Outstanding Graduate Award

One graduating student (winter and spring) from every academic program is selected based on academic achievement and outstanding leadership. Outstanding Graduate Students are honored at a luncheon ceremony. Outstanding Graduate is the highest student award given by the College of Business and Economics.

2018 Academic Excellence luncheon group

Spring 2019

  • Josiah Bynum

    Josiah Bynum

    Economics

    I am graduating this spring with a BA in Economics and minors in Finance and Applied Math. Next fall I plan to attend a Financial Economics program at Utah State where I will work with the Center for Growth and Opportunity as a graduate research fellow. I have enjoyed my time at Boise State, especially the opportunities to work with faculty and fellow students within the Economics department. My experiences within the College of Business and Economics have prepared me well for future endeavors, and for that I am grateful. I will miss Thursday night pizza with the Economics Association.   

    I am graduating this spring with a BA in Economics and minors in Finance and Applied Math. Next fall I plan to attend a Financial Economics program at Utah State where I will work with the Center for Growth and Opportunity as a graduate research fellow. I have enjoyed my time at Boise State, especially the opportunities to work with faculty and fellow students within the Economics department. My experiences within the College of Business and Economics have prepared me well for future endeavors, and for that I am grateful. I will miss Thursday night pizza with the Economics Association.   

  • Koutam Hoidouy

    Koutam Haidara

    Business and Economic Analytics

    It is an immense honor for me personally to be a COBE Outstanding Graduate, and I would like to think all of those who have supported me through this journey. I am graduating with a B.S in business and economic analytics and a minor in computer science. I am currently doing an internship as a business intelligence analyst with Saint Luke’s Health System, and hopefully, I will start a full-time job there after graduation. In my free time, I like to watch soccer games, hike or explore Boise’s outdoor activities.

    It is an immense honor for me personally to be a COBE Outstanding Graduate, and I would like to think all of those who have supported me through this journey. I am graduating with a B.S in business and economic analytics and a minor in computer science. I am currently doing an internship as a business intelligence analyst with Saint Luke’s Health System, and hopefully, I will start a full-time job there after graduation. In my free time, I like to watch soccer games, hike or explore Boise’s outdoor activities.

  • Mitch Hullinger, COBE, Studio Portrait

    Mitch Hullinger

    Master of Accountancy

    I am honored to be selected as an outstanding graduate. I grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and completed my bachelor’s degree in accounting at Brigham Young University-Idaho. After graduation from the Master of Accountancy program, I plan to complete the CPA exam and move to Texas, where I have accepted a position as an audit associate with a regional accounting firm, Dixon Hughes Goodman. In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with my growing family as my wife and I are anxiously anticipating the birth of our first child in late April.

    I am honored to be selected as an outstanding graduate. I grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and completed my bachelor’s degree in accounting at Brigham Young University-Idaho. After graduation from the Master of Accountancy program, I plan to complete the CPA exam and move to Texas, where I have accepted a position as an audit associate with a regional accounting firm, Dixon Hughes Goodman. In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with my growing family as my wife and I are anxiously anticipating the birth of our first child in late April.

  • Sara Ivey

    Sara Mae Ivey

    Entrepreneurship Management

    After four years at Boise State, I will be graduating with a degree in entrepreneurship management. I have loved my time at Boise State, both as part of COBE and of the Boise State Honors College. I had the wonderful opportunity to work for the HR department on campus for several years, and I now do social media marketing for a locally owned furniture and home décor store. After graduation, I plan to travel, enjoy the outdoors, and work on writing my in-progress middle-grade fiction novel, while continuing in my current position doing social media marketing and interior design.

    After four years at Boise State, I will be graduating with a degree in entrepreneurship management. I have loved my time at Boise State, both as part of COBE and of the Boise State Honors College. I had the wonderful opportunity to work for the HR department on campus for several years, and I now do social media marketing for a locally owned furniture and home décor store. After graduation, I plan to travel, enjoy the outdoors, and work on writing my in-progress middle-grade fiction novel, while continuing in my current position doing social media marketing and interior design.

