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Signature Student Award

COBE Signature StudentThe Signature Student award is given to one-two exceptional students per program twice a year.

A COBE Signature Student has:

  • A Passion for Learning
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Behavior
  • Strong Leadership
  • Community Engagement
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Spring 2017

Felicia Barlow, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateFelicia Barlow, Entrepreneurship Management

I am a Boise, Idaho native. I have spent my life in Idaho and I love my community. As I’ve lived, grown up and evolved as a person in this wonderful state, I have learned to invest my time in a way that adds value to this community and to the people who have given so much to me. I firmly believe that we must invest ourselves in the people and places that have invested in us. It is our responsibility as we come of age to set an example for and invest our lives in a way to create a better world for the next generation.

I am currently in school as a business entrepreneurship management major with a sustainability minor to pursue my dream of opening a sustainable bed and breakfast wedding venue to offer an alternative to what is a predominantly wasteful hospitality industry. I am currently working on getting this started with the help of my entrepreneurship classes, Boise State resources, and community network. I will graduate in May.

I was president of the sustainability club at Boise State University from January 2015 – January 2017 where I volunteered with the Sustainability Club in the community contributing in habitat and fire restoration, cleaning up the city with partnering organizations, volunteering with the Treefort Music Festival Green Team, serving and partnering with the Boise EcoVillage project, and working in our community garden on campus.

As I move into my final semester at Boise State, I have stepped down from this leadership position to focus on making my dream of the bed and breakfast a reality. However, I still dedicate time to these other projects to insure that the Sustainability Club has a smooth transition into new leadership. I firmly believe that this is necessary as our actions speak to our values more than anything else and to truly live sustainably we must lead out with our lives. This is what I believe true leadership and education looks like. I am grateful for the opportunities afforded to me and hope that my life and my work reflect the values I so dearly hold true.

Jason Barnes, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateJason Barnes, General Business

I was born and raised in Boise and I have always loved living in Idaho. After graduating from Mountain View High School in Meridian, I decided to postpone college to serve a church mission. This experience helped prepare me in so many ways for college. I had always planned on going to Boise State and I am glad I did. The faculty, staff and classmates have been wonderful to work with and I’ve learned so much in my time here at the university. Following my graduation this May, I would like to pursue my career goal of opening up a candy shop here in Idaho. I am also grateful for the scholarships I have received while at Boise State. These generous contributions from donors have helped me throughout my college education. To help future students achieve their goals, I would like to use some of the money I earn from my business to provide scholarship opportunities to business students at Boise State.

Alec Barrowcliff, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateAlec Barrowcliff, Economics

I am a senior pursuing my bachelor of arts in economics. I am set to graduate in the spring of 2017, allowing me to graduate in 3 years. After graduation, I will be attending Officer Candidate School for the Marine Corps and will commission in the summer of 2017. I plan to use my knowledge attained at Boise State University to become an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps. COBE has given me the opportunity to grow intellectually and professionally, and I look forward to applying the skills acquired through the program in my career.

Mark Beck, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateMark Beck, Supply Chain Management

My service to COBE has been in various roles such as teaching assistant for General Business 101, vice president for the Financial Management Association, and student administrative assistant in COBE Advising Services. I am strongly committed to leadership, education, and self-improvement through work and life experiences that include a study abroad experience in Spain and two summer internships. First, as an operations intern for Zagg, Inc. and more recently as a procurement agent intern for the world’s largest aerospace company, The Boeing Company. Following graduation in May, I will start my career in the same position at Boeing in Seattle.

Jakub Bollant, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateJakub Bollant, Finance

I am currently a senior and will be graduating this May with a BBA in Accountancy and a BBA in Finance.  In my four years at Boise State University, I have taken 150 credits with plans to take the CPA exam. Throughout my time at COBE, I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn from an amazing group of professors in both accounting and finance. The knowledge I have gained at COBE prepared me for my internship at the JR Simplot Company where I have worked for two years now in various roles centered around financial accounting and finance optimization. In the fall of 2017, I will start as an associate with Ernst and Young in Milwaukee, WI in their financial services assurance practice. In my free time, I am lucky to spend most weekends in Sun Valley golfing in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Angel D'az, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateAngel D’az, Business and Economic Analytics

I was born in El Salvador and I am grateful for the things that have happened, or didn’t happen, that brought me to this present day. I spent three years as a music major, so I am familiar with the sleepless pressure of choosing the “right” major. My hopes are to be the best analyst I can be and to eventually create a data-centered business that does both well and good. COBE’s supportive professors and the business and economic analytics B.S. degree has helped me get closer to my goals. I am humbled and honored by this recognition.

Hannah Edwards, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateHannah Edwards, Finance

Boise State University has been an amazing place to grow and learn. The professors and staff members are unlike those at any other university. They are encouraging and truly strive to foster deeper learning. As a teaching assistant, I am able to help other students learn and grow in the same way that others have helped me. As a double major in finance and accounting, I am also able to support students in many different areas. My experiences at Boise State have helped me to discover my passion for learning and teaching. I believe what I have done here will help me develop a successful professional career and a fulfilling life.

Mason Hampton, Accountancy

I am a senior in the accounting program looking to graduate in the fall of 2017. I am also a current student athlete playing football for the Broncos starting at center. After I get my bachelor’s degree in accountancy, I plan on getting my master’s degree and then entering the field of accounting. I am from Meridian, ID and went to Meridian High School. I love the outdoors and exploring Idaho’s beautiful public land.

Charlie Hoff, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateCharlie Hoff, General Business

If all goes well, I will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree this spring 2017. The world of business has always intrigued me, and everything that I have learned at Boise State University has only confirmed that I chose the correct major. Last year, I completed an internship with a local wholesaling company in which I was able to put all that I have learned to work. After graduation, I hope to go on to work for this company and begin my career. I have always lived in Idaho and plan to continue enjoying all that it has to offer. I am very excited to graduate and I am very thankful to all the great professors that I have learned from!

Austin Legg, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateAustin Legg, Career Track MBA

I completed a B.S. in psychology from Boise State University in 2013. At that time, I was working in law enforcement. For two years following graduation I had this nagging feeling to go back to school. Eventually I gave in, and in 2015 I quit my job to return to Boise State to pursue an MBA. During that time, I was able to compete in the 2017 Hult Prize competition in Shanghai, China. I am in the process of applying to law school and look forward to using what I have learned in the career track program in the future as a JD/MBA.

Queen Ann Marshall, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateQueen Ann Marshall, Information Technology Management

I was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. I’m the eldest and the first in my family to attend and graduate from college. Prior to coming to Boise State University, I obtained my associate degree in general business from the College of Western Idaho. I graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) and was inducted to a couple of Honor Society organizations: Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Theta Kappa.

I’m also a member of a student organization called BITSCA and worked as a teaching assistant for the ITM Department in the summer of 2016. In addition, I was awarded with a scholarship by the College of Business and Economics and was also included in the dean’s list throughout my education at Boise State. Overall, my experience at COBE has been so amazing! I’ve learned a lot of things and I am able to pursue my interest in having a career related to information technology and data analytics.

Most importantly, I want to say a huge thank you to those people who have contributed to my academic success; especially to my husband, family, coworkers at WhiteCloud Analytics, fellow students, and professors. It’s a great honor to receive this recognition, and I look forward to attend my graduation at the end of this semester and earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration in I.T. management. Who would have thought a girl like me would have come this far after living in the U.S. for only 5 years. What a wonderful journey!

Michael Moreau, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateMichael Moreau, Accountancy

I came to Boise State University as a non-traditional transfer student in 2015 after relocating from Charlotte, North Carolina. During my time here, I have served as a volunteer teaching assistant for Accounting 206, as well as a private tutor for Boise State Athletes. Over the past year, I have served as the vice president of membership for Beta Alpha Psi. After struggling with my initial college experience, I have been named on the dean’s list every semester at Boise State University, including highest honors twice. After graduating this May, I will begin my career in public accounting with Deloitte’s Boise office. In my free time, I love going to live music shows, especially when Modest Mouse is performing.

Jessica Muir, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateJessica Muir, Human Resource Management

I am graduating this spring magna cum laude with a degree in Human Resource Management. I am a classic example of the non-traditional student. I returned to college after many years of being home with my children and I often found myself studying at their soccer practices.  I spend my extra time (which there is not a lot of) volunteering for Girl Scouts, reading, and hanging out with my kids.  It has been a rewarding experience to better myself through my education at Boise State University. I have made many friends along the way, and I have been inspired by my instructors who have increased my love of learning.  I look forward to taking all that I have learned during my time at COBE and applying everything to my future career.

Ben Ohashi, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateBen Ohashi, Marketing

Attending Boise State University was a decision I had never planned on. It’s ironic, because as COBE students we spend four years learning and practicing strategic decision making in some facet of business. Luckily, this unplanned decision turned out to be a pretty good one. While working towards my degree, I was an intern at advertising agency Drake Cooper, helped establish an American Marketing Association chapter, and worked at Campus Recreation for the past three years among other things. Through these experiences, I was fortunate enough to develop some amazing relationships and to grow as an individual. To my professors, mentors, co-workers, classmates, and anyone that I have met in Boise: Thank you. Looking forward, I am most interested in developing business strategies that align with big data or predictive analytics for companies looking to enhance customer experiences.

Jessica Rohm, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateJessica Rohm, International Business

Originally from Phoenix, I am a third year student at the College of Business and Economics and will be graduating next May with a double major in international business and Spanish. Throughout college I have been involved in various departments on campus. I am currently a peer ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences, the membership vice president of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and was fortunate enough to study abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica in spring 2016. After falling in love with travel and culture, I am now a peer advisor and USAC Ambassador in the Center for Global Education and plan on studying and interning in Spain this upcoming summer. After graduation, I would like to take advantage of my travel experiences to work abroad and utilize the amazing experiences Boise State has offered me.

Paul SheldonPaul Sheldon, Master of Accountancy

I currently am studying to receive my master of science in accountancy. I also got my undergraduate degree in accounting at Boise State University as well. Originally from Seattle, Washington, I always planned on moving back home to start my career. The beautiful city of Boise, along with the amazing Boise State community have convinced me that Boise is the perfect place for me. I will be starting my career as an audit associate at Deloitte and Touche next fall. I spend my free time enjoying music, the outdoors and sports. I am honored to receive such recognition, and I give all my thanks to the wonderful faculty and students at Boise State that have developed me into the success driven individual that I have always wanted to become. Go Broncos!

Tin King-So, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateTin King So, Economics

My name is Tin King So, but I usually go by Tin. I was born and raised in Hong Kong and came into the U.S. to pursue a degree in economics (with a quantitative emphasis) and applied mathematics. I am an Ellis Lamborn and Jordan scholarship recipient, as well as one of the students on the dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester. I am honored to receive such a great recognition from the College of Business and Economics as one of the signature students this semester and would like to thank the entire economics faculty for getting me to where I am today.

Stephanie Voit, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateStephanie Voit, Master of Accountancy – Taxation

I grew up in Michigan and traveled the country, before my first career in radio broadcast brought me to Sandpoint, Idaho.  It was there that I met my amazing husband, started a family, and eventually elected to change my career path which led our family to Boise and Boise State University.  I am so proud to embody the lesson of hard work and dedication as my three children watch me graduate in in May 2017 with a master’s degree in accountancy, taxation.  I am currently interning at Little-Morris and will continue my career there after graduation.  I’ve had such an amazing experience here at Boise State and have been profoundly impacted by my education, professors, advisors, and the support of this university and the people at COBE.  Thank you for giving me the tools for a bright and successful future.

Laura Winslow, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateLaura Winslow, Marketing

I will be graduating this May with a BBA in marketing, and a BS in sociology. Understanding what makes people do the things we do, and how we interact with companies, groups, and the rest of the world, is truly fascinating to me. Boise State has allowed me to combine my two favorite subjects and has opened up a world of potentials in the business industry. I have had a handful of marketing jobs throughout my university days, and am currently working as a marketing and communication manager for the Americas branch of an international consulting firm. Marketing is a passion I share with my dad. My dad is my absolute hero, and his kindness, patience, and dedication in everything that he does serves as my golden standard in everything that I do. This has also turned into an expectation that I have of others: those that I admire most of all, are the people that are truly passionate about what they do. Once I graduate, I hope to join the ranks of the passionate in the marketing industry.

Molly Zimmer, Professional Track MBA

I am in my final semester of the professional MBA program. I have a BA in political science from Seattle Pacific University and a secondary education degree from Western Washington University. While in Washington, I met my husband, started a family and began my teaching career.  Convinced that there was no better place to raise our two children, we moved to Idaho in 2013.  I teach American Government and Sociology at Rocky Mountain High School, and enjoy spending my days with hundreds of bright, hilarious young people!  After graduation, I hope to use my skills and knowledge gained via Boise State’s Professional MBA program to transition into training and development for a local company, where I can facilitate engaging instruction to increase employee performance and enhance company culture.

