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Respiratory Care Students Rank High in the Northwest


Miah Nystrom, Alexis Morrison, Kyler Wilson

Eight students from the Department of Respiratory Care participated in one-week rotations in Northwest hospitals earlier this spring for the first time. A respiratory care practitioner treats and manages a patient’s breathing.

Jeff Anderson, associate professor and director of clinical education, said the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) contacted the department last fall. “They have hired our graduates in the past and were so pleased with their performance that they also wanted them to complete clinical rotations at their facility.”  The program has been so successful the department plans to offer it again.

“Feedback from the facilities and from the students has been outstanding,” Anderson said. “Seattle Children’s respiratory care education coordinator informed us that the Boise State Respiratory Care graduates are ‘head and shoulders above graduates of other programs.’”

Students had the opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learned and deal with various unexpected medical issues. The rotations included observing and sometimes participating in the care of patients using procedures not currently performed in the Treasure Valley, such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for severe pulmonary or cardiac disorders.

Alexis Morrison observed and participated in the treatment of ECMO in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital at UWMC. “This is a device that involves essentially taking the blood out of a patient’s body, running it through an oxygenator and heater, and then reinserting it into the body,” she said.  “The Respiratory Care program at Boise State is exceptional at preparing us with the knowledge to be able to perform any task or treatment, so everything I observed and helped with I knew a lot about.”

Kyler Wilson also went to the UWMC, but he cared for adults in the medical/surgical and the cardiothoracic intensive care units. He said, “UWMC uses a different critical care ventilator than we do in the Valley, so it was extremely helpful to put my knowledge of that ventilator into clinical practice. My preceptors let me take the lead with most patients and helped me when I needed it. This remote clinical was the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Miah Nystrom went to Randal Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, Oregon, caring for patients five years or younger. “I actively participated in learning disease states and how they’re treated,” she said. “It was interesting watching how the Legacy team works together in this huge hospital. In every situation, they let me get in on the action, and it was fantastic.”

Nystrom learned firsthand how exhausting 12-hour shifts can be on a daily basis. “We do eight hours twice a week n Boise, which is plenty with our strenuous school schedule, so it was nice to face reality. I was very prepared for a lot of the situations.”

After graduating this year with degrees in respiratory care, the students will take their board exams. Morrison plans to specialize in neonatal care in the Treasure Valley. Wilson hopes to land a job in Seattle, specialize in adult critical care, and pursue a master’s degree. Nystrom hopes to work in neonatal and pediatric critical care in Oregon.

By Sandy Friedly

New Engineering Tutoring Center Invigorates Learning


Students who learn how to learn are infinitely more successful than those who simply master the problem of the day.

That’s the basis of a new effort out of the College of Engineering. The Tutoring Center at the Grant Avenue Annex (the former Division of Extended Studies building) encourages students to expand the learning process outside of the classroom.

On just about any given day, students flow in and out of the space, which is stocked with computers, projectors, fixed and mobile white boards, foam cubes for stacking and sitting, and T-Boards — moveable walls with whiteboards on both sides that can be arranged into a variety of creative meeting spaces. Read more.

Study Abroad Leads to Internship in Ireland

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Left to right: Michael Healy-Rae, Teachta Dala; Prime Minister Edna Kenny; Eddie Downey, President of the Irish Farmers Association; Brian Garretson

One day, Brian Garretson, a junior double majoring in entrepreneurship management and communication, wandered into Sara Dart’s office to discuss the possibilities of studying abroad.

“I love being on campus during the year too much to leave during a semester, so I figured why not travel over the summer? I started researching places and programs and thinking outside the box, soon enough I Skyped with a coordinator and got accepted.”

Study Abroad staff helped Brian with everything from obtaining a passport to completing paperwork to travel preparation. The end result was spending 12 weeks during summer 2014, living in a flat in Dublin, Ireland, with other international students. He interned with Michael Healy-Rae, an independent politician elected into the 31st Dail Eireann as a Teachta Dala (TD) for Kerry South (similar to the position of a U.S. state senator).

