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Faculty in Action 2/5/2009

Michael Bixby, Department of Management, gave an invited lecture to the College of International Business and Management at Shanghai University in China in December, on the last day of his semester there. The presentation was titled “The Enron Scandal: What Lessons Did We Learn?”

Bill Lathen, Department of Accountancy, recently had an article accepted for publication in the July 2009 issue of “Taxes – the Tax Magazine,” published by CCH Tax and Accounting. The article is titled “New Tax Rules forChild Dependency Exemptions of Divorced or Separated Parents or Parents Who Live Apart.” Dr. Lathen’s coauthor is Christine Lements, a former graduate student in the department.

Economic Outlook Workshop – Feb. 18


Boise State University’s Executive MBA Program is collaborating with the Idaho Department of Commerce to provide insights on the current economy, perspectives for the future and strategies for tapping opportunities.

The two entities will present the Economic Outlook for the Boise Business Community workshop on Feb. 18 and will address the economic questions on the minds of business owners and public sector leaders, including:

•  Where are we? What is the current state of the economy and financial markets?
•  How did we get here? How does today’s situation compare with high-tech bubble of the    ’90s and how do we share the blame for the current situation?
•  How do we get out of crisis? What is the role of the financial industry bailouts and emerging fiscal policies?
•  What does the future look like for the U.S. economy? What is the short- and long-term outlook from a local, national and international perspective?
•  What are the international impacts of the financial crisis? What effects and opportunities are found for Idaho’s trade partners in Taiwan, China and Mexico?

Expert presenters include:

•  Don Holley, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Economics at Boise State
•  Keith Harvey, Ph.D., associate professor of finance at Boise State
•  Eddie Yen, director, Idaho Department of Commerce Idaho-Asia Trade Office
•  Cao Guoli, manager, Idaho Department of Commerce Idaho-Shanghai Trade Office
•  Armando Orellana, director, Idaho Department of Commerce Idaho-Mexico Trade Office

The workshop will run from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Simplot Micron Technology Center on the Boise State campus. The cost is $99 per person and includes breakfast. Workshop attendees are invited to continue the discussion during an informal, low-cost luncheon at the new Boise River Café in the Student Union Building immediately following the workshop.

For additional details and to register, call (208) 426-3861 or visit

Economic Outlook Flyer

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

Faculty in Action Update

Regis Terpend, Supply Chain Management, co-authored an article with his colleague from Miami University in Ohio, Bryan Ashenbaum. The article is titled “The Purchasing-Logistics Interface: A Scope or Responsibility Taxonomy.” The paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Logistics later this year.

Denise English, chair of the Department of Accountancy, is serving on several accreditation peer review teams for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. She is part of a four-member peer review team made up of two business deans and two accounting chairpersons that visited University of Houston-Clear Lake in October and will visit California State-Fullerton in February and the College of Charleston, South Carolina in fall. As of December 2008, 560 institutions worldwide hold AACSB business accreditation, of which 168 have additional specialized accreditation for their accounting programs. Boise State possesses both COBE and Accountancy accreditations from the AACSB.

Dusty Bodie, Department of Management, has been selected as the Provost’s Excellence in Advising Award winner for the College of Business and Economics for 2008. The ceremony to recognize award winners is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 from 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM in the Gallery of the Alumni Center.  Rather than make this an hour long event with catering, it is our hope that all attendees will move to the Bronco Prime Time event in the Stueckle Sky Center following the ceremony.

Bishop Kelly High School Students Wins National Investment Contest


Boise State’s Council on Economic Education set to announce winner

The Idaho Council on Economic Education at Boise State University has announced that a Bishop Kelly High School student has won first place in a national investment essay contest. He or she will only learn about this achievement at an award assembly scheduled for Feb. 6, 2009 at the Bishop Kelly Carley Center at 2:20 pm. Until then, the winner remains a mystery. 7,000 Idaho students competed with 740,000 students nationwide in the “Stock Market Game.” Many also wrote an essay in the national writing competition, “InvestWrite.”

Leon Maynard, President of the Idaho Council, said, “The Stock Market Game and the InvestWrite Essay contest have been an important part of financial literacy education in Idaho for many years. They are educationally challenging and fun at the same time. We welcome all 4th – 12th grade teachers and parents who are interested in getting their students involved.”

The Idaho Council on Economic Education, co-hosted by the College of Business & Economics and the College of Education, provides these and many other programs as part of its mission to increase economic and financial literacy statewide. Dr. Pat Shannon, Dean of COBE, explained, “The Idaho Council is one of our major community outreach programs. Through its activities, Boise State has helped train and provide materials to well over 500 Idaho teachers and we reach more than 12,000 elementary and secondary students every year with essential information on personal financial management and economics.” Dr. Diane Boothe, Dean of the College of Education, added, “This is a great example of how a partnership between two Boise State colleges can make a real difference in the lives of Idaho’s teachers and students. Our sister universities are involved as well through our Centers at Idaho State, University of Idaho and College of
Southern Idaho.”

Idaho State Finance Director, Gavin Gee said, “It has never been more important that our students in Idaho learn about economics and investing. With the challenges our country and world are facing, we must return to basics and teach our children and grandchildren to work, spend wisely, save for the future and manage their resources.” The Idaho Department of Finance and Wells Fargo Bank were co-sponsors of last semester’s competitions. The mystery student at Bishop Kelly, who will soon be named this year’s national champion, will receive a laptop computer and trip to New York City where he or she will visit the New York Stock Exchange and other sites. Marta Watson, a Boise State graduate and the Bishop Kelly economics teacher who has introduced and coached
hundreds of students in these contests for many years, will also win a new laptop and trip to New York City where she will participate in a financial literacy conference this summer.

