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Beyond Measure

Rick ’79 and Robyn (Delamarter ’80) Dillon support the importance of community and connection through their significant gift to the university to underwrite the transformation of Adams field. Read more

Alumni Interview – Naisa Wong

Naisa Wong ’00 and ’01, a Los Angeles-based director and producer, reflects on APU’s influence on her life and career as she assumes the new role as an adjunct professor in the Department of Theater, Film, and Television. Read more

APU Shared Vision

President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, shares the university vision for the next 10 years, focused on mission, academic reputation, valuing people, and financial excellence. Read more

Five Reasons to Find an Internship Now!

The 2010 census data demonstrates the wrenching impact of the recession on 20-somethings in search of jobs, but having an internship in college can help thwart the recession's impact.Read more


Called by Name

John Oduro ’67, APU’s 2011 Alumnus of the Year, has dedicated himself to pursing God’s call for his life, providing an excellent example of a life lived in pursuit of servant leadership and in faithful obedience to the Lord.Read more

Difference Makers

Three APU Education alumni use their gifts to transform their schools’ campuses and students’ lives. Read more


Censoring A Classic

Joseph Bentz, Ph.D., professor in the Department of English, examines the impact of words in Mark Twain's controversial and classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, affirming the value of great literature to challenge and inspire. Read more

Celebrating Azusa

On October 8, 2011, Azusa Pacific University students participated in the local Azusa Golden Days celebration.Read more

New Dining Experiences

Over the summer, Azusa Pacific made changes to the dining facilities throughout campus. The new school year brings new menus, more options, added space, and an overall better experience for students eating on campus. Read more

Cougar Interview – Craig Wallace

Craig Wallace, executive director of alumni and parent relations, discusses APU’s beloved annual Homecoming and Family Weekend and highlights its significance for students, alumni, and their parents.Read more


City Links Surrounded by Love

Jazmin Bennett '14 and her Alpha group headed to Canyon Christian Fellowship, a local church in Azusa, for City Links, Azusa Pacific’s annual service event that takes place three consecutive weekends in September to October. Read more

Remaining Civil in a World of Conflict

Bala A. Musa, Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of Communication Studies, examines the influential role of civility in building community and transforming moral conflict. Read more

NCAA DII: A New Era for APU Athletics

With its acceptance into the NCAA DII, Azusa Pacific University ushers in a new era of Cougar athletic competition, providing opportunities that go beyond winning championships.Read more

Meet Your New Campus Pastor

Khristi Adams, M.Div., Azusa Pacific’s newest campus pastor, New Jersey native, and Knicks fan, is excited about journeying through Scripture with students. Read more

College: Still a Great Investment

A recent study reported by the Los Angeles Times has determined that college is one of the best financial investments a person can make in his or her lifetime.Read more

Thriving in College

Research conducted by faculty and students in APU’s doctoral programs in higher education offers a new vision for student success—one that encompasses the whole person and focuses on not just surviving college, but also thriving.Read more


Having Faith to Move a Mountain

It wasn’t until his junior year that Grant Bridges felt ready, spiritually and mentally, to embark on a journey that would not only challenge his faith, but open his heart to new understandings as well.Read more

Goal Tending

Harlem Globetrotter showman Kevin “Special K” Daley testifies to the value of education, making him a role model both on and off the court.Read more

Borderless Education

Tina Jin earned a prestigious APU degree from her hometown in China, making her the first APU student ever to complete an entire program online and off site.Read more

Sudden Impact

More than 25 years after joining the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, alumnus Ron Cochran still provides a compelling example of how God uses Christians, whatever their chosen profession, as agents for change.Read more


Inspiring Student Leadership

APU hosted this year’s Student Leadership Conference, led by Doug Fields, which encouraged and inspired hundreds of high school students to make a difference in their homes, schools, churches, and communities. Read more

Alumni Interview: Ghahre Pascale ’02

Born in Iran and adopted by American parents, Ghahre Pascale’s cultural blend gives him unique insight into the value of global citizenship, the plight of Iranian Christians, and making a Kingdom impact around the world.Read more

Mission: Possible

Joe and Lori Lawson credit their years at APU with not only preparing them to lead Petrescue Bible Institute—an adult college for refugees in Egypt—but also for teaching them about servant leadership and being true to their beliefs.Read more

Summer Reading Picks from APU Faculty

Summer offers time for many students to read books for fun! With so many books out there, it may to hard to pick the perfect one. Azusa Pacific professors come the rescue with their summer reading suggestions. Read more


