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Come On — It’s Homecoming

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Boise State’s Homecoming is one of those great campus traditions that’s hard to resist. Football, a parade, decorations and friendly competitions throughout the week bring the whole campus together to celebrate being Broncos. 

Build camaraderie within your student organization or group of friends at events planned just for you during Homecoming week.  Here are some ideas:

Bronco Cup
Sign up to compete in the Bronco Cup Oct. 31-Nov. 4. Show your Bronco spirit during Homecoming by leaping, decorating, and scrambling your way to victory — a tradition teeming with fun. The winning Bronco Cup team gets a grand prize plus their name engraved on a trophy and special recognition at the football game.  Register here.

 Homecoming Parade
Enter a float into the Homecoming Parade Nov. 4, start time is 3 hours 15 minutes before kick-off. If you’re part of a student organization, you’re free to borrow a golf cart to decorate as your entry in the parade. Oh, and did we mention there are cash prizes for the most creative floats? Register here.

Toilet Bowl
Get a team together to play in the Toilet Bowl 3:30-10:30 p.m., Oct. 30, in Albertsons Stadium. The Toilet Bowl is an annual co-ed recreational flag football tournament. Register today, this one-day tournament fills up fast.

Questions? Check out or contact or 208-426-1223.

Student Rate Available for Speaker Reza Aslan

A special $15 student rate is available to hear Reza Aslan, the season’s first speaker in the annual Readings & Conversations series.

Dr. Reza Aslan is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, including his #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, have been translated into dozens of languages around the world. He is also a recipient of the prestigious James Joyce Award. In addition to his role as a Consulting Producer on the acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers, Aslan is also the host and executive producer of two other original television programs: Rough Draft with Reza Aslan (premiered on Ovation), and CNN’s Believer. His upcoming book, God: A Human History will be released November 2017.

Readings & Conversations presents internationally-acclaimed literary figures who share their work, thoughts about their work, and perspectives on important issues of our time.Book cover of "Good: A Human History

  • The Cabin Presents Reza Aslan at the Morrison Center
  • Made possible in part by the Morrison Center Endowment
  • When: Nov. 17 2017, 8 pm (doors at 7:30)
  • Tickets: Student tickets are available for $15 with Bronco ID; non-student tickets range from $29–$39 and can be purchased online  or through the Morrison Center box office.

Readings & Conversations Series Tickets/Information or by calling (208) 331-8000.

SouthFork Market Now Open

Boise State’s newest dining facility, SouthFork Market, has opened with limited hours this week and will open with full hours beginning Monday, October 23. The dining space completes the construction of the full Honors College and Sawtooth Hall buildings. A dedication ceremony for the housing and dining facilities will be held at 10 a.m.Tuesday, October 24

SouthFork Market soft opening hours include:
October 18: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
October 197 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
October 207 a.m. – 10 p.m.
SouthFork Market full operating hours include:
MondayFriday7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
SaturdaySunday9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m.
SouthFork Market offers a-la-carte style dining and features five stations including Mongolian, grill, homestyle, deli and salads, and gluten sensitive. 
Full menus can be found at

Cycle Learning Center Offers Mountain Bike Monday Groups

Boise State University’s Cycle Learning Center (CLC) offers Mountain Bike Mondays, which are free, weekly group rides through the foothills. The two-hour rides are available as mixed or women’s only events.

Group rides offer the opportunity to meet new people and share common interests with those in the campus community. In addition, they offer to learn more related to biking, including skill practice (learning to navigate climbs, cornering, braking and descending) and trailside repairs such as mechanical issues and flat tires.

Rides begin at 5:30 p.m. each Monday, meeting at the CLC at the northeast corner of Lincoln Garage. No registration is required.

The CLC will continue group rides through the end of October, capping the fall with a weekend camping/mountain bike trip in collaboration with the Outdoor Program. After the winter, Mountain Bike Mondays will resume after Spring Break in March 2018.  

