Boise State’s Campus Operations Division will celebrate Earth Week with various events throughout the week of April 17-22, 2017.
The Cycle Learning Center is offering tune-up specials all week of 20-percent off, helping to get people back on their bikes with the spring weather rolling in.
Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) will partner with the Division of Research in hosting speakers and events, April 20, on the SUB Patio (Simplot Ballroom if inclement weather).
EHSS will also join Trademark Licensing and Enforcement and the Sustainability Club in offering a Coca Cola sustainability promotion, April 20 in the Student Union between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The promotion will include Coke giveaways, games and more.
Dining services will promote $1 refills and reusable cups throughout Earth Week, while also featuring local vendors for lunch on April 17 and 21 in the Boise River Cafe. In addition, free Earth Day food sampling will be available April 17 (12-2 p.m.), April 19 (5:30-7 p.m.) and April 21 (5:30-7 p.m.) in the atrium just outside of the Boise River Cafe.
You are invited and highly encouraged to participate in a short survey about the future of Boise State Dining Services. Your input will help to plan and improve dining options available to the campus community. As an incentive for completing the survey, you will be entered to win a prize from the Bronco Shop! You can win: one of two longboards from SIBBZ valued at $275.00 each, one of three Hydro Flasks, or one of three Bronco Shop End of Semester Survival Kits valued at $80.00 each. A total of six prizes will be offered.
The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete; responses are due by April 5, 2017. This survey is being conducted by an independent consultant working on behalf of Dining Services and the information gathered is solely for Dining Services’ internal use. Your identity will remain confidential and will not be linked to your responses.
To participate click on the link: http://baseline.campusla
Thank you in advance for your time and input!
Ada County Highway District’s Commuteride May in Motion campaign kicked-off March 14 and will run through the first week of June.
May in Motion (MiM) is a chance for Boise State employees to team together and receive public recognition for a level of achievement and commitment to smarter commuting. This year, Commuteride is honoring the top-100 businesses, changing the way Boise State will be entered in the competition. In years past, separate departments would compete individually, but this year Boise State will compete as one organization. To register for May in Motion visit www.sharetherideidaho.com/Public/Home
In addition, Commuteride created this specific Rideshare platform for Boise State. “Share the Ride Boise State” was added to my.boisestate.edu in 2016. The easy to navigate site offers information to how many calories participants are burning, the CO2 emissions being saved and assist in finding carpool or commuter partners.
For those who wish to keep spreadsheets or their efforts, contact Christine Boyles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boise State University will be opening a new Bronco Shop location, near the new Computer Science space in the Clearwater Building downtown. The new 2,900-square foot City Center store is slated to open in late May. In addition to Bronco Shop product, the space will host a small lounge/charging station to serve the Boise State Computer Science students in the building. Bronco Shop City Center will be open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday.
The current Bronco Shop BODO location will close at the end of May. In an effort to clear product, the store will offer progressive discounts, including “Buster’s Moving Sale” – a final week sale of 90-percent off the lowest price.
In addition to the BODO location, the Bronco Shop’s Meridian location will close mid-May, however, no sales will be involved with its closure.
Alicia Estey has been named associate vice president for Campus Operations at Boise State University. Estey will serve the division by providing oversight of all Campus Operations departments, while directly managing Campus Planning and Facilities and Institutional Compliance and Ethics.
Since 2013, Estey has served the university by overseeing compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, managing agency audits, and supervising investigations of discrimination-based complaints in the position of executive director of Institutional Compliance and Ethics.
She joined Boise State in 2007 as the special assistant to Stacy Pearson. Thereafter she served in various roles in Finance and Administration including policy analyst, regulatory compliance officer and director of tax.
Before her time at Boise State, Estey worked in the tax department at the J.R. Simplot Company.
Estey will begin her new role effective immediately; a search for a new executive director of Institutional Compliance and Ethics is now underway.
Barbara Beagles has been named the director of Facilities Operations and Maintenance (FOM) for Boise State as of January 2016 after spending nine months as an interim for the position. She is responsible for all grounds, custodial, and building maintenance to include, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and general overall functionality of campus.
Beagles moved to FOM after serving as the director of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) for three years and EHSS manager for two years.
Beagles has more than 20 years experience in the field of environmental health, safety, and sustainability. Prior to Boise State she served as the manager of the Environmental Health and Safety department at Weyerhaeuser. She has also served in EHS roles for Idaho-based Micron Display and Ash Grove Cement Company.
Beagles holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and secondary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership.
