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Boise State Students Receive International Engineering Scholarships

Three engineering student scholars

Left to Right: Dr. Ahmed-Zaid, Nathan King, Robert Martin, and Chris Calderwood.

Three electrical and computer engineering undergraduates have been chosen as IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholars for 2017-2018. Christopher Calderwood (‘18), Robert Martin (‘19), and Nathan King (‘20) were chosen for their academic performance and demonstrated commitment to the power and energy field. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is proud to have these outstanding students representing Boise State.  

Robert Martin

This is Martin’s third year as a PES scholar. He enjoys his undergraduate studies and is glad to be earning a degree that lets him do what he loves. His interest emerged, he says, while working on aircraft electrical and environmental systems for the Air Force. That experience drew him to the electrical engineering field, and he is looking forward to the professional opportunities waiting for him after graduation next year. Martin is currently interning as a hydropower field engineer under the US Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Pathways program, which provides federal internship opportunities.

Christopher Calderwood

Calderwood has been a PES scholar a few times as well. He’s also receiving the 2017 IEEE PES G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship, an award which recognizes him as an honorably discharged United States Veteran earning an electrical engineering degree in the field of power and energy systems. The Ekenstam scholarship provides Calderwood with an additional $5,000 towards educational expenses, an annual IEEE membership, and a $500 travel stipend.

Calderwood says he loves that power engineering is an evolving field. “I am interested in finding ways to meet the ever-increasing need for renewable sources of power and being able to integrate them into our existing infrastructures.” His passion for the field is one reason he says he is grateful to have been selected for these scholarships. They allow him to keep his focus on his studies, not on the cost of school.

Nathan King

Another repeat PES scholar, King says his dad helped develop his interest in engineering, and he’s grateful for that positive influence. The continued support of the IEEE PES has also made a real difference to him as an undergrad. Currently working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, King is looking forward to graduating soon and taking on new challenges as an application engineer.

This year 201 engineering students from accredited universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada were selected as PES scholars. Each will receive up to $3,000 toward their education in power and energy systems.

The IEEE PES is a nonprofit organization of more than 26,000 engineers and scientists worldwide. It’s the world’s largest forum for sharing technological developments in the electric power industry. The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative supports the most promising future engineers in power and energy.

Technology Services for Students

The most common question the Office of Information Technology (OIT) hears from new students is, “So, what do you do?” The answer: they do a lot.

OIT provides more than 150 services to Boise State students and the campus community. Here are just a few of them:

Help Desk at the Zones

Three campus Zone locations provide equipment checkout and personalized concierge, telephone, email, and chat support for all your Boise State technology needs. Receive one-on-one personal assistance for software and hardware technology issues, free malware and virus removal, and free hardware diagnosis.

There are three Zone locations:

  • Interactive Learning Center (ILC)
  • Student Union Building (SUB)
  • Micron Business and Economics Building (MBEB)

View Zone services and operating hours.

Free Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is free to all actively enrolled Boise State students, and you can install it on up to five devices.

Visit our Microsoft Office download page for details.


You can print, scan, copy and staple on over 50 BroncoPrint multifunction stations throughout campus. Students begin each semester with $15 in print funds on their Bronco Card.

Visit our BroncoPrint page for additional information.

Wi-Fi Tips

Boise State students, faculty and staff should use the eduroam wireless network (residence halls have a separate wi-fi network).

University friends and guests should use the Bronco-Guest wireless network.

Information about connecting to wi-fi at Boise State is available on our website.

myBoiseState Mobile

Boise State’s official mobile app provides campus maps integrated with student class schedules, course catalog, B Social access, athletics event schedules, and emergency and security contacts.

Download myBoiseState Mobile today for free from the iPhone App Store or Google Play Store.

The Office of Information Technology’s Website

Whether you’re searching for helpful information about how to use Blackboard and Digication, want to know what software is available on the 500+ public computers located throughout campus, or want to set up your Boise State G Suite account with your phone or tablet, OIT has you covered.

Visit their website to learn more, or just call (or email or chat) and tell them what you need or want.

