Alumni News



Troy Shippen

Dr. Jay Slaughter

Rebecca Rasmussen

Thomas and Bonny Moss

Sue Anderson

David Thueson

Kevin Calderwood

Dr. Terry & Sharon Jeppson

Robert & Kay Metters

Alumni Award Winners
Each year the Alumni Association recognizes outstanding achievement within the growing number of Ricks College/BYU-Idaho alumni. Nominations are accepted from alumni worldwide with final selections made by the Alumni Council. Award recipients for 2002 are as follows:

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
Outstanding football and track athlete, Troy Shippen '88 now inspires others in the pursuit of excellence as a teacher and head football coach at Rigby High School. In 1988, he was awarded honorable mention for football by the njcaa, was ranked as one of the top six athletes for track, and was an Academic All American. Troy served in the Japan Tokyo North Mission. He received a bachelor's degree in health education and a master's degree in physical education/athletic administration from Idaho State University. He married Janet Browning '86. They live in Menan, Idaho, with their six children.

Eliza R. Snow Award for the Performing & Fine Arts
From 1950-1968, Dr. Jay Slaughter taught music at Ricks College. He developed the credited symphony program, full operas, summer music camps, and marching bands. After a brief enrollment at Idaho State University, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and spent four years in the Navy band. In 1946 he returned to ISU and earned a degree in music education. He earned a master's degree in music from the University of Utah and a doctorate of music education at Indiana University. From 1956-1964, he headed the Ricks Music Department. His last few years at Ricks were in recruitment, publications, retention, and registration. Diverse in interests, he coached ski classes for 21 years and helped develop Grand Targhee Resort. Jay and his wife Charlene have four children. The Slaughters live in Island Park, Idaho.

Distinguished Alumni Award for Humanitarian Service
Rebecca Waite Rasmussen '74 was honored for her humanitarian service as the executive director and founder of Mothers for the Children of Russia. Rebecca heard stories about a great need of the Russian children and went to work. mcr is a non-profit humanitarian organization that works with ten orphanages in seven Russian cities to promote hope and self-reliance by providing resources to improve the health, welfare, and education of children. Rebecca currently lives in Hyde Park, Utah, where she serves in her ward as a gospel doctrine teacher. She is the mother of six children and has two grandchildren.

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Accomplishments
Once self-described as shy and intimidated, Thomas Moss '60 now has a distinguished career as the U.S. Attorney for the State of Idaho. Tom feels his mission to Japan serving in the Northern Far East Mission was a time of profound change. After returning and enrolling at Ricks College, he courageously asked one of the cheerleaders to a Kingston Trio concert. Bonny Hall '61 accepted and sixteen months later they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple. This "most noteworthy experience as a student at Ricks" has now blessed them with seven children.

Outstanding Educator Award
Sue Anderson '68 has twice been named as teacher of the year at Groveland Elementary where she teaches first grade. She serves on the Reading Task Force and as a mentor for student teachers. Sue met her husband Neil '63 while they were both attending Ricks. They currently live in Blackfoot, Idaho, and have four grown sons and five grandchildren. For Sue the Ricks atmosphere came "at a juncture in life when [her] testimony could have been suppressed by worldly goals." Sue finds satisfaction in her life's pathway. "What I do is important, I teach children!" she says. "Education requires incredible dedication. It's not a place for luke-warm commitment."

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
David J. Thueson '84 is the founder and CEO of Great Northern Bark Company out of Columbia Falls, Mont. He served in the England Manchester and the Arizona Tempe Missions. While attending Ricks College, he had many opportunities to serve in campus wards, clubs, and in student government, served as student body president and was chosen Man of the Year. He met his wife Jenelle Ihler '83 while at Ricks. He received his bachelor's degree from BYU. The Thuesons have five children. David is currently serving as bishop of his ward in Columbia Falls.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Kevin E. Calderwood '84 has an outstanding career in general management and as a technology and venture capital investor in the Washington, D.C., area where he serves as president of the Oakton Virginia Stake. He received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and an mba from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern. He and his wife Sydnee met while attending high school in Montrose, Colo. While he was serving in the Scotland Edinburgh Mission, Sydnee Butler '82 enrolled at Ricks and shared her Ricks experiences with him through letters. Later they attended Ricks College together as newlyweds. Kevin played football, served in a bishopric, and graduated with a degree in engineering. The Calderwoods have five children.

