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Craig Cobia 

Craig Cobia named Alumni Association president elect

Craig Cobia '79 has accepted the nomination to serve as the new Alumni Association president elect. He will assume responsibility as the Alumni Association president in April 2010. Craig and his wife, Chantal '02, have been members of the Alumni Council since the Fall of 2005. They have been active as representatives of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and have served on the Eliza R. Snow Society Board.



Gary Brock

Gary P. Brock, in memoriam

Former Alumni Relations Director Gary P. Brock passed away in April 2009. Gary served as director from 1973 to 1998 and was instrumental in developing many of the alumni services and benefits enjoyed today. For example, Brock was instrumental in creating the Summit Magazine, the first alumni periodical, and the Ricks College Veteran's Memorial.  Both were established in 1988 as part of the school's centennial celebration.



Los Angeles Expedition

BYU-Idaho Ambassadors support internship and career expeditions to Los Angeles and Dallas

Each year, BYU-Idaho sponsors student internship and career expeditions to various cities across the United States. In recent excursions to Los Angeles and Dallas, several BYU-Idaho Ambassadors helped set up appointments with business and industry representatives, visited with students and faculty in their workplace, and spoke to the students at special firesides. The recent interaction with ambassadors demonstrates the value volunteers have in assisting students in networking and mentoring.



Annual Lagoon Day

Annual Lagoon Day continues in 2009

Each July, on the Saturday closest to the 24th Pioneer Day celebration, hundreds of alumni and their families descend upon the Lagoon theme park north of Salt Lake City for a day of fun, prizes, and a free picnic lunch. Lagoon Day this year will be held on July 25. Discount coupons will be available at the front gate from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Coupons are also available at the Alumni and Friends Center at 16 East Main Street in Rexburg. Savings are $14.95 per person. The free picnic lunch and door prizes will be held at the Meadow Terrace at 1:00 p.m.



Dr. Del Parkinson

Dr. Del Parkinson receives Eliza R. Snow Award

Dr. Del Parkinson, a former piano teacher at BYU-Idaho, was the recipient of the 2009 Eliza R. Snow Award for the Visual and Performing Arts. Dr. Parkinson received postgraduate degrees from Indiana University and Juilliard School of Music. He has performed with major orchestras including the Guadalajara Symphony, the Indiana University Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Utah Symphony, and the Boise Philharmonic. Del was featured in a solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall. He continues to enjoy an active solo and teaching career.


He began teaching in 1970 at Indiana University, spent nine years teaching at Ricks College, and has been the professor of piano at Boise State University since leaving Ricks College in 1986.


He has received numerous awards including the Fulbright-Hays Grants for graduate study in London, the Kellogg Foundation Grant for curriculum at Furman University, the Idaho Commission on the Arts Grant for his New York recital debut, and the Idaho Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.



Name Change: Alumni Ambassadors become BYU-Idaho Ambassadors

To better reflect the role ambassadors play in promoting and serving as advocates for the university, the name of the volunteer program has been changed from Alumni Ambassadors to BYU-Idaho Ambassadors. There are currently nearly 900 volunteers assisting alumni, parents, and students in approximately 400 LDS stakes.


If you are interested in serving as a BYU-Idaho Ambassador, please visit www.byui.edu/alumni, or call 1-800-537-2586 (1-800-LDS-ALUM).



Celebrating Women Reunion

Celebrating Women Reunion

Over 200 alumni attended the Celebrating Women Reunion held as part of Mothers' Weekend in October 2008. The reunion


recognized alumni from Associated Women's Students, Lambda Delta Sigma, and Valkaries. Former university leaders and advisors: Dr. Mack Shirley, Kris Fillmore Powell, Inez Searle, and Ruth Biddulph were among the event's honored guests. Concluding remarks were provided by Henry J. Eyring, BYU-Idaho Advancement vice president. Reunion guests also mingled with current students at a special reception honoring women.



Neal and Kay Lewins receive the Alumni Award of Excellence

Neal and Kay Lewis receive Alumni Award of Excellence

Neal '57 and Kay Lewis '57 were presented with the BYU-Idaho Alumni Award of Excellence at the fall Emeritus Breakfast. Neal was a longtime business executive with Ralston Purina while Kay taught piano in their home and raised their seven children. Together, they have served in many Church leadership positions. Neal has served as a stake president, president of the Nauvoo Illinois Mission, and executive director of the Nauvoo Restoration Society. Neal and Kay also served as president and matron of the St. Louis Missouri Temple. In addition to their seven children, they now have thirty-four grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. The Lewises now reside in Spanish Fork, Utah.



Celebrating BYU-Idaho and Alumni Choirs

Fall 2009 Harvest Choir Fest to celebrate all BYU-Idaho and Ricks College choirs

All BYU-Idaho and Ricks College alumni from any choral group will soon receive personal invitations to attend a fall reunion held as part of the Harvest Choir Fest. These groups include Collegiate Singers, A Capella Choir, Concert Chorale, Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Women's Glee,Valkaries, Madrigal Singers, New Freedom Singers, Vocal Union, University Choir, and others. Members of these choirs will be invited to participate in a special reunion banquet and concert to be held on Saturday, Oct. 17. Reunion day activities will include a special concert at 2:00 p.m. followed by choir-specific receptions and a 5:00 p.m. banquet. Alumni from any of the school's choral groups, should make sure their contact information is up-to-date by registering for Alumni Connections at www.byui.edu/alumni.



New Alumni Council members

The following new members were welcomed to the Alumni Council:


  • Brad '83 and Tamara Burke Egbert '83 of Rexburg, Idaho
  • Tony '91 and Tara McLean Derricott '92 of Rexburg, Idaho



Inductions into the Athletic Hall of Fame

Five Inducted into Ricks College

Athletic Hall of Fame

A coach and four former athletes have been inducted into the Ricks College Athletic Hall of Fame. They include former head cross country coach Doug Stutz of Rexburg; track and cross country standout Alicia Boyer Nelson of Tremonton, Utah; track and field star Geraldine George Francis of Trinidad; softball great Maryon DeWitt-Wallentine of Bellevue, Idaho; and wrestling standout Brett Bingham of Meridian, Idaho. The Alumni Association awards were presented Nov. 7, at a luncheon hosted by President Kim B. Clark.



Class Notes now online

"Class Notes" can now be found online on the BYU-Idaho Alumni Association homepage and will also be included in the online version of BYU-Idaho magazine. If you are interested in submitting a class note or in reading those posted by other alumni, please visit the Web page at www.byui.edu/alumni. The new class notes also provide an excellent way to update alumni information, which will help alumni in their search for classmates and friends on the online directory, Alumni Connections.



New Student and Alumni Advancement Network

New Student and Alumni Advancement Network

The BYU-Idaho Student and Alumni Advancement Network is a group of students and alumni who care deeply about the mission and legacy of     BYU-Idaho. Members of the network support     BYU-Idaho events, assist BYU-Idaho Ambassadors, serve as mentors, and help with career and social networking. Most important, these students and alumni teach by precept and example the mission and values of BYU-Idaho. Students and alumni interested in joining the network should visit www.byui.edu/saan. There is a brief online application to begin participation with this new group. Direct specific questions to alumni@byui.edu or 1-800-537-2586. Please visit the Alumni Association Web page at www.byui.edu/alumni to learn more about other alumni groups.