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Nonprofits Brought to Life for Boise State Students

The students of Volunteer Management and the Nonprofit (Management 450), taught by Professor Dusty Bodie have had a unique experience working in groups with local nonprofits of the Treasure Valley.


Management 450

This is the first summer that the nonprofit minor has been available at Boise State University. This new interdisciplinary minor is open to all majors. Students can pursue their interests in community development, policy and nonprofit management. This minor allows students to expand career opportunities, diversify skill sets, and build professional networks.

Students in the program get firsthand experience working with nonprofits at different levels and understanding the ins and outs of volunteer management. Over the course of Management 450, students were able to make connections and have hear presentations from over 10 nonprofits leaders in the area.

The students within Management 450 split up into groups, each group had a project with a local nonprofit organization. Each organization had its own unique needs that the students were able to assist in solving. The nonprofits were: Hand It Forward – Help a Baby (now known as The Idaho Diaper Bank), Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services (SWIDOVS), Learning Lab, Ada County Jail, Sheridan Academy and the Veterans Administration Hospital. All the students were able to apply their expertise in knowledge, skill, management and problem solving to enhance the organizations.

Cher Wada Koenig and Steve Keely

Cher Wada Koenig and Steve Keely

Students Cher Wada Koenig and Steven Keely worked with Hand It Forward, Help a Baby – a new organization striving to get resources to every child around the globe to ensure a happy, healthy and safe childhood. Hand it Forward’s mission is to provide families struggling to afford the essential items they need to care for their babies

Cher and Steve developed a brochure to recruit volunteers and donors, created volunteer handbook including job descriptions, professionalism and ethics, workplace safety, volunteer information, volunteer agreement forms, and confidentiality forms. They also created volunteer time sheets and volunteer application forms, edited mission and vision statements and provided several tutorials and resources for marketing and recruiting volunteers.

Destinie Addington and Karen Daggs

Destinie Addington and Karen Daggs

Destinie Addington and Karen Daggs worked with SWIDOVS to upgrade and revise the current website to have a better user experience and a simpler navigation. Not only did the students update and upgrade the website, they also created step by step instructional videos for each web process as a way to train the current website manager and future users.

Bryan Vlok, Emily Walker, Kendra Winnick and Paul Fullerton

Bryan Vlok, Emily Walker, Kendra Winnick and Paul Fullerton

Bryan Vlok, Kendra Winnick, Emily Walker and Paul Fullerton worked with the Learning Lab to revise and streamline volunteer interest forms, survey and applications. The students trained the Learning Lab employees to utilize the system and increase productivity and skills of the volunteers and staff members.

Jessie Paxton

Jessie Paxton

Drew Eldred, Douglas Hutchinson and Eleazar Beltran Felix worked for the Ada County Jail in creating informational brochures for the jail to inform volunteers in basic procedures, expectations and useful information when coming to and in the jail.

Marcus Cassano and Jessie Paxton helped research and develop a database system for Sheridan Academy which will increase efficiency.

Troy Hendrickson, COBE, Studio Portrait, Tag

Troy Hendrickson

Troy Hendrickson assisted the VA Hospital with volunteer set up and transportation planning and evaluation for the Welcome Home event.

Most students have now continued with the nonprofit program and are currently taking Kinesiology 441, Grant Writing. The first summer of classes has been a success. Students are ready to go into the nonprofit sector with the experience and knowledge gained through the classes. According to Karen Daggs, current Boise State student, “I’ve felt more inspired and enlightened than [more in the nonprofit classes than] in much of my prior experience at Boise State University. The greatest benefit has been direct influence of guest speakers in the nonprofit sector. Both of these classes had multiple visitors and we were given an opportunity to do actual work with a community partner! Another great benefit was being able to exchange ideas and opinions with people who are in fields very different from my own.”

Brandt Lectures Presents Cato CEO John Allison

Allison, John A.Brandt Foundation Lectures and the Boise State University College of Business and Economics will present Cato Institute President and CEO John A. Allison at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom at Boise State. Allison’s presentation is titled “The Philosophic Fight for the Future of America.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is free and no tickets are required. Free parking will be provided near the Student Union Building in the parking garage at Lincoln Avenue and University Drive.

Prior to joining the Cato Institute, Allison was chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation, the 10th largest financial services holding company headquartered in the United States. During his tenure as CEO from 1989 to 2008, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. He was recognized by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 most successful CEOs in the world over the last decade.

Allison has received the Corning Award for Distinguished Leadership, been inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Banker. He is the author of “The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism is the World Economy’s Only Hope.”

