Signature Student Award

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The Signature Student award is given to one-two exceptional students per program twice a year.

A COBE Signature Student has:

  • Passion for Learning
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Behavior
  • Strong Leadership
  • Community Engagement

Spring 2019

  • Josiah Aubin

    Josiah Aubin

    Information Technology Management

    Before attending Boise State, I took a business computer applications class at the College of Western Idaho where I discovered my passion for IT. That passion for IT has grown since transferring to Boise State, where I have had the ability to learn about the different aspects of IT and what it means for today’s business world. I have also had the honor of joining the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honors societies, as well as serving as the VP of Membership and Alumni for BGS. I am thankful for my friends, church family, and my family as they have been faithful to continuously be my support and encouragement.

    Before attending Boise State, I took a business computer applications class at the College of Western Idaho where I discovered my passion for IT. That passion for IT has grown since transferring to Boise State, where I have had the ability to learn about the different aspects of IT and what it means for today’s business world. I have also had the honor of joining the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honors societies, as well as serving as the VP of Membership and Alumni for BGS. I am thankful for my friends, church family, and my family as they have been faithful to continuously be my support and encouragement.

  • Joanna Bieganska

    Joanna Bieganska

    Master of Business Administration - Career Track

    In 2012, I graduated with my first master’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Wroclaw University in Poland, my home country. During this time, I was also gaining work experience at a packaging company where I was involved in sales, supply chain, and new project implementation processes. Later in my career, I began to acquire new accounts and help expand the business. The growth in my professional career inspired my interest in business and encouraged me to continue my education. My decision to pursue my MBA through Boise State has been an invaluable experience and has given me an opportunity to look at business with a broader perspective. The Career Track program has provided me with the knowledge to further propel my professional endeavors. I am truly honored to be selected for the College of Business and Economics Signature Student award and I would like to express my gratitude to all the amazing mentors and students that I had the chance to meet during my time here.

    In 2012, I graduated with my first master’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Wroclaw University in Poland, my home country. During this time, I was also gaining work experience at a packaging company where I was involved in sales, supply chain, and new project implementation processes. Later in my career, I began to acquire new accounts and help expand the business. The growth in my professional career inspired my interest in business and encouraged me to continue my education. My decision to pursue my MBA through Boise State has been an invaluable experience and has given me an opportunity to look at business with a broader perspective. The Career Track program has provided me with the knowledge to further propel my professional endeavors. I am truly honored to be selected for the College of Business and Economics Signature Student award and I would like to express my gratitude to all the amazing mentors and students that I had the chance to meet during my time here.

  • Kasey Chovanak

    Kasey Chovanak

    Master of Accountancy

    Being recognized as a College of Business and Economics Signature Student is an honor that I am proud to receive. While completing my undergraduate degree at Montana State University, I was looking for the next step to take in my academic career and Boise State University was immediately my first choice. My time spent at Boise State with my fellow cohort and faculty members has been challenging, exciting, and rewarding, to say the least. Striving for my own professional success is equally as important as academic success. Boise State has taught me discipline and leadership in a classroom setting with the help from such an amazing faculty, which we are lucky to have here at COBE. Outside the classroom, I have had the opportunity to work with the Executive MBA program as a Graduate Assistant, become a member of various professional organizations, as well as completed my Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. I have accepted an audit and tax position with CliftonLarsonAllen in Boise and look forward to keeping my connections with Boise State University upon graduation in May. Go Broncos!

    Being recognized as a College of Business and Economics Signature Student is an honor that I am proud to receive. While completing my undergraduate degree at Montana State University, I was looking for the next step to take in my academic career and Boise State University was immediately my first choice. My time spent at Boise State with my fellow cohort and faculty members has been challenging, exciting, and rewarding, to say the least. Striving for my own professional success is equally as important as academic success. Boise State has taught me discipline and leadership in a classroom setting with the help from such an amazing faculty, which we are lucky to have here at COBE. Outside the classroom, I have had the opportunity to work with the Executive MBA program as a Graduate Assistant, become a member of various professional organizations, as well as completed my Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. I have accepted an audit and tax position with CliftonLarsonAllen in Boise and look forward to keeping my connections with Boise State University upon graduation in May. Go Broncos!

  • Kelsey Cooper

    Kelsey Cooper

    Economics

    I’m an accelerated Master of Economics student originally from Jerome, Idaho. I’ve held student leadership positions for the Economics Association and the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, I’m interested in electronic waste recycling and sustainable business operations. I recently presented research in the Bahamas on water quality in economic growth, I look forward to joining the AsiaBiztech cohort in Taiwan this summer where I’ll intern at the Industrial Technology Research Institute. I recently became the founder of Greenfort, an interactive sustainability installation at Treefort Music Fest. I love what I study; I aspire to be a consultant and professor.

    I’m an accelerated Master of Economics student originally from Jerome, Idaho. I’ve held student leadership positions for the Economics Association and the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, I’m interested in electronic waste recycling and sustainable business operations. I recently presented research in the Bahamas on water quality in economic growth, I look forward to joining the AsiaBiztech cohort in Taiwan this summer where I’ll intern at the Industrial Technology Research Institute. I recently became the founder of Greenfort, an interactive sustainability installation at Treefort Music Fest. I love what I study; I aspire to be a consultant and professor.

