Who says summer should be filled with “lazy days”? There are all sorts of fun things to do! If you need any help deciding how to fill those moments in between backyard barbecues and baseball games, Biola Magazine’s got you covered. Here are 14 suggestions — each somehow Biola-related — to help spice up your summer:


1. Check out Biola’s “SoCalist” board on Pinterest to discover some fun hidden gems of Los Angeles and Orange County. Then check them off your list! pinterest.com/biolau/the-socalist

2. Write a Christmas carol! Conservatory of Music alumnus Calvin Dyck (’85) is sponsoring an international Christmas Carol Composition Contest, with $5,500 in prize money to be awarded. calvindyck.com/contest.html

3. Find an inviting piece of grass and spend a few hours reading excerpts from the classics in The Great Books Reader, featuring commentary essays from Torrey Honors Institute faculty and alumni.

4. Catch up on the dozens of great chapel messages and lectures that happened at Biola during the school year by watching them on YouTube: youtube.com/biolauniversity.

5. Get a glimpse of the early days of Biola by perusing old copies of The King’s Business, the R.A. Torrey-edited, Biola-produced journal that has been called “Christianity Today of the first half of the 20th century.” It’s archived online at biola.edu/kingsbusiness.

6. Make some of the recipes featured by Biolans in the Biola Magazine food issue (Spring 2012).

7. Memorize the entire book of Philippians in just three months. It’s possible! (See Ken Berding’s article in the spring issue of Biola Magazine.)

8. Take a minute to get your hands on a copy of Just a Minute, the new book from alumnus Wess Stafford (’75), president of Compassion International.

9. Download video of Biola lectures and conferences for free on iTunes U: biola.edu/itunesu.

10. Google “President Corey Undercover Boss.”

11. Pay a visit to Biola — especially if you haven’t been here for a while. You might not believe how much the campus can change in the course of a few years.

12. Send in an old photo from your days at Biola, with a caption to biolamag@biola.edu; we may include it in an upcoming “Memory Lane.”

13. Google around to find out which former regular on ABC’s “TGIF” ’90s lineup is now a history professor at Biola.

14. Unwind after a long day with a cup of tea and a cappella hymns from The King’s Men. Or maybe you prefer instrumental music by the Symphonic Winds. Listen online for free: https://www.biola.edu/music.