Construction on the new 15,000-seat Auditorium and Manwaring Center expansion/remodel is moving along according to schedule. Work completed inside the Auditorium is showing the interior form. The concrete steps for the seating in the mezzanine and balcony are being installed, giving definition to the space. Other work in progress includes concrete, steel, metal studs, gypsum wallboard, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical.
Phase two of the Manwaring expansion/remodel is approaching completion. The food court area is scheduled to open beginning this Fall. The installation and finishing of the gypsum wallboard have defined the spaces. The cabinets and equipment also started arriving in the food court during the first week of April. The food court will operate longer hours and there will be a variety of food types ranging from pizza to roast and potatoes, or from oriental to occidental choices.
More online courses to be available
By 2012, BYU-Idaho's academic administration hopes to have 140 new online classes established, which will be available to students on or off track or pursuing an online degree.
With an integrated curriculum, online students will be taught the same curriculum as those in a classroom. To accomplish this, online courses are designed by teams of BYU-Idaho faculty and approved by department chairs.
"The new BYU-Idaho online courses are not text-based learning environments," said Alan Young, Curriculum Development director. "Students are able to hear and see each other and the instructor. The use of graphics and sound enrich the content of the course and provide opportunities to interact."
President Clark counsels students to become peacemakers
BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark counseled students to become peacemakers at the first devotional of Winter Semester on January 13.
President Clark explained the path of the peacemaker and how students can establish peace. He advised students to look heavenward, search inward, and reach outward.
President Clark said, "In politics, in traffic, in your apartment, at work, wherever you are, the duty of the peacemaker is clear: do not start the ripple of scorn and ridicule; do not propagate it when you hear it; do not retaliate when people attack; help people resolve their differences and stop the network of contention and anger dead in its tracks."
BYU-Idaho devotionals now stream live at www.byui.edu/kbyr at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Learning Model Web site launched
Students and employees can now experience the Learning Model through a new form of interaction. The new Learning Model Web site was launched in January.
Although the Learning Model has already been applied to classroom learning, this tool was developed to help students more fully understand how to use the principles and processes in their learning, said Brian Memmott, University Communications graphic design coordinator.
While primarily geared toward students, the site is also for external audiences who have no other way of learning about the Learning Model and the unique way BYU-Idaho approaches learning, said Brian Schmidt, Instructional Development director.
Since its launch, the Learning Model Web site has had more than 45,000 hits. The Learning Model Web site can be accessed at www.byui.edu/learningmodel.
Elder Neil L. Andersen speaks at Winter Commencement
Just five days after being sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Neil L. Andersen addressed the largest winter graduating class in BYU-Idaho history. Diplomas were awarded to 1,458 students.
During his address, Elder Andersen urged students to seek wisdom in addition to the knowledge they gained during their university career.
He encouraged students to seek the most important wisdom, "wisdom with a large ‘W,' the wisdom of God." He explained how this wisdom can be applied to today's economic situation. "The foundation is self-reliance and work. We live on less than we earn and we differentiate between our needs and our wants. We avoid debt except for the most fundamental needs. We live within a budget. We put away some savings. We are honest in all our obligations."
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf addresses Fall graduates
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf addressed Fall Semester 2008 graduates at BYU-Idaho on December 12. It was the largest fall graduating class in BYU-Idaho history with 1,163 students receiving degrees.
In his commencement address, President Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, counseled graduates in three main areas: first, to draw near to the Lord; second, to continue to seek learning by study and faith; and third, to prepare every needful thing according to the Lord's pattern.
President Uchtdorf reminded graduates that simple prayers, spoken with conviction and faith, and listening to the Spirit are essential to living a righteous life. "As you invite the Spirit into your life through righteous living, God will grant unto you the light which will lead out of darkness," Uchtdorf said.
President Uchtdorf expressed his hope that graduates would not view their graduation from BYU-Idaho as the end of their education. "All of us have a God-given obligation to continue to seek learning, both by study and by faith."
BYU-Idaho connects to the Idaho Regional Optical Network
BYU-Idaho received a sizable injection of Internet bandwidth when the school connected with the Idaho Regional Optical Network, Inc. (IRON) in early January.
The connection with IRON has provided BYU-Idaho with significantly more Internet bandwidth at a much lower cost. The connection to IRON will also provide the university with a more direct, mission-critical connection to BYU in Provo through the Utah Education Network.
Interior Design student gains national recognition
Jeffrey Larsen, a recent graduate of the interior design program at BYU-Idaho, received national recognition for his
Larsen's résumé includes two internships at high-profile interior design firms in New York City and a first-place award in the national 2008 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Design Award Competition. Larsen was also awarded an honorable mention in the 2007 National Kitchen and Bath Association/General Electric Competition. He was noted for his ability to reflect the client.
His professors say Larsen's success comes from his self-motivation and hard work. "Jeff's ability to be self-motivated will get him very far in this industry and in life," said T.L. McRae,
a mentor to Larsen and a faculty member in the BYU-Idaho Department of Interior Design.
As a junior, Larsen designed a home plan that incorporated environmentally friendly design and logged 248 hours, or 10.3 days, on the project.
"Jeff is an unbelievably hard worker. He will spend all night, night after night, working on a project to get it just right. That is something about him that I really admire and respect," McRae said.
