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Rob Anson Retirement Reception April 13

Rob Anson, professor of information technology management in the IT-SCM department, is retiring after 27 years of service to the university.

Photo of Rob Anson.

Rob Anson

A reception is planned for 3-5 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Lookout Room in the Student Union Building. Light appetizers, refreshments and cake will be served.

Anson has been involved in a variety of campus-wide projects all the while teaching classes in database, senior projects, business intelligence, and system analysis and design. Throughout all the design and configurations of automated tools, Anson always has tried to keep in mind that the key to successful implementation is to work with people’s processes and fit those into the systems. For the first 10 years of Anson’s career, he was instrumental in working alongside other COBE faculty in fundraising and securing grants for computer labs. Anson worked facilitating teams by serving as the liaison for various group decision support systems where members could brainstorm, vote and add input to projects using the electronic meeting rooms, which he and colleagues built with grants.

Within his department, he also led curriculum change efforts, conducted extensive student advising and guided student organizations through many computer repair fairs for the community, as well as national student competitions.

International Business Students Learn Implication of U.S. Proposed Pullout from TPP

International business class at Boise State UniversityOn March 14, international business Professor Jack Marr along with political science chair and Canadian studies director Professor Lori Hausegger welcomed Carlo Dade, director of the Centre on Trade and Investment Policy at the Canada West Foundation, to speak in Marr’s International Business 220 class in Skaggs Hall of Learning. Dade gave an up-to-the-minute talk on the implications of the U.S.’s proposed pullout from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the impact on Canadian policy, and the implications for global economic leadership attending the TPP talks at Viña del Mar, Chile, also on March 14.

RBI and COBE Students Help Treefort Re-Certify as a B-Corp

image of Treefort Music Fest main stage signTreefort Music Festival, held each March in downtown Boise, brings bands, fans and businesses from across the country to the City of Trees. But the five-day festival also focuses on helping the community as a certified B-Corp.

B-Corps are for-profit companies that seek to “use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.” Companies are certified as a B-Corp by an external organization, called B Lab, and must meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

Emily Erickson, manager of the Responsible Business Initiative in the College of Business and Economics, said there are 14 students that volunteer their time to work with companies either certifying for the first time or re-certifying as a B-Corp. Four of those students are working with the Treefort leadership team to re-certify.

“B-Corps have to re-certify every two years,” said Erickson. “And every time it gets tougher and those businesses have to focus even more on their community, accountability and the environment.”

Alex Suggs,

Alex Suggs, graduate assistant for the Responsible Business Initiative

Alex Suggs, Career Track MBA student and graduate assistant working with the students, said they’re learning real-world skills that’ll help immensely after graduation.

“They serve as student consultants, helping real businesses make real plans,” Suggs said.

In summer 2014, the Treefort leadership team decided to form Treefort LLC and began seeking B-Corp certification, which was officially granted in 2015. According to the B Lab website, there are 2064 certified B Corps from 43 countries and over 120 industries, including eight right here in the Gem State.

This year, Treefort Music Fest will consume much of downtown Boise March 22-26.

Meet Laura Chiuppi, the New Director of COBE Career Services

Laura Chiuppi

Laura Chiuppi came to Boise State University in early 2016 as a career advisor and was promoted to director of COBE Career Services in January 2017.

She is an east coast native, born and raised in Massachusetts. After completing her undergraduate degree, Laura struggled to find a career that aligned with her interests and expertise. This experience led her to go back to school and refocus her career goals. In 2014, she completed her master’s degree in education at UMASS Boston, specializing in administration. While in Boston, Laura served as assistant director for four years at an international school.

Laura has a passion and talent for working with people. Her strong interpersonal skills allow her to connect with a diverse student population. In her position as director of COBE Career Services, she helps students identify their strengths and meet their career goals through exploration, development, knowledge and preparation. She inspires students to actively participate in their education and encourages them to think about their career goals early and often. Laura has developed a series of event programming centered on helping students build a professional network and develop job skills.

Associate Dean Keith Harvey looks forward to increased student success with Laura’s work in Career Services.

“Laura’s passion for student outcomes, and highly successful relationship building efforts with employers across the Treasure Valley, have positioned the COBE Career Services startup to deliver a suite of career offerings that will propel our graduates to success in initial career placement and beyond,” said Harvey.

Laura is thrilled to be a part of the Boise State community and proud to work for the College of Business and Economics where collaboration and innovation are valued. Laura strives to foster connections with the business community that will promote economic prosperity, and build and retain our young, talented workforce.

Laura serves on the Boise Young Professionals leadership team as the chair of the Outreach Committee. She is also on the Junior Achievement Hire to Inspire Committee and Boise Workforce Education Committee. In her free time, she loves trail running, riding her bike and camping with her family.

Supply Chain Management Team Excels at Weber State Case Competition

Boise State supply chain management students

Brady Gaschler, Alden Brereton, Misty Kivett and Caleb Smith

A team of Boise State University supply chain management (SCM) students recently returned from the 2017 Weber State SCM case competition in Ogden, Utah. The team finished second in the case event and fifth overall—an impressive finish, especially since it is the first year Boise State has participated.

The team consisted of Alden Brereton, Brady Gaschler, Misty Kivett and Caleb Smith. They were supported by professors Regis Terpend and Matt Castel, along with Aaron Lewis of Micron. Travel to the event was sponsored by the Idaho chapter of APICS, a professional association for supply chain management.

The competition featured two events, SCM Jeopardy and a case study presentation. In the case competition, the team was handed the written scenario, based on a real world dilemma at O.C. Tanner Company. The team had 24 hours do analysis, develop a solution and make a presentation. The team sacrificed some sleep, but it paid off with Boise State holding our own against many of the largest programs in the nation, such as Michigan, Miami University and BYU.

With six world-class faculty and approximately 150 students, the Boise State Supply Chain Management program is one of the premier programs in the western U.S.

COBE Welcomes Argia Beristain, New Development Director

Argia Beristain, University Advancement, Boise State

Argia joined Boise State University Advancement in October of 2015, where she provided advancement support to the College of Education and the Honors College. In 2017, she moved to the College of Business and Economics. Prior to arriving at Boise State, Argia was a professional fundraiser for more than 13 years supporting non-profits and universities in Seattle, Las Vegas and Washington, DC. Upon moving to Boise in 2013, Argia became the director of the Basque Soccer Friendly where she raised funds for and managed the July 2015 professional soccer game. Proceeds from the Basque Soccer Friendly went toward the Basque Studies program at Boise State and youth soccer throughout Idaho. Argia also serves as adjunct lecturer in Basque Studies at Boise State.

Argia holds a bachelor of arts in political science and gender studies from the University of Washington and a master in Basque studies from the Universidad del Pais Vasco which is located in the Basque region of Spain.

Argia is excited to help advance the goals and mission of the COBE.

Samia Islam, COBE Associate Professor, Quoted in Idaho Business Review Story about Gender Pay Gap

image Samia IslamThe Idaho Business Review (IBR) reported that Idaho was ranked No. 7 for the worst inequality of pay between men and women according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Because they are paid less, women and women-led families are more likely to be in poverty, particularly as women age. “Lifelong wage disparities substantially weaken women’s retirement security,” Samia Islam told IBR in an email message. “Nationwide, more than 12 percent of women 65 and older, and nearly 15 percent of women 75 and older, lived below the poverty line, which also increases healthcare costs,” she added.

Read the article, “Pay disparity hurts women in Idaho,” here (subscription required).