Fall 2016 COBE Signature Students

Fall 2016

Hanna Coad, Signature Student, COBE, studio portrait, Priscilla Grover PhotoHannah Coad, Career Track MBA

Before coming to Boise State University, I obtained my bachelor of science in biochemistry. While earning my MBA, I have worked as a research graduate assistant for the management and international business departments, competed in the International Hult Prize, and have been a team member of the COBE Sustainability Report. I currently serve on the Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity Board as a student board fellow. Upon graduation, I will pursue a law degree in patent and intellectual property law. I am grateful to my professors, fellow students and staff for making my experience at Boise State University such an excellent one.

Rebekah Grad, Signature Student, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla GroverRebekah Grad, Finance and General Business

I grew up in Cascade, Idaho, where I received an outstanding education from home. I began my university career at the age of 16 and graduated high school just a few credits shy of my associate degree in political science. Proceeding graduation, in the spring of 2017, with a BBA in finance, I plan to use my degree towards forensic investigations. My hope is to secure employment with the Department of Justice. My plan is to take what I have learned throughout my Boise State education and to invest my knowledge into protecting and defending the people of my community.

Keatan Hampton, signature student, photo by Priscilla Grover

Keatan Hampton, Master of Accounting-Taxation

In the fall of 2015, I graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University with a BBA in accountancy. After graduation, I started an internship in the international tax department at Micron Technology, Inc. where I have been able to gain valuable skills and experiences that will benefit my future employer in public accounting. In the spring of 2016, I started the master of science in accountancy-taxation (MSAT) program with expectations to graduate in spring 2017. I am also currently involved in Beta Alpha Psi. Through COBE, I have been given opportunities for personal and career growth that I would not have received otherwise.

Junlin Huang, signature student, photo by Priscilla GroverJunlin Huang, Accountancy

My name is Junlin Huang. I am originally from China. Currently, I am a candidate of MSAT in Boise State University, taking both graduate and undergraduate classes. I am also pursing a bachelor of business administration in accountancy in Boise State University. My anticipated graduation date is December, 2016, allowing me to finish my undergraduate within 3 years.

With a strong motivation to be a well-rounded person, I am always trying to assume more responsibilities in diverse fields. So far I am an undergraduate teaching assistant in Department of Accountancy, member of Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma. Also I actively participate in various extracurricular activities such as volunteer work, fundraising events, charity donation and so on.

Sean Ippolito, McNair Scholarship Recipient, studio portraitSean Ippolito, Economics

I am a McNair Scholar and senior completing my bachelor of arts in economics with a quantitative emphasis as well as a bachelor of science in applied mathematics in the spring of 2017. I will be continuing my economics education in a graduate program starting fall of 2017 with the goal of earning a PhD in economics to research and teach at the university level. My academic interests are driven by questions of equitable use and distribution of resources, the formation of economies, and the effects of economic growth and development.

I am grateful to actively participate and grow in the community on campus where I can give back to the cohort of rising scholars in the economics department, COBE, and beyond. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my fiancee and cats, the great outdoors, playing guitar, and anything related to Pokemon!

Justin Johnson, General Business

 

 Misty Kivett, Signature Student, studio portraitMisty Kivett, Supply Chain Management

Graduating in December with a bachelor of business administration in information technology management and supply chain management, my Boise State University career began two years ago as a second degree seeking student. My first degree is a bachelor of science in computer information systems after which I worked for five years at Ford/Loral Aerospace as a programmer/analyst for financial and accounting systems. After raising children for twenty years it was time to update my computer skills and re-enter the workforce. At the College of Business and Economics I have maintained a perfect 4.0, been inducted into the International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma and completed a summer internship with St Luke’s Health Systems.

Currently I am a teacher’s assistant for the ITM department and an intern at Idaho Digital Learning Academy. Attending COBE has allowed me to rediscover the intelligent, driven person that I am. My success here is a testament to both my children and me that it’s never too late to change course, learn new things and achieve one’s dreams and goals. I am looking forward to applying all I’ve learned at COBE in my future career.

Mark Kondratyuk, COBE Signature Student, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grover

Mark Kondratyuk, Entrepreneurship

I was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Idaho. Being the child of immigrant parents I learned the Ukrainian and Russian languages at a young age. In my teens, on summer breaks, I worked construction where my father instilled values such as: meticulousness, work ethic, and kaizen. I grew my desire for business in the real estate field, which let me apply business principals as I was learning them. After building an office table for my wife Alina, then fiancée, my passion for woodworking was born. I love building anything wood, from tables to cutting boards.

Rebecca Kooyers, Economics

Kyle Mitsunaga, Finance

 

Vincent Nguyen, Signature Student, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla GroverVincent Nguyen, Information Technology Management

I was born and raised in San Jose, California, before moving to Meridian, Idaho, in the summer of 2007 with my family. In May of 2013, I graduated from Meridian Technical Charter High School. After graduation, I enrolled at Boise State University and began my first semester in the fall of 2013. I decided to follow in my father’s footsteps and study IT management after watching him work in the IT field for more than twenty years. During my sophomore year at Boise State, I joined Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional co-ed business fraternity. This opportunity has not only shaped me as a person but as a leader for tomorrow’s workforce. I will complete my degree this December and plan to seek employment within the IT industry in the Boise area, specifically in security and networking. Through my coursework, I discovered I had a passion for continuing education. As a result, I plan to study and take the SSCP certification, and CISSP afterward. I have more certifications that I will pursue down the road, and an MBA as well.

Although my undergraduate career at Boise State will end this December, I will forever cherish both the good and bad memories. When my kids and grandkids ask me about my undergrad career at Boise State, I will proudly beam and say, “Where do I start?” Before my parents escaped Vietnam due to the Vietnam war, they did not expect to make it to the U.S. and one day and raise three boys to have a future ahead of them. I did not expect to be the first one from my family to graduate from college and selected as the ITM Signature Student for fall of 2016. This opportunity has equipped me with the knowledge and skills that I can apply to tackle and solve the problems businesses face in the 21st century. I believe, that great dreams will never die. As a graduating bronco, I want to show the world that we broncos have been walking all this time.

Adam Ramsey, COBE Signature Student, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grover

Adam Ramsey, Marketing

My name is Adam Ramsey and I am the definition of a non-traditional student here at Boise State. I am currently pursuing a bachelor of business administration in marketing and am scheduled to graduate this December. I have a daughter who is ten and spend most of my free time running in the foothills and schlepping my way around a gym. I recently began an internship for a user experience firm here in Boise called Ventive. My focus is content marketing, writing and balance of life.

renaldo_molly-fall-2016Molly Renaldo, International Business

Originally from St. Maries Idaho, I will be graduating with a bachelor of international business. Following graduation, my hope is to be accepted to the master of food culture and communication program at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra, Italy. Throughout my collegiate experience I have been involved with Relay for Life, Bronco Catholics, Broncos Abroad and the International Business Organization. During my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Torino, Italy and fell in love with the country, culture and study abroad. This love transferred to working as a peer adviser with the International Learning Opportunities office on campus for the past two years. I am incredibly grateful for my experience at Boise State University and all of the wonderful opportunities and connections it has provided me. I look forward to taking what I have learned the past four and a half years and following my passions of food and culture around the world.

Michael Simpson, Signature Student, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla GroverMichael Simpson, Accountancy

I am a second degree seeking accounting major. My first degree is a bachelor of arts in psychology from Pomona College in 2001. In between my two college experiences, I spent the majority of my time flying for the United States Air Force. Through Boise State’s second degree program, I will graduate with my bachelor of business administration in accountancy in just under two year. I will graduate in the spring of 2017. During my time at COBE, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know and learn from an amazing group of professors and students. My experiences in COBE helped me remember how much I enjoy learning, so after graduation, I intend to enroll in the master of accountancy-taxation program. When not studying, I enjoy experiencing what the great Boise area has to offer, usually with my two kids in tow.

Lucie Solcova, Signature Student, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla GroverLucie Solcova, Professional MBA

I am in my final year of Boise State University’s professional MBA program. My interest in business began after graduating from the University of Oregon in international studies and moving to Seattle where I managed a new up-and-coming restaurant. Prior to that, I spent time studying in my home country, the Czech Republic, at Charles University in Prague. I am drawn to the dynamics of business management and thrive working in an environment that is constantly shifting to meet the demands of the world. Throughout my educational and professional career, I have been surrounded by tremendous mentors who have given me the support and motivation to constantly challenge myself. I have also had the support of my husband, Adam, who always encourages me to keep going (despite being affected by my crazy schedule and lack of sleep!). My time at Boise State has allowed me to further explore the different elements of the business world and how I can be a positive and influential part of it. I currently work for the J.R. Simplot Company and look forward to growing my career with them. I also serve on the leadership team for United Way NEXT and enjoy being part of different volunteer efforts in our community.

Carly Souhrada, Signature Student, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla GroverCarly Souhrada, Marketing

I am a student at Boise State University graduating in December 2016 with a bachelor of business administration in marketing and a minor in american sign language. Throughout my time at Boise State I have had the opportunity to meet and gain knowledge from amazing people in and outside of the classroom. I hope to apply everything I have learned and experienced to my life and future career. My goal is to make a meaningful impact personally and professionally with all organizations. I am excited to take on new challenges and embrace whatever comes my way.

Julie Trout, Human Resource Management

 

Shane Turner, Signature Student, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla GroverShane Turner, Entrepreneurship

I’m a senior, triple major at Boise State University, entering COBE after earning suma cum lade associate degrees in general business, political science and liberal arts. I am set to graduate in the spring of 2017 with bachelor degrees in general business, entrepreneurial management and marketing. I hope to apply those degrees to the business I have owned for the past two years, my fourth overall. Additionally, I am an actor, working on independent films, web series, commercials and community theater here in Boise.

Kyle Van Arsdale, Outstanding Graduate, student, studio portraitKyle Van Arsdale, Master of Accountancy

I will be graduating in December with a master of science in accountancy. After graduation, I will be pursuing CPA licensure and working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Jose as an audit associate. Currently, I work as a graduate assistant for the Department of Accountancy in COBE. With this job, I have truly enjoyed impacting student’s collegiate learning experience and researching current accounting issues. It showed me that I have a passion for teaching others and want to incorporate this into my career path. My time at COBE and at Boise State has been a rewarding experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better university to call my home for my undergraduate and graduate studies.

Spring 2016 COBE Signature Students

Spring 2016

Brandon Bunch, COBE Signature Student, studio portraitBrandon Bunch, Master of Accountancy

In the spring of 2015, I graduated magna cum laude with a BBA in Accountancy. While a student, I interned for Clearwater Analytics as an analyst, and with Ripley Doorn & Co. After graduation, I realized that I wanted to continue my education, so I enrolled in the Masters of Science in Accounting program. I focus my studies on managerial accounting which includes: process optimization, job costing, transfer pricing, budget analysis, and performance analysis. I am currently Co-President of COBE’s honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma, and an intern for Bunch Heating & Cooling. After completing my master’s degree in the summer, I will be moving to San Jose, California to work for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in their auditing department. Go Broncos!

Heidi Carey, Signature Student, studio portraitHeidi Carey, Supply Chain Management

I will be graduating in May 2016 with a BBA in supply chain management and a BBA in accountancy. I began with only the accounting major, but was drawn to the dynamism of supply chain management. I believe that both fields of study provide a complementary understanding of the other. At the end of summer I will start my new career in public accounting with a firm here in Boise. Immediately after graduation I will begin the CPA exam process and plan to have all sections completed by summer 2017. I am a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an honors fraternity for accounting students and professionals. Through my experiences with Beta, I have rediscovered the value and growth that comes with leadership and involvement in community service projects. Throughout my five years at Boise State University, I have above all learned that anyone is capable of effecting the change they want to see. My successes in school required hard work and determination on my part, all of the other necessary tools were supplied by COBE and Boise State.

Shelley Cowger, COBE Signature Student, studio portraitShelley Cowger, Finance

I am a native Boisean who has spent many years working in various business fields including cosmetology, construction, food and beverage, shipping and receiving, as well as accounting and general administration departments. I began my college career nearly 30 years after graduating from Capital High School. I attended the College of Western Idaho where I was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, earned my Liberal Arts AA, and graduated summa cum laude.

During my Boise State University career, I have been inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi as well as the International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma. I completed a summer internship at Micron in the Accounting and Finance Departments under the direct supervision of Mark Heil, Corporate Controller and Finance Director. I am on track to graduate magna cum laude in May 2016 with my Finance BBA.

Throughout my academic journey my message has always been, and continues to be, it is never too late to try something new and the only failure is not making an attempt and following through with one’s dreams and goals. In the beginning, I was unaware of what I was capable of achieving or what possibilities my future may hold. The College of Business and Economics at Boise State University has given me the opportunity to learn who I am and what I am passionate about. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a career which allows me to apply my Finance BBA in areas that offer diverse challenges as well as travel opportunities.

Luke Davidson, Signature Student, studio portraitLuke Davidson, Information Technology Management

My academic journey here at Boise State has been an ambitious one. Juggling a job (sometimes two) along with trying to finish a triple major in three and a half years has been an adventure and a test in perseverance.

This venture has continued to prove to me the importance of diligent work and its subsequent rewards. Being at Boise State has taught me how to effectively apply the theoretical principles learned in class through group projects, practical assignments and tangible methods on how to take the principles learned to the work place.

