University Devotionals and Forums
Sep 6 - 11:05 AM
To start the Fall 2016 Semester, BYU President Kevin J Worthen and his wife Peggy will address the campus community.
BYU President Kevin J Worthen
Kevin J Worthen began serving as the 13th president of Brigham Young University on May 1, 2014. He previously served as BYU's advancement vice president and as dean of its J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he is the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law.
President Worthen was born in Dragerton (now East Carbon-Sunnyside), Utah, and grew up in nearby Price. After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Monterrey, Mexico, he earned an associate degree at the College of Eastern Utah (now USU Eastern). He then received his bachelor of arts in political science and his juris doctorate from BYU.
Following his graduation from the BYU Law School, President Worthen served as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court. After three years of private practice with the law firm of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix, Arizona, President Worthen joined the BYU Law School faculty in 1987. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Chile Law School in Santiago. He has published extensively on a number of legal topics, with particular emphasis on federal Indian law and the rights of indigenous peoples.
President Worthen currently serves as an area seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ. He previously served as a stake president, bishop, high councilor, and early-morning seminary instructor.
Peggy Sealey Worthen, born and raised in Price, Utah, is the second oldest of five children. She is married to Kevin J Worthen, current president of Brigham Young University.
While she was attending the College of Eastern Utah, she met Kevin Worthen at a Church dance and the two soon began dating. Although she grew up three blocks from Kevin and his family, their three-year age difference meant they never went to high school at the same time and didn’t know each other well. In college, she began meeting with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and when she decided to be baptized, Kevin was able to baptize her. She and Kevin were married in the Provo Utah LDS Temple.
Early in their marriage, Worthen worked in a number of jobs to support their family as Kevin finished his education and started his career, including as a receptionist for U.S. Senator Jake Garn.
She was able to return to school when Kevin began teaching and graduated with a degree in English from BYU in 2003, the same year their oldest son graduated from high school. She has taken a number of courses since then, including two years of Norwegian.
Sep 13 - 11:05 AM
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, member of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will deliver the Devotional address.
Elder Oaks' 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.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since May 1984.
He is a native of Provo, Utah (born on August 12, 1932). He and his late wife, June Dixon Oaks, are the parents of six children. She died July 21, 1998. On August 25, 2000, he married Kristen M. McMain in the Salt Lake Temple.
Elder Oaks is a graduate of Brigham Young University (1954) and of the University of Chicago Law School (1957). He practiced law and taught law in Chicago. He was president of Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1980 and a justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1980 until his resignation in 1984 to accept his calling to the apostleship.
He has been an officer or member of the board of many business, educational, and charitable organizations. He is the author or co-author of many books and articles on religious and legal subjects. In May, 2013, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty awarded him the Canterbury Medal for “courage in the defense of religious liberty.”
Sep 20 - 11:05 AM
Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary, will deliver the Forum address.
Ari Fleischer served as the White House press secretary from 2001 to 2003. In his almost four years working for President Bush, he served as spokesman during the historic presidential recount, the attacks of September 11, two wars, and the anthrax attack. His book, Taking Heat, reached #7 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Oct 11 - 11:05 AM - 12:00 PM
Join with the entire campus community to celebrate the start of Homecoming Week.
Nov 1 - 11:05 AM
Brother Tad R. Callister, the Sunday School General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will deliver the Devotional address.
Brother Callister'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.
Brother Callister was serving in the Presidency of the Seventy and as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy when he was called as Sunday School general president. He has served in a number of Church callings including full-time missionary in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission, bishop, stake president, regional representative, mission president, and Area Seventy.
Brother Callister received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California–Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in tax law from New York University Law School. He spent most of his professional career practicing tax law. He and his wife Kathryn are the parents of six children.
Nov 8 - 11:05 AM - 12:00 PM
An exciting assembly featuring five of the premiere dance groups here at BYU including: The Ballroom Dance Company, Living Legends, Theatre Ballet, The International Folk Dance Ensemble and Contemporary Dance Theatre. Each group will present choreography demonstrating how dance can be used to inspire, imagine, reflect, celebrate, remember or express.
Nov 15 - 11:05 AM
Bonnie St. John, the first Paralympic African-American ski racer medalist, will deliver the Forum address.
Bonnie St. John is the first African-American to win medals in Winter Paralympic competition as a ski racer. She graduated from Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford, where she earned her Master’s Degree in economics. She worked in the White House during the Clinton Administration as a Director for the National Economic Council and is currently CEO of Courageous Spirit, Inc.