October 20, 2016
On Saturday, October 8, President Barry H. Corey and the Campaign National Tour stopped in Portland, Oregon for the tour’s twelfth event. Local alumni, parents and friends gathered 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.
Approximately 80 guests attended the event, hosted at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Amidst a backdrop of the Tilikum Crossing and the flowing Willamette River, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and connecting with fellow Biolans prior to the event program.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Evangelist Luis Palau. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Palau is a preacher based in Portland who has reached over 1 billion people worldwide with the message of salvation through radio, television, print and digital media.
Palau shared about the importance of a university like Biola in the midst of a changing culture that is growing more hostile to biblically centered values. He believes that Biola is a model for all bible schools in the US in regards to the integration of faith and learning, and he applauded the university's commitment to upholding Christian values.
After he concluded his keynote, 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.
“This is the most ambitious campaign in Biola’s history, with our goal of $180 million, which is nearly 10 times larger than our previous largest fundraising campaign,” Corey shared, adding, “But this campaign is not just about bricks and mortar, but about putting Biola into a better position to carry on its important task of raising up the next generation of Christian leaders in key spheres of society.”
Corey also announced the exciting news that The Campaign for Biola University had reached a total of $179 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.
After learning about the campaign, guests were invited to support The Campaign for Biola University. Thanks to the support of those in attendance, and the generosity of a match by a donor, over $35,000 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 the national tour 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/.
On Saturday, October 1, Biola University hosted the eleventh stop of the Campaign National Tour in Dallas, TX.
Ira Lippke ('98) fell in love with photography at a young age. Today, he is the owner of Ira Lippke Studios in New York City and travels around the world photographing weddings.
Sean McDowell ('98, M.A. '03) is a noted author, apologist and Biola professor who is passionate about equipping young people to navigate the increasing moral and intellectual pressures of today's world.