Contact the Help Desk

Visit the Zone

  • Help Desk @ The Zone – Interactive Learning Center
    ILC, Room 128
    Monday – Thursday, 7 am – 10 pm / Friday 7 am – 6 pm / Sat & Sun, 10 am – 6 pm
  • Help Desk @ The Zone – SUB
    SUB, near Fresh Express
    Monday – Friday, 8 am – 8 pm
  • Help Desk @ The Zone – Micron Business & Economics Building
    Micron Business & Economics Building, First Floor, Jackson Commons and Third Floor, MBEB 3010
    Monday – Friday, 8 am – 6 pm

Share Your Boise State Story – Become an Orientation Leader

Montage of student orientation leaders

There are a lot of ways you can make an impact as an orientation leader. You will build your personal leadership style, gain professional confidence, and develop communication skills as you help new students and their families make a smooth transition to the Bronco family.

You have a unique story to tell, and it’s important to share your story with each new Bronco. Your Boise State experience can make a big impact on incoming students.

We’re looking for folks from a wide variety of backgrounds: straight from high school, transfers, nontraditional, veterans, locals, and out-of-staters.

An information session will be held in the Student Union on Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m. in Bergquist Room.

Apply on BroncoJobs by Monday, January 22, 2018.

Questions? Check the website or call (208) 426-1679.

Student Union Art Exhibitions Explore Identity

A new year often spurs questions about who we are and who we want to be. The Student Union Fine Arts Program presents two exhibitions to help you explore these questions and encourage your self-journey.

Narratives, by Samuel Paden, and The In-Betweens, by Katy Rogan will be on display beginning Sunday, January 7, in the Student Union.

Save the Dates:

January 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Art exhibition opening receptions
January 11, 6-7 p.m. – Artist talk with Samuel Paden

These events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Recognizing Identity in Art

Beside and Beneath, Samuel Paden mixed media collage

Samuel Paden, Beside and Beneath, 2016, mixed media on canvas

In Narratives, Samuel Paden’s work focuses on the male figure as a catalyst for a conversation on sexual identity, patriarchy within American culture, and gender representation. Using collaged materials from pop culture magazines, Paden moves figures from their original contexts and places them in a layered, abstract manner, challenging viewers’ perception of the subjects and encouraging them to complete the images with narratives of their own. Paden focuses on his subjective experience as an out, gay man in the United States and the ironies and double standards he witnesses in regard to representations of gender and sexuality.

Born and raised in Central Africa to an American father and a Swedish mother, Paden has traveled the world, spending many years in Brooklyn, New York and Reykjavik, Iceland. He now lives in Garden City and uses his diverse background and experience as the catalyst for painting.

Narratives will be on display January 7 – February 9 in the Student Union Fine Arts Gallery. Paden will present an artist talk 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, in the Student Union Fine Arts Gallery. 

Identifying Memory as Self

Cool Interesting Person, Katy Rogan photo collage

Katy Rogan, Cool Interesting Person, 2017, digital collage on sticker paper

In The In-Betweens, Katy Rogan riffs on a body of work she began for her Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition in May 2016. Digitally splicing and layering sections of different 35mm color photographs, she presents her visualization of constructed mental space and the scrambled, optical manifestation of memory. Inspired by the distortions caused when a VHS tape is paused, Rogan’s work explores the fragility and flexibility of memory in order to become more aware of the inherent inventions in recollection. The Student Union Fine Arts program is pleased to exhibit Rogan as an alumna and to introduce her work to a new generation of students.

This exhibition runs January 7 – February 11 in the Student Union Trueblood Pop Up Gallery.

Image Credits: Samuel Paden, Beside and Beneath, 2016, mixed media on canvas; Katy Rogan, Cool Interesting Person, 2017, digital collage on sticker paper

MLK Celebration Begins With January 15 March and Rally

Silhouette of MLK

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left behind a legacy of radical positive change using peaceful means. King used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals. Join the MLK Living Legacy Committee in celebrating his work, and human rights, during the MLK Celebration in January 2018.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is regarded as one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.  Guided by his leadership, the American Civil Rights movement advanced more in 13 years than it had in the prior 350.  He fought against prejudice, international conflict, and poverty, all while promoting a message of peace.  One of the best ways to celebrate his contributions is to reflect on how his work has impacted your own life, and consider how you too can improve the lives of others within your community and worldwide.

Boise State’s annual celebration kicks off on January 15 with the Day of Greatness March and Rally. It starts in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union at 9:30 a.m. with a poster-making session to make posters to carry down Capitol Blvd. for a rally on the statehouse steps. Materials will be provided.  Student speakers will be featured at the rally.

