Alumni News




Regional Alumni chapters are being formed in Pocatello, Idaho; and West Jordan, Ogden, and Logan, Utah. "We hope to eventually have a regional chapter in every area where we have significant numbers of BYU-Idaho and Ricks College alumni," says Steve Davis, Alumni director. New members have also been added to the Alumni Executive Council. Regional Alumni directors and the Alumni Council play a critical role in keeping alumni in touch with BYU-Idaho and in preserving the Ricks legacy. (See list on page 3)

Chad V. '91 and Wendi Butler Erikson '91 represent Rexburg. He is from Rexburg, and she is from Enumclaw, Washington. After his mission to Charlotte, North Carolina, Chad served as the student body president at Ricks in 1990-1991. Chad is the vice president of Just Sports, which sells sports merchandise throughout the Pacific Northwest. Chad and Wendi were previously on the Seattle/Tacoma Regional Alumni Council. They have three sons.

Neil '64 and Lana Wakley Kunz '65 live in St. Anthony, Idaho. Neil is a native of Victor, Idaho, and served in the Switzerland Zurich Mission. A former stake president, he has a dental practice and is busy in the professional community. He was recently inducted into the International College of Dentists. Neil and Lana have eight children, seven of whom are Ricks alumni.

Bruce D. '79 and Deborah Gaume Nyborg '76 reside in Sugar City, Idaho. Bruce served in the Germany Munich Mission. While at Ricks, he played football and assisted with the college's sound systems. He is the owner of Agritech Corporation, a farm equipment company. Deborah is from Las Cruces, New Mexico. She teaches fourth grade in Sugar City. Bruce and Deborah are the parents of 11 children, including a recently adopted son.

Patrick '95 and Joy Mickelsen Toussaint '87 live in Blackfoot, Idaho. Patrick served a mission to Houston, Texas, and Joy served in Bangkok, Thailand. Patrick works as a financial planner for the World Financial Group. Joy teaches first grade in Blackfoot. Patrick and Joy are the parents of two daughters.


Brad '91 and Michelle Larsen Barrott '91 will represent Pocatello, Idaho. Brad is from St. Anthony, Idaho, and Michelle is from Renton, Washington. Brad served a mission to Sacramento, Calif. He is the owner of Big Dog Satellite in Pocatello, Idaho. They have two sons and a daughter.

John '93 and Michelle Moller Parker '95 represent West Jordan, Utah. John served in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission. He was the ASRC programs vice president in 1990-91. He currently teaches seminary at West Jordan High School. John and Michelle have two daughters. 

Kristine Shelley Thurgood '93 will represent the alumni of Cache Valley in northern Utah. Kris served as the Ricks student body president in 1992-1993, the only female student to hold that position since the 1940s. She and her twin sister Kim operate a home business, "I Love That Teaching Idea." Kris is married to Michael Thurgood, an international sales manager for Campbell Scientific. They have two daughters.

Bradley '83 and Linda Steiner Waddoups '83 will serve the Ogden, Utah, region. After his mission to Perth, Australia, Brad attended Ricks College, serving as student body president in 1982-1983. An MBA, he currently is a vice president and financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in Ogden. Linda is from Rexburg. They have two sons.


In recognition of a lifetime of service, two couples were presented with the Presidential Service award by President David A. Bednar:
Sterling and Eleanor Ricks Colton were honored recently at a luncheon held in Washington, D.C. Ellie is a granddaughter of Thomas E. Ricks. Sterling earned his law degree from Stanford Law School in California in 1953. He practiced law in Salt Lake City for ten years before beginning a 30-year career with Marriott Corporation in Washington, D.C. Upon his retirement, he presided over the Vancouver British Columbia Mission. He now serves as president of the Washington D.C. Temple with Ellie as matron. They have four children and 12 grandchildren.

Lee S. and Shirley Carlson live in Thornton, Colorado. Lee is a U.S. Army veteran. His career paths have led through farming, dairy and finally to real estate. He remains active in Carlson Associates, a firm he started in the 1970s. Lee and Shirley have seven children, 30 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Lee has been patriarch of the Denver North Colorado Stake for 27 years, and Shirley has been a volunteer with LDS Family Services for 28 years.


Two alumni couples were honored in September by the Emeritus Club for exemplary lives of service to their families, church, and community. 
Albon '39 and Mary Smith of Idaho Falls, Idaho, have ten children and 54 grandchildren. Albon has served as a missionary in East Germany, a stake high councilor, a bishop, and a stake mission president. A prior president of the Teton Peaks Council of the Boy Scouts of America, he has received the Silver Beaver Award. He has served in numerous civic organizations and the Ricks College Alumni Council. For 22 years he served the community as a Chevrolet dealer. Beginning at age 17, Mary's church service has been in all of the auxiliaries including serving as Young Women's and Relief Society president. Mary was honored for being a devoted homemaker, wife and mother.