Furthermore, my experience at COBE paired with a diverse managerial and educational background has prepared me well for the job I will choose to undertake. The arduous schedule over the last few years has expanded my capacity and given me the skills needed to execute quality work at a high level and in a timely manner.

I am thankful for the support of my wife, the faculty at Boise State, my friends and all the students I have had the pleasure of working with who have both partnered and assisted me in accomplishing these goals. It has made me a better peer, leader, worker and friend.

As a lifelong learner, I know that my journey of learning will not end here, as I believe that a person who stops learning will stop growing. Going forward, I hope to take this pursuit of excellence, the virtue of perseverance, the heart of service and the strong desire to learn with me, wherever I go.

Melanie Doyle, Human Resource Management

I am currently finishing my bachelors degree in Human Resource Management. I am a non traditional student returning to college after realizing that cosmetology was not my dream career. Although I love interacting with the public, and making individuals feel great about themselves, I found that being covered in stranger’s hair was just no longer appealing. I took a step back, and wondered what new goal I could pursue where I could continue to help and work with the public, but stay a little less hairy in the process. I found my new passion, Human Resource Management. Not only will I continue to work with people by helping enrich their jobs and careers, but I will also have a Keurig in my office. It’s obviously a win win.

Tyler Giesbrecht, Signature Student, studio portraitTyler Giesbrecht, General Business

I am a double major in entrepreneurial management and general business, with a Marketing minor. I will be graduating this May. Through my time here at Boise State University, I have grown and discovered much about myself, including my passion for entrepreneurship and the creation and development of new ideas. I also have had the honor of joining the Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society. Upon graduation, I plan to pursue my dream of creating my own business to help better the world around me while doing something I love as well. In my spare time, I love to travel with my wife, because I believe the world is full of endless diversity, opportunity, and adventure that I have yet to explore. I also love to watch baseball during the summer. As a final remark, I would like to thank Boise State University and specifically COBE for providing me with a high quality, rewarding, and even fun education during my time here. I couldn’t have picked a better university.

Gonzalez_Karla Spring2016Karla Gonzalez, Finance

I am an undergrad student and am majoring in Accounting, Finance, and Spanish. This is my last semester as an undergrad student as I will be graduating this May with my BBA in accounting, BBA in finance, and BA in Spanish. Upon my high school graduation I was thrilled to become a bronco and now the first phase of my dream of achieving my higher education goal is only a couple of months away. My plan after graduation is to come back to Boise State and pursue my masters in accountancy. My experience at Boise State has been a great one, I have had amazing professors and I have been given the opportunity to become lifetime member of the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma as well as a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I am very excited to come back next fall to continue my journey, but this time as a graduate student.

Vinson Gwinn, Signature Student, COBE, studio portraitVinton Gwinn, Accountancy

I am an accounting student at Boise State University. I am 21 years old and will graduate upon completion of the Spring 2016 semester. I have been able to complete my undergraduate degree in accountancy in 3 years. I am the current President of Beta Alpha Psi. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree I will return to Boise State in pursuit of a Master’s of Science in Accountancy. I am a recipient of the Alumni Legacy Scholarship as well as the Presidential Scholarship. The career path I have elected will begin in the industry of public accounting in the Fall of 2017. I am a mountain bike enthusiast and enjoy spending time in the outdoors. During the winter I enjoy riding snowmobiles and skiing in the back country of Jackson Hole, WY.

Corayma Jacuinde, Signature Student, studio portraitCorayma Jacuinde, Marketing

I am a senior and will be graduating in December of 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in Japanese Studies. During my time at Boise State University, I have been a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and the Japan Club. Through Boise State, I have been able to really grow as a person and experience life in a whole new way by getting to know such knowledgeable individuals from all aspects of life. After graduation, I plan to travel before pursuing a career in the athletics industry.

Laura Jamison, Signature Student, studio portrait

Laura Jamison, Master of Business Administration-Professional Track

In May 2016, I will graduate with a MBA from Boise State. As a child, I was constantly asking questions and seeking information. This quest for knowledge continued into adulthood and led me to pursue a graduate degree. The courses I have taken over the last three years at COBE have honed my natural tendency to ask questions. I can now assess issues more easily and gather critical information to solve problems and develop strategies because I know the types of questions to ask. This knowledge, and the ability to apply it, will add value to my work experience. I currently work as an Associate at Educators’ Collaborative responsible for survey implementation and analysis as well as tailoring the search process to each school’s individual needs. Prior to attending Boise State, I was Marketing Director at a regional home builder responsible for press relations, branding, project management, and process efficiency. After graduation, I will pursue a career in Boise.

Jaime Mewes, Signature Student, studio portraitJaime Mewes, Entrepreneurship

I am proud to say that I am a senior at Boise State University and will be graduating May of 2016 earning a BBA in entrepreneurship management. I graduated from Meridian High School back in 2005 and have been living here in the Treasure Valley most of my life. After graduating high school I started setting tile then realized after six years that college was the only way for me to get the opportunities to have the career and ultimately the life that I want, and there was no question which school I wanted to attend (GO BIG BLUE!). I have learned and matured so much since I started and that is contributed to the professors, administration, and family support throughout this last 5 years. It is a bittersweet end, but I cant wait for what is in store for me after graduation. “Always pass on what you have learned.” –Yoda

Jacob Morris, Signature Student, studio portraitJacob Morris, Economics

I am a junior studying economics and philosophy at Boise State. My primary areas of interest include game theory, the relationship between cultural values and economic demand, the philosophy of language and the philosophy of religion.

Shantae Potter, Signature Student, studio portraitShantae Potter, Marketing

Building off of my background in retail sales management, I am currently pursuing my passion for business and marketing. I have a strong interest in consumer behavior, business analysis, and project management. I consider myself a market researcher in training. I will be graduating summa cum laude in May of 2016 and earn my Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. I thrive when working in engaging, challenging, and creative environments. During my time at Boise State University, I have been a member of the Boise State Advertising Club, American Advertising Federation, and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. I plan to pursue market research positions in the Boise area.

Taylor Reed, COBE Signature Student, studio portraitTaylor Reed, Master of Business Administration-Career Track

I earned undergraduate degrees in International Relations and French at the University of Idaho. During my undergraduate studies I served as an international intern in Togo, Africa studying international development, and also traveled to France for a 3-month language immersion course. I also acted as the University’s Alternative Service Break Coordinator and helped plan and execute 11 domestic and international service projects for more that 250 students.

Upon graduation I worked as an intern for Senator Mike D. Crapo in his Washington, D.C. office and quickly moved on as a full time staffer for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Once I decided that an MBA would amplify my abilities to make an impact on the world, I applied to graduate school at Boise State University. While in business school I have worked with a number of local B Corps, as well as Boise State’s Responsible Business Initiative.

Upon earning a master’s degree in business administration in May 2016, I aspire to leverage my skills as a natural collaborator, relentless investigator, international adventurer and sustainability advocate to constantly inquire and challenge the status quo.

James Reid, Signature Student, COBE, studio portraitJames Reid, General Business

I came to Boise State as a part of a unique journey that is my life. Born in Seattle, Washington, my family and I moved to Bend, Oregon when I was in elementary school. I grew up there and graduated from Mountain View High School in 2012. My mom, dad, and younger sister mean the world to me, and have been there for me every step of the way. A lot of the time we share is through the world of sports. I have played basketball for nearly my entire life, and ultimately that is what brought me to Boise State University. Growing up I always played for my dad, and he was even the coach of my high school team. Upon graduating from Mountain View, I played two seasons for the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. When my time was finished at CSI, I left to continue playing for the University of Arkansas – Little Rock. After just one season down south, I transferred up to Boise State to finish my college career as a Bronco. Having to sit out this year per NCAA transfer rules has given me time to focus on my academics through COBE. I will graduate this spring with a general business degree, and look forward to an opportunity to complete an MBA next year while I complete my NCAA eligibility. My path has taken me places and provided me with experiences that I could have never predicted, but I wouldn’t trade my journey for anything.

Molly Renaldo, Signature Student, studio portraitMolly Renaldo, International Business

Originally from St. Maries in North Idaho, I am a senior and will be graduating in December 2016 with my bachelor’s degree in international business with a minor in human resources management. Following my graduation, my hope is to be accepted to the master of food culture and communication program at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra, Italy. Throughout my collegiate experience I have been involved with Relay for Life, Bronco Catholics and International Business Organization. During my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Torino, Italy, and fell in love with the country, culture and study abroad. This love transferred to working as a peer adviser with the International Learning Opportunities on campus for the past two years. I am incredibly grateful for my experience at Boise State and all of the wonderful opportunities and connections it has provided me. I look forward to taking what I have learned the past four years and following my passions of food and culture around the world.

Dane Snow, Signature Student, studio portraitDane Snow, Accountancy

I am an undergraduate student majoring in accountancy and minoring in political science. I will complete my degree in May, 2016 and plan to attend graduate school. Through my undergraduate career, I found that working with financial statements and preparing budgets were some of the most enjoyable projects I worked on. For my future career plans, I hope to continue this type of work either with a firm or a state agency.

In addition to my regular education, I have also had the opportunity to work in various fields such as state politics and information technology. I have worked with many state legislators and candidates in varying capacities, including a brief period during 2013 in which I worked with a state representative to help shape proposed legislation pertaining to education. I also helped organize campaign trainings in which state legislators, candidates for state and local office, and many campaign workers came to listen to professional campaign strategists.

My pursuits took me into the nonprofit sector as well. I had the opportunity to expand my understanding of other cultures while working with Mujeres Unidas de Idaho, a nonprofit working to develop new Latina leaders, as their IT specialist. In this capacity, I learned much about nonprofit operations and regulations, including significant insight into marketing, management and the separation of duties to ensure the proper use of the organization’s funds. Mujeres Unidas de Idaho later honored me as Amigo del Año in December, 2014 for my involvement with the organization.

I have certainly enjoyed my time at Boise State. It has provided me with excellent opportunities that I could not have imagined at the start of my freshman year. The faculty and staff have been great, and I know that I am prepared for what comes after graduation.

Christian Sprague, Signature Student, COBE, studio portraitChristian Sprague, Economics

In the fall of 2016, I will be completing my dual major in applied mathematics and economics with a quantitative emphasis. I plan to continue my education here, at Boise State, by enrolling in the forthcoming master of economics program. Afterward, I intend to become an applied econometrician in the private industry. I am a dedicated lifelong learner with particular interests in statistics, econometrics, and market design.

I am originally from Florida and moved to Idaho after being wed to an Idahoan. I have spent the last six years in Idaho and have fully come to embrace my new home.

Alexa Wheeler, COBE Signature Student, studio portraitAlexa Wheeler, Master of Science in Accountancy-Taxation Program

In May 2015, I earned my BBA in Accountancy from Boise State and moved to San Jose over the summer for an internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers. After the internship, I returned to school for my Masters. I am pursuing a degree in Accountancy-Taxation and will begin work for Deloitte in Boise after graduation in the summer. I currently work for the Accounting Department as a graduate assistant and I am studying for the CPA exam with the hope of having it completed by the end of 2016. During my time at Boise State, I was also involved in Beta Alpha Psi, which was an incredible resource in my knowledge about the field as well as my career search. Without that club and the leadership behind it, I would not be where I am today.

My experience in COBE and with the Accounting Department has been amazing and I’m so grateful to all those who have impacted me during my time here. Thank you!

Fall 2015 COBE Signature Students

Fall 2015

Lauren Anderson, COBE Signature Student, studio portraitLauren Anderson, Finance

I am a senior in the College of Business and Economics. I will be graduating with my BBA in finance and accounting in December. I came to Boise State from Renton, WA where I graduated from Kentridge High School. I started my career at Boise State as a member of the Mane Line dance team. After being a member for two years, I accepted an internship at Clearwater Analytics and have been working there for the past two years. Post graduation, I have accepted a position at Clearwater Analytics. I am grateful for all of the opportunities Boise State has given me and for all that I have learned in and out of the classroom. Once a Bronco always a Bronco!

Amber Brown, Human Resource Management

I received an associate of arts in general business from the College of Western Idaho in December 2012 with a 4.0 GPA. Since then, I have been attending Boise State University part-time and will graduate with honors and a BBA in human resource management in December 2015. After graduation, I will participate in the Certified Public Managers (CPM) program for the next 2 years. I am not a traditional student; I started college later in life and have worked full time for the State of Idaho while attending evening classes as they were available for the last 7 years. I have 19 years of experience working for the Idaho State Tax Commission and the Idaho State Controller’s Office, where I am currently a project coordinator in the Division of Statewide Payroll.
Thank you to all of my fellow students and professors for a remarkable learning experience. Go Broncos!

Chris Daigle, Econ, Signature Student, studio portrait

Chris Daigle, Economics

I am a senior in the Honors College pursuing a BA in economics with a quantitative emphasis and minors in mathematics and applied mathematics. In the fall of 2016, I will begin graduate school for a PhD in economics, focused on econometrics. While studying at BSU, I have worked on research projects focusing on education, poverty, and economic growth; from this, I developed a specific interest in institutional economics. I am a member of the board for the Economics Association, co-chairs the board for the COBE Dean’s Student Advisory Committee, and am a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society. I worked as a pilot, testing systems and instructing other pilots in the private sector before attending BSU. Previously, I served for 6 years in the United States Army, and have enjoyed extensive international travelling in my work and leisure. I have an eclectic taste for culture that includes non-objective painting, contemporary literary fiction, and film.

