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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.

Located in Sawtooth Hall

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

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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

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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

  • Richard St. Ofle

    Richard St. Ofle

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

    Richard St. Ofle is a dedicated educator and accomplished screenwriter/filmmaker with a strong commitment to advancing diversity and equity in both the film industry and academia. He holds an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from USC and a double BA in Rhetoric and Film from UC Berkeley.

    Richard is a published novelist, contributing as a screenwriter on projects like Fox’s series Bones, and served as Executive Producer of a Sundance Film Institute Indigenous Film.

    Richard is a staunch advocate for diversity in the entertainment industry. He actively promotes blind casting and advocates for authentic representation in film, highlighting diverse narratives including LGBTQIA+, People of Color, Women of Color, and differently-abled actors.

    Richard is an avid outdoorsman and international traveler, who is fluent in French and can make a campfire from scratch.

    Contact Richard: richardstofle@boisestate.edu

    Richard St. Ofle is a dedicated educator and accomplished screenwriter/filmmaker with a strong commitment to advancing diversity and equity in both the film industry and academia. He holds an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from USC and a double BA in Rhetoric and Film from UC Berkeley.

    Richard is a published novelist, contributing as a screenwriter on projects like Fox’s series Bones, and served as Executive Producer of a Sundance Film Institute Indigenous Film.

    Richard is a staunch advocate for diversity in the entertainment industry. He actively promotes blind casting and advocates for authentic representation in film, highlighting diverse narratives including LGBTQIA+, People of Color, Women of Color, and differently-abled actors.

    Richard is an avid outdoorsman and international traveler, who is fluent in French and can make a campfire from scratch.

    Contact Richard: richardstofle@boisestate.edu

  • Dr. Matt Hansen with family members posing in front of scenic mountain

    Dr. Matt Hansen

    Faculty-out-of-Residence, Professor in the Department of English Literature

    Dr. Matt Hansen is a Shakespeare scholar and world-traveler. He loves exploring the outdoors, hiking, biking, paddling and has done so in more than 25 countries.

    After graduating from High School in Fremont, Nebraska, Matt attended Washington & Lee University, a small liberal arts college in Lexington, Virginia where he majored in English literature. He spent his summers working as canoe guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota. Matt put his English degree to work at an advertising agency in Manhattan for a year and a half before pursuing a Master’s degree focused on Shakespeare at Oxford University in England. He taught English and led kayaking adventures for a year at a boys’ boarding school in England before returning to Nebraska for a Ph.D. in English.  Matt completed his Ph.D. and joined the English literature faculty at Boise State in 2005.

    In Matt’s ENGLIT 345 – Shakespeare class each Spring, students are invited to learn by doing through an innovative service-learning project called “Shake It Up After School.” For five weeks, Matt and his students teach Shakespeare to local elementary school students by coaching them to prepare a one-hour performance version of one of Shakespeare’s plays.

    Matt frequently observes “every day I ride my bike is a good day.” A dedicated bike commuter, Matt also enjoys single tracks and is an avid skier. He is excited to join the Adventure Idaho Community as Faculty-out-of-Residence starting in Fall 2023.

    Contact Dr. Hansen: matthewhansen@boisestate.edu

    Dr. Matt Hansen is a Shakespeare scholar and world-traveler. He loves exploring the outdoors, hiking, biking, paddling and has done so in more than 25 countries.

    After graduating from High School in Fremont, Nebraska, Matt attended Washington & Lee University, a small liberal arts college in Lexington, Virginia where he majored in English literature. He spent his summers working as canoe guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota. Matt put his English degree to work at an advertising agency in Manhattan for a year and a half before pursuing a Master’s degree focused on Shakespeare at Oxford University in England. He taught English and led kayaking adventures for a year at a boys’ boarding school in England before returning to Nebraska for a Ph.D. in English.  Matt completed his Ph.D. and joined the English literature faculty at Boise State in 2005.

    In Matt’s ENGLIT 345 – Shakespeare class each Spring, students are invited to learn by doing through an innovative service-learning project called “Shake It Up After School.” For five weeks, Matt and his students teach Shakespeare to local elementary school students by coaching them to prepare a one-hour performance version of one of Shakespeare’s plays.

    Matt frequently observes “every day I ride my bike is a good day.” A dedicated bike commuter, Matt also enjoys single tracks and is an avid skier. He is excited to join the Adventure Idaho Community as Faculty-out-of-Residence starting in Fall 2023.

    Contact Dr. Hansen: matthewhansen@boisestate.edu