Terminology Guide

The Terminology Guide is a resource created to help find the proper name and sub organizations of different departments within the University. It also contains other useful historical information about the University.

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Academic Advising

Academic advising at BYU-Idaho is a coordinated effort by departments, faculty, and the Academic Advising. Counselors, career courses, planning tools, and research material help aid students in their academic pursuits. See Academic Advising.

Academic Colleges and Departments

Please see online directory for office locations. Colleges are different schools within the university and function mainly in administrative and scholastic capacities. Departments are subdivisions within each college. There are eight colleges:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Department of Animal and Food Science
  • Department of Applied Plant Science
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Health, Recreation and Human Performance
  • Department of Nursing
  • College of Business and Communication
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Business Management
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Computer Information Technology
  • Department of Economics
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • Department of Home and Family
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Religious Education
  • Department of Sociology and Social Work
  • Department of Teacher Education
  • College of Foundations and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • College of Language and Letters
  • Department of Academic Support Centers
  • Department of English
  • Department of Languages and International Studies
  • Department of History, Geography and Political Science
  • Department of Humanities and Philosophy
  • College of Performing and Visual Arts
  • Department of Art
  • Department of Dance
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Theatre
  • College of Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Automotive Technology Program
  • Department of Design and Construction Management
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Physics
  • College of Faculty Development and Mentored Research

Academic Advising

Located in 129 Manwaring Center, this office offers resources to students on Career Exploration, Foundations, General Advising, Interdisciplinary Studies, Internship Processing and Registration, General Studies, University Studies, and Special Needs Advising. Satellite centers reside in each college to give students more specific assistance.

Academic Support Centers, Department of

Located on the 2nd floor of the David O. McKay Library, East Wing. The Academic Support Centers operate various tutoring centers used by all academic departments. The following services are provided: Reading Center, Writing Center, Study Skills Center, Tutoring Center, Presentation Practice Center, English Transitional Center, Disability Services, Academic Transitions, Volunteer Opportunities, and the Math Study Center. See Academic Colleges and Departments and Disability Service Center.

Academic Administration, Office of

Located in 210 Kimball. A central office overseeing all administrative resources and details involved with instruction at the university, curriculum, Outreach and Online Education, and research and assessment. See Instruction, Outreach and Online Education, and Information Technology.

Academic Societies

Academic Societies are student-led organizations with a specific academic focus such as the Pre-Dental Society, English Academic Society, Agribusiness Management (AGBM) Society, etc. For similar student organizations on campus, see Student Activities Program and Cultural Associations.

Academic Technology Services, Department of

Located in McKay 355. An academic support area for all colleges and offices on campus that offers assistance through instruction and technology support. Responsibilities include running I-Learn Support, Faculty Technology Center, Student Technology Center (formerly Media Lab), Photo Services, Help Desk and Educational Technology.


Accreditation is an ongoing process of self-study and evaluation of universities and secondary schools to help determine the quality of education offered by them. Performance, integrity, and quality are reviewed periodically. BYU-Idaho is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Accreditation for the school as a junior college was gained in 1936, and as a baccalaureate institution in 2004.

Accounting, Department of

The Department of Accounting’s integrated major prepares students with job-ready skills in accounting. It also allows the selection of other courses in packaging a bachelor’s degree to fit individual needs and goals, including preparation to transfer to other universities in pursuit of a master’s degree. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Accounting/Bursar’s Office

Located in 130 Kimball. An administrative office providing services such as payroll, travel, purchasing, personal student accounts, student insurance, accounts receivable, disbursements, etc.


Acceptable in all references to the ACT assessment, a national college admission and placement examination. ACT originally stood for American College Testing. In 1996, the official name was shortened to ACT. There are two versions of the ACT; Residual and National. They are essentially the same test, but the Residual ACT is only accepted at the school where it is taken and scored. The Residual ACT is offered more frequently at BYU-Idaho, with the scores available sooner and registration made easier. It is only valid at BYU-Idaho whereas the national version of the test is accepted everywhere.

Adaptive Services

Adaptive Services is a department within Student Activities that serves students with disabilities by adapting programs and events where possible to facilitate participation in a broader range of activities. See Student Activities Program.

Administrative Services

Located in 290 Kimball. Office overseeing financial matters and service areas on behalf of the university (budget officer, internal auditor, property manager, and student services).

Administrative Councils

The SRC is divided into separate councils that oversee different areas of BYU-Idaho. These councils are known collectively as “Administrative Councils.” See University Resources.

Admissions and Scholarship Office

Located in 120 Kimball. Administrative office overseeing student recruitment, the admission process, scholarships, deferments, financial aid, missionary program, campus tours, etc.

Advisor vs. Adviser

Advisor is preferred over adviser. A faculty advisor is assigned to each student and assists in individualizing educational plans. Advisors guide students as they make decisions and progress toward their educational goals.

Advising Office

Each department has an advising office which is connected to the Academic Advising. See Academic Advising.

Agricultural Engineering Building (AGM)

Located on South Center Street behind the Ezra Taft Benson building. Houses the Departments of Agribusiness and Animal and Food Science. Also has a scheduling office, lab area for Department of Agribusiness, and Agricultural Mechanics Shop. See Building Codes.

Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of

See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Agribusiness, Plant and Animal Sciences, Department of

Prepares students for exciting and challenging employment specialties. It offers a wide variety of course work in agriculture. See Academic Colleges and Departments.


Referred to as the BYU-Idaho/Ricks College Alumni. Membership includes anyone who attended BYU-Idaho and/or Ricks College as a full-time student earning a minimum of 16 credit hours.

Alumni Ambassador

An alumnus who represents BYU-Idaho and the Alumni Association in his or her home area. They act as a liasion between future students in their home area and encourage them to learn about and apply to BYU-Idaho.

Alumni Council

The advising board of the Alumni Association. The Alumni Council includes representatives from Emeritus Club, Student Alumni Association, academic colleges, recent grads, and alumni regions.

Alumni Relations

Administrative area within Relations Management which oversees the Alumni Association, Student Alumni Association, and all efforts to keep and strengthen the relationship between alumni and the university.


Any person who attended BYU-Idaho or Ricks College as a full-time student earning a minimum of 16 credit hours. The term has variations reflected by the ending syllable: alumnus or alum, singular; alumni, plural; alumna, singular feminine; alumnae, plural feminine. Alumni of Ricks College or BYU-Idaho are referred to as “BYU-Idaho Alumni.” See Alumni Association.

Animal Science and Food Science, Department of

This department looks at the association of humans and animals as well as the increase of world population, decrease in agricutural lands and the importance of improving human health and nutrition. See Agribusiness, Plant and Animal Sciences, Department of.


This is an area off-campus located on Seventh South. It contains a walking path, ropes course, and a field that is used for campus sports like soccer, football, and baseball. It is open to the public and has several trees, shrubs and plants there for scientific purposes and pleasure. See Campus Outdoor Learning Center and Arboretum.

Area Presidency

Addressed as "Elder," but are not considered General Authorities. See also Elder and General Authority.

Area Authority

Members of the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy called to preside over a designated area. They are General Authorities of the Church. See also Area Authority Seventy.

Area Authority Seventy

Members of the Church called to preside over the area where they live. They are members of the Third, Fourth and Fifth Quorums of the Seventy, but are not General Authorities of the Church.

Art, Department of

The Department of Art offers degrees in Art Education, Art History, Book Arts, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. These emphasis areas are designed as preparation for a professional career choice as well as personal enjoyment. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Associate Dean

Serves as the acting dean when the dean is not available. Associate dean is chosen by the dean and approved by the academic vice president and the president. The associate dean may serve concurrently with the dean and may be released at any time to return to the faculty. Associate dean serves much like a counselor and reports directly to the dean.

Associate Degree

See Degrees.

Associations and societies

Use the full name of associations and societies on first reference, with appropriate abbreviations on other references.

Athletics, athletics

Capitalize when referring to the sports program in the physical area of Student Activities. Athletics is a level of sports activity in which students participate in intra-campus team sports with tryouts, coaches, practices and regular competitive seasons in which teams compete against other athletic teams at BYU-Idaho. See Student Activities Program.


Reserve “according to” for written sources. “According to police reports ...” Use “said” or “says” for information from live sources.

Austin Building (AUS)

Use on second reference for the Mark Austin Building. Houses the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Architecture and Construction Management, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Department of Automotive Technology. See Building Codes.

Automotive Technology, Department of

The Department of Automotive Technology prepares its majors to enter one of the most technical service industries. Courses are designed to give training in the technical, industrial and business fields. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Auxiliary Services Building (ASB)

Typically not used as an abbreviation except as a postal or map location. Houses the Division of Continuing Education, the Prospective Missionary Program and Nursing Outreach. Services housed include Mail Services, Surplus Sales, Print and Copy Services, Stores and Receiving, and Purchasing and Travel Offices. See Building Codes.

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Bachelor’s degree

See Degrees.

Badger Creek Ranch

Located in the Teton Valley near Tetonia, Idaho, 45 miles east of Rexburg. It is a dedicated facility that serves to create partnerships with academic departments and campus organizations to organize learning experiences. On second reference, Badger Creek. See Outdoor Learning Center.

Barrus Concert Hall

Located in the Eliza R. Snow Performing Arts Center. Acceptable on second reference for the Ruth H. Barrus Concert Hall. See Ruffatti Organ.

Battle of the Dance

A show under Talent Activities where students audition with various styles of dance such as Hip Hop, Ballroom, Modern and more to perform. The audience votes for their top two favorites, sending them on to perform again at the “Best of Show” show. Refer to as “Battle of the Dance.” See Talent Activities and Best of Show.

Bednar, David A.

Fourteenth president of Ricks College/BYU-Idaho, 1997-2004. Married Susan K. Robinson. Elder Bednar serves as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Preference is to use title of president when referring to his tenure as president and the title of Elder when referring to ecclesiastical responsibilities, including devotional speaker. See “Guiding Principles”.

Bennion, Steven D.

Thirteenth president of Ricks College, 1989-1997. Married Marjorie Hopkins.

Benson Building (BEN)

Acceptable on second reference for the Ezra Taft Benson Life Agricultural and Biological Sciences Building. Houses the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Department of Biology, the Department of Horticulture, the Plant Shop, the Flower Center and the Life Science Museum. See Building Codes.

Best of Show

Best of Show is a talent show under Talent Activities that combines the favorite performances of Battle of the Dance, I-Cover and other Talent Activities throughout the semester. Refer to as “Best of Show”. See Talent Activities.

Biddulph Hall (BID)

Originally named “Ensign Hall” and used for men’s housing, it was renamed in Fall 1995 and has been renovated into an office building, currently housing departments such as University Relations, Pathway, and Online Learning. Acceptable on second reference for Lowell G. Biddulph Hall, named for the first full-time Dean of Students at Ricks College. See Building Codes.

Biology, Department of

The Department of Biology provides a variety of classes for students seeking a degree in biology and for non-majors completing their Biological Science General Education requirement. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Board of Trustees

The governing body of the Church Educational System that includes BYU-Idaho. The Board of Trustees exercises broad-based oversight of all University activities. The Board of Trustees consists of officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is chaired by the President of the Church. For current members of the Board, consult the Brigham Young University-Idaho Catalog. On second reference, the Board.

