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Find Your Money at Scholarship Open Houses

Money_shutterstock_201685826Scholarships. You keep saying you’re going to apply for them, but have you actually done it yet?  Time is ticking away, so get on top of filling out your applications at Bronco Money Matters Scholarship Open Houses.  It’s simple:  just bring your laptop, drop by, and invest time in making money for college.  If time is money, and you have to spend money to make money, spending some time to make some money for school sounds like a pretty smart plan. Still with me?

These open houses are drop-in events, no appointment needed.  You’ll get all the information you need about how to find scholarships that are right for you, and you’ll have time to apply for them right on the spot.  The open houses are hosted by academic colleges, which means if you have questions about major-specific scholarships you’ll be able to ask questions and get answers from the experts.  We’re here to make it easy for you.

No laptop? No problem.  Rent one from The Zone for free.

Trust us, you’ll feel great once you’ve gotten a few of those applications filled out and submitted, and even better when the check comes in.  It’s worth your time.


  • College of Engineering:  Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at ENGR Atrium
  • College of Business and Economics:  Jan. 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at MBEB Advising Services
  • College of Education:  Jan. 31, 2 – 6 p.m. at EDUC, 7th Floor
  • College of Arts and Sciences:  Feb. 1, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at ALBR:CID, 2nd Floor
  • Undeclared/Any college:  Feb. 6, 2 – 6 p.m. at SMASH: AAE

For more information, check here.

Demand Grows for Registered Nurses in Idaho


Registered nurse and Boise State student Sean Brown (right) reviews patient files with fellow nurse Kara Hunt.

If you’re interested in healthcare, the nursing program at Boise State could be a good bet in coming years.  Growth for nursing positions is projected at 14 percent through 2024, and the Department of Labor predicts that there will be about 45 registered nurse’s positions available per year over the next 10 years.  

Boise State offers two tracks leading to the bachelor of science in nursing degree. Students who complete the required undergraduate, pre-nursing prerequisites can apply to the on-campus track during their sophomore year.  Space is limited to 60 students each fall and spring semester.  Registered nurses with associate degrees may complete an online track leading to a bachelor’s degree in nursing. This program has no space limits and students can apply to start fall, spring or summer.

One registered nurse who is completing his bachelor’s degree online is Sean Brown.  After a 10-year career in real estate, Brown turned his sights towards healthcare.  Brown earned his associate degree in nursing in 2011 and passed his boards to become a registered nurse. He currently leads a team of nurses at St. Luke’s Magic Valley as a nursing supervisor.

Nursing is a demanding but rewarding career path that requires critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills. It presents different challenges every day.  Registered nurses (RNs) are in high demand for south-central Idaho, determined by the number of openings and the number of people employed in the occupation.  

An associate degree is sufficient to become a licensed registered nurse, but nearly half — 47 percent — of current RNs in the Magic Valley have a bachelor’s degree.  Employers often hire nurses with associate degrees on the agreement that they will work on getting a bachelor’s in nursing. A bachelor’s degree is also a requirement to pursue graduate nursing programs, and advantageous for career advancement

If you’ve been looking for a career that combines healthcare and science with hands-on, people-oriented work, nursing just might be the path for you.  With the future looking bright for nursing graduates, now is the time to jump on board.

To learn more about the on-campus nursing program here at Boise State, check it out here.

If you are already a registered nurse, and interested in completing your bachelor’s degree, consider the RN-BS program.

Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. King

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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 2017.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is regarded as one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.  Guided by his leadership, the American Civic 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.

We kick off our celebration with the Day of Greatness March and Rally. It starts in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Monday, Jan. 16, at 9 a.m.  Everyone is invited to make posters to carry down Capitol Blvd. for a rally on the statehouse steps. Materials will be provided. 


Tavis Smiley

The keynote address featuring broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley is Monday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom.  Smiley is a journalist, political commentator, and philanthropist who currently hosts Tavis Smiley on PBS.  Smiley is a researcher of Dr. King’s life and legacy, and is the author of Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.  He is the recipient of 16 honorary doctorates and is the founder of the Tavis Smiley Foundation, which funds programs that develop young leaders in their communities.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

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

Career Center Workshops Give You the Inside Scoop


Are you thinking about life after graduation?  If not, now might be the time to start. Searching for a job takes preparation and creativity.  Whether you’re looking for part time work on campus, a summer internship, or your next step after Boise State, the Career Center can help you make the most of your job search.

It’s never too early to start thinking about where you’ll be after you finish your degree.  The more you prepare for what’s next now, the more you’ll thank yourself later.  Sometimes, a little guidance and advice from the pros can make all the difference.

Beginning Jan. 11, the Career Center will offer free, one-hour workshops each week where you’ll build your job search skills.  You’ll finish feeling confident and ready to land your dream job. Workshop times and days of the week vary to accommodate your class schedule. 

