University Devotionals and Forums
Oct 4 - 11:05 AM - 12:00 PM
David A. Whitchurch, associate professor of Ancient Scripture, will deliver the Devotional address.
David M. Whitchurch is an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Utah for a year before going on the Southwest Indian mission, Navajo speaking. After returning home, he transferred to Utah State University. He taught for the Church Educational System (Seminary and Institutes) for twenty years and has been at BYU full time since 1998. His teaching career has allowed him to live in the Southwest United States, western Canada, the Middle East, and various places in Utah.
Oct 11 - 11:05 AM - 12:00 PM
Join with the entire campus community to celebrate the start of Homecoming Week.
Oct 25 - 11:05 AM - 12:00 PM
Matthew O. Richardson, BYU vice president of Advancement, will deliver the Devotional address.
Matthew Richardson is the Advancement vice president at Brigham Young University. He oversees Athletics, University Communications, BYU Broadcasting, Alumni and External Relations and Philanthropy. From 2009 to April 2014, Richardson served as the second counselor in the Sunday School general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Richardson joined the Religious Education department at BYU as a faculty member in 1996. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Associate Dean of Religious Education. Richardson was selected by students to receive the Professor of Integrity award, received the Robert J. Matthews Teaching Award and BYU's Circle of Honor Award.
Richardson completed undergraduate, graduate and doctorate work at BYU. He holds a doctoral degree in Education Leadership, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
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, amputee, best-selling author, Rhodes Scholar, and leadership expert, will deliver the Forum address.
Bonnie St. John is the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition. She graduated from Harvard, earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, served in the White House as a Director of the National Economic Council, and is currently CEO of the Blue Circle Leadership Institute. NBC Nightly News called St. John, "One of the five most inspiring women in America.”
Nov 29 - 11:05 AM - 12:00 PM
Jodi has been the Artistic Director of the Cougarettes since 1990. Adjudicator, Teacher, and Choreographer for over 30 years, dance team is her passion. While attending BYU as a dance major, Maxfield was a Cougarette from 1976 to 1979 and also served as Dance Captain for the team. Jodi has coached the Cougarettes to 16 National titles, which include 5 Hip Hop titles, and 12 Most Innovative Choreography Awards.
Under Jodi’s direction, the team has appeared in Dance Spirit Magazine as one of the top 25 collegiate dance teams, as well as gracing the cover of Dance Spirit magazine’s Dance Directors Guide twice. Jodi appeared on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine’s March 2013 issue and was named as one of the nation’s outstanding directors in 2003 and 2004. She is married to John Scott Maxfield, is the mother of 3 children (all married) and has 5 grandchildren.