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Spencer W. Kimball Student & Administrative Services Building

     The 12th president of the Church, "who taught the entire Church to lengthen its stride and quicken its pace," was honored Sept. 7 at Ricks College as a new building on campus that bears his name was dedicated.
The Spencer W. Kimball Student and Administrative Services Building was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley in services held in the larger open-area foyer of the new 70,000-square foot building.
"I know of no man more deserving of this honor than Spencer W. Kimball," President Hinckley said in remarks prior to offering the dedicatory prayer. "He was a man I loved, a man I respected, a man I honored."

President Kimball served as president of the Church for 12 years, from 1973 to 1985, after serving in the Quorum of the Twelve since 1943.

About 800 invited guests, including dignitaries, faculty, staff and a number of randomly selected students, attended the dedication. The proceedings were transmitted by closed-circuit television to four other buildings. A total of 6,250 viewed the proceedings in the other locations on campus.
During the services, a portrait of President Kimball by Ricks alumnus and artist Gregg Thorkelson (91) of St. Anthony, Idaho, was unveiled by two of President Kimball's sons, Edward and Andrew. Following the services the portrait was hung, centered between four notable statements of President Kimball, on the second floor of the building at the top of the south stairway. The area eventually will include glass showcases with memorabilia about President Kimball's life and ministry.
President Hinckley also spoke at a devotional on campus. Accompanying him to Ricks College was Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve, who also spoke at both services.
An open house for Rexburg residents was held later in the day.
The campus' newest building was completed early this summer and has been opened since June. It houses student services such as admissions, registration, housing, financial aid, counseling, advising, and employment and placement. It also houses other administrative services including accounting, personnel services, public relations, development, computer information services, campus police, cashiers and executive offices.
In July 1997, ground was broken for the building. It was designed by FFKR, a Salt Lake architectural firm that also designed the Taylor Building on campus, as well as the BYU Jerusalem Center. While the exterior of the Kimball building is of traditional brick that blends in with the rest of the campus, the interior is highlighted by a skylight that permits natural light to permeate the structure.

      (Adapted from LDS Church News article of Sept. 11, 1999, by Dell Van Orden, Church News editor.)


To Art Rascon  (81) of Houston, Texas, on the publication of his book "On Assignment: The Stories behind the Stories"  by Covenant Books. As an award-winning television reporter (see Honorees  section in this magazine) Rascon "compiled over two dozen incredible stories of faith and inspiration -- the real stories behind the stories on the news," according to the book jacket. Included in the stories are two concerning Ricks College. In the first he relates returning to Ricks as a Major Forum speaker and meeting again with Kay Wilkins, his former communications instructor. In the second story Rascon talks about his days as a student at the college and his relationship with a roommate. Both stories reflect the influence Ricks College had, and still has, on Rascon.

To Raymond A. Bingham  (66), sales representative for Summit magazine in Salt Lake City on acquiring a Master's degree in business administration from The University of Phoenix, Utah campus, in May.


The Alumni Office moved into the new Spencer W. Kimball Student and Administrative Services Building this summer. It is easily accessible with a large parking lot located immediately east of the building. (Visitor parking is provided.) Upon entering the building through the northeast door, the Alumni office is located in room 220 in the northeast corner of the building on the second floor. The phone number has remained the same. (208-356-2234, or toll-free at 1-800-lds-alum) The new address is Alumni Office, Ricks College, Kimball 220, Rexburg, Idaho, 83460-1656.


The Perrins' of Moses Lake, Wash., are the latest to be named members of the Ricks College Alumni Council. They have replaced L. Dennis (53) and Donna Roylance Killian (60) of Othello, Wash., who have served with great distinction since 1996.

Glenn Perrins (65) and his wife, the former Katherine Jensen (64), are avid Ricks College supporters. They met at Ricks and married at BYU after both had served missions. All five of their grown children have attended Ricks. Two other children still live at home. Glenn is senior accountant for Grant County Public Utility and works in Ephrata, Wash.

      Kathy, as she is known, was on the Rixida staff at Ricks, served a Church mission to Scotland and graduated from BYU with a degree in housing and home management. Glenn came to Ricks on a track scholarship and won the league title in the 220-meters. He was sophomore class president, played in the Symphonic Band and was a Program Bureau member, performing with others as The New Galenders. He served a mission in California and Arizona and graduated with a degree in accounting from BYU.


