What’s New at BYU for September 2010
Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 31-Sept. 3
As part of Welcome Week, BYUSA will be hosting activities daily at Brigham Square. Events include a rock climbing wall, volleyball, soccer, karaoke, a quarterback challenge, a dunk tank and a free barbecue.
Wednesday, Sept. 1
BYUSA will be hosting a free showing of “The Game Plan” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The showing will take place in the Wilkinson Student Center Varsity Theatre at 7 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 2-4
BYU will be hosting a $1 movie night at 6 and 9 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre, which will be showing “Karate Kid” starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Tickets are available at the Wilkinson Student Center Information Desk.
Friday, Sept. 3
As part of Welcome Week, BYUSA will be throwing a Welcome Week Dance at 8 p.m. at Brigham Square. Tickets are $3 with a BYU ID or $5 without.
BYUSA will be holding auditions for Mr. BYU 2010 in 3380 Wilkinson Student Center. Students should come prepared with a talent and service project idea that can be completed before October. The Mr. BYU Competition will be in October 2010. To sign up or get more information, e-mail email@example.com.
The BYU School of Social Work will be holding an information session for its master’s degree program from noon to 1 p.m. in 2198 Joseph F. Smith Building. Representatives will be covering information on how to apply to the program and answer questions on GPA requirements, deadlines, emphasis requirements, letters of recommendation, financial aid and statements of intent. For more information visit socialwork.byu.edu or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Sept. 7
BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson and his wife Sharon will be starting the school year with a devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and at byub.org. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.
Wednesday, Sept. 8
Gregory A. Weisler, assistant professor at BYU and major in the United States Army, will be lecturing on “The U.S. Military in Africa: A View from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti” at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.
Thursday, Sept. 9
The fifth annual Professional Hospice and Palliative Care Conference will be held at the BYU Conference Center from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Mary Grace Mihalyo, executive vice president of Hospice Services at ProCare Hospice Care. Other lecturers will cover the subjects of the role of physicians, pain management, end-of-life care and interactive case studies. Different registration options and meal plans are available at ce.byu.edu/cw/hospicecoalition. Discounts are available to students. The conference is conducted in coordination with the Utah County Hospice Coalition.
A New Graduate Student Orientation will take place in the Wilkinson Student Center. Information booths, showcasing the services available to graduate students, will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the WSC Garden Court. There will be an evening banquet from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom for graduate students and their spouses. Registration is required but free. Call (801) 422-4091 to register.
James D’Arc, author of “When Hollywood Came to Town: The History of Moviemaking in Utah,” will speak at 2 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. D’Arc is a curator at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Lee Library specializing in film and motion pictures.
As part of the Political Affairs Lecture Series at BYU, attorney Michalyn Steele from the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division will be speaking in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at 4 p.m.
Paul B. Savage, a professor in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the 2010 recipient of the Reed M. Izatt & James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award. Savage will be lecturing about his research on the stimulation and mimicry of the immune system at 4 p.m. in W140 Ezra Taft Benson Building. The public is welcome to attend.
Saturday, Sept. 11
Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum for a Saturday Safari from 9:30 a.m. to noon, where they will be able to learn about some of the animals that are showcased at the museum. Admission is $12 a person. For more information, visit mlbean.byu.edu.
Monday, Sept. 13
BYU will begin its Children and Teens’ Creative Dance Program. The program, available for children 3-18, teaches dance technique, flexibility, coordination, strength, physical awareness and body control. Registration is open and classes go until May 2011. Visit ce.byu.edu or call (801) 422-7589 for more information.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
As part of Constitution Day, Norman Ornstein, political scientist and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, will be speaking at 7 p.m. in 250 Spencer W. Kimball Tower. His lecture is titled “Broken Government: Coping with Dysfunction in the American Political System.”
Tora Aasland, minister of research and higher education for Norway, will be speaking in 115 David O. McKay Building at 2 p.m. The lecture is titled “The Internationalization of Education and Research.”
Wednesday, Sept. 15
BYU Events Management will be hosting a Murder Mystery event during November at the Spring Haven Lodge. Auditions for parts in the cast will be Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. in 3380 Wilkinson Student Center. Students wanting to audition should sign up for a time at 3400 WSC.
Saree Makdisi, professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA, will be speaking at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.
Thursday, Sept. 16
An information session for students interested in applying to the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Representatives from Universities like Columbia, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Princeton and Tufts will be present to answer questions.
The International Studies Program will be holding a fair from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Marigold Quad (northeast of the Herald R. Clark Building). Booths will be set up with representatives and faculty from different programs of the ISP. Students can learn about study abroad programs, international internships, etc. There will also be music, food and giveaways. For more information, visit kennedy.byu.edu.