Bookstore, bookstore

Capitalize in second reference to the University Bookstore. Lowercase in all general references to bookstores. The University Bookstore is located on the first floor of the Manwaring Center. In addition to textbooks, the Bookstore carries trade books, music and LDS art, office supplies, gift items, and BYU-Idaho clothing and memorabilia. When communicating with off-campus audiences, distinguish BYU-Idaho’s bookstore from those on other campuses by including the school’s name: BYU-Idaho Bookstore.

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Founded in 1888 as the Bannock Stake Academy. An official name change occurred in 1895 to Fremont Stake Academy. Full high school status was attained in 1898. The name changed in 1902 to Smith Academy and then shortly thereafter to Ricks Academy in honor of Thomas E. Ricks, the first chairman of the Board of Education in Rexburg. The first year of college courses was added in 1915. The name changed to Ricks Normal College in 1918 and to Ricks College in 1923. Four-year college status was attained in 1948, but the school returned to junior college status in 1954. As Ricks College, it grew to become the largest privately-owned junior college in the United States.

On June 21, 2000, President Gordon B. Hinckley, chairman of the Board of Trustees at the time, announced that Ricks College would become a bachelor’s degree-granting university known as Brigham Young University-Idaho. The name officially changed on August 10, 2001.

The abbreviation BYU-Idaho is acceptable on second reference. Avoid using BYUI or BYU-I in official publications and correspondence. Use a hyphen rather than an en dash to separate the elements in the name. See University.

Brigham Young University-Idaho Catalog

The University’s academic catalog provides information on academic programs, requirements, and services offered to students supporting their academic endeavors. On second reference, “catalog.” Use the year if referring to a specific one, “’09 catalog.”


It is appropriate to address male faculty and staff as “Brother” in conversation. In written correspondence, “Brother” may be used in the salutation; however, use the appropriate title of Mr., Dr., etc. for the inside address portion of the letter and on the envelope. It is capitalized when used in the religious sense and occurs before a proper name; lowercase when it’s addressed without the given name.

Budget Strategy Committee

This committee is responsible for compiling and prioritizing the university-wide proposed budget and meeting together with the college deans each spring. This budget is then presented to the Commissioner of Church education, who then presents the requested budget to the Board of Trustees. The Church’s Budget Committee and Council on the Disposition of Tithes then give final approval of the budget. The outcome of these meetings are then relayed by the academic vice president to the college deans.

Building Codes

When referring to a building as a whole, use the full name of the building: John W. Hart Physical Education Building. On second reference, the last name is appropriate: Hart Building. When referring to a specific room, use the room number and the building’s name: 130 Hart Building. It is also acceptable to use the room number and the building’s last name only: 130 Hart. Exception: It is acceptable to use the abbreviation MC for the Hyrum Manwaring Student Center.

Business and Communication, College of

See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Business Management, Department of

The Department of Business Management creates a learning environment for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to make an immediate contribution in the workplace and to rapidly grow to leadership positions in their organizations. See Academic Colleges and Departments.


Acceptable reference for Brigham Young University located in Provo, Utah. (Do not hyphenate the name of the school and the location.)


Acceptable reference for the Brigham Young University-Hawaii campus in Laie.


Acceptable on second reference for Brigham Young University-Idaho. See Brigham Young University-Idaho.

BYU-Idaho Bookstore

See Bookstore.

BYU-Idaho Center

Dedicated in 2010, the center contains a 15,000-seat auditorium and an activities area with an indoor track and ten basketball courts where a variety of sports can be played and equipment rented. Devotional is held every Tuesday in the auditorium, except for during summer session. Other special events/performances are held there like graduations, Savior of the World, Sacred Music Series and Patriots and Pioneers. Refer to as the “BYU-Idaho Center”, not the “I-Center” or “The BYU-Idaho Center” or “The BYUIC” (pronounced as Buick).

BYUI Connect

The official online community for BYU-Idaho/Ricks College alumni and students. This service provides an alumni directory, ambassadors/mentors contact information, job placement resources, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts, career networking, alumni councils and a message board.

BYU-Idaho Island Park Natural Science Center

Located in Island Park near Yale Creek. It is used by the department for a field of study. The Department of Biology coordinates the schedule.

BYU-Idaho Seismograph Station

Located in 154 Romney adjacent to the Natural Science Museum. They are now connected to the United States Geological Survey with help from Montana Tech and the University of Utah. The system was updated in 2000 to include Earthworm.

BYU-Idaho Stadium (STA)

Overlooks the football field and track. (The name of Viking Stadium was used when the school was known as Ricks College.) The Outdoor Resource Center is located under the stadium. They also hold Stadium Singing underneath it every semester, even during the summer session. See Stadium Singing.

BYU-Idaho Student ID Card

See I-Card.

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Campus codes

See Building Codes.

Campus Leadership Forum

The Campus Leadership Forum convenes three times each year, and brings the entire campus leadership together to review proposals and initiatives being considered.

Campus Outdoor Learning Center and Arboretum

Located on Seventh South (west of University Village housing complex). Provides native plants and trees from a natural environment. See Arboretum.

Campus Substation

Located southwest of the Campus Outdoor Learning Center. The university receives electrical power through the substation from Utah Power.

Career Navigator

An online tool available to students through the Academic Advising that provides tools and resources for students to prepare for and obtain internships and jobs. See Academic Advising.

Career Networking Center

Located in 127A Manwaring Center, open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Provides service to students in searching for jobs, networking for future employment and internships, conducting practice interviews and drafting résumés, as well as other career preparations to better help students figure out what they want to pursue.

Cashier’s Office

Located in Kimball 130 I, open from 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cashiers receive payments for tuition and fees, I-card payments, as well as funds collected by various departments and organizations within the campus community. They also disburse balances of financial aid, and student-employee payroll.


Provides academic information to students. Acceptable on second reference for the Brigham Young University-Idaho Catalog. You can also add the year for reference to a specific catalog year. For example, “’14 - ’15 Catalog”.

Center Stage Performing Arts Series

Directed by the University Relations Office, which is located on the third floor of the Lowell G. Biddulph building. It offers a series of professional performing artists contracted to entertain on the campus for students and the surrounding communities. Center Stage is acceptable on second reference.

Chemistry, Department of

Principles taught by the Department of Chemistry provide a theoretical basis for a wide variety of scientific fields from agriculture to medicine. The analytical and logical problem-solving approach taught in chemistry provides excellent training for all professions including law and government. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Christenson, Andrew B.

Sixth principal of Ricks Academy, 1914-1917. Married Sarah Jane Bartholomew.

Christensen, Joe J.

Twelfth president of Ricks College, 1985-1989. Married Barbara Kohler.

Church Educational System (CES)

The educational system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho; Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; Brigham Young University-Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii; LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah; the BYU-Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in Israel; elementary and secondary schools in developing countries; and hundreds of seminaries and institutes of religion adjacent to high schools and universities nationwide and abroad which serve several hundred thousand students. On second reference, CES.

Church Titles

Members of the Church are referred to as Brother or Sister only when it directly affects the story, e.g. “Brother Jacques spoke in the devotional March 5”. Other formal church titles such as bishop, president (for stake president, elder’s quorum president, Relief Society president, etc.) and patriarch follow the same rule, e.g. “Bishop Jones holds three jobs and still balances his church and professional job responsibilities”. This rule applies almost exclusively to features. When church members are involved in a news story, use normal AP style and refer to them by last name after the first reference. See also President and Sister.


Cite the cities within Idaho based on the audience. For a broad audience with little awareness of Idaho, give the city and Idaho for all localities. Rexburg, Idaho Falls, and Boise may be exceptions if the audience is more familiar with the state. Give the city and Utah for all locations except Salt Lake City.

Clark, Kim B.

Fifteenth president of BYU-Idaho, 2005-2015. Married Sue Lorraine Hunt.

Clark, Sue L.

Wife of former President Kim B. Clark, fifteenth president of BYU-Idaho.

Clarke Building (CLK)

Acceptable second reference for the John L. Clarke Building. Houses the Departments of Health Recreation, and Human Performance; Home and Family; and Nursing. A preschool is also located here through the Child Development Program. See Building Codes.

Clarke, John L.

Ninth president of Ricks College, 1944-1971. First wife Faye Christensen Clarke died in 1970. He then married LaRae King.

CLEP test

Acceptable on second reference for the College Level Examination Program test.


A cluster is comprised of 12-15 credits of course work that help the student develop a set of skills tailored to their individual needs. As students link clusters with an integrated major, they must include upper-division courses to ensure that adequate depth of skill development is achieved.


See Student Activities Program, Academic Societies and Student Associations.

Cole, George

Third principal of Bannock Stake Academy (later Ricks Academy), 1894-1899. Married Rosalie Heaneault.

College Courses

Capitalize the names of specific courses: Biology 100 and Communication 111: Writing for Communication Careers. Do not capitalize references to general subjects. For example, “After taking an introduction to biology class, he was ready to study anatomy and physiology.”


See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Collegiate Dancers, The

The Collegiate Dancers consist of three audition teams. These teams are Collegiate Ballroom, Collegiate Contemporary, and Collegiate World. The groups are ran by student directors with a dance department faculty member serving as an advisor. The teams run two semesters (mainly fall and winter semesters but there are thoughts of adding spring) out of the three-semester track year and perform in Extravadance. They also perform for the community, schools, and local organizations. The semester the team does not audition, the Dance Alliance tour team runs their own full show of Extravadance, usually during the spring semester. Refer to all of the teams collectively as the “The Collegiate Dancers”. Be sure to use capitalization when referring to each team individually; Collegiate Ballroom, Collegiate Contemporary, and Collegiate World.


Ceremony at which all prospective graduates from the university are recognized for their achievement. There is often a guest speaker that attends. Commencement ceremonies may precede convocations hosted by individual colleges. See Convocation.

Communication, Department of

The Department of Communication prepares students to work in advertising, broadcasting, journalism or public relations careers. They also are over the Scroll and Soapbox Agency, which are student-run organizations/classes. Additionally, the department teaches organizational and interpersonal communication skills. It’s located in the Spori Building. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Competitive Sports

Use Competitive Sports when talking directly about the organization. When talking about a specific league or sport, use the name of the league. Examples include Men’s Competitive Basketball and Women’s Competitive Softball.

Composition Titles

Italicize the titles of books, movies, operas, plays (only if they have been publish separately), albums, ships and places, reference works, television programs, and works of art. Also italicize the names of newspapers and magazines. Very few speeches/lectures have gained status of titles and are traditionally capitalized; most are lowercased. Use quotes on poem titles (unless it’s an epic like Beowulf), song titles, play titles, or other shorter musical compositions. Do not use quotes or italicize musical group names, performers ensembles, or works of antiquity (art) where the author is unknown.

Computer Information Technology, Department of

The Department of Computer Information Technology (CIT) prepares individuals for work in information technology such as applications programming, networking, system administration, Internet developing, project management, systems, and project analysis consulting. Majors are offered in CIT and provide students with skills that are desired by companies all around the world. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Department of

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has curriculum designed to provide a broad background in the theory, development, and application of computer hardware and software. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Computer Terminology

  • e-mail not email (“e-mail” is preferred but it either is acceptable. Be sure to stay consistent throughout the whole piece)
  • home page
  • the Internet is always capitalized
  • login / logon (nouns)
  • online not on-line
  • the Web is always capitalized
  • Web page not webpage
  • website not Web site
  • Username not user name

Continuing Education, Division of

Located in the Auxiliary Services Building. Oversees Nursing Outreach, the Prospective Missionary Program, evening school, summer session and Christmas break credit courses. It also helps with and oversees test preparation for the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT tests.

