News Archive (2017)


  • 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 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 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.
  • August 3, 2017
    Forbes ranks Azusa Pacific University among the best schools in the nation for 2017. The 650 colleges listed represent the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions. APU ranks 357, up from last year’s 391.
  • July 31, 2017 by Logan Cain
    Bruce Baloian, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, delivered his final lecture, signaling the culmination of more than three decades of service at APU.
  • 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 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 9, 2017
    The CBS television show "This is LA!" featured APU alumna Annie MacAulay '11 and her floating sea camp for youth and adults.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Azusa Pacific Seminary invites the public to an evening dedicated to studying the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient artifacts on display at Grace Point Fellowship Church in Yucaipa, with Robert Duke, Ph.D., dean of the School of Theology.
  • 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 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 24, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner
    “The idea just came to me,” said Lauren Meyering, ’17, cinematic arts major and director/writer of Foolish Smarts and How to Lose Them, a student film produced as one of APU’s senior capstone projects in the Department of Cinematic Arts.
  • 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 11, 2017 by Logan Cain
    With their careers on the line, 12 APU alumni, now fourth year medical students, were matched with residencies in the specialties of their choice in a process mirroring draft day in professional sports.
  • 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 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 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 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.
  • 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 16, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner
    Surrounded by family, friends, and elected officials, California’s new Assemblymember to the 48th District Blanca E. Rubio, ’99, M.A. ’03 (D), took the oath of office before a standing-room-only crowd on January 28 at APU's Munson Chapel.
  • February 15, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University and Fellowship of Christian Athletes invite Southern California teenagers, as well as their pastors, coaches, teachers, parents, and friends to campus for a dynamic evening with Oakland Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr.
  • February 13, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University’s School of Education hosts its annual Education Hiring Fair for students, alumni, and members of the public seeking jobs in the field. The event takes place March 11. Register by March 9.
  • 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.