Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, Wesleyan-Holiness, evangelical Christian university located near Los Angeles in suburban Azusa, California, United States. With over 6,500 students, APU's undergraduate student body is the largest in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body in the United States. APU holds regional accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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  • Brandon Arbini '01 and Jeff Tanner '96, M.Ed. '99, are two Azusa Pacific University alumni entrepreneurs who have been thinking like difference makers. Armed with their degrees from APU—Brandon with degrees in biblical studies , and Jeff in political science—the two have built a co-working space called FLDWRK (pronounced "Fieldwork"). Since opening, the business now has two locations in Southern C...

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  • Azusa Pacific University President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, shares an important announcement about what's next for him and for APU: “Eighteen years ago, I became president of Azusa Pacific. I have loved serving in this role, teaching and mentoring students, advancing the mission, and watching God’s hand at work. I am also excited for this next chapter as I shift away from the presidency on June 30, 20...

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  • A group of dedicated Azusa Pacific University students are working to empower women who are in recovery after escaping human trafficking and the sex industry. Every week, these students meet to develop their nonprofit entrepreneurial program, Project Cultivate. Using their time, talents, and skills acquired in their classes, they worked together to develop the Professional Development Program, a s...

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  • Paul Svagdis loves cultivating great baseball players, but his real passion lies in preparing players to live victoriously off the field. As Azusa Pacific University’s head baseball coach, Paul draws upon his personal experiences with adversity to mentor athletes and build their character. Every moment is an opportunity to model how faith carries him through wins and losses. Under Paul’s leadershi...

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  • In addition to her roles at Azusa Pacific University, Aimee Vadnais, Psy.D., MFT, has a private practice in San Diego called Carmel Valley Psychological Services, where she specializes in couples, women’s issues, and infertility. Her clinical interests include positive psychology, emotional intelligence, attachment theory, and sensory processing disorders. _______ About Azusa Pacific Azusa Pacif...

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  • Rebecca Kenyon, Psy.D., MFT, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She serves as director of clinical training for the M.A. in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Azusa Pacific University’s San Diego Regional Campus, where she works to ensure a positive relationship between APU and community agencies in order to train MFT students...

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  • Catherine Heinlein, Ed.D., RN, RDN, CDE, is an associate professor in Azusa Pacific University’s School of Nursing, and also serves as associate director of APU’s Neighborhood Wellness Center in Azusa. Using her degrees in leadership, nursing, and nutrition, she applies a holistic care approach to her patients and in her instruction to nursing students as she prepares them to impact lives. ______...

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  • Katharine Putman, Psy.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Graduate Psychology. She focuses on child and adolescent therapy, community psychology, spirituality, and coping, as well as conducting research and evaluation with caregivers such as first responders, humanitarian aid workers, and missionaries. Putman has conducted qualitative and quantitative research and provided consultat...

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  • Jillian Gilbert, DSL, specializes in organizational leadership and development, personal leadership development, innovation, and strategy, and has 15 years of international experience, and 10 years of higher education and nonprofit experience. Her published works center around leadership/followership relationships and personal leadership innovation. _______ About Azusa Pacific Azusa Pacific Unive...

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  • Alpha leader. Resident advisor. Biology major. Nine-time Mexico Outreach participant. Gabriel Martin ’17 learned and served in each of these roles during his time at Azusa Pacific. A full-tuition Trustees’ Scholarship made all of it possible. Raised by a single mother, Gabriel believes his life today would look very different if not for the scholarship opportunity and his decision to attend APU. “...

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  • In addition to her roles at Azusa Pacific University, Aimee Vadnais, Psy.D., MFT, has a private practice in San Diego called Carmel Valley Psychological Services, where she specializes in couples, women’s issues, and infertility. Her clinical interests include positive psychology, emotional intelligence, attachment theory, and sensory processing disorders. _______ About Azusa Pacific Azusa Pacif...

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  • Courtney Wong Davis, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of communication studies at Azusa Pacific University, where she teaches organizational, small group, and professional communication. Her research interests include organizational socialization and assimilation, specifically focused on organizational entry and exit, in addition to intergenerational communication and organizational identification...

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  • Henry Sanchez ’14, M.A. ’18, has been to the brink of death and back, more than once. It’s precisely because of where he’s been that Henry cherishes where he is now. As lead custodian for Azusa Pacific’s Facilities Management team, he puts pride into his work and a great deal of care into his daily interactions with students, faculty, and fellow staff. Henry’s leadership makes a difference for all...

