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Faculty Friday: Mark Cawman’s Leadership with Love

December 01, 2023

Titles and accolades cannot compare to the joy of loving someone. For professor Mark Cawman, DBA, the birth of his daughter almost five years ago transformed his life, and was worth more than any salary, position, or recognition. Becoming a father led him to leave his corporate career behind, pursuing teaching full-time in order to follow his true vocation, while giving him more time with his family.

Faculty Friday: Mark Cawman’s Leadership with Love

Cultivating Transformation in the Sciences: Kevin and Louise Huang

November 20, 2023

When Kevin and Louise Huang first met at church as graduate students at UC Davis, little did they know their time in California and with each other was just beginning. After getting married, the Huangs lived in Connecticut while Kevin completed postdoctoral research at Yale University. When the time came for Kevin to search for a full-time faculty position, he and Louise asked the Lord to lead the way. “We laid out all the manilla envelopes with job applications and laid hands on them and just asked the Lord to bring us to a place where we can serve Him and where we can also learn and grow,” said Louise. “We really think that APU is truly one of our biggest answered prayers.”

Cultivating Transformation in the Sciences: Kevin and Louise Huang

Faculty Friday: Candice Williams’ Heart for Justice and Openness to Uncharted Roads

November 17, 2023

Oftentimes, choosing a career path feels like deciding a destination, following a route based on a map’s depiction, and continuously moving in one direction. For Candice Williams, PhD, her career journey presented detours, ultimately leading her to a profession she never thought she would enter: the criminal justice field. Embarking on a path of research, professorship, and mentorship, led her to fulfill what she believes God called her to do. The core of Williams’ career stems from a heart for helping people thrive, implementing fair strategies and resources, and approaching every opportunity with the desire to learn more.

Faculty Friday: Candice Williams’ Heart for Justice and Openness to Uncharted Roads

Student Spotlight: J.J. Navarette Encourages Belonging

November 14, 2023

J.J. Navarette ’24 loves helping students find belonging at Azusa Pacific University. As a transfer student, Navarette struggled at first to find her place and her people at APU, but that all changed during her second semester on campus. “I knew college was supposed to be about creating meaningful experiences and forming lasting friendships. I wanted that,” she said. “When I joined the Alpha program last fall, I found what I was looking for. I found my purpose.”

Student Spotlight: J.J. Navarette Encourages Belonging

Equipping Nurses to Make a Difference in the Middle East

November 13, 2023

Azusa Pacific University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing (SON) is making an impact across the world. The SON has trained nursing students in Asia and Europe for decades, yet this year marked the first time APU has offered a nurse leadership program in the Middle East. The SON partnered with Health Outreach to the Middle East (HOME), a Christian, interdenominational organization that brings physical, psychological, and spiritual healing to poor and suffering people through 18 Christian clinics, hospitals, and medical projects in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Sudan, with plans to expand to the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Bahrain. APU’s first cohort of seven of HOME’s nurse leaders recently finished their program, earning a certificate in Nursing Leadership, which will enable them to advance effective health care and be a force for positive change.

Equipping Nurses to Make a Difference in the Middle East

Experiencing Transformational Healing at APU

November 10, 2023

For many, the years spent in college are some of the most formative for personal development and career preparation. For others, college is a time of healing and restoration. Such was the case for Ulyses Lopez ’19, MDiv ’23.

Experiencing Transformational Healing at APU

Micayla Brewster ’17: From Broadway to Digital Nomading and Back

November 07, 2023

For some, social media is simply a platform to share the food they eat or the concerts they attend, while for others, it’s a way to connect with old friends and maintain relationships with family far away. For Micayla Brewster ’17, social media is so much more, a passion that blossomed into a one-of-a-kind career. Just six years after graduating from Azusa Pacific University, Brewster has lived in more than 25 locations across the world as a self-proclaimed digital nomad and she recently launched her own company, The Social Team.

Micayla Brewster ’17: From Broadway to Digital Nomading and Back

Stephen Vogt ’07 Named Manager of Cleveland Guardians

November 06, 2023

Today will go down as one of the most significant moments in the history of Azusa Pacific athletics. Stephen Vogt ’07 was named the new manager of the Cleveland Guardians—the first APU alumnus to become a head coach of a major league team. Vogt has big shoes to fill, replacing future Hall of Fame manager Terry Francona who led the Guardians for the past 11 seasons. Chris Antonetti, Cleveland’s president of baseball operations, is certain he’s the right man for the job.

Stephen Vogt ’07 Named Manager of Cleveland Guardians

Cultivating Transformation in the Honors College

November 06, 2023

If you spend some time talking with Curtis Isozaki ’14, MA ’18, CF-LSP, his passion for Azusa Pacific University, the Honors College, and leadership shines through in his mannerisms, words, and facial expressions. Serving as both the director of strategic initiatives and enrollment in the Honors College and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, Isozaki’s days are full of doing what he loves: sharing his knowledge, mentoring students, and meeting new people.

Cultivating Transformation in the Honors College

Faculty Friday: Theresa Tisdale’s Spiritual Approach to Psychology

November 03, 2023

Theresa Clement Tisdale, PhD, PsyD, ABPP begins every class session sounding a set of chimes, allowing students a few minutes of silence in order to breathe deeply and prepare to be engaged in learning. Deep change and healing are her mottos, and Tisdale implements what she practices as a psychoanalyst to cultivate spiritual transformation in every student who walks through her classroom.

Faculty Friday: Theresa Tisdale’s Spiritual Approach to Psychology

Faculty Friday: Joseph Bentz Inspires Students Through Stories

October 27, 2023

The influence Professor Joseph Bentz, PhD, has had on Azusa Pacific University students over the past three decades has been built on relationships–in the classroom, in the office of the student newspaper he once advised, at conferences he has taken them to, and in his own home. Some of those students have walked in Bentz’s footsteps, publishing books of their own and pursuing academia. Others have stepped in different directions, nonetheless learning from Bentz’s diligence in the field of literature as inspiration to fearlessly pave their path in the world. The impact Bentz has had on students at APU has proved that one person’s story can help guide the stories of others.

Faculty Friday: Joseph Bentz Inspires Students Through Stories

Cultivating Transformation Through Spiritual Formation

October 25, 2023

Ta’Tyana Leonard, MDiv, is a familiar face at Azusa Pacific University as one of the school’s campus pastors. Although she stands on stage giving messages at APU chapels, shepherds students through pastoral counseling, and leads the Kaleo SALT (Service and Leadership Team) program, ministry wasn’t always part of Leonard’s plan for herself. As a business administration major who also played softball at Oregon State University, Leonard once believed her future was in sports.

Cultivating Transformation Through Spiritual Formation

Makoto Fujimura Presents 2023 James L. Hedges Lecture

October 24, 2023

World renowned artist, author, scholar, educator, and theologian Makoto Fujimura presented Azusa Pacific University’s 2023 James L. Hedges Lecture on Oct. 18 in Munson Chapel, introducing students to an exceptionally enriching, engaging, and captivating perspective when it comes to viewing and creating art.

Makoto Fujimura Presents 2023 James L. Hedges Lecture

Faculty Friday: Diana Pavlac Glyer’s Dedication to Creative Collaboration

October 20, 2023

Diana Pavlac Glyer’s earliest childhood memories include sneaking a book with her whenever her mother would tell her to go outside and play. Her early love for literature established the roots of her outstanding career as a writer and professor, whose goal is to cultivate creativity in collaboration among every student who enters her classroom.

Faculty Friday: Diana Pavlac Glyer’s Dedication to Creative Collaboration