Parent and Family Welcome

A two-day orientation for parents, guardians & sponsors of new students

    • August 30-31, 2018
  • Various Locations Across Campus

Cost and Admission

This event is free to attend.


A two-day orientation just for parents, guardians and sponsors of new Biola students

**If your student is an International, MK, First Gen Scholar, Torrey Honors Institute student or athlete, please keep in mind that they may be asked to arrive to campus prior to this date for housing check-in and additional orientation activities. Details will be provided by the specific program or coach.


Questions?

Contact Stephanie Theis at:
(562) 906-4535
parents@biola.edu


Family Welcome Schedule

Find the schedule of events for Biola's family welcome below, with locations and times. Be sure to check for events that require advance registration.

Jump to Thursday's Schedule

Jump to Friday's Schedule


Thursday, August 30

Time Event Location
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Parent Info Booth
Located in the center of campus at the Fluor Fountain, this is your one-stop shop for any questions you might have. We’ll have plenty of staff on hand to assist you with your questions, and as a bonus, you’ll be able to buy a red Biola University Parent t-shirt for just $5 (cash or check)!
Fluor Fountain
8 a.m.–7 p.m. Residence Hall Check-in for New Students
The University formally opens its doors to all FIRST TIME students. This time is set aside exclusively for new students to move into their residence hall rooms. Proceed directly to your assigned residence hall where our staff of Residence Life is ready to assist your student with moving into their new home.
Various
2:30–4 p.m. Parent Regional Meet-Ups

While students are off meeting their orientation groups, Biola families get the opportunity to meet and greet with other families from their area. Go to your assigned location based off your home state and enjoy meeting other families from your “neck of the woods.”

  • Midwest: Cafe Banquet Room
  • Southwest: Talon
  • International Parents: Mosaic Center
  • North East: Conservatory Annex
  • South East: King’s Court (Lim)
  • Pacific Northwest: Andrews
  • West (California): Tent
  • Central Mountain States: Lehman Board Dining Room
  • Islands (Guam and Hawaii): Fireplace Pavilion
Various
4:30–7 p.m. Liberal Studies Department Welcome Reception
Liberal Studies students and parents are invited to formally meet School of Education Dean, Dr. June Hetzel, and Liberal Studies Chair, Dr. Lorena Vidaurre. This is a time to welcome all new students and parents, so come and join us for a brief program presentation starting at 4:30 pm in Mayers Auditorium. After the presentation, students and parents are invited to walk over to Sutherland Hall upstairs for a School of Education tour, and to meet and greet faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be available during the tour. You won't want to miss this!
Mayers Auditorium
4:30–6 p.m. Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department Welcome Reception
Mandatory for all Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Physical Science and Engineering majors. Families are welcome. Please arrive at 4:00 pm for a short presentation and to meet professors. Light refreshments served.
Business 109
5–7 p.m. Christian Ministries Majors Welcome Dinner
Enjoy a production at Biola's Theatre 21! This weekend, performers will entertain guests with the musical The Spitfire Grill. The show is about a young woman who goes to Wisconsin hoping to leave her past behind. Inspired by a page from an old travel book, she travels to the small town of Gilead looking for a fresh start. Tickets are required to attend the show.
Andrews Banquet Room
5–7 p.m. Free Time / Dinner on your own
(Café doors close at 6:30 pm)

After a busy day at Biola, you may wish to head off campus to explore the surrounding community. A list of local stores and restaurants can be found in the Welcome Packets. If you choose to stay on campus, please feel free to dine at Café Biola. Meals in the Café are free for children ages 5 and under.

Various
5–7 p.m. Cinema and Media Arts Department Dinner,
(BY INVITATION ONLY — For Accepted CMA Majors and their Families)

$15.00 per person and Free for CMA New Students with Student ID Number
Dinner, Tour of the Production Center and Program (CMA Faculty, Parents, and New CMA Students). Reservations and tickets required for students, parents and guests. Please register for this event starting July 1.

