What’s New for April 2013
Tuesday, April 2
University Devotional: Michelle Marchant, an associate professor in the BYU Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education, will be the campus devotional speaker in the Marriott Center at 11:05 a.m. She will speak on "My Life Is a Gift, My Life Has a Plan." The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at byutv.org. Rebroadcast information can be found through byutv.org/schedule. Archived devotionals are available at speeches.byu.edu.
Wednesday, April 3
BYU's Got Talent Finale: The winners of all three BYU's Got Talent shows will compete for the first-place prize of $100 to the BYU Bookstore at 7p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Varsity Theater. More information is available at stab.byu.edu.
Thursday, April 4
David M. Kennedy Center Ambassador Lecture: His Excellency Chaiyong Satjipanon, ambassador to the United States for Thailand, will speak on “Thailand/U.S. Relations” at 11 a.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.
House of Learning Lecture: The Harold B. Lee Library is hosting, “Have We Not Had a Prophet Among Us? Changing Reception and Use of Joseph Smith’s Civil War Prophecy (D&C 87),” at 2 p.m. in the auditorium on level one. The lecture is in conjunction with the library’s Civil War exhibit and will be presented by Scott C. Esplin, an associate professor in the BYU Church History Department.
Friday, April 5
MPC Make and Take: The BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures is hosting a free opportunity during spring break for local children to learn and have fun. Parents are invited to bring their children to the museum between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Activities include making a mask, getting help on Scout Activity Patch worksheets and learning about the different exhibitions the museum has to offer. “Stories from Around the World” will take place as usual at 11 a.m. inside the gallery. For more information, visit facebook.com/byu.mpc. The museum is located at 100 E. 700 N. in Provo.
Monday, April 8
David M. Kennedy Center Ambassador Lecture: His Excellency Peter Taksoe-Jensen, ambassador to the United States for Denmark, will speak on “Denmark/U.S. Relations” at 2 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.
Tuesday, April 9
Music Assembly: The School of Music will present a devotional featuring a broad range of choral and orchestral talent at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. It will not be broadcast.
Wednesday, April 10
Brigham's Yard Sale: Students who are moving away and want to sell their belongings are invited to join the BYU Yard Sale in the Wilkinson Student Center Terrace at 4:30 p.m. All sellers must be BYU students and need to register in advance at the WSC Information Desk with a $5 fee. More information is available at stab.byu.edu.
Mentored Research Conference: This conference will showcase research projects by McKay School undergraduate and graduate students who have been mentored by faculty. This year awards of $1,000 will be given ($500 for students and $500 for faculty mentors). The conference will be held in the Wilkinson Student Center Garden Court from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. More information is available at education.byu.edu/research/mentoring_conference.
Thursday, April 11
Mary Lou Fulton Mentored Research Conference: The conference is a full-day event sponsored by the Mary Lou Fulton Chair designed to give students an opportunity to orally present their research to other students, faculty members and the public. The event is hosted by the BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences and will be held in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Kim Raid, (801) 422-1320, email@example.com.
Wednesday through Friday, April 24-26
Cap and Gown Distribution: Students who are graduating or plan to walk this April are invited to order or pick up their pre-ordered cap and gown at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. Pick-ups are available Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit capsandgowns.byu.edu or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 25
BYU Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony: The Army ROTC will be commissioning 12 individuals as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army at 11 a.m. in W408 and W410 N. Eldon Tanner Building. This year’s speaker is Dallen S. Atack, deputy adjutant general of the Utah National Guard and a BYU alumnus who commissioned through the program in 1988.
Thursday and Friday, April 25-26
Commencement Services: BYU will host its April commencement exercises Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center. Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the speaker and presiding authority. 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, during “Meet the President”, President Cecil O. Samuelson and his wife, Sharon, will meet and greet graduates and their guests 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 graduation.byu.edu.
Friday, April 26
BYU Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony: The Air Force ROTC will hold its commissioning ceremony for nine cadets at 10 a.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Varsity Theater. Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Roger Maher will address the cadets and their guests.
The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is closed for renovation and is not scheduled to reopen until spring 2014.
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 period nest, dinosaur skeletons of a Camptosaurus and Allosaurus, and a mural of the Utah-Colorado region during 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.
Planetarium Shows: The Royden G. Derrick Planetarium regularly offers Friday night shows hosted by the BYU Astronomical Society at 7 and 8 p.m. for $2 a person. The planetarium is located at N465 of the Eyring Science Center on campus, and tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule, visit planetarium.byu.edu.
Anthropology Exhibit: The Museum of Peoples and Cultures opened the exhibit titled “Entwined: A Vibrant Heritage of the Modern Maya,” which teaches about textile creation, a tradition 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 visit mpc.byu.edu.
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 mpc.byu.edu.
Free 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 unicomm.byu.edu/about/campusvisits.aspx.
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: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and extended hours on Monday and Wednesday 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. Visit lib.byu.edu/sites/educationinzionfor more information. For large groups, call the gallery’s information desk at (801) 422-6519. The gallery recently opened a new exhibition showcasing some of the better-known politicians who have visited the university in the past.
Free Family History Classes: 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. 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/sites/familyhistory/Sunday-classes or call (801) 422-6200.
Free Study Help Workshops: 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 visi aso.byu.edu to schedule.
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Writer: Hwa Lee