Few people, if any, better represent the spirit and possibilities of Boise State University than Chris Petersen. As head coach of our beloved Bronco football team, he is universally respected by his peers, colleagues, players and fans as a leader and mentor, and there is no question that his success has become a model for what is possible all across our campus.
The Beat Coach Pete Scholarship Run and Walk is perhaps the perfect symbol of Coach Pete’s role on our campus. His own idea and a very popular fixture on the campus calendar, this annual 5k foot race has generated $138,000 for student scholarships at Boise State since its inception. It reflects not only Coach Pete’s generosity, but also his passion to put academics first – a zeal evidenced by the football team’s second consecutive No. 2 national academic ranking this year.
On April 13, the Boise State campus will once again welcome a few thousand people looking to “Beat Coach Pete” and raise money for the Boise State General Scholarship Fund – participants also can attend the annual spring football game later in the day. The timing for the race and its cause is perfect – support for scholarships is Boise State’s top funding priority. You – our alumni, friends and donors – will be hearing much more about that need in coming weeks and months.
Scholarships are the most direct and impactful way donors can transform the lives and college experiences of students at Boise State. Scholarships allow students to explore the opportunities of the future to their fullest potential unhindered by financial uncertainty. By supporting scholarships, donors help motivate students in their studies and demonstrate to them that they are a coveted part of the Bronco family – for life. Through scholarships, donors help ensure that great potential is not left unrealized because of an inability to bear the cost of a university education.
For more information about the Beat Coach Pete Scholarship Run and Walk visit rec.boisestate.edu/beatpete. Those who cannot participate in the race but would like to contribute to the General Scholarship Fund can go to giving.boisestatefoundation.org and select General Scholarship Fund from the drop-down menu.
As usual, thank you for all that you do for Boise State University. Go Broncos!
Here are a few recent and upcoming events at Boise State University:
The Boise State University Foundation and Provost Martin Schimpf recognized Jeanne Belfy, Darryl Butt and Anne Gregory as Boise State’s 2013 University Foundation Scholar Award recipients. Foundation Scholar Awards honor Boise State faculty members who have demonstrated ongoing commitment, expertise and accomplishments in teaching, research/creative activity or professionally related service. Belfy, Department of Music, was recognized with the Teaching Award. Butt, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was recognized with the Research and Creative Activity Award. Gregory, Department of Literacy, was recognized with the Service Award.
The Boise State Talkin’ Broncos are the 2013-2014 Pi Kappa Delta National Champions in speech and debate. Boise State successfully defended its 2011-2012 national championship title and took first place overall at the 48th annual Pi Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate biennial tournament in St. Louis, Mo., March 13-16. The Talkin’ Broncos beat out 88 other schools from 36 states to win the tournament championship. Boise State also won the national championship in 2011 and 2005 and was runner-up in 2007 and 2009 at the biennial tournament.
The Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series at Boise State University presents Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Menand at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is free and no tickets are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free parking is available. Menand is widely considered to be the foremost modern scholar of American studies. His book “The Metaphysical Club” is a detailed history of American intellectual and philosophical life in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Idaho State Board of Education recently approved a new online doctor of nursing practice degree program at Boise State. The program is aimed at nurses who are seeking a terminal degree in nursing that is an alternative to a research-focused Ph.D. The program starts in August 2013. Boise State’s ninth doctorate, the program will prepare more nurses to assume leadership responsibilities in education and the clinical work force, and is self-supporting.
Boise State has joined an elite group of research universities that have a launched a start-up company after licensing an online gaming platform developed by university faculty to a new venture, GoGo Labs, that will introduce the software product to the marketplace. GoGo Labs founder Lisa Dawley, a national expert on learning environments and a former professor and chair in Boise State’s Department of Educational Technology, developed the software with educational technology faculty member Chris Haskell while at Boise State. Collaborating with the university’s Office of University and Industry Ventures (UIV) in the Division of Research and Economic Development, Dawley and Haskell worked to refine, test and market the software product that provides technology-based learning opportunities.