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Brigham Young University President Cecil O. Samuelson and his wife Sharon will welcome students to BYU for the new school year by kicking off the 2010-2011 devotional and forum series Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

President Samuelson’s talk is titled “Appropriate Zeal,” while Sister Samuelson will speak about “Gratitude — A Commandment of God.”

The back-to-school devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and at byub.org. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.

President Samuelson was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1994. At the time of his assignment as BYU’s 12th president in 2003, he was a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.

Prior to holding these positions, President Samuelson worked as a professor of medicine and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Utah and was senior vice president of Intermountain Healthcare.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree, a master’s degree in educational psychology and a medical degree from the University of Utah.

Sharon Giauque Samuelson graduated from the University of Utah with honors in history. She has held leadership positions in all of the auxiliary organizations of the Church while raising a family and being active in the community.

Writer: Philip Volmar