For more information, visit under the “Shop Rides” tab.

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 Tailgate Recycling Program Returns

Boise State Tailgating

Great food, great friends, great football: it’s tailgating season. 

Boise State Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) is asking you to tailgate sustainably by participating in a tailgate recycling program during all home football games this season. Use special blue recycling bags for your tailgate waste, and help keep recyclables out of the landfill.

Take an extra step and volunteer for the program by passing out the blue recycling bags to tailgaters, directing them on what to do with bags after the game, and educating fans on recycling. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Kat Davis at or (208) 426-3943.

Boise State introduced the tailgate recycling program for home football games in 2013. That year alone the program kept roughly 36 tons of recyclables out of the landfill.

Tailgate Recycling Dates: (all Bronco home games)

  • Thursday, Sept. 14 – 3 to 8 p.m. (6 p.m. kickoff)
  • Friday, Sept. 22 – 3 to 8 p.m. (6 p.m. kickoff)
  • Saturday, Oct. 21 – TBD
  • Saturday, Nov. 4 – TBD
  • Saturday, Nov. 18 – TBD

ZTA is Where it All Begins

By Caroline Villarreal, ZTA Leadership Consultant

I remember walking nervously into the banquet hall for my ZTA Bid Day celebration. At that moment, I still wasn’t completely sure what I had joined. “What’s it called again?” I thought to myself. “Oh, that’s right— a ‘colony.’”

I stifled a grin as I imagined a bunch of sorority women sailing across the Atlantic to discover a new world. But in a sense, “sorority life” was a whole new world for me. Little did I know, there was much to discover.


Someone called my name and bounded up to me. It was Katelyn, one of the ZTA Consultants I had met in the weeks prior to Bid Day. She immediately greeted me with a hug and an “I’m so happy you’re here!” As I filled out an info sheet, she told me “This is where it all begins! The lifelong friendships, building your own traditions, leadership opportunities, the fun …”

It all seemed so abstract to me. I had best friends. I was a leader on campus. I know how to have fun. How was ZTA going to be any different?

But as she continued talking, I began to see her vision.

Little did I know, my sisters and I would begin our own traditions — waking up early to volunteer at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, going to pasta night at our favorite local restaurant every Wednesday, and decorating our graduation caps with ZTA memories.

I never would have guessed we’d grow so much as leaders as we made our way through all of “the firsts.” I still remember our first time handing out breast cancer awareness ribbons and hosting our first Pink Out game.

In that moment on Bid Day, how could I possibly know that I’d feel such a strong sense of support and empowerment from my new sisters? That they would surprise me at the opening night of a play I’d produced? That they would celebrate my senior thesis with me at a chapter meeting?

Up until that point, I’d felt so independent in my collegiate career. I was confident in my ability as a leader, and I felt like all I needed was myself. But suddenly, there was a whole chapter of driven, motivated women who wanted to lift me up and see me succeed, and I wanted the same for them. 

I finished filling out the information sheet, and Katelyn finished talking. I looked up at her, and she traded me the information sheet for a T-shirt and a future of memories.

Learn more about ZTA’s colonization process at Boise State by visiting


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.

Registration Required to Use Bronco-Guest Wireless

Bronco Guest Registration Screen

Beginning Wednesday, May 17 you’ll need to register your device in order to use the Bronco-Guest wireless network. Once you provide and verify a valid email address, you can use Bronco-Guest for seven days. If you continue using Bronco-Guest, you’ll need to re- register weekly.

The Office of Information Technology recommends that students connect to wireless using the Boise State Eduroam network. Eduroam is the secure, encrypted wireless network intended for regular use by students, faculty and staff.

More information about this change and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Office of Information Technology website.

To connect to Bronco-Guest on May 17, follow the instructions on our Bronco-Guest wireless web page.

If you need assistance connecting to a wireless network, please contact the OIT Help Desk at (208) 426-4357 or email

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