SPRING SUMMIT 2003 - News Of Note



Byron Webster
Jo Anne Kay
Kathy Barnhill
John Bidwell

Accreditation granted
BYU–Idaho has been granted full accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Commission’s letter given in response to their in-depth evaluations states: “...the accreditation of Brigham Young University–Idaho has been reaffirmed at the associate level based on the spring 2004 comprehensive evaluation. In addition, the Commission granted accreditation at the baccalaureate level.... Congratulations on receiving this recognition.”
    The university had previously been granted candidacy status until its new programs could be evaluated. Accreditation is a status granted to an educational institution that meets or exceeds criteria of educational quality. The Commission gave attention not only to the university’s academic programs and faculty qualifications, but also to support services and the administration. All programs were found to be in good standing and in harmony with the university’s own mission statement. Accreditation facilitates the students’ transfer of credits to other institutions as well as admission to graduate programs. It also enables students to be eligible for federal financial aid

Elder Ballard counsels graduates

Elder M. Russell Ballard counseled BYU–Idaho graduates at commencement exercises April 24. Elder Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said, “In my experience I have learned that straight thinking generally begins with straight and careful listening. The most important thing we must listen for is the prompting of the Spirit.”
    The degrees awarded reflect the BYU–Idaho transition with a total of 1,112 bachelor’s degrees for fall and winter semesters combined. Last year at the same time 454 bachelor’s degrees were awarded. The number of associate degrees declined from 1,654 last year to 1,143 this year.

Elder Bateman speaks at summer graduation
Elder Merrill J. Bateman, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, gave summer graduates at BYU–Idaho advice on how to find happiness in a mortal world. Commencement Aug. 20 had a total of 666 graduates receiving degrees. Including dual majors, there were 336 bachelor’s degrees and 341 associate degrees awarded. Elder Bateman counseled, “Happiness is found in spiritual growth, in the blessings of a physical body, and in the family unit. At this graduation, you stand at a crossroad in life. Happiness lies ahead if you will do your best, indeed your ‘very best’ with the following: continue to study the gospel, pray with even more earnestness, extend yourself in service to others, treat your body with great respect, and deeply commit to the creation of an eternal family.” 

Student Health and Counseling Center opens

Dedicatory services were held Aug. 20 for the 22,500-square-foot Student Health and Counseling Center with Elder Merrill J. Bateman presiding. The Health Center occupies the first floor of the building. The Counseling Center is located on the second floor. Information on available services is listed on the Web at www.byui.edu/healthcenter and www.byui.edu/counselingcenter. The building is located between the Hinckley Building and the Radio and Graphic Services Building. The general contractor for the building was Double E Construction of Ririe, Idaho. The design was by Architectural Nexus of Salt Lake City.

Dancers gain attention in Central America
The 48-members of Dance Alliance represented the Church Educational System on an epic tour to Central America. From April 25 to May 24 they performed in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica. In addition the group was involved in several service projects which included visiting retirement homes, hospitals, homes for abused children and providing manual labor for a local orphanage. The group held several firesides for local stakes and districts.
    The group entertained over 25,000 people including Wendy de Berger, the first lady of Guatemala. Thousands more were reached through appearances on national talk shows, live television broadcasts, radio interviews, and newspaper articles. “This is the first time the Church has ever gotten such positive publicity in some of these areas,” said Phil Packer, associate academic vice president at BYU–Idaho who served as tour manager. Dance Alliance is selected from Folk Dance USA, Ballroom Dance Company, and Contemporary Dance Theatre.

Departmental changes announced

BYU–Idaho has created a Department of Home and Family with Byron Webster as chair. The new department was formed by combining the Department of Child and Family Studies and the Department of Home and Family Education in order to help strengthen families and guard against the threats to the family in society.
    Three departments have announced changes in leadership. Jo Anne Wrobel Kay ’68 serves as the new associate dean for the College of Education. Kathy Oldham Barnhill ’81 serves as the Department of Nursing chair. John Bidwell ’73 serves as the Theatre Department chair.

BYU–Idaho hosts Education Week
Approximately 2,100 people gathered for BYU–Idaho’s annual Education Week June 23-26. There were 112 lectures presented by 43 presenters from BYU–Idaho, BYU, the Church Educational System and other professionals. Classes included discussions on gospel, family, self-improvement and homemaking topics. Devotional speakers included President David A. Bednar and his wife, Susan Bednar; Elder W. Rolfe Kerr, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy; and Elaine Jack, former Relief Society general president. (See www.byui.edu/educationweek.)