Eldred and Margaret Stephenson were honored for a life of service. Eldred has been in two bishoprics, a stake clerk, a high councilor, and in other leadership and teaching positions. Eldred worked at Ricks for 41 years before retiring in 1978. His duties included registrar, treasurer, bookstore manager, head of the business department and executive assistant to the academic dean of the faculty. He served in the Navy and Army National Guard and was involved in civic organizations. His wife Margaret was posthumously honored for her exemplary life, her church service, and work in a medical office. They have two children and 15 grandchildren.


Distinguished emeritus service awards were presented by the Ricks College Alumni Association to and Richard C. '37 and Barbara Hegsted Rasmussen '36 of Battle Creek, Michigan, and William F. '56 and Velda Campbell Lye of Logan, Utah. 

The Rasmussens met at Ricks College in 1935. Barbara is from the Salem area. Richard is a native of the Rexburg area. He served for 40 years as a civil servant in the federal government with duties including director in adult education. He is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves. Barbara was a homemaker and served in many church positions. Married for 63 years, they have three daughters, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

William Lye is a native of British Columbia. He graduated from Utah State University in history and earned his master's at the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at Ricks and Utah State University. He provided humanitarian service to the people of Africa in Sudan and Lestho and served as chairman of the Cache Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Velda has been a homemaker and church worker. She has been involved in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and genealogy. Married for 47 years, they have five living children and ten grandchildren.


Each year the Alumni Association recognizes outstanding achievement within the growing number of Ricks alumni. Nominations are accepted from alumni worldwide with final selections made by the Alumni Council. (See nomination request form on p. 41.) Award recipients for 2001 are as follows:


Dale M. Johnson '81 has distinguished himself as an agricultural educator. He has traveled extensively organizing, conducting, and presenting workshops and seminars, including trips to Eastern Europe and former Soviet bloc nations. Dale graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University and has a master's degree from Cornell University. He and his wife LeAnn have six children. They live near Sharpsburg, Maryland.

Debra Bingham '78 is the clinical administration liaison nurse for maternal-child health at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. She previously worked for hospitals in Utah and was a research nurse clinician at Columbia University in New York. She has a master's degree in perinatal nursing from Columbia. She is married to Kent Hamilton. She has a son and four step-daughters.


Charlotte Corgatelli Arnold '64 was head cheerleader and ASRC vice president of support. She encouraged the pursuit of educational excellence as the principal of Shelley High School and in her current position as principal at Stuart Elementary both in Shelley, Idaho. She has served as a member of the Advisory Board for Counseling Education at Idaho State University, and in other district positions. She is the mother of two children and stepmother of two.


Dr. Thomas C. Timmreck '68 of San Bernardino, Calif., is the author of the first major reference book on health care administration, now in its third edition, and has published over 55 professional articles. Dr. Timmreck is a professor of public health and health administration at California State University where he has taught since 1985. He is married to the former Ellen Prusse. They have three children.


Gary Price '74 finds sculpture to be an escape and a salvation. Gary's works can be found throughout the United States. His lifelong interest in art was nurtured at Ricks, and three of his pieces were generously made available to Ricks College in 1996. He graduated in 1981 from the University of Utah with a fine arts degree. He was presented the Governor's Mansion Artist Award in Utah this past July. Gary and his wife Lanea Richards have three sons.


Doug '64 and Deanna Andrus '61 have contributed time, money, and his company's equipment to transport food and clothing to other states and as part of the overseas relief efforts. Doug Andrus Distributing has a fleet of 187 semis and 280 trailers covering most of the United States and three provinces in Canada.

Cindy Reeder-Fowers '90 is the 2001 inductee into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Cindy excelled in running the distances, winning the NJCAA title in the 1,500-meters in 4:50.70 in 1990. In 1988 and again in 1989, she led the Ricks College women's cross-country team to the school's first-ever national team titles. Cindy went on to compete at Weber State. She is married to Scott Fowers '90, a former discus thrower at Ricks. The couple live in Kaysville, Utah, with their three children.


Melanie Clark-Steer '98 was named Alumni Athlete of the Year for 2001. Melanie led her BYU women's cross country team to a second place at the women's cross country NCAA Championship last fall. She paced BYU with a 17th place finish for All-American honors. Her 3.91 GPA qualified her for academic honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Jared Lee '99 was named Alumni Athlete of the Year. Jared was one of 16 players nationwide honored last season as a National College Scholar Athlete. A starter on the BYU Cougar football team since the fifth game of his junior year, Jared maintained a 3.96 grade-point average as a history major. Jared played football at Ricks in 1995, served a mission to Italy, and returned in 1998 to receive All-American honors.


Richard Bird was honored as the recipient of the Exemplary Faculty of the Year Award by the Faculty Association. He has taught in the Art Department at Ricks for 30 years and also served as director of Graphic Services at Ricks for 23 years.

