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Steward Stories

There's More Than One Way to Nourish a Campus Community

September 13, 2022 04:23 PM
February 2022 — Support. Sustain. Share. For BYU Dining Services Director Dean Wright, the phrase is more than just a catchy slogan on the back of his Jeep; it’s a campus commitment and a personal quest. Inventor of Cougar Tails and the Choices restaurant concept in the Cougareat, Wright has made lasting contributions at BYU, but he’s most proud of having helped bring people together—“breaking bread,” he calls it—through food.

The Cyclist Who Built His Own Sidewalks

September 13, 2022 04:33 PM
October 2021 — Professor Aaron Skabelund has been biking to work since he began teaching at BYU in 2006. The Provo resident, husband, and father of two also helped form BYU's bicycle committee and, for years, advanced bike infrastructure projects on campus and championed active transportation and transit in Provo. During his career, he visited some of the world’s greatest biking and walking cities and asked, “Why can’t Provo be one of them?”

The BYU Club that Harnessed the Wind

September 16, 2022 02:00 PM
September 2021 — Last fall, inspired to pursue a career in renewable energy, undergraduate James Cutler (top right) founded the BYU Wind Energy Club. Just three months later, the club received a $20,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and a chance to compete in this year’s Collegiate Wind Competition against just 12 other teams, including Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, and Penn State.