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What's New at BYU for April 2009

What’s New at BYU for April 2009

Wednesday, April 1

The BYU College of Nursing will host a dinner and speaker to celebrate the Mary Ellen Edmunds Nursing Endowment for the Healer's Art from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. The guest speaker will be Chieko N. Okazaki. For more information, contact Rose Ann Jarrett at (801) 422-4143.

Michael Rubin, resident scholar of the American Enterprise Institute, will present a David M. Kennedy Center Lecture, “Can Diplomacy Tame Iran?” at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. For more information, visit

Students from the BYU College of Family, Home and Social Sciences will present research posters in the Mary Lou Fulton Poster Conference from 9 to 11:50 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom. Posters include “More Than Just a Game: Video Game Use During Emerging Adulthood,” “Perfectionism and Depression in Mormon Culture” and “Children and Gangs in America’s Inner Cities. For more information, contact Kim Reid at (801) 422-1320.

Wednesday through Friday, April 1-3

The Brigham Young University-Public School Partnership will host its "Instructional Leadership in the 21st Century: Classrooms and Schools for Tomorrow" conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. The keynote speaker will be Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person to have climbed the "Seven Summits," the tallest peak on every continent. Other presenters include Jennifer James, Annette Breaux, Ruby Paine and Stevan Kukic. Presenters will cover a variety of subjects including classroom management, differentiated instruction, school leadership and technological change. For more information, visit or contact Joyce Terry at 801-422-4646.

Thursday, April 2

His Excellency José Alfredo Graça Lima, Brazilian consul general in Los Angeles, will present a David M. Kennedy Center Lecture at 11 a.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. For more information, visit

Omar Amin, director of the Parasitology Center, Inc. in Tempe, Arizona, will present a David M. Kennedy Center Lecture, “The Common Egyptian Then and Now” at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. For more information, visit

The BYU Department of Mechanical Engineering will host the “Capstone Final Presentations and Project Fair” in the Wilkinson Student Center. Students will present final projects from 8:30 to 11:10 a.m. in 3211, 3223, 3228 and 3380 WSC. The projects will be on display from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. in the WSC ballroom. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact Gregg Warnick at (801) 422-6322.

Amy J. Hyatt, diplomat in residence at Arizona State University, will present two David M. Kennedy Center Lectures about Foreign Service careers. She will present “Life in the Foreign Service” at 3 p.m. in and “Preparing for the Foreign Service Oral Exam” at 5 p.m. in B106 Joseph Fielding Smith Building. For more information, visit

Monday, April 6

The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies will host the 20th Annual Conference of the International Society, “The Church and the Global Community,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. The conference is open to the public. For more information, visit

Tuesday, April 7

The BYU School of Music will present a devotional assembly at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. For broadcast and rebroadcast information, visit or

BYU’s David O. McKay School of Education will host its annual Mentored Research Conference from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Garden Court. The conference will showcase projects completed by undergraduate and graduate students mentored by faculty from six departments of the McKay School. Admission is free and all are invited to attend. For more information, contact Shauna Valentine at (801) 422-8562, or visit

Wednesday, April 8

M.V. Krishnayya, emeritus professor and chair of philosophy and religious studies at Andhra University in India, will present a David M. Kennedy Center Lecture, “Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King: Strategies of Civil Disobedience," at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 9

Danette Paul from the BYU English department will lead a Women’s Studies Book Discussion on the book “Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science: An Astronomer Among the American Romantics” by Renée Bergland, at noon in 4188 Joseph Fielding Smith Building. Seating is limited. To attend, RSVP to or (801) 422-4609 by Monday, April 6.

His Excellency Hesham Elnakib, Consul General of Egypt in San Francisco, will present a David M. Kennedy Center Lecture at 11 a.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium. For more information, visit

Friday, April 10

BYU graduating seniors and guests are invited to attend “The Time of Your Life” celebration, featuring entertainment from Living Legends and a special presentation from President Cecil O. Samuelson, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center. The event is free for all seniors and spouses, and $5 for guests. Tickets are available at the WSC information desk beginning March 30.

Saturday, April 11

The BYU Student Alumni Association will host a formal evening of music and dancing at the “Traditions Ball” from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. In addition to dancing, this "blue tie" event will feature musical groups from campus and the community. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple. Online registration is available at

BYU’s Religious Education and the Religious Studies Center will host the annual Easter Conference, “To Save the Lost: An Easter Celebration,” from 9 a.m. to noon in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium. Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, former general Relief Society president, will present the keynote address, “My Portrait of Jesus: A Work in Progress.” All are invited to attend. For more information, contact Joany Pinegar at (801) 422-6975.

Tuesday, April 14

The annual Unforum will be featured in the Marriott Center at 11:05 a.m.

Thursday, April 23

April Commencement Exercises will begin at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center. The event will be broadcast live on KBYU-TV (Channel 11) and KBYU-FM (89.1).

Friday, April 24

Individual College Convocations recognize graduating students throughout the day at locations across the BYU campus. For a complete schedule, visit In addition, President Cecil O. Samuelson and his wife, Sharon, will host a “Meet the President” event for graduates and their parents from 9-11 a.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center.

Thursday and Friday, April 30-May 1

The Annual BYU Women's Conference, co-sponsored by the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be held at locations throughout campus. For a complete schedule and registration information, visit or call (801) 422-8925.

All Month

Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., children age 10 and younger can enjoy story time at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, hearing stories about animals and nature read by a professional storyteller. The event is free each week, and registration is not necessary. For more information, call the museum at (801) 422-5051 or visit

The Family History Library at the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU offers free family history classes the second and fourth Sunday of each month. The classes begin at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The library’s family history resources and consultants are available from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on these Sundays. For more information and a complete schedule of classes, visit

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N. 100 East in Provo, presents the exhibit “Touching the Past: Traditions of Casas Grandes.” This exhibit focuses on the lifestyle and rituals of the Casas Grandes people through their pottery and figurines. Another exhibit, “Kachinas of the Southwest: Dances, Dolls and Rain,” explores the Hopi religious ceremonies. The museum offers children’s programs as well as various date nights and cultural events. Teaching kits and tours are available, and volunteers are always welcome. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Hours are extended until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or visit

The BYU Earth Science Museum features dinosaur skeletons of a camptosaurus and an allosaurus, a mural of the Utah-Colorado region in the Jurassic Period, a 150-million-year-old dinosaur egg and a preparation lab window showing museum personnel preparing fossils. Visitors may touch real fossils at the fossil touch table and see a unique diceratops skull. Admission is free. The Earth Science Museum is located at 1683 N. Canyon Road in Provo. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (801) 422-3680.

The Royden G. Derrick Planetarium at BYU’s Eyring Science Center offers evening shows hosted by the BYU Astronomical Society. Tickets will go on sale at the planetarium door starting at 6:30 p.m. and are $2 each. For a schedule of shows and more information, visit

Registration for Brigham Young University faculty, staff and students is now available for the 2009 BYU Women's Conference, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 30-May 1. The discounted price for all current BYU ID cardholders is $15 for the full conference or $8 for either Thursday or Friday. To register, visit, call (801) 422-8925 or register in person in the Harman Building lobby weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A BYU ID number is required to register. For more information, call (801) 422-7692, or visit

Complimentary tours of the BYU campus are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. For more information, call (801) 422-4678.

Writer: Angela Fischer

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