What’s New at BYU for December 2009
Tuesday, Dec. 1
Bishop H. David Burton, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at a devotional at 11:05 a.m. at the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.
BYU’s Center for Economic Self-Reliance will be hosting the 2009 Social Venture Competition from 7 to 8 p.m. in 710 N. Eldon Tanner Building. Sylvia Finlayson, founder of Students for Self-Sustainable Schools, will be presenting "How Do You Build a School To last?" After the session, students are invited to advance their own social venture ideas and network with each other.
Jani Radebaugh of the BYU Geology Department will discuss “Alien Worlds of the Outer Solar System” at an International Year of Astronomy lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. Admission is free. Doors open at 7 p.m., and a question-and-answer session will follow the lecture. The lecture is sponsored by the BYU Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Shane Strate, visiting professor of history at BYU, will present “The Trauma of Lost Territory: Discourses of Partition in India and Thailand" at a David M. Kennedy Center lecture at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.
The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology in the Marriott School will be hosting the first Utah Startup Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Garden Court. The kickoff and keynote address will be at 9 a.m. in the WSC Varsity Theatre. For more information, contact Danni Wright at (425) 223-0080.
The Student Activities Board will host “Acoustic Explosion” in the Varsity Theatre of the Wilkinson Student Center at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Students interested in performing at an upcoming show must submit a demo to the Student Activities Board in 3371 WSC. For more information, visit stab.byu.edu.
Thursday, Dec. 3
Michael A. Levi, the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, will present "Climate and Copenhagen,” at a CFR Academic Conference at 10 a.m. in 237-B Herald R. Clark Building.
The Tocqueville Club of the BYU Political Science Department, will be sponsoring a panel discussion, “Glenn Beck, Cleon Skousen and Conservatism Today” at 4 p.m. in 1102 Jesse Knight Building. For more information, contact Kim Reid at (801) 422-1320.
The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology will be hosting its Business Plan Competition Workshop, “A Winning Business Plan,” from 7 to 8 p.m. in W310 N. Eldon Tanner Building. For more information about this event, contact Danni Wright at (425) 223-0080.
Friday, Dec. 4
BYU’s David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies will screen "Istanbul" at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. This screening is free and open to the campus community and the general public.
The BYU School of Social Work will be holding an information session for its master’s degree program from noon to 1 p.m. in 2198 Joseph F. Smith Building. School representatives will be covering information on how to apply to the program and answer questions on GPA requirements, deadlines, emphasis requirements, letters of recommendation, financial aid and statements of intent. For more information visit socialwork.byu. or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Miracle on 34th Street,” the 1947 version starring Maureen O’Hara and John Payne, will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium as part of the BYU Motion Picture Archive Film Series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but early arrival is encouraged as seating is limited.
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5
BYU’s Microbiology and Molecular Biology Club is hosting a charity comedy show at 7 p.m. in 151 N. Eldon Tanner Building. The program features standup acts, songs and skits from MMBio’s professors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Wilkinson Student Center Information Desk for $4 or at the door for $5. Proceeds from tickets will go to NothingButNets, a distributor of insecticide-treated bed nets.
Sunday, Dec. 6
The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages will present its annual Adventssingen Christmas program at 7:30 p.m. in the Provo Tabernacle. The program is a concert of traditional European Christmas music celebrating the Advent of the Nativity. Admission is free. For further information, contact program director Kathryn Isaak at (801) 422-2376 or at email@example.com.
Tuesday, Dec. 8
Rollin Hotchkiss of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will speak at a devotional at 11:05 a.m. at the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.
Wednesday, Dec. 9
BYU’s David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies will be hosting an International Relations Seminar, “Thinking About Torture,” at 2 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652.
“BYU’s Got Talent Finale” will take place at 7 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Terrace. Winners from the past three months will compete for the title and great prizes. The audience will decide who walks away with the title. For more information about the event and participants, visit stab.byu.edu.
Thursday, Dec. 10
“Young @ Heart,” a 2008 British documentary film about a chorus of senior citizens that sings contemporary and classic rock and pop songs, will be shown at 5 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. Admission is free.
Friday, Dec. 11
BYU’s David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies will screen "Travel Special: A European Christmas" at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. This screening is free and open to the campus community and the general public. For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652.
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 showcased. The event is free each week, and registration is not necessary. For more information, call the museum at (801) 422-5051 or visit mlbean.byu.edu.
Children ages 5-12 are welcome at Saturday Safari at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. Each Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, participants will be transported around the globe, visiting rain forests, deep ocean trenches, deserts and more, while learning about the animals that inhabit each place. Registration is $12 for the first child in a family and $10 for each additional child. Register at least one week in advance as late registration is not accepted. For more information or to register, call the museum at (801) 422-5051. Additional details are available at mlbean.byu.edu.
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N. 100 East in Provo, presents the exhibit “New Lives: Building Community at Fourmile Ruin.” This exhibit explores an ancient abandoned pueblo in Arizona that was built by native inhabitants. Another exhibit, “Kachinas of the Southwest: Dances, Dolls and Rain,” explores the Hopi religious ceremonies. The museum offers children’s programs as well as various date nights, family home evenings 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. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or visit mpc.byu.edu.
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 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 Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (801) 422-3680.
The Royden G. Derrick Planetarium at BYU’s Eyring Science Center offers evening shows hosted by the BYU Astronomical Society. Tickets will go on sale at the planetarium door starting at 6:30 p.m. and are $2 each. For a schedule of shows and more information, visit planetarium.byu.edu.
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 www.lib.byu.edu/fslab/classes.html.
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: Ricardo Castro