D.J. Dean, Signature Student, COBE, Studio Portrait

DJ Dean, Supply Chain Management

I will be graduating in December 2016 with a BBA in supply chain management. I am from Meridian, Idaho, and have lived in the Treasure Valley my entire life. Outside of the classroom I spend much of my time as a student-athlete on the football team, as well as enjoying a number outdoor activities that the surrounding area provides. After graduating I plan on continuing my education through a graduate program and beginning my career in the supply chain field. I am thankful for all of the opportunities Boise State has given me, and for all of the people who have helped me achieve my goals. That being said, I am excited for the final year of my undergraduate education, and look forward to putting my degree to use in the near future!

Morgan Devenyns, COBE Signature Student, studio portrait

Morgan Devenyns, International Business

I am a double major in international business and finance. Originally from Reno, my interest in business developed from experience working Hot August Nights, Reno’s largest special event. During my four years at Boise State University, I have participated in the Global Scholars Program, Export Excellence, spent a semester abroad in Lyon, France, and I am currently the president of International Business Organization. During my study abroad, I visited eight different countries which fueled my passion for travel and other cultures. Following graduation in May, I intend to continue traveling and pursue a career in market and business development.

Karla Gonzalez, COBE Signature Student, studio portraitKarla Gonzalez, Accountancy

I was born in Mexico and raised in Jerome, Idaho. I graduated from Jerome High school a valedictorian in May 2012. As a first generation college student, I was very excited to become a Boise State Bronco upon high school graduation. Now, I am a little over a semester away from meeting my next educational goal, my undergraduate graduation. I will be graduating May 2016 with my BBA in accounting, BBA in finance, and BA in Spanish. My experience here at Boise State University has been a great one, not only have I met amazing people but I have also been able to grow through my involvement on campus. I am a lifetime member of the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma as well as a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I have also had the opportunity to work for University Housing as a resident assistant, specifically with the College of Business and Economics Living Learning Community. Once I graduate this coming May I am planning on coming back to Boise State to pursue my master in accountancy. Lastly, I’d like to share my favorite quote: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” -Vince Lombardi

Jordon Heap, Signature Student, studio portrait

Jordon Heap, Career Track MBA

I am a MBA student that continually looks for opportunities for improvement. I am currently a graduate assistant for the Executive MBA program. My main role involves managing the accounting and financing aspects for the Executive Education programs.

Additionally, I am a member of the leadership team for Boise State’s Net Impact Chapter. Since joining Net Impact, I have assisted in performing several volunteer projects for businesses within the community, as well as organizing guest speaker and student development events. I previously provided volunteer efforts for the Bronco Athletic Association in order to boost athletic scholarship funding and BAA membership. I am also a volunteer Boy Scout leader for the Boy Scouts of America.

I am happily married and have two beautiful daughters. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and doing a variety of outdoor activities.

Daniel T Hope, ITM, Signature Student, COBE, studio portrait

Daniel Hope, Information Technology Management

I’ve always enjoyed working with technology and knew long before I entered college that I wanted to pursue a career in IT. I’ve found Boise State’s ITM program to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience that has vastly broadened my IT and business knowledge. In addition to my studies I work part-time at Gem State Academy, a private nonprofit high school, as a database manager and network administrator. Almost all of the career paths that an IT degree allows for interest me but I’m especially interested in business intelligence, database administration and network security. After graduating I plan to stay in Boise while pursuing a career in one of the previously mentioned fields. I will be graduating in May of 2016 with a BBA in information technology management.

John Jozwik, COBE Signature Student, Treasury & Real Estate Services, studio portrait

John Jozwik, Master of Accountancy

I graduated summa cum laude from Boise State University with a BBA in accounting in 1994. After working several years as a financial statement auditor at Deloitte and Touche and seventeen years as the CFO of SummerWinds Garden Centers, Inc., I recently joined the Treasury Department at Boise State University. I am pursuing a MSA in accounting because I enjoy learning and would like to teach at some point. I enjoy spending time with my wife, Dena, and our three children, Andy, Madeline and Nicolette. Relaxing usually means a mountain bike ride on the Boise Front.

Anthony Martin, COBE Signature Student, studio portrait

Anthony Martin, Finance

I will be graduating in May 2016 with my BBA in finance. During my college career I have had the opportunity to tutor individuals in various subjects, be currently a part of the Asset Allocation and Security Selection course, and have recently been chosen to serve as a student representative to the Boise State Foundation Board. While I have not been able to participate in as many extracurricular activities as I would have like to, I have taken every opportunity I can get while raising two children. After graduation I will either stay in the Boise area or move the Midwest. I plan to work for a few years and then continue my educational process either by working towards certifications or going on to get a master’s degree.

Cristina Ortega ValleChristina Ortega Valle, Entrepreneurship

I was born in Nampa, Idaho, and lived in Oregon almost my entire life. I will be graduating in May of 2016 with a BBA in general business and entrepreneurship management. Throughout my journey here at Boise State I’ve had the honor of joining the Gamma Beta Phi society, The honor society of Phi Kappa Phi as well as the international honor society of Beta Gamma Sigma. I would like to further my education, perhaps as a pastry chef, so that later down the road I could open up my own business. In my spare time I really enjoy baking and I love traveling to new places; I still have a lot to see. I would really like to thank all of the great professors I’ve had throughout my college career for their help. It has really been an honor to be a part of such a great program here at COBE, go Broncos!

Brigid Rypien, COBE Signature Student, Faculty/Staff Portrait, Fall

Brigid Rypien, General Business

May 7, 2016, I will walk as a proud graduate of Boise State University with a BBA in general business management. My experience at Boise State, although short-lived as a transfer student, has molded me into a better student, professional and person.

In just over one year, Boise State has provided me the opportunity to take on three different internships. In the spring of 2015 I interned for the for Boise State Football Operations office. The summer of 2015 I spent as an intern for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Currently, (fall 2015) I intern in the sales offices of The Grove Hotel.

This potpourri of internship experience has added tremendous supplemental value to my classroom-based knowledge. I firmly believe that the quickest way to grow is by emulating the success of others and each internship has provided me the chance to learn from professionals who have excelled in their field.

COBE has given me the chance to work intimately alongside other students on projects that connect the university to the community. The community engagement
I have been involved with over the course of this year has been directly sourced from Boise State and I am forever grateful for the lessons I have learned and people I have met as a result of these experiences.

I hope that my drive to be the best I can be will someday inspires others; similar to the way many individuals in the Boise community have inspired me. Ultimately, I believe COBE has taught me to be a value-added asset with whatever endeavor I take on in life. With this growth mentality, there are no limits to what can be
achieved.

Ivan Sanchez, COBE Signature Student, studio portrait

Ivan Sanchez, Accountancy

I am originally from El Paso, Texas but something about Boise State drew me in and told me this is where I wanted to spend the next five years of my life. I will be graduating in May of 2016 with my BBA in accountancy, and will be pursuing my master of accountancy at Boise State in the fall of 2016. After graduation, I plan to go into public accounting for a few years. Eventually, I would like to go back to school and get a Ph.D. and work as a professor. I am appreciative of all the professors in the College of Business and Economics because they took an interest in me and have helped me succeed in and out of the classroom. I think becoming a professor is the best way to honor these professors as well as give back to future generations because I know I’ll have the opportunity to impact student’s life’s just as I was impacted. I am currently the president for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, The financial director for a new student club called The Ethos Project, and a member of Beta Alpha Psi. I am extremely grateful for the personal and professional development I have experienced during my time at Boise State. If I’m not studying, working, or going to class, you can find me studying more accounting.

Andrea Shaw, COBE Signature Student, Studio Portrait

Andrea Shaw, Marketing

I will be graduating summa cum laude in December 2015 with a BBA in marketing. During my time at Boise State, I’ve been a member of the COBE Living Learning Community, worked as a peer-to-peer marketer with ARAMARK, and served as a marketing and promotions intern with the Boise State Athletic Department. I am very grateful for the experiences and opportunities that Boise State has provided me. After graduation, I plan to move home to Seattle, Washington, and pursue my goal of working in the athletics industry.

Adelina Steckert, COBE Signature Student, Faculty/Staff Portrait, Fall

Adelina Steckert, General Business

I am a COBE senior currently working towards my degree in entrepreneurship management, general business, and a minor in marketing. I hope to have a successful international career in a leadership position that incorporates my passion for working with people and my love for the outdoors. I believe that there is always room for improvement and I seek opportunities to continue to grow myself both personally and professionally.

“Our role as leaders is to set the stage, not perform on it” Linda Hill

Dunja Subasic, COBE Signature Student, Studio Portrait

Dunja Subasis, Marketing

I was born in a small Bavarian town in Germany to parents of Bosnian descent, and have lived in Boise since 1999. Our family found refuge in Germany after the conflict broke out in Yugoslavia, but fled to the United States after the German government refused to renew our residence permit. My parents worked very hard to raise my siblings and me, and come May of 2016 I will be the third and final college graduate in the family when I obtain my BBA in marketing. During my time at Boise State, I have been fortunate enough to hold a variety of marketing positions with local and national companies that have contributed to both my personal and professional development. I have been a member of the Honors College throughout my Boise State education, and have grown close to a number of students and faculty that have made my experience with the University rewarding and memorable. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a career in marketing research, but more so pursue the adventures I’ve been too busy to take on. I dare say that I’m the luckiest fisherman in the West, and there are too many lakes and rivers I have yet to cast in.

Ryan Wallace, Econ, COBE, Signature Student, studio portrait

Ryan Wallace, Economics

I will be graduating from the Honors College with a degree in business economics. I am a southern California native who traded his California roots for some orange and blue. Through my experiences at Boise State, I have grown and developed into an independent and analytical thinker. I have excelled in the classroom and pushed myself to graduate from Boise State in just three years. I am an awardee of both the GEM scholarship and Dick Payne Economic scholarship. Outside of the classroom, I put my skills into practice through my internship at the Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP). At BVEP, I work closely with businesses and help promote economic development within the Boise Valley. My future plans include continuing my education at the School of Public Policy and Administration where I will earn a master in public administration. My goals are to use both degrees in the public sector where I hope to influence many lives within the Treasure Valley.

Kelli Zemanek, MSAT

I graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with a B.A. in political science. I am scheduled to graduate from Boise State’s MSAT program in December and have served as a graduate assistant with the Department of Accountancy since January. I love spending time with family and friends, working with intermediate accounting students, volunteering, snow, blueberry tea and gelato!

Spring 2015 COBE Signature Students

Spring 2015

COBE Boise State University Outstanding Graduate - Luke AndersonLuke Anderson, Information Technology Management

Amber Brown, Human Resources

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Feda Dad MohammadFeda Dad Mohammad, International Business

I am graduating with a BBA in international business and marketing. I grew up and graduated high school in Russia, and received a scholarship to come to Boise State University. Having four different language backgrounds has added value to my experience as an international business major. It has also helped me to be chosen two times for the Global Scholars Program. Once in 2014 to visit Guatemala and again in 2015 to visit Costa Rica. In August of 2014 I started my own business, Beauty Lux Salon in Eagle ID. I am currently focusing on working to improve the marketing aspects of the business by taking it to next level. After graduation I am planning to continue on to getting my master’s degree in Business.

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Michael GregorioMichael Gregorio, Finance

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Zack OutchesZack Gutches, Accountancy

I am currently a junior at Boise State University and will graduate in summer 2016 with a BBA in both accounting and finance. My goal is to spend my last semester studying abroad in Canberra, Australia before starting my professional career. Upon graduation, I will work to obtain my CPA certification and pursue my dream goal of becoming a teacher and basketball coach. I have always valued doing well in school; I have been on the Dean’s list every semester and like to be very involved with the university. I am a highly engaged participant in YoungLife, Generation Church Downtown, and the VP of Finance for Beta Alpha Psi, all of which have developed my skills by being involved in diverse environments. I also enjoy helping students by working as an Undergraduate Learning Assistant for Accounting 206 and 290. In my free time I enjoy playing sports and engaging in any outdoor activity.

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Alex HerdmanAlex Herdman, Marketing

While working full time at Micron Technology as an Electronics Technician, I pursued a BBA in marketing. I found that I have a passion working with customers and discovering their needs and interests. Some classes that have helped me discover this passion include Marketing Management, International Marketing, Marketing Research, and Marketing Planning Applications. I would like to thank my professors and the rest of the COBE faculty for their guidance and support throughout my Boise State University academic career. I have become a strong leader and have proven the ability to create friendly, collaborative, and productive teams. I have also developed valuable public communication skills. I plan to transfer the skills I have learned at Boise State to the business world in a way that helps me provide engaging products that make other people’s lives easier and bring them joy.

