APRIL 2012 l 1 EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER APRIL 2012 Changing lives with as little as $50 THIRD-WORLD COUNTRIES RECEIVE AID FROM BYU-IDAHO STUDENTS » Jessica McIntyre: Graduate, Communication Walking down an uneven dirt road in Abundancia, Paraguay, the hot, sticky air swirls dust around the ankles of a local woman as she makes her way home. In this sparsely settled wilderness lays a Mormon enclave, and with members lacking basic necessities, the Church has been helping residents reach self-suﬃciency by helping them build wells, plant crops, and raise chickens. To further make life easier in this village and for others around the world, four student groups in Tyler Watson’s international health class were given $50 to build a prototype that could be implemented in a third-world country to address speciﬁc health issues. “Living in the U.S. we don’t realize how lucky we are and that something as simple as $50 can really change thousands of lives,” Watson said. Students in the class researched the struggles people deal with in these countries such as poor food quality, inadequate water sanitation, and insuﬃcient access to fuel. Aﬅer they chose a situation, students set to work creating prototypes for $50 or less, addressing health needs ranging from solar-powered fridges for street vendors, indoor stoves, a distillery that creates ethanol, and a septic system. COOKING DINNER OVER AN ALUMINUM CAN Aﬅer talking with a family member currently living in the Philippines, one group realized that many people there spend a majority of their day over a hot stove that creates respiratory problems from smoke inhalation. By creating a stove from aluminum cans, tin, and ethanol fuel, they have decreased cooking time and have helped to alleviate health problems. “Our group realized that we can really change the standard of living for others, and its potential is immense,” said Gretchen Gill, a senior studying health science. FROM A MIXING BOWL TO SEPTIC SYSTEM Trying to help the people in Abundancia, a second group created a prototype septic system with a mixing bowl, silicone, a ﬁve-gallon bucket, and a PVC pipe. “In Abundancia people share an outhouse, and when it’s full they just move it — it’s a nightmare for health oﬃcials because of possible soil contamination,” said Landin Hagge, a student studying public health. “Once created on a large scale it will cost only $200. is will improve sanitation and create jobs by training people how to install the septic system and build toilets.” LEFT: Septic system made from a mixing bowl, silicone, bucket, and PVC pipe. TOP RIGHT: Chicken cooking on a stove made from aluminum cans, tin, and ethanol fuel. BOTTOM RIGHT: Home distillery that can power household items such as stoves, refrigerators, and lights.
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EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER APRIL 2012
Changing lives with as little as $50 Third-world CounTries reCeive aid from BYu-idaho sTudenTs
» Jessica McIntyre: Graduate, Communication
walking down an uneven dirt road in abundancia, Paraguay, the hot, sticky air swirls dust around the ankles of a local woman as she makes her way home. in this sparsely settled wilderness lays a mormon enclave, and with members lacking basic necessities, the Church has been helping residents reach self-sufficiency by helping them build wells, plant crops, and raise chickens.
To further make life easier in this village and for others around the world, four student groups in Tyler watson’s international health class were given $50 to build a prototype that could be implemented in a third-world country to address specific health issues.
“living in the u.s. we don’t realize how lucky we are and that something as simple as $50 can really change thousands of lives,” watson said.
students in the class researched the struggles people deal with in these countries such as poor food quality, inadequate water sanitation, and insufficient access to fuel. after they chose a situation, students set to work creating prototypes for $50 or less, addressing health needs ranging from solar-powered fridges for street vendors, indoor stoves, a distillery that creates ethanol, and a septic system.
Cooking dinner over an aluminum Can
after talking with a family member currently living in the Philippines, one group realized that many people there spend a majority of their day over a hot stove that creates respiratory problems from smoke inhalation. By creating a stove from aluminum cans, tin, and ethanol fuel, they have decreased cooking time and have helped to alleviate health problems. “our group realized that we can really change the standard of living for others, and its potential is immense,” said Gretchen Gill, a senior studying health science.
From a mixing bowl to septiC system
Trying to help the people in abundancia, a second group created a prototype septic system with a mixing bowl, silicone, a five-gallon bucket, and a PvC pipe. “in abundancia people share an outhouse, and when it’s full they just move it — it’s a nightmare for health officials because of possible soil contamination,” said landin hagge, a student studying public health. “once created on a large scale it will cost only $200. This will improve sanitation and create jobs by training people how to install the septic system and build toilets.”