  • Tanner LaBarge

    Tanner LaBarge

    Marketing

    I am honored to be selected as the Spring 2019 Outstanding Marketing Graduate. I was born and raised in Boise which makes this honor even more meaningful. I will be graduating from Boise State with a BBA in Marketing. After graduation, I plan to work full-time as a Category Leadership Associate with SmarTeam doing data analysis and insights. The professors at the College of Business and Economics allowed me to grow as a professional and as a student. I just want to say thank you to everyone who was involved in my journey throughout my education at Boise State University.

    I am honored to be selected as the Spring 2019 Outstanding Marketing Graduate. I was born and raised in Boise which makes this honor even more meaningful. I will be graduating from Boise State with a BBA in Marketing. After graduation, I plan to work full-time as a Category Leadership Associate with SmarTeam doing data analysis and insights. The professors at the College of Business and Economics allowed me to grow as a professional and as a student. I just want to say thank you to everyone who was involved in my journey throughout my education at Boise State University.

  • Ryley Nelson

    Ryley Nelson

    Finance

    First off, I am incredibly thankful to have been selected as an outstanding graduate here at Boise State. I will be graduating Boise State with a degree in finance, as well as a minor in entrepreneurship management. After graduation, I will begin training to become a financial advisor with Edward Jones, and plan on moving back to Washington where I am originally from. Boise State turned out to be a great fit for me, and I have enjoyed my time here in Boise, especially the skiing during winter. Thank you to everyone that impacted my time here, and Go Broncos!

    First off, I am incredibly thankful to have been selected as an outstanding graduate here at Boise State. I will be graduating Boise State with a degree in finance, as well as a minor in entrepreneurship management. After graduation, I will begin training to become a financial advisor with Edward Jones, and plan on moving back to Washington where I am originally from. Boise State turned out to be a great fit for me, and I have enjoyed my time here in Boise, especially the skiing during winter. Thank you to everyone that impacted my time here, and Go Broncos!

  • Nitya Nukala

    Nitya Nukala

    Supply Chain Management

    Coming from India, an opportunity to have higher education in the U.S. was an unrealistic dream. As I graduate, it feels surreal to be walking out with such an honor. I am graduating with a supply chain management degree and currently work as an intern at Micron where I hope to transition into a full-time position. Boise State has made me the person I am with countless gifted experiences and as I step onto the corporate ladder, I will miss the vibe of an academic institution of conceptually looking into a problem and brainstorming solutions. I am immensely thankful to all the faculty members who supported and helped me through all the highs and lows, I believe that without their support my academic and professional experience wouldn’t be meaningful. Ultimately I feel that all the experiences I have had, have shaped me as the person I am today and I will further employ my knowledge to the best of my abilities and live as a striving Bronco forever.

    Coming from India, an opportunity to have higher education in the U.S. was an unrealistic dream. As I graduate, it feels surreal to be walking out with such an honor. I am graduating with a supply chain management degree and currently work as an intern at Micron where I hope to transition into a full-time position. Boise State has made me the person I am with countless gifted experiences and as I step onto the corporate ladder, I will miss the vibe of an academic institution of conceptually looking into a problem and brainstorming solutions. I am immensely thankful to all the faculty members who supported and helped me through all the highs and lows, I believe that without their support my academic and professional experience wouldn’t be meaningful. Ultimately I feel that all the experiences I have had, have shaped me as the person I am today and I will further employ my knowledge to the best of my abilities and live as a striving Bronco forever.

  • Luke Pacifici

    Luke Pacifici

    International Business

    I am honored to be selected as an outstanding international business graduate. Hailing from Simi Valley, California, I will earn a degree in international business with a minor in Spanish for business. Throughout my collegiate career, I have been involved in the Blue Thunder Marching Band, the Honors College, Delta Upsilon Fraternity, the Bronco Ambassadors and Global Ambassadors Programs, Intramural Soccer, and have worked as a programming assistant for the Student Involvement and Leadership Center. In Spring 2018, I studied abroad in Bilbao, Spain and discovered a passion for embracing different cultures. My dream is to pursue a juris doctorate degree in sports law and become a sports agent in the United States or Spain.

