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Category: Alumni

  • Office of Health Professions Advising Points Student in Right Direction

    Alumnus Matthew Short (’16) found his way to medical school with the guidance of faculty and staff

    Charlotte McKinley — 

    Once interested in coaching high school basketball, Matthew Short (B.S. ’16) is now a fourth year medical student thanks to the influence of Dr....

  • A Biola Alumna’s Journey Overseas and Back Again

    Dorothy Leal went from La Mirada to Nepal to Mexico and to Oklahoma to use her passions and skills in teaching.

    Charlotte McKinley — 

    After graduating from Biola University’s School of Education in 1967, Dorothy Leal did not anticipate the way that God would use her degree to help...

  • Alumna Helps Ukrainian Orphans During the Russia/Ukraine War

    Dr. Sherri McClurg provides thousands of displaced children with hope

    Charlotte McKinley — 

    Amidst the wreckage and danger of the Ukrainian battlefield, Biola University graduate Dr. Sherri McClurg (Psy.D. ‘98) has had her boots on the...

  • Alumnus’ Journey from Job Fair at Biola to Japan

    Cook School of Intercultural Studies alumnus Erik Bentley teaches English in Narita City, Japan.

    Charlotte McKinley — 

    God was preparing Erik Bentley (B.A. ’96, M.A. ’20) for a life in Japan far before he met his wife and he moved to the Chiba Prefecture in east...

  • Intercultural Studies Alumna Innovates her Degree Post Graduation

    Eden DeLaVara (’22) uses both her intercultural studies bachelor’s degree and art minor to express herself and what she believes in

    Ryan Wingert — 

    Growing up, Intercultural Studies (ICS) alumna — Eden DeLaVara (’22) — felt as if life was clearly planned for her with clear next steps from...

  • Engineering Student Received Two Baccalaureate Degrees

    Joshua Williams finished at the University of Southern California as part of the partnership with Biola for their 3+2 engineering program

    Dalet Valles — 

    After attending Biola University, then transferring to the University of Southern California, Joshua Williams graduated and completed the 3+2...

  • Biola Alumnus Joins Deloitte’s Consulting Staff

    Tyler Hormel (B.S. ’15) will join as senior consultant

    Ryan Wingert — 

    Alumnus Tyler Hormel (B.S. ’15) has been hired by Deloitte’s consulting practices to join their team as a senior consultant. While at Biola, Hormel...

  • 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 Snyder School of Cinema and...

  • 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 Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts in 2006, Joshua Sikora has produced and distributed several...

  • 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 Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts alumnus Brian Ulrich (’12) wrote, produced, and directed his first feature, Last Three...

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

  • 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”

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

    Nate Bell — 

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

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

    Snyder 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'sSnyder School of Cinema & Media Arts alumnus Ryan Frost (’07) produced the independent comedy-drama “The Dark Divide,” now...