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McKay Library partners with Church Family History Library » By Matt Urick

Since launching its partnership with the Church’s Family History Library this past April, BYU-Idaho’s David O. McKay Library has been busy scanning and digitizing documents for family history research. The McKay Library is one of eight other libraries that contribute research to Family History Books. Family History Books is a collection of more than 100,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. “Since partnering with the Family History Library, we’ve been able to get involved with moving family history work forward,” said Laurie Francis, director of Library Services. “We’ve also helped give local and community access to information that people haven’t normally had.” Concerning the local Rexburg community, the McKay Library has started to scan and digitize local yearbooks, beginning with Madison High School. “This project is great way in which we can really make local family history work easier and more accessible,” Francis said. “It’s a great blessing to have access to all this information at such a convenience.” Francis added that the purpose of this project is to scan and make family history material available to everyone.

The McKay Library partnered with the Church’s Family History Library in April.

McKay Library to host biennial book exhibition featuring faculty member’s work » By Matt Urick

The David O. McKay Library will be hosting the Idaho Booker’s Dozen 2013, a biennial traveling juried artists’ book exhibition, this winter. The exhibit will be in the McKay Gallery from January 15 through March 15, and will feature the work of BYU-Idaho faculty member Scott Samuelson. The Idaho Booker’s Dozen 2013, the tenth edition of Idaho’s only

traveling juried artists’ book exhibition, is a collection of 15 experimental, provocative, and beautiful handmade books by artists from all over Idaho. It also includes the work of extra-Idahoan locales in the USA, the Netherlands, Germany, and the U.K. The exhibit is sponsored by the Idaho Center for the Book, which is affiliated with the Center for the Book at the

Library of Congress, and housed at Boise State University’s Hemingway Center. Samuelson’s book, Standing in a Perfect Sky/Springlight: Idaho Haiku, is a collection of poems that combine natural materials from the eastern Idaho landscape with haiku poetry style. The library will sponsor and evening with Samuelson during the winter semester.

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Excerpts from President’s Executive Group Q&A November 2013

Question: How do we help our students avoid complacency? President Clark: In my experience, there are a couple of approaches that work well in this situation. First, we need to ask ourselves—and maybe ask the student as well—what gospel principle isn’t being understood and is therefore leading to this kind of attitude or behavior? In other words, what’s the doctrinal principle that, if understood well, would lead you to change your behavior and attitude? You then try to figure out what that principle is, you teach it, you encourage the student in that way, you promise them the blessings, and you invite them to act. This actually leads to great results because, for the most part, the majority of our students want to do what’s right. They want to do good and to be good. Part of the challenge is just learning how to be good. Second is the simple idea that in our interactions with one another, in our families, in organizations, and in classrooms, we always do better when we set high standards combined with a lot of love. High love and high standards. So an important question to ask is whether we have set the standards high enough. Have we communicated what our expectations are? Have we failed to lift and strengthen? Have we somehow not behaved in a way that would help someone know how much we love and care for them and want them to succeed? Is there something we can do to communicate the standards better, to help students understand what we really expect of them, and to help them see the blessings that will flow to them as they meet those standards? Love is a very powerful motivator; it’s the best motivator. That’s why, when the Savior was asked what are the great commandments and the law, He said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself ” (Luke 10:27). Those are the great motivators in the kingdom. I think we need to ask ourselves whether we have expressed love to our students well enough, because if they love 2

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the Lord and know they are loved, it will give them courage to reach beyond where they are. Question: Regarding the property north of campus that the university owns, what is our relationship with the city and the neighboring property owners? President Clark: We started this project a couple of years ago, and we’ve been a little surprised how quickly it has unfolded. We thought it would be a decade-long project. One of the reasons it has moved so quickly is that one person owned about eight of the properties. That meant we were able to work out a deal and acquire those

...we always do better when we set high standards combined with a lot of love. High love and high standards. So an important question to ask is whether we have set the standards high enough. PRESIDENT KIM B. CLARK

properties quickly. From there, we made the decision to take down many of the older homes and then put in grass so the area would look nice. The city has a strong interest in that area for several reasons. We’ve been in discussions with the city about what we might do there. We didn’t have any definitive plans when we presented that project to the Board, but it has been the Board’s long-standing practice, as in Provo, for example, to acquire property on the periphery of campus when it becomes available in order to provide for future growth. It also ensures the surrounding areas are well maintained. So the Board

was happy to give us permission to go ahead and do that work without a definitive plan for what we might do with the property. Charles Andersen: The relationship with the city and the property owners in that area is very positive. We haven’t forced anybody. We’ve basically asked if they’re interested, and then we’ve worked in a way that’s fair on those purchases. Our goal was to clean and beautify the area until we know what we’re going to do with it. We’ve received a lot of “thumbs up” on that. There were some areas just to the west that looked a little dilapidated as demolition was under way. I’m grateful our folks have been very professional and appropriate. As we acquire a property, we work with that property owner to make sure we work on their timeline, not ours. When they want to move out of that space, we can make that work for them however we need to. Some have stayed a little longer after the purchase was done. Others have come back and gathered things they wanted from the building before they were torn down. We’ve worked closely with all the folks down there to make it work for them. I think it’s gone well. President Clark: The city is interested in the growth and development of that area because it’s a prime location. It’s close to downtown and the city is very concerned about the growth and development of downtown. Of course we have an interest in making sure we serve the needs of the university, and that we also do things that would be beneficial to the city. That’s what we’re trying to figure out. We don’t have any specific plans right now, but we are in ongoing discussions with the city about development—driven to some extent by Envision Madison—but also by the fact that we have acquired large blocks of property now and there’s a lot of interest in what the future development is going to be. So we’ll continue discussing our needs and the city’s needs and see if we can’t find something that’s beneficial to everyone. NEXT Q&A WITH PEG Friday, January 10, 12 p.m. MC Special Events Room

