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Quarterly Update: February

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

FEBRUARY 2020

Portrait of Leslie

Dear Friends,
I am pleased to share our revamped college newsletter with you. On a quarterly basis, we will share news of student and faculty accomplishments, upcoming events and other ways to get involved, and opportunities to make an impact.

In this issue, we are celebrating our faculty excellence award winners and the ongoing, phenomenal success of The Talkin’ Broncos. We’ve got ideas for ways that you can get involved with the arts, humanities, and sciences on campus, and we’d like to share our gratitude for a recent gift to Geosciences. Thank you for your ongoing support of the College of Arts and Sciences and for being an important part of our community!

Warmly,
Leslie Durham
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Boise State University

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FALL 2019 DEAN’S LIST

Congratulations to over 2,000 students who made the Dean’s List!
We are thrilled to see our largest Dean’s List to date for the Fall ’19 semester! Over 2,000 students made the Dean’s List with honors, high honors, and highest honors. We are incredibly proud of our students and their academic diligence.

VIEW THE FULL DEAN’S LIST

Group photo of the 2019-2020 Talkin' Broncos

CONGRATULATIONS, TALKIN’ BRONCOS!

In January, the Talkin’ Broncos won their ninth consecutive championship and they won’t stop there!

Boise State Associate Professor and Director of Forensics, Manda Hicks says, “We’re about to make the switch from conference competition to national competition, and we’re attending a national tournament we haven’t been to since 2016. Meaning no one on the current team has ever been to this tournament before. Everyone is super excited for the National Comprehensive Tournament, and a performance like this at the Scheller means we are ready to break finals against national competition in San Diego in March.”

READ MORE ABOUT TALKIN’ BRONCOS

Four Headshots of Award Winners

2019 FACULTY AND ADJUNCT HONORS AND AWARDS

Each year, we recognize three faculty and one adjunct instructor for their distinguished excellence. Winners are nominated by their peers and chosen by a committee of colleagues. We are proud to have such wonderful scholars and instructors contributing to the mission of COAS.

Three Faculty Excellence Awards

Dr. Gautam Basu Thakur: Department of English

Dr. Basu Thakur was instrumental in collaborating with colleagues to develop both the Global Studies program and the minor in Critical Theory. Gautam’s teaching, research, and service are seamlessly connected. He engages in all three areas with integrity and devotion.

Dr. Dora Ramirez: Department of English

A top-performer in all areas of teaching, research, and service, Dr. Dora Ramirez is there for both graduate and undergraduate students. A comment from Dora’s nomination letter states, “Students across all of her courses repeatedly mention how much they value being exposed to perspectives and literature they might not have been otherwise.”

Dr. Paul Simmonds: Department of Physics

As a joint faculty member with Physics and Materials Science & Engineering, Dr. Paul Simmonds combines teaching, research, and service in unison. His students in the Physics undergraduate and the MSE graduate programs not only perform cutting-edge research in nanotechnology; they also carry out outreach in local public schools that serve economically disadvantaged youth. Additionally, Paul is the only Physics faculty member who carries out published and externally funded research in science education and outreach.

One Distinguished Adjunct Award

Debra Matthews: Department of Geosciences

Deb Matthews is an outstanding instructor in all regards. She is currently the longest serving member of the Department of Geosciences. The quality of Deb’s teaching is as impressive as the quantity. She is an inspirational teacher who delivers at a high level of professionalism and enthusiasm. Her course evaluations consistently contain overwhelmingly positive comments.

LOVE GROWS: A BENEFIT RECITAL TO AID AUSTRALIAN WILDFIRE RECOVERYDouble exposure image of Australia borders and wildflowers

In early February, the Department of Music hosted a benefit recital to aid Australian wildfire recovery. The benefit was thought up by Lara Hamilton, an international Boise State graduate student studying vocal music performance and a member of the Boise State Cross Country-Track team, as a way to encourage Boiseans to support those affected by the devastating wildfires in her home country of Australia. The recital featured songs and opera arias performed by Boise State voice students.

In her welcome speech to the audience, Hamilton said, “Whilst it is good to witness and reflect on the realities of a catastrophic natural disaster, one thing I want to focus on tonight is how people from all over the world have banded together to help Australia. I am astonished about how many people have come up to me here in Boise and asked how they can help.”

The benefit recital raised $500 and all proceeds were donated to WIRES and the Australian Red Cross. Thank you to Lara, the Department of Music, the students who performed and everyone who helped make this benefit a success!

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EXCITING EVENTS: FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

First Friday Astronomy

First Fridays | Lecture at 7:30 pm Stargazing at 8:30 pm | Education Building, Room 112

The Department of Physics presents First Friday Astronomy every first Friday of the month during Fall and Spring semesters. Lectures begin at 7:30 pm in the Education Building with stargazing to follow at 8:30 pm in the Boise State Observatory on the rooftop of the Education Building. The remaining Spring occurrences are March 6 with Dr. Ben Margalit of UC Berkeley and April 3 with Professor Devon Burr of Northern Arizona University.

