Sundoulos - Fall 2010

Campus News

New University Provost

David P. Nystrom has accepted the position of Provost and Senior Vice President, effective August 16, 2010.  Prior to coming to Biola, Dr. Nystrom served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California, where he has served since 2005.  Before that, he spent 12 years at North Park University and North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, where he served as professor and chair of biblical and theological studies and director of the Institute for Christian Studies.  He has also taught at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he received his M.Div., and the University of California at Davis, where he received his B.A. and Ph.D.

Special Faculty Awards

Anna Horton Award  –  Judy TenElshof (Talbot Spiritual Formation) was named as the first recipient of this new award designated for a woman, who, like Mrs. Horton, the wife of Biola founder T.C. Horton and Biola’s first dean of women, plays a vital and dynamic role in the lives of current students at Biola.  The purpose of the award is to honor a woman who displays a commitment to living life alongside Biola students, caring for their spiritual development and lending support for them in their journeys.

The Priscilla Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring  –  Joanne Jung (Talbot Biblical and Theological Studies) was given this honor.  The recipient of this award displays a love for God’s word and a desire to live out His truth in love.  Her desire is to spread the gospel and teach His word through her actions, words, and attitude.  The recipient lives out her desire to see those around her growing and living as pure reflections of God’s glory.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring  –  Jon Lunde (Talbot Biblical and Theological Studies) received this honor, awarded by Biola University, as determined by his colleagues. 

Professor of the Year  –  Jon Lunde received this honor, voted by senior undergraduate class of Biola University.

New Associate Dean

Doug Geringer, Assistant Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, has been appointed as Associate Dean of Talbot.  He previously served as Assistant Dean. 

New Faculty

Talbot welcomes two new faculty members for Fall 2010.  Uche Anizor, Assistant Professor, Biblical and Theological Studies (B.Sc., University of Western Ontario; M.Div, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. [ABD], Wheaton College), Gary Manning, Associate Professor, New Testament Language and Literature Department (B.Ed., University of Hawaii, Manoa; M.Div., Talbot School of Theology; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary).

May Commencement

Nearly 1,000 students graduated from Biola University in May, one of the largest classes ever, and witnessed by 9,000 guests. Talbot graduates numbered 152.  Commencement speakers were Dr. Billy Kim, chairman of Far East Broadcasting Company-Korea (graduate ceremony), and Joni Eareckson Tada, CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center (undergraduate ceremony).

Talbot Chapels

Speakers for 2010-2011 Talbot Chapels include:  George Hunter III, Distinguished Professor of Evangelism & Church Growth, Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky; M. Douglas Carew, President, Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya; Brian Kluth, Bestselling Author, Speaker, Media Guest, and Expert on Stewardship and Generosity, Colorado Springs, Colorado; James Hoffmeier, Professor of Old Testament, Ancient Near East History, and Archaeology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois; Paul Felix, Professor of New Testament, The Master’s Seminary, Sun Valley, California, and President, Los Angeles Bible Training School; Scott Moffatt, Senior Pastor, Legacy Church Orange County, Irvine, California, and Adjunct Professor of History, Biola University and Fullerton College; J.P. Jones, Senior Pastor, Crossline Community Church, Laguna Hills, California, Adjunct Professor in Biblical and Theological Studies; Lou Delgado, Pastor/Missionary, Family Impact (a ministry of World Discipleship Outreach), Whittier, CA; Dave Hall, Pastor of Global Outreach Ministries, Emmanuel Faith Community Church, Escondido, California; and Hugo Garcia, Senior Pastor, Iglesia Biblica Fundamental(Fundamental Bible Church), La Habra, California.  For full details and additional speakers, visit:

The Great Isaiah Scroll (DSS)

On display this Fall at Biola University (Calvary Chapel Auditorium) is an exact replica of the Great Isaiah Scroll (Dead Sea Scroll), a manuscript penned more than 2,100 years in our past, and more than 7,000 miles away.  The survival of this scroll is a celebrated story throughout the world.  This facsimile is on loan from the Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings, Irvine, California. See at:

A series of special events are planned focusing on the Great Isaiah Scroll and the Dead Sea Scrolls, including four lectures given by prominent experts and Old Testament theologians from the Biola/Talbot community.  Check Biola website at: under “Featured Events.” 

Scholarship Challenges

A bellwether of the current economic climate is the notable increase in student applications for scholarship assistance.  Talbot’s enrollment now stands at an all-time high of 1,249 students.  At the same time, funding for student aid has not increased, due to necessary University fiscal conservation measures.  Occasionally student needs are met from unexpected sources:  donations and funded scholarships from alumni, churches, and friends of the University.  Perhaps you know of someone with a passion for supporting those preparing for ministry.  Perhaps you might be led to make a donation, large or small.  University representatives are available to discreetly assist in this process.  Contact:  Development Services Office at 1-800-632-4652.  Specify that the donation is for Talbot students in any master's-level program (or designate more specifically, if you wish).  

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