Author Archives: Aricka Wilde

June 30

Sky’s the Limit for MPA Alum

“Reach for the stars” is a figurative goal for most of us, but for Kevin Watts, a 1986 graduate of the BYU Masters of Public Administration program, it is an everyday reality. Watts, originally from Salt Lake City, has worked at NASA for thirty years. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree […]

April 22

In the Atrium with Jake Homer

Life is just like riding a bike, right? Well for Jake Homer sometimes it is more like a sprint triathlon—literally. “I love cycling, and I have a goal to do a sprint triathlon,” Homer says. “I find races like that to be super fun because they motivate me to be better and work harder.” Homer, […]

April 05

MPA Professor Receives Prestigious Award

Rex Facer, an MPA professor with an international reputation as an expert in human resources and public management, was awarded the 2015 Senator Peter B. Boorsma Award for his commitment and passion in public administration. “Being able to see good people around the world who want to make a difference and want to have better […]

March 21

Keeping It Real with Jessi Valentine

Jessi Valentine’s spirit animal is a chameleon. “I can find my own niche and adapt into whatever position that I have to,” says Valentine, finance department administrator.  “I can look at a job and go, ‘Oh I can do that,’ so then I will apply for it.” And that is what Valentine has done her […]

February 25

9 Professors Featured in HBR

When you think of the nation’s most prestigious business programs Harvard, Wharton, or Stanford come to mind. It’s time to add the Marriott School to that list. In the past five years, only faculty from two of these universities published more articles in Harvard Business Review (HBR) than those from Brigham Young University; BYU tied […]

February 17

Alum Revives Happy Memories with Music

The residential staff could hear the soft crying of Mrs. C. from down the hall. A victim of dementia, the woman would sit alone by her door at Wisteria Place in Abilene, Texas, weeping and longing for her home and her daughter. She remained distant behind her tears­—until Leticia Stucki, the resident recreational therapist and […]