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Forum: Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame

16 hours 13 min ago

Feb 23 - 11:05 AM

Christian Smith, professor of Sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame, will give the Forum address.

Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Social Research, Principal Investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion, and Principal Investigator of the Science of Generosity Initiative.

Smith worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1994 to 2006, where he served as Associate Chair of the Department of Sociology from 2000 to 2005.

Smith holds an MA (1987) and PhD (1990) in Sociology from Harvard University and has studied Christian historical theology at Harvard Divinity School and other Boston Theological Institute schools. Smith’s BA is in sociology (1983), from Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts.

Before moving to UNC Chapel Hill in 1994, Smith taught for six years at Gordon College. Since 2006, Smith has brought in more than $7.5 million in research grant money to Notre Dame. During his years at UNC Chapel Hill, Smith brought in about $8 million of research grant money. Smith is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, including Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Emerging Adults. He is also author or co-author of many journal articles.

Smith’s scholarly interests focus on American religion, sociological theory, cultural sociology, adolescents and emerging adults, generosity, the philosophy of social science, and personalism.

Devotional: Performance Assembly

16 hours 13 min ago

Mar 1 - 11:05 AM

Come watch the Cougarettes, Noteworthy, Vocal Point and Young Ambassadors as they take the stage and entertain us with their talents.

Devotional: Elder Larry R. Lawrence, Quorum of the Seventy, LDS Church

16 hours 13 min ago

Mar 8 - 11:05 AM

Elder Larry R. Lawrence, Quorum of the Seventy, LDS Church, will give the Devotional address.

Elder Lawrence’s remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on

Elder Larry R. Lawrence was sustained a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 3, 2010, at the age of 62. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America West Area.

Elder Lawrence earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural biochemistry from the University of Arizona in 1969. Then in 1973, he received a doctorate of medicine, also from the University of Arizona. He completed an ophthalmology residency at Valley Medical Center, Fresno, in 1977. He has been an ophthalmologist at Lawrence Eye Associates since 1977.

Since joining the Church in 1970, Elder Lawrence has served in numerous callings, including elders quorum president, bishop, high councilor, stake president’s counselor, stake president, stake mission president, and president of the Russia Novosibirsk Mission (2001-2004).

Devotional: Jennifer Rockwood, BYU Women's Soccer Head Coach

16 hours 13 min ago

Mar 15 - 11:05 AM

Jennifer Rockwood, BYU Women's Soccer Head Coach, will give the devotional address.

After completing her 20th season in 2014, head coach Jennifer Rockwood has taken the BYU women's soccer team to national prominence and established herself as one of the premier coaches in Division I soccer today. Rockwood has an impressive 321-94-35 overall record for her career. Over the last 20 seasons at the helm of the BYU women's soccer program, Rockwood has accumulated a .752 winning percentage.

Rockwood has guided the Cougars to nine regular season conference championships and eight conference tournament championships during her tenure including three straight West Coast Conference titles. On the national scene, her teams have made 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament in the last 20 years and reached the Sweet Sixteen in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2012. In 2005, BYU was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country during the regular season and received its first-ever No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.

In possibly one of BYU's most successful seasons, 2012, the Cougars were ranked as high as No. 2 and received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA College Cup, the first women's program at BYU to ever be awarded a 1-seed. The team went 20-2-2 with four wins over teams ranked in the Top 25 throughout the season.

BYU regularly maintains a consistent Top 25 ranking. Under Rockwood's tutelage, the team finished in the Top 10 in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2012, and have finished in the Top 25 10 times in 20 years including each of the past three seasons.

Among the many achievements and awards she has received over her career, Rockwood has been honored with five conference Coach of the Year awards, one by the Western Athletic Conference in 1996, two by the MWC in 2000 and 2008, and two from the WCC in 2012 and 2014. In 1996 and 2012, Rockwood was also nominated for Region Coach of the Year honors.

Prior to becoming the head coach, Rockwood led BYU's highly successful club soccer team for seven years. In that time she amassed an overall record of 128-25-9. The final two years she took her teams to the Western National Collegiate Club soccer Association (NCCSA) title and placed second in the NCCSA National Championships.

The Lake Oswego, Ore., native was a four-sport athlete in high school playing soccer, softball, basketball and track. After one year at Rick's College on a basketball scholarship, she transferred to BYU where she became a four-year starter at center midfield on the Cougars' club soccer team and graduated in finance, business management. Rockwood has also coached youth club programs, high school teams and the Utah Olympic Development Program.

Forum: Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

16 hours 13 min ago

Mar 22 - 11:05 AM

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will give the Forum address.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Fidelis College Seminary in Herman, Pennsylvania, in 1967, Archbishop Chaput completed Studies in Psychology at Catholic University in Washington D.C., in 1969. He earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Capuchin College in Washington D.C., in 1970 and was ordained to the priesthood on August 29, 1970.

Archbishop Chaput received a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of San Francisco in 1971. He served as an instructor in theology and spiritual director at St. Fidelis from 1971-1974 and as executive secretary and director of communications for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine in Pittsburgh from 1974-1977.

Archbishop Chaput was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 26, 1988. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver on February 18, 1997, and he was installed on April 7 the same year. As a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput was the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States, and the first Native American archbishop. He chose as his episcopal motto: “As Christ Loved the Church” (Ephesians 5:25).

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Philadelphia on July 19, 2011. He was installed as the 13th bishop and ninth archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011.

He is author of two books: Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics (Servant, 2001) and Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (Doubleday, 2008); and numerous talks, articles and pastoral letters.

Devotional: David Dollahite, BYU School of Family Life

16 hours 13 min ago

Mar 29 - 11:05 AM

David Dollahite, Professor of Family Life, will give the devotional address.

David Dollahite teaches classes and conducts research on the links between religion and family life.

He has twice been an Eliza R. Snow University Fellow and has served as an associate director of the School of Family Life. His scholarship focuses on religion and family life in the Abrahamic faiths, Latter-day Saint family life, and faith and fathering.

He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Dominican University of California, and was the Jawaharlal Nehru Visiting Scholar at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.

Dollahite obtained a bachelor’s degree in family life and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from BYU and a doctorate in family studies from the University of Minnesota.

He has published over 90 scholarly articles and chapters and has edited or co-edited four books including Generative Fathering (Sage, 1998) and three volumes on LDS family life: Successful Marriages and Families (BYU Studies, 2011), Helping and Healing Our Families (Deseret Book, 2005), and Strengthening Our Families (Bookcraft, 2000).

He was raised in the Episcopal Church and served for three years as an acolyte (altar boy). When he was 19 years old he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then served a two-year LDS mission in New England.

Devotional: Jeffrey Bunker, Student Academic & Advisement Services

16 hours 13 min ago

Apr 5 - 11:05 AM

Jeffrey Bunker, Student Academic & Advisement Services, will give the Devotional address.

Bunker’s remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on

Jeffery Bunker is the Associate Executive Director of Student Academic and Advisement Services (SAAS) that comprise the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Registrar, BYU OneStop, and Communications and Technology.

Prior to coming to BYU, Bunker was Dean of Admission, Records, and Academic Advising at BYU-Hawaii, and was the Executive Director of Student Services and Registrar at the University of Northern Colorado. He also served as a publicly elected Trustee on the Aims Community College Board of Trustees until leaving for Hawaii.

Bunker became the University Registrar at BYU in 2006 and served in that role until becoming the Associate Executive Director of SAAS in 2013.

After serving in the England, Leeds mission, Bunker earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology in 1986 and a Master of Educational Leadership in 1987 from BYU.