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What's New at BYU for October 2011

Saturday, Oct. 1

Girls Night Out: BYU's Museum of Peoples and Cultures invites women to a "Girls Night Out" from 7 to 9 p.m.  There will be jewelry-making stations, service projects, prizes and refreshments, as well as a guest lecture, "From Lucy to Lady Gaga."  The event is free.  For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or e-mail

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Homecoming Opening Ceremony: The BYU Homecoming Opening Ceremonies will launch the 2011 Homecoming festivities with a rousing celebration at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The Cougar Marching Band will create an energetic opening, and several presidents — including the president of the Alumni Association, president of the Student Alumni Association, BYUSA president and President Cecil O. Samuelson — will be involved in the celebration. The Brimhall Essay Contest winner will be announced and will present the prize-winning entry. A video on 2011 Founder Gerrit de Jong, Jr., first dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts, and a feature performance from BYU Spectacular will also be featured. Afterward, the audience will be invited to follow the Marching Band to Brigham's Square for a free hot dog barbecue. For more information on Homecoming 2011 activities, visit

International Cinema: As part of German Week, the International Cinema will have a Tuesday lecture by Rob McFarland and will screen “Murderers Among Us,” “The Miracle of Bern” and “The Wave.” All shows are free and will be shown in 250 Spencer W. Kimball Tower. For showtimes, visit or call (801) 422-5751.      

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Center for the Study of Europe: BYU Center for the Study of Europe director and professor of political science Wade Jacoby and Richard W. Evans, assistant professor of economics, will speak at CafeCSE on “Is the Euro Toast?” at 4 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Thursday, Oct. 6

German Majors Fair: The German Majors fair will be from 11 a.m. to noon in 3228 Wilkinson Student Center. Students will vote on creative arts projects submissions and have an opportunity to meet faculty and learn more about what can be done with German language skills.

Women's Studies Colloquium: Michelle James will give a lecture titled “She’s A Girl, What Could She Possibly Think?” at noon in B002 Joseph F. Smith Building. Her lecture will be on early German women authors and BYU’s Sophie Project. The lecture will be in English and is open to all.

David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: Thomas B. Griffith, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, will be giving a lecture titledCareer Reflections: Judiciary” at 4 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building followed by a question-and-answer session. 

Fiesta Talent Share and Latin Dance: From 7 to 11 p.m. in the Wilkinson Center East Ballroom, BYU students will be sharing their talents in the form of Latin American music, dance and storytelling. Following the culture share, there will be a Latin dance with free dance instruction. The cost is $3 for those attending the talent share and $5 for the dance alone.

Friday, Oct. 7

Honors Homecoming Lecture and Barbecue: Tom Rogers, director of the BYU Honors Program from 1974 to 1977 and a professor emeritus of Germanic and Slavic languages, will discuss “Hearts of the Children, Hearts of the Fathers: The Sense of Transcendent Familial Ties Both in Selected Films and in Works by 20-Century Russian Writers” at an Honors Program lecture beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the Maeser Building Lawn and 321 Maeser Building Auditorium. There will be a light barbecue preceding the address. To register, contact, (801) 422-5226.

Saturday, Oct. 8

BYU ACT Prep Course: BYU will be offering an ACT Prep course from Oct. 8 to Dec. 3. The class meets every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, and registration is $295. Visit for details.

Monday, Oct. 10

German Play: The Department of German Studies and Slavic Languages will be presenting “Die Wende,” a short play about the Berlin Wall written and produced by BYU students, at 3 p.m. in B192 Joseph F. Smith Building. Admission is free.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Dance Devotional: The BYU Department of Dance will present its annual dance devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. For broadcast and rebroadcast information, visit

German Week Soccer: In celebration of German Week, the Department of German Studies and Slavic Languages will be holding a World Cup Soccer game at 7 to 9 p.m. in the Spencer W. Kimball Tower quad. All are invited. No cleats allowed.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Acoustic Explosion: The BYU Student Activities Board is hosting an evening of acoustic music at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theater. Six performers will share their acoustic talents. Demo tapes will be accepted in 3400 Wilkinson Center before 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: Douglas H. Paal, vice president for Asian studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will speak on "Taiwan’s Elections — American and Chinese Interests" at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Thursday, Oct. 13

David M. Kennedy Center Conference Call: David Kaye, executive director of the International Human Rights Law Program at UCLA’s Law School, will discuss “Justice Beyond the Hague" from 10 to 11 a.m. in 257 Herald R. Clark Building.

