Current Students News
This time of the year, it’s important to find balance. Boise State Recreation Services is hosting the fifth annual Yoga On The Blue, a one hour yoga class on the blue turf where you can get some physical and mental exercise. This class is free for those with a Boise State ID, $10 for all others. Cash only, please. Kids are welcome and free.
A limited amount of yoga mats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own if you have a mat. All levels of fitness are welcome. We suggest wearing clothing that gives you a wide range of motion. You’ll have the opportunity for photos on The Blue after the event. Please enter through Entrance A on the south side of the stadium.
Saturday, April 29
10 – 11 a.m.
Gates open at 9:30 a.m.
It’s the little things, like what you eat. that can make a big difference in your health and wellness. BroncoFit Week kicks off on Monday, April 24 with the Food Symposium, a discussion hosted by Campus Dietitian MarLee Harris about what Boise State’s food culture should look like.
As a member of the Boise State community, your input is an important part of making our university better. We want to hear your ideas about how to make Boise State the healthiest campus in the country. This event is structured to last the full four hours and includes a catered lunch, but please join us for as much or little as you can. To view the full agenda and register for this event, check here.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Imagination Lab In Skaggs Hall
This event is part of BroncoFit Week, a campus-wide event to encourage Boise State students, faculty and staff to engage in all aspects of health and well-being taking place April 24 to 29. Other events for the week include a prescription drug disposal event, free bike rentals, Yoga on the Blue, and the Million Step Marathon.
To learn more about what’s coming up during BroncoFit Week, check it out here.
Boise State University is proud to host the 24th Annual Seven Arrows Powwow April 22 and 23. This high-energy competition celebrates the heritage and traditions of Native Americans, and draws dancers and drummers from across the continent. Don’t miss this opportunity to join thousands of other spectators in the celebration of Native American customs.
The Seven Arrows Powwow features dancers in beautiful regalia, music, demonstrations, food, and storytelling. Try authentic Native American food and browse booths set up by regional vendors selling handmade items such as instruments, beaded jewelry, art, and hand drums. Dancers of all ages will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes.
Admission is free for students with ID, $4 for children younger than 12, and $6 for the general public. Parking is available in the Lincoln Garage for $1 per day. Non-perishable food donations for the Native American Council of Boise (NACOB) will be accepted at the door.
MC – Tyson Shay
AD – J. Dallas Gudgell
Host Drum – Medicine Thunder from Fort Hall
April 22 and April 23
Student Union, Jordan Ballroom
Saturday at noon and 7 p.m.
Sunday at noon
Want to be a part of something bigger? The Peace Corps is currently seeking interested Boise State students to serve as campus ambassadors for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. Open the door to opportunities to make big changes in your community and in the world.
Peace Corps campus ambassadors will work closely with the Peace Corps regional recruiter to raise Peace Corps’ profile on campus and introduce Peace Corps to new and diverse student groups. Ambassadors use their campus connections and social media to share about the life-changing opportunity that Peace Corps offers.
The Peace Corps is a government-run volunteer program that works to provide technical assistance to people in need, help people outside the United States understand American culture, and help Americans understand the cultures of other countries. Since the program was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, nearly 220,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps and served in 141 countries.
To learn more go to peacecorps.gov/ambassadors.
Application deadline is April 15, 2017.
Don’t forget to respond to the Diversity and Inclusion campus survey by Sunday, April 9. Log in to your my.boisestate.edu then click on this link to take the student survey. After you take the survey, you’ll have an opportunity to enter your name for gift card drawings.
If you loved last year’s Spring Fling, you’re in for a treat. This year’s 40th annual Spring Fling is bringing back the same heart-pounding excitement for an encore experience.
Kalliope, Walter the Bus, and Medusa are all returning to campus to make this event the coolest thing you do all year. In case you don’t already know, Kalliope is a larger-than-life boom box bass with 70,000 watts of power pumping out music ignited by neon strobes and laser light beams. And because it’s your party you get to pick the music. Thanks to Kalliope, you’ll experience music in a whole new way.
