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COBE Marketing Students Collaborate with Bogus Basin to Create the Social Season Pass Deal

COBE marketing students collaborated with Bogus Basin marketing team to answer the question, “How do we get more students on the mountain?” A number of ideas were generated in spring 2016 through a semester-long service learning projects in Leslie Koppenhafer’s marketing 301 and 407 classes.

“We’re actually implementing some of the ideas that came out of the projects,” said John Hart, marketing director for Bogus Basin. “These students can look and say ‘that was us, we did that.'”

One of the ideas adopted is the Social Season Pass Deal. This primary idea came from a team of Adam Ramsey, Shawn Cutting, Joe Egbert and Jordan Homan. Adam graduates this fall and the other three graduated in spring 2016.  The deal is: get five students together and each student can purchase a season pass for just $149.

Boise State COBE marketing student, Sage Ceniga photo from KTVB news clip

Marketing student, Sage Ceniga

Sage Ceniga, a senior marketing major, spoke with KTVB Channel 7 news about the collaboration experience with Bogus Basin. See the news clip here.


Ask Me Anything! Expert Panel Discussed Sales and Entrepreneurship

By Sean Luster, MBA Candidate

Ask Me Anything! event at Boise StateAsk Me Anything! is a College of Business and Economics (COBE) and V-Squared Creative-sponsored recurring event throughout the year, that allows students to ask a panel of Boise business professionals questions about anything. The first edition of this series for the 2016/2017 school year focused on sales and entrepreneurship and featured a panel of five experienced business people. The panel was made up of David Bazan, founder of Time Zone Toys; Butch Whiting, co-founder of Kryptek; Dan Harrington, founder of NLP Secure and MaxGiving; Sheli Gartman, founder of Women Ignite; and Tobe Brockner, founder and creative director of V-Squared Creative.

Each of the distinguished speakers had a chance to elaborate on some of their experiences and ideas concerning business applications. Most members of the audience also took the opportunity to ask questions they were either curious about or that applied to their own personal business ventures. One topic discussed was the importance of having a mentor. Harrington expressed that “the right mentors find you,” while Gartman added that you have to “talk to people and let your ego down.” In another discussion, Whiting commented that you want to “hire and have people that you like to be with,” when expanding your company.

“I thought it was a great event lead by business people with real-world business experience,” noted Ryan Eisenbach, a second year Career Track MBA student. “As a student, it’s important to attend these events because once out of college, you won’t have the opportunity to have these experiences again.”

Stay tuned for more Ask Me Anything! events happening throughout the year, so that you can ask your business-related questions.

MBA Candidates Participate in BOLD Exchanges

By: Sean Luster, MBA Candidate

Students gathered together on the last day of summer to attend one of Boise State University’s BOLD Exchanges. BOLD in this case stands for “Broncos Of the Last Decade,” and features alumni and former staff and faculty. This exchange took place in the Morrison Center’s Founders Room and consisted of a networking/socializing session followed by a discussion. In this edition, the guests were the Honorable Melissa Wintrow (Idaho Legislature Representative, District 19B and the first director of the Boise State Women’s Center) and Tabb Compton (Boise State University graduate and chief operating officer for Scentsy).

The Honorable Melissa Wintrow has spent most of her professional career in higher education, but recently decided to run for office in the Idaho legislature. Her positive attitude reflected in her responses to questions from the audience, and she advised students about lessons she has learned throughout her life. She urged everyone not to worry about things beyond your own control and that when you are trying to make change, you have to invite people to change, not force them.

On the other hand, Tabb Compton had an entrepreneurial background, creating a sunglasses and apparel store, while he was still in college, that he sold to Sunglass Hut. He then went on to accumulate more leadership and management experience in the consumer goods market, and eventually became the COO for the Meridian-based company, Scentsy. Compton’s business experience gave him a lot of insight to share with students of all backgrounds who were in attendance. He noted the importance of being able to learn quickly and staying positive through difficult times.

