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Fall Faculty Conference Excursions

The after-conference faculty excursions return with new options. Starting at 1:30 pm, you will have the opportunity to participate in activities that include a BYU-Idaho Art Tour, a McKay Library Special Collections Tour, a Teton Dam Flood Excursion, Mesa Falls Excursion, or Rafting through Island Park's Box Canyon. 

All schedules are tentative.

BYU-Idaho Art Tour (I-Center, Manwaring Center, and Spori Gallery Permanent Collection)
Have you noticed the increasing presence of art across campus? Been inspired by the Carl Bloch replicas in the I-Center, or the Arnold Friberg prints hanging in the Taylor Building? Perhaps you've wondered about the acquisition process behind these and other campus artwork? Join us for an enlightening walking tour/discussion, hosted by Gerald Griffin of the Art Department and Kyoung Dabell, Spori Art Gallery Curator.

1:00-1:30 -Lunch
1:30 - Meet at the I-Center, Mezzanine Level, south-side by glass windows
1:30-2:00 - Traditional art work displayed in the I-Center
2:00-2:30 - Contemporary art work displayed in the Manwaring Center
2:40-3:15 - BYU-Idaho's permanent art collection in the Spori Gallery  

BYU-Idaho Special Collections and Iron Acorn Press visit
Come see (and handle) some of the treasures housed in Special Collections in the McKay Library such as a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, a first edition King James Bible (1611), an early edition of Plato's Works translated by Marsilio Ficino (1578) and a first edition Book of Mormon (1830).  In addition, you will visit the Iron Acorn Press, a replica of the Grandin Press in Palmyra, New York.  You will have the opportunity to set your own name in type and print it along with the project in the press as a keepsake. Derek Jensen (Department of Humanities and Philosophy) along with librarians Sam Nielson, Adam Luke and Laurie Francis will be your hosts.

1:00-1:30 - Lunch
1:30 - Meet in Special Collections, McKay 220A
1:30-2:15 - Half the group will stay to look at treasures and the other half will work on the press.
2:15-3:00 - Switch groups  

Teton Dam Excursion
The Teton Dam failed on June 25, 1976, destroying hundreds of homes and thousands of acres of farmland and flooding Rexburg in 6 to 9 feet of debris-laden water. It was the largest dam ever to file in the history of the world. We will visit the dam site and discuss the geological, engineering, and managerial reasons it failed and the local and national response. The dam's failure is used in training programs around the country under the topic of "how NOT to run a large project." We will also visit the Teton Dam museum and hear from some who experienced this life, and community, changing event. Bring your camera, water, and weather-appropriate clothing.

1:00-1:30 - Lunch
1:30 - Depart on bus
3:30 - Visit Teton Dam Museum, talk with flood victims
4:30 - Return to departure point  

Mesa Falls
Join us for a visit to scenic Mesa Falls. Attendees will learn about the origin of the Yellowstone-Snake River Plain volcanic system and the history of the Henry's Fork River Canyon inside Island Park. Tour will be led by Dan Moore, Geology.

1:00-1:30 - Lunch
1:30 - Depart on bus
2:30 - Arrive Mesa Falls
5:00 - Return to departure point   

Box Canyon Rafting 
Enjoy one last getaway on a calm-water float trip in Island Park's Box Canyon, through old growth Douglas fir forest. Phil Murdock (English Department), outdoorsman and 'resident' fly fishing instructor at BYU-I, will guide this trip. He will be assisted by Jeff Slagle (also from English) and Mike Godfrey (from Home and Family Life). Wear weather-appropriate clothing. Bring sunscreen and bottled water. We do not anticipate getting wet, but be prepared for water.

1:00-1:30 - Get box lunch and load vans
1:30 - Depart for launch point
2:30 - Arrive at launch point
4:00 - Load vans and head back to Rexburg
5:00 - Arrive home

  • Available For Summer
  • Available For Fall

August 7, 2012