News Archive (2017)


  • October 17, 2017
    Azusa Pacific University’s School of Music presents “Celebrate Christmas,” a Southern California holiday tradition for more than 30 years.
  • October 17, 2017 by Ashley Eneriz
    Filing a FAFSA application is your child's ticket to conquering college costs and getting the degree of their dreams.
  • October 16, 2017 by Micah McDaniel
    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.
  • October 16, 2017 by Evan R. Cain
    APU’s Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence (CDEIE) trains staff and faculty to pursue cultural proficiency through diversity-sensitive student engagement, research, and professional development.
  • October 13, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    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.
  • October 13, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner ’18
    This fall, Azusa Pacific University’s Department of Communication Studies’ journalism program launched a long awaited rebranding of its four media outlets.
  • October 9, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner ’18
    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.
  • October 3, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    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.
  • October 2, 2017 by Bethany Wagner
    AFter graduating, Sara (Hickenbottom ’14) Tillema had her career goals in place: earning a Master of Divinity and working in a full-time ministry position. Her minors in religion and humanities proved the tipping point in discovering her calling.
  • October 2, 2017 by Robert Mullins, Ph.D.
    This past summer marked the fifth year of Azusa Pacific University’s archaeological excavation at Abel Beth Maacah with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • September 29, 2017 by Logan Cain
    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.
  • September 27, 2017 by Claire Holstead
    Jesse Friedman ’20 hosts two nationally recognized MLB podcasts. Friedman brings his broadcasting experience to Zu Radio and pursues his love for baseball and broadcasting whenever he can.
  • September 25, 2017 by University Relations
    The Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation granted Azusa Pacific $750,000 toward the establishment of APU’s Center for Public Affairs in Sacramento, California.
  • September 25, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner ’18
    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.
  • September 25, 2017 by Cynndie Hoff
    Azusa Pacific seeks to bridge that gap by producing competitive, skilled graduates prepared to thrive in many of the state’s fastest-growing occupations.
  • September 21, 2017 by Cynndie Hoff
    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.
  • September 18, 2017 by Paul Kaak, Ph.D.
    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?
  • September 18, 2017 by University Relations
    Celebrating the challenges and triumphs inherent in mathematics education, Azusa Pacific hosted the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s (LACOE) Math Field Day.
  • September 11, 2017 by University Relations
    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.
  • September 11, 2017 by University Relations
    Azusa Pacific joined Biola University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Pepperdine University, to host the second annual Advancing Women in Leadership in Christian Higher Education Conference.
  • September 11, 2017 by Evelyn Allen
    “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.
  • September 5, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner ’18
    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.
  • September 5, 2017 by Caitlin Gipson
    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.
  • August 25, 2017
    This annual networking event is a great opportunity for accounting students to connect with firms and improve their career prospects.
  • August 25, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner ’18
    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.
  • August 23, 2017
    All students are invited to attend a lecture and discussion on the Constitution in celebration of Constitution Day on September 19. Doughnuts and coffee provided!
  • August 11, 2017 by Claire Holstead ’17
    Educators came together at APU as part of a statewide day of learning during Better Together: California Teachers Summit. The event provided space for teachers to collaborate and share insights that will serve them in their classrooms and schools.
  • August 3, 2017
    Forbes ranks Azusa Pacific University among the best schools in the nation for 2017. The 650 colleges listed represent the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions. APU ranks 357, up from last year’s 391.
  • July 31, 2017 by Claire Holstead ’17
    This fall, APU students will explore the intersection of literature and medicine through a Christian perspective in two new English courses, providing them learning opportunities that will benefit them both academically and spiritually.
  • July 31, 2017 by Logan Cain
    Bruce Baloian, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, delivered his final lecture, signaling the culmination of more than three decades of service at APU.
  • July 31, 2017 by Cynndie Hoff
    Studies indicate that the shift in focus from pure intellectual exploration to job preparation has neither increased the value of higher education nor rendered graduates more marketable.
  • July 28, 2017 by Evan R. Cain
    The Master of Arts in Music Entrepreneurial Studies, launching fall 2017, is designed for music, communication, business, or marketing graduates and entertainment professionals seeking success in the music industry as independent entrepreneurs.
  • July 24, 2017 by Cynndie Hoff
    This fall, Azusa Pacific's South Africa Semester celebrates 10 years of building relational bridges between people and cultures.
  • July 24, 2017 by Micah McDaniel
    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.
  • July 6, 2017
    The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory as high temperatures are forecast for the San Gabriel Valley today through Friday, July 7, 2017. Temperatures may reach 100-106 degrees across the foothills.
