Ty Draszt, food systems & society student, received the 2015 Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for his contributions to food security in the State of Washington.
Following his graduation from the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program in 2012 with a concentration in spiritual traditions and ethics, Kirk Caudle has found continued success in his chosen academic field of Mormon studies.
In May 2013, Caudle was hired as a podcaster with The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University, as well as being named as a visiting research fellow at the institute. Through the Maxwell Institute, Kirk hosts The Mormon Book Review, a show featuring interviews with scholars specializing in biblical and scriptural studies, Mormon studies, and religious studies.
He was one of 12 individuals invited to attend the annual Maxwell Institute Summer Seminar in July 2013, presenting on Workings of the Spirit and Works of the Priesthood: Gifts and Ordinances in LDS Thought and Practice.
In the fall, Caudle will begin teaching online religious studies courses at BYU-Idaho. He also co-chairs the special topic session in Mormon Studies in the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion, which he initiated while a student at Marylhurst University.