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Parent Orientation 2013

Parent Orientation 2013

A weekend of fellowship and information for parents of new students

Friday, August 23 Saturday, August 24
Shannon Baker

The activities offered this weekend are designed to assist you and your family in the college transition. Whether your student is a freshman or transfer student, moving onto campus or commuting locally, you will benefit from the variety of receptions, seminars, and fellowship opportunities available this weekend.

Two free meal tickets per family for the Parent Luncheon are provided in the Welcome Packets you will receive on campus. Registration is required only for additional guests. If you do not need additional tickets, you do not need to register. Students will be attending lunch with their SOS groups and will not need to register.

Click here to register. Don't need additional tickets? No problem! We will assume you are joining us.

Below is a brief guide to the weekend:

Most students arrive to campus on Friday, August 23rd. Your first order of business is to check-in at your student's residence hall. Once your student has checked in and began the process of getting settled, they should visit Student Services to get their student ID card made. Moving in and getting settled is the priority for Friday.

The first piece of programming will be the University Welcome at 7:30 pm.

Students and parents will have a day full of orientation activities beginning at 9:00 am for students and 9:30 am for parents. Students will be busy with their own activities, so parents are encouraged to attend the parent orientation sessions. Parent orientation ends with the Communion Service on Saturday, August 24th. Students will have orientation programming from August 23rd- 27th with classes beginning on Wednesday, August 28th. We ask that parents and family members say their goodbyes following the Communion Service.

You can try to do it all, but we suggest you do what you can within your limits. If you have to pick and choose, we’ve starred (**) the events that we believe are the most valuable. 

Yes and no. Registration is only required if you need additional tickets for the Parent Luncheon or have a child attending the Young Sibling event. Otherwise, we will assume you are joining us!

Visit the Student Orientation page to learn more about student activities.


*Activities, times and locations are subject to change*


*Meal plans begin today

New Student Residence Hall Check-In, Residence Halls
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

New Student ID, Student Services Building
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Be sure to stop by during Opening Weekend to get your new student ID card.

SOS Info Booth, Fluor Fountain
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
If you have any questions about orientation week, would like to sign up and pay for events, or get general campus information, please take a moment to stop by the SOS Info Booth.

Bank and Local Business Fair, SUB/Café Walkway
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Local banks are here to facilitate new checking and savings accounts and to speak with you about your other financial concerns. In addition, you can visit local community tables to get information about transportation, Disneyland and more. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Opening Weekend Info Booth, Fluor Fountain
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Parents, please stop by to sign up your child(ren) for the Sibling Events on Saturday.  Cash, check, credit and debit accepted.  Biola Parent T-shirts are also available for purchase here!

“Ask the Experts” Booth, Fluor Fountain
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Have a quick question?  Want to know where to go for the answer?  Stop by the “Ask the Experts” Booth for help provided by Career Development, Academic Advising, and Admissions.  This booth can provide you with basic information while pointing you in the right direction for larger inquiries.

Global Parent Q & A Panel (parents only), Location TBD
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sending a son or daughter away to college can be a challenging experience, particularly for those parents whose children have spent much, if not all, of their time living in another culture. You will have the opportunity to connect with veteran parents and learn how they managed the adjustment. Staff from a variety of departments, including Admissions and Biola Counseling Center, will talk about your students’ adjustment as well.

Global Parent and Student Presidential Welcome and Luncheon (With students), Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Barry Corey, President of Biola University, will offer his welcome and words of encouragement as you begin this new journey.  You will also meet special Faculty and Staff who will share their Biola experiences, and some of them will also formally welcome you as well. Previous registration requested.

Academic Department Open Houses, Various Locations
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Biola faculty are more than just teachers- they are a source for mentorship and care for your student. Faculty representatives will be available in their offices to answer any of the questions you may have regarding their academic programs and opportunities. Not all academic departments will be hosting open houses.

Torrey Honors Light Tea Reception, Tent on McNally Field
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Parents, join your new Torrey student for the last event of Torrientation. Meet your student's Torrey group and enjoy some sweet treats and tea while hearing from our director, Dr. Paul Spears. Prior registration required.

Free Time / Dinner on your own
(Cafeteria doors close at 6:30 pm)
It has been a long day, so you may want to head off campus to explore the area around Biola.  A list of local stores and restaurants can be found in your Welcome Packets. If you choose to stay on campus, please feel free to dine at the Biola Cafeteria.  Meals in the Cafeteria are free for children ages 5 and under. 

Commuter Welcome Packets available for pick-up, Upper Student Union - The Collegium
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Commuters, please drop by the Collegium to pick up your Welcome Packet and detailed Student Schedule Booklet.

Cinema and Media Arts Department Dinner Reception, Dorothy English Lawn/Production Center
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (For CMA Majors and their Families)
Reception, Tour of the Production Center and program (CMA Faculty, Parents, and new Students), dinner included. Reservations and tickets required for students, parents and guests. Please contact Stacy Mushakian at or 562-777-4052 to make your reservation and purchase tickets.

Commuter Parent and Student Reception, Upper Student Union - The Collegium
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Commuter Parents and Students are invited to the Collegium--Biola’s home-away-from-home for commuter students! Come enjoy refreshments before the University Welcome, learn about the Department of Commuter Life, and find out ways to get connected and involved on campus--transitioning to life as a Biolan.

