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    Bob Miller, CEO of Albertsons, will speak April 18 – Click above

    Miller demonstrates exemplary ethics, community leadership and social responsibility.

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    June 12-13 – for Accountants and Lawyers — CPE and CLE Credits

    Top speakers will discuss current tax issues, law changes and policy issues. Click above.

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    April 18-19 – Workshops and Competitions for Start-ups

    Learn more about the entrepreneurial process. Free. For more information, click above.

  • EMBA APR22-2014 Open House

    EMBA — Is it right for you?

    Learn from those who know -- current students on-hand to answer your questions. Click above.

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    Kenneth Petersen will be joining us June 8

    He will bring a rich set of qualifications and experiences. We look forward to him joining our college.

College of Business and Economics News:

Michail Fragkias, Director of the Business Research and Economic Development Center, is a contributing author on the “Mitigation to Climate Change” Report Published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Michail Fragkins, COBE, studio portraitMichail Fragkias, director of the Business Research and Economic Development Center and a visiting professor in the Department of Economics, was a contributing author on the “Mitigation to Climate Change” report just published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Fragkias worked on Chapter 12, titled “Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning.”

Abstract: Concluding four years of intense scientific collaboration by hundreds of authors from around the world, this report responds to the request of the world’s governments for a comprehensive, objective and policy-neutral assessment of the current scientific knowledge on mitigating climate change. The report has been extensively reviewed by experts and governments to ensure quality and comprehensiveness. The quintessence of this work, the Summary for Policymakers, has been approved line by line by member governments at the 12th Session of IPCC WG III in Berlin, Germany (April 7-11, 2014).

Gundy Kaupins, professor of management, wrote a column for the Idaho Statesman

Gundy Kaupins imageAs part of the Boise State on Business series,  Follow Up on Promises to ‘Close the Loop’ , written by Gundy Kaupins, was in the Idaho Statesman Business Insider this week. Read it here.


Net Impact Chapter and The Arc Team-up to Host Clothing Drive

Boise State’s Net Impact Chapter and The Arc are teaming up to host a clothing drive at Boise State on April 21 through May 5. The Arc provides jobs and services to more than 600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in southern Idaho alone .

This is the first year The Arc will have a clothing drive on campus. Their partnership with Net Impact has made it possible.

Daniel Walker, service project coordinator for Net Impact, says, “We hope to develop an on-going partnership with The Arc.”  They look forward to co-sponsoring more events.

Read the Arbiter story here.

Nancy Napier on Creativity: When You’re Traveling, Pay Attention to the Silverware

Nancy NapierAn article titled, When You’re Traveling, Pay Attention to the Silverware, by
Nancy Napier was published in the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider this week. Read it here.


Two COBE Economics Students Selected as Boise State Top Ten Scholars

The Boise State Top Ten Scholars have been announced and two of our students are on the list.

image Boise State Top 10 Scholar 2014 - Cassis SullivanCassandra Sullivan, majoring in economics with a minor in political science, is the current ASBSU vice president and lobbyist for ASBSU this legislative session.  She is a member of the Honors College and a former member of the Boise State Talkin’ Broncos. Cassie has won a national debate competition and was a member of Boise State’s national championship team. For the past two years, she has taught a high school debate team. Cassie had an internship with the State Department in Boise and while studying abroad in Turkey last spring semester, she also worked at the U.S. Consulate in Turkey. Cassie is a highly regarded tutor in the Department of Economics and is the recipient of the department’s most prestigious scholarship, the Len B. and Grace Jordan Scholarship. Her long term goal is to study the relationship between education and economic development, particularly the education of women.

“Cassie is an outstanding student who seeks learning opportunities and loves to learn about other cultures. She will be a lifetime traveler,” says Chris Loucks professor of economics.

image Zachary Turk Boise State's Top Ten ScholarZachary Turk, majoring in business economics with a minor in applied mathematics, is a veteran who specialized in intelligence, providing support for the troops in Iraq. He is a member of the Honors College, a McNair Scholar and a recipient of the Len B. and Grace Jordan  Economics Scholarship. Zachary has a well-developed research agenda; he has multiple poster presentations, will deliver a paper at the Boise State Undergraduate Research Conference April 21 and has a paper accepted for publication. Zachary participated in the undergraduate Student Research Initiative; he and two other students received funding to support a research project looking at urbanization and green agriculture. Zachary is the go-to guy for upper-division economics tutoring, and he is the project mentor for three groups of students in Econometrics. His long-term goal is to earn a doctorate in economics.

Zackary selected economics professor, Chris Loucks as his honored faculty. Loucks said, “Zachary is one of the best students I have ever had the privilege of teaching, and he is the most altruistic student I know. Zachary excels helping others whether it is through tutoring, mentoring or training service dogs.”

The Top Ten Scholars will be recognized for their exceptional academic success a reception Monday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom.  

Students are nominated by their academic deans and are subject to rigorous review by a selection committee. To qualify for consideration, a student must have a 3.8 or higher grade point average. Nominees are then reviewed based on academic breadth of coursework, research, creative works and publications, presentations at professional meetings or conferences, and extra curricular community and campus service.

Presented by the Alumni Association in conjunction with the Honors College, the awards ceremony features remarks from each student honoree as well as a keynote speaker. The event is free but registration is required. Register online or call 426-1959.

Betti Newburn Featured in Statesman Article

Newburn_BettiBetti Newburn, Director of  Idaho Region III at the Small Business Development Center, is featured in an Idaho Statesman article about Randy Werneth and the med-tech industry within the Treasure Valley. For the article, click here.


Graduate HR Team Takes Home Victory at Pacific West Regional Student Conference

The Boise State graduate team with their winning prize money

The Boise State graduate team with their winning prize money

After their weekend at the 2014 Pacific West Regional Student Conference, the Boise State graduate team took home the victory against Wayland Baptist University. The team, consisting of Amanda R. Mumford, Erin Denney, Chase Twilley and Kelly Suter (each graduating this May with an MBA), competed in Portland, Ore. April 4-5 and won their specific Regional Case Competition.

“It was a fantastic exercise in teamwork and public speaking. I’m proud to bring home the ‘W’ for Boise State and our program,” said Denney. (more…)