Dorothy English Lawn/Production Center
6–7 p.m. Commuter Parent and Student Reception
Off-Campus Students and their Parents are invited to the Collegium--Biola’s home-away-from-home for students who live off-campus! Come enjoy refreshments and meet Commuter Life staff before the University Welcome.
Upper SUB — Collegium
7:30–8:15 p.m. University Welcome for all new students and parents/guardians
You won’t want to miss this first official welcome to the Biola University community! President Barry H. Corey, our faculty, staff and students will join you to kick off the academic year and recognize the work of the Lord in bringing each student to Biola.
Metzger Lawn
8:30–11 p.m. Back-to-School Night with Bed Bath & Beyond
Shuttle Service from and back to Biola will be available from 8:30–11:30 p.m. Save your school shopping for this exclusive evening of shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond. Bed Bath & Beyond will offer a 20% discount off entire purchase for ALL Biola students, faculty and staff with a valid Biola ID. Live DJ, raffle drawings, snack giveaways, food trucks and more!
Bed Bath & Beyond

Friday, August 31

Time Event Location
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Residence Hall check-in for new and returning students
Various
9–10 a.m. Residence Hall Meet and Greet
For families with students living on campus, this is your opportunity to meet the professionals who oversee life in the various residence halls.
Various
9–10 a.m. Commuter Parent Continental Breakfast (For Parents Only)
For families with students living off campus, we welcome you to join the Commuter Life staff for a light breakfast. There will be brief introductions, followed by an opportunity to ask questions while your students are at the mandatory Academic Orientation.
Upper SUB — Collegium
10:30–11:00 a.m. Parent Spiritual Development Seminar
The development of your student’s spiritual life is a top priority for Biola. Hear from the office of Spiritual Development as they share the opportunities available to your student as well as how you can support your student along in their faith journey.
Tent
10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Young Siblings Fun in the Sun
$30/child (includes lunch)
Siblings ages 5-13 are invited to join student leaders from Biola Youth Academics for snacks, games, swimming, and interactive activities while parents attend seminars. Check in begins at 10:00 am at the Cafe Banquet Room. Parents need to complete and submit a medical/photo release form for each child involved in the sibling events on Saturday. Please note, registration will close at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 29. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first served basis depending on available space.
Café Banquet Room
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Academic Orientation for Parents
Adjusting to college level academics will be a challenge for many of our students and a concern for some parents and guardians. In this session you will learn how Biola prepares students for academic success and how parents can have access to student information, and communication landmines, and offer suggestions to successfully navigate the college transition.
Sutherland Auditorium
12–2:30 p.m. Free Time / Lunch on your own
A list of local stores and restaurants can be found in the Welcome Packets. If you choose to stay on campus, please feel free to dine at Café Biola. Meals in the Café are free for children ages 5 and under.
Various
1–1:45 p.m. FirstGen Family Dessert Reception
This reception is to welcome new first generation college students (i.e., students who are in the first generation of their family to earn a bachelor's degree), parents and family members. All are invited to attend this dessert reception to learn about Biola's FirstGen community, meet campus leaders, and connect to information and resources.
Sycamore Lawn
2–2:30 p.m. Parent Volunteer Coffee
Learn about the many opportunities to volunteer as a Parent Ambassador while connecting with other Biola parents. Volunteer opportunities will include helping at events like Biola Weekend, University Day and others.
Andrews Banquet Room
2:30–4 p.m. Parent Orientation about Student Life/Campus Safety

Safety: Chief John Ojeisekhoba
Your student’s safety is important to us. You will hear directly from Campus Safety Chief John Ojeisekhoba about the measures in place to keep your student safe and protected. Chief John will address officer training, campus surveillance, emergency and disaster preparedness, and student care issues. There will be time for Q & A.

Student Care: Sandy Hough
In this session Sandy Hough, Associate Dean, Residence Life will discuss the role of Residence Life staff and programming in supporting your student’s academic and personal growth. There will be time for Q & A.

Health and Wellness Resources: Sarah Templeton?
Illness, injury and mental health struggles are not uncommon among college students. Hear from Student Health Center staff about the resources they provide for all students.

