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ow that you are a Bronco, anything is possible. Opportunity is what sets Boise State apart. Whatever you are seeking can be found within our thriving campus community, where our staff is committed to exceeding your expectations and ensuring your success. From convocation to commencement, the University is dedicated to providing guidance, support services and meaningful programs to enhance your academic experience. This fall semester greets us with a spectacular new Micron Business and Economics Building, three additional Ph.D. offerings, and exclusive student housing for juniors and seniors in the


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et me also call attention to two particular programs. Boise State has selected “The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird” by Bruce Barcott as the 2012-13 Campus

Lincoln Townhouses. We also have a new core curriculum, known as the Foundational Studies Program, which will provide you shared learning experiences that are relevant to the workplace and life. Specifically, you will graduate with well practices skills in problem solving, communication, innovation and teamwork, ethics and diversity, and select disciplinary outcomes, in addition to mastery of coursework in your major field of study. You are an equal partner in this learning experience. A commitment is required from you to be engaged students, and we encourage you to take advantage of the services and opportunities that are available. Here are some suggestions: Read book. We are asking students to read it before starting classes as it will be discussed in the Foundations courses this fall. Another opportunity is our graduation guarantee program—Finish in Four. Now more than ever, staying on track academically

Get better connected by signing up for a new student introductory course. Meet your academic adviser and plan regular appointments to discuss career goals, program requirements and tutorial support. Rely on the people who are knowledgeable in housing, financial aid, job opportunities, and health and wellness for assistance. Join a student organization and meet new friends as your educational experience will be greatly enhanced through your participation in clubs, campus events and service activities.

can help you save money and accelerate your move into the job market or graduate studies. It will also give you priority when registering for future classes. Signing up during your first semester is important to your success in this program, so please let

Student involvement Courtesy Student Involvement and Leadership Center

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Get Involved. You’re going to hear that often at Boise State University. You’ll see those words stamped on giveaways, printed on fliers and posters, and shouted from university websites, Twitter and Facebook.

Why? Because involvement on campus will add value to your university experience. By only going to class, it’s possible that you’ll miss out on a very important aspect of your academic career. So, why take the chance? While studying for biology and writing that paper for English, getting good

grades and looking forward to being handed that hardearned diploma, think outside the classroom. Campus involvement will help you be even better prepared for the future. Participating in programs, events and activities offers you greater achievement and satisfaction, career advancement

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your adviser know if you have interest. A hallmark of Boise State is the strong commitment of our faculty and staff to work for the benefit of our students. A spirit of collaboration exists across campus, and a glowing pride in the

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There are many opportunities for students to get involved at Boise State.

and exceptional educational development. Getting involved on campus doesn’t mean the same thing to every student. For example, the activities you choose to take part in often depend on your interests and goals and what kind of spare time you have. Fortunately, with so many opportunities at Boise State, you can easily customize your own plan. Identify what works for you and go for it. Have fun. Be inspired and inspire others. Maybe you want to join one of the nearly 200 student organizations that include everything from academic, professional and religious groups to sports, cultural and ethnic clubs. Or maybe you want to join a sorority or fraternity, where you’ll be able to build positive relationships and lifelong support, develop leadership skills and serve the community. You can also participate in any num-

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transformative educational experience that Boise State provides. From your first day to your graduation day, Boise State wants your experience to be a success. What an exciting opportunity awaits you this year. Welcome to Boise State, and Go Broncos!

Welcome to Bronco Venture Courtesy of Clariza Abrena, Student Orientation Leader

Think that coming to orientation is just about getting into classes? Think again. In an effort to create a positive and healthy community, Boise State’s BroncoVenture Orientation programs offer a wealth of knowledge about campus, an introduction to our wonderful community, and a lot of a fun, too! Just as filling out the application for admission is a part of becoming a Boise State Bronco, all new students are expected to attend an orientation program in order to become part of our campus community. “Whether they are from the Boise area or from 500 miles away, they will find support,” said Jace Whitaker, a student orientation coordinator with New Student & Family Programs (NSFP). In welcoming new Broncos, NSFP strives to ease

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Children’s Center

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The University Children’s Center provides care for children eight weeks— five years of age. Operating hours are 7:00 A.M.–5:30 P.M., five days a week during fall and spring semesters and thirteen weeks of

The C.A.R.E. Team

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Let someone know you CARE! C.A.R.E. stands for Campus Assessment, Resource and Education. If a student, faculty or staff is exhibiting behavior that is concerning, disruptive, or threating toward themselves or others the Boise State C.A.R.E Team is available to provide assistance in addressing behaviors of concern. If you are concerned about another member of the campus community we encourage you to seek assistance and submit a CARE report to the C.A.R.E. Team. Submit a CARE Report through When in doubt, report!

summer session. It is located at the corner of Beacon and Oakland Streets. The Center is licensed through the City of Boise and accredited through NAEYC. Financial assistance is available. For more information call (208) 426-4404 or visit

Intramural sports Courtesy Intramu ral Sports

The Intramural Sports Program provides the campus community with the opportunity to participate in various sports. These sports include flag football, soccer, basketball, and volleyball. There are different levels of competition - Blue is the more competitive league and Orange is the more recreational league. Teams can sign up their team on boisestate during the sport’s registration period. For the majority of the sports, there is a cost associated with your entry into the tournament/league. This cost can be paid at the Service Desk in the Recreation Center. If you have any questions regarding intramural sports or how to get involved, please contact Jared Cox, Coordinator of Rec Sports at 426-5643 or jaredcox@boisestate. edu.

The Boise State Veterans Service Office is currently located in the Alumni Building. We have been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs Magazine for three consecutive years. Our office and website are set up to provide information and procedures relevant to all Education Benefits provided through the Depart-

DRC Courtesy The Disability Recource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is responsible for ensuring Boise State University maintains an educationally and physically open environment for students with disabilities. The center helps the university achieve its goal of embracing diversity by providing access and facilitating independence, and the staff works directly with faculty members to arrange reasonable accommodations. If you’re a student who qualifies for accommodations, you can request interpretive services, ADA accessible classroom seating, alternative text formatting, test accommodations, and other assistance to help fulfill your academic requirements. According to dis-

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ment of Veterans Affairs. The Key to making the transition into university life from the military and utilizing any VA educational benefits (if applicable), is interacting with our office. If you have questions we will have answers and will help you navigate through any and all processes. There are many exciting things happening on Boise State’s campus in regards to assisting and serving our student veterans. ability specialist Katelyn Smith, you need to make sure the proper paperwork is submitted on time and to the appropriate person. She said, “If you are seeking accommodations in your classes, you’ll need to provide our office with documentation of your disability… and give our office a call to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs and documentation with a specialist.” The Disability Resource Center is located in the Administration Building, Room 114. Director Wendy Turner encourages students who need acco m m o dat i o ns “to come in early to help get the semester started off on the right track.” For documentation guidelines, student rights and responsibilities and more information, visit http:// To make an appointment, call 426- 1583.

FAN Friday Courtesy Melinda Keckler

Grab your Bronco gear and be ready for Bronco FAN Friday, an ongoing, weekly celebration of Boise State pride. All students and families, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and fans of the university are invited to wear blue and orange on Fridays to show their support for Boise State. Bronco FAN Friday is a reflection of the powerful connection people have with the university. And there are many things to be proud of. From rapidly growing research and academic programs to leadership development, to name just a few. Pride in all of those things is reflected when wearing school colors. Plus, Boise State has some outstanding athletic programs that appreciate your support. Bronco FAN Friday is meant to be celebrated everywhere, from across the university to across the country. Learn about Bronco FAN Friday in a video posted to Boise State’s YouTube channel. See it here: http://youtu. be/RmDwBoqf1Lk Bronco FAN Friday is a collaborative project between the university’s Office of Communications and Marketing, the Marketing Minds working group and the Bronco FAN Club (Future Alumni Network) student group.

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VP of Student Affairs Courtesy Lisa Harris, Ph.D.

elcome to Boise State University!! We are thrilled that you have made the decision to join the Bronco Family and I wanted to make sure that you had information at your fingertips that will assist you as you begin your next educational adventure with us. Here are a few things I hope


you keep in mind as you join our campus community because we have some expectations of you as part of this new family you are joining: Pay attention to two important items—your learning outcomes for the foundational studies classes you are taking and the Student Code of Conduct

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—in a club, sport, organization that works with your major, by working on campus, in some meaningful way that links you to our community


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By coming prepared, you will find the Boise State experience is a richer and more satisfying one for you AND you will be able to meet the educational goals you set for yourself here. - Lisa Harris, Ph.D.


If you are a freshman, start planning now to graduate in four years. If you are a transfer, plan now to graduate “on time.” Be an active partner in your education—show up, do your homework, be prepared.

The Vice President for Student Affairs and our staff including the Dean of Students’ Office are committed to

providing proactive and comprehensive advocacy for you. We can assist with personalized referrals for on-

campus resources and services to help work through student issues, personal concerns, and medical and fam-

ily emergencies that can impact academic success. The Dean of Students’ office can be reached by calling

(208) 426-1484, or by visiting them in Room 116 of the Norco Building. Our departments include:

Boise State Bookstore & Bronco Shops .The Career Center Children’s Center .Dean of Students’ Office . Disability Resource Center Enrollment Services including Admissions. Financial Aid and the Registrar . Fraternity & Sorority Life New Student & Family Programs . Student Involvement & Leadership . Multi-Cultural Student Services

Honors College Courtesy of The Honors College

The Honors College is a community of scholars designed for students of every major and background who take every advantage of their education. It is a place for students who want the benefits of a small college without the eye-popping price tag and without sacrificing the opportunities of attending a large university. This means the Honors College caters to students who want discussionbased classes of 25 stu-


Driscoll Hall is reserved for students enrolled in the Honors College. dents rather than classes improve as communica- mester and go white water of 100 or more students tors and thinkers. It’s for rafting in another. packed in a lecture hall. students who want leadThese experiences and It’s for students who want ership opportunities and skills gained in Honors to study abroad. It’s for a chance to meet Nobel give our graduates an edge, students who want to Prize winners in one se- landing them in excellent

jobs and the finest graduate schools. Honors students make long-lasting friends and are prepared for a lifetime of learning, echoing philosopher Eric Hoffer’s view that “In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future.” Students interested in joining our Honors community can find information about the application process, academic opportunities, and extra-curricular activities our website at Requirements for prospective students include a minimum of four semesters remaining at Boise State, with a basis of a 3.5 cumulative GPA and strong performance on the ACT or SAT examinations.