APU Unveils Galileo Film Studio

With the help of director Barbara Harrington and a private donor, Azusa Pacific University recently unveiled its newest addition, the Galileo Film Studio. What makes this studio stand out from others? The 3D capabilities it offers.Read more

Books—The Next Chapter

The beauty of printed words remains clear, yet the increasing popularity of ebooks may spell an end to the widespread use of physical books as we know them.Read more

Summer Reflection Brings Connection

Both educators and students alike struggle to ensure that classroom learning is not lost during summer break, but what about the spiritual growth students experienced last semester? Read more

WASC Visit Brings Positive Report

APU’s reaccreditation process through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) continued with the Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR) March 9–11.Read more

Major League Character

Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ ’09 rapid ascent up the professional baseball ladder only adds to the poise and humility of a man and athlete beyond his years.Read more

Missional Mindset Maintained

More than 200 Azusa Pacific students, staff, and alumni travel around the world for missions each year. But sometimes, the most amazing stories are of people who continue to serve those ministries at home.Read more

The Nurse in Chief

Despite the rising costs, diminishing benefits, and controversial insurance coverage of today's health care system, lifelong nurse Darlena Stevens, Ph.D. '09, believes it's a great time to infuse strong Christian values into the nursing field.Read more

Best Places for Student Prayer

Since 1899, Azusa Pacific University has held tightly to its God First motto, encouraging students to grow in their relationship with God and offering quiet places on campus to enable students to spend time in prayer and worship.Read more


The Miracle

Touched by the presence of God during a bout with cancer, Marvin Mardock, Ph.D., professor emeritus, bears witness to the miracles that led to his full recovery, his long career at APU, and his impact in Christian higher education and ministry.Read more

With You Until the End of the World

Internationally renowned theologian Justo Gonzalez spoke to over two hundred people gathered inside the Mary Hill Theater for the first Spanish lecture series for APU’s Hispanic Theological Center. Read more

Back on Track

Once mired in a troubled life, today runner Emma DeLira '11 knows God's love and the blessing of family through the camaraderie of her APU cross country and track and field teammates.Read more


Discipling Scholars

Further strengthening the influence of its spiritual mentoring programs, APU launched the Spiritual Mentoring Initiative, which aims to increase the number of APU community mentors capable of inspiring students' greatest spiritual growth.Read more

Virtuous Leadership

David L. Weeks, Ph.D., dean of APU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, looks to history to teach students about the habit of leadership.Read more

A Night to Remember

On Saturday, March 19, more than 3,500 high school students flooded onto West Campus for the 27th Annual Night of Champions at Azusa Pacific University.Read more


The Love of the Run

School of Business and Management Professor Paul Anderson, MBA, CPA, serves his students in the classroom but also outside the classroom by training the APU marathon team. Read more

WASC Update: Faith Integration

In preparation for accreditation renewal through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2012, APU gears up for the next step of the process—the Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR), slated for March 9–11, 2011.Read more


A Fitting Legacy

Recognized for their support, leadership, and service over the years, Dale and Rosemary Bohlka continue to advance APU’s mission to prepare disciples and scholars to impact the world for Christ through the scholarship endowment they established.Read more

It's All About the Dress

Prom is one of the many highlights of high school for some girls, but having to worry about buying an affordable dress can be a burden. My Sister’s Closet strives to relieve that stress.Read more

Leveraging Change

With each philanthropic initiative they support, Robert and Patricia Kern seek broad systemic change while enriching the lives of others. The Kern Family Foundation Pastoral Ministry accomplishes just that. Read more

The Next Generation of Service-Learning

On January 31, Azusa Pacific University hosted a service-learning colloquium, “Community-University Partnerships: A Match Made in Heaven, or an Earthly Challenge? A 15-year Retrospective on Civic Engagement.” Read more

A Night of Musical Excellence

To the delight and awe of their family and friends, the Azusa Pacific University Chamber Singers took the stage at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena on Friday, January 28.Read more


Change from the Inside Out

Working to build relationships in Afghanistan, Dillop Joseph ’96 now recognizes and appreciates the tie between Muslims and Christians. The lesson helps him take on a “bigger picture” view of life.Read more

Values and Ethos

Marking an important season of reaffirmation, President Jon R. Wallace commissioned a Blue Ribbon Task Force to lead APU in a thought-provoking examination of the university’s core values over the next year.Read more

The APU Cornerstones

In his annual Orientation chapel message to new APU students and their families, President Jon R. Wallace painted a compelling picture of the university’s signature Four Cornerstones.Read more