Summer 2016, Issue #22

Dear Biolans,

Another commencement day is upon us! It wasn’t that long ago you were wrapping up your final exams and preparing to cross that stage as a graduate of Biola University. We invite you to join the ceremony by following along live as more than 1,000 new grads join the community of 65,000 alumni worldwide!

Joey DeClercq

Manager of Student and Young Alumni Programs





New: “Art of Relationships” Podcast

Biola University’s Center for Marriage and Relationships just launched a new podcast! Drs. Chris Grace and Tim Muehlhoff, address the complexities of relationships in our culture with insights from Scripture as well as scholarly research from psychology and communication theory.

The hosts invite experts to weigh in on topics like conflict, cultural trends, forgiveness, technology and others as they relate to marriage and relationships. Check out the website.



Comm Studies Prof Invests in South Los Angeles

Alain Datcher (’11) is currently the Program Manager at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, as well as an adjunct professor in Biola’s Communication Studies department. Datcher (pictured on the right in the photo) recently led the creation of a needed urban greening project called the 111th Place Park project, creating recreation and open space in the South LA region.

Says Datcher, “The Grand Opening event was AWESOME! We had a phenomenal turnout and I truly believe God was glorified! I am humbled to help bring this beautiful park to such a deserving community.”

Learn how the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative is improving children’s lives here.




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New University Provost Named

President Barry H. Corey announced on May 16, 2016 the appointment of Deborah L. Taylor (’94, ’01) to the position of Provost and Senior Vice President.

In his announcement Corey noted, “Deborah Taylor has the ability to lead graciously and wisely in this role. Her commitment to Christian higher education will help position Biola as a missionally stronger university for the coming years.” Read the full announcement here.



Video Project Makes Beautiful Student Music

Following in the steps of alumna Judith Hill (’06) and the Cold War Kids, one student’s passion for making professional-level music videos has rallied help from various campus majors to create art as a community.

With “Under the Bell Tower,” junior music composition major Justin Sinclair developed a way for students to make professional-level music videos with the help of others, including Nolan Anderson, senior film major and project director. Watch the video. Read the Chimes article.








2016 Alumni Reunion Weekend
Friday-Sunday, June 17-19, 2016

Classes of ‘56, ‘66, ‘91 and ‘96: this is a milestone year…come back to Biola and celebrate with alumni, your family and friends! We’ll have great fun at meals together, campus tours, scavenger hunts, a hymn sing-along, workshops and more. Registration closes soon, so register today!

Backyard Biola Alumni Summer Mixers

June-August 2016

Various regional locations

Biola’s summer mixers are a great opportunity to meet alumni, new and current students and families in your area. Click here for information, locations and registration.


The Campaign for Biola University National Tour

We’re over 90% to the goal of $180M…view this video to see what all the excitement is about!

Next stops: Dallas, Portland and Denver, Los Angeles and Chicago. More info here.



Lindsey Trozzo (’06, M.A. ’08) Named Assistant Professor of New Testament

The Department of Christian Studies at Campbell University in North Carolina named alumna Lindsey Trozzo to the position of assistant professor of New Testament, starting fall 2016.

 A native of Houston, Trozzo attended Biola University and Talbot School of Theology before returning to Texas to enter the doctoral program at Baylor University. “Professor Trozzo is bringing a Texas-sized dose of energy and originality to the department in the fall,” said Dr. Adam English, chair of Christian Studies. “She perfectly fits the profile for this position. Deeply committed to student success in the classroom, she is a person of faith and an impressive scholar.”

Says Trozzo, “Interpretations of the Bible are all around us: in literature, in politics, in church, and in the conversations we share with family and friends. I’m convinced our lives will become more purposeful as a result of listening and learning together.”

Congratulations, Lindsey!


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