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BYU senior basketball player Yoeli Childs eyes the rim just before emphatically making a two handed dunk in BYU's last home game of the season.
On March 11, BYU’s calendar brimmed with arts, athletics, lectures, films, even a planetarium show. Then, as BYU responded to the coronavirus pandemic, events were canceled, many students returned home, and classes moved online. Only one “gathering” remained: a Tuesday morning devotional broadcast. In a nearly empty Marriott Center, Elder Jack N. Gerard spoke to a global audience about the importance of taking steps toward God’s light, even when the way forward may seem unclear. Be sure to read a recap or stream the devotional.
BYU President Kevin J Worthen addresses students from a brightly lit room in campus library..
At BYU and around the world, society is experiencing something unlike anything it’s seen before. Facing these new and uncertain times, BYU president Kevin J Worthen shared a message with students about the importance of community, gathering, and joy.
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Religion professor Anthony Sweat, public management professor Eva Witesman, and Mikaela Dufur (with her cat) share messages of encouragement and hope to their now-online students .
To ease their students’ transition to online classes, dozens of professors grabbed their phones and recorded heartfelt messages of love and encouragement. Go see the overwhelming evidence that BYU faculty mentors care in this spirit-boosting Instagram story.
Biology professor Brian Poole.
Recorded on March 11 (some numbers related to the spread of the coronavirus have shifted somewhat in a week), the information in biology professor Brian Poole’s discussion of COVID-19 is still highly relevant.
Backed by a BYU crowd, BYU volleyball star Gabi Garcia Fernandez follows through on a deadly high-speed serve.
When the then–No. 2 Cougars flew over the Pacific Ocean—sweeping their first match with top-ranked Hawaii and narrowly losing the second of the doubleheader—they had no idea their season was about to abruptly end. Watch an interview to get head coach Shawn Olmstead's reaction and read what the now–No. 1 team can take away from its too-short season.
The floor of the Marriott Center is crowded with fans celebrating after the BYU Gonzaga game.
Projections and simulations rarely match the results of real-life contests—only a few predicted BYU men’s hoops would beat No. 2 Gonzaga, for example. But this year, imagining what-if is all we’ve got for many of BYU’s highly ranked teams. See how men’s basketball fared in a BPI-based simulation or celebrate with this tournament-selection video. Finally, read Coach Mark Pope’s reaction to his first year, see BYU’s spot in the final AP Top 25 poll, and check out the highest rankings of 2019–20 for this and BYU’s other elite athletic teams.
BYU Men's Chorus director Rosalind Hall is thrown in the air by a group of students.
“Please do not drop Sister Hall!” The Welsh folksong medley started quiet, but the energy quickly rose with tales of farmers tossing sheepskins. Soon enough, Men’s Chorus director Rosalind Hall (who hails from Wales) took flight too, amid rambunctious chants of “fol-di-rol-di.” Learn why her students call her their queen in this joyful anecdote, then scroll down to listen to the Men's Chorus sing “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” which has more than 26 million views.
A woman has her back to another person who is reaching out and tapping her shoulder.
Did you know that men will apply for a job when they meet just 60 percent of the qualifications while women tend to apply only when they meet all of them? One of the most powerful forces for encouraging women “is when a friend or mentor verbally acknowledges a strength and encourages the person to act on it,” says Susan Madsen, UVU professor of leadership and ethics and a BYU alumna. Learn what “the tap” can do to help women explore their potential.
A furry white puppy ambles toward the BYU female a cappella group Noteworthy as they stand on a striped blue rug and perform in a casual venue.
With its winter-semester shows canceled, BYU Noteworthy decided instead to perform mini shows on Instagram and Facebook live. Watch this streaming show now and stay tuned for five music videos coming later this spring.
YouTuber Mark Rober shows fluorescent powder on his hands and face. At left are the words Seeing Germs.
“My videos normally take 6–12 months of planning but I did this one in two weeks when I noticed people weren’t listening to the scientists,” says BYU grad, former NASA engineer, and big-shot YouTuber Mark Rober. “Please share this with anyone who thinks social distancing is an overreaction.” See what happens when Rober applies some fluorescing powder to the hands of a few students in a third-grade classroom.
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