College of Fine Arts and Communications
The BYU Department of Dance will present “Christmas Around the World,” an annual holiday concert. This year’s theme, “Beyond,” inspires students and audience members to reach beyond BYU. This cultural event will also include a pre-concert Christmas market. People can purchase food or participate in a variety of activities.
“Christmas Around the World” will take place at the Marriott Center on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Tickets are available in the ticket booths and on arts.byu.edu.
Thanks to contributions of the BYU Department of Dance, 76-year old custodian Val Christiansen attended a BYU football game for the first time in over 25 years. A diligent employee and loyal Cougar fan, Christiansen has been hard at work cleaning the floors of the physical education building for the past four years. The Ballroom Dance faculty and staff surprised Christiansen with two tickets to the game for him and his wife, a BYU blanket, scarf, hat and money for dinner and treats.
BYU Ballroom Dance secretary Katie Davidson called the generous act “a great start to this giving season.”
College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
BYU chemistry professor Ryan Kelly has been researching new ways to monitor treatments for cancer patients. Biopsies and spinal taps may be able to be replaced with a simple blood test to diagnose, monitor and tailor appropriate therapies for different cancers. To further his research on creating therapies for cancer patients, Kelly collaborated with researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oregon Health & Science University. The details of their project is published in the top-ranked journal Analytical Chemistry.
Marriott School of Business
BYU Marriott student Caleb Wagner and his friend Tanner Beckstrand, a UVU student, started a damage documentation company called BayWatch. The company’s aim is to help dealerships identify, with proof, whether they were responsible for any vehicle damage done in the servicing process. This is accomplished by installing cameras at the opening of the service drive lane to take images of vehicles when they are dropped off and picked up. The company won $15,000 at BYU’s New Venture Challenge competition, and systems have already been installed at several service centers throughout the country.
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering
The first-ever BYU alumni-organized tech summit was held in Austin on Nov. 9. More than 150 attendees and representatives from 75 companies participated in hands-on learning sessions and listened to lectures given by executive-level presenters from various tech companies including IBM and Dell.
By the end of the event, more than $3,000 was raised to provide scholarships for local youths wanting to attend BYU.
College of Family, Home and Social Sciences
The Museum of People and Cultures is hosting an exhibit, “More than a Manger,” from now through February 2019. Showcasing 21 nativities from 10 unique religions in the American Southwest, the exhibit is meant to reflect various cultures and traditions throughout Christianity.
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