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  • Congratulations, graduates! More than 1,300 Azusa Pacific University students celebrated this significant milestone with family, friends, faculty, and staff at the Winter Commencement ceremonies in the Felix Event Center on December 16, 2017. Candidates for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees represented APU’s undergraduate, graduate and professional, and University College pro...

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  • Azusa Pacific University's Christmas Video 2017. The Christmas season arrives and with it, the gift of hope. It surrounds us, in the warm smile of a neighbor, in a helping hand, in the delight of a child, in memories of loved ones near and far—in a baby, born under a bright star, guiding the way to the ultimate hope. Let the lights this season signify the hope and delight He brings for us all, an...

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  • From dreams of one day coaching high school football to becoming a position coach in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks, Azusa Pacific alumnus and former wide receiver Dave Canales ’03 found himself at the pinnacle of his coaching career. What he didn’t expect was that this promotion would become a catalyst for the start of a journey that would transform how he viewed his career, his life, and espec...

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  • Tiffany (Porter ’06) Moore sees miracles in action every day in the lives of more than 400 South and East Los Angeles students who attend KIPP Scholar Academy, the college-preparatory school she founded and leads. Less than 10 percent of students from this area of L.A. typically attend four-year universities, and college graduation rates are even lower. Tiffany has a vision for every student in ...

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  • During the last weekend in August, the Azusa Pacific University community welcomed more than 1,300 new students and their families to campus. It was a memorable weekend—from student leaders lining the streets to greet those embarking on their first day at APU, to gathering in community to light candles in a commitment to putting God first, loving our neighbors, and making a difference in the years...

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  • Hope, perseverance, and the power of shared vision. A leader in secondary education, Kim Lu Lawe, Ed.D. ’16, applies this mindset every day as director of the Eastvale STEM Academy in Riverside County, California. She learned these important lessons as a girl when her family fled Vietnam and immigrated to America. Today, her leadership impacts hundreds of young scholars’ lives. Passionate about ma...

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  • Cristian Aguilar is an assistant professor in Azusa Pacific University's Department of Biology and Chemistry, where he enjoys engaging students with the subject matter through unique and interesting facts. Aguilar's current work focuses on the remarkable regenerative abilities of the Mexican salamander known as the axolotl in an effort to understand how cells at the site of injury are able to retu...

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  • Christopher Leland, Ph.D., is a professor in Azusa Pacific’s Department of Communication Studies and director of the department’s forthcoming graduate program. Leland holds a Ph.D. in political communication from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in rhetoric from the University of Arkansas. During his long career in higher education, Leland has taught a variety of communications-related subje...

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  • Philip Cox, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Azusa Pacific University's Department of Biology and Chemistry. He completed his doctoral degree in pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research expertise includes drug metabolism and drug metabolizing enzyme biochemistry. He teaches biochemistry and chemistry courses at APU.

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  • Joshua King, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of political science. He earned his Ph.D. at Baylor University where he studied political philosophy and international relations. King’s areas of teaching include ancient, modern, and American political thought. King’s emphasis as a teacher is on building classroom community to facilitate discussion-driven courses. His primary research interests are at...

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  • Sarah Richart, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at APU. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Richart studied virology as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. In the summer of 2007, she took two APU students to the National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, Taiwan to collaborate with colleague, Wei-Li Hsu, Ph.D. for influenza vir...

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  • Those who join the community of disciples and scholars at APU are called to make a difference in the world. They take their passion to change the world, illuminated by the light of Christ, into the world, extending hands in service, engaging minds in challenging conversations, and investing hearts in growing relationships with our neighbors. We enter the messy middle with the confidence of know...

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  • Jeff Boian, M.A., is an assistant professor and program director in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He oversees the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Vocational Development Minor, and Exploring Program, each focused on taking an interdisciplinary approach to education and learning at APU. Jeff brings a long history of experience at Azusa Pacific University in capacities focu...

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  • Charles Chen, Ph.D., joined Azusa Pacific after conducting postdoctoral research in Japan at the National Institute for Agro-environmental Sciences and the University of Tokyo. In the wake of the 2011 tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear disaster in north-eastern Japan, he also volunteered and worked for several months at a nonprofit organization, providing long-term support and ministry to the disast...

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