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Professor Emeritus Michael Bixby Honored as a Leader in Law

Michael Bixby emeritus professor Boise StateProfessor Emeritus Michael Bixby is being honored as a Leader in Law by the Idaho Business Review. According to the selection criteria, honorees are “dedicated and skilled, have a strong work ethic and show tenacity. Experience counts, excellence is expected and compassion is essential.” Honorees are individuals whose leadership in the legal profession and in the community has had a positive impact on Idaho. Michael Bixby fits the bill.

Bixby has been part of the College of Business and Economics at Boise State for 35 years. He was a full-time professor in the Department of Management from 1981 to 2012, teaching classes dealing with legal and regulatory issues, including intellectual property, employment law, workplace safety and business ethics. Since his retirement, he has taught a law course in the Boise State Online MBA program for the last four years, and he has also continued to teach a few sessions of the Executive MBA course each year.

Before becoming a faculty member at Boise State, Bixby practiced law as an attorney for 11 years in Michigan. His undergraduate and law degrees are from the University of Michigan. He and his wife also served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1968-70.

Bixby has had 18 articles published in academic and professional journals and has presented over 60 academic papers at conferences. He has authored and co-authored 2 textbooks, currently in use by many business schools. The first one, The Legal Environment of Business (he is the lead author) is now in its 6th edition (2014) and is published by Pearson Publications. In 2013 he co-authored the revised 6th edition of International Business Law, published by Prentice Hall. Bixby is an active member of the National Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and has served as president of the Northwest Regional division of this organization. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and was for 15 years a member of the Governing Council of the Corporate and Business Law Section of the State Bar of Idaho.

In 2006 Professor Bixby was chosen as the winner of the Foundation Scholars Award for Teaching, the highest honor accorded to a faculty member at Boise State. He was the first College of Business faculty member to win the award. He has also been twice recognized as the Faculty Member of the Year in the College of Business by the ASBSU student organization, and was the winner of the Teaching Award in the Management Department in 2008. In 2012, Bixby was given the Distinguished Career Achievement Award by the national Academy of Legal Studies in Business, an award given only every few years by the organization.

Congratulations to Michael Bixby — the College of Business and Economics has been lucky to have you.

COBE Signature Student Awards Announced

 A COBE Signature Student has:

  • A passion for learning
  • Effective communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Ethical behavior
  • Strong leadership
  • Community engagement

The fall 2016 awardees are:

  • Hannah Coad, Career Track MBA
  • Rebekah Grad, Finance/General Business
  • Keatan Hampton, Master of Accountancy-Taxation
  • JunLin Huang, Accountancy
  • Sean Ippolito, Economics
  • Justin Johnson, General Business
  • Misty Kivett, Supply Chain Management
  • Mark Kondratyuk, Entrepreneurship
  • Kyle Mitsunaga, Finance
  • Vincent Nguyen, Information Technology Management
  • Adam Ramsey, Marketing
  • Molly Renaldo, International Business
  • Michael Simpson, Accountancy
  • Lucie Solcova, Professional MBA
  • Carly Souhrada, Marketing
  • Julie Trout, Human Resource Management
  • Shane Turner, Entrepreneurship
  • Kyle Van Arsdale, Master of Accountancy

See photos and bios of these exceptional students here. 

MBA Student, Eldar Sakebaev, Helps TechHelp Traveler

Eldar Sakebaev, Boise State MBA  student with TechHelp food safety specialist, Jeff Kronenberg

Eldar Sakebaev, Boise State MBA student with TechHelp food safety specialist, Jeff Kronenberg

Eldar Sakebaev, first-year Career Track MBA student, was born and raised in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. His first hand-knowledge of Kyrgyzstan came in handy for TechHelp food safety specialist, Jeff Kronenberg.  Kronberg is providing on-site technical assistance for two small dairy processing companies in Kyrgyzstan.

Before Kronenberg’s trip Sakebaev provided him with a briefing on Kyrgyzstan.

Sakebaev is a graduate of COBE International Business Program and was an intern for the Idaho Export Excellence Program.

COBE Celebrates 10 years of the Executive MBA Program

10-year anniversary banner 2006-2016 EMBA Boise StateThe Executive MBA program at Boise State celebrated the program’s 10th anniversary last week. Held at Payette Brewing Company, about 60 current participants, alumni, faculty and staff gathered to reminisce and celebrate success. The 10-year-old program boasts 166 alumni and is going strong with 38 participants scheduled to graduate in the next two years. David Knipping, program director for the past two years, enjoyed getting to meet some of the earlier EMBA alumni.

EMBA graduates from the first cohort in 2006

EMBAs from the inaugural class.

“ I continue to be impressed by the caliber of the professionals who have attended the Executive MBA Program at Boise State. The EMBA alumni are great people in great jobs who are giving back to our community in so many ways. I am very proud to be part of this important program.”

Learn about the EMBA program by visiting the website, and/or attend an informational session.

Tom Gattiker and Jim Kroes Co-authored Paper Published in Nonprofit Management and Leadership Journal

Tom Gattiker, professor and Jim Kroes, associate professor from the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management along with Andrew Mankius of the University of Louisville had a paper accepted into the  journal Nonprofit Management and Leadership. The title of the paper is “Leveraging an Academic Partnership to Improve Logistics at Nonprofit Organizations.”


This article presents the results of a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a team of academic researchers that developed a low-cost spreadsheet-based tool that allows organizations to effectively schedule vehicle operations. Specifically, the tool (1) handles the real-world constraints present in moderately complex logistics environments; and (2) uses general computing hardware and software that is already deployed in most organizations, thereby rendering the solution radically low cost (effectively free). We deployed this tool to a humanitarian organization, the Idaho Foodbank, which realized a substantial improvement in its fleet efficiency and a corresponding reduction in route-planning time. The methodology used to manage this collaboration with academia can be leveraged by other nonprofit organizations attempting to overcome the financial barriers that commonly prevent budget-constrained organizations from accessing advanced technologies.

Preview the article here.

Nov. 17: Diversity Summit and Workshops 2016

Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent: Diversity and Inclusion as a Business Driver

November 17, 2016

Summit: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshops: 12:30 – 3:30pm

Ballroom at the new Alumni and Friends Center, Boise State University
1173 W University Drive, Boise, ID 83706

See the agenda, speaker and sponsor information on the Responsible Business Initiative website.

Free parking provided in the Alumni and Friends Center Lot

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Diane Schooley-Pettis Published Paper on Changes in Risk Tolerance after the Financial Crisis

image Diane Schooley-Pettis COBE Boise State

Diane Schooley-Pettis

Diane Schooley-Pettis, COBE associate dean and professor of finance co-authored an article with Debra Worden (George Fox University) that was recently published in the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning. The article, “Perceived and Realized Risk Tolerance: Changes During the 2008 Financial Crisis,” examines the common belief that the financial crisis caused households to become less tolerant of financial risk. The study’s findings reveal that only some households became less risk tolerant. Change in risk tolerance is related to perceived risk tolerance, education, life cycle stage and employment status. The paper suggests that in practice, single households, or those households whose head is less educated, or self-employed or unemployed, may need financial advice to prevent them from reducing their portfolio risk in reaction to a financial crisis.

The Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning is the leading publication of the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education.