Continuing Faculty Status (CFS)

Continuing Faculty Status is granted to faculty members to the satisfaction of the University that the faculty member has performed his or her job duties with a high degree of professionalism, has conducted oneself in an exemplary manner consistent with the Honor Code and the standards and values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and through the probationary period has acquired appropriate degree credentials (minimum expectation: master’s degree). On second reference, CFS. See Policies and Procedures 5-3.


Ceremony held at the college level at which graduates are conferred diplomas. They are held within their own colleges after the initial Commencement ceremony.

Costume Shop

The University has two costume shops. The Department of Theatre Costume Shop is located in 202 Snow. The Department of Dance Costume Shop is located near the dance studios in the Manwaring Center. Both shops construct costumes as well as provide rentals for existing costumes. It is best to call first and set up an appointment.

Counseling Center

Located in the Student Health Center. It provides students with opportunities to explore concerns, resolve difficulties, and receive assistance in managing life’s challenges in a safe environment with a professional counselor.

Council (or Quorum) of the Twelve

All General Authorities have courtesy titles in both headlines and stories. Thus, it is President Monson and Elder Holland, not just Monson or Holland. These are always capitalized. Also it is asked that their full names are used primarily within a body of text. For example, “Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave an address to the youth of the Church.” Second reference may be just the title and last name, “Elder Holland."

Credit Hour

Academic courses are weighed based on time required for instruction. Each credit hour represents approximately 15 hours in the classroom. The standard requirement for bachelor’s degrees is 120 credit hours. All candidates for an associate degree must complete a minimum of 60 earned credits.

The Crossroads

Not “the Crossroads” or “Crossroads,” but use "The Crossroads."  Located on the second floor of the Manwaring Center. Ruan and operated by BYU-Idaho Food Services.

Cultural Associations

See Student Associations.


As part of the University’s goal to provide quality education in harmony with the Mission Statement and Honor Code, curfew guidelines have been instituted: midnight daily, except on Fridays when curfew is then at 1 a.m.; opposite gender allowed in apartments beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 12 a.m. daily and 1 a.m. on Fridays; and academic late passes are available until 1 a.m. upon approval from the appropriate college dean. You may receive them from the Security Office. Also those of the opposite gender should leave the apartment 15 minutes before curfew so they may be to their apartment complex by midnight. If attending university functions that end later than curfew hours, such as plays or concerts, students should be in their apartments within 30 minutes after the event is over.

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Dalby, Ezra C.

Fifth principal of Ricks Academy, 1901-1914. Married Rosella Anderson.

Dance Alliance

Composed of 35 students, Dance Alliance is a tour team that runs two semesters out of the three-track semester year (either Fall/Winter or Winter/Spring). The first semester it runs, the team shares their show (Extravadance) with the The Collegiate Dancers. The second consecutive semester it runs, they have their own show for Extravadance. The group performs multiple styles of dance and tours either nationally or internationally each year. The Department of Dance full-time faculty take turns directing the show. When referencing the group, refer to as “Dance Alliance.” See Extravadance and Collegiate Dancers, The.

Dance, Department of

The Department of Dance offers a minor, cluster and major in dance. Performance groups include the Contemporary, Ballroom and World Collegiate teams and the Dance Alliance tour team. The Collegiate teams run for two of the three semesters every year. The tour team is organized annually for two of the three semesters (either Fall/Winter or Winter/Spring). See Academic Colleges and Departments.


Major cities do not need a state reference with them. Use “John Jones, a freshman from Los Angeles,” instead of “a freshman from Los Angeles, Calif.” See AP Stylebook for dateline list of major cities. Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Boise also do not need a state reference. But recent AP Stylebook 2014 edition has changed it to using the city along with the full name of the state. Such as, “Suzy Smith, a junior from Vacaville, California”.

Dean, dean

A dean is the leader of one of the academic colleges on campus. Lowercase the title if it comes after the name of the person who holds the office, as in “Fenton Broadhead, dean of the College of Business and Communication." If context requires you to use dean before the person’s name, capitalize it, as in “Dean Fenton Broadhead.”

Dean of Students

An administrator who serves under the vice president of Student Services and Activities to promote student well-being at BYU-Idaho.

Dean of Students Office

Located in 290 Kimball. Office is student-service oriented and is responsible for improving the quality of the student experience on campus. The office is also over international students, multi-cultural students, non-traditional students, ward boundaries, honor outreach, Student Representative Council, associations, Housing Office and the Health and Counseling Center. See Dean of Students and Honor Code Office.


BYU-Idaho offers associate and bachelor’s degrees. Associate degrees offer students specialization in a major field of study along with a carefully selected curriculum of general education preparing them for an employment option with this two-year degree. Integrated and specialized bachelor’s degrees and composites for secondary education majors require 120 credit hours and take three to four years to complete. See General Studies.

It is not necessary to capitalize academic degrees used as general terms of classification. For example, “Completed an associate degree, received a bachelor’s degree, working for a master’s, or has a master of science degree.” Associate is not possessive. Capitalize a degree given after a person’s name or use appropriate abbreviation: “Max Checketts, Doctor of Philosophy” or “Max Checketts, PhD.”

Terminology used at BYU-Idaho includes:

  • Specialized Degree: Maximum of 80 major credits, 40 Foundations credits, and possibly a few elective credits that will equal 120 total credit hours to graduate. The high credit requirement for these degrees is necessary to meet professional accreditation standards.
  • Standard Degree: Comprised of up to 55 major credits, no minor or clusters required, 40 Foundations credits, and a minimum of 25 elective credits to reach 120 total credit hours to graduate.
  • Integrated Standard Degree: Comprised of up to 67 major credits (by selecting major credits and one cluster, or major credits with one minor or 2two clusters), 40 Foundations credits, and up to 40 elective credits to equal 120 total credit hours to graduate.
  • Core: Minimum of 27 hours common to two or more Emphases.
  • Emphasis/Concentration: Maximum of 18 hours unique to a particular career pathway.
  • Resident Credit: For a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of BYU-Idaho credit. For an associate degree, a student much complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of BYU-Idaho credit.
  • On-Campus Credit: For any degree, a student must earn a minimum of 15 credits on campus (not online) or successfully complete the Pathway Program. Students who transfer with 15 or more credits from another CES school will be considered to have met this graduation requirement.
  • Upper Division Credit: For a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete a minimum of 15 hours of BYU-Idaho upper-division credit (300 or 400-level courses). Associate degrees do not require a minimum of upper-division credits.
  • Minor: 20-25 hours, as defined by a department. At least six credits must be taken in-residence. Must be declared through the Academic Advising specific to that field of study. Education majors are required to have an education minor.
  • Cluster: 12-15 hours. At least one course per cluster must be taken in-residence. Courses selected by a student and an advisor, and approved by the department chair. They have pre-approved clusters as well as customized clusters which will need approval. Visit Satellite Advising Centers for more information. Some majors do not require clusters or do not allow them. Please look at major requirements.

Options available to students in Education:

  • Education Specialized Major: 80 credit hours. No minor required.
  • Education Composite Major: 55 credit hours plus education core. No minor required.
  • Education Major: 30 credit hours plus education core. Requires an Education minor.
  • Education Minor: 20 credit hours. Requires an Education major in a selected field of study.
  • Endorsement: 6-20 credit hours. Defined and granted by the State of Idaho.

Conservative punctuation of abbreviations includes periods in all academic degrees (B.A., Ph.D., etc.). More recent style guides suggest periods only where there is otherwise uncertainty.

See current BYU-Idaho catalog for details on available degrees.

Demonstration Gardens

See Ricks Gardens.


See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Design and Construction Management, Department of

The Department of Architecture and Construction prepares students to face a variety of challenges within the industry. Students customize their course of study according to their chosen career. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Design Thinking and Innovation Cluster

This cluster has replaced the Interior Design Program. Its focus is using a human-centered approach to solving problems by observing, empathizing, generating solutions, choosing one of the solutions and then testing it. There are currently four classes offered, a total of 12 credits to equal the amount for a cluster. Design Thinking Cluster may be used on second reference.

Development Office

See LDS Philanthropies at BYU-Idaho.

Devotional, devotional

Acceptable in all references to devotional assemblies. Weekly devotionals are held on Tuesdays at 2:10 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. Featured speakers include faculty, General Authorities, and other Church leaders. Capitalize only when full name is used: BYU-Idaho Devotional.

Disability Service Center

Located in 156 McKay, open Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., closed Tuesdays 2 p.m.–3 p.m. for devotional. Provides services for classroom and other university related activities and at the request of any BYU-Idaho student with qualifying disabilities. SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) acceptable on second reference.


See Residence Halls.

Dress and Grooming Standards

The dress and grooming of both men and women should always be modest, neat and clean, and consistent with the values and principles of BYU-Idaho and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It follows the CES Honor Code created for BYU-Idaho. See details online at http://www.byui.edu/student-honor-office/ces-honor-code

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Ecclesiastical Endorsement

Annually, each student planning to continue at BYU-Idaho is required to obtain a continuing ecclesiastical endorsement from the bishop of the ward in which the student resides. See Student Honor Office.

Economics, Department of

The Department of Economics provides an opportunity to develop the strong analytical and quantitative skills necessary for success in the workplace and rigorous graduate studies in economics, MBA programs, and law school. Coursework is offered in economics, financial economics, agribusiness, and agricultural economics. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Education and Human Development, College of

Departments of Home and Family, Psychology, Religious Education, Sociology and Social Work, and of Teacher Education are under this college. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Eight Semester Graduates

Graduates who complete requirements for their bachelor’s degrees within eight semesters are recognized as Eight-Semester Graduates at graduation. (Note: This program is being phased out.)


Use this title in all references for members of the following: the Council of the Twelve, the Seventy, and males in the full-time missionary force. (Female members of the full-time missionary force have the title “Sister”.) Use the title “Bishop” for members of the Presiding Bishopric: “Elder Dallin H. Oaks,” then “Elder Oaks,” but never “Oaks”; “Bishop H. David Burton”, but not “Elder Burton”. See also Brother and Sister.

Eliza R. Snow Society

This society supports the Performing and Visual Arts through philanthropic giving to make it possible for BYU-Idaho students to more fully develop potential in areas offered within the program. It is overseen by a 16-member board consisting mostly of non-campus volunteers. Membership begins with a donation of at least $100 per year.


E-mail service is provided free to students and employees and is the official means of communication between the university and students.

Emeritus Club

Consists of BYU-Idaho and Ricks College alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago along with all BYU-Idaho and Ricks College retirees. See Alumni Association.

Emeritus faculty

Retired faculty members. For example, “an emeritus instructor of psychology.”

Endorsement (ESL or TESOL)

6-20 credit hours, defined and granted by the State of Idaho. An endorsement provides the candidate with qualifications and experience proven to be desirable to prospective employees as they prepare to enter the job market specifically in the field of Education. See Degrees and Ecclesiastical Endorsement.

