Volume 4, Issue 1
The Honors Review A Newsletter from the Honors College at Boise State University
In This Issue Launching into the Future 2 Honors Snapshots
A Note from the Dean In the last newsletter, I opened my note celebrating the fact that we had grown by 40% and welcomed a total of 560 Honors students to campus. This year we welcomed 720 Honors students to campus, an additional jump of 28%. Our dizzying numbers suggest that we must be doing something right, and that is gratifying for our hardworking staff and me. That staff has also grown to serve the needs of so many bright students. I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Shelton
3 Smelling Fishy & Loving It 6
A Veteran’s Experience
4 Changing Directions
energy of excellent students Woods as our Interim Associate from across this campus. Dean. Dr. Woods has been at What follows in these pages Boise State for 22 years and in gives a testament to the that time has served as a professor of history and long-time varied experiences of our associate dean of the university’s students and the ways we try to support them. division of social sciences. He is one of the most popular teachers on campus, a prolific researcher (seven books to his name), and a true mentor to students. Additional new members of our team include Kate Huebschmann (English & Visual Art/Honors ’13), our new academic and fellowships advisor, and Anna Matejcek, the first ever Honors graduate assistant. What all of this amounts to is a program teeming with the Dr. Andrew Finstuen, Dean Boise State Honors College
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Launching into the Future Jenni Domanowski Senior, Materials Science & Engineering
To this day, I am
encouraged, pushed, and inspired by Honors College faculty and fellow students, and it is because of this
influence that I had the confidence to reach out to Barbara Morgan,
retired NASA astronaut and retired Educator in Residence at Boise
joke that I’ve taken a tour of the
U.S. by pools, but in all seriousness,
had otherwise if I weren’t a student-
just how much her guidance and
states across the U.S. and to
Because of the confidence she
experience firsthand what different
childhood dreams of working at
NASA into my reality. Growing up
in my small town north of Seattle, I had never heard much about Idaho
except for its famous reputation for
My first encounter with
Barbara began with me sheepishly
athlete. It was exciting to visit
would be the place that turned my
swimming provided me with travel experiences that I wouldn’t have
I never imagined that Boise, Idaho
State, during my early years of
areas of the country were like.
However, the most rewarding part was that I was not swimming for
myself, but for my teammates and
for Boise State—these experiences are the foundation of my pride in being a Bronco.
It was also during my first
asking for an autograph, unaware of support would impact my life.
helped instill in me, I have since completed three separate
internships at NASA Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL; NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH; and NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center in
Greenbelt, MD. I have worked on projects that range from
potatoes. However, that all changed
semester when I was introduced to
investigating coatings and films
Boise State University, courtesy of
been under the impression that
engines and protect telescope
when I took a recruiting trip to
the Women’s Swimming & Diving
team. As I was welcomed into and
ushered around Boise, I fell in love
with the honest, hardworking spirit of the college, the tight-knit feel on
campus, and the surrounding
the Honors College. Initially, I had joining would place too large of a strain on myself as a student-
that will reduce heating in rocket components, to experimenting with
aerogel-infused, felt composites that
athlete and materials science and
will protect spacecraft upon re-
would have it, I was accidentally
trapped in forest fires.
engineering major. But as fate
placed into an Honors designated
entry, as well as firefighters that get Most recently, I returned to
discussion section, an event that I
NASA Goddard this summer as a co
part of this community, and upon
It was here where I was exposed to
Branch. Once I graduate from Boise
to attend Boise State.
organization, as well as the
permanent, full-time position. As I
beauty and genuineness of the city.
I wanted nothing more than to be a returning home, I made my decision I began my freshman year
fully embracing the fierce spirit and drive encompassing Bronco
athletics. While workouts were
rigorous and demanding, the thrill
of competing against schools nationwide made it all worth it. I like to
like to deem as a “happy accident”. the overwhelming support from this passionate belief in a meaningful education. I officially joined the
Honors College my second semester, and it was delightful taking classes that allowed me to connect my
university courses to the big picture of what my education meant to me.
