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BRINGING A 400-YEAR-OLD PLAY TO BOISE
By Brady W. Moore
Edward “Mac” Test, an associate professor in the English Department, is packing his bags and heading east to spend his summer digging through archives in Madrid, Spain.
Test is translating a nearly 400-year-old play, “Comedia Famosa De La Monja Alférez,” into English for the very first time. The play is based on the true story of a Basque woman named Catalina de Erauso, who escaped a nunnery at 18, cut off her hair, dressed as a man, and jumped aboard a ship bound for the new world. She rose to the rank of “alférez” (lieutenant), while living “the fantastic life of a conquistador, gambler and swashbuckler.”
Test’s project already has garnered international attention and ultimately will lead to performances of the play for the first time in America. The Boise State Department of Theatre Arts, UCLA and McMaster University in Toronto all have expressed interest in producing the performance.
FROM THE VP
EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT CREATES EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITIES
Boise State alumni and friends understand the university’s mission of providing affordable education to talented and committed students, and overwhelmingly supported the Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Opportunities scholarship campaign with more than $52 million in gifts and pledges. That’s more than double the original campaign goal!
Your gifts and pledges have created a lasting legacy to assist our undergraduate and graduate students from around Idaho and beyond. You’ve grown merit, need-based and athletic scholarships to attract high achievers and ease the burden of financial uncertainty so that Boise State students can fulfill their academic goals and enjoy the lifelong benefits of higher education.
MAXIMIZING THEIR CONTRIBUTION — GABE LINEHAN ’13 RALLIES CO-WORKERS TO GIVE BACK
By Brady W. Moore
Originally from Banks, Oregon, Linehan joined Boise State and the Bronco football team as a redshirt freshman in 2009. The next year he started his first career game against Hawaii and caught six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Now, Linehan carries the hammer as a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Boise. In his position, Linehan is leading the charge and encouraging colleagues, clients and the public to maximize their donations to Boise State University through a gift of life insurance.
Linehan and seven other Boise State alumni and Northwestern Mutual employees each established life insurance policies naming the Boise State University Foundation as owner and beneficiary with a collective face value just over $1 million. Linehan and his co-workers, Chad Colton (BBA, ‘07), Shawn Cudney (BA, ‘12), Darby Heidemann (BBA, ‘91), Kevin Rigenhagen (BS, ‘98), Randall Smith (BBA ‘86), Travis Stokes (BBA, ‘03), Max Wilson (BBA ‘05) and Brie Wilson (BBA, ‘07), have created a lasting legacy by establishing an endowed scholarship in the College of Business and Economics. Each makes regular annual donations to the scholarship fund, and proceeds from their individual life insurance policies will further build the endowment that will help future generations of Broncos.
IDAHO CONFERENCE ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
By Sherry Squires
The Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR), the first of its kind in the state of Idaho, showcases the leading edge of undergraduate research in all disciplines. This year’s conference is July 26-27 in the Student Union Building and features student research presentations and keynote speakers.
All students from across the state of Idaho involved in research, scholarship or creative activity are invited to submit an abstract, and those not yet involved in research are invited to come and discover that attending the conference is a great way to learn about the broad range of research opportunities available. The conference also provides a forum for students, faculty, staff and the community to discuss cutting-edge research topics. The conference includes keynote speakers, poster presentations by students from all academic disciplines, research talks, sessions for undergraduates on how to apply for graduate school, national fellowships, and many networking events.
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STEPHEN YATES TO JOIN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE AS PROFESSOR OF THE PRACTICE
By Sherry Squires
Political leader and consultant Stephen Yates is joining Boise State University’s School of Public Service as a Professor of the Practice in International Business and Politics.
Yates appears regularly on think-tank panels and national media interviews, including recent appearances on CNN and Fox Business. As executive director of DC International Advisory, a global advisory firm, Yates frequently travels internationally, particularly in Asia. He is fluent in Mandarin and has lived in Taiwan.
Yates previously served at the White House as deputy assistant for National Security Affairs under Vice President Dick Cheney. He is the former chairman of the Idaho Republican Party and senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation. Yates is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Hamilton Foundation.
“I have had an opportunity to get to know Steve Yates as he led the Idaho Republican Party with integrity and distinction,” said School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook. “He has a long career in public service, including his work at the White House, and he brings a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to campus. His role at Boise State will help build international connections and increase public awareness of the impacts of global events in the United States and especially in Idaho. We are fortunate to have him joining us as a professor of the practice.”
At Boise State, Yates will lead a team in researching, producing and publishing think pieces in leading national media outlets. This effort will include students and will be a partnership between the international business department in the College of Business and Economics, and policy programs in the School of Public Service.
Individuals and businesses wishing to support the student research conducted by Yates’ team should contact Bryant Jones, director of external relations and development for the School of Public Service, at (208) 426-3715 or email@example.com.
BOISE STATE BEGINS FALL SEMESTER WITH AN ECLIPSE WATCH PARTY
By Sherry Squires
Boise State University’s fall 2017 classes will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, so students and faculty can enjoy a rare opportunity: to see a near-complete solar eclipse from the heart of campus.
Though the “path of totality” is farther north in Idaho, the eclipse will be nearly complete in Boise. It will begin at 10:10 a.m., with the total eclipse starting about 11:25 a.m. and lasting about two minutes, according to Boise State’s physics department. The eclipse ends about 12:48 p.m.
The university will throw an Eclipse Watching Party on the quad that day, starting at 10 a.m. — faculty, staff, students and any families still in town from move-in weekend are encouraged to attend.
The eclipse is expected to bring huge crowds to Idaho and other western states in the path. Most total eclipses take place over oceans or unpopulated areas because so much of the planet is covered by water and sparsely populated land. Though this path runs across the country, Idaho’s clear, blue summer skies offer viewers a better chance that clouds or rain won’t obscure the event.
Boise State physics professor Brian Jackson has been hosting a series of educational events across the state and is planning both a conference for visiting professional astronomers and an event for the public at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom.
FROM THE MAILROOM
“I wish to work in public accounting, perhaps for a Big Four company or a regional firm here in Boise. I am interested in auditing and maybe even forensic accounting, as it is a vastly growing field. I am very grateful for your gift. The assistance will go a long way in helping me further my education. Thank you for your generosity.”
— Andrew Zarate, thank you letter to donor
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