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    Tearyn Cox

    Marketing

    My name is Tearyn Cox, and I am a senior majoring in Marketing with a minor in Nonprofit Management. I believe that I am set in this world to be my confident self and adapt to the people around me in order to empathize with them and allow their experiences to be heard in whatever way will allow them to grow. Along with focusing on academics I am a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, involved with Boise State Dance Marathon, and currently work at the Idaho Office for Refugees as a Marketing and Research Program Assistant.

    My name is Tearyn Cox, and I am a senior majoring in Marketing with a minor in Nonprofit Management. I believe that I am set in this world to be my confident self and adapt to the people around me in order to empathize with them and allow their experiences to be heard in whatever way will allow them to grow. Along with focusing on academics I am a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, involved with Boise State Dance Marathon, and currently work at the Idaho Office for Refugees as a Marketing and Research Program Assistant.

  • Bruno DeRose, Signature Student, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Bruno DeRose

    Entrepreneurship Management

    Being selected as a signature student at Boise State University is an incredible honor and blessing. I came to Boise State from my hometown of Pueblo, Colorado in pursuit of a degree from the College of Business and Economics while being a member of the football program. I will be taking the field next fall as a redshirt junior as I start an MBA program through Boise State. I am forever grateful to all those at Boise State and at home who have aided me thus far in my education. I aspire to use the knowledge, skills and relationships developed during my time at Boise State to proudly represent the blue and orange in all my future endeavors!

    Being selected as a signature student at Boise State University is an incredible honor and blessing. I came to Boise State from my hometown of Pueblo, Colorado in pursuit of a degree from the College of Business and Economics while being a member of the football program. I will be taking the field next fall as a redshirt junior as I start an MBA program through Boise State. I am forever grateful to all those at Boise State and at home who have aided me thus far in my education. I aspire to use the knowledge, skills and relationships developed during my time at Boise State to proudly represent the blue and orange in all my future endeavors!

  • Steve Hall

    Steve Hall

    Master of Economics

    I’m honored and humbled to be a member of this group. I grew up in Oregon and probably graduated from high school before most of my fellow signature students were born. After taking a couple of gap decades to decide what I wanted to do with my life, I was lucky enough to be living in the same town as Boise State University. My good fortunes continued as I have been surrounded by intelligent, caring and helpful faculty that have truly helped me to set the table for the rest of my career…a career that I will spend enjoying what I do every day, unlike the previously mentioned gap years. The skills, knowledge and friends I have gained at Boise State make me appreciate the path that I took to get to this point. It was not conventional, and I didn’t take the easy route, but in the end it has been worth every moment.

    I’m honored and humbled to be a member of this group. I grew up in Oregon and probably graduated from high school before most of my fellow signature students were born. After taking a couple of gap decades to decide what I wanted to do with my life, I was lucky enough to be living in the same town as Boise State University. My good fortunes continued as I have been surrounded by intelligent, caring and helpful faculty that have truly helped me to set the table for the rest of my career…a career that I will spend enjoying what I do every day, unlike the previously mentioned gap years. The skills, knowledge and friends I have gained at Boise State make me appreciate the path that I took to get to this point. It was not conventional, and I didn’t take the easy route, but in the end it has been worth every moment.

  • Dani Lawson

    Dani Lawson

    Accountancy & Finance

    I am finishing up my third year at Boise State as an Accounting and Finance double major. Being from a big city in California, moving to Boise, Idaho three years ago was a huge transition, but I’m so glad I did it. The smaller school size has allowed me to participate in opportunities I never would’ve had the chance to be a part of otherwise, as tutor and grader for the Accounting Department. I also work in the Controller’s Officer as an Accounting Assistant and I’ve never had a better work environment to learn in. After graduation, I plan to sit for the CPA Exam as soon as possible and then pursue a career in Public Accounting.

    I am finishing up my third year at Boise State as an Accounting and Finance double major. Being from a big city in California, moving to Boise, Idaho three years ago was a huge transition, but I’m so glad I did it. The smaller school size has allowed me to participate in opportunities I never would’ve had the chance to be a part of otherwise, as tutor and grader for the Accounting Department. I also work in the Controller’s Officer as an Accounting Assistant and I’ve never had a better work environment to learn in. After graduation, I plan to sit for the CPA Exam as soon as possible and then pursue a career in Public Accounting.

  • Colton Lazzarottto

    Colton Lazzarotto

    Marketing

    I’m a marketing major in my last year at Boise State. I recently received a position as Marketing Associate at the local sales and marketing firm, SMH. I aspire to move ranks in my current company and do work in the Content/Digital Marketing field. Since I started at Boise State, I have dreamed of making positive social and environmental change through the world of business. My time here in the College of Business and Economics has made a huge impact on my life, and I am very thankful for all the connections with faculty and peers I’ve been able to make.

    I’m a marketing major in my last year at Boise State. I recently received a position as Marketing Associate at the local sales and marketing firm, SMH. I aspire to move ranks in my current company and do work in the Content/Digital Marketing field. Since I started at Boise State, I have dreamed of making positive social and environmental change through the world of business. My time here in the College of Business and Economics has made a huge impact on my life, and I am very thankful for all the connections with faculty and peers I’ve been able to make.