“A BYU-Idaho Christmas” rings in the spirit of the season » By Paul Morgan

The Christmas spirit was on display at this year’s winter musical performance, “A BYU-Idaho Christmas,” held on December 7 in the BYU-Idaho Center. From the set design to the performers, “A BYU-Idaho Christmas” was the culmination of the incredible effort and time that faculty and students devote to bring about productions that both entertain and delight the audience. “The show was very spiritual and wasn’t commercialized in any way,” said Judy Steiner, director of Event Management. “It was a beautiful message to remember the meaning and joy of Christmas. It was heartwarming and helped to put you in the right Christmas spirit.” The show featured about 300 BYU-Idaho students, including the BYU-Idaho Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, University Choir, Vocal Union, RixStix percussion group, a bell choir, dancers and several other students from the College of Performing and Visual Arts. The show also featured special guest singer Nathan Pacheco. The overall atmosphere of the show was enriched by the charisma and talent of Pacheco, whose inviting demeanor and warm interaction with both the audience and his fellow performers, made for an uplifting experience.

“One of our aims this year was to try and integrate our special guest Nathan Pacheco more with the musical ensembles to create a more unified concert,” said Richard Clifford, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. The impressive combination of traditional carols and Christmas songs from across the globe, along with the carefully choreographed dances that accompanied many of the pieces, proved successful in delivering a festive filled feast to be enjoyed by all in attendance. “This is our version of what is done at the Conference Center, but it’s a student based and involved version,” said Steiner.

Student-mentored research prepares geology students for graduate school, workforce » By Austin Cary

Dan Moore is recognizing a change in his students. The instructor from the Department of Geology is involved in student-mentored research, and it’s grabbing the attention of graduate schools and employers. In a job market that’s growing ever more competitive and requiring increased training and skills of its workforce, a bachelor’s degree isn’t always sufficient. Fortunately, BYU-Idaho has always been focused on preparing graduates for immediate employment or for graduate work. In this endeavor, our faculty constantly strives to improve. Moore is finding increased success in placing greater emphasis on student-mentored research. It looks good on a resume, but more important is the path it places students on. “Student-mentored research allows students to practice their craft, and begin to become professionals,” said Moore. “What makes me most interested in student-mentored research is the fact that it’s high-impact learning. The goal of learning should be ‘to become’ as a result of what you have learned and done.” Though it may seem daunting to students, becoming a professional and producing professional work as an undergraduate is not unachievable. In fact, this is the recognition Moore’s students are receiving. Currently he is mentoring six students who will be published alongside PhD Geologists at the U.S. Geological Survey and the Idaho Geological Survey.

Along with their spots in these publications, his students will also have opportunities to present their work professionally. “My students present the results of their research here at the BYU-Idaho’s Research and Creative Works Conference, and the Geological Society of America, a conference with professors, master students, PhD students and a very few other undergraduates presenting their work,” said Moore. In past years graduate schools and employers attending the conferences, have been impressed with these students. In many instances, they assumed these students were working on a master’s degrees. Geology instructors have observed many students accepted into graduate schools as a result of their research and presentations at these conferences. “The reason students who do student-mentored research as undergraduates are able to get into graduate schools at much higher rates than other students is that the faculty who will be paying these students to work under them want to know that this is a person they could work with that can solve problems, take a project from beginning to end, and can communicate at a professional level,” said Moore. “A student that has participated in student-mentored research has proven that they are not a risk because they have done all of those things. So they float right to the top.”

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Center Stage announces winter performing arts series The Center Stage Performing Arts Series has announced its lineup of events for Winter Semester 2014. The season opens January 10 with the Golden Dragon Acrobats from China presenting a new show called “Cirque Ziva” in the Hart Auditorium. Direct for Ireland, an Irish music and dance show entitled “Celtic Nights” will be performed January 17 in the Hart Auditorium. Two world-champion barbershop quartets will headline the annual Barbershop Festival on January 25. The quartets are Ringmasters from Sweden and OC Times from California.

Lightwire Theater, a semi-finalist on the “America’s Got Talent” TV show, will present a theatrical light show in the Kirkham Auditorium on March 21. 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 centerstage. Season tickets also may be ordered through the Ticket Office by calling 496-3170.

Grammy award-winning jazz percussionist will headline the annual BYU-Idaho Jazz Festival on February 8 in the Kirkham Auditorium. A vocal concert of “The Pirates of Penzance” will be presented February 20 by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, along with an orchestra and chorus from BYU-Idaho. Contemporary pianist William Joseph will play with the Teton Chamber Orchestra on February 28 in the Hart Auditorium. The Ying Quartet will perform in the Barrus Concert Hall on March 7.

Pianist William Joseph will perform February 28 in the Hart Auditorium.

Campus buildings to be rekeyed In an effort to provide better security and accessibility, the BYU-Idaho campus will be rekeyed in the coming weeks. The purpose of this project is to help secure the campus, provide better control of key distribution, and ensure accurate records of key assignments. Employees should be aware of three things that will happen: • All employees will receive a new key to their office/suite before their building is rekeyed. If you require additional access to other areas on a daily basis, please contact with that information. • Outside doors of each building have now been equipped with electronic locks that can be opened with an employee’s I-Card. Please take the time in the next few days to make sure your I-Card works on your building. • Electronic key distribution boxes will be installed in each building to house master and specialty keys. These boxes will give authorized employees temporary access to master and other specialty keys by swiping their I-Cards and removing the approved key. Starting during the Christmas break, outside doors will open with I-Cards only. Rekeying of office doors will begin after the new year. More details about this process will be communicated as they become available. If you have questions, call Ext. 2551.

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