The Career Center-Begin with the End in Mind Courtesy The Career Center


elcome to Boise State University! We are very excited that you made the decision to join us and want to offer you some career decision making and job search advice as you embark on your college career. Explore Your Options! The Career Center, Advising and Academic Enhancement, and academic departments are all great resources for exploring different majors and careers. Take advantage of all of these resources and be open to different career paths. The Career Center also offers several great Ca-

reer Assessments that can help you with your career decision making process. When you find a field that really interests you, the Career Center can help connect you with a Boise State alum in your field of interest for an informational interview. Get Involved! Involving yourself in campus life not only gives you the chance to meet new people and connect with your community, it provides you with an excellent opportunity to develop skills such as communication, leadership, and organizational skills that employers are looking for. Whether it be a campus organization, ASBSU, vol-

unteering, service learning, or Greek life; get involved to meet new people, build new skills, and expand your network! Get a Job! Whether you need a job or not, working around 15 hours a week is a good idea. Not only does it bring in “spending money”, it increases your skill set and helps you begin building your network. Boise State hires between 1500 and 2000 student employees each year. Surrounding businesses also hire for part-time positions. Employers consistently tell us that one of the things that impresses them most about Boise State graduates is their

Welcome to BroncoVenture [News page 1] the transition into this new home by understanding and supporting the diverse needs of the incoming students. There are, therefore, a number of different orientation programs and options for new students. There are the traditional 2-day overnight programs for students coming to Boise State directly from high The Arbiter

school, 1-day programs for students who took a break after high school before starting college, returning to Boise State after time away or who are transferring from another college, and an orientation program at the end of summer for international students. In an effort to be inclusive of the needs of all incoming students, alternative ori-

entation options are available to students concerned about travel cost or summer time commitment. In this journey to Boise State, students are not the only ones engulfed in a wide range of emotions. At each of our orientation programs, special programming is provided for students’ parents and family members as well. Fam-

Welcome to Boise State! By committing to enroll here you’re becoming one of the things that will define you for years to come: a bronco! I can assure you it’s an exciting time to be here and you will have the unique opportunity to make your experience here truly your own! My name is Ryan Gregg and I’m the president of student government. The Associated Students of Boise State University – also called ASBSU – is the official student government at Boise State. ASBSU has two core purposes: first, to facilitate educational, intellectual, social, and cultural engagement at the University, and second, to advocate for the interests of students at the University. All fee-paying students are members of ASBSU. ASBSU gets its money from a student fee each semester, and uses this money to fund student clubs and organizations and other initiatives on campus. ASBSU is run entirely by students, for students. Students are elected, or appointed, to various bodies, including the Student Assembly, Executive Council, Student Funding Board, and various university committees. You can always find information at asbsu.boisestate. edu, or you can email us at Like us on Facebook (facebook. com/ASBSU) and follow us on Twitter (@ASBSU). Our office is conveniently located on the second floor of the Student Union Building – directly above the Boise River Café. I hope your Bronco Venture is exciting, and you get your questions answered. There truly is no place like a university campus. I look forward to meeting each of you and your families. Together we can make your experience here one of your best! I hope you have a great summer, and remember, Go Broncos!

work ethic, so get a job and be a part of this great tradition! The Student Employment Fair is Wednesday, August 24th on the Quad. Additionally, check out BroncoJobs for student parttime job postings. Begin Building Your Network! It is never too early to start building your network. These are people- faculty, staff, other students, alumni, and employers- who you will connect with throughout your college career and who will be very valuable to you when it is time to search for internships or jobs after you graduate. If you really want to get a head start, consider

building your on-line presence with LinkedIn, a professional on-line networking site. The Career Center can provide you with information on how to effectively use LinkedIn for networking and your job search. Participate in an Internship! You most likely will not engage in an internship your first year or two, but make sure it is something you plan on in the latter part of your college career. Employers are always looking for relevant work experience and an internship provides this along with connections to people within your field of interest.

If you are interested in getting the most out of your college experience in preparation for an internship or your professional career, call the Career Center at 4261747 to make an appointment with one of our Career Counselors or Job Search Advisors. While there are many ways to go about planning your career and conducting a successful job search, the Career Center would encourage you to “Begin with the End in Mind”. Remember, everything that you do from the time you start college to the time you graduate will help prepare you and your resume for future career opportunities! Once again, welcome to Boise State University!

ily members are welcome to attend and learn about ways to be a continuing source of positive support! These programs are planned well in advance and with detail. “We want students to know that orientation programs are intentional in everything that we do,” says student orientation coordinator Cody Huckvale, who has been involved in helping to plan parts of summer orienta-

tion. For example, transfer students receive specific advising about their past academic credits, traditional aged students are placed into groups based on their prospective majors, and a special welcome ceremony for veteran students is provided at each 1-day orientation program. Boise State is a large, growing family and as a result some students may feel disconnected in this

new type of environment. Orientation can be a new student’s first opportunity to get involved and find a connection on campus. As a new member of the community, “When you find someone you can connect with—a student, a professor, an Orientation Leader, etc.—you discover that this University is larger than purely academics,” Huckvale said, “It becomes a home.”



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Parking & Transportation Services educates, assists Courtesy of Parking and Transportation Services

Transportation & Parking Services hopes you had a rewarding and enriching 2011-2012 Academic Year and wishes you a fantastic summer! For those students attending Summer Sessions, our office will continue to serve as the campus community’s resource for transportation options through the summer months and during our regular hours: Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm. As we look forward to next year, Transportation & Parking Services would like to take a few moments to highlight some of the ongoing and newly added transportation programs available to BSU students: Transportation & Parking Services continues to sponsor a free bus transportation program in conjunction with The Valley Regional Transit ValleyRide bus system. A ValleyRide bus sticker may be obtained at Campus ID or Transportation & Parking Services and, when presented to the bus driver, allows students to ride any of the Ada County routes, as well as the Inter-County routes between the College of Western Idaho campus in Nampa and the BSU main

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The Cycle Learning Center is a recource for students who need to rent bicycles, repair their own and more. campus, free of charge. Bus stickers for the 2012-2013 Academic Year will be available beginning in early August. Full ValleyRide bus route information is available at In partnership with University Health and Recre-

ation, Transportation & Parking Services was proud to launch The Cycle Learning Center, or CLC, in time for the start of the Fall 2011 Semester. The CLC is located on the ground floor of the Lincoln Ave Parking Garage, adjacent to the

Campus Recreation Center. The CLC provides bicycle retail products, basic bicycle repair services and a bicycle rental program, available on a semester or yearly basis. For additional information on programs and services offered through The CLC,

please visit Commuter Parking Permits for the 2012-2013 Academic Year will be available for purchase online beginning July 1st, 2012. Students who are scheduled to live at a University Resident Hall

or Apartment Complex for fall 2012 may also purchase a Residential Parking Permit online beginning July 1st, 2012. Please remember that students who plan to live on campus must purchase the Residential Parking Permit which authorizes overnight parking and corresponds to the student’s assigned Resident Hall or Apartment Complex. Transportation And Parking Services is also one of the largest providers of oncampus jobs for students, offering flexible part-time student employment, including a limited number of work study positions. Student employment opportunities range from event parking, evening enforcement, as well as retail and repair technician positions at the Cycle Learning Center. Hiring for the Fall Semester begins in early July; visit or stop by The Career Center, for information on the available opportunities to join our team! To purchase Permits and for complete information on the transportation programs available, please visit or contact one of our representatives at (208) 426-7275.

Foundational Studies-A new world of education Courtesy The Foundational Studies Program

What does it mean to be prepared for living and working in the 21st century? It means gaining experiences in classes that ask students to consider big questions more than memorizing isolated facts. It means using our class time to work collaboratively with peers to build the kinds of teamwork skills that employers are seeking. It means bringing skills and knowledge from mathematics, science and the arts. It means taking what we learn in literature and thinking about those story lines through the theories we learn in the social sciences. It means synthesizing knowledge, not just repeating it. Boise State is launching the Foundational Studies Program – an approach to general education that is designed to prepare students for tomorrow. Too often educational institutions focus on the path they have already taken, the world that faculty and staff were educated in. But that is not the world that our class of 2016 will be meeting. Our 2016 Broncos will be stepping Beyond the Blue into a world that is more technologically ad-

vanced and networked than students graduating 5 or 10 years ago could have imagined. Our goal is to provide our students with the kind of education to prepare them for that world. We like to say that it is like turning your education on in High Definition. That means that we are looking with more precision at the skills and knowledge that students need for the “real world” and we’re building in a system to evaluate how well we’re doing. This evaluation process looks carefully at student learning in 11 University Learning Outcomes that include problem solving, communication, innovation & teamwork, ethics, diversity and academic discipline outcomes. With this feedback on student learning, Boise State University courses will be more dynamic than ever before – adjusting to make sure that students are not just “getting through” classes, but that our Broncos are learning more. To be certain, learning MORE is essential. That is why the Foundational Studies Program builds a bridge linking Boise State students’ learning with the worlds of business, industry, and public service as never before. The 11 University Learning Outcomes reflect the most desired skills and

knowledge that these leaders are demanding of college graduates. These outcomes go hand in hand with Idaho’s goals to prepare our graduates for life and work and the Complete College Idaho initiative. It’s not only employers who are looking for Broncos who are prepared for the 21st century – graduate schools preparing health professionals, engineers, educators, and lawyers are changing their acceptance criteria. Medical schools are saying it is not enough to just get good grades – understanding diverse cultures and ethical decision making, and critical thinking are new features of the MCAT.1 Boise State’s University Learning Outcomes are the measure we need to help our Broncos make the grade in graduate school. Prepare to be engaged in learning, excited by new experiences, and educated for tomorrow – Foundational Studies at Boise State University. For more information contact the Foundational Studies Program office at 208-426-4057 or email foundationalstudies@ h t t p s : / / w w w. a a m c . org/newsroom/reporter/ march2012/276772/word. html

Student Success ProgramWhere graduation is the goal Courtesy of The Student Success Program

The TRiO Student Success Program (SSP) at Boise State University is a multi-faceted support unit—offering academic assistance and encouragement for first-generation and low-income students and students with a documented disability. The TRIO programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America. SSP’s main goal is help students achieve their goal of a baccalauThe Arbiter

reate degree. For students who are the first in their families to pursue a four-year degree, SSP provides one-on-one assistance navigating Boise State’s expanding university and growing campus. The advisors at SSP help incoming students know who to talk to for academic questions, where to turn for financial assistance, and how to get involved on campus to broaden their experiences. The Student Success Program’s staff and forty tutors provide unique services: free tutoring, academic advising, financial literacy and

educational workshops, and cultural events—all in house. The program offers six hours of free tutoring each week for students enrolled in the program and provides tutors for any lower division undergraduate course. This fall, the Student Success Program has designed a threecredit course to help their student population strengthen critical thinking skills through writing, debates, and active discussions. Over the years, SSP students have achieved tremendous success. Former SSP student,


Students can use The Foundational Studies Program to prepare for the future.

Anjanette Monroe, was named a 2012 Top Ten Scholar for Boise State, and current SSP student, Jenna Nash, won the 2012 President’s Writing Award. One SSP alumnus had to this to say about Boise State’s Student Success Program: I started college with

no idea what I was doing, how to be successful, or where to go for help. Becoming acquainted with the staff, services, and resources at SSP introduced me to a safe, friendly place to go to ask for help, study, learn new skills, and overall become a better, more successful student.

I have achieved more than I ever imagined I could and graduated with a 3.66 GPA. Students can find the Student Success Program at the corner of University and Joyce, at 1910 University Drive or call 208-426-3583. Your graduation is our goal!

