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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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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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BYU engineering student creates simple device to help young violinist with prosthetic arm

June 10, 2021
Adia Cardona is a 10-year-old violinist who has exceptional skill for her age and determination to match it. The young Provo girl also has just one hand.
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Cougar Query: Steven Harper

June 07, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Steven Harper, professor of Church history and doctrine.
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Cougar Query: "I learned what kids really want for Christmas is simply love"

June 04, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Wayne Martin, head of the BYU Flooring and Upholstery Shop.
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Cougar Query: "My go-to comfort food is the #3 combo at In-N-Out" 

May 24, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Chris Crowe, professor of English.
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