English, Department of

The Department of English offers Bachelor of Arts degrees that provide students opportunities for significant academic experience, personal development, and career preparation. Majors may emphasize in literary studies, professional writing, creative writing, or English education. Minors may choose between English or English education. The English Department also offers a variety of communication skills and introduces various literary genres. See Academic Colleges and Departments.


Check campus statistics at http://www.byui.edu/newsroom/news-release-archive for current enrollment. See Three-Track System.

Executive Committee (Of the Board of Trustees)

Organized by the Board of Trustees and given the responsibility of exercising more direct short-term oversight of Church educational activities. The Executive Committee consists of members of the Board of Trustees, college and university presidents within the Church Educational System, and other administrators of the Church Educational System. The Executive Committee meets on a monthly basis to coordinate various Church Educational System issues.

Executive Offices

Located in 200 Kimball. Offices of the president and vice presidents.

Exercise and Sports Science, Department of

The Department of Exercise and Sports Science is committed to serving a wide range of special interests for the general student body as well as faculty and staff. Course work has been designed to assist students who desire to study exercise and sports science and to fulfill major, minor, or General Education requirements. See Academic Colleges and Departments.


Abbreviate and capitalize, “Ext.” Use in conjunction with an on-campus telephone number. Do not use prefix. “For more information, call Ext. 2903.” See also Telephone Numbers.

Eyring, Henry B.

Tenth president of Ricks College, 1971-1977. Married Kathleen Johnson. President Eyring serves as a member of the First Presidency of the Church. Preference is to use title of “President” when referring to his tenure as president of the college, as well as when referring to ecclesiastical responsibilities.

Express Print & Copy

Located on the first floor of the Manwaring Center near the University Bookstore. Provides color and black-and-white copiers and printers for use of students, employees and the public. Other services include laminating, banner printing, faxes, posters, canvas photo prints, binding, and paper orders. Formerly known as “The Copy Spot” located in the McKay Library. There is also a FedEx shipping station available for use.


Extravadance is a dance performance held each semester by the Dance Alliance and/or Collegiate Dancers. Refer to as “Extravadance”. See Collegiate Dancers and Dance Alliance.

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Facilities Management

Responsibilities include support and maintenance of the university’s physical facilities, grounds, custodial jobs, service requests, recycling and fleet services. Located in 224 Physical Plant.


There are three types of faculty at BYU-Idaho: full-time, temporary, and part-time. Full-time faculty have annual contracts and go through the Continuing Faculty Status (CFS) process. Temporary faculty work full time and have contracts for two, three, or four semesters. Part-time is a broad category for everyone who teaches less than full time in academic departments. Use hyphenations when terms are used as compound adjectives.

Faculty Load

Term often referring to the total number of credit hours taught per instructor during an academic year. (Typically an assignment of 37 credits is equal to a full load.)

Faculty Technology Center (FTC)

Located in 355 McKay. Multimedia lab and support service for faculty as they prepare electronic instructional materials including online learning, video, audio, photography, I-Learn, and the Web. Formerly known as the “Instructional Technology Center”.

Family Housing

Located on Seventh South. The campus family housing development is called University Village, Student Family Housing. Either University Village or UV is appropriate on second reference. See University Village.

Family History Library

Located in 220 McKay Library. Genealogical resources are open to students and the general public to search their family history. This is the only area of the McKay Library open on Sunday.

Family Home Evening

“Home Evening,” or “Home Evening Group(s)” is acceptable. Not “Family Home Evening” or “FHE”.

Farm Shop Lab/Agriculture Engineering Building (AGM)

Located north of the Auxiliary Services Building. AGM acceptable on second reference. Also known as the “AG building” among faculty and students when speaking. Houses offices and classrooms for students of the Agribusiness Department and Animal and Food Science Department. There is also a welding lab and garage for farm machinery. See Building Codes.

Fast Grad Program

Program designed to help students get through college sooner than normal. Approved students attend school year-round after having acquired a minimum of 50 BYU-Idaho college credits, usually after their sophomore year. You must also have a minimum GPA of 2.8, and be a full-time student (12 credit minimum per semester). Fast Grad acceptable on second reference. See the Fast Grad Application for complete details. Some majors are not eligible for Fast Grad.

Financial Aid Office

Located in 100 Kimball. Primarily assists and advises students through the process of seeking Federal Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, scholarships, and a limited number of other types of aid.

Financial Services

Area under the vice president of University Resources. Deals with accounting services, cashier services, payroll, student personal accounts, and the Ticket Office.

Fitness Activities

Any fitness event affiliated with BYU-Idaho that doesn’t fall into the RecSports or Competitive Sports categories. Examples include various road races, Try-a-Tri (Triathlon), Bench Press Competition, and fitness workshops and classes.

Fitness Center

Located on the first floor of the Hart Building in the Auxiliary Gym. Includes cardiovascular and strength training equipment. The center is open to employees, students, spouses and family (ages 12-14 with parental supervision, 14+ is eligible with their own I#) and the community if they have approved clothing and I#. Student trainers are available to help develop individualized programs.

Flower Center

Retail flower outlet in 150 Benson Lab with a primary focus on flowers for campus events, faculty, and students. Students who work there provide product and expertise while earning credit for a floral shop experience. Center Stage, department dinners, banquets, firesides, devotionals, graduation and other events use the Flower Center.

Folk Dance Festival

See Idaho International Folk Dance and Music Festival.

Food Services

Located in the Manwaring Center. Manages the Crossroads, Freshëns, Café Snow, Café Kimball, Garden View Café, MC Market, vending machines, Chick-fil-A, and University Catering.

Foreign Languages and International Studies, Department of

The Department of Foreign Language and International Studies builds speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural awareness skills in five languages: Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. See Academic Colleges and Departments under Department of Languages and International Studies.

Forum, University Forum

An assembly where a keynote speaker discusses a topic of shared interest. Capitalized if designated as a University Forum, one of the monthly series of presentations by renowned speakers addressing issues to a campus-wide and community audience. Usually located in the Taylor chapel from 2–3 p.m. on Thursdays.

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General Conference

General Conferences are given specific designations so that the different conferences within the series can be distinguished from one another. Capitalize only when using the entire name: the 160th Annual (in April) or Semiannual (in October) General Conference, but not “general conference.”

General Education (GE)

General education courses help students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in college and in society.

General Studies

Students who desire to transfer to another university after two years may graduate with an associate degree in general studies. Students must complete 32 credits of required Foundations courses and additional courses to reach a total of 60 credits. They are open to all students as elective credits. They also have Interdisciplinary Studies as a substitute to general studies degrees. See University Studies.

Geology, Department of

The Department of Geology teaches basic skills related to mineral or energy exploration and development, geological engineering, geophysics, environmental geology, water resources, computer application to geology, paleontology, etc. The main office is located in 150 Romney. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Geology Museum

Acceptable in second reference to Romney Geology Museum. A display area located in 156 Romney Building with geological cases featuring minerals, gem stones, fossils, an aquarium, and the operation center for the BYU-Idaho seismograph network. It’s open from Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.. See Romney Geology Museum.

Get Connected

Orientation provided for new students upon their arrival to Rexburg the weekend prior to the first week of school. Get Connected representatives in colored polos are available all across campus helping new students register for a fun weekend upon moving in, placing them in groups with other new students to participate in games, and giving tours of campus to better acquaint them with the spirit of BYU-Idaho.

Gospel(s), gospel

Capitalize when referring to any or all of the first four books of the New Testament: the Gospel of St. John, the Gospels. Also can be used to refer to the doctrine of the Church as a whole. Lowercase in other references: She is a gospel singer or the restored gospel.


Acceptable reference for grade point average. Depending on audience, first reference may need more clarification: “She carries a 3.65 grade point average, and she feels her GPA will continue to rise.”

“Guiding Principles”

Seven guiding objectives originally outlined by President David A. Bednar during his inaugural address: (1) True teaching is done by and with the Spirit of the Holy Ghost. (2) Every person at [BYU-Idaho] is a teacher. (3) The most effective teaching and learning experiences occur “one by one”. (4) More students must be blessed. (5) Righteous sociality [D&C 130:2] is essential to individual development. (6) Service provides opportunities for growth. (7) A [BYU-Idaho] experience must be affordable for students and families. See Talking Points.

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Hafen, Bruce C.

Eleventh president of Ricks College, 1978-1985. Married Marie Kartchner.

Hart Auditorium

Located in 250 Hart. Term used when Hart Main Gym is used for concerts or an audience/spectator event other than those associated with sports. See Hart Main Gym.

Hart Auxiliary Gym

Located in 208 Hart Building. This gym has four basketball hoops and houses the archery targets and classes. Students can also come here to play badminton, basketball, and volleyball. See Fitness Center.

Hart Building (HRT)

Acceptable on second reference for the John W. Hart Physical Education Building. Houses the Department of Physical Education and many physical activities. It is home to the Hart Auditorium (also known as the Hart Main Gym), Hart Auxiliary Gym, racquetball courts, locker rooms, a wrestling room, two dance studios, a swimming pool, the sports issue room, the equipment room and the Fitness and Wellness centers. Anyone can use these facilities as long as they are wearing approved clothing and have an I# to check out equipment. See Building Codes.

Hart Main Gym

The main gymnasium located in 250 Hart. Use this term for sporting events, dances, special events, etc. See Hart Auditorium.

He, His, Him

Third person pronouns referring to Deity are capitalized unless the reference is not used as a divine title, except when capitalization would avoid ambiguity: “Jesus said to his disciples” or “God gives man what He knows he needs.” In reference to Deity, the pronouns thou, thee, thy, whom, who and whose are lowercase.

Health Center

See Student Health Center.

Health, Recreation, and Human Performance, Department of

The Department of Health, Recreation, and Human Performance caters to students’ needs with the knowledge that during the last decade there has been a strong shift in emphasis toward well-trained technical support for professionals at the baccalaureate and graduate level in the Health Sciences, providing hands-on training in the development and understanding of health care skills and services. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Heating Plant (HTG)

Is coal-powered but is not adequate for use. A new heating plant has been built next to it in the parking lot next to Biddulph Hall. See Building Codes.

Henry’s Fork Outdoor Learning Center

Located four miles west of Rexburg on Hwy 33 adjacent to the BYU-Idaho Livestock Center. Scheduling is arranged through the university’s Scheduling Office.

Hinckley Building (HIN)

Acceptable on second reference for the Gordon B. Hinckley Building. A multi-use facility with two chapels, a gym, faculty and administrative offices, and classrooms. The Department of Teacher Education is also housed in the Hinckley. Part of the Rexburg Institute of Religion for locals and the students is held here. See Building Codes.

History, Geography, and Political Science, Department of

The Department of History, Geography, and Political Science encourages students to have a solid understanding of and interest in U.S. and world history, the relationship of geography and politics, and a sense of the complexities of human experience. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Home and Family, Department of

The Department of Home and Family takes seriously the threats to the family in society and the encouragement by Church authorities to put more emphasis on strengthening families. It teaches classes on family, parenting, marriage, cooking, sewing, child care, culinary arts, clothing construction, etc. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Honor Code

A unique moral code approved by the Board of Trustees to ensure the high moral character and integrity of the institutions and students that make up the Church Educational System which represents The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU-Idaho observes the Honor Code, which makes it a unique institution and helps preserve the “Spirit of Ricks.”

