Alumni News
 Alumni News   

Arlene Cannon

Joe Marsden

Mike and Wanda Poston

Peter and Laurie Webb
























Verna and Bill Egbert

Edna Stowell Taylor

Rulon Gardner

New council members introduced
Six additional members have been named to the Ricks College Alumni Council, bringing the total membership to 28. “We have continued to expand our council, most recently reaching out to Boise, within the state of Idaho, and in the Albuquerque area of New Mexico, in an attempt to provide a base of Ricks supporters in those areas,” says Devin Shaum, alumni director. “With the change from Ricks College to BYU-Idaho, we urge all alumni to get in touch with their closest council representative (complete listing found below) to discover what the future has in store for this school.”

Arlene Pieper Cannon (62) of Shelley, Idaho, grew up in Rigby, Idaho, and lived in Salt Lake City before moving to Shelley in the early 1970s. While at Ricks she was student body secretary, sang in the choir, performed with the Vikadettes and served in the Valkyries. She went on to graduated from BYU with a Master’s degree in Business Education. She and her husband, Peter, a urologist in Idaho Falls, Idaho, raised a family of seven children, six of them graduating from Ricks. They are the grandparents of nine.

Joe Marsden (75) of Boise, Idaho, was student body president at Ricks for the 1974-75 school year. He also served as president of Sigma Gamma Chi and was a vice president of the Idaho Student Government Association. He graduated from BYU in interpersonal communications and returned to Ricks as Director of Annual Giving and advisor to Student Development. He left Ricks in the early 1980s to join his family in the retail jewelry business. He is now involved in Marsden Brothers Promotions as a nationwide consultant to jewelry store owners. He is married to the former Sandy Tracy (72) and they have four children.

(74) and Wanda Phillips Poston (74) of Rigby, Idaho, met while attending the Ricks College First Ward. He is a native of California but grew up in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. She is from Rigby. Mike attended Utah State University and graduated in 1980 from the University of Idaho with a degree in accounting. He is a partner in the accounting firm of Poston, Denney and Killpack, PLLC, of Idaho Falls, and is active in professional accounting organizations. The couple has seven children. Three of their children, including a deceased daughter, have attended Ricks.

Peter (74) and Laurie Jeppson Webb (74) of Algodones, New Mexico, met after she threw snowballs at his dorm window. He was from New Mexico and she was from Littleton, Colo. They were married in 1977. Both graduated from BYU, Peter with degrees in family finance, estate planning and in family relations and Laurie in special education. Laurie also attended the Utah State Training School for two years. Peter is a financial officer for Financial Network Investment Corporation. They have six children, three of them former students at Ricks.

Touring groups are headed your way
A new Ricks performing group, Vocal Union, will tour with the stage band Sound Alliance for the first time this spring. The show is entitled “This Land, the Music and the Promise” and showcases the music of film and stage in a spirited presentation that will give tribute to America. Performances are scheduled for: 
April 30 in Butte, Mont.
May 1 in Glendive, Mont.
May 2 in Minot, N.D.
May 3 in Fargo, N.D.
May 4 in Anoka, Minn.
May 5-6 in Wausau, Wis.
May 7 in Three Lakes, Wis.
May 8 in Rochester, Minn.
May 9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
May 10 in Sioux City, S.D.
May 11 in Rapid City, S.D.
May 12-13 in Lovell, Wyo.

Extravadance, comprised of Ballroom Dance Company and Contemporary Dance Theatre, will perform in the following locations:

May 1 in St. George, Utah
May 2 in Cedar City, Utah
May 3 in Page, Ariz.
May 4 in Flagstaff, Ariz.
May 5-6 in Glendale, Ariz.
May 7 in Mesa, Ariz.
May 8-13 in Mexico
May 14 in Laredo, Texas
May 15 in San Antonio, Texas
May 16 in Abilene, Texas
May 18 in Pueblo, Colo.
May 19-20 in Grand Jct., Colo.
May 21 in Salt Lake City

Education week is June 6–9
With the theme “What is man that thou art mindful of him?” (Psalms 8:4), the fourth annual Ricks College Education Week will be held June 6-9, 2001. Some 300 classes by 60 presenters are scheduled. Devotional speakers will include Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, emeritus General Authority F. Enzio Busche, and Ricks College President David A. Bednar and his wife, Susan. Musical presenters will be Janice Kapp Perry, Marvin Goldstein, and Michael MacLean. A Passover commemoration will be staged on two nights.

A Becoming BYU–Idaho question and answer session will be held June 7 at 4:30 p.m. in MC West Ballroom.

For information on registration, housing and meals contact Ricks College Division of Continuing Education, Rexburg, ID 83460-8011; call us at (208) 356-2344; or email us at

Homecoming 2001 set for Sept. 20–22
Popular singer Gladys Knight will highlight the Homecoming 2001 Concert this year. She will perform Friday, Sept. 21. The opening acts will feature alumni performers with professional experience. Following the concert a pep rally will include a torch light parade and other commemorative events. A giant fireworks show is also planned.

Saturday, Sept. 22, will begin with the Emeritus Club breakfast honoring the Class of 1951 and all others who have graduated at least 50 years ago. The annual Homecoming Parade will travel through downtown Rexburg and the Viking football team takes on Eastern Arizona College for the final Homecoming football game at Ricks. 

A student talent showcase featuring individuals and groups will be presented 
Thursday, Sept. 20.

For more details on activities log on to by early September.

Emeritus Award Winners
The following were honored with the Distinguished Emeritus Service Award at the semi-annual Emeritus Club meeting in the fall of 2000: William “Bill” R. Egbert (50) and his wife, Verna, of Ogden, Utah, and Edna Stowell Taylor (33) of Rexburg.

Following his 33-year career in obstetrics and gynecology, and numerous years of volunteer work in Ogden, Bill and his wife served a humanitarian medical mission to Albania, a Church mission to Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and taught English in Spanish-speaking wards in Ogden. Edna Taylor is a granddaughter of Jacob Spori, the first principal of Bannock Stake Academy, the forerunner of Ricks College. After raising her family of six children, she was a high school librarian in St. Anthony, Idaho, for 14 years, and then took care of her mother, Elizabeth Spori Stowell, for 14 years until her death at age 102 in 1991.

Olympian Inducted into Hall of Fame
“I am honored to come back. This is home, and there is no other place I would rather come,” alumnus Rulon Gardner said as he was inducted into the Ricks College Athletic Hall of Fame in late January. The college acknowledged his distinction of garnering the highest honor ever achieved by a former Ricks athlete: Olympic gold!

At Ricks, Gardner and his wife Stacey attended a Viking wrestling match, met friends and students, was honored at a luncheon, and spoke at an assembly on campus.
Gardner wrestled at Ricks from 1989 to 1991 and won the national junior college heavyweight championship as a sophomore. Last fall at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Gardner won the gold medal in the heavyweight division of the Greco-Roman wrestling finals. “(The win) transformed Gardner into a national hero, elevating him into a whirlwind lifestyle of jet-setting and hobnobbing with the rich and famous,” according to a national syndicated news service article. Gardner, however, plans to continue to compete and is scheduled for the U.S. Greco Roman nationals in April and the World Championships in September. He plans to defend his gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.