ELDER HAIGHT SPEAKS AT BYU–IDAHO’S FIRST SUMMER GRADUATION
Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve encouraged BYU–Idaho summer graduates to be “anxiously engaged in a good cause always.” He explained, “If you live the simple principles of the gospel and pattern your life the way it should be, you will find great happiness.” Elder Haight counseled, “Always live worthy to have a temple recommend.” As they evaluate the world that lies ahead, he told the graduates to realize a temple recommend is the “most precious card in your wallet.”
A total of 495 graduates received 509 degrees on August 23. Graduates ranged in age from 18-67. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded in nursing, interior design, recreation leadership, English, and history education.
UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES RECORD ENROLLMENT
Enrollment at BYU–Idaho climbed 16 percent during the university’s first year of offering four-year degrees. A record 10,703 students are enrolled for fall 2002 semester. This is 1,503 higher than last fall’s enrollment of 9,200. The number includes 3,354 students who are classified as juniors or seniors, compared to 1,654 at the same time last year. Attending BYU–Idaho this fall are 1,929 married students, compared to 1,058 in fall 2001—an 82 percent increase. Two years ago, the number of married students was 546. Substantial increases are also noted in returned missionaries and transfers from other universities.
Summer enrollment increased in the first year of calendaring with two eight-week terms rather than three five-week terms. In its second summer term, BYU–Idaho exceeded its enrollment record set first summer term by over 26 percent. Enrollment jumped to 3,924 attending during July and August. The average of this year’s summer enrollment is significantly higher than last year’s average. The average from summer 2001 was 2,609; in 2002, it was 3,509. The higher numbers can also be attributed to the implementation of the track system which invites students to attend two of the three available semesters—summer, fall, and winter—and enables more students to attend the university.
ACTIVITIES PROGRAM OFFERS STUDENTS LEADERSHIP, GROWTH
Over 100 new Web pages welcome BYU–Idaho students to their new Activities Program (www.byui.edu/activities). Opportunities for involvement and leadership are listed in arts, enrichment, physical, and social areas. Student directors coordinate calendars, vision, and direction; they also carry the responsibility of representing other students. In addition to student directors, university administrators oversee each of the four areas of interest. Six new employees have been hired to help in the physical area: Philip Crane, Troy Dougherty, Trent Shippen, and Peter Stilling serve as competitive sports program directors. Lisa Robison serves as the fitness specialist and Leon Anderson is the director of the Hart Building and the new fitness center.
KBYU TELEVISION STARTS AIRING BYU–IDAHO TALKS
kbyu television based in Provo, Utah, now airs BYU–Idaho Devotionals, University Forums, and Education Week presentations Sundays at 3 p.m. kbyu, which reaches approximately 2 million people in approximately 726,000 households, is a public television station and an affiliate of pbs. Its schedule comprises both original productions and programming from pbs and other public-television-type sources.
In addition, devotionals and Education Week presentations air on byu tv, another division of byu’s broadcast services. byu tv is delivered worldwide over satellite systems, cable, and the Internet. It has a larger scope than kbyu, reaching 20 million homes in the United States alone.
COACH HAUN ELECTED TO NJCAA FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Ricks College head football coach Ron Haun was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame. Haun joined the coaching staff at Ricks College in 1979. His career as head coach at Ricks College spanned twenty years with a 178-40-2 record. Since 1984, his teams ranked nationally in the top 15 of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s final season polls sixteen times.
ADVISOR AND STUDENT GAIN NATIONAL RODEO RECOGNITION
Ricks College Rodeo Team Coach Mel Griffeth was honored for more than three decades of service to the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association during the national rodeo finals in Casper, Wyo. The association represents 142 universities and colleges from across the country. Griffeth recently retired as a biology faculty member.
McKenzie Miller of St. Anthony, Idaho, the last student to compete in a Ricks College intercollegiate sporting event, won the national championship in barrel racing.
FIVE HONORED AS DISTINGUISHED FACULTY
Five members of the BYU–Idaho faculty received Distinguished Faculty Awards at the recent all-employee banquet. The honorees are Wade Anderson of the physical education department; Jerry Hansen of the religious education department; Ellis Miller of the physics department; Kendell Nielsen of the music department; and Phil Packer, an associate academic vice president and faculty member in the business management department.
THIRTY NEW FACULTY MEMBERS HIRED AS FIFTEEN RETIRE
Some thirty new faculty were hired as a result of the growing university and normal attrition due to retirements. Fifteen faculty members have or will retire this year: Wade Anderson (physical education), Irma Anderson (business management), Marilyn Anderson (information systems), Wilson Brown (music), David Butler (library), Mel Griffeth (biology), Bernie Jensen (religion), Tom Liau (library), LaNae Morgan (information systems), Bob Nelson (theatre), Gale Reeser (library), Joe Romney (religion), Larry Scott (information systems), Lynn Stewart (animal science), and George Stone (chemistry).
The new faculty members are: Richard B. Adair of Sugar City, Idaho (secondary education); Gary A. Ames of Bloomington, Ill. (accounting); Rex Brazee of Logan, Utah (information systems); David Belka of Riverton, Utah (art); Monte Belknap of Macomb, Ill. (music); Michael C. Cannon, recently released president of the Kentucky Louisville Mission (communications); Samuel L. Clay II of Mesa, Ariz. (psychology); Robert L. Colvin of Sioux Falls, S.D. (Spanish); Lary N. Duque of Woodland, Calif. (elementary education); Christopher Fox of Culver City, Calif. (library cataloging); Christine Geddes of Rexburg, Idaho (French); Richard Hatt of Talent, Ore. (physics); Ramona Higley of Weston, Idaho (a two-year appointment in sociology); Alan R. Holyoak of Manchester, Ind. (biology); Shawn P. Johansen of Frostburg, Md. (history); David P. Johnson of Socorro N.M. (mechanical engineering/technology); Ronald V. Jones of Fort Collins, Colo. (computer engineering/technology); JoAnne W. Kay of Tetonia, Idaho (elementary education); Ralph M. Kern of Nampa, Idaho (secondary education); Bruce C. Kusch of San Jose, Calif., (business management); James B. Lamb of Belle Fourche, S.D. (animal science); Brian J. Lemon of Brigham City, Utah (chemistry); Bryce Mecham of Salt Lake City, Utah (music); Roger Merrill of Rigby, Idaho (theatre); Richard Neff of Salt Lake City, Utah (computer science); Steve Rigby of Mendon, Utah (information systems); Kevin B. Smith of Provo, Utah (computer engineering/technology); Kyle R. Walker of Orem, Utah (Counseling Center); C. Wynn Wilkes of Cedar Hills, Utah (religion); and Chris M. Wilson of Chicago, Ill. (secondary education).
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