I’m amazed daily at the ways Boise State faculty, staff, researchers, students, and alumni have come together and found effective, innovative solutions in short order to help our communities overcome challenges we’ve all faced during this global pandemic.
Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university have contributed nearly $30,000 toward the Dean of Students Emergency Assistance Fund. Idaho Central Credit Union provided $10,000 toward the fund through the sponsorship of esports events. The fund is allocated to help students who experience hardship due to unexpected emergencies. In the past two months, more than 150 students have been granted funds for use in housing, transportation, food, utilities, and medical expenses. The majority of the funds are from donor support, and we appreciate all that you have done for our students in need.
In addition to helping students, many of you have supported our Library MakerLab and College of Engineering. This support provided supplies for their 3D printers to produce over a thousand face shields for local health-care providers. The need was immediate. The response was impactful. Thank you.
Other Boise State-driven responses to community needs during this global pandemic include the Department of Respiratory Care’s distribution of ventilators to area health care providers, masks made by faculty from the Theatre Arts and Costume Design Department, and the Library’s Literacy Lab providing resources for parents teaching youth at home. Boise State has been here to serve the Idaho community and will continue to serve as we move forward beyond this global pandemic to a new future with endless possibilities.
We’ve already begun looking forward to the future of the university with plans to continue our unique trajectory. It has marked our growth and development from a community college to a four-year university to a doctoral institution of high research activity. As we begin our strategic planning process for our next chapter at Boise State, President Marlene Tromp has identified several areas vital to the university’s success.
Fostering student success remains a top priority for the university. When U.S. News and World Report named Boise State one of the nation’s Most Innovative Universities in 2019, we knew that we were on track to continue developing innovative teaching methods that impact student success. We are developing new models of education that will lead and enhance global education outcomes.
As a Doctoral Research University, as named by the Carnegie Foundation, we’ll continue to expand our research enterprise by developing new areas of promise that not only impact scientific outcomes but enhance our teaching and service globally.
The impact of what happens at Boise State, and the success of our alumni, is felt around the world. Our research touches the lives of our global citizenry. But we also understand that as a state institution, success begins at home.
We’re committed to ensuring all Idaho citizens have the opportunity to achieve their higher education goals. Our commitment to helping Idaho thrive begins with us serving students from rural areas of the Gem state. The Boise State Community Impact Program provides unique educational opportunities for rural communities to participate in developing new internships and hands-on opportunities for rural students in their home regions.
While our lives are much different than they were just 90 days ago, it has been inspiring to see our entire Boise State community respond. We are shaping the future of the university in the most extraordinary of times – and we could not do it without your partnership. Thank you for your support and for all you do for Boise State!
Matthew N. Ewing
Vice President for University Advancement