BYU Campus Education Week Celebrates 90th Anniversary
By Lok Yi Chan, Church News and Events
- 13-17 August 2012
- Campus Education Week will be held from August 13 to 17.
- Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy will speak at the BYU devotional on Tuesday, August 14.
- More than 200 presenters will teach over 1,000 classes.
- A discounted registration price is available through Saturday, August 11, 5:00 p.m. mountain daylight time.
Brigham Young University will present its annual Campus Education Week, now in its 90th year, from August 13 to 17 in Provo, Utah, USA.
This year’s theme, taken from Proverbs 29:18, is, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
The program will run from Monday to Friday, August 13 to 17, and will feature more than 1,000 classes presented by BYU faculty members, seminary and institute instructors, and other professionals. Class subjects will include education, family relations, genealogy, health, history, marriage, religion, and science, as well as classes of special interest to youth ages 14 and over. A complete class schedule will be available online by June 20 and will be mailed to registered patrons between July 1 and 5.
On Tuesday, August 14, Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy will speak at the devotional in the Marriott Center, beginning at 11:10 a.m. All are welcome to attend this event; Education Week registration is not required.
From Tuesday to Friday, three different performances are available each night. They include BYU’s Vocal Point, One Clear Voice, and City of Joseph: A Historical Musical of Nauvoo. These events require tickets, which will become available starting Monday, June 25.
Campus Education Week is designed primarily for adults, but anyone 14 or older wishing to attend may register. Those ages 14 to 18 can choose from more than 80 classes specifically geared for youth.
People who wish to participate may register now online at the Campus Education Week website, by calling 801-422-8925 (or toll-free at 877-221-6716), or in person at the Harman Continuing Education Building in Provo. Discounted registration prices are available through Saturday, August 11, until 5:00 p.m. mountain daylight time. At-the-door registration will also be available during Campus Education Week.
Formerly known as Leadership Week, Education Week was initiated in 1922 to “bring to the ‘Y’ in reunion old friends and acquaintances, former missionaries who served and labored together, and Saints from the many stakes. They would gather in an atmosphere of love and fellowship and receive spiritual as well as academic stimulation and training, and a taste of the offerings of the university” (Richard H. Henstrom and Keith R. Oaks, The World is Our Campus: The History of the Division of Continuing Education at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1875–1997, 141).
In 1963 the program was renamed Education Week. Over the years it has grown from some 2,000 registered patrons in 1922 to more than 20,000 patrons in 2011. Currently the program utilizes faculty from Brigham Young University, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion, and other professionals to teach hundreds of subjects. The hope expressed in the 1922 printed program still applies, “that you will be able to draw from the exercises and lectures here some information that will assist you in solving the many perplexing questions that confront you daily” (Henstrom and Oaks, The World Is Our Campus, 141).
Today Education Week has grown to provide more than 1,000 classes annually on various subjects and includes popular plays, musical performances, a youth dance, and other entertainment.