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2020 Campus Award Winners

Commitment to Community Award

Broncos define success not wholly by their personal accomplishments, but by what they do for others. This award is for Broncos who have inspired action in one another to serve and bring about positive change together.

Winner: Genesis Community Health Spanish Team

This group of four World Languages students is dedicated to helping Spanish-speaking patients of Genesis Community Health. They interpret, translate clinic documents and emails, schedule patients, track referrals and otherwise help serve low-income and uninsured patients of the clinic.

Winner: Multilingual Student Alliance

A peer support network serving students from refugee and immigrant backgrounds, they’ve spent the year developing connections with community partners and becoming a valuable resource for local refugees.

David S. Taylor Service to Students

This award, in honor of former Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. David S. Taylor, recognizes an outstanding faculty or staff member who is committed to impacting the lives of students; extending student learning beyond the classroom; inspiring students to see what is possible; and seeking innovative ways to serve students in the 21st century.

Winner: Dr. Andrew “Andy” Giacomazzi

Dr. Andrew “Andy” Giacomazzi has many titles: professor, mentor, advisor, leader, student advocate. He created the faculty-in-resident position for the Leadership and Engagement Living Learning Community and served in the role. His ten nominators noted his consistent work empowering and supporting students.

Student Employee of the Year

Broncos who serve Boise State as student employees see what they do as a chance to contribute to the school they call home adding value to the university through hard work. This award is for Broncos who approach their employment as a path to make themselves and our institution better.

Winner: Emily Hester

Emily, the Campus Food Pantry operations and sustainability coordinator, is passionate about helping students in need. She continually inspires her co-workers to be involved in the community and on campus, and she’s an exceptional example of dedication and compassion for those around her.

Emerging Leader

It is vital in the 21st century job market to know what it means to lead: to model the way, to inspire others to act, to challenge the process, and to take risks. This award is for students who are charting intentional paths where they learn what it means to lead.

Winner: Ryann Banks

Ryann Banks, the incoming next ASBSU Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, pours her energy into making Boise State a more inclusive community. She organized a rally at the capitol and the MLK Living Legacy march, and she is committed to being an ally and lifting up others around her.

Student Organization Advisor of the Year

Student organization advisors mentor, teach, and challenge their students not to accept what is, but to explore what could be. This award is for an advisor dedicated to changing the lives of students involved in student organizations.

Winner: Taylor Christenson

As the advisor for Panhellenic Council, Taylor Christenson provides insight and ideas for cultivating a healthy and supportive community at Boise State. As her nominator says, it is easy to see her “passion for leading and inspiring students of the Greek community to take ownership and pride in their college experience.” She views the student organization experience from all angles supporting students academically and personally.

Program of the Year

Broncos make a difference on campus and in the community by creating activities, events, and programs that open minds and inspire hearts. This award is for students who have created something that made a significant impact on the campus community.

Winner: White Women and Racial Justice, Kameelah Diaz and Jasper Varley, Gender Equity Center

In program evaluations, participants noted White Women and Racial Justice program, hosted by Kemeelah Diaz and Jasper Varley, had a huge impact on attendees. The excellent facilitators handled all questions with kindness.

Inclusive Excellence Awards

At Boise State, we believe that we can be and do more when we move beyond just being individuals. This is inclusive excellence. These awards are for a student, staff, faculty member, or group who are action-oriented, equity-minded, and committed to creating a campus environment that reflects inclusive excellence at Boise State.

Winner: Campus Recreation’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee

From strengthening outreach to underrepresented communities, to designing a departmental training curriculum on inclusion, sharing land acknowledgement on outdoor trips, and collaborating with campus partners to create inclusive programs, the Campus Recreation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has worked hard to challenge norms and make Campus Recreation an inclusive and equity-minded organization.

Winner: Dr. Soo Jeoung “Crystal” Han

Dr. Soo Jeoung “Crystal” Han has focused her research on diversity, inclusion, multidisciplinary teams, women’s leadership, and culturally diverse teams. Her passion for social justice, diversity and inclusion led her to help bring “Invent for the Planet” to Boise State, giving students across campus the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds to solve high-impact, global problems.

Winner: Grace Beltramo

From developing land acknowledgement resources for outdoor guides to collaborating with campus departments to build inclusive programs, Grace Beltramo demonstrates a strong, steady commitment to social justice. She has helped Campus Recreation – and especially the Outdoor Program – create a more inclusive environment.

Spirit of Boise State Awards

These students create a better future through an unwavering commitment to innovation and fresh ideas. This award is for students who best exemplify the true spirit and values of this institution.

Winner: Daniele Moro

A nationally recognized Goldwater Scholar, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute Summer Scholar, Kleiner Perkins Fellow, and Googler, Daniele takes on bold projects that have global impact. His commitment to empowering the communities around him has created an uncharted legacy of student impact at Boise State and beyond.

Winner: Ian Pickens

Ian is a selfless student who commits much of his time to serving his community through: service learning classes, the LeaderShape Institute, Catalyst leadership program, Boise State Bee Team, ASBSU General Assembly, ASBSU Ethics Committee. Ian enhances the quality of student life, and upholds what it means to be a Bronco.

Winner: Kaleb Smith

The most common theme used to describe Kaleb’s work is lifting others up. Serving two years as the ASBSU President, he is directly involved in important new initiatives on campus such as the Food Pantry, sustainability initiatives, and Open Educational Resources. Kaleb has been an empowering voice of the student body, and embodies Bronco spirit.

Winner: Mikayla Melchert

As ASBSU Vice President, Mikayla has led assembly meetings, elections, and created a panel around open educational resources. Without such a dedicated member of the campus community, this university would not be the same. Her nominator said, “I know no one who cares more about the students of this university and the values of the institution more than Mikayla does for Boise State.”

Winner: Reegan Jacobson

As the ASBSU Ethics Officer, Reegan has continuously made ASBSU and Boise State a better place and organization for all students. He displays commitment to serving students through respectful and fair responses to ASBSU Code challenges and inquiries. His nominators highlighted his ability to build trust across campus.

Winner: Sierra Sandison

Sierra Sandison is a true example of Bronco Spirit. Not only is she a top student in Mechanical Engineering, she is also a published author, undergraduate researcher, and a nationally recognized advocate for those with chronic medical conditions and medical devices.

Winner: Tyler Chapman

Tyler Chapman epitomizes academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and a spirit of community service. His work in various departments across campus has been recognized for creating a more open, inclusive and engaging environment.

Past Campus Awards Winners


Campus Awards

Do you know someone who rises above all the rest in making a difference?

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  • Commitment to Community
  • Advisor of the Year
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Davis S. Taylor Service to Students Award
  • Program of the Year
  • Inclusive Excellence Award
  • Spirit of Boise State Awards
  • Outstanding Student Employee of the Year