LEFT: Septic system made from a mixing bowl, silicone, bucket, and PVC pipe. TOP RIGHT: Chicken cooking on a stove made from aluminum cans, tin, and ethanol fuel. BOTTOM RIGHT: Home distillery that can power household items such as stoves, refrigerators, and lights.
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Physics demonstration shows science in action
The light bulbs sit motionless in the microwave. after displaying vibrant neon colors of yellow, blue, and orange, a sudden pop is heard and darkness fills the room. as overhead lights are slowly turned on, the presenter echoes what all parents are internally pleading, “Kids, this is why you do not put light bulbs in the microwave.” with parents exhaling a sigh of relief and giddy laughs coming from the 50 kids in attendance, students in the Physics society continue with their demonstration.
every semester the small team of student scientists puts on a show for the community. They have over 15 demonstrations showing physics principles,
including bowling balls illustrating the law of conservation of energy, beds of nails portraying pressure distribution, and a metal pipe featuring sound waves by fire.
“we hope to enrich science education in schools,” said Karl decker, outreach officer in the Physics society. “our purpose is to inspire children to become physicists themselves or at least appreciate the field a little bit more.”
a new articulation agreement between BYu-idaho and idaho state university makes it possible for BYu-idaho students to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years.
BYu-idaho students can obtain early admission to isu’s graduate programs after they obtain 60 undergraduate credits and maintain a minimum 3.5 GPa, allowing them to work toward a master’s degree at isu while completing their bachelor’s at BYu-idaho. Two master’s degrees are currently available as part of this initiative — historical resources management and Political science — with more expected to be added in the future.
“This program will promote greater educational and career opportunities for students. They will be expediting their education, but not sacrificing the quality of it,” said John ivers, dean of the College of language and letters. “we have been working on this for years, and to see it come together is exhilarating.”
students involved will take the majority of their graduate-level courses in Pocatello, but some classes may be offered at isu’s idaho falls campus. students interested may contact their individual department chair, dean, or the academic discovery Center.
students showcase research
The mC Ballroom was the center of hustle and bustle at the end of winter semester during a showcase of dance, research, and engineering innovations.
The research and Creative works Conference is a venue for students to share their original work.
“The conference empowers students as they prepare for internships, ad-vanced education, and the workplace,” said hector a. Becerril, conference chair. “it also builds awareness of what is being done on campus, provides direction for students who may be unsure of their emphasis, and allows for networking opportunities between students, student researchers, and fac-ulty mentors.”
some research findings showcased at the conference include whether smartphones really make people smarter, how video games affect marriage, parenting methods, how people view their body image, the amount of bacteria found on everyday household items, and a remote-controlled snow plow.
two students win prestigious international scholarships
Two students in the department of languages and international studies have earned prestigious, international scholarships.
lindsey Pruden, a senior studying chemistry and German, was accepted into the research internships in science and engineering (rise) program, which only has a 6 percent acceptance rate. for three months Pruden will be researching inorganic chemistry alongside a German Ph.d. student at the university of Pader-born in Germany.
matthew longmore, a senior study-ing communication, was accepted into the Critical languages scholarship Program (Cls) and will live in indone-sia for 10 weeks studying the indonesian language at universitas negeri malang. The Cls Program has a 10 percent acceptance rate and is part of a u.s. government effort to expand the number of americans studying and mastering critically needed foreign languages.
university news briefs
agreement with isu offers master’s degrees to BYu-idaho students
A college student lies between two beds of nails, as a young girl stands on top.
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web conferencing pilot begins in five buildings
adobe Connect. Google+ hangouts. Go To meeting. These are all online tools to connect two or more people in separate locations via live video feed. The university will be piloting the use of all three of these tools this spring to determine which one faculty like best and which fits best within university infrastructure.
academic Technology has identified five campus buildings to pilot this initiative. initially, five classrooms will be equipped with software, cameras, and microphones that will allow connectivity from the classroom to multiple remote sites. The designated rooms are Benson 270, Clarke 351, ricks 227, romney 277, and spori 071. faculty who teach in these rooms will be trained on how to use the technology.
one way faculty can use the new technology is to record a class lecture with the goal of posting portions of the recording online to highlight essential material. These clips can then be used for student preparation assignments prior to class discussion. This is a way for the instructor to create learning objects using key moments from within the classroom.
