What an exciting time to be alive. Though our pioneer ancestors waited for weeks, months, and even years to hear from distant family and friends, we now communicate at near light speeds. With instant messaging on our computers and text messaging on our cell phones (don't tell my daughter, but it's a lot of fun), we can find out about Aunt Margaret's health almost as fast as our fingers can type the keys and press send. This is possible whether we are next door or halfway across the world.
And now we are able to receive our latest issue of BYU-Idaho magazine faster than ever. In fact, this is our very first online-only edition of this great publication. Amazingly enough, this issue focuses on the blessings of learning and teaching with technology at BYU-Idaho. We hope you find it uplifting, informative, and educational.
We hope you are continuing the good study habits you developed while at this institution. To help with your continuing education, you can take advantage of the new online courses and degrees available at BYU-Idaho. In addition, browse through the alumni Web pages and use some of the newest technologies and Internet resources to stay connected to the university and to reconnect with former classmates and friends. For example, did you know that alumni can now access our new BYU-Idaho fan page on Facebook, join our LinkedIn alumni group, share pictures on the alumni group on Flicker, or even follow us on Twitter? And just around the corner, BYU-I Connect will make its debut with an online community and social/career network which will further enhance the capacity for alumni to stay connected with each other and with BYU-Idaho.
In an article by Elder M. Russell Ballard1, we learn that members of the Church are using the Internet to share gospel principles and their testimonies with others. Perhaps you could participate in an online blog and share your warm memories of Ricks College/BYU-Idaho and tell others about the Spirit of Ricks you felt while attending classes here. Sharing your experiences might help encourage prospective students to find and attend the college on the hill where their own testimonies may be discovered and strengthened. With the click of your mouse, and with warmth, tenderness, gratitude, and love, you can touch the lives of others seeking direction and understanding.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is true. In the words of President Kim B. Clark, ...the Holy Ghost ministers on this campus. The Spirit of Ricks is real.2 Of this I add my own witness.
Dale J. Barnes '81
BYU-Idaho Alumni Association President
Notes1. M. Russell Ballard, Sharing the Gospel Using the Internet, Ensign, July 2008, 612.President Kim B. Clark, Inaugural Response, Oct. 2005Back to Top
BYU-Idaho hosts ambassador summer conference
Each summer Alumni Relations hosts BYU-Idaho ambassadors for a conference held in conjunction with Education Week. Nearly 100 volunteer alumni returned to campus from across the United States and Canada. Highlights of the conference included a welcome from BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark and a keynote address from Advancement Vice President Henry J. Eyring. Several campus entities gave the visiting ambassadors updates, including Admissions, LDS Philanthropies, the Heber J. Grant Program, Internship and Career Services, and campus construction.
The past year has been full of exciting events for the BYU-Idaho Alumni Association. Such annual events as Lagoon Day and Idaho Falls Chukars Night (a Pioneer League baseball team) drew big crowds. Alumni and friends enjoyed picnic lunches and fun activities. Each semester, the Alumni Association hosts visiting parents, alumni, and entering freshman to a Get Connected picnic. This fall, more than 2,200 people attended. Students and alumni also get together each semester for competitive softball, basketball, and volleyball games. Sometimes the students win, but often the alumni get the best of their younger friends. Recently, alumni teams also participated in the Spirit Week 30-lap relay. This fall, BYU-Idaho also welcomed back more than 350 alumni to an all-choirs reunion. Alumni participated in a combined student-and-alumni concert and attended a special reunion banquet.
More than 350 choir alumni returned to campus October 17 to participate in the Harvest Choir Fest and reunion activities. Returning alumni rehearsed with current BYU-Idaho choir directors, performed in a student-and-alumni concert, mingled at a special reception, and enjoyed a reunion banquet. Honored guests included former choir directors Florence Bowman, Steve Dresen, and Clyde Luke. BYU-Idaho Advancement Vice President Henry J. Eyring provided concluding remarks at the reunion banquet.
