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Hal & Marilyn Hunter

Robert & Patricia Pedersen

Wallace & Carol Belnap

Ardell & Sue Curtis

Scott & Alicia Howlett

Randy & Charlotte Garn

Daniel & Janet Huckstep

Lyndon & Elizabeth Ricks

Val Carpenter

Jessica Blake

Robyn Mecham

Alumni Council members share ideas for serving alumni

Alumni Relations Team Expands
Val Carpenter ’72 is the new Alumni Relations Officer. He will be working with several Regional Alumni Chapters and generation programs, including the Emeritus Club and the Student Alumni Association. Val attended Ricks College in the early 70s and later completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU. He has worked for over five years in the Ricks Athletic Department and taught in the Physical Education Department for the last two years. Val and his wife Mary ’69 have four children and four grandchildren.

Alumna Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame
Robyn Stewart Mecham ’90 has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. While she was playing as a freshman, the Lady Vikings won 21 straight volleyball matches, a school record. The team finished first in Region 18 and 11th at Nationals, and Robyn received icac Honorable Mention. She was a leader in 1989-90 as the team won a school record 49 games against only ten losses. Ricks repeated as Region 18 champions and placed 7th at Nationals. Robyn was named njcaa First Team All-American. She went on to compete at Idaho State University and earned a degree in secondary education. Robyn is married to Keith Mecham ’90. They live in Brigham City, Utah, with their four children.

Lady Viking Named Alumni Athlete of the Year
Basketball standout Jessica Blake ’00 has been named the Alumni Athlete of the Year. She earned All-Conference honors as a Ricks sophomore in 2000 and was named to the njcaa All-Tournament Team. She then became a starter at Montana State University. In her senior season, she led the Lady Bobcats to a league record and the Big Sky Championship. She was the leading scorer in the Big Sky Conference, a unanimous selection to the Big Sky All-Conference Team and was named Conference Most Valuable Player. A psychology major, she was also named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-American Women’s Basketball All-District vii Second Team.

Alumni Council Members Join with BYU
Many members of the BYU–Idaho/Ricks College Alumni Council, including regional alumni directors, were guests of the BYU Alumni Association this fall for training. For nearly three days, council members mingled with associates from BYU and BYU–Hawaii at Aspen Grove, where ideas were shared on how to better serve alumni. Special instruction was provided by President Merrill J. Bateman and Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Commissioner of Church Education. The opportunity to join with BYU and BYU–Hawaii for their annual fall conference was beneficial and appreciated.

Sacred Music Premiers with Upcoming Tour
BYU–Idaho announces the 2003 spring tour of the Sacred Music Series. Some 150 musicians will travel to Utah, Arizona, and Nevada to expand the opportunities for alumni and friends to attend premier performances of Laurence Lyon’s commissioned work Visions of Light and Truth.
   The oratorio will first be given as a multi-stake fireside in the BYU–Idaho Hart Auditorium on Mar. 9. Musical groups involved will include the BYU–Idaho Symphony Orchestra, the BYU–Idaho Collegiate Singers, and the BYU–Idaho Men’s and Women’s Choirs.
   Tour sites include Gammage Concert Hall at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., on Mar. 11; the Cashman Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., on Mar. 12; DeJong Concert Hall at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on Mar. 13; Austad Auditorium at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, on Mar. 14; and the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Mar. 15. Additional performances/recording sessions will be in Rexburg on Mar. 20 and 21 in the Barrus Concert Hall.
   For updates and ticket information, visit the Web site BYU–Idaho commissions, performs, and records the biennial series, thus adding to the library of major Latter-day Saint religious music. Funding for the Sacred Music Series comes from private donations with generous support from the Endowment for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Snow Society.

Dear Alumni:

As I recently drove to a meeting at BYU–Idaho, I mentally noted changes that have taken place in the five years I have served on the Alumni Council. The Taylor Building was added first, then the Kimball Building. The road in front of the Manwaring Center has been replaced by a beautifully landscaped quad. The Gordon B. Hinckley Building is finished, and the new Spori Building is taking shape. This year brings extensive remodeling to the Kirkham, Austin, and Benson Buildings.
   These are the physical changes, but there are other changes too. It has taken awhile to get used to saying BYU–Idaho, and some may still mourn the loss of athletics. The students have adapted and embraced the new programs. The Activities Program is involving every student in a variety of activities. The sidewalks are filled with happy, courteous students. On Tuesday (Devotional day) they are dressed in Sunday clothes, carrying their scriptures. It is a wonderful sight. The campus is being utilized year round and many more students are able to attend. If you haven’t visited campus recently, consider doing so this year.
   You may be a graduate of one year or 50 plus years; you may live next door to the campus or thousands of miles away—no matter, stay involved. This would include:

  • Keep us informed of your whereabouts and what you are doing. When you move, send the Alumni Office a change of address. Be involved in your area chapter.
  • Nominate outstanding alumni you know. Each year selected nominees are invited to campus, visit classes, and often teach students. Find information and forms online at or call 800-537-2586.
  • Share your resources. Giving a little makes a big difference. It is not so much the amount, but the attitude of "I have been given much, now how can I give back?"
  • Be an alumni mentor in an exciting new program. It will be a great help for students to communicate with experienced alumni in their major field. If you are willing to participate, return the form below.

"Happy ties can ne’er be broken, formed by you and me.
Far surpassing wealth unspoken they’ll forever be....
When these fleeting days are over, and our ways shall part,
Still by thee we’ll be united, still be one in heart."

This song, written in 1906 as the "Academy Song," still pulls us together as we move forward with faith in support of BYU–Idaho. I am grateful to be serving as alumni president and give many thanks to those serving on the council and especially to past president Dean Mortimer.
   The blessings of our Heavenly Father are evidenced everywhere at BYU–Idaho as President Bednar, faculty, staff, and students move forward with faith. As you read President Hinckley’s commencement address and other articles in this issue of Summit Magazine, we hope the inspiration to move forward with faith will be impressed upon each of you.

Your fellow alumnus,

Elizabeth Crandall
Alumni Council President