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MPA Alumni and IMGMA Executive Director, Steven Sumter, Announces 2017 MGMA Conference

The Idaho Medical Group Management Association (Idaho MGMA) is a professional association of approximately 200 medical practice administrators and managers from a variety of medical practices and facilities throughout Idaho. As an affiliate of the national Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), we help improve members’ practices through exclusive member benefits, education, resource news, and networking opportunities.

This year, Idaho MGMA is hosting it’s 2017 Annual Conference at Boise State University on September 20th-22nd. In partnership with the Boise State School of Public Service and Department of Community and Environmental Health, MHS and MPA program students may attend the educational portion of this event September 21-22 at no cost. The conference is a fantastic educational and networking opportunity. Idaho MGMA is still in need of volunteers if interested.

Student conference registration includes program materials and meals for participation during the educational portion of the conference. Registration DOES NOT include admission to Wednesday Golf Tournament, Wednesday Evening Reception, or the Thursday Evening Dinner/Entertainment. In accordance with university policy, students are prohibited from participating in these activities.

If you are currently enrolled in Boise State’s MHS or MPA program you may register here. Students must register prior to September 8.

Click here to view the tentative conference schedule. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

Contact Steven Sumter, Idaho MGMA Executive Director, by phone at (208) 344-7888, or via email at

Memorial Planned for Legendary Idaho Political Leader Cecil Andrus

Cecil Andrus receives an honorary doctorate from Boise State in 2004.

Cecil Andrus receives an honorary doctorate from Boise State in 2004.


“Cecil D. Andrus, a Democrat, the only Idahoan elected four times as the state’s governor and the former Secretary of the Interior under President Jimmy Carter, has died in Boise. He was 85 years old. Andrus’ death late Thursday resulted from complications related to lung cancer.

Andrus often referred to himself as “a political accident,” but engendered widespread support across the political spectrum thanks to a warm personality, a candid, outspoken style and an infectious sense of humor. He never met a stranger and worked every room with a firm handshake and self-deprecating jokes.

Andrus is survived by his wife Carol – they were married in 1949 – and by daughters Tana, Tracy and Kelly and grandchildren Monica, Morgan and Andrew and great granddaughter Casey.

Funeral arrangements, which will be private, are planned for Wednesday, Aug. 30 in Boise. A public lying-in-state ceremony will follow at noon on Aug. 30 in the Idaho Capitol rotunda and continue until noon on Aug. 31. A public memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 in the Jordan Ballroom in the Boise State University Student Union.

In lieu of flowers, the Andrus family suggests memorial gifts to the Cecil D. Andrus Center Chair for Environment and Public Lands (Fund ID: SE009). Visit or or make checks ​payable to “Cecil D. Andrus Chair” and mail to: Boise State University Foundation, Cecil D. Andrus Chair (SE009), 1173 W. University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83725

The family warmly thanks each and every individual who has sent cards, letters and flowers and wishes it were possible to personally acknowledge each expression of concern and caring. Please know that your well wishes have meant so much to the entire family as they attempt to deal with the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.”

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Director Of Andrus Center For Public Policy Remembers Late Idaho Governor

Dr. John Freemuth says “knowing his boss and friend was an ongoing education”.

Original Source: Boise State Update 8/25/17, Boise Public Radio 8/25/17

John Freemuth’s publication was referenced in a Science Magazine

Portrait of John FreemuthJohn Freemuth’s 1991 publication, Islands Under Siege: National Parks and the Politics of External Threats, was referenced in a Science Magazine book critique titled “Another plea to protect America’s parks publishes in September. Will this one resonate?”You can read the article here:

Original Source: Boise State Update 8/24/17, Science AAAS 8/23/17

John Freemuth was quoted in High Country News

Portrait of John FreemuthJohn Freemuth recently was highlighted in a Conversation piece titled “Do we have too many national monuments? 4 essential reads.”In it, Freemuth is quoted as saying, “Use of the Antiquities Act has fueled tensions between the federal government and states over land control – and not just in the Southwest region that the law was originally intended to protect. Communities have opposed creating new monuments for fear of losing revenues from livestock grazing, energy development, or other activities, although such uses have been allowed to continue at many national monuments.”

