Parent Council

Overview

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The Biola University Parent Council is here to serve you! They are available to foster communication between the University and parents in order to improve the quality of the Biola experience for all students and their parents. The Council meets three times each year to act as liaisons to the Administration, provide hospitality at University events and work with specific fund-raising campaigns. Yet their primary role is that of parents, feel free to contact them with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Join Our Team

The purpose of the Parent Council is to foster communication between the University and parents in order to improve the quality of the university experience for Biola students and their parents. Council members will serve as liaisons, reflecting the views of the parents to the administration, and communicating with parents about the goals and plans of the University. Additionally, members will serve as representatives of the University to prospective students and their families to support the recruiting efforts of the University.

Service Opportunities:

  • Attend all Parent Council Meetings on campus at your own expense (3 times a year, during Opening Weekend in August, Family Weekend in October and Grandparent's Day in April)
  • Attend Opening Weekend events and staff the Registration Booth each August on campus
  • Attend Family Weekend events each October on campus
  • Participate in the Spring Calling Campaign and call 10 parents of prospective students in your area (from your home)

How to apply:

Parents who have a love for God, an affinity for Biola and a desire to serve others are welcome to apply to the Parents Council. We ask that new parents wait one year before applying, to allow your student and yourself the time to settle in and learn about Biola. Applications and references are accepted January 1 - June 1 for the upcoming fall semester. In June, applicants with completed references will be notified to schedule a phone interview. A decision regarding acceptance on the council will be determined by July 1, following the phone interview.

Biola University Parent Council Application

Biola University Parent Council Reference

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Robert and Diane Swanson

Elk Grove, CA

Activities

Church, Lawyer, Small Group Leader, Teacher

Ask About

Financing your Biola Education, Career Preparation, Christian Commitment, Open to most discussions

Students

Sydney Swanson ('19) — Psychology major

Student Activities

Study Abroad, Residence Life

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David and Angela Toyer

Tigard, OR

Activities

Church, Work, Other Children, Hobbies

Ask About

Financing your Biola Education, Christian Commitment, General college life experience, Career Preparation

Students

Marenna ('20) — Communications major

Erica ('18) — Communications major

Natalie ('16) — Studio Arts major

Student Activities

Mock Rock, Punk n' Pie

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Andy and Renee Wilson

Scottsdale, AZ

Activities

Church, Work, Other Children, Hobbies, Travel

Ask About

Career Preparation, Christian Commitment, Residence Life

Students

Joshua ('15) — Kinesiology major

Abigail ('20) — Human Biology major

Student Activities

RA, Missions Trips, Leadership Certificate Program, Intramurals

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Leigh Young

Beaverton, OR

Activities

Church volunteering in the nursery and participating bible studies, Work, Spending time with family and friends!

Ask About

Whatever you might find helpful to discuss!

Students

Peter ('20) — Computer Science major

Ben ('18) — Chemistry major

Kate ('14) — Nursing major

Student Activities

Residence Life, Intermural Sports, Biola Buddies, Tutoring, Mock Rock

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Mike and Kristen McLaren

Phoenix, AZ

Activities

Kristen: Active church and community volunteer, Women 4 Truth Leadership team, NAU Education Department Adjunct Faculty

Michael: Chicago Cubs, Travel, Mountain biking, work.
Ask About

Financing your Biola Education, Career Preparation, Christian Commitment, Transitioning from high school to college, Supporting a transfer student, Helping when your student is struggling academically, Parent/Student Communication

Students

Ryanne McLaren ('19) — Music (Piano Performance/Organ) and Torrey Honors Institute

Seth McLaren ('22) — Kinesiology: Pre-Physical Therapy

Student Activities

Study Abroad, Missions Trips, Torrey Honors Institute

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Marcia and Ed Harper

Redmond, WA

Activities

Marcia: Church women's ministry, Homeschooling (20 years), Hiking

Ed: Church Elder, Golf, Hiking, Surfing, Reading
Ask About

Career Preparation, Christian Commitment, Helping when your student is struggling academically

Students

Bethany ('20) — Nursing

Katelyn ('22) — Nursing
Kristen ('22) — Liberal Studies
Student Activities

Athletics, Torrey Honors Institute

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Fred and Pamela Green

Snohomish, WA

Activities

Pam: Working out, hiking, backpacking, paddleboarding, boating, jet skiing, cooking

Fred: Hunting, fishing, boating, traveling with wife
Ask About

Career Preparation, Christian Commitment, Transitioning from high school to college, Helping when your student is struggling academically

Students

Taylor Green ('20) — Nursing

Hunter Green ('22) — Commercial Music

Student Activities

Study Abroad, Athletics, Missions Trips, Spring Missions Conference Team Member and Coordinator, Evangelical Mormon Interaction, Worship Band

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Daniel and Bernice Ramirez

La Mirada, CA

Activities

Bernice: Bicycling, Women's Bible Study

Daniel: I enjoy counseling people and investing
Ask About

Financing your Biola Education, Career Preparation, Christian Commitment, Transitioning from high school to college, Supporting a transfer student, Helping when your student is struggling academically, I can offer insight to students who are interested in pursing a career in law.

Students

Daniel Ramirez ('21) — Music Composition

Student Activities

Biola's percussion, brass, and winds ensembles