As the spring semester draws to a close and students leave for the seven-week break, others will come to campus with the intent to continue their quest for life-long learning. BYU-Idaho will host more than 2,000 participants at its annual Education Week from July 27-29.
LaNae Poulter, university scheduling manager and a member of the Education Week Committee, said that for many participants, this might be their first time on the BYU-Idaho campus.
"There are people who have been in our community for a long time and just have never been on our campus," Poulter said. "But after experiencing Education Week, many want to make it a family tradition. They go home and share what they have learned with their families."
Education Week features classes taught by more than 50 instructors. Class topics range from financial well being to communicating with others in a Christlike way. With over 150 classes to choose from, participants have a wide range of topics to explore.
This year's guest speakers include author Gerald N. Lund, Student Life Vice President Amy LaBaugh, Department of Religious Education faculty member Curtis Castillow, and author and speaker Mary Ellen Edmunds. Attendance to the daily devotionals does not require registration in Education Week activities-anyone is welcome to attend.
"I'm honored to be asked to participate as one of the devotional speakers," Edmunds said. "Those of you who have attended before know of the spirit of love, enthusiasm, and friendship, along with the joy of learning and sharing."
Through the years, Education Week has evolved to include not only classes, but also activities that encourage families to grow and learn together. Some of those activities include the BYU-Idaho Ropes Course, the planetarium, bowling, roller skating, and family and youth dances. These activities enhance the individual experience.
"Education Week has something for everyone," Poulter said. "Because each individual's needs are unique, they should be able to and something unique to them. It is going to come down to what they are searching for."
This year's youth program, which is filling up quickly, offers a chance for younger participants to learn in an engaging way.
"The youth program is designed by educators to give the youth the opportunity to learn in a fun environment," Poulter said. "Each age group, ages 6-17, has curriculum developed specifically for them."
Education Week also offers participants the opportunity to attend Center Stage concerts. This year's performances include Ultimi, a three-man tenor group, and Mercy River, a three-woman vocal group. Both performances are available at a discount for registered Education Week participants.
"Both groups are just perfect for this year's Education Week," said Don Sparhawk, Center Stage & Performance Tour coordinator. "They are entertaining shows appropriate for all ages and will be a great experience for anyone who wants to attend."
When considering the opportunities offered at Education Week this year, Poulter suggested participants take time to prepare in order to get the most out of it.
"You have to realize what your desires are. You have to look at all the topics and select things that will be meaningful to you," Poulter said. "Do some personal study to open your mind and then come ready to contribute."
To learn more about Education Week, including a full schedule and registration, visit byui.edu/education-week-2017.