Fall 2008, Issue #12

Nov 21, 2008

In This Issue

  1. Greeting
  2. Disaster Drill
  3. Grandparents Day
  4. Christmas Tree Lighting
  5. Thanksgiving Break
  6. Chapel


My husband, Scott and I have three daughters.  Our two youngest, Jill (a junior) and now Kelsey (a freshman) are both at Biola. All of you as parents can relate to the incredible reality that we all face: how did these years pass so quickly? We certainly cannot be at this point already! However, it is what it is, and for us it has brought some good as well as awkward changes.

One of those changes has been that quasi “empty nest” period that my husband and I are facing. We have noticed how this time has deepened our appreciation for one another, and helped us to see that we need to be more purposeful in planning our future together.  But I have to say that it has been strange and required some adjustment in our thinking.  Recently, we had just finished dinner and a television program. As my husband turned off the T.V., he looked at me and said, “Now what do we do?” That about said it all! After we both had a good laugh, it really became apparent that we were facing a big change in our lives. How were we going to make the best of it, and enjoy this transition together?

We have also needed to make necessary adjustments in our parenting style. Our role has taken more of a “back seat” in their lives, and we have had to learn and set new boundaries for ourselves. At times it is difficult not knowing about all their involvements and the choices they are making.  Waiting for them to call us, instead of our always initiating, has proven valuable.  When we wait, they are more eager to ask our opinions and actually listen. Of course there are the “send money” phone calls, but we do so enjoy the occasional sightings of our daughters and the periodic meals and laughs we get to share.

It brings us great joy to know that God is good and that He desires good things for our daughters. Trusting God to use whatever He needs to in their lives has been our prayer as they have left our control and oversight at home. How we wish we could make the big decisions for them, and yet God continues to remind us that He is writing their “stories”, and we can rest in His plan for them.

Martha Vandeventer

Kelsey ('12) is majoring in English/ writing.
Jill ('10) is majoring in Music Education.

Disaster Drill

On November 13th Biola’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) took part in a state sponsored emergency drill called The Great Southern California Shake Out.  Throughout the day Biola’s ERT practiced responding to various scenarios that might possibly accompany a large-scale earthquake, such as gas leaks, fires, and injuries.  The ERT is comprised of 18 primary individuals from various departments on campus including, Campus Safety, the Health Center, Facility Services, Residence Life, and more.  Biola’s ERT also worked in conjunction with the City of La Mirada throughout the day.  The La Mirada Fire Department was present during the drills. Carissa Brooks, Campus Safety’s Manager of Emergency Operations, said the day was a huge success and a great opportunity to practice response procedures and roles, should an earthquake occur.  Read a full article from the Chimes.

Grandparents Day

Biola will be hosting its first ever Grandparents Day, March 27, 2009. All grandparents of current students are invited to join us for this day full of fun and free events. Activities for grandparents and their students will include a served breakfast, chapel, class visitations, special music, lunch in the cafeteria, campus tours (golf carts available), and special speakers.

Help us by visiting this link and providing contact information for interested grandparents. A formal invitation and registration information will be sent in the mail to the address provided below. Note: This is not a registration form for the event.

Christmas Tree Lighting

From the hot cocoa and cider...to the traditional carols and the Christmas story...to the highlight of the evening, the lighting of the University Christmas tree, it will be...A Neighborhood Christmas.

You and your family are warmly invited to join the Biola Community as we usher in the Christmas season with the 2008 Christmas Tree Lighting.
In front of Crowell Hall, Biola University

Friday, December 5, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Also please join us for a special holiday dinner in the cafeteria prior to the lighting.  The cafeteria will begin serving at 4:30 p.m.

Parking: Free Parking will be available in the parking structure located under the soccer field. Follow signage that will point you toward the festivities.

We'll have a special Christmas gift for the first 100 guests.

Questions? Phone 562.903.4728 or email alumni@biola.edu

Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 24th is the last day of class before the Thanksgiving Break.  Students are allowed to remain in their dorm room during the break, but the cafeteria will be closed Wednesday through Sunday.  Classes and meals will resume on Monday December 1.  If your student is staying on campus during the break several Faculty and Staff members will be opening their homes to guests Thanksgiving Day.  Students should contact the Student Development Office at x4874 if interested in being connected with a host family.


Mon. Nov 24
Todd Pickett
Spiritual Development

Nov 26-30
Thanksgiving Break
No chapels

All sessions are at 9:30 a.m. in Chase Gymnasium unless otherwise noted. Students should keep in mind they will be accountable for physically attending 15 chapel sessions and 4 conference sessions before the semester is over. Apart from the 9:30 a.m. sessions Monday, Wednesday, Friday, students also have the opportunity to attend Talbot chapels at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Singspiration Sundays at 8:00 p.m., and After Dark chapel sessions Wednesdays at 9:10 p.m.

See the full chapel schedule.

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