Fall 2015, Issue #4


Advising Season

Greetings from the Advising Center! We believe academic advising is critical to student success (and research supports this belief), so we want them don't miss this important opportunity. Students can find their assigned academic advisor (faculty or staff) by looking at their degree audit or contacting their academic department.

Students 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. Our hope is that students will take advantage of this time with their advisor and not see it as an item to check off their list!

Click the links below to view important information and action items for your student:

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.

Graduation Preparation

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. Learn more about graduation requirements.

Biola Weekend

Time is running out to register for Biola Weekend!

Join us on October 23-24  to catch up with your student, meet their friends and professors and get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Biola student. Families are invited to attend as much or as little of scheduled Biola Weekend programming. Registration is required for meals and additional selected activities, noted on the Biola Weekend website. Register now for Biola Weekend! Registration closes on Sunday, October 18.

Please note: classes will be in session on Friday, October 23. If your student has Friday classes, work, meetings or other activities schedule for this time, they will not be canceled due to Biola Weekend. Please discuss the schedule with your student before making plans.

Click here to view the schedule and register.

Iron Eagle 5K

Joining us for Biola Weekend? Come get some exercise and enjoy the fall weather at the Iron Eagle 5K! Separate registration is required for the 5K if you are attending other Biola Weekend activities. Runners will receive a coupon from Pieology La Mirada!

For those of you in select cities, participate in a local 5K. Locations are below, sign up here

Berkeley, CA  |  8648 Thors Bay Rd, El Cerrito 94530
Hosted by Geoff and Kristi Mann

Wheaton, IL  |  1142 Hobson Mill Dr, Naperville 60540
Hosted by Mark and Kris Nerud

Portland, OR  |  14112 SW Eagles View Lane, Tigard 97224
Hosted by David and Angela Toyer

Torrey Conference

We all worship something, and we become what we love. These twin truths are old ones and, once stated, are as obvious today as ever. Everyone, regardless of their faith (or lack thereof) is seeking something or someone to worship—even if they worship at the cathedral-like malls of consumerism, at the coliseums where athletes do battle, or at thousands of glowing, virtual sites where people “gather” to preach and celebrate. All forms of worship come with their own sacred days (“black Friday”), their rhythms (“tailgating”) and their forms of fellowship and connection (“Facebook groups”). And all these practices of worship form in turn those who practice them—for good or for ill. While some lately have been urging us (again!) to “grow up” out of our need for the transcendent (God), we hold that worship is a built-in to human desire. As Bob Dylan once sang, “You gotta serve somebody,” and he was just paraphrasing Jesus, who pointed out that you don’t choose whether to have a Master, just which one (Mt.6:24). Christians understand that we were designed to worship Someone, and we take seriously that such practices of worship can powerfully form us.

In this year’s Torrey Conference, we want to consider the implications of understanding the human as a natural worshipper, and the Christian as one called to worship as a whole-life (and whole-body) practice—to present ourselves as living sacrifices. What is worship, biblically understood? What happens when we worship? How do practices of worship form us? And, how even can an understanding of secular forms of “worship” help us invite those who are worshipping at the altars of so many unknown gods to the worship of the One true God?

Students are required to fulfill 5 conference credits, but are invited to attend the entire conference!

Learn more about the conference, speakers and view the schedule here.

Biola Hosts First-Ever University-Wide Lockdown Drill

Biola University’s Campus Safety in conjunction with Biola’s Emergency Response Team and the La Mirada Sheriff’s station (LASD) conducted a first-of-its-kind campus-wide lockdown training exercise on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 at 10:18 a.m. The exercise was based on a hypothetical active shooter situation.

Biola is one of the first and only universities in Southern California to ever host a university-wide lockdown drill.  Read more about the drill.

Fall Care Packages

View care packages here!


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