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What Is Essential? | Jimmer Update | Jazz and Unity | Student Awards | Rex Lee Jokes | Tailgates | Joyfully Indebted | Title IX 50 |
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Greg McKeown and text that reads The Essentialist.

Do you sometimes struggle with an overflowing inbox and overextended schedule? Would you like to find a way to focus on what is truly essential? BYU grad and bestselling author Greg McKeown can help. Read about his essentialist success, an empowering journey that began with an epic fail.

A pretzel and some coins next to teh text A Time to Laugh 3 by BYU Speeches.

Watch this month’s A Time to Laugh video and chuckle at two humorous stories from deadpan comedian and former BYU president Rex E. Lee.

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A refugee family with three young children smiles and cuddles on the couch.

More than 13 million Syrians were forcibly displaced due to a civil war that began in 2011, and many looked to the United States for asylum. Inspired by Elder Patrick Kearon’s April 2016 general conference talk, “Refuge from the Storm,” BYU alumna Rebecca McAllister mustered a “minivan brigade” to provide relief for refugee families. “For every day that we’ve been at this, somebody’s life has been changed,” she says.

Student and associate (a horse) silhouetted against a stunning sunset.

BYU’s photographers received several national awards from the 2022 Annual Photo Competition held during the annual conference for the University Photographers’ Association of America. See the gallery of winning images.

From the Vault: American Highlights and Recent Acquisitions. This exhibit is now open at the Brigham Young University Museaum of Art.
Jimmer Fredette with a huge smile and a great hair day takes a video call in his car.

Catch up with Jimmer Fredette, now a father of three, who will be returning to basketball as part of Floyd Mayweather’s the Money Team in the Basketball Tournament later this month. Enjoy this update courtesy of BYU Sports Nation.

Liz Darger (left) leads a panel discussion with Janie Penfield Rasmussen (right) and legendary former BYU player, coach, and administrator Elaine Michaelis (center).

Athletics employees gathered in the Cougar Room at LaVell Edwards Stadium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX and its impact on BYU student-athletes past, present, and future. Read a recap of the panel discussion that featured Liz Darger (left), Janie Penfield Rasmussen (right), and legendary former BYU player, coach, and administrator Elaine Michaelis.

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BYU football players celebrate in the end zone next to text that reads Cougar Town Tailgates.

BYU football kicks off the season in Tampa, Florida, on Sept. 3, and a lot of Cougar fans are planning to get there before the big game for some true-blue food and entertainment. Get more details about the event and secure your family’s tickets. And check back as more tailgates will be added as fall gets closer.

Jazz musician Marcus Roberts in a gray suit and dark sunglasses plays piano.

Accomplished jazz musician Marcus Roberts teaches that music can bring us together in a world determined to divide us. Watch the inspiring short video from BYU Speeches, then check out Roberts’s full BYU commencement speech and his band’s 2020 forum performance.

A family portrait of Jenae Nelson, her husband and four children.

After a year of studying indebtedness with two BYU professors, Jenae Nelson discovered the power in feeling indebted to God. Nelson says embracing divine indebtedness can lead to increased happiness and well-being. Learn why this BYU grad, mother of four, and researcher at both Baylor and Harvard believes feeling indebted to God is the new thankfulness.

BYU Vocal Point performs with Anthem Lights.

Ever wish you could sing with Anthem Lights? BYU Vocal Point did and their collaboration resulted in a new rendition of the Disney classic “When You Wish Upon a Star.” Watch for more BYU Vocal Point songs as they become available on Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes all summer long.

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