On Tuesday, September 11, President’s Executive Group held the annual all-employee banquet. At this banquet, the following groups were recognized for their efforts in accomplishing the university’s mission: the Institution Data and Research Teams, the Energy Management Team, the Student Success Council, the College Success Development Team, Foundations Taskforce, and the LMS/I-Learn Conversion Team.
Executive Strategy and Planning Vice President Rob Garrett recognized the Institutional Data and Research Team for their hard work in finding more reliable information that has aided the university during decision making processes.
“I’m so grateful for a team that has navigated through these complexities,” Garrett said.
Institutional Data and Research Team:
University Resources Vice President Jeff Morrin praised the Energy Management Team for implementing energy savings programs across campus.
“It is through your efforts that we are able to provide a low-cost way of helping these students to learn in the Lord’s way,” Morrin said.
Energy Management Team:
Student Life Vice President Amy LaBaugh paid special tribute to the Student Success Council in their efforts to increase student retention.
“This group determined that in addition to retaining students and helping them to successfully reach graduation, student success at BYU-Idaho means something fundamentally more. The definition of student success here, means graduates of BYU-Idaho will become disciples of Jesus Christ who will become leaders in their homes and the church and the community. And if you work to solve retention at that spiritual level, it is just amazing,” LaBaugh said. “As a result of their work, early indicators are already showing a two percent increase in returning sophomores.”
Student Success Council:
Academic Vice President Kelly Burgener recognized two groups, those who served on the College Success Development Team and the Foundations Taskforce.
Of the College Success Development Team, Burgener said, “An important contributor to the work of student retention has been the creation of the College Success Course. [This group has] contributed to the development of the course that will now be known as GE 101 College Success… and will become a required course for all incoming freshmen beginning Spring 2019. GE 101 provides much needed knowledge and skills to new students. As a result of taking this course, students in that course returned to the university at a nine percent higher rate than students who had not taken the course.”
College Success Development Team:
In his comments regarding the Foundations Taskforce, Burgener said, “These individuals have generously given of their time for an important review of our foundations program. Thank you to each of the individuals who have been involved with this important, far-reaching blessing for students.”
Foundations Taskforce Members:
Jon Paul Johnson
As BYU-Idaho transitions to I-Learn Canvas this semester, Online Vice President John Linford recognized the Learning Management System (LMS)/I-Learn Conversion Team for their dedication in finding the best platform for students and employees.
“To this group, we would like to express sincere appreciation for the consecration and goodness of your hearts. Your work will bless many, many lives,” Linford said.
I-Learn Conversion Team:
Becki Lyn Skidmore