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Nancy Napier, Article in the Idaho Statesman: Benefits of Being a Beginner at Something, Again

Boise State University Distinguished Professor, Nancy Napier, is “… a student to the core.” Read her article about being a beginner here.

Gundars Kaupin Presented at Virtual Seminar about Location Monitoring

On June 10, Gundars “Gundy” Kaupins was one of three presenters Gundars "Gundy" Kaupins professor College of Business and Economics at Boise Statefor a virtual seminar. Approximately 50 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and White House officials virtually attended.

Kaupins presentation titled “Ethics Associated with Location Monitoring” was part of the session “Ethics of Wearable Sensors.”


COBE Student Organization, Human Resource Association, Received Prestigious Award

image of Boise State Human Resource Management student organization

Members of the 2016 Boise State HRA having fun at the SHRM competition.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2015-2016 Honorable Mention Award designation to the Boise State University SHRM student chapter, Human Resource Association,  for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members. 206 schools from across the United States applied for the award and Boise State University was one of 163 winners.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

“These chapters truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, East Divisional Director at SHRM and the lead for SHRM’s Student Programs. “Their achievements go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, their local communities and beyond.”

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which lasted from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016. One of Boise State Human Resource Association’s accomplishments was receiving third place in the Regional SHRM case study competition.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 285,000 professional and 20,000 student members in over 160 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

Find information on how to join the Boise State chapter of the Human Resource Association (HRA) here.



COBE Student Advising and Career Services Are On the Move

Advising and Career Services staff at the College of Business and Economics at Boise State

Advising Services staff: Kyle Nelson, Debi Mundell, Ashley Mehaffie, Mandy Hajduk, Megan Choate, Holly Beckstrom

COBE Advising Services

COBE Advising Services has moved into a new suite, room 1213, in the Micron Business and Economics Building. The new location gives them four more offices. Expanding our advising staff has been a priority at the College of Business and Economics. Director Debi Mundell looks forward to accomplishing more with the added personnel.

“With an expanded staff, we will be reaching out to students who are struggling to offer the help they need,” says Mundell. “We will also be at CWI campus a minimum of every other week and attend transfer events that are offered there.  With more advisors we can be proactive in our outreach to students which in turn will help students graduate!”

Our Newest Academic Advisor

Kyle Nelson, academic advisor for the College of Business and Economics at Boise State

One of the offices spaces in the new suite will be filled by Kyle Nelson, our newest academic advisor. Kyle comes to us from the College Western Idaho where he worked as an academic advisor for almost five years. Kyle has a degree in history from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri. Born in Frankfort, Germany, Kyle grew up mostly in Minnesota and Idaho. Kyle enjoys the great outdoors that Idaho has to offer.

COBE Career and Advising Services staff, John Kelly photo.

Career Services: Holly Connley and Laura Chiuppi

COBE Career Services

The move of Advising Services has opened up 1546 sq. ft. in suite 1120 for Holly Connley, career coordinator, and Laura Chiuppi, career advisor, to build a Career Services program dedicated to COBE students. A generous $25,000 gift will equip a video conference room where students applying for jobs outside the region can be conveniently interviewed via Skype. Additional funds will go toward career programming for COBE students.

Some of the projects Connley and Chiuppi are working on include a Career Exploration Series called Ask Me Anything!, Professional Networking Week and COBE career fairs which will provide valuable networking opportunities for students and employers.

Mark Buchanan, Department of Management, Invited to Speak at School of Economics at Shanghai University

Mark Buchanan, international business program director Boise State UniversityMark Buchanan has been invited by the School of Economics at Shanghai University to give a series of talks and a faculty workshop on “Corporate Social Responsibility in a Global Context” during the university’s International Education Forum in June.

Jonathan Krutz Published Editorial in Idaho Statesman

Jonathan Krutz, Boise State faculty COBE Dept. of Marketing and FinanceJonathan Krutz, faculty member in the Department of Marketing and Finance and the Professional MBA Program and faculty in residence for the COBE Living Learning Community, published a guest editorial in the Idaho Statesman outlining eight concerns about those blaming the Idaho Legislature for the failure of Idaho’s horse tracks. Krutz serves on the state and national boards of the Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation. Read Krutz’s full editorial here.

Meredith Taylor Black’s Book, “King Cotton in International Trade” Published by Brill

Meredith Taylor Black COBE Boise State professor

Meredith A. Taylor Black, assistant professor at COBE, recently published her book “King Cotton in International Trade.” Published by Brill — one of the top academic publishers — the book is a comprehensive analysis of the WTO Cotton dispute. The book details the historic, economic, and political background leading up to Brazil’s challenge of U.S. cotton subsidies. It explores the impacts of the successful challenge in terms of political and negotiating dynamics involving agriculture subsidies and other trade-related issues in the WTO while examining the effects on domestic agriculture subsidy reforms in the United States and the European Union.

Black has been with the College of Business and Economics since 2007 and was director of the International Business Program from 2010 to 2014. She earned her PhD (2010), summa cum laude, in the area of WTO trade law with the University of Bern in Bern, Switzerland. Her research is focused on agriculture negotiations, subsidies, dispute settlement and development issues within the WTO.