2020–2021 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


Message From the Dean's Office

"In 2020, the year of COVID, we saw donors open up their hearts and their funds." Assistant Dean of External Relations Michael Leonard shares with us the generosity of the McKay School donors.

Faculty Accomplishments

We appreciate all those who have submitted publications and accomplishments recently. Take a moment to look at some of what our faculty has accomplished recently. Don't forget to keep sending in your publications and other accomplishments; we love seeing and sharing them!


In The News

Bryan Bowles (EdLF) represented the McKay School on the ABC 4 affiliate news station CW30 on October 27, where he discussed Utah’s proposed Constitutional Amendment G. This was an overview prior to the November general election. (No link available).

Terisa Gabrielsen (CPSE) and her colleagues in BYU's award-winning Autism Connect research group are making strides in improving autism diagnoses.


This semester, the McKay School is hosting informal lunchtime sessions for all faculty and staff following three devotional speakers. These discussions will provide an opportunity to come together as a McKay School community on Zoom to share uplifting thoughts and inspiration from the devotional. Discussions will take place at noon and are voluntary.

This month's lunchtime discussion is on January 19 following Elder David A. Bednar's devotional. Check out the flyer for additional Zoom information or join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 919 9189 3407
Passcode: 402886

In lieu of the annual BYU Autism Translational Research Workshop, the McKay School is co-sponsoring a free online workshop by USU professor Tom Higbee, the leading expert on applied behavior analysis in Utah. Please share the full flyer or the sign-up link with students, teachers, parents, therapists, or anyone else who works with children on the spectrum!

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections is excited to announce its implementation of Aeon, an automated request and workflow management software designed to improve patron service and maximize staff efficiency. The system requires a user account and will handle all requests for materials in Special Collections beginning January 11, 2021. Create a user account and be sure to pass this information along to your students!

The 34th BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers is coming to Zoom next month! Listen to award-winning authors and illustrators Kelly Barnhill, Yuyi Morales, and Jewell Parker Rhodes during these Saturday events! All full-time faculty and staff can join in for free using BYU benefits. Register here!

Nancy Peery Marriott Winner: Excellence In Service

Steve Burton likes working with technology and people. His job as an IT administrator gives him the opportunity to do both. "[He] really has an interest in the people, and being the very best for them." Watch Steve's video for receiving the Excellence in Service award.


Employee Spotlight

Lynne Kganetso loves dressing up for Halloween, collecting nativities from around the world, and being a mom to her daughter, Maatla. Get to know one of the newest TEd faculty members!

Giveaway Winners

Congrats to Jaynie Mitchell (Deans Office) and Paul Caldarella (CITES, CPSE) for being this month's winners! They are enjoying a comical start to each day of 2021.

January Giveaway

Try out our New Year's–themed word search for a chance to win a sparkly start to the new year! Send a picture of your completed word search to mckayprteam@byu.edu.


Jan 18 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 19 | Devotional: David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Jan 19 | Lunchtime Discussion, 12 p.m.
Jan 26 | Forum: David Epstein, Reporter and Author
Jan 29 | Free Autism Workshop: Tom Higbee
See the Full Calendar