
    This fall, Azusa Pacific's South Africa Semester celebrates 10 years of building relational bridges between people and cultures.
  • July 24, 2017 by Micah McDaniel
    Collegiate baseball has taken Michael Fairchild ’17 down a challenging road. From coast to coast, with Hawaii and Alaska added in, he has developed as a player, met people from all walks of life, and along the way, grew up.
  • July 20, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University and Upland Unified School District (UUSD) are joining together to create a pathway to college for Upland’s high school students with guaranteed admittance to APU and a $10,000 renewable scholarship.
  • July 13, 2017
    Azusa Unified School District and Azusa Pacific University are creating an additional pathway to college for students who attend Azusa and Gladstone high schools, including guaranteed admittance to APU and a $10,000 renewable scholarship.
  • June 27, 2017
    Glendora Unified School District and Azusa Pacific University are joining together to create a pathway to college for Glendora High School students, including guaranteed admittance to APU and a $10,000 renewable scholarship.
  • June 26, 2017 by Deshonna Collier-Goubil
    As citizens increasingly call for justice and accountability in the actions of criminal justice professionals, many positive steps can help raise the bar, such as training, technology, higher education requirements, and accountability for wrongdoers.
  • June 20, 2017
    Covina-Valley Unified School District is partnering with Azusa Pacific University to provide Covina, Northview, and South Hills high school students who meet admissions requirements with guaranteed admittance to APU and a $10,000 scholarship.
  • June 19, 2017 by Rachel White
    The January 28, 2017, in-district swearing-in ceremony marked Rubio’s inauguration as California assemblywoman for the 48th District, representing approximately half a million residents in the cities of Azusa, Covina, Duarte, Glendora, and more.
  • June 14, 2017
    Duarte High School students who meet admissions requirements will receive guaranteed admittance to APU, a $10,000 renewable scholarship, application fee waiver, and support with the application process.
  • June 12, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University launches its 2017 Summertime Challenge, a campus-wide, eight-week fitness initiative with Olympic gold and silver medalist Bryan Clay ’03, creator of PK Fitness.
  • June 12, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Among thousands of remarkable educators, Martinez is one of only four recognized with the prestigious 2017 New Teacher Project Fishman Prize. Martinez receives $25,000 and the opportunity to participate in a summer residency program.
  • June 12, 2017 by University Relations
    Preparing competent, competitive, and ethical leaders, Azusa Pacific’s new Master of Science in Biotechnology equips graduates to make significant contributions to and profoundly influence this emerging science field.
  • June 8, 2017 by University Relations
    Photographer Mark Visser ’12 presents a study in contrasts. At an imposing 6 feet 3 inches, he often lives out of the back of his truck traveling the country and photographing vast wilderness scenes with human subjects, nearly lost in the scale.
  • June 8, 2017 by University Relations
    Engaging in the growing opportunities for undergraduate research at Azusa Pacific, two students gained national recognition for their scholarly achievements.
  • June 5, 2017 by John M. Thornton
    The topic of money confuses many Christians. And no wonder. At first blush, Jesus’ financial advice seems terrible. “Blessed are the poor.” How can that be?
  • May 25, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    The Office of the Provost and the Academic Cabinet recognized several APU faculty with awards for teaching excellence at the 2017 Annual Faculty Luncheon.
  • May 23, 2017
    Azusa, CA (2017) — LA County teachers will gather at APU on July 28, 2017, for the third annual Better Together: Now More Than Ever, California Teachers Summit, a free statewide day of learning and networking open to California educators.
  • May 22, 2017 by University Relations
    APU hosted the first Faith and Spirituality Integrated SBIRT Network Training Summit at the beginning of the academic year leading efforts in establishing a partnership with five faith-based universities and the County Department of Mental Health.
  • May 17, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University announces the long-awaited formal publication of rare Dead Sea Scroll (DSS) manuscripts from its Special Collections library in the prestigious Princeton Theological Seminary Dead Sea Scrolls Project series.
