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From the Vice President

Our Tradition of Innovation Continues

What a happy New Year we are having at Boise State University!

Like so many of you, I rang in 2015 among friends and family down in the Phoenix area for Boise State’s third Fiesta Bowl victory in less than a decade. It was wonderful to see so many Bronco fans and Boise State alumni celebrating the week with class and joy and that unique brand of excitement that makes this university so special.

It is so heartening to hear — as many of us did many times in Arizona — how fun, respectable, polite and enjoyable the Boise State crowd is. Of course, we know that here at home, but it is always nice to hear it elsewhere!

I think for many of us here on campus, this victory was extra-special because it was engineered by one of our own. Coach Bryan Harsin isn’t just a former quarterback for the Broncos, he is a graduate of the College of Business and Economics — that is where he learned to manage a large organization and prepare it for success.

As you all know, Boise State doesn’t simply exhibit innovation and excitement on the football field (but could you believe they ran another Statue of Liberty play!). Across campus, innovation is our tradition, and we have plenty of developments in store for 2015.

A team of deans and other leaders are launching a new program called “Bridge to Career” that will identify the skills, experiences and competencies that graduates from all majors need to develop to be successful in the workplace, and then deliver them in hands-on, practical ways.

We are joining a consortium of some of the top research universities in the nation in creating “vertically integrated projects,” or VIPs, which give undergraduate, master’s level and doctoral students a chance to work with our top-notch faculty and community and industry partners to solve real-world problems in real time.

We are putting the finishing touches on our School of Public Service, which officially launches this summer to better train tomorrow’s leaders at all levels, and you will soon be hearing even more about our College of Innovation and Design, which will ensure that we continually reimagine teaching, learning and research to ensure that our students are getting the right skills at the right time and in ways that will make them successful long after their receive their Boise State diplomas.

Boise State’s ongoing success is possible only with your continued advocacy and financial support. Our alumni and donors fund athletic programs, new academic initiatives, student scholarships and other innovations that advance Boise State’s forward progress. You are part of our team on and off the field. Go Broncos and Happy New Year!

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

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