“This technology is increasingly being used by teachers attending conferences, conventions, and meetings that are away from campus,” said arlen wilcock, manager of the academic Technology Center. “it’s a great way for them to either teach or connect with their classes while they are not physically present.”
Chemistry research reveals new findings, paves path for further experiments
for the last two-and-a-half years, eight students in the department of Chemistry have researched and written new findings that have further branded the department among professionals. appearing in the international Journal of Quantum Chemistry on april 15, the students explain the previously unknown shape and potential reactions of a destroying aerial molecule.
The group of student scientists stepped into unknown territory fall 2008 when they began research on radicals. These tiny particles may potentially wreak havoc as they glide through the air destroying ozone where we need it and creating ozone near ground level, where we don’t want it. having radicals close to ground level can be hazardous for breathing and lung activity.
“understanding radicals is a 1,000-step process. we’re on step five,” said dr. ryan dabell, instructor in the department of Chemistry. “however, as we move closer to understanding these particles, we will be able to find ways to reduce their impact and eventually get rid of them. This would improve human lives as well as preserve the global environment.”
Contrary to popular procedure for undergraduate students, the group was invited to participate by dr. Jaron hansen, associate professor in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at BYu. dr. hansen provided BYu-idaho students with research-level access to the BYu fulton supercomputing Center, a resource necessary for conducting this research. This relationship will open doors for chemistry internships for BYu-idaho students. with the research complete, BYu researchers will be able to create related experiments to test the data provided by BYu-idaho students.
new agribusiness emphasis to be offered this fall
The Department of Agribusiness, Plant, and Animal Sciences will introduce a new emphasis this fall: Global Food and Agribusiness Management.
Agribusiness management covers all business-related activities involved in the production, processing, finance, marketing and distribution of food and fiber products. This emphasis will center on giving students the opportunity to utilize their education and personal skills in a global economy.
“The Global Food and Agribusiness Management emphasis is attracting a lot of students from other areas of study into the major who want to make a difference in the world,” said Jeremy Slade, agribusiness faculty. “This major will prepare students for a variety of careers, in areas such as international development, food marketing, agribusiness finance, international trade, and agricultural policy. Individuals who work in these careers can have a positive effect on people around the world.”
The new emphasis will allow students to develop and utilize complimentary skills in finance, accounting, agribusiness, agroscience, technology, economics, marketing, foreign language, international studies, and international politics. And perhaps most important, the new major will require an international experience, such as a study abroad, internship, or international study tour.
“Food is such an integral part of life. You could substitute a lot of things in life — except for food,” said Slade. “Working in this industry provides the opportunity to change the world for good. I believe what Dr. Ray Goldberg of the Harvard Business School said that agribusiness has significant political as well as economic implications and is as a driver of societal and economic health around the world.
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president’s Q&a recap From april 4, 2012
Question 1Q: Why doesn’t BYU-Idaho offer a full physician’s assistant program?
A: BYu-idaho does not offer master’s degrees because they are very expensive. even though we offer many of the courses that transfer into a Pa program, this sort of degree has to be accredited, and the standards for accreditation are very high. Therefore, the university would have to invest a lot of money to make programs like this work well. instead, we’ve chosen to forge
agreements with other schools that will open up graduate-level opportunities for our students.
Question 2Q: What can be done to improve student employment on campus?
A: first, the university has made a conscious effort to increase the number of jobs on campus, and we want to create even more. second, there is a significant need to train both students and supervisors so that the employment experience involves both getting the work done as well as providing a learning experience for the student. we also want to continue incorporating leadership experiences for our students where they are not only the workers but are also the supervisors.