    I am honored to be selected as an outstanding international business graduate. Hailing from Simi Valley, California, I will earn a degree in international business with a minor in Spanish for business. Throughout my collegiate career, I have been involved in the Blue Thunder Marching Band, the Honors College, Delta Upsilon Fraternity, the Bronco Ambassadors and Global Ambassadors Programs, Intramural Soccer, and have worked as a programming assistant for the Student Involvement and Leadership Center. In Spring 2018, I studied abroad in Bilbao, Spain and discovered a passion for embracing different cultures. My dream is to pursue a juris doctorate degree in sports law and become a sports agent in the United States or Spain.

  • Jake Rippert

    Jake Rippert

    Information Technology Management

    When I took off on my adventure here at Boise State four years ago, I never would have imagined I would have the honor of accepting the Outstanding Graduate Award for Information Technology Management. This accomplishment would never have been possible without the incredible resources provided by Boise State, and the inspirational professors that have shaped me into the young business professional that I am today. I will be graduating with a double major in Supply Chain Management and Information Technology Management, and following graduation, I hope to find a position optimizing Supply Chain Systems. I can confidently say that the future of business lies in IT solutions, and I plan on being at the forefront of this technological revolution!

    When I took off on my adventure here at Boise State four years ago, I never would have imagined I would have the honor of accepting the Outstanding Graduate Award for Information Technology Management. This accomplishment would never have been possible without the incredible resources provided by Boise State, and the inspirational professors that have shaped me into the young business professional that I am today. I will be graduating with a double major in Supply Chain Management and Information Technology Management, and following graduation, I hope to find a position optimizing Supply Chain Systems. I can confidently say that the future of business lies in IT solutions, and I plan on being at the forefront of this technological revolution!

  • Robison_Nicole

    Nicole Robison

    General Business

    I am honored to be selected as a Spring 2019 Outstanding General Business Graduate. I will be graduating with a double major in general business and human resource management, and upon graduation will continue working as a Site Director here in Boise. After working for many years in operations, I developed a passion for human resources and the impact this group has in business. I decided to return to school to earn that last set of credits I needed to graduate with both degrees so I could open up my career options. During my time at Boise State, I have gained more knowledge and increased my interest in corporate social responsibility. I have already been able to take what I have learned and incorporate it into my current position. Cheers to all the graduates this semester!

    I am honored to be selected as a Spring 2019 Outstanding General Business Graduate. I will be graduating with a double major in general business and human resource management, and upon graduation will continue working as a Site Director here in Boise. After working for many years in operations, I developed a passion for human resources and the impact this group has in business. I decided to return to school to earn that last set of credits I needed to graduate with both degrees so I could open up my career options. During my time at Boise State, I have gained more knowledge and increased my interest in corporate social responsibility. I have already been able to take what I have learned and incorporate it into my current position. Cheers to all the graduates this semester!

  • Jack Shull

    Jack Shull

    Master of Business Administration - Career Track

    It is an honor to be selected as an Outstanding Graduate. I am originally from Grand Rapids, MI and earned a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. I knew early in my career that I wanted to continue my education and pursue my Master’s in Business Administration. With a passion for the outdoors and a desire to live in the West, I found a perfect fit with the Boise State Career Track MBA Program. I am grateful for this experience and value the relationships I have developed with my cohort and faculty members. Go Broncos!

    It is an honor to be selected as an Outstanding Graduate. I am originally from Grand Rapids, MI and earned a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. I knew early in my career that I wanted to continue my education and pursue my Master’s in Business Administration. With a passion for the outdoors and a desire to live in the West, I found a perfect fit with the Boise State Career Track MBA Program. I am grateful for this experience and value the relationships I have developed with my cohort and faculty members. Go Broncos!

