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From the Vice President

Change, Growth and Connection at Boise State and Beyond

Heraclitus said, “Ever-new waters flow on those who step into the same rivers.” Boise State is like this — a river that remains a river, but changes with what it contains. Stepping into Boise State, like stepping into a river, would reveal many ways our university is changing.

Research is changing at Boise State. Recent news of recognition as a doctoral research institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is evidence that we’re transforming our graduate and research efforts. Boise State was one of only three universities to rank nationally among the top five percent for growth in enrollment in graduate programs in each of the past two decades. Carnegie classification speaks to a strengthening current in research and doctoral production in recent years at Boise State.

Alumni engagement also is building momentum. Our Bronco network reaches from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. with many points in between. Not only are we growing our presence academically, our network of alumni and friends is growing, too. New regional, professional and social chapters are launching. We are soon to welcome two new clubs, Denver and Phoenix, and three new chapters including the College of Business and Economics, Honors College and Criminal Justice.

Our other active chapters continue to connect us to our fellow Broncos around the world, as far away as Viet Nam.

A recent visit with alumni and friends at IDEO, an internationally renowned and award-winning global design firm in San Francisco, showcased a new partnership between IDEO and our College of Innovation and Design in the creation of new hybrid courses at Boise State. Earlier this month we joined Phoenix area alumni and President Kustra for a special gathering at a Mariners spring training game..

In Washington DC we introduced Dean Corey Cook, the inaugural dean of Boise State’s newly formed School of Public Service. With Dean Cook we will continue to build a presence in DC, where we value our connections to this community in all aspects of education, policy- making and public service.

Wherever we carry the Boise State flag an energetic and interested Bronco presence can be found. We invite you to get involved, find a community, show your support or volunteer. No matter where you are in the world, whether you’re an alumnus/a or friend you can connect to Boise State through the Alumni Association activities and offerings. We look forward to seeing you.


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

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