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Mormon film director leaves KBYU for hot UCF film program (UCF welcomes new director of film school)

Well-known independent film director Sterling Van Wagenen has left BYU's public TV station KBYU, where he served as managing director, to become the director of the film school at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. UCF is currently hot because a group of 5 of its recent alumni directed and produced the current stand-out film "The Blair Witch Project."

Ivan J. Barrett, BYU professor, dies

BYU professor and author Ivan J. Barrett, probably best known for his unabashedly enthusiastic books on LDS Church history died August 16th at his home in Orem of a heart attack. Barrett was 89.

Spanish Fork teacher wins second major award

LuAnn Staheli of Spanish Fork, a teacher at Payson Junior High School, has received two prestigious awards in only a few weeks. A couple of months ago, Staheli was named Utah Teacher of the Year, she has now won the prestigious Crista McAuliffe Fellowship Award.

Five Questions With Donny Osmond

Donnie Osmond, who started singing professionally when he was 5, began his career as one of the Osmond Brothers (Alan, Wayne, Jay, Merrill), making his debut on "The Andy Williams Show" in 1963. Now 36 years later, Osmond looks back over his life and career in his new book "Life Is Just What You Make It: My Story So Far," which was published this summer.

Sister's cells offer fighting chance

LDS Church member Robert Harder had Natural Killer Cell Leukemia, which ravaged his body for six months before doctors discovered and diagnosed it last March. This rare form of cancer attacks the "natural killer" blood cells that are part of the immune system, preventing those cells from maturing properly. Just seven people have died from this form of cancer.

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