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Jordan Elbaum Wows Audience at COBE Speaker Series

image Jordan Elbaum speaks at Boise State Jan. 21, 2016By: Sean Luster

It was a crisp winter afternoon, and national cybersecurity expert, Jordan Elbaum, gave an energetic, fast-paced presentation about developments in IT security trends. Students, faculty and community members were engaged by the very knowledgeable and passionate Elbaum, who used his experiences to inform the audience how cyber threats can impact any business that is not properly prepared. In very recent times, the paradigm has shifted from having rules, signatures, and human analysis to incorporating big data driven security analytics and machine learning. This shift has led to more real-time control for companies trying to protect their own records and their customers’.

“I was impressed by Elbaum’s passion and thorough understanding of IT security concerns,” stated Kyle Luster, a Boise State University business student. “The entire presentation was very forward-looking, which seems to be important for any aspect of business, not just IT.”

The session wrapped-up with a short question-and-answer session where members of the audience asked industry specific questions that Elbaum was able to answer in detail. Elbaum ended the discussion noting that there is a high demand for a cybersecurity workforce and the supply is very low. This leaves a large opportunity for future, interested graduates to venture into this rapidly growing and changing industry.

Elbaum is vice president of architecture at Right! Systems Inc.

MBA Students Win a Bid to Change the World by Competing in the 2016 Hult Prize

Team Stockdale Hult Prize competitores:  Haley Schaefer with teammates Connor Sheldon, Hannah Coad, and Taylor Reed.

Hannah Coad, Connor Sheldon, Haley Schaefer and Taylor Reed

The winner of the first Hult Prize @ Boise State event and the future 2016 Hult Prize $1MM GLOBAL CHAMPIONS AND CHANGEMAKERS is  Team Stockdale.

The Hult Prize competition aims to create and launch compelling social business ideas—start-up enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people. This year’s challenge is to build a sustainable, scalable and fast-growing social enterprise that doubles the income of 10 million people residing in crowded urban spaces, by better connecting people goods, services and capital. Winners receive one million dollars in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.

Follow Team Stockdale’s progress on the Responsible Business Initiative website as they move towards the final competition hosted in Shanghai in March 2016.

Boise State MBA Program Ranked Once Again: “Best Online MBA Programs” 2016

Boise State University has been known for the use of innovation and creativity to best meet the needs of its students – and it shows. According to the U.S. News and World Report, Boise State’s Online MBA program was rated among the “Best Online MBA Programs.” The program is better than ever and continues to improve every year through the efforts of the faculty and staff at Boise State.

The program began in the fall of 2013 and was developed to provide the best graduate education for a new segment of students. Brian O’Morrow, director of the online MBA program, said the program was developed to reach high tech, enthusiastic professionals seeking an affordable and convenient online MBA program.

“Online students receive the same quality education that on-campus students receive,” O’Morrow said, “while having the flexibility to compete the coursework in as little as 12 months.”

Through completion, students gain new insight and creativity on how to transform business practices and take control of their bright futures.

Ranked on the coveted “Best Online MBA Programs” in 2015 and 2016, Boise State’s online program continues to prove itself among the best in the country. This year Boise State’s online MBA program ranked #79, up from #97 last year,  among institutions across the nation.

Former Dean, Patrick Shannon, explained one of the many reasons for its recognition: “All of Boise State’s graduate business degrees are accredited by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard of accreditation. Boise State’s is the only graduate business program in the Treasure Valley to achieve this distinction.”

Supply Chain Case Competition – Winner to Compete at Weber State University

The Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management, the Boise Information and Supply Chain Management Association (BITSCA), and APICS are holding a Supply Chain Case Competition for Boise State University on January 29.

The winning team will represent Boise State competing against other universities at Weber State University, February 25-27.  All trip expenses and entry fees will be paid by APICS.

The Boise State SCM Case Competition will involve 4 person teams presenting their solution to judges followed by Q&A from the judges.  Judges will  include members of the SCM faculty and supply chain professionals.

See details about entering here.

The Boise Information and Supply Chain Management Association (BITSCA) is a student organization aiming to introduce the work of the IT-SCM students to fellow Boise State  students as well as the Idaho community. It also serves to enhance the quality of education and enrich the experience of member students.

APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain and operations management.


Nancy Napier: What a 2,500-year-old book can teach leaders today

In her latest blog post for the Idaho Statesman, Nancy Napier reflects on the most recent translation of Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad. She was inspired to reread this 2,500-year-old story by an article in the Wall Street Journal in December of 2015. Many people may wonder how an ancient story of war, love, and revenge can apply to the modern day business world; Napier explains that the themes of honor, leadership, motivation, and success all present themselves in both The Iliad and today’s businesses.

Read more here about Nancy Napier’s insightful connections.

Nancy Napier: Work life balance? I don’t buy it

In her latest blog post for the Idaho Statesman, Nancy Napier reflects on significant times in the past while she looks into the future of this new year. A common New Year’s resolution for many people is to find a “work-life balance”, and Napier has many thoughts about that notion. She compares the act of balancing her life to the composition of a beautiful ring that she bought years ago in New York City.

Read this article to learn more about what “balance” means to Nancy Napier.

Net Impact Students Celebrate their Semester in Review

At least eighteen business students came together for the Net Impact Holiday Party to celebrate the end of their semester and all their accomplishments in the previous four months. This semester, the group consisted of students from the full time and online MBA program. These students also would get an opportunity to glimpse at spring projects during the party.

Net Impact is a student-run group and is open to all upper level business and interdisciplinary students. Centered around sustainable business, Net Impact emphasizes activities that address social and/or environmental aspects facing businesses. Our priority is to build relationships with our local community and businesses, which we do through hosting guest speakers and managing semester-long business projects.

During the festivities, this year’s group leaders, including Jeff Dee, Andy Gregory, Jordon Heap, and Emily Border, shared highlights of the work this group completed during the fall 2015 semester.

After a short presentation of past projects, time was turned over to invited business guests to share their pitch for a spring student business project. Charles Westerberg, founder of Animo, shared an exciting summary of his new business, an app equivalent of Yelp for sustainably-minded shoppers. Jordon Heap shared a second spring project on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House about a spring marketing campaign. Students will have an opportunity to join these real-world business projects and develop actual skills and experience with Net Impact’s spring partners.

image donation for Ronald McDonald House Boise State Net Impact groupThe Net Impact holiday party also gave students a chance to participate in a community service project. This semester, the group chose to support the Ronald McDonald House with a group donation. Students at the party each donated needed items including paper towels, cleaning wipes, canned foods, and more to help the non-profit throughout the holiday season.

To get involved with Net Impact during the spring 2016 semester email