Student involvment [News page 1] serve through the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU), a great way to shape the policies that affect student life. Learn something new by attending events sponsored by the Women’s Center or Multicultural Student Services. Expand your worldview by immersing yourself in an international, cultural experience through the Alternative Spring Break program. Last spring students helped

improve education in rural communities in Jamaica in an on-going service program called Project Jamaica. Although increasing cultural awareness can be achieved in the classroom, it is through international experiences you can develop a more globally aware perspective. Performing arts, exhibits, lectures and workshops—so much happening on campus, so take advantage when you see the

words “Get Involved.” The difference between just going to class and participating beyond the classroom is like choosing between a fenced-in yard and an open field. Unlatch the gate. Get out and explore the many opportunities at Boise State. For more information, visit or call the Student Involvement & Leadership Center at (208) 426-1223.


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The International Learning Opportunities Courtesy of International Learning Opportunities

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Studying abroad allows students to experience life in a different country.

Last year, Boise State students scattered to the four corners of the globe to study abroad. They learned Arabic in Morocco, interned for a software company in Spain, taught English in Italy, and studied Tropical Biology in Costa Rica. The International Learning Opportunities office offers all these opportunities and more to students interested in spending a semester, summer, or year away. Studying abroad is the perfect way to expand your horizons, improve your language skills, or immerse yourself in another culture. Because students earn Boise State credits while abroad, studying abroad does not have to delay graduation, nor is it limited strictly to Language and Art History majors. We have sent Engineering students to Germany, International Business majors to China, and future teachers to Italy! Increasingly, students are taking advantage of the opportunity to intern while abroad, gaining valuable professional and cultural experience. Zac Dalton spent the spring 2012 semester in San Ramon, Costa Rica through the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). Of

his experience interning in a local hospital he says, “It has been an amazing experience to both learn about and take part in another countries health care system. It has taught me more things than I could have ever imagined.” He plans to put this to good use in his future career in Health Administration. Thanks to financial aid and scholarships, studying abroad can be more affordable than you think. All federal financial aid can be used, and students are eligible to apply for a number of additional scholarships. Last year, ILO awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships and Boise State students received another $30,000 in federal government scholarship awards. Maybe your academic plan is very specific or Japan just feels too far away. If the beaches of Hawaii or the concrete jungle of New York City are calling your name, we offer the opportunity to participate in the National Student Exchange. Through NSE, students can study at one of more than two hundred schools across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rice, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore another part of the country, to take courses Boise State doesn’t offer, or to scout out options for

graduate schools. NSE students pay either Boise State tuition or the host university’s in-state tuition. Studying away is more than just an opportunity to take a few classes, learn German, and see the Eiffel Tower. It is truly an opportunity to see the world through different eyes; to live as a local, rather than to visit as a tourist; to have the experience of a lifetime. The ILO office is located in the Academic and Career Services Building Room 114 (next door to the SUB and across from Campus Rec). Stop in and see us anytime between 8am-5pm on weekdays. Or, give us a call at (208) 426-2630.

ONLINE Which country would you like to study abroad in? A) Germany B) Australia C) Japan D) Brazil E) Russia

College experience doesn’t end at graduation Courtesy Boise State Alumni Association

Four years, 120 credits, $1,000’s in textbook fees, and countless great memories later you will be a graduate of Boise State University. As you walk across that stage remember that your Boise State story shouldn’t end when receive your diploma. In fact, that could just be the beginning of your Boise State experience. The Boise State Alumni Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting and engaging the 76,000+ alumni and friends of the University once they’ve walked across that stage. The Alumni Center is located on the east side of campus across from Bronco Stadium on the corner of University and Grant Street, and has a staff of five people that oversee all Alumni programs. Though the staff may be small, they help to facilitate over 110 events

sponsored by the Alumni Association each year. These events appeal to a wide range of audiences, with formal affairs such as the Presidential Alumni Recognition Gala that recognizes Distinguished Alumni, or casual viewing parties to enjoy Bronco football games. You also don’t need to live in Idaho to enjoy these events, as there are Bronco Chapters or Contacts in 17 different states that allow alums all across the United States to stay engaged. Students even have a chance to take part in Boise State Alumni Association activities while they’re still going to school. The Alumni Association sponsors the Future Alumni Network (FAN Club) that holds a variety of programs for current students throughout the course of the year. Homecoming is also facilitated by the Alumni Association, and each year events are planned to get current students and

alumni excited about being a Bronco! To see all of the different Homecoming events planned for this year visit homecoming. When you’ve finished all your courses to receive your degree, the Alumni Association will welcome you as the newest class of alumni with a reception after Commencement. Celebrate your achievement with family and friends, music, free food, and a number of great giveaways. If you’ve really achieved great things as a student, you could even be recognized as a Top Ten Scholar. This award recognizes ten outstanding seniors at Boise State each year, and you can find out more about this year’s scholars at alumni. topten.php. In the future the Alumni Association also plans to have a new gathering place for all alumni and friends to gather when they return to campus. The Alumni

and Friends Center is currently in the design phase, and will provide an eastern gateway to campus. The 44,000 square foot facility will hold a wide range of events with over 22,000 square feet available for

conferences, reunions, and meeting rooms. Proceeds from the use of these facilities will fund endowed scholarships for all future Boise State students. The Alumni Association currently provides over

$100,000 to student scholarships each year, and this building will make even more funding possible. To learn more about this new home for all generations of Broncos, visit

International student services Courtesy International Student Services

It’s a brave thing to leave home, friends and family to pursue an education in another country, but young people do it all the time. Imagine you’re from Latin America or the Middle East and you arrive on Boise State’s campus without a friend or enough language skills to get by. That’s where the office of International Student Services (ISS) comes in. ISS helps students from all over the world with immigration compliance. Staff is available to help them understand the U.S. educational system, which can be quite different from their home experience, and they provide encouragement and advice for academic progress and cultural adjustment. “Our goal is to integrate international students into the campus community The Arbiter

while meeting their needs as thoroughly as possible,” said Christy Babcock, associate director of ISS. “Cultural difference and immigration regulations can create confusion for everyone involved. We like to smooth out that confusion and create understanding and friendship.” Although ISS provides welcoming space and a home away from home for international students, it’s also a place for American students, a place where everyone can meet to learn about each other. To encourage intercultural understanding, ISS offers the following events: Wisdom Café: Enjoy an afternoon of philosophical debate each Friday at noon. Coffee and Conversation: Beverages and snacks are served along with friendly conversation each Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. The World Cup of Tea:

This semester-long program matches an American student with an international student, helping students build cultural awareness as they learn more about the world around them. “If international students feel welcomed and supported … if they know they have a place on campus to come to for support, this allows for a sense of confidence which will positively affect every aspect of their experience at Boise State,” Babcock said. “We invite faculty, staff, and American students to help us welcome and support our international student population.” International Student Services is located in the Student Diversity Center upstairs in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (208) 426-3652 or visit



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Multicultural students

Courtesy Multicultural Student Services

Multicultural Student Services (MSS) encourages and promotes diversity. Their mission is to raise awareness about issues of power, privilege and oppression, focusing on how dominant and nondominant groups can work together to understand discrimination, the importance of human rights, and to help them understand their own identity. Inside the Student Diversity Center you can meet students with different backgrounds, values and beliefs. It’s a place where you can share ideas, be inspired, and learn about each other. The staff supports and works with religious, cultural and ethnic groups on campus, but everyone is invited. According to Director Ro Parker, MSS is like a mirror, a place where everyone can see her/himself reflected in the issues of multiculturalism, diversity and social justice. She said, “This is not a place just for underrepresented groups, because everyone has a responsibility to end discrimination.

Multicultural Student Services is about providing opportunities for all students to understand their roles in diversity issues. With Boise State University being a Predominantly White Institution (PWI), it is particularly important that the dominant culture students see themselves in this work alongside non-dominant culture students. “The work we do benefits everyone because it’s about treating people with dignity, equity and respect. We work to raise awareness about inequalities, so that everyone can be treated with equality.” The events and programs MSS cosponsors are rich in demonstrating the values of respect and equity, while offering vivid images that capture the wide spectrum— from beauty and harsh reality—of cultural diversity: Diversity Day Defined (D3) in September, the award-winning Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration in January, Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Week in March and the Seven Arrows Powwow in April. MSS also hosts the Tunnel of Oppression each No-

Women’s Center Courtesy Women’s Center

Interested in talking about how gender impacts your campus experiences? Want to help create a safer campus? Need someone to talk to? Stop by and meet the friendly staff at the Boise State University Women’s Center. It just might change your life. The center helps students achieve their academic roles and realize their full potential through educational outreach and support services. It provides a safe haven for students of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, classes, abilities, nationalities and sexual orientations. It’s a

place for knocking down barriers and building social equality. In addition to promoting awareness about campus policies and programs that affect women and the LGBTQIA community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Ally), the center focuses on ally development. Jess Caldwell-O’Keefe, director of the Women’s Center, said, “We are dedicated to promoting ally development in all areas, for example, men as allies to women, straight folks as allies to LGBT folks, white people as allies to people of color.” To further an appreciation for diversity and gender equity,

vember, but this year they will take on the challenge of presenting two events. The Tunnel is a visual, interactive production designed to help visitors personally experience prejudice and discrimination by guiding them through a series of dramatic vignettes. Each fall college students across the country donate their talents and give voice to help spread the message of working, playing and living together. Act, build props or be a guide. Have fun, while learning to appreciate others. Located on the second floor of the Student Union in the Student Diversity Center, MSS has generous space for informal club meetings and social activities. They even have a kitchen with a microwave and fridge. You can eat a meal, join a study group or finish your homework. The outer lounge also has computer kiosks connected to SUB printers. Just show your student ID card to use the hardware. For more information, visit or call (208) 426-5950. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. and to create a healthier, inclusive campus, the center offers various programs and hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Students and community members are invited to get involved in the programs and even help plan and produce the events with the Gender Equity Peer Educators. The Women’s Center peer educators host workshops and other events focused on a variety of gender-related topics. They are available to cosponsor events and meet with any group of students, Resident Advisor, or organization to tailor an interactive community building presentation. Opportunities to get involved also include celebrations that focus on increasing equality,

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The Student Diversity Center works to raise awareness and create friendships.

and highlighting where there is still work to be done. The Healthy Relationships Peer Education Program encourages healthy relationships. Peer educators are trained to help students understand the difference between positive and negative relationships, emphasizing the importance of creating a community where everyone keeps an eye out for each other by intervening as

bystanders and being allies. Among the many services, programs and resources, the center also has a Violence Prevention and Support Coordinator. A professional social worker on staff full-time, Adriane Bang can meet with any student in a confidential setting to discuss stalking, relationship violence and sexual assault, provide guidance for individuals who have

experienced violence or assist anyone who wants to support their friends or make positive changes in our campus. Located on the second floor of the SUB, the Women’s Center has two lounges. A lactation room is also available. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 4264259 or visit womenscenter.

