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  Another Outspoken BYU Professor Leaves For UVSC
BYU professor Samuel Rushforth, a botany professor, has decided to leave BYU for a post at UVS, becoming the latest in what the Deseret News calls "A small but steady migration" from BYU to UVSC. Rushforth becomes the new dean of Utah Valley State College's school of science and health, joining former BYU professors Scott Abbott and Eugene England at the growing college.

  Report on Fukuoka Temple Dedication
My family and I just returned home to Chiba, north of Tokyo, from a five day trip to Fukuoka for the dedication of the Fukuoka Temple, so I'm sitting down to write my journal entry about what happened while it is fresh in my memory. We were members of the Fukuoka Ward from 1995 to 1997, and we had a wonderful time seeing our old friends. It is a very close and friendly Ward, so it was great to be back with them.

  Mormon Mother with Cerebral Palsy Looses, Newborn To Grandmother
An Ottawa judge ruled Monday that the newborn son of a Mormon couple is safer in the hands of his maternal grandmother. The case caught media attention in Canada because the son was taken from his mother just five days after birth, and because the mother has Cerebral Palsy. The parents claimed that Ottawa's Children's Aid Society took the child because of his mother's disability.

  Teens re-create Mormon trek
More than 300 LDS youths gathered Thursday in the Sumter National Forest in Abbeville County, South Carolina to re-enact the Mormon Pioneer Trek for three days. The group planned to hike about 20 miles through the Forest, dragging handcarts and living just as the pioneers lived.

  LDS Relief Society Makes Bags For Foster Kids
The Relief Society of the Tanque Verde Ward, Ricon Arizona Stake in Tucson recently manufactured 300 duffel bags for the Bags for Kids effort, which seeks to provide children in foster care with a way of storing their belongings.

  Dead Sea Scrolls on display in Independence
BYU's scholars got involved with the Dead Sea Scrolls aiding in the translation of the scrolls and their electronic preservation. This electronic preservation includes fabricating replicas of the scrolls that can be used elsewhere. So far, BYU's Center for the Preseration of Ancient Texts has completed the fabrication of three replicas of the scrolls. These replicas, along with photo-image replicas of other parts of the scrolls are included in the FARMS exhibit.

  LDS Church Funding Idaho Shelter
The LDS Church is helping to fund a temporary shelter for homeless women and families here through the Salvation Army. According to a description of the project, the Church has provided funding to the Salvation Army for its 'Salvation Army Temporary Housing' project. The construction of the project was scheduled to begin in the Spring of this year.

  LDS Seminary Helps Student's Effort To Support Charity
An LDS student at Syracuse Middle School in Davis County, Utah found help from the LDS seminary teacher for the school when school officials refused. Ninth-grader Chelsea Cassel decided to donate her hair to a charity that makes wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy, and wanted to make her donation public to encourage help from others.

  Gambling Expert Says Utah Will Approve Gambling - Eventually
In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune during the Gambling Industry's convention in Las Vegas, expert William Eadington said that he expects that Utah will eventually approve gambling in spite of opposition from the LDS Church.

  Ricks Announces Record Second Term Enrollment
Ricks College has a record 1,994 students attending its second five-week term of summer school. This is a slight increase from the 1,974 students who attended last year at the same time. First summer term had 2,342 students attending, which was also a new record.

  BYU health professors named Centers for Disease Control fellows
Two associate professors of health science at Brigham Young University have been appointed Research Participation Program Fellows by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

  BYU receives endowed scholarship from Deseret News
Brigham Young University has been selected by the Deseret News as one of four schools to receive an endowed scholarship for print journalism students. "The scholarship strengthens the relationship that BYU already has with the Deseret News," said Laurie Wilson, chair of the BYU Communications Department.

  BYU professor president of Utah Public Health Association
An associate professor of health science at Brigham Young University was elected president of the Utah Public Health Association (UPHA). Brad Neiger will assume his presidency in May 2001.

  Robert H. Daines at BYU devotional June 20
A professor of strategic management in the Marriott School at Brigham Young University will speak at a devotional Tuesday (June 20) at 11 a.m. in the Joseph Smith Auditorium.

  BYU hosts annual Genealogy and Family History Conference Aug. 1-4
Brigham Young University's Annual Genealogy and Family History Conference will be Aug. 1 through 4.

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