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Biola University Launches Ambitious Fundraising Campaign; Receives Largest Donation in its 107-Year History

Fri, May. 08, 2015 Posted: 04:50 PM


LA MIRADA, Calif. — Biola University will publicly launch the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history, titled “Campaign for Biola University: A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage” on Saturday.

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Just a few blocks away from where Biola was founded in 1908, the campaign will be launched at the historic Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Ace Hotel is home to one of Biola’s original 7-foot red neon “Jesus Saves” signs, shining brightly today as it did in 1935 when it was first installed atop Biola’s north dormitory.

The historic fundraising effort — the first comprehensive campaign in Biola’s history — seeks to raise support for student scholarships, facilities, academic centers and online learning.

“This is the largest, most ambitious fundraising campaign in Biola’s history — by a long shot — because our dreams for Biola’s future are big,” said Biola University president Barry H. Corey. “We dream of a more affordable and more globally accessible Biola, a university with the reach and capacity to provide biblically centered education on a scale we have never seen before in our history.”

Biola desires to step forward with a soul of conviction and a voice of courage, to radiate the light of Christ in Los Angeles and the world more than ever before.

The United Artists theater, adjacent to the Ace, also has Biola connections. Inscribed in the doorway to the theater is Psalm 119:89, “Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.”

These were the same words that were engraved above the entrance to the original Biola building at Sixth and Hope streets in L.A.

Both historic ties represent Biola’s soul of conviction — that God’s Word is forever settled in heaven — and our voice of courage, to unashamedly proclaim the good news that Jesus saves, redeems, renews, transforms. He is moving in this world and Biola University aspires to move with him.

In addition to student affordability, the campaign will include funding to build a new center for science, technology and health, to grow the athletic department through facilities and athletic scholarships, to expand academic centers and to extend Biola’s global reach.

Long Beach Resident Makes Largest Donation in University History

Biola University has received the largest donation in its 107-year history, a gift from a Chinese resident and WWII veteran from Long Beach, Calif. The university will reveal the donor and amount during a fundraising gala at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on May 9 to celebrate the public launch of the university’s campaign — “Campaign for Biola University: A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage.”

The historic gift will help fund construction of the innovative new Center for Science, Technology and Health, a 93,000-square-foot building that will enable the university to meet growing needs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), said Biola President Barry H. Corey.

“The incredible kindness to contribute to this project is a boost to our faith in God’s provision and our resolve that this necessary building will be constructed,” Corey said. “This modern facility is next on our list of construction projects as we respond to the growing number of Biola students studying in the sciences, the growing number of high school students interested in STEM and the projections for growing careers in these fields.”

The historic fundraising effort — the first comprehensive campaign in Biola’s history — seeks to raise support for student scholarships, facilities, academic centers and online learning.

As the campaign’s centerpiece facility, the $63 million science building will provide 30 laboratories, three classrooms, research spaces, faculty offices, a rooftop observatory and all-new, cutting-edge technology to take Biola’s already reputable science programs to the next level. The project is tentatively scheduled to open in January 2018.

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