In addition, he is a former Distinguished Professor of Practice at Wake Forest University School of Business, and serves on the Board of Visitors at the business schools at Wake Forest, Duke and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Allison is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his master’s degree in management from Duke University and also is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He is the recipient of six honorary doctorate degrees.

The Brandt Foundation Lecture is made possible by Boise State’s College of Business and Economics and the John and Orah Brandt Foundation. In 2004, the Brandt Foundation pledged a generous annual contribution to Boise State’s College of Business and Economics that created a named professorship and secured funding for a lecture series. For more information, call (208) 426-1125.

Nancy Napier: Need a Break? Think Slow TV

image Nancy Napier Boise StateNeed a reason to slow down and relax? Nancy Napier, executive director of the Centre for Creativity and Innovation, is a regular contributor to the Psychology Today website. Her recent entry taps into the calming power of Norway’s “Slow TV.”  Why would you watch “speed knitting” for hours? The answer might surprise you.

Energy Policy Institute Team Awarded International Atomic Energy Agency Contract

Geoff Black COBE Boise State professor

Geoff Black

Meredith Taylor Black COBE Boise State professor

Meredith Taylor Black

A Boise State University faculty team has obtained a research contract from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It is the first of its kind awarded to Boise State from an international agency. The project requires the Boise State team to develop a comprehensive decision framework for assessing the deployment of Small and Medium-sized nuclear Reactors (SMRs), with a particular focus on Member States with developing economies. College of Business and Economics associate professor Geoff Black and assistant professor Meredith Taylor Black, along with Energy Policy Institute director David Solan, will conduct the study and provide a report to the IAEA. The IAEA will use the study and framework to assist Member States in energy planning.

SMRs are a rapidly developing set of technologies that have generated intense interest but still have considerable uncertainty as to their cost and applicability for different uses and circumstances. Countries are interested in adopting SMRs for different reasons, which include energy security, climate change response, integrating renewable energy, and lesser infrastructure requirements on less developed electricity grids. The Boise State team will build upon their previous SMR work that included economic impact modeling, cost modeling, and developing measures for technology adoption, government capacity, rule of law, and ease of doing business.

“We are honored to receive this award and be afforded the opportunity to work with an international agency on addressing an important global issue,” said Taylor Black. “This study is a great example of international collaboration and research across disciplines.” Solan and Geoff Black have previously worked on nuclear projects with the IAEA and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency.

“Game Changers” Seminar — Five Notable Speakers in Tandem with Launch of Collabortank in The Boise Hub

Skaggs Hall of LearningEntrepreneurs are the foundation of the startup community, and are rapidly becoming the backbone of job creation in the country. Prodromos Marketing and Boise State University Center for Entrepreneurship are presenting “Game Changers: A Seminar for Entrepreneurs, Students, and Startups” on September 19 from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. in the in Skaggs Hall of Learning in the Micron Business and Economics Building. The seminar — in tandem with the launch of Boise’s new startup accelerator, Collabortank, in The Boise Hub — will include talks from five notable speakers to foster growth and education within Boise’s own entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“The Center for Entrepreneurship is excited to partner with Prodromos Marketing in offering this kickoff event of local and national authors who will provide listeners with useful tools that one can use on a daily basis,” Kent Neupert, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, said. “Collabrotank and The Boise Hub offer a valuable opportunity to nascent new businesses by providing space, mentoring and networking–all in one location.”

The seminar will include educational talks by Rajesh Setty, president of WittyParrot; Heidi Reeder, author and professor at Boise State; Vincent Kituku, business motivational speaker; Frank Gruber, Tech Cocktail cofounder; and Philip D. Bennett, Prodromos Marketing/Collabortank founder. The vast collective experience of these speakers provide a valuable opportunity for entrepreneurs, startups and entrepreneurial-minded individuals. Following the seminar there will be a networking mixer with refreshments in Jackson Commons.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please go to

Chris Loucks’ Column Published in Idaho Statesman

Chris Loucks Boise State COBE professor of economicsChris Loucks, professor of economics, penned a column for the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider titled “Social impact bonds can serve the public, investors alike” that focused on a relatively new financial instrument that allows for innovative approaches to age-old problems.

Gundars Kaupins’ Article in Idaho Statesman

Gundy Kaupins, Chair, Department of Management at Boise StateA column written by Gundars Kaupins, professor of management and chair of the Department of Management, was published in the Idaho Statesman. Titled, “ Liberals and conservatives: Meet your brain’s other parts,” the column looks at what managers can learn from studies of the differences between liberals and conservatives.