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Sian Mooney, Economics Professor, Awarded $310K from Helmsley Charitable Trust

Boise State University’s Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program has been awarded $310,000 over three years as part of a far-reaching $5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to drive systemic reform of STEM education. Sian Mooney, one of our COBE professors (economics) was the principal investigator on the grant.

Mooney is quoted in the Update story about the award.

“This is an opportunity for students to become deeply engaged with faculty in solving real world problems while at the same time developing skills such as collaboration and team work that will increase their competitiveness for jobs.”

Gregg Lynde is the new manufacturing specialist

image Gregg Lynde, TechHelp College of Business and Economics at Boise State University Gregg Lynde is the new manufacturing specialist at Boise State University College of Business and Economics’ TechHelp. He will help Idaho manufacturing companies improve their processes to become more competitive.

Lynde has a background in Six Sigma DMAIC, Lean, manufacturing process development, team leadership development, supplier quality auditing, supplier selection, project management and quality and customer satisfaction systems/processes.

He worked for Boeing Aerospace, training in quality and Lean at Boeing Commercial Airplane Company. He also spent time with Micron, Preco Electronics and MotivePower where he held positions as director of operations, vice president of supply chain, director of quality and project management, engineering manager and business unit manager.

Welcome to COBE, Gregg.


Denise Dunlap, TECenter Director, Highlighted In Idaho Business Review

Denise Dunlap Boise State's TecCenter

Denise Dunlap, Director, TECenter

Idaho Business Review interviewed Denise Dunlap, director of TECenter, about what the TECenter is doing to help companies get off the ground. Read the article here (subscription required).

The Technology and Entrepreneurial Center (TECenter) is a business accelerator providing full counseling services and facilities to house client companies. It is affiliated with Idaho SBDC and housed in the College of Business and Economics.

Some of the services offered at TECenter are:

  • Structured growth through a proven acceleration process
  • Consulting with TECenter and SBDC experts
  • Educational programs to rev-up entrepreneurial IQ
  • Access to capital through loans and/or investors
  • Access to industry experts, mentors, and Boise State students/faculty
  • Network of vetted service professional and discounts


Responsible Business Initiative Funds Faculty Innovation

image orange and blue treeThe Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) has created the College of Business and Economics Faculty Innovation Fund to support and encourage faculty innovations across teaching, research and service related projects that support responsible business, including those with a multi-disciplinary lens. Applications for funding are being accepted now and awards will be announced March 15.

Examples of possible projects  include:

  • Teaching (e.g. course/case/material development or revision)
  • Research (e.g. field work/data access/travel for research presentation or collaboration)
  • Engagement (e.g. external program development or support; site visits or professional internships in businesses)
  • Professional Development (e.g. conference/seminar/webcast participation)
  • Faculty Workshop (e.g. host or attend with intention of developing new research)

Recipients of funding from this program thus far are Mark Buchanan, director of the International Business Program and Meredith Black, assistant professor of international business. Buchanan completed a Global Reporting Initiative certification program to learn about the G4 principles, the gold standard for sustainability reporting. Buchanan will leverage this new knowledge in his teaching and research, as well as in his role as an advisor to the team of COBE students spearheading efforts to publish the college’s first sustainability report this spring. Black received funding to integrate responsible business content into the international business (INTBUS220) class curriculum. The college will gain a strong, integrated 200 level class available for all majors, and Black’s experience in creating it will serve resource for other faculty members interested in integrating responsible business content into curriculum.

The RBI faculty council administer the fund. Council members are Mark Buchanan, Pat Delana, Denise English, Michail Fragkias, Tom Gattiker, Keith Harvey, Scott Lowe, Diane Schooley-Pettis and Kirk Smith.


Nancy Napier’s Publishes Psychology Today Blog and Idaho Statesman Article

Nancy Napier is a regular contributor to the Psychology Today website. Her latest blog entry explains that if you prove to yourself you can do something, you’ve also proven it to others.

Napier also writes on creativity for the Idaho Statesman. Her recent column shares the subtle clues that indicate if we have confidence. If we practice being bold, that’s a great first step.

Student Companies Win $16,000 in Startup Money Awards

A student company seeking safer back country snow sports and one working for clean water came out on top among 14 Boise State student teams competing for more than $16,000 in prizes during the first Boise State Entrepreneur Challenge.

The challenge is a business plan and business model competition presented by the College of Business and Economics’ Center for Entrepreneurship. First-place winners took home $5,000 in startup money, second-place $2,000 and third-place $1,000.

Team RealTime Adventure Data

Kent Neupert, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, left, and Elizabeth Sendelbach, center manager, right, with Team RealTime Adventure Data.

Business plan competition grand prize winner: RealTime Adventure Data. The company is working to ensure safety for back country snow sports enthusiasts through the creation of a life-saving, on-the-go snow density and stability reader. The team consisted of:

  • Micah Johnson
  • Drew Eldred
  • Ryan Stevenson
  • Jacob Taubenheim
  • Wesley Stanfill

Second place: Water Down. The company developed a new way of managing an in-ground sprinkler system through app and wireless control systems. The team consisted of:

  • Joshua Davis
  • Jared Whitehead
  • Krystal Hunt

Third-place: Vivid Roots. The team consisted of:

  • Dallas Crum
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Trever Bostrom
  • Connor Kingsbury

Team Vivid Roots

Neupert, second from left, and Elizabeth Sendelbach, right, with Team Vivid Roots.

Business model competition grand prize winner: Vivid Roots. The company makes T-shirts to help fund clean water projects around the globe by dedicating 20 percent of its profits to such initiatives, and through a strong partnership with Rotary International. The team consisted of:

  • Dallas Crum
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Trever Bostrom
  • Connor Kingsbury

Second-place: Pooch Park. The company developed an indoor doggy facility with a number of amenities that are available in all weather situations. The team consisted of:

  • Megan Mann
  • Ethan Asher

Third-place: Brett Wharton Animation, founded by Brett Wharton.

A panel of local business experts, entrepreneurs and Boise State faculty evaluated each team on a variety of factors. Winners advance to the statewide finals of the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge (IEC) in March.

Boise State University is proud to be the home of the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge. IEC is underwritten by Zions Bank and administered and sponsored in part by the College of Business and Economics. IEC is open to all Idaho college and university students with a business idea.

Accountancy Students Offer Free Tax Filing Assistance

image Boise State student and Professor Hurley give tax preparation assistance to communityBoise State accountancy students are volunteering to provide free income tax preparation assistance for people who earn up to $60,000 annual income. These trained and IRS-certified volunteers will help qualified individuals file tax returns electronically through the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program using

Don’t need assistance? Anyone making $60,000 or less can use

Assistance is available from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 4-March 18 and April 1-15,  in the Hayes Auditorium at the Boise public library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.