Where We've Been

Where We've Been

Together Again ~ Like the First Time
As part of Education Week 2002, the Alumni Association sponsored an activity for couples who first met at Ricks College. Over 60 couples returned to campus from all over the country. Alumni enjoyed a semi-formal dinner, pictures and live dance music provided by Swingset, a faculty jazz ensemble. The response was overwhelming. Mark your calendars for our second annual Together Again ~ Like the First Time to be held June 28, 2003, once again in conjunction with Education Week.

First Annual Alumni and Friends Lagoon Day
July 27, 2002, was the first time the BYU–Idaho/Ricks Alumni Association banners flew outside Lagoon Park in Farmington, Utah. Nearly 400 alumni and friends joined together for a day of fun, sun, a chance at some Ricks College and BYU–Idaho door prizes, and a free lunch provided by the BYU–Idaho Development Office. The next annual Lagoon Day will be on July 26, 2003. Let’s see if we can’t have 1,000 alumni join for this event!

Alumni and Friends Travel Club
This past summer saw the start of the new Alumni and Friends Travel Club. Their first trip, hosted by religion instructor Brother Roy Huff, was the first in an annual series that will take alumni to Europe and the British Isles in 2003; Meso- America in 2004; and to Greece, Italy, Turkey, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland for the Life of Paul/Reformation Tour in 2005. This year twenty-five alumni spent nearly two weeks visiting all major church history sites, including the newly dedicated Nauvoo Temple and the Palmyra Temple. Along the way, travelers made stops in Branson, Missouri; rode the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls; visited Gettysburg; and enjoyed an authentic Amish meal. For more information on future alumni travel plans, including a detailed description of our Alumni and Friends Church History Tour to the British Isles, France, Belgium and Holland (May 21 to June 6, 2003), please visit www.byui.edu/alumni.

Alaska Inside Passage
A little rain and a lot of clouds did not dampen the spirits of the thirty-six alumni and friends who traveled to Alaska for seven days in August. With visits to Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, and the Hubbard Glacier, the travelers saw the best that Alaska has to offer. Highlights of the tour included visiting a native village in Ketchikan, chartered fishing in Juneau, up-close-and-personal whale watching in Sitka, and witnessing huge pieces of the Hubbard Glacier fall into the Yukutat Bay. The Alumni and Friends Travel Club is planning a similar tour in 2003, probably to someplace warmer. Please visit your alumni Web page at www.byui.edu/alumni as details will be made available in the near future.

Student Send-offs
Several of the Regional Alumni Chapters held going away parties for new and returning BYU–Idaho students. The activities ranged from a backyard picnic and pool party in Moses Lake, Wash., root beer floats and games in Sacramento, Calif., to a morningside breakfast in Logan, Utah. Many parents joined with their students as college and alumni representatives answered questions about BYU–Idaho and Rexburg.