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“Need help? Just ask!” @ OIT computer labs Courtesy of OIT

Your professor announces that your syllabus is waiting for you . . . online. You need to add or drop a class. You want to escape the distraction of home to complete a Blackboard assignment. You need help! These are just some of the reasons students have discovered that Boise State has a welcome resource in the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Computer Labs on campus. A highly-appreciated feature of the OIT Labs is the staff available to assist you in using technology to accomplish your educational goals. These Support Specialists are students, like you, who have trained and are on duty to answer your questions related to lab software or hardware use. They live their slogan, “Need Help? Just Ask!” For ease in finding the best lab for you, an interactive calendar and lab hours can be found at oit.bois-


Marc Dhoore demonstrates iPad checkout process to technical specialists at The Zone, room 128 of the ILC. This site also lists the sixty software applications available on all

Campus read Courtesy Sherry Squires, Boise State Communications & Marketing

Boise State has selected “The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird” by Bruce Barcott as the 2012-13 Campus Read book. Incoming first-year students will receive the book during their orientation this summer and it will be discussed in Boise State’s new University Foundations courses beginning in the fall. Print and digital copies also are available at Albertsons Library and the Boise Public Library. “The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw” was named

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one of the best books of 2008 by Library Journal. Sharon Matola, a former circus performer turned Belize zoo owner, is not a likely hero; she is a true eccentric, riding around on a motorcycle and keeping a threelegged jaguar as a pet. But when a web of corporations, CEOs, banks and bureaucrats conspired to purchase and destroy one of the great rivers of Central America — and one of the final habitats of the scarlet macaw — she banded together a ragtag army of local villagers and started a campaign to save the remaining birds. Her struggle brings alive the worldwide battle over globalization, demand for energy, environmental destruc-

lab and kiosk computers. BroncoPrint is also available in all labs, so you can

use the printing allocation attached to most students’ Bronco Card each semester.

tion, the fate of the planet’s species, and the realities of economic survival in a tiny Third World country. Barcott is an environmental journalist and a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction. His previous book, “The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier,” was a recipient of the Washington State Governor’s Award and was recently re-issued in a 10th anniversary edition. Barcott lives in Boulder, Colo. His articles appear in Outside Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine and numerous other publications. Boise State’s Campus Read committee comprises students, faculty and staff and works with the President’s Office on selecting a book that will encourage students to read beyond textbooks;

raise awareness and tolerance of intergenerational and cultural likenesses and differences; promote academic discourse and critical thinking; provide an introduction to the expectations of higher education; integrate an academic and social experience into the campus community; and create a sense of community by increasing student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction. The Campus Read program is overseen by the Provost’s Office, in cooperation with New Student and Family Programs. Visit academics.boisestate. edu/undergraduate/aboutcampus-read/ for details about upcoming Campus Read activities, including a visit by the author and subject of the book, as they become available.

The OIT Labs’ locations are shown in the table. Some computer labs are for

open-use, meaning all BSU students are welcome during open hours. Other labs are reserved for class-use only, so you may be in one of them for an entire semester’s class or your instructor may bring your class in for a few hands-on sessions. Hybrid labs are available for open-use when they are not reserved as a computer classroom. Additionally, OIT openuse computers managed by the Help Desk can be found throughout the Student Union building and the Interactive Learning Center. These stations are accessible whenever those buildings are open as well as during open hours in The Zones located on the first floor of both buildings. The computer labs work in conjunction with the Help Desk, Desktop Support, and IT Projects teams. All four combine to form the Office of Information Technology’s Customer Care Department under Director Mark Fitzgerald.



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Service learning Courtesy Sara Elliott, Service Learning Ambassador

I was a sophomore in college when I first heard about service-learning. Like most students, I was apprehensive in the beginning. If I had understood then how servicelearning would change my life, I wouldn’t have been questioning, I would’ve been celebrating. After my first service-learning experience I was hooked. I changed my major and began facilitating servicelearning classes. Now I work in the Service-Learning Program where I get to offer life changing experiences to other students. Whether you are new to Boise State, or a returning student, the Service-Learning Program offers exciting opportunities for you to take advantage of. What is ServiceLearning? If you like hands-on

Library Courtesy Albertson’s Library

Boise State’s Albertsons Library is the busy college student’s best friend, providing research assistance, mobile resources, laptop checkout, research databases, eBooks, and print books. Students can quickly access academic resources through the library website at library.boisestate. edu or the mobile website: When students ask for help at Albertsons Library, they get a jump start on their research and learn skills for finding information. University librarians are experts at helping students locate relevant resources and

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learning, stretching out of your comfort zone, making an impact in the community, trying out different career options, or forming new connections on campus and in the community - then service-learning is for you! Service-Learning is a type of class that allows you to take the theories you are learning in the classroom and apply them in a real world setting at a nonprofit agency. Service-Learning students say that their experience has: • Impacted their community • Taught them about community issues • Introduced them to diverse populations • Made them more civically engaged • Shown them how their coursework is applied in a real world setting • Helped them choose a major • Given them employment opportunities and

information! To get library help students can visit the first floor Reference Desk, call, email, text, or even chat online 24/7 with a librarian. Students can also set up a one-on-one research consultation with a librarian. Librarians can help students evaluate research studies, scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines to select relevant information. Hundreds of research databases are available via Albertsons Library and cover: research on all subjects, business data, art images, legal information, statistics, digitized newspapers, and government resources. In addition, the library has over 100,000 eBooks and access to thousands of academic videos readily available online.

résumé references •Connected them to new relationships on campus and in the community The Service-Learning Program offers over 100 college courses, taught by 80 faculty members spanning across all academic departments every year. Over 90 nonprofit community partners in the Treasure Valley collaborate with the ServiceLearning Program. In the last ten years over 20,000 Boise State students have participated in servicelearning, leaving their mark on the community.

The library website provides students easy access to these resources and research not freely available online. Students can visit the library’s computer lab to use a computer or print course assignments; they may log on to computers with their BroncoWeb username and password, and access BroncoPrint with their BSU ID card. Students can also check out laptops, Netbooks, and iPads from the Circulation Desk to use in their favorite library study spot or for group projects. Wireless printing is also available from both library and your personal laptops. Computer lab assistants are located on the first floor of the library to help students troubleshoot basic computer problems.

Who do ServiceLearners impact? Having 90 nonprofit community partnerships allows for a wide range of opportunities available to students. Some of the community issues servicelearning students can get involved with include: • Refugee resettlement • Poverty and homelessness • Elderly care • K-12 educational programs & youth mentoring • Environmental conservation • Creation of adaptive devices for people with disabilities

How do you become involved? Service-learning is offered in a variety courses on campus. You can find the current service- learning course list by going to our website http:// servicelearning.boisestate. edu/ and clicking on the “SL Courses” link under Quick Links, or when enrolling for classes in Broncoweb you can set the search criteria under the “Designation” drop box to populate only service-learning courses. Of course, the staff at the Service-Learning Program

office is always available to assist you with any of your questions. Our office is located in the MicronSimplot Building, Room 102. Come by our office, give us a call or send us an email to learn more about the opportunities the Service-Learning Program can offer you, and how you can use your coursework to make a difference in the community. Service-Learning Program: Micron-Simplot Building, Room 102 1910 University Drive Boise, Idaho 837251006 (208) 426-1004 office

Top Five Library Tips 1. Get help when you need it. Just ask! Send a text message (208) 546-9982, call (208) 426-3301, email from the website, or visit the Reference Desk on the first floor for help with assignments, research, citation style and other questions. 2. Go mobile with the library. Albertsons Library’s new mobile website helps you easily find books and articles, check hours, and get research help from your mobile device. Many article databases offer mobile interfaces. Visit the the mobile site from your favorite device at 3. Access eBooks and online videos. The Library has purchased access to tens of thousands of eBooks and online videos which can be searched from the Albertsons Library website, 4. Consult MLA, APA, and Chicago citation guides. For help citing your sources, see the citation help link on the library homepage or consult a citation style guide in the library. 5. Albertsons Library gives you extended hours when it counts. We are open 24 hours a day during finals, and until 2 a.m. the week before finals. During other weeks in the semester, we are open until midnight (Sunday-Thursday).


University Housing Courtesy of University Housing

Welcome to University Housing! We are home to nearly 1900 students in our 8 traditional residential hall areas and additional undergraduate, graduate, and student families in our 300 apartments. Each area has its own distinct feel community personality developed

from the students that live within the building as well as the structure of the facility. Additionally, national research indicates that students who live on campus will be more successful academically and have a richer, happier college experience. Chaffee, Keiser, Driscoll, Morrison, Taylor and Towers Halls are all designated as traditional

first year student housing. The residence hall staff in these communities focuses on activities that reinforce student involvement, developing skills to enhance academic success as a first year student, and community building. Boise State research tells us that first year residents have 8% higher GPAs and 19% more return for second their year when com-

pared to those who live off campus. Clearwater, Payette and Selway Suites are devoted to our sophomore students and serve as a transitional living environment for students who are learning to live more independent lifestyles. The residence hall staff in these communities focus on activities that continue to emphasize involvement and leadership opportunities, and encourage utilization of campus resources designated to aid in persistence to junior and

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senior years. Aspen, Cedar, Hawthorne, Juniper, Spruce, and Tamarack Townhomes are allocated to seniors, juniors, some sophomores and transfer students who are looking for a more independent lifestyle. Residence life staff in the townhomes are dedicated to keeping an environment where students can continue to be successful in their academic work and supported in the activities and endeavors in which they are already engaged. Heights, Manor, Park,


Square and Village are our apartment complexes and are some of our more diverse buildings on campus in terms of student populations. Sophomores, juniors, seniors, transfers, graduate students, and students with families call these communities home! Residence life staff in apartment communities support and respect student’s wishes to live independently while also providing opportunities to attend community events for those who are interested.

University Housing Highlights Connections and Campus Involvement

Personal Growth/ Leadership Opportunities

• Live-in student and professional staff are readily available • Social activities, barbecues, and outings are frequently planned • Immersion within the communities with a diverse group of students • Staff available in each community to help with relationship and community building

• University Housing Association (UHA) • Hall Councils in each residential area • Rewarding student jobs in University Housing: Resident Assistants, Community Assistants, Desk Assistants, Customer Service Representatives, Marketing Internships, Conference Hosts, Custodial Positions, IT Representatives and many others

Academic Success and Support

Time, Value, Convenience

• No commute! All campus resources are within walking distance • A great value for your money! (In most cases, cable, Internet, utilities, and even some furnishings are included in the price!) Safety and Security • On-site professional staff, 24/7 campus security, Boise Police Officers, and 2500 neighbors committed to each other’s safety! • Residential areas are secure 24/7 hours

• Quiet hours for sleep and study are established and enforced • 5 Residential College communities with live-in faculty coordinators • 3 Living-learning communities with live out coordinators

Courtesy English Majors’ Association

All declared English majors will be automatically enrolled in this organization and can become a participating member in it as soon as they start at Boise State University. The purpose of this is organization is to provide interaction between faculty and students, sponsor workshops, seminars, lectures, etc. that

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will be of interest to English majors, encourages students to present their creative and scholarly works to their peers, and provide opportunities for English students to meet one another through extracurricular and social activities. The Ema Officers for Fall 2012 are: President - Stephanie Couey Vice President - Gabriel Stephens

Secretary - Jessica Johnson Treasurer - Dory Hammersly Advisor - Cheryl Hindrichs Advisor - Karen Uehling Feel free to contact us at any time with any questions that you may have at: Events for Fall 2012 Undergraduate Readings: The EMA invites students to own their creativity and develop integrity surrounding their writing by participating in our several Mixed Genre Readings throughout the semester. The readings accept submissions in Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry, and are held in a laid-back social atmo-

sphere, often at a restaurant, coffee shop, bookstore, or pub. Readings in the past have always been wildly entertaining, and have offered a place for student writers to truly get their voices out there. More details about this event will be in your student email inbox this Fall. Moveable Feast: This Fall students will have the opportunity to read and discuss books with their peers as well as faculty members. Certain Literature professors in the English department will pick out a book of their own choosing for those interested in participating in

the Moveable Feast to read. There will be a time when the book should be read and at that time the discussion of the book’s themes, literary style, author, etc. will be discussed at that Literature professor’s home. There will be food (no better argument for coming than that). This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in Literature to talk with their fellow students and to get to know their Literature professors. More details about this event will be in your student email inbox this Fall. Seminars and Workshops: The EMA this upcoming

year will host different seminars and workshops geared towards a specific emphasis in the English major. In the works right now is a workshop that will tackle how to properly do a literary analysis. Every English major has to do them but rarely is there an opportunity to learn about literary analysis in a fun event form that involves cake. This is a wonderful opportunity for every English major to socialize with their peers, eat, and get to know their professors. The EMA is looking forward to meeting all of the new English majors! See you in the fall!