The Dail (pronounced Doll) sits Tuesday through Thursday, but Brian was in the office Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., making phone calls, writing press releases and sending out emails. Working for someone in a high-ranking position was an unforgettable experience. “Michael is extremely respected,” he said. “It seemed every Irish citizen knew who he was or at least who his family was. He appears on the news a lot, has his own TV show, and even introduced me to the prime minister of Ireland.“

Brian said the highlights of studying abroad included being liberated from American norms and being challenged to learn perspectives he knew nothing about. “Michael was incredibly inspirational and motivated me to be a true go-getter just as he is. He treats his citizens well and has started to redefine what it means to be a politician.” Brian also had the opportunity to travel all over Europe to places like France, Scotland, England, The Netherlands, and Spain.

He “absolutely” recommends studying abroad. “You cannot teach the amount of experience and perspective something like this offers in the constraints of a classroom. The best conversations I had with my over-sea’s friends were often their thoughts on America. I learned an incredible amount about myself, Ireland, Europe, government … this has been one of the most significant experiences in my 21 years.”

Brian is from Cranford, New Jersey. In addition to his double major, he is minoring in leadership and public relations. He is also serving his first term as ethics officer for ASBSU and he is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He plans to graduate May 2016.

— By Sandy Friedly


Sabrina McEnaney Wins Accounting Competition

Boise State student Sabrina McEnaney competed on the winning team at the Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) national conference in Atlanta, GA in August. The Boise State Beta Alpha Psi chapter received $1,000 as a result of the team win. This is the second consecutivesabrina year that Boise State had a member on the winning team.

Project Run With It received over 1500 applications and McEnaney’s was one of 72 accepted. The 72 competitors were assigned to a team of four and presented with a business issue, not specific to accounting, from a local nonprofit. Teams had less than 48 hours to determine the problem, develop a solution, make a formal business proposal and present it to the judges.

Within the 48 hours of the competition, McEnaney’s team analyzed the nonprofit organization’s needs, did a full competitor and market analysis, analyzed their budget, performed a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threat (SWOT) analysis, developed a marketing strategy, forecasted demand for the product, developed a marketing strategy and performed a price analysis for the product.

McEnaney said the case competition was by far the most challenging, yet most rewarding project she has been a part of.  I have ever been a part of. “The biggest lesson I learned was that people skills are the most important part of any project or work experience. That is what I will remember most about this experience.”

McEnaney is a senior majoring in accounting and finance. She is also the vice president of membership for Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the accounting fraternity on campus.

Boise State Graduate Lands Dream Job

Graduates from Boise State University end up in all parts of the world doing all kinds of things. Take Phoebe Wallace, for example, whose job it is to swim with sea turtlesBoise State graduate Wallace swims with sea turtles as part of her dream job. and go whale watching. After graduating in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, she landed a job at Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) in Maui, Hawaii.

Phoebe is on a team of marine naturalists responsible for everything from free diving with dolphins to giving presentations about coral. She and her colleagues take turns leading reef tours, snorkeling in the sun pointing out fish. She said, “The most important thing we do is education … we try to inspire people to join us in the ocean conservation movement by teaching them how to responsibly enjoy wildlife in its natural habitat.”

Phoebe discovered her love for biology in high school watching David Attenborough wildlife specials fascinated by “the diversity and complexity of life.” She knew she wanted a job someday that would allow her to be outdoors. After enrolling at Boise State, she went straight to the Study Abroad office.

“I originally wanted to go to Australia or New Zealand,” she said,” but they helped me find a program that was not only the most affordable, but also the only one where I could get upper division biology credits, so I didn’t get behind in my degree.” For six months during her third year, Phoebe went to Costa Rica and said it was the “best decision ever.” While living with a host family, she took biology classes in English, a Latin American culture class, and learned Spanish. On weekends, she volunteered to protect nesting sea turtles.

Immediately after graduation, Phoebe returned to Costa Rica to work as a research assistant at a wildlife refuge in a jungle with no electricity or roads. She patrolled the beach at night for turtles, was stung by a five-inch scorpion, and watched a boa constrictor eat an iguana. She said, “You can’t truly appreciate the jungle without realizing it is a force to be reckoned with.” She also remembers quite vividly releasing hundreds of baby turtles into a sea glowing with blue-green bioluminescence.

Phoebe’s advice for students—“Study abroad first and foremost, or if that’s not possible, look into traveling and volunteering and stick with it. I spent a lot of my time in college unsure if it would ever pay off, and watched people dropping out to travel and they seemed to be enjoying life much more than me, but I am so glad I stuck to my goal and finished school, it was so worth it.”

