Fall 2014, Issue #4

Oct 8, 2014

Dear Biola parent,

Fall semester is nearly halfway over and students will soon be asked to consider their class schedules for interterm and spring semester. This year, all students will meet with their academic advisor in preparation for class selection. To learn more about this move to required academic advising, check out the latest issue of the parent newsletter as well as these topics:

-        Preparing for Graduation

-        Bible Fluency

-        Flu Shots at the Health Center

-        New Fall Care Packages


Colleen Heykoop

All About Academic Advising

Greetings from the Advising Center! We just recently made your son or daughter aware that academic advising each semester will be required at Biola for all students beginning this semester. We believe academic advising is critical to student success (and research supports this belief), so we want them don't miss this important opportunity. Some departments already had required advising, so this may not be a change for your student, but we wanted to make you aware of the change if they haven’t been required to meet with their advisor each semester up to this point. Students can find their assigned academic advisor (faculty or staff) by looking at their degree audit or contacting their academic department.

Student will be asked to meet with their assigned academic advisor (or, in some majors, attend group advising sessions) before they will be able to register for next semester’s classes. At this advising session they will receive a PIN number that they will need to enter during your registration process. We will be sending continued email correspondence to them through the year with important information about the academic journey, so you can assist us by reminding them to review and act on the emails we send!

We've sent information to your student with important action steps that they should take to remain on course and make the most of their academic experience.
• Freshman - click here
• Sophomore - click here
• Junior - click here
• Senior - click here

As a reminder, academic advising is a shared responsibility and students need to take initiative by scheduling appointments, preparing for the appointment, and following through on the advice that is given during the advising experience. Two of our desired learning outcomes in the advising experience are that students will be able to: (1) utilize critical thinking and decision making skills in managing and planning their lives and (2) independently navigate the curriculum at Biola. We want to see students prepared for life in and beyond Biola and see advising as one component of that process.

We are praying for a successful semester for your student!

The Advising Center team

So They’re Graduating

It’s never too early to plan for graduation. In fact, once your student is a junior, their head needs to be in the graduation game. That’s because a graduation petition must be turned into the Registrar’s Office one entire calendar year before the graduation date (May to May or December to December). Students are responsible for making an appointment with their academic advisors from their departments to fill out the graduation petition. Once it is turned in to the Registrar, they will make an appointment with their assigned graduation counselor.  Any student who has not turned in a graduation petition with at least 100 credits will have a hold on their registration for classes. These steps are taken to ensure that students are on the right track to graduate by their expected graduation date. Petitions are considered late if they are turned in on or after the 1st day of their final semester and a $200 late fee charged to the student.  If at any time a student wishes to make a change to their Graduation Petition, they must first consult their Graduation Counselor.

If your student is planning on transferring units from another school for credit, the Registrar’s Office must give the final approval on all transfer coursework. Transcripts on approved coursework should be in the Registrar’s Office no later than April 15 for a spring graduation or November 15 for a fall graduation. If transcripts are not received by these deadlines, the student’s name will not be put on the graduation list and the student will not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony. They will still get their diploma when degrees are conferred but cannot participate until the next commencement, if they so desire. Only a “C” or better will transfer in—please note a “C-” will not be accepted.

December Commencement Ceremony

Fall 2014 Commencement will take place on Friday, December 19th at 7:00pm in Chase Gymnasium. Each student will be allowed to reserve up to 8 tickets for admission to the gym. All other guests may enjoy a live feed of the ceremony in Crowell Music Hall. Graduates must attend a mandatory rehearsal on December 19th at 10:00am in the gym to receive their seating assignment and other important information. Caps and gowns can be purchased in the Biola Bookstore. More information about requesting tickets will be sent to students in the coming weeks. For further questions, please visit commencement.biola.edu.

The Good Book Blog & Bible Fluency

The Good Book Blog is the faculty blog of Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. Representing the diverse areas of specialty within the seminary, but bound by a common commitment to biblical authority, the blog seeks to engage with important topics in biblical studies, theology, philosophy, spiritual formation and Christian education. The Good Book Blog is a resource for anyone seeking solid biblical scholarship that engages contemporary ideas from a decidedly evangelical perspective.

The latest blog submission is from faculty member Kenneth Berding. Professor Berding speaks to the issue of Bible fluency and offers a brand new resource called Bible Fluency: Sing it, See it, Study it, found at biblefluency.com. Check out the Good Book Blog and ready about how you can develop your Bible fluency.

Flu Shots Available for Students

Parents, flu shots are available to students in the Health Center on October 14th and 15th. Walk-in hours are 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. The cost is $15. After October 15th, flu shots will be given on a walk-in basis or by appointment, until vaccines are gone. Encourage your student to get their flu shot this year!

Fall Care Packages

"Trick or Treat" Care Package..... $ 45.00 Price includes tax and delivery to Biola

Our "Trick or Treat" gift is a super way to help your student enjoy the fun and flavors of this season! Each item has been carefully selected to be bright, festive, and delicious!

This care package includes the following contents: Cinnamon Mini Donuts on a Stick, Caramel Corn, Peanut Butter Cookies, "Pez" Candy and Dispenser, "Ice" Orange Sparking Water, "Pepperidge Farm" Cheddar Gold Fish, "Runts" Candy Box, "Reese's Pieces" Candy Box, Sticky Notes, Jumbo Paper Clip, Orange Mask, Mini Bear Stuffed Animal, and a "Trick or Treat" Custom Greeting Card with Personalized Message from Home.

Limited Quantities- Please order now for best selection. You may select a later shipping date.

Call Kim Chiurazzi at CARE PACKAGE EXPRESS at (949)293-9784 to order. Check out the other care packages available this fall on our website!

Biola Christmas Concert

God In Flesh, Our Hope Divine is the title of the All University Christmas Concert for December 2014.  Produced in collaboration by the Conservatory of Music, CCCA, and Biola Youth Theatre, it promises to be a special night of sacred Christmas music, dance and drama.  The combined choirs, musicians, dancers and actors will once again tell the timeless story of the promised Messiah born in Bethlehem.  The Son of God made flesh.  The Savior of all mankind comes to dwell among us.  It promises to be an evening of worship and celebration that you will not want to miss.  Bring the entire family and celebrate with the Biola community. There will be three showings, December 5th at 7:30pm and December 6th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm in the Chase Gymnasium.

It may seem a little early to be thinking about Christmas but you do not want to miss this year’s Christmas Concert! Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here. Tickets sold out last year so be sure to mark your calendars early!

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