  • Skylar Merschel

    Skylar Merschel

    Human Resource Management

    I am Skylar Merschel, a sophomore double majoring in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. I hail from the state of Nevada. Since I came from a small town, I am loving the Boise big city life; shopping and adventuring often. Through COBE, I am earning my major and ITM minor while connecting with helpful faculty. I look forward to growing more as a learner and preparing myself for a human resources career.

    I am Skylar Merschel, a sophomore double majoring in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. I hail from the state of Nevada. Since I came from a small town, I am loving the Boise big city life; shopping and adventuring often. Through COBE, I am earning my major and ITM minor while connecting with helpful faculty. I look forward to growing more as a learner and preparing myself for a human resources career.

  • Mariah Moore

    Mariah Moore

    Business and Economic Analytics

    My name is Mariah Moore and I am honored to be selected as the Signature Student for 2019 for the Business and Economic Analytics (BEA) program! My main interests lie in data science and analytics and how the two can be utilized in various fields and subjects. Currently, I work for a company focused on improving healthcare outcomes by providing online training, performance metrics, and assessments via empirical analysis and an exemplary learning management system. When I have free time, I enjoy reading or playing any Legend of Zelda video game. I will be graduating in the spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in BEA and a minor in Computer Science. I am grateful for all of the experiences and opportunities provided to me by attending Boise State University and I’m eager for what’s next!

    My name is Mariah Moore and I am honored to be selected as the Signature Student for 2019 for the Business and Economic Analytics (BEA) program! My main interests lie in data science and analytics and how the two can be utilized in various fields and subjects. Currently, I work for a company focused on improving healthcare outcomes by providing online training, performance metrics, and assessments via empirical analysis and an exemplary learning management system. When I have free time, I enjoy reading or playing any Legend of Zelda video game. I will be graduating in the spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in BEA and a minor in Computer Science. I am grateful for all of the experiences and opportunities provided to me by attending Boise State University and I’m eager for what’s next!

  • Laura Muna Leon

    Laura Muñoz Leon

    International Business

    My name is Laura Muñoz and I am an international student from Bogotá, Colombia. I am graduating at the end of this semester with an international business BBA and a marketing minor. Throughout my time at Boise State, I have been a member of the Honors College and recently, I became a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. The College of Business and Economics has truly exceeded my expectations not only through their remarkable faculty, but also with all the incredible opportunities they have made available to me. I am extremely honored to be receiving this award and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the COBE faculty and my amazing family for supporting me during these past four years!

    My name is Laura Muñoz and I am an international student from Bogotá, Colombia. I am graduating at the end of this semester with an international business BBA and a marketing minor. Throughout my time at Boise State, I have been a member of the Honors College and recently, I became a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. The College of Business and Economics has truly exceeded my expectations not only through their remarkable faculty, but also with all the incredible opportunities they have made available to me. I am extremely honored to be receiving this award and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the COBE faculty and my amazing family for supporting me during these past four years!

  • Anh Nguyen

    Anh Nguyen

    Supply Chain Management

    After graduating from the College of Western Idaho, I began my pursuit for academic growth at Boise State pursuing my degree in Supply Chain Management. My family and I immigrated to Boise, Idaho, from Vietnam in 1998. As of this spring semester, I am the first to graduate in my family with a college degree. Being awarded signature student and graduating with honors means the world to me to be able to share such an accomplishment with my family and friends. Through my journey here at Boise State University I had the pleasure to connect with amazing peers, network, and work with astounding professors.

    After graduating from the College of Western Idaho, I began my pursuit for academic growth at Boise State pursuing my degree in Supply Chain Management. My family and I immigrated to Boise, Idaho, from Vietnam in 1998. As of this spring semester, I am the first to graduate in my family with a college degree. Being awarded signature student and graduating with honors means the world to me to be able to share such an accomplishment with my family and friends. Through my journey here at Boise State University I had the pleasure to connect with amazing peers, network, and work with astounding professors.

  • David Shin

    David Shin

    Economics

    I am a second year student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Physics, and Chemistry. As a Boise native, I chose Boise State University over other institutions for its familiarity, financial generosity, and economics program. As a result, I have been able to take advantage of many opportunities, including all-expense paid trips to Economic seminars as well as a Graduate student Colloquium. I have also participated in many forms of research in the natural sciences and economics, with several credited publications. I have also been able start the process of making a non-profit organization addressing poverty healthcare in the Treasure Valley. Being named a signature student is less a reflection of my personal abilities, but rather the incredible faculty and opportunities that Boise State and in particular, COBE, offers. After graduating, I intend to study Economics and Public Policy at a doctorate level.

    I am a second year student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Physics, and Chemistry. As a Boise native, I chose Boise State University over other institutions for its familiarity, financial generosity, and economics program. As a result, I have been able to take advantage of many opportunities, including all-expense paid trips to Economic seminars as well as a Graduate student Colloquium. I have also participated in many forms of research in the natural sciences and economics, with several credited publications. I have also been able start the process of making a non-profit organization addressing poverty healthcare in the Treasure Valley. Being named a signature student is less a reflection of my personal abilities, but rather the incredible faculty and opportunities that Boise State and in particular, COBE, offers. After graduating, I intend to study Economics and Public Policy at a doctorate level.