Suzy Arnette has also moved from an interim role to become the director of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS). She is responsible for occupational and lab safety compliance, monitoring and complying with environmental quality regulations, managing hazardous waste disposal, developing emergency preparedness and response procedures, and conducting workplace ergonomic, safety and indoor air quality assessments and training. She joined Boise State as the lab safety and design manager in 2012.
Prior to Boise State, Arnette spent six years at the University of Virginia holding the positions of assistant director/chemical safety officer and environmental compliance technician. Her work at both Boise State and UVA has included the implementation of chemical and laboratory safety programs for researchers and chemical users, development and delivery of chemical training for laboratories, housing and facilities, and completion of lab safety audits.
Arnette holds a Ph.D. in combinatorial chemistry from the University of Virginia and a bachelor of science in chemistry from Berry College.
When you think of public art and Boise State University, what first comes to mind? Is it Nobuyo Okuda’s Eternal Wind sculpture near the Quad or the 12-foot-tall stainless steel “B” standing in front of the Administration Building? Is the “B” considered public art or is it just clever branding?
These are questions worth a lively discussion with Fonda Portales, Boise State’s new university art curator and collections manager. Portales was hired by the university this fall to fill the new position to make public art more available and inviting to everyone on campus. She notes that most of the university’s permanent collection is already hanging in structures around campus – offices, hallway spaces, places where it is accessible to faculty and students. Her challenge is helping students, faculty and staff engage with it. To this end, she will work with the University Arts Advisory Committee to create a visual arts master plan for the campus.
“My goal is to create visual art experiences that get students participating with a diverse array of arts, styles, techniques and materials,” Portales said. “Ultimately, my role is to connect students and community members to the campus experience, through the arts.”
Working under the umbrella of Campus Operations, Portales will be responsible for curating the World Museum in the new Fine Arts Building, the Student Union Fine Arts Gallery, as well as its sister gallery, Trueblood, a pop-up exhibition space in the Student Union Building. “I’ll be curating those spaces as well as locating spaces for temporary and permanent installations of public art,” she explained. In addition, she will manage the university’s permanent art collection – most of which has been generously donated or gifted by patrons – and build the collection through new acquisitions, place pieces on loan and as facilitate their preservation and conservation.
Portales explained that one way to engage students is to let them know what’s on campus and where things are. She potentially will arrange art tours on campus and work with faculty members who are getting their students excited about public art.
“I think it’s also important to choose pieces that can create spaces people can participate with, like Transference,” she said, referring to Boise State’s newest sculpture. “They become part of that interior space of the art piece. I think that’s exciting and cool and that’s one of the best parts of public art – you’re more aware of yourself, of your environment, and if the artwork is also interesting and challenging, and technically and stylistically significant, it’s a whole world you’re interacting with all of the sudden.”
Transference is a new sculpture by Leslie Dixon and Ken McCall that has been installed next to the Environmental Research Building. It is part of a collaboration between the City of Boise and Boise State.
While in a new position, Portales is no newcomer to campus. For the past eight years, she taught upper and lower-division art history courses in the art department. Portales holds a Masters of Arts in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles, with a specialty in Pre-Columbian art, and while in graduate school had the opportunity to manage an on-site museum at the archaeological project to uncover Urkesh in Mozan, a small village outside of Al-Qamishli, Syria. Before moving to Boise, she also worked at the Department of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles, where she fell in love with arts administration.
“I just love Boise State and the art department here,” she said. “If I had been asked to create the perfect position for myself, this would have been it. I wanted to invest in student experiences around art.”
The League of American Bicyclists has awarded Boise State a gold designation as a Bicycle Friendly University, making the university one of only 18 gold campuses in the country, and among only five in the Northwest. To celebrate, the Cycle Learning Center (CLC) will serve free cake at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, as well as offer 20 percent off on accessory items and tune ups all day Friday.
Boise State previously was ranked “silver” by the League of American Bicyclists, but thanks to campus improvements – such as the contra-flow bike lane on Cesar Chavez Drive, installing multiple air-fill stations around campus and free classes offered at the CLC — such as Mountain Bike Mondays and a monthly bike repair class – this year the campus earned gold.
“We’ve focused on the five areas of education, engineering, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation as guidelines for improvements,” explained Gabe Finkelstein, coordinator for the CLC.
According to the League of American Bicyclists, there are now 164 bicycle friendly universities in 44 states and Washington, D.C.
“In its fifth year, we’ve seen the Bicycle Friendly University program’s momentum continue to grow and reach even more campuses across the country,” said Bill Nesper, programs director for the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this round of BFUs for raising the standard and being innovative in making bicycling a safe, convenient and enjoyable option for students, staff and visitors alike.”