Nearly 700 parents, siblings, and extended family members descended on Biola’s campus last Friday and Saturday to reconnect with their Biola student and enjoy a weekend of activities.
Previously known as Parent Weekend, this year’s Parent & Family Weekend incorporated four new events specifically for younger siblings - a Young Sibs’ Fun on the Field game time for 5 - 13 year olds, hosted by Biola Youth; an admissions tour and information session for siblings 14 - 17; and a Sleep Over Kick-off Pizza Party for siblings prior to spending the night in the residence halls.
The weekend began with a Luau on the Lawn, with Bon Appetit catering foods from the Pacific Islands. Students and guests enjoyed music, hula and Tahitian dance by the Hawaiian Club, arranged by Kaulana Ka’auwai, the club’s president. For fun, a photo board cut out of a “surfer dude” and “hula girl” was set up for picture taking. A guided tour of the Olive Grove Park, a Round-Robin tennis tournament, academic and alumni receptions, and Torrey events added to the options of activities in which parents and families could participate on Friday.
Saturday began bright and early with a Vision Walk with the President. Vice President Adam Morris guided guests to three different locations on campus, while President Corey prayed for the future of Biola at each stop. The Vision Walk was followed by a Brunch with the President, as well as men’s and women’s soccer games against APU, and two PRISM concerts by the Conservatory of Music. Parent and Family Weekend came to a close on Saturday evening with a barbeque on the lawn and live easy listening jazz provided by alum David Burrows and his band.