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Meet Laura Chiuppi, the New Director of COBE Career Services


Laura ChiuppiLaura Chiuppi came to Boise State University in early 2016 as a career advisor and was promoted to director of COBE Career Services in January 2017.

She is an east coast native, born and raised in Massachusetts. After completing her undergraduate degree, Laura struggled to find a career that aligned with her interests and expertise. This experience led her to go back to school and refocus her career goals. In 2014, she completed her master’s degree in education at UMASS Boston, specializing in administration. While in Boston, Laura served as assistant director for four years at an international school.

Laura has a passion and talent for working with people. Her strong interpersonal skills allow her to connect with a diverse student population. In her position as director of COBE Career Services, she helps students identify their strengths and meet their career goals through exploration, development, knowledge and preparation. She inspires students to actively participate in their education and encourages them to think about their career goals early and often. Laura has developed a series of event programming centered on helping students build a professional network and develop job skills.

Associate Dean Keith Harvey looks forward to increased student success with Laura’s work in Career Services.

“Laura’s passion for student outcomes, and highly successful relationship building efforts with employers across the Treasure Valley, have positioned the COBE Career Services startup to deliver a suite of career offerings that will propel our graduates to success in initial career placement and beyond,” said Harvey.

Laura is thrilled to be a part of the Boise State community and proud to work for the College of Business and Economics where collaboration and innovation are valued. Laura strives to foster connections with the business community that will promote economic prosperity, and build and retain our young, talented workforce.

Laura serves on the Boise Young Professionals leadership team as the chair of the Outreach Committee. She is also on the Junior Achievement Hire to Inspire Committee and Boise Workforce Education Committee. In her free time, she loves trail running, riding her bike and camping with her family.

Supply Chain Management Team Excels at Weber State Case Competition

Boise State supply chain management students

Brady Gaschler, Alden Brereton, Misty Kivett and Caleb Smith

A team of Boise State University supply chain management (SCM) students recently returned from the 2017 Weber State SCM case competition in Ogden, Utah. The team finished second in the case event and fifth overall—an impressive finish, especially since it is the first year Boise State has participated.

The team consisted of Alden Brereton, Brady Gaschler, Misty Kivett and Caleb Smith. They were supported by professors Regis Terpend and Matt Castel, along with Aaron Lewis of Micron. Travel to the event was sponsored by the Idaho chapter of APICS, a professional association for supply chain management.

The competition featured two events, SCM Jeopardy and a case study presentation. In the case competition, the team was handed the written scenario, based on a real world dilemma at O.C. Tanner Company. The team had 24 hours do analysis, develop a solution and make a presentation. The team sacrificed some sleep, but it paid off with Boise State holding our own against many of the largest programs in the nation, such as Michigan, Miami University and BYU.

With six world-class faculty and approximately 150 students, the Boise State Supply Chain Management program is one of the premier programs in the western U.S.

COBE Welcomes Argia Beristain, New Development Director

Argia Beristain, University Advancement, Boise State

Argia joined Boise State University Advancement in October of 2015, where she provided advancement support to the College of Education and the Honors College. In 2017, she moved to the College of Business and Economics. Prior to arriving at Boise State, Argia was a professional fundraiser for more than 13 years supporting non-profits and universities in Seattle, Las Vegas and Washington, DC. Upon moving to Boise in 2013, Argia became the director of the Basque Soccer Friendly where she raised funds for and managed the July 2015 professional soccer game. Proceeds from the Basque Soccer Friendly went toward the Basque Studies program at Boise State and youth soccer throughout Idaho. Argia also serves as adjunct lecturer in Basque Studies at Boise State.

Argia holds a bachelor of arts in political science and gender studies from the University of Washington and a master in Basque studies from the Universidad del Pais Vasco which is located in the Basque region of Spain.

Argia is excited to help advance the goals and mission of the COBE.

Samia Islam, COBE Associate Professor, Quoted in Idaho Business Review Story about Gender Pay Gap

image Samia IslamThe Idaho Business Review (IBR) reported that Idaho was ranked No. 7 for the worst inequality of pay between men and women according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Because they are paid less, women and women-led families are more likely to be in poverty, particularly as women age. “Lifelong wage disparities substantially weaken women’s retirement security,” Samia Islam told IBR in an email message. “Nationwide, more than 12 percent of women 65 and older, and nearly 15 percent of women 75 and older, lived below the poverty line, which also increases healthcare costs,” she added.

Read the article, “Pay disparity hurts women in Idaho,” here (subscription required).

Mar. 8: CFOs Exposed

CFOs Exposed 2017 —  in partnership with Treasure Valley CFO Forum

At this annual event, students get the opportunity to interact one-on-one with top business leaders. This event features experts from a variety of business fields, such as finance, accounting, business operations and more.

3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
in the Stueckle Sky Center, Double R Ranch Room

Registration is required. Find the registration link and other instructions and information on the Beta Alpha Psi’s CFOs Exposed page.

Registration closes March 3.



Mar. 8: International Women’s Day

Women of the Workplace (W.O.W.) at International Women’s Day Event

Come join Women of the Workplace as they celebrate a global day that highlights the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women!

Exhibitor booth

  • WOW gear
  • Photo booth
  • Unique Snapchat Filter
  • Don’t forget to tag us in your photos to be featured on our social media #wowboisestate

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Atrium, Student Union Building

Nancy Napier’s Blog on Being Open to Proactive Serendipity Can Alter Your Future

Napier with balloons on MBEB dedication day at Boise State “Be open to and curious about experiences, information and encounters,” Nancy Napier says in her recent blog post in the Idaho Statesman. “Take advantage of proactive serendipity.”

Read Napier’s serendipity article here.