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Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda, 1883, oil on canvas, 100 3/4 x 125 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Jack R. and Mary Lois Wheatley, 2001.
Twenty years ago, the BYU Museum of Art had the rare opportunity to acquire an original, iconic Carl Heinrich Bloch altarpiece from Denmark. Now the MOA is sharing its new exhibition, At Bethesda’s Waters: Celebrating 20 Years of Carl Bloch’s Masterpiece at BYU, available in the museum, on the MOA website, or on the app for iOS or Android.
Screen grab of President Worthen with video icon.
To begin the fall semester, BYU will require masks in classrooms, in any indoor space when physical distancing isn’t maintained, and in other areas when directed. Because classrooms will be operating at full capacity during fall semester, all students must wear masks when attending in-person classes regardless of vaccination status. BYU strongly urges students, employees, and campus guests to follow recent counsel from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to get vaccinated and wear masks in public meetings with limited distancing. These requirements will begin Monday, August 23. For more information, including BYU’s latest vaccination numbers, visit
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Built Brands founder Nick Greer, left, congratulates walk-on quarterback Nick Billoups on NIL agreement to pay tuition. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo
BYU Athletics and Built Brands recently announced an enhanced multiyear agreement to support the Cougar football program, while also pioneering separate innovative name, image, and likeness (NIL) agreements with individual members of the football team. Built’s individual NIL agreements with BYU players will compensate all team members, including tuition costs for walk-on players. Football begins Sept. 4 at Arizona.
As part of Education Week, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf spoke at a devotional. Here he stands at a podium in the Marriott Center framed by a blue background.
As part of Education Week, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles came to BYU to deliver a devotional with five messages of love and hope. “When we wonder where we should put our focus as parents, siblings, Church leaders, ministering brothers and sisters, and as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is already decided. Love God. Love your neighbor.” Watch highlights or the full devotional address.
A vintage photo of Erika Muschik Burton (right) who trained as a nurse in West Germany and graduated from BYU in her 80s.
At 18 years old refugee Erika Muschik Burton (right) trained as a nurse in West Germany, always hoping to someday emigrate to the United States. “I should be dead by now, but here I am,” says Burton. She adds, “I have a lot of evidence that God has been in my life and rescued me many times.” Read how Burton waded through war, repression, and life as a refugee to realize her dreams, finally graduating from BYU last year at age 80.
BYU's Byron Adams led colleagues to remote locations in the Shackleton Glacier region of Antarctica.
A group of scientists from BYU and the University of Colorado have found a remote location deep in the icy heart of Antarctica’s Transantarctic Mountains where the soil contains no distinguishable sign of life. It represents the first time humans have discovered earthly soil that appears uninhabitable. Is it high elevation, lack of water, or something else?
The new BYU project will research dementia and Alzheimer's disease among Pacific Islanders, as well as Native Alaskans, Native Americans, and Native Hawaiians. Photo by Nate Edwards/BYU Photo.
Thanks to a $14.6 million grant from the National Institute on Aging, researchers from BYU, Washington State University, and University of Miami are coming together to expand research on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander groups. The hope is that by studying unique populations they can gain new insights into causes and potential treatments.
Kurt Workman and the Owlet Baby Care team celebrates above the NYSE bell.
Instructure, Owlet, and Traeger—Utah-based companies led by alumni—were publicly listed recently on the New York Stock Exchange, each ringing the historic bell on the trading floor of Wall Street within eight days of each other. Catch all of the latest buzz.
A closeup of a slice of Graham Slam Cake by Courtney.
Inspired by a BYU Creamery flavor, Courtney Rich—a broadcast grad turned baker—has created a Graham Slam Cake, with graham cracker cake layers baked on a graham cracker crust with graham cracker butter swirled in vanilla buttercream. The question remains: would it go better with Graham Canyon ice cream or LaVell’s Vanilla?
The sun streams down on the facade of the Marriott Center.
Homecoming 2021 is all about moments that connect BYU to you—past, present, and future! For thousands of sports fans, students, and guests, many of those moments happened at the Marriott Center (MC), the iconic gathering place that turns 50 this year. Share a meaningful MC experience—graduation, devotional, sports, performance, etc.—for the chance to get two flavors of famous BYU Creamery ice cream delivered to you. (Yes, we can ship it beyond Provo).
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