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MPA Student, Thomas Strauss, in action – Spring 2017

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) held their 3rd annual Student Simulation Competition. The competition is divided into eight regions across the globe, with the nearest region convening at the University of Washington in Seattle. A total of 46 students gathered from the Northwest region, including the first-ever Boise State student to compete, MPA Graduate Student, Thomas Strauss. The theme of this year’s event was food security. Students were to use simulation software to develop a plan for achieving the United Nations’ second goal within a series Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), which aimed to eliminate food insecurity worldwide by the year 2030. Learn more about this event at the NASPAA Student Simulation Competition website.

Jen Schneider and Jillian Moroney Contribute to Piece on Farmland Preservation

Professor Jen Schneider and Post Doctorate Jillian Moroney contribute to a piece published by The Blue Review titled “Farmland Preservation”. This piece discusses recent changes in Treasure Valley farms and farmland as the population continues to grow. The article pulls from data gathered by the Census of Agriculture and US Census as well as the 2016 Treasure Valley Public Policy Survey.  Read the full article here.

Originating Sources: The Blue Review 2/27/17

Ph.D. Student Research in the Spotlight – Norma Jaeger, 2/24/17

Norma Jaeger had a proposal accepted at a National Drug Court conference (the NADCP).  The paper is called “Enhancing Drug Courts Through Trauma-Informed Care and Procedural Justice: A New Training Curriculum for Practitioners,” and is directly connected to the work Norma plans on doing for her dissertation.

According to the conference planners, “We received hundreds of high quality and excellent submissions, and can’t thank you enough for graciously agreeing to share your knowledge.”

Way to go, Norma!

Freemuth Quoted in Northern Rockies News

photo of John Freemuth Professor John Freemuth was quoted in a Public News Service story titled “Research: Idaho Land Sales May Have Violated State Constitution”. This story reports that Idaho may have violated the state constitution by selling off large parcels of state land. Freemuth says “this raises concerns that federal land handed over to Idaho would be sold, once the state realized it was too costly to manage it”. Read more about this Public News Service story here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Campus Update 2/22/2017, Public News Service 2/22/2017

Ashley and Freemuth Appear on’tal Idaho

Professor’s Seth Ashley and John Freemuth were guests on’tal Idaho radio show February 22nd. The show offers news and interviews highlighting Idaho’s environmental issues. In the episode titled Media, Politics and Environmental Policy, Ashley and Freemuth discussed the role of media in today’s political climate and democracy in general, including issues regarding media access to public agencies, dissemination of information to the public about environmental, land use initiatives or studies, and information otherwise vital to the formulation of public policy. Visit’tal Idaho upcoming programs and archives here.

Originating Sources:’tal Idaho 2/22/ 2017, Boise State Update 2/23/2017

Jen Schneider Presents at Western States Communication Association Convention

Jen SchneiderJen Schneider presented a paper titled “The ‘Influence Peddlers’: Frackademia and the Rhetoric of Innovation” at the Western States Communication Association Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Feb. 19.  The paper examines the role that public-private partnerships play in shaping how universities define education for the “public good” and received a Top Paper award from the Environmental Communication Interest Group.

Originating Source: Boise State Update 2/21/2017

Ph.D. Student, Johnathan Krutz, in action

Jonathan KrutzPh.D. student, Jonathan Krutz, wrote an editorial titled “What happens when a state ignores its own constitution?” that was published in the Feb. 9 issue of the Idaho Statesman. In it he discusses the presence of gambling in Idaho. Read the piece here on the Idaho Statesman website.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 2/17/2017 – Jonathan Krutz, Idaho Statesman 2/8/2017

MPA Alumna in action: Jillana Finnegan

photo of julliana finneganStaff from Advising and Academic Enhancement (AAE) presented at the 36th annual conference on The First-Year Experience in Atlanta, Georgia, this month. MPA Alumna and Associate Director, Jillana Finnegan, co-presented “Unlocking the FYE Curriculum: Online, Self-Paced, Free, One-Credit Course After Orientation” along side Interim Assistant Director Alizabeth Gaddie and First-Year Experience Advisor Tiara Thompson. Read more about their presentation at the 36th annual conference on The First-Year Experience here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 2/17/2017 – The First Year Experience

Dr. Les Alm Appointed SPS Faculty Director


Leslie Alm, ProfessorDr. Les Alm has agreed to serve as the SPS Faculty Director this spring and again next spring. Dr. Alm has been with Boise State University since 1991. During that time, he has served as the Department Chair for both the Political Science and Public Policy and Administration Departments, as well as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. As a prolific scholar, he has published over forty-four peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters. In 2011, Dr. Alm’s contributions to the field and to the university were recognized when he received Boise State’s Distinguished Professor Award. His primary research interests are environmental policy with attention to the science-policy linkage, the United States-Canada relationship and borderlands issue. Dr. Alm received the unanimous support of program leads/chair as being a great fit for this role over the next couple years. During the current evaluation cycle (and next year’s cycle), Dr. Alm will play an important role with other faculty and program leads. Dr. Alm will work collaboratively with faculty to ensure consistency and equity in our School-wide processes, including faculty goal formation, assigned workload, and evaluation. Congratulations Dr. Les Alm!


Ph.D. Student, Vanessa Fry, in action – February 13, 2017

image of vanessa fryPh.D. in Public Policy and Administration student Vanessa Fry wrote an article titled “Pay For Success?” that was published by The Blue Review this Monday. In it she discusses balancing multi-sector interests in uprooting homelessness and other persistent social issues. Read Vanessa Fry’s full article here on The Blue Review.

Originating Sources: The Blue Review, 2/13/2017