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The Last Party of the Year…

And of my time with LDSSA.  Since this is one time I am totally speechless I will let the pictures talk.

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LDSSA Excellence in Education

Each Spring the students of the LDSSA submit names nominating a teacher they feel has made learning an experience they look forward to and enjoy.  There are no guidelines other than to name your favorite teacher on campus.  After the winner has been selected the faculty, past winners, and students gather to recognize the achievements of the individual. 

This years winner was Professor David Temme a professor in the biology department.  As we listened to three of his students they explained that Professor Temme not only taught material that needed to be learned, but taught concepts and critical thinking to help students solve problems.  One student even commented that often Professor Temme’s tests contained questions that had not be taught but if you thought about how to solve the problem it could be done. 

While three of his students shared their experience and admiration for Professor Temme you couldn’t help but feel at times that you were on the outside of an inside joke.  It is something special to see someone who has touched lives and continues to do so.



Congratulations Professor Temme! Thank you for all you dedication and excellence in teaching.

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Red Carpet Date Night

What started as a way for the LDSSA council at the University of Utah to recognize and say thank you to our faculty has quickly turned into a tradition.  Each year we hold a formal dance/date night.  This year it was held at the capitol building.  While the stone floors will hurt your feet and the acoustics aren’t great, it is a fun event and really what girl doesn’t love an excuse to getting all dressed up and channel Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn.

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LDSSA – Talent Show

I will admit to watching American Idol.  It’s something of a train wreck, the ultimate ‘talent show’ if you will.  Talent is subjective and therefore talent shows are somewhat painful for me to sit through.  There are usually a few acts that do indeed have talent and know how to connect with an audience the rest, well, let’s just say they have less talent.  I don’t know how chugging a bottle of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup qualifies as a talent it just sounds stupid to me.  There is also the job of bad guy, the one who says NO! to those who come up half way through the show and ask to be apart of the festivities.  All I will say is not all talents are meant to be shared in public.

While there were the few ridiculous acts overall we had a good night with good friends and good food.


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LDSSA Christmas Reunion

Parties are in no short supply this time of year.  You have family parties, work parties, school parties, and friend parties. The best party/event I went to this holiday season was my reunion with members of the 2008-2009 LDSSA Council.  I love these guys and always look forward to getting together.  We have grown a little as people have gotten married but it just makes for more memories and laughs.  After we had an amazing dinner and fun opening white elephant gifts, a small group of us decided to go see the luminaries at the local cemetery.  Yes you did read that correctly, I said cemetery.  It was a bit unconventional but it was a great evening and really a gorgeous setting.

A slight explanation…two years ago we found this sombrero in the ‘bowling alley’.  It soon began popping up in pictures we took throughout the year.  Someone saved it and waited for this moment to give it as a white elephant gift.  These next two photos were taken after it was stolen from the original opener.  Yes it says Mexico on it.  Where else would you get a sombrero that cool?

The cemetery

Frosty is everywhere.  It is a little creepy.

One of the items on my happy list are these people.  I learned so much from them and they continue to make me learn things about myself.  One of the best Christmas presents I received didn’t come under the tree it came around a table at 6:30 in the morning.

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