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From the Vice President

Creating a Culture of Philanthropy Through Student Engagement

Outside of the classrooms, labs and study halls at Boise State, students are engaged in athletics, clubs, internships, service-learning and other programs that broaden their ability to adapt quickly to the collaborative and changing environment of their chosen professions.   In fact, in a survey of our 2016 graduates these young alumni identified hands-on experiences as critical to their current success.

Take, for example, those who are engaged in the recently reorganized Boise State Student Impact Board. Comprised of students earning a diverse array of degrees, the student-led organization focuses on developing leadership, celebrating the university’s history and traditions, and fostering school pride, all in the context of learning about and promoting philanthropy. The students, guided by members of our University Advancement staff, selected the name of their group, highlighting the “impact” they are dedicated to achieving. The Boise State Student Impact Board emphasizes involvement, motivation, philanthropy, advancement, community and tradition as their objectives — hence the “impact” they make as student leaders.

The Student Impact Board members help with University Advancement’s alumni and donor events such as the annual Scholarship Dinner, and Easter Egg Hunt on the Blue, as well as university-wide activities like Bronco Day and Commencement. As you join us for our spring events, look for these student advancement leaders promoting Bronco pride, and fostering our culture of philanthropy.

Members of the Student Impact Board

Several student members of the group understand the positive impact philanthropy makes in the lives of others. Their academic careers have been significantly impacted by your generosity, as many are beneficiaries of your scholarship gifts and the Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Opportunities scholarship campaign.

Our student scholarship recipients joined us last evening for our annual Scholarship Dinner celebration, where we honored our donors who generously support our student’s education. More than 500 donors and students gathered together so they could meet one another, mingle and hear student stories of the impact scholarships have had on their lives and donor testimonials of the values and motivation that sparks their giving. As many of you have experienced, it’s an inspiring evening of fellowship and gratitude, including a special appearance by the Keith Stein Blue Marching Band.

Playing to a room of extraordinary individuals

I’d like to leave you with my favorite quote (that some of you will recognize) from a former university president that sums up why we do what we do: Scholarship and philanthropy are each, separately, among the most powerful forces at work shaping the future of our society. In combination, they may be unsurpassed in their capacity to improve the human condition.  Thank you for your role in achieving this lofty goal.



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

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