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What's New at BYU for February 2012

What's New at BYU for February 2012

Wednesday, Feb. 1

David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: “China’s Future: Panda, Tiger or Something Else?” will be presented by Eric Hyer, a BYU associate professor of political science, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Grand Pianos Live: A free piano concert featuring some amazing student musicians will start at 7 p.m. in Madsen Recital Hall.

Pillow Movie Night: Students can watch “Captain America” at 7 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom. Bring your own pillows and blankets, and enjoy free pizza and popcorn.

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 2-4

Rootstech Conference: A Family History Technology Workshop focused on the use of technology in researching family history and ancestry will be held in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The cost is $189 for full registration, $35 for student registration and $79 for a single-day pass. Register and get more information at

Thursday, Feb. 2

Career Lecture: "The U.S. Commercial Service: A Career in Diplomacy, Business and Life Abroad" will be the lecture topic for Nathan Seifert, a commercial officer at the Salt Lake City Export Assistance Center at 4 p.m. in 238 HRCB.

Friday, Feb. 3

International Business Model Competition: The final round of this popular competition will take place beginning at 3 p.m. in 140 Joseph Smith Building. Teams from all over the nation, including Harvard, UC-Berkeley and Michigan, will converge on BYU's campus to compete for more than $30,000 in cash and the honor of being named the champion of the International Business Model Competition.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

BYU Devotional: Tom Fletcher of the Chemical Engineering Department will be speaking at the Marriott Center at 11:05 a.m. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at or

Izaat-Christensen Lecture: This annual lecture will feature Stanford chemist Richard N. Zare at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theater. His address is titled “How to Be Successful.” Zare will also present a technical lecture Wednesday, Feb. 8, in W112 Ezra Taft Benson Building. Admission to both lectures is free, and all members of the community are invited to attend.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Power of Teaching Lecture Series: Robert Stake, director of the Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation at the University of Illinois, will present his lecture “Criticism as a Responsibility of the University” at noon and again at 1 p.m. in 359 David O. McKay Building.

Black History Month Lecture: Margaret Blair Young, one of two authors of “Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons,” will speak on black pioneers in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints at the Education in Zion auditorium, B-192  Joseph F. Smith Building, as part of BYU's commemoration of Black History Month. Young will speak from 12-12:50 p.m., and the name of her lecture is “Faith, Hope, Charity and Telling Our Stories: How We Unite in Our Communal Journey.” The event is sponsored by the College of Humanities, the Department of English, BYU Studies and Multicultural Student Services.

Café CSE: "The Olympics in the Global Age” resented by Corry Cropper, associate professor of French studies, and Richard Kimball, associate professor of history, will begin at 4 p.m. in 238 HRCB.

Ping-Pong Tournament: The Student Activities Board will be hosting its semi-annual Ping Pong Tournament. Space is limited to 64 players. Those interested in participating must sign up in 3400 WSC with a BYU student ID. The tournament will start at 7 p.m. in the WSC Terrace. 

Thursday, Feb. 9

Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture: BYU will host J. David Hawkins of the University of Washington as he gives the annual Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture 7 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center Assembly Hall. Admission is free, and public is welcome to attend.

David M. Kennedy Center Book of the Semester: The author of “Brasil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed” Larry Rohter, a culture reporter for The New York Times, will be available to greet students and faculty at 1 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium.

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11

Timpanogos Storytelling Conference: BYU’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts, the City of Orem and BYU’s Division of Continuing Education will present the Sixth Annual Timpanogos Storytelling Conference from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the BYU Conference Center. Full conference tuition is $135 or $165 with college credit and includes lunch on both days. Single day tuition is $80 or $110 with college credit and includes lunch on that day. To register and for a list of activities and guests, call BYU Conferences and Workshops at (801) 422-2568 or visit

Friday, Feb. 10

Education in Zion Date Night: Come with your special someone to celebrate BYU’s rich educational heritage at the Education in Zion exhibit in the Joseph F. Smith Building. Date nights include tours, food, a scavenger hunt and more. Check the website or Facebook for specific events happening the night of your date. Date night will begin at 7 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, contact Kirk Perry at or visit

Museum of Peoples and Cultures Date Night: Couples will enjoy a night by the Ancient Nile at the MPC’s Egyptian Date Night. Couples will participate in several Egyptian-themed activities. There will also be Egyptian-themed refreshments and prizes. Tickets are $10 per couple and will be available at the WSC information desk beginning Feb. 6.  For more information visit, or contact the museum at or (801) 422-0020.

Motion Picture Archive Film Series: This week’s movie will be “Princess O’Rourke.” The movies will be shown in the library auditorium on level one. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will be shown at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, Feb. 13, and Monday, Feb. 27

FHE at the Education in Zion Gallery: Come enjoy a night at the museum where BYU history comes to life. Hear character reenactments by important figures from Church history and Brigham Young Academy. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. and run every 30 minutes. The final tour begins at 8:30 p.m., and the 6:30 p.m. tour is for families with children.   For more information contact Heather Seferovich at or 801-422-3451.

