Apostle Speaks at Devotional and Dedicates Four Buildings
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivered a devotional address and dedicated four building additions during his visit to campus Feb. 24.
At the devotional, Elder Scott discussed how we live in tumultuous times, but he also extended assurance and hope: “No matter what happens in the world around you, your resolute study of the scriptures will distill guiding truth to your mind and heart.”
“With all the capacity I possess, I counsel you to strengthen continually your testimony that there is indeed a Heavenly Father who is in control,” he said. “Your Father has a specific plan for your life. He will reveal parts of the plan as you continue your life in faith. His Son has made you free, not from the consequence of your acts, but free to make choices. No matter how wicked those in the world become, you can have that blessing.”
Earlier Elder Scott addressed the university employees and rededicated buildings with recently completed additions and renovations: the Ezra Taft Benson Building, the Mark Austin Building, the David O. McKay Library, and the Joseph Fielding Smith Building and Annex.
Academic Leadership Changes
Changes in department leadership were made in January 2004. David Pulsipher is the associate dean of the College of Religion and Social Sciences. Paul Cox is the chair of the Department of Math, John Zirker is the chair of the Department of Physical Education, Craig Bell is chair of the Department of Business Management, Mel Dewsnup is the chair of the Department of Agronomy, Grover Wray is the chair of the Department of Sociology, Jennifer O’Farrell is the chair of the Department of Dance, and Chris Lowry is the chair of the Department of Psychology. Ted Gashler, a Church service missionary, is the chair of the Department of Animal Science.
BYU–Idaho has a New Vice President of Student Life
James Gee ’66, former associate academic vice president, is the new vice president of Student Life. Gee replaced Robert Wilkes, who retired in December after 33 years of service, including the past five years as vice president.
Gee earned an associate degree from Ricks College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University, majoring in political science and minoring in history. After teaching seminary for three years, he came to Ricks in 1972 as the supervisor of the BYU-Ricks Center. In 1986 he became the assistant academic vice president for support services, the position he held up to the present. Roy Huff of the Department of Religious Education has accepted the position of assistant academic vice president.
Robert Wilkes Honored as Man of Excellence
Robert Wilkes of Rexburg was honored with the BYU–Idaho Man of Excellence Award on Feb. 22. BYU–Idaho President David Bednar presented the award to his former colleague, who recently retired after 28 years as a faculty member and five years as Student Life vice president.
Following the presentation, Wilkes spoke to the gathering, saying, “We’re here tonight not to model excellence, but rather to suggest that men and women can benefit greatly from the personal wrestle with the processes of excellence and the change that will result there from.”
“The seeds of excellence are within each of us, but someone must envision the possibilities…. It is possible to do, it is possible to change, it is possible to become excellent, but we have to have the vision to believe it.”
New Additions to Benson Building and Austin Building Open
Additions to the Ezra Taft Benson Life Agricultural and Biological Sciences Building and the Mark Austin Technology/Engineering Building are now open.
The Benson addition opened in January with 25,000 square feet of new classroom and office space and 14,500 square feet of greenhouses. The addition houses four classrooms; four labs for biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology; a multi-use room for agronomy and horticulture; and 13 faculty offices. The contractor was Jacobsen Construction of Salt Lake City.
An addition to the Austin Building was completed in September by Bateman-Hall Contractors of Idaho Falls. Approximately 10,000 square feet were added to the southeast corner of the Austin Building with three computer labs, two classrooms, and nine faculty offices. Additional remodeling was done in the existing building.
Other projects in progress are the Student Health and Counseling Center and the Thomas E. Ricks Building.
BYU–Idaho Welcomes Art Exhibits
The Spori Art Gallery brings significant visiting exhibitions to benefit students and the community.
In January and February the gallery featured the Society of Illustrators, sponsors of an annual touring exhibit to college campuses around the country since 1901. This year’s exhibit came from New York City to BYU–Idaho for the first time.
From May through June the Spori Art Gallery will present “Idaho Passport Series”—a collection of 44 paintings by Boise artist Gertrude Hudson depicting each of Idaho’s 44 counties. In July and August the gallery will host the work of multi-faceted Tim Guthrie, a working artist and teacher from Creighton University, presenting both two- and three-dimensional work.
KBYI Celebrates 20 Years
KBYI celebrates its 20th anniversary. “Rediscover radio” through a format of classical, jazz, and folk music, in-depth news coverage from NPR, and KBYI’s own local news bureau. Since its origin as KRIC, KBYI continues to be recognized for extensive, high-quality programming that inspires, entertains, and informs. Support for the station comes from underwriting and generous donors.
The station operates in a state-of-the-art facility in the Radio and Graphic Services Building. The 100,000 watt, 24-hour FM station is heard throughout southeastern Idaho, southern Montana, and western Wyoming. Much of the day-to-day operation is conducted by students majoring in communication. (See www.kbyi.org.)
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