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COBE Alum Krista Lyons Volunteering in Community while Pursuing PhD

Elephants in Amboseli National Park Kenya.

Elephants in Amboseli National Park Kenya.

Semi-retired Professor Dusty Bodie caught up with Boise State University MBA graduate, Krista Lyons. She told Bodie that while she did not end up going into the business sector, the skills she acquired while earning her MBA have proven invaluable in her pursuit of a PhD and while presenting at international conferences.

Lyons is a PhD candidate in public policy and administration, and a graduate assistant in the School of Public Service at Boise State. Lyons’ doctoral dissertation is on the rule-making process under Endangered Species Act. “I am also interested in human-wildlife conflict mitigation policy and conservation policy,” said Lyons. “I am presenting in Sweden later this month on human-elephant mitigation strategies being used in Gorongosa National Park.

Last year at President Krustra’s invitation, Krista presented to the Boise State Administrative Council on her Pathways Kenya experiences. Lyons attend the Pathways Kenya conference in January of that year. Pathways is a conference and training program designed to address the myriad issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner.

Recently, Lyons traveled to Gorongosa National Park and was able to work on her policy analysis, talking in person with researchers who are working on strategies to address human-elephant conflict/interactions such as elephants that leave the boundaries of the park and raid crops in local villages.

Krista Lyons with Special Olympics athletes

Krista with speed skaters from Taipei and Hungary at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

In July Lyons will present at the International Congress for Conservation Biology held in Cartegna, Columbia. “The Congress is only held every two years and is highly competitive,” said Lyons. “I feel honored to have had my abstract accepted for an oral presentation.”

Lyons  is also busy volunteering. She has held several volunteer positions with Special Olympics including director of volunteers for Idaho State Summer Games, and she is in her second year of volunteering at Zoo Boise, as an animal care assistant for the penguin section and as a Conservation Cruise Captain. And, when she can, Lyons volunteers at Ride For Joy in Emmett, a therapeutic riding program which serves individuals with physical and cognitive special needs.

Krista Lyons with two Samburu warriors

At the Wildlife Conservation Network offices in San Francisco, Krista stands with two Samburu (Kenya) warriors, who are members of the Ewaso Lions Warriors Watch. They raise awareness about conservation and advocating for peaceful co-existence with lions and wildlife.

Krista Lyon at sign in Kenya on the equator

Krista at the equator in Nanyuki, Kenya. “The conference site straddled the equator, so I slept in the Northern Hemisphere, but ate in the Southern Hemisphere… way cool.”

Zeynep Hansen, COBE’s New Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Scholarship

Zeynep Hansen

Zeynep Hansen has accepted the position of associate dean for academic programs and scholarship for the College of Business and Economics.

“Zeynep has been a very effective and successful leader in the Department of Economics, in COBE, across our campus, in our community and in the academy for years,” said Dean Ken Petersen. “I am so pleased that she will now be leading our college-wide efforts in the critically important areas of academic programs and scholarship.”

Hansen officially started her new role on June 1, 2017. She joined Boise State University faculty in 2007 as an associate professor, was promoted to professor in 2010 and served as chair of the Department of Economics from August 2013 – May, 2017. Previously, she served on the faculty of Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD in economics from the University of Arizona, and is a graduate of Boise State University.

Hansen is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Development of the American Economy Group. She has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization and Journal of Economic History. Most of her research focuses on agricultural policy in the development of the American economy. Her other research interests are in the health policy, strategic biotechnology-pharmaceutical alliances and education economics. Her current research focuses on the water infrastructure and historical water use in the western United States. She teaches courses in health economics, history of economic thought and U.S. economic history.

Chris Loucks New Chair of the Department of Economics

Christine LoucksChris Loucks has been selected as the new chair of the Department of Economics. “I am very pleased that Chris is willing to serve in this important capacity.” Said Ken Petersen in an email announcement.

Loucks joined the Department of Economics at Boise State University in 1989. She teaches principles and intermediate macroeconomics, economic growth, and money and banking. Her areas of interest in research are banking regulation, the influence of political action committees on the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate and education.

