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BYU seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character. The true value of an education should be measured by who we become, not just how much we know. Etched in stone at the western entrance to campus are the words, “Enter to learn; go forth to serve.” Here are stories of people who make a difference in a world we wish to improve. 

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BYU freshman living out a lifelong dream at BYU thanks to scholarship from the Utah Jazz

November 18, 2021
Education has always been important to the Lopez family. In high school, she worked hard to earn a 4.0 GPA while juggling other extracurricular activities such as being cheer captain, manager of the school soccer team, and member of the student council. She says receiving the scholarship represents something bigger than herself and her hard work.
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Cougar Query: "I’m most looking forward to shooting my age on the golf course"

November 08, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Gilbert Fellingham, professor of statistics.
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Cougar Query: "My favorite quote is 'Be the change you want to see in the world'"

November 02, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Julie Valentine, associate dean for the College of Nursing.
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The confidence to continue: BYU freshman receives full-ride scholarship from Utah Jazz

October 28, 2021
For George Martinez, the thought of attending BYU was something of a dream. Martinez's parents, who immigrated to Utah from Mexico, never had the opportunity to attend college.
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Cougar Query: "When I have 30 minutes of free time, you can find me down a rabbit hole in FamilySearch"

September 01, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Shaunna George, business manager for BYU General Education.
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Cougar Query: "The best-kept BYU secret is Aspen Grove!"

August 27, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Craig Freeze, director of Aspen Grove.
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Cougar Query: "On Saturday mornings you’ll find me engaged in deep spiritual work – I love to meditate!"

August 16, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Jane Birch, assistant director for faculty development at the Faculty Center.
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Cougar Query: "You’ll never find me without a Pilot Razor pen in my pocket"

August 10, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet David Morgan, industrial design associate professor.
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Cougar Query: "One of my secret talents is I am pretty good at disco roller skating"

August 03, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet John Bingham, Donald L. Staheli Professor and associate dean for the Marriott School of Business.
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Cougar Query: "My favorite spot on campus is the HFAC — it houses nearly every part of my heart"

July 26, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Amy Jensen, College of Fine Arts and Communications associate dean, professor and BRAVO! series executive producer.
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BYU to be well represented at 2021 Tokyo Olympics

July 22, 2021
From swimming to volleyball to rugby, five athletes with BYU ties will compete and two coaches with BYU ties will be on the sidelines in this pandemic-delayed version of the Olympiad.
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Cougar Query: "You’ll never find me without lipstick and an opinion"

July 20, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Lisa Valentine Clark, host of "The Lisa Show" on BYUradio.
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Cougar Query: "You’ll never find me without my running shoes"

July 13, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Melissa F. Western, associate professor of accounting.
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Cougar Query: "My favorite quote is 'Because of the empty tomb, there is no reason for an empty life'"

July 07, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Bill Cope, BYU IT software architect.
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Cougar Query: "One item on my bucket list is to go back to where I served my mission in Barcelona"

June 29, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Steve Smith, executive director of BYU's Student Development Services.
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BYU Advancement Vice President Keith Vorkink reminds Knight Society of the true definition of “special”

June 23, 2021
Each year, BYU hosts a luncheon for members of the Knight Society – a group of donors who have named BYU in a deferred gift, such as a will or trust. This year, Advancement Vice President Keith Vorkink spoke to members of the Knight Society on what it means to be truly "special."
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Cougar Query: "I’m currently working on applications of machine learning to underwater acoustics"

June 22, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Traci Neilsen, associate physics professor
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Cougar Query: "On Saturday mornings you will find me at Provo Bakery with my family – I celebrate their entire menu!"

June 17, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Landon Tooke, academic and professional development manager for the BYU Liberal Arts Advisement and Careers Center.
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