Mar. 6, 2015

Boise State Teacher Education Programs Ranked Top 5 Percent Nationally

by Ralph Poore, Boise State University

The undergraduate elementary and secondary Teacher Education programs at Boise State University have been ranked in the top 5 percent in the country by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). The two programs received their ranking amongst an evaluation of 1,612 teacher preparation programs in the United States. 

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Mar. 10, 2015

Boise Urban Garden School Opens New Education Center

by Admin

A unique partnership between Boise Urban Garden School and the City of Boise will celebrate the grand opening of the new 1,500 square-foot education center. The barn-shaped facility, located in Comba Park, features a commercial-sized kitchen, classrooms and an administrative office. In addition, a 3/4 acre education and community garden will open this spring. The center is designed to host educational field trips, camps and community education classes. 

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Mar. 12, 2015

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Boise State College of Education Among Nation’s Best

by Ralph Poore, Boise State University

The U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Best Graduate Schools report released this week examined the top professional graduate school programs across the nation. Among them, Boise State University's College of Education was featured in the top 100 programs in the country and its online educational technology graduate program ranked in the top 50 nationally.

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May. 25, 2015

Develop.idaho brings IT, education, R&D together

by Martin Hambalek, Idaho Technology Council

The develop.idaho conference showcases the depth of Idaho’s desire to strengthen the state’s economy through knowledge and education in the software and technology sectors. This year, the annual event drew over 500 attendees from throughout the state representing backgrounds in IT, education, policymaking, research and development and much more. 

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Nov. 5, 2014

Extreme (Education) Makeover - Boise Mall Transformed into Charter School

This week ABC News recognized creative use of vacant mall spaces across the country, featuring prominently the creative reworking of an abandoned mall in Southeast Boise. "Turning this marginal property in Boise’s urban core into a thriving space for public school children, as opposed to building new on the outskirts of town, is something our community takes great pride in." Take a look at how Sage International, a public charter school modeled on the International Baccalaureate Program, transformed the space.
Aug. 5, 2015

From Serendipity to Full Bloom

BUGS’ seed of an idea was planted when Amy Hutchinson, then a teacher at South Junior High, noticed her fidgety students engage differently when she brought them outside to study pollinators. She asked herself, “How can I capitalize on this?” At the same time, she was discussing with her friend Wendy Young, a Master Gardener who worked for non-profits eradicating poverty, “What would you do if you could take education in any direction?”

Ideas percolated, and one afternoon over cups of tea, the two friends hatched a plan, a summer children’s gardening school. Children—as people at their most curious, tactile and kinesthetic—could learn by immersing themselves in the natural world through gardening. Both women loved the idea, and were eager to start. All they needed was land, money and students. 

Oct. 1, 2015

Boise Will Soon Have A Space Observatory Again

A local astronomer has made his crowdfunding goal and Boise will soon have an observatory again.

Brian Jackson used to work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and now teaches in the Boise State Physics Department. He launched a PonyUp campaign earlier this month to raise $8,000 to refurbish the old observatory dome on top of the Education Building at BSU.

Nov. 16, 2015

Boise State University From The Air

Boise State University From the Air

Boise State University's campus is alive with fall color. View the campus from the sky in this aerial tour.

Jun. 10, 2016

Graduates Get Ready to Grow

by Charity Nelson

“Follow your curiosity…Anchor yourself…Go out and find your story before you take flight.”

These are a few of the words of wisdom imparted by Timothy Egan, an honorary doctoral degree recipient at Boise State University’s 2016 commencement ceremony on May 7. He also encouraged, “May your days be prosperous and creative.”

Colleges and universities across the Boise Valley bestowed more than 5,000 degrees and certificates last month. Fortunately, those students have an extraordinary opportunity to prosper...

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Oct. 28, 2015

What Will a Materials Research Center Mean to BSU?

What will a materials research center mean to BSU?

Dr. Bob Kustra shares how Micron's investment into Boise State University's materials research center will impact Idaho.

Sep. 10, 2015

C of I honored as top liberal arts college

CALDWELL – The College of Idaho was nationally recognized as one of the nation's top academic institutions for liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

C of I ranked No. 169 on the list of “Best Liberal Arts Colleges.” The rankings are based on graduation rate, class sizes, alumni giving percentage and other indicators of academic quality. The school also lead all other Idaho colleges ranked by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rates and freshmen retention rates. C of I is ranked No. 8 among liberal arts colleges in the Northwest.

Nov. 12, 2015

Athlos Academies Has a Vision for the Future in Boise

by Boise Valley Economic Partnership

Idaho-based education service provider Athlos Academies has announced that it will be opening a new national training facility and corporate headquarters office in Boise. Athlos purchased the former Macy’s building at the corner of 10th and Main in downtown Boise, which will see a full remodel in the coming months. The company will be creating 50 new jobs in Idaho with an average wage of $50,000, for a total of 70 employees. Athlos Academies will receive a Tax Reimbursement Incentive (TRI) award of 17% for eight years.

