Ricks Alumni Association History
Ricks Institute Alumni Association (RIAA) was founded in Boston, Massachusetts by alumni residing in that area. The idea of organizing this association was contemplated for seven years prior to its birth in March 1989. Its membership was inclusive to all Ricks Institute Alumni residing in the United States of America. Its goal were as follows:
- To bring and keep former students together
- To devise ways to help ensure that its Alma Mater continue to maintain the same level of educational excellence in spite of the Liberian Civil war, and
- To recognize and bestow honor to those who made sacrifices in accomplishing its goals.
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The formation of RIAA was initiated with donation from Rev. T. Eugene Oody, a former Ricks Institute Principal and Missionary, who, along with his church in California, contributed six thousand dollars. Its beginning was complete with enthusiasm as the following were accomplished: the constitution and bylaws, membership data bank, convention plans, formation of at least two additional chapters, communication via newsletter and its later incorporation in 1993 as RIAA, USA, Inc.. In order to affect its goals earlier plans were made to have an Annual Convention that would rotate throughout the United States where Alumni reside. This was meant to reach out and involve as many alumni as possible. The first convention was held in Boston, MA from August 31 to September 2, 1990 under the chairmanship of Mr. Dave L. Dixon. Its success was historical, as it brought together not only alumni but also, former faculty members and associates who had not recruited for over twenty years.