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October 2018

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Upcoming Events

No Matter What You Think About Organic Food, You’re Wrong.

Every time we go to the grocery store, we must decide whether to buy a “regular” apple or to pay a little extra for that “organic” apple. For many of us, this decision is based on whether or not we think organic food is somehow healthier than food that is conventionally grown. Unfortunately, despite many strong feelings on both sides, scientific evidence is lacking to fully support either view.

During our next Bronco Discovery and Innovation Lunch, Cynthia Curl Ph.D. will clarify the meaning of the organic label and describe the state of the science regarding the health benefits of organic food. Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from noon–1:30 p.m. in the Alumni and Friends Center to see just how wrong you are.

Click here to register for this free presentation.

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From the VP

Faculty Excellence Enriches University for Students, Community

Frank Church Institute, Cecil Andrus Center to Hold Endowed Chair Installations

The excellence of the Boise State faculty members advances the quality of instruction for our students and the quality of intellectual capital that enriches the social, cultural and economic success of the region. We take pride in our faculty at Boise State and celebrate their success when they earn prestigious recognitions in their areas of expertise.

Stellar research in STEM education and the humanities has secured more than $50 million annually in research grants and contracts awarded to Boise State. For example, Dr. Kurtis Cantley’s recent award from the National Science Foundation highlights just how accomplished our faculty is. Dr. Cantley’s Faculty Early Career Development award provides funding for his research team in the College of Engineering to develop electronics that mimic the brain.

Other ways our top-flight faculty is recognized are through endowed faculty positions. Endowed professorships and chairs honor and recognize the distinction of faculty members’ prominence in their respective fields, while providing invaluable financial support, above and beyond salary, for use in research, teaching or service activities.

Click here to read Laura’s column.


Recent Happenings

Talkin’ Broncos Start Their Season With a Big Win in Twin Falls

The Pi Kappa Delta national championship speech and debate team started their 2018-2019 season with their sixth consecutive tournament championship at the Fran Tanner Invitational hosted by the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Sept. 28-29.

The Boise State University Talkin’ Broncos won first place in overall sweepstakes at the tournament. The tournament included competitors from Utah State University, Northwest College, Northwest Nazarene University, College of Western Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Lower Columbia College, Idaho State University and University of Idaho.

“This is our first tournament of the season, and we have 13 new team members, the biggest group of incoming team members I’ve ever had in my eight years as director,” said Manda Hicks, director of forensics. “To put that in perspective, I had three new team members last year. This team marks a significant new beginning in Boise State forensics. Both our new folks and our veterans had tremendous success, and that bodes well for the rest of the year and beyond.”

Click here to read more about their big win.

What’s Next

BOLD Conversations Hits the Road — Join us in Seattle

BOLD Broncos (Broncos Of the Last Decade) and a guest are invited to join proud Boise State graduates as they share their stories of personal and professional success in Seattle on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 2–4 p.m. at the Starbucks SoDo Reserve Store.

Puget Sound Alumni Chapter President Bryan Vlok ’15 will host a panel discussion featuring Marianna Budnikova ’13 and ’14 from Dropbox, Jenna Massaro ’16 from the Seattle Mariners and Heidi Peterson ’98 from Mobility Outreach International.

Presented by the Boise State President’s Club and Alumni Association, BOLD Conversations includes a reception and panel discussion. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The cost to attend is $5 for BOLD Alumni Association/President’s Club members and $10 for BOLD graduates and friends.

Click here to register for BOLD Conversations: Seattle.


Get Involved

Remember that feeling you had when you were at Boise State — the feeling of being part of something you could be proud of? You never have to lose it. Click any of the buttons below to explore how you can stay involved with Boise State University.


Boise State Announces an Evening with New York Times Co. Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

By Sherry Squires

Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times from 1992-2017, will discuss the current state of American media, culture and politics at a free public event at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University.

Sulzberger led The Times for 25 years, during which time he presided over the digital and international expansion of the news organization. Today, The Times has more readers and subscribers than at any point in its 167-year history, with an average monthly audience of more than 130 million people and 3.5 million paid subscriptions. Under his leadership, The Times won 61 Pulitzer Prizes, doubling the paper’s total Pulitzer count.

His journalism career began at The Raleigh, N.C., Times in 1974. He moved to the Associated Press London bureau two years later. He joined The Times, the newspaper his family has controlled since 1896, as a correspondent in the Washington bureau in 1978.

Click here to learn more about Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and his event at Boise State.


We are Broncos

Marketing photos for Melinda, Allison Corona photo.

We are distinctive. We are adventurous. We seek today’s answers and tomorrow’s questions. We are a community — and there are many reasons to be proud of being a Bronco.

“It means that I am intentionally focused and passionate about my education. I feel most like a Bronco when I am able to share with others the valuable experiences that Boise State has offered me.”

— Olivia Bates, an elementary education major with focused studies in literacy. She’s involved with the Teacher Education Ambassadors and the TRIO Teacher Prep Program.

Click here to learn more about what it means to be a Bronco.



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