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College of Fine Arts and Communications

BYU will host ETHEL, a genre-crossing musical group and their collaborator, Robert Mirabal, one of the modern masters of the Native American flute on Dec. 7. (Timothy E. Black)
  • BYU will host renowned string quartet ETHEL and their Grammy Award-winning collaborator Robert Mirabal on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The musical group will showcase a performance based around their 2016 album, “The River.” Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices or on arts.byu.edu.
A team of BYU staff and students created an augmented reality game tailored to the Disneyland experience. (Benjamin Thevenin)
  • A team of BYU students and faculty launched Dark Ride Disneyland, a mobile game which uses augmented reality. The interactive VR game set in a theme park was made possible by BYU Media Arts Critical Studies Area Head Benjamin Thevenin with the aid of BYU Media Arts Fiction Production Area Head and professor Jeff Parkin and associate professor of graphic design Brent Barson. Twenty students from varying BYU colleges were selected from an application process and separated into two groups, one for specialized skills and one focusing on collaboration. Their goal was to broaden the user’s experience of Disneyland by looking at classic stories from different perspectives. Through this highly collaborative experiential learning experience, the team created an interactive game that correlates with the four themes of the amusement park.
BYU alum Scott Christopherson’s new documentary depicts the complicated history and future of BYU alum and cult classic director Stephen Groo (Photo courtesy of Scott Christopherson).
  • Coined “The Most Prolific American Filmmaker You’ve Never Heard Of,” director and BYU alum Stephen Groo is the subject of a new documentary by another BYU alum, Scott Christopherson. “The Insufferable Groo” follows the making of Groo’s latest film, “The Unexpected Race.” With a depiction of the film process, the recruitment of actor Jack Black, and Groo’s antics, the documentary explores the uphill battle Groo has faced after making more than 200 films in the past two decades, not one garnering a profit. Christopherson, a fan of Groo himself, strived to portray an honest depiction of the cult classic filmmaker. After premiering at the Sheffield Doc Festival, winning official selection, and also screening at Doc NYC, the documentary will make its theatrical debut in select theaters, including Salt Lake City, this December. Click these links for trailers of the “The Insufferable Groo” and the featured film in the documentary, “The Unexpected Race.”

Marriott School of Business

The Marriott School of Business was ranked in the top twenty-five in the nation for entrepreneurship programs. (BYU Photo)
BYU professor Ben Galvin has been appointed the faculty advisor to the undergraduate HR program. (Marriott School of Business)

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering

The BYU Rocketry Club is one of five finalists in the Bayer’s Annual Alka-Rocket Challenge. (BYU Rocketry Club)

BYU’s Rocketry Club is one of five finalists in the Bayer’s Annual Alka-Rocket Challenge. Competing for a chance to win $30,000, the members of the club also hope to break last year’s Guinness World Record by launching their chemical-reactant propelled rocket over 430 feet in the air. The competition will take place on Dec. 12 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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