News Archive (2018)


  • October 22, 2018 by Evelyn Allen
    Over a decades-long career, Roy E. Wright ’96 has applied an action-oriented mindset within the environmental and conservation space and, now, in disaster preparedness and recovery.
  • October 20, 2018 by Ashley Eneriz
    Internships are essential for gaining experience and graduating with a competitive edge. Here’s how to find an internship that wins over future employers.
  • October 19, 2018 by Naomi Mannino
    If you’re interested in continuing your education, it’s a good idea to attend a graduate degree information meeting. Here are some helpful insights.
  • October 15, 2018
    The Los Angeles Times interviewed Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, on the political discourse surrounding California senator Dianne Feinstein and the heated California Senate race.
  • October 12, 2018 by Micaela Ricaforte '20
    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) hosts a Ballot Proposition Overview on Tuesday, Oct. 16 to help inform the APU community of the California ballot initiatives ahead of the November 6 general election.
  • October 11, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    When it came time to choose a college major, Megan Krupa knew she wanted to pursue something that would allow her to utilize her love of math in a practical way. When she decided to study Physics and Systems Engineering, she was eager to be able to...

  • October 11, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    In his new role as a faculty member at APU, Dr. Sándor Volkán-Kacsó is living his dream of becoming both a teacher and a researcher. Surrounded by a community of like-minded faculty members, Dr. Volkán-Kacsó is able to effectively guide his students in physics and their faith....

  • October 11, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    As a Christian attorney, Amber Fields Kruggel makes showing grace and God’s love her priority in the courtroom. In any case she works on, she keeps the prosecution’s and the defense’s humanity in mind, displaying compassion regardless of the circumstance. Kruggel is currently working in her first...

  • October 10, 2018
    Learn more about Noah's recent publication.
  • October 10, 2018
    Learn more about Jung's recent publication.
  • September 26, 2018
    NBC News storyteller Bob Dotson will deliver a free campus-wide address at Azusa Pacific University, Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Munson Auditorium.
  • September 25, 2018
    Learn more about McCoy's recent presentation.
  • September 25, 2018
    Learn more about McCoy's recent publication.
  • September 17, 2018
    Learn more about Noah's recent professional activity.
  • September 17, 2018
    Learn more about Ferguson's recent presentation.
  • September 17, 2018
    Learn more about Lopez Medel's recent publication.
  • September 17, 2018
    Learn more about Sellers' recent publication.
  • September 17, 2018
    Learn more about Gutiérrez's recent publication.
  • September 17, 2018
    Learn more about Ferguson's recent publication.
  • September 13, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender 

    Dr. Windy Counsell Petrie has always cared that those around her seize opportunities to read. Even in kindergarten, she was consumed with helping her classmates learn to read. Dr. Petrie’s passion for reading is interwoven throughout her life and career as a student and educator.

    While pursuing...

  • September 11, 2018 by Heather Nelson
    While it may sound like a niche graduate degree, a master’s in applied statistics is extremely versatile and can lead to a wide range of opportunities.
  • September 9, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    It’s APU alumna Micayla Brewster’s career and passion to bridge this gap between the stage and the audience. As the Associate Account Manager at Marathon Digital in New York City, Brewster runs social media accounts and spearheads major marketing efforts for popular musicals and plays.

    Most notably, Brewster...

  • September 9, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    Biochemistry Senior Brian Soong feels most joyful when he is solving problems. He has a knack for honing in on an issue and evaluating it from every angle until he has conquered it. As a fellow of APU’s Student-to-Scholar program, Brian works with expert faculty members who...

  • September 5, 2018 by University Relations
    “Lord, show me the needs of each of my students, and help me to meet those needs.” This prayer continually rests on the heart of Mayra Molina, M.A. ’15, a kindergarten dual-language immersion teacher in Los Angeles.
  • September 4, 2018
    Azusa Pacific will unveil and dedicate its new Convergent Media Center on Thursday, September 27 at 11 a.m. on West Campus, located at 701 E. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa.
  • September 4, 2018
    Learn more about Wong's recent publication.
  • September 4, 2018
    Learn more about Smith's recent publication.
  • September 4, 2018
    Learn more about Petrie's recent publication.
  • August 28, 2018 by John Montesi
    Everyone wants to visit L.A. and experience the City of Angels firsthand! Here are some of the many benefits of attending college in Southern California.
  • August 16, 2018 by Ana Felce
    It’s important to establish good study habits for college early on—so you have the skills needed to face the unique challenges of your college courses.
  • August 13, 2018 by Ashley Eneriz
    Azusa Pacific University’s Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program guarantees students priority admission from an approved community college.
  • August 9, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    Using his gift as a software engineer, Gabriel Sanchez is putting God’s word at his community’s fingertips. Through an app he designed for Calvary Chapel El Monte, he connects his congregation to live stream of sermons, video studies, the weekly bulletin, and a devotional. It also includes...