-op with the Materials Engineering State, I will transfer to a
look forward to the future with stars in my eyes, I am grateful for my
experiences at Boise State and how they have allowed these stars to
actually materialize into a career path beginning at NASA.
Thinking, Cooking, & Eating Critically Lisa Francis
Class of 2016
One of the ideals of higher education is
teaching students to be critical consumers of ideas and information. For many students,
The second half of the class was
spent in lecture as we ate our wonderful
creations. We learned about the history of
this lesson is limited to a shift away from .com
the ingredients we prepared, the cultures that use
Honors College pushes that ideal further. As an
the real thing over the food industry alternative. We
sources, into the world of academic databases. The
them in a variety of ways, and the nutritional value of
Honors student, I have been equipped to consume
took the level of analysis I am used to applying to
lens. This last semester, I had the opportunity to
industry of food and our own role in the machine of
history, media, vocation, and even logic with a critical extend that mindset into the world of food.
In the fall of 2015, I caught wind of a rumor
textbooks and journal articles and turned it on the America’s food system.
When we went home, we kept a daily blog or
that the Honors College was going to be offering a
journal on what we were eating, where it came from,
response was of skepticism because I could not
professor helped us gain insight on how we could use
colloquium on food culture and cooking. My first envision a manner in which the
Honors College could maintain its
standard of academic excellence in a cooking class. This skepticism was replaced with intrigue as I
learned more about the purpose,
why we were eating it, how we prepared it, etc. Our
healthier, more sustainable and simply
“The motto of our kitchen was, ‘If grandma did not know the ingredient, do not use it!’ ”
structure, and instructor of the
more delicious ingredients in lieu of old habits we had grown accustomed to.
For example, tomato sauce from a jar is
a staple in my childhood home. I would have considered adding meat to a jar like that to be cooking from scratch.
class. Luckily for me, I also was awake well before
Now, knowing how easy and exceptional my dishes
filled up in under 60 seconds.
desire to purchase the nutrient drained, sugary
registration went live because the seats of this class As a brief summary, we spent the entire
semester learning from a French chef about what we
become when I use real tomatoes, I no longer have any alternative they sell in stores.
With the class over and having had time to
eat and how we can do better. Typically, we would
reflect, I realize that I don’t have to completely swear
possible to retake ownership of our food from the
still enjoy celebrating at a nice restaurant or using
spend half the class in the kitchen learning that it is
off eating out or taking short cuts with meals. I can
industry we have turned to. We learned about how
mayonnaise that I did not make myself. The beauty of
turning them into a twenty-minute masterpiece.
my food choices. I can recognize that Subway is not
quick, easy, and inexpensive lentils can be, while
Without sugar, flour, or pre-made ingredients, we
swiftly made mouthwateringly delicious meals
together, complete with several courses and a variety of vegetables that would have made grandma proud.
The motto of our kitchen was if grandma did not know the ingredient, do not use it!
the class is that I now am equipped to be mindful in
cheaper, healthier, or faster than what I can make at home. I am not captive to the idea that a vegetarian meal can only be a salad, nor the belief that for
anything to be delicious I have to pay someone else to make it. I get to engage critically and thoughtfully, and that is freedom.
The Honors Review
A Veteran’s Experience With Boise State Christopher Daigle Class of 2016
Last May, Boise State University celebrated the spring 2016 graduates at commencement in a show of enthusiasm and reflection. Thousands of people gathered at the ceremony to acknowledge students’ efforts, accomplishments, and to recognize their academic careers. Through all of the chaos that comes along with graduation ceremonies, I was reminded of how important this day and coming to Boise State has been for me. I would like to tell you my story so that perhaps you can see the university as I do.
summer of 2013 and was accepted.
