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COBE Golf Tournament 2009


The COBE Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament will be played at beautiful Crane Creek Country Club.

Funds Benefit COBE Scholarships!

When: Thursday, October 1, 2009
Where: Crane Creek Country Club
Registration and Lunch at 11am
Shotgun Start at 1pm

Registration Fees:
Foursome $1000
Single $300

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Orange Sponsor: $10,000
Blue Sponsor: $5,000
Player Lunch: $1,500
Reception and Awards: $2,500
Massage Therapist: $500
Driving Range: $500
Long Drive Contest: $500
Closest to Pin Contest: $500
Putting Contest: $500
Carts: $500
Photographer: $500
Chiropractor: $500
Hole Sponsor: $250

For more information call:
John Grizzaffi at 375-1450 or
Trisha Stevens Lamb at 426-1120

Sign up sheet

COBE Marketing Team Takes 2nd Place in National Competition

Boise State competed at the District 11 National Student Advertising Competition in Spokane, WA last Friday, April 17. The team placed second overall, and received awards for “Best Presentation”, “Best PR Program” and “Best Graphics”. Boise State competed with nine other universities from Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana.

The eight student team consisted of: David Andrews, Sara Byrne, Jamie Chaffin, Lisa Frazier, Sarah Gridley, Kamile Ishiyama, Evan Nolevanko, and Jennifer Stemple.

The National Student Advertising Competition is the premier college advertising competition. It provides more than 3,000 college students with real-world experience by requiring a strategic advertising/marketing/media campaign for a corporate sponsor. Schools receiving first place from each district competition are selected to present their campaigns to a panel of industry executives at the American Advertising Federation National Conference.

This year’s corporate sponsor was, The Century Counsel, a group of distillers fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. This year’s mission was to create a campaign targeted towards college students to help combat the binge drinking problem that is so prevalent on college campuses today. Boise State accomplished this with the “Retool Your Reality” Campaign, which communicates a disconnect between student perceptions and reality.

Judges, who were advertising executives from around the west, were thoroughly impressed with the “Retool Your Reality” Campaign, and the difference between 1st and 2nd place (Portland State and Boise State) was within a point. Congratulations to the team and their astounding performance!

Contact Information: For more information, please contact the College of Business and Economics Marketing Department at 426-5384.

(From left to right) David Andrews, Sarah Gridley, Jamie Chaffin, Jay Longwell, Kamile Ishiyama, Evan Nolevanko, Sara Byrne, Lisa Frazier, and Jen Stemple

Boise State EMBA Graduates Rank Program Among the Highest in the World

Boise State University’s Executive MBA program has earned high marks in an independent exit survey of its graduates by the international Executive MBA Council. About 96 percent of the graduates gave the overall program the highest possible rating. The average for participating schools worldwide was 83 percent. 

Moreover, Boise State’s program achieved these high standards during its first session. The Executive MBA Council, an organization comprised of Executive MBA programs worldwide, hired an outside firm to conduct the exit survey with Boise State’s 2008 Executive MBA graduates, the first to graduate from the 3-year-old program.

Graduates noted in the survey that after completing the program they are more creative, more strategic in their problem solving and decision-making, higher contributors to their company’s success and overall more effective leaders.

“We worked on solving real business issues,” said Greg Hanmer, an IT director with Hewlett-Packard, adding that he and fellow EMBA participants examined HP’s forecasting and supply chain processes and outlined opportunities for material savings. “The program gave us the academic tools we needed in today’s business environment and access to business professionals throughout the valley.”

More than 65 percent of Boise State’s Executive MBA graduates thus far have received promotions or otherwise advanced their careers as a result of their participation in the program.

“Our EMBA participants and their organizations have seen very rapid returns on their investment,” said Kirk Smith, associate dean of Boise State’s College of Business and Economics and director for the Executive MBA program. “Most have recovered their investment, and more, before they’ve even completed the 21-month program.”

