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Savior of the World wraps up two-week run at BYU-Idaho COMMUNIT Y MEMBERS JOIN WITH FACULT Y AND STUDENTS AS CAST MEMBERS » By Paul Morgan

Members of the local community played an integral role in BYU-Idaho’s most recent production of Savior of the World held in the Eliza R. Snow Building on campus. The show ran from March 19-28 and consisted of eight shows over the course of two weeks. The production portrays the world of Jesus Christ’s day both before and during His earthly ministry. It focuses on and illustrates the relationships and influences of the Savior and the blessings of His teachings and Atonement.

The show’s cast was comprised of a mix of BYU-Idaho students and faculty, as well as members of the community.

My hope was that people will walk away...with an increased testimony of the Savior.

“We advertised in the local paper that auditions would be coming up for the show and we were extremely pleased that we had a lot of local people come and audition,” Bates said. “We love working with and involving members of the community in productions like this.” The show consists of two acts and uses a combination of musical drama accompanied by a live orchestra and choir to tell the story of Jesus Christ’s mission and ministry. The production focuses on those closest to Christ during His mortal life and draws the audience in by allowing them to watch and be a part of the spiritual journey of each character.

“Savior of the World seeks to strengthen and build testimonies of Jesus Christ,” said Justin Bates, a JUSTIN BATES, DEPARTMENT OF faculty member in the BYU-Idaho THEATRE AND DANCE Department of Theatre and Dance who also directed the show. “While the Savior rarely appears in the production, His spirit is strong as we view and grow from the testimonies “My hope was that people will walk away from this play with an of others.” increased testimony of the Savior and His teachings,” said Bates.

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From Nepal to Rexburg: Student embarks on spiritual and academic journey » By Austin Cary

Shashi Kumar Sharma

The last five years have been very eventful for Shashi Kumar Sharma. He moved to the United States from his native Nepal, found the gospel and joined the Church in Utah, and enrolled at BYU-Idaho. Then, just a few days ago, he was awarded “Best Student Paper” for research presented to the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society. This impressive journey toward personal and academic success was all prompted by Sharma’s family.

“Family is very important to me. I would not be where I am right now without my family,” said Sharma. “When I wanted to stay home and not do much active studying, my parents wanted me to be prepared for my future. My parents were the biggest influence on me coming to the U.S.” He came to the U.S. with a plan to graduate from Louisiana Tech University in computer engineering, but that plan changed after his first semester. Friends from Nepal persuaded him to study with them at Salt Lake Community College. As he traveled to Salt Lake City, a lady next to him on a bus gave him a Book of Mormon. He and all of his roommates were baptized shortly after. Since joining the Church, he has found the gospel plays a vital role in keeping him in line with his academic goals.

“It has kept me away from wrong things, and when that happens you have more time for things that are important for your life,” said Sharma. “If I didn’t have the Church in my life I would have deviated from this path a long time ago and probably not have paid as much attention to my studies as I do now.” He later transferred to BYU-Idaho, where he accepted an internship with ON Semiconductor. The company gave him a unique opportunity to conduct research that could improve the reliability and efficiency of devices using microchips. That research has garnered industry awards and has attracted the attention of major companies like Apple, which has interviewed him for possible job opportunities. He credits all of this to the experienced faculty members here at BYU-Idaho. “The faculty are well experienced,” said Sharma. “Instead of just teaching course material, they teach you how to learn. You learn how to tackle problems on your own, which has played a big role in my success so far.” The last five years for Sharma have been life-changing. One day Sharma plans on returning to Nepal. When he does, he hopes to bring what he gained in the U.S. with him. “I envision myself being a teacher when I go back to Nepal. Even if I don’t end up teaching, I want to make it easy for people I work with to understand things better,” said Sharma. “I would like to help people get to the point that they can work because they want to, not because circumstances force them to. If you do that, it becomes easy to progress in whatever field you are in.”

Internship fair gives social work majors vital exposure » By Clint Urick

Students in the social work program at BYU-Idaho recently had the opportunity to meet with industry professionals at the semi-annual Social Work Internship Fair. The fair provides an opportunity for students to sit down with people in the industry, discuss their line of work, and possibly receive an internship. More than 40 agencies attend the internship fair representing hospitals, school districts, mental health agencies, correctional facilities, and more. In order to attend these agencies must meet requirements set by the Council on Social Work and Education. The university ensures those joining the fair have met these requirements. Students in the social work program are required to do two internships totaling 500 hours so the internship fair is a significant

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stepping stone in the path to obtaining their degree. At the fair students get to sit down and ask questions to members of these different agencies. If students are interested they will leave their resumes with the provider. At the end of the fair the providers will review all the resumes they have received and then tell the university who they are interested in interviewing. Grover Wray, a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Social Work who oversees the internship fair, said the purpose of the fair is to provide opportunities for providers to see students and for students to see providers. “Students get a taste of what it’s like to go out and compete for a job in the real world,” said Wray. continued on page 3


Upcoming Sacred Music Series oratorio focuses on plan of salvation » By Austin Cary

Over 4,000 years ago, the Book of Mormon prophet Abinadi was brought before a wicked king to be killed for his testimony of Jesus Christ. In that moment of duress, Abinadi was inspired to deliver a powerful sermon on God’s plan of salvation for His children. That message will be featured in How Beautiful upon the Mountains, the latest installment in BYU-Idaho’s biannual Sacred Music Series.

