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Located in Sawtooth Hall

Adventure Idaho

The Adventure Idaho Living Learning Community (AIC) combines outdoor activities – hiking, biking, camping, etc., and academic skills to help first-year students transition into college life.  The AIC will use the natural world as their classroom, a place in which students can learn to enjoy richer, more fulfilling lives.

Why You Should Apply

This community is for students who have a taste for adventure, hope to meet new friends, and want to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world. In this community, students can expect lively conversations while sitting around a campfire and discussing topics ranging from lyric poetry to the history of the West.  The Adventure Idaho LLC is a community of learners who are committed to thoughtful engagement with the world.

All majors are welcome (including undecided).

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Community Events

Large-scale activities include camping in the nearby desert, hiking in the Sawtooth mountains, and floating down the Boise River. The AIC will take advantage of urban adventures such as strolls through downtown Boise, community speakers in the park, and cultural activities sponsored by Boise State University.

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Curriculum

Weekly classes will include readings and discussions. Topics will vary depending upon our planned adventures; however, students can expect to examine the history and geography of Idaho.  Additional classes will include information related to the physical and mental benefits of outdoor recreation.

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Faculty

  • Dr. Rulon Wood

    Faculty-in-Residence, Faculty in the Department of Communication and Media

    Dr. Rulon “Ru” Wood is an educator and filmmaker who loves the outdoors. He began his educational career at Utah State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Literature. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Ru worked as a film researcher on several network television programs that aired on the CBS network. Believe it or not, he actually spent three years getting paid to investigate alien abductions. No kidding.

    He then began graduate studies at Utah State University where he completed a Master’s degree in English, with an emphasis in writing, and an Ed.S. degree in instructional technology, with an emphasis in interactive multimedia/learning technologies. During his studies at Utah State, Ru was selected as the outstanding scholar (Ed.S.) in Instructional Technology (1999). Ru continued his education with an M.F.A. degree in film studies and production at the University of Utah (2003). And in 2011, he completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah.

    Since joining the faculty at Boise State, he has worked with various student groups, including the Film Club and student-run film festival. As a life-long learner, Ru is committed to being an engaged member of the COAS LLC, and is excited to be serving as a Faculty-in-Residence after 3 semesters as the Faculty-out-of-Residence.

    Contact Dr. Wood: rulonwood@boisestate.edu

    Dr. Rulon “Ru” Wood is an educator and filmmaker who loves the outdoors. He began his educational career at Utah State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Literature. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Ru worked as a film researcher on several network television programs that aired on the CBS network. Believe it or not, he actually spent three years getting paid to investigate alien abductions. No kidding.

    He then began graduate studies at Utah State University where he completed a Master’s degree in English, with an emphasis in writing, and an Ed.S. degree in instructional technology, with an emphasis in interactive multimedia/learning technologies. During his studies at Utah State, Ru was selected as the outstanding scholar (Ed.S.) in Instructional Technology (1999). Ru continued his education with an M.F.A. degree in film studies and production at the University of Utah (2003). And in 2011, he completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah.

    Since joining the faculty at Boise State, he has worked with various student groups, including the Film Club and student-run film festival. As a life-long learner, Ru is committed to being an engaged member of the COAS LLC, and is excited to be serving as a Faculty-in-Residence after 3 semesters as the Faculty-out-of-Residence.

    Contact Dr. Wood: rulonwood@boisestate.edu

  • Brian Thompson

    Faculty-out-of-Residence, Assistant Director and Clinical Professor for the LEAD Program

    Brian is the Assistant Director and Clinical Professor for the LEAD Program in the School of Public Service. Before coming to higher education, he spent ~20 years working for several large companies as a leadership development professional where he had the opportunity to travel across the country and internationally teaching leadership skills to executives, healthcare providers, and front-line leaders in several industries.

    He and his wife, Dalana, have two kids. Their son was in the LLP during his first-year at Boise State and now lives in Austin, TX, where he is a musician and studying sound engineering. His daughter is a current Bronco!

    When not working, you can usually find Brian and his wife in the Oregon mountains, on a lake, or on the coast. They love to travel, find new adventures, and experience new foods wherever they go. He is an avid baseball fan (go Red Sox!) and is working on his goal to watch an MLB game at every ballpark and is about halfway to that goal.

    He is thrilled to be a part of the AIC and share his love of adventure with students!

    Contact Brian Thompson: brianthompson@boisestate.edu

    Brian is the Assistant Director and Clinical Professor for the LEAD Program in the School of Public Service. Before coming to higher education, he spent ~20 years working for several large companies as a leadership development professional where he had the opportunity to travel across the country and internationally teaching leadership skills to executives, healthcare providers, and front-line leaders in several industries.

    He and his wife, Dalana, have two kids. Their son was in the LLP during his first-year at Boise State and now lives in Austin, TX, where he is a musician and studying sound engineering. His daughter is a current Bronco!

    When not working, you can usually find Brian and his wife in the Oregon mountains, on a lake, or on the coast. They love to travel, find new adventures, and experience new foods wherever they go. He is an avid baseball fan (go Red Sox!) and is working on his goal to watch an MLB game at every ballpark and is about halfway to that goal.

    He is thrilled to be a part of the AIC and share his love of adventure with students!

    Contact Brian Thompson: brianthompson@boisestate.edu