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May. 18, 2015

Albertsons Library Makes Room for New Student MakerLab

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

Construction will soon begin on the first floor of Boise State's Albertsons Library to make room for the brand new MakerLab. The lab is a student center for creation, innovation and experimentation, featuring 3D printers, vinyl cutters, numerous tools for creating and designing computers, circuits and more. The space will also facet the new Gaming Interactive Media and Mobile (GIMM) technology degree program, part of the new College of Innovation and Design (COID). 

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May. 30, 2017

Grow Here: Gretchen Caserotti on Storytelling and Service

by Marissa Lovell

Gretchen Caserotti’s career calling became crystal clear to her during children’s story time at New York Public Library.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Gretchen grew up in a home entrenched in the arts. After graduating high school, Gretchen bounced around the country uncovering pieces of herself in communities from Portland to New York City. In 2006, while working as an actress and waiting tables in the Big Apple, she realized that as much as she loved storytelling and performance art, acting wasn’t the outlet for her passions.  

She decided to make a change and hit the books twofold – as a graduate student at Pratt Institute and as a Children’s Librarian at New York Public Library. Amongst rows of books, Gretchen discovered her love of storytelling and passion for service colliding. As she worked toward earning her Master’s in Library Science, she learned about the human thought process. Matching this understanding with creativity, she discovered ways the library could be even more useful to the local community.

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Aug. 20, 2015

CWI Plans for Future Growth

There are 20,000 students enrolled at the College of Western Idaho, and by 2045, CWI anticipates that number will double. The school has seen a 40 percent increase in dual credit students, and apprenticeship enrollment is at its highest in five years. To accommodate those increases head on, the school is also looking for ways to expand its footprint in Ada County, Glandon said Wednesday during his annual State of the College Address. 

Jan. 13, 2017

Trailhead Launches Evening Intro Web Development Course

by Trailhead Boise

Trailhead, Boise’s startup hub, announces a Front End Web Development education series that teaches beginners how to program.  The Front-End Foundations Series will help students learn tools and technologies that enable them to build interactive web pages and applications. Students may sign up for individual courses, or the entire 3 part, 8 week series.  Classes begin January 24, and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Trailhead - 500 S 8th Street in downtown Boise.

Trailhead is partnering with Boise State University’s Venture College and Tyro, a Boise-based software programming education company. Those that complete the three part series can earn a Front-End Foundations Badge from Boise State University Venture College. “We understand the importance of coding education, especially in the startup community and we are delighted to partner with Trailhead and one of our own Badgeholders - Zach Richardson - to help deliver it,” said Kevin Learned, Director of Boise State University Venture College.

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Mar. 13, 2015

Talkin’ Broncos Win Third Consecutive National Championship

by Sherry Squires, Boise State University

The Boise State University Talkin' Broncos have won their third consecutive Pi Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate Tournament. The student team took first place over 78 schools from 36 states across the nation. In addition, several team members also won a variety of awards while competiting in different Individual Speaking Events during the 4-day tournament. 

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Dec. 18, 2015

Bogus Basin: Boise’s Year-Round Playground

by Marissa Lovell

Resting 16 miles above Boise’s core, Bogus Basin is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. Mountain bikers, trail runners, skiers and snowshoers flock to the easily accessible, all-season outdoor hub for their daily dose of Idaho mountain air.

Ever wondered what the history was behind Bogus Basin?

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Aug. 20, 2015

10 Exciting Things Happening at Boise State University

by Gregory Hahn, Boise State University

Boise State University President Bob Kustra highlighted an ever-growing research presence, the success of a recent initiative to boost science, technology, engineering and math graduates, and much more in his State of the University kick-off address on Aug. 19. He also pointed out a number of innovative and exciting programs and events taking place across campus. He calls this list the “Top Ten Great Things Going on at Boise State That I Had Nothing to Do With.”

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Oct. 31, 2016

NNU University Builds Idaho’s First Satellite

Idaho’s first satellite is complete and ready for take-off. KBOI 2News spoke with the team from Northwest Nazarene University who designed and built the satellite. The team is comprised of four students and two professors from the university. They have been working on the MakerSat project for the past two-and-a-half years.

The MakerSat team was selected by NASA to design and build the satellite. Its mission – to learn more about 3D printing in space. Once the satellite is launched, it will orbit Earth at a speed of about 17,000 mph for the next ten years. “It will be orbiting every 100 minutes. So every 100 minutes it will complete one path around the Earth,” said team member and NNU student Braden Grim.

The expected launch date was March 2018, until just two months ago when Grim spoke at an aerospace conference. Team leader Dr. Stephen Parke says NASA moved the launch up by a year-and-a-half. “NASA came and talked to us after and said ‘hey we think you out to fly earlier we have an opportunity would you be able to get your satellite ready by November the 4th of 2016?’” Parke said.

That opportunity allows the satellite to ride into space alongside a NOAA satellite. Parke estimates his team easily put in a 1,000 hours of work over the last two months, scrambling to finish the satellite in time.