Boise State Talkin’ Broncos Take First at Oregon State University Tournament
The 2011-2012 Pi Kappa Delta National Champions in speech and debate, the Boise State University Talkin’ Broncos, took first-place in overall sweepstakes at the Oregon State University ninth annual Earl Wells Speakeasy Memorial Tournament held in Corvallis, Ore., Feb. 23-24. The Talkin’ Broncos beat out 14 other schools to win the tournament championship.
In a field of 75 Open Public Debate competitors, Josh Watkins (senior, Kuna) took one of three gold awards, Howie Long (senior, Orange Park, Fla.) took one of three silver awards, and Taylor Ashe (freshman, Star) took one of six bronze awards. In a field of 55 Novice Public Debate competitors, Norm Miller (sophomore, Boise) took one of six bronze awards. Speaker awards went to Monica Cutler (senior, Fairfield) for second place, Lauren Bramwell (junior, St. Anthony) for fourth place, and Watkins for fifth place. (more…)
State Board of Education Approves Online Nursing Doctorate at Boise State University
The Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday approved a new online doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree program at Boise State University. 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.
“This program highlights our growing commitment to the expansion of nursing education programs vital to preserving the quality of life we enjoy in the Treasure Valley,” said Martin Schimpf, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I am very proud of our nursing faculty and the energy and commitment they have put into designing this state-of-the-art program to prepare nurse leaders for the rapid changes we are experiencing in health care.”
Boise State’s ninth doctoral program will prepare more nurses to assume leadership responsibilities in education and the clinical work force, and is self-supporting. Entry into the program will require a current registered nurse (RN) license, a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a master’s degree in a related field, or a master’s degree in nursing. (more…)
Boise State University Team Selected for Microgravity University for Fifth Consecutive Year
For the fifth straight year, a Boise State University student research team has been accepted into NASA’s Microgravity University program.
Boise State’s team is one of 14 selected nationally and will join student teams from Purdue University, Rice University, University of Arizona, Virginia Tech and more. (more…)
Boise State’s Talkin’ Broncos Take Second Place Sweepstakes Award at the Coyote Classic
The 2011-2012 Pi Kappa Delta national champions in speech and debate, the Boise State University Talkin’ Broncos, took a close second place in overall sweepstakes at the College of Idaho Coyote Classic in Caldwell on Oct. 19-20, behind first-place finishers, the College of Western Idaho.
“This tournament just goes to show the level of competition Idaho brings at the conference level and at the national level,” said Manda Hicks, director of forensics at Boise State. “Both CWI and Boise State are the current PKD national champions – Boise State in the university division and CWI in the community college division. That says a lot about our Idaho students and our Idaho programs.”
In Open Parliamentary Debate, the team of Jon Agnew and Taylor Bruun (seniors, Idaho Falls) were tournament champions, with Bruun placing first in speaker awards and Agnew placing second. The team of Sabonn Dammarell (senior, Boise) and Brittany Clark (junior, Kuna) took second place overall and placed fourth and fifth in speaker awards. (more…)
Talkin’ Broncos Start the Year with Dominating Win at the College of Southern Idaho
The Boise State speech and debate team kicked off its 2012-2013 season with a dominating performance at the Fran Tanner Invitational at College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls Sept. 28-29. Competing with five other schools from the Northwest, the Talkin’ Broncos took top awards in debate, broke finals in 33 individual events, placed first in sweepstakes, and were awarded the Idaho Speech Conference Cup for the seventh consecutive year. (more…)
Boise State TRiO Upward Bound Programs Receive $5.7 Million to Help Students Get Into and Stay in College
A federal grant of nearly $5.7 million will allow Boise State University’s TRiO Upward Bound programs to continue to help high school students get into and stay in college. The U.S. Department of Education grant provides about $1.13 million a year for the next five years.
TRiO Upward Bound programs, housed in the College of Education, are for high school youth who are the first in their family to go to college and who come from families with limited incomes. The programs help students with study and technology skills, literature circles, preparation for college entry tests and tutoring. The students and their families receive financial aid and financial literacy information. (more…)
Boise State’s New Core Curriculum Program Receives ID21 Award From Albertson Foundation
The Foundational Studies Program at Boise State University, the new core curriculum for undergraduate students, is one of the six grand prize recipients of the ID21 Awards from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. The program will receive $50,000 during an Oct. 16 event at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise.
Boise State is being recognized for an educational program that challenges the assumptions about traditional learning methods with creativity and innovation. The ID21 Awards sprung from the 2011-2012 ED Sessions speaker series in Boise featuring Sir Ken Robinson, Mike Rowe and Sal Khan. (more…)
Boise State University Named To Military Friendly Schools List For Fourth Straight Year
Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Boise State University a “Military Friendly School” for the fourth consecutive year.
The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. (more…)
Boise State’s McNair Scholars Program Receives $1.1 Million Grant
A federal grant topping $1 million will allow Boise State to continue strengthening its successful McNair Scholars program. The highly competitive Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program grant will provide $225,000 per year for the next five years.
The award comes in a year when $10 million was cut from the federal McNair budget and several schools lost their funding, pointing to the success of Boise State’s program. As of May 2012 Boise State has graduated 85 McNair students; 71 of those have gone on to enroll in a graduate program, an 83 percent success rate. Nationally that number among McNair programs is just over half. (more…)