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  • Seven Biolans Featured in “Christianity Today’s” Book Awards

    Biola-affiliated authors from publications like Winsome Conviction and Simple Trinity are honored by Christianity Today

    Jocelyn Huffman — 

    Christianity Today’s 2022 Book Awards features books authored by Biola University faculty and alumni. According to the magazine, the selected...

  • Biola Alumna Supports Artists and Culture Changers

    Bethany Wearden is using her film background to encourage creativity through partnership and advocacy

    Nate Bell — 

    Bethany Wearden (B.A. ’08) found her calling supporting artists full-time with an immigrant justice organization called Define American, where she...

  • Cinema and Media Arts Alumna Launches Her Career at Disney

    Sierra Stoltzfus (’20) shares how her internship led to her first industry job

    Nate Bell — 

    Sierra Stoltzfus (’20) had been applying for internships with Disney since her junior year at Biola University. As a School of Cinema and Media...

  • Alumna Launches Subscription Box to Inspire Teen Christian Girls

    Biola Public Relations alumna gains national attention for her new business venture

    Lauren McLeod — 

    Biola University alumna Laura Fooks (’15) was recently interviewed on a national news segment to share about her business inspiring Christian teen...

  • Cinema and Media Arts Alumna Receives Blackstone Legal Fellowship

    Sofia Silva (’19) is training for a career in entertainment business law

    Nate Bell — 

    During her junior year of high school, alumna Sofia Silva (’19) decided she wanted to pursue film and study it in a Christian environment. When...

  • On Set During COVID-19: Cinema and Media Arts Alumna Shares Her Experience

    Rebecca Baliko (’20) entered the film industry at the height of the pandemic

    Nate Bell — 

    Rebecca Baliko (’20) graduated from Biola University during what is arguably the most chaotic period of the COVID-19 crisis. With less than two...

  • Cinema and Media Arts Alumna Joins the Directors Guild of America

    Olivia Hernandez (’14) finished her DGA training in January

    Nate Bell — 

    Alumna Olivia Hernandez (’14) wanted a career as an AD — assistant director — ever since she was a freshman at Biola University. An AD is the...

  • Alumnus Releases Book on American Filmmaker Terrence Malick

    Joshua Sikora (’06) takes a deeper look into filmmaker Terrence Malick in his book 'A Critical Companion to Terrence Malick'

    Nate Bell — 

    Since graduating from Biola University’s School of Cinema and Media Arts in 2006, Joshua Sikora has produced and distributed several pioneering...

  • Alumnus Tom McCarty’s Recent Film “Mank” Nominated for Six Golden Globes

    McCarty shares about his journey working in the film industry and his most recent project

    Nate Bell — 

    Tom McCarty (’96) is one of the busiest Biola University alumni working in the entertainment industry today. Since graduating from Biola...

  • Biola University Alumnus Nominated for Prestigious Cinematography Award

    Andrés Aragón (’19) is one of five nominees recognized for the American Society of Cinematography 2020 Student Heritage Award

    Sarah Dougher — 

    On Jan. 12, 2021, Biola University alumnus Andrés “Andy” Aragón (’19) sat in a Zoom call and learned exciting news. Aragón found out that he had...

  • Student-Directed Film is First Ever Student Film to be Widely Distributed

    Director and writer Calen Coates (’18) overcame difficulties while shooting the film to eventually secure it a spot on Amazon Prime Video

    Sarah Dougher — 

    Alumnus Calen Coates (’18) had the idea in mind for his recent film Wrapped during his senior year of high school. Once he came to study at Biola...

  • Nate Bell — 

    Biola University Cinema and Media Arts alumnus Brian Ulrich (’12) wrote, produced, and directed his first feature, Last Three Days, a dramatic,...

  • Alumna Megan Scott Explores Virtual Reality with Oculus Fellowship

    Recent Cinema & Media Arts graduate uses her knowledge gained in the classroom to develop her VR career

    Nate Bell — 

    Biola University alumna Megan Scott (’20) graduated last spring and hit the ground running with a prestigious internship and a fellowship, each...

