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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: "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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Cougar Query: "On Saturday mornings you'll find me working on my dissertation"

May 17, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Liz Darger, senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at BYU.
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Cougar Query: "Growing plants in my childhood vegetable garden sparked my interest in my field"

May 10, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Rick Jellen, a professor of genetics and associate dean in the College of Life Sciences.
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Cougar Query: "One item on my bucket list is to travel to Tibet"

May 03, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Niwako Yamawaki, a faculty member and an associate chair of the Department of Psychology.
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Determined to succeed: First-generation college graduate

April 22, 2021
Roughly 12% of the 2021 class are first-gen grads; Pedro Torres is one of them.
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BYU grad hopes to change the world with human development research

April 21, 2021
“I truly believe that people have this powerful opportunity to change the world.”
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Connection with professor brought grad student to BYU

April 21, 2021
Arjang “RJ” Abrarpour would not trade his unique BYU experience for anything.
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BYU social work grad excited to give back by helping families

April 20, 2021
When she began her master’s in social work at BYU, Beth O’Brien already had a clear vision of what she most wanted to accomplish: to provide emotional support to postpartum women navigating the mental health challenges that are common to new mothers.
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Finding Joy and Hope in Public Health Work

April 20, 2021
A Q&A with the 2021 student commencement speaker
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"Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly": A BYU Law grad's mantra

April 19, 2021
When BYU Law student Melissa Jo “MJ” Townsend was growing up, her mother frequently reminded her that she — a member of “the People” — was the government.
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Ph.D. Graduate Shares His Passion for the Outdoors with the Next Generation of Students

April 18, 2021
For BYU Ph.D. graduate Steve Bates, the popular tune “Home on the Range” hits close to home. Since 1999, Bates has worked as the wildlife manager at Antelope Island State Park in Utah, and he knows a thing or two about the land “where the buffalo roam.” He’s accustomed to the dazzling sunrises and picturesque settings the island offers – and he’s dedicated much of his life to researching, preserving and protecting the wildlife living there.
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Cougar Query: "I’m grateful that the Lord saw more potential in me than I did – as He does for each of us."

April 18, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Kevin John from the School of Communications.
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Awards Season 2021: Regardless of discipline, BYU students are taking home the hardware

April 13, 2021
From anthropology to graphic design, BYU students are winning their fair share of year-end awards for excellence in their field of study.


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Cougar Query: "One item on my bucket list is to do an Ironman."

April 11, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Vika Filimoeatu, Honors Advisement Supervisor.
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