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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.


Study Abroad Opportunity for Fall 2016

Experience life in a foreign country. Make new friends. Live with and learn from people with different values, beliefs, and customs. And gain credits at a foreign university.

In fall 2016 Nichole Lasich, clinical instructor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health, will be teaching two University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) courses in San Ramón, Costa Rica.  USAC is a program that provides high quality, affordable study abroad opportunities.

Speak Spanish and learn Costa Rican customs by living with a host family near campus. Families provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You would also have your own room and laundry service. Host families are a good source of local, practical information and advice.

Available Classes

  • Global Environmental Health. A 200-level, three credit course to strengthen student knowledge about global environmental health. Population dynamics, food production, pollution, and water quality are among the topics to be explored.
  • Women’s Health. A 400-level, three credit course to explore the intersection of race, gender, culture, and socioeconomic status for students to have a more holistic perspective of women’s health. Students enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to attend Universidad San José to study other upper division science courses in an ideal location for ecology, biology, and health sciences.

Fees and Deadlines

The program and housing fees for the San Ramón program are around $7,500. The early application deadline for the Costa Rica San Ramón program is April 15, 2016. Once regular admission begins, students have until June 15, 2016 to apply. Payments are to be made by July 15, 2016, which is also the last day to register for internships. The program cancellation deadline is July 30, 2016.

Other countries available in the USAC program include Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, India, and Ireland.

For more information about USAC programs and to apply click here.

Diagnostic Radiology Students Dominate Annual Conference

Five groups of Boise State diagnostic radiology students placed in the top three spots for both research papers and poster presentations at the Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists (ISRT) annual conference in Twin Falls, Idaho on April 1 and 2. The students took home second and third place in the conference’s research paper competition and swept the poster presentation competition. They were accompanied by faculty advisor, Erica Wight, clinical assistant professor, radiologic sciences.

Daniel Johnson, Ashley Broad, Erica Wight and Tavia Saenz

Daniel Johnson, Ashley Broad, Erica Wight and Tavia Saenz


Research paper competitors  Dan Johnson, Ashley Broad, Erica Wight (faculty adviser) and Tavia Saenz placed second place with their paper, “Protective Quality of Composite Lead Equivalents.”




Amber Sanford, Mari Parkinson, Ashley Barrett, and Erica Wight

Amber Sanford, Mari Parkinson, Ashley Barrett, and Erica Wight

Ashley Barrett, Mar Parkinson, and Amber Sanford placed third with their paper, “Likelihood of Visualizing Glass Shards in X-rays.” Eight papers were accepted for the research paper competition.





Sarah Johnston, Garrett Hanna, Amanda Francis

Sarah Johnston, Garrett Hanna, Amanda Francis

In the poster exhibit competition, Amanda Francis, Garrett Hanna, and Sarah Johnston placed first for their research poster, “Cumulative Dose in NICU Patients.”








Cassie Herd, Jason Thurston, and Chad Waddington

Cassie Herd, Jason Thurston, and Chad Waddington


Cassie Herd, Jason Thurston, and Chad Waddington placed second for their research poster, “Efficiency of Leaded Eyewear Between Standard C-Arm Positions.”






Anne Powell, Kimberly Forsythe, Megan Tualaulelei

Anne Powell, Kimberly Forsythe, Megan Tualaulelei

Anne Powell, Megan Tualaulelei, and Kimberly Forsythe placed third for their research poster, “Repeat/Reject Analysis in Computed Radiography.” Eight poster presentations were accepted for the research exhibit competition.








ISRT is a membership society for all professionals in medical imaging. They are an affiliate of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and advocate for quality patient care in Idaho. The annual conference provides members the opportunity to share common goals and enhance their education.



Rainbow Graduation Celebrates Diversity

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The Rainbow Graduation ceremony will take place April 28 to provide visible support of the LGBTQIA+ community on campus and to celebrate the achievements of LGBTQIA+ graduates.  There will be formal remarks, a cording ceremony, and refreshments.

This festive and intimate end-of-the-year celebration will provide personal recognition of graduating seniors, as well as graduating graduate school and professional school students at Boise State. Each graduate will receive a rainbow cord and certificate of honor, and will have an opportunity to honor a mentor or personal advocate at the ceremony. Light refreshments will be provided. Guests of registered graduates, allies, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

The event, sponsored by the Gender Equity Center, takes place Thursday, April 28, 6-8 pm in the Student Union Lookout Room.  If you would like to participate please fill out the registration form on this web page.



Experience Native American Culture



Immerse yourself in the culture of the first people as you celebrate the rich heritage of Native Americans at the 23rd annual Seven Arrows Powwow, one of Boise State University’s signature events.

Showcasing the customs of Native Americans in full regalia, this competition draws dancers and drummers from all over the U.S. and Canada. This event features high-energy entertainment, standout traditional costumes, song, music, demonstrations and storytelling. Grand entry begins at noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and noon on Sunday.

Admission is free for students with ID, $4 for children under 12, and $6 for the general public. Parking is available in the Lincoln Garage at the $1/day Powwow rate. Non-perishable food donations for the Native American Council of Boise (NACOB) will be taken at the door.

The event is co-sponsored by Intertribal Native Council of Boise State and Red River Powwow Association. For locations and schedules, visit For more information, call Multicultural Student Services at (208) 426-5950.

Radiology Students Place in National Competition


Ashley Broad, Tavia Saenz and Daniel Johnson

Three School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences students placed second at the annual Royal Domingo Student Essay Competition on Feb. 3-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The seniors, Ashley Broad, Tavia Saenz and Daniel Johnson competed with over 30 other submissions with their essay, “Protection Quality of Composite Lead Equivalents.”

