The Spirit of Ricks

The "Spirit of Ricks" at BYU-Idaho
(The history, mission, and values of BYU-Idaho)


Quick Link: The Spirit of Ricks Training Packet (6 Page PDF Booklet)
Quick Link: The Spirit of Ricks Training Manual (188 Page PDF Manual) 

Basic Principles
About BYU-Idaho
BYU-Idaho Mission Statement
BYU-Idaho Honor Code Statement for Employees
BYU-Idaho Learning Model
7 Guiding Principles for BYU-Idaho 
Three Great Imperatives for BYU-Idaho 
Principles of Personal Honor for BYU-Idaho
The Spirit of Ricks (Training Manual) (PDF Document)
BYU-Idaho Magazine (includes documents and video clips)
Every Employee a Teacher

Key Addresses
President Kim B. Clark (Building Zion Together - September 2009)
President Kim B. Clark (The Spirit of Ricks - September 2007)

President Kim B. Clark (Realizing the Mission of BYU-Idaho: Developing Disciple Leaders (May 2007)
President Kim B. Clark (Inaugural Response - October 2005)
Elder David A. Bednar (Thomas E. Ricks Building Dedication - February 2005)
Elder David A. Bednar (BYU-Idaho: A Disciple Preparation Center - August 2004)
Michael Orme (Vision, Faith, and Work: From Wagonbox to University - January 2004)
Elder Henry B. Eyring (A Steady, Upward Course - September 2001)

Video Clips
Welcome from President Clark
The Spirit of Ricks
BYU-Idaho: An Inspired Place
Preparing Disciple Leaders

Seeking Learning by Study and Faith
The Wagonbox Prophecy
BYU-Idaho YouTube page
A Steady Upward Course 

Historical Photos and Texts
Historical Pictures of BYU-Idaho 
Photos from BYU-Idaho Special Collections 
   (See also: http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/Photographs/photographs.htm)
The Spirit of Ricks (Historical Text) 
Teton Dam Flood of 1976 (PDF Document)
Article about "Ricks College" from May 1971 Ensign

Quotes from Past/Current Presidents

  • "The seeds we are planting today will grow and become mighty oaks, and their branches will run all over the earth." (Jacob Spori)
  • "This school will yet grow and surprise the world with its great men and women, because it was conceived in righteousness and dedicated to the service of God." (Douglas M. Todd)
  • "[BYU-Idaho] was founded upon the firm belief there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people." (John L. Clarke)
  • "This is a special [university] - there's not another one like it. The people you meet and the spirit you feel here will be one of your greatest treasures." (Steven D. Bennion)
  • "Having begun my service as president of [BYU-Idaho] in July 1997, I quickly recognized the uniqueness of this great institution. I have a strong desire to preserve and enhance the 'spirit of Ricks.' " (David A. Bednar)
  • "This is a school full of people united in their commitment to the Lord, striving to do His will, humble and teachable, willing to consecrate of their time and their talents in His work." (Kim B. Clark)