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Join the Fulbright Scholar Community

“Boise State has joined the ranks of the top universities in the country for producing student and faculty Fulbright Scholars who teach, research and study abroad” (Campus Update). The Bronco Zone is hosting a discussion on April 1, 2015 where you can hear the experiences of Fulbright award winners and learn how to get involved. Read more about the discussion here.

Jaclyn Kettler

Jaclyn Kettler, Political Science, Studio Portrait, TagJaclyn Kettler was quoted in a Boise Weekly article about Idaho’s online state data transparency, as reported by the United States Public Interest Research Group. Kettler said that searchable databases allow the public to “piece together trends and patterns of behavior more quickly and efficiently,” meaning people are focusing more on the minor violations of the law, and not just the big headlines.

The Future of the LGBT Community in Idaho

Christopher Bower, a senior majoring in both social work and political science with a minor in philosophy, and Sinan Nadarevic, a senior studying political philosophy with an AA in Criminal Justice, published a research article to The Blue Review this March. The article promotes adding the four words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act. Read more about the Future of the LGBT community in the Blue Review.

Bethine Memorial Wall

Boise State University has dedicated a memorial wall to Bethine Church in the Student Union Building. Bethine, the wife of former Idaho Senator Frank Church and an alumni of Boise Junior College, was born into a politically active family and remained a prominent figure in Idaho politics throughout her life. In partnership with her husband, she earned the nickname of “Idaho’s third senator.” She was actively involved in Frank Church’s four campaigns for the senate and his campaign for the presidency in 1976. Read more about the Memorial Wall here.

Dr. Gregory Raymond

Greg Raymond, Boise State University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, was interviewed on the Ukrainian crisis and Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy by Danas, a major daily newspaper published in Belgrade, Serbia. Original Post.

Dr. Gary Moncrief

Gary Moncrief was quoted in a Twin Falls news article on a push to legalize medical marijuana. Moncrief commented on the process of getting an initiative on the ballot, noting that Idaho has “significantly fewer initiatives [that] make the ballot than most western states.” Read the story at Magic Valley News.

Dr. Jaclyn Kettler

Jaclyn Kettler is co-author on an article published in the March issue of the Political Research Quarterly. In this paper, researchers answer the question “Why do cities spend scarce resources lobbying the federal government?”. Using a new dataset, they study the lobbying activities of 498 cities across 45 states from 1998-2008. Read the article at Sage Journals.

Dr. Justin Vaughn

A poll of political science experts on the American presidency, conducted by Justin Vaughn, revealed intriguing new findings about the popularity of U.S. presidents and was featured in several national media outlets, including the Washington Post blog, Constitution Daily, Brookings Institute and more. Read about Justin Vaughn’s participation in the poll in Boise State Update.

Dr. John Freemuth

Boise State Political Science Prof. John Freemuth says Gov. Otter definitely comes to a third term carrying some political baggage.

“And it’s being framed by people in his own party at times as crony capitalism,” Freemuth said. “I’m hearing that from people, so he needs to seize the initiative and do something positive —  in education for example.”

Original Source: 1/5/15


Meet Commencement Student Speaker Lauren Bramwell

Lauren Bramwell, Student Commencement Speaker, Studio PortraitLauren Bramwell from St. Anthony, Idaho, is graduating with a double degree in Communication and Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law and Political Philosophy.

She will cap her Boise State undergraduate experience by being featured as the Winter Commencement student speaker. Commencement begins at 1o a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in Taco Bell Arena.

“Lauren has impressed us as not only a highly talented student in our courses,” said Ross Burkhart, Department of Political Science, “but also as a charismatic and highly positive representative of Boise State, throughout Idaho and across the U.S.”

Bramwell utilized her public speaking skills to become a leader of the national champion Talkin’ Broncos university forensics team. In addition to her academic and competitive accomplishments, Bramwell supported herself during her undergraduate career working as the assistant director of forensics at Columbia High School in Nampa and as a peer advisor for the Department of Communication.

She is committed to service in the community, volunteering many hours to agencies including the American Red Cross, Idaho Food Bank, League of Women Voters, serving as a team captain for Relay For Life, organizing multiple food drives for local food banks and serving as a volunteer for legislative campaigns throughout the community.

She has acquired increasing levels of leadership responsibilities through her undergraduate career serving as president for both the Idaho Epsilon Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta and Boise State’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, as well as the captain of the Talkin’ Broncos. She is a member of the Pre Law Society and was a presenter on transgender discrimination in the workplace at the Northwest Communication Association Research Conference. In 2013 she was awarded an internship with the Office of the Governor.

Following graduation Bramwell is applying to law school to eventually pursue a career in public interest law focusing on non-profit or impact litigation for women’s rights and gender equity.

“I have had the opportunity to learn from phenomenal mentors and faculty. I have developed great friendships and I have been able to engage with course material in such a rich and meaningful way. Without a doubt, my time here has provided me with life lessons and memories that I will cherish forever,” Bramwell said.

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Read about Commencement Student Speaker Lauren Bramwell in Update