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Free Event “Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter”

Julian Sands

The Morrison Center is offering free tickets (maximum 4 per order) to the upcoming “Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” directed by John Malkovich, 8 p.m. on Friday, March 10.

British actor Julian Sands was approached by the late, great, Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet Harold Pinter, to prepare a selection of his poems for a special presentation in London in 2005. This extraordinary collaboration became the foundation for a wonderfully rich, humorous and fascinating solo show directed by John Malkovich. “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award.

This performance contains mature language.

Visit the Morrison Center box office to pick up your tickets. Find more information about the event here.

Seating is general admission and on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and seating begins at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are required for admission. Patrons must be seated by 7:45 p.m. Non-ticket holders will be admitted at that time as space allows.

Family Friendly Superhero Party Mar. 11

Finally, an event where you don’t have to hide your secret superhero identity!  Join our Superhero Party and celebrate your own unique superpowers while you snack, play, and get creative with your family.  What’s your superpower?

Enjoy an afternoon being epic during this family-friendly event. You and your superkids can showcase your craft skills with superhero mask-making and comic book canvas painting. Get your own airbrushed tattoo and fuel your secret power with refreshments.  Superhero Party is free, family-friendly, and open to all.

  • Saturday, March 11 
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  • Student Union Lookout Room, Floor 3
  • Cape and mask optional.

More information is here.

For accommodations please contact the Gender Equity Center: (208) 426-4259

Service Saturday: Volunteer for Idaho Youth Ranch

Looking for opportunities to give back and volunteer in our community?  Service Saturdays make it easy because they provide easily accessible volunteer opportunities to the university community with the help of charitable and non-profit agencies.

This Service Saturday, you can assist the Idaho Youth Ranch, a local non-profit which provides troubled children and families a bridge to a valued, responsible, and productive future.  

One year after completing services at an Idaho Youth Ranch program:

  • 96% of alumni are working, in school, or both
  • 75% have not used drugs or alcohol since discharge
  • 75% have positive relationships with adult family members
  • 100% say their health has stayed the same or improved

Volunteers at this Service Saturday event will collect donations for Idaho Youth Ranch from Hastings.

Volunteers pose at the Feb. 4 event.

Perks for you:

  •   Serve your community through civic engagement and public commitment
  •   Meet other participants who share the same passion
  •   Build leadership skills through volunteering and service
  •   A free breakfast

Seventy-five volunteers attended the Feb. 4 event, an opportunity to collect donations for the Agency for New Americans (ANA).  Get involved and make a difference!  We make it easy.

March 4

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Student Union Dining Area

Register to participate here


See Daniel Tosh at Taco Bell Arena

He’s irreverent. He’s nowhere near politically correct. He’s Daniel Tosh, and he’s coming to Boise State University.

Tosh is bringing his irreverent brand of observational comedy to Boise State 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3 at Taco Bell Arena. Get tickets for just $20 with your student ID at the Taco Bell Arena box office.

Tosh will host and perform an evening of stand-up comedy featuring writers and comedians from his Comedy Central show “Tosh.0”. “Tosh.0” is a comedy series offering commentary on viral videos, social media sensations and all manner of internet absurdity. Comedy Central calls Tosh the “preeminent expert on exhibitionist weirdos, injurious idiots and the best worst things on the web.”

“Tosh.0” is currently in its ninth season and airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. MT on Comedy Central.

Boise State is one of 21 university campuses to host Tosh’s “” 2017 tour.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, February 17 at 10 a.m.  Buy them at, the Taco Bell Arena box office, or by phone at (208) 426-1766. Student tickets are limited to four per person while supplies last.

Write Code, Win Cash at the Annual Bronco Appathon

If you’re already a coding master or you’re ready to be, The Sixth Annual Bronco Appathon returns to Boise State March 10 – 12, 2017.

Bronco Appathon is a weekend marathon of coding to earn cash prizes and awards that’s open to all registered Boise State students.  Participants form teams of up to four members and begin developing an app on Friday evening, then present their work to a panel of judges on Sunday afternoon.  Free food and beverages are provided to participants and raffles will be held throughout the weekend.

