What’s New at BYU for April 2010
Thursday, April 1
The Capstone Project Fair sponsored by the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology will be showcased from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom. The projects are part of mechanical engineering seniors’ projects for sponsoring companies like John Deere, Provo Craft, Union Pacific, Westinghouse and Avery Dennison.
Graeme Wynn from the University of British Columbia will be speaking on “What Has Befallen the Earth?” at 11 a.m. in 250 Spencer W. Kimball Tower. The lecture is hosted by the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences.
Wilfred Griggs, professor of ancient scripture at BYU, will be speaking at the Nibley Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. His lecture will be titled “Nibley the Mentor.” The Series commemorates Hugh Nibley’s 100th birthday.
Thecommunity isinvited to take a closer look at the challenging and in-demand fields of electrical and computer engineering at “ECE on Display” from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Garden Court.The fair will featuresenior project demos, competitions and interactive displays from local engineering companies like IM Flash Technologies and Wavetronix.High school students are especially invited to come and get their questions answered.
Friday, April 2
Kenley Butler, executive officer and senior project manager at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, will be speaking at 2 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. His lecture will be titled, “A Farewell to Bombs: The Case for Nuclear Disarmament.” This lecture is sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. It will also be archived at kennedy.byu.edu.
Project Youth will host more than 1,000 fifth and sixth grade students from Utah County Title I schools on the BYU campus. The students will attend presentations given by BYU faculty, administrators and clubs, receive a campus tour from their group leaders and attend a power rally with special guest speakers. The purpose of Project Youth is to encourage children to prepare for higher education. Additional information is available at yserve.byu.edu or at email@example.com.
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology will be hosting the Final Event for the Business Plan Competition at 2 p.m. in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium.
Saturday, April 3
BYU’s Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum will be hosting “Incredible Invertebrates” from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The event is part of the Saturday Safari Kids for children ages 5-12. Tickets are $12 a person and can be purchased by contacting the Monte L. Bean Museum at (801) 422-5051.
Monday, April 5
The 21st annual International Society Conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. This year’s theme will be “'Organize Yourselves According to the Laws of Man (D&C 44:4)’: Challenges in Establishing the International Church.” The conference is free and open to the public. However, the luncheon is $14 per person, and space is limited. To register for the luncheon, call (801) 422-3377. BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson will open the conference. He will be followed by the keynote address “Challenges, Opportunities and the International Church” by Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander, emeritus General Authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For more information, visit www.ldsinternationalsociety.org.
Monday through Saturday, April 5-10
Y-Days is a weeklong celebration of service on campus. Service activities will be located at booths at Brigham Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Night activities will be held Tuesday through Friday, and several service projects will be available Saturday. Additional information is available online at yserve.byu.edu or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 6
The weekly BYU devotional will showcase a choral assembly hosted by the BYU School of Music at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriot Center. Please note that this devotional will not be broadcast or rebroadcast.
Mark Henshaw, senior analyst for the CIA, will be speaking at noon in 238 of the Herald R. Clark Building. His lecture is presented by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and is titled “Current Cybersecurity Threats to the United States.”
Bryan Cook, Center for Public Safety Excellence visiting scholar and professor at the University of Hawaii, will be speaking at BYU. His lecture, “Evidence-Based Practice,” will be in 185 David O. McKay Building from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
BYU’s College of Nursing will host its annual Mary Ellen Edmunds Nursing Endowment for the Healer’s Art Dinner in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are $75 a person and are available through March 29. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (801) 422-4143. This year’s celebration will feature S. Michael Wilcox, who has been working for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Educational System for 36 years.
Wednesday, April 7
Author Doug Stanton will be speaking at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Stanton will be discussing his book “Horse Soldiers.” The book follows the account of a small group of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. They went to war on horses against the Taliban. They were outnumbered 40 to one and eventually captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies will host Peter Martland, professor of history at Cambridge University. He will be speaking at 2 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. As a professor of modern economic and social history he will be speaking on “Anglo-American intelligence prior to WWII.”
Nicholas Dujmovic, CIA staff historian and intelligence analyst, will be speaking at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.
BYU’s Student Activities Board will be hosting the finale of the BYU Idol competition in the Varsity Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Thursday, April 8
His Excellency Friis Arne Petersen, Danish ambassador to the United States, will be speaking at 11 a.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. He will be speaking on “International Challenges and Perspectives for the Danish-American Relationship.”
The College of Family, Home and Social Sciences will be hosting the Annual Mary Lou Fulton Mentored Student Research Conference.Two sessions, which are free and open to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom.
Michael Rhodes of the Department of Ancient Scripture will be speaking at the Nibley Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. His lecture will be titled “Nibley, Egyptology and the Book of Abraham.” The Nibley Lecture Series commemorates Hugh Nibley’s 100th birthday.
The Ballard Center, formerly the Center for Economic Self-Reliance, will be hosting the final event for the Social Venture Competition in W408 Tanner Building at 11 a.m. It is open to the public.
Friday, April 9
His Excellency, Francisco Villagran de Leon, Guatemalan ambassador to the United States, will be speaking on Guatemala-U.S. relations at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark building.
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology will be hosting the Crexendo Online Marketing Competition Finals at 2 p.m. The event will be hosted in W408 and W410 Tanner Building.
