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Peter B. Gardner



Stats nerd and social butterfly, fun-loving friend and data-driven leader—BYU’s new president isn’t your average leader.

Harris Fine Arts Center courtyard with the title "Bravo!" in text.



BYU bids a fond farewell to the Harris Fine Arts Center, a longtime home for the arts and communications.


Keeping the Faith

Courtney Wayment ended her BYU track career with more national titles than any other BYU female athlete.

A black-and-white image of two women ordering ice cream from the BYU Creamery in the 1950s.


Cougar Eats: A BYU Dining History

Enjoy a hearty helping of memories from nearly 150 years of student sustenance.

Learning by Design
Spring 2022
Students across campus are using design-thinking principles to solve real-world problems.
The Bright Side
Winter 2022
Amid widespread gloom, BYU experts share reasons they remain hopeful for better things to come.
A Feast for Brighams and Youngs
Winter 2021
BYU’s flagship publication is getting a new look and vibe, while continuing to deliver BYU goodness.
Black at BYU
Fall 2020
What's it like to be Black on an overwhelmingly White campus? Black members of the BYU community share their stories.
Transportation Transformation
Winter 2020
Step-by-step, a quiet commuting revolution is taking place on campus and in Provo.
China Connections
Fall 2019
BYU colleges, in just about every BYU discipline, are finding ways to connect with China.
A Bridge to China
Fall 2019
A bond forged 40 years ago was renewed this year by BYU’s largest-ever performing tour.
Sitting Down in the Honor Code Office
Summer 2019
The director of BYU’s Honor Code Office addresses common questions.
Tile Tales from Galilee
Spring 2019
It was a find that captured the attention of the archaeology world. BYU researchers dig in to what makes it so unique.
Framing History
Winter 2019
A BYU Museum of Art exhibit of Pulitzer-winning photography displays humanity at its best and worst.
3,186 Windows into Engineering
Winter 2019
With abundant glass—outside and within—BYU’s gleaming new Engineering Building brings innovation into the light.
Hands on Hearts
Fall 2018
A BYU program is sending doctors, sonographers, and students across the Pacific to help relieve a hidden sorrow.
BYU Pro(fessor) Tips
Summer 2018
Reap the benefits of the wide breadth of BYU research.
Now That’s a Wrap
Winter 2018
Arguably the coolest car on campus, Hawkes Poulter’s tricked-out Acura RSX is a canvas of all his childhood loves.
27 States in 14 Days
Fall 2017
While taking formal pictures of alumni across America, photographer Bradley Slade captured a portrait of America.
$4 Million to Play With
Summer 2017
In Cougar Capital, a class heralded by Forbes, BYU MBA students take investor dollars—and make a sixfold return
When the Light Goes Out
Spring 2017
In a time when young adults seek help for anxiety and depression like never before, BYU experts offer advice—and hope.
Uncovering a New Plan
Winter 2017
After an injury forced her to let go of music, Hannah Lambert found a new passion: digging into history, literally.
By Study, by Faith, and by Experience
Winter 2017
President Worthen has a new priority: inspiring learning. See student examples of what he means.
An Ode to the Y
Fall 2016
Here’s a primer on everything you never knew about BYU’s beloved symbol on high.
Exploring an Ancient Language
Summer 2016
For nearly three decades, BYU professor Janis Nuckolls has been unlocking the secrets of Quichua language and culture.
Welcome to the Rowdy, Rowdy ROC
Spring 2016
We spy a newcomer in blue in the student cheering section.
Of Beehives, Books, and Bricks
Winter 2016
The Provo Tabernacle has a new assignment.
The Amazing Race for the BYU Case
Fall 2015
A social media countdown to game day has fans hunting for swag-stuffed boxes across the nation.
In Pursuit of Holo-Fame
Fall 2015
David Smalley, the ultimate Trekkie and Skywalker fan, is going to make Leia holographic video a real thing.
$580K for a Bracelet?
Summer 2015
A BYU student team wins the “Super Bowl” of college entrepreneurship.
Voice of the Cougars
Winter 2015
After nearly two decades and more than 800 sporting events, BYU’s radio announcer is still perfecting his game.
Meet the Worthens
Summer 2014
With small-town roots and a passion for the mission of Brigham Young University, Kevin J Worthen takes the reins as the
A New President for BYU
Spring 2014
A favorite son of Carbon County and a longtime leader in the BYU community is the new president.
The Disruptor
Spring 2013
Despite severe health challenges, this alum has garnered national acclaim as a business and motivational guru.
The Wizards of Ha-Has
Spring 2012
With its enchanting blend of pop culture and campus life, BYU's Divine Comedy conjures laughs in Provo and Happy Valley.
100 Years on Temple Hill
Fall 2011
BYU’s “Upper Campus” has enveloped and developed a square mile of farmland into a premier center for light and learning.
Brothers In Law
Spring 2011
In the U.S. Senate and the Utah Supreme Court, Mike and Tom Lee carry on the legal legacy of their father, Rex Lee.
Fund the Underdog
Fall 2010
Household names now among Cougar fans, not one of these playmakers came to BYU on an athletic scholarship.
The First Year: Four Generations
Summer 2010
Changes at BYU are shown through the stories of students who've already come and gone.
We Need to Talk
Summer 2010
The authors of Crucial Conversations suggest ways to talk yourself into healthier relationships.
The First Year, Part Four: Turning a Page
Spring 2010
