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Aug. 23: COBE Cookout for Students

orange cow and orange and blue stripesFall Welcome Back Cookout!

Burgers, chips, watermelon, ice cream, lemonade.

Last year’s cookout was so much fun, we are doing it again. We will have live music and faculty will don aprons and serve-up burgers and sides.

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MBEB Courtyard

photos of COBE cook 2016

New COBE Alumni Chapter Officers

Officially chartered in 2016, the COBE Alumni Chapter’s mission is to focus on service to the current students of the College of Business and Economics. We partner with COBE Career Services to identify areas that they believe will be most advantageous to students. The chapter is also designed to be a member networking group. We have, at a minimum, an annual social gathering to engage any and all College of Business and Economics graduates, alumni and friends and students. This event is designed for our member base to network with each other, as well as help attending students learn the ins and outs of networking.

The officers for the chapter, whose positions start June 1 are:

  • President: Zach Bethel—Class of 2008
  • Vice President: Rod Gould—Class of 1992
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Shannon Stith—Class of 2001 and 2002

At-Large Members:

  • Scott Blades—Class of 2014
  • Nicole Brown—Class of 1998 & 2013
  • Dave Haworth—Class of 1988
  • Lance Millington—Class of 1993
  • Randal Smith—Class of 1986
  • Student at Large—vacant

If you would like more information on the COBE Alumni Chapter or to get involved, please visit our site: get-involved/chapters/college- business-economics/


Boise State Alumni Create Planned $1MM Scholarship Gift for COBE Students

Gabs LinehanGabe Linehan, together with his mentor at Northwestern Mutual, Randy Smith, spearheaded an effort to pool a group of alumni together to make a meaningful gift to Boise State University to benefit future students. Gabe engaged co-workers, who are Boise State alumni, to establish life insurance policies with the Boise State University Foundation as the sole owner and beneficiary. Policy face values collectively total $1,000,000. This was no small effort and took a series of meetings and multiple steps. Gabe remained diligent and steadfast to accomplish the original goal.

“Other Broncos may be interested in contributing to Boise State in a similar way. It leaves a great legacy and you can give more than you think possible.” said Gabe. “We know how to do this now and Northwestern Mutual can help make it happen.”

As each policy matures, proceeds will be directed to the Northwestern Mutual Bronco Alumni Scholarship specifically for full-time students in the College of Business and Economics.

Contributors are:

  • Chad Colton, Operations Management BBA ’07
  • Shawn Cudney, Political Science BA, Business Minor, ’12
  • Darby Heidemann, Finance BBA, ’91
  • Gabe Linehan, Marketing BBA’13
  • Kevin Rigenhagen, Political Science BS ’98
  • Randall L Smith, Accountancy BBA ’86
  • Travis Stokes, Business Management BBA ’03
  • Brie Wilson, Marketing BBA ’07
  • Max Wilson, Accountancy BBA and Finance BBA ’07

Apr. 17: Payette Brewing Co.

Bronco Sales Club —  CEO & Founder of Payette Brewing Co.


The Bronco Sales Club is having Mike Francis, founder of Payette Brewing, as a guest speaker this Monday. After the discussion, Mike will be taking the club on a tour of the facility.

6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 17, 2017
in MBEB, Room 1208


Boise Chamber Names Boise State President 2017 Hall of Fame Awardee

Bob Kustra, president of Boise State UnivesityBoise State University President Bob Kustra is the 2017 recipient of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Hall of Fame Award. He is the fifth Boisean to receive the distinction.

“No one has done more to shatter old images of Boise than Bob Kustra,” said Bill Connors, Chamber president and CEO. “That Boise State University has risen to international prominence in academics, athletics, research and innovation from its past role as a small junior college is just one of Bob’s remarkable makeover projects. For the Chamber, Bob’s commitment to integrating the business community and our urban landscape into the University’s DNA is equally impressive. Dr. Kustra’s dream of making Boise State a major metropolitan research university of distinction has come to fruition and has transformed a sleepy, western capitol city into a rising urban star of the American West.”

When Kustra arrived at Boise State in 2003, he challenged university faculty, staff and supporters to aspire to be a metropolitan research university of distinction. In 2016, Boise State was designated a doctoral research university in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education — and named one of 20 “rising stars” in the world best poised to challenge the higher education elite on a global scale.

Read the full Update story on Bob Kustra’s award here.


Career Track MBA Teams Report on Their Travels to London and Shanghai Competing in the Hult Prize

Dream Team Hult Prize Boise State

Dream Team

Team Project Recover: Becky Davis, Alexandria Allen, Cody Huckvale and Austin Legg

Team Project Recover

Two teams of Boise State Career Track MBA students receive at large bids to compete in the regional finals for the $1 million Hult Prize in March. More than 50,000 applications were received from over 100 countries. Thanks to support of the College of Business and Economics and Boise State University at large, the two teams were able to travel to London and Shanghai with their expenses paid.

Read the students’ first-hand accounts of their experience:

Dream Team - London

Jessica Bottelberghe, Steven Gabrielsen and Ashleigh Anderson in London.

Jessica Bottelberghe, Steven Gabrielsen and Ashleigh Anderson in London.