Explore the opportunities to study abroad at the office of International Learning Opportunities, located in the Simplot/Micron Building.


by Sandy Friedly

Student Wins LeaderShape’s Palmer Award

Emmanuel Eze

Emmanuel Eze, a student majoring in accounting and finance, is one of two recipients for the prestigious Palmer Award for 2014.

The award, which includes $700 in prize money, is given in collaboration with the LeaderShape Institute and recognizes the achievements of committed students who bring their vision for a better world to reality.

Emmanuel participated in the August 2013 LeaderShape session, where he developed his vision for a better world, a place where people everywhere celebrate multicultural diversity and feel loved and included. After returning from LeaderShape, he began working towards his vision by producing “Let’s All Grow Together,” a multicultural music video that promotes diversity and building community. Emmanuel brought together students from across campus who wrote, produced, and starred in the video showcasing diversity at Boise State University. To date, the video has had more than 2,000 views.

From Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria, Emmanuel has been at Boise State since 2012. He is a delegate on the Martin Luther King Living Legacy Committee.  A position he said “helps strengthen his belief in a campus free from prejudice and discrimination.”

So far, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center has held seven LeaderShape sessions, with approximately 300 graduates.

Originally developed in 1986, the Institute was designed as a means of improving campus leadership, and has since expanded its mission of developing young adults’ leadership capacity through partnerships with various institutions across the United States and throughout the world.


Materials Science and Engineering Student Wins Award

Ph.D. student Matthew Swenson is one of 20 recipients of the 2014 Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected him for his research paper “Correlation Between the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Irradiated Fe-9Cr ODS,” which he presented this summer at the American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada.

The Fuel Cycle Research Awards Program is designed to:

  • Award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative fuel-cycle-relevant research publications
  • Demonstrate the Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies’ commitment to higher education in fuel-cycle-relevant disciplines
  • Support communications among students and DOE representatives

The DOE has long recognized the importance in the research conducted by university students like Matthew for their innovation and their breakthrough achievements in science.

Free Legal Advice for Students

ASBSU Student Legal Services provides free attorney consultations for most legal issues you may have. This service is available to all currently enrolled full fee/activity fee paying Boise State students. Student Legal Services is funded by your student government, ASBSU.

Topics eligible for discussions include the following:

  • Landlord/Tenant problems
  • Small Claims court
  • Divorce/Family Law
  • Child Custody/Child Support
  • Criminal Misdemeanor: Minor in Consumption, Possession, and DUI
  • DUI/Criminal
  • Collection & Debt Problems
  • Wills
  • Insurance claims
  • Automobile accidents/Personal Injury
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Probate
  • Adoptions/Name change
  • Workman’s Compensation Claims

For more information about the service and to schedule an appointment click here.

Print Wirelessly from Your Laptop


Have you ever found yourself waiting in line for a lab computer just so you can get your class schedule or an assignment printed?  With just a few simple steps, you can wirelessly print from your laptop on campus.

To get started:

  1. Connect.  Log into the Bronco-Wireless network on your laptop using your Boise State (BroncoWeb) credentials (BroncoPrint does not work on the Bronco-Guest wi-fi network).
  2. Download.  Visit the BroncoPrint website and expand the “Wireless Printing Software Downloads and Installation” section in the middle of the page.  Choose the tab for your computer (Windows or Mac), click on the appropriate link, and follow the prompts to install the software.  For Mac computers, be sure to download both “BroncoPrint Notify” and “BroncoPrint Popup.”  If you need download help, click on the Installation Instructions links for Windows or Mac. You will only need to download software the first time you use BroncoPrint on your computer.
  3. Print.  When you are ready to print, select the BSU-Black&White or BSU-Color printer, depending on your needs. The software will prompt for your student ID number, ask you to name the print job, and inform you of the cost.  Once you approve your job, it will be available for up to two hours.  If you do not print it within that time, the job will be deleted from the system.
  4. Swipe.  To pick up your print job, swipe your student ID card at any print kiosk on campus.  Kiosks can be found in the ILC, Student Union Building Zone, computer labs, library, and several other locations.

Questions about how to print wirelessly?  Feel free to ask any Office of Information Technology Zone staff, email, or call 426-HELP.