The fourth in a four-part series following several new BYU students turning the page on their first year.
The First Year, Part Two: Coming to Campus
Fall 2009
The second in a four-part series capturing the journey of several new Brigham Young University students.
The First Year: Great Expectations
Summer 2009
The first in a four-part series capturing the journey of four new students as they enter Brigham Young University.
How It All Came Crashing Down
Winter 2009
BYU economics professors explain how the US got into a recession and how we can learn from it.
Maya’s Market Economy
Spring 2008
In an ancient Maya city, the earth yields secrets of the past. 
Painting the Mormon Story
Winter 2008
Minerva Teichert found her greatest eloquence in the wall-sized paintings she created in her remote Wyoming home.
The Bronco Way
Winter 2007
The legendary football coach left his legacy on—and off—the field.
Sketchy Characters
Summer 2006
BYU Animation students are in the midst of a new film. They discuss production, directing, and more.
See the Cougars on the Mountain
Summer 2006
The mtn. TV network will go beyond football, airing more than 200 events a year.
Building BYU
Spring 2006
These are the esteemed individuals and power couples who built BYU as we know it.
Entering to Learn
Spring 2005
BYU students enter to learn and go forth to serve every day. Thousands of students in many different areas.
“There Are Bongos in the RB!”
Spring 2005
A close look at a BYU day reveals a campus that is both familiar and surprising.
Supersizing BYU
Fall 2004
Spring and summer are no rest for a weary campus.
Investing in International Futures
Summer 2004
Dozens of international students have come to BYU, where they learn to build both faith and business.
Flying Solo
Winter 2004
Engineering "control freaks" learn how to let go and allow miniature planes to fly on their own.
Club Night Notes
Winter 2004
There are clubs of all kinds at BYU.
The Magnificent Mary Lou
Winter 2004
Physics, animation, DNA, and grammar--it's all in a day's work for BYU's five supercomputers named Mary Lou.
Six Bites of BYU
Fall 2003
In reviews of six campus restaurants, the BYU Magazine staff offers tips for sampling BYU’s array of culinary choices.
Stadium Seating and Eating Changes
Fall 2003
LaVell Edwards Stadium is filled to capacity with new food choices for fans and spacious seats for the Cougar Club.
Striving for Zion
Summer 2003
Of one heart and one mind in his vision for BYU and the kingdom, President Bateman never saw the two as separate.
Making a Difference
Summer 2003
“Going forth” sometimes means real risks and long odds for success.
Disarming Word Wars
Spring 2003
A BYU business professor finds that business tension can often be diffused by improving communication behaviors.
The Cool Seat
Winter 2003
Almost anyone would be cool behind the wheel of Electric Blue.
Reading-Day Rituals
Winter 2003
Like athletes preparing for the in-state rival, many students come up with meticulous “pre-game” rituals before tests.
At the Top of Their Game
Fall 2002
Over the last 30-some years BYU has become a powerhouse in women’s sports.
Roommate Reminiscences
Fall 2002
Inhabiting the same space, college roommates share in each other's joys and trials.
Student Survival and Athletic Anecdotes
Spring 2002
BYU Magazine is requesting stories of student survival.
A Sister to the World
Spring 2002
Cho Yoong Jin is an inspiration to the BYU community. Read her story.
Memorable Messages
Spring 2002
BYU devotionals and forums have drawn students for years.
Relating Worlds
Winter 2002
In studying a remote, primitive African tribe, a BYU anthropology professor discovered what he least expected to find.
A Miracle in Rexburg
Fall 2001
The newly created BYU-Idaho offers an innovative approach–a new way of looking at higher education.
See You at Ward Prayer
Summer 2001
It doesn’t take new students long to see that BYU has a culture all its own.
Proclaiming Family
Summer 2001
One of BYU’s newest General Education courses and its companion textbook help students of the family.
Rethinking the Great Divide
Summer 2001
BYU communications professor Daniel Stout has helped create a new field of inquiry to help obtain spiritual goals.
Tragedy and Resolve
Winter 2001
The events of Sept. 11 brought feelings of shock, grief, and patriotism to the BYU community.
The Final Cut’s Leading Man
Fall 1999
On the brink of a promising career, Hoppe savors every opportunity to develop his performing skills.
Making the Final Cut
Fall 1999
Students strive to put their works in front of an audience.
Enzyme Discovery Turns BYU Prof into Superaspirin Hero
Spring 1999
Thanks to a 1991 discovery by a BYU associate professor of chemistry one of the decisions you might make got easier.
BYU Tests Seniors at World Games
Spring 1999
Some of the tests have saved lives conducted by students at the World Games have saved lives.
Student EMTs Lend Helping Hands
Fall 1998
The EMS program finally got off the drawing board and onto campus in April 1997 and is still going strong.
Thoughts From the Sandbox
Fall 1998
At the sandbox the child is lord of his grainy realm.
Students Find Past Under Pavement
Winter 1998
Since 1981 the OPA has given students opportunities to participate in archaeological digs throughout Utah.
More Room For Patients, Families, Students, and Books
Winter 1998
The new Student Health Center, which replaces the aged Health Center, is one of several campus construction projects.
Heroes, Hearts, and History
Winter 1998
A BYU professor of English is working to ensure that the stories of aging WWII vets don't die with them.