And wait, there’s more….the entire student body of Bishop Kelly High School will receive a Pizza Party from the Idaho Council on Economic Education and
the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education, which sponsors the Stock Market Game and InvestWrite nationally.

How to Register Students for the Stock Market Game
Teachers from public, private, home and virtual schools can register their students for the “Stock Market Game” by calling or emailing the Idaho Council on Economic Education. 208-426-2926.

Executive MBA Program Plans Informational Open Houses

Boise State University’s Executive MBA program will hold two open houses for prospective students and interested companies on March 2 and April 29.

The informational sessions 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 (208) 426-4034 to reserve a space.

Classes will begin in September 2009 and students will earn an MBA degree in two academic years of part-time class attendance. 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.

Boise State’s Executive MBA program began in September 2006 and was Idaho’s first program. It is unique in that it was created in partnership with a consortium of local businesses. In their capstone projects, students work to solve real business issues for local companies and organizations. The Idaho Youth Ranch implemented new plans as a result of the program that greatly increased its bottom line, and more than half of Boise State’s Executive MBA graduates report that they have received promotions or otherwise advanced their careers as a direct result of their participation in the program.

For more information about the program, visit


COLLEGE NEWS RELEASE / January 15, 2009
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Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics (COBE) is launching a new effort to assist Treasure Valley businesses during a down economy.

The “Spring 2009 Economic Turnaround Initiative” is a plan to help 200 Treasure Valley businesses between now and May. The local business community is urged to contact the college immediately to benefit from the wide variety of expertise available at the university. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested businesses should call (208) 426-4950.

“The College of Business and Economics is a key driver of Idaho’s economic growth,” said COBE dean Pat Shannon. “We want to make it as easy as possible for civic leaders, businesses and economic development entities to access, utilize and gain from the college’s wealth of resources.”

The college has a long history of assisting local businesses. The college plans to do so this semester through internships, faculty consulting, graduate assistantships, semester-long class projects, Executive MBA capstone projects, in-class live problem solving, small business consulting, manufacturing consulting, high-tech business incubation and more.

Past efforts have led to a higher level of success for participating businesses and organizations. For example, a team of Executive MBA students formulated a plan for the Idaho Youth Ranch to increase revenue by starting an e-books business.

“Since our rollout on Sept. 8, 2008, we have sold 14,000 books and booked $129,000 in gross revenues,” said Steve Woodworth, Idaho Youth Ranch president and CEO.  “We have customers in every state and many other countries. The Executive MBA team provided the brainpower and encouragement we needed to move forward with this endeavor. ”

Local businesses can turn to the college for assistance with employee manuals, marketing plans, business plans, economic forecasting, lean manufacturing expertise, employee training, information system development, compensation plans, training manuals, volunteer handbooks, CPA review and more.

For more information about COBE, visit


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

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Center News Release

CENTER NEWS RELEASE / January 9, 2009
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Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics will present two events on Tuesday, Feb. 3, designed to help local businesses gain a competitive edge.

Boise’s fifth annual creativity workshop will be presented by the college’s Centre for Creativity and Innovation. Titled “The Creative Edge: Get it, Use it, or Pay the Price,” the conference will feature speakers Caleb Chung, world-famous toy designer and inventor of “Pleo” the robotic dinosaur, and Gary Schwartz, founder of Intuitive Learning Systems in Seattle, one of the nation’s top creativity communities.

The Centre for Creativity and Innovation is a regional leader with research and programs that illustrate the connection between creativity and successful organizations. Nancy Napier, a professor of international business at Boise State and executive director for the centre, will share information about resources at the university for innovation.

The workshop runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in The Loft, fourth floor of the Stueckle Sky Center on the west side of Bronco Stadium. To register or for more information, visit!Idaho/ or call (208) 426-4205.

The Idaho Small Business Development Center at Boise State will present “The Business of Climate Change: Creating Value with Climate Change Strategies,” a half-day business symposium also to be held at the Stueckle Sky Center on Feb. 3.

Businesses are often leaders in addressing complex problems and identifying opportunities for creating competitive advantage. The symposium will highlight business trends in the Northwest and local examples of companies that have successfully increased profitability with climate change strategies. Businesses that don’t believe climate change affects them are ignoring a big risk, and a bigger opportunity. The Business of Climate Change will help businesses minimize the risk and take advantage of the opportunities.

Featured speakers include: Brian Back, founding editor and publisher for Sustainable Industries; Toni Hardesty, director, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality; Tac Anderson, entrepreneur in residence at Highway 12 Ventures and social media/CRM/ search at Hewlett-Packard; Pat Ott, director of property management for Thornton, Oliver, Keller; and John Gardner, associate vice president for Energy Research Policy and Campus Sustainability at Boise State.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program runs from noon-5 p.m., followed by a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. The cost is $45 and includes lunch, reception and parking. For more information, visit or call (208) 426-1640.

This event is part of Boise State’s participation in the National Teach-In for Climate Change.


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

Boise State University is “The New U Rising” with record student enrollment, new academic buildings, additional degree programs and a growing research agenda. Learn more at