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From the Vice President

Grant Funding Exemplifies Community Engagement

Some of you know University Advancement as the university’s fundraising team.  Others of you know us from alumni programs, and still others of you know us as donor services and appreciation.  All of those roles center around engaging you — our alumni, friends, donors and community partners — in advancing the mission of the university through your support in many forms.  We also support our university colleagues, programs and departments in their own community engagement efforts and work to ensure that our metropolitan environment thrives. Take for example a recent $240,000 grant awarded to Boise State Public Radio (BSPR) from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. These funds will be used to provide upgrades to key technology and equipment for BSPR’s transmission network, and network operations center.

The project will enhance BSPR’s mission of service and education.  It will allow BSPR to maintain ongoing reliability, mitigate power outages, more efficiently address emergencies and ensure the network operations center is operated by the latest in broadcast and transmission technology. Key components include installation of three new transmitters, upgrades to main and auxiliary transmission technology.

Annual community support of BSPR from listeners in the broadcast region shows us how committed you are to its valued programming. And this grant will help ensure that BSPR can reach every community across the current coverage map, ensuring that people throughout the state can connect to the issues and ideas that affect our communities, our nation, and our world.

Improving service to remote areas and working to expand the coverage footprint is an important issue of funding. BSPR’s goal is to eventually expand our coverage area with the installation of additional technology so new listeners can continue to enjoy the best in broadcast journalism, as well as classical music and smart entertainment programming. And also enjoy unique and original programs like President Kustra’s Reader’s Corner.

BSPR and the university’s growth and improvement are collective.  What we do is a team sport, and we need and appreciate your role — and that of partners like the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust — on the team.  Go Broncos!



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

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