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From the Vice President

Volunteers Bring Wealth of Experience to Boise State

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

As children, one of the first lessons we often learn is to share with our siblings and others. Our parents and teachers, knowing the benefits of this important principle, guide us toward the development of skills that foster the growth of our personal and professional success.

It’s not surprising that many successful students at Boise State University take advantage of the opportunities to share of their time beyond the classrooms and volunteer in one or more of the 200 clubs and organizations on campus. Alternative Spring Breaks, the LeaderShape Institute and Service Saturday are a few examples of programs at Boise State where students learn valuable skills beyond their major which they can apply in their personal and professional lives.

Our graduates are volunteer leaders in their communities — serving on nonprofit boards, local government councils, church committees or on advisory boards and committees in support of their alma mater.

Boise State graduates, donors and members of the community voluntarily provide resources and expertise on a number of the university’s boards including those of the  Boise State Alumni Association, Boise State Foundation, Bronco Athletic Association, Parent and Family Association, college advisory boards, and a host of others. We rely on their knowledge and guidance to help direct our strategic efforts, to increase engagement and philanthropy, to enrich student learning experiences and strengthen the future of the university. They are talented, successful professionals who bring creativity and innovation to the roles they serve at Boise State while joining us to ultimately better serve our students, the region and the State of Idaho.

We know one measure of the success of our university is reflected in the success of our alumni. Each year we take time to honor a few of our shining stars of the Bronco family during Homecoming festivities at the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala. Bob Bertheau, Kelly Buckland, Autumn Kersey, Tamara Pascoe, Yvette Barrios and Ron Crouch are this year’s alumni innovators and leaders, who represent our university well, and will receive the association’s top honors for their professional achievement or their service to Boise State. Please take a moment to read more about these outstanding Broncos by clicking the link above.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees!  And thank you to all of you who help to ensure the bright future of Boise State through your service and generosity!

I look forward to seeing all of you during our upcoming Homecoming week activities in early November.

Go Broncos!



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

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