In this issue
Café expansion proceeded at a breakneck pace throughout the summer so that the remodeled Café and Banquet Room could welcome returning students. The result is a breathtaking, stylish, efficient, warm, and accommodating food-service establishment.
Equally eye-catching is the remodeled and expanded Gymnasium. The new entry lobby, expanded seating, resurfaced basketball court, beautifully repainted interior, recent new scoreboards, and completely new sound system, along with large new restrooms, and faculty/staff offices, have turned the Gym into a first-class athletic, educational, and convocational venue.
Horton Hall replacement is well under-way. After a nostalgic farewell by recent residents and former alumni residents, the old Horton Hall is no more, razed by bulldozers. The replacement dorm will occupy the same location, but with greatly expanded capacity.
Last, but certainly not least, the Myers Hall Talbot Student Lounge received a somewhat unanticipated complete remodeling. Beginning with a very modest plan to replace worn furniture, unexpected generous funding from both the University and the Talbot A.S. combined with Talbot funds enabled the complete interior redesign and face-lift, along with the new furniture. The result is bright, inviting, classic quality, comfortable, user-friendly, and a great blessing to our students.
The following faculty received Provost Awards for achievement in the noted areas: Rex Johnson, for Excellence in University-Community Service; Kevin Lewis, for Excellence in Biblical Integration; and, Michael Wilkins, for Excellence in Mentoring Peers. Congratulations!
The book Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics (2nd edition), co-authored by former Biola faculty member Kenman Wong and current Talbot professor Scott Rae (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics), has been adopted by Florida State University for use in their School of Business ethics course. Dr. Rae hopes that this will open the doors of possibility for additional intelligent and thought-provoking Christian works to be incorporated into mainsteam universities.
International Pastors Program
Biola again hosted the International Pastors Program in June for Korean pastors. The theme was “Leadership and Spiritual Formation.” Talbot speakers included John Coe, Klaus Issler, Mick Boersma, Don Sunukjian, and Michael Wilkins.
Capping a season that saw GSAC and Region II Coach of the Year John Verhoeven lead the GSAC Champion Eagles to the NAIA World Series and a #4 finish, the Eagles had four players selected in the Major League draft, including junior right-hander Reid Hamblet by the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth round.