Over the past decade, BYU-Idaho alumni and friends have toured England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Peru, Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska. They embarked on a series of Mesoamerican adventures in 2007, with a trip to the Mexican Yucatan and Belize. A group will venture on the first Mysteries of Mexico Tour in January 2009, which includes stops in the Chiapas and Tabasco regions of Mexico highlighted by a visit to Palenque. In 2011, the series will be completed with a late-summer tour to Guatemala and Honduras that includes visits to the majestic Mayan ruins of Tikal and Copan.
We have provided this slideshow as a travelogue of our most recent tours. Please visit the Alumni Tours Web page at www.byui.edu/alumni/tours.htm for updates on upcoming adventures.
Two couples received the Brigham Young University-Idaho Alumni Award of Excellence Saturday, Nov. 14-Kent and Jill Jolley and Melvin and Bonnie Hammond. The awards were presented at the Fall Emeritus Breakfast.
Kent and Jill Jolley were honored for their many years of service to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to BYU-Idaho. Kent began his service with a mission to Argentina in 1954, and he later served as president of the Texas Corpus Christi Mission. Kent has also served in the Quorum of the Seventy, various area presidencies, and as president of the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple. They are currently serving as ward mission leaders, workers in the Rexburg Temple, and on the BYU-Idaho President's Advancement Council. They have also been heavily involved in their communities and raising their family of seven children and 16 grandchildren.
Melvin and Bonnie Hammond also accepted this award for their great service. After attending Ricks College and graduating from BYU, Melvin served as president of the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission. He has also served in the Quorum of the Seventy, in several area presidencies in Central and South America, and as president of the Washington D.C. Temple. Melvin has also been highly involved in representing his community by service in the House of Representatives and minority leader for three terms. The two have also enjoyed raising their family of six children, 28 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Student Alumni Association supports Alumni Association and BYU-Idaho
The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a group of students who foster a sense of tradition and loyalty to BYU-Idaho that will help motivate students to become exemplary alumni. The SAA lends support to all alumni events and provides ongoing service to current students, particularly through the Student Legacy Fund. This fund supports students who experience unforeseen financial difficulties. The SAA leadership council recently adopted a new tag line for the association: Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT). Students interested in getting involved with the Student Alumni Association should visit www.byui.edu/SAA.
BYU-Idaho Advancement Vice President Henry J. Eyring hosted leaders from the Student Advancement Council and Student Alumni Association. Those who attended enjoyed a good evening and learned of Vice President Eyring's vision of student leadership. They also learned how they could help advance BYU-Idaho, particularly by networking with and supporting BYU-Idaho ambassadors.
Lagoon Day Mark your calendars for July 24, 2010, when the Alumni Association will host the annual alumni day at Lagoon. This year's event coincides with the July 24 Pioneer Day celebration and will once again feature significant family discounts, a free picnic lunch, and door prizes. Discount coupons will be available in early summer at the Alumni and Friends Center and the front gate of Lagoon on the day of the event.
Together Again Like the First Time: an event to rekindle alumni's most cherished relationships formed at Ricks College and BYU-Idaho Renew fond memories of your college days by attending on Friday, June 18, 2010, for a special dinner and dance complete with pictures and a live band. This reunion provides an ideal setting for couples, roommates, leadership councils, and ward groups to return to campus and enjoy the Spirit of Ricks. The event is designed to help alumni remember the times they first met some of their most important friends. This special event has been scheduled as part of BYU-Idaho's Spirit Week, so alumni can also enjoy concerts, reunions, service projects, and other Spirit Week activities during their time on campus. To ensure you receive a personal invitation, please complete the form below. We will send updates on event details including ticket prices, hotel discounts, and Spirit Week activities.