  • Adam Still

    Adam Still

    Accountancy and Finance

    My name is Adam Still and I’m a senior in the College of Business and Economics pursuing a degree in finance with a minor in accounting. I came to Boise State after a career as a professional ballet dancer. I was most recently a soloist with the Colorado ballet where I spent the majority of my ballet career. I’m currently a public finance investment banking intern with Piper Jaffray in their Boise office. Upon graduation, I plan on pursuing the CFA credential. I’ve enjoyed my time at Boise State and am grateful for the support and guidance I’ve received from my professors and the COBE staff.

    My name is Adam Still and I’m a senior in the College of Business and Economics pursuing a degree in finance with a minor in accounting. I came to Boise State after a career as a professional ballet dancer. I was most recently a soloist with the Colorado ballet where I spent the majority of my ballet career. I’m currently a public finance investment banking intern with Piper Jaffray in their Boise office. Upon graduation, I plan on pursuing the CFA credential. I’ve enjoyed my time at Boise State and am grateful for the support and guidance I’ve received from my professors and the COBE staff.

  • gilbert wicken

    Gilbert Wilcken

    General Business

    When arriving in Boise seven years ago, I didn’t know I would soon be fulfilling a long-time dream of a college degree through Boise State University and the College of Business and Economics. Starting college as a non-traditional student was scary, until I started attending classes in 2015. The acceptance, encouragement and empowerment given by Boise State staff and students erased my fears, and to them I owe this Signature Student honor. I use the extremely current knowledge I get from COBE courses daily as an aviation maintenance leader. I plan on starting at least one business after graduation. Thanks everyone.

    When arriving in Boise seven years ago, I didn’t know I would soon be fulfilling a long-time dream of a college degree through Boise State University and the College of Business and Economics. Starting college as a non-traditional student was scary, until I started attending classes in 2015. The acceptance, encouragement and empowerment given by Boise State staff and students erased my fears, and to them I owe this Signature Student honor. I use the extremely current knowledge I get from COBE courses daily as an aviation maintenance leader. I plan on starting at least one business after graduation. Thanks everyone.

  • Greg Williams

    Gregory Williams

    General Business

    I began my college experience back in 2012 and quickly realized I was neither interested nor ready for such a commitment. I subsequently found myself enlisted in the military and serving in Afghanistan while most of my friends were earning their degree. A few years later I left the military with a newly discovered passion for learning and re-committed myself to my education. Today I find myself ready to graduate with an HRM and business administration undergraduate degree and waiting to begin the Career Track MBA program this fall. I could not be more grateful for the journey I have had!

    I began my college experience back in 2012 and quickly realized I was neither interested nor ready for such a commitment. I subsequently found myself enlisted in the military and serving in Afghanistan while most of my friends were earning their degree. A few years later I left the military with a newly discovered passion for learning and re-committed myself to my education. Today I find myself ready to graduate with an HRM and business administration undergraduate degree and waiting to begin the Career Track MBA program this fall. I could not be more grateful for the journey I have had!

  • Michelle Wilson, Signature Student, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Michelle Wilson

    Master of Accountancy - Taxation

    I was born and raised in Boise, but only recently returned after doing a stint on both coasts. I earned my Ph.D. in English literature at USC in Los Angeles (where I also taught) before moving to New York to teach at NYU. But the move back to Boise inspired a career shift as well. I’m currently in the Master of Accountancy-Taxation program and hoping to work in public accounting when I graduate. In my spare time (what little there is!), I like to run, read and play with my kiddos.

    I was born and raised in Boise, but only recently returned after doing a stint on both coasts. I earned my Ph.D. in English literature at USC in Los Angeles (where I also taught) before moving to New York to teach at NYU. But the move back to Boise inspired a career shift as well. I’m currently in the Master of Accountancy-Taxation program and hoping to work in public accounting when I graduate. In my spare time (what little there is!), I like to run, read and play with my kiddos.

Fall 2018

  • Holly Bossart

    Holly Bossart

    Economics

    My name is Holly Bossart and I am a Boise native. During my time at Boise State, I’ve been involved as an economics and math tutor and teaching assistant, as well as a research assistant for various projects. My current research projects are on agent-based modeling with Python-based GPUs in the geological sciences, as well as my capstone research on persistent and episodic job insecurity and its effects on the mental well-being of the US labor force. My main interests lie in computational statistics, mental health and health economics, as well as time series analysis and econometrics. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and recipe testing and catching up on Star Wars fan theories. I graduate in the fall of 2019 with majors in applied math and economics, and a minor in computational science and engineering. After my time at Boise State, I will pursue graduate school. The economics department at Boise State has given me amazing opportunities to grow and has become like my family. I can never thank them enough and am humbled to be mentored by the best professors.

