Spring 2015, Issue #8

May 11, 2015


Wow this year has gone by quickly! It has been a blessing for our office to serve you as you journey with your son or daughter. This year has been particularly monumental for me as I joined your ranks by becoming a mom to my baby girl in September. Even though my daughter is just starting to crawl, I’m already having visions of moving her into her college dorm and celebrating as she walks across the graduation stage. Good thing I have a few years to prepare myself!

As I have thought and prayed about how my husband and I are to steward the gift of our daughter, I am reminded of Joshua 4 where the Israelites cross the Jordan River with the ark of the covenant. Under the instruction of the Lord, Joshua tells the people to place twelve stones in the river saying:

“When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”

This passage has challenged me to gather stones of remembrance so we as a family can easily recall God’s goodness to us. I want to be able to look back and show our daughter how God has been at work in our lives for the sake of His glory and expansion of His kingdom. While I still have dreams of what I want her to be when she grows up, those things will fade away. Ultimately, my hope is as what’s written in the passage above; that she would know that the hand of the Lord is mighty and that she would fear Him forever. This whole parenting thing is still new to me, but it sounds much easier said than done!

So what are the stones you can place as you look back on the 2014-2015 academic year? How did God show Himself as mighty? What about your student’s experience? While we can trust that God works all things together for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28), the greatest gift of the gospel is knowing and worshiping God, not the things He gives us. A deeper knowledge of God and understanding of Him can come through hard things. Did you or your student experience difficulty or suffering this year? Where was God in those situations? Where was His hand at work in the triumphs and trials? Identify the moments of victory and times of abundance!

As your student prepares to end this academic year, take a moment to think and discuss where God has been at work in your lives as individuals and as a family. Celebrate the end to another year and the goodness of our Father because God is good… all the time.

Shannon Baker
Program Coordinator, Office of Parent Relations

The Campaign for Biola University


Today, Biola University publicly launched the most ambitious fundraising effort in its history, a $180 million comprehensive campaign titled, “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University.”

“This is the largest, most ambitious fundraising campaign in Biola’s history — by a long shot — because our dreams for Biola’s future are big,” said Biola University President Barry H. Corey. “We dream of a more affordable and more globally accessible Biola, a university with the reach and capacity to provide biblically centered education on a scale we have never seen before in our history.”

The historic fundraising effort — the first comprehensive campaign in Biola’s history — seeks to raise support for student scholarships, facilities, academic centers and online learning.

Read more from Biola Now. Learn more about the campaign here.

End of Semester Items

Residence Hall and Apartment Check-Out
Students living in Biola housing, both apartments and residence halls, must complete the check-out process. Click here to learn more.

Chapel Makeups
If students did not fulfill their chapel requirements, they must submit makeups by Makeups due by date of final chapel of semester: May 15 at 4:30pm. More information here.

Leaving a Car On Campus
Vehicles may not be stored on campus property without prior written approval from Campus Safety. Persons wishing to store a vehicle on campus must:

  • Be a current Biola student or staff/faculty member,
  • Display a current parking permit,
  • Sign a release of liability form, and
  • Leave a set of keys with Campus Safety so that the vehicle may be moved if Facilities Services projects or emergencies require it.

Students should visit the Campus Safety office with questions.

Open Biola

Catch up on chapels, view entire courses and watch special events via Open Biola.

Commencement Information

Baccalaureate Service
Thursday, May 21
7:00 PM
First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton
2801 Brea Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92835
Friends and family of undergraduates are invited to a special worship service in celebration of God’s faithfulness in the lives of our graduates.

Commencement Rehearsal (Mandatory)
May 22, 2015
1:30 PM
Chase Gymnasium, Biola University
Students should arrive 15 minutes early to receive your seating assignment
Rehearsal should last approximately 1 hour

Commencement Ceremony
May 22, 2015
7:00 PM
McNally Lawn, Biola University
Call time is 6:00 pm on the south end of McNally Lawn near the Softball Field

View more information here.

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