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Tom Gattiker Receives Best Associate Editor Award

tom gattikerThe editors of the Journal of Supply Chain Management (JSCM) have selected Tom Gattiker as one of two best associate editors for the journal in 2017.

Gattiker’s award will be presented at a reception during the Academy of Management conference in Chicago in August.


Kathy Hurley and Accounting Students Prepared Tax Returns for Free

Kathy HurleyThis is the sixth year Kathy Hurley, a lecturer in the Department of Accountancy, and accountancy students have volunteered to prepare and file income tax returns for Boise community members. Students are trained and certified by the IRS in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Hurley, 15 students and 3 community volunteers filed 379 returns on-site at the Boise Library! Community members may also use computers and VITA software for free and file their own return. Student assistance is available to answer questions. The total number of tax returns attributed to Boise State University/Boise Public Library VITA site was 1132, up from 2017 number of 604.

In addition to nine sessions at the library, Hurley, with the help of Beta Alpha Psi members, started partnerships with Boise Public Schools and NeighborWorks for a community/refugee tax day.

“We visited Garfield Elementary School in the morning and Northwest Pointe Apartments in the afternoon to prepare tax returns. We also went to Frank Church High School for two hours at lunchtime to help a selected group of high school students prepare their tax returns,” said Hurley. “We will further expand partnerships next year by bringing the International Rescue Committee back into the collaboration.”

The community gets great assistance and students get valuable hands-on learning experiences. Students firm up their basic knowledge of federal tax rules and regulations, learn to interview taxpayers to obtain critical information to prepare an accurate tax return, and practice using tax preparation software. Students also gain leadership and logistical skills as they have an active role in weekly site set-up, operations management and planning for continuous improvement.

Learn more about the VITA program in this video:

Dean’s Choice Award Goes to Economics Students for Their Commercial Kitchens at Boise Farmers Market

Michael Byrd, Andrew Davey, Britt Gable, Siena Kalina, and Mckenna Yetter

Michael Byrd, Andrew Davey, Britt Gable, Siena Kalina and Austin Guza.

Winners of the COBE Dean’s Choice Award for undergraduate research are (left to right) Michael Bryd, Andrew Davey, Britt Gable, Siena Kalina and Austin Guza (not pictured – Mckenna Yetter). They created the poster “Commercial Kitchens at Boise Farmers Market” as part of Samia Islam’s Urban Economics Service-Learning class. Students in the class worked with community partner Boise Farmers Market to collect and analyze data that would help determine a permanent location for the market.

Samia Islam Presented at the Idaho Department of Labor Statewide Management Team Meeting

Samia IslamSamia Islam, associate professor, gave a presentation, “Happiness and the American Workforce: Disappearing Jobs and the Opioid Crisis in Perspective,” at the Idaho Department of Labor’s statewide management team meeting on April 12.

The presentation was based on Islam’s ongoing research examining opioid addiction as a factor relating to the automation of jobs, the vanishing middle class and labor force participation within these hotspots of opioid usage and surrounding areas. Her hypothesis is that the job losses due to automation in manufacturing in these areas is a significant factor in opioids abuse. While focusing on the supply side of these drugs is important (especially when looking at federal drug regulations/de-regulations), it is also important to examine the social and economic factors that affect opioid addiction. Finally, this research will attempt to determine the relationship between opioids abuse and well-being, as data shows that the same areas affected by job automation and opioid addiction are also showing the highest levels of economic distress.

COBE Students Attend APEE Conference

Jennifer Moore, Jillian Lumbert, Allen Dalton, Jennie Oman

Jennifer Moore, Jillian Lumbert, Allen Dalton and Jennie Oman at the APPE Conference in Las Vegas

Two COBE students were selected to participate in the Undergraduate Poster Competition at the annual Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) Conference held in Las Vegas in March.

jillian lumbert with her poster

Jillian Lumbert

Jillian Lumbert, human resources management major, presented her work “The State of the Leaf: The Uprising of the U.S. Cannabis Industry.”

Jennie Oman with her poster

Jennie Oman

Management major Jennie Oman’s poster was titled “The Essential Leviathan: Understanding CEO Pay.”

Also attending the conference were Allen Dalton, economics adjunct faculty, who organized the trip and secured the funding; and master of economics 2018 Outstanding Graduate, Jennifer Moore.

This is the fifth consecutive years that Boise State undergraduate students have been able to attend the conference and the fourth consecutive year that at least one student has been selected to participate in the Undergraduate Poster Competition.

All three students received support to attend the conference from the Charles Koch Foundation.

The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) is an association of teachers and scholars from colleges and universities, public policy institutes, and industry with a common interest in studying and supporting the system of private enterprise. APEE hosts an annual conference for members to share their scholarly findings and offers a number of awards to recognize individuals who have contributed to the cause of private enterprise. Support for young scholars is often available to attend the annual conference. The association sponsors the Journal of Private Enterprise so scholars may share their research with the wider academic community.

Eliot Smith, Department of Information Technology, Receives Golden Apple Award

Eliot Smith

Eliot Smith, College of Business and Economics

Eliot Smith, a lecturer in Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management, has been honored with a Golden Apple award. This award is sponsored the Associated Students of Boise State University. Each year students from across campus nominate outstanding professors that have shown exceptional dedication to their students inside and outside the classroom. The faculty receiving the award are:

Jill Chonody, School of Social Work

Pamela Gehrke, School of Nursing

Soo Jeoung “Crystal” Han, College of Engineering

Virginia Hatch, School of Public Service

Kendall House, College of Innovation and Design

Eliot Smith, College of Business and Economics

Joe Tornello, College of Arts and Sciences

Norman Weinstein, College of Education

Shelton Woods, Honors College

Economics Students Submitted Service-Learning Projects to the Undergraduate Research Conference.

economics students at the Boise State Undergraduate Research Conference

Urban economics students at the Boise State Undergraduate Research Conference on April 16, 2018

Five teams from Samia Islam’s ECON 432/532 class participated in Service-Learning research projects this semester. Working with community partner Boise Farmers Market, students assisted in collecting and analyzing data that would help determine a permanent location for the market.

The teams prepare posters about their projects and took part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Titles of the posters were:

  • Commercial Kitchens in Farmers Markets
  • Location Choices of the Future Boise Farmers Market using GIS Mapping
  • Boise Farmer’s Market Commercial Kitchen & Relocation Options
  • Farmer’s Market Surveys: Best Practices
  • Surveying for New Boise Farmers Market Location and Consumer Amenity Preference