  • July 5, 2017 by Evan R. Cain
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    The university will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. Wishing everyone a fun and safe 4th of July!
  • July 3, 2017 by Sarah Richart
    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.
  • June 28, 2017 by Logan Cain
    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.
  • June 26, 2017 by Deshonna Collier-Goubil
    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.
  • June 19, 2017 by Rachel White
    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.
  • June 15, 2017 by Evan R. Cain
    APU hosts the 2017 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, a week long multi-faith conference hosted by Azusa Pacific Seminary including scholars, clergy, seminarians, and laity on June 5-8.
  • June 12, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    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.
  • June 12, 2017 by University Relations
    Preparing competent, competitive, and ethical leaders, Azusa Pacific’s new Master of Science in Biotechnology equips graduates to make significant contributions to and profoundly influence this emerging science field.
  • June 8, 2017 by University Relations
    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.
  • June 8, 2017 by University Relations
    Engaging in the growing opportunities for undergraduate research at Azusa Pacific, two students gained national recognition for their scholarly achievements.
  • June 5, 2017 by John M. Thornton
    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?
  • May 26, 2017 by Claire Holstead ’17
    In an era of tablets, smartphones, and laptops in the classroom, local teachers gathered recently at APU to learn about ancient artifacts housed in Special Collections that can help inspire their history lessons for students in today’s schools.
  • May 25, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    The Office of the Provost and the Academic Cabinet recognized several APU faculty with awards for teaching excellence at the 2017 Annual Faculty Luncheon.
  • May 22, 2017 by University Relations
    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.
  • May 17, 2017 by Joseph Bentz, Ph.D.
    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.
  • May 16, 2017 by Evan R. Cain
    APU’s Armenian Student Association (ASA) unveiled a khachkar, or cross stone memorial, during a dedication ceremony attended by students, their families, and community members to commemorate the lives lost in the Armenian Genocide.
  • May 15, 2017 by Logan Cain
    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.
  • May 15, 2017 by University Relations
    The university hosted its second annual Disability Awareness Week, founded on the principles of Imago Dei (the image of God) and Azusa Pacific’s biblical perspective on diversity.
  • May 8, 2017 by Micah McDaniel
    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.
  • May 8, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Azusa Pacific University’s Military and Veteran Services recognized 42 veterans, 7 cadet, and 5 Ahmanson scholars with a special ceremony in their honor.
  • May 1, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Azusa Pacific University graduate assistant conductor of the APU Symphony Orchestra and Opera, Diego Barbosa-Vásquez was recently named as a Colombian Country Brand Ambassador.
  • May 1, 2017 by University Relations
    As more and more students seek the advantages of an advanced degree, Azusa Pacific continually constructs comprehensive resources for mentorships, networking, and job placement.
  • May 1, 2017 by Bethany Wagner
    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.
  • April 29, 2017
    Several student housing areas are without power due to the heavy winds overnight. At this time, we do not know when power will be restored. The Department of Campus Safety will provide updates when needed.
  • April 25, 2017 by Joy Netanya Thompson
    College graduation rates can reveal much about schools and even the cost of tuition. Plus, tips for how to graduate on time.
  • April 24, 2017 by University Relations
    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.
  • April 24, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner
    “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.
  • April 24, 2017 by Jon Milhon ’87, Ph.D.
    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.
  • April 18, 2017 by Logan Cain
    John Thornton, Ph.D., professor and chair of accounting ethics at Azusa Pacific’s School of Accounting, recently published his new book, Jesus’ Terrible Financial Advice: Flipping the Tables on Peace, Prosperity, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
  • April 18, 2017 by Lucero Denisse Oceguera ’18
    Three Azusa Pacific alumni and first-generation college graduates will enter or continue in the teaching field this fall, serving communities most impacted by educational inequity as corps members of Teach for America.
  • April 17, 2017 by University Relations
    Mark Szpakiewicz held a recital at Azusa Pacific to raise funds for the Soma Children’s Orchestra in Fukushima, Japan—a cause close to his heart.
  • April 17, 2017 by Chris Adams, Ph.D.
    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.
  • April 13, 2017
    The university will close on April 14 for Good Friday. We wish everyone a blessed Easter weekend!
  • April 13, 2017 by Allison Oster
    The university will close on April 14 for Good Friday. We wish everyone a blessed Easter weekend!
  • April 13, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Commemorating the final day of Jesus on earth, Azusa Pacific University exhibits the Stations of the Cross on West Campus in the Duke Hallway.
