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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: "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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Cougar Query: "I spent years trying to create the perfect chocolate chip cookie."

April 05, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Ryan Gabriel, assistant professor of sociology.
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Cougar Query: "How LEGO bricks shaped my eternal destiny."

March 28, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet David Jungheim, BYU MBA Alumni Manager.
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Student Employee of the Year uses creativity to improve BYU newspaper

March 21, 2021
Communications major and The Daily Universe student employee Eric Forbush pairs creativity and hard work to improve BYU publications.
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BYU students assemble, deliver 800 care packages to students affected by COVID-19

March 15, 2021
For a time, the day-to-day efforts of the BYUSA office were put on hold while the office morphed into a care package production facility as nearly 50 students and staff members came together to assemble and deliver care packages.
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Cougar Query: "My favorite spot on campus is the MOA, of course!"

March 08, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Janalee Emmer from the Museum of Art.
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Cougar Query: "If my wife is there, she is quick to say, 'He doesn’t raise money, he throws parties!'"

February 24, 2021
Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Roy Brinkerhoff from BYU Alumni.
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Cougar Query: "I love to collect sneakers"

January 31, 2021
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Y News editor Aaron Sorenson.
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BYU Italian professor combats student “Zoom fatigue” with online cooking sessions

January 20, 2021
The cooking sessions in professor Marie Orton’s Italian 361 class represent her passion for helping students to connect—with each other, with her, with the subject matter. Orton said her teaching methods are inspired partly by the examples of many colleagues in the unique language programs at BYU.
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Love thy neighbor, improve your mental health, says BYU study

December 23, 2020
Dropping off a plate of cookies, leaving a kind note, wishing a neighbor a Merry Christmas. These simple holiday traditions lift the spirits of the recipients, but new BYU research shows that such small acts of kindness can also improve the mental health of the giver.
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Cougar Query: The title of my autobiography would be “Things Only Get Sweeter with Time”

December 14, 2020
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Executive Pastry Chef Fernanda Dutra.
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BYU students, creator of Alexa develop software to preserve Cambodian stories

December 09, 2020
By recording nearly 5,000 life stories during the past few years, BYU’s Cambodian Oral History Project has brought to light many narratives long suppressed by the trauma of the late 1970s Khmer Rouge regime, during which nearly two million Cambodians were killed or died.
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2020 Holiday Gift Guide

December 08, 2020
Stumped for what to get grandma this year? Trying to make your Cougar Cash spread far enough to give gifts to cousins too? Have a BYU fan on your list who already seems to have everything blue?
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Cougar Query: "BYU’s mission and people make it wonderful; there’s no place quite like it."

November 30, 2020
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet English professor Matthew Wickman.
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Cougar Query: One item on my bucket list is to go on an African safari and see the wildlife before it’s gone.

November 03, 2020
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Jamie Jensen, Associate Professor in the College of Life Sciences.
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Undergraduate research opportunities launch BYU grad to Yale Med

October 22, 2020
Jacob Mabey authored two research papers as an undergraduate at BYU and coauthored two more before graduating this year. Now he is using his research experience as a first-year student at the Yale School of Medicine. He follows the path of many BYU grads who go on to earn PhDs, something for which BYU ranks No. 5 in the country.
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Cougar Query: "My favorite lecture to teach is one that involves food or clever uses of mathematics."

October 05, 2020
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet statistics professor Candace Berrett.
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Cougar Query: "The title of my autobiography would be 'To Live a Plentiful Life'"

September 18, 2020
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Estela Marquez of BYU Multicultural Student Services.
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