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Thank you to all the educators who inspire and guide us towards a brighter future.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Happy Nurses Week, and congratulations to our Spring 2024 Boise State University School of Nursing graduates!

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Congratulations, Class of 2024!

You did it! 🎓💙🧡✨

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“Hard work, dedication, and perseverance yields success. So cry your tears of relief and joy – or don’t – and take those first steps on your new journey. Show the world that Boise State graduates are trailblazers with an unshakable focus on learning and making a positive impact on the world.”

- Alejandra Almaraz, student speaker, Spring 2024 Commencement

Congratulations, Alejandra! And congratulations to all of our graduates!

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“We are perfectly imperfect and failure is inevitable. Graduates, we must show compassion and love and make a continuous effort to learn because we are bridge builders, agents of change, upstanders and, best of all, we are Broncos.”

- Jason Holman, student speaker, Spring 2024 Commencement

Congratulations, Jason! And congratulations to all of our graduates!

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“When motivation fails, dedication kicks in. We’ve all had those moments when an exam knocked us down a peg or two, making us question our career choices. Many of you have a ‘why’ story that confirmed your decision, negating any intrusive thoughts. Most, if not all of us, are here because we enjoy helping people. Find your ‘why,' cling to it like a life raft in a stormy sea, and let it carry you through the tough times.”

- Nicolette Missbrenner, student speaker, Spring 2024 Commencement

Congratulations, Nicolette! And congratulations to all of our graduates!

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The force is strong with this graduating class 🤩

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05/03/2024

Meet the student marshals who will represent the Boise State University College of Business & Economics and the Boise State College of Engineering during the evening ceremony of the Spring 2024 Commencement on Saturday, May 4.

Congratulations, Broncos! 🎓✨

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05/03/2024

Students,

This weekend marks the most significant time of the year for our university, with over 3,200 students set to graduate on Saturday during three Commencement ceremonies in ExtraMile Arena.

This is a momentous time for our graduates and their families. Many of them missed out on their high school graduation ceremonies because of the pandemic, so Commencement will be even more special for these students and their loved ones.

Over the last week there has been unrest on college campuses across the country related to conflict in the Middle East. We are concerned and troubled by the distressing news coverage on campuses showing an escalation of violent confrontations, destruction of property, and more.

In the event of disruptions on our campus or at our Commencement ceremonies, we will make the safety of our community our top priority. We expect our campus community and its guests to peaceably follow instructions from University personnel and Boise Police Department to ensure an enjoyable and safe weekend.

Some employees may be working remotely for the remainder of the day. Some buildings may only have key card access, some may be locked.

As an institution of higher learning, we emphatically defend freedom of speech and academic freedom on our campus. Universities must be places that respect and facilitate the free exchange of ideas. Civil discourse is a cornerstone of our democracy. Our academic and scholarly community tackles such complex issues, and we welcome the open and respectful exchange of ideas.

Boise State will not tolerate actions that disrupt the operations and events of the university, the shouting down of speakers, or violations of law or university policy. Those who disrupt campus or commencement—regardless of reason or rationale—will be asked to stop. If they fail to stop, they will be asked to leave. If they fail to leave, they will be removed and may face arrest or campus disciplinary actions. You can find more information about graduate, community, and guest expectations at boisestate.edu/commencement. Again, we welcome and respect freedom of expression and free exchange of ideas, but we will not tolerate disruption, violence, or the violation of others’ rights.

We truly hope that Commencement will be a time to reflect on and celebrate the great achievements of so many graduates, who have worked hard, been resilient in the face of challenges, and deserve this time to celebrate their incredible achievements. For any relevant updated information, please refer to the Commencement website.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marlene Tromp, President and the University Leadership Team

05/03/2024

Meet the student marshals who will represent the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boise State College of Innovation + Design during the afternoon ceremony of the Spring 2024 Commencement on Saturday, May 4.

