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Articles by Joanna Wu



  • Talbot Magazine

    Biola University Goes Online in Response to Global Pandemic

    All Biola classes are delivered remotely in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19

    Joanna Wu — 

    COVID-19 made a widespread impact this spring, changing the day-to-day life for so many — globally and nationally — and personally affected Biola...

  • Talbot Magazine

    From Set Design to God’s Design

    Becket Cook (M.A. ’17), a former Hollywood set designer, writes a memoir about his transformation by the gospel

    Joanna Wu — 

    Becket Cook was living a glamorous life in L.A. as a set designer, regularly mingling with well-known celebrities, attending VIP parties in...

  • Biola Magazine

    The Evangelists

    Meet the Biola alumni and students behind a bold national effort to share the gospel on public school campuses

    Joanna Wu — 

    Photo above:Biola alumni Rich Hung, KelleePopp and Ben Flemming help lead the National School Project from their office in Whittier, California....

  • Biola Magazine

    What’s a Christian to do with Video Games?

    Q&A with game designer Michael Steffen

    Joanna Wu — 

    Last July, an audience gathered at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York for the Fortnite World Cup, one of the most anticipated esports events of...

  • Biola Magazine

    Statistical Experts

    Biola’s new Quantitative Consulting Center wants to help you with your data

    Kiana Karn, Joanna Wu — 

    Need help crunching those numbers? Look no further than Biola’s new Quantitative Consulting Center (QCC), which opened in fall 2019. Jason Wilson,...

  • Biola Magazine

    Joanna Wu — 

    One of Biola’s student magazines, The Point, won a 2019 Pacemaker Award, a national honor for college campus publications For the second time in...

  • Biola Magazine

    Against All Odds

    Liberian native Handson Lake overcomes trials to become a Torrey Honors student

    Joanna Wu — 

    Growing up in Liberia, Handson Lake never thought college would be possible. “Liberia is a country where the reality of getting three meals a day...

  • Biola Magazine

    Game On

    Biola Begins a New Era as an Official NCAA Division II Member

    Joanna Wu — 

    Mid-July is an otherwise quiet time on Biola’s campus, but on July 12 there was one office buzzing with excitement. Inside the Biola Athletics...

  • Biola Magazine

    The Team Captain

    Athletic director Bethany Miller (’03) leads Biola into a new era

    Joanna Wu — 

    Bethany Miller has always been a competitor. Ever since her elementary school days at recess, if there was a basketball game and someone to play...

  • Biola Magazine

    Is There Any Hope for Truth and Civility Online?

    Q&A with social media expert Carolyn Kim

    Joanna Wu — 

    The social media world is filled with land mines — from the negative back-and-forth on Twitter to passive-aggressive linking on Facebook — leading...

  • Biola Magazine

    Eyes on the Future

    Virtual reality enthusiast Megan Scott selected for special training program with Oculus

    Joanna Wu — 

    Megan Scott is disguised as a stormtrooper and is transported to the molten planet of Mustafar. Her mission is to recover imperial intelligence...

  • Biola Magazine

    A Front-Row Seat on the Green

    Greg Bodine tours the world’s top courses as caddie for professional golfer Tony Finau

    Joanna Wu — 

    Greg Bodine (’12), a former student-athlete and assistant coach for the Biola men’s golf team, witnessed one of the most memorable moments in golf...

  • Biola Magazine

    Sisters in Science

    Three siblings pursue Ph.D.s in the same specialized field

    Lily Journey, Joanna Wu — 

    Some sisters share a lot in common. The Engevik sisters share an uncommon amount in common. Not only did Mindy (’04), Amy (’07) and Kristen (’12)...

  • Biola Magazine

    A Cultural Ambassador

    Fulbright recipient Kristina Conrad (’18) teaches English through hip-hop in Azerbaijan

    Joanna Wu — 

    Kristina Conrad (’18) is the second alumna in Biola’s recent history to participate in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the largest...

  • Talbot Magazine

    Alumni Profile

    Pastor John-Paul Foster (’10, M.A. ’15) serves at Los Angeles’ historic Faithful Central Bible Church

    Joanna Wu — 

    Pastor John-Paul Foster (’10, M.A. ’15) serves at Los Angeles’ historic Faithful Central Bible Church

  • Talbot Magazine

    Joanna Wu — 

    Biola celebrated an important milestone this spring in its ongoing efforts to partner with and support local Hispanic ministry leaders. In March,...

  • Talbot Magazine

    Alumni Profile

    A Faith at Work: Helen Mitchell (M.A. ’09, M.A. ’15) believes that work — both inside and outside the church — matters

    Joanna Wu — 

    Helen Mitchell (M.A. ’09, M.A. ’15), believes that work — both inside and outside the church — matters.

  • Biola Magazine

    Joanna Wu — 

    Biola took an important step this spring by unveiling a long-anticipated document that will guide the university’s ongoing efforts to welcome and...

  • Biola Magazine

    Joanna Wu — 

    John M. Perkins, born in 1930 in Mississippi, lived through a tumultuous period during the American civil rights movement. Because of his...

  • Biola Magazine

    Joanna Wu — 

    William “Bill” Simon, a beloved professor of public relations and journalism, passed away on Feb. 28 after a brief illness. Simon, who was 57,...

  • Biola Magazine

    Feliz 40 Aniversario to Biola’s Hispanic Conference

    Biola hosts 40th annual conference for Spanish-speaking ministry leaders in Southern California

    Joanna Wu — 

    Biola celebrated an important milestone this spring in its ongoing efforts to partner with and support local Hispanic ministry leaders. In March,...

  • Biola Magazine

    A Career for the Books

    Sarah Y. Tse thrives as a printing company CEO and business mentor

    Joanna Wu — 

    While Sarah Y. Tse (’93) was in her first years of college at Biola, she told a friend how she wanted to create a product line called “Mushroom...

  • Biola Magazine

    Running the Race in Rwanda

    Becky and Nathan Dowling provide technology training and clean water to communities in need

    Joanna Wu — 

    When Becky (Mierau) and Nathan Dowling graduated from Biola in 2007, neither of them envisioned living and working in Africa. And though they were...

  • Biola Magazine

    Public Relations Professor Receives National Award

    Professor Carolyn Kim receives faculty award from the Public Relations Student Society of America

    Joanna Wu — 

    When Carolyn Kim became the faculty adviser to Biola’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) a decade ago, it had just...

  • Biola Magazine

    Fruitful Research on Fruitless Areas

    Business professor Brandon Odell Ware studies the causes of ‘food deserts’

    Joanna Wu — 

    How close do you live to your nearest grocery store? This might not be something you often consider, but it’s an important question for Brandon...