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James Kroes and Tom Gattiker Published Paper “Metro Meals on Wheels Treasure Valley Employs a Low-Cost Routing Tool to Improve Deliveries”

image Tom Gattiker, chair, Department of Information Technology and Supply Chan Management. Boise State University

Tom Gattiker

James Kroes

James Kroes

Tom Gattiker, chair of the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management (IT-SCM); James Kroes, associate professor, IT-SCM, and Andrew Manikas, assistant professor, Department of Management at University of Louisville; had a paper titled “Metro Meals on Wheels Treasure Valley Employs a Low-Cost Routing Tool to Improve Deliveries” accepted in the journal Interfaces.


COBE Alumni, Steve Appleton, Influential Leader Award Posthumously

image Steve AppletonAACSB International (AACSB), the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, has recognized Steve Appleton as one of the first 100 AACSB Influential Leaders. Appleton’s work exemplifies innovative mindset and meaningful contributions to society.

Steve Appleton graduated from the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University and served as CEO, president and chair of the board of Micron Technology. Appleton helped propel Micron Technology to become the leading DRAM producer in the world. At the age of 34, Appleton was one of the youngest CEOs listed in the Fortune 500.  He received the Boise State distinguished alumni award in 1995, the Silver Medallion award (Boise State’s highest recognition of service to the university) in 2001 and an honorary doctorate from Boise State in 2007. Steve was killed in a small plane accident in Boise in February 2012 at the age of 51.

Appleton joins acclaimed honorees such as the CEO of one of the world’s largest global relief services, a technology pioneer who is working to cure cancer, the founder of a global e-commerce powerhouse, and an enterprising president attributed with reviving an international toy industry favorite. More than 20 industry sectors, from consumer products to healthcare to nonprofits, across 21 countries, are present in this year’s group.

For the nomination process, AACSB developed a short list of open-ended questions that provided a framework for expectations for nominees. From April to June 2015, AACSB-accredited schools submitted notable alumni who have made (or are making) an impact in the world. From the nominations, a selection committee reviewed and chose stories that showed a sampling of the positive impact that business school graduates have made on society.

Steve Appleton Statue at Micron Building150x150“It is my honor to recognize Steve Appleton for his contributions as an Influential Leader, and to thank Boise State for its dedication to providing a business education environment based on engagement, innovation, and impact,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “If told, the success stories of all business school graduates would fill unmeasurable volumes. AACSB is honored to celebrate Steve Appleton—and the collective 100 Influential Leaders—as a representation of how business school alumni have positively influenced society, as well as the management education industry’s, past, present, and promising future.”

For the full list of recipients, visit


Three COBE Graduates Join Boise Office of the CPA and business advisory firm, Eide Bailly

Orrin Cellan, Kiley MacDonald and Kim Nelson have recently joined the Boise office of the regional CPA and business advisory firm, Eide Bailly LLP. These Boise State alumni are working toward their CPA licences.

Kiley MacDonald, an audit associate, graduated from Boise State with her BBA in accountancy and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Kim Nelson, a tax associate, earned both her master of accountancy-taxation and a BA in accounting and finance from Boise State. Nelson was a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma, and she received the outstanding graduate award for the MSAT program.

Orrin Cellan is currently working as a tax associate. He earned his master of accountancy-taxation from Boise State, and he earned a BA in accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Nancy Napier: A look at costumes and props (aka uniforms and equipment) at a Boise State football game

Nancy Napier, executive director of the Centre for Creativity and Innovation, discusses the theatrical elements of football in her most recent article for the Idaho Statesman. Many people may not fully understand all of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into dressing a Boise State football player for success. Napier goes into detail about the variety of costumes (uniforms and shoes) and props (helmets and other equipment) that our Broncos need to put on a great show.

Read behind-the-scene football details here.

COBE’s Responsible Business Initiative Hosts Summit on the Importance of Diversity in Business

image Boise State's Diversity Summit 11-4-2015The College of Business and Economics’ Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) recently partnered with the City of Boise and Wells Fargo to host “Diversity as a Business Driver.” The summit was held at the Student Union Jordan Ballroom on November 4. There were approximately 90 attendees.