Horticulture, Department of

The Department of Horticulture offers associate degree programs in Floral Design Management and Horticulture Management and a bachelor’s of science degree in Horticulture with emphasis in landscape design, production, floral design, or landscape management. The department manages the Thomas E. Ricks Gardens, apple orchard, display gardens, the greenhouses and operates the auxiliary Plant Shop and Flower Center. They are now under the new Applied Plant Sciences College. See Academic Colleges and Departments, Plant Shop, and Flower Center.

Housing and Student Living Office

Located in 240 Kimball. Provides services to students who reside both on and off campus by answering questions regarding contracts, disputes and availability of housing. The office also provides resources for helping students to make their apartments more like Zion, and encourages important principles of Student Living. See Residence Halls and University Village.

Humanities and Philosophy, Department of

The Department of Humanities and Philosophy offers majors in Humanities with emphases in Law, Intellectual Heritage, and Lifelong Learning. Minors in Humanities and Philosophy are a natural complement to majors such as English, History, Music, Art, and Foreign Languages by providing a broader, interdisciplinary perspective to these disciplines. See Academic Colleges and Departments.

Human Resources

Located in 226 Kimball. Responsible for services related to employment at BYU-Idaho, hiring employees, employee and retiree benefits, employee training, etc.

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Office located in 130 Kimball. The official identification card for students and employees at BYU–Idaho. You can place money on it for the library, Dining Dollars, and the bookstore. It is often used to get into functions which count attendance like weekly dances, performances, student activities, and fitness activities. You also need it to check out books and equipment.


I-Cover is a show that takes place each semester where BYU-Idaho student bands perform cover songs. Refer to as “I-Cover”.

Idaho International Dance and Music Festival

An annual event hosted by the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce featuring invited dance teams from around the world. Many of the events are held on the BYU–Idaho campus, Main Street and the local junior high and high schools (depending on the locations they can reserve). This is also known as “Idaho Summerfest.”

Identity Guidelines

See Style Guide.


Three key objectives outlined by President Kim B. Clark in his inaugural address: (1) Raise substantially the quality of every aspect of the student experience at BYU-Idaho. (2) Make a BYU-Idaho education available to many more of the young people of the Church. (3) Lower the relative cost of education. See Talking Points.


Spell as one word. Not “Info Graphic”. Is usually lowercased.

Information Technology (IT)

Located in 170 Kimball, the Help Desk is located in 322 McKay Library. Offers a wide spectrum of technical support for the university’s computer and information systems. An area under the Vice President of Academics which deals with application development, computer client support, database management, media services, network and telecommunications, research and development, and server management.


Initiatives introduced and emphasized by President Kim B. Clark: (1) Modify the academic calendar to serve more students. (2) Improve the quality of the entire student experience. (3) Develop and strengthen online educational opportunities for students both on and off campus. (4) Revise the general education program. (5) Create a unique learning model for BYU-Idaho. (6) Evaluate and, as needed, improve physical facilities to meet the needs of a changing campus. See “Imperatives” and Learning Model.

Institutional Recommendation

An official document verifying that a student has completed all requirements of an approved teacher education program leading to certification by the State of Idaho, including state-mandated exams. The Institutional Recommendation must be signed by the dean of the College of Education.

Institutional Research and Assessment, Office of

This office conducts studies assessing institutional effectiveness, provides data and analysis to government and non-governmental agencies, provides technical support and expertise to assessment activities of academic and administrative departments, and conducts teacher evaluations.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

A committee that has been formally assigned to review and monitor all research conducted at BYU-Idaho involving human subjects. The IRB has the authority to approve or disapprove research which does not treat human subjects ethically and in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations (see Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects). It is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Instruction & Curriculum

An area under Academics in the Academic Office which deals with curriculum, the library, and testing. Contacts are Special Collections Librarians who work in the McKay Library.

Instructional Technology Center (ITC)

See Faculty Technology Center (FTC).


BYU-Idaho has professors. Use professor instead of instructor. “John Cullen, a chemistry professor,” or a “Chemistry Department professor,” but not “John Cullen, professor of chemistry.” See also Professor.


No longer called intramurals, now known as “Recreational Sports.” See also RecSports, Competitive Sports, or Fitness Activities.

Integrated Bachelor’s Degree

See Degrees.

Integrated Business Core (IBC)

An intensive, hands-on experience as a foundation for Business Management Majors. The field project for the course combines running a business, engaging in a community service project, and reporting efforts and results back to the IBC faculty. This is usually completed during their senior year. Profits are donated to a community service organization.

Interior Design, Department of

The BA degree in Interior Design is no longer offered. As a result the department will not be accepting new students or offering Freshman and Sophomore level courses. See Design Thinking and Innovation Cluster.

Internal Auditing

A university resource regarding stewardship of accounting. Communicates progress and results to appropriate levels of administration and management in an accurate, fair, clear, constructive, complete, and timely manner. Enhances the knowledge, skills, and other competencies of its staff through continuing professional education.

Internal Communications

Communication within the university under the direction of the University Relations Office. Distributes News & Notes and official BYU-Idaho e-mails within the following categories:

  • Daily Update: a daily all-employee publication
  • BYU-Idaho Notice: sent as needed
  • Student Associations and Societies on Monday
  • Student Activities on Tuesday
  • Employee/Student Advisory: sent out every Tuesday: contains official information for students of academic deadlines and information from the university.
  • General information on Wednesday
  • The Feed: sent out every Thursday to both students and employees: shows what activities are available to students.
  • Emergency: expeditiously sent as needed

International Services Office

Located in 276 Manwaring Center. The international student advisor assists students in matters relating to their status with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services such as employment, eligibility, financial aid, adjustment issues, university transfers, etc.

Internship, academic internship

An academic internship typically provides advanced students with the opportunity to gain supervised practical experience in a professional field while filling requirements for a degree from BYU-Idaho. See Internship Office.

Internship Services

The Academic Advising provides all internship services and the main office is located on the first floor of the Manwaring Center. The ADC helps to organize, develop, promote, and coordinate the internship process on behalf of students, experience providers, and the university. In addition, internship coordinators reside within each academic department. See Internship, Academic Internship, Student Employment, and Academic Advising.

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KBYI Radio

KBYI 94.3 carries National Public Radio programming and extends the voice of BYU-Idaho throughout eastern Idaho and into southern Montana and western Wyoming. Offices are located in the Radio and Graphic Services Building. (The station operated as KRIC during the Ricks College years.)


KBYR 91.5 is a student-staffed radio station. It broadcasts contemporary inspirational music to the local community. Offices are located in the Radio and Graphic Services Building.

Kimball Building (KIM)

Acceptable on second reference for the Spencer W. Kimball Student and Administrative Services Building. Houses Administrative, Executive, Cashier’s, Financial Aid, Registrar’s, Student Honor, and Housing Offices, etc. See Building Codes.

Kirkham Auditorium

Multipurpose room with stadium seating that is often used for performances and concerts. Stage is used for some classes.

Kirkham Building (KRK)

Acceptable on second reference for the Oscar A. Kirkham Building. Houses the Department of Dance. It is home to the Kirkham Arena Theatre, the Kirkham Dance Studio, the Kirkham Sculpture Studio, and the Kirkham Ceramics Studio. See Building Codes.

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Language and Letters, College of

See Academic Colleges.

LDS Church

Use The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a first reference. Use “the Church” or “the Latter-day Saints” in subsequent references. Use the word “Mormon” only in the context of The Book of Mormon, not as a nickname for the Church. See also Church, Elder, General Authorities, LDS Temple, Married vs. Sealed, Mission Names and President.

LDS Temples

Use the Church’s designation for temples. In general, it is the city followed by the state or country with all first letters in capitals and no comma, as in Idaho Falls Idaho Temple; Suva Fiji Temple. If you are referring to one temple specifically and its antecedent is clear, capitalize Temple by itself on second reference. As in “the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple features a tall statue of Moroni on its spire. The Temple also features a garden overlooking the Snake River.”

LDS Philanthropies at BYU-Idaho

The central coordinating agency which (under the direction of the Presiding Bishopric of the Church) correlates contributions beyond tithes and offerings to assist those in need throughout the world.

Learning assistance

See Academic Departments, Disability Service Center, and Academic Support Centers, Department of.

Learning and Teaching Council Members

A council under the direction of the Associated Vice President of Instruction that meets regularly to discuss academic issues and formulate policies. The Council is made up of the chairs of four Learning and Teaching Committees, including the Best Practices, Dialogue, Publication, and Travel Committees.

Learning Model

A new emphasis on learning and teaching strategies as directed by President Clark. This approach is based on three key steps: (1) Prepare, (2) Teach One Another, (3) Ponder and Prove. The Learning Model’s proactive, engaged approach to education is a defining aspect of BYU-Idaho experience that provides a pattern for continual learning and personal development long after graduation. See Talking Points.

Legacy Hall

Legacy Hall is a large display located in the Manwaring Center that serves as a tribute to Ricks College and BYU-Idaho history. The display contains a compilation of photos, stories, sporting memorabilia and quotes. Capitalize on reference, “Legacy Hall”.


See McKay Library.

Life Science Museum

Located on the second floor of the Benson Building. Features a collection of animals native to North America plus a special display from Africa.

Life Skills

A section of Student Activities that provides workshops throughout the semester that teach skills like CPR, massage therapy, car maintenance, cooking, self-defense, etc. Capitalize when referencing, “Life Skills”.

Little Theatre

Located in 344 Manwaring Center.

Livestock Center

Located four miles west of Rexburg on Hwy. 33 along with the university’s observatory and adjacent to Henry’s Fork Outdoor Learning Center.

Lost and Found Office

Located at the Information Desk in the south lobby on the second floor of the Manwaring Center.

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Mail Services

Located in Auxiliary Services Building. Services include daily pickup at campus offices and general mail pickup at Manwaring Center, the route beginning at 1:30 p.m. (Tuesday begins at 12:30 p.m.). Outgoing packages should be dropped off in 142 MC no later than 12:30 p.m..


Do not capitalize majors unless they are proper nouns. For example, “A broadcasting major or a French major.” See Degrees.

Manwaring Center (MC)

Acceptable as a first reference for the Hyrum Manwaring Student Center. Manwaring Center or abbreviation MC acceptable on second reference. Houses the Student Activities Office and food services including BYU-Idaho catering, Freshëns, and the Crossroads. It is home to the MC Bowling Alley, Information Desk/Lost and Found, Little Theatre (344), Ballrooms, Special Events Room (272), Express Print and Copy, MC Market, and the University Bookstore. See Building Codes.

Manwaring, Hyrum

Eighth president of Ricks College, 1930-1944. Married Bessie Bird.

Married vs. Sealed

Couples are married rather than sealed, even if the marriage takes place in an LDS temple.

Math Study Center

Located in 266 and 270 McKay Library. See Academic Learning, Department of.

Mathematics, Department of

The Department of Mathematics prepares students to be mathematically competent as teachers or as professionals in industries that rely on quantitative analysis and synthesis. It also prepares students for further education in mathematics or mathematics-related fields. See Academic Departments.

Maxwell, Harry

Acting president between the Eyring and Hafen administrations.

McKay Library (MCK)

Acceptable on second reference for the David O. McKay Library. See Building Codes.

