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Student Spotlight: Abby Cain

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Abby Cain (Orlovich), a Spanish secondary education and International Business double major, has been selected for the highly competitive American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) Center of Assessment and Research Development (CARD) summer program as an ACTFL Scholar.

This appointment is designed as a “pathway to the profession” for future world language leaders. Scholars will have the opportunity to: (1) explore the field, (2) further develop academic skills, and (3) accumulate professional experiences. In her role as a consultant, Abby will co-construct a project plan in collaboration with an ACTFL supervisor to ensure that the goals and benefits of the appointment are achieved. She will focus on curriculum-based projects such as implementing technology into the classroom via webinars, updating the oral proficiency interview (OPI) to be relevant for an extended group of learners, and the development of online course content.

Abby looks forward to expanding upon the language teaching strategies she has acquired as a World Languages Resource Center Conversation and Lab Desk Assistant at Boise State. She is excited to share her passion for language learning, as well as collaborate with future colleagues regarding the implementation of technology in the second language classroom. Abby is the first and currently only remote ACTFL Scholar, and the first Boise State language student to participate in an ACTFL internship.

For more about ACTFL, visit:

Get Ready to Become a Coach

Are you interested in becoming a sports coach? If so, the Department of Kinesiology has a new certificate in sport coaching just for you. 

The certificate in sport coaching program offers 15 credits through 6 kinesiology classes. The required classes include:

  • KINES 180 – Introduction to Sport Coaching
  • KINES 220 – Introduction to Athletic Injuries
  • KINES 360 – Psychology of Sport Coaching
  • KINES 361 – Conditioning Principles for Sport
  • KINES 362 – Sport Coaching Methods and Administration
  • KINES 493 – Internship in Sport Coaching

Registration is now open. KINES 180, KINES 361, and KINES 362 are being offered for fall 2018 semester. All students of any major at Boise State University are welcome to enroll.

For any questions, email or contact an advisor to ask about the specifics of the program and how it applies to your schedule.

Student Spotlight: Emily McNamee

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Emily McNamee, a German secondary education major with a minor in linguistics, has been selected for a highly competitive 1 year position as an English Teaching Assistant in Innsbruck, Austria, through Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission). 

Ms. McNamee looks forward to implementing her language teaching strategies that she acquired as an undergraduate at Boise State. She is excited to share the unique culture of Idaho with her future students and to expand her current competencies in German by learning more of the particular aspects of Austrian German. She is the seventh winner of this unique program from Boise State since 2005. 

Since 1962, the US English Language Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria provides US college and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants. US teaching assistants enhance the instruction of English as native speakers, and are important resources for first-hand information about the United States and the “American way of life.” The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education finances this program, which is administered by Fulbright Austria.

New Changes for Your Online Student Center

Changes to Student Center

Big changes are coming later this year with a new look for Student Center. This update will make it much easier for you to use the Student Center on mobile devices and on your computer. 

The update uses the PeopleSoft Fluid interface, which is designed for responsiveness and usability on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. The Fluid interface presents related items using dynamic tiles, personalized page views, and other modern design elements which create a simple, intuitive and optimized experience:

Test screenshot of new Student Center interface in upcoming Campus Solutions 9.2.

Changes for Student Employees

If you are a student employee, this change will impact your employee page. As of now, you use PeopleSoft to access both Campus Solutions and the Human Resource System. With this update, these two services will be separate.  

That’s why some of you may have recently noticed a new HR System link on the myBoiseState Employee page:

HR Link for myBoiseState employees

We quietly put that link out there for you to discover over the next few months. This is the link you’ll use to access PeopleSoft Human Resources (time reporting, paycheck info, direct deposit, etc.) going forward.


The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is currently working with university departments to determine a release date for the new Student Center (along with other PeopleSoft Campus Solutions applications). 

For more information, contact OIT.

New Classes, Degrees, and Skills from the Department of Community and Environmental Health

If you have or are thinking about a major in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, or just need to take a few classes, then we have some important updates for you.

We’ve reworked our curriculum, offering new degrees to increase flexibility and your skills. These changes take effect next fall, with the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. If you’re unsure of what you want to do as a career or already know that community and environmental health is your passion, then these new degrees will be interesting to you. No matter what situation you are in though,  you’ll still be affected by the course prefix changes listed below.

New Degrees  

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Studies
    • General emphasis
    • Health informatics and information management emphasis
    • Science emphasis
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
    • General emphasis
    • Environment and occupational health and safety emphasis
    • Health education and promotion emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Health (online)
    • Focuses on community change and health education and promotion
    • Functions like a degree completion program

You’ll spend your first two years of general education in all three of these degrees. In your last two years, you will dive deeper into your selected discipline to develop specialized knowledge which will help you obtain employment in your chosen career.  

You will have options for developing cross-cutting skills in collaboration, initiative and resilience. You’ll also earn badges, or micro-certificates, demonstrating specific skills to employers.

Course Prefixes

We’ve changed our course prefixes, beginning with courses offered in fall 2018. We’ve made crosswalk for you and your advisor so that you can track specific courses from their old names, prefixes, and numbers to their new ones.

More info

For more information about the department, visit If you have specific questions about the upcoming changes, please email

Student Spotlight: Mikey Tsukamoto and Andrew Gong

NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, photo by Patrick Sweeney

Broncos Mikey Tsukamoto and Andrew Gong– both athletic training students– made a great impact at the NCAA tournament hosted by Boise State last March by taking initiative, using the skills they learned in class, and taking responsibility to ensure the event ran smoothly.

Boise State provided a great opportunity for athletic training students at this event. Not only did students get credit for their clinical hours, but they had a hands-on learning experience in their profession, got a rare glimpse into the undertakings at tournaments like these, and networked with others in their field. Tsukamoto and Gong were a critical piece of the event and made a great impression on university staff and tournament coordinators alike.

Marc Paul, assistant athletic director for sports medicine for Boise State Athletics, explained how much work went into hosting the NCAA tournament, such as organizing locker rooms, sponsorships, dental services, emergency responders, medical staff, pharmaceuticals, and more. Tsukamoto and Gong were very active in this process. They met with tournament personnel and Taco Bell Arena Staff early on to get things done efficiently and maintained consistent communication with Paul and others throughout the tournament.

Paul said, “Mikey and Andrew were outstanding. They thought ahead about what teams would need and took the initiative to implement everything. I’d raise a question and they’d tell me, ‘Yeah. We’ve got this.’ It freed me to go do other things… The tournament director thanked me before leaving town and he told me that he never once had to worry about medical. That’s a huge compliment!”

Tsukamoto will be attending the University of Nebraska in the fall, and Gong has one more year at Boise State. “They took advantage of this opportunity, but their education helped them prepare them to excel at it,” Paul said. “They impressed a large number of people in the athletic training world.” The courses that these two students had taken, along with their previous experiences, got them ready to take on such a great leadership role at this tournament.

By taking advantage of this opportunity, these two students were able to make an impact and gain the skills they need for their future career. You can find amazing opportunities like these too. Many academic departments offer internships within your major. You can also check out career center internships, student leadership opportunities, and Work U.