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BYU Campus Notes for May 2, 2003

Old Testament topic of May 6 BYU forum

Old Testament scholar and Methodist minister Margaret Barker will discuss "What Did Josiah Reform? The Earlier Religion of Israel" at Brigham Young University during a forum Tuesday (May 6) at 11:05 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

The forum will be broadcast live on KBYU-TV (Channel 11), KBYU-FM (89.1), the BYU-Television and BYU-Radio satellite networks and at It will be rebroadcast Sunday, May 18, at 6 and 11 a.m. on KBYU-TV, on BYU-Television at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on KBYU-FM at 8 p.m.

Barker has published eight books reconstructing pre-exilic Israelite religion using ancient texts that preserve fragments of that earlier religion and that are drawn from all textual traditions that have Biblical origins. She found a model of the pre-exilic religion in the texts of first-century Christianity.

She has been recognized for her work by her election as president of the Society for Old Testament Study, a U.K.-based international association of Old Testament scholars.

Religious images now available on-line from BYU Library

Following a two-year process, the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University has recently digitized, archived and made available 3,000 digital images of religious themes.

The images which can be accessed at come from a compilation of personal collections of BYU religion faculty and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint Educational System faculty on the BYU campus.

The idea for the digitizing and archiving photos in the library's digital collection came from the faculty in Religious Education at BYU.

"They wanted to share their photos with their students and each other, so we suggested the project," said Scott Eldredge, program manager for digital initiative.

Pictures on the Web site include everything from the Sea of Galilee to mustard seeds, which faculty have collected and used in religious lessons. Anyone with Internet access now has the ability to copy and download the pictures for personal use.

"I'm excited about the practical applications for such a broad audience," said Cali O'Connell, an administrative assistant at the Harold B. Lee Library. "Seminary instructors, Church members, Sunday School teachers and just about anyone can use the pictures for lessons."

In addition to the images, the Web site includes information, scriptures and stories that accompany each picture. A user can type in a scripture or theme on the search engine on the Web site. Just seconds later, the website will produce pictures and information for the search.

From the tech-savvy user down to someone who has never urfed the Web before, all computer users will find the site to be really accessible and user-friendly.

For more information, contact Cali O'Connell at (801) 422-6770.

BYU intern wins national honors

An internship with Newsweek Magazine has helped a Brigham Young University student win the national 2002-2003 Internship Student of the Year Award from The Cooperative Education and Internship Association.

Elise Christenson from Provo, Utah, attributes winning the award to the faculty and advisor support she enjoyed at BYU while earning a bachelor's degree in communications with an emphasis in print journalism.

"Elise is one of the best and brightest students I have had in my 28 years at BYU," said Thomas A. Griffiths, journalism coordinator for BYU's Department of Communications and Christensen's advisor. "During Elise's tenure as reporter at the Daily Universe, 71 percent of her stories were published on the front page."

After being at Newsweek just one week, Christenson had her first item, a question-and-answer interview with Donny Osmond, published in the magazine. Since then, she has been published nearly every week.

Christenson started an unpaid internship at Newsweek Magazine in New York City in September 2002. Although the internship was scheduled to end in December of that year, she was invited to continue with a paid internship position for another six months.

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