How One Good Accountant Saved the World Twice

Developing competence, practicing good character, and following the lead of godly role models prepare APU accounting students to do the right thing when faced with moral dilemmas like Daniel in the Bible did.Read more

Debating to the Top

On Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, APU’s Ethics Bowl Team won the 18th Annual Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, California Regional Competition, in Santa Barbara, and secured a position at the National Ethics Bowl, in Costa Mesa, on Feb. 22, 2015.Read more

Bringing God’s Kingdom to Earth

How would the everyday Christ-follower live? The Divine Conspiracy: Continued, coauthored by the late theologian Dallas Willard and Gary Black Jr., Ph.D., APU theology professor, poses powerful, practical answers to these questions. Read more


The Neighborhood Missionary

Sonja Stump '75 sees the community of Claremont as her mission field, infusing her passion to serve others into her professional and volunteer efforts. Read more

Celebrating Christmas

For more than 30 years, Azusa Pacific University and the surrounding community have ushered in the holiday season with the musical extravaganza, Celebrate Christmas. Read more

Community Advocate Receives Honorary Doctorate

On behalf of the Azusa Pacific University Board of Trustees, President Jon R. Wallace bestowed upon Azusa community advocate Inez Gutierrez an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree at the university's summer commencement held July 26, 2014. Read more


Singing with the Stars

On September 30, a select group of 12 of Azusa Pacific University’s top choral students took the stage of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, during the Opening Night Gala Concert, “A Celebration of John Williams.” Read more

Waiting to Exhale (and Inhale)

Kirsten Lundin Humer writes about the secret of effective communication, which involves the ability both to listen and speak, to see and respond–to breathe in the words of others and reply with our own. Read more

Justice for All

Jimmy McBirney '05, JD, partnered with the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), a nonprofit of lawyers that work together to overturn wrongful convictions, to free an innocent man. Read more

Taking Pride in Our Place

A collaboration between IMT, Facilities, Asset Management, and the Business Office, this new streamlined approach to campus repairs and upkeep ensures a beautiful, well maintained living and learning environment. Read more

APU Tackles the STEM Crisis

APU attracts and prepares more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors who pursue advanced education and careers in these fields, according to a March 2014 Council of Independent Colleges, helping to tackle the STEM crisis.Read more

Men's Chorale Ministers in South Korea

APU's Men's Chorale toured South Korea for more than two weeks, engaging the South Korean Christian community through music and encouraging and inspiring millions at 25 performances throughout the nation. Read more

The Courage to Speak

It takes courage to speak up when everyone remains silent. It takes courage to do the right thing even if it means risking your career. It takes courage to be a whistle blower. Cynthia Cooper, former vice president of WorldCom, knows how true it is. Read more

The Science of Creation

On March 17, 2014, scientists detected evidence for gravitational waves, ripples in the space-time fabric of the universe. An affirmation of the Big Bang theory, Leslie Wickman, Ph.D., contends that the development affirms a Christian worldview. Read more


Going Deep in the Honors College

The Honors College at Azusa Pacific is not another reward or “academic achievement” stamp on a résumé, but rather a genuine opportunity to pursue a more rigorous education. Read more

The Healing Power of Humor

Jerry Duprez '75, Ph.D., wrote a humorous memoir chronicling his struggle with testicular cancer, affirming his belief that laughter and hope are the best medicine.Read more


Fellowship at the Capitol

Two APU alumni selected as part of the Capitol Fellows Program, a highly competitive fellowship at the State Capitol that provides hands-on experience and training for future legislators.Read more

Answering the Call

Called by God to the nursing profession, school nurse Zahira (Rivera '99) Orioli, PNP '05, FNP '12, cares for her patients' physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs, empowering students to live healthfully and succeed.Read more

Flipping Defeat into Victory

Emily Sanchez ’16 learned the value of hard work and enduring hope from her mother, skills she transfers to her role on APU’s acrobatics and tumbling team.Read more

Brain Awareness Week Hosted

Azusa Pacific, celebrating its third annual Brain Awareness Week, chose the theme "Traumatic Brain Injury" as part of a national discussion advocating for smarter and safer sports. Read more

A Voice for the Arts

A rising figure in classical opera and the broader musical arts, Darnell Abraham ’09 believes in the power of the arts to transform people and communities. Read more

The Renaissance Difference Maker

From the plains of Tanzania to bustling downtown Los Angeles to the ancient streets of Jerusalem and beyond, Skyler Russell ’13 traverses the globe, capturing his adventures through the lens of his camera and firmly trusting God with his future.Read more


Fishing For Truth

In a multimedia age where stories often appear on tablets and smart phones in real time, consumers of news must discern between fact and opinion.Read more

Stewards of Hope

The scorched land left behind from last winter's Colby Fire stands as a reminder of the devastating effects of rampant wildfires, but also presents fertile ground for important fire ecology research.Read more