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Brady LawrenceBrady Lawrence, Career Track MBA

I transferred to Boise State University in 2010 after playing college football in Arizona. In 2013 I graduated from the Honors College with a degree in chemistry and emphasis in biochemistry. Upon graduating, I immediately joined the 2015 Career Track MBA cohort and spent my two years as a graduate assistant for the Department of Information Technology & Supply Chain Management. During this time I assisted with business statistic and ITM courses. I integrated my academic studies as an intern at Hewlett-Packard, and supplemented with additional extracurricular projects such as Net Impact, Walmart’s “Made in the USA” re-shoring initiative, and the CFA Institute Global Investment Research Challenge. My hobbies include scuba diving and traveling, and I can be found spending my free time in McCall, ID.

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Jennifer MooreJennifer Moore, Economics

I am originally from Nebraska, but I fell in love with Atlanta, Idaho and moved to the Idaho area in 2001. I am on track to graduate magna cum laude in May 2016 with a BA in economics, social studies, secondary education with a mathematics teaching endorsement minor and a BA in economics, quantitative emphasis. After graduation from Boise State University, I would like the opportunity to teach in the Boise School District and serve the community I cherish. I was blessed to have the opportunity to study abroad and learn first-hand about the developing economies of Brazil and Cuba. I will share my experiences abroad with my future students by creating diverse and culturally rich lesson plans to convey the subject of economics. I would like to thank all of my professors from the Department of Economics, you all rock and are equally my favorites!

Stefan Mueller, Human Resources

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Kim NelsonKim Nelson, MSAT

I am currently working on my Master of Science in Accountancy – Taxation, which I will complete in May of 2015. As an undergraduate student at Boise State University, I double majored in accounting and finance, and graduated summa cum laude in May of 2014. Upon earning my master’s degree, I plan to finish my CPA examination and begin working as a tax accountant for a public accounting firm here in Boise. I currently work as a bookkeeper and am very excited to finish my time at Boise State University in order to expand my career to the challenging field of taxation. I have truly enjoyed being a student at Boise State University and am very thankful for the education and opportunities that my professors, the Department of Accountancy, and the College of Business and Economics have provided to me.

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Martin RonquilloMartin Ronquillo, Entrepreneurship

I am graduating this May with a BBA in entrepreneurship management. I’m a native Idahoan and the first in my family to graduate from college. In 2012, I joined Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, and served as secretary and vice-president. During my final semester, I had the unique opportunity to participate in Boise State’s Venture College program. Recently, I was hired by Basedin, as Director of Web Development. Basedin is the first company out of Venture College to raise capital.
Attending Boise State has been life-changing experience for me. I made friends for life, worked on-campus, lived on-campus, and expanded my horizons. I graduated with the desire to explore the world and one day start my own company. After travelling, I wish to return to Boise. I’d like to thank my family and friends for all their support. GO BRONCOS!

Jacy Ross, Accountancy

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Colby ScottColby Scott, Economics

I am a senior in COBE’s Business Economics program and Business Finance program. I currently have an internship with the Salt Lake Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve and am working with Idaho Kids Count, conducting research on Idaho fiscal education policy and its impact on student testing performance. I am a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society. I was a Blackhawk Helicopter crew chief in the army for six years, where I served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy hunting, fishing, being outside with my wife or watching Boise State sports. I plan on staying in Boise for the immediate future, but intend to continue on with my master’s degree in Applied Economics in two or three years.

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Yara SlatonYara Slaton, International Business

I am an International Business major with a minor in Arabic Studies graduating May 2015. Being from the Middle East, I have witnessed first-hand atrocious levels of poverty and can testify to the political instability and havoc it wreaks on society as a whole. Because of this, I am an advocate for the economic empowerment of those less fortunate and plan to use my degree and future studies to end poverty, inequality and structural oppression. My time at Boise State University has been such an adventure! Some highlights include being selected to participate in the Export Excellence Program where I was awarded “Best In Class”, being selected to participate in the Global Scholars Program, being awarded a yearlong fellowship at RESULTS-An anti-poverty advocacy group, and being elected secretary of the International Business Organization. These programs have been an invaluable opportunity to witness real-life applications of the skills I’ve learned here at Boise State University!

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Mattie StanfordMattie Stanford, Marketing

Over the last four years at Boise State I have gathered countless tools and experiences that have enabled me to grow into the individual I am today. During my undergraduate career I found it highly important to not only focus on executing in the classroom, but seeking outside experiences as well. Through four separate internship opportunities I have been able to stretch my knowledge and capabilities to better prepare myself for the future. From interning at The Hershey Company in their Corporate Social Responsibility department to learning and executing project management skills at Drake Cooper in downtown Boise I have been able to strengthen and refine my professional skills. In addition to internships, during the fall semester of my senior year I studied abroad in Denmark. This experience helped me to understand and embrace cultural differences, become more independent and travel the world. As a freshman and sophomore I was lucky enough to run cross country and track for Boise State University. I will be graduating in May with a B.B.A in marketing and minor in sustainability.

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Brooke StoutBrooke Stout, MSA

After graduating from Eastern Oregon University with a degree in business administration concentrating on accounting, I decided to pursue an MSA here at Boise State. I currently am a Graduate Assistant and enjoy spending time working with the professors and the undergraduate students. My time at Boise State has helped prepare me for my career in accounting and I am very thankful for the opportunities I have been granted through my pursuit of an MSA degree. After graduating in August, I will go to work for Lewis, Poe, Moeller, Gunderson & Roberts, LLC in La Grande, Oregon. I am currently studying for the CPA exam and looking forward to a career in public accounting. In my spare time I enjoy running, playing and coaching soccer with my husband, and serving as a 4H leader.

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Matt SzobonyaMatt Szobonya, Supply Chain Management

I will be graduating in May 2015 with a BBA in supply chain management. I’m from Meridian, ID and always knew I would be a Bronco. Once I got into COBE I declared my major as supply chain management. I am currently an intern with NYK Line. This internship has helped me further my education in the supply chain field. Upon graduation I hope to stay here in the valley and begin my career. I love the outdoor recreation Idaho has to offer and the culture here in Boise. I am very fortunate and grateful to have chosen Boise State University and been involved in such a great program.

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Ben ThompsonBen Thompson, General Business

Kelsey Toy, Signature Student, College of Business and Economics at Boise StateKelsey Toy, Career Track MBA

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Cristina Ortega ValleCristine Ortega Valle, Entrepreneurship

I was born in Nampa, Idaho and lived in Oregon almost my entire life. I will be graduating in May of 2016 with a BBA in general business and entrepreneurship management. Throughout my journey here at Boise State University I’ve had the honor of joining the Gamma Beta Phi Society, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and just recently the International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma. I would like to further my education, perhaps as a pastry chef, so that later down the road I could open up my own business. In my spare time I really enjoy baking and I love traveling to new places, although I still have a lot to see. I would really like to thank all of the great professors I’ve had throughout my college career for all of their help. It has really been an honor to be a part of such a great program here at COBE, go Broncos!

COBE Boise State Signature Student - Emily WalkerEmily Walker, General Business

I am honored to receive this award and would like to express my gratitude to the College of Business and Economics and the Office of the Dean. I will graduate in the spring of 2016 with a General Business BBA and minors in nonprofit management and entrepreneurial management. To gain experience in these areas, I am currently the Local Outreach Intern at Proof Eyewear, assisting them with their desire to give back to the community. This summer I will be interning with a nonprofit organization called Global Service Partnership, helping address educational challenges in Belize. Throughout my time at Boise State, I have made excellent friendships, developed a strong support network, and cultivated a passion for the city of Boise. In the future, it is my goal to work with socially responsible businesses and nonprofit organizations, in order to aid in the development and growth of this community.

Fall 2014 COBE Signature Students

Fall 2014

Studio Portrait, COBE Signature, Clariza Abrena, TAGClariza Abrena, Management, Marketing

During my time at Boise State and COBE, I focused on my growth as a student, future business professional, and individual. I will be graduating with a triple major in marketing, human resource management, and general business management with experience in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Immediately after graduation, I will be moving to Dallas to fulfill my dream of being an intern for Southwest Airlines headquarters and then to pursue my ambition of becoming a recruiter. I am a world traveler at heart and plan to feed my wanderlust with trips around the country and abroad.

Brittany Bachmann-Lang, BAP, studio portraitBrittany Bachmann-Lang, Accountancy

Graduating this May 2014 with a BBA in accountancy and finance. I am currently a Financial Analyst intern at US Ecology, working on projects for the Corporate Controller and CFO. I will begin my career this September as a PwC Audit Associate in the San Jose office serving the clients of the Silicon Valley. I have been actively involved with the organization Beta Alpha Psi, exhibiting leadership within the organization as president, a frequent speaker on behalf of BAP, and as a national award winner in “Project Run With It” a non-profit case competition. I am grateful for the significant personal and professional development I have experienced during my time at Boise State. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, baking, and the company of great friends every chance I get.

Sam Cooke, COBE Signature Student, Studio Portrait, TagSam Cooke, Marketing

I am graduating with my BBA in marketing and a certificate in public relations. I grew up in Kennewick, Washington and graduated from Kamiakin High School in 2010. Becoming a Bronco was an honor; I met incredible people, excelled in the classroom and community. I served as a marketing and promotions intern with Boise State Athletics for the last two years and three years as the financial director of the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at Boise State. I formerly hosted the finest mustache in the College of Business and Economics.
I have secured a position as a marketing development trainee with Federated Insurance and will start a 10-month training program in Owatonna, Minnesota this June before taking up residents in the Northwest as a marketing representative. Always and forever, Go Broncos!

Studio Portrait, COBE Signature, Brian Fuller, TAGBrian Fuller, Management

I am a native to Boise. In May of 2014, I will be graduating Cum Laude with a BBA in Entrepreneurship Management as a third generation Boise State graduate. During my senior year I placed second in the Boise State Business Model Competition, and became a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma. I am currently seeking various career opportunities as my time at Boise State comes to an end. After I launch my career path, I plan to continue my education in both computer science and a Masters of Business Administration. I’ve always had a strong entrepreneurial mindset, and I hope to launch my own company in the near future. Outside of work and academics I enjoy being outdoors, especially while snowboarding and camping. Lastly, I want to thank my parents and the COBE faculty for all of the support along the way.

Studio Portrait, COBE Signature, Tyler Jackson, TAGTyler Jackson, Information Technology Management

After obtaining my first degree at Boise State University in Health Sciences – Pre med in 2010, I realized my true passion was for Information Technology. I returned to Boise State the following semester to pursue a second degree in IT Management and am happy I made the choice to switch careers. While at Boise State, I have had the opportunity to work as a student support specialist and web developer. I also held an internship with the Idaho Transportation department (ITD) as an IT Information Systems Technician. My educational and internship experiences have already paid off and resulted in a Full time position with ITD as an IT Systems Integration Analyst. As I graduate, I am thankful for all the opportunities I’ve been awarded and am looking forward to successful career in IT Management.

Student Spotlight, COBE, Travis Kronstad, Carrie Quinney PhotoTravis Kronstad, Supply Chain Management

I will be graduating May 2014 with BBA in Supply Chain Management. I am very grateful to have been selected for signature student. I plan on working for a few years before I pursue a master’s degree. I have spent the last semester involved in the International Business Organization (IBO). I love the outdoors and am an avid skier. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of such a good program and want to thank everyone in COBE. I feel well prepared for the working world and am very excited to see what is next for me.

Studio Portrait, COBE Signature, Anastasia Leonova, TAGAnastasia Leonova, Accountancy

I will graduate in May 2014 with a BBA in Accountancy, and will be pursuing my Masters of Accountancy at BSU. Currently, I am an Intern at the Administrative Accounting Department of Boise State, and it is my honor to work for my own university. I want to stay in Boise, Idaho and be useful for this city and for this state through applying my knowledge and talents in the right direction. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my little son, reading, playing guitar, and singing. For BSU I had the pleasure to sing at the production of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, which was conducted by the Theatre Department, and at the Annual International Food, Song, and Dance Festival.

Studio Portrait, COBE Signature, Kim Nelson, TAGKimberly Nelson, Finance

After graduating in May of 2014 with a BBA in both Accounting and Finance, I start immediately on my Master of Science in Accountancy, Taxation. Ideally, I would like to go to work for one of the larger public accounting firms here in Boise. My focus right now is on tax, but I would like to find a way to utilize my finance degree as well. I have enjoyed volunteering and learning more about the accounting field by meeting local accounting professionals as a member of Beta Alpha Psi.
I currently live in Idaho City with my husband and three children. In addition to school, I work part time as bookkeeper for a local government entity in Idaho City. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and learning to play the piano.

Studio Portrait, COBE, Ekaterina Harper, TAGEkaterina Strebkova Harper, International Business

As a native Russian, I received my first college education in Russia in Foreign Languages. While studying foreign languages and cultures I realized that traveling and learning about other cultures is something I want to do for my career and I then transferred my credits to Boise State University and switched my major to International Business with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.
Prior to transferring to Boise State University I also extensively travelled around America, visiting almost every state, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico, as well as living in New York for a year. While at Boise State I also travelled around the world to countries like Mexico, Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Andorra, Monaco, Ukraine, Caribbean, Costa Rica and spent a summer studying abroad in Pau, France. Besides finishing my degree in four years I was able to get involved on campus and became the President of the International Business Organization and Peer Advisor at the International Learning Opportunities. Also, successfully completed Idaho District Export Council Export Excellence Internship and currently successfully finishing up my internship with Idaho State Department of Agriculture. Was fortunate to volunteer with the Boise International Rescue Committee and worked for the BBC by assisting with Russian translation.
I am currently in my last senior semester and expected to graduate in May 2014.After graduation eventually I am planning to become a Foreign Service Officer; representing America throughout the world or work for the USAID that seeks to “extend a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country. Last year I received my United States Citizenship, so I am not an International Student.
In Russia we have a very good saying that says: “the more you give, the more you will receive”. So, I want to promise you that I will do my best to give it back to the Boise State community, the United States nation and the rest of the world with my skills, inspirations, work and dedication.
And hopefully, soon, after my graduation, that good that I received from Boise State will only multiply exponentially and I will be able to give it back to the world.