    My name is Holly Bossart and I am a Boise native. During my time at Boise State, I’ve been involved as an economics and math tutor and teaching assistant, as well as a research assistant for various projects. My current research projects are on agent-based modeling with Python-based GPUs in the geological sciences, as well as my capstone research on persistent and episodic job insecurity and its effects on the mental well-being of the US labor force. My main interests lie in computational statistics, mental health and health economics, as well as time series analysis and econometrics. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and recipe testing and catching up on Star Wars fan theories. I graduate in the fall of 2019 with majors in applied math and economics, and a minor in computational science and engineering. After my time at Boise State, I will pursue graduate school. The economics department at Boise State has given me amazing opportunities to grow and has become like my family. I can never thank them enough and am humbled to be mentored by the best professors.

  • Kyle Brookman

    Kyle Brookman

    Master of Economics

    I’m currently working on a master of science in economics. I have lived in the Boise area for 25 years and very proud to be a part of this great and growing program. After working full time throughout my undergraduate career, I’m grateful to have a graduate assistantship through the department where I tutor, TA, and assist with research. It’s great to have a platform to do original research as well as work alongside professionals in the field of economics. I enjoy the mix of technical and creative work that’s involved. It’s very exciting to be a part of the first wave of graduate students for the economics department and look forward to the many opportunities this program provides.

    I’m currently working on a master of science in economics. I have lived in the Boise area for 25 years and very proud to be a part of this great and growing program. After working full time throughout my undergraduate career, I’m grateful to have a graduate assistantship through the department where I tutor, TA, and assist with research. It’s great to have a platform to do original research as well as work alongside professionals in the field of economics. I enjoy the mix of technical and creative work that’s involved. It’s very exciting to be a part of the first wave of graduate students for the economics department and look forward to the many opportunities this program provides.

  • Chris Cannon

    Chris Cannon

    Supply Chain Management

    I began my journey at Boise State after completing my associate degree in business at the College of Western Idaho. After taking intro to operations management, I realized that supply chain management was my calling. Throughout my time at Boise State, I’ve had the privilege of learning from the many talented professors that dedicate themselves to the supply chain management and information technology management program and their students. My experience at Boise State has given me the knowledge, tools, and leadership skills that will not only further my career but also my development as a leader in my community. I feel honored to join the ranks of Boise State’s signature students.

    I began my journey at Boise State after completing my associate degree in business at the College of Western Idaho. After taking intro to operations management, I realized that supply chain management was my calling. Throughout my time at Boise State, I’ve had the privilege of learning from the many talented professors that dedicate themselves to the supply chain management and information technology management program and their students. My experience at Boise State has given me the knowledge, tools, and leadership skills that will not only further my career but also my development as a leader in my community. I feel honored to join the ranks of Boise State’s signature students.

  • Alexis Cordell

    Alexis Cordell

    Marketing

    I am a third-year marketing student from St. Maries, Idaho. I aspire to work in marketing and outreach for a company or organization that strives to make a positive social or environmental impact. I was a member of the College of Business and Economics Living Learning Community for two years, and within College of Business and Economics, I am involved in Business Professionals of America, Women of the Workplace, and the American Marketing Association, as well as various other organizations on campus.

    I am a third-year marketing student from St. Maries, Idaho. I aspire to work in marketing and outreach for a company or organization that strives to make a positive social or environmental impact. I was a member of the College of Business and Economics Living Learning Community for two years, and within College of Business and Economics, I am involved in Business Professionals of America, Women of the Workplace, and the American Marketing Association, as well as various other organizations on campus.

  • rick cota

    Rick Cota

    Information Technology Management

    I’m from Seattle but have been living in Boise since Micron recruited me as a software developer back in 2001. I had the opportunity to speak with former CEO Steve Appleton a few times when I worked at Micron. I’m grateful for the opportunity Micron provided me as it ultimately lead me to fulfill my goal of obtaining a degree. Now, I respectfully fist bump the Appleton statue on my way into classes at the College of Business and Economics. I’ve had a good career in information technology as a self-taught computer programmer, but I wanted to start college before my son did. I started taking 2 classes a semester 7 years ago while working full time to accomplish this goal. My son has since graduated from Boise State with a degree in civil engineering and I am continuing to work toward a bachelor’s of business administration in information technology management. I currently work at the Idaho Department of Labor as a project manager in information technology.

    I’m from Seattle but have been living in Boise since Micron recruited me as a software developer back in 2001. I had the opportunity to speak with former CEO Steve Appleton a few times when I worked at Micron. I’m grateful for the opportunity Micron provided me as it ultimately lead me to fulfill my goal of obtaining a degree. Now, I respectfully fist bump the Appleton statue on my way into classes at the College of Business and Economics. I’ve had a good career in information technology as a self-taught computer programmer, but I wanted to start college before my son did. I started taking 2 classes a semester 7 years ago while working full time to accomplish this goal. My son has since graduated from Boise State with a degree in civil engineering and I am continuing to work toward a bachelor’s of business administration in information technology management. I currently work at the Idaho Department of Labor as a project manager in information technology.

