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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: "My wife and I have climbed most of the tall peaks in Utah"

May 23, 2022
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Paul Savage, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
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Cougar Queries: I dress up with a 1960’s rockstar wig and sing a chemistry parody song

May 17, 2022
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Adam Woolley, dean of Graduate Studies.
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Cougar Queries: The title of my autobiography would be “I Will Die When I Am 93, In a Bookstore, Just Politely Toppled Over.”

May 12, 2022
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Candilyn Newell, career director at the College of Life Sciences.
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Cougar Query: "On Saturday mornings you’ll find me horseback riding in the mountains"

May 09, 2022
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Tracy Flinders, vice president of information technology vice president and chief information officer.
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Cougar Query: "When I tell people I work for BYU, they say, 'Jazz at BYU?' Absolutely!"

April 25, 2022
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Ray Smith, professor of music, director of Synthesis and member of the BYU faculty jazz quintet, Q'd Up.
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Mother of four earns graduate degree, hopes to teach sociology

April 21, 2022
All within the past five years, Jordan Coburn graduated with a double major in sociology and Spanish, worked as an English tutor, had four children and earned her graduate degree in sociology.
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From football to acting—BYU grad chasing dreams with new kind of performance

April 19, 2022
As BYU senior and acting major Langi Tuifua prepares to graduate this week, he reflects on how life doesn’t always go as you might expect. Just a few years ago, no one could have imagined that he would be an actor on stage, even Tuifua.
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Empowering women: A Q&A with the 2022 student commencement speaker

April 18, 2022
At BYU’s commencement exercises this week, University Honors student Emilee Carr will represent the graduates as the student speaker. A molecular biology major with a minor in chemistry, Carr, like her fellow classmates, has accrued many achievements as a BYU undergraduate.
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First-generation college grad will use degree to serve rural, Latino populations

April 15, 2022
The needs Paoloa Piña saw in her hometown motivated her to prepare for a career in healthcare when she came to BYU. Graduating this year with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and wellness and a minor in gerontology, she plans to become a physician assistant specializing in women’s health and wants to work with rural Latino populations.
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Meet the BYU music grad who taught Cosmo to play the bell tower

April 14, 2022
Over the past four years, associate university carillonneur Amber Dahlberg has enjoyed what she calls “the best view” of BYU. From the carillon inside the top of the bell tower, the BYU student has performed hundreds of the university’s traditional 30-minute noon recitals, providing an inspiring campus soundtrack for students, staff and visitors going about their business.
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To learn the healer’s art: BYU Nursing student wants to mend the body and soul

April 13, 2022
Adia Hansen, a nursing student, credits her success and diverse opportunities for experiential learning to BYU. “Nursing trade schools don’t have the learning opportunities that BYU does.”
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Fueled by a love of literacy, BYU graduate anxious to serve

April 11, 2022
“It’s been a privilege to come to BYU, and I want to make sure I’m living up to that incredible privilege. I feel called by God to a life of teaching and helping those who might be less fortunate.”
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Cougar Query: "When I have 30 minutes of free time, you can find me at the library. I’m not sure what I’d do without the HBLL in my life!"

April 07, 2022
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Bridger Talbot, Enrollment Services counselor.
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Cougar Query: "Students don’t think I notice their shoes (especially if they're Air Jordans)"

April 05, 2022
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Anthony Sweat, an associate teaching professor of church history and doctrine.
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Cougar Query: "You’ll never find me without my glasses. With them, I feel like a superhero in disguise!"

March 07, 2022
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Megan Sanborn Jones, chair of the Department of Theater and Media Arts.
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Cougar Query: "I'm currently working on a constitutional biography of George Washington"

February 01, 2022
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Justin Collings, law professor and associate dean.
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Utah Jazz scholarship paying dividends for BYU freshman Ben Lopez

December 23, 2021
Having lived most of his life in Provo, Lopez says he often envisioned studying at BYU and being part of the campus community. After finding a passion for dance at age 13, one of his dreams included joining BYU’s Living Legends, an award-winning song and dance group that celebrates the native cultural heritage of North and South America and the South Pacific through music, costume and dance.
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Christmas at BYU: Employee holiday traditions

December 01, 2021
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat–and BYU employees are staying busy with their special holiday traditions. Check out some of their favorite holiday celebration suggestions and find some new ideas for your Christmas!
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