What’s New at BYU for November 2010
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Devotional: Elder Claudio R. M. Costa of the Presidency of the Seventy will be giving the university devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.
Science Major Fair: The Career Exploration Series, hosted by the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, will examine how a degree in astronomy can reach beyond elements, hardware and numbers into a wide range of professions including such diverse fields as law, medicine, industry and academia, among others. The event will be held in 3223 Wilkinson Student Center at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the college.
Networking Event: The BYU Alumni Association is hosting the second session of its Networking Event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center Assembly Hall. Students will learn networking techniques and connect with professionals in their chosen field. This event will feature professionals in medicine, education, technology and science. There will be a keynote speaker, networking time and dessert. Students can register online at alumni.byu.edu/networking2. Registration costs $5.
Wednesday, Nov. 3
David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: Pavel Černoch, an editor for the European Parliament, will be speaking at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. He will speak about “Closing the Gap between People and Politics — Lessons from a European Experience.” Visit kennedy.byu.edu/archive for archive information.
Music Event: The Student Activities Board is hosting an evening of great 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. For information on upcoming shows, visit stab.byu.edu.
Thursday, Nov. 4
David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: His Excellency Luis Valdivieso, Peruvian ambassador to the U.S. in 2009, will be speaking about “U.S.-Peruvian Relations” at 11 a.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Visit kennedy.byu.edu/archive for archive information.
David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: The Political Affairs Lecture Series is hosting Thomas B. Griffith, a federal judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, who will give a lecture called “Career Reflections: The Judiciary” at 4 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow. Visit kennedy.byu.edu/archive/ for archive information.
Wheatley Institution Lecture: The Wheatley Institution will host a lecture at 5 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center Assembly Hall featuring Carl J. Richard from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette who will speak about “The Classical Roots of the American Founding.” For more information, visit wheatley.byu.edu.
Political Affairs Lecture : David Campbell from the University of Notre Dame will discuss “Religion and Politics in America” in a BYU Political Affairs Society Lecture at 7 p.m. in 250 Spencer W. Kimball Tower. The event is hosted by the BYU Political Affairs Society; the Political Science Department; the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences; and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. For more information, call (801) 422-1320.
Alice Louise Reynolds Lecture: Tina Dyches from the McKay School of Education will deliver the 2010 Alice Louise Reynolds Women-in-Scholarship Lecture, “Viewing Disability Through a Gospel Lens," at 2 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium
Broom Hockey: BYUSA Mini Meets are free monthly activities for just 30 BYU students to help them meet others they usually just walk past on campus. Sign up for broom hockey and treats beginning two weeks prior at byusa.byu.edu/minimeets. Only those registered beforehand may participate. The event starts at 6:45 p.m., but the meeting location will only be e-mailed out to those who RSVP.
Thursday, Nov. 4 and 11, and Tuesday, Nov. 16:
Rollins Center Speed Pitch Competition: The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the Marriott School will host the annual Speed Pitch Competition Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. in 3228 Wilkinson Student Center. Contestant teams will be given the opportunity to explain their business idea to a panel of professionals and experts. Come watch each team, who have just three minutes to pitch their idea. Applications for the competition are due Thursday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in 470 Tanner Building. For a chance to compete, individuals must turn in two physical copies of their application as well submit an electronic PDF version to firstname.lastname@example.org. No late entries will be accepted. A Speed Pitch Workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 4. Visit bpc.byu.edu for more details on the competition and an announcement for the workshop room location.
Friday, Nov. 5
Web Competition: The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship at the Marriott School will be hosting the Adobe Web Analytics Competition Intercollegiate Finals from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 151 Tanner Building. The top teams from schools across the nation will compete for “hall of fame” status. Visit awac.byu.edu/ for details.
Film Archive Screening: The Special Collections Motion Picture Archive Film Series will screen “Rio Conchos” at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium on the first level. This is one of seven films — all shot in Utah — that are being screened throughout fall semester. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and seating is available on a first‐come, first‐served basis. Those 8 years of age and older are welcome, and admission is free.
Battle of the Bands: From 8 to 10 p.m., BYUSA will be hosting the annual Battle of the Bands Competition. See the best bands BYU has to offer battle it out for the top spot and vote for your favorite band. Entry is $5 with a BYU ID card. Guests are welcome and must be accompanied by a BYU ID cardholder. For more information, visit byusa.byu.edu.