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Do you love the Broncos?

Become a FAN Courtesy The Alumni Center

As a new student to Boise State are you interested in displaying your blue and orange spirit and getting some great leadership experience? Or just interested in meeting new people and enjoying free food? FAN Club (Future Alumni Network) could be a great organization for you. FAN Club started in 2002 to enhance the Boise State experience by advancing campus traditions and school pride. The group is sponsored by the Boise State Alumni Association, and supports a wide variety of events on campus. FAN Club sponsors a number of major events on campus including: Short Stack Shindig is held during Welcome Week activities and welcomes students to campus by offering free blue and orange pancakes, blue and orange door prizes, and a party atmosphere. Search for Buster’s Shoes is a campus wide scavenger hunt held during Homecoming with great prizes for those who find the clues. FAN Club Holiday Social brings FAN Club members and alumni together to celebrate Boise State during the holiday season, and members get a chance to hang out and enjoy the lights and hot cocoa at the Idaho Botanical Garden Aglow Event. School Pride Day is an event held in the spring to bring students together to relax and keep their blue and orange gear out even if the major sport seasons have ended. School Pride Day this year included a dunk tank, sumo suit wrestling, free pizza, cookies, and Coke for those wearing blue and orange, two live bands, and a Twinkie shoot. Another tradition founded by FAN Club is Bronco FAN Friday. Bronco FAN Friday reminds people that every day of the week is a great day to be a Bronco, and Fridays are the time to show off blue and orange spirit. As former FAN Club President Lizzy Naughton stated, “Being a Bronco isn’t a part-time job, it’s a way of looking at life. Relentless. When all of the traditional powerhouses doubt you, you stand tall & confident, always looking ahead to the next game. Through innovation, determination, and pure talent, Broncos consistently prove we have what it takes. We don’t like to brag. But every Friday a piece of our blue turf shines through.” If you haven’t “Liked” the Bronco FAN Friday website yet, “Like” them at for a chance to win Bronco gear throughout the year. FAN Club holds twice-monthly meetings at the Alumni Center, gives members a chance to network with alums, and participates in community service projects throughout the year. If FAN Club sounds like fun to you contact Alex Ridgeway or Leon Grant at for information on how to join. You can also see more pictures from FAN Club events at


A Boise State fan shows off his blue and orange pride at a campus event. Students interested in getting involved with FAN club can contact the Alumni Center.


Fans rally together to support the Bronco football team last fall at the stadium.

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Student Nurses Association Courtesy Student Nurses Association

Interested in nursing? Want to get to know others like you? Do you want to find out about different career paths in nursing? Then check out the Boise State Student Nurses Association. The SNA is an organization for student nurses of all levels seeking to interact with other nursing students and develop professional and leadership skills. This professional organization gives members the opportunities to build lasting relationships with other students, nurses, and potential employers through events, activities, and official functions. SNA provides leadership, volunteer, and edu-

cational opportunities for nursing students, and students do not have to wait until they have been accepted into the nursing program to join. Pre-nursing students are welcome to participate in all activities. From pre-nursing, to RN-BSN, to Master’s degrees in nursing, online and on-ground, the SNA is for you. The group offers biweekly lecture series on types of careers and issues in nursing. Past topics have included maternity/ newborn nursing, international nursing, resume building, informatics and nephrology nursing. The lectures are held in the Norco building, and free pizza is provided. There also are monthly meetings where members

can receive updates and discuss ideas for furthering SNA’s mission. A full slate of volunteer opportunities is planned for next year, including the St. Luke’s Women’s Fitness Celebration, the Body Exhibition at the Discovery Center, RakeUp Boise, and Thanksgiving at the Boise Rescue Mission. The group also is putting on a mini-career fair on Sept. 22, followed by a potluck with a prize for best dessert. The minicareer fair will cost $5 and feature information on writing a resume, preparing for an interview and much more. The group also takes time for fun by making a float for the homecoming parade and ornaments to sell in December. Being a member of the

BSU SNA also gives you the opportunity to attend the Idaho Student Nurses Association convention in Boise on October 19, and perhaps the National Student Nurses Association Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in April. There also are scholarships available for SNA members. Project Coordinator Kaylee Humphrey was the recipient of a scholarship from the National Student Nurses Association this year. The total cost to join is

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$35 for one year, which includes membership in the Boise State chapter, the ISNA and NSNA, and a subscription to Imprint, the magazine for the National Student Nurses Association. For more information, check out BSU SNA’s website at http://www.bsusna. com/index.html. For information regarding joining SNA as a member, contact membership recruiter Mason Shaw or President Chelsea Dockstader at bsusna@gmail. com.

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What classes should I take? It’s the question nearly every freshman is going ask. I’ve got an answer – UNIV 101: First Year College Transitions. This class is designed specifically to help you be a successful college student. Essentially, it teaches the academic and life skills you need, helps you get to know campus resources, and gets you involved with other students. Students that take this class improve their grades and are more likely to stay in college. Unlike other classes, the focus is on YOU and YOUR success. This two-credit elective course is designed to complement your schedule and make it easy to learn the skills you need to get the most out of your education at Boise State University. New for this year the “Passport to Success/Resource Recon” assignment accounts for about half of the overall grade in UNIV 101. This new collaboration with Student Affairs means you will be attending a number of extra-curricular activities (your choices) to encourage you to get involved and get to know other students. You start with Bronco Welcome events and throughout the semester choose other

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activities and events across campus to complete your “Passport to Success.” The “Resource Recon” activity is a quick tour of the most essential offices and services across campus. Visit each office, get your passport stamped, and get to know all of the services at Boise State. Of course, success in college is also dependent on mastering a variety of academic and life skills. The textbook, “POWER Learning: Strategies for Success at Boise State and Beyond” by Robert Feldman concentrates on proven time management, academic skills, and life habits of successful college students. Read the textbook, complete the online exercises, and reinforce the essential skills in a variety of classroom experiences. What are students saying about UNIV101? “This class made my semester more successful by teaching me how to manage my time and be able to enjoy some free time even if I’m taking six classes this semester... and time management is a KEY factor in college success.” Luis Godinez “Being in the class led me to reach out, and talk to more students than I normally would have, and at the end of the semester I have one of the friends you make in college

Photo: From left: Secretary Whitney Wright, President Chelsea Dockstader, Membership Recruiter Mason Shaw, Newsletter Editor Elise Russell-Manicke, Treasurer Samantha Fulcher, former ISNA President Ben Barbot, Project Coordinator Kaylee Humphrey, Vice President Ryoko Pentecost, and Advisor Dr. Marty Downey attended the National Student Nurses Association convention in Pittsburg in 2012.

that you will talk to for the rest of your life (the kind that teachers and parents always told you about, that you never really believed in).” Mitchell Hogan “It does a great job of answering questions one might have, and it has been very helpful. My semester has been more successful because it taught me great studying tips and it made me go to things such as academic advising and the writing center and showed me how helpful they can be.” Justine Lindberg “I would recommend this class to incoming freshman during summer orientation because as prepared as you might think you are coming into college I guarantee, you’re not. I thought I was (prepared) fresh out of high school but that wasn’t the case. This is a good class because it’s not too overwhelming, like some other college courses, but has great information to be learned. It teaches study habits, time management, computer research skills, and my personal favorite, it teaches you more about the school. I had no idea about all the different resources, I believe the resource recon activity is something all freshman should do. ...just knowing the area better makes me feel easier and less edgy or nervous.” Stephanie Metsker Register for UNIV101 on Broncoweb. Questions? Contact Clay Cox,, 426-4049, Advising & Academic Enhancement.


June 06, 2012

Arts & Enterntainment

Morrison Center-Kevin Hart Courtesy of The Morrison Center

Live Nation welcomes comedian Kevin Hart to the Morrison Center in Boise on Friday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. Kevin Hart has burst onto the scene as one of the most versatile comedy actors in film and television. In September 2011 Hart released “Laugh At My Pain,” the feature film version of his comedy tour (under the same name). The movie grossed over $7 million, and was 2011’s most successful film of those released in less than 300 theaters. The LAMP tour made Hart 2011’s number one comedian on Ticketmaster, and in February 2011 Hart sold out the Nokia Theater for

two nights in a row to break the record previously set by Eddie Murphy. Hart is currently on the road with his new tour “Let Me Explain.” This tour will take him to 90 cities in the US, and internationally to cities in Europe and Africa. This spring Hart is starring in two movies. On April 20, 2012, Screen Gems will released Think Like A Man, a comedy based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man from 2009. Next on April 27, 2012, Hart can be seen in Universal’s Nick Stoller comedy Five Year Engagement by producer Judd Apatow. Hart was last seen Little Fockers with Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller, and in Death at a

Funeral, alongside Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence. He also co-starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in Fool’s Gold, as well as opposite Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin. Hart’s other film credits include: Soul Plane opposite Tom Arnold, Method Man and Snoop Dogg, Not Easily Broken, Extreme Movie, Drillbit Taylor, Epic Movie, The Last Stand, Scary Movie 4, and In the Mix, Meet Dave and Superhero Movie. Hart’s DVD Seriously... Funny is one of the fastest selling DVDs in recent years and has gone triple Platinum. His comedy central special of the same name is the highest rated comedy special of

2010. In 2009, Hart’s one-hour comedy special “I’m a Grown Little Man” on Comedy Central was also one of the highest rated specials for the network. Hart was the host of BET’s classic stand-up comedy series “Comic View: One Mic Stand.” Hart’s other television credits include ABC’s “The Big House” which he also executive produced and wrote, as well as recurring roles on “Love, Inc,” “Barbershop,” and “Undeclared.” Hart began his career in comedy on amateur night at a Philadelphia comedy club, and was instantly hooked. He quit his job as a shoe salesman and began performing full time at such clubs as The Boston Comedy Club, Caroline’s,

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The Morrison Center, in collaboration with MagicSpace Entertainment, is proud to announce its exciting Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise2012-2013 Season. This season’s lineup includes something for everyone including family favorites, an Idaho premiere and classics revisited. The Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise series opens with the international phenomenon Tap Dogs (October 23-25, 2012). Next is the Idaho Premiere of the current Broadway hit Rock of Ages (January 12-13, 2013). In March, the classicWest Side Story (March 25-28, 2013) hits the stage followed by Disney’s timelessBeauty and the Beast (April 27-28, 2013) in April. The season concludes with the”World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical” BuddyThe Buddy Holly Story(June 7-8, 2013) in its amazing 22nd year touring the world. In addition, season ticket holders are first in line for the hilarious political, comedy troupe The Capitol Steps (October 26, 2012). Premium seats are also available to subscribers for An Evening with Yanni (August 1, 2012) and select performances of the brand-new 25th Anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical Les Misérables (September 19-23, 2012). Season ticket renewal packets have been mailed to current season tickets holders. Prices, including all fees, start at $190.75 for ALL five shows on subscription. Season tickets are discounted 10% off regular ticket prices. Patrons renewing their subscriptions receive priority seating through May 18th. New subscribers will be accepted after May 18th. Groups of 15 or more for can call Debbie Eidson, Director of Ticketing, at (208) 4264103 for information and to make reservations. Group order forms and information will available prior to each public

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on sale. Please check our website at http://mc.boisestate. edu/grouporders.html. Orders will be processed after August 1, 2012 on a first-come, first-served basis.


