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New Global Studies Degree Helps Students Make Global Connections

Downtown Boise

March, 2017

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We’re growing! This is an exciting time in the School of Public Service. In this issue of Public Interest, we share the news of the State Board of Education’s approval of our new Global Studies program. Global Studies will begin offering classes in the Fall of 2017, helping students discover global connections while remaining deeply rooted right here in Idaho. It will incorporate service learning, study abroad and internships to open paths to careers in government, international organizations, law, international business, and education.

Global Studies is especially exciting for us as it dovetails with our other new programs, Environmental Studies (which comes to the School of Public Service from another college) and Urban Studies and Community Development. These three new sister programs enable us to be even more relevant and engaged in our local communities, our environment, and in communities around the globe. They also exhibit a common thread of combining classroom studies with real-world, hands-on learning. Check out to learn more.

Corey Cook

Dean, School of Public Service
Boise State University

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Boise state launches New Global Studies Degree Program

Boise State students will soon have another opportunity to find their place in a
rapidly changing world. Global Studies, a new undergraduate program in the School of Public
Service, emphasizes and encourages world language proficiency, global literacy and study
abroad. The State Board of Education approved the program at its meeting on Wednesday,
February 15. The program will officially launch in Fall 2017.

School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook says that the program fills an important gap. “The
mission of the School of Public Service includes a regional, national and international focus,
but we’ve been missing the international piece. Developing this program is fulfilling a need we
see in our programming, as well as addressing a desire from students to expand their
education to a global scale. Classes will span across most of the colleges at Boise State.”

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School of Public Service to host screening of Idaho Public Television’s “Beyond the White Clouds”

Idaho Public Television recently documented the Boulder White Clouds decades-long year journey from a potential open pit mine to a federally protected wilderness. The journey began in 1970 with a young politician by the name of Cecil D. Andrus and ended with a wilderness bill submitted by Congressman Mike Simpson in August of 2015. In between, the two received support from myriad conservation groups, recreationists, sportsmen, and local businesses. Join Governor Andrus, Representative Simpson, and other key players as they reflect on the journey to wilderness and what the future might hold for other special places.

Andrus Center will also host event exploring “Why Public Lands Matter.”

Why Public Lands Matter is a full day conference designed to look at current federal management practices, the various voices in support and dissent, and potential stakeholder collaboration toward forward-looking best practices designed to manage, protect, and preserve our public lands for the generations to follow. The event will take place on March 28 in the 
Jordan Ballroom in the Boise State Student Union.

Read More About These and Other Upcoming Events on the Andrus Center Website >


Photo of Lori Hausegger PhDPolitical Science Professor wins Golden Apple Award

Dr. Lori Hausegger has been awarded a Golden Apple by the Associated Students of Boise State. ASBSU gives Golden Apple Awards as a way for students to thank teachers who have encouraged them and instilled a passion for learning.

Dr. Hausegger was one of nine professors to receive the award for their college, and was selected from more than than 300 nominations by students.

Dr. Hausegger is Department Chair of the School of Public Service’s Political Science program, Director of Boise State’s Canadian Studies program, and Director of NEW Leadership Idaho.

She is also the author of Canadian Courts: Law, Politics, and Process.

Read selected works of Dr. Hausegger on Scholarworks.


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Idaho Policy Institute assesses Idaho’s transportation infrastructure

The Idaho Policy Institute has been commissioned to conduct an assessment of Idaho’s transportation infrastructure and funding. The report, 2016 Assessment of Idaho’s Transportation Infrastructure and Funding, explores critical issues facing Idaho’s transportation system and determines that without adequate investment in its transportation system, Idaho’s economy and its people will be negatively impacted.

The report also finds that Idahoans are not aware of the Gem State’s deteriorating transportation system or the negative consequences of underfunding it.  It also explores the costs of inaction, compares policy alternatives, and discusses best practices from peer states.

Read More About Idaho Transportation Infrastructure in The Blue Review >


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(Left-right: Celia Gould, Christopher Mathias, Roy Eiguren, Pamela White)

The School of Public Service Welcomes Four New Advisory Council Members

The School of Public Service has added four new members to its Advisory Council, adding business, government, legal and academic expertise to the council. The council provides guidance and advice to the School of Public Service Dean and the Director of External Affairs.

“The depth of applied, real-life experience these four individuals possess is tremendous,” says Bryant Jones, Director of External Affairs for the School. “We are lucky to have their backgrounds and leadership guiding the School of Public Service.”

New Council member Celia Gould is the Director of the State of Idaho Department of Agriculture, the first woman to hold the position. She is a former state legislator from Buhl, Idaho.

Christopher Mathias is the Director of Higher Education at the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and former Chief Academic Officer at the Idaho State Board of Education.

Roy Eiguren, J.D. is the Managing Partner at Eiguren Ellis Public Policy firm.

Pamela White is the newly elected Canyon County Commissioner and former Nampa city council member.

Read About Our New Advisory Council Members In Idaho Business Review >