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What’s New at BYU for January 2011

Saturday through Monday, Jan. 1-3

Semester Break: 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 4

Devotional: President Cecil O. Samuelson and Sister Sharon Samuelson will ring in the new year by speaking at the first devotional of the semester at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The address will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and at Visit or for rebroadcast and archive information.

Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 4-7

BYUSA Welcome Back Week: To kick off the new semester, BYUSA will be providing free food and hosting a series of events throughout the week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, receive free Cocoa Bean hot chocolate from 9 to 10 a.m. in Brigham Square. Also on Wednesday, participate in “Boogie Your Books” in the Wilkinson Student Center Terrace from noon to 1 p.m. Play Ping-Pong for prizes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Garden Court on Thursday, and cast your bid in the Charity Date Auction in the Terrace from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday. The final event is a Narnia-themed free activity night in the Wilkinson Student Center, including a dance, speed dating, inflatable jousting, Cosmo appearances and free food. Visit for more information. 

Friday, Jan. 7

Business Competition Workshop: The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology is holding a workshop to help with submissions for its Business Model Competition from 4 to 6 p.m. in W408 and W410 N. Eldon Tanner Building. Attend to get help putting together a submission for the competition. For more information, visit

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-8 and 14-15

Varsity Movie Night: BYU Events Management will premiere Disney’s “Secretariat” in the Varsity Theatre at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets at $1 are available from the Wilkinson Student Center Information Desk during the week of the show. The movie is rated PG.

Monday, Jan. 10

Competition Deadline: Applications for the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Business Model Competition are due online by 2 p.m. Visit to submit an application. 

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Piano Competition Auditions:  The Student Activities Board is preparing for its Grand Pianos Live event by conducting piano auditions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sign up at the front desk of 3400 Wilkinson Student Center, or visit for more information. 

Education Competition Kickoff: The David O. McKay School of Education is sponsoring its Annual Innovative Instruction Competition, where groups of two to five students are challenged to create lesson plans using collaboration and new technologies. An informational kickoff meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon in 185 McKay Building. Pizza will be served. Visit for more details about the contest.

Social Innovation Competition Kickoff: The Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance at BYU will have an informational meeting at 11 a.m. in 374 N. Eldon Tanner Building. Various club representatives and staff members will be available to network with interested students. Refreshments will be served. Visit for more details.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

Dead Sea Scrolls Lectures: The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship will host an evening of lectures to coincide with the launch of the second issue of “Studies in the Bible and Antiquity” and the continuation of the Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library. This free public event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center Assembly Hall. Three brief presentations about the Dead Sea Scrolls will be given by BYU professors Andrew Skinner, Donald Parry and Dana Pike, followed by a question-and-answer session. See for more details. NOTE: This event was previously incorrectly listed as happening on Tuesday.

Music Event: The Student Activities Board is hosting an evening of acoustic music during its monthly “Acoustic Explosion” at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Students interested in performing at the show may submit a demo to the Student Activities Board in 3400 Wilkinson Student Center until Thursday, Jan. 6. For information about upcoming shows, visit

Thursday, Jan. 13

Condoleezza Rice Forum: A university forum featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be co-sponsored by the Wheatley Institution and the David M. Kennedy Center at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The university will not broadcast (or rebroadcast) to any other locations on or off campus, the Internet or BYU-TV. Dr. Rice’s speech and question-and-answer session only can be heard in the Marriott Center. Faculty members are encouraged to dismiss preceding classes promptly by 10:50 a.m.

Faculty Brown Bag Lunch: The Office Professionals Advisory Committee at BYU is sponsoring a brown bag event for faculty and staff in 3224 Wilkinson Student Center. Ryan R. Beuhring, manager of faculty relations, will discuss “The Butterfly Effect,” a metaphor illustrating the idea that one small act may have far-reaching effects. Explore ways to cultivate attributes like patience and positively influence how the Butterfly Effect impacts others’ lives and legacies. The annual OPAC conference is scheduled for March 9 -11. Location and more details about the conference are forthcoming. Visit 

Friday, Jan. 14

Brigham Awards Nominations: Nominations are due for the annual Brigham Awards. Each year, BYU recognizes five outstanding individuals from the BYU community who embody an ideal of Christ-like excellence and service in their lives. BYUSA presents nominees with the Brigham Award. All BYU students, faculty and staff are eligible for this award. Submit a nomination at

Monday, Jan. 17

MLK Jr. Commemoration: BYU is honoring the life and mission of Martin Luther King Jr. with a candlelight walk and memorial program. A processional from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. will begin at the Carillon Bell Tower, followed by a memorial program and keynote speaker in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom from 6 to 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by BYU Multicultural Student Services. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Devotional: Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address the BYU community in a devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The address will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and at Visit or for rebroadcast and archive information.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: David Howell, a professor of history at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, will present “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Samurai” at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Visit for archive information.

