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Willem Kampenhout

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Media Arts student Willem Kampenhout won Best Emerging Director at the Other Worlds Austin Film Festival for his film The Surface. The film also won Best Emerging Production Design, attributed to Ashley Cook.

Kampenhout started making films when he was only six years old and used his personal experience growing up as the inspiration for The Surface.

He entered the film in Other Worlds Austin, a film festival featuring only Sci Fi films, where he won the award. The Surface also won Best Student Film at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival and has currently been accepted into Dam Short Film Festival (Nevada), Original Narrative FIlm Festival (Dubai) and Film Quest (Salt Lake City).

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Brent Keck


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Brent Keck joined the Department of Dance as a full-time faculty member in the Ballroom Area this Winter semester. Keck holds a master’s degree in dance from Brigham Young University and brings years of experience to the department.

In his new position, Keck will teach advanced level technical dance classes and formation teams. He will also be involved with the annual concert and competition organizations. His goals for this opportunity center around the students and their development of technical skills.

He has been involved in competition ballroom dancesport for over 20 years. He and his wife achieved the championship title “Professional Rising Star Professional Latin Champions” multiple times throughout their professional lives. Keck also directed and choreographed for the BYU Youth Dancesport Formation Team. He also coached multiple dancesport couples, competing for national titles and is recognized by the National Dance Council of America as a “Championship” judge.

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Doug McKinlay

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Doug McKinlay joined BYU's faculty in 1999 as an assoiciate professor of Communications teaching Advertising.

During McKinlay’s tenure—between 6,238 creative review sessions and 47 semesters—he and Jeff Sheets founded the BYU AdLab.

McKinlay and Sheets had been thinking for some time that there needed to be a place for kids to get together outside of class to think and talk about their ideas.

To honor McKinlay and the BYU AdLab, both he and Sheets plan to establish a new scholarship, the McKinlay/Sheets Advertising Awards, to go to the best Creative and Management students in the Advertising Program.

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1. To create a record of the organizational roots of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University and its departments, places, significant events, professors, students, alumni, friends, and benefactors – and how they have contributed over time toward fulfilling the mission of Brigham Young University.


2. To provide a forum in which college alumni can record their contributions and performances; their experiences with teaching and learning; the ways in which they were mentored and influenced as students in this college, and how they are using their acquired skills to further their careers.


3. To recognize all who have been associated with the college who have made significant, national and international contributions to their fields.


4. To allow those who have been associated with the college over the years to be co-authors and collaborators in writing the college history.

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