Sep. 14, 2015

A Legacy of Greatness: Boise State

by Lisa Holland

Boise State University is known for its famous blue turf, but more importantly, for the legacy of its football team.

Last Friday, the Boise State Broncos faced the Washington Huskies for the first game of the season. National attention turned once again to the blue turf as the Broncos competed against their former coach, Chris Peterson. 

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Jun. 16, 2015

Boise State Receives $100,000 Grant for Small Business Innovation

by Brady W Moore, Boise State University Update

Boise State University has received a $100,000 grant to fund programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. The university will also receive additional federal funds to form a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) which will provide assistance to businesses to help gain access to federal, state and local government contracts. 

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Mar. 3, 2015

Boise State Team Selected for NASA Micro-G Program

A Boise State University team has been selected to participate in NASA's Micro-G Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team program. Unlike most undergraduate competitions, the program gives students an opportunity to address issues that NASA is seriously invested in finding solutions for. Students are challenged to design, build and test a device based on a current space exploration problems. Boise State's team will travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas for the five-day competition at the beginning of June. 

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Feb. 25, 2015

Boise State Team Chosen for National Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 12 undergraduate teams from universities across the nation to compete in the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition. A Boise State University team has been selected to participate in the prestigious event. The competition challenges students to design and create a model wind turbine, develop a business plan to market their model and test their creation against meticulous performance criteria. Teams are comprised of students from a variety of programs and are required to use their individual expertise to develop innovative solutions as a team. The competition will be held May 23-26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Oct. 22, 2015

Micron Foundation Gifts Boise State $25 Million for Materials Science

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

Boise State University today announced a $25 million gift from the Micron Foundation that will have a transformational impact on the field of engineering and materials research. The largest gift in the university’s history will fund the establishment of a new Center for Materials Research, operated by the College of Engineering.

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Jul. 27, 2016

Student Earns National Recognition for Virtual Reality App

by Boise State University

Singled out among thousands of developers, one Boise State student has been recognized by a national gaming company for creating a “must have” application for virtual reality game development. Colby Morgan, a sophomore in the Games, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology (GIMM) program, developed the Object Interaction System, a gaze-based interaction setup for projects made in the Unity engine that makes creating virtual reality systems easier.

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Dec. 25, 2015

Sven Berg: What Kellen Moore Means to Boise

Kellen Moore represents everything I want to believe about sports.

Kellen Moore is Boise's ambassador, and not just because he played here for four years.

It's the way he snuck up on America's football intelligentsia. It's his affable, unassuming personality. He doesn't brag. He's all substance and no flash — a nice guy in a world of blowhards. Moore is a perfect representation of Boise as a city and cultural phenomenon.

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Dec. 26, 2016

Boise State Commencement Ceremony Nearly 2,000 Winter Graduates

by Boise State University

Boise State University’s winter Commencement Dec. 17 honored nearly 2,000 mid-year graduates and paid tribute to Rod Lewis, one of Idaho’s longest-serving Idaho State Board of Education leaders.

About 1,000 students participated in the university’s 99th Commencement ceremony. In total, 1,937 students were eligible to receive 2,144 degrees and certificates. Of those, 322 were eligible for honors: 209 cum laude, 97 magna cum laude and 16 summa cum laude.

Boise State expects to confer around 4,000 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and other degrees this academic year.

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Apr. 15, 2016

White House Recognizes Boise State Computer Science Efforts

Boise State University has been recognized by the White House for its effort to improve K-12 computer science teaching. The university’s IDoCode program, in collaboration with the College of Innovation and Design, is developing a CS badge for teachers.

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Apr. 27, 2015

Boise State Wins National Award for Community Service

by Cienna Madrid, Boise State University

Boise State University has been awarded a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second time. The award is the highest federal recognition a university can receive for involvement in community service work. The university's Service-Learning program has been essential in earning the prestigious recognition. Since it began in 2000, more than 20,000 students have volunteered 674,593 hours to service work within the Boise Valley. 

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May. 20, 2016

Boise State Is Bustling With Construction Work

Four large construction projects at Boise State University are in various phases of starting up, finishing off, hiring architects and raising funds. The $150 million building spree will lay the groundwork for Boise State to become a materials research leader; consolidate its fine arts department; create a home for students in the Honors College; and bring a headquarters to alumni association.

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Feb. 12, 2015

Hardware for Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge Winners

Photo by Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Sneak peek at the hardware for winners of the inaugural Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, a major state-wide business plan competition within Idaho’s colleges and universities. This series of events will scour the minds of Idaho’s brightest students for great new business ideas. Teams will turn their ideas into either plans or models, and compete for over $100,000 worth of prizes. 

The statewide finals will take place from March 4-7, hosted by Boise State University. The winning hardware is crafted by IEC sponsor Trademark Sign Company of Boise. 

Mar. 2, 2015

Boise State Venture College Director named Money Maker Honoree

Kevin Learned, founding director of the Venture College at Boise State University, has been named an Idaho Business Review Money Maker honoree. Individuals are selected based on their leadership skills, achievements, community involvement, ability to set and reach goals, and their "wow factor." The award will be presented during a dinner on April 16th at the Idaho Room in downtown Boise. In addition to the Money Maker award, Learned and 24 other honorees will be featured in a special magazine published in the Idaho Business Review on April 17. 