Check out descriptions of the two workshops offered below. The Job Search workshop will focus on on-campus student jobs, a great stepping stone for your career and an awesome way to get more involved in the campus community, which can help boost your academic performance.  The Career Fair Success workshop will give you pointers on how to be the star of the next career fair and show future employers what you’ve got.

The Job Search

Are you looking for a job or an internship? Start here. This workshop introduces important job search concepts including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, and LinkedIn.

Career Fair Success

Get the inside scoop on how to stand out and impress employers at the Feb. 22 Career Fair. From resumes and interviews to networking, we will discuss how to make this your most successful Career Fair yet. These workshops will enhance your professional skill set and teach you how to market yourself to your potential employers.

Apply for the 2017 Ethos Project Symposium


2016 Ethos Board Members (Standing) and Symposium Speakers (Seated)

 Have you seen a TED talk?  The TED stage showcases people with “ideas worth spreading.”  You, as an undergraduate student at Boise State, also have ideas worth spreading. Whether it is in your classroom, organization, internship or lab, you are doing innovative and creative work that deserves to be on a stage.  That is where we come in: The Ethos Project holds an annual symposium event that can be your stage.

The Ethos Project is a student-run organization designed to empower students to become advocates for change on campus and in our community.  At a certain point students may hit the “now what?” wall and they don’t know what the next steps are to advance that project or idea.  The Ethos Project is the now what.  The symposium stage presents you with the opportunity to spread awareness and ignite change for an issue on campus or in your community.

Attempting to create change can be difficult and frustrating. The Ethos Project aims to support you by offering a platform for your voice to be heard in front of peers, faculty members, and community leaders.  In addition, our board of passionate students will help you gain the tools and connections you may need to establish the change you want to see.

The 2016 Ethos Project Symposium was an incredible and inspiring success.  Last March, a crowd of over 200 students, faculty members, administrators, and community leaders gathered for the first annual Ethos Project Symposium. Six undergraduate students from disciplines across campus shared research-based projects aimed at inspiring local change.


2016 Ethos Board Member Rae Felte Speaks

The projects ranged from supporting veterans with post traumatic stress through natural healing, to a new technology to prevent overheating in service dogs, to a student’s perspective on mental health issues and resources at Boise State.  These are just a few of the projects selected to be featured last year.  To find more information on these presentations please check out our website here.

Now What: The Ethos Project encourages students from all disciplines to apply for our annual symposium taking place on March 29th, 2017:

  1. Fill out the short application form by December 16 (new, extended deadline)
  2. We want to meet you! Once you have applied you will be contacted to schedule an interview in January.
  3. The 2017 Symposium speakers will be notified on January 31st.  

Questions? Contact Kelsea Donahue at

Apply Now!

To find more information on the Ethos Project visit our website.

Health Services Provides Free Female Condoms

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Health Services will now be providing Boise State students with FC2 female condoms and educational materials, both of which are free. Health Services already provides free male condoms and educational materials at the check-in and check-out areas as well as in each patient exam room.

With the addition of the female condoms, Health Services will be able to offer students options that work for their lifestyle and protect them from sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.

Several campus partners such as the Gender Equity Center have male and female condoms available in their waiting area. In addition, select residence halls have condoms available for purchase.

FC2 is the only female-controlled product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and cleared by the World Health Organization that provides dual protection against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Learn more about and how to use the FC2 female condom online.

Health Services supports the educational mission of Boise State University by providing convenient, accessible and high-quality healthcare to the campus community. They provide a wide range of comprehensive and integrated services to students, faculty, staff and their dependents on campus. Their vision is to create America’s healthiest learning environment.

Visit Health Services on the second floor of the Norco building. For more information or bulk ordering, contact Lauren Baines at

Hult Prize @ Boise State

Hult Prize @ Boise State is bringing one of the world’s toughest challenges to students on our campus in October and November. This year’s challenge is to build a social enterprise to reduce the human cost of involuntary migration. As a complex social, economic and environmental issue, solving this challenge will call on skills from across the disciplines.

2016 College of Business and Economics Hult Prize participants Hannah Coad, Connor Sheldon, Haley Schaefer, and Taylor Reed.

2016 College of Business and Economics Hult Prize participants Hannah Coad, Connor Sheldon, Haley Schaefer, and Taylor Reed.

2016 College of Engineering Hult Prize participants Sydney Crabtree, Camille Eddy, and Michael Plaisance with Mark Rudin.

2016 College of Engineering Hult Prize participants Sydney Crabtree, Camille Eddy, and Michael Plaisance with Mark Rudin.







Boise State students are invited to attend two Hult Prize @ Boise State information sessions on Monday, October 10 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the SUB Bishop Barnwell room and Wednesday, October 12 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the SUB Trueblood Room. 