David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: Peter Valcarce, president of Arena Communications, will present a lecture titled “Career Reflections: Campaign Management” in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at 4 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Friday, Oct. 14

German Week Oktoberfest: From 7 to 9 p.m. in Brigham Square, the Department of German Studies and Slavic Languages will host Oktoberfest. There will be a dance to German pop and rock music, a Mr. and Miss Deutschland contest and other games, contests and awards.

Education in Zion Date Night: On Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2, the “Education in Zion” exhibit in the Joseph F. Smith Building will host a date night to celebrate BYU’s educational heritage. The night includes tours, food, games and more. Date nights begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 and Dec. 2. For more information, visit

Saturday, Oct. 15

GMAT Prep Course: The BYU Conferences and Workshops GMAT Preparation Course will run from 8 a.m. to noon and continue every Saturday until Dec. 10. Attendees can register online at or call (801) 422-8925

Lost and Found Sale: From 9 a.m. to noon in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom, the Campus Life Office will hold its Lost and Found Sale that allows students to buy good-quality items at cheap prices. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Devotional: Greg Burton of the chemistry and biochemistry faculty will give the devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. For broadcast, rebroadcast and archive information, visit or

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Talent Show: BYU's Got Talent is back in the Varsity Theater at 7 p.m. Judges will pick three winners to advance to the finale in December. 

Thursday, Oct. 20

Power of Teaching Lecture: Randy Bott, a Religious Education professor, will be speaking at the Power of Teaching Lecture Series at 11 a.m. in 115 McKay Building. His remarks will be titled, “Me, A Teacher? Hard to Believe!” For more information, contact Roxanna Johnson at (801) 422-1922 or

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Forum: U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman will be speaking at BYU’s forum at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. For broadcast, rebroadcast and archive information, visit or

Wednesday, Oct. 26

David M. Kennedy Center Conference Call: Steven A Clark, Hasib J. Sabbah Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, will be featured in a conference call address titled "The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square" from 10 to 11 a.m. in 257 Herald R. Clark Building.

David Kennedy Center Lecture: The David M. Kennedy Center will host Dodge Billingsley, producer/director of Combat Films and Research, in a lecture at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Thursday, Oct. 27

Halloween Party: The Halloween Spooktacular is a kids carnival for the children of students and faculty from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Wilkinson Center Terrace. The activities include face painting, costume contests, prize fishing and a bounce house.  To volunteer to help run a booth, call (801) 422-3211 or visit

David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies will host Robert Viscusi, Broeklundian Professor of English from the City University of New York, who will speak on "Italy as a Global Brand" at 11 a.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

David M. Kennedy Center Lecture: The Political Affairs Lecture Series is hosting Ronnell Anderson Jones, associate professor of law at BYU, who will give a lecture called “Career Reflections: Law” at 4 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building followed by a question-and-answer session.

Friday, Oct. 28

Annual Sperry Symposium: Russell Osguthorpe, General Sunday School President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium on the Scriptures. The conference is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Admission is free and no registration is required. For a complete schedule of events and locations, visit

ORCA Grants Deadline: BYU Office of Research and Creative Activities grant applications are due Oct. 28 before midnight. Visit for more information. Those chosen receive a $1,500 grant to do a mentored research or creative project. For more information, contact Christy Haggard at

Saturday, Oct. 29

GRE Test Prep: The Conferences and Workshops GRE Preparation Course will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Saturday form Oct. 29 to Dec. 10. Register online at or by calling (801) 422-8925.

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.

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: Melissa Connor

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