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Central Energy Facility & student housing projects progressing » By Clint Urick
Construction of the new student housing building and Central Energy Facility is under way and on schedule. The two projects were approved last September and crews began work in October. “We’re grateful for the patience the employees and students have displayed as we continue to prepare the campus for future needs,” said Rulon Nielsen, director of Facilities Planning and Construction.
Crews have begun framing the first floor of the 4-story student housing complex. Walls should be going up in the next two to three weeks. The new student housing complex will replace the current student housing on the east side of campus. It will accommodate an anticipated increase in enrollment in the coming years. The building will house 854 students in 156 units with 4-, 6-, and 8-person apartments.
The new Central Energy Facility, being built to meet new EPA air quality standards, has also been progressing following the university’s timetable. The foundation has been excavated and crews are beginning to pour concrete footings. Workers should be ready to start framing walls in April. The housing complex and Central Energy Facility are scheduled for completion by fall 2015 and winter 2016 respectively.
Three-track system allows for management of winter enrollment numbers » By Austin Cary
Following the October 2012 announcement of the change in age eligibility for full-time missionaries, hundreds of current and prospective BYU-Idaho students made the decision to postpone their education and embark on a mission.
“It was pretty dramatic,” said Rob Garrett, managing director of enrollment services for BYU-Idaho. “We have done some things to help, but we are still not where we were before the missionary age change.”
As a result, the steadily increasing enrollment BYU-Idaho had experienced over the past few years was impacted.
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Teacher Education staff member preparing future educators » By Austin Cary
Gary Larsen never planned on a career in the public school system. But now, having retired after a 21-year career as a school district superintendent, he is helping the Department of Teacher Education prepare the next generation of educators. “When I came back from my mission in Mexico, I remember asking my mom what I should do for a career,” Larsen recalls. Gary Larsen “She said, ‘Gary, you should be a teacher.’ I never wanted to be a teacher. Teaching was the one occupation that I did not want to do, but when my mother suggested it I knew that it wasn’t just a fly-by-night comment. For some reason she saw something in me and I had a sense that she was right.” His mother’s guidance set him on the path toward a public education career. However, it was his wife’s confidence in his capacity to lead that encouraged him to transition from teaching to administration. The capstone of his career was the service he rendered as a superintendent for more than 20 years. “My whole career was not managing systems,” said Larsen. “It was trying to be an educational leader so that kids could have
better classrooms, better schools, and better districts in which to learn.” Today Larsen could be enjoying all the perks of retirement. Instead, he is working in a behind-the-scenes role in the Department of Teacher Education as the school liaison and training coordinator. In this capacity, he helps hundreds of BYU-Idaho students gain the most out of their student-teaching experience. He does this by sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with the faculty who evaluate the student teachers. With his background, Larsen is highly qualified to act as a liaison between schools that have partnered with BYU-Idaho’s student teaching program. He knows the lingo of school administrators and understands what effective teaching is. This combination also qualifies him to train the area coordinators who oversee the evaluation of student teachers according to standards given by the state of Idaho. As Larsen looks back at the trajectory of his career, he feels deep appreciation for the many opportunities God has given him to serve, including here. “I know that it is not about me being here,” Larsen said. “Brother Stanger [the department chair] could say in a second, ‘Gary, you fulfilled everything you needed to do. Why don’t you go serve a mission?’ and that would be fine with me. It’s not about me. It’s about serving the faculty and helping them serve our students. That is why I am here: to serve the faculty and help them with their mission.”
Construction management students to compete regionally and nationally » By Clint Urick
Nearly 60 students will represent BYU-Idaho in national and regional construction competitions in Nevada this February.
and BYU-Idaho students will be competing in six of them.
Following the competitions there will be a job fair with representatives Eleven students will be competing of over 70 companies, many of in the National Association of them being ranked in the top Home Builders (NAHB) Residential 100 construction companies by Construction Management Engineering News-Record. Many Competition in Las Vegas on BYU-Idaho students will have the BYU-Idaho’s construction management program is recognized nationally. February 3-5. opportunity to receive internships and job offers through the job fair. Forty-five students will then be competing in the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Regions 6 and 7 Student “We’ve had students get hired on to the top companies because Competition in Sparks on February 5-8. of this competition,” said Shawn Jensen, one of the faculty advisors who has helped prepare students for the competition. The teams in the NAHB competition have had four months to work on their project proposals and will present them to the Historically BYU-Idaho has done well at these competitions. judges the first week in February. The teams competing in the Last year teams placed 1st in Design-Build and 3rd in the ASC competition don’t receive their projects until they arrive in Commercial category of the ASC competition. Sparks. There are 14 separate categories in the ASC competition
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Helping students learn how to know, do, and become » By Paul Morgan
Through a significant collaborative effort from the Curriculum Council and with the assistance of Alan Dutson, director of Academic Outcomes and Assessment, and Steve Hunsaker, faculty member in the Department of Languages and International studies and resident expert on outcomes, the understanding and application of Student Learning Outcomes at BYU-Idaho has been reframed within the last year. “The concept of student outcomes has been around for a long time,” Dutson said. “However, this more recent effort to define student outcomes has been done in the last year. The focus has been to identify high level outcomes that all students on campus would achieve while pursuing their education here.” Student Learning Outcomes reinforce the BYU-Idaho mission statement, giving an increased understanding of what it means to “know,” “do,” and “become.” Student Learning Outcomes aim to incite a practical vision of achievement among both students and faculty alike. While there are various levels of student outcomes ranging from individual courses to specific degree programs, the new and improved Student Learning Outcomes incorporate every student at a university level regardless of discipline or vocation.
