Faculty members of BYU-Idaho attended the annual faculty banquet for 2023. It took place in the Hyrum Manwaring Student Center Ballroom Thursday, June 1 to honor and recognize all current faculty.

Each attendee had the opportunity to enjoy a meal provided by Campus Food Services.

The event began at 5:45 p.m., allowing all faculty members and their guests to line up outside The Crossroads and prepare their plates of food. Students acted as ushers, each showing a smile and sharing gratitude to the faculty in attendance. One usher, Ekene Okeke, shared what his feelings about the event.

Faculty banquet dessert: cheese cake. Photo credit: Victoria De Guzman.
Faculty banquet dessert: cheese cake. Photo credit: Victoria De Guzman.

“I think it’s focused on the faculty, but I think it’s really focused on the hard work of the faculty — especially those retiring,” Okene said. “I love the faculty here, and they’re all just so caring. They each deserve a treat once in a while.” 

Mingling in the ballroom, faculty and guests observed a slideshow presentation complied with video footage of BYU-I upcoming retirees. The slideshow discussed the love, experiences and joy that came from being part of the faculty at BYU-I. 

Some faculty retirees shared how BYU-I has impacted them and their personal experiences of being part of the university community throughout the years. 

Faculty banquet catering food line up. Photo credit: Victoria De Guzman.
Faculty banquet catering food line up. Photo credit: Victoria De Guzman.

“It makes me appreciative of the opportunity to be able to teach them and get to know the students and become friends with them,” said Lynn Perkes, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a retiree of 2023.

While the event focused on faculty members and what they have done, the discussion continued on the role that students play within the university and its staff.

Program being presented as guests enjoy their meal. Photo credit: Victoria De Guzman.
Program being presented as guests enjoy their meal. Photo credit: Victoria De Guzman.

“I love being a part of an institution whose object is to bring forth disciples of Jesus Christ,” said Mike Bryan, adjunct faculty and a retiree of 2023. “That is a noble pursuit. It is something worthy of being excited about getting up and coming into work every day to help achieve.”