The keynote address on Monday, Jan. 22 features Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. Melissa hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC and was Editor-at-Large for 2016-2017.  She remains a sought-after public speaker, lecturing widely throughout the United States and abroad.  She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

To learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, work, and legacy, visit The King Center here. 

Full Slate of Events

MLK Day of Greatness March and Rally
Monday, Jan. 15
9 a.m. poster-making session (materials provided)
10:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m. depart from Jordan Ballroom
11:30 a.m. Arrive at Idaho State Capitol Steps
12:00 p.m. State of Idaho’s Human Rights Day Celebration in the Capitol Rotunda 

Tuesday, Jan. 16
7 p.m.
Student Diversity Center, Student Union

Movie Night“Marshall” the story of Thurgood Marshall
Wednesday, Jan. 17
5 p.m.
Special Events Center, Student Union

“Title IX: Then and Now”
Thursday, Jan. 18
6 p.m.
Jordan A Ballroom, Student Union

Keynote speaker: Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry 
Monday, Jan. 22
7 p.m. 
Jordan Ballroom, Student Union
Free and open to the public 

“Building the Beloved Kingdom”
Wednesday, Jan. 24
1 p.m.
Hatch Ballroom, Student Union

Diversity Fair and Celebration
Friday, Jan. 26
3 – 5 p.m.
Hatch A Ballroom, Student Union

For more information visit the MLK web page.


Boise State Student Chosen for National Advisory Council

Evangelina Rodriguez at capitol

Boise State University student Evangelina Rodriguez has been selected to join the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) National Student Advisory Council (SAC). Evangelina stood out as one of ten emerging leaders from a competitive applicant pool of undergraduate and graduate students from campuses across the country. 

The SAC program gives college students the opportunity to advise the AAUW on issues taking place on their campuses while providing them with valuable leadership skills.

“AAUW has a long history of supporting tomorrow’s trailblazers, leaders, and innovators, and this year’s Student Advisory Council is no different,” said Kimberly Churches, the chief executive officer at AAUW. “We are proud to provide these outstanding students with the resources and skills necessary to break down their own barriers while creating positive change in their communities.”

By joining the SAC, Evangelina will help form a unique feminist team that helps AAUW grow and connect with the student community. SAC members also play a critical role in planning AAUW’s annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

Evangelina, a first-generation student, plans to graduate in 2018 and pursue a career in government and public policy. She draws motivation from her Chicana culture and the resilient spirit of her grandmother and mother. A political science major with a minor in Latin American studies, she loves Marvel superhero movies, crafting, and working with her sorority, Alpha Pi Sigma, toward the empowerment of Latina university women.

Apply Now for 2018-19 Financial Aid

Financial aid priority date February 15

College is expensive, but help is available. Did you know filling out the FAFSA and Boise State scholarship applications will give you access to more than 700 potential scholarships? Apply now – and definitely before the February 15 priority deadline – for need-based scholarships, additional grants and work-study funding for 2018-19.

And here’s something important to know: even if you’re unable to qualify for a federal Pell Grant, you might qualify for Boise State need-based scholarships. Our definition of need is more generous than the criteria for Pell Grant eligibility. 

Keep in mind the FAFSA is required for some scholarship applications, so don’t skip that step.

Complete both applications by February 15 to maximize your financial aid. The difference between an early applicant’s aid and a regular applicant’s aid could be thousands of dollars. 

The applications are open. Apply today.

Call (208) 426-1664 if you have questions

Delta Upsilon’s Boise State Chapter Named one of Fraternity’s Top Chapters

Boise State Delta Upsilon crest

Boise State’s Chapter of Delta Upsilon International Fraternity was one of seven finalists for the Sweepstakes Trophy, the highest honor bestowed upon a DU undergraduate chapter.

The Delta Upsilon Sweepstakes Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 to acknowledge chapters whose achievements surpass all expectations. This is the first time the Boise State Chapter has been a finalist. The 2017 trophy went to the Kansas State Chapter.

The chapter also received four other awards at Delta Upsilon’s annual Leadership Institute, Aug. 3-6, in Milwaukee.

Most Improved Chapter Award
In recruitment, the chapter increased membership by 50 percent, raised nearly $3,300 for DU’s Global Service Initiative (from $0 the previous year), and raised its Chapter Excellence Plan score by 70 percent.

