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.

    Transitions Coordinator

    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.

  • Sydney Swanson

    Transitions Graduate Assistant

    Sydney grew up in Sacramento, California, before moving to Southern California to attend Biola University where she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. She is pursuing an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development here at APU. Some of her favorite things include watching movies, drinking hot coffee at all times of the day, playing board games, and spending time with her people.

  • Erin Braun

    Undergraduate Intern

    Hometown: Folsom, CA

    Majors: Youth and Family Ministries/Biblical Studies

    Favorite Verse: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)

    Favorite Quotation: “Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” — Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo

  • Maddie Brown

    Undergraduate Intern

    Hometown: Leavenworth, WA

    Major: Sociology

    Favorite Verse: “I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:9-10 (NIV)

    Favorite Quotation: “There isn’t a person you wouldn’t love if you could read their story.” — Marjorie Hinckley

  • Nicole Funk

    Undergraduate Intern

    Hometown: Littleton, CO

    Major: Christian Ministries

    Minor: Communication Studies

    Favorite Verse: “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy.” — Psalm 16:11 (ESV)

    Favorite Quotation: “And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” — Nelson Mandela

The full schedule is also available on the APU Events app.