News of Note
 News of Note   








Enrollment Continues Climb
Some 8,955 students enrolled for winter semester. The figure is 115 higher than a year ago and represents an increase of six students above the fall of 2000 enrollment. 
Some 626 new students and 655 married students are included in the enrollment figure with 528 returning after an absence of one or more semesters. All in all, 2,884 attending are returned missionaries. The female to male ratio is 56% to 44%. 

Exemplary Employees
Cornell Davidson (71), an employee of the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning shop and at Ricks since 1981; Susan Call Thurman (67), a secretary in the home economics department since 1986; and George Cromwell (79), a software analyst for Information Technology and at Ricks since 1985, were honored as Exemplary Employees. 

Planetarium Gets Makeover
The Ricks College planetarium reopened in October following a six month renovation program. Nearly $100,000 was spent to upgrade and computerize the program along with a new video projector. With the new system, programs flow more smoothly and contain added special effects. Physics faculty member Brian Tonks took a sabbatical leave to complete the new program.

kric, Graphic Services
in New Home

Construction was completed in October on a new 4,225 square foot building located east of the Kimball Building parking lot on Viking Drive. Known as the Radio and Graphic Services Building (rgs), it houses the studios of kric-fm, the college-owned National Public Radio (npr) station, kwbh-fm, a laboratory-type radio station for communications majors, and Graphic Services, the college’s design center for publications, brochures and logos. The building was designed by Rulon Nielsen, an architect on the Physical Plant staff.

Library Expands and Remodels
The east wing of the David O. McKay Library, formerly known as the Administration Building, was completely renovated and has boosted library seating by almost 500. Group study rooms increased from four to about 20. Additional computer access has also been provided.

All three floors of the main library building have also been renovated, providing a large computer lab and educational media center on the third floor. Renovation of the first and second floor were completed several months ahead of schedule.

Honor Roll Ups Requirements
The Ricks College Academic Council has increased requirements for Honor Roll recognition from a 3.5 gpa to a 3.7 gpa. With the previous criteria, about 3,000 students were on the Honor Roll. “We thought it was a pretty high percentage of students. The honor roll ought to carry a little more significance. To do that, we had to increase the requirements,” said Jim Gee, assistant academic vice president for Support Services. The increase will drop approximately half, or about 1,500 students, from the Honor Roll.

Honors, Achievements
Music faculty member Darwin Wolford’s arrangement of Evan Stephen’s “Hosannah Anthem” is being sung at temple dedications throughout the Church. “I wrote it back in 1983 or 1984 for the dedication of the Tokyo Temple and then for the Seattle Temple dedication,” Wolford says. As temple building in the Church increased, the anthem has been sung at some 40 to 50 dedications and rededications, Wolford estimates.

Retired physical education instructor and wrestling coach Wes Christensen (1966 to 1995) was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Idaho Chapter, last year. Christensen started the high school wrestling program at North Fremont High School in Idaho. At Ricks his teams won 14 conference championships and placed in the top ten nationally five times.

Ricks Choir Sings at Conference
A combined choir performed March 31 during the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. The 347-voice choir was directed by Randall Kempton and Eda Ashby of the Ricks music faculty. The choir sang five hymns.

In Memoriam
Kelly Hymas (92), age 42, died November 22, 2000, at a hospital in Idaho Falls from an extended illness. He was the college’s registrar at the time of his death. He was appointed to the position in 1997. At Ricks since 1986, he was manager of student record systems for ten years.

Herbert H. Frost, age 84, died February 15, 2001, of heart complications in Orem, Utah. He was a member of the Ricks College biology department faculty in the 1940s and 1950s. He is survived by his widow, Elinor Critchlow. (Submitted by his daughter, Joanne Frost Christensen.)