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Gary Moore Elected as National Officer for the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Gary Moore, Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center manager at the Idaho Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), has been elected secretary of the national Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. Moore will be responsible for documenting association governance activities and overseeing the organization’s communications committee. He will serve in this position until March 2020.

The ISBDC is housed in the College of Business and Economics and provides no-cost consulting and affordable training to small businesses throughout the state.

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center focuses on helping businesses with government contracting.

College of Business and Economics Achieves Gold Standard Reaccreditation

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The International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has granted Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics a full reaccreditation.

“I am so pleased with this fantastic accomplishment. AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standards of achievement for business schools worldwide, with less than 5 percent of all business schools earning accreditation,” said Ken Petersen, dean of the College of Business and Economics.

The college has maintained accreditation since 1979 and is one of even fewer schools to achieve AACSB accreditation for both the business school and the accountancy program.

As part of the reaccreditation process, AACSB assesses the college’s ability to perform in critical areas, such as teaching, research, curricula development and student learning. Undergraduate and master’s degree programs both must pass rigorous standards. Factors reviewed include the quality of programs, achievements of faculty, academic performance of students, the number of international students, the number of employers that recruit from the college and the salaries of graduates.

Learn more about accreditation standards at AACSB’s website.

COBE Alumnus, Larry Laverty, Works to Save African Elephants

photographer Larry Laverty

Larry Laverty in Uganda 2018 while photographing elephants.

Following the completion of his two degrees at Boise State University (finance ’84 and political science ’85), Larry Laverty went on to a 30-year career as an actor, appearing in numerous television shows and movies. He also wrote a newspaper column for five years for the MacArthur Metro serving Oakland, California.

For the past five years, however, Laverty has turned the camera to elephants in Africa. He has focused on saving the remaining elephants through the use of photography. Laverty’s images have been utilized by numerous international conservation organizations and decorate the homes of wildlife lovers. Laverty is also producing his first table-top photo book “Elephant Sunrise” which will be published by the end of 2018.

Laverty often speaks to groups about the plight of Africa’s wildlife and will be a featured speaker at the Free the Elephants International Conference in Portland, Oregon, April 27-29, 2018.

For more information and to view some of his photographs of elephants see Larry Laverty Wildlife Photography on Facebook.

MBA Candidate, Connor Sheldon Presented Three-Minute Thesis

Connor Sheldon, MBA student presenting 3-min. thesis

Connor Sheldon, MBA candidate in the Career Track program, competed today in the Three Minute Thesis presented by the Graduate College.  Fourteen Boise State graduate students participated in the competition held at the Clearwater Building, home to Boise State’s computer science department. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition was developed by the University of Queensland and celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Participants have just three minutes and one slide to present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation topic and its significance.

Connor’s thesis is on the shifting demographics of future leaders now that Millenials are the largest generation in the workforce.

“This change,” says Connor, “will be seen in the boardrooms of companies, nonprofits and universities. There is a great opportunity for these entities to make room for the young, diverse voices of Millennials.”

Competitors were judged on communication style, comprehension and engagement.  Judges were Diane Beven, president and CEO of Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; David Bieter, Boise mayor; and Mark Durcan, Micron Technology advisor and former CEO. Winners will be announced at a later date.



Two COBE Students Selected as University Top Ten Scholars

The 2018 Top Ten Scholars have been announced and on the list are two students from the College of Business and Economics. Presented by the Boise State Alumni Association and Boise State Honors College, the Top Ten Scholar Award is the highest academic honor granted to a Boise State University undergraduate student. Congratulations to Makenzie and Jessica.

Makenize Peake


Degree: Bachelor of arts in quantitative economics and a minor in applied mathematics
Future Plans: Work as a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and later enter a Ph.D. program in economics.
Honored Faculty: Christine Loucks, Ph.D., department chair and professor, Department of Economics

Read more about Makenzie

During her undergraduate career at Boise State, Peake has garnered a fair amount of academic and leadership skills through her participation in the Boise State Honors College as a peer mentor and academic assistant. She has been heavily involved with the College of Business and Economics, in particular as a mentor in the Department of Economics, and president and treasurer of the Boise State Economics Association.

From Boise, Idaho, Peake serves the Boise community as a youth leader at Foothills Christian Church, as a volunteer in bilingual classrooms at Whittier Elementary School and in assisting local refugees with transportation needs. Last July, Peake began employment as a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Throughout her academic career, Peake has sought out research opportunities, being employed as a research assistant by three professors in the department of economics investigating the effects of student performance in online versus face-to-face classes. She also served as a research assistant for a project investigating the economic feasibility of building a nursing home in Council, Idaho. Another valuable research experience came from Peake’s internship with ECONorthwest, the largest consulting company in the Northwest.

