University Devotionals and Forums
Jun 30 - 11:05 AM
Mark Colton, BYU associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, will deliver the devotional address entitled "Never Give up on Your Testimony of the Gospel." He will focus on how we must fight to keep and strengthen a testimony of the Savior and the restored gospel.
Mark Colton received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah. As a graduate student he developed prototype neuro-prosthetic arms and conducted research on haptic interfaces. He is currently an associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering, where he enjoys research in human-robot interaction and haptics. He previously worked for a robotics company on a variety of research and entertainment robotics projects.
Colton teaches courses in dynamic systems, instrumentation, and mechatronics. His favorite part of every workday is spent with students in the classroom. He has taught a wide variety of courses and enjoys finding new ways to help students understand challenging concepts.
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 Forum 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.
Aug 18 - 11:10 AM
Elder Neil L. Andersen, 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 Neil L. Andersen
Elder Andersen was named an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 4, 2009.
Elder Andersen was serving as the senior member of the Presidency of the Seventy prior to his calling to the Quorum of the Twelve. He was named a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1993, at age 41. He previously led the work of the Church in southern Brazil and, again as a member of an Area Presidency, oversaw the Church in western Europe. He has also assisted in supervising the work of the Church in Mexico and Central America. In addition, he supervised Church audiovisual production, including the filming of The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd, and managed construction of the broadcast facilities in the Conference Center as the Executive Director of the Church Audiovisual Department. He speaks French, Portuguese, and Spanish in addition to his native English.
Prior to his call as a General Authority, Elder Andersen served as a mission president in the France Bordeaux Mission and as president of the Tampa Florida Stake.
Elder Andersen was born in Logan, Utah, on August 9, 1951, and was raised in Pocatello, Idaho.
He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he was a Hinckley Scholar, and earned a master's of business administration from Harvard University. After completing his education, he settled in Tampa, Florida, where his business interests included advertising, real estate development, and health care.
Elder Andersen and his wife, Kathy Williams Andersen, are the parents of four children.
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