There were more than 120 entries in our Y News “Day in the Life of a BYU Employee” photo contest. Each shared a unique perspective of what daily life on campus may include. From receiving mail orders of live maggots to disposal mangled silverware, every role on campus has its highs and lows.

With so many great photos the judges tried to award as many photographers as possible.

Here are the winners:

Surprising Subject

Winner: RoyAl Weakley, Cannon Center

"You have heard that food is an art. Even the Dishroom joins in! These were pulled from the pulper, our giant disposal here in the Cannon Commons."



Best Incorporation of People

Winner: Barbara Smith, Counseling and Special Education

"The whole class inside the elevator and we have room to spare! What a great bunch of talent."



Campus Scenic

Winner: Bridger Talbot, Financial Aid

"Being an employee of BYU means you get some unique moments during your workday – like my view when I play the carillon bells during my lunch break."



There were so many great scenic shots of campus we also had to include a few honorable mentions.

The Four Seasons

Spring

Hayley Jensen, Undergraduate Education

Halyey Jensen spring scene

Summer

Matt Seeley, Exercise Science



Fall

Heidi Engh, Undergraduate Programs



Winter

Chris Autry, BYU Police (Taken on Christmas Day 2016)

Chris Autry

 

Less-Than-Perfect Work Day

Winner: Dawn Anderson, Custodial

"11,913: My total number of nightly BYU SFH Toilet & Urinal Cleanings since January 2016. You're welcome! And thank you, BYU!"

toilet

 

Daily Routine

Winner: Alexis Davis, Special Collections

"I work in Special Collections and have the fun opportunity to get to see all the amazing treasures stored in our stacks up close and personal!"



Office Space

Winner: Jamin Rowan, English

"Asparagus Fern as Metaphor of the Intellectual Life"



Honorable Mention

John Kwarm, Title IX

“A constant reminder that everyone I visit with is important – especially students. Regardless of why they are sitting in my office, I have the privilege of working with some pretty remarkable people."



Click through all of the creative entries below.

  • WINNER: You have heard that food is an art. Even the Dishroom joins in! These were pulled from the pulper, our giant disposal here in the Cannon Commons.

    Photo Credit: Roy Weakley

  • All dressed up and ready for another graduation!

    Photo Credit: Scott Miller

  • Learning at the Campus Showcase how long some students wait to find their eternal companion.

    Photo Credit: Richard Crookston

  • Jodi Chowen, Director of University Career Services, being harassed for not making the putt on hole 18 at Boondocks. Our office went to Boondocks as part of an annual retreat and planning meeting in April.

    Photo Credit: Monte Marshall

  • Photo Credit: David Allred

  • This is what I get for asking my teenage son to make a lunch from the left-overs at dinner. Cookie, brownie, a variety of veggies, and some pasta.

    Photo Credit: Monte Marshall

  • Missionaries don’t read signs…unless “Elder Clooney” is holding it.

    Photo Credit: Sarah Longman

  • Dynamic sculpture from pre-internet coax network connectors

    Photo Credit: Mel Smith

  • WINNER: The whole class inside the elevator and we have room to spare! What a great bunch of talent.

    Photo Credit: Barbara Smith

  • Hayley Jensen
    My students are brilliant, kind and why I come to work. They made turning 30 really special! I am on the left with my student, Shay.

    Photo Credit: Hayley Jensen

  • Jeff Sheets
    Graduation Selfies––Getting kids to the graduation finish line and preparing them for their future careers is the greatest pay day I have as a professor

    Photo Credit: Jeff Sheets

  • Guest lecturing for a group of Family Nurse Practitioner students.

    Photo Credit: Renea Beckstrand

  • Aloha Friday in our office. Our students actually started this movement themselves and our management team threw ourselves into it! So here is our day in the life with the spirit of Aloha!

    Photo Credit: Kelsey Berteaux

  • The thrill of watching students graduate

    Photo Credit: Aaron Hawkins

  • We had a department field trip, and it was a “bring your babies to work” day

    Photo Credit: Nikilanai Tengan

  • Uncle Keith works at the Gordon B. Hinckley building early in the morning, then he takes us to the Garden of Eden at BYU's greenhouse.  We have fun at BYU!!
    (Submitted by Fauna Smith)

    Photo Credit: Fauna Smith

  • Sometimes at work, you get to be in a photo shoot for the BYU President's Report

    Photo Credit: David Smith

  • WINNER: Being an employee of BYU means you get some unique moments during your workday--like my view when I play the carillon bells during my lunch break.

