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COBE MBA Team Leads Special Project for Idaho National Lab (INL)

The MBA Team took a leadership role in the 2008-2009 Idaho Ideas to Market Program (I2M). Stephanie Wicks’ (MBA’2008) presentation at Idaho TechLaunch 6.0, in late May, was the culmination of a special project opportunity created and administered by the Idaho National Lab (INL) and Idaho TechConnect. (more…)

Idaho SBDC and Boise State Team Up to Offer No-Cost Energy Evaluations to Treasure Valley Small Businesses

Beginning this fall, the Idaho Small Business Development Center (Idaho SBDC) and Boise State University will offer no-cost energy evaluations through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. (more…)

Faculty Spotlight – Gundars Kaupins

Gundars Kaupins, Malcolm Coco, and James Wanek just published “HR Professional Perceptions of Human Resource Information Systems in the International Journal of Business and Public Administration  Volume 6 No. 1 Spring 2009 Pages 100-112.

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Brandt Foundation Lecture


David M. Walker

The Boise State University College of Business and Economics, in conjunction with the John and Orah Brandt Foundation, will present former U.S. government chief auditor David M. Walker on Monday, Oct. 19, as the 2009-2010 Brandt Foundation Lecturer. His talk, titled “Day of Reckoning: America’s Fiscal Future,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union Building at Boise State.

Walker’s talk is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.; no tickets are required. Free designated parking will be provided near the Student Union Building in the parking garage at Lincoln Avenue and University Drive.

As comptroller general of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) from 1998 to 2008 – spanning both Democratic and Republican administrations – Walker served as the federal government’s chief auditor. Appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, he was an outspoken, nonpartisan advocate for addressing the major fiscal and sustainability challenges facing the country.

Now president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Walker advocates for targeted solutions, works proactively with grantees and other partners to build strong coalitions, and encourages and engages in grassroots efforts to bring pressure on Washington to act. Although no longer the U.S. government’s chief auditor, Walker continues to serve as a global accountability expert as chairman of the United Nations independent audit advisory committee. He also serves on the boards of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Partnership for Public Service. He has authored two books, is a regular commentator for the media and is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A. that premiered in movie theaters around the country in August 2008.

Prior to his appointment to run the GAO, Walker served as a partner and global managing director of Arthur Andersen LLP and in several government leadership positions, including as a public trustee for Social Security and Medicare from 1990 to 1995 and as assistant secretary of labor for pension and welfare benefit programs during the Reagan administration.

In 2004, the Brandt Foundation pledged a generous annual contribution to Boise State’s College of Business and Economics that created a named professorship and secured funding for the lecture series. Previous speakers have included Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan, ABC News correspondent John Stossel, Cato Institute chairman William Niskanen, Judge Andrew Napolitano and acclaimed economist Robert Higgs.

For more information, visit or call (208) 426-1335.

Click to visit Brandt Foundation Lecture websiteSpeaker: THE HONORABLE DAVID M. WALKER


When: Monday, October 19, at 7 PM (doors open at 6 PM)

Where: Jordan Ballroom, Student Union Building

Parking: Free reserved parking will be provided near the Student Union Building in the new parking structure at Lincoln Ave. & University Drive

Cost: Free – no tickets required – open to the public.

Professor Paul Bahnson Wins Literary Award

Professor of Accountancy Paul Bahnson’s co-authored article “A New Day for Business Combinations,” which ran in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Accountancy, is the winner of the Journal of Accountancy 2008 literary award. (more…)

COBE Students Get Experience Working with Nonprofits

COBE students enrolled in MGMT410 Advanced Management Topics, taught by Professor Dusty Bodie, are getting firsthand experience working with the nonprofit sector this summer. Last week six nonprofit community partners delivered a 15 minute presentation introducing their organizations and told the class about the biggest changes and challenges facing the nonprofit sector.