The morning began with a welcome from Keith Harvey, the associate dean for the College of Business and Economics. “In corporate, as well as academic settings, diversity can be a business driver for positive change, enhanced recognition, and improved performance,” Harvey said. He also introduced the first speaker, city council member, Ben Quintana. Following Quintana was the morning keynote speaker, Lesley Slaton Brown, chief global diversity and inclusion officer at HP Inc and a Boise State alumna. Panelists from local businesses and non-profit organizations discussed the value of diversity in the areas of business and community life led by facilitators Karen Meyer, board president of Trailhead and Elizabeth Sendelbach, director of programs for College of Innovation and Design at Boise State. Philomena Morrissey Satre, vice president of diversity and inclusion for Wells Fargo, was the lunchtime keynote speaker.

As one of the organizers of the summit, Taylor Reed firmly believes in the importance of adding diversity to Idaho businesses. “Diverse teams allow us to view problems on different levels and innovate multi-dimensional solutions that may not occur with the homogeneous population we currently host. Businesses need individuals that can relate with wide varieties of consumers and users to engage them more effectively.” Reed explains. These issues are of a growing importance to the current young adult community. “If millennials are looking for diversity and inclusion, but Idaho and its businesses don’t provide these things,” Reed warns, “millennials may go elsewhere.”

According to the U.S Census, an overwhelming 82 percent of Idahoans are white. Only 12 percent of the state is Hispanic or Latino, and African Americans make up less than one percent. The business side of Idaho is also very imbalanced. Just 2.6 percent of over 150,000 firms in Idaho are under Hispanic ownership. African American business owners are even more rare in Idaho with only 0.2 percent of businesses statewide under their ownership.

If Idaho doesn’t actively work to promote a more inclusive and accepting environment, our state will never reach its full potential. The College of Business and Economics’ Responsible Business Initiative has shown their strong devotion to progress through this successful “Diversity as a Business Driver” summit.


COBE Faculty Participates in Bronco Zone Conversation about New Business Minor and Certificate Programs

Keith Harvey, associate dean for academic programs at COBE, director of undergraduate studies Patrick Delana, lecturer emeritus Frank Ilett and adjunct faculty member John Crenshaw participated in the Bronco Zone conversation on Oct. 28 discussing Business Bridge to Career and what it means for Boise State students.

Students are being prepared to be leaders in fields related to their majors, however, there is still an opportunity to improve relevant skills for their entrance into the real-world business environment. The new Business Bridge to Career minor and certificate programs were developed for that purpose—providing applicable skills for the workforce for non-business majors.

In addition to the education component, Business Bridge to Career will include enrolled students in supplemental career development events and provide them with access to the COBE Advising and Career Center. Associate Dean Harvey adds that building relationships between Business Bridge to Career students and the business community is another one of the program’s important goals, so students will be able to cultivate a network of business professionals before receiving a diploma. These activities will help “bridge” the gap many college students face between life as a student and life as a professional.

Other Bridge to Career programs will be offered through other colleges. Professor Jack Marr of the College of Innovation and Design (CID), also participate in the Bronco Zone conversation. The classes CID offers will “focus on connecting with the students through experiential, project-driven education” that will translate into success after graduation.

Bridge to Career will commence in the spring 2016 semester with the hopes of providing increasing number of students with more opportunities for many years to come.

Listen to the Bridge to Career podcast here.

Nancy Napier: Finding calmness in traffic, spiritual walks and Statesman white space

In her most recent article for the Idaho Statesman, Nancy Napier, executive director of the Centre for Creativity and Innovation, explores the connection between Vietnam, Spain, and Boise, Idaho. Throughout each experience in these widespread settings, one message remains: small things make a big impact. Napier reflects on the impact of “small things” such as road rage in Vietnam, snails in Spain, and white space in the Idaho Statesman.

Read more here about Napier’s insightful connection of these seemingly unrelated ideas.