A Novel Calling

Kiersti Plog '09 follows God's call to write, composing award-winning historical fiction that breaks down barriers and touches readers' hearts.Read more

A Servant's Pursuit of Justice

Mike Hestrin, JD, Riverside County district attorney and adjunct professor at APU, pursues justice in the courtroom and inspires students in the classroom.Read more

Double Life

Police officer by day and screenwriter by night, David Hedges '88 draws upon his law enforcement experience to inspire his stories including two that have captured the interest of Hollywood.Read more

Waves of Transformation

Zach '07 and Charis (Bauer '08) Ifland help change the tide of social welfare in Hawaii by feeding the hungry and providing programs for at-risk kids through Surfing The Nations.Read more

Training Trainers

Tim Broach '81 carries on APU's legacy of empowering others for lives of service by training church leaders in Cuba to expand and strengthen their own ministries. Read more


An Educational Revolution

The emergence of the Common Core State Standards carries significant implications for higher education institutions committed to preparing K–12 educators.Read more

Back to the Homestead

Several Azusa Pacific alumni work and live out their faiths in the farming industry, helping cultivate small farms, innovative agricultural technology, and the relationships between farmers, consumers, and the earth.Read more


Lessons Outside of the Classroom

Graduate student Kimberly Rios embarked on a journey to the East Coast alongside 19 other students enrolled in the Young Executive Master of Arts in Management (YEMAM) program to gain a real-world perspective on how businesses work. Read more

The Vitamin 411

While many Americans take daily vitamin and mineral supplements, most know very little about these products. Dietician and nursing professor Catherine Heinlein offers answers to maximize healthy living.Read more

Retiring to Adventure

Art professor Tom Dunn retires from more than a decade of committed service at APU to work with his wife on the international mission field, trusting God entirely with the rest of their lives.Read more


Fostering Love

Many children in the foster care system are in dire need of caring homes. APU faculty members respond to this call, welcoming these children into their homes and showing them something many have not experienced: love.Read more

Crossing the Stage into the Future

The class of 2014 anxiously awaits the momentous steps across a stage, symbolizing the end of their college journey and the beginning of God’s next chapter in their lives.Read more

Cougar Interview–Dave Canales ’02

Dave Canales ’02 became the first Cougar to participate in a Super Bowl when Seattle defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. In the midst of this success, however, he seeks to put God and his family first.Read more

Major League Marriage

Rising Oakland Athletics baseball star Stephen Vogt ’07 blends faith, family, and love of the game, drawing inspiration from his wife and daughter.Read more


A Nurse with an Open Heart

An ICU nurse specializing in heart and lung transplants, Glenn Grimes '11 uses his education, skills, and Christian purpose to care for and bond with patients and their loved ones.Read more

APU Hosts 30th Night of Champions

APU's annual Night of Champions event celebrates 30 years of impact, inviting 4,000 junior high and high school students for a night of music, entertainment, celebrity speakers, engaging activities, and a presentation of the gospel. Read more

Bringing the Joy of Sports

A partnership between the Special Olympics and Azusa Pacific University brings a Special Olympics basketball event featuring 12 teams of adult athletes from the San Gabriel and Los Angeles region to Felix Event Center on Sat., April 12. Read more

A Shot at Success

Jason Wyatt '93, six-time national champion shot putter and All-American linebacker, inspires youths to work hard and follow their own dreams in athletics.Read more

Excavation Unearths Ancient Treasure

A team of archaeologists, led by Robert Mullins, Ph.D., discovers a rare ancient artifact that provides important clues as excavation continues in Israel's Abel Beth Maacah. Read more


Board of Trustees chair Peggy Campbell invests in and cares for APU students, connecting with them on a personal level and inspiring joy in all she encounters.Read more


Doing Good

Henry and Betty Jo '74 Botzbach do good and give of their resources by supporting APU students, fostering their knowledge, skills, Christian values, and a drive to serve in the world.Read more

Against All Odds

Each year, vice provost for graduate programs Diane Guido, Ph.D., aids APU students in preparing applications for the prestigious international Fulbright Program, a process requiring great courage, skill, and determination.Read more

Game Changer

Jackie Slater, M.A. '14, member of the NFL Hall of Fame, brings his strong leadership skills, humility, and sharp intellect to APU's football team as offensive line coach. Read more


APU Hosts Boy Scout STEM/Nova Day

Hoping to inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, Azusa Pacific University hosted more than 300 San Gabriel Valley Boy Scouts for a day of interactive learning at the Segerstrom Science Center.Read more

A Man after God's Heart

As one of the leading cardiologists in the nation, APU's Alumnus of the Year Matthews Chacko '93, MD, uses his skills and talents to fight cardiovascular disease.Read more