  • Michael Simpson, Signature Student, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grover

    Michael Simpson

    Master of Accountancy - Taxation

  • Christian Sprague

    Christian Sprague

    Master of Economics

    I am a Ph.D. student in Systems at Cornell University. I received an M.S. in Economics from Boise State University as well as a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics. My research focuses on urban management decision making, specifically using applied econometrics of consumer behavior and discrete choice models applied to residential location and transportation. My current research seeks to understand the linkages between transit policy, household location, and health by using choice models and multi-objective analysis.

    I am a Ph.D. student in Systems at Cornell University. I received an M.S. in Economics from Boise State University as well as a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics. My research focuses on urban management decision making, specifically using applied econometrics of consumer behavior and discrete choice models applied to residential location and transportation. My current research seeks to understand the linkages between transit policy, household location, and health by using choice models and multi-objective analysis.

  • Kathryn Wargo

    Kathryn Wargo

    Accountancy

    After graduation, I will be attending the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a master’s in professional accountancy. My time here at Boise State has been incredibly rewarding. For the past 3 years, I have been a teaching assistant for the accounting department. I am also an intern with Simplot and am involved as an officer of Beta Alpha Psi. As my time at Boise State ends, I want to express my gratitude to my family and all the faculty members who have supported me on this journey. I am honored to be recognized as an outstanding graduate.

    After graduation, I will be attending the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a master’s in professional accountancy. My time here at Boise State has been incredibly rewarding. For the past 3 years, I have been a teaching assistant for the accounting department. I am also an intern with Simplot and am involved as an officer of Beta Alpha Psi. As my time at Boise State ends, I want to express my gratitude to my family and all the faculty members who have supported me on this journey. I am honored to be recognized as an outstanding graduate.

  • Emily Whitney, COBE Outstanding Graduate,  Studio Portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Emily Whitney

    Human Resource Management

    I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Boise and will be graduating with a bachelor of business administration in human resource management this May. I am currently an intern at a playful, but hardworking company, Verified First. After my graduation, I will be seeking a position with a company here in the Treasure Valley where I can continue to advance my knowledge as a human resource professional. I am honored to be chosen as this semester’s Outstanding Graduate for human resource management and am grateful for all the love and support from my family and friends.

    I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Boise and will be graduating with a bachelor of business administration in human resource management this May. I am currently an intern at a playful, but hardworking company, Verified First. After my graduation, I will be seeking a position with a company here in the Treasure Valley where I can continue to advance my knowledge as a human resource professional. I am honored to be chosen as this semester’s Outstanding Graduate for human resource management and am grateful for all the love and support from my family and friends.

Winter 2018

  • alexa bell

    Alexa Bell

    Supply Chain Management

    I was born and raised in the Treasure Valley, so it just made sense to attend Boise State. My time in Business Professionals of America during high school inspired me to enter business, and my work experience showed me the value of a cohesive supply chain. I currently work at Happy Family part-time and will join them full-time after graduation. My family has recently moved to Salt Lake for a career change, while my husband and I have moved to Nampa. We have two adorable kitties and still love the Treasure Valley. In my spare time I teach piano and voice lessons, read, draw, and take spontaneous weekend adventures to local events and shows. I am honored to be an Outstanding Graduate and look forward to what life holds ahead! Honored Faculty: Christie Fuller

    I was born and raised in the Treasure Valley, so it just made sense to attend Boise State. My time in Business Professionals of America during high school inspired me to enter business, and my work experience showed me the value of a cohesive supply chain. I currently work at Happy Family part-time and will join them full-time after graduation. My family has recently moved to Salt Lake for a career change, while my husband and I have moved to Nampa. We have two adorable kitties and still love the Treasure Valley. In my spare time I teach piano and voice lessons, read, draw, and take spontaneous weekend adventures to local events and shows. I am honored to be an Outstanding Graduate and look forward to what life holds ahead! Honored Faculty: Christie Fuller

  • Katherine Bonner

    Human Resource Management

  • aaron hart

    Aaron Hart

    Information Technology Management

    I was born and raised in Boise and have always looked forward to going to Boise State for their ITM program. I enjoy technology and helping people so ITM was a perfect degree for me. I am a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. I was able to get an internship at the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) through Boise State which has lead me to getting a job at ITD. I am going to pursue a career in network management after I graduate. While in my free time I enjoy playing video games and watching My Hero  Academia.

