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Construction Nearly Complete on BYU-Hawaii McKay Auditorium
The BYU-Hawaii community is eagerly awaiting the completion of the renovated McKay Auditorium, expected for the August 22nd construction deadline in spite of months of delays. The renovated building will provide additional space for Theatrical and arts events, classes and for campus-wide events.

August 10 officially marks change from Ricks to BYU-Idaho
Friday, employees of the Rexburg school will begin answering the phones differently, new stationery will be put into use, college vehicles will have new word marks on the doors, and campus signs will gradually be changed. Even the college radio station KRIC-FM will begin using the new call letters KBYI.

Mark Grover at devotional Aug. 2
A Latin American Studies bibliographer from Brigham Young University, Mark L. Grover, will speak at a Brigham Young University devotional on Tuesday (August 7) at 11 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

International Society plans conference Aug. 19-20
The International Society's 12th annual conference, "Education, the Church and Globalization," will be held Sunday and Monday, Aug. 19 and 20.

BYU schedules August Commencement Exercises Aug. 16-17
Brigham Young University will present honorary doctoral degrees to the dean of the Harvard Business School and a distinguished author and biographer during Commencement Exercises Thursday (Aug. 16) beginning at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

KRIC-FM will be getting a new name consistent with changes at Ricks College, which is becoming a four-year university known as Brigham Young University-Idaho. The station's call sign will change to KBYI-FM on August 10, the same day Ricks College officially changes its name.

Dedication Ceremonies Scheduled for Radio and Graphic Services Building
Dedication ceremonies for the Radio and Graphic Services Building will be held Thursday, August 2, at 11 a.m. Elder David A. Bednar will preside. All interested are invited to attend.

BYU student receives national Goldwater scholarship
A Brigham Young University student was one of the 302 recipients nationwide to receive a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Other Local News

Church Sponsors Family Expo in Brisbane, Australia
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Australian Family Association held a one-day parenting conference "Family Expo" on Saturday, July 14th. The event drew nearly 400 parents who heard keynote speaker John Covey of Provo, Utah, a former president of the Australia Melbourne Mission.

Thai LDS Members Clean-Up School
A small branch in Thailand chose to provide service to a school for underprivileged children on Saturday, June 2nd. More than 40 members of the Chiang Mai Branch of the Thailand district spent the day clearing away garbage, cutting down trees and weeds, spreading dirt and sand, and cleaning out a canal behind the school. Much of the debris was leftover from the construction of the school.

LDS Volunteers Help on "Colorado Cares Day"
LDS Church members in Colorado helped make the third annual "Colorado Cares Day," a program of Governor Bill Owens, a success. Owens declared July 28th "Colorado Cares Day: A Little Bit of Time Makes a Big Difference" and went to work himself, trimming weeds and bushes at Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora. About 200 volunteers from the Columbine Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Audubon Society of Greater Denver were also out helping, pulling weeds at Chatfield State Park.

Delta Seat Covers Turn Up in North Carolina Youth Conference
Some of the 50,000 seat covers donated by Delta Air Lines to the LDS Church to be turned into school bags for children in Third World countries have appeared in Salisbury, North Carolina. Some of the 275 youth attending a youth conference at Salisbury's Catawba College Friday worked on the project, cutting out school-bag patterns from the seat covers, one of three service projects the youth worked on during the conference. Some of the youth also spent the last several weeks ripping out the seams from the covers so they would be ready for Friday, and the bags will be completed during a Wake County Latter-day Saints Women's Day in November. From there, the bags will be shipped to the church's Humanitarian Service Center in Salt Lake City for distribution to impoverished nations. Thousands of the bags, filled with school supplies, have already been sent to children in El Salvador, Peru and India.

Stake Cleans Up and Paints Toledo, Washington
The Centralia Washington Stake celebrated Pioneer Day with service in the small town of Toledo, Washington, which has just 672 residents. More than 400 stake members turned out for the project on Saturday, July 21st and spent the day scraping and painting the city hall, cutting down brush around the Head Start building, mowing and cleaning under trees at the Toledo Community Park, cleaning up three other small parks, and painting fire hydrants and stop sign posts.

LDS Congregations Clean Marysville CA Cemetery
Some 60 LDS Church members from nine LDS congregations worked in the Marysville Cemetery Saturday morning as part of an ongoing effort to clean and restore the cemetery. The volunteers spent hours weeding, gathering loose brick and cleaning headstones while one expert repaired some broken headstones. The effort also represented a history lesson to some of the volunteers, who learned about the city's first mayor, and early businessmen and innovators.

Mormon Battalion March Remembered
Some 50 LDS Church members marched across part of Laguna Niguel Saturday to commemorate the 1847 march of the Mormon Battalion. The group trekked about four miles to Sycamore Park in Mission Viejo, where a marker commemorates the Battalion's march. This is the first time church members in Orange County have commemorated the march, according to the Orange County register. The Mormon Battalion's march is widely considered to be the longest march in U.S. history. After arriving in California, Battalion members built the first U.S. courthouse building in San Diego, helped build Fort Moore in Los Angeles and even were working at Sutter's Fort when gold was discovered the following year.


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