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Quarterly Update: May 2020

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

MAY 2020

Dear Friends,

Portrait of Leslie

I hope this finds you and your loved ones well. While there are many uncertaintiessurrounding our current situation, I still feel hopeful for the future of the college and university, and I recognize that even now, there are many reasons to celebrate.

The Boise State community has faced our current challenges with courage and perseverance; students, faculty, and staff have adapted swiftly and imaginatively. You have probably heard the sentiment that “we are in this together,” but we have seen this sentiment in action in meaningful ways on our campus. I am impressed and inspired by COAS colleagues who have offered their talents and resources to make an impact on the larger community.

In addition to celebrating the class of 2020, many exciting awards for COAS students and faculty are also worthy of special recognition, and I’m glad to share my pride in their accomplishments with you here.

Though in-person events are not taking place, I am grateful to those who have successfully moved events online, providing you the opportunity to engage with us in new ways. Don’t miss the Spring 2020 BFA Exhibition, showcasing powerful student artwork, and Virtual First Friday Astronomy.

I encourage you to reach out to us via email or to engage with us on social media. Until our next newsletter in August, take care.

Warmly,

Leslie Durham

 Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Boise State University

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CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020!

We are so proud of each and every Bronco who graduated this May. We’d like to give a special shout-out to the 776 students who earned a variety of degrees under the College of Arts and Sciences.

In the words of Interim Dean Durham, “The skills you’ve honed, the experiences you’ve had, and the perspectives you’ve gained prepare you for a bright future. You will represent the college and the university well as you blaze new trails on the next phase of your adventure. Wherever your path takes you, please know the College of Arts and Sciences is here to support you and to cheer you along the way. I’m excited to see what you accomplish next. Congratulations, class of 2020! And go Broncos!”

Photo from 2019 Winter Commencement. Spring 2020 graduates will be welcome to walk in the next ceremony.

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Student celebration at 2019 Winter Commencement

EXCITING STUDENT AWARDS IN COAS

Top Ten Scholars

Each year, Boise State recognizes ten graduating seniors for their exceptional academic success. This year, we are proud to have two students from COAS selected for this high honor. Congratulations, Austin Lamb and Georgia Zacest!

MEET THE 2020 HONOREES

Truman Scholars

Two Truman Scholars were selected from Boise State this year, setting a record for the university and for Idaho. Of the two Boise State recipients, one is from the College of Arts and Sciences. David Shin double majored in economics and physics and will pursue a graduate degree in economics and a juris doctor, with the goal of becoming an attorney.

“Created by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is a living memorial designed to support future generations who answer the call to public service leadership. Each year, the foundation reviews more than 700 applications and awards 55-65 scholarships. Students each will receive $30,000 toward graduate studies.”

READ MOREABOUT TRUMAN SCHOLARS

Fulbright Scholarship Fellows

“Five Boise State students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for 2019-20 and their accomplishments break the existing record among Idaho universities for the most Fulbright grantees in one year. The scholarship offers students opportunities to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, or primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.”

Of the five Boise State students awarded Fulbright Scholarships for 2019-20, two earned their undergraduate degrees in COAS. Connor Dennis (history) and Daniel Hopkins (education, history, and political science). Dennis will teach English in Taiwan and Hopkins will teach in the Netherlands.

In addition to congratulating these dedicated students, we are also proud to recognize three faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences participating in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Shoko Asay, an adjunct instructor of Japanese in the Department of World Languages; Iryna Babik, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences; and Pei-Lin Yu, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology.

READ MORE ABOUT FULLBRIGHT FELLOWS

DUAL DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORS IN GEOSCIENCESHeadshots of James McNamara and Mark Schmitz

“Geosciences professors James McNamara and Mark Schmitz have the dual honor of being named Boise State Distinguished Professors for 2020. This title constitutes one of the highest honors that may be given to a faculty member at Boise State University and is reserved for a select few who have made significant contributions to their academic disciplines.”

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ENGAGE WITH COAS IN NEW WAYS

First Friday Astronomy

First Fridays | Online Lecture at 8:30 pm | FREE

The Department of Physics presents First Friday Astronomy every first Friday of the month. The lectures have been adapted to an online platform thanks to Brian Jackson, an associate professor of physics. We will miss stargazing with you from the observatory after lecture, and we encourage you to step outside and stargaze from home. No event registration required, simply use the link below for the June event and look for future occurrences (July 3 and Aug 7) on the COAS events page. If you can’t make the live lecture, you can catch the replay later at the same link. Happy stargazing, astronomers!

JUNE EVENT

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Spring 2020 BFA Exhibition

Available until Spring 2021 | Online Exhibition | FREE

“This is the online Spring 2020 BFA Exhibition for the Department of Art, Design, and Visual Studies at Boise State University. The sixteen artists featured in the exhibition are candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education, Illustration, and Visual Art. The exhibition would have been held at the Blue Galleries located in the Center for the Visual Arts, but due to COVID-19, our student exhibitions were moved online.

The virtual show was completed as part of the Art 490 BFA Exhibition course with Gallery Director and Lecturer Kirsten Furlong. We are so proud of the perseverance and resilience shown by these students!”

The below photos are from Travis Hoctor (Projected Nature) and Elizabeth Larson (The Act).

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Student Artwork from the Spring 2020 BFA Exhibition

Help Document History: Share Your COVID-19 Story

“We find ourselves living in a historic moment. People of the future will be interested in how we all adjusted to new ways of daily life. The Boise State University Archives wants to collect, share, and preserve your stories about your life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What we want from you: Journals, photographs, social media, artwork, videos, poetry, emails, personal reflections, blog posts, or anything that represents your thoughts, feelings, observations, and experiences about this historic time.”

READ MORE AND SUBMIT YOUR STORIES

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COAS MAKING AN IMPACT

Masks for Vulnerable Communities

“Though decorated with whimsy and playful fabric, make no mistake, these face masks are a labor of love and dedication for Boise’s most vulnerable citizens.

Darrin Pufall-Purdy, a Boise State associate professor and director of Theatre Arts and Costume Design, was inspired to use his sewing skills while social distancing to battle COVID-19 in the Boise community. Together with his husband, son and Boise State costume shop manager Grace Slaughter, the small but mighty team is determined to sew 100 masks per week.”

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PPE Donations

“While the university’s campus life has moved online, dedicated faculty, staff and personnel have been collecting and contributing personal protective equipment (PPE) from labs and departments across the colleges to deliver to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, as well as local health care providers such as Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Contributing departments included biology, chemistry, physics, and art, design and visual studies, as well as mechanical and biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, and electrical and computer engineering.”

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Face Shield Production Reimagined

“Using modified open source designs, Brian Wiley started making face shields out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with his CNC machine. Unlike 3D printing, which is an additive process that builds forms out of plastic filament, the CNC uses a reduction process. The machine carves material away from a solid block and is considerably faster than 3D printing. A home 3D printing machine takes about an hour to make a face shield, said Wiley. A CNC machine can make one in about three minutes.”

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Bleach Production in Tanzania

“Salt, water, car batteries and some chemistry know-how from a Boise State alumna recently came together to create a homemade disinfectant and help keep an orphanage in Mwanza, Tanzania, safe from COVID-19.”

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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 opportunities to their fullest potential 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 creating your own scholarship in support of Boise State students? HERE’S HOW your gift can make a difference! Questions? Please reach out to COAS development directors, Melanie Bannister at melaniebannister@boisestate.edu or Jim Ogle at jimogle@boisestate.edu.

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