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What's New at BYU for January 2012

What's New at BYU for January 2012

Friday, Jan. 6

Welcome Back Week: From 8 to 11 p.m., BYUSA will host a superhero theme party to welcome students back to campus. There will be a costume contest, pictures, speed dating, games, pie a professor in the face and food. It is all free.

Saturday, Jan. 7

BYU’s Got Talent and Grand Pianos Live Auditions: Auditions for BYU's Got Talent will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. as well as Grand Pianos Live from 10 a.m. to noon. If you would like to participate in either of these shows, you must come to the auditions in the Varsity Theatre. Please come prepared with a three-minute act. For more information, e-mail

Monday, Jan. 9

Brigham Award Nominations: Through Friday, Jan. 20, students can nominate someone who has inspired them to become a better person because of their outstanding character and dedication to serving other people for a Brigham Award at

Tuesday, Jan. 10

BYU Devotional: President Cecil O. Samuelson and Sharon Samuelson 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, Jan. 11

Acoustic Explosion: A night that showcases the amazing musical talents of six student performers will be held at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatrer. If you would like to be considered for this show,  drop off a demo CD to 3400 WSC by 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. For more information, e-mail

Monday, Jan 16

Community Outreach Day: Come join with more than 500 students and community members as they join in service projects at the Wilkinson Center and around the Provo Community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in celebration of Martin Luther King Day.

Candlelight Walk: Multicultural Services will honor the life and mission of Martin Luther King Jr. with a candlelight walk and memorial program. A processional from 5:30 to 6 p.m. will begin at the Carillon Bell Tower, followed by a memorial program in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

BYU Devotional: Sister Julie B. Beck, general president of the Relief Society 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, Jan. 18

BYU’s Got Talent: The first show of the semester for BYU’s Got Talents starts at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theater. For more information, e-mail

Saturday, Jan. 21

Test Prep Courses: Test prep courses for the GMAT, MCAT, DAT, PCAT/OAT and LSAT will begin this day. Each different test has different end dates but the courses will teach strategies and offer practice on how to best prepare for certain exams. For more information, visit GRE and ACT prep courses will begin Saturday, Jan. 28.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Emeriti Winter Activity: The BYU Alumni Winter Activity will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitor's Center Assembly Hall. Tickets are available for $16 per person and guests may register at BYU alumnus Chad Lewis, is a former BYU football player, NFL Pro Bowl tight end, Super Bowl champion and current representative of the NFL in Asia will be featured. Lewis recently hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro with other NFL players and wounded military veterans and will share his experiences in a lecture titled “My Hike to Kilimanjaro.”

Spelling Bee: Calling all word enthusiasts, brainiacs and linguists. The Student Activities Board is having a Spelling Bee at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theater. To participate, sign up with your student ID in 3400 WSC. Spots are limited, so sign up today! For more information, e-mail

Thursday, Jan. 26

Power of Teaching Lecture Series: Associate dean Barbara Culatta of the David O. McKay School of Education will deliver her lecture “Student Engagement — It's Everything!” at 11 a.m. in  115 McKay Building.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

BYU Devotional: Michael Dunn of the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science 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

All Month

Adult Religion Courses: Starting Tuesday, Jan. 10, adult religion courses will be offered in different locations throughout the country. These feature an LDS Institute curriculum focusing primarily on the LDS canon of scriptures (the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) and Latter-day Saint Church history and doctrine. The classes are designed exclusively for adults. Course length varies from 10 to 17 weeks (with classes meeting once a week). For more information, visit

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.

New African Exhibit: The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum invites the public to explore Africa in its new 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

FHE at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures: Student groups and families from the community are invited to the Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N. 100 E. in Provo, 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 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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