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Pathway and Online Learning undergo structural reorganization » By Caleb Trujillo
In an effort to create a clearer distinction between Pathway functions and those involving matriculated, degree-seeking online students, BYU-Idaho has announced a structural reorganization for the Pathway and Online Learning areas.
policies. For the Online Learning team, Young said its emphasis will shift to the online student’s total BYU-Idaho experience from the time he or she matriculates until graduation through an online program. “While some aspects of this experience will be unique
Students interact at the Pathway site in Boston.
In effect since early August, the change maintains the university’s ongoing commitment to Pathway and allows the program to become well positioned for future growth. The separation also allows Online Learning to develop a deeper program with more focus on students’ professional, spiritual, social, and academic experience. J.D. Griffith had previously managed Pathway, online degrees, and concurrent enrollment. In the reorganization, Griffith will have responsibility for Pathway only. Online degree programs will now be overseen by Alan Young in the Online Learning area. This restructure will allow those involved in Pathway to focus entirely on Academic Start, giving a complete dedication of time and effort to the program. Local Church leaders are also utilizing Pathway as a reactivation tool for lesser-active members. “Some Academic Start students are finding their way back into Church and educational activity. Being able to focus solely on Academic Start will allow us to strengthen the first-year experience,” said Griffith. Additionally, this distinction will allow Pathway to create Academic Start-specific rules, regulations and policies, without altering or affecting campus-based student
to online, many will involve coordination and collaboration with organizations across the university,” Young added. Plans are in place to not only enhance the online students’ academic experience, but to also enhance social, spiritual, and professional growth. Online Learning could serve thousands more students in the future while finding ways to reduce the cost of education. Another area of focus involves a continued improvement of online courses and instructors. “The online courses and instructors continue to get better as we learn together. Many Pathway students matriculate and pursue online degrees through BYU-Idaho. There is a growing need for online instructors for these students. As we reach out to potential instructors we find there are many who have been prepared to make a difference in the lives of students,” Young said. Since its launch in 2009, Pathway has grown to more than 100 sites with current enrollment surpassing 4,000. Another 3,500 students are anticipated to begin Academic Start in September. AU G U S T 2 013
Highlights from President’s Executive Group Q&A June 2013
Question: How does a person who experiences success through natural ability, hard work, persistence, sacrifice, mental effort keep from letting the success go to his/her head? How does a person remain humble if colleagues and society in general publicly praise his/her accomplishments, and so forth? President Clark: I think Alma 26 is a great lesson on this. Ammon is with his fellow missionaries and waxing eloquent about their great success among the Lamanites when Aaron rebukes him for boasting. Ammon replies that he does not boast of himself but of his God, for in His strength he can do anything. The principle is that even someone as accomplished and powerful as Ammon sees the Lord in all of his great success. Part of the challenge is to always keep in mind that even what you might describe as natural ability is a gift. Hard work is absolutely crucial, and we have responsibility in these things. But I think it’s healthy to see that it’s really the Lord who’s helping you. That’s my number one.
There’s a wonderful talk by President Henry B. Eyring on this topic called “A Child of God.” I want to read a passage from it:
Question: What do you do to address an employee who has crossed the line from doing due diligence to always being the devil’s advocate?
“I will tell you that not only can you pursue excellence and humility at the same time to avoid spiritual danger, but that the way to humility is also the doorway to excellence. The best antidote I know for pride also can produce in us the characteristics that lead to excellence.”
President Clark: You do want helpful feedback. But when it has gone from being healthy to being unhealthy, I think you have a direct conversation with the employee. Totally upfront and straight-on, say, “Let’s talk about this—how you feel about it, how I feel about it. Here’s where I think it’s healthy and where I think it’s actually unhealthy.” You have to be careful that you don’t become pejorative, but I would do it in the spirit of trying to understand why they feel it is helpful and helping them understand why you’re experiencing the process differently. Then you both can calibrate.
There’s my second point. Ammon’s point is, it’s the Lord. That helps us to stay clear about why success and accomplishments are happening. President Eyring’s argument is that the process of recognizing who God really is, who we really are, and what it means to be His child produces in us a humility that is not debilitating—it is inspiring. It’s humility that encourages in us habits of mind and behavior that lead to excellence. The whole talk is about what that means and how you do that. It’s wonderful. You can find it in President Eyring’s new book Choose Higher Ground.
UPCOMING Q&A The next Q&A session will be held Friday, August 23 at noon in the MC Special Events Room.
Interior design student receives award in national competition Rebecca Gardner, an interior design major at BYU-Idaho, was honored in a nationwide light fixture design competition this summer. Gardner’s submission, titled “Falling Blossoms,” earned her an excellence in presentation award and a $500 cash prize.
from my professors and others in the interior design program at BYU-Idaho. It was hard work, but well worth it.” The annual competition is sponsored by the Robert Bruce Thompson Trust and draws students from all over the United States. Gardner competed against students from Virginia Commonwealth University, Miami University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Woodbury University, among others.
