President Faust Addresses Graduating Seniors
President James E. Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, presided over commencement ceremonies held April 26, 2003, at BYU–Idaho. A total of 2,055 graduates received 2,109 degrees—454 bachelor’s degrees and 1,654 associate degrees.
President Faust addressed the graduates, describing graduation as a time of accomplishment, satisfaction, and joy. He told the students to cherish the moment, then continued, “Graduation opens up great challenges, opportunities, and blessings far beyond our wildest dreams. You must continually learn to function and live in this increasingly complex world. If you are to succeed, you will need to work very hard just to keep up with changes in technology. You will need to be smart. You will need to learn wisdom. As President Hinckley has said to your generation, ‘This is an age that requires that you really dig into it and master it. You cannot just do it halfway.’”
President Monson Counsels Summer Graduates
President Thomas S. Monson, first counselor in the First Presidency, spoke at the Aug. 22, 2003, commencement at BYU–Idaho where a total of 436 graduates received degrees following the summer semester—265 bachelor’s degrees and 179 associate degrees.
President Monson gave graduates four guideposts to live by: “First, glance backward. Second, look heavenward. Third, reach outward. And fourth, press onward.”
He said, “May each of us learn to appreciate the gift of life that we have been given. And may the lessons we learn as we glance backward help us to live more fully each day of our future.”
Of looking heavenward, he said, “We have not been left to wander in darkness and in silence uninstructed, uninspired, without revelation.” He added, “Looking heavenward should be our life-long endeavor.”
By reaching outward, a person can have an impact on the lives of others. “To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves,” President Monson said. “No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man. Service to others is akin to duty, the fulfillment of which brings true joy.”
And finally, “we have the responsibility to press onward,” he said. “Great men have not been merely dreamers; they have returned from their visions to the practicalities of replacing the airy stones of their dream castles with solid masonry wrought by their hands. Vision without work is daydreaming.”
Groundbreaking Held for Thomas E. Ricks Building
On April 26, 2003, ceremonies were held at BYU–Idaho to break ground for a new classroom building. The new structure and adjacent horticulture gardens will be named after Thomas E. Ricks, founder of Rexburg and the local stake president who oversaw the establishment of the Bannock Stake Academy in 1888 that later became known as Ricks College.
President James E. Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency and vice chairman of BYU–Idaho’s Board of Trustees, presided over the services. Elder Henry B. Eyring, commissioner of education for the Church Educational System and former Ricks College president, was also in attendance. Thomas E. Ricks descendants, university representatives, and students also participated.
The large, L-shaped classroom building designed by ffkr of Salt Lake City will house the Department of Mathematics; Department of History, Geography and Political Science; Department of Psychology; and Department of Sociology and Social Work. The 56,200-square-foot building will be situated at the southeast corner of the horticulture gardens, with pathways linking it to the Hinckley and Benson buildings.
The contractor is Jacobsen Construction of Salt Lake City. The anticipated completion for the building is spring of 2005.
NASA Administrator Speaks at University Forum
Sean O’Keefe, the administrator of NASA, shared his perspectives with BYU–Idaho students at the university forum held Sept. 18, 2003.
O’Keefe said he and others were waiting to welcome the Columbia astronauts after their successful 16-day mission into space on Feb. 1, 2003. Then 15 minutes before their scheduled arrival, “God brought the crew members into his embrace.”
According to O’Keefe, risk is an inherent aspect of exploration. Lewis and Clark also experienced hazards, but they likewise did not abandon their mission. Recent incidents are reminders of the importance of being professional, having faith in the mission, avoiding finger pointing, sharing the shame and the blessings, accepting the facts, and focusing on the task at hand.
O’Keefe also paid tribute to Brady Howell ’97, a Ricks graduate who was a victim of the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon. O’Keefe mentored and encouraged Howell to accept the prestigious position of Presidential Management Intern. O’Keefe said, “When I think of the tremendous spirit that animated the life of Brady Howell, the phrase ‘some may equal, none excel’ comes to mind. Great lives are defined by great purposes. Brady’s great purpose was his deep and abiding commitment to public service.”
O’Keefe’s visit was the second presentation in the Brady Howell Lecture Series established by Howell’s widow Liz Anderson Howell ’97 and other members of his family.
Internship Agreement Signed with National Lab
An internship agreement between Argonne National Laboratory–West and BYU–Idaho was signed on June 2, 2003. Academic internships will be provided to three university students each year.
BYU–Idaho President David Bednar states, “This is a significant opportunity for our students to work and learn at this prestigious national laboratory. Internships play a vital role in our academic programs and better prepare our graduates for productive careers and lifelong learning. We are grateful for this expression of confidence in our students by Argonne National Laboratory–West.”
Students are assigned to work directly under a mentor who is a technical staff member at the laboratory. “The interns are actually doing work in their field and get hands-on experience,” says Argonne’s Gail Walters, who coordinates the Lab’s internship program.
The nature of research projects varies tremendously, including nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, computer sciences, health physics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering, Walters says.
BYU–Idaho Enrollment Pushes Upward
Enrollment at BYU–Idaho pushed slightly upward for fall semester compared to the same time last year. Official fall enrollment is 10,484 full-time equivalent students, compared to 10,199 for fall semester of 2002. (Full-time equivalent or fte is based on a student taking 15 credit hours.) The actual head count stands at 11,137, compared to 10,703 for last fall. Enrollment includes 3,248 freshmen, 3,202 sophomores, 2,561 juniors, and 2,126 seniors.
The number of married students stands at a record 2,579, or 23 percent of the student body. Last year at the same time there were 1,929 married students (18 percent of the student body).
Earlier in the year, summer enrollment hit a record 5,166 students attending the second eight-week block of the summer semester. Last year at the same time, 4,026 students were attending BYU–Idaho. The growing summer enrollment is a result of the Three Track System that is designed to increase the number of students who attend during a full calendar year.
Center Stage Offers a Variety of Entertainment
The Center Stage Performing Arts Series at BYU–Idaho features a wide variety of entertainment. In July, the Grammy award-winning, cowboy singing group Riders In The Sky performed their brand of western music, and the contemporary a cappella group Rockapella (best known for the sound behind the theme song for the former tv show Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego?) presented a blend of soul, rock, R&B, and jazz. In September, popular artist Collin Raye performed a country music concert in the stadium with over 6,000 attending.
Other notable performers yet to appear this season include Kathy Mattea, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance from Denver, the joint men’s choirs from BYU and BYU–Idaho, and organist Felix Hell. Performance dates and details are included in the calendar of events at www.byui.edu.
Personalized Student Access Accounts Available
Students at BYU–Idaho are now able to access all of their personal information, e-mail, and a variety of links from one convenient Web site developed by the school: my.byui.edu.
With a single log-in, the site gives students access to a variety of information including financial information, class schedule, grades, and ward information. Users can also set up a list of their favorite links accessible from the page. A calendar of activities can be created according to the personal interests of the user.
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