News of Note


   News of Note


Stephen B. Moserer


Brady Kay Howell

Brady Kay Howell


On August 10, 2001, Ricks College officially became Brigham Young University-Idaho. The change touches everything from academic programs to business cards and highway signs. Upper level classes were added to the fall curriculum; 39 new instructors were hired to fill the new needs and vacancies due to retirement. Public radio station KRIC became KBYI-FM. The Web site is now  A new telephone prefix of 496 was assign-ed to the university (e.g. 208-356-1150 is now 208 496-1150). 


The combined enrollment for the last three summer terms as Ricks College was 7,826 compared to 7,685 in 2000.  

A record 9,200 students enrolled for fall semester at BYU-Idaho as upper-division courses begin. The biggest shift in demographics is in married students: 1,056 nearly doubles last year's 546. Enrolled are 1,654 students classified as juniors or seniors. The number of returned missionaries is up 22 per cent, and the number of transfer students has also increased. 


Elder Russell M. Nelson advised the April graduates to show their love of the Lord Jesus Christ through the language they use and the way they live: "As you cultivate qualities of kindness, courtesy, and respect for others, your life's work will be more fulfilling than if you were to pursue goals strictly with an eye single to your own glory."  Summer graduates in June had a surprise visit from Thomas E. Ricks. In character ably portrayed by Brent Kinghorn, Ricks seemed pleased as he pondered on the century of change and development. (For complete text of both graduation messages, please, visit the Web at


Elder Henry B. Eyring presided over the ground-breaking ceremonies for the new Jacob Spori Building held on May 29. Preliminary excavation was done by Edstrom Construction, Inc. of Rexburg. FFKR has designed the new structure, which is reminiscent in design to its predecessor. Construction is underway by Layton Construction of Sandy, Utah.


Community Services Vice President Brent Kinghorn was called to serve as president of the Albania Tirana Mission. He is taking a three-year leave of absence from his 34 years of working at Ricks College.

President's Council was realigned in-including refocusing the community service area to that of advancement. The vice president of advancement overseeing communications and events is Garth Hall, who also continues as director of athletics.


Five faculty members were presented the Brigham Young University-Idaho Distinguished Teaching Awards for their exemplary professionalism, loyalty, and teaching: Gordon Black, Department of Electronics Engineering and Technology; Glenn Embree, Department of Geology; James Gordon, Department of Family Sciences; Eugene Thompson, Department of History; and Alden Partridge, Department of Math and Computer Sciences.


Student performers share talents and the "Spirit of Ricks." The Theatre Department delighted elementary audiences with two weeks of "Folklore Revival." The Sacred Music Series traveled to Washington, D.C., for presentation of "The Passion and the Promise of our Lord Jesus Christ," a commissioned work by Daniel Gawthrop. Extravadance traveled to the southwestern United States and into Mexico. Collegiate Singers and Sound Alliance joined strengths for a tour through the midwestern states. American Folk Dancers and Bluegrass Band traveled to Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary. Wherever they perform, audiences are uplifted. As one observer noted in Washington, D.C., after watching an inspired performance, "They give me hope."


In June talks given at Education Week in Rexburg were carried to a national audience via BYU Television on Dish Network, DirecTV, and regional cable carriers. The broadcasts were also carried on KBYU-TV throughout Utah and Southern Idaho. Programming for KBYU-TV will continue to include BYU-Idaho devotionals and other programs of special interest as their schedule permits.


 25-foot header, the basic blade attachment that allows the combine to cut grain. The combine is capable of cutting within an hour what previously required a full day. "The best part is that more students are getting time in the operator seat and gaining real experience," says Blake Willis, instructor. Partial freight costs were donated by Warren Trucking out of Waterloo, Iowa, and Andrus Distributing of Idaho Falls.


BYU-Idaho is taking two steps to becoming more environmentally friendly. The smokestack on the heating plant is scheduled to come down in October. The decision was made not to renew the Bureau of Land Management lease for re-painting of the "R" on the Menan Buttes. University officials will work with the BLM to begin the process of restoring the site, which has been leased since 1962.


An organ originally owned by Rexburg founder Thomas E. Ricks was found at a local antique shop. Art teachers Gerald Griffin and Matthew Geddes recognized its value and arranged for the purchase of the instrument which is now on display in the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts.