Congratulations, Broncos! 🎓✨

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Here's to early mornings, late nights, and all the hard work paying off. Cheers, Spring 2024 graduates! 🥂

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🎓Congratulations to the Class of 2024 Top Ten Scholars:

Phoebe Cain — College of Engineering
Rhys Cooper — College of Business and Economics
Grant Goertzen — College of Engineering
Amy Johnson — School of Public Service
Tyler McFarland — College of Arts and Sciences
Catherine "Cat" Merrill — College of Arts and Sciences
Madeline Patterson — School of Public Service
Tori Simon — College of Engineering
Sevio Stanton — College of Arts and Sciences
Jocelyn Stephens — College of Arts and Sciences

“The Top 10 Scholars students are deemed the top of their graduating class and should be extremely proud of their accomplishments,” said Lisa Gardner, executive director of the Boise State Alumni Association. “These talented students will soon graduate, and we look forward to seeing how they share their wisdom and experiences with their colleagues and communities as they move through their life and career paths as Boise State alumni.”

The Top Ten Scholar Award is the highest academic honor granted to a Boise State undergraduate student. It is presented by the Boise State Alumni Association.

Meet the Top Ten Scholars: https://www.boisestate.edu/alumni/awards-and-scholarships/top-ten-scholars/

05/01/2024

🎓 Congratulations to Alejandra Almaraz, selected to be the student speaker for the evening ceremony at Boise State’s 50th commencement as a university on Saturday, May 4!

A first-generation college student from Caldwell, Alejandra Almaraz earns a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and a minor in biomedical engineering. She was a research assistant in materials science and engineering labs, took that research to national conferences, and was a two-year member of the Boise State NASA Microgravity Team.

“Ally is the kind of student with whom every student wants to interact,” said Leandra Aburusa-Lete, a student success coach in the Boise State College of Engineering. “She is friendly, inclusive, encouraging and wants to see others succeed. She has a great story to tell and her success can inspire many students and graduates.”

Almaraz served on a State Board of Education student panel to speak about her experience with Idaho schools. She was an active member and officer for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers, and a College of Engineering ambassador representing the college at events and activities.

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05/01/2024

🎓 Congratulations to Jason Holman, selected to be the student speaker for the afternoon ceremony at Boise State’s 50th commencement as a university on Saturday, May 4!

Jason Holman earns a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies with minors in business economics and political science and a certificate in UX design. Holman has served as the vice president for the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) since April 2023.

“As a Black man growing up in Idaho, attending college was a leap of faith and was not without its challenges that pushed and tested me in ways that I thought could not be possible,” he said. “But every success, failure and heartbreak has molded me, and molded all of us, into capable individuals.”

“He has shown up for this university and its students the entire time he has been here,” said Isaac Castellano, a clinical associate professor in the School of Public Service and Institute for Advancing American Values associate director. “I see him everywhere: accompanying former congressmen in the Congress to Campus program, on the quad with his fraternity, in our marketing materials, on the Capitol steps on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, speaking at Boise State Listens, fulfilling his duties as ASBSU vice president.”

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05/01/2024

🎓 Congratulations to Nicolette Missbrenner, selected to be the student speaker for the morning ceremony at Boise State’s 50th commencement as a university on Saturday, May 4!

Nicolette earns a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with a 4.0 GPA. While in nursing school, she worked in the community as an emergency medical technician with the Ada County Paramedics, as well as an instructor of emergency medical services, advanced cardiovascular life support and pediatric advanced life support. She also served as a certified nursing assistant. She was president of the student nurses association and represented the School of Nursing at Boise State Day at the Capitol.

“Nicolette is the consummate learner. She is excited by new information and is always looking for new ways to expand her knowledge and practice,” said Sarah Llewellyn, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. Missbrenner was a student, an undergraduate research assistant, a co-presenter and an honors society colleague of Llewellyn.

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Last week, Boise State College of Engineering hosted their biannual Design Showcase to highlight the creative research and experiential learning of more than 60 student-led projects. On April 25, the Boise State community and industry partners met with more than 200 engineering students to explore projects from cybersecurity and transportation to robotics and manufacturing. These innovative projects directly serve the Boise community, industries, and campus, ensuring graduates are ready for impactful careers in Idaho.

For the second year in a row, the showcase also featured student club teams from the Civil Engineering department who recently competed at the ASCE Symposium in Logan, UT. The teams brought home 14 trophies, including a 1st Place overall finish for Environmental Design and Sustainable Solutions. That team will now move on to compete at the national competition at Brigham Young University in June.

The event showcased students from Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Management, Cyber Operations & Resilience, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering PLUS, Materials Science & Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

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Finding balance on the Blue 🧘‍♂️

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Class of 2024, you have been truly amazing. Get ready to update those LinkedIn profiles as Boise State alumni in just one week! 🎓

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04/26/2024

Like our campus friends, we’ll get through this semester if we stay together 💙🧡

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Service-Learning is a form of experiential education that integrates course content with relevant community service. On April 24 in the Student Union, students from various colleges showcased their contributions to the community at the Service-Learning Exhibition, illustrating their impact firsthand.

