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COBE Tutoring Lab Has Moved to First Floor

COBE Tutoring lab with students studyingThe first floor of the Micron Business and Economics Building is a student success hub. Joining other student-focused services — Advising and Career Services, Simplot Cafe, team rooms and the Jackson Commons — the tutoring lab is now located in Room 1100 next to Career Services.

Since joining the College of Business and Economics, Dean Ken Petersen has worked to increase resources for students. COBE Advising Services and COBE Career Services have increased staff and workspace, providing students greater opportunities in academic and career endeavors. Relocating the tutoring lab is another step forward in our quest for student success.

“Every student needs to have the best possible opportunity to graduate from COBE and Boise State University, as quickly as possible, with a great education, and with a great job.” said Dean Petersen. “Providing these core student services on our main hallway makes sense, as it provides our students with easier access to and greater awareness of these services (they walk right by them!).”

The tutoring lab has 18 computer workstations, table seating and 13 white boards. Open during normal building hours, graduate assistants staff the tutoring lab and offer free help in several subjects. A tutoring schedule (times and subjects) will be available soon and posted in Advising Services and inside the tutoring lab.

Come check out the new space. On Monday, August 28 and Tuesday, August 29 there will be cookies and COBE giveaways in the room at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Nancy Napier’s Statesman Blog: How Fast is too Fast for Growth in Treasure Valley

Nancy Napier, Distinguished Professor, retiredNancy Napier, Distinguished Professor, compares the growth of Hanoi, Vietnam, where she visited recently with what might happen in the Treasure Valley. Read her Idaho Statesman blog here. 

Aug. 23: Student Organization Fair

Learn how student organizations can enhance your college experience.

Joining a student organization can build your resume, help you make friends, teach you leadership and more.

Resume builder!

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MBEB Courtyard


Participating Orgs.

  • American Marketing Association
  • Beta Alpha Psi
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Boise State Bee Team
  • Bronco Sales Club
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Finance Management Association
  • Human Resources Association
  • Women of the Workplace

Shikhar Sarin Received Best Paper Award

image Shikhar Sarin, professor, marketing Boise State University College of Business and EconomicsProfessor Shikhar Sarin, Dept. Marketing and Stacey Malek, (Boise State University BBA ’12), David Gotteland, and Christophe Haon from Grenoble Ecole de Management, received the Best Paper Award in the Innovation and New Product Development Track for their paper, “Extrinsic Rewards, Intrinsic Motivation, and New Product Development Performance.”

The announcement was made at the awards luncheon of the 2017 American Marketing Association Summer Educator’s Conference in San Francisco in August.

Professor Shikhar Sarin and COBE Graduate Stacey Malek Received Grant Award

image Shikhar Sarin, professor, marketing Boise State University College of Business and Economics

Shikhar Sarin

Stacey Macek

Stacey Malek

Shikhar Sarin, PhD, professor in the Department of Marketing; Stacey Malek (Boise State University, marketing BBA, 2012); and Professor Bernard J. Jaworski,  Drucker Chair in Management and the Liberal Arts at Claremont Graduate University; were named winners of the 2017 Sales Education Foundation/Neil Rackham Grant Award for their research, “Informal Controls, Salesperson Engagement, and Performance: Toward an Empirically Validated Comprehensive Framework.” The award announcement was made at a formal reception at the American Marketing Association Conference in San Francisco on August 5.

Malek is a PhD candidate in marketing at Grenoble Ecole de Management (France).  She is doing her PhD dissertation research under the supervision of  Sarin.

Sales Education Foundation (SEF) is a non-profit component fund of The Dayton Foundation. SEF partners with academic trailblazers and industry professionals to help establish and support effective sales programs around the world.


Jack Marr Featured in Focus on Boise State Magazine

Jack Marr

Jack Marr teaching international business students.

A clinical associate professor of international business, Jack Marr is featured in Focus on Boise State magazine. The story is about how Marr became interested in Asia and how he is working to connect Boise State University with Asia

Marr will take over duties as director of international business programs beginning fall semester 2017.

Read “Building A Bridge to Asia” in Boise State’s Focus magazine. 

COBE Graduate, Sydney Nederend, Featured in Great Northwest Wine

Sydney Nederend, 23, who graduated from Boise State University with a finance degree, recently opened a tasting room near the Sunnyslope Wine District for her Scoria Vineyards and Winery. Her long-range plan is to have 100 acres of her family’s property planted to vineyards by 2022.


See Great Northwest Wine’s story: “Scoria Vineyards ready to rock Idaho wine industry.”