News of Note
PRESIDENT HINCKLEY DEDICATES NEW ADMINISTRATION
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
(Adapted from LDS Church News article of
Sept. 11, 1999, by Dell Van Orden, Church News editor.)
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.
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.
OFFICE MOVES INTO KIMBALL BUILDING
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.
COUNCIL WELCOMES PERRINS'
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.
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.
Kay Bolland, payroll accountant for Accounting Services; Jeanne
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.
LARGEST CLASS GRADUATES
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
LAND SWAP BENEFITS RICKS
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.
SUMMER ENROLLMENT RECORD
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
FALL ENROLLMENT NEW HIGH
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.
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,
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.
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. MaxfiÞeld 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.
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.
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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