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What’s New at BYU for December 2010

What’s New at BYU for December 2010

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Music Event: The Student Activities Board is hosting an evening of free acoustic music during its monthly “Acoustic Explosion” at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Students interested in performing may submit a demo to the Student Activities Board in 3400 Wilkinson Student Center. For information on upcoming shows, visit

Business Lecture: The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology is hosting Susan Preator, CEO and president of Imagine Learning, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in 210 N. Eldon Tanner Building. Preator is speaking as part of the Rollins Center’s Women Entrepreneur Series. Visit for more details about the lecture.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Gingerbread House Making: BYUSA Mini Meets are free monthly activities for small groups of 30 BYU students to help them meet others that they usually just walk past on campus. Sign up for free gingerbread house making beginning two weeks prior at Only those registered beforehand may participate. The event starts at 6 p.m., but the meeting location will only be e-mailed out to those who RSVP.

Communications Lecture: The Department of Communications is hosting its annual Ray and Ida Lee Beckham Lecture at 6 p.m. in B037 Joseph F. Smith Building. Richard Davis, a professor of political science at BYU, will lecture about “Blogging and Journalism.” Visit for more information.

Friday, Dec. 3

Film Archive Series: "Kit Carson," the action-adventure film starring Jon Hall, Dana Andrews and Lynn Bari, will be shown on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Harold B. Lee Library. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Admission is free, but seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Children ages 8 and over are welcome. BYU dress standards apply.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Freeze Fest: BYUSA is inviting students to “break the ice” and warm up their social lives at this year’s Freeze Fest, held at Seven Peaks Ice Arena from 8 p.m. to midnight. Chill out before finals start and get to know other students. Go ice skating, play broom hockey, snap a picture with Santa, decorate cookies and dance. Students can meet at Seven Peaks Ice Arena or park on campus and take a free shuttle at 7:30 p.m. at the curb outside the Wilkinson Student Center’s Jamba Juice. Tickets will be available from the WSC Information Desk for $2 the week of the event or $4 at the door. BYU ID is required for purchase, and two guests can come per BYU ID. Students attending the BYU vs. Weber State hockey game at 5 p.m. the same day can get their hand stamped for free re-entry. 

Sunday, Dec. 5

Adventsingen: The Germanic and Slavic Languages Department is sponsoring the annual Adventsingen, which will be held in the Provo Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. Every December since 1974, this community music event has been patterned after the Salzburger Adventsingen, an evening of traditional Austrian, German and Swiss Christmas folk music. The evening includes a German-language reading of the biblical story of Christ’s birth, accompanied by performances from a variety of different vocal and instrumental groups from BYU and the community. Admission is free.

Monday, Dec. 6 through Thursday, Dec. 9

BYUSA Finals Relief: BYUSA will be offering a variety of activities and services from noon to 1 p.m. to give students a break from preparing for finals week. On Monday and Wednesday, students can take out stress on the Whack-a-Chicken in Brigham Square and get free hugs in the Joseph F. Smith Building Quad. Students studying in the Harold B. Lee Library between noon and 1 p.m.  could be a randomly selected recipient of a “Sustenance Kit.” On Tuesday, dress up in Star Wars, pirate or ninja attire and relieve stress by playing “Flag Wars: Ultimate Capture the Flag” around campus. Students can meet at Brigham Square at noon to participate. On Wednesday, students may also get a free one-minute massage from beauty school students in the Wilkinson Student Center Terrace starting at 11 a.m. On Friday, students can relieve anxiety and win prizes at a carnival in the WSC Terrace from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Devotional Address: Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address students, staff and faculty in a Marriott Center devotional T at 11:05 a.m. The address will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and at Visit or for rebroadcast and archive information.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

International Studies Lecture: Documentary film producer and director Dodge Billingsley will discuss “The Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina: From the Dayton Accords to Helmand Province” at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Talent Show Finale: BYU’s Got Talent is back in the Varsity Theatre at 7 p.m. This is the last of four rounds in the competition. Winners from the past three months will compete for first place and prizes as the audience decides who walks away with the title. Visit for more details.

Thursday, Dec. 9

Startup Career Fair: The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology is sponsoring the Utah Startup Marketplace fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre and Garden Court in the Wilkinson Student Center. This event is designed to connect Utah’s premier startups with BYU students. Some of the hottest, up-and-coming startups in Utah are represented. At the marketplace, students will learn what opportunities exist at these local companies. Visit to see more details or to register a booth.

Friday, Dec. 10

Entrepreneurship Lecture: The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology will present Austin Craig and Jeffrey Harmon, founders of the dental hygiene company Orabrush, from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. in a room in the Tanner Building yet to be announced. The speakers are keynoting the Young Entrepreneur Founders Organization (YEFO) Summit sponsored by the Rollins Center. Visit for more details and the location.