  • aaron denagy

    Aaron Dengay

    Entrepreneurship Management

    I was raised in Idaho Falls, and throughout my childhood had the dream of becoming a businessman. I didn’t want to be a firefighter or superhero as many of my friends did. I wanted to be an entrepreneur! Well, it came time to go to college, and I decided to pursue a degree in entrepreneurship management at Boise State. I spent my freshman year in the College of Business and Economics Living Learning Community. Through this program, I gained lifelong friendships and was able to get hands-on business experience in the College of Business and Economics LivingCafé. The Living Learning Community program was one I believed in so much that I decided to come back to serve as a Peer Mentor for the 2016-2017 school year. It was very rewarding to be able to positively impact students’ lives and help put them on the road to success. Despite moving across the state, my wanderlust still wasn’t sated. To satisfy my cravings for adventure, in the spring of 2018, I decided to study abroad at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. While there, I made lifelong friends and had the opportunity to explore the culture and customs of another country. It was a very powerful learning experience and it really expanded my worldview. I intend to graduate in the spring of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship management. I am very grateful for my time at Boise State. It has been full of learning and growth. I will look back on my experiences here fondly as they have molded me and set me on course for a happy, successful life.

    I was raised in Idaho Falls, and throughout my childhood had the dream of becoming a businessman. I didn’t want to be a firefighter or superhero as many of my friends did. I wanted to be an entrepreneur! Well, it came time to go to college, and I decided to pursue a degree in entrepreneurship management at Boise State. I spent my freshman year in the College of Business and Economics Living Learning Community. Through this program, I gained lifelong friendships and was able to get hands-on business experience in the College of Business and Economics LivingCafé. The Living Learning Community program was one I believed in so much that I decided to come back to serve as a Peer Mentor for the 2016-2017 school year. It was very rewarding to be able to positively impact students’ lives and help put them on the road to success. Despite moving across the state, my wanderlust still wasn’t sated. To satisfy my cravings for adventure, in the spring of 2018, I decided to study abroad at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. While there, I made lifelong friends and had the opportunity to explore the culture and customs of another country. It was a very powerful learning experience and it really expanded my worldview. I intend to graduate in the spring of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship management. I am very grateful for my time at Boise State. It has been full of learning and growth. I will look back on my experiences here fondly as they have molded me and set me on course for a happy, successful life.

  • Linnaea Elzinga

    Linnea Elizinga

    General Business

    I am honored to be selected for the College of Business and Economics Signature Student award! I am an Idaho native raised on a ranch in the craggy canyons of outback Idaho. After receiving an excellent education from home, I opted to pursue a general business and entrepreneurship management degree here at Boise State. I have been fortunate to benefit from some outstanding College of Business and Economics faculty, interesting electives, and my involvement in the Honors College. After my graduation next winter, I plan to use my business degree to help make environmentally sustainable agriculture not merely an inspirational idea but also an economic success.

    I am honored to be selected for the College of Business and Economics Signature Student award! I am an Idaho native raised on a ranch in the craggy canyons of outback Idaho. After receiving an excellent education from home, I opted to pursue a general business and entrepreneurship management degree here at Boise State. I have been fortunate to benefit from some outstanding College of Business and Economics faculty, interesting electives, and my involvement in the Honors College. After my graduation next winter, I plan to use my business degree to help make environmentally sustainable agriculture not merely an inspirational idea but also an economic success.

  • matthew kline

    Matthew Kline

    Master of Business Administration - Career Track

    As a student in the career track MBA program, I feel a strong sense of pride. I entered the career track program with a bachelor of science degree from the College of Idaho. It has been my privilege to serve as the President of the Boise State MBA Student Association. In my current role as the assistant administrator of Foxtail Senior Living and Memory Care, I am already experiencing the value of the knowledge I have learned in this program. I am truly humbled to be named a signature student for this valuable program.

    As a student in the career track MBA program, I feel a strong sense of pride. I entered the career track program with a bachelor of science degree from the College of Idaho. It has been my privilege to serve as the President of the Boise State MBA Student Association. In my current role as the assistant administrator of Foxtail Senior Living and Memory Care, I am already experiencing the value of the knowledge I have learned in this program. I am truly humbled to be named a signature student for this valuable program.

  • Tanner LaBarge

    Tanner LaBarge

    Marketing

    Hello! My name is Tanner LaBarge. I’m an Idaho native and have lived in Boise all my life. I am going to graduate with a marketing BBA in the Spring of 2019. I absolutely love marketing at the College of Business and Economics because they provide such good opportunities and growth inside the field. I credit much of my personal and professional development to the faculty in the College of Business and Economics for teaching me valuable lessons for my future. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has made my adventures at Boise State University so rewarding.

    Hello! My name is Tanner LaBarge. I’m an Idaho native and have lived in Boise all my life. I am going to graduate with a marketing BBA in the Spring of 2019. I absolutely love marketing at the College of Business and Economics because they provide such good opportunities and growth inside the field. I credit much of my personal and professional development to the faculty in the College of Business and Economics for teaching me valuable lessons for my future. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has made my adventures at Boise State University so rewarding.

