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Spring 2022

Boise State Magazine

Boise State In Depth

Researchers work to understand invasive plants in Idaho's wildlands
A cabinet of curiosities

A civil haven for speakers, listeners and scholars

According to a November 2021 Pew Research Center poll, 60 percent of Democratic-leaning respondents said it was “stressful and frustrating” to talk politics with people they disagree with. Close to the same number of Republican-leaning respondents agreed. The problem has drawn the interest of many — including leaders at Boise State who, in 2021, established the Institute for Advancing American Values in an effort to bring people together.

Billed as an alternative to Americans talking past each other about hot topics like the environment, the economy and society, the institute seeks to inspire productive discourse grounded in values Americans hold dear — opportunity, equality, individual rights, and free speech.

New institute explores enduring principles through conversation and research

Alumni and Friends in Action

Loyal Broncos: The Gribble family
Campus News

The SpongeBob Musical

In April, the Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing tackled one of its most ambitious projects ever — “The SpongeBob Musical,” based on the wildly popular and occasionally subversive animated series.

The challenges were many for the 120 students, faculty, staff, and community members who brought SpongeBob to life, said Darrin Pufall Purdy, director of University Theatre and Costume Design.

They contended with the wavering end of a pandemic, mask mandates, a uniquely demanding production that required building every prop, stage set, and costume from scratch, and the challenge of adding artistry and dimension to well-known pop culture characters. True to the university’s innovative spirit, Boise State was one of the first schools in the country to present the musical.

Pufall Purdy is already looking ahead to the upcoming season, one that will explore the intersection of politics and superstition, beginning with “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in October.

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#BelieveinBroncos

Ciera Partyka-Worley

First Friday Astronomy is a monthly lecture series hosted by the Department of Physics that brings experts from across the country to share their knowledge of the marvels of space with the campus and community. Topics include everything from time travel, to planetary discoveries, to NASA missions.

Physics student Ciera Partyka-Worley has helped organize the First Friday events since 2017.

“I made volunteering at First Friday Astronomy events a priority in my schedule because I’m passionate about sharing knowledge with the community,” Partyka-Worley said. “I can’t think of anything better than an awestruck crowd learning about my favorite stars for the first time. The First Friday Astronomy program creates a perfect environment for getting everyone excited about science and learning.”

Partyka-Worley, now a junior, is a member of the AstroTAC (Astronomers-in-Training Assisting the Community) team, a public outreach program funded by NASA. Team members are developing STEM programs for schools and promoting the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve.

The physics department recently reached its fundraising goal to buy a mobile planetarium. Thanks to donors, Boise State’s public outreach will include hosting stargazing experiences across the state.


Through its nearly nine decades of educating students, Boise State has inspired great devotion from those who support the university as donors, volunteers, mentors, and more. #BelieveInBroncos is our way to share their stories.

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