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Photo portrait of C. Shane Reese, 14th president of BYU. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU.

C. Shane Reese, currently serving as BYU’s academic vice president, was announced Tuesday as the new president of Brigham Young University. He will build on the nine-year legacy of Kevin J Worthen, beginning May 1, 2023. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared the historic news. And just after the devotional, the incoming president mentioned BYU’s worldwide family of graduates: “We love our alumni,” Reese said, noting how BYU grads and fans show up, serve, and give our athletic teams what he calls our “away home advantage.” Read the announcement details, watch video highlights, and get to know the new president.

Kevin and Peggy Worthen, with central campus in the background.

From President Kevin J Worthen’s inaugural address about going to the mountains to a recent talk about a spiritual experience in the Provo Temple, you can review all of the inspiring moments from BYU speeches by the president and his wife, Peggy S. Worthen.

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There is a new Y Magazine podcast. Join host Whitney Archibald, a BYU grad, for deep dives on BYU research; interviews with interesting alumni, faculty, and students; and fun tangents both on-campus and off. In the first episode, BYU professors share the secret to happiness. Listen now or download for later. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything, and if you like what you hear, leave us a rating and review. New episodes release twice a month on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other podcast services.

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The entire Relief Society general presidency will be among the keynote presenters during BYU Women’s Conference, May 3–5 at BYU. The popular gathering is back after a pause in 2022 following the COVID-19 pandemic; the conferences in spring 2020 and 2021 were held virtually rather than in person. See the schedule to learn what’s new this year.

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Live campus webcams are revealing new views of the JKHB and Heritage Halls as the demolition of the HFAC moves forward. Take a live look or check out the recent time-lapses.

A female BYU student proudly shows the painting she created for a BYU Foundations of the Restoration class..

There’s been a 52 percent decline in the sale of dairy milk in the United States, with consumption dropping off most steeply over the last decade. But a handful of BYU students are addressing the situation with legen-dairy packaging designs.

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Ambassador Khazar Ibrahim, Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, visits with BYU President Kevin J Worthen on BYU’s campus. | Photo by Jaren Wilkey.

“Anyone who builds or creates anything—I believe they’re doing art,” says BYU industrial-design grad Rob Jensen. Jensen is something of an authority on the matter. His most recent qualification is being an online art teacher for kids. He started his YouTube-channel-turned-business as a way to keep art in the lives of his children after their school’s art program was discontinued. He added his wife and kids to the tutorials and 10 years later, Art for Kids Hub has 6.8 million subscribers.

Comparison of the modern and historical datasets: BYU/NIC in red, AWI in orange, Halley, Bouvet, and Riou observations in black and Cook's cruise tracks and data points in blue. Photo courtesy Journal of Glaciology.

Last year Jamaal Williams scored a league-leading 17 running touchdowns with the Detroit Lions, but now he’s joining the New Orleans Saints, reuniting with his college teammate Taysom Hill. At BYU Hill and Williams totaled more than 6,200 rushing yards together from 2012 to 2016. Enjoy this video from back in the day when Hill and Williams played the newlywed game as part of a BYU media day.

Florence Pestrikoff’s tintype portrait, created by a BYU student-professor team, is on display in the National Portrait Gallery. Photo by Paul Adams and Jordan Layton.

“Leron, Leron sinta” or “My Dear, Little Leron,” is a Filipino folk song from the Tagalog region and the most popular video on the BYU Singers YouTube channel, with more than 798K views. Give this lively tune a listen.

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