SPRING SUMMIT 2003 - Alumni News


James & Bernadine Sevy

Michael & Deanna Kraupp

Jeff & Deanna Bingley

Ron & Carolyn Feik

Gayleen Clegg Meservey

Ronnie Rock

Inez Searle

Grant & Sharol Wilson

Wade Huntsman

Mark Hawkes

Jodi Harris

Harry Schultz
Second Annual Alumni Day at Lagoon
Last summer’s Alumni Day at Lagoon was a huge success. Over 500 alumni gathered for lunch, door prizes, and fun offered at Lagoon and Lagoon-A-Beach. Plan now to join us on July 26, 2003. Look for the Alumni booth at the front gates to get discount coupons ($10 savings per family member). Enjoy free hot dogs, drinks, and brownies at the Davis Pavilion at 1 p.m. Enhance your experience by wearing your BYU–Idaho or Ricks College gear!

New Alumni Council Members Called
James ’86 and Bernadine Nel Sevy ’86 have joined the Alumni Council. The Sevys are parents of nine children and are the founders of www.Loveathome.com, an Internet resource for above-average families (those with more than 2.2 children). The Sevys live in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

New Regional Alumni Chapters Organized
BYU–Idaho announces the formation of three regional alumni chapters. Michael ’84 and Deanna Brown Kraupp ’82 are heading a chapter in St. George, Utah. The first international chapter is in southern Alberta, Canada, and is directed by Jeff ’88 and Deanna Friday Bingley ’87. A chapter in Vancouver, Wash., is headed by Ron ’65 and Carolyn Thueson Feik ’67 ; this chapter will also serve the Portland, Ore., area.

Help Start a New Alumni Chapter
Stay connected by helping start something new. The Alumni Association is eager to establish new regional alumni chapters over the next several years. Special interest is expressed in San Diego and San Francisco, Calif.; Tacoma, Wash.; Denver, Colo.; and Star Valley, Wyo. If you are interested in helping start a new chapter, please call 1-800-537-2586 or e-mail alumni@byui.edu.

Thank You Alumni Mentors!
A special thanks is extended to the many alumni who volunteered to serve as alumni mentors. This new program was announced in the Fall 2002 issue of Summit Magazine. Alumni mentors offer advice by e-mail or telephone to current BYU–Idaho students. While the response thus far has been pleasing, the Alumni Office is still actively seeking those who would like to have personal contact with our students and can offer advice for planning educational and professional futures. If you are interested in serving as an alumni mentor, please visit www.byui.edu/alumni. Alumni award nominations sought Each year the Alumni Association recognizes outstanding achievement within the growing number of BYU–Idaho/Ricks College alumni. Nominations are accepted from alumni worldwide with final selections made by the Alumni Council. Nominations are now being accepted for 2004 honorees in Professional Accomplishment, Humanitarian Service, Outstanding Educator, Eliza R. Snow for the Performing and Visual Arts, Outstanding Young Alumni, and Distinguished Emeritus Service Awards. For an on-line nomination form and more information about award categories, please visit www.byui.edu/alumni.

Eliza R. Snow Award for Performing & Visual Arts
Gayleen Clegg Meservey ’74 is the 2003 recipient of the Eliza R. Snow Award for the Performing and Visual Arts. She is actively involved in the Idaho Falls, Idaho, music and theatre scenes. She has participated in and/or directed over 50 plays and musicals and has been a member of the Sounds Choir for over 25 years. She has written several narratives for plays. Gayleen is married to Richard Meservey. They are the parents of three children and have seven grandchildren.

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Accomplishment
The Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Accomplishment has been given to Ronnie Rock ’58 of Boise, Idaho. Over the past 30 years, he has developed a successful career in trial law. An expert in aviation and anti-trust law, Ron is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. He has served on several state and regional boards and has chaired a mentoring program for prospective attorneys. He serves as a stake patriarch. Ron is married to Jean Ashliman Rock ’62. They are the parents of five children and have 14 grandchildren.

Distinguished Emeritus Service Award
During Homecoming 2002, the Distinguished Emeritus Service Award was presented to Inez Searle along with Grant ’56 and Sharol Duffin Wilson ’56. Inez Searle is a former Ricks College dean of women and a faculty member in the Department of Sociology. “The ‘Spirit of Ricks’ and the 20 years I spent there were some of the best years of my life,” she said. “The greatest reward came from working with young people.” Formerly of Texas, Inez now lives in West Valley, Utah. She has one son, five grandchildren, and four great-grandsons. Longtime educators Grant and Sharol Wilson live in Driggs, Idaho. Grant taught at Teton High School where he later served as principal and then as superintendent for Teton County. Sharol taught math and English at the same school for 17 years. The Wilsons have ten children, 47 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award was granted to Wade D. Huntsman ’92 and Mark L. Hawkes ’84. Huntsman is originally from Shelley, Idaho, and now enjoys a career as an illustrator for DreamWorks SKG and as a freelance artist. After graduating from Ricks College, Wade completed his studies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. For the past several years he has been a background artist for the film industry. His freelance credits include work for Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Field and Stream, Harcourt Brace, Ricks College, and BYU–Idaho (Sacred Music Series 2003). Wade serves as a high councilor. He and his wife Mary Jo Davis Huntsman ’91 have three children. A Blackfoot, Idaho, native, Hawkes is a professor of educational technology and the graduate studies chair at Dakota State University, in Madison, S.D. After graduating from Ricks College, Mark received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Mark was recently recognized nationally with the Top Research and Practice in E-Learning Award. Mark and his wife, the former Joy Arnell, are the parents of four children. He serves as branch president in Madison, S.D. “I have attended or worked at four other universities, and none of them do a better job of cultivating a Christian spirit and sense of community than does Ricks,” he said.

