University Devotionals and Forums
May 26 - 11:05 AM
Mike Middleton, Executive Director of Cougar Club, will deliver the devotional address.
Middleton has been the Cougar Club Executive Director since 1998, and is currently the Assistant Athletic Director
He is originally from Centerville, Utah, and was valedictorian at Viewmont High School in Bountiful. He earned a BA degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude at BYU, and then went on to earn a master's degree in Communications from BYU.
Prior to BYU, Middleton was a Public Speaking Instructor and Script Writer, worked at both BYU Communications Dept. and Bonneville Communications.
Jun 2 - 11:05 AM
Diane Strong-Krause, BYU associate teaching professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) will deliver the devotional address.
Strong-Krause specializes in language assessment. She teaches courses on the introduction to the English language, language testing, methodology in TESOL, and advanced academic ESL courses for matriculated international students.
Jun 9 - 11:05 AM
Jeffrey Hill, BYU associate professor of Family Life, will deliver the devotional address.
Hill's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.
E. Jeffrey Hill, PhD, is associate professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. His research examines finding harmony between paid work and family life. Hill graduated from the BYU Marriott School of Management in Organizational Behavior then received a PhD in Family and Human Development from Utah State. Before coming to work as a professor at BYU he was a work and family subject matter expert at IBM where he pioneered many flexible work options including paternity leave, professional part-time employment, and telecommuting. Hill recently developed and analyzed the 2010 IBM Global Work and Life Issues survey with more than 21,000 respondents from 78 countries. He was also the primary investigator of the 2012 Singapore National Study of Work-Life Harmony. Hill has published more than 70 scholarly articles and book chapters.
Jun 23 - 11:05 AM
Mark Colton, BYU associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, will deliver the devotional address.
Colton received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah, with an emphasis on haptic interfaces. While completing his PhD, he served as a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University. Colton previously received an MS degree from the University of Utah while working for the Center for Engineering Design on the design and control of neuro-prosthetic arms. He has worked for Sarcos, Inc. on various research and entertainment robotics projects. His current research interests include haptic interfaces and socially assistive robotics.
Jul 7 - 11:05 AM
Jennifer Paustenbaugh, University Librarian, will deliver the devotional address.
Paustenbaugh came to BYU in 2013 from Oklahoma State University where she was associate dean of libraries for planning and assessment. She attended Indiana University where she received her bachelor's degree in political science, a master's of library science degree, a master's degree in East European area studies and a doctorate in information science.
She joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University in 1990, becoming director of library development and outreach in 1995. In 2000 she was appointed the head of special collections and university archives. She has also served as executive director of women’s archives and as the Puterbaugh Foundation Professor of Library Service.
Jul 14 - 11:05 AM
Barry Willardson, BYU professor of chemistry, will deliver the devotional address.
Willardson's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.
Willardson received a BA from BYU in 1984, and then went on to get his PhD from Purdue University in 1990. Following that, he did a Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of California, Los Alamos National Lab from 1990-92, and then was a staff scientist in that same lab until he came to BYU.
Willardson's research primarily focuses on Mechanisms of Assembly of Signaling Complexes. His lab lab studies the role of molecular chaperones in assisting the folding and assembly of protein complexes involved in cell signaling.
Jul 28 - 11:05 AM
Jani Radebaugh, BYU associate professor of geology, will deliver the devotional address.
Aa planetary scientist, Radebaugh primarily works on Earth and other planets throughout the solar system. Her research focuses primarily on three planetary satellites: Saturn's moon Titan, Jupiter's moon Io, and Earth's Moon.
Aug 4 - 11:05 AM
Claudine Bigelow, BYU head of viola studies and chamber music coordinator, will deliver the devotional address.
Claudine Bigelow is head of viola studies and chamber music coordinator at the Brigham Young University School of Music located in Provo, Utah in the United States. She has performed in Europe, the US and New Zealand, and continues to be an active recitalist. As a soloist and chamber musician she can be heard on the Tantara label. She has been privileged to collaborate with Manahem Pressler, Orli Shaham, Ralph Matson, Paul Katz, Brant Bayless, the Fry Street and Avalon String Quartets.
Bigelow has played with the viola sections of the National and Utah Symphonies, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D. C. Every summer she performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival. Her varied performances have been broadcast on radio and television including PBS, NPR’s “Performance Today,” and KBYU-FM and KBYU-TV. Her studio recording work for television and film has been affiliated with LA East and LDS Motion Picture Studios.
In 2012, Bigelow was chosen to be a Fulbright Senior Scholar, where she served as artist-in-residence at the Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.
Students from the studio have found success in playing in sections of major symphony orchestras, have been featured on radio programs such as NPR’s From the Top, and won opportunities to solo with orchestra, including the Utah Symphony.
Bigelow has given presentations on BYU’s Primrose International Viola Archive (PIVA) around the globe. In May 2005, she was the host chair for the Primrose Competition and Festival and in 2008 served as the jury chair. She served on the executive board of the American Viola Society for seven years and has also been president of the Utah Chapter. Claudine coordinates the annual Primrose Memorial Concert.
Her articles have appeared in The Strad, Journal of the American Viola Society, American String Teacher and Strings Magazine. Her scholarship has focused on William Primrose, PIVA and viola-cello duos.
Bigelow received her DMA from the University of Maryland, College Park, her MM and BM from Brigham Young University. Her teachers have included Daniel Foster, Michael Tree and David Dalton. At the University of Maryland she participated in an intensive chamber music program coached by the Guarneri String Quartet.
May 5 - 11:05 AM
Casey Peterson, Associate Dean of Students and Vice President of Student life, will deliver the devotional address.
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.