Relating for Results

Just four years into his head coaching career, Azusa Pacific head football coach Victor Santa Cruz, M.A. ’10, considered throwing in the towel. Read more

Conversations Around The Table

A wonderfully warm fall evening on Azusa Pacific University’s Cougar Walk proved the perfect backdrop for a meal shared between classmates, coworkers, colleagues, and new friends.Read more


Handle with Care

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.Read more


Diversity Matters

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.Read more

500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church on October 31, 1517, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation. This year commemorates the 500th anniversary of that historic event and its remarkable impact.Read more

Resilient Hope

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.Read more

Faith, Family, and FCA

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.Read more

Juice Bar Benefits Body and Soul

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.Read more

Remembering the Reformation: 500 Years of History

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. Read more

Studying Abroad in Spain: A PR Student's Story

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.Read more

Abel Beth Maacah Dig Update

This past summer marked the fifth year of Azusa Pacific University’s archaeological excavation at Abel Beth Maacah with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.Read more


One Couple’s Journey Inspires Thousands

Phil and Alex Congelliere ’10 started a Youtube channel that explores infertility and adoption. Garnering nearly 50,000 subscribers, they entered Zuventurez INCUBATE, an 18-week program designed to help students and alumni achieve success. Read more

In the Aftermath: Answering the Call to Help

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.Read more

Biotech Leader Partners with APU

APU partners with Guillermo “Willie” Zuniga, president and CEO of Grifols, upon the launch of APU's Master of Science in Biotechnology program, creating a pipeline between the academy and industry. Read more

Academic Faith Integration: An APU Distinctive

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? Read more

Education Hiring Fair Connects Students and Employers

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.Read more

Eyes to See the Possibilities

“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.Read more

Healing Mind, Body, and Soul

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.Read more

All Well and Good

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.Read more


Finding Success in the Mad World of Music

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.Read more


Growing Up the Winding Road

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. Read more

APU Forensics Team Achieves National Recognition

Competing against dozens of nationally ranked universities, APU’s 2016-17 forensics team beat the odds, bringing home sweeps trophies, earning national recognition, and scoring fourth among U.S. Christian colleges and universities. Read more

God’s Design in Bacteria

Many of the recent findings in microbiology illustrate God’s good purpose in creating bacteria and allow us to marvel at the intricate and complex relationships God created among all His creatures.Read more


Professor Black Goes to Hollywood

Lionsgate interviewed Gary Black Jr., Ph.D., associate professor in the Honors College, about the Christian themes in The Shack, their film adaptation of the bestselling novel, for a special feature that appears on the recently released DVD.Read more

Justice For All

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.Read more

Educator’s Calling Leads to Sacramento

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.Read more

APU Alumnus Named Top Teacher with National Prize

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.Read more

Cougar InterView—Mark Visser ’12

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.Read more

Maximize Your Eternal Networth

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?Read more


APU Hosts Faith-based SBIRT Training

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.Read more

What Happens in College is Real

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.Read more

APU Graduate Student Awarded $114,000 Science Grant

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. Read more

It Payes to Create

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.Read more

Leadership by Association

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.Read more


APU Hosts Race Matters in College Seminar

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.Read more

Film Students on Set Learn 'Reel' World Skills

“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.Read more

Anatomy of a Learner

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.Read more

Tending the Shepherds: Helping Ministers to Thrive

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.Read more

Former Statesmen Discuss Bipartisan Civility

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. Read more

Cracking the Code to Student Success

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.Read more

Survival Instincts

Oliver Petty ’12, M.A. ’13 heard of APU through a friend, and two weeks before the 2008 season began, dropped off his highlight film with the coaches. After the coaching staff watched the film, Petty was offered a roster spot. Read more

APU Introduces The Truck

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.Read more


Tina Ellison: Driven to Serve

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.Read more

Mexico Outreach Commissions Students to Mexicali

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.Read more


But You Don't Look Sick

Throughout Disability Awareness Week, various activities take place to inspire conversations on the topic of disability and remind the community that each student possesses unique abilities and perspectives that are greater than their impairments.Read more

Why La La Land Matters

APU film and theater experts discuss the acclaim of La La Land, Damien Chazzele’s vibrant, dreamlike musical, and this year’s top grossing Oscar-nominated movie. Read more

Assembly member's Swearing-in Encourages Optimism

Surrounded by family, friends, and elected officials, California’s new Assembly member 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.Read more

Recovering the Evangelism in Evangelical

Amy Black, Ph.D., author and professor of political science at Wheaton College, addressed APU with her lecture, “Evangelicals and American Politics: Obstacles and Opportunities,” stressing that evangelical identity needs to be rooted in Christ.Read more

Why Bioethics Matters in Biotechnology

David Dyer, Ph.D., executive director of Azusa Pacific's master's in biotechnology program, discusses the importance of bioethics, from a Christian perspective, in the quickly advancing field of biotechnology.Read more


Cougars Pack the New Den

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. Read more

Catholic Bishop's Visit to Campus Inspires Hope

When Bishop David Gerard O’Connell, Episcopal Vicar of the San Gabriel Pastoral Region, under the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, walked onto campus the occasion marked the first time APU hosted a pastoral visit by a Catholic bishop.Read more

APU Named to President’s Honor Roll

Azusa Pacific earns a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the 9th time. The award affirms APU’s on-going commitment to God-honoring excellence in service.Read more

Right on Track

“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.”Read more

Mosaic Caucus Creates Racial Bias Awareness

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.Read more

The Landscape of an Artist

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.Read more

Love the Lord with All Your Mind

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.Read more