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

Dean Prater has served the McKay School wonderfully but will retire in 2021. It's now time to find someone to fill her shoes. Read the AVP's memo to learn more about the selection process and how you can nominate a candidate.


Message From the Dean's Office

In his year (and some) as assistant dean of external relations, Mike Leonard has been honored to be around students, staff, and faculty committed to something more than themselves. His message is a reminder of the things we're doing right.

Faculty Accomplishments

Check out the latest from your fellow faculty—and a special shout-out to Heidi Bussey (CPSE) for her first publication as an MSE professor.&



Don't miss the McKay School's virtual Homecoming event on October 7, featuring a presentation by our resident bibliotherapy expert, Melissa Heath (CPSE). Register for free!


The Office of Experiential Learning is sponsoring a summit series to engage the BYU community of experiential educators in diverse and informed conversations. Events will be held on the second Friday of each month. Check out the topics!

Giving Cougsday is coming up! On October 13, all BYU employees are encouraged to donate. All funds help support students with tuition costs and funding for academic opportunities. So mark your calendar and click here to donate to the McKay School

The Peery Film Series is back! Check out their website to see specific dates and films. The McKay School is sponsoring one of the November films on poverty, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Consider having your students watch the movie (which is also available on Netflix) either as an assignment or extra credit. Contact Cindy Glad if you would like to extend the movie over Thanksgiving break or if you are interested in holding any additional events. There will be a discussion of the film on Wednesday, December 2, with Todd Manwaring, founder of the Ballard Center. Happy watching!

BYU dietetic students in the Food Management Lab need experience in managing, preparing, and serving food as part of a food management system in the Pendulum Court Café. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, they do not have the amount of business they normally do. Visit their website to view their weekly lunch menu and hours! Supporting students has never tasted so good. 

November 3 is around the corner! The deadline to register to vote either online or by mail in Utah is October 23 by 5 p.m. (though you can also register on Election Day).
Check out Utah's voting website to track your ballot and learn about other important election dates. #civicduty

We're simplifying our External Relations project management process! Whether you have an upcoming event or someone in your department won an award, use this form to make a graphic design, news/social media, editing, photography, or videography request.

Fill out the information and the McKay External Relations Team will get started on your request shortly!

Ruel Allred, distinguished alumnus and professor emeritus of the McKay School, passed away on September 5, 2020. Read his obituary, and watch this video interview to celebrate and remember his life. 


Nancy Peery-Marriott Winner


“It gives me joy in my work to know that I'm helping others accomplish their goals.” Watch the video about this year's Excellence in Service award winner, Heather Krieger.

Employee Spotlight

She's a Super Smash Bros ninja, an avid podcast listener, and an elementary education advocate. Meet Necia Albrecht, one of our new CFAs!

Giveaway Winners

Congrats to Jason McDonald (IP&T) and Stacey Kratz (Public Relations) for winning our banned books giveaway! They're celebrating with their favorite challenged books. Reading prevails!


October Giveaway


Try out our MSE-themed brainteasers for a chance to win a basket of Trader Joe's autumnal treats (code: a lot of pumpkin!). Send your finished puzzles to mckayprteam@byu.edu.


Sep 15–Oct 15 | Hispanic Heritage Month
Oct 06 | Devotional: Candace Berrett
Oct 07 | MSE Alumni Virtual Homecoming Event
Oct 13 | Devotional: Gerald Causse, Presiding Bishop
Oct 13 | Giving Cougsday
Oct 20 | Forum: Eboo Patel, Founder & President of Interfaith Youth Core
Oct 31 | Halloween
See the Full Calendar