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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
BOISE STATE RESEARCHER BRINGING HEALTHIER AIR TO KENYAN HOMES
By Brady W Moore
Uwe Reischl, a professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in the College of Health Sciences, recently conducted a project in Bukhaywa, Kenya, to evaluate a new architectural ventilation design concept developed at Boise State.
The design reduces harmful indoor smoke accumulation generated by open fires in rural kitchens. Kenya’s rural population relies primarily on indoor open fires for cooking. Fuels such as firewood, charcoal, agricultural waste products and animal dung create toxic smoke that leads to chronic respiratory health problems primarily for women and children. It is estimated that more than 600,000 women worldwide die prematurely each year from illnesses caused by such exposures.
FROM THE VP
Creativity and Generosity Buoy Student Success at Boise State
There have been significant changes on the Boise State campus in recent years. One easily recognizable change is the number of new buildings that thanks to donor support, in part, offer our students the facilities where they can learn and grow. Another significant change on campus is the growing student population who have entrusted Boise State as the university where they will receive the foundation for their career goals and achievements.
In fact, Boise State has welcomed record-setting first-year classes in each of the past two years and has set a new record for the number of graduates in each of the past nine years. And a large number of our students — especially those from Idaho — are first-generation students who understand how the investment pays off in the careers of college graduates.
BOISE STATE CELEBRATES 101ST COMMENCEMENT, AWARDS MORE THAN 2,000 DEGREES THIS WINTER
By Sherry Squires
Boise State University’s winter Commencement honored graduates with a traditional ceremony and paid tribute to distinguished alumnus, true friend and champion for Boise State, Bill Ilett.
In total, 1,872 students were eligible to receive 2,093 degrees and certificates. Of those, 377 were eligible for honors: 233 cum laude, 120 magna cum laude and 24 summa cum laude.
Boise State awards more degrees each year than any other Idaho university — more than 4,000 this past year — and is home to Idaho’s largest graduate school. Twelve doctoral students received degrees this winter, in the smaller of the university’s two annual ceremonies.
Alumni Night at Boise State Men’s Basketball
Please join the Boise State Alumni Association as we cheer on the Boise State Men’s Basketball team when they face San José State during the annual alumni night on Wednesday, Jan. 24. at 8 p.m. Let’s fill Taco Bell Arena with blue and orange-clad alumni cheering on the Broncos.
Stop by the Boise State Alumni Association’s tables in lobbies 1 and 2 for a chance to win a signed basketball from coach Leon Rice or a $25 gift certificate from Mountain America Credit Union. The first 1,000 guests through the door will also receive a free prize.
Bring the whole family and save with discounted tickets. The association is able to offer $7 tickets to our proud Boise State alumni. Take advantage of this exclusive offer by clicking on the button below, use the passcode “ALUMNI” or call the ticket office at (208) 426-4737.
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BOISE STATE EXCEEDS ’60 PERCENT’ GOAL BENCHMARKS FOR 8TH STRAIGHT YEAR
By Sherry Squires
Boise State University once again has exceeded its benchmark number for yearly bachelor’s degree graduates set when the state adopted the goal to ensure that 60 percent of Idahoans between 25 and 34 had a degree or certificate by 2020.
Boise State has exceeded the state’s yearly benchmark every year since it was set by the Idaho State Board of Education nearly a decade ago.
The goal was set to better prepare Idaho’s workforce for the economy of the future. It is expected to be highly technology-driven with rapidly changing demands for both the specific skills and competencies delivered by college majors and disciplines, as well as the critical thinking, teamwork and communications skills imparted during the college experience.
Boise State has increased its overall number of annual graduates to nearly 4,200 this year, up from 3,052 in 2008-2009. That includes 3,141 bachelor’s degree recipients — well above the 60 percent benchmark of 2,986. Today, 58,714 graduates of Boise State University live in Idaho — some 19,000 more than in 2008-2009.
FROM THE MAILROOM
“Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship. You are helping my dreams become a reality! After I graduate, I am hoping to teach history and/or German at the high school level. I know so far my time at Boise State University has really helped me expand my knowledge that I can then pass on to my future students and also allowed me to build a great network of people I can work with and learn from. Those are both things that I really love about the Boise State campus. I get to meet people that I would never have been able to before and I also get to hear about their different viewpoints and histories. I am excited to continue to experience those awesome benefits as I continue my time at Boise State.”
– McKenna Strolber
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