    Photo Credit: Bridger Talbot

  • The plant life surrounding us is definitely a perk of working here—especially when that plant life consists of magical purple fairy trees.

    Photo Credit: Camryn Scott

  • Honorable Mention: Walk down memory lane

    Photo Credit: Heidi Engh

  • While traveling with Assistant Dean, Jim Trent, to meet with the lead recruiter and a BYU alumnus at Honda R & D, I leaned my head out the window and snapped a shot of this covered bridge just north of Columbus Ohio.

    Photo Credit: Monte Marshall

  • Photo Credit: Michael Johnson

  • Honorable Mention: Most days, I take a short afternoon break by walking on a path on the south side of campus. Last week, this lone water droplet, on a beautiful green leaf, caught my eye.

    Photo Credit: Matt Seeley

  • Zadar Croatia, at dusk

    Photo Credit: Cyndee Frazier

  • I like to walk campus during my lunch break. A stress fracture recently has limited my walking, but I got this photo on a walk before the stress fracture was diagnosed.

    Photo Credit: Jennifer Cardon

  • Extending the services and spirit of the university

    Photo Credit: Jonathan Anderson

  • Halyey Jensen spring scene
    Honorable Mention: Spring on campus means new life and new energy for me!

    Photo Credit: Hayley Jensen

  • Melanie Burton
    Part of the daily BYU experience is wishing and praying for a parking spot near our building. It becomes even more tricky during the winter when the red curb may be covered.

    Photo Credit: Melanie Burton

  • Photo Credit: Kim Ashby

  • I caught this one on a morning after we had an unexpected spring snow which covered the tulips around campus and especially those by the campus entrance.

    Photo Credit: Aaron Hawkins

  • Chris Autry
    Honorable Mention: Hinckley Center on Christmas morning 2016. Police work on every day :)

    Photo Credit: Chris Autry

  • toilet
    WINNER: 11,913: My total number of nightly BYU SFH Toilet & Urinal Cleanings since January 2016. You're welcome! And thank you, BYU!

    Photo Credit: Dawn Anderson

  • I am a Wildlife Project Coordinator at BYU. I help research and monitor wildlife populations in western Utah. State sensitive species are of special interest to our wildlife research.

    Photo Credit: Jacob Hall

  • I am a full time working mom and I am so grateful I work at BYU. I love that BYU understands that families are the priority. My baby was sick, so she slept while I made a deadline.

    Photo Credit: Annie Jones

  • Melanie Burton
    Ever had a day that felt like this?

    Photo Credit: Melanie Burton

  • I saw students and their supervisor cleaning the JFSB stairwell. It is the hard-working, dedicated individuals who get down on their hands and knees and scrub those stairwells that bring beauty here. Thank you.

    Photo Credit: Molly McCall

  • Photo Credit: Collette Blackwelder

  • Late night essay grading: after the kids are in bed, the piles of papers emerge!

    Photo Credit: Catherine Pavia

  • A day in the life of a Helaman Halls technician. (submitted by Tim Sebra, featuring Ben Boyes as the subject)

    Photo Credit: Ben Boyes

  • I work in Special Collections and have the fun opportunity to get to see all the amazing treasures stored in our stacks up close and personal!

    Photo Credit: Alexis Davis

  • This is one of our awesome employees in Auxiliary Services. His name is Kenny Atkins. He works hard and is highly skilled. This is a day in his life.
    (Submitted by Tim Sebra, Kenny Atkins is pictured)

    Photo Credit: Kenny Atkins

  • Just another day with the laser

    Photo Credit: Brittany England

  • Chris Autry's photo of BYU's underground pipes.
    Working underground

    Photo Credit: Chris Autry

  • Holding a model of SSV-1, an extremophile virus that infects bacteria that only grow in geothermal hot springs, such as in Yellowstone

    Photo Credit: Bob Black

  • You don’t need to be a film major to make movies at BYU

    Photo Credit: Ben Nielson

  • I’m an audio engineer and I’m part of BYU AV and we handle events all over campus. This is one of my more fun days, the Ben Rector concert.

    Photo Credit: Eric Kopp

  • One of my multiple visits to the Jerusalem, Israel, scrollery, to examine and study the Dead Sea Scrolls book of Isaiah.

    Photo Credit: Donald Perry

  • Deep under campus the Library operates a high-density storage area for materials that can be paged for researchers. I oversee hundreds of rolling shelves filled with thousands of books, journals and other documents.

    Photo Credit: Emily Hreha

  • Here’s a day in my life on campus. We are filming a commercial for the Ballard Center over at the pond near the Life Sciences building.