questions that led to interactions with peers and faculty. These interactions I thought with the hardships I engendered deep friendships which led endured, college would be simple. I was to enjoyment even during the most a veteran of four deployments, a test trying of times. I came to know the pilot, and was just knocking on the Honors College and Economics door of a corporate position at my old department as places where help is company. How could this thing where just an email, phone call, or a knock teenagers go to “find themselves” be away; this is not well advertised and challenging for me? My naïveté caught might be the single greatest aspect of up with me when I realized how much my college experience. The helpfulness I had to work. I quickly learned the of everyone around you encourages fault in comparing the difficulties of collaboration, camaraderie, and disparate experiences and was openness. How could you put that on a humbled. At 27, I sat in my first college brochure? class where I was forced to think and Since 2004, I worked in defense approach problems in ways I never had For all of the difficulty the first as a soldier and civilian, flying before. For my first semester, a semester was for me, I made it unmanned aerial vehicles. This summer, I took 14 credits because I through. After my ambitious start, I work brought me around the world heard a full load was 12 or more; no felt as though I could tackle anything where I saw some of the best and one told me summers were condensed. college had to offer. My peers and worst parts of humanity. During my faculty became my largest resource in Just as the difficulties of my fourth deployment, my wife packed ensuring my progress continued. I previous experiences and college were our home in Utah and moved to the learned later though, just because I incongruent, so were the stakes. For Boise area to be close to her family could do something, didn’t necessarily example, no lives were at risk when I while I was away. When I returned mean I had to or even should. Learning took math exams. For myself, and for in the spring of 2013, my wife and I to take on what was necessary and many veterans I assume, this is decided I needed to pursue a new learning to say no seems just as important toward healing and moving path. So, I quit my job and we important to success in college as forward that college is uniquely packed up to move back to Utah working hard. The theme of qualified to offer. The only thing on the where I planned to attend college. overextending oneself is pronounced line is your GPA. This isn’t necessarily within the Honors College. Such is the On our way out of town, our unique to Boise State, but is something nature of a place filled with students dog leapt from the truck and was I recognized as a rare opportunity – to striving to make the most of their later found with injuries that led to be in a place where the consequences of college experience. him being put down. We were failure are so much smaller than crushed. Already dealing with the nearly anywhere else. When planning my semesters, difficulty of transitioning from war, we my friends and I tried to take classes The stakes may have been decided to minimize our hardship and together. Because many of my friends smaller, but I needed support from settled in Boise to be near family for are Honors students, we didn’t many corners of the university to support. Still wanting to attend college, necessarily pursue the same fields. So, ensure I did not fail. Figuring out how I applied to start at Boise State in the I typically took just below the credit to navigate college required asking
Spring 2017 overload limit to keep up with them. Some advantages to this were finishing a four-year degree quicker than expected, having a diverse schedule that led to a broad knowledge, and spending time with my friends. Taking Honors classes led to great opportunities to hone my research as well as network with inspiring and helpful people from myriad disciplines. While all of that’s great, the tradeoff for overextending is often burnout. When it felt as though I was the only person going through the slog of overextending myself, the Honors College reminded me that my experience was not unique and there were others fighting similar battles. Connecting with these people, high-achieving students and outstanding faculty members,
helped me push through when it felt like I couldn’t go on. My connections in the Honors College acted as cheerleaders and confidants.
struggles, and goals. The retreat reminded me just why I was in college: to grow into a more thoughtful person.
By the end of each semester, my friends and I were spent; we each leaned on one another for support. Often, I found myself in Associate Director Annal Frenz’s office for a pep talk about my research, classes, or my work as a teacher’s assistant. Conversations with people not specializing in quantitative fields presented a fresh look at my problems; I learned to appreciate the perspectives and knowledge of those in different fields. Over a weekend on the Honors retreat, I learned just how amazing the students and faculty of the Honors College are through listening to their accomplishments,
Boise State taught me how to think and how to accomplish goals in ways I never expected or experienced previously. It allowed me to be a beginner again, to start over, and to learn new ways for everything. I hope this ode to Boise State and the Honors College conveys how special I think it is to have been a student here and how fortunate I believe you are to be here now. Whether you are here serendipitously as I was or because you always knew you wanted to be a Bronco, I hope you will make connections with your peers and faculty and take advantage of all the university has to offer.
