2011 Results

Fred McInnis

Or Brother Mac, as he is known to his friends and students, is both the energy and substance behind the award-winning Cougar Marching Band. His role must surely be a stressful one, but Bro. Mac handles it with tremendous grace and enormous passion. To the students in the marching band, Fred is more than just a professor. With genuine interest in students and their individual struggles, his office door, like his heart, is always open! The students in the marching band have numerous memorable experiences, and their performances are generally preceded by devotionals and other spiritual moments. In working with the 200 plus students who compose the “Power of the Wasatch,” students note that Bro. McInnis is “demanding, yet patient and always classy.” He makes special efforts to learn and remember names of the scores of students with whom he works. He expects perfection, and he leads by example. Students look forward to his 30 second pep talks between sets and his final words at the end of each week. Perhaps Bro. McInnis’ most endearing trait is his attitude of inviting others to come unto Christ. He has made this objective the paramount goal of the band, and everything he does leads to this desired outcome. It was a great day, nearly ten years ago, when Bro. Mac uprooted his family from their beloved home in the South to come teach music in Provo. Thank you, Fred, for the positive influence you have on so many here at BYU! You are a deserving recipient of one of this year’s five Brigham Awards!


Jessie Crook

Is a sophomore from Bremerton, Washington and is studying chemistry and mathematics at BYU. She exudes a great spirit of service and has found time in her busy schedule to reach out to others in significant ways. This includes, but is not limited to, her active participation in her campus ward. Examples of Jessie’s service include her leadership in the annual BYU vs. University of Utah food drive competition. Through her leadership, our campus was able to collect thousands of pounds of canned food which were delivered to food banks prior to the holiday season. Through BYU’s Y-Serve office, she has been an outreach tutor in Provo schools. Jessie also participates actively in the Best Buddies program and is a volunteer program director with Y-Serve where she has helped organize dozens of service projects for Community Outreach Day. While at home in Washington, Jessie has worked as a counselor at the Northwest Kiwanis Camp for Children and Adults With Special Needs and the Stanley Stamm Summer Camp for patients at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. She also volunteered for a full week as a life guard at her stake Young Women’s Camp in Washington. A true example of selfless service, Jessie’s charity extends beyond formal service opportunities. Whether it be picking up litter, saying hello to people on campus or helping friends and classmates with their homework, Jessie is always looking to help those in need and befriend those around her. We recognize your goodness today, Jessie, as we present you with a Brigham Award!


Sam McKnight

Works at BYU as a computer specialist in BYU’s Division of Continuing Education. He is, however, better known for his work with the Emergency Medical Systems on campus where all of his time is volunteered. Sam is usually busy on weekends, at football and other athletic events and attending meetings with coordinating bodies such as the BYU Police, Missionary Training Center, Provo Fire Department and the Provo Police Department. He spends many hours and every Thursday evening training numerous EMT’s who, like Sam, work as volunteers at BYU. Many people have been served by Sam in his EMT role, and they would quickly confess that he has done wonders and deserves appropriate recognition. During the Brigham Award nominating cycle, well over 20 nominations were received for Sam, each of them highlighting a specific way in which he has helped. Here is a sampling of observations. “Sam is an example of faith and love to the students. He does his EMT work in addition to a job at BYU and a demanding church calling, all the while being a faithful husband and father to four active boys.”


Christian Richter

Is a great example of the many students at BYU who quietly go about doing good, even remarkable things. His genuine concern for others is evident in the way he has chosen to live his life. Here are just a few examples. Not wanting several families in Provo to go without the essentials last Christmas, Christian got up one day in November at 5:00 a.m. in order to wait in line for permits to cut Christmas trees which were later delivered to four needy families in our city. His love for the people of Taiwan was cemented during his mission to the island nation. Recently, a professor from Taiwan did an exchange here at BYU and brought his family with him. After meeting the professor, Christian took the man’s children out every week to do something fun and also arranged numerous dinners and activities to help them feel at home here. The campus guests also attended church with Christian. During the summer of 2010, Christian’s mission president passed away. Concerned about the president’s widow, Christian spent countless hours working to help her connect with potential employers in order to secure a job that would provide her with the necessary insurance and income she needed. Christian distinguished himself as a missionary, and it was said of him, “No one loved like he loved, and no one cared like he cared.” When returning to his beloved Taiwan after his mission, he went to see a 92 year-old man who had found the Gospel with Christian’s help. Lying on his death bed, the man literally sobbed as Christian entered the home, a great tribute to Christian’s missionary spirit and service. Thank you for your untiring example of Christ-like service. We honor you today with a Brigham Award.


John Campbell

With the significant help of friends, John Campbell co-founded the non-profit organization, Help Cape Verde (Africa). Having served their missions together in the small African islands of Cape Verde, they wanted to do what they could to serve the people there. John applied for and received a BYU ORCA grant and developed a project dedicated to helping the good people of his mission. He credits his missionary friends for much of the success the project has enjoyed. Two specific problems were identified in the Help Cape Verde project. The people there suffer from (1) a lack of quality water and (2) a high volume of trash that litters the landscape. After much work and experimentation, John and his research partner were recently able to develop a water filter that is made out of discarded scraps commonly found in Cape Verde. The filter is designed to effectively filter the people’s laundry water so it can be re-used in a bucket garden, another project that John and the others have successfully engineered using common trash. This way, the people of Cape Verde can save previous water as they produce gardens of fresh produce. John and others have also conducted a drive to collect school supplies which were shipped to a needy school in Cape Verde. Along with two missionary friends, Reid Kraniski and Joshua Dance, John is working to go back to Cape Verde this summer to teach the people about bucket gardening. For your untiring efforts to serve the good people of Cape Verde, we present you, John Campbell, with a Brigham Award.