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Tom Gattiker Participated in Academy of Management Panel

Tom Gattiker, chair of the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management, served on a panel for the Academy of Management ‘s Joint Junior Faculty and Doctoral Student Consortium. The consortium was held during the annual Academy of Management’s annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C., in early August.  The consortium is an interactive forum that allows doctoral students and junior faculty to discuss their research with leading scholars in operations management.Gattiker_Jr Faculty,Doctoral Student Consortium2015crop660px

Nancy Napier: Working at the Jail – Best Job Ever

Nancy Napier, executive director for the Centre for Creativity and Innovation, continues her exploration of the Ada County Jail, its workers and inmates, with her newest Idaho Statesman blog installment titled, “Working at the Jail–‘Best Job Ever.’”

Angeli Weller Quoted in Article about Impact Investing

Angeli Weller, Responsible Business Initiative Director, was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story about impact investing and the Caprock Group. Weller commented on how impact investing differs from previous sustainability investment philosophies. Read the story here.

COBE Alumni Help Meet halfway Mark in Scholarship Campaign

Two and-a-half years ago Boise State started a campaign for scholarships — Extraordinary times. Extraordinary opportunities. At the halfway mark on the campaign, funds raised for scholarships total more than $18 million toward a goal of $25 million, showing that the university also has extraordinary donors. Two College of Business and Economics graduates have shared their story.

image COBE Boise State alumni Jim AtkinsonJim Atkinson Jr. (BBA, accountancy, ’95)  and his wife, Leisha Atkinson (BBA, accountancy, ’98), started a scholarship to benefit students from Jim’s high school — Middleton High. The Atkinsons named the scholarship after Jim’s parents.  Read the rest of the story  and learn how Bill Lathen, former COBE dean and retired accountancy professor plays a part.


COB alumni Chuck HalletJust two years after he graduated, alumnus Chuck Hallett, (B.B.A., accountancy, ’77) made his first philanthropic contribution to Boise State. It was just a $10 gift—but it had profound impact as  it was the start of Chuck’s life-long passion for giving to his alma mater.


Boise State Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi Received Gold Chapter Award at National Conference

image Boise State Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi received Gold award at national conference

Claire Hockett, Abbie Belthoff, Chance Mildenberger, Zack Gutches, Vinny Gwinn

The Boise State chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) has been recognized as a Gold Chapter at the annual national conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The prestigious award recognizes chapters whose quality, creativity and the depth of their activities go above and beyond that of their peers. The award is given to 12 chapters each year.

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. There are more than 320 chapters on college and university campuses with more than 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi’s formation. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.

When accepting the award, current officers of the Boise State Chapter recognized the leadership, dedication and outstanding efforts of the previous officers, members and the excellent support from accountancy faculty at Boise State. Celia Renner, previous chapter faculty advisor, was instrumental in laying a foundation of hard work and establishing a culture of success for BAP at Boise State.

“It goes without saying the students attending the conference represented themselves, the College of Business and Economics and Boise State University in a most professional and positive way,” said Dan Fox, the current BAP advisor for the chapter. “I am very proud of both the past and present officers and members. I applaud their energy, willingness to challenge themselves, commitment and focus.”

Five COBE students traveled to the national conference in early August. During the conference, these students attended informative sessions on leadership, how to be effective in a global society, networking and communication skills, ethics and more.

Current officers are Vinny Gwinn, president; Zack Gutches, VP of finance; Megan Erland, VP of membership; Claire Hockett, VP of service activities; Abbie Belthoff, VP of reporting and technology; Chance Mildenberger, VP of professional activities; Paulina Gudgell, VP of outreach activities; Cassie Runyan, VP of membership involvement. Dan Fox is the faculty advisor.

Last year’s officers were  Zach Bolen, president; Alexi Hash, VP of professional activities; Zack Gutches, VP of finance; Vanesa Braun, VP of service activities; Kelsey Crockett, VP of reporting and technology; Paulina Gudgell, VP of outreach activities.

Nancy Napier: The Invisible Hospital

Nancy Napier, executive director for the Centre for Creativity and Innovation, continues her exploration of the Ada County Jail with a new blog post in the Idaho Statesman. In the post she explores the “exclusive hospital” inside the jail, one with nearly as many beds as the nearby VA. Napier also dispels a few stereotypes and misconceptions people have about jails. Read Nancy Napier’s article, The Invisible Hospital.

Shikhar Sarin Provides Consultative Support

Shikhar Sarin, Professor in the Department of Marketing,  provided consultative support for a study on exhibitor ROI and performance metric practices conducted by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). The study provided an in-depth look at how exhibitors evaluate the outcome of participating in business-to-business exhibitions.