Spring 2015, Issue #1

Jan 23, 2015

A Parent's Role in Student Success

A new semester is upon us and while we here at Biola are excited to have your students back on campus, I’m sure many of you are feeling a mix of emotions now that your son or daughter is back to the grind of classes, papers and activities. I can assure you that your student is also experiencing a wide range of emotions as they reconnect with old friends and prepare for another full semester.

Freshmen are returning to a newly familiar place and while they likely know the names of buildings and what Singspiration means, they are still making important relational connections. Biola might not be “home” for them yet. Sophomores are thinking about moving off campus next year and internships for the summer, but they are also realizing that once the semester is over they are halfway done with their undergrad career, which can be overwhelming! Juniors have lots to figure out with planning their final year of coursework, jobs and internships. Seniors are likely seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but not quite sure they are ready to reach the end.

You as a parent have a vital role in your student’s success. Students whose parents and family members are positively involved in their academic career are often more likely to graduate. But what does positive involvement look like? Some elements may differ from family to family. While my undergrad days are nearly five years behind me, here’s a few things my parents did that I believe contributed to my success and grew our relationship:

  • They prayed for me. My parents often reminded me that they were praying for me during my time at Biola. Whether it was for a big exam or wisdom on a decision (big or small) I knew that my parents were seeking the Lord with and for me.
  • They were interested in my studies. Instead of asking what grades I was getting, they asked what I was learning and even read some of the books I read for classes. My parents still love to watch chapels and classes on the Biola YouTube channel and Open Biola.
  • They were relationally connected. I was fortunate enough to get a few visits from my parents while at Biola and really enjoyed showing them my life here. They were able to build relationships with my friends (who have since crashed at their house while driving through Arizona), which allowed them to feel like they knew and understood my experience.
  • They encouraged self-care. My parents know me well enough to know when I’m stressed, sick or relationally disconnected. Instead of being directive about how to “fix” myself, they asked me questions and helped me find ways to care for myself. There were a few occasions where my mom sent me a batch of cookies with some tea and a sweet note suggesting I share them with the girls on my floor during a study break. It was simple, but a great way for me to take a break, meet new friends and enjoy some comfort of home.
  • They let me take the lead. It was understood that my parents had a vested interest in my time at Biola because they loved me and were helping me with the cost of my education. What they didn’t do was take the reins on my education. It was my responsibility to find out who we needed to speak to if we had financial aid questions; I pursued my own course of study, and was accountable for following the necessary steps to get to graduation. We definitely had to overcome some challenges, but I know that I matured because they expected me to be more invested in my own success than they were. The key was that they regularly reminded me that I was capable.

The new semester offers a great opportunity for you and your student to grow together as you both navigate the experience of life at college. I hope that these ideas can help you in the effort to love your student well and allow them to develop into incredible young adults!

Shannon Baker
Program Coordinator, Parent Relations

Support for Students

The Biola community is mourning the loss of Joy Negash who passed away on January 15. Below are the available resources for students as they process and grieve:

Student Development
Student Development staff (Pastoral Care, Student Care and Residence Life) will be available throughout the day for support and prayer. Students, staff and faculty can call (562) 903-4874 with questions about support available or to set up an appointment with a staff member.
A therapist from the Biola Counseling Center will be available in the Student Services Building and Hope Hall for drop-in support and care (please note that there are extended hours):

  • Monday: 11:00a-1:00p and 3:30p-5:30p in Student Development; 12:00p-1:30p and 4:00p-6:00p in Hope Hall.
  • Tuesday: 9:00a-12:00p and 4:00p-5:30p in Student Development; 10:00a-12:00p in Hope Hall.
  • Wednesday: 11:00a-1:00p in Student Development.
  • Thursday: 10:30a-12:30p and 1:00p-3:00p in Student Development.
  • Friday: 9:00a-11:00a and 1:00p-3:00p in Student Development.