Mechanical Engineering, Department of

The Department of Mechanical Engineering provides an engineering program geared towards professional job satisfaction and excellent placement potential in the areas of mechanical engineering. See Academic Departments.

Media Lab

See Student Technology Center.

Meetinghouse Library

Meetinghouse libraries are open Sundays to members of campus wards and stakes. Hours depend on the building’s meeting schedule.

Mission Names

LDS missions outside of the United States are given the name of the nation and the city in which the mission is headquartered. There are no commas, like in “Germany Frankfurt Mission”and “Russia Moscow Mission”. Missions that cover more than one political entity are given the name of the geographic region the mission covers, “Mascarene Islands Mission” (it covers the nations of the Mauritian Islands and Madagascar as well as the French foreign department of La Reunion). Missions within the United States are given the name of the state and the city in which the mission is head quartered. There are no commas. For example, “Utah Salt Lake City Mission,” and “Idaho Boise Mission”. See also LDS Church.

Mission Statement

BYU-Idaho is affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its mission is to: (1) Build testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage living its principles. (2) Provide a quality education for students of diverse interests and abilities. (3) Prepare students for lifelong learning, for employment, and for their roles as citizens and parents. (4) Maintain a wholesome academic, cultural, social, and spiritual environment.

Monthly Financial Reports

See Budgeting Terms and Acronyms.

Music, Department of

The Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Association for Music Education. Through inspired and joyful music-making and teaching the department seeks to ennoble souls, enlighten minds, uplift spirits, strengthen homes, and spread joy to all people. See Academic Departments.


The entry point for personalized information on the BYU-Idaho web site. Requires user authentication.

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Natural Science Center

See BYU-Idaho Island Park Natural Science Center.

Natural Science Museum

See Geology Museum.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

See Get Connected.

Non-traditional students

Typically community patrons who do not desire to attend full time are considered non-traditional students. Those admitted as non-traditional students are limited to six credit hours per semester.

Nursing, Department of

The Department of Nursing is designed to prepare associate degree graduates for success on the professional NCLEX nurse board examination and also for current registered nurses who desire to expand opportunities and enhance knowledge by receiving a bachelor’s degree. However, starting Fall semester of 2015, the bachelor’s program will replace the associate program, which will no longer be offered following that time. See Academic Departments.

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Off-campus, off campus; on-campus, on campus

Hyphenate only when used as an adjective, not when used as a prepositional phrase, like in “She chose off-campus housing;” and, “The studio is located on campus.”


Located on roof of the Romney Building, the observatory dome and telescope is open on nights when the weather is clear. It is open to the public and free of charge. Capitalize when referring to it.


Online is one word; there is no hyphen.

Outdoor Activities

Operates as an organization within the Student Activities Program. Trips and student-led workshops help other students gain a wide variety of skills (e.g., whitewater rafting, camping, horseback riding, skiing, etc.) as they enjoy the outdoor areas surrounding Rexburg. See Student Activities Program.

Online Learning - Online Degree & Program

Department that has stewardship over all online courses provided through BYU-Idaho.

Outdoor Learning Center

Program designed to create deeply significant leadership, learning, and outdoor experiences through partnerships with academic departments and campus organizations. See Badger Creek Ranch.

Outdoor, outdoor

Capitalize when referring to “Outdoor” as one of the main areas of Student Activities which also includes Talent, Service, Social, RecSports, Competitive Sports, Wellness, and Life Skills. Outdoor Activities provides programs designed to enable students of all skill levels to develop outdoor skills and a lifelong appreciation for outdoor recreation in a wide range of areas.

Outdoor Discovery

A program in the Outdoor area of Student Activities designed to enable students to engage in a wide variety of recreational outdoor activities at all skill levels.

Outdoor Resource Center (ORC)

Located under BYU-Idaho Stadium at the corner of First West and Second South. The student-run business is a source for equipment rental, sales and information relating to the outdoors.

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A flexible, low-cost educational program that combines the convenience of taking courses online with the benefits of gathering together with other students on a regular basis. Referred to as “Pathway” or “Pathway program”. Additional references may include Pathway English Language students.

Payroll Office

Located in 130 Kimball within Accounting. Handles the disbursement of pay for students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Maintains appropriate records in compliance with federal regulations.

Performing and Visual Arts, College of

See Academic Colleges.

Personnel Services Office

See Human Resources.


Means “love of humankind.” Philanthropies is a plural noun designating an institution intended to promote human welfare or areas to which one may give monetary assistance. More often, the word “philanthropist” is used to identify a generous individual who gives to organizations. See LDS Philanthropies.

Physical Facilities, Office of

See Facilities Management.

Physical Facilities Complex

A series of buildings and shops located southwest of the main campus between First West and Physical Plant Way.

Physical Sciences and Engineering, College of

See Academic Colleges.

Physics, Department of

The Department of Physics strives to develop reasoning, mathematical, and communication skills within a rigorous academic program while maintaining the same student-oriented environment to prepare students for their chosen profession. Every class is specifically designed to develop those skills while teaching students the principles of physics. See Academic Departments.


See Romney Planetarium.

Plant Shop

Plant Shop conducts a weekly sale of plant materials for campus community in the Manwaring Center. Students carry out standard as well as special sales throughout the year in the greenhouses. Available during regular business hours in 242 Benson.

PM vs. AM

When in copy, keep lowercased with periods. Used as caps for graphic purposes only, do not include periods.

Policies and Procedures

A compilation of the university’s policies and procedures for administrative, personnel, financial, student relations, faculty and auxiliary services, and Physical Facilities matters. Official copies of Policies and Procedures resides online.


The word “priesthood” is in lowercase when it is not part of a formal designation, that is, “the priesthood”. The formal designations of the priesthood are cMelchizedek Priesthood”. Offices within the priesthood are lowercase (deacon, elder) unless they immediately precede a name.

Print Copy Services

See Print & Copy Services

President, president

Use the title in all references to the president of BYU-Idaho: “President Clark said,” not “Clark said”. Do not abbreviate “President”. Lowercase the title if it comes after the name of the person who holds the office, as in “Kim B. Clark, president of Brigham Young University-Idaho”. If context requires you to use “president” before the person’s name, capitalize it, like in “President Kim B. Clark”.

President’s Club

An organization which recognizes philanthropists who make significant financial contributions to the university. See Alumni Association and LDS Philanthropies at BYU-Idaho.

President’s Council

An administrative council consisting of the university president, three vice presidents from Academics, Student Services & Activities, and University Resources; the assistant to the president; the President's Executive Group; and other representatives as deemed necessary. Discusses future goals of the university and makes major or final decisions on issues that affect BYU-Idaho. This is also attended by the Student Body President.

President’s Executive Group

A subset of the President's Council consisting of the university president, the assistant to the president, and the vice presidents from Academics, Student Services & Activities, and University Resources. This group oversees long-term strategic planning for the university.

President of BYU-Idaho Facebook Page

The president welcomes comments from employees and students as he posts his personal thoughts. Should be addressed as “President of BYU-Idaho Facebook page.”

Presidents of BYU–Idaho

The following were given the title of “principal” until George S. Romney, during whose period of service the title of “principal” was permanently changed to “president.”

1. Jacob Spori 1888-1889 Bannock Stake Academy
2. Charles N. Watkins 1891-1894 Bannock Stake  Academy
3. George Cole 1894-1899 Bannock Stake Academy; Fremont Stake Academy
4. Douglas M. Todd 1899-1901 Fremont Stake Academy
5. Ezra C. Dalby 1901-1914 Fremont Stake Academy; Smith Academy(1903); Ricks Academy (1903);
6. Andrew B. Christenson 1914-1917 Ricks Academy 
7. George S. Ronmey 1917-1930 Ricks Acadmey; Ricks Normal College (1918); Ricks College (1923);
8. Hyrum Manwaring 1930-1944 Ricks College
9. John L. Clarke 1944-1971 Ricks College
10. Henry B. Eyring 1971-1977 Ricks College
11. Bruce C. Hafen 1977-1985 Ricks College
12. Joe J. Christensen 1985-1989 Ricks College
13. Steven D. Bennion 1989-1997 Ricks College
14. David A. Bednar 1997-2004 Ricks College; Brigham Young University-Idaho(2001)
15. Kim B. Clark  2005-2015 Brigham Young University-Idaho
16. Clark G. Gilbert  2015-2017 Brigham Young University-Idaho
17. Henry J. Erying 2017-present Brigham Young University-Idaho


BYU-Idaho has no official instructor titles. Use “professor”, except in the case of distance professors (known as “online instructors”). See also Instructor.

Psychology, Department of

The Psychology Department provides students with knowledge and skills concerning behavioral and mental processes which can be applied in a variety of settings including employment, family, and personal life. The program is designed to provide an academic foundation and to encourage self-improvement in light of psychological principles and LDS standards. See Academic Departments.

Public Relations Office

See University Relations Office.

Purchasing Office

Located in the Auxiliary Services Building. Handles vendor bids and contracts, major purchases of capital equipment, and purchase requisitions for various entities of the university.

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Radio and Graphic Services Building (RGS)

The building is located on the east end of the Kimball parking lot. On second reference, RGS Building. Home of Radio Services (KBYI and KBYR) and Creative Services (Graphic Services and Photo Services). Online Radio is broadcast from the RGS Building, as well as Reading Radio, which is provided every week for the blind in the area. See Building Codes.

Radio Stations

KBYI (FM 94.3) and KBYR (FM 91.5). Housed in the RGS Building. See KBYI and KBYR.

Reading Center

Located in 230 McKay Library. Operates within the Department of Academic Support Centers.


A sports program within the Sports area of Student Activities in which students can participate in a wide variety of recreational team sports that are traditional (basketball, flag football, soccer, etc.) and non-traditional (Ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, etc.). RecSports is a non-tryout sports program in which all students are able to play on a team. RecSports is one word with the R and S capitalized. Use for any activity or event organized by the RecSports organization; examples include RecSports leagues, RecSports tournaments, and RecSports. Located in Student Activities office in MC 101. See Student Activities Program.

Registrar’s Office

Located in 270A Kimball. An administrative office overseeing registration, records, and transcripts.

Religious Education, Department of

The Department of Religious Education provides religion courses that are the core of academics at BYU-Idaho. It is the basis for existence as one of the Church institutions of higher education, and every student is expected to make religion classes an integral part of their studies. See Academic Departments.

Residence Halls

The women’s halls (Perkins, Kerr, Barnes, and Ricks) and men’s halls (Chapman and Lamprecht) are located along East Viking Drive. Chapman Hall is a non-cooking style residence hall. The other five halls are apartment-style with kitchens. For consistency, men’s and women’s residence halls and apartments should be referred to as halls rather than dorms. It is acceptable but not required to use the full official name of the hall on first reference (Virginia H. Perkins Hall). On second reference use the last name of the residence hall: There was an accident in the Virginia H. Perkins Hall last Saturday. None of the occupants were seriously hurt in the Perkins Hall incident.

Each hall has a building number for internal university use only. Building numbers should generally not be used in public correspondence or communication. See Housing Office.

