“News of BYU,” Ensign, June 1979, 79
The Brigham Young University—Hawaii Campus will have a new activities center by winter 1980. Officials have announced plans for a multipurpose center, which will include an arena for gatherings of up to 5,600, and facilities for physical education classes, injury treatment, offices, physiology laboratory, press room, and band practice rooms.
Dan W. Andersen, executive vice president of the institution, says the building will provide a much-needed facility for the 1,800 students, in addition to faculty and staff. The present university gymnasium seats less than 1,000, and the school auditorium seats 700. The building is planned for completion in time for the 1980–81 basketball season, which will be the third year the institution has competed in that sport.
The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum has a new director. Dr. Richard W. Baumann, a former associate curator of entomology at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., will replace the retiring Dr. Wilmer W. Tanner. Dr. Tanner will continue research and development activities.
Two educators have received the Sixth Annual Commissioner’s Research Fellowship Award for the 1979–80 academic year. Dr. Dillon K. Inouye, assistant professor in the College of Education at Brigham Young University, and Ruth Hammond Barrus, former head of the Humanities Department at Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho, received the awards for a year of research on specified projects. The awards were announced by Dr. Jeffrey R. Holland, commissioner of the Church Educational System.
Brigham Young University is ranked thirty-first-size-wise—among four-year colleges in the United States. The ranking comes from the 1979 American College Testing Program collegiate enrollment survey.