Honors Snapshots: 2016 David Brooks Lecture
Groundbreaking for the new Honors Building, opening summer 2017
Our largest Fall semester graduating class—2016
The Honors Review
Smelling Fishy & Loving It Bailee Riesberg Senior, Biology
As I sit here in Boise halfway through
rescue email for potential rescues, and
reflecting on my California adventures
San Francisco in case any calls were
my final year at Boise State, I am
that launched two summers ago. I
enjoyed an unforgettable experience rescuing and rehabilitating marine
mammals with The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) in Morro Bay, an
irreplaceable opportunity that has had lasting effects on my future goals.
Morro Bay is a small coastal
town known for Morro Rock, a state historic landmark, and its resident family of sea otters. The biggest
reaction I received when I arrived at
the center regarded my roots in Idaho.
checking in with the main hospital in made in the night. Each day was a whole new can of sardines! I never knew what my day would end up
looking like—from entangled whales to seizing sea lions, even newborn otters. When the rescue line would ring, it was anyone’s guess what the caller
would have in store for us. We never
waterproof pants, and was out the door
consist of being gone on a tough rescue
house, I felt immediately drenched and
knew if that day’s adventure would
for eight hours, so we were always on our toes.
Night rescues were permitted
in two minutes. Upon leaving my realized it was pouring buckets
outside. It hadn’t rained all summer,
and yet on the night of the 1AM rescue
Because Idaho is a land-locked state,
only on a single, long beach-the Oceano it was a downpour. We arrived on the
told people my heart was in marine
recreational motorized vehicles as well
dunes. The dunes allowed access to
scene and met the park rangers who
mammal rescue. I grew up with fond
as RVs for overnight camping, so
With headlamps and gloves, we
vacations and marine biology camps,
times of day. One night, after a long
baffled looks became common when I
memories of the ocean from family
all contributing to my interest in the marine sciences. The minute my car rolled into town I could smell the salty sea mist
the windows, and I knew I was
home! There was something about
immediate rescues are required at all
sea lions up ocean cliffs, I finally
flopped down onto
My days at TMMC began by
checking on the patients that had
stayed overnight with us, checking the
When not on duty, I still craved
male sea lion tear the fishermen’s
my eyelids to Instead, my
phone rang. It
was my boss. I knew this was
I had been waiting to do all summer.
rescue. What a night!
moments with marine life. I spent my
This was not the case with the
in on the freeways took some extra
caught glimpses of the lightning storm
my bed ready for
going to be the night I would have the
California driving, however! Blending
successfully rescued the sea lion and
hard day of lifting multiple 150+ pound taking place over the ocean during the
the simplicity of small beach town
living that I embraced immediately.
had been keeping an eye on the girl.
chance to do a night rescue, something She told me that there had been a
seizing, female sea lion on the beach of
Oceano. As exhausted as I was, I knew this was a once in a lifetime
experience, and I was ready. I pulled myself together, threw on my
time off down at the docks watching a scraps to shreds, in awe of his massive, wild beauty. Looking back, I would
relive my summer rescue adventure in a heartbeat. Coming home exhausted
after a 12-hour day of hauling sea lions and smelling like fish may sound
terrible to some people, but to me it
was so rewarding. After my internship with The Marine Mammal Center, I am even more anxious to enter this
field as a career, and I look forward to
more of the unknowns my future holds!
Spring 2017 even longer until you face the
music. It might work out. It
might not. I started a masters
Don’t be scared. You can do it.
program at Georgetown the fall
after I graduated, so I know from
Class of 2012
first hand experience. Before you make a multi-year, many-
thousand-dollar bet about what
You don’t have to know what career you’re going to
you’ll want your career to be, try
Healthy, in fact. When I graduated with a Political
out a job first to see how you like
want. Things are going to change, and that’s normal. Science degree in May 2012, I thought I would spend
my whole career in Washington DC foreign policy. Since then, I’ve worked at four companies, in three states, in
three industries, and doubled my salary. There was luck involved, but several lessons learned made it possible.