“I learned that hard work can build your path very well,” stated first-year Career Track MBA student Ali Sharifi Shalmani. Shalmani took Compton’s message to heart and also noted that “[you] have to always be on the positive side. I think this is the key part of business.”

The night concluded with more mingling between students and guests, and more conversation about the bold experiences these Broncos have had.

Zeynep Hansen, Chair of the Department of Economics, Published Article in the Idaho Statesman

Zeynep Hansen

Zeynep Hansen published a guest opinion titled “Use data, economic analysis to find Medicaid gap solution for Idaho” in the Idaho Statesman

Read Hansen’s article here.

Perrine Blakley, COBE’s New Development Director

Perrine Blakley, development director College of Business and Economics at Boise State UniversityPerrine Blakley joined the College of Business and Economics late September as director of development. Since September, Perrine has been meeting with COBE leadership and donors to better understand the needs and philanthropic direction of the college. She will provide energy, strategy, and partnership across campus to help further cement the excellence of the college and lead our fundraising efforts.

Perrine joined University Advancement at Boise State in August of 2014, and made an immediate impact in leadership-level annual gifts. Prior to joining Boise State, Perrine spent three years working in leadership-level fundraising for the University of Notre Dame. She earned a master’s degree in nonprofit administration at Notre Dame and received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of San Francisco.

COBE Stakeholders Bring Expertise to Bear on Future Graduate Success

Debbie Flandro, COBEAC pres. at COBE Dean's Dinner 2016Debbie Flandro, president of the COBE Advisory Council, summarizes her table’s discussion on improving student career outcomes at the 2nd annual Dean’s Dinner. Business leaders, key contributors, alumni and friends joined dean Ken Petersen to discuss topics including internships, global business opportunities and essential skills for new graduates. Among other ideas, participants recommended adopting clear objectives and deliverables for internships, building an international experience into the MBA program, ensuring that COBE’s web presence confirms the high caliber of students who are graduating, and coaching students on interview preparation. Suggestions from these influential stakeholders will be reviewed for implementation by COBE Career Services.

Table facilitators were COBE Advisory Council members Dave Cooper, CPA; Debbie Flandro, North Quest Resort and Casino; Mike Mers, Aspen Capital Management; and Susan Olson, Hawley Troxell; along with COBE faculty Cheryl Larabee, Management; Jack Marr, Management; and staff Gerti Arnold, senior development director; CJ Martin, executive in residence; and Diane Schooley-Pettis, associate dean.

Photo collage form COBE Dean's Dinner

New COBE Faculty

Standing from left: Doug Twitchell, Timothy Dunne, Matt Castel, Dimitra Papadovasilaki; seated: Ruth Jebe, Christie Fuller

Standing from left: Doug Twitchell, Timothy Dunne, Matt Castel, Dimitra Papadovasilaki; seated: Ruth Jebe, Christie Fuller

An accomplished set of scholars joined the ranks of the College of Business and Economics this fall.

Matthew J. Castel, Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management

An assistant professor of supply chain management, Matt Castel joined Boise State University after receiving his PhD in business administration with a focus on operations and sourcing management and marketing from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business, where he also received a master of science in manufacturing and engineering management. Castel earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Michigan State’s College of Engineering. Castel is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute (SI), INFORMS, and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and he was an ad-hoc reviewer for the Decision Sciences Journal.

“Matt rounds out our SCM program by bringing expertise in both healthcare and new product development,” says IT-SCM chair, Tom Gattiker. “Matt comes to us directly from the PhD program at Michigan State, which is the top SCM program in the world. You can’t do better then that.”

Timothy Dunne, Department of Management

Timothy Dunne is an assistant professor of management in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. Timothy received his PhD in management as well as his MBA from the University of Missouri. Dunne’s research focuses on topics related to organizational behavior, human resource management and conflict management. His work has been published in numerous academic journals including Journal of Business Research, Group and Organization Management and Conflict Resolution Quarterly. Dunne teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human resource management and organizational behavior. Timothy grew up in Idaho, and is excited to be back to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. His most enjoyable pastime is being in the outdoors with his wife and three daughters.

