Sundoulos - Fall 2013

Alumni Focus

by Rick Bee

In recent weeks the alumni office has met with several academic departments to talk about how we can make sure that you, as Talbot Alumni, are fully served and blessed by Talbot alumni efforts. Some of you are aware of the great events and programs, continuing education, job and career networking, and on-line and research programming that we coordinate for the university. But not all! So, we want to invite and encourage you to join us.

So why should you, as a busy alum, do this?

Well, if you are like me, I love my job and the opportunities I have to serve the kingdom through the lives of those I work with! However, after 35 years of work with Biola and Talbot alumni, some of the great- est joys I have found are when I’ve sought out new opportunities to get involved and serve others to keep my ministry fresh. Call it an on-going mid-life crisis of sorts, but it has truly been an amazing blessing to try something new. Through the years that desire has opened up doors to teach here in the Bible department, to serve on several boards and foundations, and to speak to numerous organizations and churches, usually on a topic that is close to my heart: stewardship and finance.

I received a great note today from a former student who shared how challenging les- sons taught in class have caused her to do ministry differently and expand her own borders beyond anything she thought she could do as a student. She thanked me for rocking her world and challenging her to dream. How cool is that! What a great reminder for all of us!

Is your ministry staying fresh? Are you still dreaming about what could be in your ministry?

My prayer for you and me is that we won’t lose that joy of ministry with which we started this journey. And whether you are a recent grad, or a “well-seasoned” practi- tioner (an old dude like me!), you will find ways to give back and expand your borders beyond anything you could have imagined when you started this trek. To stay fresh... give back!

What does it mean to work with Talbot alumni? In the coming months you will hear about opportunities to serve and men- tor the next generation of Talbot students. I encourage you to respond with a “yes” and join us as we prepare tomorrow’s leaders. It will be so beneficial for them and it could be a radical border expansion for you!

Together we are alumni for life!

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

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639