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Sep. 29, 2015

ESPN: Notre Dame, Boise State Voted the Places to be for Coaches

Notre Dame is the top Power 5 coaching destination of the Group of 5 coaches, while the Power 5 coaches voted Boise State as the most attractive Group of 5 school.

Boise State took top honors among the Group of 5 schools with 20 percent, followed by Army (14 percent) and Cincinnati (10 percent). There was a six-way tie for fourth place among BYU, Hawaii, Houston, Navy, San Diego State and UCF with 6 percent each.

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Apr. 2, 2015

Boise Valley’s Artists, Creators and Doer’s Boost Local Economy

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

Boise State University published a new report titled "The Working Artist: Boise's Hidden Economy of Creators, Makers and Doers," examining the role of art in economic planning and urban development in the Boise Valley. According to authors Amanda Ashley and Leslie Durham, artists lure "idea workers" or the creative class to the area. The report survyed 1,342 artists to gather information on their backgrounds, perspectives and earning power. Results showed that Boise Valley artists are fueling the economy from many aspects and are committed to staying in the Boise area. 

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Feb. 3, 2016

Boise State Professor Receives 5 Year Funding Award for Quantum Research

Moore’s law, an observation made in 1965 by Gordon E. Moore that the overall processing speed of computers will double every two years, has governed research and development in the tech industry for years. But the physical limitations of standard silicon technology can’t support that kind of exponential growth forever. That means the industry is scrambling to find new ways to improve computer function. Paul Simmonds, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, is working on the cutting-edge of that problem.

His work is being funded by a five-year, $510,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. The award is the NSF’s most prestigious program supporting junior faculty who effectively integrate outstanding research and education within the context of their organization’s mission. It is intended to give promising researchers an early career boost by providing stable research funding over an extended period of time.

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Dec. 19, 2016

Boise State Takes Key Step Toward New Fine Arts Building

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved up to $32 million in bonds to augment the state dollars and private donations paying for the construction of Boise State University’s planned Center for Fine Arts.

The facility will house the university’s acclaimed Department of Art as well as public gallery space and a high-tech, high-touch World Museum. The museum will bring arts and treasures from around the globe to Boise through cutting-edge virtual reality and immersive technology.

“Today’s decision and the generosity of arts and education supporters will ensure that Boise State can provide a new centerpiece for Boise’s thriving arts community — and not just for our students and faculty, but for Boiseans and Idahoans of all ages,” President Bob Kustra said. “We’ll welcome all to the building’s public spaces and to the “World Museum,” where visitors can be a part of something new — an interactive space powered by technology developed right here on campus. Imagine touring the Louvre in Paris, France; the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain — all in one day.”

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Aug. 10, 2016

Boise State Gets $250,000 Gift For A Computer Science Tutoring Center

Eileen Langan Barber, co-founder of a Boise online fraud detection company, has donated $250,000 for a tutoring center in Boise State University’s computer science program, which is opening this fall in a new location in Downtown Boise.

The Kount Tutoring Center is named for the company that Barber, 47, helped start in 2008.

Boise State’s computer science program will begin classes this fall in the Clearwater Building on The Grove, located on Main Street near Capitol Boulevard.

Money will go toward furnishing the center, including computers. said Tim Andersen, Boise State University computer science department chairman.

The tutoring center is aimed at helping students with difficult introductory classes in computer science, where they must must learn computer language, Barber said. “You are learning a lot of new stuff all at once,” she said. “Learning a new language for anybody is intimidating.”

She also hopes her donation fosters more involvement in computer sciences among women and minorities

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Oct. 16, 2015

Cece Gassner New Director of Economic Development at Boise State

Cece Gassner has been hired as the new director of economic development for the Division of Research and Economic Development, effective Oct. 22. She replaces Mary Andrews, who left to pursue new opportunities in Florida.

Cece has served as the assistant for economic development for Boise Mayor David Bieter for nearly six years, where she focused her efforts on advising on and implementing policies and programs to help Boise businesses. She also practiced law, concentrating in intellectual property-based transactions and privacy matters for almost 13 years.

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Jul. 13, 2016

Boise State Football And Table Rock: One Icon Helping The Other

Whether they have spent most of their lives here, or sometimes just a few years for college, Table Rock holds a special place to many in the Treasure Valley, including the Boise State football team.

Coach Bryan Harsin grew up in Boise, played at Boise State, and recognizes Table Rock as one of his home city’s most important landmarks. It took on extra significance 17 years ago after the death of teammate Paul Reyna, a Californian who considered the cross atop Table Rock a sign he belonged at Boise State.

Senior offensive tackle Mario Yakoo hikes it every Saturday in the offseason, often roping in other Broncos to join him.

When Table Rock and the area around it was devastated by the human-caused fire in the early hours of June 30, it struck a chord with the team, especially Yakoo. On Friday, he and two dozen other players covered up graffiti and cleaned up trash for more than an hour atop Table Rock.

“We want to show everybody in Boise we care, come together as a team and help out,” said Yakoo, who is from San Diego. “To me, it’s a symbol. It’s a mountain, we’re in the Mountain West. I had a hashtag on Twitter that said ‘climb the mountain, win the Mountain.’

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