Since it beginnings in 1922, Brigham Young University’s annual Campus Education Week has grown to become one of the most unique programs for adult education in America. This year’s event will take place Monday through Friday, Aug. 13-17, with the theme “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18).
The week will feature more than 1,000 classes addressing topics such as education, religion, marriage and family, genealogy, health, history and many more.
Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be this year’s Education Week devotional speaker Tuesday, Aug. 14, 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 more than 200 presenters, will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. Classes end at 4:05 p.m. Monday and at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The program is designed primarily for adults, although anyone age 14 and older may attend. Children under the age of 14 and individuals with infants will not be admitted.
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.
During Campus Education Week, typically 500 to 600 volunteers are needed to serve as hosting staff. All hosting positions for the 2012 Campus Education Week program are currently full, but those interested can call (801) 422-6214 to be put on a volunteer waiting list.
“This year’s theme highlights the path for obtaining true happiness: that of having a vision of who we truly are and who we can become, and of keeping the law of the Lord,” said Bruce Payne, program administrator for Campus Education Week. “The classes at Education Week are designed to help our visitors draw closer to the Lord and enhance their vision in many areas of life.”
Education Week will also include three fine arts performances at the Harris Fine Arts Center Tuesday through Friday evenings:
• “City of Joseph: A Historical Musical of Nauvoo” – A powerful stage version of the original Nauvoo Pageant, “City of Joseph” portrays life during the establishment and growth of Nauvoo, Illinois, under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Scaled to fit an indoor stage, it features all the music from the original pageant as it tells the story through the eyes of those who lived there from 1839-1846.
• One Clear Voice – One Clear Voice unites four of the LDS music industry’s most recognizable female voices to bring you a wonderful blend of harmony and inspiration. Tammy Simister Robinson, Johanne Fréchette Perry, Tanya Barkdull and LaRene Tinney combine their many years of vocal experience and their unique voices to create beautiful and inspiring music.
• Vocal Point – Vocal Point is BYU’s premier nine-man a cappella ensemble. Directed by James Stevens, Vocal Point wows audiences with vocal firepower, innovative arrangements and remarkable vocal percussion. These vocalists’ amazing run on NBC’s “The Sing Off” showcased their tremendous talent and character.
Fine arts performance tickets are $12 for each performance and are on sale now at the BYU Arts Ticket Office at (801) 422-4322 or online at byuarts.com/tickets. The general public is welcome to attend any of the fine arts events without Education Week registration.
There will also be a youth dance for registered Campus Education Week participants Thursday, Aug. 16, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the south end concourse of LaVell Edwards Stadium. Young men and women attending the dance are required to dress in their Sunday best. 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: Preston Wittwer