Biola Counseling Center:
Therapists at the Biola Counseling Center will be available for students, staff and faculty for support and care. Please call the front desk at x4800 (562-903-4800) to set up a time to come in.

Center for Spiritual Renewal: Spiritual Direction
Spiritual direction is available for Biola students, staff and faculty. It is a safe and confidential space to explore the feelings and process of grief in the context of one's relationship with God.  The focus would be on questions like: "Where is God in the midst of your grief?" and "How is your experience of grief shaping your life of prayer and relationship with God?"

Mosaic Cultural Center:
Glen Kinoshita, Tamra Malone, and Alicia Miller Andre will be available in the MEPD office throughout this week for support and prayer.

  • A space will be provided to write notes to Hasiet's family, record memories, prayers and condolences, that will be collected and put into an album.
  • A memorial with pictures and candles will be arranged in the Mosaic Center.


  • Chapel: Wednesday January 28, 9:30am, Chase Gymnasium, "Remembering Joy: Processing Grief," with Dr. Maribeth Ekey
  • Memorial Service: The date and time of her memorial service at Biola is still being determined. We will keep this site updated as plans are made.

Read the Biola Counseling Center Handout on Grief 

Cancelled: Parent Summit for Student Success

Due to low registration, the Parent Summit for Student Success has been cancelled. The Office of Parent Relations would appreciate your feedback as we plan and prepare for future events and educational opportunities. Please take a moment and complete a breif survey here

Parents who registered will receive a refund shortly.

Parent to Parent Campaign

Biola has found that parent-to-parent contact is a great addition to the recruitment and decision making process for families of prospective students. So once again, the Office of Parent Relations is partnering with Undergraduate Admissions to assist in contacting parents of prospective students, and we would like to invite you to participate!

We are seeking 100 Biola parents who would be willing to contact 10 parents of prospective Biola students by phone or email to share about your experience. If you are interested, you will be provided with all the necessary information, including a sample script, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and information about financial aid. We will do our best to match you with families in your state or region, but please be aware that you may be asked to contact families outside of your local area.

Click here to volunteer by February 26. You will receive your contact assignments in early March.

Be Cash Smart

The goal of "Be Cash Smart" is to provide tips and tools to help students grow in their knowledge of principles of good financial stewardship. To achieve this goal, we will have a "Be Cash Smart" table out weekly from 11:30 to 1:30 where students will have a chance to earn one ticket toward one of four $100 cash prizes!!

Be Cash Smart Spring 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 a drawing for one of four $100 cash prizes 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
3) Stop by the Be Cash Smart Table

Spring Kickoff - Wednesday, February 25th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This will be the first opportunity to enter our spring contest. Students who enter the contest will have a chance during the kickoff to play our Plinko game for a prize, and will receive one ticket toward a drawing for one of four $100 cash prizes.

We will also have refreshments and will give out our spring "Be Cash Smart" table schedule.

Please encourage your student to participate in our game this spring!!

Senior Ads

Don’t miss the chance to honor your graduate’s achievement by placing a special ad in the back of the yearbook to honor your graduation.

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 20

Spaces are very limited, so claim your spot by emailing biolaned@biola.edu and by mailing a check to the Biolan office. Spaces are reserved on a first come, first serve basis, so don’t wait!

Full page: $200.00
Half page: $125.00
Quarter page: $75.00

The Biolan Design Team will design your ad for you! To purchase a senior ad, please email biolaned@biola.edu with the following information:

Student Name:
Contact Person:
Contact Phone Number:
Contact Email:
Ad Size (full, half, or quarter):
Text for Ad (up to 100 words):

Be sure to include in your email 1-4 high quality pictures of your graduate. (Pictures from Facebook will not work!)

All checks must be made out to Biola University and mailed to the following address:

The Biolan #13
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639

We cannot accept cash or credit cards. Please write the student’s name in the memo line. We ask that you direct any questions to biolaned@biola.edu.

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639