MARCH FIRST ASTRONOMY EVENT

READ MORE ABOUT PHYSICS EVENTS

The Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series

February 19 – April 16 | 6 pm | Student Union Building, Simplot Ballroom

The Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series promotes interdisciplinary inquiry about the environment and fosters dialogue across the campus and community. The Spring 2020 schedule explores:

  • “The Buzz About Bees” with author and biologist Thor Hanson | February 19
  • “Idaho First: How Archaeological Discoveries on the Lower Salmon River Change Our Perspectives on the Peopling of the Americas” | March 18
  • “Thomas Cole and the Destruction of American Nature” | April 16

READ MORE ABOUT IDEA OF NATURE SERIES

Tournées French Film Festival

February 20 – March 6 | 6 pm | Micron Business and Economics Building, Skaggs Hall (1301)

For the third consecutive year, Boise State has received a grant from the French government to host the Tournées French Film Festival on campus February 20 to March 6. Films will screen on Thursdays and Fridays in the Micron Business Building. A Boise State community member will lead a post-viewing discussion of each film. Screenings are free and open to the public.

SEE THE FULL LINE-UP OF FESTIVAL FILMS

Designing Costumes for Film and Television: An Evening with Erin Orr

March 3 | 7pm | Student Union Building, Lookout Room

Film and television costume designer Erin Orr will sit down with Boise State film professor Ryan Cannon to discuss her costume design work on a 2018 film and an upcoming Netflix original series.

READ MORE ABOUT DESIGNING COSTUMES

EXHIBITS IN THE BLUE GALLERIES

The Blue Galleries are located on the first floor of the Center for Visual Arts (CVA) and offer free entry during the following hours:

Monday – Thursday from 10 am – 5 pm
Friday from 10 am – 2 pm
Closed on weekends, holidays and during Spring Break

GOTHICwar

Now through March 20

Showing now in the student gallery is an immersive experience brought to us by Will Miller, an interdisciplinary artist whose mediums include fashion, photography and video.

READ MORE ABOUT GOTHICwar

Volcanoes: A cinematic, photographic and scientific perspective

Now through March 20

This exhibition visits research projects in Ecuador and Papua New Guinea, where volcanologists use innovative techniques to gain a better understanding about the natural processes below the surface of our planet. COAS alumni, filmmaker Zach Voss and photographer Matthew Wordell, join Dr. Jeffrey B. Johnson of the Geosciences Department to bring us a memorable viewing experience.

READ MORE ABOUT VOLCANOES

Picturing Science in Illustration and Art

Now through May 1

Multiple artists and a variety of mediums come together to show a view of science through an artistic lens. Included in the exhibit are two birds of prey on loan from the Boise State Vertebrate Museum.

READ MORE ABOUT PICTURING SCIENCE

| MAKE AND IMPACT |

SUPPORT THE TALKIN’ BROCOS

Let’s keep up the winning trend!

The 2019-2020 Talkin’ Broncos are celebrating their fifth-consecutive Pi Kappa Delta National Championship and their ninth-consecutive Northwest Forensics Conference Division I Championship!

However, we compete with universities that are currently expanding their programs and enticing well-qualified recruits with substantial scholarship offers. The Talkin’ Broncos are in need of scholarships for incoming students, particularly community college transfer students. Please consider making a gift to celebrate this program and to develop the recruiting resources that will ensure continued excellence for this storied eighty-two year old Boise State institution. Contact Melanie Bannister at  melaniebannister@boisestate.edu for more information.

Geosciences field study student pictured in Scotland

GEOSCIENCES FIELD STUDY FUND

Thanks to a gift from Boise State University alumni and faculty, students earning Geoscience degrees will soon have financial support to use toward their required field study courses. Alumni Dana Hutchison, ’76, John Foudy, ’00, Mike Farley, ’82, and Geosciences Department Associate Professor David Wilkins founded the Geosciences Field Study Fund at Boise State University. The fund will help supplement the costs for field camp such as travel, per diem, equipment and materials. Thank you!

READ MORE ABOUT GEOSCIENCES FUND

SCHOLARSHIPS AT BOISE STATE

You can impact students!

The success of our students- throughout their lifetimes is the single most important measure of Boise State’s success as a university. Scholarships allow students to explore future opportunities to their fullest potential, unhindered by financial uncertainty and help ensure that great potential is not left unrealized because of the inability to bear the cost of a university education.

Have you thought about naming and defining your own scholarship in support of Boise State students? HERE’S HOW YOUR $2,500 ANNUAL GIFT (4 years) will establish a current use scholarship or your $5,000 gift (5 years) can build a permanent endowed scholarship; a lasting legacy for you or a loved one.

Questions? Please reach out to COAS development directors, Melanie Bannister at melaniebannister@boisestate.edu or Jim Ogle at jimogle@boisestate.edu.

MAKE A GIFT TO THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

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