For many, fall signals a number of endings. Not to me. I suppose you could call it an occupational perk, but I see fall as a grand beginning. As the end of August approaches, I find myself energized by the possibilities waiting just ahead. The APU campus jumps back to life with the return of students and the buzz of their own uncontained excitement. I am thrilled to welcome not only students, but their family members as well, into the APU community this fall.
In eager anticipation, the faculty and staff plan carefully for the arrival of new students and their families. I do not merely mean that lectures are prepared and residence halls readied. I mean that life-changing experiences are in store. The professors view their role as a calling—and take it seriously. They will challenge and stretch students, supporting and guiding them on an amazing journey of academic and spiritual growth. APU is place of transformational scholarship. I guarantee you will not leave unchanged.
The first step on this odyssey is Welcome Weekend. Whether you are a first-time freshman, transfer student, parent, family member, or friend, this event is an invaluable part of your introduction to campus and the APU way of life. Committed to dispelling the myth that Welcome Weekends must consist of dry, yawn-invoking lectures, our Student Life team makes the whole Welcome Weekend process an invigorating jolt of energy, infused with a healthy amount of practical information.
So welcome to APU! I have prayed for your preparation during this transition and for the incredible things God has planned for you. I realize this time is as important in the lives of students as it is for those who support and encourage their growth, and I am confident that your journey at APU will reveal unimagined strengths and opportunities. I look forward to meeting you!
Jon R. Wallace, DBA