$50 projects for third-world countries Continued From pg. 1
Heat oF tHe sun Cooling your Food
when visiting a crowded street in a foreign country, food is sold from street vendors selling their goods from bikes or carts. for many of these vendors the food has sat under the hot sun for hours, making it an attraction for bugs and bacteria. “for these people the sun is a problem because it makes their food unsanitary, so our group decided to use the sun to our advantage,” said Kristin dona, a senior studying health science. “By using a plastic storage bin, an aluminum container, sand, pillows, straw, and a fan, street vendors can refrigerate their foods, keeping them fresh longer. This will make the vendor more marketable, bringing in more money.”
renewable energy Coming From your kitCHenBy using leftover apples and bananas, a fourth group has
produced clean fuel from a home distillery that creates ethanol,
which in turn can power stoves, fridges, and lights. “it was really exciting the first time we saw our finished product. we have also combined our project with the group making the stove,” said emma Bazzell, a junior studying health science. “our hope is that once it’s implemented people will be able to power their homes and maybe even make a business of creating ethanol fuel.”
sHaring and servingwhile created at BYu-idaho, these projects won’t be staying
in rexburg — many of them will be helping the people in abundancia, and others will go to benefit individuals in other areas. starting this fall, larry shaw, faculty member with the department of health, recreation and human Performance, will be taking a sabbatical to help abundancia dig wells, install septic systems, and create local jobs.
“while i am there BYu-idaho students will have the chance to come to abundancia for a week or two to help with the humanitarian efforts,” said shaw. “This will be an amazing opportunity for students interested in international public health to see how they can make a change and to apply what they have learned in the classroom.”
pathway program expands; 26 additional sites open this fall
BYu-idaho’s Pathway program has recently received Board approval to expand to 26 additional locations beginning this fall for a total of 55 domestic and 10 international sites.
intended to be both affordable and accessible, Pathway offers BYu-idaho courses online at a relatively low cost. all classes are conducted online, but Pathway students also gather in small groups at least weekly at their local institute building or church meetinghouse to work on course assignments and collaborate on educational activities. volunteer missionary couples in each location donate their time to help these students and provide additional support.
new pathwaY loCations
domesticPhoenix, AZ San Marcos, CA Victorville, CA Colo. Springs,CO Littleton, COHartford, CT Idaho Falls, ID Chicago, ILSchaumburg, IL
LEFT: Teens at the St. Anthony Juvenile Corrections Center jog behind a group of BYU-Idaho students. RIGHT: Students in Steve Stokes’ juvenile delinquency class listen as teens at the corrections facility share their personal stories.
our main concern isn’t about getting ourselves home, it’s about getting our peers home.s T u d e n T, J u v e n i l e C o r r e C -T i o n s C e n T e r i n s T. a n T h o n Y
From behind bars soCiology students learn From
juveniles at detention Center
» Stephen Henderson: Graduate, Communication
“my committing offense is three charges of battery,” says a 17-year-old girl standing against the dormitory wall. “i’ve been here for almost 18 months and i’ve finally learned that my friends here actually care about me.”
This teenager is one of 120 high-risk juvenile offenders who have been placed under state custody for an indeterminate amount of time. for teens with recurring drug, alcohol, theft, and violence problems, a brief term in the county jail is often not enough to effect lasting change. This is where Juvenile Corrections Center-st. anthony (JCC) comes in.
visiting Hoursfor the past 15 years, steve stokes, an
instructor in the department of sociology & social work, has brought his juvenile delinquency classes to JCC for a firsthand look at the corrections system at work. and for the last few years, groups from JCC have visited BYu-idaho, where they’re able to interact with stokes’ classes and take a tour of campus.
The interaction has offered each group a glimpse into a completely foreign lifestyle. for one, a view into higher education, social life, and career opportunities; for the other, a look at
positive peer culture (PPC) and how it’s reshaping the lives of at-risk teens.
positive peer CultureJimmy osborne, a psychology student,
worked with the teens at JCC last fall. Twice a week, osborne observed therapy sessions and led team-building activities. his experiences, he says, prepared him for a future working with teens.
“it was an awesome experience to watch the way they work as a group and see their progress,” said osborne. “They learned that friendship isn’t about getting into trouble. There’s nothing else like it.”
for years, stokes’ juvenile delinquency classes have studied the concepts of positive peer culture, or, how to help juveniles create positive relationships.
“PPC teaches the juveniles how to be accountable and how to show care and concern for each other, something they haven’t experienced until now,” said stokes.
Twelve groups, with mascots ranging from Knights to the Greek goddess athena, make up the JCC student body. each group works as a team to set its own rules and participate every day in therapy sessions. each group also has the power to grant an individual’s release from the center.
t-sHirtsduring their visit to BYu-idaho, JCC
teens describe to stokes’ class how they landed in detention, how long they’ve been there, and the steps they’re taking to reverse their negative behaviors. “The
beauty of this type of presentation is that my students get a real look at the change these teens are making,” says stokes. “and the more the teens explain it to others, the more they sell themselves on it. it’s a win-win for everyone.”
on their tour of BYu-idaho, juvenile students learn about the possibilities of applying to the university and receiving financial aid, options most of them have never dreamed of. at the end of the tour, the university sends each member of the group away with a BYu-idaho T-shirt.