Sutherland Hall
4–5 p.m.
SOS Parents’ Forum, Sutherland Auditorium
Parents, come ready to get to know your student’s SOS leader. This tradition enables you to hear first-hand from this qualified group of student leaders what your student will be doing during these first weeks. You can also hear personal testimonies and gain valuable insight from these leaders. Each year, this has proven to be a special time as you meet the orientation staff.
Sutherland Auditorium
5–7 p.m.
Biola Backyard BBQ
All new students and parents are invited to enjoy a delicious complimentary dinner before attending the Communion Service that will take place on Metzger Lawn. This is a come-and-go event.
TBD
7:30–9:30 p.m. Communion Service (new students and families are invited)

Our University President, Dr. Barry H. Corey, brings this busy day to a close by sharing in one of our most memorable traditions, a communion service for students and their families. This is a time where you will hear testimonies and praises given by some of your fellow students.

This concludes programs for the parents. We ask that you say your goodbyes to your student at this time. Saturday and Sunday are important days of STUDENT-ONLY orientation, and your students’ participation is critical to their adjustment to university life.

Metzger Lawn

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Student Welcome Week Schedule

August 30 – September 8, 2018 is Welcome Week for ALL new undergraduate students.

The Biola Welcome Week 2018 schedule for students is NOW AVAILABLE! Please be aware that this information is subject to change as we approach the new school year. Welcome Week includes components that are REQUIRED for all new students, including freshmen, transfer students, commuters and international/global students. We are excited for you to become a part of this awesome community — and we are here to help that happen!

Welcome Week 2018 Liability Release

All new students must submit this form to participate in Biola Welcome Week 2018.

