BYU-Idaho Education Week scheduled from Thursday through Saturday

The Bonners will be featured during the BYU-Idaho Education Week held from Thursday through Saturday. The family plans to sing on Friday. 

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REXBURG − Brigham Young University-Idaho’s annual Education Week starts on Wednesday, July 31, and continues through Saturday, August 3, this week.

“Education Week is a three-day, campus-wide conference that gives individuals and families an opportunity to gather with others and be strengthened as part of their lifelong learning. Inspiring teachers lead classes on topics from ancient scripture to preparedness and Church doctrine to self-improvement,” said the university on its webpage.

According to the school, walk-in registrations at door begin Wednesday, July 31 from 3 to 9 p.m. and daily thereafter through Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. in the Manwaring Center. It costs $45 to attend the full program while a two-day pass is $40. A one day pass costs $20. Children from infants to five years old may attend for free.

Currently the youth classes for those six to 17 years of age are full, but those children may still attend as a “General Participant” and attend youth devotionals and activities such as roller-skating. They will be charged the same as adults.

A highlight of Education Week includes a concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, featuring “The Bonners” who will entertain at the Hart Auditorium. Tickets for the general public are $12 and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. A $5 discount will be given for Education Week general public tickets.

Each day of Education week begins at 7 a.m. at the Fitness Center. On Thursday classes and activities will be held until 8:30 p.m. when a dance will be held. A similar schedule will be held on Friday with it continuing until 7:30 p.m. with “The Bonners” concert. On Saturday events such as roller-skating, a visit to the planetarium and bowling will be held throughout the day.

Thursday’s classes include “The Exodus from Nauvoo," “Curing Your Smart Phone Obsession,” “The Joy of Teaching Children – the Savior’s Way.”

On Friday, classes offered will comprise “Beginning Ukulele for Everyone,“ “Women in the Scriptures,” “Powerful Ways to Improve Personal Revelation: Four Ways to Invite More Revelation,” and “An Adoption Story: Bring More Hope, Healing and Joy to Your Adoptive Family.”

On Saturday there will be more classes including a Ropes Course.

Saturday’s final session will include a presentation by keynote speakers and married couple George Durrant and Susan Easton Black.

George Durrant taught seminary and while working as a professor at Brigham Young University met Black. He served as the Director of Priesthood Genealogy, the president of the Kentucky Tennessee Mission, President of Provo’s Missionary Training Center and as a Regional Representative of the Twelve.

“He is a popular lecturer and author. George has served missions in England, Canada, the Nauvoo Temple and at the St. George Temple Visitors’ Center. He is the father of eight children and the grandfather of many. He enjoys painting watercolor pictures, writing children’s stories, and sports. He married Susan because he believed she deserved the very best," according to the universities Education Week webpage.

Black has the distinction of being the first woman to teach religion at BYU. She is also the first woman to receive the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award for her research and writing. Such is the highest award given to professors at BYU.

“Susan has served two missions for the Historic Sites Department, a mission as a psychologist for LDS Social Services, a mission to the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, and a mission in the St. George Temple Visitors’ Center. Susan is the mother of three sons,” according to the universities webpage. "She enjoys writing, speaking and being with George."

Also speaking is Eric Richards who spent his youth as a Baptist while growing up in San Diego. After joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served a Honduras mission. Yet, during the last six months of his mission, he underwent treatment for a bone tumor in his shin. He is married and has served in various bishoprics and currently teaches institute and seminary in Utah. He also spent five years writing online seminary curriculum. In addition, he works as a session director for the EFY program every summer.

“He is best known for his popular ‘brotherrichards’ Instagram/Facebook accounts, and he is the author of ‘Preparing for the Second Coming’ and six best-selling CDs at Deseret Book,” stated the school.

Also featured is BYU-Idaho University Academic Vice President Kelly Burgener who started working at BYU-Idaho in 1990 as a graphic design professor. He has also served in various leadership assignments at the college. Before teaching at BYU-Idaho, Burgener worked as a package designer in Minnesota.

“Brother Burgener served a mission in the Thailand Bangkok Mission and has served as a campus bishop. He currently serves as the president of the YSA 8th Stake. Brother Burgener and his wife, Elizabeth, are the parents of six children and currently have seven delightful grandchildren,” according to the universities website.

Also speaking will be the University’s Alumni Director Steve Davis who has been with BYU-Idaho for 32 years. While there he’s served in various management roles in enrollment services, fund-raising and alumni relations.

Davis served a Church mission in the Philippines and has also been a bishop, elder’s quorum president and gospel doctrine teacher. He is married to Cynthia, and they are the parents of six children and four grandchildren.

“In all things their faith and children come first. He also enjoys the great Idaho outdoors, including horseback riding, hiking, and photography. Steve has a passion for teaching students the principles of personal achievement, stress management, and the value of networking. He recently wrote a book on how to manage anxiety from a gospel perspective,” according to the universities website.

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