Three Ricks employees, who also happen to be Ricks College alumni, were given the Exemplary employee Award for outstanding service to students and employees: Scott Hendricks '72, lead custodian in Manwaring Center; Leta Erickson Bates '96, clerk for Stores and Receiving; and Michael Kunz '70, programming systems manager for Centralized Data Services.

RETIREES FOR 2000-2001

During the past academic year, 24 Ricks employees have retired, representing a total of 514 years of service--a significant contribution: Coleen B. Ashby, 27 years, personnel services; Linda Blaser, 13 years, financial aid; Moana Boyle, 13 years, English; Neal W. Christensen, 9 years, physical plant/vehicle operations; Joyce Covington, 22 years, accounting/payroll; JoAnn Crawford, 8 years, registrars; J. Don Dansie, 24 years, animal science; Royle Erickson, 5 years, housing custodial; Verna F. Hatch, 11 years, library; Boyd F. Holdaway, 30 years, biology; Steven Z. Lewis, 34 years, physical plant; Stephen B. Moser, 18 years, public relations; Nyna Moss, 21 years, custodial; Ronnie E. Moss, 37 years, communication systems; John W. Pace, 3 years, Hart Building; Alden R. Partridge, 35 years, math/CS; Diana L. Paskett, 18 years, bookstore; Donald J. Schiess, 33 years, physical education; Bobbie Simonsen, 20 years, physical plant; Golden Snell, 32 years, foreign language; Anthon H. Turley, 20 years, agronomy; Peter J. Valora, 30 years, geography; Edmund J. Williams, 37 years, geology; and Colleen H. Winn, 14 years, bookstore.


Women's Week is set for March 21-24. Experience a weekend of university life as you spend time with your student. For a full schedule and details, see the Web


By Dean M. Mortimer '74
President of BYU-Idaho/Ricks College Alumni Council 

Dear Alumni,

The BYU-Idaho/Ricks College Alumni Association continues the transition at an accelerated pace. A quick reflection of my time on the Alumni Council brings memories of change, expansion, and wonderful people. The involvement and participation of council members in on-campus and off-campus activities is exciting. During the past six months, we have been involved in President's Club, graduation, summer graduation, a trip with students to Washington, D.C., summer alumni retreat, homecoming and ground breaking for two new buildings to name a few. 

As changes at the university have been made, the Alumni Office has not been exempt. Devin Shaum, our past director has been named student activities director. Devin will be missed, and we thank him for his direction and dedication. Steven Davis, from the Development Office, has been appointed the new alumni director. Steve has really shown insight and enthusiasm and we are looking forward to working with him. 

The Alumni Council has been reorganized to provide expanded coverage and opportunity. We have set up committees to help with Summit Magazine, homecoming, graduation, development, awards, community relations, the Student Alumni Association, and lost alumni. We need volunteers to help with some of these committees. 

It is encouraging to watch Ricks College alumni who volunteer and actively help us spread the "Spirit of Ricks" throughout the nation. We want to continue to expand this spirit into other regional areas where there is sufficient interest. If you have alumni in your area and want to get involved, please call us and volunteer. We are particularly looking for volunteer regional directors in the following areas: Los Angeles, Denver, Portland and St. George.

During the past few months, we have been encouraged to re-examine our mission, statement of purpose, and benefits. May I restate our objectives:

Maintain and strengthen testimonies, standards 
and ethics of the LDS Church in our families and 
our communities.

Build and reinforce worthwhile bonds between 
BYU-Idaho and BYU-Idaho/Ricks College alumni.

Inform alumni of academic, cultural, social and 
spiritual opportunities provided by BYU-Idaho.

Inform alumni of the accomplishment of students 
and alumni.

Encourage continuing and stimulating contact 
between the alumni and BYU-Idaho.

Encourage alumni to voluntarily share their 
resources with BYU-Idaho to impact the future 
of young people, their families and the growth 
and stability of Heavenly Father's Kingdom. 

I hope that you enjoy this special edition of the Summit Magazine. We are committed to working for you, the outstanding alumni of Ricks College.

Dean Mortimer

Ricks College alumnus Steve Davis '84 has been named the new director of alumni relations. He replaces Devin Shaum, who recently was asked to serve as student activities director at the university. Steve will work closely with alumni, including the Alumni Association, Emeritus Club, homecomings, reunions, and various other activities.

Steve has worked at BYU-Idaho since 1986, first in the Admissions and Scholarships Office and most recently in the Development Office. He received the Exemplary Employee award at Ricks in 1995. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Utah State University in 1986 and a master's degree in education from Idaho State University in 1992. Steve is married to Cynthia Dorman '83. They are the parents of four children.



Chad & Wendi Erikson
Neil & Lana Kunz
Bruce & Deborah Nyborg
Patrick & Joy Toussaint
Brad & Michelle Barrot
John & Michelle Parker
Michael & Kristine Thurgood

Bradley & Linda Waddoups

Sterling & Eleanor Ricks Colton

Lee S. & Shirley Carlson

Albon & Mary Smith
Eldred Stevenson

Dean Mortimer '74

Steve Davis '84