Spring 2015, Issue #5

Mar 20, 2015

Decisions, Decisions

Have you ever wanted a day where you didn’t have to make any decisions? I have, especially when the stakes are high. But life is full of decisions and knowing how to evaluate options and make wise assessments is an invaluable skill.

Your student is being inundated with decisions, especially this time of year. They have to decide where to live this summer and where to live next fall. Of course, part of that decision is determined by circumstances outside of their control, so having contingency plans are a must. They’re also thinking about whether they should take 21 credits next fall in order to graduate early or take 15 and preserve their sanity. Course selection is just around the corner! Then there is the employment situation. They need to earn money, but they also need to gain experience in the field they are studying and many internships don’t come with a paycheck. How is that going to work out?

These can be daunting decisions for young adults. Some of your students will look to you for answers. And as parents, it’s tempting for us to want to alleviate their stress by getting involved. But we also know that over involvement deprives our students the opportunity to develop and strengthen their decision-making abilities. So what is our role as parents?

Kay Kimball Gruder, certified parent coach and author of Successful College Parenting.com, offers a great perspective and practical advice for parents of college students. If you can, take the opportunity to read her article, Decisions, Decisions, Decisions from her April 2009 newsletter. Written from a developmental perspective, Ms. Gruder provides a step-by-step process that will help you as a parent support your student in the decision-making process.

Thankfully we have a heavenly father who cares deeply for his children and we can rest in his promise that he will supply all of our needs (read Matthew 6: 25 – 34) and that includes the need for wisdom. Consider Proverbs 2:1 – 6:

“My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

My prayer is that your student will strive for the wisdom and understanding that only comes from God, and that as a parent, you will be used as an instrument in their learning process.


Colleen Heykoop
Director, Alumni and Parent Relations

The Word Made Fresh: A Special Lenten Concert

Thursday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church in Fullerton

Join us for this FREE concert with the Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts’ two visionaries-in-residence, poet and Cambridge fellow Malcolm Guite and award-winning musician Steve Bell. These world-class artists will use their specific disciplines to help us prepare our hearts for this Easter season.Learn more about the concert.

Participate in the Lent Project. 

Commencement Information

Spring commencement is just around the corner! If you are the parent of a graduating student, be sure to visit the commencement website to view important information for you and your son or daughter.

View the website. 

New Sculpture Reflects Biola's Focus on Faith and Art

Biola University celebrated its newest piece of public art — a twisting, bright red sculpture made from bronze-cast apple tree limbs — at a dedication ceremony held on March 9. The permanent sculpture, titled “True Vine,” is the second piece installed this year as part of a public arts initiative.

The artist, Theodore Prescott, was inspired by teachings in Scripture referencing vines that reveal a life dependent on Christ — particularly John 15, in which Jesus identifies himself as the True Vine.

“My goal has been to make a beautiful and striking piece of contemporary art that speaks visually and poetically to the viewer about the mysterious living reality found in Christ’s words and his cross,” said Prescott.

The bright red sculpture was funded by the Long Family Foundation, which also funded “The Spirit of Christ” sculpture installed on campus in September 2014.

Read more about the “True Vine” sculpture.

University Grieves the Passing of Professor Robert Saucy

The Biola University community is grieving the passing of Robert L. Saucy, a respected theologian and author who impacted thousands of students during a 54-year teaching career at Biola’s Talbot School of Theology. The beloved 84-year-old distinguished professor of systematic theology died on March 12 as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.

The university’s longest-serving current professor, Saucy was widely known for his contributions as a theologian, particularly in the areas of eschatology and ecclesiology. He was a past president of the Evangelical Theology Society and was one of three scholars who worked on both the original 1971 translation of the New American Standard Bible and its 1995 update. As one of the few Biola faculty members to hold the title of distinguished professor, he held a highly selective rank granted only in exceptional circumstances to nationally recognized scholars.

“For his many accomplishments, Dr. Saucy was first and foremost a man who loved Jesus Christ and nourished himself with God’s Word — such that Scripture flowed freely and reverently from his lips,” said Biola President Barry H. Corey. “We grieve that we have lost this humble and wise man of faith, but rejoice in the knowledge that he is now with the Savior he loved, served and proclaimed throughout his life.”

Read more about Dr. Saucy. 

Easter Care Packages

Happy Easter "Chick" Care Package - $38.00 Price includes tax and delivery to Biola

This vibrant care package is loaded with lots of delicious sweets and fun treats for your student's enjoyment.  Each item has been carefully selected and decoratively packaged to show your student how much you care.

This care package contains the following items: A plush chick stuffed animal, a bobbing chick headband, a chick tic-tac-toe board, white chocolate caramel corn, three chick-shaped chocolate crisp candies, an apple-peach flavored Martinelli's sparkling cider, and a custom greeting card with a personalized message from home.

Order Deadline - Friday, March 27th at 5:00 p.m. PST. All Easter Care Packages will be delivered on Monday, March 30th, unless otherwise requested. There are a total of three Easter care packages available! Click here to view all three and ordering instructions. 

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