    I was born and raised in Boise and have always looked forward to going to Boise State for their ITM program. I enjoy technology and helping people so ITM was a perfect degree for me. I am a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. I was able to get an internship at the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) through Boise State which has lead me to getting a job at ITD. I am going to pursue a career in network management after I graduate. While in my free time I enjoy playing video games and watching My Hero  Academia.

  • Angela Haycock

    Angela Haycock

    General Business

    I am honored to be chosen as an outstanding graduate. Getting a bachelor’s degree has always been a goal of mine. I would not have been able to achieve this were it not for the well-constructed distance learning program at Boise State University. I reside in Twin Falls, where my husband and I raise our three children and I have operated an in-home preschool business for 13 years. I am grateful that I had access to the university and for the support of amazing faculty. I look forward to my future and applying all I have learned.  Honored Faculty: John McIntosh

    I am honored to be chosen as an outstanding graduate. Getting a bachelor’s degree has always been a goal of mine. I would not have been able to achieve this were it not for the well-constructed distance learning program at Boise State University. I reside in Twin Falls, where my husband and I raise our three children and I have operated an in-home preschool business for 13 years. I am grateful that I had access to the university and for the support of amazing faculty. I look forward to my future and applying all I have learned.  Honored Faculty: John McIntosh

  • Matthew Locher

    Matthew Locher

    Finance

    I am honored to be named an outstanding graduate for the Fall 2018 semester. Originally from Los Alamitos, CA, I will be graduating with a degree in finance this December. I have been a member of the Boise State football team since 2015 and will continue to do so, as I pursue a master of business administration degree next year. Outside of athletics, I enjoy snowboarding and traveling. I am very grateful for the wonderful opportunities I have had at Boise State, and am excited for what the future holds. Go Broncos!

    I am honored to be named an outstanding graduate for the Fall 2018 semester. Originally from Los Alamitos, CA, I will be graduating with a degree in finance this December. I have been a member of the Boise State football team since 2015 and will continue to do so, as I pursue a master of business administration degree next year. Outside of athletics, I enjoy snowboarding and traveling. I am very grateful for the wonderful opportunities I have had at Boise State, and am excited for what the future holds. Go Broncos!

  • Matthew Lothspeich

    Matthew Lothspeich

    Marketing

    I am honored to have been selected as the outstanding graduate for the marketing department here at Boise State. I will be graduating this December with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and marketing. I have always been passionate about business, and my experiences here at Boise State have given me the confidence and skills that I believe will help in the professional world. Upon graduation, I hope to find employment in the northwest before eventually pursuing an MBA. I can’t wait to apply the knowledge and skills I have learned here at Boise State in real world business setting.

    I am honored to have been selected as the outstanding graduate for the marketing department here at Boise State. I will be graduating this December with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and marketing. I have always been passionate about business, and my experiences here at Boise State have given me the confidence and skills that I believe will help in the professional world. Upon graduation, I hope to find employment in the northwest before eventually pursuing an MBA. I can’t wait to apply the knowledge and skills I have learned here at Boise State in real world business setting.

