Last week – Homecoming week at Boise State – was full of a wide variety of great events, including a big football win against Nevada. One of my favorites was a luncheon gathering that included members of the Emeritus Guild – an association of former faculty and staff members whose devoted service to the university is an essential part of its growing success.
This group helped shepherd Boise State through extraordinary changes, as it first became a four-year college in 1969 and then a state university in 1974. As the football team began playing on blue turf in the 1980s, these faculty and staff members were laying the foundations of academic and research advances just as essential to today’s university identity. They witnessed or took part in establishing the College of Engineering in 1996 and the awarding of the university’s first doctoral degree a year later. And in recent years, their leadership and support has been essential to the astounding transformation and growth of Boise State as a metropolitan research university of distinction.
All through those years, as the university grew in size and sophistication, they devoted themselves to the university’s top priority – the success of our students. Even today, their commitment to student success can be seen in their strong philanthropic support of scholarships and other university priorities, as well as their desire to maintain an enduring connection with the university as volunteers, consultants, and mentors to today’s faculty and staff.
As Boise State continues to stride boldly into the future, this legacy of dedication among our emeriti faculty and staff is just part of the growing tradition of pride that propels this university toward tomorrow’s success. It is a continuum of commitment among each new generation of students, alumni, friends, donors, faculty and staff that continuously drives Boise State forward, so that yesterday’s milestones give way to new goals on tomorrow’s horizon.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.