BYU-Idaho enjoys a long association with the performing arts. Spencer W. Kimball, twelfth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, inspired members to take an active role in creating new works of art.

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Composed by Daniel E. Gawthrop, a prominent Latter-day Saint composer, this new work will be performed Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. Admission is free, but tickets are required and will be available June 2. Unlike most oratorios that relay a narrative, this piece will use music to help the audience explore the plan of salvation, a key doctrine for Latter-day Saints. “Why the plan of salvation? The answer is inspiration,” said Gawthrop. “As my wife assembled the text from the scriptures, she was simply trying to be open to what this project needed. [She asked], ‘what piece could I write that would most effectively influence the hearts and the minds of people who would hear it for good?’ The inspiration that came in response to asking that question was basic gospel principles.”

“If we strive for perfection—the best and greatest—and are never satisfied with mediocrity, we can excel,” President Kimball said. “In the field of both composition and performance, why cannot someone write a greater oratorio than Handel’s Messiah? The best has not yet been composed nor produced.” The Sacred Music Series oratorios draw their text and inspiration from scripture. Beginning in 1989 with the first Sacred Music Series production, Darwin Wolford’s Behold, He Cometh, these religious works have been unique to BYU-Idaho and are consistent with the university’s mission to strengthen testimonies of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Nowhere else is there anything like it. It is very unique,” said Diane Soelberg, chair of the BYU-Idaho Department of Music. “Each oratorio in the series is oriented towards helping us understand the role of the Savior in our lives, and to create music to convey those feelings beyond what we can say. I can’t think of anything more powerful than when you combine scripture with music. It has a strengthening power for us as we work in developing our testimonies.”

Internship fair: continued from page 2 Wray does a lot to prepare the students for the fair. He holds mandatory meetings to review what is expected from the students. At these meetings he helps them prepare resumes, questions and answers, and how to present themselves. “We prepare them to secure an internship,” said Wray.

The preparation has been very helpful in getting students interviews, internships, and even jobs. At the internship fair Wray counted at least 10 former students who had turned internships into jobs and were now representing agencies and supervising interns.

“The internship fair forces people to get out of their comfort zones and really sell themselves,” said Megan Urick, a former student who graduated from the BYU-Idaho social work program and will be continuing her social work education at Brigham Young University’s graduate school. “Our advisors help prepare us, then we get to go out and acquire the hands-on experience.”

“It has been a great marriage between the university and the providers. As the program continues to grow I think we will see more and more success stories from our students,” said Wray.

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Center Stage announces spring performing arts series » By Don Sparhawk

Scotty McCreery Tickets now on sale. $15 for BYU-Idaho students, $25 for general public, $40 for premium seats. Preshow dinner is $15 extra. No children under six. Classroom dress. Wonderheads present “Loon” Tickets go on sale April 14. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Classroom dress. Jamie Adkins presents “Circus Incognitus” Tickets go on sale April 21. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Scotty McCreery

The Center Stage Performing Arts Series has announced its lineup of events for Spring Semester 2014. The season opens April 26 with “American Idol” country singer Scotty McCreery performing the Hart Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The Wonderheads theater company will present “Loon,” on May 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Drama Theatre. Circus virtuoso Jamie Adkins will perform “Circus Incognitus” May 9 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. Illusionist Jason Bishop will present a magic show May 16 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. Pianist Josh Wright will perform May 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall. The Spanish Brass from Spain will perform June 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall. A new sacred music oratorio commissioned by BYU-Idaho and written by Daniel Gawthrop will be performed July 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. It will feature the BYU-Idaho choirs and orchestra. Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand will perform Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium as part of Education Week. A free brochure listing all performing arts events at BYU-Idaho is available at the Kimball Ticket Office and the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 496-2000. Detailed information can also be found on the Center Stage website at www.byui.edu/ centerstage. Season tickets also may be ordered through the ticket office by calling 496-3170.

The Jason Bishop Show Tickets go on sale April 28. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress. Josh Wright in Concert Tickets go on sale May 12. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress. Spanish Brass Tickets go on sale May 19. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress. How Beautiful Upon the Mountains Free admission, but tickets are required. Tickets available starting June 2. No children under six. Preshow dinner is $15 extra. Event dress. Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand Tickets now on sale. $10 for general public, $5 for BYU-Idaho students and Education Week participants. Classroom dress. FOR SALE Home for sale. Country living 10 mins. from BYU-Idaho. 3780 sq. ft. home in a cul-de-sac. Wonderful family neighborhood, tons of cabinets, great kitchen, insulated music room, six bedrooms, large storage room giant swing set. Call Rebecka at 356-0150. Kenmore gas stove for sale. White. Self-cleaning with two large burners and two small burners. $300 or OBO. Call 356-3243.

News & Notes A monthly publication of University Relations A D V I S O R Marc Stevens W R I T E R S Austin Cary, Paul Morgan, Clint Urick P H O T O G R A P H E R S Michael Lewis, Taylor Davenport, Leanna Davidson, Amy Stokes If you have any ideas for future issues, please e-mail newsdesk@byui.edu

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News & Notes April 2014