An aerial view of the BYU alumni building with its bell tower in the snow

Chillin’ Above Campus

It’s been a snowy semester so far. Watch this video to enjoy the views captured by a drone—from Y Mountain to the campus sidewalks—all without getting your feet wet. And if the season has you or a family member suffering from a cold, check out this research-based Q&A with BYU nursing professors to learn which medicines are the most effective.  

President Shane Reese at the Marriott Center podium, next to a slide with the title Becoming the BYU of Prophecy

Eyes to See

In the first devotional of the winter semester, President and Sister Reese shared how being “doers of the word” and having “eyes to see” can help BYU build a covenant community of belonging and reach its prophesied potential. “We love you so deeply and want you to claim all that God has planned for you,” said President Reese. “God wants you to be happy and to find the joy for which you were created. He wants you to achieve your dreams and all that He has in store for you—here and into the eternities.”

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Podcast: BYU Besties Forever

Did you make a friend at BYU who ended up changing your life? In this episode of the Y Magazine podcast, hear from four alumni who share their unique stories of friendship—each starting on campus and having a lasting impact. From helping a friend rebound from a failed relationship to an example of Christlike service, these tales teach ways to be a true friend. This podcast is based on the article “Forever BYU Friends.” Subscribe to future podcasts at Apple PodcastsSpotify, or YouTube. Or, if you’re already a listener, please take this quick survey.

Three young people lean in to light candles for BYU's annual Walk of Life

Hope for the World

“For it is through us, as a meek, a humble, and a loving collective that a more just and merciful future will come for all of God’s children,” said sociology professor Ryan Gabriel as the BYU community gathered to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. This year’s events included a day of service, a candlelit Walk of Life across campus, and speeches reflecting our shared spiritual roots.

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BYU runner Aidan Troutner, arms outstretched, celebrates at the finishline of the SMith Fieldhouse indoor track, after clocking the first sub-four minute mile at BYU's Smith Fieldhouse

Fastest Mile in the Nation

BYU junior Aidan Troutner ran a 3:59.2 mile, cementing a new Smith Fieldhouse record on the final day of the Cougar Invitational. With the altitude adjustment, Troutner’s time (3:54.51) is the fastest in school history, marks the first indoor sub-4-minute mile in Utah, and places him at No. 1 in the nation this season.

BYU dancers in an international setting at night

Show on the Road

From Feb. 2 through March 16, BYU’s world-famous performing groups will entertain audiences at the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City as part of BYU Winterfest 2024. Living Legends will be doing the haka in Arizona next week. In March BYU’s International Folk Dance Ensemble will be on tour in California, while BYU Vocal Point and Noteworthy have shows scheduled in Wyoming and Colorado. Check out the calendar to see when BYU groups will be coming to a city near you.

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Work to Do

In a 1990 BYU devotional, Elder Russell M. Nelson urged us to “do work of worth” that will bless our lives and the lives of others as we progress through our educations and careers. Watch the inspiring short video “Of Resolutions and Self-Reflection.”

BYU basketball player Dallin Hall drives to the hoop against an Iowa State defender

Driving into a Cyclone

On Tuesday the No. 20 BYU men’s basketball team faced the No. 24 Iowa State Cyclones, one of the best defensive teams in the country. Spencer Johnson scored a career-high 28 points as the Cougars got their first Big 12 win in the Marriott Center. The victory boosts BYU to 14-3 on the season and 2-2 in Big 12 play. “Our guys were really impressive tonight against a really good Iowa State team,” said BYU head coach Mark Pope. “I’m proud of our guys’ togetherness, their confidence and refusal to second-guess their decisions in real time.” Next up: No. 25 Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday.

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Star on the Bars

BYU gymnast Anyssa Alvarado is the first student of Honduran descent to join BYU’s gymnastics program. She’s also the first person in her family to go to college, making her immigrant grandparents extremely proud. Learn more about her journey to BYU in this video. You can also watch her recent high-scoring performance on the uneven bars.

Cartoon illustration of a BYU alum and a BYU student in a mentoring relationship

What’s a Connectathon?

If you were part of BYU Connect this past year, we want to thank you for “[going] forth to serve.” Without your efforts, the magic of mentoring and networking with students wouldn’t be possible. As we started this new year and winter semester, current BYU students were invited to participate in BYU Connectathon, a two-week challenge to help them learn about BYU Connect. If you as an alumni mentor have had a conversation with a student between January 8 and 19, you can enter to win $75 worth of apparel, accessories, and sweets from the BYU Store. If you missed this year’s BYU Connectathon, you can join BYU Connect here for future opportunities to mentor and connect with BYU students.