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Nov. 1: Ask Me Anything!

blue and oranges balloons and sign that says "Ask Me Anything"Ask Me Anything! Finance Panel Discussion

4:30 p.m. Tuesday November 1

Imagination Lab, MBEB room 2302


  • Lindsey Brist, Program Manager, KeyBank
  • Jason Kajkowski, VP of Finance, United Dairymen of Idaho
  • Dennis Mikelonis, Private Banker Wealth Management, Idaho Trust
  • Nick Schlekeway, Co-founder, Amherst Madison

Free pizza, drinks and cookies.


Ask Me Anything! event at Boise StateAsk Me Anything! event at Boise State

Nov. 14: Brandt Lecture Series – Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley will speak at Boise State Nov. 14, 2016Matt Ridley

“How Prosperity Evolves”

7 p.m. Monday, November 14, 2016

Jordan Ballroom, Student Union Building

Ridley is an award-winning author whose books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 30 languages and won numerous awards.

Ridley’s most recent book is “The Evolution of Everything: How New ideas Emerge.” His TED talk titled “When Ideas Have Sex” has been viewed more than 2 million times. He writes a weekly column in The Times and writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal.

The Brandt Foundation Lectures are made possible by the generosity of the John H. and Orah I. Brandt Foundation. The purpose of the Brandt Foundation Lectures is to bring noted speakers to campus who have made important contributions to public understanding of individual liberty, free markets, limited government and the Constitution. Beginning with the 2004 inaugural lecture by Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan, the Brandt Foundation Lectures have attracted large audiences and contributed significantly to Boise State and the community at large.

The annual lectures are free and open to the public and no tickets are required. Free parking will be provided in the Lincoln Avenue Parking Garage next to the Student Union Building on the night of the event.

More about Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley’s books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 30 languages and won several awards. His TED talk “When Ideas Have Sex” has been viewed more than two million times.

His books have been short-listed or won several prizes. His book The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture won the 2004 National Academies of Sciences Best Book Award. Other notable works are Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature, and The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation. His 2010 book, The Rational Optimist, won the Hayek Prize in 2011.

Ridley’s most recent book is The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge, published by HarperCollins.

He won the Julian Simon award in 2012 and the Free Enterprise Award from the Institute of Economic Affairs in 2014.

As Viscount Ridley, he was elected to the House of Lords in February 2013. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is honorary president of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle.

He is married to the neuroscientist Professor Anya Hurlbert. They have two children and live at Blagdon in Northumberland in the north of England.


Oct. 20: Ask Me Anything! Marketing Professionals

blue and oranges balloons and sign that says "Ask Me Anything"Ask Me Anything! Marketing Panel

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Imagination Lab, Room 2302

Micron Business and Economics Building

Discussion with Boise’s Business and Community Leaders

  • Chris Becker, art director, SOVRN
  • Matt Bishop, founder, Café Mulé Coffee
  • Tobe Brockner, founder/creative director, V-Squared Creative
  • Whitney Hansen, founder, Whitney Hansen Coaching
  • Lana Odintsova, director of marketing, Zasio Enterprises, Inc.

Free pizza, drinks and cookies.


Oct. 20: Florina Salaghe Presents Research on Slot Machine Gamblers

Florina Salaghe speaking at Boise State Oct. 20, 2016 MBEBThe Department of Economic Presents:

PhD Candidate in Economics

Florina Salaghe

An Empirical Investigation of Wagering Behavior in a Large Sample of Slot Machine Gamblers

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
Room 4001

Micron Business and Economics Building

Florina Salaghe is a PhD. candidate in economics at University of Nevada, Reno and a research assistant at the University Center for Economic Development at University of Nevada, Reno. Her research interests lie in the area of behavioral and experimental economics, decision making, spatial and urban economics. Her current research focuses on gambling behavior of slot machine players, vaccination behavior of cattle ranchers, and firm relocation and expansion decisions.