  • Army Psychologist and Alumna Portrayed in Recent Film “The Outpost”

    Rosemead School of Psychology alumna Capt. Katie Kopp (M.A. '05, Ph.D. '08) served as an Army psychologist for soldiers in a battle depicted in a recent movie

    Sarah Dougher — 

    Alumna Capt. Katie Kopp (M.A. '05, Ph.D. '08) knows the toll war takes on soldiers’ mental health. She witnessed it firsthand as an Army...

  • Alumnus Releases Documentary Series “Honor Guard” on Amazon

    Cinema and Media Arts alumnus Ethan Morse (‘12) spent three years filming the Army’s oldest active regiment

    Nate Bell — 

    Biola University School of Cinema and Media Arts alumnus Ethan Morse (’12) recently completed a four-part documentary series, Honor Guard, to...

  • Biolans Win Award for Work on TV Series, Brilla

    Alumnae Claire Burdick and Hannah Serrano share how their Biola education led them to success

    Joy Blea — 

    A 2020 Telly Award recognizes Biola University alumnae Claire Burdick (’14) and Hannah Serrano (’15) for their work on the JUCE TV series Brilla....

  • Alumnus Stephen Yao Edits Disney Documentary “Howard”

    The School of Cinema and Media Arts graduate finishes a three-year journey with the premiere of “Howard”

    Nate Bell — 

    Biola University School of Cinema and Media Arts alumnus Stephen Yao (’05) earned his first editing credit on the feature film “Howard” — a...

  • Alumnus Ryan Frost Reaches Audiences Through Feature Film “The Dark Divide”

    The School of Cinema and Media Arts graduate launched his company Public House Films to find a new way forward in film financing

    Nate Bell — 

    Biola University School of Cinema & Media Arts alumnus Ryan Frost (’07) produced the independent comedy-drama “The Dark Divide,” now out in...

  • Cinema and Media Arts Alumna Wins Filmmaking Competition

    Anna Matz (’19) awarded $50,000 to produce her film and will be mentored by industry professionals

    Nate Bell — 

    Biola University School of Cinema and Media Arts alumna Anna Matz (’19) was selected as a winner of the “Six Feet Apart Experiment” filmmaking...

  • Alumna Nicole Foy Works to Bridge Information Gap for Latino/Hispanic Community

    The Biola University journalism graduate is a fellow with Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program this year

    Sarah Dougher — 

    When alumna Nicole Foy (’16) began working as a reporter in Nampa, Idaho, she noticed a disparity in coverage at the newspaper where she worked —...

  • Alumnus Releases Critically Acclaimed Feature Film

    “Blood on Her Name” resembles a modern-day film noir with a strong sense of morality

    Nate Bell — 

    Biola University alumnus Don Thompson (’04) co-wrote and produced “Blood on Her Name,” a powerful theatrical feature which opened simultaneously...

  • Alumni Offer Wisdom and Training in New Cinema and Media Arts Course

    Popular weekend course helps prepare students to land and keep their first Hollywood job

    Nate Bell  — 

    Biola University alumni Sydney Patapoff (’09) and Nick Patapoff (’10) have worked steadily in the L.A. entertainment industry since graduating...

  • Biola Alumna Honored as Woman of the Year

    April Reutter (’93) was honored by the city of Norwalk as Woman of the Year for her many contributions to the community

    Kiana Karn — 

    Devoted teacher and Biola University alumna April Reutter was recognized by the 57th California Assembly District as Woman of the Year this March....

  • Alumnus Denis LaClare’s Research on Transcultural Workers Shines a Light on International Students

    In his dissertation, the Cook School of Intercultural Studies alumnus explored how transcultural workers can effectively and positively work with international students

    Jenna Loumagne — 

    According to alumnus Denis LaClare’s (Ph.D. ‘18) dissertation research, international student enrollment is increasing in North America and across...

  • Alumna Opens New Preschool in Southern California

    School will serve as one of Biola’s early childhood laboratory schools

    Joya Jackson — 

    Biola University alumna Koryn Parker (’02, M.A. ’03) recently opened her own preschool, Little Learners Exploration Academy in Whittier, Calif. To...