  • April 11, 2017 by Logan Cain
    With their careers on the line, 12 APU alumni, now fourth year medical students, were matched with residencies in the specialties of their choice in a process mirroring draft day in professional sports.
  • April 11, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner
    Azusa Pacific University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program gives students the opportunity to master new technology used in clinical practice through the iPad one-to-one program.
  • April 10, 2017 by Univeristy Relations
    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.
  • April 10, 2017 by Caitlin Gipson
    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.
  • April 7, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    Azusa Pacific hosted its second TEDx event with seven faculty experts presenting their ideas on inspiring innovation and meaning.
  • April 4, 2017 by Evan R. Cain
    Andrea Ivanov-Craig, Ph.D., professor in the Department of English and scholar of Catholic short-story writer Andre Dubus, recently published her book, Moving Toward Redemption: Spirituality and Disability in the Late Writings of Andre Dubus.
  • April 3, 2017 by Evan R. Cain
    APU’s School of Theology hosts this year’s Theology Conference, Whistling in the Dark: Conversations on the Theology of Craig Keen, on Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
  • April 3, 2017 by University Relations
    APU Libraries hosted a free workshop for Los Angeles County teachers, to collaborate on innovative ways to make history more relevant to 21st-century students. The workshop focused on potential projects for the annual History Day L.A.
  • April 3, 2017 by University Relations
    Archaeologist Robert Mullins, Ph.D., professor of biblical studies, and his team unearthed a stone seal dating back approximately 3,000 years.
  • April 3, 2017 by Micah McDaniel
    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.
  • April 3, 2017 by Ryan Montague, Ph.D.
    When it comes to God, nothing is random—a reason lies behind everything. He is developing a larger story, even when we do not understand or recognize it from our limited point of view.
  • April 3, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    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.
  • March 31, 2017 by Lucero Denisse Oceguera ’18
    APU’s School of Education recently hosted its second annual Educator Hiring Fair, helping current and aspiring educators connect with nearly 70 hiring representatives from educational institutions across Southern California.
  • March 22, 2017 by Abigail Elizabeth Peck
    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.
  • March 13, 2017 by Evan R. Cain
    For a political science student, working in the California State Legislature directly following graduation sounds too good to be true. Not so for APU alumna Alexis Leicht, ‘16.
  • March 2, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner
    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.
  • March 1, 2017
    TEDx Azusa Pacific University will take place on Tues., March 28, 2017, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Watch live online.
  • February 28, 2017 by Abigail Elizabeth Peck
    Luchy Binet Guerra, executive assistant to the executive vice president, recently received an unexpected honor from her former employer, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • February 27, 2017 by Abigail Elizabeth Peck
    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.
  • February 23, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner
    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.
  • February 17, 2017 by Lucero Denisse Oceguera ’18
    Dana Gioia, poet laureate for the state of California, visited APU as part of the James L. Hedges Distinguished Lecture series.
  • February 16, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner
    Surrounded by family, friends, and elected officials, California’s new Assemblymember 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.
  • February 15, 2017 by Logan Cain
    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.
  • February 13, 2017 by Logan Cain
    Leading social commentator, community activist, professor, and pastor Michael W. Waters brought his message of racial reconciliation to Azusa Pacific University as a guest speaker.
  • February 10, 2017 by David Dyer, Ph.D.
    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.
  • February 1, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner
    As part of its effort to deepen and extend its relationships with elected officials, Azusa Pacific University invited California State Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer to campus to inspire students of color to lead.
  • January 25, 2017 by Abigail E. Peck
    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.
  • January 23, 2017 by Evan R. Cain
    Azusa Pacific University’s Master of Science in Nursing in Healthcare Administration and Leadership, launched in spring 2017, prepares students to improve healthcare services by giving them the skills to become competent and compassionate leaders.
  • January 18, 2017 by University Relations
    Azusa Pacific’s Anupama Jacob, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Social Work, named as the next emerging scholar for the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC).
  • January 17, 2017 by University Relations
    From comforting soldiers to coaching swimmers, Michael-David “Mo” Morales ’00, seeks to strengthen spirituality in others and train up young leaders for faith-based and secular environments.
  • January 12, 2017 by Rebekah Bruckner
    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.
  • January 9, 2017
    APU alumna Grace Eleyae '09, inventor of Satin Lined Caps (SLAPS), is recognized by Huffington Post as an African American female founder dominating the market in 2016.
  • January 9, 2017 by Cynndie Hoff
    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.
  • January 7, 2017 by Micah McDaniel
    “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.”
  • January 4, 2017 by University Relations
    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.
  • January 3, 2017 by University Relations
    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.
  • January 3, 2017 by University Relations
    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.