Cassie Sullivan, Arbiter, studio portrait

Cassandra Sullivan, Economics

I am graduating from the Honors College with a degree in economics and minor in political science. I came to Boise State University on a debate scholarship and served on the team presidency for the Talkin’ Broncos. To put my classroom studies into practice, I interned at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in Washington, DC, the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey. I have a passion for teaching and served as a Debate Coach in Boise, an English Teacher in Istanbul, and created a Debate Camp in Haiti. I am currently serving as vice president of the student body and plan to study international development after I spend the next year working in Washington, DC with a non-profit organization.

Zackary Turk, SRIZachary Turk, Economics

I am a senior in COBE’s Business Economics program, Top Ten Scholar, McNair Scholar, 2013 SRI research fellow, and member of The Honors College. I presented at five Boise State research conferences and have work being published in the McNair Scholars Research Journal this spring. My hobbies include woodworking, metalworking, and training service dogs with my wife Alina. My long term goal is to become a professor of economics where I can conduct research in rural economic development. I will be attending a masters program at UC Davis this fall and another at Yale University starting in 2015.

Studio Portrait, COBE Signature, Dillon Zarpentine, TAGDillon Zarpentine, Finance

I am a native of Idaho, raised in Harrison on the south end of Lake Coeur d’ Alene. I will be graduating with a BBA in Finance as well as from the Boise State Honors College. I have been fortune enough to have two internships during my time at Boise State. The first internship with Marty Tadman, in the field of financial planning, and the second with the local firm Clearwater Analytics as a financial reporting analyst. After graduation I plan to work for Clearwater Analytics, obtain a charter as a financial analyst, and remain in the Boise area.

Fall 2013 COBE Signature Students

Fall 2013

Zach Bolen, Accounting

I will be graduating in December of 2013 with my BBA in Accountancy, and will be pursuing my Master’s of Accountancy at BoiseState in the Spring of 2014. Eventually, I would love to go into public accounting or work as a professor. Currently, I am working as a teaching assistant for the Accounting Department at the University. With my position, I truly enjoy going into work each day, as I know I have the chance to impact a student’s life. My position has been an incredible opportunity, and one never taken for granted. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, and seeing Idaho’s beautiful outdoors. I am never one to “sit down” playing video games, I love to be out experiencing the amazing community we live in as much as I can.
Favorite Professor: Dan Fox

Allison Bronson, Accounting

I will graduate in December with a BBA in Accountancy. I have been VP of Service in Beta Alpha Psi for the last two semesters, and I worked with a local non-profit to introduce a new service project to the organization. This was a very rewarding experience, and I have learned the value of giving back to my community. In January, I will begin my career as a Tax Associate at Eide Bailly. I am very excited for this great opportunity! I will start working towards becoming a CPA after my first tax season. In my spare time I enjoy reading books and exploring Idaho hiking trails.

Andrew Chiles, Accounting

Graduating in December 2013 with a BBA in accountancy, I am looking forward to pursuing my goal of a career in public accounting. In addition to school, I am the Aircraft Load Planner for UPS at the Boise Airport and an intern with J.R. Simplot Company’s corporate tax department. Outside of school and work, I am passionate about continual self-development and service to others. My commitment to excellence as a person has led to diverse experiences such as my previous service in the U.S. Army Reserves and my current accomplishments in mountaineering. My desire to enrich the lives of others has resulted in experiences as far away as the Philippines to here at home, serving as VP of Service Activities and most recently the President of Beta Alpha Psi. Following graduation my immediate objective is to pass the CPA exam before beginning as an audit associate with KPMG in the fall of 2014.
Favorite Professor: Dan Fox

Kyle Claman, Management

On December 20, 2013, I’ll be graduating from Boise State University with a BBA in General Business and a minor in Marketing. I’m excited to start my new career as a sales manager later this month. When I’m not working or continuing my education, I enjoy playing basketball, floating the Boise River, and watching the Broncos play football on the signature blue turf.
Over the years, I’ve dedicated myself to serving fellow students at BSU. In fact, I was a student employee for University Health Services from August of 2011 to August of 2013. It was a great experience and it reminded just how much the university means to me. Of course, I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not been for the support of the wonderful faculty of COBE.

Joseph Danes, Accounting, Finance and Management

I am an Idaho native. After the attacks on 9/11, I felt the call to serve and joined the US Marine Corps in April of 2002. I served a combat tour in the Al-Anbar province of Iraq in 2005 where I was critically injured. I transitioned to a reserve status in 2007.
I met and married my wife, Ashley, in 2003. Currently, we own and operate a property management firm with residential rental properties throughout the Treasure Valley.
I am heavily involved in community service. In 2009, along with two other injured Marines, I co-founded a local non-profit, Idaho Warrior Sports and Recreation
I will graduate with a BBA in entrepreneurial management, a BS in finance, and a BA in accounting with a minor in marketing. My main interest lies in the area of investing and finance. In January 2013 I was able to obtain an internship working as a financial analyst for Clearwater Analytics. My future plans and goals include growing my personal businesses, obtaining my charter as a financial analyst and pursuing a Masters of Business Administration.
Favorite Professor: Matt Maher, David Koeppen, Decateur Reed

Amanda DuPont, Management

As a first generation college student, I am proud to be graduating from BSU with a double major in General Management and Human Resources and a minor in Marketing. Currently, I am exploring multiple career paths specific to advertising, healthcare and public relations.
Throughout my college education I have maintained employment. Although working 30 hours per week and attending school full time was not ideal, it has allowed me to graduate college debt-free.
If I am not studying, working or attending class you can find me working on my fashion blog. I also hope to spend more time volunteering within the community.
There have been MANY obstacles along my path of higher education, but nothing could prevent me from accomplishing my academic goals. I can say with absolute certainty in order to succeed you have to want it bad enough. Favorite Professor: Christy Suciu

Brian Franklin, Accounting

My name is Brian Franklin and I am a native of Boise, Idaho. I am very appreciative to be considered a COBE Signature Student. After graduation I plan to start on another milestone; to complete the Master of Science in Accountancy, Taxation. For the upcoming semester, I was selected to work in the Accounting Department as a faculty assistant. When I started the accounting program, I had limited knowledge of accounting. Fortunately, I enjoyed the courses and the faculty who taught them. I am particularly appreciative of my accounting professors who took an interest in me and helped me excel in my coursework. The majority of students come to college looking to find something that interests them and hopefully build a life around it. I was lucky enough to find a discipline that had an impact on me. I look forward to my future in the accounting profession. Faculty Member: Mark J. Cowan, JD

Aaron Hanson, Management

Born and raised in Boise, this is the place I call home and the place I plan to raise my new family. I have had an entrepreneurial spirit ever since I was a kid, so naturally when it came time to pursue higher education it was a no-brainer for me to pursue my BBA in Entrepreneurial Business Management. As a COBE student, I took advantage of access to participation in the BYP and have gained invaluable mentorship and friendship from that participation. Over the last 3 years I have been exploring a career in healthcare administration while contributing to the transformation of healthcare at St Luke’s. I plan to continue that path after graduation. Equipped with the tools and skills the college of business has enabled me to obtain I am excited to contribute “intrepreneurially,” and entrepreneurially to the further development of this great state and the organizations within it. Favorite Professor: Kent Neupert

Max Head, International Business

I did not limit my educational experience at Boise State to the classroom. While earning an International Business major and Spanish Language: Business Emphasis minor, I passionately sought out and embraced opportunities to become engaged in and give back to COBE and its business community. Beyond exhibiting excellence in the classroom, I interned within the International Business Division of the Idaho Department of Commerce, served as President of the International Business Organization, and worked for Scentsy, Inc’s International Strategy group. I was also selected to participate in the Export Excellence Program, International Business Mentorship Program, and served as a student representative for COBE. I spent my most recent summer interning in the Office of U.S. Senator Risch in Washington, D.C. I then parlayed that experience into an independent research project on foreign direct investment during my final semester. The phenomenal team of Boise State professors and colleagues by my side helped me develop as a leader as well as an individual. Thanks to Boise State, I stand on a strong foundation from which to embark on this next stage in my life.

Rachel Holt, International Business and Marketing

I am an International Business and Marketing major and will have two minors in Chinese and Japanese studies. I’ve been very active while at Boise State and been involved in a number of organizations on campus. Last year I was a member of the International Business Organization (IBO) and Collegiate Business Professionals of America (BPA). At nationals I was 3rd in Human Resource Management. For the last year, I’ve been the Historian for the Theta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Coed Business Fraternity having been inducted into the brotherhood in the Fall of 2012 and it’s been a wonderful experience! In my free time I enjoy practicing martial arts and writing. I hope that after graduating from Boise State I can start training in martial arts again. In the future I plan on to work as an international market development manager or international marketing specialist.
Favorite Professor: Meredith Taylor Black and Trina Sego

Victoria Kazimir, Economics

I am a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in economics, with a minor in mathematics. Upon graduating December of this year, I hope to begin graduate studies in economics in the fall of 2014. My academic interests lie in sustainable economic development and urban economics. My Ukrainian background also prompted an interest in the development of transition economies. My hobbies include hiking the surrounding foothills and baking. I am fluent in Russian and studying French, and enjoy foreign language films. I also volunteers for the Boise Rescue Mission’s City Light Home and serve as a children and youth camp counselor during the summers.
Favorite Professor: Chris Loucks

Kim Mitchell, Information Technology Management

I am a native of Nampa, Idaho, and will be graduating this fall with a BBA in IT Management with an Emphasis in Development. While at BoiseState I served as a member of the ASBSU Student Assembly and the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, and received the April-May, 2013 COBE Student Spotlight Award for IT Management. I have worked for United Heritage for the last 32 years, and currently hold the position of Manager, Web Application Development. My favorite experience at BoiseState has been participating in Bronco Appathon 2013 – a weekend-long application building competition. The knowledge gained and friendships formed during that weekend mean a great deal to me.
When I’m not working or studying I enjoy knitting and riding motorcycles with my husband. My education at BoiseState has given me the tools to excel both professionally and personally, and I look forward to a future full of opportunity.
Favorite Professor: Dr. Karen Corral

James Mowrey, Managements

After serving four years in the Marine Corps, I returned to Boise State in 2010. As a non-traditional student, I was a little wary of going back to school. However, despite my fears, during my time at Boise State I have made life-long friends and gained extensive knowledge that has made me competitive and will help me stay ahead in this global business world.
This December I will be graduating magna cum laude, triple majoring in Human Resource Management, General Business and Entrepreneurship Management. I will also be the first in my family to graduate from college in two generations.
As I graduate and prepare to move to Seattle to work for a start-up, I am thankful for my professors, my friends and most importantly my family, who have all stood by me and supported me these past three and a half years. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Favorite professor: Nancy (Dusty) Bodie

Cole Mueller, Finance

I will be graduating in fall 2013 with a double BBA in both Accounting and Finance. Originally I am from San Diego, California but something about Boise drew me in and I knew there is where I belonged. During my time at Boise State University, I got involved in a variety of organizations including housing, new student and family programs, and Beta Alpha Psi. The knowledge gained from these experiences in addition to the relationships I formed with those I met greatly contributed to my success at BSU. Starting in 2014, I will start my professional career in public accounting, working for a CPA firm in the TreasureValley. I plan to continue my education by acquiring a CPA license. I would like to thank my friends, family, and faculty for all of the support during my time at BSU. In my free time I enjoy boating, disc golfing, playing board games, and watching movies.
Favorite Professor: Dr. Dwayne Barney

Kim Naaf, Accounting

My name is Kim Naaf, and I was raised in Star, Idaho on my grandfather’s farm, and have lived in the Treasure Valley all my life. I decided to go back to school in 2008 to obtain an accounting degree, and I will be graduating magna cum laude this December. I have been, and will continue to be a member of Beta Alpha Psi, while I begin graduate school in January with the intent of earning my masters degree in taxation. I will also be starting an internship with Clearwater Analytics in January, and expect that to be a very challenging experience, but one I am very excited to tackle. I plan to take the CPA exam following grad school, as well as the certified fraud examiners (CFA) exam, and perhaps the certified forensic accountant exam too. My hope is to one day focus my attention on forensic and fraud accounting.
Favorite Professor: Dan Fox

Matt Paradis, Economics

My name is Matt Paradis, and I will graduate in December of 2013 with a double major in Finance and Business Economics. I have been a member of the football team throughout my time at Boise State, and I plan on continuing playing in my immediate future. After that is over, I plan on pursuing a job in the financial sector.
I have been able to continue with most of the hobbies I’ve had since high school during my time at Boise State. These include snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing. I have also enjoyed the diverse opportunities offered as a Boise State student and have attended a wide variety of guest lecturers brought to the University, sporting events, and many of the other events offered by attending this college. I feel Boise State has helped me to develop the skills I will need to succeed in my life
Favorite Professor: Chris Loucks

Armando Silva, International Business

My name is Armando Silva and I was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho. I am a double major in International Business and Business Economics with a minor in Marketing, and I will be graduating in December 2013.
Though I have many interests, my true passion is traveling. I have been lucky enough to have traveled to more than 35 different countries. Over the past year and a half I was living in Bilbao, Spain where I participated in the USAC studies abroad program. Deciding to live and study in the Basque Country was one of the best decisions that I had ever made. Upon graduating, I plan on enrolling in graduate school, majoring in International Business, focusing on increasing trade between the State of Idaho and the Basque Country.

