Spring 2014, Issue #8

Jul 3, 2014


This is it. This is the final big push for students as they finish spring semester. There’s a quiet energy on campus as students attack the last of their projects and exams with laser-like focus. For many, the end of finals week can’t come soon enough. It will bring relief from the never-ending demands of school and a much needed summer break. For others, it means the beginning of a new adventure, whether it is a short-term missions trip, a summer job, or a post-graduation job search. Add to that the responsibility of packing up ones dorm room, completing chapel assignments and saying goodbye to friends, and you have a recipe for major overload.

Now perhaps you have heard that even positive experiences can cause stress. If you are married, just think back to how stressful your wedding was or preparing for the arrival for your son or daughter! Together the tough stuff and the fun stuff can create an emotional rollercoaster ride for many students. You can help your student think through and verbalize their college experience by asking them a few thoughtful questions.

  1. What single word captures your freshman year? Sophomore year? Junior Year? Senior year?
  2. What three people shaped/influenced you the most during your time at Biola?
  3. What have been three hurts during your time at Biola?
  4. What have been three highlights of your time at Biola?
  5. What are your three main hopes for the future?

In this final parent e-newsletter of the year, Shannon and I would like to say thank you for allowing us to be part of your Biola experience. It has been a pleasure to serve you! And thank you for providing such valuable support to your student, even if it’s just by being informed. Knowing you are invested in your student’s education and growth is priceless to your son or daughter.

And before I close, I’d like to draw your attention to an article written by Biola professor Matt Jenson. “12 Things to Do After Graduating” is written for graduates, but I found it valuable and refreshing myself. Feel free to pass it along to your Biola student!

Blessings to you and your family this summer and the rest of the year,

Colleen Heykoop  
Director, Parent Relations

Shannon Baker
Program Coordinator, Parent Relations

Check-Out Information

Students living in Biola residence halls or apartments received the following email regarding checking out of their dorm or apartment:

Summer Housing
Applications are now available for Summer Housing at the Housing Office.  Cost is $1,775 for all 90 days (Sat, May 24-Thurs, Aug 21), or $19.72/day for stays less than the full summer.  Summer Housing in Hart Hall is available for all students taking summer classes or having a local job in the area.  See more information about Summer Housing on the Housing website.

Check out includes:

  • Turning in their room key
  • Filling out a Room Condition Form
  • Completing the check-list given to them by Residence Life Staff
  • Finishing the Check-out process with their Res Life Staff

It is recommended students check-out within 24 hours of their last final. Your son or daughter must be completely checked out of their building/room by Saturday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m.! Hart residents must be checked out of their building/room by Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m.! Students who have applied for summer housing may check-in to Summer Housing between 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday, May 24.

Check out hours:  (Monday, May 19 – Saturday, May 24)

  • Monday & Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Housing Office)
  • Wednesday–Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Res Hall Office or Housing Office for Apartments)
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (At Res Hall Office or Housing Office for Apartments by Appointment)
  • Summer Housing Residents Check-In to Hart Hall Room: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, May 24

**If your student needs to check out prior to Monday, May 19th at 9 am they will need to visit  the Housing Office during normal business hours (Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) to pick up their check-out instructions and Room Condition Form and then again to turn in their key, paperwork and check out.

To avoid fines, your student should...

  • Make sure they check-out ($50 or more fine for failure to check-out)
  • Complete the Check-List of tasks they have to finish while moving out
  • Check-out ON TIME
  • Turn in their key ($55 re-key charge + $50 improper checkout fine)

Before they leave, your student will be given a complete check-out list by their Res Life Staff. They must pack and remove all personal belongings, clean room/apartment thoroughly, remove and discard all trash, turn in completed Room Condition Form and turn in their key.