Alumni Office Adds Team Member
The Alumni Office announces the addition of Jodi Harris ’92 to the alumni relations team. Jodi is from Idaho Falls, Idaho. She will be serving as a secretary.

Ring Announcement
The Alumni Association, University Bookstore, and Commemorative Brands are pleased to introduce the official Ricks College alumni ring and the Brigham Young University–Idaho class ring. The Ricks College ring is available to any Ricks alumni who have completed 16 or more credits at Ricks. The BYU–Idaho ring is offered to students who have reached at least junior level status (60 credits) at BYU–Idaho. Both rings bear the alumni oak tree symbol, symbolizing the 1888 Founder’s Day proclamation of Jacob Spori: “The seeds we are planting today will grow and become mighty oaks.” (Details on page 33.)

Showtime Company Reunion
A reunion will be held for Showtime Company members from the Harry Schultz era (1979-1985). Mark your calendar now to be in Rexburg on August 16, 2003. Current information is needed on several people. If you can help, please contact Candi at candepainting@lds.net or call (208) 356-7652. Complete details will be mailed later.

Fall Reunion Activities to Focus on New Spori
Mark your calendar for October 17-18, 2003, to celebrate and welcome the new Jacob Spori Building. The fall reunion is for all alumni, with special focus on those who took classes or worked in the original Spori Building. The Emeritus Breakfast will be a tribute to the class of 1953, the new Golden Vikings. Watch for details at www.byui.edu/alumni.


Back by popular demand, this alumni event features a special dinner and dance complete with pictures and a live dance band. This year’s event will be held June 27 in the newly dedicated Gordon B. Hinckley Building and coincides with Education Week. Take advantage of all the activities in Rexburg and on campus. Tickets for Together Again—Like the First Time 2003 are $35 a couple or $40 with pictures and are available beginning May 5 at www.byui.edu/tickets or by calling 1-800-717-4257. Space is limited to the first 175 couples. For details, visit www.byui.edu/alumni.

Dear Alumni:

Today is bread-making day. I have a sourdough start that I have used for many years. It was given to me by a good friend who taught me the art of making sourdough and who shared her recipes with me. I have given sourdough starts to my daughters who live in Nevada and Colorado. I have also shared with many friends who live in Idaho Falls, some of whom have moved away. You might wonder what this has to do with BYU–Idaho. Have you read the “Parable of the Leaven” this year? It is short: “Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened” (Matthew 13:33). I would suggest that each of you, as alumni of BYU–Idaho/Ricks College, are the “leaven.” You have been taught and prepared for the world in part by your experiences at this wonderful university. You have become a small amount of leaven and are capable of influencing all those around you. You can “make the dough rise.” Be aware that others are watching—be grateful to be a member of the Church and to represent BYU–Idaho.
    The days and weeks are flying by, and BYU–Idaho is thriving. A very big batch of “leaven” continues to be prepared as the enrollment grows. It is a challenge to keep up with the fast pace of growth. The direction and inspiration spurring this growth comes from our prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, and is being carried out by President David A. Bednar and the faculty, staff, and administration.
    You may have noticed recent changes in the Alumni Association which include:
  • The organization of more regional alumni chapters‹bringing the current total to 18.
  • Regional scholarship programs providing awards to children of alumni.
  • An up-and-going alumni tour and travel program.
  • An alumni card with expanding benefits.
  • An enhanced reunion program.
  • A new logo, the oak tree, for the Alumni Association.
  • BYU-Idaho and Ricks College rings.
  • In addition to two editions of the Summit Magazine, a monthly e-mail publication Alumni & Friends.
  • A mentoring program that is currently being instituted.

    We are all anxiously awaiting the dedication of the Spori Building. It is near completion, and plans are underway for fall reunion activities centered around the Spori Building. These will include an open house and a reunion for alumni of the Departments of Art and Communication. Pictures have been taken of large groups of alumni in front of the original Spori Building in 1917 and 2000, and another is planned this fall in front of the new building. You can receive future information by enrolling for Alumni & Friends e-mail publication at www.byui.edu/alumni. (See special offer on page 2.)
    My term as president will be ending soon, and I feel it a great privilege to have served and worked with so many wonderful members of the Alumni Council. BYU–Idaho will continue to move forward with amazing momentum. Keep in touch and share some of that “leaven” wherever you are.

Your fellow alumnus,

Elizabeth Crandall '69
Alumni Council President


JUNE 25-28, 2003
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