Sundoulos - Winter 2011

Alumni Focus

by Rick Bee

It is our great pleasure in the Talbot alumni office to welcome our new editor, Dr. Gary Manning. Gary comes to
us with years of Talbot experience as both a faculty member and graduate, and of course the alumni office is so pleased to have his insight and leadership for Sundoulos magazine. I am especially pleased to have someone in this role that has a background from one of my favorite places, Hawaii, as Gary was raised on the Island of Oahu and served in ministry there for many years.

I encourage you to get to know him as there is something very special about our Biola and Talbot brothers and sisters who have been called to serve in ministries away from the mainland. Alumni like Danny, Jamie, and David Yamashiro, who demonstrate a passion and focus for reaching the lost in what can be a very difficult environment. Dr. Manning brings that same passion with him to his ministry and teaches with a similar energy.

This summer the alumni office hosted an amazing event on Oahu for new Biola students and alumni of Biola and Talbot. The event, held at the Christian Academy, was attended by more than 70 new students, their families, and alumni. I was reminded of the great schedule of alumni events that you as Talbot alumni can participate in throughout the year. If you haven’t received it in the mail, I encourage you to check out the on-line events calendar on the alumni page at, and join the alumni association at one of the events schedule during the 2011-2012 year that include lectures, concerts, plays, and reunions, with something that will appeal to everyone. This makes for a great opportunity for you to connect with other Talbot alumni and friends.

One of the most exciting events on campus this fall is the completion of the new Talbot building. I hope you have the opportunity to visit soon, as I know you will be excited to see these new classrooms, offices, and study and prayer spaces completed on the Biola campus.

May God continue to bless and strengthen you in your service to Him!

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

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639