Walter the Bus, a two-to-one scale replica of a classic VW bus, and Medusa, a flame cannon spitting machine will take your Spring Fling experience to a whole new level of energy. Mix in some up-in-the-air thrill rides and it’ll be revolutionary.
Tickets are not required, but take your campus ID to get a wristband for the rides. Spring Fling is open to the public, however in order to participate in certain attractions you must be accompanied by a Boise State student with a valid ID. Any non-Boise State student under 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This event is free for Boise State students with ID, $5 for non-Boise State students, and free for kids 12 and younger.
Saturday, April 22
East Stadium Parking Lot
7 p.m. – midnight
Housing and Residence Life, Residential Housing Association, and the Student Union are cosponsors of Spring Fling. For more information contact the Student Involvement and Leadership Center at (208) 426-1223.
Last month, the German section of the World Languages program hosted its annual Do Deutsch German Outreach Day for local high school students. Approximately 450 students from seven high schools across the Treasure Valley participated in the all-day event. “The event is designed to raise awareness of the value of language learning, and how languages open up opportunities,” said Dr. Heike Henderson, associate chair of the Department of World Languages and German Section Head.
Do Deutsch started six years ago, after Boise State received a grant from the German Embassy in Washington, D.C..
It’s an opportunity for high school students to visit Boise State, often for their first time. Students get to experience university culture and practice their German skills. The event was organized by Rebecca Sibrian, German instructor, Department of World Languages. Also involved were her colleagues Beret Norman, Franzi Borders, and Heike Henderson, as well as many student volunteers.
Students completed nine stations, each with a game designed to help them practice and improve their German skills. As they completed each station, they earned stamps in their “language passport”, which could be redeemed for prizes donated by the German Embassy. Some of these activities included bingo, conversations with Boise State students learning German, Pictionary, Scrabble, and word identification for German words without direct English translations.
Do Deutsch is just one of the events that the World Langauge department hosts throughout the year. The German program offers B.A.s in German and German Secondary Education, as well as two different minors, Business German and German Literature and Culture. Hopefully, after they’ve attended Do Deutsch, Boise State will welcome many new language-learners.
Do you need legal advice? It’s not always easy, or affordable, to come by as a student. That’s why the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) funds free attorney consultations with a local private lawyer for most legal problems you may have. This service is available to all full fee paying students at Boise State.
Some of the topics eligible for discussion are:
- Landlord/tenant problems
- Small claims court
- Divorce/family Law
- Automobile accidents
- Personal injury
- Child custody/child support
- Minor in consumption/possession
- Driving under the influence
- Workman’s compensation claims
- Collection and debt problems
- Insurance claims
You’ll meet with one of two attorneys with the law firm of Schroeder & Lezamiz Law Offices, LLP. The firm was established in 1981 in Boise, Idaho and has provided legal services to individuals, businesses, and universities. It has received the AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating given to law firms in the United States. You can learn more about Schroeder & Lezamiz Law Offices, LLP here.
Margaret M. Lezamiz has been a licensed practicing attorney in the State of Idaho since being admitted to the bar in 1983, and is fluent in Spanish.
John T. Schroeder is a nationally-recognized attorney, and has practiced law in the State of Idaho since being admitted to the bar in 1981.
For a full list of the topics you can seek consultation for, or to learn more about the service, visit here. To be eligible, you must be a currently enrolled and full fee paying student in the semester that the appointment occurs. You’ll need to be enrolled in either summer or fall classes to use this service over the summer.
Monday and Thursday
Fall and spring semesters (summer appointments may be available)
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
By appointment only, walk-in appointments are not accepted. Book an appointment here.
Appointments are thirty minutes long. Please be sure to bring proper identification. Faculty and staff are not eligible to use this service.
The votes are in! More than 1700 students participated in the ASBSU Spring 2017 Executive Election this year. Inauguration will take place on Wednesday, April 12.
Here are the results of the election:
President and Vice President
Sienna George and Gabe Payne won the election with 51 percent of the votes cast, a total of 866 votes.
According to the official Facebook page,
“George | Payne 2017 is built on a platform of equity, empathy, accessibility, empowerment, transparency and compassion. We strive to enhance and engage the student voice across campus by empowering students to become agents of change at Boise State through student-led initiatives and partnerships that work with the administration to create institutional change.”
