People on the roller coaster
Alumni enjoy the traditional Lagoon Day
Over 2000 Nursing Department alumni met for reunion
blowing bubbles
Family Day is a feature of Summer Spirit Week

Fourth Annual Lagoon Day
The Alumni Association will continue the summer reunion tradition by hosting the fourth annual Alumni and Friends Lagoon Day in Farmington, Utah. Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 23, 2005, and make plans to join us for a fun day at Lagoon and Lagoon-A-Beach. Activities will include a free picnic, door prizes, and an evening fireworks show celebrating Pioneer Day. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. at the Davis Pavilion. Look for the BYU–Idaho/Ricks College Alumni Association booth near the front gates to get discount coupons ($10 savings per family member)  

Department of Nursing Reunion Report
Over 200 alumni from the Department of Nursing met together for a reunion dinner on October 8, 2004. The event was held in conjunction with the Fall 2004 Spirit Week.

The evening was highlighted by remarks from former nursing faculty member Lucy Legg Blackham, current faculty members Kathy Barnhill and Kim Van Wagoner, and concluding remarks by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

The reunion was a tremendous success. A strong interest has been expressed by the alumni nurses to have another reunion, tentatively scheduled for 2008.

Upcoming Reunions
Reunions are a great way to stay in touch and reaffirm friendships with former classmates and ward members. Alumni reunions scheduled to date in 2005 are:

  •      April 22               Automotive Technology
  •      October 15          Class of 1955 (Emeritus Breakfast)
  •      October 15          Theatre Alumni (all class years)

Further details for each reunion will be mailed out to individual alumni belonging to the specified group. Please update your contact information by visiting Alumni Connections at

Summer and Fall Spirit Weeks 2005
Spirit Week is quickly becoming one of BYU–Idaho’s strongest traditions. Each semester alumni and friends join together and celebrate the legacy of Ricks College and the future of BYU–Idaho. Mark your calendars to join in the fun at Summer Spirit Week July 12-16 and Fall Spirit Week October 11-15. 

Summer activities will include Family Day, the alumni vs. students softball game, an all-school relay race, and the Alumni Ambassador Conference. 

Fall Spirit Week will feature reunions for all Theatre alumni, the Class of 1955, and the semi-annual Emeritus Breakfast along with many other activities.

For further details about upcoming activities, visit the BYU–Idaho Web site at

Dear Alumni:

Bruce and Debi Nyborg

In the most recent edition of this magazine, you may have read about our new Alumni Ambassador program, which was developed to cover the growing needs of our alumni. We are very excited to report we now have over 200 ambassadors serving throughout the United States and Canada. As we have called new Ambassadors, we have discovered most have already been unofficial ambassadors for Ricks College and BYU–Idaho. In short, they have always been cheerleaders and advocates for the school. Through small day-to-day interactions, they are helping keep our alumni connected.

One of the primary purposes of our Alumni Association is to assist our alumni in staying connected to each other, to the university, and to the Church. We are always striving to improve the way we accomplish this important purpose; but honestly, we simply cannot do it without you. Please continue to join us for reunions, Spirit Week activities, and visit our online community, Alumni Connections, at These are just a few of the many ways you can help us stay connected.  

Let us know how we are doing. What can we do better or different? Do you feel connected to your alma mater? We would sincerely appreciate any feedback you might give. Please take a moment to send us a quick note via e-mail to or through the mail to 16 E. Main Street, Rexburg, ID 83460-0056. 

I join with you in expressing gratitude for the experience of attending this great university. I invite you to celebrate the future of BYU–Idaho, while continuing to share the wonderful “Spirit of Ricks” we all remember and cherish. 


Bruce Nyborg ’79 (pictured here with his wife Debi)
Alumni Council President