“of all the T-shirts the university gives out, those are probably worn with the most pride,” says stokes.
tHe Courage to CHangeas the sociology students finish their
tour of JCC, they make one final stop at the female dormitory where 20 teens spend their nights and portions of their days. after almost two years at the center, one of the girls from the athena group is scheduled for release in a few weeks. she has gone from being an addict and a thief to being a leader in the group. she knows how to handle herself with her peers and knows each girl’s story. she understands their problems and potential. and she understands what it takes to change.
“our main concern isn’t about getting ourselves home,” she says. “it’s about getting our peers home.”
The group of 10 brings it in for the final huddle, where they chant their team cheer.
“The wisdom and courage to change …athena!”
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➝ learning modelspeCial feature
an interesting twist in the snake river student researCHers make geologiCal disCovery
» Spencer Allen: Junior, Communication
The snake river is known for the way it wraps and curls around bends and streams from wyoming to washington. with more than 1,000 miles of fly-fishing haven and a whitewater rafting sanctuary, thousands of tourists flock throughout the year to enjoy the scenic serenity.
But in addition to its natural appeal, the river is gaining exposure for a new reason. with the guidance of instructors in the department of Geology, students recently noticed a twist in the river’s course, more unusual than expected. supported by grants from the united states Geological survey and the BYu-idaho College of Physical and mathematical sciences, three BYu-idaho students researched the cause of the change.
during their investigations, geology majors Toby dossett, Tyler reed, and
sherri mcilrath discovered remnants of basaltic lava from two eruptive periods. The lava from the second period, which erupted 1.5 million years ago, dammed the snake river. Prior to the eruptions the river flowed along the southwest side of swan valley. after it eroded through the dam it changed course — flowing across the valley to the northeastern side and then back again.
“This is what BYu-idaho is all about,” explains department of Geology Chair dan moore. “students are practicing their craft. These students have had a graduate school experience as undergraduate students. The experience they gained sets them apart from their peers.”
The students spent six weeks in the field observing the distribution of rock type, followed by a full semester of digitizing their data. “it was a learning
experience,” shares mcilrath. “There were times we weren’t too sure what was going on. we’d have to come together and draw back upon materials we had learned in our geology classes.”
dossett, reed, and mcilrath recently presented their findings at the BYu-idaho research conference. Competing among more than 30 other students, the group won first place.
with the motivation from the victory, the group applied and was accepted to present their research at a regional conference hosted by the Geological society of america in albuquerque, n.m., on may 11.
“it will be two-and-a-half years from start to finish,” shares mcilrath. “it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience presenting our work for the Geological society of america.”
LEFT: Students Scott Bergendorf (left) and Toby Dossett (right) stand on an ancient basaltic lava dam. The lava flows that capped the dam lie just over their heads. RIGHT: An image from one of the research sites. In the distance the new river pattern that formed 1.5 million years ago bends around the corner.
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every BYu-idaho student has gone through the process: fill out an admissions application, get an ecclesiastical endorse-ment, and receive an acceptance letter. and everything gets processed in one place: the admissions office. But what else happens in Kimball 110? following are just a few of the unique and vital aspects of the university’s admissions office.
ProsPeCTive sTudenT GaTherinGsalong with other Church educational
system representatives, admissions office personnel travel the country speaking at firesides, seminaries, and high schools. last year alone, admissions office personnel visited 3,783 high school students in idaho and utah, 2,074 people at college fairs, and 16,585 people at Be smart firesides. “These tours aren’t meant to persuade a future student to attend a certain Ces school, but to educate them on the importance of furthering their education and the options available to them through the Ces,” said Tyler williams, admissions director. The admissions office also travels to every high school in idaho and utah to inform students about BYu-idaho.