  • Dakin Macgowan

    Dakin Macgowan

    Entrepreneurship Management

    I am incredibly honored to be selected as a COBE Outstanding Graduate. I will be graduating from Boise State University with a business economics BBA and an entrepreneurship management BBA. While my future is an open canvas, I plan to continue my education outside of the classroom, further driving my skill set and challenging myself in future endeavors. I am extremely grateful for the scholarships and education I received here at Boise State, and owe much of my success to my supportive family and COBE’s engaging faculty. Boise State has helped curate me into the man I am today. Go Broncos! Honored Faculty: Brian McNatt

    I am incredibly honored to be selected as a COBE Outstanding Graduate. I will be graduating from Boise State University with a business economics BBA and an entrepreneurship management BBA. While my future is an open canvas, I plan to continue my education outside of the classroom, further driving my skill set and challenging myself in future endeavors. I am extremely grateful for the scholarships and education I received here at Boise State, and owe much of my success to my supportive family and COBE’s engaging faculty. Boise State has helped curate me into the man I am today. Go Broncos! Honored Faculty: Brian McNatt

  • Patrick Musgrove

    Patrick Musgrove

    Accountancy

    After graduating with my bachelor’s degree this December, I will be moving on to the master of science in accountancy, taxation program here at Boise State University. For the fall semester, I have had the privilege of serving as the VP of Service Activities for Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). I will continue with that role in the spring as well as interning with Little-Morris, LLP and helping the volunteer income tax assistance program. Those activities will be followed by a summer internship at KPMG’s Anchorage office. I anticipate graduating with my master’s degree by May 2020. Honored Faculty: Paul Bahnson

    After graduating with my bachelor’s degree this December, I will be moving on to the master of science in accountancy, taxation program here at Boise State University. For the fall semester, I have had the privilege of serving as the VP of Service Activities for Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). I will continue with that role in the spring as well as interning with Little-Morris, LLP and helping the volunteer income tax assistance program. Those activities will be followed by a summer internship at KPMG’s Anchorage office. I anticipate graduating with my master’s degree by May 2020. Honored Faculty: Paul Bahnson

  • Lola Walton

    Lola Walton

    International Business

    I will be graduating with a bachelor of business administration in international business and a minor in Spanish. After gaining more experience in the professional world, I plan to obtain a master of entrepreneurship and management in the creative industries or a master of business administration from the University of Amsterdam. I took an interest in international studies from traveling with my family. The interest further grew during a study abroad in Bilbao, Spain where I realized my passion to work cross-culturally and grow. Following my master’s, I plan to pursue a career in a company that provides support for entrepreneurs, specifically women and children, around the world to help foster growth in their economic endeavors. Honored Faculty: Mark Buchanan

    I will be graduating with a bachelor of business administration in international business and a minor in Spanish. After gaining more experience in the professional world, I plan to obtain a master of entrepreneurship and management in the creative industries or a master of business administration from the University of Amsterdam. I took an interest in international studies from traveling with my family. The interest further grew during a study abroad in Bilbao, Spain where I realized my passion to work cross-culturally and grow. Following my master’s, I plan to pursue a career in a company that provides support for entrepreneurs, specifically women and children, around the world to help foster growth in their economic endeavors. Honored Faculty: Mark Buchanan

  • dylan wirtz

    Dylan Wirtz

    Economics

    I will be graduating with a bachelor of business administration in international business and a minor in Spanish. After gaining more experience in the professional world, I plan to obtain a master of entrepreneurship and management in the creative industries or a master of business administration from the University of Amsterdam. I took an interest in international studies from traveling with my family. The interest further grew during a study abroad in Bilbao, Spain where I realized my passion to work cross-culturally and grow. Following my master’s, I plan to pursue a career in a company that provides support for entrepreneurs, specifically women and children, around the world to help foster growth in their economic endeavors. Honored Faculty: Mark Buchanan

    I will be graduating with a bachelor of business administration in international business and a minor in Spanish. After gaining more experience in the professional world, I plan to obtain a master of entrepreneurship and management in the creative industries or a master of business administration from the University of Amsterdam. I took an interest in international studies from traveling with my family. The interest further grew during a study abroad in Bilbao, Spain where I realized my passion to work cross-culturally and grow. Following my master’s, I plan to pursue a career in a company that provides support for entrepreneurs, specifically women and children, around the world to help foster growth in their economic endeavors. Honored Faculty: Mark Buchanan

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