Lastly, I would like to thank Boise State University, the faculty, but most importantly my parents; thank you for your support and encouragement, without you none of this would have been possible.
Favorite Professor: Dr. Meredith Taylor Black

Theodore Zahn, Supply Chain Management

I was born and raised in Butte, Montana. After high school I earned an AAS in Electronics Technology. I was hired by Micron Technology in June of 2000 as a RMA Technician. During my time at Micron I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of positions while furthering my education.
In 2001 I enrolled at Boise State to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. While working toward this degree I took a conflict management course, in 2006 that opened up my desire for a career with more personal interaction. While deciding on a degree I obtained a certificate in dispute resolution and became a professional mediator. I chose the Supply Chain Management degree due to my 14 years of experience working in quality assurance, and to utilize my conflict management skills. Upon graduation I’m looking forward to starting my career in the supply chain or quality field.
Favorite Professor: Dr. Tom Gattiker

Shelby Zepeda, Marketing

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, I moved to Idaho to attend Boise State after receiving an academic scholarship and wanting a change from the desert landscape. While pursuing my BBA in Marketing, I worked in Marketing and Special Events for Boise State Public Radio and interned as a Marketing Assistant at the Boise Art Museum. Currently I’m pursuing a career in my dream industry, as a Project Manager at Wire Stone, a digital marketing agency with several offices around the country. I also serve as a member of the Community Advisory Board for Boise State Public Radio. The experiences I have had and relationships I have developed through work and attending the College of Business over the past four years, have helped shape me into a more confident and successful individual. In the future I hope to continue to work in digital marketing and have the ability to provide for my family, who has supported me all throughout my Boise State career and my life.
Favorite Professor: Shikhar Sarin and Trina Sego

Spring 2013 COBE Signature Students

Spring 2013

Roman Agafonov

I was born in Chisinau, Moldova and moved to America when I was 4 years old. After high school I learned the trade of tile-setting from my dad and launched my own tile installation business. I was a self-employed subcontractor for three years until I decided to shift gears and get my degree. I chose to pursue a degree in supply chain management (SCM) because it’s very diverse, fast-paced and challenging. While obtaining my degree, I worked full time within the St. Luke’s supply chain. I learned a lot about healthcare supply chain and the industry. I feel confident that the knowledge I gained from the SCM program at Boise State — along with my personal drive — will enable me to achieve my goals. When I have free time I like to spend it with my wife, with my friends, or by myself; it all depends on the situation. I also enjoy playing chess, hanging out at the park and doing pull-ups. It’s engaging, industrious, and, well, it’s a great way to stay in shape!

Landon Barnes

I’m a native of Rupert, Idaho. I will have earned a quadruple major in marketing, entrepreneurship management, human resource management and general business management. I enjoy playing all sports, but mainly football and baseball. My aspirations include going on to achieve a master’s degree in marketing research and a PhD in marketing. I’ve been able to work closely with various professors at Boise State University on research projects and able to do consulting work for numerous Boise businesses. I always tell myself that if someone gives me a chance to succeed, I will make them proud. The College of Business and Economics gave me that chance and I really appreciate what the faculty has helped me accomplish. I hope I have made them proud during my three years at Boise State.

Matthew Bedinger

I will be graduating this spring from Boise State with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. While at Boise State, I have been active in the student newspaper, Financial Management Association, and have also helped oversee the student management investment fund.

I’m looking forward to traveling throughout Europe with my brother and sister this summer. When I return in August, I hope to put my finance background to use and either remain in Boise or move to Seattle to begin a career. I’ve made preliminary plans to take the first leg of the CFA exam in June 2014 and am also contemplating graduate school.

Outside of school, I enjoy golf, basketball, traveling, and writing comedy. I’d like to thank my parents for everything they have done for me.

Jamie Buckingham

I am the first in my family to attend a four-year university and will be the first to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. I lived in Twin Falls all of my life and have been enrolled in the Boise State Extended Studies program in Twin Falls. In 2009, I graduated as valedictorian from Twin Falls High School. I graduated from the College of Southern Idaho summa cum laude in 2011 with an associate of arts in general business. My education and career path have been geared toward the accountancy sector of the business world and I hope to become a certified public accountant with experience in the forensic accounting sector. My hobbies and personal passions have been reading, music, astronomy, crafts and spending time with friends and family.

Anjanette Call

I will be graduating magna cum laude with a BBA in accountancy. I began my college career as an art student. Wanting to try something new, I attended an accounting class and have never looked back. I’m involved with Beta Alpha Psi, a national accounting fraternity, and recently joined Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society. I’m currently working as an international tax Intern at Micron Technology, Inc. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I’ll begin working on my master of science in accountancy-taxation. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, baking and spending time with friends.

Nicholas Gaudioso Jr.

I will graduate with a BBA in accountancy and finance this spring. I’m currently a research assistant for the Department of Accountancy and work with Professor Michael Lee to develop or improve cost accounting systems for local companies such as PKG Solutions. I’ve conducted various research projects and co-wrote two articles that were featured in the Idaho Statesman. During my junior year, I represented Boise State in the KPMG/Seattle University Accounting Competition and during summer of 2011, I participated in an Eide Bailley Summer Leadership Program. I’ve been active on campus as the vice president, budget director and student funding board officer for ASBSU, and have served on multiple Boise State committees. I also participated in the Honors Student Association as treasurer and vice president. I studied abroad in San Sebastián, Spain, in the summer of 2012. Upon graduation, I’ll continue to expand my knowledge of accounting in graduate school with a focus researching in managerial accounting.

Lorraine Harper

As a native of Los Angeles I was a little nervous about making the transition to Boise State four years ago, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ll be leaving with a degree in general business and political science. Academics have been one of the focal points of my time here, and I’m grateful for all the doors which have been opened as a result of that. I’m lucky to have experienced so many of the things Boise State University has to offer, and look forward to graduating with the amazing people I’ve met here. I will be staying in Boise and look forward to becoming a permanent member of the community.

Brandon Kelly

Following graduation from Nampa High School, I enlisted in the US Air Force. I attended basic training in San Antonio, TX, where I graduated top of my class. I attended Air Force Technical School at Chanute AFB in Champaign-Urbana, IL in the fall of 1988 and graduated with honors. I attended Boise State University part time 2001-2006. I re-enrolled in 2011 and will graduate with honors. During my time at Boise State I have made the Dean’s list numerous times, received two scholarships, been accepted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies, and received the 2012 Student Spotlight for management. I promised my grandfather on his death bed that I would attend college and be the first in my family to obtain a degree and I would do it in his honor. In May, I will fulfill the promise I made over a decade ago.

Emily Kudo

I came to Boise State University four years ago from Hawaii. I had just completed an internship in recruiting and I was inspired to pursue a human resource management degree. Although Boise, Idaho, is quite different from where I grew up, it has been an amazing place to live. I’ve had wonderful experiences within the College of Business and Economics and am thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given. I’ve held HR internships with Micron Technology and URS Corp and also had the privilege of being the Human Resources Association president. I have learned a great deal and look forward to pursuing a career in human resources management.

Natalie Peikrishvile

I’m an international student from a beautiful country of Georgia. I’m graduating with a bachelor of business administration in general business management and minors in finance and international business. My four years of college have given me an amazing opportunity to create lifetime relationships with a diverse group of people here in Boise.
I am very grateful to have had many opportunities to grow personally and professionally through meeting new people in a community, getting involved in various student organizations, and taking advantage of a number of internships that suited my interests. The meaningfulness of the relationships and the career development opportunities I have had here led me to the decision to continue living in my new home, Boise, in the near future.

Geoffrey Moore

I am in Divided Societies, graduating with a double-major in international business and French with an economics minor. I ran track and field for Boise State, earning several academic all-conference awards. My favorite college experience was being head delegate of the Boise State delegation, which won the Distinguished Delegation Award at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York in 2012. I have studied abroad in Pau, France, and London, England, and will attend the University of Oxford during summer 2013 with a Boise State honors course. I have accepted an offer from King’s College, London, to do a master’s degree in conflict resolution.

Jennifer Shelby

I grew up in Boise, was homeschooled by my parents until graduation in 1999, and immediately attended Boise State with the intent of pursuing a degree in art and architecture. After some life changing events, I worked for a local financial planner and was exposed to economics, which forever changed me. I became determined to find a way to return to school and finish my degree in Economics. In fall 2010, I returned to Boise State to pursue this new dream.

I graduated with a bachelor of arts in economics and a minor in visual art in December 2012. Economics sparked excitement about the inner workings of cities which led me to apply to the Community and Regional Planning Master Program at Boise State. I was accepted and am finishing my first semester in the program as well as working as a graduate assistant in the department. I am also a mother, wife, painter and volunteer. I look forward to bringing creativity, insight, efficiency and passion from my experiences and education into my future pursuits in the field of community and regional planning.

Duskin Terteling

This May, I will graduate with a BBA in General Business with minors in Leadership Studies and Psychology. I have not only excelled academically at Boise State, but also beyond the university. I displayed an entrepreneurial spirit when I started my own car dealership, and eventually dissolved it to focus on academics. Soon thereafter, I was selected for an Intern position in the United States Senate, Washington DC. There I gained critical insight from our country’s leaders about the external environment that business operates in today.

Outside of school and career I enjoy driving and working on cars, shooting small films, and staying fit by exercising regularly. This June, I plan to compete for the second time in the Ironman 70.3 Boise. After graduation, I plan to complete a marketing internship with bodybuilding.com and then a technical marketing position at Caterpillar Corporate headquarters in Peoria, IL. My ultimate goal is to attend graduate school to earn an MBA with an emphasis in technical marketing.

As a proud Bronco, I’d like to thank my friends, professors, and Boise State University for invaluable education, support, and experiences.

Tyson Weekes

I earned a BS in accountancy from BYU-Idaho and was nominated as one of the top graduates. I completed my master of science in accountancy-taxation from Boise State in December 2012. During my undergraduate and graduate studies, I interned in corporate and public accounting. I was also a graduate assistant for the Boise State accounting department where I assisted faculty in research and consulting projects, tutored fellow students, and helped at events sponsored by the College of Business and Economics. Currently I am a staff accountant for Little-Morris, a local CPA firm. I am an Eagle Scout and bilingual in English and Spanish. In my free time I enjoy sports, activities with me family and am preparing for my final CPA exam.

LeGrand Woodward

I will be graduating Spring 2013 with a BS of finance, BA of accountancy and a minor in spanish. I graduated from Cascade High school in 2004.

Fall 2012 COBE Signature Students

Fall 2012

Veronica Baldrica – Management

I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and was born into a very large extended family. I graduated from Mountain View High School in the spring of 2008 and began attending Boise State in the fall of 2008. When I first started college, I knew I was interested in business. Upon completion of my core classes, I jumped right into to the College of Business and Economics program at Boise State. During three semesters, I was named to the Dean’s List based upon my grade point average. I started working at Lakeview Financial, which my uncles’ own, during the summer before my senior year of high school. I was originally hired to answer phones, but I have worked my way up to office manager over the last five years. I continued to work at Lakeview Financial on a part-time basis through college, which worked in my favor on many occasions. On several different occasions, I was able to directly apply course material in the actual business world.

I plan to continue with Lakeview Financial on a full-time basis after graduation. Lakeview Financial offers me the opportunity to continue advancing and applying skills learned as a student of the College of Business and Economics. Long-term, I plan to remain in Boise, Idaho, because I am very fond of the area. As I continue to advance in the business world, I look forward to volunteering my business skills to local charitable organizations across the Treasure Valley.

Dale Bowen – Accountancy

I graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor degree in accounting. While at Boise State I was also involved with the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, earning a minor in Military Science and commissioning as an Infantry Second Lieutenant. As an Idaho native, I enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding, hunting, and other various outdoor activities Idaho has to offer. I am happily married to my wife of almost three years, Felecia Bowen, who I met while attending Boise State University. After graduation, I will be heading to Ft. Benning, Georgia to attend Infantry Officers Basic Course and begin my Army career.