  • Virginia H. Perkins Hall (PER, Bldg. 31, formerly known as Dorm 1)
  • Annie S. Kerr Hall (KER, Bldg. 32, formerly known as Dorm 2)
  • Sarah Ann Barnes Hall (BRN, Bldg. 33, formerly known as Dorm 3)
  • Edna I. Ricks Hall (RIC, Bldg. 34, formerly known as Dorm 4)
  • Helen Lamprecht Hall (LAM, Bldg. 35, formerly known as Dorm 5)
  • Verla Chapman Hall (CHP, Bldg. 36, formerly known as Dorm 6)

Resident Assistant

Student assistant who resides in and works as an assistant to the manager of a housing unit. RA or RA's (if plural) is acceptable on second reference.

Returned Missionary

Not “return missionary.” Abbreviate only on second reference as RM and use RMs when plural.


Refer to as “The City of Rexburg” not “Rexburg City”.

Ricks Athletic Hall of Fame

Located in the lobby of the Hart Building. Hall of Fame is acceptable on second reference.

Ricks Building (RKS)

Houses the Departments of Mathematics; History, Geography, and Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology and Social Work. Acceptable on second reference for the Thomas E. Ricks Building. See Building Codes.

Ricks College

From 1902 to 2001 the university now known as Brigham Young University-Idaho operated under the name of Ricks, first as an academy and later as Ricks College. Ricks College became the largest privately owned junior college in the United States prior to the transition to a baccalaureate university. See Brigham Young University-Idaho. Do not refer to as “Ricks” alone.

Ricks Gardens

A landscaped quad encompassed by the Benson, Ricks, Hinckley, Kimball, and Taylor Buildings. Originally established as an outdoor teaching lab for the Department of Horticulture, the gardens are used for academic purposes by numerous departments and students, and are also used by the surrounding community. Acceptable on second reference for the Thomas E. Ricks Gardens. Previously known as Horticulture Research and Demonstration Gardens from 1979-2005.

Ricks, Thomas Edwin

Pioneer leader who founded Rexburg (1883). As the first president of the Bannock Stake, he served as chairman of the local board of education and led in the founding of Bannock Stake Academy (1888). It later became Ricks College and then Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Rigby Hall (RIG)

Located on West Viking Drive (Fourth South). Acceptable on second reference for William F. Rigby Hall. Houses faculty and administrative offices, the Department of English, and Department of Military Science-ROTC. See Building Codes.


The Ricks College yearbook. Copies of the Rixida are available online in the McKay Library’s special collections. Set Rixida in italics.

Romney Building (ROM)

Acceptable on second reference for the George S. Romney Sciences Building. Houses the Departments of Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and the photography labs of the Department of Art. It is home to the BYU-Idaho Seismograph Network, the Romney Geology Museum, and the Romney Planetarium. See Building Codes.

Romney, George S.

Seventh president of Ricks College, 1917-1930. Married Teressa Artemisa Redd.

Romney Geology Museum

Located in 156 Romney. A collection of rocks, minerals, and other evidences of prehistoric life. The museum also houses the Keith and Mauna Proctor mineral collection. Museum tours may be scheduled.

Romney Planetarium

Located in 107 Romney. A dome-shaped room with specialized equipment that projects panoramic images of the wonders of the universe. Public shows are given on a weekly basis. Private group shows can be arranged through the Scheduling Office.


Preferred name is the Department of Military Science. ROTC is run by personnel from the U.S. Army and is designed to train future Army officers. Acceptable in first reference for Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Room Names and Numbers

Capitalize the specific names of rooms, but not general references: “The Manwaring Center West Ballroom is one of two ballrooms in the building”. For consistency and to comply with addresses registered with U.S. Postal Service, room numbers in correspondence and in publications that list addresses should be written similar to street addresses with the number preceding the building name or code: “107 Manwaring Center or 107 MC”. See Building Codes.

Ruffatti Organ

Acceptable in first reference for the Keith Martindale Stephen Memorial Organ. Built by the Ruffatti family of Italy. The organ is in the Barrus Concert Hall of the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts.

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Scheduling Office

Located in 191 Manwaring Center. An Administrative office which coordinates reservations and usage of university facilities.

School Colors

Blue and white are the official school colors. (Blue is Pantone 660. Grey accent is Pantone 430 for text and 428 for backgrounds.) A secondary palette of promotional colors is included in the university Style Guide on the BYU-Idaho web site at www.byui.edu/style.


Office located in 114 Spori. Weekly campus newspaper produced as a lab experience by Department of Communication. Both communication, English and art majors may participate. Written as “Scroll”, not “the Scroll” or “The Scroll”. Set in italics: “in a letter printed in Scroll...”, or “Scroll photographer Peter Pret was on the scene...” Use “the” only when Scroll is describing another noun: “the Scroll office.”


Capitalize “semester” when used as the formal name of an academic time period rather than a season of the year: “Fall Semester 1990”. Use lowercase when in general references such as “the winter semesters” or “last semester”.

Service, service

Capitalize when referring to Service as one of the eight main areas of Student Activities. Service Activities is designed to help students find and engage in service opportunities. Program areas in Service include Humanitarian, Campus, and Community. See Student Activities Program.


Use when referring to the first two quorums of the Seventy: “Ten men were called to the Seventy.” In reference to an individual member, state the quorum to which he belongs: “Elder Charles Didier, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.” For the seven presidents of both quorums use, “a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.” His title should be “Elder”, not “President”. See also Elder and Area Authority Seventy.

Sister, sister

It is appropriate to address female faculty and staff as Sister in conversation. In written correspondence, Sister may be used in the salutation; however, use the appropriate title of Mrs., Miss, Ms., Dr., etc. for the inside address portion of a letter and on the envelope. It is capitalized when used in the religious sense and occurs before a proper name. Also lowercase when it’s addressed without the given name.

Smith Building (SMI)

Acceptable on second reference for the Joseph Fielding Smith Building. Houses the Departments of Languages and International Studies; Business Management; Economics; Accounting; and Computer Information Technology. See Building Codes.

Snow Art Gallery

Located in the Snow Center lobby adjacent to the Snow Drama Theatre and Barrus Concert Hall.

Snow Black Box Theatre

Located in 107 Snow.

Snow Building (SNO)

Acceptable on second reference for the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts. This building houses the Departments of Music and Theatre. It is home to the Ruth Barrus Concert Hall, the Black Box Drama Theatre, the Snow Drama Theatre, and the Recital Hall. The Ruffatti organ is located in the Barrus Concert Hall. See Building Codes.

Snow Drama Theatre

Located in 110 Snow.

Snow Recital Hall

Located in 269 Snow.

Snow Society

See Eliza R. Snow Society.

Social, social

Capitalize when referring to Social as one of the eight areas in the Student Activities Program which also includes Outdoor, Talent, Service, Competitive Sports, RecSports, Life Skills, and Wellness activities. Program areas in Social Activities include Dances and Events. The Events are created and managed by students on the Social Events board, the Married Student Events council, the University Women’s Association, and the Cultural Heritage Council. See Student Activities Program.


See Academic Societies.

Sociology and Social Work, Department of

The Department of Sociology and Social Work is concerned with the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Subjects range from the immediate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, and from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture. See Academic Departments.


Do not capitalize “southeast” when it’s being used as an adjective. For example, “southeastern Idaho.”

Special Events Room

Located in 387 Manwaring Center. Area often reserved and rented for receptions, banquets, meetings, etc.

“Spirit of Ricks”

Refers to the legacy often characterized by integrity, charity, faithfulness, and frugality expressed in daily life. A personal reflection of the Spirit of Christ through the example of students, faculty, staff, and alumni of BYU-Idaho.

Spirit Team

Campus cheerleading and dance organization under the Physical area of the Student Activities Program.

Spori Art Gallery

Located in the Spori Building. Displays art from the permanent collection, faculty, and visiting shows. Open to the public.

Spori Building (SPO)

Houses the Departments of Art and Communication, the Scroll, and I-Comm Student Media Office, and the office for the College of Performing and Visual Arts. It is home to the Spori Art Gallery and additional art displays throughout the building. Spori Building and the Spori are acceptable on second reference for the Jacob Spori Building.

The original Spori Building was built in 1903 as the first academic building on campus. After nearly a century of service, the building became structurally unsound and unexpectedly caught fire during demolition in 2000. The new Spori Building opened for classes in Fall 2003. See Building Codes.

Spori, Jacob

First principal of the Bannock Stake Academy, 1888-1891. Married Magdalena Roschi. See Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Stadium Studio

Music studio located under the north end of the BYU-Idaho Stadium.

Stadium Singing

Every Sunday, students gather underneath the BYU-Idaho Stadium to sing hymns. Hymns in English are sung at 9:30 PM, and Spanish begins at 8:45 PM. It is associated with the Student Activities Program.

State Names

Spell out names of states when they stand alone. Abbreviations depend on usage. Use the two letter postal abbreviations in addresses. In other situations that call for abbreviations, use the standard format as listed below and in the Chicago Manual of Style; if no abbreviation is given, spell out the state name. (For media/press writing, refer to the Associated Press Style Guide.)

Student Activities Program

Began in 2002. It contains eight areas: Competitive Sports, RecSports, Life Skills, Outdoor Activities, Service Activities, Social Activities, Talent Activities and Wellness Activities. This program was created during the transition to BYU-Idaho when intercollegiate sports were eliminated. Students have many opportunities to be leaders of the various organizations within Student Activities. On second reference, Student Activities. For similar student organizations on campus, see Academic Societies and Cultural Associations. Online activities are also offered, allowing students around the world to become involved in school programs, regardless of location.

Student Alumni Association (SAA)

An organization of BYU-Idaho students who assist in many alumni activities, raise funds for the Student Legacy Endowment, and train other students for future alumni involvement and leadership. See Alumni Association.

Student Associations Council

A council comprised of the student presidents of each of the cultural associations. The council promotes harmony on campus and is responsible for Cultural Night, an annual event to share students’ cultures with others. See Student Activities Program.

Student Counseling Center

Located on the second floor of the Student Health and Counseling Center. Professional offices and personnel are dedicated to the mental well-being of students. The Counseling Center provides students the opportunity to explore concerns, resolve difficulties, and have assistance in managing life’s challenges in a safe environment with a professional counselor.

Student Employment

See Human Resources and Academic Discover Center.

Student Handbook

Contains information about the Honor Code, campus housing, and various buildings and organizations associated with BYU-Idaho.

Student Health Center

Located on the first floor of the Student Health and Counseling Center. Medical facility serving students and their dependents.

Student Health and Counseling Center (SHC)

Building located north of the Hinckley Building. Houses the Student Health Center on the first floor and the Student Counseling Center on the upper floor.

Student Honor Office

Located in 270 Kimball. Responsible for everything related to the Honor Code including areas such as dress and grooming, academic honesty, ecclesiastical endorsements, and other issues. See Honor Code.

Student ID Card

See I-Card.

Student Legacy Endowment (SLE)

The part of the BYU-Idaho Fund that the Student Alumni Association has organized to provide small “grants” to fellow students experiencing temporary financial emergencies. Recipients are encouraged to give back what they were given, plus a little extra to assist future students in need. See BYU–Idaho Fund, LDS Philanthropies, Annual Giving, and Student Alumni Association.

Student Life Council

See Student Services and Activities Council.

Student Services and Activities Council

Council under direction of the student services and activities vice president that coordinates all matters relating to student life. Members include the Student Services and Activities vice president; student body president; registrar; Dean of Students; and directors of Admissions, Bookstore, Business Services, Counseling Center, Financial Aid, Food Services, Housing, Internships, Manwaring Student Center, Ticket Office/ID, and University Police. Also included is the coordinator of New Student Orientation. Administration areas include Student Support, Student Well-Being, and Student Activities.