October 23-25, 2012 @ 7:30 PM 3 performances The international sensation - TAP DOGS - is back and ready to leave dents on stages all across North America. Created by Olivier Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, with a construction site set by designer/director Nigel Triffitt, and a driving score by composer Andrew Wilkie, TAP DOGS is a rough, tough, rocking theatrical entertainment. Winner of 11 International Awards, TAP DOGS premiered at the Sydney Theatre Festival, moved on to London and New York, and has been a howling success all across North America, Europe, Asia, America, and Australia.


January 12, 2013 @ 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM January 13, 2013 @ 1:00 PM 3 performances The worldwide party musical ROCK OF AGES features a mix of 28 rockin’ 80’s tunes including “Don’t Stop Believin,” “We Built this City,” “The Final Countdown,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Here I Go Again,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.” In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80’s. It’s five time 2009 Tony® nominee ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE

and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on! AGE APPROPRIATENESS: Some of the costumes, dancing and language might not be appropriate for kids under the age of 16. You know the maturity of your children, so we suggest you use your best judgment about whether or not the show is appropriate for them.


March 25, 2013 @ 8:00 PM March 26-28, 2013 @ 7:30 PM 4 performances More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back, and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” As the Associated Press says, “WEST SIDE STORY remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” AGE APPROPRIATENESS: WEST SIDE STORY is recommended for ages 13+. Please be advised that there is strong language, violence and some subject matter that is true to the story and plot. Parental guidance is suggested.


April 27, 2013 @ 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM April 28, 2013 @ 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM 4 performances The romantic Broadway musical for all generations, Disney’sBEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming

to Boise! Based on the Academy Award winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Morrison Center!


June 7, 2013 @ 8:00 PM June 8, 2013 @ 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM 3 performances On February 3rd, 1959, the man who changed the face of popular music tragically died in a plane crash aged 22. Now, BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “Oh Boy,” “Not Fade Away,” “Everyday,” “Rave On,” “Maybe Baby,” “Raining In My Heart,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” Over 20 million people have come to see BUDDY all across the globe where the magical talents of Charles Hardin ‘BUDDY’ Holly have been shared live with many more people than the real Buddy Holly ever had the chance to perform to. The incredible legacy of the young man with glasses, whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden days of rock ‘n’ roll, continues to live on in BUDDY. SEASON EXTRAS


August 1, 2012 @ 7:30 PM 1 performance His concerts are legendary. His live shows have amazed millions on every continent. After an extensive World Tour,

Stand-Up NY, The Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. However, it was his first appearance at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival that led to work in such feature films as Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, and Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. With his passion for stand-up, Hart continues to tour the country to sold-out audiences. About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE-LYV) is the largest live entertainment company in the world, consisting of five businesses: concert promotion and venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and

artist management. Live Nation seeks to innovate and enhance the live entertainment experience for artists and fans: before, during and after the show. In 2009, Live Nation sold 140 million tickets, promoted 21,000 concerts, partnered with 850 sponsors and averaged 25 million unique monthly users of its e-commerce sites. For additional information, visit livenation. com/investors. Tickets are $57.50 and go on sale May 18th at 10:00 a.m. at,Idahotickets. com the Morrison Center Box Office, all Select-A-Seat Locations or by calling (208) 426-1110. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.

YANNI returns to the USA and Canada with an all new show. Fans will witness YANNIand his world class musicians as they take the stage to perform his greatest instrumental hits made famous in his shows from The Acropolis in Greece, The Taj Mahal in India, The Forbidden City in China and The Royal Albert Hall in England. The live show will feature some of the music from YANNI’S new album “Truth Of Touch,” which is the composer’s first album of original studio music in almost a decade. This is YANNI returning to his roots with a live performance that will deliver old and new fans the very best of YANNI and his music. Come hear the music that touches the world.

September 19, 2012 @ 7:30 PM September 20, 2012 @ 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM September 21, 2012 @ 8:00 PM September 22, 2012 @ 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM September 23, 2012 @ 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The New York Times calls this LES MISÉRABLES “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” The London Times hails the new show “a five star hit, astonishingly powerful.” Please note that LES MISÉRABLES is part of the 2011-2012 Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise Season, but single tickets are still available. At a Glance: What: Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise 2012-2013 Season When: Season subscription renewals are currently being processed. New subscription will be accepted after May 18th. Where: All 2012-2013 Season events take place at the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Boise State. How: Subscriptions are a great way to save money and select premium seats. To purchase your subscription, visit the Morrison Center ticket office or call (208) 426-1111. Group Tickets: Groups of 15 or more for can call Debbie Eidson at (208) 426-4103 for discount information and to make reservations. Group order forms and information will be available prior to each public on sale. Please check our website athttp:// Orders will be processed after August 1, 2012 on a first-come, first-served basis.



October 26, 2012 @ 8:00 PM 1 performance “We didn’t start satire; it was always burning since the world was turning.” THE CAPITOL STEPS plan to bring down the House and Senate with their unique blend of music and political comedy. They have performed for 5 US Presidents, traveled to all 50 states (to perform, not sight-see), and if their wish came true tomorrow, Donald Trump would be elected President. This performance can proudly claim to be the only place in America where you will find the two candidates running for President onstage singing show tunes. Founded by Congressional staffers, the group is currently celebrating its 30th year of existence while having recorded 32 albums. You may have heard them on public radio or seen them on any of the major and/or non-major, extremely minor or perhaps Canadian or Croatian television networks. If this performance influences your decision for whom to vote for President, yikes, we’re in worse shape than we thought. Not for the faint of heart nor for those considering a run for office. THE CAPITOL STEPS - They put the “MOCK” in Democracy!



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The Foundational Studies Program has made changes to the school’s curriculum in an effort to increase student’s critical thinking abilities.

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Zachary Chastaine Opinion Editor

For a lot of new students the idea of getting a degree is nothing more than the act of getting a piece of paper that shows you attended. The faculty and administration at Boise State have set out to make sure that’s not the case by means of the school’s new Foundational Studies Program. An innovative change to the school’s curriculum aimed at making sure you’re more than just a degree holder when you graduate and more of a critical thinker. But what does this change mean for students? How will this affect the process and quality of a Boise State education? I had a chance to speak with Vicki Stieha, Director of the Foundational Studies Program about what this change means for students.

From the start, new students choose to begin in one of five disciplinary lens courses, those being; literature, mathematics, applied sciences, visual arts and social sciences. As students progress through their four years at Boise State the courses will interact with other disciplines allowing students to look at problems from all sorts of perspectives rather than just one. Previously students were only supposed to take classes from three “core” areas, those being social science, applied science and literature. Some may wonder why anyone would change a system that is so well established at the university? Especially when changing such a large curriculum is no small task. As Stieha put it, “when the core was created we didn’t even know about cognitive science…so we would be

negligent not to change the curriculum so that it would work for your brain. That’s the big idea, so are you going to get a piece of paper? Absolutely, but it has to have something underneath it that is more suited for the twenty first century.” An exciting concept considering that the program is a home grown one developed by the Boise State faculty on their own accord. Something many universities have tried to do, and Stieha tells me is hard to do. It’s something that proves Boise State has guts, and not just on our blue turf. Foundational Studies presents students with one of several themes in its first stages. One of them being “Story,” which Stieha explained shows students how to look at a piece of literature from a historical, cultural and psychological perspective rather than just a literary

lens. As Stieha put it, “when you got out into the world, you’re never going to have a problem that’s sat down before you that won’t require you to take more than one perspective.” As students progress through their schooling the Foundational Studies Program continues to bring inter-disciplinary concepts to students through their sophomore and junior years that build on learning from their initial classes, but continues to develop them through a student’s whole curriculum. This integration follows a student all the way until their senior year. Then their capstone is based in their major, but also in the Foundational Studies they began with inter-linking the two. Unlike a series of core classes which might have the goal of making a student more diverse or giving them a chance to experience

Look ahead – The best way to plan your courses is to be familiar with what classes are associated with your major. There is no such thing as too much research. Utilize a major checklist from your advisor to make sure you’re taking classes that will apply to your progress.

Transfer credits – How credits transfer to and from schools can be confusing. Classes at other schools aren’t always considered equivalent to Boise State classes. You can contact your major’s academic department to find out how your credits apply here at Boise State.

Identify your math class – Depending on your intended major, the math courses you will have to take may differ. An English student may not have to take as much math or even the same math, as a Biology major.

Be proactive – It’s not a myth that you can graduate in four years, but it does require careful planning and follow-ups to make sure you’re on track. Classes can change, and if it applies to you then you will want to know.

Word of mouth – Be careful about picking your classes based just on what you have heard from others. After all, everyone learns differently.

Explore your resources – There are lots of routes for finding information regarding your classes. You can go to each department individually to find information about classes unique to your major. Just don’t feel constricted to one outlet.

studies outside of their discipline, the program is aimed at helping students apply cognitive thought to a subject and explore it in more ways than one without deviating from their major. “You don’t learn everything in English 101 or 102 about how to write up the findings of scientific study,” Stieha says. “We can’t say you’ve clicked off these different classes in the core, now you have a general education. Well what does that mean? How does that help you?” I asked what the new program would mean for transfer students, and how the changes in curriculum would affect their progress. Luckily transfer students can just be integrated into the schools upper level Foundational Studies classes to get on track without a lot of gaps to fill in. It’s clear that the program has been given a lot of thought and planning has gone into it to make the change as painless as possible. Students coming into the school this upcom-

ing year will be on the new catalog and have nothing to worry about. For continuing students some aspects of this program are already in place, and for others it is being phased in over time. Foundational Studies have changed how the school is planning its curriculum, meaning no matter what catalog you started on, the faculty has already been applying the ideas in class. No doubt it’s a little bit much to digest, but luckily all of the information is available online and as Stieha said, “with all of this change it’s really important that students know we want to take care of our existing students as much as we want to take care of students who are coming in.” So whether this is your first year at BoiseState, or you’re well on your way to graduation, Foundational Studies is going to be a fascinating part of the Boise State experience. You can learn about Foundational Studies at

Course planning tips Zachary Chastaine Opinion Editor

Planning your very first classes can be a daunting task. Regardless of whether or not you know what you plan on studying, there are always questions regarding what classes to pick. Nobody wants to make the mistake of picking classes that won’t help them progress through their major. Even for the most vigilant of student, there are changes that can occur over the course of the year that may happen without you even knowing it. Classes can be added, removed. Sometimes

a class that is required for you to gradate is only offered on a certain semester. There are really a lot things that can muddy your academic progress. This can be a frustrating experience and it can happen to anyone. Luckily there are some strategies to keep in mind that can make picking your classes, for any major, a little easier. With a little help from Kimber Shaw, the Director of Advising and Academic Enhancement, I’ve put together some tips to make treading the academic sea little less choppy.