Kari Cook – Accountancy

I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy and a minor in Political Science. I am a proud Bronco who looks forward to pursuing a career in public accounting. I began my college education with the intent to attend law school. It was when I decided to take some accounting classes that I discovered my talent and interest was in accounting. Thanks to my professors, I spent the rest of my time as a student dreaming in debits, credits, and t-accounts. I was involved with Beta Alpha Psi, a national professional accounting fraternity, and had the opportunity to intern with Deloitte Tax for two tax busy seasons. I will be starting a full time position with Deloitte as a Business Tax Consultant in January, and look forward to tackling the CPA exam later in the year.

Kimberlee King Corey – Supply Chain Management

I am a business management professional who became a non-traditional, transfer student at Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics. I pursued an undergraduate education earning a BBA Supply Chain Management with additional emphasis on International Business, Project Management and Conflict Management.

While attending Boise State University, I was employed by a small company based in Minnesota. I worked with the corporate controller building sales and labor budgets as well as educating Store Managers on managing their store profit and loss statements.

After graduation, I was hired by Micron Technology, Inc. My current position involves working with individuals in Italy, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. While attending Boise State University, I enjoyed taking international business classes and have found them to be helpful in my current position.

I would like to continue my education by becoming a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP). I am also very interested in project management as well as becoming a customs broker.

ZoeAnn Greenfield – General Business Management

I was born and raised an Idaho native. I will be graduating in the Fall Commencement ceremony magna cum laude with a Bachelor in business administration degree. I have completed my degree over the last three years at Boise State University while working full time for United Heritage Life Insurance, a local Meridian company.

I am very appreciative of the support I have received from my family, friends, co-workers, and all of the staff and faculty at Boise State. It has been a challenge well worth the effort.

Stacey Malek – Marketing

My name is Stacey Malek. I am a COBE senior, graduating December, 2012 with a B.B.A in Marketing. I have been attending Boise State as a part-time student for the last several years. After high school, I became involved in retail management and have had the opportunity to both manage stores and open new retail locations in Boise and in Seattle, Washington. My work experience has afforded me the opportunity to learn business management and leadership skills first-hand; however the decision to commit to my education has been invaluable. I believe that the best kind of learning happens when there is collaboration between the business world and the university. I also feel strongly about both being a role-model and seeking out the mentorship of those who have experience in my field. I am currently working to prepare myself for doctoral studies as I aspire to a PhD in Marketing. My experience at Boise State has prepared me for a bright future and inspired me to continue to make an investment my education.

Greg Puccetti – Finance

I am currently completing my last undergraduate semester working toward my BA degrees of accounting and finance and will graduate in December 2012. I will continue at Boise State University in the Masters of Accountancy program and will graduate with my MSA in December 2013, and am honored to have been offered a Graduate Assistant position with the Accounting Department. I have had the opportunity to work in the Boise State Treasury Department as a Treasury Analyst Assistant for almost two years. During the next year, I will pursue my CPA license and would like to remain in Boise after graduation. I have lived many different places and was first introduced to Boise State University when I was in middle school and my family was stationed in Mountain Home. After living and traveling overseas, in the Midwest, and most recently in South Dakota, I decided that Boise State University was where I would like to pursue my education. When not studying or working, I enjoy playing sports, refereeing basketball, and skiing.

Michael Seven – Accountancy

My experiences at Boise State have opened many doors and created lifetime relationships. Coming to Idaho from my hometown of Sandy, Oregon created chances for me to meet completely new people and gain exposure to a vastly different lifestyle. This lifestyle ended up being one of great professional experiences, a joyful city, and tremendous outdoor opportunities. The attractiveness of this area and the meaningfulness of the relationships I built while I was attending Boise State University, has led me to the decision to continue living in Boise and begin calling it my home.

While in my early years at the University I planted myself in the Boise State Track Club and later replaced those experiences with internships and other various school activities. As an audit intern at Eide Bailly LLP, and a financial reporting Intern at URS Corp, I learned the importance of a professional attitude and a desire of being a lifelong learner.

Through knowledge and personality gained in and out of the classroom, I have the opportunity to start my career at KPMG LLP, as an audit associate. Once my college career comes to an end, I will be tested on the material learned as I prepare for the CPA exam. This will serve as a reminder to me that education runs deep and knowledge is always waiting to be discovered. While my education certainly does not end here, I will be glad to have a diploma with the great name of my alma mater, Boise State University.

Steven Thai – Information Technology Management

I’m from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. I moved to Boise in 2008 and started going to Boise State University a year later. One of my greatest achievements is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor of business administration in information technology management in just three years. While at Boise State, I was awarded with a membership in the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies, COBE Student Spotlight, and High Ability Scholar. After graduation, I was offered a position at the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children as a database technician fulfilling my vision of using information technology to help people and society. I am very appreciative of the support I’ve received from my family and Boise State’s faculty and staff. I enjoy learning every day and have recently been admitted to the Career Start MBA for fall 2013 at the College of Business and Economics.

Brett Thompson – General Business Management

I am Brett Thompson from Jerome, Idaho. Born, raised and raising three kids (Kenya, Paige and Gavin) with my wife Vibecke in this wonderful southern Idaho town. Working as a real estate developer and home builder in the family business; the economic downturn has allowed time to go back to school and earn a degree in General Business. I am very appreciative of the extended studies programs Boise State offers through the College of Southern Idaho. Living 125 miles from the Boise campus and being so busy with various responsibilities, I had long assumed a degree was not part of my future. Discovering the convenience of Boise State’s extended studies program that combines online classes with courses available on the CSI campus has changed my life. Having spent so little time in Boise; I will always look back with humor on an experience I had just two weeks prior to graduating from BSU. Looking to meet with my capstone project group at the Albertson Library, I needed a map as a walked around campus trying to find the library. I wish to thank all those at BSU who play a part in allowing those with strong ties to Idaho’s rural communities to remain at home and still receive such a quality education.

Amber Vanderschans – Accountancy

I am originally from Tacoma, Washington. I moved to the Treasure Valley in 2007 three months after returning home from Iraq. I had been a union construction worker outside of my Navy career, operating heavy equipment, when I decided that a change was in order. I hung up my steel toed boots, and picked up the books as I began my journey at Boise State University.

I dived head first into the Accountancy program. During my second year in college, I applied for a Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) position with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. I was accepted, and am currently working at the Casual Payment Center for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. I have been offered a permanent, full-time position upon graduation, and I am very excited to continue my career there.

I married the love of my life in June of 2012, and we have two furry little kids together (some people call them dogs!).

Kiley Zanecki – International Business

I am graduating with a BBA in international business and a BA in spanish with minors in marketing and Latin American Studies; I am on the Dean’s List for both colleges. I completed an internship in Guadalajara, Mexico for Corporación Quazar. I also completed an internship through Export Excellence with 1,4GROUP Inc. I interned with Dynamite Specialty Products and worked with the Idaho Department of Commerce office in Mexico. I has received the Distinguished Student award through the International Business department and awarded Student Spotlight Honors by Dean Patrick Shannon. I participated in the International Trade Certificate Program and am currently working on becoming a Certified Global Business Professional.

Spring 2012 COBE Signature Students

Spring 2012

William Baker – General Business Management

My favorite sport is probably basketball but I also like football and soccer. My hobbies include going to movies, hanging with friends, and playing sports. I am currently doing an internship with Micron and I hope to be hired permanently after I am done.

Megan Blanchard – Marketing

I am in my fourth year at Boise State. I have been a member of the women’s varsity soccer team for all four years and will be finishing my career with the team in the fall. Although I am originally from Fresno, California, I am planning on staying in Boise after graduation. I have a job offer to start as an Executive Team Leader with Target upon graduation.

Heike Brown – Supply Chain Management

My favorite sport is playing volleyball and swimming. I also love to ballroom dance. My plan for after graduation is trying to get a job or start grad school in Fall 2012.

Nikolina Dragicevic – Management

I enjoy going for bike rides, especially along the Greenbelt and different parts of Boise. I also like to play tennis and volleyball when I have the opportunity. My plans after graduation include working full-time in the area.

Alexandria Johnson – Marketing

I was involved in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority for four years at Boise State and I loved working in the Student Involvement and Leadership Center! Some of my favorite things to do are: dance, spend time in the sun, and travel. After graduation, I plan to move back to Washington and work at Nordstrom.

Nicole Katsuki – Finance

I am graduating with a Bachelors in Accountancy, and a Bachelors in Finance. I have served as the VP of Finance for Boise State’s Zeta Psi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. Upon graduation I will move to Los Angeles to work for the LEAP Foundation until September, 2012. I later plan on pursuing work with an event planner or fashion company as a personal assistant who specializes in cost management.

Kay Leigh Knapp – General Business Management

I am so honored to have been chosen as a COBE Signature Student. I plan to take my business knowledge and experiences gained at Boise State to the non-profit sector after graduation. I hope to use my business skills to make a great impact on the world. My favorite sports include basketball and football when I am a spectator, and water polo and swimming when I am a participant.

Alex Yeggy – Accountancy

I am graduating with a BBA in Accountancy and am excited to start my career within the tax profession. I recently accepted a full time position as a tax consultant with Deloitte and Touche starting in October of 2012. My favorite sport to watch is football, and in my free time, I like to golf, play tennis, and play my guitar.

Fall 2011 COBE Signature Students

2011

Athena Barkdull – International Business

I am from Pocatello, Idaho. I will be graduating with BA in english literature and a BBA in international business. In 2008 I studied abroad in Lyon, France. I am currently interning in International Marketing at JR Simplot Company.

Debra Bonkoski – Economics

Amanda Burnett – General Business Management

I graduated from Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona. In 2007 I came to Boise State to pursue an undergraduate degree in Health Science. I quickly changed majors to general business and found a new love. Eventually, I declared a second major within the College of Business in marketing. I will participate in the Spring Commencement ceremony, graduating magna cum laude and in the top 10 percent. I plan to move onto the MBA program here at Boise State to continue on to the next stepping stone of education.

Dominique Elliott – Finance

I recently graduated summa cum laude with a BBA in accountancy and finance. While attending Boise State over the past four years, I was heavily involved with faculty, students, student organizations, and the community. My list of activities includes membership in Beta Alpha Psi, a national organization for future financial information professionals; participating on the College of Business and Economics Student Advisory Council; and assisting the accounting department as an Undergraduate Learning Assistant for Intermediate Accounting I. Recently, I was named the Outstanding Graduate in Accounting for 2011.

I have been offered a full time position with Deloitte and Touche as an audit associate to start in the fall. In the meantime I plan to finish my accounting internship with the J.R. Simplot Company and begin to study for the CPA Exam.

Kelsey French – Accountancy

I will be graduating in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy. Throughout my time as a student at Boise State University, I have been highly involved on campus and in the Boise community. I have participated in organizations such as Alpha Chi Omega and Beta Alpha Psi, as well as passionately volunteering at the Boise Rescue Mission, Boise State Women’s Center, Boise Women and Children’s Alliance, Light Up the Night, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and National MS Society. I have shown strong leadership in my Alpha Chi Omega chapter, serving as Vice President of Membership Development, then as Chapter President. In the Summer of 2010, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study abroad in Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco while exploring with the Semester at Sea program. I believe the lessons you learn outside the classroom are just as important as the lessons you learn inside the classroom, and will use both to pursue my career in accounting.

Nathanael Goode – Accountancy

I will graduate from Boise State University with bachelors’ degrees in accounting and finance, plus a minor in internal audit. While at Boise State, I have been involved in the College of Business as an Undergraduate Learning Assistant, as well as membership in organizations including Beta Alpha Psi and the Financial Management Association. An Idaho native, I enjoy hunting, biking, and various other outdoor activities I participated in while growing up in a rural community in the southeast portion of the state. Following graduation, I plan on joining the corporate finance world as an accountant and obtaining my Certified Public Accountant license, with an eventual goal of becoming controller for a small to medium sized business.

James Hess – Marketing

I am a born and raised Idaho native. I am graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and was recently named Outstanding Graduate in marketing for the 2011 year. While attending school, I worked full-time for Supervalu at their IT Deployment Center and have found time to volunteer marketing services for the Friends of the Bishops’ House Foundation. I have recently been accepted to the University of Georgia and will soon be pursuing a Masters in Marketing Research. I am a husband and father of one son with another on the way.

Dawn Jones – General Business Management

Robert Richards – Marketing

Ryan Warburton – General Business Management

I am an Idaho Falls native, but chose to trek across the state to pursue my undergraduate education in Boise State’ s College of Business and Economics. In the spring of 2011, I will earn a Bachelor in Business Administration (B.B.A.) in general business management and human resource management. I have also finished completing the requirements described by Boise State’s Pre-Physical Therapy program.

Overall, I will be graduating summa cum laude and with Distinguished Honors from the Boise State Honors College. Some of my previous undergraduate leadership experiences have included Vice President of the Honors Student Association, President of Beta Gamma Sigma, and I have worked as an Academic Peer Advisor for the COBE Student Services Center. My previous awards have included Outstanding Graduate for human resource management, Provost’s Excellence in Advising Award, Honors Student Association Member of the Year, the URS College Connection Scholarship, and the Management Department Scholarship. As a business student, I have helped compose volunteer handbooks for the Idaho Foodbank, the Boise Bike Project, and wrote an employee handbook for a local telecommunications company.

I am very appreciative of the support I have received from my family, friends, and all of Boise State’s faculty and staff. I am looking forward to my future as I begin the University of Utah’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in the summer of 2011.