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Campus Operations Division April 2016 Newsletter

Campus Operations Newsletter

APRIL 2016

2016 Bronco Day is APril 9

Bronco Day

The second annual Bronco Day will be held on Saturday, April 9. This lively event allows prospective students and their families to explore campus, meet with current students and faculty and truly get a taste for life at Boise State University.

The day includes campus tours, admissions information, open houses for campus departments, colleges and programs, and hands-on demonstrations. It ends with a Bronco Walk and a tailgate party before the spring Blue and Orange football game on Albertsons Stadium’s famous blue turf.  


Honors College


Boise State University will formally begin construction this month on a $40 million Honors College and First-Year Residence Hall building. A groundbreaking celebration will take place from 10–11:30 a.m. April 7 at the site at 2338 W. University Drive, just across the street from the Student Union Building.

The campus community is invited to join President Bob Kustra, Honors College Dean Andrew Finstuen, representatives of campus partner EdR Collegiate Housing and students at the event.







Boise State Dining Services unveils Tapingo App

Tapingo App Graphic

Boise State University Dining Services is now offering Tapingo, an app that allows you to order food from campus eateries on the go.

Tapingo lets you browse menus, customize your order and pay in a snap. It also will tell you when your food is ready. Just look for the “Express Pickup” sign and say goodbye to the line.

Tapingo is available for Apple and Android products. It can be used at Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Grille Works, La Tapatia, Subway, Mai Thai, Moxie Java, Panda Express, Papa Johns and Starbucks.

Kristina Anderson Graphi

VIRginia tech survivor to visit boise state on may 26

The Boise State University campus community and public is invited to attend an open session of the 2016 Idaho Threat Assessment Conference featuring guest speaker Kristina Anderson, a survivor of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Anderson is slated to speak about personal safety on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 8–9 a.m. in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom. The event is open and free to the public.  To guarantee a seat, please arrive early as space will be limited.



The Student Union Exhibition Series presents “Riveting,” a selection of jewelry and art objects created by members of the Boise State Art Metals Club, April 4-May 8.

The exhibition will be shown in the Student Union Building, second floor Pop-Up Gallery (located near the Trueblood Room). 

“Our club is a group of hardworking students who study thoroughly not only our practice and medium, but the context in which it exists, as well,” said club president Deanna Imhoff. “This context includes not only the history of the metals field, but its place in contemporary art practice. The work presented here straddles the boundaries of the beautiful and the grotesque, pushing viewers to question what they are looking at and how it relates to themselves and the culture in which they live.”


BOISE State partners with Artisans for Hope in Upcycling Project

Upcycled BagBoise State University has recently had the opportunity to partner with Artisans for Hope to upcycle approximately 250 pounds of old and unusable vinyl banners into reusable bags. These bags were given away, free of charge, at the 2016 Treefort Music Fest.

These banners, in their prior life, were used as welcome signs to the campus, as well as stood witness to student experiences, passionate fan celebrations and community growth. Now, the Bronco spirit can be carried on sustainably with the upcycled bags. This project also provides opportunity for the Artisans as they learn important skills in the upcycling process of these bags.

Suzy Arnette

employee spotlight: Suzy Arnette

Job Title: Lab Safety and Design Manager
Department: Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability

Suzy Arnette serves the Boise State campus as the lab safety and design manager, a title she has held for 14 months. She joined Boise State in August 2012 and is excited about the potential growth of the university and the direction it is headed.

Suzy enjoys the books “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and “Happy Hippo, Angry Duck”, as well as the movie “The Family Stone” and anything Halloween. She also enjoys baking (particularly cinnamon rolls), cooking, exercising and camping, as well as anything crafty.

Word on the street

There is a lot going on each and each day in the Boise State Campus Operations division and often times work is noticed by those on campus. A highlight this time of year is the Floral B, and much praise goes out to the Boise State landscape team for their fantastic work. Here is a glance of what folks are saying:

Floral B production

Floral B finished

Campus Operations has three social media outlets, including Twitter (@BoiseStateOps), Instagram (@BoiseStateCampusOps), and YouTube (BoiseStateCampusOps).

Boise State Grad Fair is April 12

The Boise State Grad Fair, hosted by the Bookstore on April 12, is a one-stop-shop for all graduation needs. Graduating students can purchase regalia, announcements, class rings and diploma frames, as well as film “shout-outs” to family and friends thanking them for support. Shout-outs will be shown prior to commencement on May 7.

The Grad Fair will be held in the Student Union’s Hatch Ballroom from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and is free of charge. Shout-outs will be filmed in the Student Union Trueblood Room. 

For more information, contact the Bookstore at (208) 426-2665.

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 upcoming month:

  • April 11 — ONE Boise State
  • Apri 25 — ONE Boise State
  • May 9  ONE Boise State


important dates to remember

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




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

Throughout the school year Hannah will continue to 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.



Boise State Campus Operations is increasing communication efforts by offering online, email and social media as outlets for new events and more.

The website has been improved and updated with new content and will continue to serve as a valuable website for division news, events and more. Subscription to division news via email is available in the left column menu. This feature allows you to receive news as it is posted to the division website.

In addition, the Campus Operations newsletter is intended to reach division staff once per month and will include stories and events about the division.

Campus Operations also has three social media outlets, including Twitter (@BoiseStateOps), Instagram (@BoiseStateCampusOps), and YouTube (BoiseStateCampusOps).

Story ideas, photos and videos may be submitted to Michelle Railsback for inclusion on the website, in the newsletter and on social media at any time.

Finally, the Campus Operations Division has a “Comments/Suggestions” email box where comments or suggestions can be submitted anonymously to the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.


An archive of all division newsletters is available online. View all past and present Campus Operations newsletters at



Have questions, comments, or suggestions for newsletter topics?

Contact Michelle Railsback at 


Boise State’s Campus Operations Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of our students while providing a quality campus experience.

A division focused on the future, Campus Operations’ mission is to provide a constructive, memorable and safe environment where students can pursue their educational goals.

Our division oversees the grounds, facilities, campus services and operations, and strives toward constant improvement and attention to detail to create an exceptional atmosphere for our students. Additionally, we are entrusted with building an institution of higher learning, while helping students reach their futures.

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