Piano Competition: The Student Activities Board is presenting its Grand Pianos Live event with student performers at 7 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom. The concert is free. Visit for more information.

Online Marketing Competition: The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology will be kicking off its Crexendo SEO and Internet Marketing Competition with free pizza at a training session in 3228 Wilkinson Student Center at 4 p.m. Receive training from a world-class trainer on search engine optimization (SEO) and Internet marketing strategies as the center also announces the competition details. For more information, visit

 Thursday, Jan. 20

Financial Planning Course: BYU Continuing Education is beginning its six-week “Planning for Financial Security at Retirement” course, taught by personal finance professor Scott Marsh. The six-week course is especially designed for BYU faculty and will meet each Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. until Feb. 24. Visit for registration information.

Friday, Jan. 21

Concert: Ryan Shupe and The Rubberband will appear in concert at the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom. Advance tickets are $7 for students and $12 for non-students, with prices at the door being $10 for students and $14 for non-students. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the WSC Info. Desk. Visit for the concert time when it becomes available.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

International Studies Lecture: Mitchell Lerner, an associate professor of history at Ohio State University, will lecture on “Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: The United States and North Korea in the 1960s (and Beyond?)” at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Visit for archive information. 

Monday through Friday, Jan. 24-28

BYUSA Honor Week and Essay Contest: BYUSA is presenting a series of campus events in conjunction with Honor Week. Entries for the Circle of Honor essay contest are due in the BYUSA office, 3400 Wilkinson Student Center, Friday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. Visit for more information about the contest and events as it becomes available.

Monday, Jan. 24

Business Model Competition: The final event of the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Business Model Competition will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Come watch the four finalist teams compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes. See for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

Devotional: Andrew Gibbons, a professor of instructional psychology at the David O. McKay School of Education, will give the university devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The address will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and at Visit or for rebroadcast and archive information.  

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Mini Golf: The Student Activities Board will provide an evening of free miniature golf at 7 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Terrace. See for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 27

Education Lecture: The David O. McKay School of Education will present faculty member Teresa Leavitt in a Power of Teaching Lecture Series at 11 a.m. in 115 McKay Building. Visit for more details.

Western Studies Lecture: The College of Family, Home and Social Sciences will host Michon Mackedon from Western Nevada Community College in a Charles Redd Center Lecture at 11 a.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. Mackedon will speak about “Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert.” 

Saturday, Jan. 29

Winter Revival Concert: Viral video sensation Stephen Jones and a host of other talents will present singer-songwriter Joshua James at the Winter Revival Concert from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom. Tickets are available the week of the concert at the WSC Information Desk for $4 each, or $8 each at the door. BYU students can bring two guests per BYU ID. Check out James’ music out at This is a BYUSA-sponsored event.

All Month 

Broadcast Sports Radio: Throughout the month, BYU Radio will be broadcasting live Cougar sports, including men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s volleyball. Tune in to BYU Radio at

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. The cost is $5 per group. Family tours start at 6:30 p.m., and student tours start at 7:30 p.m. For more information and a listing of available dates, contact the Museum of Peoples and Cultures at (801) 422-0020 or, or visit

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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours begin in the lobby on the main 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. 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 Richards Building Quad for a 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. Visit for more information.

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

Nature Exhibits: The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is exhibiting “BEEyond,” which examines the majesty of the honeybee, and “Beetles and the Decline of Pine Forests,” a explorative gallery showcasing how the bark beetle is the culprit, and the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum has a new exhibit about trees. 

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.

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.

Saturday Safaris: The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum also hosts events for kids ages 5 to 12 on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Children spend their Saturday mornings on safari learning about animals from all over the world. The cost is $12.

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 cannot attend at the scheduled times, there are one-on-one classes available. Call (801) 422-2689 or visit to schedule.

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 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





Writer: Philip Volmar

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