Make a plan. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what the plan is. People with plans are thinking about how things fit together, about trajectories, about how to get to the next step, about who can give advice. It’s a way of
thinking that moves you forward instead of keeping you in the same spot. A great resume is one that shows
someone has made progress towards their goals, even if it’s in an unrelated area.
On the job training. What’s
better than getting paid to learn? If you look in the right places, there are companies that want
to hire you even though they’ll need to teach you. You probably won’t be able to jump from your
current job directly into your ideal one, but over the course of a few years you can probably get
where you want to go without going into debt. It
took me a one year job stint to move from NSA to my goal of a San Francisco tech startup.
Get a new job, responsibly. When the time comes to
make a switch, you need to get disciplined. Don’t feel like you can’t leave. Business is business. You’re not that
Then change it. At some point, you’re going to need to
special, and everyone is replaceable. That said, don’t run
yourself miserable. Even if you feel really confident now,
leave a job. Otherwise, you’re going to be less
change part (or all) of your plan, or you might make
for the door too soon. You should find a job before you
you probably have no clue what you’re going to like a few
attractive to employers, your money will start
years from now. Sure, you’ve studied your field for three years. No, you don’t know what it’s like to work in it. In
all likelihood, it’s going to take you lots of different jobs to find a good fit. Accepting this can be scary, but it’s also liberating.
It’s not all about your major. Don’t panic, Psychology
running out, and you’ll be really scared.
Start working on that plan. Figure out where you want to go, and what will get you there. Figure out which of your skills and experiences are
transferrable and leverage them. Talk to people that are already there and ask their advice. And don’t
majors, there’s a job out there for you. Sure, it might take burn any bridges. The most important asset you have you a little longer to get your ideal non-psychology job
than someone with the corresponding major, but you can still get there. I never wrote a line of code in college, but
now I do it every day. You’ve got two main options to get that job in a new field.
is your reputation.
Don’t stress too much about your future. You’re going to need to make a change at some point, and each experience you have can help you with your
next step. Don’t meander without direction, but don’t
Graduate school. This seems to be most Honors rush the process. You’ll figure it out with time. -students’ first thought, but it shouldn't be. You
think you know what you like, but you might not. Cameron Crow is a Data Analyst at Kount, a technology You have almost no real experience. If you jump into grad school right away, you’ll be waiting
company in Boise. In his spare time, he mentors graduating seniors interested in data analytics. You can connect with Cameron at linkedin.com/in/cameroncrow.
2017 Featured Honors Events Distinguished Lecture Series: April 17, 2017, Jordan (SUB) The Honors College welcomes Dr. Sarah Lewis as our spring 2017 Distinguished Lecturer. Assistant Professor of African American Studies and History of Art
and Architecture at Harvard University, Lewis has written extensively about race, contemporary art, creativity, and culture.
Film Screening of An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story: March 8, 2017, Skaggs Hall (MBEB)
Produced by Dean Finstuen, this documentary offers a stunning portrait of
Niebuhrâ€™s many contributions to Christian ethics and political thought, together with new insights concerning his influence on Martin Luther King, Jr. The
showing will begin at 6:00pm in the Micron Business and Economics Building.
Goodbye Driscoll/New Building Opening
The Honors College will move into our new home this summer, and we invite you to join us as we say goodbye to Driscoll Hall and celebrate the opening of
our new building. Event details will be sent to students and alumni later in the semester.
Learn More About Honors Whether you are a student, prospective student, alumnus, or community member, we encourage you to visit the Honors College. We are happy arrange for you to sit in on an Honors class or answer any questions you might have about the Honors College experience. Please feel free to contact us at 208-426-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Associate Dean Shelton Woods
Associate Director Annal Frenz
Assistant Director Christopher Hyer
Assistant Director Emily Jones
Development Director Argia Beristain
Academic & Fellowships Advisor Kate Huebschmann
Graduate Assistant Anna Matejcek