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2012-2022 The Micron Business and Economics Building

10 Things to Celebrate!

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As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Micron Business and Economics building, we thank and recognize our donors for the opportunities they have made possible for students and the community. Here are 10 donor-supported spaces that make MBEB special!

1 –¬†Jackson Commons and Simplot Cafe – John Jackson and the JR Simplot Foundation

The social heart of MBEB and a daily gathering place for students to study, eat, and connect between classes. Jackson Commons hosts a number of special events throughout the year, such as the Winter Warm Up, Bronco Day, and Career Fairs.

2 – Idaho Central Credit Union Plaza – Idaho Central Credit Union

Home to the much-loved COBE Cookout, the ICCU plaza is an outdoor social space where COBE students, staff, and faculty come to rest, eat, enjoy the weather, and take the occasional selfie with the bronze statue of former Micron CEO Steve Appleton.

3 – Skaggs Hall of Learning – AJ and Susie Balukoff

Skaggs Hall is a state-of-the-art, 252-person lecture and conference hall where we hold classes and host our Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series, as well as several other large events. Skaggs is an important learning space for students both within COBE, and beyond.

4 – Dykman Trading Room – Allen and Dixie Dykman

An experiential learning classroom with 12 Bloomberg terminals where our students invest and manage assets valued at more than over $800,000. The first student managed investment funds were created by donors Tim and Jill Schlindwein and Ryan and Michelle Relyea.

5 – Thompson Family Writing Lab – Fred and Joan Thompson

This specialized writing center provides our students with individualized, tailored support from highly-trained writing consultants so they can become better communicators and develop in-demand writing skills.

6 – COBE Career Services – Phil and Anita Murelaga

A comprehensive career center offering resume writing, interview training and on-campus recruitment events. It is also home to the Bronco Corps internship program (founded by Dave Wali and the Gardner Company), the COBE Connect Room (supported by Mike and Ann Sadler) and the Atkins Law Career Closet.

7 – COBE Advising Services – Idaho Power

A dedicated advising suite that is home to 7 full-time advisors who provide our students with academic planning consultations to ensure they reach their professional and academic goals and graduate on-time and with less debt.

8 – Imagination Lab – Randy and Lisa Hales and Chris and Barbara Petersen

A flexible, collaborative space where our students focus on team building, brainstorming and learning. Many special events are also held here, such as our COBE Advisory Council meetings and the COBE Outstanding Graduate and Outstanding Alumni Awards luncheons.

9 – Named Classrooms – Various donors

Thanks to our generous donors, MBEB is home to some of the most modern, well-outfitted classrooms on campus. These classrooms feature collaborative, tiered-horseshoe or free-form designs, state-of-the-art audio-visual recording capabilities and advanced workstations for our students.

10 – Named Team Rooms – Various donors

MBEB also features collaborative team rooms throughout the building, where our students can meet with one another, work on group projects and host creative brainstorming sessions. These rooms also include electronic hookups, interactive displays and whiteboard walls for students to use while they work.

The Building:

  • 118,890 sq. ft.
  • $35.5M to build
    including furnishings and equipment
  • $19,676,075 in gifts (no state funds were used)
  • More than 1,000 alumni, businesses and friends gave to the building
  • 17 classrooms and labs, 26 team rooms
  • 250+ events hosted in the past 10 years
  • 200,000 hours of classes held in MBEB in the past 10 years

2012 to now:

Spring Commencement

7,760 total number of graduates since the building was built

Undergraduate students

2,877 to 3,063
(6.5% increase)

Graduate students

233 to 621
(166.5% increase)

Full time faculty

59 to 85
(44% increase)