Since its beginnings in 1922, Brigham Young University’s annual Campus Education Week has become one of the largest continuing education programs in the country. This year’s event will take place Monday through Friday, Aug. 19-23, with the theme “A People of Profound Learning.”
The week will feature more than 1,000 classes, addressing topics such as education, family and marriage relations, finance, health, religion and self-improvement.
Elder M. Russell Ballard, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at the Education Week devotional, Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 11:10 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional is free and open to the public. For broadcast information, visit byutv.org.
Campus Education Week classes – taught by 230 presenters, including returning faculty favorites – will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. Monday classes end at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday through Friday classes end at 9:25 p.m. More than 70 classes are available specifically for youth ages 14-18. Children under the age of 14 and individuals with infants will not be admitted.
The J. Reuben Clark Law School will also host classes that will be eligible for continuing legal education credit. Participants must check with their respective state bars for verification that the classes will be accepted as CLE credit.
Information on class schedules, registration and fees, day and overnight parking, shuttles and other details is available at educationweek.byu.edu. On-site registration will also be available at the Marriott Center and other campus locations.
During Campus Education Week, typically 500 to 600 volunteers are needed to serve as hosting staff. Volunteers typically serve a shift of three hours and 45 minutes each day, Tuesday-Friday, in an assigned room and building. Volunteers receive a complimentary Monday-Friday registration in exchange for their service. Volunteer registration is available online at tinyurl.com/edwvolunteer.
“This year’s theme reflects President Brigham Young’s desire that we ‘learn everything that the children of men know, and … improve on this until we are prepared and permitted to enter the society of the blessed — the holy angels that dwell in the presence of God,’” said Bruce Payne, program administrator for Campus Education Week. “Campus Education Week classes are designed to help you gain new knowledge and draw closer to the Lord through lifelong learning and service.”
Education Week will also include three fine arts performances at the Harris Fine Arts Center, Tuesday through Friday evenings:
• “The Scarlet Pimpernel” – Drama and intrigue abound in “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” the tale of a British nobleman who risks his life to rescue those condemned to the guillotine during France's Reign of Terror. In public, Sir Percy Blakeney pretends to be a shallow fop so no one will suspect his secret identity but the biggest threat to his life comes when he falls in love with France's most celebrated actress. “The Scarlet Pimpernel” is an unforgettable story with a powerful and poignant musical score.
• Dallyn Vail Bayles: Inspirational Broadway – Acclaimed vocalist Dallyn Vail Bayles, whose credits include the Broadway tours of “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Misérables,” joins with special guest performers to present well-known and inspiring show tunes that will move you to laughter and tears. The concert will feature timeless and contemporary musical theatre songs, as Bayles and his guests sing their favorites from “Les Misérables,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “West Side Story,” “South Pacific” and many other Broadway musicals.
• Josh Wright: My Favorite Things – Josh Wright is a number-one Billboard artist and gold medalist at the 2010 Seattle International Piano Competition. He has received top honors in numerous national and international piano competitions and has performed extensively throughout the United States and in Europe. He will perform his latest recorded works as he explores beloved themes from popular music and film, interlaced with his favorite classical themes.
Fine arts performance tickets are $12 for each performance and are on sale now at the BYU Ticket Office at (801) 422-2981 or online at byutickets.com. The general public is welcome to attend any of the fine arts events without registering for Education Week.
There will also be a youth dance for registered Campus Education Week participants Thursday, Aug. 22, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the south end concourse of the LaVell Edwards Stadium. Young men and women attending the dance are required to dress in their Sunday best in accordance with BYU standards. Admission to the dance is $5.
For more information, visit educationweek.byu.edu or call the Education Week office at (801) 422-6214.
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Writer: Hwa Lee