Museums[ edit ] Museum of Art north entrance The campus is home to several museums containing exhibits from many different fields of study. This Museum aids in academic pursuits of students at BYU via research and study of the artworks in its collection. The Museum is also open to the general public and provides educational programming. James A. It holds many artifacts from the Jurassic Period million years ago , and is one of the top five collections in the world of fossils from that time period. It has been featured in magazines, newspapers, and on television internationally.
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Early days[ edit ] The origin of Brigham Young University can be traced back to , when Warren Dusenberry started a Provo school in Cluff Hall, a prominent adobe building in the northeast corner of East and North. When financial difficulty forced another closure, on October 16, , Brigham Young , then president of the LDS Church, deeded the property to trustees to create Brigham Young Academy after earlier hinting a school would be built in Draper, Utah, in Senator Reed Smoot.
At that time, the school was also still privately supported by members of the community and was not absorbed and sponsored officially by the LDS Church until July 18, The suggestion received a large amount of opposition, with many members of the Board saying the school was not large enough to be a university, but the decision ultimately passed. One opponent to the decision, Anthon H. Lund, later said, "I hope their head will grow big enough for their hat.
Brimhall as the new President of BYU. He had not received a high school education until he was forty. Nevertheless, he was an excellent orator and organizer. Maeser Memorial. The religious nature of the school seemed at the time to collide with this scientific theory. Joseph F. Smith , LDS Church president, settled the question for a time by asking that evolution not be taught at the school. A few have described the school at this time as nothing more than a "religious seminary".
However, many of its graduates at this time would go on to great success and become well renowned in their fields. Harris was appointed president of the university. He was the first BYU president to have a doctoral degree. Harris made several important changes to the school, reorganizing it into a true university, whereas before, its organization had remnants of the Academy days. At the beginning of his tenure, the school was not officially recognized as a university by any accreditation organization.
By the end of his term, the school was accredited under all major accrediting organizations at the time. He was replaced by Howard S. McDonald , who received his doctorate from the University of California. When he first received the position, the Second World War had just ended, and thousands of students were flooding into BYU. By the end of his stay, the school had grown nearly five times to 5, students.
The university did not have the facilities to handle such a large influx, so he bought part of an Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah and rebuilt it to house some of the students. Wilkinson , also oversaw a period of intense growth, as the school adopted an accelerated building program.
Wilkinson was responsible for the building of over eighty structures on the campus, many of which still stand. The quality of the students also increased, leading to higher educational standards at the school. Oaks replaced Wilkinson as president in Oaks continued the expansion of his predecessor, adding a law school and proposing plans for a new School of Management.
During his administration, a new library was also added, doubling the library space on campus. Holland followed as president in , encouraging a combination of educational excellence and religious faith at the university. In , Holland was replaced by Rex E. Lee Library. Samuelson in Notwithstanding, each Sunday LDS Church services for students are conducted on campus, but due to the large number of students attending these services, nearly all of the buildings and possible meeting spaces on campus are utilized in addition, many students attend services off campus in LDS chapels in the surrounding communities.
This museum aids in academic pursuits of students at BYU via research and study of the artworks in its collection. The museum is also open to the general public and provides educational programming. It holds many vertebrate fossils from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, and is one of the top five vertebrate fossil collections in the world from the Jurassic. The museum receives about 25, visitors every year. Bean Life Science Museum was formed in It features several forms of plant and animal life on display and available for research by students and scholars.
The Pardoe Theatre is named for T. Earl and Kathryn Pardoe. Students use its stage in a variety of theatre experiments, as well as for Pardoe Series performances. Margetts, a prominent Utah theatre figure. A smaller, black box theater , it allows a variety of seating and staging formats. It seats On-campus married students live in Wymount Terrace or Wyview Park. It has been replaced by a newer housing complex. The halls house both male and female students, divided by gender into separate buildings.
Each building consists of 5 stories with 10 to 14 rooms per level excluding basement, which consists of laundry and bike storage. Rooms house 4 to 6 people. Helaman Halls is a housing complex that underwent a year renovation between and Residents share a room with one other resident, but do not have their own kitchen and use shared bathrooms. Residents are required to have a meal plan, which allows them to purchase food at several locations on campus, including various BYU Creamery locations and the Commons at the Cannon Center.
The Foreign Language Student Residence complex has twenty-five apartments where students speak exclusively in a selected foreign language. The immersion experience is available in nine languages, and students are accompanied by a native resident throughout the year to enhance the experience.
Helaman Halls is also served by a central cafeteria called the Cannon Center. The university has stated "we have a responsibility to be wise stewards of the earth and its resources. BYU Recycles spearheaded the recent campaign to begin recycling plastics, which the university did after a year of student campaigning.
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