The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship, which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. Collectively, more than 50,000 applicants, from over 600 universities, representing more than 130 countries around the world applied to right the injustices faced by millions of refugees and to bring economic opportunities to those refugees and migrants. Team Dream from Boise State University was 1 of 44 teams chosen to compete at the London Regional Final. The Boise State team was 1 of 7 US competing in London the rest were from around the world.

The competition provided the team the opportunity to network and collaborate with students from around the world. The competition started Friday evening and ran through Saturday night. The Boise State team pitched on Saturday afternoon to a panel of 9 judges from around the world. The panel consisted of executives, entrepreneurs, and lawyers. On Saturday night, the top six teams presented their pitch in front of all the competing teams and judges. The finalists were from Canada, Singapore, Turkey, England, Philippines and Egypt. The Canadian team from the University of Waterloo won the Regional final and will be moving on to the Hult Prize accelerator and the chance to pitch for $1M in seed funding at the finals in September. The team developed a mobile application designed to bring together refugees and community members through the exchange of skills, talents, and services.

Overall, the experience was amazing opportunity to be in a different country working with so many different students around the world trying to solve the refugee crisis. Most importantly, the Boise State team taught the London competitors where Idaho is in the U.S.!

Team members were Ashleigh Anderson, Jessica Bottelberghe, Steven Gabrielsen and Ethan Lopez. Their business idea is an online platform called “A Story to Be Told and their mission is to allow refugees to share their stories in order to connect them with the rest of the world. 

Team Project Recover - Shanghai

Story by Austin Legg.

Hult prize Team Project Recover: Becky Davis, Alexandria Allen, Cody Huckvale and Austin Legg

Team Project Recover: Becky Davis, Alexandria Allen, Cody Huckvale and Austin Legg in Shanghai

When we arrived at the Hult International Business School in Shanghai on Friday evening to check-in we were overwhelmed to say the least. Looking around the rooms you couldn’t help but feel like an underdog. There were 42 teams representing countries literally all over the world. We were one of only three teams from the United States. Being from little Boise State University in Boise, Idaho we felt intimidated and inferior. I know for me, I felt like I didn’t belong there. The feeling didn’t go away after the opening ceremonies and following “meet and greet.” I went to bed that night thinking, ‘What have I got us in to?’ The structure of the competition is that there is a morning and an afternoon session. Twenty one teams in the morning and twenty one teams in the afternoon. The teams present in three rooms, with seven teams in each room during each session. For the morning session we sat in a room and watched seven teams present. After the first few presentations, I looked over to Alex Allen and I said, “I don’t want to just do well, I want to win this whole thing.” It was evident that not only did we belong there, but we were well prepared. Boise State and the MBA program had taught me more than I realized. Those feelings of doubt and insecurity left and were quickly replaced with feelings of pride and competitiveness.

In the afternoon we delivered our presentation and we absolutely nailed it! Out of the seven teams in our afternoon room, we were of two teams brought back by the judges for a ten minute round of Q&A, known as a “call back.” This means that it was down to us and the other team for who was going to be advancing from our afternoon pod. We had a good feeling going into the announcement of the final six teams, but unfortunately they picked the other team from our call back. That team also went on to win the overall Shanghai regional competition later that night. So we can feel good that we at least got beat by the winners. So we know we most likely finished somewhere in the top ten.

Later that night during the final presentations I had a paradigm shift about the competition. It occurred to me that while I would have liked to win, the reality is we weren’t really all competing against each other. We were all on the same team. All of the teams were working towards the common goal of helping restore the basic human rights to refugees. When you step back and realize that no matter who wins, we are going to move closer to that goal, you stop cheering for your team, and start cheering for others. Once this change of mindset happened, I really came to develop a great love and respect for everyone there and I was happy with the final results.

It truly was an amazing experience and without a doubt the highlight of not only my experience in graduate school, but undergraduate school as well. We would not have been able to do accomplish what we did without the support of Boise State and Career Track MBA Director Trisha Stevens Lamb. Additionally, it was truly amazing to realize just how well prepared we were by our professors. Boise State offers a world class education and I saw that first-hand. The opportunity to represent the MBA program and Boise State on an international level was an experience I won’t soon forget.

Team members were Alexandria Allen, Becky Davis, Cody Huckvale and Austin Legg. Their business idea aims to restore basic human rights of food, water, shelter and security by providing income to refugees. Project Recover builds on the skills and talents refugees have to create products that represent their culture. Project Recover provides the work-space, supplies and materials and buys the product from the maker and sells it via an online store.

HR Students Attended Conference in Oregon

Boise State students at SHRM conference

From left: Lauren Friese, Ashely Higgins, Jillian Lumbert, Robin Orthman, Maria Marshall, Gabrielle Baird.

Representatives of the Boise State student chapter of the Human Resource Association attended the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student conference in Tigard, Oregon from March 31 to April 1.  The conference featured keynote speakers, the opportunity to sit down with local HR practitioners, and engagement opportunities with fellow student attendees.

Jeopardy contestants at SHRA conference 2017

COBE student Jillian Lumbert (seated at left) finished 2nd place in HR Jeopardy.

Boise State student Jillian Lumbert made it to the top four in HR Jeopardy and ended with 2nd place, missing 1st by two questions.

COBE students that attended were Lauren Friese, junior; Ashely Higgins, junior; Jillian Lumbert, junior; Robin Orthman, senior; Maria Marshall, junior; and Gabrielle Baird, freshman.