College of Fine Arts and Communications
- 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 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.
- 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 Princeton Review has ranked the Marriott School of Business as a top 25 school for both undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs. The undergraduate program was ranked No. 4 in the nation and the graduate program was ranked No. 10.
- BYU professor Ben Galvin has been selected as the faculty advisor to the undergraduate HR program at the Marriott School of Business. Galvin has spent the past three years teaching business students as an associate professor for organizational behavior and human resources. As a specialist in leadership, Galvin hopes to inspire students to understand their influence in the classroom and teach specific leadership skills to help them be successful in their careers.
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering
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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