What's New at BYU for December 2013
Sunday, Dec. 1
Adventsingen: The annual Adventsingen will be held at 8 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. This is a program of traditional Austrian, German and Swiss Christmas music and readings from the scriptures. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kathryn Isaak, (801) 422-2376.
Monday, Dec. 2 to Tuesday, Dec. 24
Victorian Christmas Art Exhibit: The Harold B. Lee Library is hosting a new exhibit, “Rising to the Occasion: Crafting Christmas with the Victorian Middle Class,” located in the main lobby of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections on level one. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas. The exhibit’s illustrations focus on the arts of a Victorian-era Christmas.
Mondays, Dec. 2 and 9
Christmas in Nauvoo FHE: The Education in Zion Gallery is hosting its popular Christmas family home evening programs at 7 and 8 p.m. each night at the base of the spiral stairs in the Joseph F. Smith Building. Gallery educators will be in character as Eliza Snow and Wilford Woodruff and will share Christmas-related stories from historic Nauvoo. The programs will also include Christmas carols, along with hot chocolate and cookies. For more information or to make a reservation, call the gallery at (801) 422-6519, or visit educationinzion.byu.edu.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
University Devotional: Bishop Gérald Caussé, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at the campus devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at byutv.org. Rebroadcast information can be found through byutv.org/schedule. Archived devotionals are available at speeches.byu.edu.
Monday, Dec. 9
FHE at the MPC: The Museum of Peoples and Cultures will host its last family home evening event of the year. Admission is $5 per group ($10 for groups over 15 people), and the activities will include a tour and a take-home craft. Reservations must be made by noon on the day of the event. More information is available at mpc.byu.edu.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
University Devotional: Scott Ferrin, associate professor of educational leadership and foundation in the McKay School of Education, will speak at the Brigham Young University campus devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at byutv.org. Rebroadcast information can be found through byutv.org/schedule. Archived devotionals are available at speeches.byu.edu.
Thursday, Dec. 12
BYU Welsh Choir Christmas Concert: In this special Christmas concert, the BYU Welsh Choir will present a night of Welsh music, tradition and fun. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. in B092 of the Joseph F. Smith Building. For more information on the choir or for those interested in joining, contact Carl Johanson, (352) 246-2602, email@example.com.
The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is closed for renovation and is not scheduled to reopen until Spring 2014.
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 period nest, dinosaur skeletons of a Camptosaurus and Allosaurus, and a mural of the Utah-Colorado region during the Jurassic Period. Visitors can touch real fossils and view them 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.
Planetarium Shows: The Royden G. Derrick Planetarium regularly offers Friday night shows hosted by the BYU Astronomical Society at 7 and 8 p.m. for $2 a person. Tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. The planetarium is located at N465 of the Eyring Science Center on campus. For more information and a complete schedule, visit planetarium.byu.edu.
Anthropology Exhibit: The Museum of Peoples and Cultures opened the exhibit titled “Entwined: A Vibrant Heritage of the Modern Maya,” which teaches about textile creation, a tradition that has carried on through the generations. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or visit mpc.byu.edu.
Stories from Around the World: The Museum of Peoples and Cultures is now featuring a story time for toddlers and preschoolers every Friday at 11 a.m. during the school year. The program is free with new stories and a new culture each week. The museum is located on 700 North 100 East in Provo. Each week, folktales will help children to explore elements – such as music, clothing and families – that cultures throughout the globe share. Children will hear the stories as they sit surrounded by artifacts that are held in the museum’s galleries. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or visit mpc.byu.edu.
Free Campus Tours: Complimentary tours of the BYU campus are available for students, staff, faculty, prospective students, alumni and visitors weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. To set up a reservation, call (801) 422-4678 or visit unicomm.byu.edu/about/campusvisits.aspx.
Free Exhibit Tours: BYU’s “Education in Zion” exhibit in the Joseph F. Smith Building now offers daily tours Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. in addition to regular hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and extended hours on Monday and Wednesday until 9 p.m. Tours begin in the east-wing lobby on the main floor of the Joseph F. Smith Building. The gallery traces the history of education in LDS culture and showcases art from local artists and BYU students. Visit lib.byu.edu/sites/educationinzion for more information. For large groups, call the gallery’s information desk at (801) 422-6519. The gallery recently opened a new exhibition showcasing some of the better-known politicians who have visited the university in the past.
Free Family History Classes: 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. 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/sites/familyhistory/Sunday-classes or call (801) 422-6200.
Free Study Help Workshops: The Career and Academic Success 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 Wilkinson Student Center. If you cannot attend at the scheduled times, there are one-on-one classes available. Call (801) 422-2689 or visit aso.byu.edu to schedule.
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Writer: Hwa Lee