Ricks College celebrated its 100th birthday in a big way.
A highlight of the celebration took place Nov. 12, with more than 1,500 students attending the fun-filled Founder's Day birthday party. At 12:01 a.m., when it was officially Nov. 12, college Pres. Joe J. Christensen cut into a huge 450-pound birthday cake.Preparations for the cake required two full weeks, according to JoLynn Davis, bakery manager for Ricks College Food Services.
It was an enormous task. The cake consisted of 72 sheet cakes measuring 16 by 24 inches, 300 pounds of white cake mix, 40 dozen eggs and 100 pounds of icing.
The bottom layer of the three-tier cake measured five feet in width, with the top layer decorated in the shape of the historic Jacob Spori Building. The Spori Building is the only original building still standing on campus.
The final touch was the lighting of 100 candles.
The cake was served to about 600 people, and another 1,000 were served with sheet cakes. The bakery manager, who has worked at Ricks for 17 years, said this was the largest cake she had ever prepared.
Other significant centennial events centering around Founder's Day included the dedication of a Veteran's Memorial on Nov. 11, where 38 Ricks College alumni who had died in various wars were honored. Elder L. Lionel Kendrick of the First Quorum of the Seventy offered the dedicatory address and prayer.
That afternoon the Associated Students placed a time capsule in the base of a new flagpole they had presented as a gift to the college for its centennial. The flagpole is located in front of the Manwaring Center.
Other Founder's Day activities on Nov. 12 included a President's Club Banquet for individuals making significant contributions to the college, and the anniversary concert featuring Metropolitan Opera star Roberta Peters.