The value of Boise State’s volunteers is incalculable. And they are everywhere.
Whether community members and alumni involved on campus, or faculty, students and staff engaging with the community or their peers, a spirit of service and volunteerism is an essential part of the Boise State experience and character.
Opportunities to get involved are all around.
Each of our colleges relies upon a volunteer advisory board made up of alumni, community members and business leaders whose focus and expertise align with the college’s mission. Our deans depend on these stables of experts to provide counsel and help establish connections with the community, industry and potential donors who might be interested in supporting the college’s purpose.
The Boise State University Foundation, a non-profit entity that independently manages the university’sprivate funds and supports fundraising, also relies upon a volunteer board to guide its important work building financial resources for the university. I’m privileged to work closely with this group of important community leaders on advancing Boise State’s top priorities.
In addition, many of our departments also have their own boards that advocate and advise on their behalf. For example, the Friends of Nursing is an extraordinarily dedicated volunteer group of registered nurses, physicians, key hospital administrators, and others who support the university’s outstanding School of Nursing. Keep an eye out for more details about their annual gala on Nov. 7.
Literally thousands of our students volunteer in the community each year as part of their coursework or on their own, or on campus in support of their peers and important university events and programs. Whether through pro-bono tutoring, student clubs with a service objective or on their own, Boise State students give back to the community and their school at a prodigious level. The university’s Service-Learning program enhances student learning and citizenship by connecting classroom lessons with community needs and priorities. Many students also volunteer for a variety of events and causes on campus or in the community through the Student Involvement and Leadership Center – this group’s Service Saturday event is a campus favorite.
And, of course, the Boise State Alumni Association and its volunteer Board of Directors offers students, friends and alumni a variety of ways to be involved, whether on campus or thousands of miles away. Keep an eye out for opportunities around Homecoming next month and our alumni chapters and Bronco Contacts keep the blue and orange spirit alive all across the country.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, the Idaho Bird Observatory, the Bronco Athletic Association, Boise Public Radio, the Frank Church Institute the Women’s Center – the list of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer at Boise State are limitless, whether student, alumnus/a, faculty member, or interested community member. And the volunteers’ contributions to Boise State, its students and our community are too great to be measured.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.