Fall 2014, Issue #2

Sep 12, 2014

Dear Biola parent,

I hope you know that Biola is invested in preparing your student for life after college. That is our commitment to you as parents. We do this through a number of avenues, such as providing resources and counseling through the Center for Career Development. Check out the latest edition of the Biola Parent newsletter to learn more about career development and these other topics:

- Career Preparedness Begins Now

- College vs. High School, How They Are Different

- Protecting Campus from West Nile Virus

- Biola Ranked 4th Safest Campus

Also, it's that time of year when U.S. News & World Report publishes its annual college rankings. Biola University is pleased to be named one of America's top 10 "Up and Coming" universities, as well as receive its highest ever ranking in the "Best National Universities" category! Learn the details on BiolaNow.


Colleen Heykoop
Director of Parent Relations


Career Preparedness Begins Now

Biola is invested in preparing your student for life after college. That is our commitment to you as parents. One of the major resources we offer to accomplish this is our Center for Career Development.

The Center for Career Development is staffed by experienced and gifted career counselors who are available to meet with any student, whether freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.  The staff is privileged to guide your student in this developmental process, providing resources and insights to ensure your student is ready for graduate school, internships, and careers.

What exactly is career development?  We believe God has gifted each person with talents that must be discovered and developed before it is clear where and how each person will be used by God. We offer resources that guide students in this discovery process and encourage students to begin that process when they first enroll.

Internships are one of the best methods to develop skills, learn likes and dislikes, as well as garner “real life” experiences.  Employers typically expect college graduates to possess two years of professional experience related to their industry.

Your student can find practical services through our Center that include career counseling, internship and job listings, resume review, mock interviews and job search strategies. The Center also hosts job and graduate school fairs as well as company tours and “Meet the Professionals” events.

Please encourage your student to explore the Center for Career Development website so that they are aware of the latest career news and events.


Especially for Freshmen Parents: College vs. High School

Your student is nearly three weeks into their first semester of college and that means the course work is starting to get heavier and is possibly piling up. There may already be some assignments graded, giving your student feedback on how they are doing in their adjustment to college work. It’s valuable to know, however, that the level of difficulty in your student’s course work is not the only thing influencing their grades. In fact, there are several differences between high school and college that make the transition a challenge. Consider the following differences, then ask your student about their experience.

High school is structured, with a daily routine that is typically stable and predictable.

College is unstructured, requiring students to manage their time and schedule.

Teacher-Student Relationship:
High school offers significant contact, with classes offered five days a week and teachers providing frequent homework reminders.

College students see faculty less often as courses meet less frequently and students are responsible to take advantage of “office hours” to meet one on one.

Parent/Family Involvement:
High schools allow parents access to homework assignments, attendance and grades. Parents can contact teachers and counselors directly with concerns. Communication is open and information is freely shared.

College students must grant access to academic and financial information. Professors and advisors cannot share information with family members without the student’s authorization.

High school guidance counselors plot out the four-year curriculum with the student and parents may also be involved.

College students make appointments with academic advisors every semester. The student is responsible to correctly map out their course of student, but advisors and staff are available to help.

High school student freedom is usually dictated by scheduled activities and parental guidelines.

College students make their own choices about how to use their time. There are no curfews.


Biola Vigilant at Keeping Mosquitos at Bay

West Nile Virus has been around for years and is something that will probably always be in our area. Biola Senior Director of Facilities Management, Brian Phillips, has been in communication with Vector Control to determine how to best keep students safe. Vector Control is routinely on campus checking and treating for mosquitos and they recently came out to do a test. In response to the testing that was done, Vector Control reported that “The results of their inspection were very positive finding no mosquito activity in the creek or any of the know sources throughout the campus. There was a bit of mosquito activity found in the BMP unit associated with the outfall at the bottom of Hope Street. The team treated the BMP and we will continue to keep an eye on it as part of our regular inspections”. Phillips also said that Vector Control communicated that mosquito problems are typically found in private backyards where they have no access for treatment or inspection.

In addition, if there is an area that seems to have an influx of dead birds or squirrels, the Health Department comes out and does testing. If testing comes out positive for West Nile, they will come out and put up warning flyers of West Nile in that area. There has been low reporting of West Nile Virus in our area surrounding Biola’s campus. Kristin Phelps from the Biola Health Center said, “We have fortunately never had a case of West Nile diagnosed at the Health Center but we always are alert and would test if a suspected case came in”.

One of the biggest concerns with West Nile Virus is stagnant water. Pools are usually an area of concern but the Biola pool is regularly cleaned and maintained.
The Health Department said the only way to prevent West Nile Virus outbreaks is to maintain vigilant surveillance of mosquito populations, implement effective mosquito control, and report dead birds and squirrels to the Health Department. Vector Control agrees that the best thing Biola can do is advise students about personal protection measures such as repellent.


Biola Ranked 4th Safest Campus

The 2015 Niche Rankings are out with great news for Biola students and their parents! Of 1,127 four-year colleges, Biola ranked fourth as Safest Campus. Rankings are based on incidents of crime on campus, drug and alcohol usage, and student perceptions of their college providing a safe and healthy environment. For more information, check out the ranking methodology and the complete list of campuses ranked.

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