The aim of the students’ study was to evaluate the effectiveness of new lightweight composite materials against traditional lead radiation protective shielding. The effectiveness of the shields was assessed from an x-ray beam at two different peak kilovoltages. Peak kilovoltage is the maximum voltage applied across an x-ray tube. Their results indicated a significant difference between protection capabilities of the shielding materials tested. The standard lead shield provided 24 percent less protection suggesting that one of the most common types of shields used in local hospitals is not offering the highest level of radiation protection available.

The seniors’ essay was one of nine groups of students from Boise State who submitted essays for the competition under the guidance of Erica Wight, clinical assistant professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences. This is not the first time Boise State students have fared well at the Royal Domingo Student Essay Competition. In 2014, three separate groups of Boise State students swept the top three placement levels with their essays.

The Royal Domingo Student Essay Competition was sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to improving the quality of education among collegiate radiologic technology programs.

Take Advantage of Movies at a Discount


The Student Involvement and Leadership Center is offering another blockbuster movie series for everyone who loves the big screen. Bringing cinema to students at discount prices is a campus tradition—free popcorn included.

Free for students with ID and just one dollar for nonstudents.

According to Jenna Massaro, with the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, although the movies are for everyone to enjoy, the series was created to bring students together throughout the semester.  “We want students to de-stress, laugh with friends, and ultimately have a good experience.  We want to bring the movie theater to them.”

For more information, call the Student Involvement and Leadership Center at (208) 426-1223.

Spring Movie Schedule

Jan 28
7 PM, Simplot, Student Union Building
“The Intern”
Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway star in this comedy about an online fashion site. Grab your friends and enjoy some popcorn.  FREE for students with valid Boise State ID or $1 general admission. Visit

Feb 4
7 PM, Simplot, Student Union Building
“Crazy Stupid Love”
Just in time for Valentine’s day, Steve Carell rejoins the singles world, looking for love in all the wrong places.  You don’t need a date to grab some popcorn and enjoy a night out.  FREE for students with valid Boise State ID or $1 general admission. Visit

Feb 18
7 PM, Special Events Center, Student Union Building
“Hunger Games Mocking Jay- Part 2”
Jennifer Lawrence faces dangerous enemies and moral choices that will ultimately determine the future of millions.  You won’t go hungry – enjoy some popcorn.  FREE for students with valid Boise State ID or $1 general admission. Visit

March 10
7 PM, Special Events Center, Student Union Building
“Good Dinosaur”
A young dinosaur (Raymond Ochoa) named Arlo develops an unlikely friendship with a boy.  An animation for all ages; heart-warming and unforgettable. FREE for students with valid Boise State ID or $1 general admission.

March 31
7 PM, Bronco Lounge, Student Union Building
“Space Jam “
This perfect Throwback Thursday movie stars Danny Devito as an evil alien theme park owner, needs a new attraction at Moron Mountain.  Grab your friends and enjoy some popcorn.  FREE for students with valid Boise State ID or $1 general admission. Visit

April 28
7 PM, Special Events Center, Student Union Building
“Star Wars:  The Force Awakens”
Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his allies face a new threat. Let the force be with you and your friends. FREE for students with valid Boise State ID or $1 general admission. Visit

Students Participate in Civic Engagement Exhibition

Twelve graduate students from the Department of Counselor Education participated in the Civic Engagement Exhibition this spring. The exhibition showcased visual displays of their Service–Learning experiences, final projects and research.

Rhiannon Troll and Amber Dillon won “Best in Show” for their poster, which featured their work in partnership with the Agency for New Americans (ANA).  The primary goal at ANA is to help refugees achieve self-sufficiency in their new lives by providing the skills, education, and support necessary during their resettlement period.

The exhibition is an open forum for students to interact with faculty, community partners, and with university and state dignitaries. Held every spring and fall semester, the diversity of disciplines and projects in the exhibition illustrates the broad reach of Boise State University’s commitment to civic engagement.

A quote featured on their poster is as follows: “This project allowed us to gain a deeper understanding of what being a refugee entails. We offered emotional support as they described and expressed their frustrations and concerns with the relocation process. Our new insight and awareness of the refugee population within our community allowed for opportunities to educate others in an attempt to dispel misconceptions and initiate conversations regarding the needs of the refugee population in our community.”


Two Geoscience Students Win Scholarships

Ten geoscience students presented posters on research topics for a local competition sponsored by the Society of Mining and Exploration (SME)-Boise Section.

SME members chose undergraduate Danielle Terhaar and Ph.D. candidate Claire Ostwald to each receive a $500 scholarship. The first-time contest included topics ranging from the mineralization of fossilized mammal teeth to determining ages for global glacial events.

“It means a lot to the students, the department, and me to have such tremendous and generous support for our majors in the local geology community,” David Wilkins said, chair of the Department of Geosciences.

Suzy Cavanagh, Boise SME Section chair, said “We’re excited that, after two years of work reestablishing the Boise Section of SME, we were able to make the scholarships a reality so soon. We are fortunate to have a lot of local support from long-standing members as well as others who are relatively new to SME.”

Cavanagh said the scholarship program is important because it awards scholarships to promising undergraduate and graduate college students who have chosen the field of geosciences as a career.

“Many students come out of school having focused solely on research, without experience or knowledge of the types of jobs that geoscientists have in Boise and around the West,” she said. “The Boise Section of SME helps students to bridge that gap by providing students opportunities to network with local industry professionals.”