Monday, Nov. 8
Christmas Booktalk: The BYU Bookstore is hosting the 2010 Annual Christmas Booktalk in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium from 4 to 5 p.m. The event, co-sponsored by the BYU Farnsworth Juvenile Literature Library within the Lee Library, is free and open to the campus community and public. Bookstore supervisor Anita Charles will present. Those in attendance will learn about the latest titles, hear short summaries of the works and have a chance to receive free copies of the newest books.
Tuesday, Nov. 9
Devotional: Cecilia Peek from BYU’s College of Humanities faculty will be giving the university devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.
Wednesday, Nov. 10
Talent Show: BYU’s Got Talent is back in the Varsity Theatre at 7 p.m. This is the third of four rounds in the competition, with the fourth, finale round to be held in December. Visit stab.byu.edu for more details.
David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: Steven L. Riep, associate professor of Chinese and comparative literature, will be giving a lecture titled "Mr. Kong in Shanghai: Revolutionizing a May Fourth Character in the Nationalizing Moment." The lecture will begin at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Visit kennedy.byu.edu/archive/ for archive information.
Thursday, Nov. 11
Presidential Review: The campus community is invited to witness the annual Presidential Review of BYU’s Army and Air Force ROTC units from 9 to 10:15 a.m. A color guard will bring the U.S. flag to half-staff outside the Wells Building at 9 a.m. and then march to Brigham Square, where the official ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson and baseball legend Vern Law will address the cadets before the actual review. The event is a chance to view several military traditions as well as honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the armed forces.
Women’s Lecture: Women’s Services and Resources will be sponsoring a lecture by Pam Mayes, “Finding the Real You,” at 11 a.m. in 3380 Wilkinson Student Center. The lecture is part of the center’s “Recapturing Beauty” campaign and will highlight the psychological and spiritual journey of women. For more information, call (801) 422-4877.
Life Sciences Seminar: The College of Life Sciences will host a seminar titled “A Global Pattern of Extinction in Lizards Due to Recent Climate Change,” given by Barry Sinervo, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California-Santa Cruz. The event will be held in 446 Thomas L. Martin Building at 11 a.m. Visit lifesciences.byu.edu for more information.
Wheatley Institution Lecture: The Wheatley Institution will host a Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs at 7:30 p.m. in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium, featuring retired U.S. Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, who will speak about “War, Revolution, Insurgency and Terrorism: America’s Strategic Challenges in the Middle East and Central Asia.” For more information, visit wheatley.byu.edu.
Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11–12
Mormon Media Studies Symposium: The first-ever Mormon Media Studies Symposium, “Across Time, Space and Disciplines,” will be held throughout both days. The symposium is free and is sponsored by the BYU Department of Communications, BYU Broadcasting and BYU Studies. The conference takes place in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of BYU Broadcasting and the 10th anniversary of BYU Television. The featured keynote speaker will be Terryl Givens, professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond, who will speak on the subject of “Fraud, Philanderers and Football: Negotiating the Mormon Image.” Visit ce.byu.edu/cw/mmstudies for a full list of presenters, times and topics.
Friday, Nov. 12
Women’s Conference: Women’s Services and Resources will hold its “Celebrating Motherhood Birthing Conference” in 5519 Wilkinson Student Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference will feature a number of speakers who will address the topics of nutrition and exercise during pregnancy, creating a birthing plan, hypnobirthing and home and hospital births. Visit wsr.byu.edu/ for a full schedule of events.
French Literature Symposium: The French and Italian Department in the College of Humanities will hold its Gabrielle Roy Symposium, honoring the Canadian author’s autobiography and fictional works, in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. The conference starts at 9:15 a.m. and continues through 4:15 p.m., with a special dinner being held at 6 p.m. Visit kennedy.byu.edu/events/pdfs/roy-full-agenda_8-12nov10.pdf for a full list of events. Note that all papers will be delivered in French.
Business Language Competition: The Marriott School is hosting its intercollegiate Business Language Case Competition, now in its fourth year, in the Tanner Building from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A concluding lecture titled “Utilizing Your Language as a Competitive Advantage” will be given at a dinner banquet, which starts at 5:45 p.m. This year’s language cases are in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. Volunteers are requested to help, and they do not need to speak the language. For more details about the competition, visit blcc.byu.edu. Contact Sherstin Creamer at (801) 422-8034 or email@example.com if you wish to volunteer
International Dance: To kick off International Education Week at BYU, the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies will host “Passport to Dance” from 8 to 11 p.m. in 3220 Wilkinson Student Center. The event will feature instruction and performances by BYU dance groups, an Italian soda bar and pizza. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Wilkinson Student Center Information Desk for $3 or $5 at the door.