Children's Activity: The Museum of Peoples and Cultures will join with the campus UNICEF Club to sponsor “The Gift of Learning,” an  early Christmas present for children from 4 to 6 p.m. The free event will include treats, a video and four learning stations focused on math, geography, reading and writing. Children are able to come at any time and rotate through the stations. While the event is geared towards children, everyone is welcome. For more information, visit

Wednesday, Dec. 15

BYU Alumni Webinar: BYU alumni and friends are invited to a free webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. (MST) featuring acclaimed business strategy expert and bestselling author Joseph Grenny, co-founder of VitalSmarts and three-time New York Times bestselling author. Alumni with Internet access can follow the webcast on and submit questions using Twitter and Facebook.  For more information and to register for this free webinar, visit The event is sponsored by BYU Alumni—Connected for Good.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Engineering Fair: The Department of Mechanical Engineering will host its "Capstone Preliminary Design Presentations" where senior engineering and technology students will demonstrate their projects for sponsoring companies such as Avery Dennison, BD Medical, John Deere, Union Pacific and others. Students will present their preliminary projects from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 3211, 3223, 3252 and 3380 Wilkinson Student Center. All are invited to attend, but some presentations will be closed to the public or require non-disclosure forms. For more information, visit or call the Capstone Office at (801) 422-3894.

Saturday, Dec. 1 –Monday, Jan. 3

Semester Break: The campus will be closed for an extended break and will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 4, for the first day of winter semester. Visit for more details about special holiday hours for various campus services and events during this time.

All Month

Nativity Exhibit: The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is now displaying its annual Nativity, which will be exhibited through the end of the year. This year the exhibit takes on new dimensions in terms of size and the number of animals included in the Nativity. Admission to the museum is always free. For museum hours, visit 

Business Lectures: Every Monday during the regular semester the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the Marriott School will host the Entrepreneur Lecture Series at 2 and 4 p.m. in 251 Tanner Building. Every Tuesday the center will also be hosting the Tech Entrepreneur Lecture Series at 2 p.m. in 251 Tanner Building. The presenters come from diverse business backgrounds, and the lectures are open to the campus community. View the calendar at for specific information on speakers and companies.

FHE at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures: Families from the community and student family home evening groups are invited to the Museum of Peoples and Cultures (100 E. 700 N.) for special guided tours on select Monday evenings. Cost is $5 per group. Family tours start at 6:30 p.m., and student tours at 7:30 p.m. For more information and available dates, contact the Museum of Peoples and Cultures at (801) 422-0020 or

Exhibit Tours: BYU’s “Education in Zion” exhibit in the Joseph F. Smith Building is hosting its “Giants of the Past” group tours Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. The evening event, especially geared toward family home evening groups, will let friends, families and students step into the past with costumed gallery directors who will re-enact scenes from the lives of the great educators of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Tours start every half hour and last half an hour. For large groups, call the gallery Information Desk at (801) 422-6519 or visit

BYUSA True Blue Tuesdays: Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to be part of a new tradition to paint the campus blue by wearing BYU blue every Tuesday as part of True Blue Tuesdays. Wear true blue and find the weekly reward booth around campus from noon to 2 p.m. for free rewards and prizes. (Hint: Look in the Joseph F. Smith Building Quad, Joseph Smith Building Courtyard or the Marigold Quad between the Martin Building and the Clyde Building for the booth.) Help cover campus in blue and increase the “Spirit of the Y.”

BYUSA Student Honor Choir: Every Thursday during the semester from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in 5519 Wilkinson Student Center students can come participate in the Student Honor Choir, which performs for the special speaker series and student ward firesides that are held in 3400 WSC. The choir also prepares music for sacrament meeting programs and youth group programs. E-mail for more information or visit

BYUSA Club Night: Every Tuesday night in the Wilkinson Student Center from 7 to 9 p.m. is Club Night. There are more than 70 clubs to choose from at

BYUSA Service Squad: Students can meet in front of 3400 Wilkinson Student Center every Wednesday at 7 p.m. for an activity that serves other students in BYU-approved housing.

Children’s Activities: Every Friday of the semester until Dec. 10, the Museum of Peoples and Cultures will be hosting “Stories From Around the World” at 11 a.m. Preschoolers and young children can come listen to folktales from other cultures and make a craft to take home or share. Admission is free. Visit for more details.

Education Exhibit: Daily except Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, the “Education in Zion” exhibit is open on the second floor of the Joseph F. Smith Building. The gallery traces the history of education in the LDS culture and showcases art from local artists and BYU students. Visit for more information.

Music Fridays: Musical performances at the “Education in Zion” exhibit have returned every Friday for fall semester. All are invited to come to the gallery in the east wing of the Joseph F. Smith Building to relax and listen to music. Volunteer student performers will be coming from across campus to share their gifts of music. Typically there will be two 30-minute performances that last from noon to 1 p.m. A tour of the exhibit will begin at 1 p.m. following the performances. For more information, visit

Story Time: 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

Animal Shows: The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum conducts weekly live 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.

Anthropology Exhibit: The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N. 100 E. 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 visit

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 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 Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (801) 422-3680.

Study Help: The Academic and Career Help 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 WSC. If you can’t attend at the scheduled times, there are one-on-one classes available. Call (801) 422-2689 or visit for more information.

Family History Research: 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 or call (801) 422-6200.

Campus Tours: 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: Philip Volmar

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