Spring 2015, Issue #7



Nancy Schlossberg (1995) defines a transition as “any event, or non-event, that results in changed relationships, routines, assumptions and roles.” Schlossberg has developed a theory to help understand the process of transitions in adult development. You are moving in, moving through, or moving out, according to her theory (1995). She is known for the “4 S’s”, which consists of situation, self, support, and strategies that can influence a person’s ability to cope with a transition.

When looking at one’s own situation Schlossberg’s (1995) theory has you ask yourself some of the following questions: what precipitated the transition, is the transition on time or off time, what is within your control, is there a role change, is this permanent, temporary, or uncertain, and how have you handled transitions in the past?  When looking at yourself, you can examine your background, age, gender, and stage of life as well as your psychological resources, which consists of your outlook, commitment, and values. Support is defined as support through close relationships, family, friends, and communities. Strategies look at modifying your situation, manage your stress, gathering information, direct action, and examining your patterns of thought.

When I went off to college, I had certain expectations about going to college, some were met, and some were not.  I knew it would be much more academically rigorous than high school, and I knew I would make life-long friends. What I didn’t know was that making life-long friends would be more challenging than I anticipated. I found it hard to accept that I as a social being could not make deep and meaningful friendships right away. It felt as if everyone around was making friends. What I came to learn was that it takes time to establish friendships that are meaningful. Once I adjusted my expectation about connecting with my peers, I was able to breathe and start making an effort to make friends.

In graduate school, which was another season of difficult transitions, I stumbled across Nancy Schlossberg’s theory of transitions and it helped to normalize the challenges that transitions in life can bring. It also helped me to understand what were the things that were going to help me make it through a season of transition with a little more understanding and clarity. The end of an academic year inevitably means transition. Moving out of housing, an end to the semester’s classes, moving home temporarily, a change in schedule, not seeing friends every day. All of these things create change in the life of your student and can cause unexpected stress or bring great relief.

I know that transitions come in different formats. I know to do a little introspection about where I am at in a transition. And I have learned to ask for help. Help can come in the way of support and prayer from close friends and family. I have asked for help through mentors, therapy, and spiritual direction. Lastly, I am continually learning to be proactive through a season of transition, whether it is through setting up a routine to help me stay focused and productive or to do something good for myself, like take a nap or get a pedicure. How can you support your student as they encounter another change? Ask them! Is there anything they would like to do to celebrate the end of the semester once finals are over? Begin to discuss expectations for the summer. Encourage your son or daughter to do something to take care of themselves as the enter the final push of the semester. If your son or daughter is graduating, this transition is full of all kinds of celebration and stressors. Ask them questions that will lead to discussions on how they are feeling and processing this change. 

In the midst of transitions, let us remember that the Lord is unchanging and unwavering in his love for his children.


Claudia Huffine
Director, New Student Orientation & Transitions

Evans, N., Forney, D., Guido, F.  (1998) Student Development in College:
Research, and Practice.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Be Cash Smart Spring 2015​ ​Grand Finale

Wednesday, May 6
​11:30 - 1:30
By the Bell Tower​

​Throughout the spring semester, ​Biola's Accounting Department ​has hosted​ a "Be Cash Smart" table weekly  to provide tips and tools to help students grow in their knowledge of principles of good financial stewardship.

​Students who have been playing our game this semester and earning tickets toward the Grand Finale drawing for two $100 cash prizes should come to the table by the Bell Tower on Wednesday, May 6th (11:30- 1:30) to see if they are one of the grand prize winners. Other students are also encouraged to stop by the table for treats and for free financial tips and tools.


Is your son or daughter running low on flex dollars? Send them some finals week coffee money through eAccounts! Flex dollars can be used at all the campus eateries for food or beverages.

View a tutorial here.

Conviction and Courage Gala

Save the date for an online live stream of the
Holding to the CONVICTIONS of our founding,
Looking forward to the future with COURAGE.

Be part of this historical evening in the life Biola University

Featuring keynote speaker Eric Metaxas

MAY 9, 2015
Live from Downtown Los Angeles

On Saturday, May 9, Biola University will go back to downtown Los Angeles, a few blocks from where it all started, to celebrate the next chapter in Biola’s history at the Ace Hotel. Under the lights of one of Biola’s original “Jesus Saves” signs, we will publicly unveil the largest-ever fundraising campaign, “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University.”  Featuring bestselling author Eric Metaxas as the keynote speaker, the entire event will be streamed live at watch.biola.edu. Tune in, because you won’t want to miss this exciting moment in Biola’s history!

Survival Sacks

Can you imagine the pressure and stress a typical student faces during finals week? Many students are in survival mode. Imagine them receiving a gift from home during this exhaustive time, to help them through their week.

With your generous, tax-deductible gift to Christian Formation & Ministry*, we have the opportunity to deliver “Survival Sacks” to your son/daughter’s residence hall room the weekend before final exams begin. This Survival Sack will contain a plentiful assortment of fresh fruit, popcorn, sugarless gum, granola bars and various snacks and candy. A personal note of encouragement will be attached.

This service to parents and students is the primary way we raise support for our ministry efforts. It helps to develop your students as ministers through our discipleship and outreach ministries. It also supports our mission projects, both locally and abroad. Our focus is to develop students as disciples of Christ and Spirit-filled ministers of the gospel. You can encourage and bless your son or daughter during this intensive time of finals week and have a part in fulfilling this important vision through participating in our Survival Sack project.

The packages and encouragement notes will be delivered on Friday, May 15th. We would love to hear from you before Tuesday, May 12th. Parents, to order by phone and pay by credit card, call 562-903-4754 and be prepared with a short message we will write on a card for you.

If you have questions, please call (562) 903-4754.

*A small amount ($5) will be deducted from the donation receipt to offset costs.

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.

Housing Check Out

Residence Halls

All Residence Halls close on Saturday, May 23 at 2:00pm. Students moving to Summer Housing and Hart Hall residents checkout by 10:00am. All residence hall residents must find alternative housing during summer break, unless signing up for summer housing--no exceptions.

During early finals week, checkout will take place at the Housing Office.
During late finals week, checkout will take place in your student's Hall with their ResLife staff.
During checkout, students must complete and submit a Checkout Cleaning Checklist and return their room key.


All apartments close on Saturday, May 23 at 2:00pm.*
*Students moving to summer housing checkout by 10:00am.

All apartment residents must find alternative housing during summer break, unless signing up for summer housing--no exceptions.

Checkout will take place at the Housing Office.
During checkout, students must complete and submit a Checkout Cleaning Checklist and return their room key.

Summer Housing

Non-graduating students taking summer classes or having a local job may signup for summer housing at additional cost. See the summer housing page for more details.

Fall 2015 Check-In

Fall Check-In for Continuing Students begins Saturday, August 22.

More Housing information here.

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639