Stephen B. Moser

Expressions of appreciation are extended to Steve Moser, who re-tired from his position as assistant director of public relations at BYU-Idaho in August. One of his hallmarks was the creation and continued success of the Summit Magazine. 
Co-founding editor, Melinda Rock Colton '82, worked closely with Steve when the magazine was created as part of the college's centennial celebration in 1988. For her it was one of many learning experiences she had during the ten years of working with Steve. She explains, "He is the person who taught me the most about leadership, organization and communication. Steve is a talented storyteller. He makes anyone's story come to life on the written page. I believe this has been his strongest asset to Summit Magazine. It's that passion that took the magazine to what it is today. The magazine has experienced tremendous change over the years--it started as a black-and-white newsletter printed at the local newspaper on newsprint. I remember standing with Steve in the back shop of the Standard-Journal doing the paste-ups and final proofing. As technology advanced and as our alumni base continued to grow, a four-color magazine was born. It was a huge leap, but one Steve set the stage for years in advance."
Stephen B. Moser was born in Leipzig, East Germany. His childhood memories are filled with bomb raids and the horrors of war as Allied Forces attacked his homeland in a fight for freedom. In 1949 at the age of 11, he escaped from East Germany and made his way to the United States with his adoptive mother in 1952. 
He graduated from Sheridan College and received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Denver. Steve became involved in the movie theater industry until 1983, when he began working for Ricks College as the sports information director and coordinator of press relations. 
A natural organizer and gifted writer, Steve became the keeper of records. His collection contains a great wealth of information on buildings, speakers, entertainment series, and performances. He is the author of 100 years of Sports at Ricks College, published in 1988, and the originating editor for Remembering the Spori, a commemorative book currently in publication.
Steve married Marjean Sommers in 1960. They are the parents of three children and have six grandchildren. Upon retirement from BYU-IDAHO, Steve and Marjean moved to Boise where he continues to be a free-lance author.

The terrorist attack on September 11 sent shock waves around the world. The BYU-Idaho campus and Ricks College alumni were not exempt. Tribute is made to one as we also pay honor to the thousands of other victims and their families. 

Brady Kay Howell

Ricks College alumnus Brady Howell '97 was posthumously presented the Superior Civilian Service Medal, the civilian equivalent of the purple heart, from the Chief of Naval Operations.
Brady was goal oriented and enthused about his internship with Naval Intelligence. It fulfilled a childhood dream. At age nine he had written a letter to the President of the United States offering his service: "My friend and I are detectives, and we will try to come any time you need us." 
His promising future was caught in the path of the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Initially listed as missing, positive identification came on September 17. Even in death, Brady has touched countless lives. Hundreds attended both the memorial service in Arlington, Virginia, and funeral services in his hometown of Sugar City, Idaho. 
Brady, age 26, was the son of Kenneth and Jeanette Howell. He served a mission to the Canary Islands. He married "Liz" Anderson '97 in the Bountiful Temple while both were attending Ricks College. After graduating from Ricks College, Brady received his bachelor's in political science from Utah State University and his master's in public administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
At the Sugar City service, Governor Dirk Kempthorne praised Brady and his family for high values. Elder F. Melvin Hammond extended condolences from the First Presidency. Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, Tish Long, read the Navy's citation: 

"...Mr. Brady Howell became the first PMI [Presidential Management Intern] assigned to Director of          Naval Intelligence Staff where he first worked on the DNI's Executive Board, which sets strategy and policy for the entire Naval Intelligence community. Most recently, he began training as a watch officer for the CNO Intelligence Plot--a position normally reserved for only the most qualified and promising intelligence officers. As an IP watch officer, Mr. Howell provided daily briefings to the Chief of Naval Operations, Secretary of the Navy, and other senior military and civilian decision makers. By his distinctive contributions and inspiring dedication to duty, Mr. Brady Howell reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." 
After the Arlington service, classmates and acquaintances gathered to eat and reminisce. Conversation centered around Brady. "As the evening progressed one of the classmates proposed a toast to him, and someone suggested a proper way to honor Brady should include recognition of things important to him," shares his father. "They were fully aware that Brady didn't drink. Although peculiar to them, they respected him for his commitment and integrity. Knowing what was acceptable to him personally, they pushed aside their beverages and drank to his honor and memory from goblets filled with ice water."