New Regional Directors Named
New regional directors have been named to represent alumni in two areas. Sharon Wright Jeppson '79 will represent alumni in Burley, Idaho, where her husband Terry '80 is an obstetrician/gynecologist. Robert '58 and Kay Metters '58 have agreed to represent the Seattle area where Robert is currently serving as a patriarch in the Snohomish Stake.

Alumni Day At Lagoon
The first Alumni Lagoon Day will be Saturday, July 27. Look for the Alumni booth at the front gates to get discount coupons ($10 savings per family member). Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided at the Davis Pavilion at 1 p.m. Please bring a snack or side dish to share.

Mark your calendars for Homecoming 2002: "Faith in the Future," September 19-21, 2002. As part of homecoming, the BYU-Idaho/Ricks College Alumni Association will be sponsoring a reunion spotlighting the years 1932, 1942, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982 and 1992. Reunion activities will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21. The Emeritus Club will be hosting the semi-annual Emeritus Breakfast on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. to formally recognize the class of 1952, our new "Golden Vikings." Help preserve the "Spirit of Ricks" by planning now to attend Homecoming 2002.

Alumni Association Gets New Logo
The Alumni Association has adopted a new logo, which reflects Jacob Spori's statement made in 1888: "The seeds we are planting today will grow and become mighty oaks, and their branches will run all over the earth."

Dear Alumni:
It has been so rewarding to work with the alumni of Ricks College/BYU-Idaho over the past five years. It has brought back some of the same wonderful feelings that came from serving while a student on campus. As we all know, it is the people that really make the difference as they cooperate for the common good of the work at BYU-Idaho. It has been my pleasure to serve with some of the best. Over the past few months, we have organized eight committees to help fulfill our responsibilities. These committees are lost alumni, awards, Summit Magazine, student alumni, homecoming, community relations, development/scholarships, and graduation. We need your help on these committees. Please contact us to volunteer by calling (208) 496-2282.
Everyone working in and around the Alumni Office is excited and planning for the future course we have started. Lately we have reviewed a ten-year plan, which includes such things as:

  1. The establishment of a new "Alumni House"which will provide stronger identity for the association and provide a place where alumni can return and reconnect with each other. This became a reality in the past few months.
  2. Increase the number of regional alumni chapters from thirteen to forty. (We really need your input and suggestions for volunteers to assist with these chapters.)
  3. Enhance our reunion program. We will be organizing and sponsoring more alumni activities which will encourage more alumni to keep their association with the university and to return and experience the "Spirit of Ricks"at BYU-Idaho or in their chapters.
  4. Sponsor a senior class orientation program to teach outgoing students why we need them as active alumni and how they can assist us.
  5. Create an alumni scholarship program to benefit children of alumni.
  6. Expand the number and scope of alumni benefits.
  7. Create an alumni card that will identify and assist them with on- and off-campus benefits.
  8. Establish a "Golden Viking"for Ricks College/BYU-Idaho emeritus to formally recognize 50 years since graduation.
  9. Expand the Summit Magazine to three issues annually to correspond to the year-round track system.
  10. Integrate the Alumni Council into on-campus entities that deal with alumni issues.

As you can tell, we are really just getting a good start on some expanded and rewarding directions. I look forward to seeing the great progress that will be achieved and the influence that will be made by those associated with this great institution.
As my term as president draws to a close, I appreciate those with whom I have served. This experience has enriched my life.
Please enjoy another outstanding issue of the Summit Magazine.

Your fellow alumnus,

Dean M. Mortimer
Alumni Council President

We are all very grateful for the reality of an Alumni House, which has been made possible by the generosity of a friend to the university and the vision of our leadership. The Alumni House will serve as a strong symbol for Brigham Young University- Idaho and a tangible reminder of the history and legacy of Ricks College. The Alumni House will be a place for alumni and friends to visit, reminisce, and reconnect with their school. We anticipate having an open house and dedication during Homecoming 2002 (September 29-21). As you return to campus, please take a moment to visit us in your Alumni House!