Florina teaches undergraduate courses at University of Nevada, Reno and has taught 6 courses over the last two years. In addition, she taught graduate topics while organizing math camp for the incoming graduate students. She presented papers and posters at eight academic conferences and was nominated as the College of Business PhD student of the academic year 2015-2016.

Florina completed her undergraduate degree at Babes Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, Romania. Cluj is a beautiful city in the heart of Transylvania, an hour and a half drive from Tirgu-Mures, her home town. She majored in finance and banking and briefly worked as a financial consultant before moving to the United States.

Deloitte Interviews 32 COBE Students at COBE Careers Services Suite

Marc McDonald from Deloitte interviewing Boise State accountancy student

COBE accounting student gives Marc McDonald, Deloitte, her resume.

The COBE Career Services suite was busy Friday, Oct. 7 as Deloitte conducted 32 interviews in one day.

The recent reorganization and expansion of Advising Service to suite 1213, opened up space in suite 1120 for Career Services to have interview rooms available for employers. Bringing employers in to the college is a nice convenience for our students.

“We are all so proud of the work that we have done, together, to improve the student experience in the College of Business and Economics here at Boise State University,” says COBE Dean Ken Petersen. “COBE now has fully-staffed Academic Program Advising (1213) and Career Services (1120).”

Deloitte is hiring six full-time and two intern positions in audit and one full-time and on one intern for tax.

Students applied for the Deloitte Boise positions through BroncoJobs and also filled out a Deloitte application. Deloitte recruiters sifted through the 50 or so applicants and selected 32 to be interviewed.

Ivan Sanchez, COBE student, shaking hands with Kelsey White, Deloitte

Kelsey White, audit manager for Deloitte, shakes hands with Ivan Sanchez, COBE senior in accountancy.

Kelsey White, audit manager at Deloitte did a lot of the set-up for the day of interviews and reviewed resumes.

“I was very impressed with the Boise State candidates. It was an exciting day of interviews.”

White also said she appreciates access to the COBE Career Services facilities.

“It is quite convenient to have five interviews at one time in one location. We plan on being back next year.”

Other companies conducting interviews at COBE Career Services are:

Boise State accounting student, John Jenkins shakes hands with Marc McDonald of Deloitte

John Jenkins, left, is having a second interview with Deloitte this week.

Moss Adams LLP
Cooper Norman
Eide Bailly LLP
Ripley Doorn & COMPANY PLLC
Harris & Co. PLLC
Little-Morris, LLP
CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

Laura Chiuppi, Interim Director of Career Services facilitates on-campus interviews.

“My team and I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to accommodate and interact with the firms as well as see our students connect with our business community. It was both exciting and rewarding to see first hand our students making the transition from college student to professional.”

For information on booking rooms, please contact Career Services at

Nov. 3: Law School Fair

graphic - Law School Fair Nov. 3, 2016 SUB at Boise StateLaw School Fair

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hatch Ballroom, Student Union Building

A unique opportunity for students, alumni and community members considering law school.

  • Meet face-to-face with over 50 law school representatives for across the country
  • Ask questions and learn more about the schools that interest you

Suggested attire is business casual.

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Center for Advising and Student Success, (208) 426-2663 or

See attending schools here.

Nov. 10: Hult Prize Challenge – Boise State Student Pitch Event

COBE Hult Prize Team 2016: Hannah Coad, Connor Sheldon, Haley Schaefer and Taylor Reed

COBE Hult Prize Team in Shanghai 2016: Connor Sheldon, Haley Schaefer, Taylor Reed and Hannah Coad

6-8 p.m. Trailhead Boise, 500 South 8th Street

The Hult Prize Challenge has challenged students to build a social enterprise to reduce the human cost of involuntary migration.

Join us to watch ten student teams present a five-minute pitch of their solution to the challenge. A community judging panel will select one of the ten teams to advance to a regional Hult Prize round (schedule for March in Boston, Dubai, London, San Francisco, and Shanghai).

After the elevator pitch competition, there will be a panel of experts to talk about involuntary migration.

Register here.