Traditions – the customs and characteristics passed from one generation to the next – are a huge part of any university’s sense of identity. But as a relatively young university, Boise State celebrates traditions that often are a bit, well, untraditional.
At Boise State, we look forward for inspirationWe know our brightest moments still lie ahead of us amid new ideas and new ways of doing things. We aren’t afraid to try the unexpected, yet we expect to succeed. We revel in what many see as overachievement and understand that innovation is the driver of our past, present and future accomplishments. And at the center of it all are our students – their education is our motivation for pushing forward.
A great example of this ‘tradition’ of challenging the status quo with innovation is our new Professor of the Practice program. This initiative identifies talented and accomplished business, scientific and artistic leaders from around the country and beyond, and invites them to bring their world-class experience and excitement to Boise State students. The unique ideas and perspectives offered by these real-world experts will provide invaluable insight for our students as they develop into strong critical thinkers, creative communicators and eager life-long learners.
So far, three Professors of the Practice have been named: Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market; Academy Award-winning documentarian Ben Shedd; and NASA astronaut Steve Swanson. Each brings unique life accomplishments and expertise in important fields of endeavor that will engage and inspire students to reach beyond what they think possible or what others may expect of them – in keeping with our Boise State traditions.
Finding new approaches that take the education we offer beyond ‘business as usual’ often leads Boise State down untraditional paths. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Laura C. Simic is vice president of advancement at Boise State University.