APU Rededicates University Village

by Shannon Linton '07

Owned by APU and affectionately called the "strawberry patch" from 1975-87, this corner lot was once blooming with red berries. Under university ownership again, more than 20 years later, this strawberry field turned apartment complex now gives APU the opportunity to create intentional community among its student population, since more than 900 students will call this corner home for years to come. Administration, faculty, staff, students, and Azusa community members gathered on August 25 to celebrate the acquisition of the complex and rededicate the former Crestview Apartments as University Village.

"Today we celebrate a significant event in APU's history, an event marked by evolution and progress," said Azusa Mayor Joseph Rocha. "This complex will not only allow the university to meet housing shortages, but also continue to reach out to the surrounding community."

APU President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, welcomed guests to the rededication ceremony and thanked the Board of Trustees and Mayor Rocha for making the acquisition possible. Wallace challenged attendees saying, "As we rededicate this facility, the highest standard for us is what our neighbors will say about us. We want this to be the continuation of a positive impact on the Azusa community."

Senior journalism major and ASB Director of Communications Jenna Schuette is excited about that positive impact. "Making residence life an integral part of this student housing will definitely support President Wallace's initiative to return to a more community-based campus," she said. "The mix of college sophomores, juniors, and seniors will also serve to deepen the community at APU and in Azusa."

During the ceremony, Wallace led attendees in the act of dedication for the newly named University Village complex, with guests agreeing in unison, "We dedicate this complex to the glory of God." Reverend Father Gustavo Castillo from St. Francis of Rome Catholic Church in Azusa ended the ceremony with a prayer over the new facility and the students and staff who will call it home.

"University Village provides a tremendous opportunity for APU to rise to a new level of intentionality with its students," said Charlie Moore, director of residence life. "To see this land return to university ownership on a much bigger scale is really exciting."

Terry Franson, vice president for student life and dean of students, echoed Moore's sentiments. "The acquisition of Crestview, now University Village, was a landmark decision that will help strengthen and build Christian community for generations to come."