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What's New at BYU for April 2012

Tuesday, April 3

Mentored Research Conference: The David O. McKay School of Education will host a research conference featuring work by outstanding students in the Wilkinson Center Garden Court from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

University Forum: J. W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., executive chairman-elect and chairman of the board of Marriott International Inc., will present a campus forum address, “From Small Beginnings,” at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. It will be broadcast live on KBYU-TV (Channel 11), BYUtv, KBYU-FM (89.1), BYU-Radio and at, as well as on campus in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium and the Varsity Theatre in the Wilkinson Student Center. For rebroadcast and reprint information, visit or

Wednesday, April 4

David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: "Peace and Conflict Resolution" will be presented by Sahar Qumsiyeh, a database analyst at the UN Relief and Works Agency, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

BYU’s Got Talent: The Student Activities Board will be hosting the finale of BYU's Got Talent at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theater. All the winners from the previous shows will be competing against each other for the top prize, a $100 gift card to the BYU Bookstore.

Thursday, April 5

Mary Lou Fulton Mentored Research Conference: This year there will be 420 students presenting their research featuring 228 posters in an open house format in the WSC Ballroom. The event is free and open to all from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

American Southwest Art Exhibit Opening: Western music, live entertainment and light refreshments will be provided for the free public opening of the second installment of the American Southwest Exhibition, "People in a Hard Land: Iconic Images of Life in the Southwest." Traditional Western wear is optional. The event will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the BYU Museum of Art and the exhibit will be open until Jan. 19, 2013. For more information, call (801) 422-8287.

Friday, April 6

College of Nursing 60th Anniversary Celebration: In celebration of its 60-year history, the College of Nursing will host nursing alumni, friends and students in a variety of activites. Distinguished speakers, a panel discussion, breakout sessions, class reunions, a service project and a celebration banquet are included in the day-long event that focuses on “The Healer’s Art: Transforming the Future of Nursing.” Registration for the event is available at or by contacting BYU Conferences and Workshops, 877-221-6716. For additional information, call 801-422-4143.

Saturday, April 7, and Friday, April 13 and 20

Passover Seder Services: The annual Passover Seder Services at BYU, conducted on campus for nearly 40 years, have been scheduled in 3228 Wilkinson Student Center from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are available at 271 Joseph Smith Building. Ticket prices are $25 for the public and $17 for current BYU students, faculty and staff.

Tuesday, April 10

The Unforum: BYUSA will host the “Unforum” at 11:05 a.m. at the Marriott Center. The Brigham Awards, awarded to five BYU students, faculty or staff for their genuine commitment, example and contributions to others throughout the world and the BYU community will also be given during the “Unforum.” This event will not be broadcast or rebroadcast.

Wednesday, April 11

David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: "U.S. Democracy Promotion: Cultural Imperialism?" will be presented by Gerald F. Hyman, senior adviser and president of the Hills Program on Governance at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Electrical and Computer Engineering on Display: From 1 to 3 p.m. in the WSC Garden Court, the community is invited to view this annual showcase of Electrical and Computer Engineering at BYU. Participants can get a closer look at a rewarding and in-demand field through competitions and interactive displays. Displays by senior students and local companies will include electric light suits, lasers and robotic trucks.          

Thursday, April 12

CFR Academic Conference Call: "Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East" will be presented by F. Gregory Gause III, professor and chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Vermont and author of the Council Special Report “Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East,” from 10 to 11 a.m. in 257 Herald R. Clark Building.

Neal A. Maxwell Lecture: WordPerfect cofounder Alan C. Ashton will present the Sixth Annual Neal A. Maxwell Lecture, “Oh How Surely Christ Sanctifies His Own,” at 7 p.m. in the Assembly Hall of the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. This event is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, April 14

Birding Event: Spend a Saturday morning with ornithologist Merrill Webb learning about birds and observing several species. This popular Nature Experienceship hosted by the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is open to ages 12 and up. Cost is $10.  Please call 801-422-5051 for registration information or visit

Thursday and Friday, April 19-20

Commencement Services: 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 3:15 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. Friday, the “Meet the President” event, when President Cecil O. Samuelson and his wife, Sharon, will meet and greet graduates and their guests, will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. The individual colleges will also host convocations on Friday. For a list of times, visit

Saturday, April 21

Emeriti Education Day: BYU alumni are invited to Emeriti Education Day to stay "connected for good." Keynote speaker and former BYU President Merrill J. Bateman will be joined by with Henry Whiffen, B. Ray Anderson, and Rand Packer. It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre of the Wilkinson Student Center. For event details and registration, go to

Wednesday, April 25

CFR Academic Conference Call: "Energy Dependency" will be presented by Blake Clayton, a Fellow for Energy and National Security, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 257 Herald R. Clark Building.

