Meet the Staff
The Office of Campus Life Transitions Team helps transition students into and through the university setting through Welcome Weekend and the Alpha program. Through these opportunities and more, the team encourages students in developing their God-given talents to help them gain a sense of belonging, develop holistically, persist to graduation, and find God’s calling in their lives.
Alpha Joy Lawson, M.S.
Alpha Joy was born and raised in Southern California with a large, funny Filipino-American family. She is a proud first-generation alumna of APU, where she earned her B.A. in Business Management and an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development. Alpha Joy’s transformative undergraduate journey inspired her to pursue higher education as not only a career field, but as her calling to serve and educate college students. In her free time, she enjoys good boba, shopping, quality time with friends and family, and especially enjoying yummy food with her husband, Mike. Whether you’re a boba lover or new to boba, she would love to enjoy boba with you and ask thoughtful questions to better understand your journey to who God has created you.
Alex Oh, M.S.
Director of Campus Life
Alex is the director of campus life in the Office of Campus Life. Alex graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Management Science to pursue a career in business, but God had something else for him. His active involvement in student leadership roles at UCSD led him to pursue his master’s in college counseling and student development at Azusa Pacific University, and has served in higher education field for the past 10 years. Alex spent a majority of his professional career in residence life as an assistant residence director, residence director, and associate director of residence life before beginning his current role in 2016. Alex is married to Hanna, and has two kids, Lucy and Luke. He enjoys good conversations over coffee, listening to music, and a good game of Settlers of Catan with friends.
Undergraduate Alpha Program Intern
Minor: Honors Humanities and Computer Science
Hometown: Franktown, Colorado
Favorite Verse: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9
Favorite Aspect of APU: The community has made an enormous impact on my life. In addition to this, the professors and supervisors I have had at APU have consistently challenged me to grow in my walk with God. The many lessons I have learned during my time at APU have completely shaped who I am today.
Advice for Incoming Students: One of the most important things I have learned during my time at APU is understanding the value of vulnerability. When I came into college, I wanted to engage with those around me, but I also wanted to put up walls to protect myself. When I started at college, most of my desires and my focus were directed at building meaningful, rich, relationships. And in order to do this, I thought I needed to be cool, make lots of friends, or become best friends with my roommate. But what I learned was that “trying to fit in” really only got in the way of making those meaningful relationships I craved for so much. When I started college, I wanted to be popular, but now I just want to be real. The secret to building meaningful relationships is not being cool; it’s learning how to be authentic and vulnerable with those around you.
Undergraduate Alpha Program Intern
Majors: Interdisciplinary Studies and Leadership and Business Management
Hometown: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Favorite Verse: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
Favorite Aspect of APU: The people I’ve met. I love that the people I learn with, work with and live with are the same people I laugh with and pray with.
Advice for Incoming Students: So many things, but I’ll pick my top two. Find a mentor, an upperclassman or staff or faculty member who you look up to. Never be afraid to try new things, meet new people and get involved on campus. Join a club, play intramurals, serve on an action team! It just might surprise you where you end up finding some of the most meaningful friendships and making the most unforgettable memories.