Student Representative Council

Student Representative Council on first reference, SRC on second reference. Acts as a liaison between students and the administration. The SRC presidency serves for one semester. Several volunteers serve in the SRC organization. They are now selected through an application and interview process and are not elected.

Student Service Protocol

The scope of university services provided to students is dependent on their enrollment status. The benefits and qualifying student service protocol are approved by President’s Council.

Study Skills Center

Located in the McKay Commons. Area designed to help students improve their study habits and develop their full academic potential by learning proven, effective study techniques. Operates within the Department of Academic Support Centers.

Student Support

An area under the Vice President of Student Services and Activities that deals with admissions and scholarships, career services, financial aid, ongoing orientation, and registration.

Student Technology Center (STC)

Located in 140A McKay. Formerly known as the Media Lab. Resource area where students get assistance as they create computer multi-media projects that may include graphics, video, or PowerPoint presentations. Also available: hands-on production of lamination, mounting, die-cuts, binding, and lettering.

Student Well-being

An area under the Vice President of Student Services and Activities and the Dean of Students that deals with counseling, health, the Honor Code, housing, and campus security and safety.

Style Guide

A comprehensive reference tool containing information to help establish consistency in communicating the unique mission of Brigham Young University-Idaho. The BYU-Idaho Identity Guidelines include the basics and the communication platform which outlines three classifications for implementing logos, colors, design, etc.: official university, promotional, and special.

Clear, consistent messages are developed as the Identity Guidelines are used in tandem with the BYU-Idaho Terminology Guidelines. Information is available through the University Relations Office or at www.byui.edu/branding.

Summer semester, summer blocks

The academic period from July through September is the Summer Semester (not summer school) and consists of two blocks. See Three Track System.

State Abbreviations

When used alone, do not abbreviate the state name. Below are listed the standard abbreviations as well as those used and recognized by the U.S. Postal Service. There are eight states that are never abbreviated, regardless of where they appear in the text: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah. They do, however, have postal abbreviations.

State Standard Postal 
Alabama  Ala. AL
Alaska ... AK
Arizona Ariz. AZ
Arkansas Ark. AR
Califonia Calif. CA
Colorado Colo. CO
Connecticut Conn. CT
Delaware Del. DE
District of Columbia  D.C. DC
Florida Fla. FL
Georiga Ga. GA
Hawaii ... HI
Idaho  ... ID
Illinois Ill. IL
Indiana Ind. IN
Iowa ... IA
Kansas Kans. KS
Kentucky Ky. KY
Lousisiana  La. LA
Maine ... ME
Maryland Md. MD
Massachusetts Mass. MA
Michigan Mich. MI
Minnesota Minn. MN
Mississippi Miss. MS
Missouri Mo. MO
Montana Mont. MT
Nebraska Nebr. or Neb. NE
Nevada Nev. NV
New Hampshire N.H. NH
New Jersey N.J. NJ
New Mexico N.Mex. NM
New York  N.Y. NY
North Carolina N.C. NC
North Dakota N.Dak. ND
Ohio ... OH
Oklahoma Okla. OK
Oregon Oreg. or Ore. OR
Pennsylvaina Pa. PA
Rhode Island R.I. RI
South Carolina  S.C. SC
South Dakota S.Dak. SD
Tennessee Tenn. TN
Texas ... TX
Utah ... UT
Vermont Vt. VT
Virgina Va. VA
Washington Wash. WA
West Virgina W.Va. WV
Wisconsin Wis. or Wisc WI
Wyoming Wyo. WY

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Talent Activities, talent

Capitalize when referring to Talent as one of the eight areas in the Student Activities Program. Talent Activities provides programs and events designed to enable students to share, explore, or develop talents in areas that include music, dance, art, theatre, and others. Program areas in Talent include Talent Performance and Talent Exploration. See Student Activities Program, Battle of the Dance, I-Cover, and Best of Show.

Talking points

Talking points identify key messages. By becoming familiar with the talking points and echoing them in correspondence and conversations, employees help others better understand what is unique about BYU-Idaho and its programs.

Five talking points were developed during the transition of becoming BYU-Idaho: (1) A two-tiered institution allows students to choose between associate or bachelor’s degrees. (2) An integrated degree is tailored to fit students’ interests, provide relevant internships, and enhance marketability. (3) The Student Activities Program opens sports, the arts, and service to everyone. (4) A year-round track system allows more students to attend. (5) The faculty is focused on the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Additional direction comes from administrative messages such as President David A. Bednar’s “Guiding Principles,” President Kim B. Clark’s imperatives, and talking points developed for specific programs. See Guiding Principles, Imperatives, and Learning Model.

Taylor Building (TAY)

Acceptable on second reference for the John Taylor Building. Houses the Department of Religious Education and the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. Features include the Taylor Chapel (190), Taylor Cultural Hall, and Taylor Lecture Hall (120).

Teacher Education, Department of

The Department of Teacher Education offers courses leading to certification in secondary education, elementary education, and early childhood/special education. See Academic Departments.

Telephone Numbers

Include the entire area code 208 and prefix 496 when giving numbers to those off campus: “For more information call (208) 496-1411”. Because the university has its own telephone system, only the four-digit extension number is required for on-campus calls or internal communication. Capitalize and abbreviate extension when preceding specific number: “For more information, call Ext. 1411.”


See LDS Temples.

Tennis courts

University-owned tennis courts are located on the corner of Viking Drive (Fourth South) and Second East, and on the corner of Third South and First West.

Testing Center

Referred to as the Testing Center, the center is located on the bottom floor of the Manwaring Center Building in room 05. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and closed Sunday.

Theatre, Department of

The Department of Theatre currently offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and speech education. Students may also minor in theatre and speech education. Students seeking a degree in university studies may work with their advisors to choose classes appropriate to emphases in theatre arts. These emphases will prepare them for graduate schools or professions where teacher certification is not required. See Academic Departments.

Three-Track System

BYU-Idaho’s academic calendar revolves around three semesters: spring, fall, and winter. Two of the three semesters are combined to make a track. The three tracks are: Spring/Fall, Fall/Winter, and Winter/Spring.

Students are admitted to a specific track and remain on that schedule through graduation. This year-round approach to admission and calendaring results in more students being given the opportunity to attend who otherwise would have been denied.

When referring to the Three-Track System, always include a hyphen between “Three” and “Track”.

Todd, Douglas M.

Fourth principal of Fremont Stake Academy, 1899-1901. Married Marian Davis Lufkin.

Together for Greatness (T4G)

The part of the BYU-Idaho Fund that employees have organized to facilitate and pool their philanthropic gifts to support students. See LDS Philanthropies.

Tutoring Center

Located in 272 McKay. Instructor-approved, paid student tutors make themselves available for a variety of courses. The Tutoring Center includes the Math Lab, Writing Center, and Reading Center. Services are free to BYU-Idaho students seeking assistance. Operates within the Academic Support Centers.

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University, university

Acceptable on second reference for Brigham Young University-Idaho. It is not necessary to capitalize university when used as a common noun or as a general term referring to BYU-Idaho in most written communication. However, capitalize University in formal or legal writing where the short form is intended to invoke the full authority of the school.

University Blog

Provides university updates and information for the public, campus community, and journalists. Posts are made by University Relations. When referring to the blog, put it in caps: “University Blog.”

University Bookstore

Located on the first floor of the Manwaring Center. Outlet for textbooks, university clothing and memorabilia, classroom supplies, LDS artwork and books, etc. On second reference, Bookstore may be used. If audience is off-campus, clarify the university’s association by using BYU-Idaho Bookstore. See Bookstore, bookstore.

Catering Services

Located in 293 Manwaring Center. Offers in-house and take-out catering for events. Managed by Food Services.

University Relations

Office located on the third floor of Biddulph Hall with Radio in the Radio Building. Responsible for appropriate marketing, branding, and communicating on behalf of the university. Messages are developed through radio, news media, and other creative services. Also deals with all of the main university communication and events; helps communicate information about university programs and services to students, employees, alumni and the general public; and coordinates special events, hosting, and performance tours.

University Council

This council was developed in Fall 2006 by restructuring the previous President's Council and Strategic Planning Council. It coordinates university initiatives and strategy issues. 

University Operations

A university resource that deals with campus safety, facilities financial management, facilities planning and construction, facilities management operation, purchasing and travel, and university services. University services deals with the bookstore, food services, mail services, and stores and receiving. Campus security is the correct title when addressing the workers in the security section, not “campus police.” See University Security and Safety.

University Security and Safety

Located in 150 Kimball. See University Operations.

University Press

See Print & Copy Services

University Resources

Council under the Vice President of University Resources that coordinates all matters relating to support services and facilities management. Members include the Budget Officer, Director of Financial Services, the Internal Auditor, Director of Personnel Services, the Director of philanthropies, the Director of University Operations, and the Director of University Relations.

University Studies

Students who desire to tailor their own program can graduate with the Bachelor of Science in university studies. The university studies degrees require the completion of general education and university requirements. Please refer to the current catalog for details. See General Studies and Career and Academic Advising Center.

University Village (UV)

Located adjacent to the Campus Outdoor Learning Center and Arboretum on Seventh South. Acceptable on second reference for University Village, Student Family Housing. See Housing Office.


When mentioning the magazine in copy (Facebook posts, news articles) refer to it on the first reference as Upward: BYU-Idaho’s Online Update and on second reference as Upward. They should appear in italics in both cases.

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Vice Presidents

BYU-Idaho has four vice presidents who serve under the President. They are the academic vice president, student services and activities vice president, university resources vice president, and the advancement vice president. Use in lowercase as an appositive: “Max L. Checketts, academic vice president”. Capitalize when title precedes the name: “Academic Vice President Max L. Checketts”. A list of vice presidents can be found in the current BYU-Idaho directory and organizational chart.


Term associated with Ricks College athletic teams. Now one of several names used for sports teams in the Student Activities Program. Capitalize.

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Watkins, Charles N.

Second principal of Bannock Stake Academy, 1891-1894. Married Emily Horsley.

Web site

BYU-Idaho’s Web address is www.byui.edu. It is no longer necessary to include http:// in written communication. Lowercase the address, as in www.byui.edu. Italicizing Web addresses in publications is preferred to add emphasis and distinction. Remove http://, but keep www. — . com. Italicize and lowercase, as in www.cnn.com, www.byui.edu, etc.

Wellness Activities

A division of the Student Activities Program. Fitness consists of student-led aerobics, cross training, free weights, workshops, relays, and incentive programs. See Student Activities Program.

Wellness Center

Located in 152 Hart. The Wellness Center provides a variety of health and fitness assessment and educational services to all members of the BYU-Idaho campus community. The center is run by students in various majors, such as nursing, health science, Para medicine, biology, and home and family (nutrition) education.

Wilkes, Robert M.

Interim president of BYU-Idaho between the Bednar and Clark administrations, 2004-2005. Married Estella Woodruff.

Writing Center, The

Located on the second floor of the McKay Library in the East Wing. Operates within the Academic Support Centers.

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See Rixida.

Young Alumni Association

An organization representing all BYU–Idaho and Ricks College alumni who are under the age of 40. See Alumni Association.

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