Spring 2015, Issue #6

Apr 10, 2015


As I left a session on digital communication I wished I was in the office—but I wasn't at Biola; I was at a conference in Newport Beach. I spotted a woman sitting on a bench, and I asked if I could share the bench until the next break-out session. We began talking and it turned out she is a Biola parent. Her daughter is a senior and still trying to discern what her life after graduation will be. I recommended she connect with our fabulous Center for Career Development. My office partners with them once a semester to help us equip our students to make the most of their work experience and time here as they prepare for jobs outside of Biola; we are so impressed with the services Career Development offers!

The woman and I chatted and exchanged email addresses that afternoon, and our paths continued to cross over the remainder of the conference. We discovered her daughter and I attend the same church, though we're involved in different ministries. And a student worker in my office applied for the SMU summer mission trip her daughter is helping to lead. A conference I was not excited to attend turned into an opportunity to meet and encourage a Biola parent—what a gift!

It might seem inconsequential, but it was a divine appointment. My job doesn’t provide many face-to-face interactions with the larger Biola community. I work offsite, and most of my conversations happen through email or phone calls. If I'm doing my job well, you as a parent shouldn't even know I'm here: the right emails should land in your preferred inbox, the registration and donation pages you need to access should work with no glitches, your contact information should stay up-to-date in our database and receipts for donations you make to the university should arrive at your home in a timely manner. Most of my job is serving the staff and faculty with whom you and your student interact, but it is a joy when I do have the opportunity to connect with you directly.

Several times throughout the year I am privileged to serve at events you may attend, and I delight in meeting students’ families at Opening Weekend and Grandparents Day. Part of the reason I didn't want to be at the aforementioned conference was because it meant I missed Grandparents Day—my favorite day of the academic year!

As a child and niece of Biola alumni—and the cousin of two current students—Biola has always been a presence in my life. Though I graduated from other universities and have worked other places, I have always appreciated this community and its influence on me. Now as a third-generation employee I am playing my small part to help Biola equip "men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ."

Blessings to you and your family,
Kristen Hartman
Advancement Internet Production Coordinator

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.

Concert at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Join fellow Biolans for a memorable night inside The Theater at Ace Hotel, one of downtown L.A.’s most historic and beautiful theaters. Built in the 1920s by Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, the theater first opened as a United Artists movie palace in 1927. After an extensive refurbishment to its glory days of Spanish Gothic ornateness, the theater was reopened as part of the Ace Hotel in 2014. It is today one of the premiere concert venues in all of Los Angeles. Worship with students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and friends of Biola in a concernt featuring The Brilliance, Josh Garrels, and Phil Wickham. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Be Cash Smart 

Biola's Accounting Department hosts a "Be Cash Smart" table weekly to provide tips and tools to help students grow in their knowledge of principles of good financial stewardship. Here's our schedule for the upcoming weeks. Encourage your student to stop by the table to find out how they can be entered to win one of ​this semester's ​four $100 cash prizes!!

Be Cash Smart Table Schedule​:
​Wednesday, April 1 (11:30 - 1:30)
Thursday, April 16 (11:30 - 1:30) - Drawing for $100!
Wednesday, April 22 (11:30 - 1:30)​
​​Thursday, April 30 (11:30 - 1:30)
​Wednesday, May 6 (11:30 - 1:​30)

Grand Finale: Two $100 Prizes!!

The Biola Counseling Center

The Biola Counseling Center is a mental health facility that provides psychological services to La Mirada, California and surrounding communities. BCC also serves the faculty, staff, and students of Biola University.

The majority of BCC therapists are associated with Biola’s Rosemead School of Psychology, either as clinical faculty, post-doctoral students, or doctoral students who are supervised by licensed clinical psychologists. Our counselors seek to help clients arrive at a rich understanding of their personal life story, so that through increased self-understanding the individual becomes better equipped to navigate and cope with the challenges of daily living. Some of the most common issues encountered by our clientele include depression, anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, and difficulties with establishing and maintaining relationships. BCC therapists are equipped to help clients address these difficulties through the enhancement of emotion management, appropriate interpersonal boundaries, self-awareness, and interpersonal and situational problem solving skills.

If your student is needing the support of a counselor, they will need to call the Biola Counseling Center at (562) 903-4800. The receptionist will request some basic information about the reasons they are seeking therapy, as well as their preferences for appointment times and the type of therapist they may prefer to see. The assigned therapist will contact your student within approximately 3 to 4 business days to schedule an initial appointment. Therapists will not be able to share information about their appointments with students 18 years and older.

Learn more about the BCC here.

The Cost of Freedom

Getting along through disagreement is never easy. Preserving the freedom to think and learn and grow comes with a cost. But what if the disagreement itself is valuable for us? What if the cost of freedom isn’t what we expect? And how can we all become the kinds of citizens who know how to disagree without it destroying us?

Robert George and Cornel West are coming together as friends who disagree for a conversation on this important topic moderated by Rick Warren. George, West, and Warren are internationally recognized leaders from three very different communities who don’t see eye to eye on everything, but have the same fundamental concern for truth and justice.

Biola University, Chase Gymnasium
Thursday, April 30th
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Ticket Costs:
General: $17.00
Student: $9.00
VIP: $75.00
There is a 20% discount for groups of 15 or more.

Featuring a live stream of the event for those who wish to participate but cannot make it to campus. Learn more here.

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639