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Candi Allphin joins Idaho Community Foundation Board

Allphin, CandiceCandi Allphin has joined the board of the Idaho Community Foundation. She is the senior vice president and managing director of private banking for U.S. Bank’s western Idaho region. She has 36 years of banking experience and is board chair-elect of the Idaho Bankers Association.

Allphin is an Idaho State Building Authority Commissioner, a management report advisor for the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, the Idaho delegate for the American Bankers Association, a member of the Boise State University President’s Board of Advisors, an advisory board member of the Boise State University College of Business and Economics, and board member and immediate past chair of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. She is a past chair and honorary board member of the Boise State University Foundation, past president and advisory board member of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, past president and advisory board member of the Idaho Botanical Garden, and past president and sustaining member of the Junior League of Boise.

Allphin has a BA in management from Boise State University and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. She has been recognized with the Legacy of Leadership Award from the Leadership Boise Alumni Association and Outstanding Alumni Award from the Boise State University College of Business and Economics.

Professor Gundars Kaupins Receives Lifetime Achievement


Gundy Kaupins, Chair, Department of Management at Boise StateGundars (Gundy) Kaupins
, professor of management in the College of Business and Economics, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley. The award was for continually showing outstanding service and promoting human resource management throughout his career.

Recent Retirements in the College of Business and Economics

Retired in 2014

Renee Anchustegui, director, Professional MBA, MSA, and MSAT

Dwayne Barney, emeritus professor of finance

Dusty Bodie, emeritus associate professor of management

Tom Cavaiani, emeritus professor of information technology management

Jim Hogge, emeritus director of the Idaho Small Business Development Center

Frank Ilett, emeritus lecturer of accounting and online MBA

Jeannie Lennon, administrative assistant for Department of Accountancy

Doug Lincoln, emeritus professor of marketing

Gary McCain, emeritus professor of marketing

Cheryl Maille, emeritus director, Executive MBA program

Celia Renner, emeritus professor of accounting

TECenter Gets $50,000 SBA Award to Support Entrepreneurship

Denise Dunlap Boise State's TecCenter

Denise Dunlap, Director, TECenter

Boise State’s James E. Hogge Technology and Entrepreneurial Center (TECenter) is among 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition and will receive $50,000 to support entrepreneurship in the Treasure Valley.

The U.S. Small Business Administration selected the TECenter and other winners from among more than 800 applicants. The TECenter is affiliated with the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and operates under the university’s College of Business and Economics (COBE).

“We have an incredible asset in the TECenter and I’m so pleased that the SBA has recognized it for its innovative programs,” said COBE Dean Ken Petersen. “We’ve recently seen some great successes coming out that program and we’re very eager to see more local companies grow within the community of the Treasure Valley.”

The award recipients represent 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The accelerators come from a broad set of industries and sectors, from manufacturing to tech start-ups to farming as well as a focus on a diversified range of demographic groups.

“We knew our program would stand up to the competition,” said TECenter Director Denise Dunlap.

The SBA required applicants to include a video pitch. The result was a three-minute video that resembles something of an action movie trailer. A panel of seven judges, who are experts in entrepreneurship, investing and business plans, selected the winners. The judges reviewed the applications and pitch videos submitted by the 100 finalists in the competition.

“We’ve always known the TECenter plays a critical role in the economic development of the Treasure Valley, but it’s very rewarding to see the SBA recognize them as well,” said Katie Sewell, Idaho SBDC state director.

The SBA will honor the winners in Washington, D.C., in November during National Entrepreneurship Month, in partnership with the Global Accelerator Network.

The 38,000-square-foot TECenter opened on Boise State’s former west campus in Nampa in 2003 and has helped more than 1,000 emerging companies and provided more than 250 formal assessments and work plans. The TECenter has graduated more than 30 companies back into the Idaho economy. Some past clients include MetaGeek, eTripTrader and BookLamp.

The accelerator and incubator currently work with about 32 start-up companies with up to $10 million in annual sales. The TECenter focuses on highly scalable start-up businesses from the idea stage to the growth stage.

Professor Gundars Kaupins Holds A Workshop On Employee Handbook at the Idaho Department of Labor

Gundy Kaupins, Chair, Department of Management at Boise StateGundars (Gundy) Kaupins, professor of management in the College of Business and Economics, will hold a workshop on designing employee handbooks at the Idaho Department of Labor’s Payette office from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 23.

The workshop will take place in Suite 107, 501 N. 16th St., Payette.

Kaupins will discuss employee handbook design decisions involving strategy, selection, discipline, training, compensation, benefits, performance appraisals, health, safety and security. Participants will practice writing a handbook section. They will have the opportunity to have their handbooks co-written by Boise State students by the end of the year.

The workshop is free but seating is limited, so participants are asked to reserve space by contacting department work force consultants Linda Smallwood at (208) 642-9361, ext. 4033, or Lisa Burgess at (208) 642-9361, ext. 3535.

Gundars Kaupins and James Wanek Published in Journal of Education for Business

Gundars Kaupins, chair of the Department of Management and James Wanek, professor of management co- authored The Relationship of HR Professionals’ Online Experiences with perceptions of Organizational Hiring and Promotion of Online Graduates published in the  Journal of Education for Business, Volume 89, pp. 222-229. Malcolm Coco of Abilene Christian University was a co-author.

Gundars Kaupins: A Good Handbook Makes Work Run Smoothly

Gundy Kaupins, Chair, Department of Management at Boise StateProfessor Gundars (Gundy) Kaupins published an article in the Idaho Business Review on September 5th, 2014 on page 8. His article is how “A Good Handbook Makes Work Run Smoothly.”