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Alpha Kappa Psi Giving Tree

Boise State AKPsi students give presents to Boise familiesBoise State Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi (co-ed business fraternity) has partnered with Giraffe Laugh! early learning center to collect gifts for Boise families. Pick a snowflake from the decorated tree in the Jackson Commons in the Micron Business and Economics Building and help fulfill a wish of a child. Please bring new, unwrapped gifts to COBE Career Services, MBEB 1120 by December 15, 2017 at 4 p.m.

LLC Presented J.R. Simplot Cafe Study to Aramark

COBE living-learning community students

Jonathan Krutz (far left, second row) is faculty-in-residence for COBE LLC

Business is down this year at the student-run J.R. Simplot Cafe in the Micron Business and Economics Building. The 29 freshmen students of the College of Business and Economics Living-Learning Community (COBE LLC) presented an analysis of the cafe for the Aramark management team on Tuesday, December 28. Aramark is the exclusive food service provider at Boise State University.

The students had conducted a week-long observation marketing research project and analyzed the results, comparing them to the results of a similar project conducted by the previous year’s LLC. The students recommended marketing, product-mix, and operations ideas to improve sales and profitability for the cafe.

A living-learning community is for students in their first year of college. COBE LLC combines coursework with real-world experiences and life choices. COBE LLC members have paid employment and gain practical experience by managing the J.R. Simplot Cafe.

David James Recognized for Contributions to COBE

COBE dean's office personnel with David James,Outstanding EmployeeIn a short ceremony Monday, November 20, David James, a custodian at the Micron Business and Economics Building, was recognized for his contribution to the College of Business and Economics. Dean Ken Petersen and Associate Dean Diane Schooley-Pettis presented David with a certificate and a Bronco shirt and hat.

“David always has a smile on his face,” said Dean Petersen. “He takes his work seriously and is an example of how positive culture in the workplace can be cultivated.”

David James wearing Outstanding Employee hat and shirt gifts

Attendees included David’s mother, representatives from Witco, COBE staff and many of David’s co-workers and supervisors from Boise State Facilities Operations and Maintenance.

Nicole Young, a program specialist at Witco, assisted David in his progression from working at the Witco center to gaining employment at Boise State University.

“Witco’s mission is that all life has value. Witco is dedicated to creating opportunities for those we serve to realize their potential, enhance the quality of their lives and reach their personal goals,” Young explains. “At one time, David only participated in center-based services but dreamed to work in the community. David worked hard to reach his goals and continues to shine. He truly is an example of what life is all about. When a person begins to feel self-confidence and is valued, there is no barrier that he or she cannot overcome.”

3rd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit

speaker Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell

The College of Business and Economics (COBE) co-hosted the third annual summit on diversity and inclusion as a business driver. This year’s summit focused on the impact of inclusion. More than 150 attendees from across the business community attended.  Held in early November, Treasure Valley business leaders received instruction on topics such as media literacy (watch out for stereotypes and biases), financial and workplace inclusion, implicit bias and micro-aggressions.

The summit keynote address was given by Christopher Bell, PhD, director of graduate studies and associate professor of communications at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Bell impressed participants with a demonstration of the strategies used by the media to introduce and reinforce stereotypes and biases along racial and gender lines. The audience was encouraged to improve their media literacy and to evaluate the various storylines that exist in our society more critically.

Stacy Parson speaking at the diversity and inclusion summit

Stacy Parson

The day wrapped up with a workshop led by Stacy Parson of The Dignitas Agency, who wove together the discussions on inclusion from the previous speakers to help attendees understand why inclusion is the most critical – and the most difficult – aspect of any diversity effort.

Thanks to co-hosts and sponsors: Wells Fargo, the City of Boise, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) and the University of Idaho-Boise.

Read more about the 2107 Diversity and Inclusion Summit on the RBI site.


COBE Accountancy Faculty–Hyatt, Koeppen and Bahnson–Published in The CPA Journal

Paul Bahnson

Paul Bahnson

David Koeppen

David Koeppen

Troy Hyatt

Troy Hyatt

Paul R. Bahnson, professor; David Koeppen, emeritus professor; and Troy Hyatt, associate professor in the Department of Accountancy have written an article titled “Improving Income Statement Reporting of Debt Extinguishments.” The article is published in November 2017 issue of The CPD Journal. The paper suggests that FASB reestablish separate line item reporting for debt extinguishment transactions to ensure users can fully comprehend their impact.

Read “Improving Income Statement Reporting of Debt Extinguishments” here.

Brian Greber Selected to be Forum on the Future Panel

Brian GreberBrian Greber, adjunct faculty of economics and management, will serve on the Idaho Business Review’s 2017 Forum on the Future from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Boise Centre East.

The forum will focus on how Idaho is one of the fastest-growing  states in  the country and that expansion shows no signs of slowing down. The  Department of Labor claims Idaho’s population will grow at three times the national rate between now and 2025.

The panel of experts will talk about what they expect to see in technology, real estate, construction, agribusiness and healthcare in 2018.

Individual tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased online.

Boise State Alumni Fill Boise City Council Seats

After the recent local elections, all six Boise City Council seats are filled by Boise State alumni, one of which is a COBE graduate, Scot Ludwig (BBA, quantitative management, ’82).

See the other Boise State alumni here.