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What's New at BYU for December 2004

What's New for December 2004

Wednesday, Dec. 1

The Brigham Young University Public School Partnership is celebrating its 20-year anniversary during December. Celebration activities include demonstrations and displays in the Wilkinson Center Garden Court from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The partnership invites BYU faculty and students to browse the displays and enjoy the entertainment. More than 15 programs and partnership initiatives will be highlighted. Choruses and instrumental groups from partnership schools will provide musical entertainment. For more information contact Joyce Terry at 422-4646 or

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Cougars for Clean Power and EcoResponse will host a clean power panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. in the Varsity Theater on the Brigham Young University campus.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Students at Brigham Young University will meet at 7 p.m. in the Traditions Lounge of the Wilkinson Student Center to go Christmas caroling to nearby neighborhoods and spread Christmas cheer. Donuts and hot chocolate will be served in the Traditions Lounge following the caroling. For information, visit the Student Activities Board in 3226 WSC.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Continuing through Thursday, Dec. 16, the Harold B. Lee Library will stay open until 2 a.m. on weekdays and midnight on Saturdays. The available library services after hours includes the Information Commons, Learning Resource Center, General Reference, Circulation and Security. After finals Friday, Dec. 17, the Lee Library will curb its hours until the beginning of winter semester. The library will open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. and will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Contact the library for more information, (801) 422-2905, or visit

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Paleontologist Philip Currie of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology will be speaking at a BYU Geology Seminar at 3 p.m. in C295 Eyring Science Center. His talk is titled "Feathered Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds." Admission is free. Currie is an American Association of Petroleum Geologists 2004-2005 Distinguished Lecturer. His talk is sponsored by the AAPG and BYU's Department of Geology. For more information, contact Brooks Bitt at (801) 422-7316.

Thursday, Dec. 2.

Craig Crandall from the University of Arizona will speak on "Heat Stress and Neural Control of the Circulation in Humans" at 11 a.m in W11 of the Benson Building. The Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology sponsors graduate seminars each Thursday at 11 a.m. For information, call (801) 422-2006,

Thursday, Dec. 2

The Women's Research Institute is sponsoring the Women's Studies Book Club Luncheon with Brandie Siegfried, a member of the English faculty, who will lead the discussion on author Susan Monk Kidd at noon in 325 Spencer W. Kimball Tower. Two of Kidd's stories - including an excerpt from "The Secret Life of Bees" - were selected as notable stories in "Best American Short Stories." As recipient of a Poets and Writers award, a Katherine Anne Porter Award and a Bread Loaf scholarship, Kidd has begun work on her new novel, "The Mermaid Chair." She is also the author of "The Dance of the Dissident Daughter" and "When the Heart Waits." For information or questions, please call Rachel Murdock at (801) 422-4605.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Kaye Hanson, a professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership and Strategy at BYU, will advise students on how to survive in a world that sends mixed messages regarding professional etiquette at 2 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium. Her lecture, "A Matter of Manners: The Corporate World Demands More Than the Right Fork," is part of the library's House of Learning Lecture Series.

Monday, Dec. 6 and Tuesday, Dec 7

The Integrative Biology Department at Brigham Young University will host its Biology 100 Symposium from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wilkinson Center Garden Court. Nearly 1,700 students will present posters on the general theme, "Products of the Evolutionary Process." The symposium is free and the public is welcome to walk in anytime to review the posters and ask the students questions. For information or questions about the symposium, please contact Samantha Hall at

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Daniel K. Judd, first counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, will speak at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 in the Marriott Center for a campus devotional. Live broadcasts of the devotional are available on KBYU-TV (Channel 11), BYU-Television, KBYU-FM (89.1), BYU-Radio, and, as well as on campus in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium and the Varsity Theater in the Wilkinson Student Center. Rebroadcasts will be Sunday, Dec. 12 on KBYU-TV at 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., BYU Television at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., KBYU-FM at 8 p.m., and BYU Radio at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Audio Archives are available at

Thursday, Dec. 9

Kristi Bell, BYU folklore archivist, will speak at 3 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library's Special Collections' DeLamar Jensen Lecture Room as part of this semester's Omnibus Lecture Series, sponsored by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Bell's lecture, "My Mother Makes Us Pajamas for Christmas: Family Traditions for Strong Families," discusses what holiday traditions mean. Admission is free.