During the 2022-23 academic year, 98 classes at Boise State incorporated service-learning, engaging more than 1,500 enrolled students and fostering valuable partnerships with the community.

View the virtual exhibition at boisestate.edu/servicelearning/students/sl-exhibition.

04/25/2024

The Boise State community sends our love and condolences to our President Dr. Marlene Tromp, whose mother, Eileen Tromp, passed away this morning, one day before her 96th birthday. Thank you, Eileen, for raising your daughters with such love, compassion and integrity. You are an example for us all. We will miss "The Sweetheart of Boise State."

04/24/2024

Meet Bailey Reece, originally from Middleton, Idaho, and set to graduate in the spring of 2024 from the Boise State University College of Education with a Master in Teaching in Secondary Education degree. Reece is part of a fellowship program that’s allowed her to teach rural students at Parma High School, returning to her roots after living in Boise to attend the university.

“Growing up in a rural area, I thought I would never go back and that city life was for me. But I have an amazing team at Parma High, amazing students and I have an amazing time teaching,” she said. “The opportunity has been incredible. I have built connections and gained real experience applying the knowledge from my classes. I love Parma High School, and I couldn’t have asked to be anywhere better.”

After graduation, Reece plans to take her “dream vacation” to Europe before diving back into her studies and joining the doctoral program in curriculum and instruction. She hopes to ultimately work as a faculty member, educating and inspiring future instructors.

“As a low-income, first-generation student, I initially thought college was never in the cards for me. Against all the odds, I did it. I hope to inspire others to push themselves to achieve their goals. I hope to remind people it is possible. I want to tell people why education is so important and that gaining knowledge can be fun. I truly love learning and this whole experience is like a dream come true.”

Read the Q&A with Bailey Reece: https://www.boisestate.edu/news/2024/04/23/passion-for-learning-sets-college-of-education-students-career-path/

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Fifth-year doctoral candidates Haley Netherton-Morrison and Molly Levy are trailblazing research in the West’s rural communities with two newly awarded USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture predoctoral fellowships. These students are both affiliated with the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior doctoral program and the Human-Environment Systems program.

These two-year fellowships of nearly $120,000 each will empower Levy and Netherton-Morrison’s goal to analyze the complex relationships between Western lands and the diverse community of stakeholders who live in, work on and manage those lands. The goal of both researchers’ work is to promote resilient rural agricultural communities in the face of change.

Netherton-Morrison hails from Fishers, Indiana, and her research involves Owyhee, Blaine and Teton Counties in Idaho. With support from her fellowship, she wants to explore how rural residents relate to and value their community and landscape. As forces such as population growth, development, and land use change continue to alter the face of the West, Netherton-Morrison’s research will help discover where community members’ perspectives differ and align. This research will be integral to informing future community planning and land management.

Levy hails from upstate New York, but her research dives into the Thunder Basin National Grassland of northeastern Wyoming. This national grassland supports a wide range of uses, including livestock grazing, environmental and wildlife conservation, and natural resource extraction. Consequently, the area is a unique jigsaw puzzle of land ownership types, land uses and interests, all of which shape this western landscape. Levy will work with the district office in Douglas, Wyoming, to use historical grazing records to examine the broader context of how land use has changed in Thunder Basin across the past century. This component of the study presents a challenge because the records–namely rancher’s permits describing the duration of land use, animals grazed, etc–date back to the 1930s.

Read more: https://www.boisestate.edu/news/2024/01/04/students-win-fellowships-to-promote-resilient-rural-agricultural-communities/

04/22/2024

Tonight we light Albertsons Stadium blue to honor Deputy Tobin Bolter from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office who lost his life in the line of duty.

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Last month at Treefort Music Fest, The Get a (Student) Life Podcast, in collaboration with Boise State Student Life, was featured in the Podfort lineup. The episode, "Conducting a Passion for Music," is now available for streaming.

Tune in to hear departing Blue Thunder Marching Band drum majors Randy McCurdy and Amy Johnson as they share their passion for music, a typical game day experience, and the challenges to leading a marching band in front of thousands of Bronco fans.

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