Sign Liability Release Form


Schedule

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Thursday, August 30

Friday, August 31

Saturday, September 1

Sunday, September 2

Monday, September 3

Tuesday, September 4

Wednesday, September 5

Thursday, September 6

Friday, September 7

Saturday, September 8

Thursday, August 30

Time Event Location
8 a.m.–7 p.m. New Student Residence Hall Check-In
The University formally opens its doors to all first time students. This time is set aside exclusively for new students to move into their residence hall rooms. Proceed directly to your assigned residence hall where our staff of Residence Life is ready to assist you in moving into your new home. Use this time wisely since you have a full and exciting week ahead. Don’t miss the mandatory Orientation Kickoff at 2 p.m.! Alternate Residence Hall check-in times available if you will not be checking in on Thursday.
Residence Halls
8 a.m.–6 p.m. New Student ID Card
Please bring a valid government-issued photo ID to verify your identity (i.e. passport, driver’s license) when you come for your Biola ID card. Alternate Student Services hours available if you will not be checking in on Thursday.
Student Services Building
8 a.m.–6 p.m. Welcome Week Info Area
New Student Info — Questions about Welcome Week for freshmen and transfers, event sign-up/purchase, Welcome Week T-shirt purchase/pick-up, general campus information
Parent Info — Questions about parent schedule, Parent Folder pick-up for parents of early arrivals
Commuter Student Check-In — Commuter welcome bags/Parent Folder pick-up, Collegium membership (Fluor Fountain table 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and The Collegium 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.)
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Local banks are here to facilitate new checking and savings accounts and to speak with you about your other financial concerns. In addition, you can visit resource tables to get information about student transportation, Biola resources and more. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Location: SUB/Café Roadway
8:30–10 a.m. Chemistry Placement Exam
If you already passed this exam over the summer or at Biola's Science, Technology, and Health Advising Day on May 18–19, you are not required to retake it. Majors requiring Chemistry include: BCHM, BIES, BIHB, BIOS, CHEM, KEHP, KPTH, NURS, PHEP, PHSC, and PHYS. Passing this exam is a prerequisite to enrolling in CHEM 105 General Chemistry I (offered Fall only) or CHEM 120 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry (offered Fall and Spring). Students who do not pass the exam should enroll in CHEM 107 Introduction to Chemistry (offered Fall and Spring). Exam results will be posted (by ID number) in the third floor reception area of the Lim Center by 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 30. Downloadable study guide, self-assessment and other resources to prepare for this exam can be found at the Biola Academic Advising website.
Note: students may bring a non-graphing calculator for the CHEM 120 exam only. Question? Contact Peggy Giboney at cpedept@biola.edu.
Business 103 (CHEM 105) or Business 220 (CHEM 120/Nursing)
9 a.m.–1:55 p.m. Mandatory Placement Exam(s) and Orientation for Music Majors & Minors
Required for all music majors and minors. Includes Sight-Singing and Dictation placement, Keyboard placement, Voice Teacher placement, and handbook review. Most students will be done with placement testing well before 1:55 p.m., but please be prepared to stay as late as 1:55 p.m. if necessary. (Students staying until 1:55 p.m. will have time for a lunch break.) All music majors and minors must meet at 9 a.m. in Room 122. Please email anna.glenn@biola.edu for details.
Location: Crowell Hall Room 122
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Physics Placement Exam
If you already passed this exam over the summer or at Biola's Science, Technology, and Health Advising Day on May 18–19, you are not required to retake it. BCHM, BIES, BIHB, BIOS, CHEM, KEHP, KPTH, NURS, PHEP, PHSC and PHYS majors should plan to take this exam now even if you will not be taking the class this year. Passing this exam is a prerequisite to enrolling in PHSC 111 Physics I (offered fall only) or PHSC 132 General Physics I (offered fall only). Students who do not pass the exam should enroll in PHSC 092 Introduction to Physics (offered spring only). Exam results will be posted (by ID number) in the third floor reception area of the Lim Center by 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 30 (the same day as the exam). A study guide for this exam can be found at the Biola Academic Advising website.
Note: Students may bring a non-graphing calculator for the Physics exam. Questions? Contact Peggy Giboney at cpedept@biola.edu.
Business 103
12–2 p.m. Affinity Groups Info Bell Tower
2–4 p.m. The Official Orientation Kickoff (REQUIRED for all new students)
You definitely won’t want to miss this memorable event! A long-standing Biola University tradition, it is one that is sure to inform as well as entertain. The Student Orientation Services leaders will begin your Biola experience with a highly charged presentation that will give you a glimpse into your new community. Following this presentation, students will meet with their SOS leaders for the first time and get to know other new students in a small-group atmosphere.
Chase Gymnasium
4–6 p.m. Commuter Hospitality House
Commuter students and their families are invited to take a break and enjoy the Collegium (Latin for “Gathering Place”) our home-away-from-home for students who live off-campus. Enjoy a snack, check out our beautiful home, and get to know Commuter Life staff. A great place to get connected on campus! (Commuter Lockers also available: $30/yr; $20/sem—cash/check)
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
4:30–7 p.m. Liberal Studies Department Welcome Reception
Liberal Studies students and parents are invited to formally meet School of Education Dean, Dr. June Hetzel, and Liberal Studies Chair, Dr. Lorena Vidaurre. This is a time to welcome all new students and parents, so come and join us for a brief program presentation starting at 4:30 p.m. in Mayers Auditorium. After the presentation, students and parents are invited to walk over to Sutherland Hall upstairs for a School of Education tour, and to meet and greet faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be available during the tour. You won't want to miss this!
Mayers Auditorium
4:30–6 p.m. Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department Welcome Reception
Mandatory for all Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Physical Science and Engineering majors. Families are welcome. Please arrive at 4:30 p.m. for a short presentation and to meet professors. Light refreshments served.
Business 109
Varies Free Time / Dinner on your own (Café doors close at 6:30 p.m.)
After a busy day at Biola, you may wish to head off campus to explore the surrounding community. A list of local stores and restaurants can be found in the Welcome Packets. If you choose to stay on campus, please feel free to dine at Café Biola. Meals in the Café are free for children ages five and under.
Various
5–7 p.m. Christian Ministries Majors Welcome Dinner Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room
5–7 p.m. Cinema and Media Arts Department Dinner (BY INVITATION ONLY — For Accepted CMA Majors and their Families)
$15.00 per person and Free for CMA New Students with Student ID Number.
Dinner, Tour of the Production Center and Program (CMA Faculty, Parents and New CMA Students). Reservations and tickets required for students, parents and guests. The online event registration will be available starting July 1.
Dorothy English Lawn/Production Center
6–7 p.m. Commuter Parent and Student Reception
Commuter students and their parents are invited to the Collegium — Biola’s home-away-from-home for students who live off-campus! Come to enjoy refreshments and meet Commuter Life staff before the University Welcome. Coming without a parent? No worries! This is a great chance to get to know the many other new students who are commuting to Biola.
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
7:30–8:15 p.m. University Welcome
You won’t want to miss this first official welcome to the Biola University community! President Barry H. Corey, our faculty, staff and students will join you to kick off the academic year and recognize the work of the Lord in bringing each student to Biola.
Metzger Lawn
9–11 p.m. Back to School Night
Shuttle Service from and back to Biola will be available from 8:30–11:30 p.m. Save your school shopping for this exclusive evening of shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond and their next door neighbor, Staples. Bed Bath & Beyond will offer a 20% discount off entire purchase for ALL Biola students, faculty and staff with a valid Biola ID. Staples will offer a 10% discount off entire purchase for ALL Biola students, faculty, & staff with a valid Biola ID. Live DJ, raffle drawings, snack giveaways, food trucks and more!
Bed Bath & Beyond and Staples, 1320/1310 S Beach Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631

