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Avest Commercial Properties Praise COBE Internship Program

Blake Hagget, COBE graduateBlake Haggett, 2016 graduate of Boise State University’s entrepreneurial program has joined Avest Commercial Properties Division (ACPM-Commercial) as a commercial property management/development/leasing agent. Haggett’s appointment was in part due to a successful internship.

Roger Allen, president of Allen Investment Corporation sent a letter to Dean Ken Petersen, commending our internship program and coordinator, Gundy Kaupins.

[We] “share… our appreciation for the opportunity to work with this student for several years through Boise State’s intern program; and to then be able to hire him permanently after graduation. We commend Gundy Kaupins, internship coordinator, for his excellent communication and feedback with both the student, Blake Haggett, and the ACP Division CEO during the internship,” said Allen.


The internship gave Haggett school credits and helped him determine if he had an aptitude for and an interest in ACPM-Commercial.

“His internship advisor, Professor Kaupins, assessed and reinforced Blake’s ability to transfer his college experience to the practical aspects of the Avest Commercial Division duties. It was a very positive experience. Blake approached all jobs—big and small with integrity, determination, and enthusiasm,” Shawna Allen, CEO ACPM-Commercial said in a memo to Avest’s board of directors and staff.

Kaupins noted the success of the internship giving Haggett macro and micro perspectives.

“I like the start with the physical basics, accounting, and writing/leasing. The most interesting phase was looking at the financial and CEO goals. Actually understanding where the company is going from a macro perspective will allow the micro perspective (physical, accounting, writing/leasing) to make more sense.”

COBE Graduate Nic Kawaguchi Reports Inovus Acquisition by SolarOne

Nic Kawaguchi, COBE graduate and director of marketing of Inovus Solar, Inc. shared the news with us about Inovus being acquired by SolarOne.

SolarOne Solutions, Needham, Mass., a provider of professional solar area lighting solutions to customers worldwide, announced last week it was acquiring Inovus, a Boise solar lighting company with complementary products, markets and technologies.

COBE Boise State graduate, Nic Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi was with Inovus from 2009-2014 and returned in June of 2016. He along with the eight other employees of Inovus will stay on with SolarOne in Boise. Kawaguchi’s title will change to sales and marketing manager and he looks forward to the future.

“The new partnership will help us sell into new markets around the world — specifically the Middle East,” said Kawaguchi, “which is something we have been wanting to do.”

Kawaguchi tipped his hat to Boise State University and the education he received.

“Boise State’s MBA program prepared me to handle this type of opportunity and to take part in this experience. I am grateful to have met so many high caliber professors and classmates during my time at the College of Business and Economics. My career at Inovus was directly tied to the connections I made through a class in MBA program.”

Read about the SolarOne acquisition here.


Accountancy Students Provide Tax Help to Boise Community

Boise State student, Kathy Hurley professor and tax return client

Accountancy student, Kathy Hurley and tax client

Instructor Kathy Hurley and 17 students in ACCT 485 and 585, plus two volunteers, are helping to prepare tax returns for low-income individuals and households in the community.

This is the fifth year the accounting department has offered the program, which integrates service-learning methodology and provides valuable hands-on learning experience for accounting students.

Diane Schooley-Pettis, COBE associate dean, said this exercise helps students prepare for the future.

“More than building skills in tax preparation, this experience fosters in students our COBE values of relevance, respect and responsibility. We hope that they will apply these values beyond graduation, throughout their professional and personal lives.”

Throughout tax season, students firm up their basic knowledge of federal tax rules and regulations; learn to interview taxpayers to obtain critical information to prepare an accurate tax return and practice using tax preparation software. Students gain leadership and logistical skills as they have an active role in weekly site setup, operations management and planning for continuous improvement. Students develop professional skills through client interaction, practice ethical behavior and exhibit the responsibilities inherent in the preparation of individual income tax returns. By working with a culturally and economically diverse population, students become aware of the benefits and rewards of civic engagement, and providing valuable services to their community.

Tax help is available to anyone in the community with an income of $62,000 or less at the Boise Public Library main branch. See the Department of Accountancy Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) webpage for dates and times and what to bring with you.

Jonathan Krutz, Lecturer in the Department of Marketing, Published an Editorial in the Idaho Statesman

Jonathan Krutz, Boise State faculty COBE Dept. of Marketing and FinanceJonathan Krutz, faculty-in-residence and lecturer in the Department of Marketing published an editorial in the Idaho Statesman. “What happens when a state ignores its own constitution?” was published in the Feb. 9. You can read Krutz’s editorial on the Idaho Statesman website.

John Williams CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Visited with Economics and Finance Students

Boise State finance and economics students with John Williams CEO of Federal Reserve Bank San FransiscoJohn C. Williams, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco visited College of Business and Economics at Boise State University on Tuesday, February 21. During his visit, Williams held speaking and Q&A events with economics and finance faculty and students. Skip Oppenheimer and Park Price, members of the board of directors at Salt Lake City branch of San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank were also present at these events.

Apr. 17: Undergraduate Research Conference

14th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Monday, April 17

In the SUB

Click here to learn more.

Apr. 18: Ask Me Anything

Economic Decisions

Ask four Boise economic decision makers anything you’ve ever wanted to know, but haven’t had opportunity to ask.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
in the Imagination Lab, MBEB 2302

All Majors Welcome
Free Pizza • Drinks • Cookies • #AskMeAnything

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