University Devotionals and Forums
Aug 18 - 11:05 AM
Elder L. Tom Perry, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the Devotional speaker during Education Week. The Devotional is free and open to the public.
About Elder L. Tom Perry
Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was called to his present Church position April 6, 1974, after serving as an Assistant to the Twelve since 1972.
Elder Perry’s Church service began with a mission to the Northern States in 1942, after which he served for two years with the Marines in the Pacific. Subsequent Church positions include counselor in a bishopric in Lewiston, Idaho; counselor in a stake presidency in Sacramento, California; high councilor in the New York Stake; and president of the Boston Stake.
He received his B.S. degree in finance from Utah State University in 1949 and did graduate work there. His professional career was spent in the retail business, where he served as vice president and treasurer in companies located in Idaho, California, New York, and Massachusetts.
About BYU Education Week
BYU Education Week, scheduled for August 17-21, 2015, is one of the largest continuing education programs with more than 1,000 classes on a variety of subjects, including education, religion, marriage and family, the arts, history, genealogy, communication, youth classes and more. The more than 200 presenters are faculty from Brigham Young University, instructors from Seminaries and Institutes of Religion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other experts in their fields. For more information about Education Week and registration: edweek.byu.edu
May 5 - 11:05 AM
Casey Peterson, Associate Dean of Students and Vice President of Student life, will deliver the devotional address on finding anchor points in our lives during turbulent times. Using experiences and examples from his early years growing up on a cattle ranch through his time as a student and administrator at BYU, Dean Peterson will address the importance of finding strength through service, involvement, and commitments.
Casey Peterson is the Associate Dean of Students at BYU, overseeing the efforts of the Center for Service and Learning, Student Leadership, Honor Code Office, University Accessibility Center, and Assessment and Evaluation for Campus Life. His passion is working with students and administrators in the common purpose of helping every student have a meaningful involvement and have a desire for lifelong learning and service.
Peterson grew up in Kanosh, Utah and served a mission to Mendoza, Argentina. Peterson earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from BYU, holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling, and is in the final stages of completing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Foundations from BYU. Peterson has an extensive work history in student and community development.
May 12 - 11:05 AM
Kerry Muhlestein, BYU associate professor of ancient scripture, will deliver the devotional address.
Muhlestein received his B.S. from BYU in Psychology with a Hebrew minor. As an undergraduate he spent time at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in the intensive Hebrew program. He received an M.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from BYU and his Ph.D. from UCLA in Egyptology. He taught courses in Hebrew and Religion part time at BYU and the UVSC extension center, as well as in history at Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA. He also taught early morning seminary and at the Westwood (UCLA) Institute of Religion.
His first full time appointment was a joint position in Religion and History at BYU-Hawaii. He is the director of the BYU Egypt Excavation Project. He has served as the chairman of a national committee for the American Research Center in Egypt and serves on their Research Supporting Member Council. He has also served on a committee for the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, and currently serves on their Board of Trustees and as a Vice President of the organization.