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What's New at BYU for December 2007

What’s New at BYU

Saturday, Dec. 1

The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum invites children ages 5 through 12 to participate in “Islands of Oceania” as part of its Saturday Safari program from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $12 for the first child and $10 for each additional child in the same family. For more information and a complete schedule of events, call (801) 422-5051 or visit mlbean.byu.edu.

Each year, the President of BYU sponsors a Christmas party for faculty and staff members and their families. Students interested in helping with this event are invited to e-mail Jake Price at jake.price@byu.edu This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or call (801) 422-6009. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8 a.m. and will be finished before 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages will present the 32nd annual Adventssingen, a free concert of traditional German Christmas music, at 6:30 p.m. in the Provo Tabernacle. The program will feature music and readings from Austria, Germany and Switzerland performed by BYU students and faculty, as well as members of the community. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Germanic and Slavic Languages Department at (801) 422-4923.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Robert Todd, a professor of mechanical engineering, will present a university devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. BYU Television, KBYU TV, KBYU FM and byubroadcasting.org will air the devotional live. For rebroadcast information, visit byubroadcasting.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Robert Rauchhaus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, will speak on “Do Nuclear Weapons Promote Peace?” at a Global Awareness Lecture at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. For more information on David M. Kennedy Center events, see the calendar online at kennedy.byu.edu.

Some of the best acoustic talent on campus will perform at the final Acoustic Explosion of the semester in the Wilkinson Student Center Traditions Lounge at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Student Activities Board at (801) 422-3122 or visit stab.byu.edu.

Friday, Dec. 7

"A Springboard for Career Development: Personal Reflections on BYU’s International Field Studies Programs" will be the topic of a lecture by W. James Jacob, associate director of the Institute for International Studies in Education at University of Pittsburgh at noon in 238 Harold R. Clark Building. For more information on David M. Kennedy Center events, see the calendar online at kennedy.byu.edu.

Monday, Dec. 10

Oxford University’s Daniel N. Robinson will speak on how to be a scholar and a religious person in his lecture “Reasonably Faithful” at 2 p.m. in the Herald B. Lee Library Auditorium. The lecture will last approximately one hour before concluding with a 30-minute question-and-answer session. Admission is free. For more information, contact James Faulconer, associate director of the Faculty Center, at (801) 422-9781.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Ronald Brough, a professor of music, will speak at a devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. BYU Television, KBYU TV, KBYU FM and byubroadcasting.org will air the devotional live. For rebroadcast information, visit byubroadcasting.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Dodge Billingsley, producer and director of Combat Films, will present a Global Awareness Lecture at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. For more information on David M. Kennedy Center events, see the calendar online at kennedy.byu.edu.

Winners from previous competitions will vie for the title of BYU Idol at the BYU Idol Finaleat 7 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Terrace. Admission is free. For more info, contact the Student Activities Board at (801) 422-3122 or visit stab.byu.edu

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15

The coaches of the BYU baseball team will hold two clinics—one for hitting and another for pitching and catching—for baseball players ages nine through 18. These camps are designed to provide players with advanced training and are generally for players looking for an intense baseball learning environment. The clinics will be held in the Indoor Practice Facility and cost $59 each or $109 for both. For more information, visit ce.byu.edu or call (801) 422-7589.

Thursday, Dec. 27

The coaches of the BYU baseball team will hold a general skills camp for players ages eight to 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indoor Practice Facility. Each player will receive information to improve individual skills in pitching, catching, throwing, running, fielding and hitting. The cost for the camp is $109, including lunch. For more information, visit ce.byu.edu or call (801) 422-7589.

All Month

Through the generosity of Fred and Sue Morris of Salt Lake City, earth’s third-largest land dwelling species, the southern white rhino, is currently on display in the Monte L. Bean Museum Center Atrium. The Don Cox Wildlife Collection is on display in the third floor exhibit gallery. Other exhibits on display include a butterfly exhibit and a shell exhibit, "Ecosystem Dioramas," "Africa: A Diverse Continent," "Synoptic Collections of Vertebrate Animals,” and the museum's permanent exhibit of the world's most complete collection of waterfowl and pheasants. Gallery shows for the public are conducted daily on the following schedule: Mondays, Reptiles, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, Adaptations, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, Utah Animals and Plants, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Deer Diversity, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Invertebrates, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Reptiles, 1 p.m. Discovery readings are held each Wednesday at 11 a.m. 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. For more information, please call (801) 422-5051 or visit mlbean.byu.edu.

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N 100 East in Provo, presents a new exhibit, “Touching the Past: Traditions of Casas Grandes.” This exhibit focuses on the lifestyle and rituals of the Casas Grandes people through their beautiful pottery and figurines. Another exhibit, “Seeking the Divine: Ritual, Prayer and Celebration,” explores rituals and ceremonies that empower people to seek the divine. The exhibit includes more than150 artifacts from countries around the world. The museum offers children’s programs as well as various date nights and cultural events. Teaching kits and tours are available and volunteers are always welcome. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Hours are extended until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Fall and Winter semesters. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or visit mpc.byu.edu.

The Earth Science Museumis featuring a mounted skeleton of a 120 million-year-old sauropod dinosaur that the museum will soon name. Thisexhibit is only one of many dinosaur and fossil mammal skeletons and skulls on display. Other uniqueexhibits includeTorvosaurus tanneri, a large carnivorous dinosaur, as well two fully-mounted skeletons of a Camptosaurus and an Allosaurus, a giant ground sloth, a mural of the Utah-Colorado region in the Jurassic period and a150 million-year-old dinosaur egg. Visitors may touch real fossils and peer into the window of thepreparation lab to watch museum personnel prepare fossil bonesof new, unnamed dinosaurs. Admission is free. The Earth Science Museum is located at 1683 N Canyon Road and is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (801) 422-3680.

The Harold B. Lee Library will host the English Reading Series each Friday at noon in the library auditorium on the first level. The library’s current exhibits include the “Dance and Print” exhibit in conjunction with the “Splendor and Spectacle” exhibit at the Museum of Art and the “Designing BYU” exhibit on BYU’s architecture. For more information, call (801) 422-6687.

The BYU Astronomical Society will present public shows at the Carl F. Eyring Science Center. The cost is $2 per person and the event is open to the public. For more information and times, visit planetarium.byu.edu or call (801) 422-5396.

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.

Writer: Marissa Ballantyne

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