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From the Vice President

Distinguished Alumni Build a Better Boise State

Once a Bronco, always a Bronco – a no matter where life takes you.

This Friday, the Boise State Alumni Association will celebrate that sentiment and honor eight alumni whose accomplishments and service make their lives as Broncos shine particularly bright.

These 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award winners are humanitarians, public servants, business owners, educators and executives. Their work and lives as alumni are an inspiration that raises awareness among all of our alumni, friends and current students – tomorrow’s alumni – about the importance of being an engaged and dedicated Bronco for Life. With each success they enjoy, they advance the reputation of their alma mater and build on the value of every Boise State degree. And through their dedicated involvement with Boise State, they are helping their university build a network of alumni and friends that guide and support the university’s path into the future.

This is no accident. Alumni Association President Greg Chavez (BBA, Information Science, 1985), has made strengthening Boise State’s future by harnessing the passion of alumni a central focus of his presidency. He sees how Boise State’s 75,000 living graduates are becoming more and more influential in our community, state and region, and that many are looking for ways to be more involved in enhancing the future of their alma mater.

That happens in many ways – but two are very important for building Boise State’s future. The first is for alumni and friends to become members of the Boise State Alumni Association. Even more important is consistent annual giving to the university . No matter the amount, annual gifts have great impact.

Our alumni are Boise State’s greatest ambassadors, its most constructive critics and its most important donors. Through their growing networks and engagement, these Broncos continue to build momentum and influence and advance a dynamic Boise State.

Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.

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