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Petersens Make Donation to Future Business Building

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Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen and his wife Barbara have given a $150,000 donation to the fund for a new College of Business and Economics building at Boise State. The new facility is being planned on the corner of Capitol Boulevard and University Drive and will serve as a gateway to the west side of campus. (more…)

Student Spotlight – David Rush

davidHeat 2 Optimize (H2O), a team of Boise State University MBA students, bested teams from Germany, France and China to win the Benchmark Capital Challenge at the 2009 Global Moot Corp Business Plan Competition earlier this month in Austin, Texas. Boise State’s team was one of only 38 teams from around the world to compete.

The team, led by David Rush, worked with Boise inventor Dale Kramer to develop an innovative energy-saving electric water heater that allows utility companies to shift electricity consumption to off-peak periods.

H2O placed third in the preliminary round of the 2009 Global Moot Corp Business Plan Competition losing out to a team that went on to the final round. Rush’s team was honored with the Benchmark Capital Challenge award and $1,000 in prize money. Congratulations to all.

Larry Sands Passes Away

Larry Sands, longtime network administrator in the College of Business and Economics, died June 2 at the age of 67. To honor his wishes, there will be no memorial service. (more…)

Final Info Session for Executive MBA Program

Due to increased interest, the Executive MBA program will hold a final information session on June 22 for prospective students. Classes begin in September and participants earn an MBA degree in two academic years of part-time class attendance.

The Executive MBA program is designed specifically for middle- to senior-level professionals who wish to obtain a master’s in business administration on a schedule that minimizes disruption of work and personal pursuits. The informational session will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in The Loft on the fifth floor of the Stueckle Sky Center on the west side of Bronco Stadium. Those planning to attend should e-mail or call ext. 6-4034 to reserve a space.
For more information about the program visit

Alumni Spotlight – Jon Munkers

Executive MBA Graduate Jon Munkers Honored by the Idaho Business Review

munkersgradfamilyTerraGraphics’ Environmental Scientist and Boise Office Manager Jon Munkers is featured as an honoree for the Idaho Business Review’s 2009 “Accomplished Under Forty” Awards.

This year, the program’s 10th, was the most competitive to date. More than 140 young movers and shakers across the state were nominated for the distinction. Judges, all former Accomplished Under 40 honorees, ranked applicants in the areas of professional accomplishments, leadership, community involvement and long-term goals.  The top 40 achievers will be recognized at a June 23 awards dinner at the Boise Centre on the Grove and profiled in a magazine publishing June 22 in the Idaho Business Review. (Idaho Business Review)

See the complete article on the Idaho Business Review.

Munkers graduated with his MBA from the Boise State Executive MBA program in the Spring of 2008. The Executive MBA program is geared towards experienced professionals and facilitates the completion of an MBA in 21 months with a schedule that minimizes disruption of work and personal pursuits.

The Executive MBA program is currently accepting applications for the Fall of 2009. The next informational open house will be held on June 22. See EMBA Open House for more information.

2009 Outstanding Graduates

Outstanding graduates are selected by faculty members in each area of study within the college.

This year’s honorees are:


  • Denise Buske, Human Resource Management
  • Amanda Clausen, Accountancy Taxation
  • Jon Daley, Master of Business Administration
  • Maria Shimel, Management
  • Daniel Simenc, Management
  • Erin Taylor, Information Technology
  • Steve Wargo, Accountancy
  • Mark Woychick, Master of Business Administration

Bonners Ferry

  • Johanna Farrell, International Business


  • Melissa Warwick, Finance

Idaho Falls

  • Jake Davis, Entrepreneurship
  • Jason Davis, Supply Chain Management


  • Jennifer Stemple, Marketing

Twin Falls

  • Jeff Woods, Master of Science in Accountancy

Meredith Taylor Presents

Meredith A. Taylor, a special lecturer with the College of Business and Economics, presented the International Law Section of the Idaho State Bar Association’s April continuing legal education lecture on “US-Upland Cotton: Lessons in the Political and Legal Frameworks of the World Trade Organization.” Taylor now plans to attend the British Institute of International and Comparative Law’s World Trade Organization Conference May 20-21 in London. The annual conference is recognized as the most significant forum for international scholarship and policy discussion.