CamPus Toursin 2011, the admissions office
conducted tours for 5,607 prospective students and parents. Tours consist of a student employee taking visitors around campus for 45 minutes, teaching about the history of the university, showing select campus buildings, and explaining the variety of services BYu-idaho provides. “doing campus tours is definitely a learning experience,” said Jordan mcmurtrey, a student employee in the admissions office. “it requires a lot of studying and memorization because each tour is unique to the individual we are giving it to, depending on what they want to see or what major they want to pursue.”
one JumP ahead of The resT while the rest of campus feels the
impact of a new semester on the first day of classes, the admissions office is already planning for the next year. “Being one year ahead helps other services on campus prepare for the incoming group,” said williams. “housing can plan new construction, academic departments can plan for classes and enrollment needs,
and the university store can plan for what books and supplies to purchase.”
TesT daY, everY daYwith more than 50,000 phone calls
received last year alone, student employees in admissions must know it all. They field questions about every department and office on campus, not just their own. But it’s not just questions they deal with; students handle every type of situation from confused students to overprotective parents to excited and grateful students wanting to know what to do next.
Yes, no, maYBe soevery november the application
process starts for the coming year. The admissions office sees more than 23,000 applicants for daytime, Continuing education, Pathway, and online programs each year. “so many people want to come to BYu-idaho, and we do the best we can to accept as many applicants as possible,” said williams. “unfortunately, we have to say no to some, but we do the best we can to work with them so they can qualify for admission in the future.”
bY the numbersadmissions offiCe
1,771,901... Total Inquiries
1,653,028... Website Hits
25,691........ Contacts via Facebook, Blogs, YouTube, and Print Media
16,585........ People Visited at Be Smart Firesides
10,361........ Live Chats in 2011
5,607.......... People Attending Tours in 2011
96% ............ Acceptance Rate
department spotlight: admissions» Jessica McIntyre: Graduate, Communication
A student employee gives a campus tour to prospective students and parents. Nearly 6,000 people attended tours in 2011.
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sitting on the edge of the folding chair, sam Tsukamoto clenches his hands tight, knuckles beginning to turn white. watching the game unfold on the court, the ball begins to make its way toward the goal with a herd of 7-year-olds behind it. amongst the tangled swarm of blue and yellow jerseys, the ball emerges with one player guiding it. escaping the pack he swings back his leg and kicks the ball into the net, and before the swish of the net can be heard, Tsukamoto leaps out of his chair and cheers with pride for his son Jeron.
as Jeron’s futsal coach and father, Tsukamoto has been teaching his son the fundamentals of soccer, and because of Tsukamoto’s experience with soccer it’s no mystery why his son does so well.
“i have been playing soccer since i was five and it has been a big part of my life since i first touched a soccer ball,” said Tsukamoto. “i played on school and club teams until college and then played on the BYu-hawaii soccer team as a center-midfielder. it has been a great source of pride watching my son play soccer and really love the sport.”
after serving his mission in Brazil, Tsukamoto transferred to BYu-idaho to finish his degree in business management. he then moved to seattle to work for nintendo of america but came back to rexburg when a friend informed him about a job opening in iT.
“i never thought i would come back here, but i am glad i did,” said Tsukamoto.
“for my job i deal with the back end of the campus network — i provide network, internet, and phone services to all students and employees.”
Growing up in a family where she was the ninth of 11 children and only one other girl to rely on, Julie Bradshaw toughened up and gave her nine brothers a run for their money.
“i was the biggest tomboy growing up because of all the boys in my house. i eventually learned to love playing the rougher games,” said Bradshaw. “my family used to be big, but now we are just monstrous. for our last family reunion we had to rent a port-a-potty.”
Bradshaw grew up in san diego and received her bachelor’s in english at san diego state university. she then moved to washington, d.C., went to graduate school at George mason university, but on the side took Bollywood dance classes.
“my friends and i thought it would be fun, and we all fell in love with it,” admitted Bradshaw. “we became close friends with our instructor, and when he got engaged he asked us to dance in his wedding in india. we all went of course; how could we pass that up?”
after living in d.C. and traveling to india, Bradshaw began teaching online english classes for BYu-idaho and eventually moved to Provo where she taught freshmen honors english at BYu.
“Teaching online has empowered me to teach in the classroom, and i hope to continue teaching both online and in the classroom,” said Bradshaw.
along with teaching, Bradshaw loves to run. she will run her eighth marathon this summer. “my favorite and most difficult marathon to run was the second time i ran the Boston marathon,” she said. “it was an exhilarating feeling to cross that finish line.”