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Professor and School Director Ed Carter with Vai Sikahema during the Beckham Lecture Series luncheon.

BYU’s Homecoming weekend brought alumni, students and faculty together to celebrate BYU, mentor students and learn more about the programs available in the School of Communications.

Former broadcast journalism student and BYU football player, Vai Sikahema, spoke during a luncheon for the Raymond E. and Ida Lee Beckham Lecture Series. Vai is a former NFL player and is currently a morning news anchor for NBC10 News Today in Philadelphia.

Vai has covered every major sports championship including eight different Olympics. He is passionate about breaking news and telling the stories that matter most with his co-anchor Tracy Davidson. The former BYU player spoke to alumni and faculty about the importance of faith, integrity and hard work.

Students and mentors met together in the advertising lab to discuss internships and career choices.

“My experience here at BYU taught me to use my influence to share and build the kingdom,” said Vai during the luncheon. Vai spent time speaking to students and answering questions following the luncheon.

Alumni and faculty had time to gather in the Brimhall building to tour the recently renovated student labs and to discuss the progress of the Communications program. Alumni also spent time meeting with students to participate in the newly redeveloped mentoring program. Alumni will have the opportunity to mentor students for a semester at a time and do not need to be located in Utah to participate.

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