Original Source: Boise State Update 8/21/17, High Country News 8/16/17

John Freemuth was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle

Seniors snap up US national park passes before price hike
John Freemuth, a Boise State University environmental policy professor and public lands expert, has one of the senior passes and said the bump to …

Original source: San Francisco Chronicle, 8/3/17

John Freemuth led a team that helped create a new mapping tool

Portrait of John Freemuth“A Boise State team led by John Freemuth, and funded by a USGS grant, helped create a new tool mapping public lands and other protected areas in the U.S. The Protected Areas Database of the United States contains more than 3 billion public land and marine acres managed by nearly 15,100 agencies and nongovernmental organizations, covering 200,000 separate parks and protected areas.”

Original source: Boise State UPDATE, 8/2/17

MPA students, Ana Costa and Nish Kamble, provide conference research support in July 2017

Where in the World? Kenya

Kenyan students

Students in Kenya with Brian Wampler, third from left.

“Political science professor Brian Wampler organized and led a two-day international workshop, held in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was held July 13-14 and included participants from 10 countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Brazil, the United States and England. Making All Voices Count, an international development project led by the University of Sussex, supported the conference.

The conference focused on donor-involved countries where local governments are implementing new forms of citizen participation venues.

Wampler collaborated with Michael Touchton of the University of Miami. Research support at Boise State was provided by Melanie Fillmore, a master’s student in political science, and Ana Costa and Nish Kamble, both master’s students in public policy and administration. In addition, Annika Galliani and Maria Tellez with the School of Public Service provided excellent support to ensure that the workshop went well.”

Original source: Boise State UPDATE, 7/20/17

John Freemuth was quoted on Boise State Public Radio

“Craters Of The Moon No Longer Up For Review By Trump Administration”
John Freemuth says “the decision to halt the review is not surprising. He says Craters was never” …

Original Source: Boise State Public Radio, 7/14/17

John Freemuth was quoted in an article in The Hill

Portrait of John Freemuth

John Freemuth recently was quoted in an article in The Hill titled “Companies push Trump to outsource work in national parks.”

While Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke seems willing to hand concessionary control of national parks to private agencies, arguing that it would help cut down the parks budget, others warn that this is the first step towards privatizing public parks, and having employees of private companies interact with park-goers would hurt the park experience:

“This is the face of our public land agencies and the people on the front lines,” said Freemuth, who studies public lands issues and once worked as a park ranger. “We’re decoupling what people’s experiences are with their public land managers when we start contracting all this out.”

Read the entire article here:

Freemuth also was quoted in a Boise State Public Radio article titled “Idaho Congressman Reintroduces Bill To End Forest Service Policy Of ‘Fire Borrowing,’” which details Congressman Mike Simpson’s plan to pay for wildfires in a new, more sustainable way. Currently, with the cost of wildfires ballooning each year, the Forest Service is forced to raid other parts of its budget to cover firefighting costs – a tactic called “fire borrowing.” Freemuth and others note that the practice is unsustainable in the long run.

Boise National Forest / US Forest Service

Read the article here:

Original source: Boise State UPDATE, 7/5/17; Boise State Public Radio, 7/5/17; Normangee Star, 7/7/17

John Freemuth Referenced in Article

John Freemuth, PhD

John Freemuth recently was referenced in an opinion piece from Boston University titled “Public Land Transfer is a Bad Deal for Western Communities.”

The author uses Freemuth’s explanation that “in many cases it’s more profitable for both federal agencies and private entities to lease land than to sell. In 2014 the federal government made more than $13 billion by renting out public land to oil, gas, and coal companies for less than $5 an acre,” as one of her arguments against selling off federal land or transferring it to state control.

You can read the entire piece here: