“When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!”
This popular song by Lauren Daigle has been such a source of encouragement to me over the past year as my life has been filled with seemingly endless change, surprises and unknowns. How many times did I cry out and ask the Lord why he was not providing direction or answers? Despite my doubt or anxiety the Lord provided and brought my family to a place we had only dreamed of. As I considered what the Lord would have me share in this final newsletter, I thought of this song because this is where so many of our students are! Whether they are graduating or not, summer is filled with change, surprises and, more often than not, unknowns.
The concept is not a new one, we have all heard “trust the planner, not the plans,” and “if God feeds the birds, how much more will he take care of you!” but at times it is incredibly difficult to have unreserved faith. This is especially true, for a young person with so many hopes and dreams, and so many opportunities to look at others and compare achievement or success. For some students this may genuinely be the first time that they feel this way, because in all honesty up until now everything has just fallen into place. Therefore they do not have the personal experience of seeing how God works in these situations. Wherever your students fits into all of this… I just want to encourage you today by sharing these words and suggest that they may be fitting to pass along to your student.
“Truth is, You know what tomorrow brings
There’s not a day ahead You have not seen
So, in all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less
You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation; the rock on which I stand
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go, You’ve not already stood”
Your student may have “no idea what they are going to do” about summer, or classes next year, or life after college, or, or, or… But the Lord knows! HE has a plan and his plans are always good. So encourage your student to lean on him, draw close to him and rest in the reassuring knowledge that he gives good gifts to his children! “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7: 9-11.
Thank you for allowing Parent Relations to be part of your Biola experience this year. It has been a pleasure to serve you! And thank you for providing such valuable support to your student, even if it’s just by being informed. Knowing you are invested in your student’s education and growth is priceless to your son or daughter. Please do not hesitate to stay in contact with us this summer!
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April was National Sexual Violence Awareness Month and this year Biola set aside April 25th-29th as Sexual Violence Awareness Week on campus. The purpose of this week was to raise awareness, care for victims, and prevent future sexual violence. Statistics show that one in five women and one in 16 men are assaulted during their college years, and therefore this is a topic we simply cannot ignore. President Corey had this to say just before the weeks events occurred, "I am fully supportive of Biola University joining this national campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault prevention. Sexual assault is a serious issue on college campuses, something we will not tolerate at Biola. I am hopeful the presentations, workshops and conversations this week will educate our community and strengthen our resolve to prevent sexual violence here and everywhere."
The week’s, events included special chapels, lectures on why students need to care about the issue, and even a Rape Aggression Defense System class taught by Biola’s Chief of Campus Safety, John Ojeisekhoba. There were also sessions for Biola faculty and staff members on how to handle a sexual assault reports on campus. The evening of April 28th was, “Take Back the Night,” led by a trauma specialist, which covered how to walk with someone who has been assaulted and concluded with a prayer walk on campus.
Chief Ojeisekhoba had this to say about the week, we wanted “to raise the awareness that while our campus is still a very safe place, we are not 100 percent immune from sexual assault incidents.” We wanted “to provide vital information and education to students and employees about the subject of sexual assault and hopefully prevent future incidents from occurring.”
As we reflect back on this week and consider the importance of this topic, we ask that you as parents join our campus in prayer. As Chief Ojeisekhoba, stated Biola is a very safe community, but that does not mean that we are exempt from such things happening on our campus. Please pray with us for the following:
That the Biola community would continue to unite against such vile things as sexual assault
That the Lord would grant wisdom and discernment to the Administration, Faculty, and Staff as we continue to serve our student body in all areas
For any of those on our campus and across the nation that have been affected by sexual assault. That the Lord would bring healing, restoration and comfort.
That we as a community would be a safe place for victims to share and seek support. That we would rally around those affected and not be afraid to speak up or speak out.
Today is the last day to Order Survival Sacks Online! After today you will still be able to order over the phone as long as supplies last.
The Office of Christian Formation and Ministry is putting together Survival Sacks that will be delivered to your students for finals week. Sacks include an assortment of fresh fruit, popcorn, and other snacks to help them get through those late nights studying. Christian Formation and Ministry simply asks for a tax-deductible donation! This fundraiser is the primary way that the department raises support for its ministry efforts. Order online or by calling 562.903.4754.
Spring Housing Checkout
All Residence Hall and Apartment residents must be checked out of their living areas by 10pm Friday May 27th. Graduating seniors and those working commencement have until either 10am or 2pm on Saturday May 28th, depending on their living area. All students have received an email with checkout information specific to them. More details on specific living areas, and summer housing can be found on the Spring Checkout website.
Vehicles Left on Campus over Summer
If your student plans on leaving a vehicle on campus for any portion of the summer while he/she is away on a study tour or other University trip, he/she must comply with the following:
Fill out a release of liability form at the Campus Safety Administrative office
Leave a spare key with Campus Safety and display a current parking permit on the vehicle.
Vehicles must be parked on the 5th level of the Lot S parking structure (next to the Baseball Field) or the 5th level of the Lot K parking structure (next to Alpha).
Please note that by failing to submit a release of liability form and key (including car alarm remote, "the Club" key, or other keys required to move your vehicle) to Campus Safety and park in the designated areas, the student may be subject to a fine and/or towing of the vehicle from Biola property.
Bicycles on Campus over Summer
Bicycles stored on campus that are not registered to summer housing residents or that do not have a permit will be collected by Campus Safety and kept for a period of 90 days before they are donated to a local charity. Your student has received a detailed email regarding Vehicles and Bicycles. Please direct questions to the Campus Safety Office.
Undergraduate Commencement is Friday May 27th at 7pm on McNally Lawn. Students will receive tickets for their families. Ticketing details have been emailed to your student’s Biola email address. Doors open at 5:30p and we encourage you to arrive early, as tickets grant admission, but seating is first come first served!
Undergraduate Baccalaureate is Thursday May 26th at 7pm at The Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton. Friends and family of undergraduates are invited to a special worship service in celebration of God’s faithfulness in the lives of our graduates.
Can’t make it to commencement? Watch Live here on May 27th!
Additional Spring Commencement details available on the commencement website.
This is our last newsletter for this academic year and we want to encourage you to stay connected with us throughout the summer. To keep up with Parent Relations take a moment to like us on Facebook. Spend some time to catching up on chapels, viewing entire courses and watching special events via Open Biola! Lastly, we will be in the office, so feel free to give us a call 800-99-BIOLA or send us an email Parent.Relations@biola.edu with any questions or concerns that come up!
We know that “summer” looks very different from one family to the next, regardless of the plans, traditions, or extreme changes that are coming your way, we are praying that your family has a very blessed and memorable summer!