2019–2020 McKay School Theme

“And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.”
—Moses 7:18

“What does removing the personhood-subpersonhood line look like? It looks a lot like, do people around us get to have these experiences? Do they get to talk to us . . . And, really, what it comes down to is, do people in our spheres, in our influence, get to expand their capabilities?” Last month Jennifer Adair, PhD, delivered a powerful presentation on racism, personhood, and agency. See photos from the Cluff lecture and awards here.


Dean's Office Message

"The Lord loves us. He wants to bless us. I can testify that the day of miracles has not ceased!" Read Dean Prater's message on weathering uncertainty.

McKay Grants and Awards

Congratulate your fellow McKay faculty for their recent grant awards, and find more resources to develop and receive grants!



The more things change, the more things stay the same—at least for the Dean's Office. Read AVP Shane Reese'sletter for an exciting announcement!

Get all the COVID-19 updates for the McKay School in one place on our website. And for the curious types, Steve Burton recommends the following resources: a data visualization of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mathematics of a pandemic, and the benefits of social distancing.


Building Zion

In her November message, Dean Prater said that if we are to become a Zion-like workplace, then we need to create "a place where individuals feel safe and find joy." How can you find more joy during this time? And how can you share that joy with others (from a reasonable distance, of course)?

Employee Spotlight

TEd professor Paul Ricks is a children's lit enthusiast, a fan of the movie Hot Rod (hence the costume), and a certified demolisher of things. Read on for more delightful trivia in this month's employee spotlight!

Benjamin Cluff Award Winner 2020

"The thing that makes Laura good at her job is her deep devotion to the people around her." Get to know Laura Finlinson, the 2020 Cluff Award winner for "Excellence in Public School Support."

Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to telecommuting superstars Melissa Newberry (TEd) and Heather Lue (SEEL) for their knowledge of women's history. They won Utah nonprofit Better Day 2020's book Champions of Change: 25 Women Who Made History.

April Giveaway

It's that time again! Complete this crossword of important dates and trivia in general conference history for a chance to win a sweet-smelling prize.


April 15 | Last day of classes
April 16 | Reading Day
April 17–22 | Finals
April 23 | MSE Convocation
April 28 | First Day of Spring Term

See the Full Calendar