The New Face of Science for APU

by Nina Karim '11

Kicking off the new school year, Azusa Pacific dedicated the new Segerstrom Science Center on September 3 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The most recent signature building on campus, this three-story, and 70,000 square-foot facility provides a state-of-the-art facilities for the future scientists, doctors, nurses, researchers, and teachers at APU.

Men’s Chorale opened the dedication singing “God of Wonders,” and the audience was warmly welcomed by executive vice president, David Bixby, Ed.D., who expressed appreciation to all those that made the new center possible. The Segerstrom Science Center represents the future of the biology, chemistry, math, and physics departments at Azusa Pacific University, and will be led by a world-class faculty. In the words of David Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, “Your support will help us prepare yet another generation of scientists.

” Students taking classes at the new facility will have opportunities for growth in the laboratory research field as well as move forward with a replenished source of energy and resources. President Jon Wallace, DBA, also spoke, and quoted Sir Isaac Newton in saying, “Gravity explains the motions of the planets but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done.” “For 110 years, the motto of this university has been God First, and the theology on which this university moves forward is the theology of God as Creator,” said Wallace.

“That is why on the corner of this building, inscribed in those beautiful glass panels are the words, ‘In the beginning, God created,’ and for us today, standing here, that’s a significant beginning.” At the end of the day, APU has gained more than just another new structure for West Campus.“A building is just a building unless the people in it make a difference. I am grateful for those who will continue to move this university forward,” said Wallace.