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Despite losing an arm in a farming accident, BYU Alum Porter Ellett continues to play sports and works as senior assistant to Kansas City football's head coach.
At age 4 Porter Ellett was severely injured in a farming accident. But he grew up adapting, playing sports, and sharing lessons learned with his wry sense of humor. Currently Ellett works as a senior assistant for fellow alum and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Read Ellett’s story and take a video visit to his family’s sheep farm.
Two BYU students walk through campus as they attend 2019 commencement.
BYU’s 2019 commencement featured inspiring remarks from President Kevin J Worthen, Elder Patrick Kearon, honorary doctorate recipient Arthur C. Brooks, and alumni president Jonathan Hafen. President Worthen shared the history of the famous Y on the mountain and encouraged the graduates to look for the positives despite failures. Elder Kearon challenged students to spread light and joy as they leave BYU. Brooks called for an increase in love, saying, “We need to disagree better.”
Religious Freedom Annual Review, June 19-20, 2019 at BYU. Register online. Early bird registration ends May 4. Patrick Kearon and Kristina Arriaga pictured.
Students hold a golden origami solar array on a table.
This new Smithsonian Magazine article shares how BYU engineering professor Larry L. Howell and his student researchers developed a solar array that can unfold in space. Using origami principles, Howell’s team continues to find ways to improve things like ballistic shields, surgical tools, and train parts.
CAPS director Steven A. Smith poses in his office on campus.
With increasing demand for mental-health counseling at BYU, BYU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) director Steven A. Smith answers questions regarding ways BYU supports students as they navigate their college years.
Sione Takitaki drafted by Cleveland Browns.
In the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns drafted BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki. In 2018 Takitaki ranked 31st in the nation and first at BYU for tackles with 118. See what free agents Corbin Kaufusi and Tanner Mangum are doing post-draft.
A screenshot capturing Jonny Linehan while he explains what exactly went down in Idaho that day.
October 20, 2016. Albertsons Stadium. Boise, Idaho. Do you remember the play? In this humorous video, BYU punter Jonny Linehan and BYU Sports Nation shares what exactly happened on that fateful fall day.
Rick Chestnut, BYU's oldest 2019 graduate poses with an old camera in the Harris Fine Arts Center.
After the Vietnam War, Rick Chestnut’s BYU journey began with meeting some BYU students in South Dakota, taking a train to Provo, and being baptized in the basement of the Jesse Knight Building. After a long break to work as an electrician and raise a family, Chestnut returned to BYU to study film, eventually graduating at age 70. Learn more about how BYU has impacted his life.
Moremi Hamblin hugs her mother, whom she calls Beam.
Moremi Hamblin once thought she’d be a doctor but discovered she didn’t like the sight of blood. Inspired by her mother's lifelong pursuit of education, Hamblin chose to study epidemiology, specifically Alzheimer’s disease. She and her mother are both working on PhDs; Hamblin hopes to take what she learns at BYU back to her home in Nigeria.
Recent BYU grad Bruna Goncalves poses in front of the Joseph Fielding Smith Building.
A fish named Marla helps children with autism learn social skills. Bruna Goncalves shares how, inspired by an older sibling, she and other BYU researchers developed a fun, animated way to engage autistic children.
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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s profound remarks at 2018’s commencement still ring true for all BYU grads. In this new video with scenes highlighting BYU’s worldwide influence, he calls for all to “light a candle” and shares that “darkness always yields to light.”
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