Buzzing from This to That

Ready to rock and roll?” At a neighbor’s orchard, comms professor Quint B. Randle (BA ’84) pulls on a long-sleeved shirt and veil. It’s time to check his hives. He treats the bees with white puffs of smoke from the fiberboard smoldering in his metal smoker. “They think their hive is on fire and they’re going to have to leave,” he says. “So they drink all of this honey and then they get happy and calm.”

He gingerly pulls some frames to check the hive’s workers, drones, and queen and finds plenty of honey, pollen, and brood. He can’t resist tasting a little swipe of raw honey. “That’s so much better than the stuff in the stores. Once you taste that, there’s no going back.”

The product—which he often shares with students—is only one benefit of beekeeping, Randle says. “There is something about the buzzing and the activity of the hive and the need to work slowly with them that, surprisingly, makes me calm and provides kind of a Zen experience.”

Randle, whose license plate reads, "ADHDPHD," gets a similar buzz from an array of pursuits, from scuba diving to talk radio to songwriting for and playing bass guitar in the inspirational-country band Joshua Creek.

“Songwriting can connect with a higher power,” he says. “You can connect with that creativity way up there on the shelf and bring it down and touch people with these stories.”

Several years ago, when Randle was sitting in on KSL Radio’s Night Side Project, his son gave his evaluation on Facebook: “Dad is doing okay, . . . but it’s good to know if this doesn’t work out, he’s got the whole professor-beekeeper-rock-star thing to fall back on.”

Full Name: 
Quint B. Randle
Grad Year: 
BQ 1984
Michael R. Walker (BA ’90)
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