October 10, 2016
On Saturday, October 1, Biola University hosted the eleventh stop of the Campaign National Tour in Dallas, TX.
A group of 50 alumni, parents, and friend of Biola gathered in an event space near downtown Dallas to connect with President Barry H. Corey to learn more about “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University”, the $180 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise support for student scholarships, facilities, academic centers and online learning.
Following a time of hors d’oeuvres and connecting with fellow Biolans, Rick Bee, Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, welcomed guests to the event and thanked them for joining for the first of fall events of the tour. Bee also highlighted the strong regional connections Biola has with the Dallas area, as hundreds of alumni and students call the state of Texas home.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Mark Matlock, the executive director of Youth Specialties and ‘91 alumnus from Biola University. Matlock, the author of “Real World Parents”, “Raising Wise Children”, and “Ideas for Parents”, shared why a place like Biola is vital for the education and equipping of future leaders in our world and how his education at Biola has shaped his life and ministry.
Following Matlock’s address, President Barry Corey briefly introduced guests to the details of the comprehensive fundraising campaign, including the focus on both student affordability and the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health.
“In Biola’s 108 year history, over 65,000 men and women have been educated to be voices of conviction and courage in laboratories, film sets, art studios, startups, Fortune 500s, church plants, Congressional halls, operating rooms and science laboratories.” Corey added, “This campaign is all about the impact of our students and alumni. We are building a better Biola for them, in order for them to go out and impact the world for Jesus Christ.”
Corey also announced the exciting news that The Campaign for Biola University had reached a total of $178.6 million committed to the campaign. “We are seeing a lot of momentum, and we are on a good track to reach the finish line,” Corey said.
At the close of the event, guests were invited to support The Campaign for Biola University. Thanks to the support of those in attendance, and the generosity of a $10,000 match by a donor, over $22,000 was given at the event to support Biola’s bold vision for the future. To date, the Campaign National Tour has raised over $700,000 from events and subsequent gifts by attendees.
The Campaign National Tour continues this fall with 3 final stops in Denver, Los Angeles, and Chicago. For more information about the tour and future events, visit giving.biola.edu/nationaltour/.
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