As part of the Political Affairs Lecture Series, Vice President of Lockheed Martin William D. Hansen will be speaking at 4 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Lockheed Martin is one of the leading companies that produce aerospace, defense and security technology for the U.S. government.
Friday, Sept. 17
The Neal A. Maxwell Institute’s Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies will host a symposium, “Symbolism in the Scriptures.” Presenters include Alan Goff, Dan Belnap, Steven L. Olsen, Taylor Halverson, Jane Allis-Pike, John Thompson, Noel Reynolds and John Welch. The symposium is free of charge and the public is welcome. The lectures will be presented in the Wilkinson Student Center and in the Tanner Building, with the first session beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the last session ending at 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Elin Roberts at (801) 422-7154.
BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures will host a Survivor Date Night at 7 p.m. Couples will compete against other couples to try and win it all. Tickets are $10 per couple and are available at the Wilkinson Student Center Information Desk beginning Monday, Sept. 13. Light refreshments will be served.
To mark the 200th anniversary of the declaration of Mexican independence Sept. 16, several BYU faculty and students will present a night of Mexican music and celebration Sept. 17 in the Madsen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. The event is free.
Saturday, Sept. 18
Children ages 5-12 are invited to the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum for a Saturday Safari from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Children will be learning about animals from Asia in the safari titled, “Asia: More Than Just Pandas.” Admission is $12 per person. For more information, visit mlbean.byu.edu.
Tuesday, Sept. 21
Gordon Smith, president of the National Association of Broadcasters, will be the forum speaker in the Marriott Center at 11:05 a.m. Smith is also a former Republican senator from Oregon and was recently named to the Deseret News Editorial Advisory Board. The forum will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and byub.org. Visit byub.org or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.
Wednesday, Sept. 22
Retired U.S. Sen. Jake Garn will be speaking at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. His lecture is titled “A World Without Nukes? Perspectives on the Policy and the Politics.”
Thursday, Sept. 23
An information meeting for musicians interested in auditioning for the BYU Battle of the Bands in November will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in 3380 Wilkinson Student Center.
As part of the Political Affairs Lecture Series, Mike Knudsen, president of Knudsen & Associates, will be speaking at 4 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.
Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 21-24
BYU will be hosting Accessibility Awareness Week. Students can go to a booth on the second floor of the Wilkinson Student Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to receive a challenge to walk around on crutches, get around in a wheelchair, not speak, etc. for two hours. This event helps students experience what it is like to be disabled for a short amount of time.
Friday, Sept. 24
Serve your neighbors locally and internationally at the Peace Day Service Activity. There will be service projects, music, entertainment, live bands and a showing of the documentary“The Day After Peace.” Service projects will take placethroughout the week at Brigham Square, the Wilkinson Student Center Terrace and Y Serve. This event is free for students with one guest and a BYU ID.
Saturday, Sept. 25
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures will be hosting a pre-game tailgate party for “Celebrate Your Museum Day.” The event will have free food, culture and face painting. The event starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 4 p.m. when the BYU football game starts at LaVell Edwards Stadium. For more information, visit mpc.byu.edu.
The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum will be hosting Saturday Safari for children ages 5-12 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. On Sept. 25, children will be spending a day with animals from Down Under. Admission is $12 per person. For more information, visit mlbean.byu.edu.
Tuesday, Sept 28
Alton Thygerson, professor of health science at BYU, will present the weekly devotional at the Marriott Center at 11:05 a.m. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and byub.org. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.
Wednesday, Sept. 29
More than 100 companies will be attending the BYU General Career Fair in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom and Garden Court from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Companies will be recruiting BYU students for full-time positions and internships.
Jamal Qureshi, lead analyst of crude oil and refining trading for Statoil will be speaking at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. His lecture is titled “Oil and the Middle East: Poison or Promise?”
Thursday, Sept. 30
Gary D. Schmidt, professor of English at Calvin College and two-time winner of the Newbery Honor Award, will deliver the annual Nan Osmond Grass Lecture at 11 a.m. in B-192 Joseph F. Smith Building. The annual lecture commemorates Nan Osmond Grass, a BYU English professor who passed away in 1999.
BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library will formally open its newest exhibit, “Literary Worlds: Illumination of the Mind.” The exhibit features the creative process of many famous authors including Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle. Manuscripts, letters and drawings by the authors will be on display. The exhibit is open to the public and located on the first floor in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
Author John Bennion will be present at a House of Learning Lecture on writing in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium at 2 p.m. Bennion writes novels, essays and short fiction about the Utah desert and its peoples. He is also an associate professor of English at BYU.
Every Friday, 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.
The “Education in Zion” exhibit is open daily on the second floor of the Joseph F. Smith Building. The art exhibit traces the history of education in the LDS culture and showcases art from local artists and BYU students.
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.
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.
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N. 100 East 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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Brandon Garrett