Highlights from BYU colleges


College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Working as a professor at BYU since 1999 and a dean for two years, Rick Miller focuses his research on marriage and health, families in China and MFT processes. (BYU Photo)
Focusing on policy and educational interventions to help couples maintain healthy relationships, Alan Hawkins serves as the co-chair of the Utah Marriage Commission and is the Camilla E. Kimball Endowed Professor of Family Life. (BYU Photo)
As an award-winning scholar and member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the American Psychological Association, Gary Burlingame devotes time to mental health illness and treatment research. (BYU Photo)

The Dean of the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences announced the reappointment of Rick Miller as the chair of the Department of Sociology and the appointment of two new department chairs, Alan Hawkins over the School of Family Life and Gary Burlingame over the Department of Psychology. Miller will continue as the chair of the Department of Sociology for another three-year term. The new department chairs, Hawkins and Burlingame, begin their positions on July 1.

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

Yara Abdeen grew up in Jerusalem and demonstrated courage by adjusting to a different country and culture. After completing her goal of earning a master’s degree, she hopes to return to Israel and use her newfound knowledge to improve her country’s quality of life. (Yara Abdeen)
Cyera Bishop grew up in a home-school environment and demonstrated courage by being the first in her family to leave home to attend a university. Bishop, an MRI technician, will graduate in electrical engineering next year and will begin a Ph.D. program in MRI signal processing. (Cyera Bishop)

Two students from the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, Yara Abdeen and Cyera Bishop, received the Women of Courage Award. This annual award is an honor and a financial grant given to women who demonstrate outstanding academic ability and who lead courageous lives.

Marriott School of Business

BYU Marriott team from left to right: Blake Hannesson, Jon Chichoni, Erica Valimaki, and Michael Ellis. (BYU Marriott School)

A team of four BYU Marriott School students astounded judges and Ivy League schools by taking first place at Silver Lake, the largest nationwide private equity competition. With only five submissions accepted out of the 75, each team performed an LBO analysis on a company of choice and presented their thesis. The winning students attributed their success to their dedication and the rigorous Marriott School programs.

College of Humanities

Gabriel Mayberry
Van C. Gessel received an imperial decoration, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, from the country of Japan. (Gabriel Mayberry/BYU Photo)

After serving as a missionary in Japan at the age of 19, professor of Asian and Near Eastern Languages, Van C. Gessel, pursued a teaching career centered on Japanese literature and culture. On April 29th, he received one of the highest non-Japanese civilian honors for his outstanding work in Japanese literature, promoting mutual understanding between the United States and Japan.

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