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Trina Sego New Chair of the Department of Marketing and Finance

Trina Sego has been selected as the new chair of the Department of Marketing and Finance. Sego will take the position on February 1. Congratulations Trina.

Zeynep Hansen, Scott Lowe and Wenchao Xu Published a Brief in Global Water Forum

Zeynep Hansen

Zeynep Hansen

image Scott Lowe economics Boise State

Scott Lowe

image Wenchao Xu College of Business and Economics at Boise State

Wenchao Xu

Zeynep Hansen, Scott Lowe,  and Wenchao Xu published a brief review titled “Climate Change, Water Supply and Agriculture in the Arid Western United States: Eighty Years of Agricultural Census Observations from Idaho” on Global Water Forum on January 26, 2014.

Hansen is the chair of the Department of Economics and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Hansen received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Her primary research areas include economic history and political economy.

Lowe is an associate professor of economics and the director of the Environmental Studies program. Lowe received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His primary research interests relate to the influence of regulations on environmental and socioeconomic conditions.

Xu worked as a postdoc research associate at Boise State University for the Idaho National Science Foundation EPSCoR program. His research interests are agricultural land use, water resources, climate change, water rights, and local water governance.

Boise State Entrepreneur Challenge Jan. 30-31

image Idaho Entrepreneur ChallengeStudent entrepreneurs will have a chance to present their business ideas and compete for more than $16,000 in prizes during the first Boise State Entrepreneur Challenge, a business plan and business model competition presented by the Boise State Center for Entrepreneurship.

Student teams will present their business models on Friday, Jan. 30, and their business plans on Saturday, Jan. 31. Each team will be evaluated based on a variety of factors by a panel of local business experts, entrepreneurs and Boise State faculty. Winners advance to the statewide finals of the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge in March.

The competition will take place in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. An awards ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Hatch A-B Ballroom. All events are free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by Zions Bank and the College of Business and Economics.

Elizabeth Sendelbach Interviewed by Idaho Entrepreneur Magazine

Elizabeth Sendelbach was interviewed recently by Idaho Entrepreneur Magazine. Sendelbach spoke about the new opportunity for Idaho college and university students to take part in the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge,  a statewide business competition with a $40,000 grand prize and a number of entrepreneurial training opportunities.

Nancy Napier: Listen To The Young, For They Have Some Good Ideas

Where are the gaps in your business skills and knowledge?  Nancy Napier, executive director for the Centre for Creativity and Innovation, is a regular contributor to the Idaho Statesman. Her latest article, which is featured in her blog on creativity, includes the list of ideas a group of young scientists came up with when asked what was missing from their learning experiences.

Boise State Experts Presented a Climate Briefing to Community Leaders

On January 16 the College of Business and Economics, in collaboration with the Sierra Club and the Idaho Climate Think Tank, sponsored an invite-only roundtable discussion of climate change in Idaho and the anticipated impacts.

Attendees included eight current or former state senators and representatives, three sitting city council members, as well as representatives from Idaho Power, the Idaho Department of Transportation, Boise Schools, the major religious groups within the Treasure Valley, and numerous other representatives from private, public, and not-for-profit organizations in the Treasure Valley.

Boise State faculty representing the College of Business and Economics, the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences led the discussion. The panel presented climate-related findings from their research and professional activities, focusing on impacts to water supply, wildfires, wildlife, public health, energy provision, urban phenomena, agricultural productivity and recreation.

Presenters are Lejo Flores, associate professor of geoscience​s and director of Flores Lab; Jen Forbey, associate professor of biology;  Michail Fragkias, assistant professor of economics and director of the COBE Business Research and Economic Development Center; John Gardner, professor of engineering and director of the CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute; Scott Lowe, associate professor of economics and director of the Environmental Studies Program; and Jen Pierce, associate professor of geosciences.

Local CEOs at COBE to Discuss Responsible Business

image CEO roundtable COBE Boise State UniviersityOn Tuesday, January 20, the Responsible Business Initiative, in partnership with the College of Business and Economics (COBE) dean’s office, hosted a CEO roundtable to discuss how Boise companies are leveraging their commitment to business ethics, corporate responsibility, sustainability, corporate governance and diversity.

The college called on CEOs and senior leadership to give feedback on what COBE can and should be doing to catalyze leaders on campus and in the community to create sustainable value for business and society.

The following business leaders, COBE faculty and and graduate students attended the meeting:

Convening Leaders

  • Don Melendez, Wells Fargo
  • Skip Oppenheimer, Oppenheimer Companies
  • Ken Petersen, College of Business and Economics, Boise State University

CEO/Senior Leader Attendees

  • Tommy Ahlquist, Gardner Company
  • Jim Everett, Treasure Valley YMCA
  • Jim Giuffre, Healthwise
  • John Jackson, Jackson Food Stores / Jackson Oil
  • John Tansey, Happy Family Brands
  • Matthew Weatherly-White, The CAPROCK Group
  • Mike Jung, Idaho Statesman
  • Michael Ballantyne, Thornton Oliver Keller
  • Scott Madison, Intermountain Gas


  • Molly Lenty, Wells Fargo
  • Angeli Weller, Responsible Business Initiative, Boise State University

COBE Faculty

  • Mark Buchanan
  • Michail Fragkias
  • Keith Harvey
  • Cheryl Larabee
  • Scott Lowe
  • Shaunn Mattingly

Graduate Student Support

  • Taylor Reed, Responsible Business Initiative MBA graduate intern
  • Braden Lawrence, Responsible Business Initiative MBA volunteer
  • Haley Schaefer, Responsible Business Initiative MBA volunteer