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I Heart Biola Week

A Celebration of Biola’s 115th Birthday

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This event is free to attend.

Celebrate Biola’s 115th Birthday with a week of spirit and Biola love! From February 20–24, 2023, the Office of Alumni Engagement, Student Alumni Association and University Events are hosting our annual “I Heart Biola Week” — a celebratory week of alma mater pride to commemorate Biola’s legacy.

Alumni, we invite you to take a trip down memory lane with us, as we reveal a virtual timeline of Biola’s history (soon to come!) – and we want you to be a part of it too! How? Simply share your most loved memory with us to be added to the timeline.

Students, join us on campus for various events, virtual challenges and giveaways to showcase your Biola pride. See the schedule of events tab!


Contact Laura Fong at:
(562) 944-0351 ext. 5361

Schedule of Events

Join us on campus, online or from wherever you’re located! All events are free for students and alumni, unless otherwise noted.

Date Time Event & Description Location
Monday–Friday (2/20–24) All Week Long
Tweet Hunt**
Dive into Biola’s history and legacy with a social media scavenger hunt around campus! Make sure to follow Biola University on Instagram.
Biola University
Monday–Friday (2/20–24) All Week Long
Spirit Week**
Dress up in fun themes to show your Biola spirit and win fun prizes! See the Student Spirit Week tab for more info.
Biola University
Monday, 2/20 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
“Why I Heart Biola”
Showcase the reasons you love Biola during Biola’s Preview Day. Write a message on a paper heart to be displayed at the fountain for future Biolans to see! PLUS, grab some free goodies and giveaways* to showcase your Biola pride.
Bardwell Patio
Tuesday, 2/21 1 p.m.
Baseball Game: Biola v. Cal Poly Pomona
Cheer on our Biolan Eagles in person or via livestream, and snag some IHBW gear*
Eagles Diamond
Tuesday, 2/21 5:30 p.m.
Women’s Basketball: Biola v. Hawaii Hilo
Cheer on our Biolan Eagles in person or via livestream, and snag some IHBW gear*
Chase Gym
Tuesday, 2/21 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: Biola v. Hawaii Hilo
Cheer on our Biolan Eagles in person or via livestream, and snag some IHBW gear*
Chase Gym
Wednesday, 2/22 9:10–10:10 p.m.
AfterDark Chapel with Special Guest Russell Moore, editor-in-chief of Christianity Today** Sutherland Auditorium
Thursday, 2/23 All Day
Biola University Giving Day
Learn about Biola's legacy of generosity, and Make A Way for students — now and in the future through the Biola Fund.
Bell Tower
Friday, 2/24 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Provost Installation
Welcome our new Provost and Senior Vice President, Dr. Matthew J. Hall

Space is limited. Sutherland Auditorium will be open for overflow.
Calvary Chapel
Friday, 2/24 10:45 a.m.
115th Birthday Celebration
Join us for cupcakes, iced coffee, photos and more as we celebrate Biola's birthday!
Bell Tower


*While supplies last
**Exclusive to students

Student Spirit Week

Make sure to follow @biola_saa and @biolauniversity on Instagram for contest details and ways to share your spirit.

Date Event
Tuesday, 2/21 It's Game Day
Sport your favorite athletic team, and be sure to cheer on our Biola athletes in games throughout the afternoon!
Wednesday, 2/22 Retro Day
Dress up in your grooviest ‘70s-wear, as we celebrate our Golden Eagles (alumni who graduated 50 years ago).
Thursday, 2/23 Biola Gear Day
Show up RED-y for our first Giving Day by wearing red and/or Biola gear.* Let’s show our Biola spirit!

*On Monday, 2/20/23, visit the Bardwell Patio from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. to grab Biola gear (while supplies last) in preparation for Spirit Week.
Friday, 2/24 Career Day
Dress up for the career you want or as something that describes your major.

Alumni Memories

Share your most loved memory with us to be added to a virtual timeline of Biola’s history! Check back on this page February 20–24 for the timeline reveal.


History of Biola Timeline

  • 1908 – Founding of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles; Lyman Stewart appointed president of the board, T.C. Horton as superintendent and William E. Blackstone as dean
  • 1911 – First class graduates with six students
  • 1912 – Dr. R.A. Torrey called as first dean
  • 1913 – Cornerstone laid for the Institute building at Sixth and Hope streets in downtown Los Angeles
  • 1917 – Hunan Bible Institute established as the Bible Institute of China
  • 1921 – First three-year course offered
  • 1929 – Dr. W.P. White assumes office as first president
  • 1932 – Dr. Louis T. Talbot becomes second president
  • 1935 – Dr. Paul W. Rood becomes third president
  • 1936 – First four-year courses offered
  • 1938 – Dr. Talbot assumes presidency a second time
  • 1945 – Beginning of the School of Missionary Medicine founded by Dr. Leonie Soubirou
  • 1949 – Biola Bible College established within the institution to offer accredited bachelor's degrees
  • 1952 – Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland appointed fifth president; Talbot Theological Seminary inaugurated with Dr. Charles L. Feinberg as first dean
  • 1957 – Groundbreaking ceremonies held for new La Mirada campus
  • 1958 – Sutherland Hall completed as the first building on new campus
  • 1959 – Official move to new campus
  • 1966 – Institution renamed Biola Schools and Colleges
  • 1970 – Dr. J. Richard Chase selected as sixth president
  • 1972 – Institution renamed Biola College
  • 1977 – Programs of Rosemead Graduate School of Professional Psychology acquired
  • 1981 – Biola College becomes Biola University
  • 1982 – Dr. Clyde Cook inaugurated as seventh president
  • 1983 – Addition of the School of Intercultural Studies and World Missions
  • 1985 – New university structure completed with four schools now named: School of Arts and Sciences, Talbot School of Theology, Rosemead School of Psychology and School of Intercultural Studies
  • 1987 – Carnegie Commission on Higher Education classifies Biola University as a Doctorate Granting II Institution (now Research/Intensive)
  • 1993 – Addition of School of Business
  • 2001 – New library completed
  • 2007 – School of Business Building completed and renamed Crowell School of Business; Addition of the School of Education; Dr. Barry H. Corey inaugurated as eighth president
  • 2009 – Renaming of the Cook School of Intercultural Studies
  • 2011 – Talbot East building completed
  • 2012 – Approval of University Plan and $180 million comprehensive campaign
  • 2016 – Five-year fundraising campaign “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University,” raises $214 million; Addition of the School of Science, Technology and Health
  • 2017 – Reorganization of the School of Arts and Sciences into the School of Fine Arts and Communication and the school of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 2018 – Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health completed Addition of the School of Cinema and Media Arts
  • 2021 – Bardwell Hall renovation completed as the new home of visual arts

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