Jessica Rohm


Degree: Bachelor of business administration with an emphasis in international business and a bachelor of arts in Spanish
Future Plans: Work in international market development utilizing her second language, Spanish, as well as focus on continuing education.
Honored Faculty: John Bieter, Ph.D., professor, Department of History

Read more about Jessica

From Phoenix, Arizona, Rohm has found great passion in business, culture and language over the course of her four years at Boise State. This passion first started when she studied abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica in the spring of 2016 where she lived with a host family and worked at a local elementary school teaching English.

Since returning from Costa Rica, she has been working in the Center for Global Education where she is able to share her passion for studying abroad. During her last semester at Boise State, she was a Spanish conversation lab assistant in the World Language Resource Center facilitating language labs for lower-division Spanish students. She also focused on applying her coursework to real-life situations during her internship in San Sebastian, Spain in the economics and marketing departments of the city’s Department of Culture.

Rohm’s dedication to her coursework reflects in the honors she has received, including a College of Business and Economics Signature Student, a College of Arts and Sciences Peer Ambassador and a Dean’s List honoree for multiple semesters with highest honors.

Rohm has been involved on campus as the membership vice president for Alpha Xi Delta in 2017, attended the Alpha Xi Delta National Convention in Boston in 2015 and attended a recruitment training workshop in College Park, Maryland while at Boise State.

Recipients will be recognized, along with their honored faculty, at the annual Top Ten Scholars Award Ceremony on April 16. Learn more and RSVP to attend the ceremony here.

Economics Graduate Makenzie Peake Received Research Position at the Federal Reserve

Makenize PeakeMakenzie Peake, a soon to be graduate of economics with quantitative emphasis, has accepted a research associate position at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She will start in summer 2018. Makenzie is the Department of Economics’s third placement at the Fed. She follows Landon Stroebel (BA in economics and math 2005) and George Fenton (BA economics 2012), both of whom were research assistants at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Stoebel was at the Board of Governors for three years and then joined the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. After his time on the Commission, Stroebel worked for an investment company, then opened his own investment company and joined the National Guard.

Fenton was at the Board of Governors for two years and then entered the doctoral program in economics at the University of Michigan where he is currently in his third year.

Peake will use her opportunity at the Fed as a stepping-stone to her doctorate.

“This opportunity at the Federal Reserve St. Louis bank marks another step towards my goal of becoming a professional economist,” says Peake. “After a two-year stint as a research associate, I plan to enter a Ph.D. program in economics. I sincerely thank Boise State University, the Department of Economics and the Honors College for the immense support and encouragement I have received throughout my educational experience. My career would not have been possible without that support. It is an honor and a privilege to graduate from Boise State, something that I will work hard to repay in the future.”

Peake has been selected as the 2018 Outstanding Graduate in the Department of Economics and as a Boise State Top Ten Scholar.

MBA Students Qualified for Hult Prize Regionals for Sixth Year in a Row

Two teams represented Boise State University at the 2018 Hult Prize regionals.

Eldar Sakebaev, Jessica Carolina, Ali Sharifi Shalmani

Eldar Sakebaev, Jessica Carolina, Ali Sharifi Shalmani

Northstar Energy team competed in San Francisco, California, in early March. Team members are Jessica Carolina, Eldar Sakebaev and Ali Sharifi Shalmani.

“We do want to change the world by following our dreams and passions in social entrepreneurship,” said Sakebaev. “We are a skillful and diverse team with the goal of delivering innovative, reliable and affordable energy storage solutions and transforming the lives of 10 million people by 2025.”

Advancing to regional competition in Melbourne, Australia, were Lynn Catlin, Danielle Hittle, Rhett Suciu and Stuart Wetzel.

Lynn Catlin, Stuart Wetzel, Rhett Suciu, Danielle Hittle

Lynn Catlin, Stuart Wetzel, Rhett Suciu, Danielle Hittle

“Our team is composed of an engineer, soldier, sociologist and a scientist,” explains Suciu. “We are diverse in our backgrounds, but similar in our pursuit of an MBA as well as our desire to change and help the world. We know that transformational change requires transformational partnerships. We will share our idea in Melbourne in hopes to secure $1M in seed money to change millions of lives.” 

The Hult Prize is an international competition which brings together the best and brightest students in colleges and universities to solve world issues. The 2018 challenge is to build a scalable, sustainable social enterprise that harnesses the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025.

This is the sixth year in a row that Boise State has had a team(s) advance to the Hult Prize regional finals.