Boise State’s Executive MBA program began in September 2006 and is Idaho’s first program. It is unique in that it was created in partnership with a consortium of local businesses in an effort to meet the current and future needs of the business community. The 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 program is now enrolling for fall 2009. Classes will begin in September and students will earn an MBA degree in 21 months of part-time class attendance. An informational open house is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 29 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 (208) 426-4034 to reserve a space. Additional details about the program can be found online at

The Executive MBA Council is a non-profit association of universities and colleges that offer Executive MBA programs. It currently includes more than 200 colleges and universities that administer 300-plus programs in more than 25 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

2009 Boise State Elevator Pitch Competition Results

Big Ideas. Big Money.

Boise State Center for Entrepreneurship held the first annual Elevator Pitch Competition and the results were impressive. The ideas generated by Boise State graduate and undergraduate students impressed the panel of judges with both their innovation and viability. Over $3,500 was awarded for graduate and undergraduate categories in best technology, most green, most viable and best presentation.  Before the event, entrepreneur and Boise State alumnus Clay Young, co-founder of Inovus Solar and ProClarity, discussed challenges for entrepreneurs.

For the complete Elevator Pitch Competition results click on: Boise State Elevator Pitch Competition 2009 Results

To view the Idaho Statesman article on the Elevator Pitch Competition click here.



Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics will honor its outstanding graduates at a dinner on Friday, May 8. Outstanding graduates are selected by faculty members in each area of study within the college.

This year’s honorees are:

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

Bonners Ferry – Johanna Farrell, International Business

Meridian – Melissa Warwick, Finance

Idaho Falls – Jake Davis, Entrepreneurship; and Jason Davis, Supply Chain Management

Payette – Jennifer Stemple, Marketing

Twin Falls – Jeff Woods, Masters of Science in Accountancy

For more information about Boise State’s College of Business and Economics and its programs, call (208) 426-4950 or visit

Contact: Sherry Squires, University Communications, (208) 426-1563,

This Week At COBE: Entrepreneur Clay Young to Speak and Boise State Elevator Pitch

Two big events are taking place this week: A successful Boise State graduate talks about starting businesses and the Boise State Elevator Pitch, both Friday April 17.

“The Entrepreneur’s Challenge”: Clay Young, Boise State BA and MBA graduate

On Friday April 17th from 12 noon to 1:00 PM, Clay Young, co-founder and CEO of Inovus Solar, will talk about the challenges of starting and managing a high-tech company. Mr. Young has worked with Hewlett-Packard, Extended Systems, and co-founded ProClarity, which was acquired by Microsoft.

All students and community members are welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.

For more information contact Kent Neupert,, 426-2397

COBE Student Team Takes Third in HR Competition

The Boise State Human Resource Association (HRA) hosted the Pacific West Human Resource Collegiate Competition and Conference that occurred April 3-4 on campus. This regional competition associated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) featured games that test knowledge of human resource management.

A Boise State team of Jacob Donahoo, Rachel Alverson, and Heleena Burton finished third and another team of Andrea Buss, Alexandra Alvarez, and Jennifer Wolf finished fifth of nine teams. Megan Stradley was an alternate. Decateur Reed, adjunct faculty in the Boise State Management Department, was the coach. James Pendergrass, President of the HRA headed the conference organization effort.

California State Stanislaus won the competition by defeating last year’s champs Fresno State in the finals. University of Nevada Reno won the Collegiality Award. Universities attending include California State Stanislaus, Nevada-Reno, Fresno State, Hawaii, San Jose State, Western Washington, Idaho State, and Boise State.

Team Members and Coaches Pictured (left to right):

Front Row : Rachel Alverson (in orange), Angela Knassis (in black), Megan Stradley, Jennifer Wolf

Back Row: Decateur Reed (coach), Ryan Wilkins, Jake Donahoo, Alexandra Alvarez, Andrea Buss, Heleena Burton, James Wanek (advisor), Gundars Kaupins (advisor), James Pendergrass (HRA President)

Slideshow from HR Games

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