we are learning those skills, what we are trying to become,” said Dutson. Fenton Broadhead, Academic Vice President, commissioned the inaugural revision of Student Learning Outcomes and the call to develop and restructure the outcomes went out. The associate deans involved with the Curriculum Council, under the direction of Ed Sexton, Associate Academic Vice President for Curriculum, began the process of looking at the different programs within each of their respective colleges.
Sometimes we forget the big picture of why we are learning those [specific] skills, what we are trying to become. ALAN
They evaluated the various outcomes that students attained from each program. They then distilled the collected information to highlight similarities and understand more fully what every student regardless of the program they are enrolled in should know, do and become once they have finished their education at BYU-Idaho.
Dutson and Hunsaker took the information gathered by the Curriculum Council and gave it structure, compiling DUTSON a list of six key outcomes agreed upon by the associate deans. The six restructured outcomes focus on becoming discipleleaders, lifelong learners, creative and critical thinkers, effective communicators, skilled professionals, and engaged citizens.
“Courses and programs can be specific with specific skills being learned and practiced. Sometimes we forget the big picture of why
“Student Learning Outcomes are all about visualizing what we are becoming and what we must do to get there,” said Dutson.
Pathway adds 29 new sites this semester; worldwide total now at 170 » By Austin Cary
BYU-Idaho’s Pathway program has opened 29 new sites for Winter Semester 2014, taking the total to 170 sites around the world. J.D. Griffith, managing director of Pathway, says the effectiveness of Pathway is creating a global demand. “We are to a point that people are hearing about Pathway and they call and request that we open a site,” said Griffith. “The model we built is one that can be duplicated. We simply need priesthood support, we need church buildings with internet
access at the facility, and Church service missionaries. As long as we have those things and approval from the Board we can open up a Pathway site anywhere around the world.” One of the successes resulting from the portability of Pathway sites is its presence internationally. Global Pathway sites make up 40 percent of the current total. Last semester 1,458 of the 7,172 students involved in the program were international.
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“The three-track system has been a blessing,” said Garrett. “We have thousands of offtrack students each semester who we can invite to come to campus when we are down. If we didn’t have that pool of off-track students to make those invitations to, we would have seen bigger dips semester by semester.” After the announcement, the invitations were extended first to the off-track seniors on a first-come, first-served basis. If they did not fill the allotted spots, invitations were then given to off-track juniors and so on until all the allotted spots were filled. “We didn’t want to do anything with a long-term impact that would result in serving fewer students when more students come back,” said Garrett. “Basically, we are looking at it by each semester and if it looks like we have the space, we will go ahead and make those invites. If we don’t, we won’t.”
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BYU-Idaho’s innovative three-track system was key to managing the university’s enrollment during a period of decrease and will help accommodate an increase of students when returned missionaries begin applying for admission.
Updated campus mail policy The campus mail policy has been updated as outlined below. Any request for an exception should be submitted to the Mail Services Supervisor.
Monday schedule to be held on Friday, Feb. 14
Inter-department Business Use The university mail system accepts inter-department mail for distribution and delivery without applying postage. However, University Relations should be consulted on requests for campus wide mailings intended for distribution to every employee mailbox. Personal Use Employees may send personal mail off campus through the BYU-Idaho mail system with appropriate postage affixed. Personal communications going to other employees may be sent through the campus system without postage (sympathy notes, congratulations, thank you cards, etc.). However, the campus mail system is not intended for mass distribution of personal items (announcements, invitations, solicitations, etc.). Wedding invitations for immediate children of BYU-Idaho employees are an exception and may be sent through campus mail without postage.
A normal Monday schedule will be held on Friday, February 14. On that day, class schedules will be conducted as if it were a typical Monday and the Friday schedule will not be observed. Because there are two Monday holidays during Winter Semester 2014, this change is being made to ensure accreditation minimums are met for class-hour requirements on Mondayonly courses. NEXT Q&A WITH PEG Thursday, February 13, noon MC Special Events Room
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