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Welcome to the College of Fine Arts and Communications History Wiki

This is a collaborative effort to compile the complete history of the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Please help us by contributing your stories and information about the college. Following is a brief explanation of how to create or edit content in Wiki format. It is not a comprehensive user's guide. For comprehensive data on Wiki software, please visit MediaWiki.

Purposes of the CFAC Wiki

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.

Creating an Account

Select the “log in/create account” link in the top right hand corner. Create an account using your BYU Net ID and password. In the biography section, please briefly state your association with, or interest in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at BYU. Your account will be verified by a wiki administrator within 24 work hours (Monday-Friday, US holidays exempt) and you will receive an e-mail once your account has been approved. You will then be able to log into your account. Once you are logged in, you can edit and/or post content on the Wiki site. If you have complications with the application process, email for assistance.


The History Wiki is an academic record of the history of the College of Fine Arts and Communications. The site’s content reflects the purposes of this College of Fine Arts and Communications History Wiki. All content considered irrelevant to the college history, or contrary to the purposes is subject to deletion.

All Wiki entries need to be written in third person. Any first person text must be formatted as a quote or multimedia item within a Wiki page. Avoid using casual or slang expressions.

Additionally, each page is required to contain citations, validating the information presented. Please make sure that all information posted is complete and accurate. This means paying specific attention to years, degrees, titles, and positions.

Creating a Page

1. Select the search bar on the left hand navigation.
2. Enter the name of the person or page you would like to create. Make sure that the spelling, capitalization, and punctuation are correct, because this will become the page header.
3. Click the “Go” button.
4. At the top of the new page, it will say, “There is no page titled (Example). You can create this page.” Select the red link to create the page. If the page already exists, select the “Edit” tab at the top of the page and begin to add or change the content.
5. You will be redirected to a new screen which will say, “Editing (Example).” You can now enter your content directly in the text box provided.

Basic Formatting

As you work on editing your page, make sure to save frequently. This website is to be written following MLA web page formatting guidelines. For more information on MLA formatting, click here.

In the “Editing” screen you’ll use the toolbar at the top of the screen. This toolbar contains shortcuts to the basic formatting options within the Wiki. Following is an explanation of the formatting options which apply to our Wiki.

  • Italics: Use grammatically. Italicize titles of publications, movies, etc.
  • Internal Link: Use to link to other pages within the Wiki. For example, if you’re writing an article about John Doe, and his wife Jane was a student here too, you can link them.
  • External Link: Use to link to external sites. Include http:// before the web address.
  • Level 2 Headline: Use to create headings within the text. You may not use headings if the content you’re posting is brief. However, every page should contain a heading at the bottom, titled “References.”
  • Embedded Image: Use to insert a photo into the body of the text. Prior to using, you must upload the image onto the Wiki.
1.Select the “Save” button on the bottom of your page.
2.On the left-hand toolbox, select “Upload File.”
3.Select “Browse” and locate the file saved on your computer.
4.In the “Destination Filename” field, save the file as “First Initial_Last Name.jpg.”
5.In the “Summary” field, enter the caption for the photo as well as citation on where you obtained it. Make sure this information is complete and accurate.
6.Select “Upload File” on the bottom of the page.
7.Using the left-hand navigation, search for the page you have been editing. Open your page and select the “Edit” tab again.
8.Now that the file is uploaded, you can place it on your page using the Embedded Image tool. Return to your page and select the “Embedded Image” icon.
9.[[Image:Example.jpg]] will appear. Delete (Example) and enter the file name EXACTLY how you saved it.
10.Indicate in what direction you would like the text to wrap. This is done by adding a vertical bar and then a direction. For example, if you add “|left” to the end of the file name, [[Image:Example.jpg|left]], the image will appear on the left side of the screen, with text wrapping around it.

For additional questions on formatting or on Wiki program code, please visit MediaWiki.


The History Wiki is an academic record of the history of the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Proper and complete citation is required. Failure to attribute content properly is considered plagiarism and is a violation of BYU academic policy. Do not post copyrighted material without permission.

Place citations in text, as well as at the end of the page. Under a heading “References” list all sources cited, in MLA format. Following are some common citation rules:

  • Book: Author. Title. Place of Publication. Publisher, Year.
  • Newspaper or Magazine Article: Author. “Title.” Name of Publication. Day Month Year: Page.
  • Personal Interview: Last name, First name of person interviewed. Personal Interview. Day Month Year of Interview.
  • Website: Author. “Title of Article.” Title of Webpage. Date posted. Owner of site. Date accessed. <URL>.

For additional questions on MLA citation, please visit the Purdue OWL website.


Categories allow you to sort pages by topic. The categories you list your page in determine where your page will be listed throughout the site.

A person can be placed in multiple categories. If Jane Doe graduated in Theatre and Media Arts and also taught here at BYU, you would enter [[category:Theatre and Media Arts]][[category:Alumni and Students]][[category:Faculty]] at the bottom of the page. Jane Doe would then be listed on the main pages for all these categories.

Click here for a complete list of categories.

Additional Help

If you still have questions about submitting, formatting, or editing content for the website,

Which ever way you choose to contribute, please make sure your information is accurate, that you cite any sources you use (no plagiarism) and that you make sure copyrighted material is not posted without permission.

Please know that all postings are subject to editing.

We thank you for your contributions.

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