Sundoulos - Fall 2007

Alumni Focus

by Rick Bee

I recently had a visit from a Talbot MDiv graduate of 1981. It was great to see him and I always appreciate so much alumni visits to campus and hearing what God is doing in your lives. This particular graduate was back on campus for the first time in many years and was excited to see the growth in facilities and campus resources, and to hear about the plans for the new Talbot buildings that are in the works.

He also shared a bit of his frustration in being considered a Biola graduate when his affinity and relationships were really with Talbot School of Theology! An interesting concern and one that, representing both Biola and Talbot alumni, we deal with every time we send a letter or provide an update of what is happening on campus. Here is what I shared with him.

  1. Talbot plays a huge role in the spiritual life of the university. Both graduate and undergraduate Bible faculty are all a part of the seminary program and are carefully selected to reflect a conservative and evangelical perspective on Scripture. As long as Biola requires every student to complete 30 units of Bible, Talbot’s influence through its Bible faculty on every student will make the seminary program a key part of the Biola experience.
  2. Likewise, the influence of Biola’s programs and diverse faculty and curriculum on the Talbot experience add numerous benefits that a “stand alone” seminary cannot provide. Talbot faculty join with faculty from other schools of Biola in bringing an academic depth to the classroom that other seminaries just can’t bring. Talbot faculty co-lecture, co-author, and co-mentor with Biola faculty on a daily basis. This is to the benefit of all faculty and every student!
  3. A state of the art library; a gym, pool and other athletic facilities; and the countless resources of a more than 100 acre campus, benefit every seminary student attending Talbot.

To me, the Talbot-Biola experience brings much more benefit than detriment and makes Talbot the unique training ground it is for preparing tomorrows leaders for the church. While I understand and support this graduates affinity for Talbot, and desire to be aligned with only the School of Theology, the synergy and influence of the relationship is too significant to who we are. So, next time someone asks you if you graduated from Biola, you can just smile and say… I graduated from Talbot School of Theology, one of the best schools of Biola University!

Rick Bee
Biola ’79, Talbot ’90, ‘01
Senior Director of Alumni Relations

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639