Class of 1960 fifty-year reunion The Ricks College Class of 1960 will celebrate its fifty-year reunion as part of Spirit Week 2010 and will host a bi-annual Emeritus Breakfast on Saturday, June 19. Members of this class will formally be introduced into the Emeriti Alumni Association at this event. Personal invitations to the breakfast will be mailed early in 2010.
Find BYU-Idaho Alumni Association on Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube
In preparation for the upcoming launch of our new online community and network BYUI Connect, the Alumni Association has established a presence on popular social and professional networks. All of these will have an interface and connection with BYUI Connect. We encourage interested alumni to do the following:
Become a BYU-Idaho Alumni Association fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com, search for BYU-Idaho Alumni Association)
Are you ever curious about what your former classmates are up to? Would you like to share exciting stories from your own life? Visit the Alumni Association's Class Notes Web page here to read alumni's stories or submit your own Class Note.
Among the ranks of BYU-Idaho ambassadors are three siblings and their spouses who span the United States, from Florida to Oregon. The first to volunteer as ambassadors were Drew and Tamra Kriser of Bonifay, Florida. Tamra encouraged her sister Krista Carrol of Hillsboro, Oregon, and her brother Lathan Flake of Meridian, Idaho to become ambassadors. These siblings all share many things in common: First, they love BYU-Idaho; second, they all met their spouses at Ricks College; and third, they and their spouses are all making a difference in the lives of our students and alumni.
For example, Lathan and his wife, Michelle, tell of an experience when they visited a young lady who had no aspirations of attending college because she believed she could not be accepted. They told this young sister about the new admissions guidelines made possible by the three-track system and encouraged her to apply. She followed their advice, was accepted, and enrolled at BYU-Idaho. Her older brother soon followed her example and also came to Rexburg. According to the Flakes, Her life has changed. She came from a difficult childhood and is now accomplishing things she never thought possible.
Similarly, Krista and her husband, Jonathan, encouraged a young sister to consider BYU-Idaho. Soon after her arrival to campus, she sent the Carrols a thank you note, stating:
Maybe the truth is that I hated this place when I first started. It snows approximately seven months of the year, the wind never stops blowing, the temperature is frequently in negative double-digitsBUT, I now love it. I love the atmosphere; I love starting every class with a prayer; I love knowing that every Sunday I will see the guys I go to class with wearing white shirts and ties and honoring the Priesthood; I love seeing people reading their scriptures on campus; I love walking to class and having random strangers smile at me and say hi and strike up a conversation. I just love it!
The Krisers recently encouraged a student from Florida to take a detour to Rexburg while she and her mother were on a coast-to-coast trip to the state of Washington. They helped arrange a campus tour. She later visited several other college campuses in the East, but she was very disappointed in both the physical condition of the schools and the overall feeling. She couldn't help but contrast her visit to BYU-Idaho, where everything had been clean and beautiful and where she had felt a wonderful and inviting spirit. A desire to attend BYUI began to grow. She applied and was accepted. Megan is a now a sophomore. She has a job, works hard in her classes, participates in her ward, and loves student life. She cannot say enough about her positive experience at BYUI and how it has positively changed the course of her life.
The Krisers state, It has been very rewarding to watch certain individuals from our area transforming into disciple leaders and strengthening in faith and testimony through their experiences at BYU-Idaho. The quality of life and clear direction several of these individuals now have will carry on and multiply for generations to come.
Drew and Tamra Kriser are continuing the family tradition by encouraging their own children. Two daughters and one son are currently enrolled at BYU-Idaho. They also are still actively encouraging others to join the ambassador ranks, including another brother living in Utah.
We are very grateful for these three couples and all they do for BYU-Idaho and the Alumni Association. They are great ambassadors because they live and teach the mission and values of BYU-Idaho and the "Spirit of Ricks," blessing the lives alumni, parents, and students in their local communities.
If you would like more information about becoming a BYU-Idaho ambassador, please contact Steve Davis at email@example.com, or call toll free 1-800-537-2586.