Pick classes you want to take – It’s nice when you enjoy what you study. If you have the opportunity to take classes for fun, that’s probably a good thing.

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Know when classes are available – Not all classes are available every semester. Some are only offered once a year, this can be problematic if it happens to be a class that is required for you to graduate. Some are late at night and others early in the morning. If you aren’t a morning person then a schedule full of early classes may not work well for you.

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Student Media is honored to have an award-winning design team working with the business department to construct advertisements as well as with the editorial team to develop illustrations, alternative story formats and create a newspaper from scratch twice a week. Students interested in design can learn how to use design programs and will be taught the rules of design.


Non-Linear Productions is the in-house video production company at Student Media. They develop and work with all levels of video production including videography, editing, scriptwriting, acting, directing and sound production. This team is also hired by external organizations to produce various videos. Non-Linear is looking for creative students interested in video production looking to get hands-on experience.

Serving as Boise State’s source of independent student media since 1933, The Arbiter is comprised of a staff of enthusiastic students capable of producing multi-media packaged stories. Currently, The Arbiter is looking for journalists to train to become award-winning writers, photographers and, eventually, editors. Journalists can gain both real-world experience and academic credit from their experience with The Arbiter.


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The business department of Student Media is responsible for running and maintaining the business operations of the organization. They are in charge of selling advertising, handling accounts and working with design to create advertisements. The main duty of these students is to ensure that Student Media stays fiscally sound. Here, there are opportunities for students interested in marketing, accounting and sales.

The University Pulse is a student-run radio station that is broadcasted on a live Internet stream 24/7. The University Pulse gives students at Boise State the opportunity to have their voice heard by producing their own show with their own content LIVE on the air. The University Pulse are all about the local Boise music scene and believe in our local musicians. The University Pulse is looking for new producers who want to learn the workings of a LIVE on-air broadcast radio station and be LIVE on the air.

The IT section is comprised of the computer-savvy students who keep the technological operations of Student Media running smoothly. Besides keeping the computers and other hardware technology in operation, IT does coding for Student Media’s websites. They also develop various apps for iPhones and Androids. Last year, they won second place in Boise State’s Appa-thon.

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Boise State Students Prepare for Flight Aboard Campus Update

Eight Boise State University students will venture to Ellington Field at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on June 7 to conduct experiments aboard the “Weightless Wonder” aircraft. This marks the fourth straight year that a Boise State research team has been accepted into NASA’s competitive Microgravity University program. The team’s project was selected by NASA from more than 60 proposals. They will join 13 other student teams, including those from MIT, Yale and Purdue. “Our students continue to shine for Boise State as this program helps the university evolve as a metropolitan research university of distinction,” said Barbara Morgan,

Distinguished Educator in Residence and former NASA astronaut. “If we can understand what is happening in microgravity to cause bone loss, maybe we can help people all over the world. These are undergraduates doing graduate-level research.” The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program (RGEFP) gives undergraduate students the opportunity to propose, build and fly experiments in reduced gravity. The teams will perform the experiments aboard a microgravity aircraft that produces periods of weightlessness for up to 25 seconds at a time by executing a series of approximately 30 roller coaster-like parabolas over the Gulf of Mexico. During the free falls, the students will gather data

in the unique environment that mimics space. The Boise State student team will arrive at Ellington Field, where astronauts do their T-38 training, on June 8. They will go through physiological training and fly their experiment, “Calcium Flux in Osteocytes and Osteoblasts Due to Gravitational Manipulation,” during the week of June 11-16. The experiment will test calcium signaling in bone cells during parabolic flight. This will further research on bone loss in astronauts and also apply to the chronic disease of osteoporosis. Following their flight, the team will evaluate findings, draw conclusions and provide the results to NASA. This year’s team members include:


Flight team: • David Connolly, Meridian • Eugene Castro, Pahala, Hawaii • Reilly Clark, Meridian • Lindsey Catlin, Reno, Nev. • Marie Tharp, Nampa • Matthew Dolan, West Chester, Ohio • Jason Archer, McCall • Audra Phelps, Newbury Park, Cali Ground crew: • Daniel Lambert, Applegate, Ore. • Nic Baughman, Fruitland • Travis Baker, Fruitland • Kellen Mather, Boise • Landon Nye, Boise The team worked with faculty members Elisa Barney Smith, electrical and computer engineer-

ing; Julia Oxford, biological sciences; Sarah Haight, mechanical and biomedical engineering; Bob Hay, electrical and computer engineering; Morgan and lab technician Ben Davis. Morgan and Haight will accompany the team to Houston next week. In addition to the experiment, the Boise State students will reach out to other students and the community to share their unique experiences and discoveries. The team has received many donations of both cash and equipment from local industry, commercial enterprises and individuals. To learn more, and follow the team’s progress, visit their blog at boisestatemicrogravity2012. More information about the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program can be found atreducedgravity.

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Boise State on List of 10 Most BikeFriendly Campuses Campus Update

Boise State was recognized on a list of the 10 most bike-friendly campuses in America. The list was published by the blog as part of National Bike Month. Boise State was listed with Stanford University, University of California– Davis, and University of California–Santa Barbara. Rounding out the list are California State Long Beach, Colorado State, Georgia Institute of Technology, Northern Arizona University, Oregon State University and Portland State University. The university was noted for its efforts to create programs that support campus bicycling, including the Cycle Learning Center, bike barns, bike corral during football season and hosting the annual Community Bicycle Congress.

DAY Fall and Spring semesters EXAMPLES OF ELIGIBLE TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION: Landlord/Tenant Problems Small Claims Court Divorce/Family Law DUI/Criminal Adoptions/Name Change Wills Automobile Accidents/ Personal Injury Collection & Debt Problems Eligibility: Must be a currently-enrolled BSU student To make an appointment, call: 426-1527 Student Rights & Responsibilities Sorry—NO Walk-In Appointments Accepted

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June 06, 2012


Summer construction advisory Courtesy Parking and Transportation

In order to maintain and clean parking facilities on campus the Transportation & Parking Services will be closing parking lots throughout the summer. To accommodate parkers displaced from their usual parking areas Transportation & Parking Services will be providing alternative parking for permit holders:


Towers lot 7-2-12 to 8-8-12 ** Zone 1 7-16 to 7-25 Zone 2 7-2 to 7-17 Zone 3 7-18 to 8-2 Zone 4 7-23 to 8-2

Parks apartments Parking lot closures may be delayed or extended due 6-6-12 to 6-8-12 University Squares lot 6-11-12 to 6-13-12 Science Drive lot 6-11 to 6-14-12 Public Affairs Art west lot (PAAW) 6-12-12 to 6-15-12 West Stadium lot 6-18-12 to 7-10-12 **


Zone 1 6-18 to 6-25 -University Dr Closures Zone 2 6-18 to 6-27 The Geothermal ProjZone 3 6-27 to 7-5 ect’s next phase will start on Zone 4 6-28 to 7-10 Monday, June 11th pending

to weather, and conditions will be dusty at times during sweeping 5:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. We encourage all to visit the Transportation website for the most updated information STREET CLOSURES/ RESTRICTIONS DUE TO CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION: BOISE



weather conditions. Lanes on University Dr. will be reduced for the duration of the project, including during the daytime hours. It is recommended to enter and exit campus from Broadway Ave. or Lincoln St to avoid detours and traffic delays. Construction crews are installing the pipeline to connect Boise State University to the City of Boise’s historic geothermal heating system. It is anticipated that University Dr will be back to normal traffic flows in late July. The Morrison Center, the Multi Purpose Classroom Building, the Interactive Learning Center, Math and Geosciences, Administration Building, Student Union Building, and the Environmental Research Building are connecting as part of the second phase. When

completed, approximately 625,000 square feet of building space will be heated using geothermal energy. STORM WATER PIPING- Cesar Chavez Ln. CLOSED June 4th-7th The Boise State Football Complex expansion is well underway. Cesar Chavez from West Stadium to the East Stadium will be closed June 4th-7th for construction on Cesar Chavez Ln. Those needing to access Cesar Chavez will need to do so from Brady St. Traffic will be detoured through the stadium lots.

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Summer rennovations will close some lots.

FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE REPAIRS- Cesar Chavez Ln CLOSED June 15th- MidSeptember Friendship Bridge extends from Julia Davis Park to Boise State University by Cesar Chavez. The bridge and Cesar Chavez Ln. will be closed from June 15th through mid-September. Cesar Chavez Ln. will be closed from behind the business building to Theater Ln., a service vehicle access drive by Amphitheater and Taylor Hall. Vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle detours will be signed through the project to assist in directing traffic around the construction project.

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Repairs on Friendship Bridge will take place June 15 until mid-September.

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June 06, 2012

Karate club teaches defense

For us it is important to polish our mentality as well as our technique. For example, eliminating weak and indecisive movements in our karate helps to eliminate weakness and indecision in

our minds–and vice versa. As Mr. Ohshima has put it, “We must be strong enough to express our true minds to any opponent, anytime, in any circumstance. We must be calm enough to express

ourselves humbly.” Part of practice is to getting the proper mentality for a fight; being ready, focused and calm, as well as learning how to tap into our opponent’s mentality. Also unique to our organization is special training, which is a three to four day event in which there are several practices each day. The purpose of this to have simulated battle experience where we can push our selves beyond what we do in normal practice. At special training we can face ourselves, we find our weak point and work past them, and maintain a strong practice even after the fatigue sets in. In Special Training one finds that the real opponent is their own self. It’s a core part of the SKA experience. Our practices are lead by instructors Brock Loveland and Craig Walters, who also teach classes at BSU and have been part of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA) under Mr. Ohshima for several years. We welcome beginners. If you have any questions feel free to contact our instructors or officers. We post their contact information and practice times and locations at

health screenings and examinations. A team approach is utilized for referrals and continuity of care (both internal and community networks). Our clinical health care staff includes primary care physicians (MDs), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, two parttime psychiatrists, a part-time sports medicine MD, registered and licensed practical nurses and certified medical assistants. A limited dispensary is also available. We sell overthe-counter and prescription medications, when ordered by a Health Center provider. We are in-network with Blue Cross, Regence, TRICARE and the Idaho Physicians Network (IPN). You will still need to check with your insurance carrier, as some companies may have geographic exclusions. Call 426-1459 to make an appointment; walk-ins are available. Counseling Services helps you tap into your strengths and find resources to deal effectively with concerns that impact your pursuit of personal and academic goals. We provide a broad spectrum of short-term counseling, consultative, evaluative, teaching and training functions. Our staff consists of psychologists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists and closely supervised graduate students. Individual counseling is available to address personal issues that are psychological, developmental, behavioral, social or academic in nature. Multi-person counseling can help support you in getting what you want out of your relationship

