Welcome to the BYU Summer Reading program blog. We are looking forward to hearing what you have to say about Learning in the Light of Faith. Check back here often for information about the summer reading, discussion questions, and exciting contests.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Photo Contest- Win Cash Prizes!!!

We are excited to announce the 2009 Summer Reading Photo Contest! We are offering a $250 grand prize for the best photo incorporating this year's theme of light. You can take a picture in front of buildings, on mountaintops, or anywhere else you want, as long as your photograph illustrates light and how it relates to learning in the light of faith.

All you need to do to enter the contest is send your picture, along with a short Entry form, to fye@byu.edu by August 10th, 2009. You can also mail it to Office of First-Year Experience, Brigham Young University, 2006 JKB, Provo, UT 84602.

Discussion Question #2

Thank you to everyone who commented on the first discussion question! This second discussion question comes from essay by Paul Alan Cox, Journey to City Creek: Adding Scholarship to Discipleship. We look forward to reading your thoughts and insights.

Dr. Cox talks about the word scholar being used in a general context- referring to anyone who seeks learning (p. 19). How does disciple-scholarship apply to learning that happens outside the classroom? In what ways will you prepare yourself for "lifelong learning," (see the "Aims of a BYU Education") while you are at BYU?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

First Summer Reading discussion question

We will be posting discussion questions throughout the rest of the summer for you to respond to. Feel free to comment on each question, and also on others' responses. This first question is in reference to the first essay in the book- The Disciple Scholar, by Elder Neal A. Maxwell.

Elder Maxwell tells us it is “no wonder [that] a true community of scholars would qualify to be part of a larger community of Saints” (p. 6). What important qualities do saints and scholars share? How will you cultivate these qualities and begin to become a disciple-scholar during your first year at BYU?