    Photo Credit: AliciaGettys

  • HFAC - BYUARTS Costume Studio

    Photo Credit: MaryJane Wadley

  • John Adams, Head of Fabrication at the BYU Museum of Art, is taking measurements of a 1913 Model E Indian Motorcycle.

    Photo Credit: Ashlee Whitaker

  • Plating up 1000 desserts

    Photo Credit: Fernanda Dutra

  • WINNER: Asparagus Fern as Metaphor of the Intellectual Life

    Photo Credit: Jamin Rowan

  • Jeff Buell's home made clock
    A unique – “quirky” lamps that I have made for my office

    Photo Credit: Jeff Buell

  • Michael Bishop
    This was my mouse’s view just before 5 o’ clock

    Photo Credit: Michael Bishop

  • Brian Berthold
    It's all about our shows and events

    Photo Credit: Brian Berthold

  • Brooke Smith
    Desktop reminders: I have the strength of an ox and the tenacity of a wolverine, and I have a responsibility in my role at BYU to learn all that I possibly can and to use that knowledge to bless others

    Photo Credit: Brooke Smith

  • CDs have been my medium of exchange for nearly thirty years. I guess that makes me Old School.

    Photo Credit: Luke Howard

  • Lunch break from prepping classes to enjoy some track and field.

    Photo Credit: Iain Hunter

  • I work in Special Collections and have the fun opportunity to get to see all the amazing treasures stored in our stacks up close and personal! This is the "card cat."

    Photo Credit: Alexis Davis

  • There’s always something pretty to see at the Museum of Art!

    Photo Credit: Maggie Leak

  • Sunset at work

    Photo Credit: Megan Graves

  • This is my triptych of working in the JFSB in the CFHG.

    Photo Credit: Lenore Carrier

  • Honorable Mention: A constant reminder that everyone I visit with is important--especially students. Regardless of why they are sitting in my office, I I have the privilege of working with some pretty remarkable people.

    Photo Credit: John Kwarm

  • When work gets stressful I minimize my window to maximize my perspective.

    Photo Credit: Marissa Gilson

  • Uplifting View from the Kimball Tower

    Photo Credit: Ben Ogles

  • Friday nights in the maze of cubicles

    Photo Credit: Spencer Yamada

  • And they told us that dinosaurs were extinct . . .

    Photo Credit: Sarah Westerberg

  • The IT Engineer in his natural habitat

    Photo Credit: Travis Marks

  • A day in the life of a manuscripts processor: Office space or grandma’s attic?

    Photo Credit: Mary-Celeste Lewis

  • Nephi in front of the Immunizations wall

    Photo Credit: Kristin Anderson

  • Come, have a treat and a seat

    Photo Credit: Kristina Southam

  • This greets me every morning – the world map which shows where 1800+ BYU students are studying and interning abroad in 2017. Blue dots means study abroad, yellow means internship, red means direct enrollment

    Photo Credit: Lynn Elliott

  • Inviting Students to Office Hours in Fall

    Photo Credit: Grant Ekstein

Images From This Story

Photo Credit:

Aaron Hawkins
Alexis Davis
AliciaGettys
Annie Jones
Ashlee Whitaker
Barbara Smith
Ben Boyes
Ben Nielson
Ben Ogles
Bob Black
Brian Berthold
Bridger Talbot
Brittany England
Brooke Smith
Camryn Scott
Catherine Pavia
Chris Autry
Collette Blackwelder
Cyndee Frazier
David Allred
David Smith
Dawn Anderson
Donald Perry
Emily Hreha
Eric Kopp
Fauna Smith
Fernanda Dutra
Grant Ekstein
Hayley Jensen
Heidi Engh
Iain Hunter
Jacob Hall
Jamin Rowan
Jeff Buell
Jeff Sheets
Jennifer Cardon
John Kwarm
Jonathan Anderson
Kelsey Berteaux
Kenny Atkins
Kim Ashby
Kristin Anderson
Kristina Southam
Lenore Carrier
Luke Howard
Lynn Elliott
Maggie Leak
Marissa Gilson
Mary-Celeste Lewis
MaryJane Wadley
Matt Seeley
Megan Graves
Mel Smith
Melanie Burton
Michael Bishop
Michael Johnson
Molly McCall
Monte Marshall
Nikilanai Tengan
Renea Beckstrand
Richard Crookston
Roy Weakley
Sarah Longman
Sarah Westerberg
Scott Miller
Spencer Yamada
Travis Marks

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