FHE at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures: Families from the community and other groups are invited to BYU's Museum of Peoples and Cultures for guided tours, a special activity and a craft.  Cost is $5 per group.  Family tours start at 6:30 p.m. and student tours at 7 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (801) 422-0020 or e-mailing

Tuesday, Feb. 14

BYU Devotional: Elder Patrick Kearon of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be speaking at the Marriott Center at 11:05 a.m. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at or

Wednesday, Feb. 15

BYU’s Got Talent Prelim Show: BYU's Got Talent is a variety show featuring the hidden talents of students. There is one preliminary show a month until the finale in April. The show will be at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Send an email to if you are interested in performing or have any questions about the show. Admission is free.

Passover Seder Services: Tickets go on sale today for BYU’s Passover Seder Services scheduled for March 23 and 29 and April 7, 13 and 20 in 3228 Wilkinson Student Center.  The Passover meal begins at 6:30 pm and typically lasts until 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the public and $17 for current BYU students, faculty and staff and can be purchased at 271 Joseph Smith Building on the south end of the BYU campus. Call the Passover tipline at 801-422-8325 or Patty Smith at 801-422-3611 for further information.

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18

Tutor Certification Conference: From 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 8 to noon on Saturday, this conference will assist students who want to become certified tutors but are unable to take the Student Development 132 class offered at 5 p.m. Wednesday nights. The required training is provided during this weekend conference once a year. Contact for more information. Meals will be provided. All participants must RSVP at the above address by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.

Friday, Feb. 17

San Juan Mission Symposium: The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies will sponsor a symposium on the San Juan Mission, and it will be held in the BYU Conference Center beginning at 7 p.m.. LaMont J. Crabtree, an expert on the trail, will talk about the route. David S. Carpenter, a historian and author of “Jens Nielson, Bishop of Bluff,” will explain the first LDS settlement in San Juan County.  The program will also explore the Hole-in-the-Rock story. The public is invited to meet the presenters at 6:30 p.m. Further information and registration is available at

Student Symposium: Religious Education will host its annual student research symposium with sessions at 9 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in 3220-3228 WSC. Students will make a 15-minute presentations on varied topics.

Saturday, Feb. 18

Date Night at the Bean Life Science Museum: Bring a date to the Bean Museum for an exciting adaptation of the classic game “Family Feud.” For only $16, couples can enjoy dinner and a magical, fun-filled evening. Space is limited. Register online at  Call 801-422-5051 for more information. 

Thursday, Feb. 23

Engineers Week: In honor of 2012 National Engineers Week, the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology will host interactive exhibits and competitions for middle and high school students from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. in 3220-3224 WSC. The Expo will be in the WSC Garden Court. There will also be tours of some of the engineering/technology labs, while the animation program will show some of its award-winning clips. These free events are also open to the public.

Power of Teaching Lecture Series: Eula Ewing Monroe, a mathematics education professor in the Department of Teach Education, will present “Life Lessons in the Learning” at 11 a.m. in 115 McKay Building.

BYU’s Best Dance Crew: This hip-hop battle comes with major bragging rights. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the WSC Ballroom. Admission is free.

What is BYUSA?: At 11 a.m. in the Varsity Theatre, a BYUSA representative will answer questions about BYUSA and tell students about how to get involved.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

BYU Forum:  Benjamin Carson, professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will be speaking at the Marriott Center at 11:05 a.m. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at or

Grad Fair: From noon to 6 p.m. and again the next day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the upper level of the BYU Bookstore, students will be able to purchase graduation caps, gowns and announcements at the BYU Bookstore Grad Fair.  Graduating students can enjoy refreshments and enter to win prizes.

Wednesday, Feb. 29

Acoustic Explosion: The Student Activities Board will be hosting its monthly Acoustic Explosion concert. The concert showcases six student acts. Past performances have included Amy Whitcomb, Nik Day, Caleb Blood, Dan and Ben Tengelsen and more. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theater and is free.        

David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: "The Horn of Africa: The Epicenter for Terrorist Groups" presented by John Price a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles and the Union of the Comoros, will begin at noon in 238 HRCB.

All Month

Expanded 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 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.

African Exhibit: The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum invites the public to explore Africa in its newest exhibit, “Into Africa: Exploring Nature’s Interactions,” now on display. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to identify animals using the new iPad and iPhone app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. iPads will be available to check out for the exhibit for $3. For more information on this and other museum programs, call (801) 422-5051 or visit

Free Children’s Discovery Reading: 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 presented. The event is free each week, and registration is not necessary. For more information about this and other museum events, contact the museum at (801) 422-5051 or visit

New Anthropology Exhibit: The Museum of Peoples and Cultures recently opened the exhibit “Entwined: A Vibrant Heritage of the Modern Maya,” which teaches about an ancient skill 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

Free Friday Storytime: 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 – like 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

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

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 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, with extended hours on Monday and Wednesday evenings 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 for more information. For large groups, call the gallery’s information desk at (801) 422-6519.

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. 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.

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 to schedule.

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Writer: Charles Krebs

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