Thursday, April 26

John Tanner Lecture: The Semi-Annual John Tanner Lecture will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum auditorium. Craig Moritz, director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California-Berkeley, will be the speaker.  A public reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture, “Using Museum Resources to Understand How Species Respond to Climate Change” at 7 p.m.  This event is free to the public.

Thursday and Friday, April 26-27

Women’s Conference: This annual two-day conference is designed for women age 16 and older. General and concurrent sessions on such topics as home, family, marriage, parenting, gospel teachings, scriptures, personal testimony, prayer, temples, service, work, education, missionary work will be available, along with evening activities and service projects Thursday. No children under 16 will be admitted. Must be registered for conference to attend Thursday night activities. Register at

All Month

True Blue Tuesdays: Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to be part of a new tradition by wearing BYU blue every Tuesday. Wear true blue and find the weekly reward booth around campus from noon to 2 p.m. for free rewards and prizes. Help cover campus in blue and increase the “Spirit of the Y.”

BYUSA Club Night: Every Tuesday night in the Wilkinson Student Center from 7 to 10 p.m. is Club Night. There are more than 60 clubs to choose from at

Study Help: The Career and Academic Success Center at BYU offers classes on test preparation, stress management and time management. Students can attend classes to improve their academic, career and life skills. All workshops are 50 minutes long and are held in 2590 Wilkinson Student Center. If you cannot attend at the scheduled times, there are one-on-one classes available. Call (801) 422-2689 or visit to schedule.

Family History Research: 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 or call (801) 422-6200.

Campus Tours: Complimentary tours of the BYU campus are available for students, staff, faculty, prospective students, alumni and visitors weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. To set up a reservation, call (801) 422-4678 or visit

Expanded Dinosaur Exhibit: 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 them 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 Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (801) 422-3680.

African Exhibit: The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum invites the public to explore Africa in its newest exhibit, “Into Africa: Exploring Nature’s Interactions,” now on display. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to identify animals using the new iPad and iPhone app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. iPads will be available to check out for the exhibit for $3. For more information on this and other museum programs, call (801) 422-5051 or visit

Free Children’s Discovery Reading: Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., children ages 10 and younger can enjoy story time at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, where they will hear stories about animals and nature read by a professional storyteller. Live animals will also be presented. The event is free each week, and registration is not necessary. For more information about this and other museum events, contact the museum at (801) 422-5051 or visit

New Anthropology Exhibit: The Museum of Peoples and Cultures offers the exhibit “Entwined: A Vibrant Heritage of the Modern Maya,” which teaches about an ancient skill that has carried on through the generations. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or

Stories from Around the World: The Museum of Peoples and Cultures is now featuring a story time for toddlers and preschoolers every Friday at 11 a.m. during the school year. The program is free with new stories and a new culture each week. The museum is located on 700 North 100 East in Provo. Each week, folktales will help children to explore elements – like music, clothing and families – that cultures throughout the globe share. Children will hear the stories as they sit surrounded by artifacts that are held in the museum’s galleries.  For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or visit

Free Exhibit Tours: BYU’s “Education in Zion” exhibit in the Joseph F. Smith Building now offers daily tours Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. in addition to regular hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, with extended hours on Monday and Wednesday evenings until 9 p.m. Tours begin in the east-wing lobby on the main floor of the Joseph F. Smith Building. The gallery traces the history of education in LDS culture and showcases art from local artists and BYU students. for more information. For large groups, call the gallery’s information desk at (801) 422-6519.

Planetarium shows: BYU's Royden G. Derrick planetarium, with its specialized 3-D star projector and state-of-the-art acoustics, located in the Eyring Science Science Center, frequently offers star shows hosted by the BYU Astronomical Society to community groups and the public. Visit for a schedule and more information.

Writer: Charles Krebs

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