Fall 2014, Issue #1

Aug 29, 2014

Challenge and Support

More than a few decades ago I attended a state university that prided itself in being academically competitive. I remember sitting in a lecture hall with 500 other freshmen and hearing the professor say, “Look to the person on your left. Now look to the person on your right. One of you won’t make it to the end of the semester.” Fear and anxiety rushed over me. Was this really what college was like, cut throat, survival of the fittest competition?

As it turned out, it was at this university. And as I walked towards the classroom to take the midterm exam, the anthem “Another One Bites the Dust” blaring from a fraternity house window, I knew my performance on this exam could impact my path for the next four years. Frankly, I was terrified. College turned out to be a challenge greater than I had ever imagined. And unfortunately, I lacked the confidence and support I needed to work through it. After a year I decided to leave.

The college experience has always been about challenge. It’s through challenge that ones giftedness is realized. But challenge without support isn’t effective and can actually be harmful. My experience is an example of how students who are challenged beyond their ability, but not provided support, do not thrive.

At Biola University you can expect that your student will be challenged intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. In fact, if your student is not being challenged, you are not getting your money’s worth. But with challenge you can also expect your student to be supported. Faculty, staff, resident assistants, and a plethora of resources are available to every student. The key is for your student to reach out and access those resources.

So parents don’t be surprised when your student complains that a class is too hard or that their roommate is driving them crazy. View this as an opportunity for growth. Don’t rush in and try to alleviate your student’s discomfort, but let them seek out the resources available to meet the challenge. As a university, we want to come alongside your student to offer support and direction. And as your student adapts and adjusts to meet these challenges, they will be developing skills that will allow them to be confident, effective young men and women.


Colleen Heykoop
Director of Parent Relations


Parents: Partners in Student Success

At Biola University, we are committed to equipping our students in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. It is this mission that informs our role and responsibility to your student.

We view every experience, both in and out of the classroom, as an opportunity for your student to learn how to think critically, solve problems and grow in Christ-like character. Our job is to help guide and support your student as they engage in their college experience.  We treat them as unique individual adults, responsible for themselves, their actions and decisions.

Parents play an integral part in their student’s success through encouragement, prayer and support. In fact, studies have shown that students who feel supported by their family are more likely to graduate from college.*

At Biola University, we see parents as student success partners in the following ways:

➢ Strive to understand the student experience, learning about the unique challenges and opportunities facing today’s college students.

➢ Develop awareness of the support services available to students and encourage your student to identify their need and seek out assistance.

➢ Encourage your student to identify, define and solve problems independently; prayerfully support your student during times of challenge and uncertainty.

➢ Allow your student to: accept responsibility for their personal errors, examine their motivations, determine a solution and establish a different action plan for the future.

➢ Understand your role as mentor to your student.  Promote self-advocacy by empowering your student to make decisions independently.

➢ Know and understand your limitations to access student records, as delineated in Biola’s FERPA policy (Family Education Rights Privacy Act).

➢ Be alert to signs of distress in your student (prolonged sadness, loneliness, stress, etc.) and discuss your concerns openly. Assist your student in developing a plan to address the problem. If it would be helpful, our Student Development staff members are available to talk through different options and resources for your student. If you’re concerned about the immediate safety of your student, contact Campus Safety.

➢ Contact the Office of Parent Relations with concerns if your student is unable to resolve a situation and has addressed the appropriate parties.

* “The Influence of Parenting Styles, Achievement Motivation, and Self-Efficacy on Academic Performance in College Students.” Journal of College Student Development, 50(3), 337-346. Turner, E.A., Chandler, M. and Heffer, R.W. 2009.


Student Employment

Is your student looking for an on-campus job? You can view all the job openings and read the student employment FAQs to encourage them in their search. 


Send Your Student a Care Package


This "Biola Spirit" Care Package is perfect for welcoming your student to Biola for the very first time, or to welcome them back for another year!  Each item in this brightly colored care package was selected to get your student excited about this semester and to fill him/her with school spirit!  Limited quantities are available, so order early for the best selection. 

This care package includes the following fun and delicious items:
- Biola Eagle Stuffed Animal
- BIOLA Jumbo Paper Clip
- Red and White Nerf-style Football
- Megaphone,
- Paddleball
- Acrylic Drink Tumbler with Straw
- (3) Packets of Lemonade Mix - Individual Serving Size
- Red and White Jumbo Gumballs
- Large Box of Mike & Ike Candies
- (6) Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Caramel Corn


Good Book Blog: Authority of the Bible, Part One

This week on the Good Book Blog, beloved Biblical Studies professor Dr. David Horner begins his series on why we can trust the Bible. 


Be Cash Smart - Fall 2014

The goal of "Be Cash Smart" is to provide tips and tools to help students grow in their understanding of good financial stewardship principles. Our fall theme is "Give Some, Save Some, Spend Some." To achieve this goal, we will have a "Be Cash Smart" table out weekly from 11:30 to 1:30 where they will have a chance each week to earn one ticket toward the Fall Grand Finale Prize Drawing for one of four $100 cash prizes!!

Be Cash Smart Fall Contest: Each week a new question on finances will be posted to the “BE CASH SMART COMMUNITY” Facebook page.  To encourage utilizing the tools available on Biola's Cash Course Website, students will receive ​one ticket/entry into the Fall Grand Prize Drawing ​for each correct answer they bring to the Be Cash Smart table.

To Enter the Contest: students need to do the following:

1) Like our Facebook Page at Facebook.com/BeCashSmart and
2) Register for CashCourse access at BIOLA.EDU/CASHSMART
3) Stop by the Be Cash Smart Table and show evidence of the above

Fall Kickoff - Wednesday, September 17th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is the first chance to enter the contest. Students who enter the contest will have a chance during the kickoff to "Spin the Wheel" for a prize, and will receive one ticket toward the Grand Prize Drawing. We will also have refreshments and hand out table schedules so they will know when the table will be out each week.

Grand Finale - Wednesday, December 3., from 11:30 to 1:30. We will have refreshments and will announce the four winners of the $100 cash prizes!!

Please encourage your student to participate in our game this fall


Important Dates

Check out the Academic Calendar!


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