**University Welcome, Metzger Lawn**
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
You won’t want to miss this first official welcome to the Biola University community! President Barry H. Corey, our faculty, staff and students will join you to kick off the academic year and recognize the work of the Lord in bringing each student to Biola.

Biola Night at Target, 1893 West Malvern Ave. Fullerton
9:00 pm and on
Shop with a Biola ID to receive exclusive deals and discounts!


SOS Info Booth, Fluor Fountain
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Bank and Local Business Fair, Sutherland Way and Fluor Fountain
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Opening Weekend Info Booth, Fluor Fountain
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Multi-Ethnic Parent Breakfast, Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room
8:00 am – 9:15 am
Multi-Ethnic students and their families contribute to university settings like Biola in that you bring a diverse perspective that strengthens the whole community. It is our desire to foster this intrinsic diversity of the Kingdom of God on our campus. Join us as we welcome your family to a special breakfast to connect you with key individuals who are advocates and supporters in various areas of Biola University and are committed to the nurture and growth of our multi-ethnic students. Our time together will offer helpful parent information, student encouragement, and relationship building that will assist in your son/daughter's unique transition into college life at Biola. Please RSVP by emailing

Young Siblings Fun in the Sun, Metzger Lawn
This event has been cancelled. Families who have registered their children will receive a refund. We apologize for the inconvenience.

High School Sibling Hang Out, Student Union Building
9:15 a.m.- 1:45 p.m.
Siblings high school age and over are welcome to hang out in the Student Union Building during parent sessions. There they can play pool, use Wi-Fi, meet other high school siblings, and get a break from the heat! Located near Eagle’s Nest and Common Grounds, siblings can grab a cup of coffee and lunch while parents enjoy the Parent Sessions. Please note that this is not a programmed event and siblings will not be supervised by Biola staff. No registration required.

Ensuring Student Success, Calvary Chapel
A-M 9:30 am - 10:45 am
N-Z 11:00 am- 12:15 pm
Hearing impaired, Spanish, Korean Interpretation 9:30 am-10:45 am
Your student has a lot of information to navigate to ensure they stay on track in their college career. In this session parents will hear from administrators regarding tuition payments, financial aid, academic resources, and FERPA. What’s FERPA? It’s a federal law that affects you as a parent. Come learn about it and be in the know!

Understanding Student Care, Sutherland Auditorium
A-M 11:00 am- 12:15 pm
N-Z 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Hearing impaired, Spanish, Korean Interpretation 11:00 am- 12:15 pm
The college years are a pivotal time of growth and maturation. In this session parents will hear from staff involved in students’ physical and spiritual care - Residence Life, Commuter Life, Health Services and Campus Safety. In addition, parents will have the opportunity to interact with parents of current students.

Parent Luncheon, Tent on McNally Field
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Hearing impaired, Spanish, Korean Interpretation available
While students enjoy lunch with their new SOS group in the Café, parents are invited to attend a delightful outdoor luncheon hosted by the Office of Parent Relations. This Biola University tradition provides parents with a time of interaction with other parents along with a message from our provost and Senior Vice President, Dr. David Nystrom and Vice President for Student Development and University Planning, Dr. Chris Grace. Registration is required only for additional guests. Click here to register. For those with dietary restrictions, please email to make accommodations.

Commuter Student Hospitality House, Upper Student Union - The Collegium
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Commuter Students and their families are invited to enjoy the Collegium (Latin for “Gathering Place”) our home-away-from-home for commuter students. Come join us for refreshments, check out our beautiful home and meet the Commuter Life Team. A great way to get connected on campus!

Frozen Dessert Extravaganza! – For All Commuter Students, Upper Student Union - The Collegium
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ice cream cake, mochi, popsicles … and better yet, get to know the many other folks who live off-campus!

Free Time
1:45 pm – 5:00 pm
This is a great time to relax, unpack, or go shopping for any needed items for dorm rooms or classes.

**SOS Parents’ Forum, Sutherland Auditorium**
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Parents, come ready to have fun as you receive real quality time with your student’s SOS leader. This tradition enables parents to hear first-hand from this qualified group of student leaders what your student will be doing during orientation week. You can also hear personal testimonies and gain valuable insight from Biola Students. Each year, this has proven to be a special time for parents as you meet the orientation staff.

Biola Backyard BBQ, McNally Field
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
All new students and parents are welcomed to enjoy a delicious complimentary dinner. The Communion Service will proceed directly after dinner on Metzger Lawn. Registration is not required for this event.

Cafecito, Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Office of Admissions Multiethnic Outreach, in conjunction with current Biola student, staff, and faculty from diverse ethnic backgrounds would like to welcome new students and their parents to the Biola community at a dessert reception. Come meet current students and find out how to get connected!
La Oficina de Alcanze Multicultural, junto con estudiantes, facultad, y personal diversos de Biola invitan a los nuevos estudiantes y a sus padres a una recepción de postres. ¡Vengan a conocer estudiantes y descubra como conectarse!

**Communion Service, Metzger Lawn**
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (new students, parents, and families are invited)
Our University President, Dr. Barry H. Corey, brings this busy day to a close by sharing in one of our most memorable traditions, a communion service for students and their families. This is a time where you will hear testimonies and praises given by some of your fellow students. This concludes the parent and family portion of our New Student Orientation program. Thank you for joining us and please travel home safely.

*Athletes, Torrey students and international/MK students will have different arrival dates so please consult the Athletics office, Torrey office or International Student Services regarding their arrival.

Click here to view helpful information for you as a new parent.

Click here to register.

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