Spring 2012, Issue #12

Apr 16, 2012

Cha, Cha, Cha, Cha, Changes…

Five weeks of classes and one week of exams. That is what’s left of the 2011 – 2012 academic year. And before you know it, your student and their classmates will be going in a hundred different directions. Ah…more transitions.

Will your student be coming home for the summer, moving back into their old bedroom? Or have they decided to stick around La Mirada and work? Perhaps they are going back to their camp counseling job or traveling on a summer mission trip. Some of you will watch your son or daughter walk across the commencement stage, a culmination of many years of hard work. And some of you will watch your child walk the wedding aisle having found the love of their life at Biola. So many changes for you, for the family, and for your student.

As you prepare for the weeks ahead and the impending changes, I would encourage you to start some conversations…not the “so what are you going to do next” conversations that can be off-putting. But those conversations that invite reflective dialogue, that genuinely seek to understand the other person. Here are some examples to get you started:

  • What did you learn about yourself this past year?
  • How do feel about the path you are currently on?
  • How have you seen God directing your path in the last one, two or three years?
  • What are your hopes for this summer?
  • What are some of the challenges you expect to face?
  • What things are you most looking forward to in the next stage of life?

These conversations shouldn’t be limited to just your Biola student. Husbands, have these conversations with your wife. Moms, open a dialogue with your other children. The changes that occur in your college student’s life affect all of you in the family. You may be surprised to learn how these changes influence everyone a bit differently.

Enjoy these beautiful days of spring, the signs of new life and fresh beginnings! May you see God’s hand in all that is around you, especially your family.

Colleen Heykoop
Director, Parent Relations

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 Spiritual Life*, 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. 

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 healthy 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 18th.  We would love to hear from you before Wednesday, May 16th. If you would like to have a personal note of encouragement (written on a 4" x 3 1/2 " blue note card) attached to the sack please have your message ready when you make your donation. Staff from our office will transpose the message for you. Thanks again for sending us your student. It is a great privilege to have a part in their spiritual life!

To order, please call (562) 903-4754.

*A small amount ($5) will be deducted from the donation receipt to offset costs.

Graduation Resources

Is your student graduating in May? Here are some helpful sites that will assist both you and your student in planning for the big day!

  • The Biola Bookstore is selling cap and gown sets, graduation announcements, stoles, diploma frames and much more. Items can be bought online by clicking here or in the store.
  • Visit the Commencement website to learn more about the ceremony including information on parking, seating and biographical information on the Commencement speaker, Makoto Fujimura.
  • Local hotels book up quickly for graduation weekend, so don’t wait to make a reservation! Click here to find information on local hotels that have contributed to student scholarships.
  • There are a number of requirements for a student to graduate that include completing the correct number of classes as well as important pieces of paperwork. Please encourage your student to visit the Office of the Registrar to complete the necessary paperwork if they have not already. Click here to learn more about graduation requirements.
  • Students do not receive their official diploma at the graduation ceremony, but they will receive a Diploma Mailing Request form at their graduation rehearsal. This should be returned to the Office of the Registrar. After students' degrees are conferred, their diplomas will be printed and mailed to the address specified on this form. The expected wait time for a diploma to be delivered after a graduation ceremony is 6-8 weeks.
  • Students who have requested that their information remain confidential under FERPA will not have their names printed on the graduation bulletin nor read at the commencement ceremony when they graduate unless a specific written request is submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Federal regulations require that students who received a student loan and are graduating must complete exit loan counseling. Visit the website for the Office of Accounting to learn more
  • Encourage your student to visit the Office of Career Development for assistance with interviews, resume writing, career counseling and online job boards.

Talbot Talks

Talbot Talks are an ongoing series of short videos featuring Talbot faculty, students and alumni. Each segment addresses a specific, relevant key issue facing those who serve in local church ministry today: youth pastors, small group leaders, teaching pastors and others. Click here to watch Talbot Talks online.

Sacred Spaces Bus Tour

Join us for a tour of artistic sacred spaces in the Los Angeles area!  Biola Professor of Art, Jonathan Anderson, will guide participants through various locations including the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, St. John Episcopal Church, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, West Los Angeles Church of God in Christ and Wilshire Boulevard Jewish Temple (locations subject to change).  

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Bus departs Biola at 9:00 a.m., return estimated at 3:00 p.m.
Cost:  $30 per person, $20 for students
Lunch is included for each guest.

Click here to register. 


University chapels and conferences are intended to bring the Biola community together regularly for worship, spiritual nurture and education regarding relevant issues facing us in our lives. The overall program brings a unique distinction to the ethos of Biola as a Christian university. Due to the central and significant nature of that ethos, attendance at chapel is required of all students. Chapel and conference sessions are viewed in the same light as required academic classes. Additional info on Chapel requirements and policies can be found here 

Monday, April 16
In This Place Series
Jon Anderson- Art Department

Tuesday, April 17
Talbot Chapel
Megan Dods Alfaro

Wednesday, April 18
Sanctuary and Sacred Space Series
Mako Fujimura- International Arts Movement

Thursday, April 19
Reconciliation Chapel
Deshonna Collier-Goubil

Friday, April 20
Billy Kim- Chairman, Far East Broadcasting

Monday, April 23
Sexual Violence Awareness Week
President Barry Corey

Click here  to view the complete schedule online. Watch Biola chapels on YouTube and iTunesU.

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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