You’ll have a chance to win cash prizes of up to $500 per team member, with additional awards and money for Best Design and Best Novice App. Last year’s first-place team ended up winning in multiple categories and took home $750 per team member!

Registration is open to current full-time and part-time Boise State students through Thursday, March 2 and is free of charge.

For more information about Bronco Appathon 6, check it out here.

Alert: Scam Targeting College Students

College students across the United States are being targeted in a common employment scam. Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college employment websites, and/or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions. This “employment” results in a financial loss for participating students.

 How the scam works:

  • Scammers post online job advertisements soliciting college students for administrative positions.
  • The student employee receives counterfeit checks in the mail or via e-mail and is instructed to deposit the checks into their personal checking account.
  • The scammer then directs the student to withdraw the funds from their checking account and send a portion, via wire transfer, to another individual. Often, the transfer of funds is to a “vendor”, purportedly for equipment, materials, or software necessary for the job.
  • Subsequently, the checks are confirmed to be fraudulent by the bank.

 The following are some examples of the employment scam e-mails:

“You will need some materials/software and also a time tracker to commence your training and orientation and also you need the software to get started with work. The funds for the software will be provided for you by the company via check. Make sure you use them as instructed for the software and I will refer you to the vendor you are to purchase them from, okay.”

“I have forwarded your start-up progress report to the HR Dept. and they will be facilitating your start-up funds with which you will be getting your working equipment from vendors and getting started with training.”

 “Enclosed is your first check. Please cash the check, take $300 out as your pay, and send the rest to the vendor for supplies.”

Consequences of participating in this scam:

  • The student’s bank account may be closed due to fraudulent activity and a report could be filed by the bank with a credit bureau or law enforcement agency.
  • The student is responsible for reimbursing the bank the amount of the counterfeit checks.
  • The scamming incident could adversely affect the student’s credit record.
  • The scammers often obtain personal information from the student while posing as their employer, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.
  • Scammers seeking to acquire funds through fraudulent methods could potentially utilize the money to fund illicit criminal or terrorist activity.

 Tips on how to protect yourself from this scam:

  • Never accept a job that requires depositing checks into your account or wiring portions to other individuals or accounts.
  • Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers. Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses.
  • Forward suspicious e-mails to the college’s IT personnel and report to the FBI.

Tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam. If you have been a victim of this scam or any other Internet-related scam, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at and notify your campus police. The IC3 produced a PSA in May 2014 titled “Cyber-Related Scams Targeting Universities, Employees, and Students,” which mentioned this type of scam.

View this PSA here.

Study Raptors in Kenya

Kenya, Boise State students traveling to Kenya with Dr. Marc Bechard. John Kelly photo

Boise State students traveling to Kenya with Dr. Marc Bechard. John Kelly photo

Boise State offers one of the most unique biology programs in the country.  Did you know that it’s one of the few places where you can get a masters in raptor biology?  And if you’re looking for a study abroad opportunity to pair with this uncommon field of study, and ready for adventure, look no more.

Raptor biology professor Marc Bechard teamed with Munir Virani, director of Africa programs for the Peregrine Fund, to take 11 Boise State students to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Wildlife Reserve as part of a 3-credit course titled East African Raptors. This is the fifth time Bechard has taught the class. “I feel that it is important for Boise State students to learn about global issues,” he said.

The course focuses on the ecology and movements of African raptors, including a vulture population that’s one of the most threatened on the planet. Populations of the birds have declined as much as 75 percent over the last two decades due to poisoning by local farmers and poachers.

This time, the course started with boat surveys of Lake Naivasha to study African fish eagles, one of the most prominent bird species in the area. Naivasha is one of the biggest lakes in Kenya. From Naivasha, the group moved about 150 miles southwest to Masai Mara National Reserve where students were able to observe birds, big game (including the Big Five: lions, leopards, cape buffalo, elephants and rhinos) and other wildlife.

Students each study and prepare a presentation on a specific raptor species and then have the opportunity to observe that particular species in the wild. “It’s fun when they see the bird they reported on. We all hear, “That’s my bird!” Bechard said.

They also had the opportunity to interact with residents of the local Maasai village. Students learned how to make a Maasai fire, how to build a Maasai house, and what it takes to become a warrior.

Read more about the Kenya project here.