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Friday, August 31

Time Event Location
8 a.m.–7 p.m. New Student Residence Hall Check-In Residence Halls
8 a.m.–6 p.m. New Student ID Card
Please bring a valid government-issued photo ID to verify your identity (i.e. passport, driver’s license) when you come for your Biola ID card.
Student Services Building
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Welcome Week Info Area
New Student Info — Questions about Welcome Week for freshmen and transfers, event sign-up/purchase, T-shirt purchase/pick-up, general campus information
Parent Info — Questions about parent schedule, Parent Folder pick-up for parents of early arrivals
Commuter Life Info — Commuter welcome bags/Parent Folder pick-up, Collegium membership
Fluor Fountain
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Bank and Resource Fair
Several important resources from our community will be available. Don’t miss this opportunity!
SUB/Café Roadway
8:45–10:30 a.m. Freshman Academic Orientation (REQUIRED for all freshmen)
A motivating introduction to your classroom learning at Biola! During this time, you will receive valuable information to help you successfully navigate through your academic journey. Bring your Student ID card to check in and a mobile device (e.g., cell phone, tablet) or laptop. Plan to arrive early to avoid long check-in lines!
Sutherland Auditorium + Mayers Auditorium
8:45–11 a.m. Transfer Academic Orientation (REQUIRED for all transfer students)
An essential introduction to your academic experience at Biola. This session is meant to help you move through the transfer process well and make the most of your transferred courses. Bring your Student ID card to check in and a mobile device (e.g., cell phone, tablet) or laptop. Plan to arrive early to avoid long check-in lines!
Calvary Chapel
10:30 a.m.–noon Academic Advising & Major Open House
If you do not already have your fall classes or if you still have questions, this is the time to meet with your Academic Department. Even if you do not need assistance with your course schedule, you are welcome to drop in to learn about your major's First Year Seminar, your assigned academic advisor and more. You can find out more information regarding enrollment deadlines for all new students at the bottom of the page.
Will be announced at the Academic Orientation Session at 8:45 a.m.
10:30 a.m.–noon Welcome Meet & Greet for Business Majors
Business students and parents are invited to meet Crowell School of Business Dean, Gary Lindblad, Business Chair, Dave Bourgeois and Business faculty and staff. At 11 a.m. our Academic Advisor will hold an advising session and be available to answer questions. We are excited to meet you and welcome you to the business major!
Crowell School of Business Lobby
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Commuter Student Hospitality House
Commuter Students and their families are invited to take a break and enjoy the Collegium (Latin for “Gathering Place”) our home-away-from-home for commuter students. Enjoy a snack, check out our beautiful home, and get to know Commuter Life staff. A great place to get connected on campus! (Commuter Lockers also available: $30/yr; $20/sem—cash/check)
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch with Your Profs
Come and enjoy a delicious lunch while getting to know some of the outstanding professors who will be teaching your classes. They’ll offer valuable insights into how to be successful during your time at Biola. Learn from their wisdom and ask your questions! Prior registration and payment required starting July 1. Space is limited!
Location: Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room (Freshmen) or Lehman Board Dining Room — Upper Metzger (Transfers)
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch with Your SOS Group (Students who are not going to Lunch with Profs) Check with your SOS leader for time and meeting location
1–1:45 p.m. FirstGen Family Dessert Reception
This reception is to welcome new first generation college students (i.e. students who are in the first generation of their family to earn a bachelor's degree), parents and family members. All are invited to attend this dessert reception to learn about Biola's FirstGen community, meet campus leaders and connect to information and resources.
Sycamore Lawn
1:30–4:30 p.m. Mandatory Music Orientation for all Incoming Music Majors
Required for all music majors. Music minors are also strongly encouraged to attend as well. Please email Anna Glenn at anna.glenn@biola.edu for details.
Crowell Hall (various locations depending on major and instrument)
2–3 p.m. SOS Class Tour
Not sure where your classes will be? You’ll want to meet up with your SOS leader and SOS group for a fun and interactive tour. Be sure to have your class schedule handy so your SOS leader can help you locate your classrooms.
Check with your SOS leader
3:45–5 p.m. Department of Media, Journalism & PR — New Student Welcome
Come discover all the ways to plug into the major, tips for academic advising, and activities you can participate in to make the most of your time while in the program. This is the perfect way to get a strong start to your time at Biola!
Business 109
3–7 p.m. Commuter Student Hospitality House
Commuter students and their families are invited to take a break and enjoy the Collegium (Latin for “Gathering Place”) our home-away-from-home for commuter students. Enjoy a snack, check out our beautiful home, and get to know Commuter Life staff. A great place to get connected on campus! (Commuter Lockers also available: $30/yr; $20/sem—cash/check)
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
5–7 p.m. Biola Backyard BBQ
All new students and parents are invited to enjoy a delicious complimentary dinner before attending the Communion Service that will take place on Metzger Lawn. This is a come-and-go event.
TBD
7:30–9:30 p.m. Communion Service (New students and families are invited)
Our university president, Dr. Barry H. Corey, brings this busy day to a close by sharing in one of our most memorable traditions, a communion service for students and their families. This is a time where you will hear testimonies and praises given by some of your fellow students. This concludes the parent and family portion of Biola Welcome Week. Thank you for joining us and please travel home safely.
Metzger Lawn