Saturday, April 10
The BYU Alumni Association will be hosting the 2010 Traditions Ball Saturday, April 10, at 8 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center Assembly Hall. Registration is limited and costs $15 per person or $25 per couple. Participants can register online at tinyurl.com/ytradis or by contacting the BYU Alumni Association at (801) 422-8659. Registration is open to the public.
Tuesday, April 13
BYUSA will host the annual “Unforum” at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.
The BYU Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology will be hosting the iPhone App Competition at 2 p.m. in W408 and W410 Tanner Building.
Wednesday, April 14
Adam E. Miglio, assistant professor of archaeology at Wheaton College, will be speaking at 11 a.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. He will be lecturing about “Tribes, States and Ancient Israel.”
Thursday and Friday, April 22-23
BYU will host its April Commencement Exercises Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center. The exercises will be broadcast live on KBYU-TV (Channel 11) and KBYU-FM (89.1). Graduates should meet at 3 p.m. in the Abraham Smoot Building parking lot prior to the processional while parents and family should be seated in the Marriott Center by 3:45 p.m. Doors will open at 2 p.m. The graduate processional will begin at 3:15 p.m., weather permitting. Most campus offices will close Thursday at 2:30 p.m. to accommodate the services. On Friday, the “Meet the President” event, when President Cecil O. Samuelson and his wife, Sharon, will meet and greet the graduates and their guests, will take place from 9-11 a.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. The individual colleges will also host convocations. For a list of times, visit graduation.byu.edu.
Monday, April 26
BYU’s 13th annual Conference on Computerized Genealogy and Family History will be held in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. A separate Technology Conference for program developers will take place Wednesday, April 28, also at the Salt Palace. The conference will be held in Salt Lake City to coincide with the National Genealogical Society’s annual conference. This will allow NGS participants to attend the BYU conference. NGS has also offered attendees of the BYU conference a discounted rate to attend its conference. Registration for the BYU conference is $120 and can be obtained online at familyhistoryconferences.byu.edu. Registration can also be completed by calling the registration office at (801) 422-8925. Attendance at the conference can also be completed for credit in History 481R class. Registration for credit is $170.
Thursday and Friday, April 29-30
The annual Women’s Conference, hosted by BYU and the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will take place on the BYU campus. This year’s theme is taken from Moses 6:33-34, “Choose Ye This Day to Serve the Lord.” The conference will feature speakers such as Elder Dallin H. Oaks and general auxiliary presidents Julie B. Beck, Silvia H. Allred and Barbara Thompson. For more information on the conference, visit womensconference.byu.edu.
The Career and Academic Success Center will be hosting workshops on memory, test preparation, communication and stress management from April 1 to 9 in order to prepare students for finals. All are welcome to attend, and workshops are 50 minutes long. All workshops are held in 2590 of the Wilkinson Student Center. Call (801) 422-2689 or visit www.byu.edu/ccc for more information.
The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, located southeast of the Marriott Center, has a variety of displays and activities for children and adults. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to most exhibits and events is free. For more information, call (801) 422-5051 or visit mlbean.byu.edu.
Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., children ages 10 and younger can enjoy story time at the Monte L. Bean Museum, where they will hear stories about animals and nature read by a professional storyteller. Live animals will also be showcased. The event is free each week, and registration is not necessary. For more information, call the museum at (801) 422-5051 or visit mlbean.byu.edu.
Children ages 5-12 are welcome at Saturday Safari at the Monte L. Bean Museum. Each Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon participants will be transported to rain forests, deep ocean trenches, deserts and tundras, learning about the animals that inhabit each place. Registration is $12 per child to be paid one week in advance. Registration is not accepted the day of the class due to preparations involved. For more information or to register, call the Monte L. Bean Museum at (801) 422-5051 or visit mlbean.byu.edu.
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N. 100 East in Provo, presents the exhibit “New Lives: Building Community at Fourmile Ruin.” This exhibit explores an ancient, abandoned pueblo in Arizona that was built by native inhabitants. 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, family home evenings and cultural events. Teaching kits and tours are available, and volunteers are always welcome. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Hours are extended until 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or visit mpc.byu.edu.
BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures will be hosting “Stories From Around the World” every Friday at 11 a.m. Preschoolers and young children can come to listen to folktales from other cultures and make a craft to take home or share with others. Admission is free.
The BYU Museum of Paleontology, formerly the Earth Science Museum, was recently expanded to display most of its collection. Now, with the new 5,000 square-foot addition, the museum features a replica of a 9-foot-long triceratops skull from Montana, dinosaur bones found last summer near Moab, a Cretaceous nest, dinosaur skeletons of a Camptosaurus and an Allosaurus and a mural of the Utah-Colorado region in the Jurassic Period. Visitors can touch real fossils and view fossils being prepared in the active laboratory. The museum, located at 1683 N. Canyon Road in Provo, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended “Family Night” hours Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (801) 422-3680.
The "Education in Zion" exhibit’s newest gallery, "Inheritance," located on the second floor of the Joseph F. Smith Building, will be open daily. "Inheritance" is comprised of art by students of BYU visual arts faculty member Sunny Belliston Taylor. Some art pieces allow participants to contribute to the gallery itself. From the revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith to the contemporary worldwide educational program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Education in Zion” tells the story of the Church through education. The exhibit is open Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (801) 422-6519.
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 planetarium.byu.edu.
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 www.lib.byu.edu/fslab/classes.html.
Complimentary tours of the BYU campus are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. For more information, call (801) 422-4678.
Writer: Brandon Garrett