Learn more about the masters in raptor biology here.

Get Outside and Play

Idaho is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise and, luckily for your student, Boise State is at the heart of it all.  There are few other places in the country where you can hike, ski, bike, climb, or raft, all within an hour of campus. 

The Outdoor Program in the Campus Recreation Center has everything your student needs to get out and play, regardless of their ability level.  Clinics, equipment rentals and coordinated trips are available to teach new skills, provide affordable gear, and provide a new gang of friends to adventure with.

Clinics focus on promoting connections, self-development, and education.  Any student who is excited about getting outside, meeting new friends, and learning a new skill is welcome.  Some of the clinics offered spring semester include white water kayak basics, lightweight backpacking, and building a lightweight stove.

This semester we have cut the price on trips by 50%. With the banner snow year we’ve had, there will be snow cave camping, night skiing, and cross country skiing. Later in the spring, watch for mountain biking, rock climbing, and a spring break trip to canoe in the Florida Everglades.

Indoors, the state-of-the-art rock climbing wall gives a great workout and provides classes for top rope belaying, lead climbing, and skills clinics.

Campus Recreation can’t operate without student employees, so there are opportunities for past, present, and future participants to work in the facility and as trip leaders.  Each spring there is an extensive trip leader training program that focuses on skill and risk management development. 

Encourage your student to get acquainted with Campus Recreation and the Outdoor Program. The best way to learn more is to visit the website.

Derek Wright — Coordinator, Outdoor Programs

Study Around the World

Molly Renaldo and her mother in Alba, Italy

Australia, Thailand, Spain, France, Puerto Rico are a few of the countries where your student can study abroad to earn academic credit and experience new cultures.  Study abroad opens the door into international settings where students experience sights, sounds, and tastes that will expand their view of the world.

Molly Renaldo studied one semester abroad in Torino, Italy. While there, she explored Europe while learning about international business. Now conversational in Italian, she plans to take her studies back to Italy for a master’s program.

“Studying abroad was something that my parents always wished one of their five kids would do,” Renaldo said. “My parents were my strong foundation, comforting me in times of homesickness and encouraging me forward when I needed the drive.”

Renaldo thinks the study abroad experience can be beneficial for parents as well as students because they see their child flourish in an entirely new environment. “That baby you taught to walk and talk is now speaking in foreign languages and adventuring through entirely new cultures,” Renaldo said.

Studying abroad can be a safe and controlled method for your student to discover a new side of the world.  Different from backpacking around the world, study abroad programs mean students are typically with other Americans and attending sites with program staff.  The program sites have been thoroughly vetted for safety before any student is allowed to attend. 

“This new journey can seem big and scary,” Renaldo said. “But sometimes the biggest and scariest endeavors create the greatest parts of the people we become. Studying abroad was the greatest expedition I have ever done and created the person I am today.  I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of my parents throughout the whole process. “

Submitted by
Molly Renaldo – International Learning Opportunities
Perry Truong – Parent and Family Programs

Undergraduate Research

Did you know that your student can graduate on-time, raise their GPA, and develop real-world project management skills all at the same time by doing research?

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program allows undergraduate students to earn academic credit while they pursue research projects alongside premier faculty.

Projects are open to sophomore and above students from all majors. Research areas range from building robots for NASA to developing shelters for humanitarian aid relief efforts.

VIP Projects can be taken for 1-2 credits per a semester based on workload and may run for multiple semesters. In addition to gaining knowledge on the research topic, students develop real-world leadership and project management skills – just what employers and graduate schools are looking for.

Ann Delaney

VIP researcher Ann Delaney (MS, materials science and engineering, ‘16), participated in the “Make It!” project, which focused on expanding access to makerspaces and tools on campus. Makerspaces are a place where people with shared interests — especially in computing or technology — can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.

According to Delaney, “VIP was a perfect way to formalize my involvement in an interest area. I was able to earn class credit and add to my resume while working on something I enjoyed.” She added that VIP is the ideal combination of learning through a class and then directly applying that to a project.

“Parents should recommend VIP to their students because it gives students skills they won’t get in a conventional classroom,” Delaney advised.

Specific information about the types of projects underway can be found here

Submitted by Bridget Duffy – College of Innovation and Design