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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: Michelle Bennett

May 13, 2024
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life.
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Cougar Query: Grant Jensen

May 06, 2024
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life.
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Limitless opportunities: A Q&A with the 2024 commencement student speaker

April 24, 2024
At BYU’s commencement exercises this week, University Honors student Macy West will represent the graduates as the student speaker.
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Discovering divine potential through dance, BYU student is set for the stages of NYC

April 23, 2024
When Kyla Balser took her first twirl on the dance floor at her local studio in Salem, Utah, she was only eight years old. Ever since that time, she dreamed of someday leaving her small town and six-acre farm to pursue a career as a professional dancer.
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BYU Law grad finds joy in lifting the marginalized, fostering belonging

April 22, 2024
With its forced grading curve, law school is infamously competitive. But when she started at BYU Law in her thirties, returning to the university as a mother with two degrees already under her belt, Carly Madsen decided that rankings wouldn’t define her achievement.
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BYU student’s Nepal internship leaves lasting impact

April 22, 2024
Last summer, in the mountains of Nepal, thousands of miles away from Provo, BYU student Leilani Harmuth knew her global health internship was not just a fun vacation.
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Language study helps BYU grad make deeper connections with others

April 18, 2024
In her years as a student, Bates has packed in many such opportunities to learn, grow and serve. In addition to her internship in France, she did a summer study abroad in Spain, completing the 470-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage to Saint James’ tomb.
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Nationals to NICUs: shared path two sisters took at BYU

April 17, 2024
Sisters Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes and Alena Ellsworth shared nearly everything at BYU: classes, homework, two majors, track workouts and even a track and field national title. They have so much in common that they are often mistaken for fraternal twins despite their two-year age difference.
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Conversion, connection bookend BYU grad’s journey

April 15, 2024
Growing up in Houston, Texas, Garrett Mast had always envisioned attending college on the East Coast, home to some of the nation’s oldest and most iconic campuses. But after joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a 16-year-old, the opportunity for an education at BYU was something he couldn’t resist.
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Cougar Query: Mary Davis

April 08, 2024
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life.
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Cougar Query: Rick Anderson

April 01, 2024
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life.
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Cougar Query: Steve Hafen

March 11, 2024
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life.
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A semester in London: BYU students reflect on global growth and learning

January 31, 2024
BYU students share transformative tales from across the pond.
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Cougar Query: Cecilia Peek

January 28, 2024
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today we meet Cecilia Peek, the director of the BYU London Centre.
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BYU student unites Utah colleges for historic day of service

October 09, 2023
The College Day of Service will be held on October 14 from 9 a.m. until noon on the various college campuses across the state. Each school has planned a service project that will be meaningful for its local community and help establish a sense of unity and love among participants.
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Cougar Query: Abigail Allen

October 02, 2023
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today we meet Abigail Allen, an associate professor in the Accounting and Management Department.
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Cougar Query: President and Sister Reese

September 11, 2023
In this special edition Cougar Query, University Communications’ Aaron Sorenson met with President and Wendy Reese to help give insight into today’s devotional speakers.
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Pathway to Provo: How musician Ariana Abadia found peace and purpose at BYU

September 06, 2023
At BYU, Abadia says she has strengthened her complete character and she’s eager to use her talents to extend love and hope. She envisions returning to Ecuador to help shape the country’s music curriculum and make an education in the arts more accessible to students; maybe even starting a school to teach voice to young students.
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