Mark your calendars now for the Hult Prize @ Boise State campus pitch event on the evening of November 10, 2016. 

The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from universities around the world. The annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to breed the next generation of social entrepreneurs, and ultimately launch a start-up social enterprise that can radically change the world.

Open to university and college students on every continent, the Hult Prize has grown to become the world’s largest student movement for social good.

To get involved, register a team at Round one applications are due October 17. The Round one application will be released October 7.  

Follow Hult Prize @ Boise State on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information.

Life-Changing Learning Can Happen Below Sea

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Not many courses offer as much as Shawn Simonson’s Hyperbaric Physiology course. In this interdisciplinary graduate course, students learn about the physiological changes that occur while diving, the physics of underwater environments, the oceanic flora and fauna adaptations to the pressure in the sea, and the unique ecosystem that exists in the sea, including how lifestyles above water may impact the oceanic environment.

One student said that “the learning that took place throughout the class may not have been 100 percent applicable to the purpose of students in the exercise/kinesiology degree but I think that made the class more important and more applicable to growing up and life in general. We can learn from a book all day long but experiences often teach us more important lessons not found in books.”

Simonson, associate professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology, is partnering with Mary Branchflower, Dive Magic PADI course director, for this thorough course about the underwater world. In addition to studying human anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, physics and biology, the students will earn their PADI Open Water Scuba certification so that they can experience what they’ve studied first hand in Roatan, Honduras at the end of the term.student scubadiving, facing camera, learning under water

The course is being offered in the fall of even years; this is the second fall that students have had the opportunity to take this unique course. There are still six slots available to students. The students who took the course in fall 2014 raved about their experiences and encourage other students to take this life-changing course.

One student expressed gratitude towards Simonson for organizing the course and the capstone trip, though other students expressed similar sentiments: Simonson “created a priceless, unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for his students. He has birthed many lifelong divers and adventurers from this trip. He has fostered learning about hyperbaric physiology but also about the earth, wildlife, and the effects of humans on nature. Through this experience, I hope I speak for everyone when I say he has awakened an appreciation and a sense of wonder for the world we inhabit.”

2016 Campus Awards Winners Announced

The Division of Student Affairs hosted Boise State University’s annual Campus Awards Ceremony on April 25. This blue carpet event recognizes 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:

Honors Student Association
This award is for Broncos who have inspired action in one another to serve and bring about positive change together.

Photo of Faith Brigham and Jeremiah Shinn.

Faith Brigham and Jeremiah Shinn.

David S. Taylor Service to Students Award winner:

Faith Brigham, administrative assistant, Department of Anthropology

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.


Adviser of the Year Award winner:

Kelly Myers, adviser for the Ethos Project student organization
This award is for an adviser dedicated to changing the lives of students involved in student organizations. Outstanding advisers serve as mentors, resources, teachers and advocates on behalf of their students.



Photo of JunNy Foo and Debbie Kaylor.

JunNy Foo and Debbie Kaylor.

Outstanding Student Employee of the Year Award winner:

JunNy Foo, Outdoor Program, 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

Photo of Rahim Osman and Charlie Varland.

Rahim Osman and Charlie Varland.


Emerging Leader Award winner:

Rahim Osman
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.


Program of the Year Award winner:

Ethos Project Symposium

This award is for students who have created an activity, event or program that made a significant impact on the campus community.

Photo of Brooke Putra and Francisco Salinas.

Brooke Putra and Francisco Salinas

Inclusive Excellence Awards Award winners:

Scott Willison and Brooke Putra

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.



Photo of Shayna George and Leslie Webb.

Shayna George and Leslie Webb

Spirit of Boise State Awards Award winners:

Ben Ohashi, Christopher Sutherlin, Rae Felte, Samantha Walker, Shayna George and Sophie Dunton

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.

Two Students Receive Credentialing Scholarship

Kayla Rigenhagen and Hailey Poncia

Kayla Rigenhagen and Hailey Poncia

Kayla Rigenhagen and Hailey Poncia were awarded a credentialing scholarship from the Idaho Health Information Management Association (IdHIMA). The state association provides two to three scholarships per year to students and active members who are interested in sitting for a credentialing exam. The scholarship covers the fee for any American Health Information Management Association exam at the member rate.

Both students are health science studies majors with an emphasis in health informatics and information management. The certified coding associate credential which will distinguish their competence in coding and is a sought-after qualification by many facilities. Poncia will graduate in May 2016 and Rigenhagen will graduate in May 2017. They will take the exam during summer 2016.

IdHIMA provides members with access to professional education and networking within health information management and similar fields. IdHIMA is governed by a board elected by Idaho AHIMA credentialed members.