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Students in Management 410 Logged 1162 Hours Serving the Community

Brian McNatt

Brian McNatt

In 2017, Associate Professor Brian McNatt added a significant Service-Learning component to his Leadership and Personal Development course. Students in his classes had meaningful and positive impact on the community and themselves.

McNatt advised 25 student teams who served 1,162 hours and raised $9,254 for non-profits in the community. Here is a sampling of the types of service:

  • Created evening social for Boise State’s Intensive English Program students
  • Prepared breakfast at Ronald McDonald House
  • Provided administrative help at Idaho Youth Ranch
  • Helped with auction dinner logistics for Caring Hearts and Hands of Hope
  • Helped pre-school children with seed bag craft at Boise Urban Garden School
  • Organized Dog wash fundraiser for Idaho Humane Society

“Students raised awareness, touched lives and created networks between the community and Boise State,” said McNatt. “They learned a lot about leadership, project development and management, about the needs of ours and other communities, and about themselves and their potential to do good. Truly it was humbling to hear them speak of the needs and of their selfless service.”

One group filmed at their event. Jacob Byers, McKenna Haycock, Sierra Martinez and Erik Stebbins organized a Food Truck lunch event for homeless at the Corpus Christi House (serving the Boise community with compassion). Vendors Blue Sky Bagels, Jersey Mike, Tin Roof Tacos and Urban Smoke donated more than 175 meals.

COBE Scholarship Series

Kyle PetersonCOBE Scholarship Series Presents: Kyle Peterson. Peterson is an associate professor of accounting at the University of Oregon. He will present: “Managers’ Perceived Competition and Firms’ Long-Term Investments”

Kyle Peterson

1;30 p.m. Friday, February 16, MBEB Room 4001

About Kyle Peterson

Degree History

  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2008
  • MAcc, Brigham Young University, 2001
  • BS, Accounting, Brigham Young University, 2001

Research/Teaching Awards

Lundquist College Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Oregon, 2014


Kyle Peterson received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2008 and joined the University of Oregon that same year. His research addresses questions about disclosure, financial statement complexity, comparability, and revenue recognition. Peterson teaches intermediate accounting, serves as an ad hoc reviewer for multiple accounting journals, and sits on undergraduate programs committees for the college and department.

Assistant Professor Shelle Poole and MBA candidate Lauren Rice Helped Organize Conversations for Change Event

Lauren Rice speaking to group of students

Lauren Rice, an MBA student and one of the founders of Women of the Workplace. Photo by Madison Park

W.O.W. (Women of the Workplace) student organization co-hosted a Conversations for Change event at the end of January. The topic was creating a collaborate climate in an evolving workplace. Led by State Rep. Melissa Wintrow, talk centered around recognizing and ending harassment in the workplace.

Shelle Poole, an assistant professor in the Department of Management was quoted in the campus Update about the event.

“I think one thing I was particularly impressed with was, there was a group where two of the members had completely opposite perspectives. They stayed respectful of one another, asked each other tough questions, and listened to each other’s perspectives,” said Poole. “Because of this they learned something in the process. ”

Lauren Rice, an MBA student and one of the founders of Women of the Workplace, was also quoted.

“This is the first of many conversations,” said Rice. “We want students to know that they can be change agents.”

Read the Update story “Students, Faculty Explore Ways to Fight Harassment in the Workplace” here (link opens in a new tab).

Leslie Koppenhafer

Leslie Koppenhafer

Shelle Poole

Shelle Poole

COBE faculty Leslie Koppenhafer, assistant professor in the Department of Marketing, and Shelle Poole started W.O.W. in 2016.


COBE Staff Awarded for Contributions in Business Process Innovation

At the second annual Process Improvement Symposium last week, eight awards were presented for contributions in business process innovation. A total of 85 individuals and 17 departments and teams were nominated for the awards. COBE staff won in two categories.

Olgie Castillo

Olgie Castillo

Eldar Sakebaev

Eldar Sakebaev

In the Shadow Hunter category, the winners were Olgie Castillo, administrative assistant, and Eldar Sakebaev, MBA candidate and graduate assistant, from the Idaho Small Business Development Center. They worked collaboratively on the Account Analysis Pivot and the Grant Analysis Pivot to produce a projection analysis spreadsheet, to identify projected totals and variances and reducing the use of shadow tracking.

Alex Williamson

Alex Williamson

Alex Williamson, an administrative assistant in the Department of Accountancy, saw a need and filled it by meeting with each department in the college to set up customized reporting in order to create a self-sufficient business office. She was the Splendid Self-sufficiency winner.

Read the campus Update story on Process Improvement award winners here (link opens in a new window).

COBE Process Improvement Initiative Confers Green Belt Credentials to Campus Staff

Health Sciences staff that earned certificates in process improvementCOBE supply chain management faculty have created a university Process Improvement Initiative. They provide Lean and Six Sigma based problem-solving training and project facilitation to other members of the university community.

The Process Improvement Initiative team recently awarded green belts in process improvement to ten employees of the College of Health Sciences. The award recipients worked on two projects.

The first was redesigning the health insurance billing process in the University Health Services Clinic (Susan Debaugh, John Griffiths, Ron Schmaltz).

The second project team created a subject matter expert directory within COHS (Leslie Black, Angela Garcia, Dori Hulme, Vi Maccarillo, Sherepta McLeod, Alexis Rowland, and Li Sperl).

If you would like to receive training and improve a process in your area, contact the initiative director, Tom Gattiker at

Tracie Lee Is the Site Editor for Operations Management Educational Resource Blog

tracie leeTracie Lee, a lecturer in the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management, is the site editor for OM in the News (, a faculty blog sponsored by McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

OM in the News is an educational resource created by faculty for faculty. It features a newsletter and blog posts about current and relevant articles on operations management topics. Each post includes critical thinking questions for use in class discussions and group projects.

The blog launched in January, to McGraw-Hill’s worldwide distribution list of operations management and supply chain faculty.

Accounting Students Volunteer to Help Taxpayers Prepare Their Tax Returns

Boise State student, Professor Kathy Hurley and a tax return client

In the center is Kathy Hurley, accounting instructor, with a 2017 student volunteer and a client.

Accounting students have volunteered to help community members prepare their federal and state tax returns. The program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA, is a free service sponsored by the IRS for those with an annual income of $66,000 or less. Participating students have been trained and certified by the IRS.

The VITA site is in the Hayes Auditorium on the first floor of the Boise main library on Capitol Blvd. and River Street. Help sessions are:

12:15-4 p.m. on Wednesdays

  • February 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 7, 14, 21
  • April 4, 11

This will be the 5th year that Boise State students have run the VITA program.

Taxpayers must bring their prior year tax return, social security number, income forms (W-2s, 1099s), other income or expense forms such as 1095-A, voided check (if direct deposit is requested), and photo ID.

Don’t need assistance? Anyone making $66,000 or less can use

If you have questions regarding VITA, please contact Kathy Hurley in the Department of Accountancy at Boise State at or call, 208-426-1271.