Ina Kay Bolland, payroll accountant for Accounting Services; Jeanne Reinwand, secretary for the English department; and Ron Martin, executive director of Information Services, were honored as Exemplary Employees in late March. The college twice yearly honors employees who are exemplary in their service and conduct.


Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve presided over 2,924 graduates receiving 3,051 degrees at the college's 110th commencement in late April. The number of graduates topped the 1998 class by 50 students. An additional 632 degrees, also a new record, were awarded at summer graduation, bringing the total number of degrees to 3,683, an increase of 105.


The college has swapped 59 acres of undeveloped ranch land in extreme northwestern Wyoming, located just south of Yellowstone National Park, for 46 acres owned by the U.S. Forest Service in Island Park, Idaho. The college, which acquired the prime grizzly habitat known as Squirrel Meadows as a donation in the mid-80s, will sell the cabin sites located on the newly-acquired Forest Service land to families who previously leased them. Proceeds will go into the college's unrestricted funds to be used at the Island Park Natural Science Center and other priorities.


Overall summer enrollment this year increased by 408 students from last year with the Third Term showing the largest increase with 356 students. Enrollment for the First Term was 2,236, up 66 students. The Second Term was down 14 students with 1,974 enrolled. Some 2,592 enrolled for Third Term. College officials eventually hope to boost enrollment to about 3,000 students per term.


The number of students enrolled at Ricks College reached 8,628 this fall, an increase of 87 from last year. The college is operating under a new enrollment limit of approximately 8,600 students. 
Attending this fall semester are 2,517 new students. Some 646 returned after an absence due to missions, etc. Some 47 foreign countries represent the 235 international students attending. Idaho with 2,809 and Utah with 1,358 continue to lead the home states of students attending.


The college's forensics team won first place at the national championship tourney in Milwaukee, Wis., in April, with 77 schools and over 400 students competing. Ricks was represented by Hillary Clemens of San Angelo and Matthew Powers of El Paso, both in Texas; and by Jeremy and Emily Ladle, Jason Peterson and Roger Cheney, all of Rexburg. 

      The college's women's clogging team was the grand champion for its age division at the Western Clogging Nationals held at Lagoon in Utah in mid-May. Their award-winning routines were choreographed by Melissa Handy, the then reigning Miss Ricks from Burley, Idaho. 

      Ricks College Food Service placed third nationally in Catering Standard Menu for small schools at the National Association of College and University Food Services convention in Baltimore, Md., in early July. 

      Larry Wickham (68), assistant director of Continuing Education at the college, is the president-elect of the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association. The association has over 600 members in eight western states. He has been secretary, treasurer and board member for MPAEA.


Jim Clark, production manager at KBYU in Provo, Utah, is the new station manager of KRIC-FM, the college's 100,000-watt public radio station. Clark replaces LaMar Barrus, who has retired. Clark began his radio career in 1985 at KUSU, a classical music station at Utah State University prior to joining KBYU as operations supervisor a year later. Clark is well known for his recording duties with the Utah Symphony.

      Bruce Hobbs, director of Purchasing at Ricks College for the past five years, is the new director of Public Relations at the college. He replaces Ken Howell, who retired after 33 years of service, including 21 years in public relations. Hobbs has been in purchasing with the lds Church for 20 years, working mostly at BYU. He is a graduate of BYU with a Master's degree in American Studies.

      Bob Maxfield, director of the student placement center, will also supervise the student employment office following the retirement of Jack Clarke. Maxfi├×eld has been director of the Placement Center since 1988. Clarke had supervised the student employment office since 1990. Both offices, previously located in the Manwaring Center, are now in the Kimball Student and Administrative Services Building.


Ruth Edstrom, age 64, of Rexburg, a custodial secretary and former teller at the college's Cashier's office, died July 15, 1999, of cancer. She is survived by her husband, Vernon, manager of the college's bowling lanes.

Lois Holdaway, age 60, of Rexburg, a temporary worker in the college's student employment office, died Aug. 14, 1999, of a stroke. She is survived by her husband, Boyd, a biology instructor at Ricks since 1971.


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