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Campus Operations Division Newsletter – February 2016

Campus Operations Newsletter


Honors College

city approves construction for honors college

By unanimous vote on Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Boise City Council granted Boise State permission to rezone the property intended for the new Honors College and commence construction of the proposed Honors College as part of phase one of the Master Plan.

Boise State’s Honors College is an innovative public-private partnership at the site of the former University Christian Church, across University Drive from the Student Union Building. Boise State bought the property in 2013 for $5.9 million after the congregation moved to Meridian. The $40 million, 236,000-square-foot Honors College building will be an Honors-dedicated “living and learning” facility on campus — combining housing for Honors and other students with dining facilities, classrooms and spaces designed to boost the student experience on campus.


Denise Bowlin


Job Title: Painter – Facilities, Operations and Maintenance

Denise Bowlin has been a member of the Boise State University Facilities, Operations and Maintenance staff for eight years. She has been in her current position as a painter for three years following a five year stint as a custodian. Denise enjoys seeing the many friendly faces, as well as always finding something new to see on campus.

Outside of her work Denise enjoys the outdoors either by gardening or rock hunting.

boise state begins solvent recycling

Boise State’s Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) team recently partnered across campus with the Boise State Chemistry Department to work towards better sustainability with regards to solvent waste and use on campus.  The two departments partnered up to purchase equipment that will take solvent waste and distill it into useable high grade solvent and a separate collection of waste.

EHSS estimates approximately 50-percent of the volume will be recovered as usable solvent, reducing waste and creating reusable solvent for use in labs at the same purity level as it is purchased.

EHSS and the Chemistry Department are still evaluating the equipment and the purity, and will be working on a model in order to sell this material back to the labs at a reduced rate.  Funds generated will be used to purchase a second solvent recycling unit for use in the Engineering Department.


Kathleen Andersonkathleen anderson promoted

Kathleen Anderson kicked-off the new year with a promotion and new title. After working as the management assistant to Michael Sumpter, Associate Vice President, Campus Planning and Facilities (CPF), Kathleen has been promoted to Operations Manager for CPF.

Kathleen has worked as an executive assistant for senior-level administrators at Boise State for over 30 years.

Congratulations on your promotion, Kathleen!


campus operations team holiday party a huge success

The Campus Operations Team would like to thank all those employees who came out to the holiday nacho bar parties that were held on Thursday, Dec. 17 for the day and night staffs, respectively. Both parties were well attended and it was fun for everyone to spend a little time getting to know one another and reflecting on what amazing work was accomplished in 2015. Also, a special thanks the Chris Siepert for the fantastic balloon art/animals and entertainment!

Group photo of team


The Campus Planning and Facilities team held a professional staff training on Friday, Jan. 15 which included “The Marshmallow Challenge”. Six teams comprised of four persons each had 18 minutes to construct a free-standing structure using the following items: 20 pieces of raw spaghetti, 1 yard of tape and 1 yard of string. The structures also had to support a marshmallow on the top and had to remain standing after construction.

The tallest (winning) structure was 26.25″ tall and it was constructed by John Daurer, Helen Davis, Nan Selland and Architectural and Engineering Services’ newest staff member, Doug Simpson. The second tallest structure was 20.5″ tall. All six of the teams had standing structures at the end which is an accomplishment in and of itself. After the teams completed the activity, they watched a TED Talk by Tom Wujec then discussed the activity.  Fun was had by all and it was a great opportunity to exercise creativity, problem solving and team work.


monthly division trainings

Boise State’s Campus Operations Division is continually offering training opportunities to provide continued education, required trainings and development for its employees. The following are trainings offered in the next month:

  • Feb. 8 – Leadership 101: Session V
  • Feb. 9 – Behavior Based Safety (Part 1 of 2)
  • March 9 – Leadership 101: Session VI


important dates to remember

The following are important dates and events to remember for the upcoming month:

  • Feb. 4 – First Thursday (Mardi Gras Theme) – Boise River Cafe
  • Feb. 15 – Campus Closed – President’s Day
  • March 3 – First Thursday (Island Theme) – Boise River Cafe



Hannah Newhouse in race carwatch HANNAH NEWHOUSE REPORTS

Boise State sophomore Hannah Newhouse has been creating video blogs showcasing events, projects and daily work within the Boise State Campus Operations Division.

Throughout the school year Hannah will plan, film, edit and produce short videos about projects in the Campus Operations Division.

Check out her most recent videos:

Idea submissions for short 30-90 second videos are always welcome. Please email with ideas.


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