Brett Helquist received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Brigham Young University in 1993. He is the 2014 BYU Homecoming Spectacular College of Fine Arts and Communications Honored Alumnus Award recipient.
Helquist is perhaps best known for his work illustrating Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, which he considers to be his breakthrough experience in illustration. In addition to the Series of Unfortunate Events, he has also authored and illustrated three of his own books: Roger the Jolly Pirate, Bedtime for Bear, and Grumpy Goat. He also has a long list of other illustrated works, including books by Neil Gaiman, Blue Balliett, and Shana Corey.
Helquist served a mission in Hong Kong and then taught English in Taiwan for a year during his time as an undergraduate student at BYU. It was in Taiwan that he first professionally used his artistic talent, drawing illustrations for a series of English textbooks. After graduating from BYU, he interned with illustrator Robert Neubecker in New York for four months. The experience was formative for him, and he still resides and works in New York.
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H. Patrick Debenham
is the Featured Alumni Artist for the 2014 BYU Homecoming Spectacular.
He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1973 with a Bachelor's Degree in Dance. In 1976, Debenham received a master's degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, he taught beginning modern dance classes. After graduating from UCLA, Professor Debenham joined the Dance faculty at BYU. He was a Professor at BYU in the Modern Dance Division of the Dance Department until his retirement in August 2013. He is currently an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University.
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Jaynie Litster Brown
Jaynie Brown is being featured in the 2014 BYU Spectacular for her Service to Family.
She graduated from Brigham Young University in 1972 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications.
After the loss of her baby grandson Matthew in a tragic car accident, Brown dedicated her life dedicated to eliminating drunk driving in Utah. She has collaborated with Dr. Karol Kumpfer to create a DVD and 12-week course, called the Strengthening Families program, based on Kumpfer's research on critical familial skills. She leads a nonprofit organization to promote this program.
Brown also has lobbied for the Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization, served on the Salt Lake City Mayor's Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, and trains refugee community leaders to make her program available to refugees in Utah.
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