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CONGRATS going out to additional MPA Alumni!

Additional Congratulations to Master of Public Administration alumni, Karianne Fallow, Red Sky Public Relations and Shari Fernandez, Idaho State University, for being amongst hundreds of nominees and recognized with 50 leading Idaho women! Read more about these and other alumni achievements…

Original source: Idaho Business Review, article by Jeanne Huff, published: December 21, 2012

The backdrop to the public lands debate

“An opinion piece penned by John Freemuth, professor of public policy and a fellow at the Andrus Center for Public Policy, ran in the Spokesman Review. Freemuth discussed public lands debate, offering starting points for conversations that might move things in a positive direction.

Quoted from the John Freemuth (31) UPDATE: Your Source for Campus News.
Original source:The Spokesman-Review, Eye on Boise, The backdrop to the public lands debate…

Additional source: High Country News: The Range, Opinion From Around The West

Congratulations to MPA Alumnus, Stacy Pearson!

Congratulations to Master of Public Administration alumnus, Stacy Pearson, for being recognized for the 2013 Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year Award.

Read more:

“Pearson serves as the university’s chief financial officer. She oversees finance and treasury, which includes a $400 million university budget, human resources and information technology, as well as tax and regulatory compliance and environmental health and safety. Pearson recently was appointed to the Capital City Development Corporation Board and is a key representative for the university for many external relations such as with the Idaho Legislature, Governor’s Office and Boise State Foundation.”

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Congratulations to MPA alumnus, Luis Caloca!

Congratulations to Master of Public Administration alumnus, Luis Caloca, for being recognized in the Education section of the weekly BusinessInsider edition.  Luis Calcoa has been named director of admission for the College of Western Idaho (CWI).  Read more in the Feb. 26-Mar. 4, 2013 BusinessInsider edition of the weekly Idaho Statesman magazine publication.

Original source: BusinessInsider, Feb.26-Mar. 4, 2013 edition

Dr. Greg Hill collaborated on the report for the “Hispanic Profile Data Book for Idaho, 2012”

A team from the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, led by emeritus history professor Errol D. Jones, produced the “Hispanic Profile Data Book for Idaho, 2012” and presented it to the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs Legislative Reception on Feb. 6. The 150-page report is an analysis of the condition of Idaho’s largest minority group that comprises about 11.5 percent of the state’s population.

Team members who collaborated with Jones on the report were: Greg Hill (Chair, Public Policy & Administration), Rosaura Conley-Estrada (Sociology), and graduate students Christina Crow-Cruz (Social Work), Brian Laurent and Morgan Bow (Public Policy & Administration).

The report can be accessed online at

Original source: Social Sciences and Public Affairs in Update Your source for campus news

David Solan to Head International Power Generation Team

David Solan, director of the Energy Policy Institute housed at Boise State, has been invited to head up a Statistical Working Group for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The group has been tasked with developing a prototype decision support tool for countries evaluating their power generation options.

… The tool Solan and his team are working on will help individual countries make these determinations and ultimately make comparisons to other generation choices, such as renewables and fossil fuels.

Original source: Communications UPDATE

Dr. Witt featured in IPT video

Stephanie Witt, professor of public policy and administration, was featured in an Idaho Public Television video report on the Jan. 7 State of the State address. Watch it here.

Original source: UPDATE Communications

Boise State University launching new Ph.D. program

Boise State has announced a new Ph.D. in public policy and administration, fostering the next generation of public professionals and furthering its mission as the statewide leader in public affairs research and education. Full-time and part-time students may apply beginning Dec. 15 for the program that starts in fall 2013.

More at KIVI – 6 on your side, and Boise Weekly, and APPAM…

Jim Weatherby (former Public Policy Center Director) is quoted in KTVB 7 News Story

BOISE — More than $1.6 million has been spent campaigning for — and against — Idaho’s controversial education reforms in 2012. The laws are scheduled for a voter recall on Election Day November 6, 2012.

At least one political analyst says the laws seem to be overshadowing other races in the upcoming election.

Dr. Jim Weatherby is the former director of the Public Policy Center at Boise State University. Weatherby says the laws are the “major issue” in Idaho. “This is, as far as I’m concerned, the major issue in Idaho,” Weatherby told KTVB.  “It dwarfs, on the ballot, all other races.”

That major issue includes propositions 1, 2, and 3 of the s the “Students Come First” education reforms. Weatherby says more than $1.5 million has already been spent on campaigns for and against the propositions.

The largest amount of money raised so far has been by the opposition — with the committee “Vote No on Proposition 1, 2, 3” pulling in more than $1.3 million. More than $1 million of that money came from the National Education Association (NEA), a national teachers union.

“The National Education Association, obviously, is very interested, in terms of what they would view as union-busting measures,” said Weatherby.

Read the entire story here (courtesy of KTVB channel 7).

Boise State to host Ada County Commissioner Debate in October

Candidates in the Ada County Commissioner race will meet in a debate on the Boise State campus in October. Commission candidates Larry Rincover, Jim Tibbs, Thomas Howell and Dave Case will be participating.

The event will be held Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Jordan Ballroom in the Student Union Building. The Department of Public Policy and Administration and the League of Women Voters of Idaho are presenting the forum. It will be moderated by Boise State professor Jim Weatherby.

The public will be able to submit questions to the candidates. “Each candidate will have two minutes for an opening statement, one minute to respond to questions from the audience and two minutes for a closing statement,” said Kathleen Tuck with Boise State University.