The design problem presented in the competition asked students to design and create a feature pendant light for the entry lobby of a new building, visible through a two-story, 22-foot high glass curtain wall. Gardner’s fixture featured a cascade of lights reminiscent of budding apple blossoms. “I was hesitant to enter as a sophomore,” Gardner said. “The competition rules suggest that because of the high level of competition, entrants should be undergraduate seniors or graduate students. Looking back, I am so glad that I went for it. I am grateful for the guidance and feedback I received 2
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“Falling Blossoms,” by Rebecca Gardner
In their remarks about Gardner’s entry, the judges wrote: “The images you gathered to describe the design intent were playful and memorable. Each judge was transcended by the imagery of the multitude of delicate blossoms. Across disciplines everyone agreed that the presentation was the best of the competition. The judges all wanted to visit the beautifully and artfully illustrated lobby space.”
Education Week 2013 welcomes students, families, and youth » By Caleb Trujillo
On the evening of Saturday, August 3, BYU-Idaho put the finishing touches on another successful Education Week. The three-day event was highlighted by devotionals from Sister Cheryl C. Lant, Elder Marlin K. Jensen, and President Kim B. Clark. A musical performance by the Nashville Tribute Band rounded out Saturday’s events. Teachers came from near and far and presented on topics ranging from Zumba fitness and dieting A variety of Education Week activities were geared toward families. to spiritual conversion and temple worship. This year’s Education Week recorded an attendance of over 2,300, including more than 230 BYU-Idaho students. Those who came had a selection of 123 different classes offered by 83 instructors.
“We have seen the Lord’s hand throughout the whole process of building a conference we felt represented BYU-Idaho. From the feedback we’ve heard so far, inviting families to also participate was definitely one of the more inspired moves this year,” said Brett Sampson, director of this year’s Education Week. This inspiration ushered over 150 families through the doors of the university. The youth program was carried out with the help of BYUIdaho students, and a handful of university instructors. Over 500 youth engaged in team building activities, participated in specially-designed spiritual classes, and even had access to the outdoor ropes course. Sister Cheryl C. Lant, former Primary general president, led off the devotionals on the first evening of this year’s Education Week. In her talk, entitled “Walk in the Light,” Sister Lant focused on how we can bring light into our own homes and avoid the darkness that Satan tempts us with.
Along with its already Events designed specifically for youth focused on family history, missionary preparation, and other topics. successfully proven structure “If we want to dispel of classes and the darkness in our devotionals, the university introduced two new areas of focus lives, we have to bring light into it. We have to concentrate on to the Education Week experience: families being invited to doing those things that will really make a difference in drawing attend together and structured programs specifically for youth. us closer to Heavenly Father and His light,” Sister Lant said. Both concepts were well received and will continue to be implemented in future Education Week events. She then outlined a process to achieve this purpose. We must make the choice to have a change, identify and eliminate the Continued on page 4
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darkness in our lives, and bring light in through a number of important personal habits. These include scripture study, prayer, fasting, temple worship, service to others and in Church callings, and repentance. President Clark began Friday morning’s events with his devotional talk entitled “The Lord Blesses and the Lord Stretches.” In his remarks, President Clark likened the history of BYU-Idaho to our own lives as a parable of growth and learning. Scattered throughout the talk were anecdotes from prior school presidents, prophesying of the great accomplishments and growth that the university would accomplish. “I believe the Lord has nurtured the virtues of hard work and humility in this place, at BYU-Idaho, because he wants everyone who ever comes here...to be in a place where humility and hard work are the very fabric of the institution, its heart and soul,” President Clark said. President Clark expounded on the role that hard work and humility plays in our lives for powerful, spiritual growth
and development. This cycle is best displayed through the life and example of the Savior. Elder Marlin K. Jensen, emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and former Church historian, spoke Saturday morning. In his talk, entitled “Learning From Our History,” Elder Jensen shared personal insights and principles he learned as Church historian. He also spoke on the importance of preserving both Church and personal history. “It’s stories out of our lives, brothers and sisters, recorded and then told and retold at the knees of grandmothers and grandfathers, and fathers and mothers that help preserve the faith, the stability, the heritage, and the legacy that we’ve been given as Latter-day Saints,” Elder Jensen said. Video and audio recordings of the devotionals, as well as a photo slideshows of Education Week, can be found at video.byui.edu.
Revised policy for mixed-gender travel President’s Council has approved the following revision to the university’s policy regarding travel for groups of mixed-gender employees: Work responsibilities often require mixed-gender groups to travel together to the same location. Wisdom, sensitivity, and good judgment should be exercised when making travel arrangements for university business or other sponsored trips to avoid compromising the integrity of appropriate relationships or reflecting poorly on the individuals, the university, or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nonrelated university students and employees should not travel by vehicle one-on-one with a member of the opposite gender. (Travel by common carrier is allowed.) Any additional travel costs that may result from this policy are authorized and will be budgeted and borne by the impacted university unit.
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