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Saturday, September 1

8:30–10:20 a.m. Student Life Orientation (REQUIRED for all new students)
Please bring your Student ID card to check in.
Part I: The Biola Community
What are the building blocks of the Biola Community experience? What purposes do the Community Standards fulfill in our living and learning together? What is my role and responsibility to Diversity within the Biola Community? In this session, we will seek to answer these questions and unpack the critical role that personal responsibility will play in your Biola experience.
Part II: Well-Connected: IT & Social Media at Biola
Most of us feel pretty comfortable with technology and social media. But how can we use them well? Join Anthony Valentino, Director of Tech Support, as he explains how you can make the most of the technology services and support options that Biola provides, from the wireless networks and Canvas to our friends at the IT Helpdesk. He will also discuss the social media platforms at Biola and provide great tips on meaningful engagement online.
Part III: Campus Safety
John Ojeisekhoba, the Chief of Campus Safety, will give some important and critical insights on how to ensure your safety while here at Biola and steps to take during certain kinds of major emergencies.
Sutherland Auditorium, Calvary Chapel
10 a.m.–7 p.m. New Student Residence Hall Check-In Residence Halls, Housing Office
10:30–11:45 a.m. Student Life Workshops (REQUIRED for all new students)
Special seminars presented by the SOS Staff and other Student Life groups to help you in your transition. Learn about the Biola community traditions, mission trips, student employment opportunities, and more from your student leaders. (Workshop locations can be found on the handout you received at the Student Life Orientation at 8:30 a.m.)
Myers Classrooms, Business Building
12–5 p.m. Welcome Week Event Registration
If you have any questions about Welcome Week, would like to sign up and pay for events, or get general campus information, please take a moment to stop by the SOS office.
SOS Office — Upper Student Union Building
Noon (or otherwise specified) Lunch with Your SOS Group
1:15–2 p.m. Spiritual Development at Biola (REQUIRED for all new students)
Biola’s Dean of Spiritual Development, Dr. Todd Pickett, will present the multiple opportunities for spiritual development and discuss the role that the various chapel experiences can play in your relationship with God. You will learn about some of the traditional events in the Biola Community including chapels, Torrey Bible Conference and Missions Conference. Because chapel itself is a central aspect of your spiritual development at Biola, the discipline and rhythm of regular chapel participation will be highlighted.
Sutherland Auditorium and Calvary Chapel
2:15–3 p.m. Class Tour
Missed out on the class tour the first time around? No worries — connect with your SOS leader for this second-chance opportunity to get your bearings before classes officially begin.
Check with your SOS leader for location
2–7 p.m. — Free Time This is a great time to relax, unpack or go shopping for any needed items for dorm rooms or classes.
Various
7–9 p.m. President’s Academic Commencement Dinner, "Sunday Best" Attire
On Tuesday you will begin your academic journey in your own adventure of scholarship and excellence. Come celebrate your induction into higher education at Biola University by being a part of the President's Academic Commencement Dinner. A distinguished faculty member has been invited to come and share insights about your time here at Biola University and your SOS Student Directors will give you a window into their journeys as well. Prior registration and payment required starting July 1.
TBD