  • May 17, 2017 by Joseph Bentz, Ph.D.
    Joseph Bentz, Ph.D., English professor, asserts that college is more than preparation for life. The years spent in college are real years and some moments are life-changing.
  • May 15, 2017 by Logan Cain
    Azusa Pacific University graduate student Leo Jimenez Chavez was one of only 2,000 applicants nationwide awarded a $114,000 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will fully fund his studies for the next three years.
  • May 15, 2017 by University Relations
    The university hosted its second annual Disability Awareness Week, founded on the principles of Imago Dei (the image of God) and Azusa Pacific’s biblical perspective on diversity.
  • May 8, 2017 by Micah McDaniel
    In 1997, Matt Paye ’98's human resource professor, Rob McKenna, Ph.D., tasked the class with capturing in one word what they wanted to do with their life, Paye said “Create.” That one word shaped the course of his marketing career.
  • May 8, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Azusa Pacific University’s Military and Veteran Services recognized 42 veterans, 7 cadet, and 5 Ahmanson scholars with a special ceremony in their honor.
  • May 1, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Azusa Pacific University graduate assistant conductor of the APU Symphony Orchestra and Opera, Diego Barbosa-Vásquez was recently named as a Colombian Country Brand Ambassador.
  • May 1, 2017 by University Relations
    As more and more students seek the advantages of an advanced degree, Azusa Pacific continually constructs comprehensive resources for mentorships, networking, and job placement.
  • May 1, 2017 by Bethany Wagner
    SGA presidents play a vital role at APU, articulating the concerns and needs of nearly 6,000 undergraduate students and leading 25 elected student officials.
  • April 27, 2017
    Approximately 1,702 students will graduate from Azusa Pacific University on Sat., May 6, 2017, at the university’s spring commencement ceremonies.
  • April 24, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University hosts a dedication of its Orange County Regional Campus on Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m.
  • April 24, 2017 by University Relations
    The Department of Higher Education welcomed Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., professor in the Graduate School of Education, as the featured speaker of the Critical Issues in Higher Education seminar in late summer.
  • April 24, 2017 by Jon Milhon ’87, Ph.D.
    Sarah O’Dell ’16 is an academic, who loves to learn. She loves the process of becoming broadly educated and believes it is connected to her calling. Her proficiency in research led to acceptance into MD/Ph.D. programs with still more interviews.
  • April 17, 2017 by University Relations
    Mark Szpakiewicz held a recital at Azusa Pacific to raise funds for the Soma Children’s Orchestra in Fukushima, Japan—a cause close to his heart.
  • April 17, 2017 by Chris Adams, Ph.D.
    APU invests in the support of ministry leaders through the launch of the Center for Vocational Ministry, which cultivates resilience in ministry students and leaders. The center provides resources enabling participants to flourish in ministry.
  • April 13, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Commemorating the final day of Jesus on earth, Azusa Pacific University exhibits the Stations of the Cross on West Campus in the Duke Hallway.
  • April 12, 2017
    An expert in customer satisfaction, Azusa Pacific University business professor Julia Underwood comments on the United Airlines incident for the Los Angeles Times.
  • April 11, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner
    Azusa Pacific University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program gives students the opportunity to master new technology used in clinical practice through the iPad one-to-one program.
  • April 10, 2017 by Univeristy Relations
    Modeling uncommon civility in discourse and action, former congressmen Tony Hall and Frank Wolf addressed the APU community engaging the audience in a conversation about religious freedom, justice, human rights, and bipartisan cooperation.
  • April 10, 2017 by Caitlin Gipson
    Andrew Svehaug ’08, MBA ’09, as a high school sophomore,won the national chess championship for his age group. The title brought opportunities to tutor younger students, which led to the experience that changed everything.
  • April 7, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Azusa Pacific hosted its second TEDx event with seven faculty experts presenting their ideas on inspiring innovation and meaning.