  • August 9, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    According to Dr. Edwin Ding, mathematics is not confined to a textbook, but relevant to everyday life. He realized the importance of this truth while he was studying Mechanical Engineering as an undergraduate student at the University of Hong Kong. While earning his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics...

  • August 6, 2018
    Learn more about Sellers' recent award.
  • August 6, 2018
    Learn more about Sambasivam's recent professional activity.
  • August 6, 2018
    Learn more about Wong's recent presentation.
  • August 6, 2018
    Learn more about Sambasivam's recent presentation.
  • August 6, 2018
    Learn more about Griesinger's recent presentation.
  • August 6, 2018
    Learn more about Sambasivam's recent publication.
  • August 6, 2018
    Learn more about Guido's recent publication.
  • July 24, 2018 by Heather Nelson
    When it comes to advice for college students, your professors know exactly what you need to do to survive (and thrive) in the classroom.
  • July 19, 2018 by Ashley Eneriz
    Consider a master’s degree as an undergraduate student to save time (and money) on your way to your dream career.
  • July 17, 2018

    One of my favorite things to do when I am traveling is to connect with APU CLAS Alumni. I love to hear stories about their favorite professor or favorite class and listen to their fond reminiscences about chapel (yes, chapel!) and campus life. In return, I tell them about all...

  • July 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender 

    Dr. Daniel Grissom is no stranger to traditional mission trips, doing valuable work serving in schools and soup kitchens, spending time with children, and helping with labor-intensive projects.

    But a few years ago on a trip to Namibia, Africa, Dr. Grissom decided he wanted to do a different...

  • July 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender 

    According to Isobel Findlay, her passion for other cultures, her knack for languages, and her heart for ministry have always been God-ordained. She has felt for years that her desire to pursue international ministry is her calling, allowing her to utilize her natural talents and her desire...

  • July 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    Throughout Brooke Pearson’s career in public policy and communications, she has always been driven by a desire to foster meaningful connections. At the local level and across the globe, she has utilized her desire to bridge gaps between people and cultures to facilitate relationships. Now as the...

  • July 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender 

    Dr. Mark Eaton’s passion and profession lie at the intersection of American literature, history, religion, and the humanities. In his writing, reading, and teaching, he highlights the meaningful ways these areas of his expertise matter in living a fulfilled and enriched life.

    As a budding literary expert, Dr....

  • July 14, 2018 by Ashley Eneriz
    Financial aid for graduate school is available—and it can help you afford your higher education degree. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know.
  • June 29, 2018

    Greetings from Washington, D.C.! It's a beautiful day in the nation's capital, where I am moderating a panel on the future of higher education for more than 120 students and faculty from Christian colleges around the country, including several CLAS students from APU. I know that some of these students...

  • June 27, 2018
    Learn more about Noah's recent professional activity.
  • June 27, 2018
    Learn more about Davis' recent professional activity.
  • June 27, 2018
    Learn more about Bentz's recent presentation.
  • June 27, 2018
    Learn more about Davis' recent presentation.
  • June 15, 2018
    Azusa Pacific University is the “Best University in the San Gabriel Valley,” according to a recent poll conducted by the Southern California News Group.
  • June 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    There is no style of writing that Professor Emeritus, David Esselstrom, Ph.D., hasn’t tried. An expert in screenwriting, fiction, and journalism, the recently retired professor has spent his career dedicated to disciplined writing, reading, and inspiring students.

    To honor 34 years of teaching, 12 serving as department chair,...

  • June 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender 

    It wasn’t until Matt Ahlquist was already working with a consulting firm that he realized God was calling him to a career in that field. Last summer, Ahlquist interned for innovation consulting firm BCG Digital Ventures where he found purpose and passion in the project-oriented environment. He decided...

  • June 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    To Dr. Matthew Berezuk, the best part of teaching at APU is the freedom he has found. The associate professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry has been empowered to pursue his interests in his courses, his research, and his faith. In the classroom and the...

  • June 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender 

    With his thirst for knowledge and his knack for problem-solving, choosing to study computer science at APU was a natural fit for Thomas Mifflin. While going to APU, he was encouraged to find unique solutions and remain open-minded in his field, preparing him well for his career...

  • June 11, 2018 by Nathan Foster '20
    Azusa Pacific University launched the interdisciplinary studies major in fall 2017, enabling students to combine classes from two or three majors and customize their degree.
  • June 5, 2018

    Congratulations to these CLAS students who made the Dean's List for the spring 2018 semester!