Additional information:

  • Students should keep their laundry card. Their Web laundry card is meant to be used continuously, as long as they remain in housing.  Keep it in a safe place; the value on the card is just like cash and cannot be replaced if the card is lost.
  • Students must take their bikes home or off-campus. Bicycles left in any other bike racks on campus will be considered abandoned property. During the summer Campus Safety will dispose of abandoned bicycles. A fine of $100 may be assessed.
  • Biola does not provide storage for students' belongings.  Any furniture or other belongings left in rooms, lounges, laundry rooms, etc. will be disposed of, even if there is a note on it. The Salvation Army will have donation trucks on campus May 16-23 for you to donate unwanted furniture or clothing that is in good condition. Trucks will be parked in the Emerson lot across from Alpha, and between Hope and Stewart Halls.
  • Research local self-storage. Some local self-storage companies provide summer storage information for Biola students. View the Storage Ideas information here.
  • Fall room claim deadline is Wednesday, August 27, 2014.  If your student  will be checking in later than the claim deadline, they must notify the Housing Office prior to the deadline so their space is not given to another student.  If they decide not to attend Biola, inform the Housing Office in writing.  Do not depend on any other Biola department or personnel to do this for you. If your student does not claim their room and has not informed the Housing Office by August 27, 2014 they are liable for a minimum of one month’s prorated housing fee.
  • Returning students may move in beginning August 23. The earliest day you may return to housing is Saturday, August 23, 2014 beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Please make your travel or moving arrangements with this date in mind.
  • Cancelling housing may incur a penalty. Biola’s expectation is that all students who contract for housing will have thought out the legal commitments of contracting for housing before doing so, and will have entered into the contract with the full intention of remaining in housing for the entire academic year. Cancellation of a Housing Contract for reasons other than graduation, withdrawal from the University, study abroad or marriage involves a buy-out penalty.  See the Housing Handbook Contract Cancellation section for details.

If your student has any questions, they should contact their RA/RC/RD immediately for clairification. 

President Corey and Chorale Minister to South Korean Families

In solidarity with the grieving nation of South Korea, Biola University President Barry H. Corey and students somberly walked the half-mile path from their bus to a tent at Paengmok-hang Harbor near Jindo Island in South Korea, the base camp for search, rescue and relief efforts for the tragic Sewol ferry accident.

A year ago, Rev. Billy Kim, a well-known Korean pastor and chairman of Far East Broadcasting Company, invited Biola University Chorale to travel the nation on a singing concert tour throughout South Korea.

On Sunday, April 28, 2014, after four days of performances across the country, the chorale, made up of 35 students, along with Corey and chorale director Shawna Stewart, were invited to visit Christians at the relief site where families waited for search and rescue news.

Read more at Biola Now.

View a brief clip of the Biola Chorale singing via President Corey's Facebook page.

Spring Commencement

Are you the parent of a graduating senior? Commencement is right around the corner! 

Click here to view important details for the ceremonyThe ceremony will also feature a live webcast available around the world for family members and friends who aren't able to travel to campus. The webcast will be held here.

Spring 2014 Baccalaureate Service
7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, 
2801 Brea Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835
Friends and family of the undergraduates are invited to a special worship service in celebration of God's faithfulness in the lives of our graduates.

Undergraduate Ceremony
7:00 p.m., May 23, 2014
McNally Lawn, Biola University- LOCATION CHANGE

Flower Orders
Graduation Day Flowers will offer fresh bouquets and orchid leis for sale to benefit Biola University Commencement Ceremonies. Pre-order online by May 20 to ensure that your graduate crosses the stage wearing his/her orchid lei.  Leis will be availble for pickup near the Hope basketball court and baseball field. Visit the Graduation Day Flowers website to pre-order and ensure availability. 


Chapels will not be held during finals week.

Click here to view chapel policies.

Important Dates

May 23
Spring Commencement(graduate 10 a.m., undergraduate 7 p.m.)

May 24
Students must move out of their dorms by 2 p.m.

July 7-August 15
Enrollment and payment for Fall 2014

August 23
Returning students may move into their residence halls

August  27
Classes begin; Convocation

August  29
Last day to add online and hybrid classes

September 1
Labor Day holiday (university closed)

September 5
Last day to complete late enrollment and payment

September 12
Last day to add classes

October 15-17
Torrey Memorial Bible Conference

October 20-31
Academic Advising for Spring 2015

October  24
Last day to withdraw from classes; last day to receive a partial refund when dropping a class

October 24-25
Biola Weekend

November 3-December 19
Registration for Interterm and Spring 2015

November 26-30
Thanksgiving break (university closed November 27-30)

December 15-19
Final exam week

December 19
Fall Commencement (graduate2 p.m., undergraduate 7 p.m.)

View the Academic Calendar


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