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What’s New at BYU for August 2010

Tuesday, Aug. 3

Shawn Miller of BYU’s History Department will be the devotional speaker. The devotional will take place in the de Jong Concert Hall at 11:05 a.m. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at or

Wildlife Adventureswill be held at the Monte L. Bean Museum from noon to 2 p.m. Previous adventures have allowed children to learn about life sciences, visit places like the zoo or Timpanogos Cave or try to catch reptiles at a pond. Wildlife Adventures cost $35, and more information is available

Friday, Aug. 6

Humor U will be hosting a Movie Mocktacular in the Varsity Theatre at 9:30 p.m. Three Humor U comedians will be showing three classic BYU short films: “Johnny Lingo,” The Phone Call,” and “Are You the One?: Choosing a Mate.” The comedians will present the movies in the style of “Mystery Science Theatre 3000.” Tickets are available at the Wilkinson Student Information Desk for $3.

Saturday, Aug. 7

Children ages 5-12 are welcome atSaturday Safariat the Monte L. Bean Museum. From 10 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 museum at (801) 422-5051 or visit

Monday, Aug. 9

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections will be opening a new exhibit, “Literary Worlds: Illumination of the Mind,” which will show how different writers traveled through the creative process. The display will feature letters, drawings, manuscripts and other artifacts from authors like Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll and many modern day writers. The exhibit is located on the first floor of the Harold B. Lee Library. Admission is free.

Thursday and Friday, Aug. 12-13

BYU will be holding its summer Commencement ceremonies. The main commencement service will be held in the Marriott Center Thursday at 4 p.m., and Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the keynote speaker and presiding authority. The commencement exercises will be broadcast live on KBYU-TV (channel 11) and KBYU-FM (89.1). For a list of Friday college convocations and additional information, visit

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14

The 33rd annual Academy of LDS Dentists Annual Conference will be held at various locations at BYU. The conference will have two full days of education classes by professionals like Gordon Christensen and Gerald Niznick, networking and luncheons. The Academy of LDS Dentists was organized in 1978 to provide dentists with an opportunity to enhance their professional endeavors. Evening firesides and activities for spouses and children are available. Call 1-877-221-6716 to register or visit

Monday through Friday, Aug. 16-20

The 88th annual Campus Education Week will take place in various locations on campus. Classes, lectures and seminars will be provided by hundreds of popular teachers, lecturers and leaders. Discount prices for early registration end Aug. 13. Registration and additional information is available by calling (801) 422-8925 or by visiting

Tuesday, Aug. 17

Elder Steven E. Snow of the Presidency of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the devotional speaker at the Campus Education Week. He will be speaking in the Marriott Center at 11:10 a.m. Registration for Education Week is not required to attend this devotional. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at or

Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 24-26

BYU will host its Annual University Conference for faculty and staff. For more information, visit

All Month

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections on the first level of the Harold B. Lee Library will be showcasing its newest exhibit, “99 Most Beautiful Names.” The artwork in the exhibit represents the various names of God inspired by the Quran and the Islamic religion. The exhibit will be open until September 2010.

The Museum of Art will present a religious exhibition that will allow viewers to explore their own faith in Jesus Christ. “James Tissot: The Life of Christ” features 124 watercolors by 19th-century French artist James Tissot. A committed Christian, Tissot devoted 10 years of his adult life to the creation of these works of art, which depict events surrounding the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Other exhibits include “Bill Owens: Suburbia,” a sly photographic study of suburban life in the 1970s; "The First 100 Years: Collecting Art at BYU"; and "American Dreams: Selected Works from the Museum's Permanent Collection of American Art." Admission is free. The Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday.

The “Education in Zion” exhibit is open daily on the second floor of the Joseph F. Smith Building. The art exhibit traces the history of education in the Mormon culture and showcases art from local artists and BYU students.

The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum conducts weeklylive animal shows. Reptiles are showcased Mondays at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. There will also be one show daily, Tuesday through Saturday, including Adaptations, Utah Plants and Animals, Ecosystems and Invertebrates and Reptiles. Each show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., children ages 10 and younger can enjoystory timeat 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

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N. 100 East in Provo, will be exhibiting, “Beneath Your Feet: Discovering the Archaeology of Utah Valley,” which delves into the prehistory of Utah Valley and “New Lives: Building Community at Four Mile Ruin.” Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures also offers family home evening programs every second Monday of the month. There is a 6:30 p.m. FHE for families from the community and a 7:30 p.m. FHE for student groups. Reservations are required and cost $5 ($10 for groups over 15). Call (801) 422-0020 to make a reservation. Reservations must be made by noon on the day the group wants to attend.

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures will also be hosting“Mornings @ the Museum”every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 4-11, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join for tours, stories and fun activities. The program is free, but reservations are required. Call (801) 422-0020 to make a reservation.

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 theactive 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.

The Academic and Career Help Center at BYU offers classes on test preparation, stress management and time management. Students can attend classes to help their academic, career and life skills. All workshops are 50 minutes long and are held in 2590 WSC. If you can’t attend the scheduled times, there are one-on-one classes available. Call (801) 422-2689 or visit for more information.

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 call (801) 422-6200.

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

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