Another semester has begun here at Biola, and we are so glad to have your students back on campus! As a parent of a current Biola student you will receive our weekly newsletter throughout the semester and we hope you find it full of not only important information, but also things to help keep you connected to the University and most importantly to your child.
As many of you know from past years’ experience, spring semester in the life of a college student seems to fly by. Life has a way of coming faster and faster these next few months, and May will be here before we know it. So we wanted to take this chance now to give you some details on a few of the exciting events and opportunities that this semester holds.
Homecoming— February 26-28
Our annual Homecoming celebration is a great time for all members of the Biola community to come together and Revisit, Reconnect, and Reunite! Like with Parent Weekend in the Fall, this is a great chance for parents and family members to spend some time on campus and to experience some fun Biola traditions. Saturday February 27th will begin with a brunch on Metzger lawn, accompanied by live music, carnival booths, and activities for the whole family. Then on Saturday evening we will gather again for a tailgate style dinner in the Café, before heading over to the gym for the basketball games against Cal Baptist! Registration is easy and can be done by visiting the Homecoming website at www.biola.edu/homecoming2010.
Missions Conference— March 17-19
Every spring, classes come to a halt at Biola University for Missions Conference, a refreshing three days dedicated to focusing on God's movement throughout the nations. The conference is made up of 8 main sessions, and in the space between sessions, the rest of the university campus is filled with opportunities to learn about other cultures and invest in God's Kingdom. There is a 24-hour prayer room and seminars where students can hear from missionaries and other global workers. There are also chances for conference attendees to get off campus and experience multicultural food and atmospheres. Please remind your student that this is not an early spring break. We highly encourage students to remain on campus and attend events all three days, and family members are certainly welcome to join us for the sessions!
Easter Recess— April 2-11
Biola’s spring break always begins with Good Friday, and continues through the week following Easter. During this time students may continue to live in their dorm rooms or apartments, though most will venture out for the majority of the week. Dining options on campus will be available, but limited throughout the week.
Graduation Ceremony— May 29
All family members are invited to attend graduation. This not a ticketed event. For Spring 2010, the undergraduate commencement will be Saturday, May 29, at 9:00 a.m. on Metzger Lawn. There is no reserved seating. Guests are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes to an hour before the ceremony is to begin. If your student is planning on graduating in May of 2010, and has yet to fill out a graduation petition form, they should visit the Registrar’s Office, as soon as possible, as late fees will apply.
Blessings to you and your family as we begin this new season!
The Office of Parent Relations
Great for a sweetheart and or a sweet tooth, this care package offers a little sugar and spice, and best of all is RED all over. Package includes a bottle of Martinelli's, 2 disposable party glasses, a box of chocolate candies, Red Vines, Hot Tamales, Jolly Ranchers, Ring Pops, Pop Rocks, Red Hots, Fire Balls, and other assorted Valentine Candy.
For only $20 your package will be delivered straight to your student’s dorm room on Friday, February 12. If your student lives off campus they will be directed to pick up their package at Metzger Hall.
Registration for this event has begun! Grandparents are invited to join their grandchild for a day full of fun and fellowship at Biola University on Friday March 26, 2010. Events will include a special buffet breakfast and greeting with President Corey, chapel, tours, lunch in the cafeteria, special speakers and a sing-a-long with the King’s Men.
The Health Center now has a limited number of H1N1 Vaccines available on a first come, first served basis.
Note: If a student has a preexisting condition such as diabetes or asthma, etc, or has a parent, family member, or roommate who does, they should come in as soon as possible to ensure they are able to receive a vaccination.
The vaccine is free of charge.
The Health Center will be giving the vaccines daily between the hours of 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Please contact the Health Center at 562.903.4841 with any questions.
We have already had a great response from parents who are willing to participate in this campaign! Thank you so much to those of you who have already responded, we will be in touch with you in the coming weeks. If you have not responded, please consider joining us in this project.
Biola has found that parent-to-parent contact is a great addition to the recruitment and decision making process for families of prospective students. So once again, the Office of Parent Relations is partnering with Undergraduate Admissions to assist in calling parents of prospective students, and we would like to invite you to participate! We are seeking 150 Biola parents who would be willing to call 10 parents of prospective Biola students in their local area. If you are interested, you will be provided with all the necessary information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions and a sample script. All phone charges can be reimbursed.
To participate, please reply by February 8th to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, your phone number, and your student's name. Calls can be made at your convenience during the months of February and March.
If you have any questions, please call 1.800.99.BIOLA.
Chapel is an integral part of the Biola experience, and is a time dedicated to worship, spiritual nurturing and education. The overall program brings a unique distinction to the ethos of Biola as a Christian university. It is our desire each week to make you aware of the speakers your student will be hearing from and the subjects they will teach on, in the hope that you will find it a useful tool in communication and in understanding your student’s development.
Monday February 8
Family Life Series
Author, Speaker, Lay counselor
Wednesday February 10
Family Life Series
Author, Speaker, Lay counselor
Thursday February 11
Friday February 12
Minister-at-Large, Washington D.C.