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Sunday, September 2

10:30–11:45 a.m. Campus Worship
Spiritual Development invites you to join in a time of community worship and fellowship.
Sutherland Auditorium
12:30–1:30 p.m. A Strong Start — Share in the Vision (REQUIRED for New Cinema and Media Arts Students) CMA Production Center
1–7 p.m. New Student Residence Hall Check-In Residence Halls, Housing Office
2–5 p.m. SOS Hangout Day
Be sure to join your SOS group for a relaxing afternoon to hang out with the people in your group and meet people in other groups. You will all be going out into the local community for fun and games. Transfer Students: you will be heading out with fellow transfer students and transfer leaders for a fun afternoon.
Check with your SOS leader
5:30–7 p.m. Free Commuter Student Dinner: Pizza & Ice Cream Sundaes in the Collegium!
Make an evening of it! Commuter Students, come get to know each other, the Commuter Life Team, your SGA Commuter Senators, and then go to the Community Commissioning and Singspiration together! Please register in advance for this free event starting July 1.
The Collegium, Upper Student Union Building
7:30–8:15 p.m. Community Commissioning (REQUIRED for all new students)
The student and staff leaders on Biola's campus will be welcoming you into the Biola Community in a simple, ceremonial event. Come receive our vision for you as a new member of our community.
Metzger Lawn
8:15–9:15 p.m. Singspiration (immediately following Community Commissioning)
Spiritual Development continues its long tradition of Sunday evening on-campus praise and worship. Come and worship the Lord led by fellow Biola students.
Metzger Lawn

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Monday, September 3

Noon (or otherwise indicated) — Lunch With Your Floor
It's a holiday with lots of time to get acclimated and relax before the academic semester officially begins, but you can also connect over lunch with floor mates if you live on campus.
Check with your RA for details
6–9 p.m. Splash! & Dinner
You won’t want to miss the Labor Day Splash! event. You’ll be joining new and returning students at this Student Programming & Activities (SPA)-sponsored BIOLA TRADITION. It’s a great way to close your first weekend at Biola before classes start. Your ticket includes dinner, entrance into the Splash! water park, and a night of fun entertainment with your fellow Biolans. Meet with your SOS leader in advance to receive your wristband for entry. Please register and pay for this event starting July 1. (Current students must sign a release of liability at the event.)
Check with your SOS leader

