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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.

Nancy Napier’s Blog: Business Leaders, What Are Your Lions in the Grass?

Nancy Napier, Distinguished Professor, recently spent two weeks in the Okavanga Delta of Botswana, in southern Africa. She always can learn something for business leaders, no matter where she goes. What are your lions in the grass?

Read Nancy’s blog here. 

COBE Students Team Up with Engineering Students and Place Third in Collegiate Wind Competition

Boise State team at the Department of Energy's Collegiate Wind Competition

COBE students are the four at the end of the blue shirts row: Tim Watkins, Carson Heagen, Ashley Hulse and Colin Lesch.

Entrepreneurship management students Carson Heagen, Ashley Hulse, Colin Lesch and Tim Watkins teamed up with engineering students to participate in the Collegiate Wind Competition sponsored by the Department of Energy.

COBE professor, Kent Neupert, was an advisor to the team.

“A unique feature of the U.S. Department of  Energy’s wind power competition is that it requires teams to comprise engineering and business students acting together to create a working prototype product and a viable business business to bring the product to market, all as a cohesive package. This cross functional team prepares students for what they will experience in the workplace. COBE entrepreneurship students and engineering students worked nine months to develop an idea for a wind turbine that would meet a market need and then they made it a reality,” Neupert said.

The Boise State University students placed third, beating nine other colleges selected to compete from around the country. Pennsylvania State University placed first and University of Massachusetts Lowell, second.

Read the Boise State Update story about the Collegiate Wind Competition here.


MBA Students take 3rd Place at SHRM Student Case Competition

Boise State students at SHRM case competition in April 2016

Members of the Boise State chapter of the Human Resources Association (HRA) participated in the 2016 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Case Competition and Career Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, in April.

Career Start students Lisa Whitwell, Anushree Khandelwal, Meghan Perkins and Jeff Dee took 3rd place in the graduate division. Including Boise State, there were 14 schools competing in that division. These four students received there master’s degrees in May.

Other Boise State participants in the SHRM competition were Amy Taylor and Jillian Lumbert.

In this “realistic job preview” competition team members leverage knowledge acquired through their studies and apply it to a realistic HR situation likely to be encountered in the work world. This competition requires integrated HR thinking, ethical decision-making, and strong communication and presentation skills.

As part of the competition’s virtual preparation, teams analyzed and solved a business case, and prepared both a written executive summary and 15-minute oral presentation. Teams competed by delivering their 15-minute oral presentation to a panel of judges and answering additional questions from the judges.

The 2016 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Case Competition and Career Summit is the premier student HR conference in the United States. SHRM provides world-class opportunities for students, student chapter advisors, faculty members and HR professionals to connect through events held in multiple locations across the country.

COBE Alumnus, Cody Phelps, Accepted to Elite Ivy League Weill Cornell Medical College

image Boise State alumnus Cody PhelpsCOBE alumnus, Cody Phelps, has been accepted into the graduate program at Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan, New York. He will pursue his master of science in health informatics in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research starting in September 2016. Out of more than 100 applicants, Phelps was one of 12 selected for the program.

Phelps graduated from Boise State University in 2013 with a bachelor of business administration. Since graduation, he has been working in New York City for a start-up health insurance company called Oscar Health that is aiming to fix healthcare. This experience has fueled his interest in the new and extremely growing field of health informatics. After finishing his master’s degree, he hopes to bring his research skills to the Boise area.

COBE’s Vietnam 2+2 Program Highlighted in Idaho Statesman

image Boise State and National Economic University of Vietnam sign partnership agreement

Boise State Provost Schimpf and NEU President Dr. Dat signing the agreement. (Back row from left: Terry White, Counselor, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy in Vietnam; Nancy Napier, Kirk Smith, Dean Ken Peterson and NEU deans and VPs.)

The Idaho Statesman published an article yesterday about our partnership agreement with the National Economics University of Vietnam in Hanoi to offer a new program for international students. The students will study for two years in Vietnam and then finish their degrees at Boise State, earning bachelor’s degrees in any of nine majors. See the full 2+2 Program article here.

COBE Accounting Students Process the Most Tax Returns in the Region in the VITA Program

image Boise State student, Kathy Hurley professor and tax return clientKathy Hurley received word from the IRS that her spring ACCT 485 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) completed the most tax returns and assisted the most clients of any site in the region. Through this one credit course in the College of Business and Economics, Hurley’s 14 students and three volunteers prepared tax returns for low-income individuals and households.

This is the fourth year the accounting department has offered this course, which integrates service-learning methodology and provides valuable hands-on learning experiences. Throughout tax season, students firm up their basic knowledge of federal tax rules and regulations; learn to interview taxpayers to obtain critical information to prepare an accurate tax return; learn the diversity of each taxpayer’s situation; and practice using tax preparation software. Students also gain leadership and logistical skills as they have an active role in weekly site set-up, operations management and planning for continuous improvement. Students develop professional skills through client interaction, practice ethical behavior and exhibit the responsibilities inherent in the preparation of individual income tax returns. By working with a culturally and economically diverse population, students become aware of the benefits and rewards of civic engagement and providing valuable services to their community.

Hurley credits not only her students but also the Boise Public Library for being her community partner and providing a perfect location for a VITA site.