  • April 4, 2017
    The Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation recently awarded Azusa Pacific University a $750,000 grant to support the establishment of a Center for Public Affairs.
  • April 3, 2017 by University Relations
    APU Libraries hosted a free workshop for Los Angeles County teachers, to collaborate on innovative ways to make history more relevant to 21st-century students. The workshop focused on potential projects for the annual History Day L.A.
  • April 3, 2017 by University Relations
    Archaeologist Robert Mullins, Ph.D., professor of biblical studies, and his team unearthed a stone seal dating back approximately 3,000 years.
  • April 3, 2017 by Ryan Montague, Ph.D.
    When it comes to God, nothing is random—a reason lies behind everything. He is developing a larger story, even when we do not understand or recognize it from our limited point of view.
  • April 3, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Azusa Pacific recently introduced a new mobile dining option. Students, faculty, and staff can experience this restaurant-on-wheels, featuring quality gourmet fare at a reasonable price.
  • March 22, 2017 by Abigail Elizabeth Peck
    At Azusa Pacific University’s core are faculty and staff members committed to serving their community with a spirit of care and authenticity. Exemplifying this calling, is APU trolley driver Tina Ellison.
  • March 15, 2017
    APU joins Biola University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Pepperdine University, in collaboration with the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), to host the Advancing Women in Leadership in Christian Higher Education Conference.
  • March 15, 2017
    The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities has received a grant of $100,000 in order to conduct research on the economic impact of Christian higher education.
  • March 14, 2017
    A significant partnership between Azusa Pacific University and the Charter Oak Unified School District creates a pathway to college for Charter Oak High School students.
  • March 13, 2017
    This independently organized, ticketed event, licensed by TED, and sponsored by APU’s Center for Research on Ethics and Values (CREV), will feature special speakers and TED Talk videos, supporting the theme “Innovation.”
  • March 2, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner
    Mexico Outreach is a long-standing tradition at APU, deeply cherished among students and alumni. Mobilizing students and local churches since 1970, this spring's trip runs from March 4-10 and involves approximately 250 APU students.
  • February 28, 2017 by Abigail Elizabeth Peck
    Luchy Binet Guerra, executive assistant to the executive vice president, recently received an unexpected honor from her former employer, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • January 25, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Smith Hall resident advisors camped out to be first in line for the grand reopening of the Cougars' Den. “Camping outside the den started as a joke, but we realized that we had to see the transformation before anyone else,” said Sam Carleton.
  • January 18, 2017 by University Relations
    Azusa Pacific’s Anupama Jacob, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Social Work, named as the next emerging scholar for the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC).
  • January 17, 2017 by University Relations
    From comforting soldiers to coaching swimmers, Michael-David “Mo” Morales ’00, seeks to strengthen spirituality in others and train up young leaders for faith-based and secular environments.
  • January 9, 2017
    APU alumna Grace Eleyae '09, inventor of Satin Lined Caps (SLAPS), is recognized by Huffington Post as an African American female founder dominating the market in 2016.
  • January 7, 2017 by Micah McDaniel
    “APU has made me more confident, and I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d be doing had I not found this place. Track and field is something I do, but it’s not who I am.”
  • January 4, 2017 by University Relations
    Azusa Pacific seeks to reflect diversity in every aspect of its living and learning environment. The Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity supervises the Mosaic Caucus, an advisory group representing undergraduate student populations.
  • January 3, 2017 by University Relations
    In 2011, Katy Ann Gilmore, MFA ’14, made the drive from her home in Southern Illinois to Azusa, California. Influenced by the shifting landscapes on that drive, she used pen and pencil, and mixed media to bring topographical forms to life.
  • January 3, 2017 by University Relations
    In 2014, Waks, recipient of the 2013 APU Servant Leadership Award and a student in the Master of Divinity program at PTS, saw the potential of a new journal featuring the work of leading theologians to impact today’s Church.

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