She has a long history of service to the College of Business and Economics, the University, and the community including time spent on committees such as the Volunteer Services Advisory Board, the Service-Learning Advisory Board, the Faculty Senate, the Women’s Center Advisory Board, the Distinguished Lecture Series Committee, the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee, and the College of Business and Economics Scholarship Committee. She currently serves on the advisory boards for Idaho Voices for Children, the Idaho Fiscal Policy Center and Life’s Kitchen.


Professor Susan Park Accepts Position on American Business Law Journal Board

Susan ParkSusan Park, associate professor and chair of the Department of Management, has been asked to join the American Business Law Journal Board. Board members serve a six year-term, moving from articles editor up to editor-in-chief. Before joining the board, Park was a staff editor for the American Business Law Journal for several years.

The American Business Law Journal, the premier peer-reviewed journal in business law, is a quarterly law review published on behalf of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. The journal explores the whole range of topics related to business and corporate law and is an essential resource for students, professors and all professionals in the field.

John Bernardo, COBE executive in residence, Featured in IBR Article on Sustainability

John BernardoJohn Bernardo, an executive in residence at the College of Business and Economics (COBE), was featured in an article in the Idaho Business Review about how more companies are embracing sustainability.

Bernardo works with COBE’s Responsible Business Initiative and as a sustainability strategist at Idaho Power.

Bernardo describes sustainability as a three-legged stool where the business, and its profits, are the seat. The legs – all the same length – are financial, environmental and social considerations.

Read the entire article “Idaho companies are starting to climb aboard the sustainability bandwagon.”

Garrett McBrayer Selected as an Accomplished Under 40 Honoree

Garrett McBrayer, COBE, Finance

Garrett McBrayer

Garrett McBrayer, assistant professor in the Department of Finance was selected as an honoree for the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 Awards. More than 100 people were nominated and applied for one of this year’s 40 spots. Applicants were judged by review committees formed from past honorees. Each applicant was rated from 1-5 in four categories: leadership, professional accomplishments, community support and vision/meeting goals.

After an eight-year career in finance, McBrayer received his PhD from the University of Arkansas in 2015 and moved to Boise to join the finance faculty in the fall of 2015. He has made important contributions to the university and the Boise community.

At the university, he serves as the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the Financial Management Association and is a member of the COBE Culture Leadership Team. He led a group of students on a trip to New York City to learn more about the world of finance. The students saw first-hand how finance is practiced when they visited Bloomberg, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase, and others. McBrayer also helped plan and organize “Careers You Can Bank On,” a panel discussion and networking event for students and banking and finance executives.

“Garrett is the type of professor who really connects with students and who strives to nurture and inspire them,” said Department of Finance Chair Troy Hyatt. “As evidence, Garrett has been chosen as the honored faculty by the finance department’s outstanding student graduate in three out of his four semesters at Boise State. That is truly a remarkable accomplishment.”

Garrett has provided service to the community through his work with Junior Achievement of Idaho. In 2016, he served as an educational volunteer and taught personal finance to local high school students. He also helped at their “Inspire to Hire” event as the official representative from the College of Business and Economics.

McBrayer and the other Accomplished Under 40 honorees will be celebrated at an event at the Idaho Botanical Gardens June 15.

See the Idaho Business Review AU40 announcement article here.

Student Group Receives Prestigious Award from World’s Largest HR Association

The Boise State University chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has received a Merit Award designation for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members during April 2016- March 2017. The chapter will be recognized for their outstanding achievements at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans in June 2017.

Of the 327 student chapters from across the United States, Boise State University was one of 149 winners.

Officers for the Boise State chapter are Jillian Lumbert, president; Jeff Scaggs, vice president; Gabrielle Baird, treasurer and Jahna Briggs, merit award director (for other directors see the COBE HRA site). Faculty advisors are James Wanek and Gundars Kaupins.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

“These chapters truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, East Divisional director at SHRM and the lead for SHRM’s Student Programs. “Their achievements go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, their local communities and beyond.”

Learn more about Boise State SHRM here.