  • Braden Luper

    Braden Luper

    Finance

    I am a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in accounting. This fall I started an internship at Grigg, Bratton, & Brash where I assist with audit planning and work paper preparation to help serve our clients in the affordable housing industry. After transferring to Boise State to begin my sophomore year, I knew that I had made the right decision. The College of Business and Economics is well-equipped with an outstanding faculty and a plethora of resources available to students in all departments. It is an honor to be selected by the department of finance as a signature student, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

    I am a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in accounting. This fall I started an internship at Grigg, Bratton, & Brash where I assist with audit planning and work paper preparation to help serve our clients in the affordable housing industry. After transferring to Boise State to begin my sophomore year, I knew that I had made the right decision. The College of Business and Economics is well-equipped with an outstanding faculty and a plethora of resources available to students in all departments. It is an honor to be selected by the department of finance as a signature student, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

  • Patrick McCuistion

    Patrick McCuistion

    Business and Economic Analytics

    Traveling to Boise from Battle Ground, Washington, I started my journey at Boise State two years ago. After countless hours in the classroom, incredible job opportunities with professors, and memories that I will hold on to dearly for the rest of my life, I can say that I am truly proud to be a Bronco. While I am at the College of Business and Economics, I am studying business and economic analytics with minors in music, computer science, and applied mathematics. The College of Business and Economics has opened countless opportunities for me to grow in my passions and I am honored to be a part of this university community.

    Traveling to Boise from Battle Ground, Washington, I started my journey at Boise State two years ago. After countless hours in the classroom, incredible job opportunities with professors, and memories that I will hold on to dearly for the rest of my life, I can say that I am truly proud to be a Bronco. While I am at the College of Business and Economics, I am studying business and economic analytics with minors in music, computer science, and applied mathematics. The College of Business and Economics has opened countless opportunities for me to grow in my passions and I am honored to be a part of this university community.

  • ryan mitchell

    Ryan Mitchell

    General Business

    Being recognized as a signature student is less a reflection myself but more of those who have surrounded me prior to and throughout my experience at Boise State. I specifically would like to thank my family and friends who consistently drive me to be the best version of myself daily. I am most grateful that Boise State has provided me with an experience that has extended far beyond the classroom- as the memories I have made during my time here will stick with me for the rest of my life. I will use my fantastic college experiences to help guide me in being the most positive influence on the world that I can be as I transition into a new stage of my life next May.

    Being recognized as a signature student is less a reflection myself but more of those who have surrounded me prior to and throughout my experience at Boise State. I specifically would like to thank my family and friends who consistently drive me to be the best version of myself daily. I am most grateful that Boise State has provided me with an experience that has extended far beyond the classroom- as the memories I have made during my time here will stick with me for the rest of my life. I will use my fantastic college experiences to help guide me in being the most positive influence on the world that I can be as I transition into a new stage of my life next May.

  • Bryce Morrison

    Bryce Morrison

    Master of Accountancy

    I am graduating in December of 2018 with my master’s of science in accountancy. After growing up in Harlingen, Texas, I moved to Rexburg, Idaho to finish my undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I have genuinely enjoyed being a part of the master’s of science in accountancy program at Boise State University and my time with Beta Alpha Psi. I’m very grateful for the resources provided and connections made through the College of Business and Economics, and I look forward to my upcoming opportunities as a Boise State alumnus. I am also very much looking forward to the birth of my daughter this December.

    I am graduating in December of 2018 with my master’s of science in accountancy. After growing up in Harlingen, Texas, I moved to Rexburg, Idaho to finish my undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I have genuinely enjoyed being a part of the master’s of science in accountancy program at Boise State University and my time with Beta Alpha Psi. I’m very grateful for the resources provided and connections made through the College of Business and Economics, and I look forward to my upcoming opportunities as a Boise State alumnus. I am also very much looking forward to the birth of my daughter this December.

  • Patrick Musgrove

    Patrick Musgrove

    Accountancy

    I am an undergraduate senior finishing 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 in the Spring. I have had the privilege of serving as the VP of Service Activities at Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) for the fall semester. I earned the Outstanding Service Award during the Spring semester by completing over 30 hours of service. My goal is to provide valuable service activities for BAP members and set an example for all College of Business and Economics students by building upon my excellent record of community service.

    I am an undergraduate senior finishing 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 in the Spring. I have had the privilege of serving as the VP of Service Activities at Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) for the fall semester. I earned the Outstanding Service Award during the Spring semester by completing over 30 hours of service. My goal is to provide valuable service activities for BAP members and set an example for all College of Business and Economics students by building upon my excellent record of community service.

  • Trung Pham

    Trung Pham

    Economics

    Prior to attendance at Boise State University, I was an active duty U.S. Marine. My time in the Corps taught me a great deal about leadership and to be objective oriented. Though the transition from military to academia was not smooth sailing, the faculty of Boise State, especially those of the College of Business and Economics, eased the process tremendously. My studies at university, particularly economics, have provided me additional skills in qualitative and quantitative analyses with wide application. All else equal, I shall graduate spring 2019. Thereafter, I intend to pursue my graduate degree before returning to the labor force.

    Prior to attendance at Boise State University, I was an active duty U.S. Marine. My time in the Corps taught me a great deal about leadership and to be objective oriented. Though the transition from military to academia was not smooth sailing, the faculty of Boise State, especially those of the College of Business and Economics, eased the process tremendously. My studies at university, particularly economics, have provided me additional skills in qualitative and quantitative analyses with wide application. All else equal, I shall graduate spring 2019. Thereafter, I intend to pursue my graduate degree before returning to the labor force.