Date Night: The Museum of Peoples and Cultures will host its “Sphinxes and Sweethearts Date Night,” an evening filled with Egyptian-themed activities for couples. Refreshments and prizes will also be provided. Tickets are $10 a couple and are available at the Wilkinson Student Center Information Desk beginning Monday, Nov. 8. For more information, contact the Museum of Peoples and Cultures at (801) 422-0020 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The date night starts at 7 p.m. at the museum, located at 700 N. 100 E. in Provo.
Monday through Friday, Nov. 15-Nov. 19
International Education Week: Celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide during International Education Week. Students will be able to immerse themselves in global issues, raise awareness of international culture and discover what international opportunities are available at BYU. For a full list of events, see kennedy.byu.edu/events/IEW.
World Fest: As part of International Education Week, BYU International Services will be hosting World Fest in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom and Garden Court. The festival will celebrate international cultures and peoples. Students, faculty and community members will be participating in the events. For a complete schedule of events, visit internationalservices.byu.edu.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
University Forum: Neil Howe, co-author of “Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation,” will present a BYU forum address at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. He will be available for questions and answers on the floor immediately following his presentation. The forum will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit
speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Harry Potter Activity: Celebrate the return of Harry Potter with games, a costume contest, Bernie Bot's “Every Flavor Beans” contest and even a muddle quidditch match, all sponsored by the Student Activities Board. The event will be held at the Wilkinson Student Center Terrace at 7 p.m. and will take place just days before the release of the newest movie in the series. Check out stab.byu.edu for the latest details.
Thursday, Nov. 18
Wheatley Institution Lecture: The Wheatley Institution will host a lecture at 5 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Center Assembly Hall featuring Daniel Robinson from Oxford University, who will speak about “Civic Virtue and the American Founding: The Founders’ Conception of Education for Civic Life.” For more information, visit wheatley.byu.edu.
Geography Lecture: The Annual Chauncy Harris Distinguished Lecture hosted by the Geography Department will feature Richard Wright of Dartmouth College at 11 a.m. in 250 Spencer W. Kimball Tower.
Women’s Lecture: At 11 a.m. in 3380 Wilkinson Student Center, BYU Women’s Services and Resources will continue its “Real Beauty” campaign by hosting Ronald E. Bartholomew, who will speak about “The Truth about Beauty” and “The Parable of the Apple Tree.” Participants will experience a mighty change of perspective regarding beauty and their divine potential. Visit wsr.byu.edu/ for more information.
Mini Meet: Mini Meets are free monthly activities for just 30 BYU students to help them meet others they usually just walk past on campus. At this Mini Meet, see BYU's production of "Romeo and Juliet," then get ice cream together. Sign up beginning two weeks prior at byusa.byu.edu/minimeets. 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.
Film Archive Screening: The Special Collections Motion Picture Archive Film Series will screen “Thunder in the Valley” at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium on the first level. This is one of seven films — all shot in Utah — that are being screened throughout fall semester. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and seating is on a first‐come, first‐served basis. Those 8 years of age and older are welcome, and admission is free.
Monday through Friday, Nov. 29–Dec. 3
BYUSA Care Week: The Student Association, in conjunction with dozens of campus clubs and organizations, is holding its semiannual Care Week to kick off the “season of caring” on campus. Care Week is one week during the semester when clubs and students can raise money for charities and nonprofit organizations and plan food drives and charity concerts, shows, dances and more. For more information, contact the Care Week team at email@example.com or visit byusa.byu.edu.
Tuesday, Nov. 30
Dance Devotional: The Department of Dance will present its annual devotional assembly at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. Visit byub.org for broadcast information.
Education Competition Kickoff: The McKay School of Education is sponsoring its Second 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, Nov. 30 , from noon to 1 p.m. in 185 McKay Building. Pizza will be served. Visit education.byu.edu/iic for more details about the contest.
Business Lectures: Every Monday this 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, except for Nov. 23, 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 marriottschool.byu.edu/cet 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 Nov. 8 and 22. Cost is $5 per group. Family tours start at 6:30 p.m., and student tours at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Museum of Peoples and Cultures at (801) 422-0020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 lib.byu.edu/sites/educationinzion.
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 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 email@example.com for more information or visit byusa.byu.edu/sh-choir.
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 clubs.byu.edu.
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 (except for Nov. 26), 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 mpc.byu.edu 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 lib.byu.edu/sites/educationinzion 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 lib.byu.edu/sites/educationinzion.
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 mlbean.byu.edu.
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 mpc.byu.edu.
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 ccc.byu.edu/casc 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 www.lib.byu.edu/sites/familyhistory/Sunday-classes 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