Larsen graduated in interior design in April 2009 after displaying some selections of his portfolio at the Interior Design Senior Students show. He was featured on KIFI in Idaho Falls and KSL in Salt Lake City. To view the KSL story, visit www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=5781085.
Grandin Printing Press reproduction
BYU-Idaho recently purchased a reproduction of the Grandin Printing Press for display on campus in the David O. McKay Library. The original version printed 5,000 copies of the first edition Book of Mormon in 1830. This functioning press will be a resource to learn about the process of preserving work.
The printing press is one of three presses constructed from molds of the original. Though the color and woodwork may be different, every imperfection mimics that of the original Grandin Printing Press. "It's about as close to the original as you can get," said Rulon Nielsen, facilites planning/construction director. "We want it to be a hands-on experience where you will actually be able to take something home with you."
The McKay Library gratefully acknowledges the BYU-Idaho Alumni Association for its support and funding in acquiring the printing press.
James Quigley teaches students leadership skills
James Quigley, chief executive officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, gave the keynote address of Winter Semester's Business Summit.
Quigley shared his experience and wisdom with BYU-Idaho students and faculty, teaching them how to become effective leaders. Using stories from his life, he taught about the importance of leadership, successfully launching a career, and integrating both a career and a personal life. Success, he said, is to be found in the "integrated life," not in achieving a "balance."
Foundations replaces general education program
In Fall Semester, incoming freshmen at BYU-Idaho were introduced to a new innovation in education known as Foundations. The program has been designed to replace the previous general education courses and provides a more focused and complete approach to learning.
"The Foundations initiative has been under development for more than two years," said Bruce C. Kusch, associate academic vice president for curriculum. "This is a dramatic change to our general education program; it has been completely redesigned."
Foundations classes require students to gain a more focused education than the former general education program offered. Courses are also designed to be interdisciplinary, so students gain maximum education from the limited number of classes.
"The important and underlying principle of the Foundations program is that it helps students learn how to learn," said Kent Barrus, director of Career and Academic Advising. "They will learn skills that will carry over to their lives after they leave BYU-Idaho." This "complete paradigm shift" is anticipated to "set our students apart," Barrus said.
Kip Hartvigsen, Department of English faculty, believes that Foundations courses can benefit teachers as well as students. "Foundations brings teachers to class with freshness. They have to learn along with their students. The challenge of teaching Foundations courses renews a teacher's investment in the course he or she is teaching. Teachers are learning as they teach," Hartvigsen said.
The new Foundations requirements generally will not affect current juniors or seniors because most of them should have completed their general education courses. However, incoming freshmen will be required to take Foundations courses. If a transfer student has earned an associate degree, the Foundations requirements are mostly complete. More information may be obtained by visiting www.byui.edu/foundations and www.byui.edu/learningmodel.
Performance groups tour in April
Three BYU-Idaho performance groups toured during April, sharing their talents with people around the world: Dance Alliance, Sound Alliance and Vocal Union, and Collegiate Singers.
Dance Alliance toured Russia from April 11-28, performing in six major cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Saratov, Rostov-on-Don, and Volgograd.
Sound Alliance and Vocal Union toured together from April 12-26, making stops in Nevada, Utah, and California. The singers performed in Logandale and Las Vegas, Nev.; Manti, Utah; and Escondido, Santee, San Diego, Whittier, La Crescenta, and Riverside, Calif. The Collegiate Singers toured Alaska from April 13-26, performing in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Valdez, Wasilla, Kenai, and Homer.
Elder Cree-L Kofford challenges students to learn to love the temple
Elder Cree-L Kofford, emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, addressed BYU-Idaho students and faculty in devotional on March 17. He challenged them to learn to love the temple even more and to reflect on the blessings that are available through temple ordinances.
"True love of the temple, like true love of anything good, must be nourished and tended," Elder Kofford said. "Like all things worthwhile, it comes and is maintained at a price. Just as love for another withers and may die without being tended, so too does love of the temple."
Enrollment increases to begin in 2010
In an effort to fulfill BYU-Idaho's mission to serve more students, the university is implementing a plan that will increase the full-time student equivalency (FTE)* enrollment cap from 11,600 to 12,500 per semester. This change will take place in Fall 2010 and is the initial step in a phased approach that could bump FTE enrollment to 15,000 by 2015.
"The Board of Trustees has invested a great deal in BYU-Idaho; and with all the renovation and new construction, we have virtually created a new campus since our change to a four-year institution," said President Kim B. Clark. "This increase in student enrollment is just one of many ways we are striving to utilize this wonderful campus and offer a powerful learning experience to more students."
Under the phased expansion plan, student FTE will increase to 12,500 in 2010 with an estimated head count between 14,000 and 14,200. The Board of Trustees must approve further increases in enrollment (potentially up to 15,000 FTE by 2015), which are conditional upon the university meeting specific milestones for cost per student, space utilization, and academic performance.
BYU-Idaho has made several strides to serve more students since 2000 when enrollment was 8,500. Among those was the creation of the summer semester (now spring semester) in 2006 when Board approval was given to expand enrollment up to 11,600 in every semester, not just fall and winter.
Increasing student enrollment also brings up concerns such as parking availability, city traffic issues, and student housing needs. President Clark said that the university will be proactive in addressing each issue as needed. Some additional full-time faculty and staff will also be needed to accommodate the overall student influx, but the university expects that those hires will be modest in number.
*FTE is calculated by taking the total number of credits for all students and dividing it by 15.