Fall 2010, Issue #7

Oct 13, 2010

In This Issue

  1. Greeting from Toni Donoghue, Parent Council Member
  2. Biola Golf Tournament
  3. Lausanne Conference at Biola
  4. Career Development Events
  5. The Journey
  6. A Doll’s House
  7. God and Evolution: Protestants, Catholics, and Jews Explore Darwin’s Challenge
  8. Chapel Schedule
  9. Biola Parent Association on Facebook and LinkedIn


The View from Here…

Part 2

No, it’s not true I got a puppy to replace my daughter when she went off to Biola.

The truth is I did not get a puppy intentionally to fill the void Andrea left in our home; however our new little Schnoodle, Diesel, did divert my attention. 

Before Andrea’s departure for college, I feared the change in life style.  For me, different meant bad.  I quickly learned different is not bad, and the more creative I got with making day to day life a little different, the more I could let go and find peace in having my daughter so far away.

Here are a few changes I made to embrace the difference of family life while maintaining close family relationships:

  • I plan one on one time with my youngest daughter and I spoil her with a few things we never had as part of our routine before.   For example, she likes good food, so more often than not I let her pick what I will make for dinner.  She loves this!
  • I have found more time to talk to my husband.  I mean real time, not time when I am multitasking.
  • I have embraced the change in cooking and grocery shopping habits. It is a good time to start making new recipes or change seats at the dinner table.
  • I send bullet pointed email updates to my daughter. She thought this was a great idea and loved getting a list of random news bites.  She would make short comments at the end of each point in a different color and send the email back.
  • I watch Chapel Services at Biola (http://studentlife.biola.edu/spiritual-development/chapel ). I think of Andrea as a watch these and I feel blessed to be hearing and learning right along with her.
  • I read about Biola, past and present, by visiting the website often (http://www.biola.edu/ ) and by reading the weekly Parent E-newsletter.
  • I have joined Linkedin and Facebook, not to spy on my kids but to network with Andrea’s friends and their parents as well as staff and faculty.  There are groups to join for Parents, Alumni and Students.
  • I signed up to receive the Parents in Prayer Monthly email and pray for the needs of the Biola Community. You can sign up by sending an email request to parent.relations@biola.edu .

I was surprised when I recently learned that during my daughter’s first year at Biola, she would feel terrible if she knew one of us was home alone.  I wish I had known of her concern earlier.  I would have told her about the changes- the intentional changes we made- and how we found contentment and joy. 

Our kids worry about us and they need to hear our lives have purpose, whether they are home or across the country.  Part of letting go is letting them see that our lives as parents carry on even though the stages of life change. 

A few days ago, I logged onto Facebook and saw my daughter’s recently updated status.  It said, “Tuesdays are my longest day, they go nonstop. I love them the most. I love my job and my school.”  And a few days later, she wrote, “My God is bigger than I could ever know.  I love the Old Testament.” 

Praise the Lord; Praise him for so many ways to stay connected!

Toni Donoghue

Parent Council Member



Biola Golf Tournament


Help our students and enjoy a round of golf at the 32nd Annual Biola Golf Tournament. Every year Biola University hosts donors, alumni, and parents treating them to a fun day of golf. This year, the tournament will take place at the Hacienda Golf Club which boasts its beautifully conditioned golf course. Biola will also provide a Chick-Fil-A Breakfast, a catered sack lunch, a served dinner, contests, and prize drawings. 

The Individual Rate per player is $275. There is a special discounted price for Alumni at $250 per player. 

Proceeds will go to student scholarships and university athletes.

Not able to make it to the tournament, but still want to help students? Please visit our website for how to give to students and for other information about the tournament.


Lausanne Conference on World Evangelism Comes to Biola

Christian leaders from all over the world will meet in Cape Town, South Africa for the third Lausanne Conference on World Evangelism, October 16-25. The 4,000 leaders, including Dr. Barry Corey and other Biola students, staff and faculty, with gather to confront the global issues of our time and their relation to the completion of the Great Commission.

Biola will be a satellite site, bringing the conference in Cape Town to La Mirada. The simulcast will also include break out sessions and discussion groups led by Biola faculty and other Christian leaders. Click here to read more about the simulcast events, register online, and learn more about the Lausanne Conference.


Upcoming Events from the Office of Career Development

The Office of Career Development helps Biola students and alumni discern life callings and find meaningful work. Their services include: career counseling, resume review, job search coaching, interview tips, career assessments, and much more. Visit their website.

Wednesday, October 13
Grad School Fair at Biola- 10:00 a.m., Sutherland Way
Career Clinic- 11:30 a.m., Flour Fountain

Thursday, October 14
Personal Statement Workshop- 6:00 p.m., AS Conference Room

Tuesday, October 19
Resume Workshop- 11:30, Flour Fountain


The Journey

Each student has a unique story and reason for choosing to attend a certain university. Over the course of the past four weeks the story of a new freshman's journey to Biola University has been posted to the Biola website. These four students have all experienced God's providence and presence in their lives as they live and learn in a new place and seek God daily in their education at Biola University.


A Doll's House

The Department of Communication Studies is please to announce its fall 2010 production of the classic play, A Doll's House (1879). Created by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, the story portrays a bleak picture of the sacrificial role held by women in all economic classes. This play, one of the first modern realism plays, wrestles with insensitive male domination and how women must adjust to it. Ibsen uses the dramatic structure of a play to cry out for mutual respect and understanding between the sexes. Women are not to be treated as mere playthings for males, but as equal partners in important human relationships.

The play is being presented October 28, 29, 30; November 4, 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 PM and November 7 and 14 at 3 PM for Sunday matinees.  The play is presented in our intimate 95-seat blackbox Theatre 21 on South Campus (McNally campus). Tickets are $8 each for Biola students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators, $10 tickets to the general public. Parking is available at South Campus, Lot C.  Contact Melanie Whitcomb at 562.903.4804 or ext. 4804 for more information about tickets.


God and Evolution: Protestants, Catholics, and Jews Explore Darwin’s Challenge

Can you believe in God and evolution at the same time? What is "theistic" evolution, and how consistent is it with traditional theism? What challenges does Darwin's theory pose for Protestants, Catholics and Jews? Is it "anti-science" to question Darwinian Theory? Explore these and many more questions at this upcoming conference at Biola University on October 16. The conference is sponsored by the Discovery Institute and the Master of Arts in Science and Religion at Biola University.

Visit the Apologetics website to register. The cost is $25, but there are discounts available for students and pastors. The price includes a copy of God and Evolution.


Chapel Schedule

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 understanding your student’s development. 

Wednesday, October 13
The 1 on: Defending the Faith
Apologetics. Theology and Law

Thursday, October 14
The 1 on: Defending the Faith
George Hunter III
Asbury Theological Seminary

Friday, October 15
The 1 on: Defending the Faith
Toni Allen
North Virginia Community College, U.S. Pentagon

 Monday, October 18
Intro to Torrey Conference
Todd Pickett

Tuesday, October 19
Reconciliation Chapel
Why is Diversity Important to Biola
Testimonies from the Biola Community

View the complete chapel schedule.

Watch Biola chapels, performances, and other related videos on Youtube!


Biola Parent Association on Facebook and LinkedIn

Want to get the latest on things happening on campus, view event pictures, and receive helpful information about being a Biola parent? Find the Biola Parent Association on Facebook and become a fan!

If making connections and networking with other Biola parents is your desire, we also have a group specifically for you on LinkedIn. Look for the group “Biola University Parents” and join today!

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