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College of Business and Economics

The COBE Living Learning Community (LLC) provides driven first-year business students with a unique on-campus housing option that connects academic life to life outside the classroom. COBE LLC students live in a residence hall with other students majoring in business and a Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) who leads the community through an exceptional first-year college experience.

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Why You Should Apply

If you are a hard-working high school student engaged in extracurricular activities, you should apply to the COBE Living Learning Community. The COBE LLC offers first-year students the opportunity to accelerate learning and development through early exposure to faculty, campus resources, degree pathways, and engagement with the local community. In addition, parents appreciate the high retention rate, consistent academic success, and high graduation rates associated with students who participate in the Living Learning program.

All business-related majors are welcome.

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Community Events

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The COBE LLC visits local companies, volunteers for community nonprofits, and participates in community-building activities.

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Curriculum

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COBE LLC’s curriculum focuses on the development of hard and soft skills needed to succeed in college and in business. We evaluated over 10,000 entry-level job postings to identify the top skills employers seek from recent college graduates. We established the COBE LLC learning goals and program activities to deliver those skills. 

Here is a selection of learning objectives for the COBE LLC:

  • Demonstrate effective planning and time management practices.
  • Demonstrate standards of professionalism expected in college and business environments.
  • Identify effective leadership, teamwork, and conflict management skills.
  • Identify key campus resources to support student success and well-being.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate ideas effectively using written reports and oral presentations.
  • Develop interpersonal skills necessary to engage in healthy relationships and inclusive communities.
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Faculty

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    Marshiela Banner

    Faculty-in-Residence, Lecturer of Business Communication with the Marketing Department

    Marshiela is a Business Communication lecturer in the COBE Department of Marketing. She has a master’s degree in communication from Boise State University and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Brigham Young University. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration at Boise State with an expected graduation date of May 2025.

    Before joining the marketing faculty at BSU, Marshiela taught a range of college courses including advertising, marketing, consumer behavior, business communication, teamwork dynamics, and mass media studies. Marshiela especially enjoys helping students gain skills and confidence as they connect learning with real-world experience. She is excited for this new adventure working in the Living and Learning Community as a Faculty in Residence with the opportunity to more fully explore connections between classroom learning and engagement in the business world.

    When she is not teaching, Marshiela enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and family. She and her husband Kent have traveled to all fifty states and also facilitated short term study abroad tours for students and community members over the past 15 years visiting countries including Italy, Germany, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, France, Turkey, Greece, Peru, China, Egypt, Israel, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, and Monaco. A favorite experience was participating in a year long sabbatical teaching experience in Hawaii.

    Contact Marshiela Banner: marshielabanner@boisestate.edu

    Marshiela is a Business Communication lecturer in the COBE Department of Marketing. She has a master’s degree in communication from Boise State University and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Brigham Young University. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration at Boise State with an expected graduation date of May 2025.

    Before joining the marketing faculty at BSU, Marshiela taught a range of college courses including advertising, marketing, consumer behavior, business communication, teamwork dynamics, and mass media studies. Marshiela especially enjoys helping students gain skills and confidence as they connect learning with real-world experience. She is excited for this new adventure working in the Living and Learning Community as a Faculty in Residence with the opportunity to more fully explore connections between classroom learning and engagement in the business world.

    When she is not teaching, Marshiela enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and family. She and her husband Kent have traveled to all fifty states and also facilitated short term study abroad tours for students and community members over the past 15 years visiting countries including Italy, Germany, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, France, Turkey, Greece, Peru, China, Egypt, Israel, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, and Monaco. A favorite experience was participating in a year long sabbatical teaching experience in Hawaii.

    Contact Marshiela Banner: marshielabanner@boisestate.edu