Much Ado About Something

Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum Entrance

Throughout March, the museum hosted several events celebrating its history and its impressive collection of plants and animals.

A highlight of the anniversary celebration was the opening of a new center atrium exhibit that displays a pygmy hippo, a spotted hyena, a bongo, a leopard, a saiga antelope, and several lions and wolves. Other anniversary events included a family night scavenger hunt; a birthday party for people born in 1978; and a photo shoot with Shasta, the museum's liger, once a famous and very popular animal at Hogle Zoo.

Colonel Mustard, a bearded dragon lizard
Colonel Mustard, a bearded dragon lizard, was a hit with the children who attended the celebration.
The Bean Museum, according to Monte L. Bean's grandson Steve, is a "museum with a message." Mr. Bean insisted that access to the museum always be free and that the museum instill in its patrons a love of God and knowledge of His creations. Over the last 30 years the museum's mission has unfolded in the form of a host of educational, outreach, and collection-based research opportunities for students from preschool to graduate school. In particular, many students in the College of Life Sciences take classes that utilize the museum's collections. Students also participate in mentored research and teaching opportunities under the direction of museum educators and researchers.

If things continue apace, the museum will have much to celebrate 30 years from now as well. "In order to achieve our goal of becoming a world class life science museum, we need to redouble our eff orts with our education and research initiatives," says Larry L. St. Clair, museum director. "We need to thoughtfully consider the most current technological options for data basing, securing, and expanding our collections while consistently engaging with our students and the public, using the finest and most current teaching methods and technologies. The future is bright, but there is much to do!"

V. Jay Wadman Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Spring 2008

Jay and June WadmanYoung Jay Wadman in the early 50's
(LEFT)Jay and June Wadman and their son David have contributed generously to the expansion of the M. L. Bean Life Science Museum, in part, to honor Brother Wadman’s lifelong friend President Boyd K. Packer. (RIGHT)A young Jay Wadman shoots grades for an addition to Brigham City Elementary School in the early 1950s at the beginning of his construction career.

Born and raised in Brigham City, Utah, Jay Wadman grew up working in the family construction business. After serving in the United States Navy, Jay started Wadman Corporation in 1951. He began with small remodel and repair jobs, including construction projects at Hill Air Force Base. Building on his father’s reputation for honesty and integrity, Jay’s business grew steadily, spreading throughout the Intermountain Region and into California. Today, Jay’s son David serves as president of the corporation.

Over the years, Jay has generously supported American Indian Services, a foundation that provides partial scholarships for Native Americans beyond high school, among other things. More recently Jay and David contributed to the expansion of the M. L. Bean Life Science Museum. Jay and his wife, June, have 7 children and 26 grandchildren, and by next month they will have 30 great grandchildren.