    Department of Biology and Chemistry:

    Marc Abou Assali, Biochemistry
    Abbigael Aday, Biochemistry
    Holly Addis, Biology
    Marina Al Naser, Biochemistry
    Joseph Aversa, Allied Health
    Lauren Barron, Biology
    Amanda Bledy, Biochemistry
    Lauren Bowden, Biochemistry
    Sara Bowers, Allied Health
    Britta Bunnel, Biology
    Nicole Burton, Allied Health
    Brodie Butler, Biology
    Emily Buttkus, Allied Health
    Jeanette Byer, Biology
    Elijah Cacal, Allied Health
    Jenay Calender, Allied Health
    Kristina Capello, Allied Health
    Kirstin Cardoza, Biology Interest
    Shelbe Carlson, Biology
    Jazmin Carranza, Allied Health
    Morgan Cheesman, Biology
    Daniel Choi, Allied Health
    Jason Chou, Biology
    Rachel Christensen, Allied Health
    Hannah Clemente, Biology
    Islay Collins, Allied Health
    Cassidy Crandell, Chemistry
    Bethany Crim, Biology
    Natalie Crouse, Allied Health
    Jenna Cruz, Allied Health
    Danielle Daymude, Allied Health
    Katelyn Derifield, Chemistry
    Alexandra DeRosa, Allied Health
    Kyle Diaz, Allied Health
    Morgan Diers, Biochemistry
    Cody Drisko, Chemistry
    Victoria Edwards, Allied Health
    Katherine Enriquez, Allied Health
    Anna Eriksson, Allied Health
    Cesar Ferraez, Biology
    Patrick Ford, Biochemistry
    Tonhi Gailey, Biology
    Austin Gee, Allied Health
    Timothy Gee, Allied Health
    Molly Gibney, Chemistry
    Brenna Gittins, Biology
    Kendra Goehring, Allied Health
    Amelia Gray, Biochemistry
    Jordan Green, Allied Health
    Silas Griffin, Biochemistry
    Kelsey Hedrick, Biochemistry
    Jadon Henry, Allied Health
    Kelly Herbig, Allied Health
    Katelyn Hickenbottom, Allied Health
    Taylor Honnoll, Biology
    Benjamin Hull, Biology
    Deborah Hussey, Biology
    Kayley Jakob, Biochemistry
    Kyle Jancola, Biology
    Caitlin Johnson, Biology
    Michael Jones, Chemistry
    Jeremy Jordan-Irwin, Allied Health
    Shaylah Kagehiro, Allied...

  • May 31, 2018
    Learn more about Shrier's recent presentation.
  • May 31, 2018
    Learn more about Carroll's recent presentation.
  • May 18, 2018
    Learn more about Fisher's recent presentation.
  • May 18, 2018
    Learn more about Tallman's recent publication.
  • May 18, 2018
    Learn more about Wong's recent presentation.
  • May 18, 2018
    Learn more about Smith's recent publication.
  • May 18, 2018
    Learn more about Miller's recent publication.
  • May 15, 2018

    Last weekend, CLAS celebrated the end of the academic year by welcoming nearly 300 new graduates into the alumni family. It was a joy to congratulate seniors on this significant accomplishment, and we look forward to staying in touch with our new alums so that we can celebrate the many...

  • May 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender 

    Dr. Michael Chamberlain’s classrooms are more diverse than most. In his English as a Second Language classes, it’s not uncommon for a pastor from Korea to be sitting beside an atheist from China. As the program director of the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) and an...

  • May 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender 

    While the equations Kurt Hake solves are no small feat, his decision to choose mathematics as his major was as easy as 1-2-3. The APU junior, who also has a double minor in computer science and statistics, comes from a long line of mathematicians and has always...

  • May 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender 

    Even in today’s political climate, Brian Hawkins is able to maintain his sense of service in his work as a public policy analyst. Feeling called to effect social change, he knew in early high school he would pursue a career in public policy. Hawkins, who graduated from...

  • May 5, 2018

    Wow! What a great year it’s been! Last summer I shared about CLAS’ devotion to students, even long after they've graduated. Proving this to be true, in October the TESOL program hosted its 2nd annual Making Your Mark in TESOL, a conference for current students and alumni featuring keynotes and breakout...