  • Silvia rosales

    Silvia Rosales

    Human Resource Management

    My name is Silvia Rosales, and I have been a student at Boise State for three semesters. Prior to attending school at Boise State, I was enrolled at College of Southern Idaho, where I obtained my associate’s degree in general business. Because I am married and have a beautiful daughter, who will be graduating high school this year, I decided I needed to pursue my studies without having to uproot my family. I learned that Boise State offered many programs through the College of Southern Idaho, so I enrolled in the business administration program. I have also decided to dual major with a degree in human resource management. The experience through Boise State and the College of Business and Economics has been gratifying and convenient.

    My name is Silvia Rosales, and I have been a student at Boise State for three semesters. Prior to attending school at Boise State, I was enrolled at College of Southern Idaho, where I obtained my associate’s degree in general business. Because I am married and have a beautiful daughter, who will be graduating high school this year, I decided I needed to pursue my studies without having to uproot my family. I learned that Boise State offered many programs through the College of Southern Idaho, so I enrolled in the business administration program. I have also decided to dual major with a degree in human resource management. The experience through Boise State and the College of Business and Economics has been gratifying and convenient.

  • Sydney Stone

    Sydney Stone

    Finance

    Originally from Alaska, I moved to Boise to complete a BBA in accountancy and finance. Since becoming a College of Business and Economics student, I have been provided many opportunities. I enjoyed firm visits with Beta Alpha Psi, tutoring students as a learning assistant, and holding officer positions in Beta Gamma Sigma. After my experience as a tax intern with KPMG, I plan on working in public accounting after graduation in Spring 2019. Thank you to the professors and staff for professional advice and guidance. I am honored to receive this recognition.

    Originally from Alaska, I moved to Boise to complete a BBA in accountancy and finance. Since becoming a College of Business and Economics student, I have been provided many opportunities. I enjoyed firm visits with Beta Alpha Psi, tutoring students as a learning assistant, and holding officer positions in Beta Gamma Sigma. After my experience as a tax intern with KPMG, I plan on working in public accounting after graduation in Spring 2019. Thank you to the professors and staff for professional advice and guidance. I am honored to receive this recognition.

  • Lucas Swope

    Lucas Swope

    International Business

    During my gap year before Boise State University, I worked in Kenya as a sustainability intern, after which I served in AmeriCorps’ FEMA Corps. Freshman year I joined Boise State’s Honors College. Sophomore year, I helped start a now successful 501-c3; Boise All-ages Movement Project, a community project dedicated to music and arts. Junior year, I attended a French language intensive in the South of France with USAC. Senior year, I was an inaugural cohort member of Asia Global Biztech in Taiwan. Now I am Director of Development for NexCOBOT, an American/Taiwanese robotics company.

    During my gap year before Boise State University, I worked in Kenya as a sustainability intern, after which I served in AmeriCorps’ FEMA Corps. Freshman year I joined Boise State’s Honors College. Sophomore year, I helped start a now successful 501-c3; Boise All-ages Movement Project, a community project dedicated to music and arts. Junior year, I attended a French language intensive in the South of France with USAC. Senior year, I was an inaugural cohort member of Asia Global Biztech in Taiwan. Now I am Director of Development for NexCOBOT, an American/Taiwanese robotics company.

  • Matt Twiss

    Matt Twiss

    Accountancy

    I plan to graduate in the Spring of 2018 with my bachelor’s of science in accountancy and continue to earn my master’s of science in accountancy – taxation next year. I love being involved with the culture at Boise State and the opportunities that it provides. I am currently working part-time at American Independent Securities Group, involved in officer positions in Beta Alpha Psi and the Boise State Water Polo Club, and tutor in the athletic department. I would like to thank my family, friends, professors, and all the staff at Boise State for helping me achieve all my goals.

    I plan to graduate in the Spring of 2018 with my bachelor’s of science in accountancy and continue to earn my master’s of science in accountancy – taxation next year. I love being involved with the culture at Boise State and the opportunities that it provides. I am currently working part-time at American Independent Securities Group, involved in officer positions in Beta Alpha Psi and the Boise State Water Polo Club, and tutor in the athletic department. I would like to thank my family, friends, professors, and all the staff at Boise State for helping me achieve all my goals.

  • kamila van horn

    Kamila Van Horn

    Master of Accountancy - Taxation

    During my gap year before Boise State University, I worked in Kenya as a sustainability intern, after which I served in AmeriCorps’ FEMA Corps. Freshman year I joined Boise State’s Honors College. Sophomore year, I helped start a now successful 501-c3; Boise All-ages Movement Project, a community project dedicated to music and arts. Junior year, I attended a French language intensive in the South of France with USAC. Senior year, I was an inaugural cohort member of Asia Global Biztech in Taiwan. Now I am Director of Development for NexCOBOT, an American/Taiwanese robotics company.

    During my gap year before Boise State University, I worked in Kenya as a sustainability intern, after which I served in AmeriCorps’ FEMA Corps. Freshman year I joined Boise State’s Honors College. Sophomore year, I helped start a now successful 501-c3; Boise All-ages Movement Project, a community project dedicated to music and arts. Junior year, I attended a French language intensive in the South of France with USAC. Senior year, I was an inaugural cohort member of Asia Global Biztech in Taiwan. Now I am Director of Development for NexCOBOT, an American/Taiwanese robotics company.

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