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Tuesday, September 4

8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Commuter Collegium Open House
(Collegium membership not needed until Monday, September 10)
Commuter Students! We’d love to have you join the Collegium. It’s a great place to make connections, store your lunch, and rest in between chapel and classes. For more information about membership, stop by our office or visit our Commuter Life page.
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
1–4 p.m. Mosaic Cultural Center Open House
The Student Enrichment and Intercultural Development (SEID) office invite you to join us for an open house full of celebration, connection, and snacks! Come learn more about programs and events for FirstGen Students, the Biola Gospel Choir, our Ethnic and Cultural Community Groups, and much more! The Mosaic Cultural Center (MCC) is a space open for ALL students which includes lounge and study space, a kitchen and department offices.
Rose Hall facing Talbot East
9:30–10:30 p.m. Muffins, Mingling & Missions
Come enjoy some muffins and learn all about the Student Missionary Union from SMU President, Jeremy Lupinacci.
Fireside Pavilion

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Wednesday, September 5

8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Commuter Collegium Open House
(Collegium membership not needed until Monday, September 10)
Commuter Students! We’d love to have you join the Collegium. It’s a great place to make connections, store your lunch, and rest in between chapel and classes. For more information about membership, stop by our office or visit our Commuter Life page. Note: Closed during Convocation.
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
9:30–10:20 a.m. Convocation (REQUIRED for all new students)
Be sure to join the Biola community and President Barry H. Corey as we begin the new semester, focusing our hearts and minds on God’s will for us as a community. New students and faculty will be acknowledged at this event.
Chase Gymnasium
6–7:30 p.m. Transfer Student Dinner
A complimentary catered dinner exclusively for transfer students. Come hear from current students about their journey transferring to Biola and get some insight on how to make the most of your Biola experience.Pre-registration required for this event (available starting July 1).
Talbot East Andrews Banquet Room
7:30–9 p.m. Transfer Dessert Mixer
After dinner, come and join other new transfer students and current students for a relaxed time of fellowship and dessert.
Sycamore Lawn

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Thursday, September 6

8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Commuter Collegium Open House
(Collegium membership not needed until Monday, September 10)
Commuter Students! We’d love to have you join the Collegium. It’s a great place to make connections, store your lunch, and rest in between chapel and classes. For more information about membership, stop by our office or visit our Commuter Life page. Note: Closed during Convocation.
The Collegium — Upper Student Union
5–8 p.m. Student Enrichment & Intercultural Development (SEID) BBQ
Relax and make new friends at the SEID BBQ for all students from diverse backgrounds, including first generation college students! Student Enrichment & Intercultural Development (SEID) exists to support you to thrive during your time at Biola. Learn about various programs and events that SEID offers that will connect you to a community on campus. Please register for this free event starting July 1.
Mosaic Cultural Center
9 p.m. (or otherwise specified) Welcome Back All-Hall Meeting
Meet with your Hall community and Residence Life Staff for an “All-Hall” gathering. Join us for a time of connection, celebration, and community building! Check with your RA or Hall Information Board for the exact meeting time and location.
Your Residence Hall

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Friday, September 7

8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Commuter Collegium Open House
(Collegium membership not needed until Monday, September 10)
After closing, we invite you to accompany us to Soul Group Info Night where you can hear how to get connected to a regular small group with other commuter students. For more information about Collegium membership, please stop by our office or visit our Commuter Life page.
12 p.m. (or otherwise specified) First Week Recap Lunch
You made it through your first week! Connect back with your SOS group to swap stories over lunch. Check with your SOS Leader to find the specific time and location.
Check with SOS leader for location
5–5:45 p.m. Soul Group Info Night
Would you like to be part of a small group in a comfortable setting? Come and hear how you can be a part of this great opportunity. You’ll hear from students who have participated in Soul Groups this past year as well as SOS Leaders and Commuter Life Leaders who will be leading Soul Groups this fall semester. Bring a friend!
Sutherland Auditorium

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Saturday, September 8

8 a.m.–noon Serve Day
Come and end this week by serving together. We will be assisting local churches and the community through yard work, painting, cleaning, and more! Join us for fun and fellowship as we serve the local community together. Please plan to arrive early as space is limited — Pre-registration requested starting July 1.
Sutherland Auditorium
Noon–1:30 p.m. Serve Day Lunch (for Serve Day participants only)
After Serve Day, head over to Sycamore Lawn for a complimentary “thank you” lunch sponsored by Biola Church Connect. Please wear Serve Day shirts (provided at beginning of Serve Day event) for lunch admittance.
Sycamore Lawn

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