Christie Fuller, Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management

Christie Fuller is an associate professor of information technology. Her research focuses on text and data analytics, deception detection, virtual teams, and research methods, specifically common method variance. Her research has been published in Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems with Application, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Organizational Research Methods and other international journals. Fuller’s research in deception, analytics and research methods has also appears in numerous conference proceedings and book chapters. Her research has been sponsored by the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Air Force Research Laboratory. Her primary teaching interests are database, business analytics and information security.

“We are fortunate to have lured Christie away from a chaired professorship at Louisiana Tech,” IT-SCM chair, Tom Gattiker, said. “Her expertise in business analytics is key to helping us develop coursework and other programs in this emerging area.”

Ruth Jebe, Department of Management

Ruth Jebe joined Boise State University in 2016. Her research focuses on the nexus of public and private institutions in regulatory governance, both domestically and internationally, and especially as applied to sustainability issues and corporate social responsibility. Current research investigates regulatory aspects of corporate financial and non-financial reporting, both domestically and internationally.

Before coming to Boise State, she was a senior lecturer in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver for 12 years. She has worked in business and spent 10 years practicing law, where her major practice areas included litigation, small business advising, transactional real estate law, and land use law. She earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, and is admitted to the Connecticut and Colorado bars. She also holds an M.S. in management from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Janet Mosebach, Department of Accountancy

Janet Mosebach teaches taxation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining the Boise State faculty, she taught at the University of Toledo, University of Akron, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Arkansas. Mosebach has received multiple teaching awards, including the DeJute Memorial Undergraduate Teaching Award while at the University of Toledo, and both the Beta Gamma Sigma Outstanding Teacher of the Year and Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Faculty Member at the University of Arkansas. She was also consistently on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students while at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mosebach’s research interests are in the areas of taxation, specifically tax policy, and financial accounting. She has published articles in The ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research, Public and Municipal Finance, International Research Journal of Applied Finance, Tax Notes and State Tax Notes. Her research has also been cited by the Congressional Research Service in its reports to the U.S. Congress.

Mosebach is a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive) with 10 years of experience in public accounting, working for Plante & Moran (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and KPMG (Norfolk, Virginia). She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the American Accounting Association (AAA), the American Taxation Association (ATA), Golden Key International Honour Society and Beta Gamma Sigma.

Dimitra Papadovasilaki, Department of Economics

“We are very excited to have Dimitra Papadovasilaki join our department,” says Zeynep Hansen, chair of the Department of Economics. “Dimitra completed her PhD in economics in University of Nevada, Reno in May 2016. She has a MBA with specialization in finance from University of Macedonia, Greece. She will be greatly adding to our department’s research and teaching areas with her expertise and interests in applied macroeconomics, behavioral and experimental economics, and development economics.”

Dimitra studies financial crises with a focus on the role played by asset allocations using an empirical and an experimental approach. Her research is concentrated mainly on applied macroeconomics, as well as in behavioral and experimental macroeconomics and financial economics.

Her current work focuses on how people change their asset allocations decisions after certain macroeconomic experiences, and on the origins of financial crises that are based on various historical episodes, such as the great crash.

Doug Twitchell, Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management

Doug Twitchell has been researching and teaching in information security for 15 years. ITSCM chair, Tom Gattiker says of Doug: “A read of the news on any given day reminds us of the importance of computer and network security (or the lack of it in some cases!). Doug is an expert in this area–both in the technical aspects and the human/behavioral aspects.”

He has been an active researcher in behavioral information security having published 42 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles on topics such as deception detection and teaching security through gaming. He enjoys teaching all aspects of information security as well as other topics in information systems. As a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a member of the Special Interest Group on Security in the Association for Information Systems, he enjoys keeping up with and discussing current advances in information security.