Chapter Excellence Plan (CEP) Award in Advancement of Justice

Chapter Excellence Plan (CEP) Award in Development of Character

Health, Safety and Prevention Award
The Boise State Chapter was recognized for its long-term agreement with the campus Gender Equity Center to help stop domestic violence on campus. Members participated in active bystander intervention training both semesters, and have staffed tables to distribute flyers and information regarding domestic violence and prevention.

Justin Kirk, Delta Upsilon’s Executive Director and an initiate of the Boise State Chapter, said, “Delta Upsilon is thrilled to recognize the Boise State Chapter for its dedication to our Four Founding Principles. These men prove that the strength of a chapter should be measured by its ability to affect change on campus and within the lives of its members.”

Established in 1834, Delta Upsilon is an international men’s college fraternity with 75 chapters and colonies across the United States and Canada. The fraternity is the oldest, non-secret, Greek-letter society and is committed to Building Better Men for a global society through its four founding principles: friendship, character, culture and justice. More than 132,000 men have joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity since its founding more than 182 years ago.

Boise State’s Accommodations for Students

Boise State Students, megaphone graphic, orange

Boise State University is committed to ensuring students with disabilities receive appropriate, timely accommodations pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

In accordance with University Policy 2080, Equal Access for Students with Disabilities, Boise State will provide academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services to students with disabilities, including students with hearing and vision impairments.  

To initiate the accommodations process, students must contact the Educational Access Center at (208) 426-1583 or Students requesting accommodations will be assigned an educational coordinator to engage in an individual consultation to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the student. If a student requires certain academic adjustments or auxiliary aids that are not readily available for implementation, the university will use all reasonable alternatives to minimize the impact of the delay. Reasonable alternatives will be calculated to ensure that the student is not deprived of the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the classes, activities or programs.

For additional information about student accommodations, please contact the Educational Access Center.

2017 Campus Awards Winners Announced

Photo of 2017 Campus Award WinnersThe Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management hosted Boise State’s annual Campus Awards Ceremony on Tuesday evening, April 18. This blue carpet event recognized students, faculty, staff, and student organizations for outstanding achievement, service, and campus engagement. The following people and organizations were recognized:

Commitment to Community
Award winner: 
Boise Association for the Advancement of Herders
This award is for Broncos who have inspired action in one another to serve and bring about positive change together.

David S. Taylor Service to Students
Award winner:
Dr. Krishna Pakala, Clinical Professor for the College of Engineering
This award recognizes an outstanding faculty or staff member who is committed to impacting the lives of students; extending student learning beyond the classroom; inspiring students to see what is possible; and seeking innovative ways to serve students in the 21st century, a whole new chapter of accelerated change.

Outstanding Student Employee of the Year
Award winner:
Ahmad Rezaii, Outdoor Programs, Campus Recreation
This award is for Broncos who approach their employment as paths to make themselves and our institution better.  Student nominees exemplify strong leadership skills, professionalism and a willingness to grow and learn

Emerging Leader
Award winner: 
Archie Keeton III
This award is for students who are charting intentional paths where they learn what it means to lead. They show a commitment to personal leadership development and are dedicated to student involvement and learning outside the classroom.

Inclusive Excellence Awards
Award winners: 
Chandra Reyna, Amy Vecchione, and the Housing and Residence Life Inclusive Excellence Task Force
This award is for a student and a staff or faculty member who are action-oriented, equity-minded, and committed to creating a campus environment that reflects inclusive excellence at Boise State

Student Organization Advisor of the Year
Award winner: Melinda Jean Stafford, advisor for the Boise State Bee Team
This award is for an advisor dedicated to changing the lives of students involved in student organizations. Outstanding advisors serve as mentors, resources, teachers and advocates on behalf of their students.

Program of the Year
Award winner: Innovation Day at JUMP, Creative Technologies Association
This award is for students who have created an activity, event, or program that made a significant impact on the campus community.

Spirit of Boise State Awards
Award winners: 
Andrew Stone, Busayo Apampa, Lauren Hosek, Milaun Danclar, Riley Hunt, Sienna George, Travis K. Smith
This award is presented to outstanding students who exemplify the Boise State University Shared Values of academic excellence, caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

A Facebook photo album with all the event winners can be found online via this link