Jenna Adkins and Lindsey Raaker received 49 percent of the votes, a total of 834 votes.
Secretary of Academic Affairs
Garrett Pedersen won the election with 64 percent of the votes cast, a total of 962 votes.
Pedersen is an active member of the Boise State community. He is involved with the Dance Marathon and is also a member of Delta Upsilon, a men’s fraternity committed to building better men for a global society through service, leadership development and lifelong personal growth of our diverse membership.
Ashley Wardle received 36 percent of the votes, a total of 546.
Secretary of Community Relations
Austin Henderson took the vote with 57 percent of the votes cast, a total of 851 votes.
Some of Henderson’s platform goals include enhancing knowledge and access to internship and job opportunities in the Boise area for students, and promoting awareness of Boise community events.
Hunter Morrison received 43 percent of the votes, a total of 644.
Secretary of Student Organization Affairs
Justin Doi won the election with 62 percent of the votes, a total of 960 votes.
Doi has held positions as ASBSU funding board officer and as an orientation leader, and is also involved with the Dance Marathon.
Ryahn Pumphery received 38 percent of the votes cast, a total of 584 votes.
The Associated Students of Boise State University is an organization made up of students, for students that advocates for students at Boise State, and is involved in many projects that shape the Boise State experience. All fee-paying students are members of ASBSU.
“From adding eco-friendly water sprinklers to campus, to more water refill stations, to fighting for more state funding, and even implementing a new policy protecting students from their first MIC, ASBSU works hard each and every day to ensure that students feel safe and welcomed,” says standing President Rebecca Kopp.
Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity:
Boise State University is actively committed to diversity and inclusivity, a stance in alignment with our Statement of Shared Values. We recognize that our success is dependent on how well we value, engage, include, and utilize the rich diversity of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. We believe that prejudice, oppression, and discrimination are detrimental to human dignity, and that a vibrant and diverse campus community enhances the learning environment of the populations that we serve. We are fully committed to treating all stakeholders with dignity and respect, and to working collectively on an ongoing basis to build and maintain a community that understands, celebrates, and values diversity, and expects and fosters inclusivity at all levels.
Diversity is the variety of intersecting identities that make individuals unique, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, socio-economic status, age, country of origin, veteran status, abilities, spirituality, religious beliefs, and political beliefs. Diversity recognizes the uniqueness of individuals, populations, groups and their perspectives and experiences.
Inclusivity is the conscious and deliberate decision to continuously work towards the creation of an accepting and nurturing campus climate where similarities and differences are respected, supported, and valued by ensuring the active participation of the entire campus community.
An earnest commitment to diversity and inclusivity incorporates the following:
- Unconditionally rejecting every form of bigotry, discrimination, hateful rhetoric, and hateful action.
- Understanding that each individual is unique and deserving of respect.
- Recognizing that people have intersecting identities, which means that individuals experience identity differently, within structures of inequality and/or privilege.
- Expanding the view of diversity beyond the acknowledgment of commonalities to an acceptance, recognition and honoring of difference.
- Acknowledging that within diverse populations there are unique individual and collective needs, as well as individual and collective achievements.
- Moving beyond simple tolerance of differences towards the more comprehensive goals of acceptance, pluralism, and inclusive excellence.
- Explicitly addressing the barriers to communication, relationship building, and organizational development caused by misunderstanding, dominance, and fear.
- Promoting active and regular engagement between individuals and groups who represent different characteristics and categories of identity in order to explore difference in a safe and nurturing environment, and to develop understanding across lines of perceived difference.
- Endorsing our values of open, respectful discourse and exchange of ideas from the widest variety of intellectual, religious, class, cultural, and political perspectives.
- Making a commitment to inclusivity at all levels and the active and meaningful involvement of diverse individuals in decision-making processes.
- Developing a process for identifying goals regarding diversity and inclusivity, along with the reasonable and realistic allocation of resources and a structure for accountability for the achievement of those goals.
Approved and Recommended by the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion
Adopted February 24, 2017