Winter 2012 Newsletter

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Sarah Johnson
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Sophie Young
Heather Wood
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Lobbying & Gov't Affairs

Dear BYUPAS members,


It has been almost three years since I was first contacted about the idea of an organization that would play a role in the political sphere similar to the roles the BYU Management Society and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society play in the business and legal spheres, respectively.


Since then, BYUPAS has progressed into more than just an idea. Two years ago, chapters were created in Utah and Washington, D.C.   At the same time, the first BYUPAS National Presidency was established. BYUPAS has now held events from New York City, New York, to Laie, Hawaii. The organization counts more than 2,000 members and new individuals are joining frequently.


To continue growing, BYUPAS relies chiefly on the volunteer efforts of individuals across the country. If you are interested in playing a larger role in BYUPAS, you may want to apply for a position on one of BYUPAS's national committees. To be considered for one of these committees, you can go to and contact the vice president over the committee that interests you. If you are interested in helping to start a chapter of BYUPAS in your area, please contact me directly at


BYUPAS was brought into existence and built into what it is today by dedicated volunteers. As word of the organization spreads, it is my hope that new volunteers will continue to commit to help build BYUPAS into a bigger and better organization.



Tristan Leavitt

BYUPAS National President

Efforts are underway by the Washington, D.C. Chapter of BYUPAS to host its third annual Beyond BYU event in May.  Last year's two-day event proved a success, drawing more than 300 attendees to listen to Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake and to participate in breakout sessions. 
By Jeff Nuckols