  • April 30, 2018
    Azusa Pacific University has named Rancho Cucamonga resident Brandy N. Chappell, DPPD, founding director of its Sacramento-based Center for Public Affairs, launching in 2019.
  • April 19, 2018 by Naomi Mannino
    Interested in a career in health, but not sure what aspect you want to pursue? An undergraduate degree in allied health can keep your options open.
  • April 18, 2018
    Learn more about Wong's recent professional activity.
  • April 18, 2018
    Learn more about Wong's recent presentation.
  • April 18, 2018
    Learn more about Bentz's recent presentation.
  • April 18, 2018
    Learn more about Sellers' recent publication.
  • April 17, 2018 by Ana Felce
    Chemicals make up our everyday lives. Accordingly, you’ll find there are many options when it comes to building a career in chemistry after graduation.
  • April 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender 

    Dr. Tolu Noah has always found herself happiest in a classroom setting. Her love of school began in elementary school when she would play “teacher” with her sisters and neighbors. Eventually, this joy led her to get her degree in teaching, providing her the opportunity to have...

  • April 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender 

    To Courtney Donlon, the best part of an event is the joy it gives the attendees. Her desire to create something fun for those around her has always been her motivation for wanting to become an event planner and eventually own her own event planning company. To...

  • April 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    It was never a question for Brooke Nagel whether she would move to Spain - it was a question of when. She always knew she wanted to the minister to the people there, but wanted to do it in God’s timing. Just before heading to APU, she...

  • April 10, 2018 by Rebekah Bruckner
    Lauren Rietkerk ‘17, a student in Azusa Pacific’s Master of Science in Biotechnology program, hopes to align her education with her calling to help solve the world’s conservation crisis.
  • March 29, 2018
    Learn more about Berry's recent professional activity.
  • March 29, 2018
    Learn more about Gutiérrez's recent professional activity.
  • March 29, 2018
    Learn more about Noah's recent presentation.
  • March 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    Dr. Maximo Rossi finds himself happiest and most fulfilled when he is serving others. Always armed with insight into God’s word and enthusiastic to help his pupils really grasp the course content, his students leave his class with a true understanding of Spanish and a meaningful encounter...

  • March 15, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    Hannah Chandler has always felt called to address healthcare disparities for those in developing countries. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from APU in 2015, she heeded the advice of her professors and started working in the public health field before continuing her education. Now ready...

  • February 26, 2018 by Cynndie Hoff
    Drones, remotely controlled flying machines, have been commandeered by nefarious individuals and terror groups. Such threats prompted APU's STEM faculty and students to conduct research into methods of detecting and destroying drones.
  • February 23, 2018
    Learn more about Sambasivam's recent publication.
  • February 21, 2018
    As the world mourns the passing of Christian evangelist Billy Graham, members of the Azusa Pacific University share their reflections on the influence and legacy of one of the best known preachers of the 20th Century.
  • February 15, 2018

    Yesterday marked the beginning of the Lenten season and as we anticipate the coming Easter celebrations, I am mindful that the busiest part of the spring semester is already upon us.

    With the extra activity, however, there are numerous opportunities for alumni to be engaged in the life of the campus....

  • February 13, 2018

    It was at some point in between meeting with the President of the Nike Foundation and planning a time to talk with the governor of Oregon that Jonathan Garcia (BA ‘11, MA ‘12) found out he landed a spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Education.

    Garcia has dedicated his...

  • February 9, 2018
    Learn more about Tallman's recent presentation.
  • February 9, 2018
    Learn more about Huang's recent presentation.
  • February 9, 2018
    Learn more about Davis' recent publication.
  • February 9, 2018
    Learn more about Allbaugh's recent publication.
  • February 6, 2018
    Learn more about Wong's recent professional activity.
  • February 6, 2018
    Learn more about Sturdivant's recent professional activity.
  • February 6, 2018
    Learn more about Wong's recent presentation.
  • February 6, 2018
    Learn more about Yeh's recent presentation.
  • February 6, 2018
    Learn more about Chang's recent presentation.
  • February 6, 2018
    Learn more about Sturdivant's recent presentation.
  • February 6, 2018
    Learn more about Bentz's recent publication.
  • January 30, 2018

    Written by Regina Ender

    Emily Hibard never set out to start her own recording studio and music label, publish music, write books, or be a speaker and representative. Instead, she always set out to trust her instincts and listen to God attentively, and the rest fell into place. Whenever she has...

  • January 25, 2018
    Learn more about Sturdivant's recent presentation.
  • January 25, 2018
    Learn more about Lopez Medel's recent publication.
  • January 12, 2018
    Learn more about Sturdivant's recent professional activity.
  • January 12, 2018
    Learn more about Spencer's recent professional activity.
  • January 12, 2018
    Learn more about Smith's recent professional activity.
  • January 12, 2018
    Learn more about Petrie's recent presentation.
  • January 12, 2018
    Learn more about Wong's recent publication.
  • January 12, 2018
    Learn more about Spencer's recent publication.
  • January 12, 2018
    Learn more about Smith's recent publication.
  • January 12, 2018
    Learn more about Davis' recent publication.
Note: This information is current for the 2018-19 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.