issues. The group experience can help support your exploration of self, identification of desired change, and allow for the sharing of resources, opportunities and experiences that are unique to a particular group of individuals. We offer interpersonal, support and therapeutic groups. On our website, you can find online screening for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, alcohol abuse and eating disorders. These free, anonymous screenings are available to all students and employees so that you may find out in a few minutes whether or not professional consultation or counseling would be helpful to you. If you want to set up an appointment with a member of our counseling staff, call 426-1459. The purpose of Wellness Services is to empower individuals in their lifelong commitment to health by providing comprehensive wellness resources to the campus community. Particular topics of focus are alcohol, HIV testing, health coaching, employee wellness, nutrition, tobacco and massage. The Health Coaching Program will help motivate individuals to change behavior through a supportive partnership. Boise State is smoke-free and tobacco cessation programs and services are available. The Medical Massage Program offers therapeutic massage to those referred by a Health Center Medical Provider. Learn about wellness services at or calling 426-5686. Are you thinking about

major in health promotion? Check out our Wellness Works Peer Education program! You can provide outreach services for students, campus groups, classes, and organizations on health-related topics. Find out more by calling 426-5686. The Health Insurance and Billing Office provides insurance and billing support for Health Services. This support includes educating patients and the campus community on health insurance options, assisting with billing questions, understanding billing language and terminology, providing guidance on how to be savvy consumers of health insurance and assisting with the management of the SHIP. In addition, we assist students with the waiver process and education on how to utilize all other insurance plans at Health Services. The Idaho State Board of Education policy requires full-fee paying students attending classes in Idaho to maintain adequate health insurance. Students registered for full fee-paying credits (and all international students and intercollegiate athletes) are automatically enrolled in SHIP, with the premium charge added to their tuition and fees billing. Students who provide proof of continuous enrollment in an alternative U.S.-based health insurance plan with comparable benefits are able to waive out of SHIP coverage each semester. Parttime students are eligible to enroll in the SHIP plan, but are not required to do so. To learn about health insurance, visit our website.

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We practice a traditional style of Japanese Karate. Its current day format was developed by Gichin Funakoshi and was brought to America by his student Tsutomu Ohshima. In our practices we emphasize kihon (basic blocks, kicks, stances and attacks), kata (set combination of kihon which simulate a battle and teach application) and kumite (structured sparing) to better understand self defense application. A typical practice takes place on wooden floors with bare feet and gi’s, which are the traditional white uniforms. We bow in, warm up and then work on kata, kihon and kumite. We teach commands and counting in Japanese and still use the same belt ranking system first developed by Master Funakoshi. There are five degrees of white, three degrees of brown and five degrees of black. In the beginning we place more emphasis on kihon and kata as stable, strong stances are the foundation for kumite. Making our movements effective and efficient is very important to us. One of the things often talked about during practice

Photo courtesy Karate club

Campus club teaches students of all skill levels the traditional style of Japanese Karate. is taking the power out of movements and letting our body’s architecture do the work. The reason for this that the warriors who passed this down to us would be in battles that took place all

day, and needed to be efficient and avoid unnecessary tiring. Very little has been changed in practice from what was handed down to us by these warriors, who lived by the techniques we use.

Health Center Courtesy University Health Services

Health Services, a combined service area of University Health and Recreation housed in the Health Center (first two floors of the Norco Building), provides medical, wellness, counseling and health insurance programs, services and

education to benefit the entire Boise State community. Medical Services at the Health Center is your on-campus family doctor’s office. Our Board Certified Primary Care providers are experienced in treating common acute and chronic medical problems, illnesses and injuries. We are want you stay healthy and

active! As such, services are patient-focused, accessible and affordable, emphasizing early screening and prevention and empowering patients with self-care knowledge and skills. We offer initial diagnosis, treatment and appropriate follow-up care for a spectrum of illness and injuries, as well as comprehensive preventive

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June 06, 2012


10 outdoor activities in Boise for some summer fun Nikki Hanson

Online Sports Editor

1Float the River

2 Botanical Gardens

Floating the river is one of the most popular summer activities for students. The starting point for most river floaters is Barber Park, located six miles from downtown Boise on Eckert Rd. If you do not have a raft available it is not a problem. Elpey’s Boise River Rentals is available for rat and inner tube rentals in Barber Park. Free air stations are also available of you have a floating device of your own.

The Botanical Gardens provide visitors with a picturesque scene of nature featuring both native and exotic plants. Features of the garden include an assortment of plant communities, themes and displays associated with the gardens, and a range of education programs. The State of Idaho leases 33 acres for the Gardens; currently 15 acres are under cultivation. The Gardens are located at 2355 Old Penitentiary off of Warm Springs Rd.

water rafting in 4White the Payette River

5 Slacklining

Lucky peak has three distinct parks available for public access. Discovery Park is a hot spot for picnics with three shelters that can be reserved in advance. Sandy Point is located at the base of Lucky Peak Dam and is well know for its sandy beaches. Spring Shores, the third park, is more popular for those looking to get out on the water, providing two boat ramps, parking, a fell-service marina, on-site rentals, and a convenience store.

The Black Cliffs are located just east of Boise on highway 21. Most of the routes are on the north side of the river, with a few advanced routes on the south side. You do not need to be an expert climber in order to climb the cliffs, there are many available routes for beginners. Parking is a five-minute walking distance from the cliffs. Gear rental is available in the Outdoor Program.

6 Hike Table Rock

The parks in Boise have many trees and naturally this means an excellent opportunity for slackling. Slacklining is a practice in balance that typically uses one inch nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. It requires focus, strength, concentration, and is the best kind of workout. More importantly, it’s a great way to get out and test your balance.

If you are an adrenaline junkie and love the water then white water rafting is where it’s at. The Payette River will provide an adventure for all who embark on a journey down its slippery slope. Orientations on campus also offer extended family and student rafting trips. The Outdoor Program hosts rafting trips during the school year, as well.

7Water activities at Lucky Peak

3 Climb at the black cliffs

8Golfing at Warm Springs

Hitting the links is a popular summer pastime, but even better in Boise with more daylight hours. Warm Springs is an 18-hole golf course with a driving range facility as well as putting and chipping practice greens. Twilight rates are offered after 2:30pm, a small range bucket is $4 and an upgrade to a large is $6.

There are many hikes in Boise, but one of the hot spots is the hike up table rock. Parking is accessible next to the old penitentiary near the Botanical Gardens and two trailheads follow, both ending at the same destination. This hike is a popular destination because of the beautiful view of the city from the top, as well as the everrecognizable cross that defines Table Rock.

the zoo in 9 Disc golf in Ann 10 Visit Julia Davis Park Morrison Park

Ann Morrison Park is located across Capitol and features a disc golf course that includes 20 holes of challenging play in the summer. For those who are unaware, disc golf is a flying disc game where individuals throw a flying disc, similar to a Frisbee, at a target.

Occasionally when walking along the green belt you will see a rare glimpse of a giraffe’s head. This is no coincidence, as Julia Davis Park has a zoo that features Magellanic penguins, Amur tigers, Red pandas and many more animals. It is only $7 for admission. Bryan Talbot/The Arbiter

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June 06, 2012

REC Center Courtesy Rec Center

Recreation Services, a service area of University Health and Recreation housed in the Recreation Center, provides a variety of services and programs to benefit the entire Boise State community. We facilitate informal recreation, sports programs, fitness programs, outdoor educational programs, an outdoor rental shop, a climbing gym, massage therapy, an athletic training clinic, personal training and fitness assessments, aquatic programming and they Cycle Learning Center. We educate all of our patrons in developing lifelong healthy habits. The Recreation Center is a 105,000 square-foot facility offering all the basics available in any health and fitness center. It is comprised of a 3-court gymnasium, four racquetball courts, aquatics center, rock climbing, multipurpose rooms and a full compliment of strength and cardio equipment. The Fitness Program includes 45-50 regular drop-in group exercise classes (cycling, lift, yoga, Zumba, TurboKick, etc.), workshops and seminars for improving your health, as well as workout incentives. The Group Exercise and Instructional Programs are perfect for those of you who like the group environment. The group atmosphere can really help to keep you motivated and on track. Personal Training is a great way to get you started, keep you focused, or give your workout a boost. Utilize our Testing and Training programs when you need a push or want to refocus your efforts. The Outdoor Program

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manages one of the largest collegiate climbing gyms in the country, runs a fourseason rental shop and provides trips/seminars throughout southwest Idaho and beyond. Join one of their many activities for an adventure, to learn a new skill, meet new friends and explore. This summer the Outdoor Program is offering a BroncoVenture Wilderness Orientation for incoming students. These whitewater experience trips are led by current students and offered throughout the summer to provide information about university life and campus involvement opportunities to help begin your college career. There are even opportunities for you and your family to attend shorter rafting trips with other incoming students and their families! Take advantage of the over 100-plus adventure trips offered each year by purchasing a 2012-2013 season pass to the Outdoor Program. Of course, what is Recreation Services without an extensive Intramural and Club Sports programs, to provide athletic competition for all skill levels? The Intramural Sports Program provides the campus community with the opportunity to participate in various sports. The aim is to do so in a fun and friendly environment. Each semester 10–12 individual and team sports are offered. They range from racquetball, tennis, badminton and golf to volleyball, basketball, flag football and dodgeball. The Club Sports Program is designed to serve the individual or groups of students who share a common competitive interest in sports. Depending on

the sport, there is an opportunity for competition against local and regional opponents. And don’t forget about our Aquatic Complex. Completed in the fall of 2010, the 17,000 squarefoot complex, located at the back of the Rec Center, is a hub for water activities. Housed in the Aquatic Complex are a multi-purpose pool, recreation pool and spa. Here, there are many opportunities for lap swim, water exercise, swim lessons, water polo, kayaking instruction, relaxing and more! Beyond the doors of the Rec Center, available facilities include a recreation field, the Cycle Learning Center and tennis courts. The recreation field is often utilized by Rec Sports for Intramural and Club games. It is available for drop-in use and is located adjacent to the Student Union Building. The Cycle Learning Center (CLC) is a partnership between University Health and Recreation and Transportation and Parking Services. Located in the Lincoln Parking Garage, the CLC brings all things bicycle to the campus. Stop by to check out the educational programs, group rides, bike service and repair along with rentals and equipment to keep you safe on the road. The Appleton Tennis Center, adjacent to the Recreation Field and the Taco Bell Arena, is also available for drop-in use. For a fee, reservations can be made up to 48 hours in advance through the Athletic Department at 426-5706. Two major services we offer to patrons are Rec Response, our walk-in athletic training clinic, and Massage Therapy. The


Students can enjoy a variety of physical activities at the Rec Center. benefits of a healthy active lifestyle are immeasurable, so come to the RecCenter and see all that Recreation Services has to offer. Want to learn more about our specific offerings this fall? Enjoy your last day before school starts with University Health and Recreation at Get Rec’d and Recover. We have something for everyone! Fun activities during the day may include a variety of games such as, grass volleyball and soccer, dutch oven cooking, blood pressure checks, club sport demonstra-

tions, health and nutrition information tables and chair massage. There will be free food and more. Join us August 26 from

1 to 4 p.m. for all of the fun! For information on Recreation Services, contact us at or 426-1131.


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