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Curt Holman

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Curt Holman is the Ballroom Dance Division Administrator and an Associate Chair in the Dance Department at Brigham Young University. He also teaches religion courses.

communications in 1989 and a master's degree in dance in 1996. While at BYU, Holman was a member of the Ballroom Dance Company. His thesis was on the codification of the American Dance Syllabus used at BYU.

Holman married his wife Sharon in 1991, whom he met on the Ballroom Dance Company. The couple began their pro career as ballroom dancers. They competed professionally for about seven years, and were the United States, British and World Finalists in Professional Cabaret Dancing several times.

Holman is also a duel licentiate with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Holman currently serves as the Vice President of Dance for the Professional Organization UAHPERD. Holman is also a member of the National Dance Council Of America. In December of 2012 Sydney Jensen and Trevor Guthrie, students' of Holman won first place at the California Open Cabaret Championships. They preformed Turned to Stone which Holdman choreographed for them. Holman addressed the Student body of BYU the following year on July 30th with his campus-wide devotional address titled "Raising your Ebenezer - A Monument to Remember." Also in 2013, he served as the artistic director for "eviDANCE," the Department of Dance's 2013 showcase program.

In June of 2017, Holman was selected as the new BYU Department of Dance Chair. [edit]

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Casey Yates


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Casey Yatesis majoring in advertising at Brigham Young University and was included on the Fall 2016 Dean's List.

In 2017, Yates received the Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Internship Award from the American Advertising Federation. He is only the 3rd BYU student to receive this award in the last 12 years.

Casey has been a part of BYU's independently run ad agency, the BYU AdLab, where he was the Senior Account Lead for a client called Stance socks, and underwear. He managed the research, planning, creation, and presentation of a 360-degree campaign then was asked to intern at Stance. There he watched how the client implemented the campaign he had helped research and create.

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Raymond Beckham

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Dr. Raymond E. Beckham graduated from Brigham Young University in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in marketing, and in 1969 with a master's degree in communications. He also received a PhD in communications. Beckham is an Emeritus Professor of the Communications Department at BYU. He spent twenty-one years teaching advertising and public relations, and served as an associate dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communications from 1988 to 1991.

Beckham was the first person to hold the title of BYU Sports Information Director starting in 1949, and he served as the chief statistician for football and basketball for seven years. He was a member of the BYU Athletic Council for fifteen years and was the Alumni Director for ten years. He also had a direct influence on the fundraising campaigns for the building projects that are now LaVell Edwards Stadium, the Marriott Center, and the Smith Fieldhouse. With Dr. Roger Parkinson, Beckham co-founded the Cougar Club in 1963 and has been a member every year since. He was also a member of the search committee culminating in the hiring of head football coach Tom Hudspeth and director of athletics Floyd Millet.

While at BYU, Beckham served as the director of development and public services for five years each; founded the Aspen Grove Family Camp; and worked for the travel studies department, evening school, and the New York City Internship Program. BYU has awarded Beckham with the Man of the Year Award, the Presidential Medal and the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. He has also earned Provo's Abraham O. Smoot Outstanding Citizen Award, Rotary Club's Service-Above-Self Award, Scouting's Silver Beaver award, the Red Cross Clara Barton award and the Sons of Utah Pioneers "Modern Pioneer" award. Outside of his work for the university, he is a retired vice president of corporate communications for Nu Skin International, Inc., former chairman and board member of Deseret Federal Savings and Loan, and former president of National Resources and Deseret Villages.

Beckham served eight years as a full-time volunteer in the Public Affairs Department of the LDS Church. He has also served as president of the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Chairman of the local Red Cross chapter, president of the Provo Downtown Alliance, and has been an active member of the United Way and many other community organizations. In 2012 Beckham was also recognized at the Boy Scouts America Gala Dinner for his lifelong dedication to scouting.

Also in 2012, Beckham was awarded the Franklin S. Harris Award and addressed graduates at the April Convocation for the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Because of Beckham's large impact on the Communications program, there is an annual Beckham Lecture Series sponsored by the department. In 2017, Beckham's developments for the city of Provo were honored in the Daily Herald.

Also in 2017, Beckham was a recipient of the Freedom Award as part of Provo's annual Freedom Festival celebration.


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