Parents of English Majors
Whether you read them stories as children, signed for the loans to fund their education, or gave constant prayers and encouragement, your support has been invaluable in bringing students to this department. Fortunately, your support does not, and should not, find its end in bringing students here.
Parents of our students are an essential part of our community. Here you can find a list of our current events and initiatives, along with specific ways in which you can help to grow and support the English Department right now.
Assist in Annual Guild Events
Many of our students are regularly involved and benefit from the activity of the Guild of English Scholars (our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta). You can get involved with the Guild through these annual events.
Contribute to Our Internship Database
Our program is producing highly qualified communicators with excellent verbal and analytical skills. They are invaluable in the workplace, and we would love to connect them with your business or organization.
You can help by providing us with the names and contact information of the individuals who make hiring decisions at your place of business -- or any organization with which you are connected.
If you are aware of any jobs or internships already available at your place of work, we would love to hear about those as well.
To get involved in any of our professional development initiatives, please email us at email@example.com.
Donate Used Books for the Annual Book Fair
At the end of each year the Guild puts on a book fair to raise money. Donations of used books would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to lend a lot of time and are in the area, we could always use a few extra hands for set up of this event as well as help with the actual sale.
Expand Students' Professional Development Connections
In addition to these events, we are always trying to build our list of contacts for getting jobs for our students before and after they leave Biola. Connections are a large part of getting work today and we want to give our students as much direction as possible before they leave here. If you have professional connections that may be helpful for our students, please feel free to pass them along!
Participate in the Monthly Professional Development Lecture Series
Occurring the second Thursday of every month at 5:00 pm, the Professional Development Lecture series aims to provide current students with practical career advice, a space for dialogue about life after university, and/or content that will shape and enlighten their current course of study.
Here is how you can help:
1) Connections We are regularly seeking experienced professionals to offer content for these events. If you or someone you know would be willing to meet with current and former students (either one-on-one or in a lecture setting) to offer advice or professional training, please let us know.
2) Content We’re asking for help entering the professional world because we don’t know what it is that we need to know. As parents, you have experience in a world larger than the Biola Bubble. We welcome suggestions regarding what skills we ought to develop and what conversations we ought to have.
3) Funding The events which bring our community together inevitably cost money-- often, money that the department simply doesn’t have. If making gifts to the university is within your capability, please consider earmarking those funds for the English Department, Professional Lecture Series.
Pledge Financially to the Inkslinger
The Inkslinger publishes short fiction, poetry, and visual art of Biola students each semester. This publication is entirely student run, and has grown in its professionalism with each successive edition. However, this is one area of student work in the department that is frequently under-funded. The Inkslinger does not charge students for copies, and does not currently sell subscriptions. Any financial assistance for this publication would be more than welcomed. If you have any questions, or want to get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share Your Talents at Our Paper Conferences
Each semester, the Guild hosts a paper conference. We are always looking for speaker, publishers, writers, and sponsors to join us in putting on these conferences. If you or someone you know can aid us in these ways, please email us at email@example.com. Of course, we would also love it if you were able to attend!