Thursday, Dec. 9

The perennial Christmas classic from 1946, "It's A Wonderful Life," will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium at Brigham Young University as part of the ongoing Special Collections Motion Picture Archives Film Series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. Children eight years of age and older are welcome. Seating is limited, so early arrival is encouraged for an assured seat. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium.

Thursday, Dec. 9

Erik M. Jorgenson from the University of Utah will speak on "A Workingman's Guide to Synaptic Vesicle Exocytosis" at 11 a.m. in W11 Benson Building. The Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology sponsors graduate seminars each Thursday at 11 a.m. For information, call (801) 422-2006,

Saturday, Dec. 11

Viva Voce, one of Utah's premier singing groups, will perform at noon in the Wilkinson Student Center Skyroom for a BYU Women Christmas Luncheon. All women employees and spouses of employees are invited to attend. Reservations are required at a cost of $12. For information, contact Gayle Farnsworth at (801) 374-0147.

Sunday, Dec. 12

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Brigham Young University will present its 30th annual Christmas program, Adventssingen, at 6:30 p.m. in the Provo Tabernacle on 100 South University Ave. The German Choir along with several other BYU groups and members of the local community will perform traditional Christmas music and readings. Highlighting Christmas music from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, the program will include folk music as well as formally composed pieces on a stage adorned by native German decorations and performers clad in Germanic costumes. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. For information, please contact Michelle James at (801) 422-2463

Exhibits and all-month events

The BYU Earth Science Museum is displaying "Torvosaurus Tanneri," a large, carnivorous dinosaur. The museum also features two fully mounted skeletons of Camptosaurus and 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 North Canyon Road in Provo. The museum is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (801) 422-3680.

Through the generosity of Fred and Sue Morris of Salt Lake City, the world's most complete collection of waterfowl and pheasants is being exhibited as part of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum's permanent collection. A life-size African elephant has been under construction in the center atrium and, when completed, will be on display for about one year. Other exhibits on display are a new butterfly exhibit, a shell exhibit, "Ecosystem Dioramas," "Africa: A Diverse Continent" and "Synoptic Collections" of vertebrate animals. Gallery shows for the public featuring reptiles are conducted Mondays at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Children's story time is held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and noon in the children's discovery room. "Saturday Safari" is a discovery program at the museum tailored to children between ages 5 and 10. Cost is $8 per child per class. It focuses on teaching about animals, plants and the world around them. Classes are Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Please call (801) 422-5051 for more information. The museum, located southeast of the Marriott Center, is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N. 100 E. in Provo, has a new exhibit titled "Rise Up From Fragments: Life and Arts of the Western Anasazi." The exhibit features artifacts made and used by the Western Anasazi, a branch of ancestral Pueblo people who lived near Kanab, Utah. It will be on display until April 2006. Also on display is "Custom Made: Artifacts as Cultural Expression." The exhibit explores the qualities that define cultures around the world. The exhibition leads visitors through North America and South America and to the isles of the Pacific. The museum offers tours and teaching kit programs as well. The teaching kits are provided as supplementary resources for teaching anthropology in Utah. The museum also offers volunteer opportunities. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call (801) 422-0020.

BYU Conferences and Workshops offers a number of programs for adults, youth and children throughout the year. For information regarding sports and dance camps, and education workshops, please call (801) 422-3559. To learn more about prep courses for the ACT, GMAT, GRE and LSAT exams, call (801) 422-4853. For additional information about other upcoming offerings, please visit the Web site at

The Counseling and Career Center at BYU offers workshops in choosing a major and career, financial management, listening and note-taking skills, overcoming procrastination, stress management, options for exploring graduate schools and test preparation. For more information, contact the Counseling and Career Center at (801) 422-2689 or visit the Web site at

The BYU English Department offers a number of awards, scholarships and contests. Information is available by visiting the Web at and, or by calling the English Department at 422-4938.

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

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library continues its exhibition this semester titled, "Looking Inward, Looking Outward: Japanese Representations of Self and Other" in the Special Collections gallery. The exhibit displays work of art, literature and artifacts from Japan from the Eighth through the 20th centuries. Special Collections is located on the first level of the library, and the exhibit will be available 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free.

Writer: Devin Knighton

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