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Eric Martin Co-Authors With RISE to Produce Report on Athlete Activism

Studio portrait of Eric Martin.Eric Martin, assistant professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology, recently worked with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) organization to co-author the second annual report, “The Athlete’s Quest for Social Justice: An Examination of 2017 Goals and Impact.” Martin has worked closely with RISE on research articles and projects at the collegiate and professional level. In this project, Martin worked alongside the RISE team to help with coding and analyzing data (described below) for the report.  

RISE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress. Led by a remarkable alliance of professional sports leagues, organizations, educators, media networks, sports professionals, and athletes, RISE uses sports as a vehicle to bring people together to promote understanding, respect, and equality. The organization aims to spark enduring action through educational programing and public awareness campaigns.

The “Athlete’s Quest for Social Justice: An Examination of 2017 Goals and Impact” outlines actions taken by athletes and other stakeholders in sports to raise awareness about social injustice throughout 2017. It reviewed over 1,100 actions nationwide which were classified as collective actions, community outreach, financial contribution, protest, public statement, or special apparel. Additionally, each of the actions were categorized into what the primary goals were and included raising awareness about inequality, protecting human rights, empowering individuals, encouraging civic participation and advocacy, and increasing access to resources. Some examples of these actions consisted of athletes raising money for Houston flood relief, kneeling during the national anthem as various symbols of protest, and providing free football camps for minority and underserved youth. The report then provided several recommendations for athletes and other stakeholders to increase the effectiveness of these efforts. The RISE report evaluates the impacts of these efforts through athlete activism and assesses the goals that athletes worked toward during the year as they promoted social justice.

“It is critical to understand how athletes are actually engaging in their communities,” said Martin. “Sport has the power to change society, and these athletes have a unique platform to enact this change. They are engaged in a number of actions that benefit society and they should be recognized as such.”

Students and others can get involved with RISE to drive social progress by attending events, signing up for collegiate leadership programs, and taking the RISE pledge to treat everyone with respect and dignity to help end racism.

To learn more about how to get involved visit,

To view the full report visit,

School of Nursing Takes Simulation to the Virtual Level

Jayne Josephson, associate professor for the School of Nursing tries out the game

Jayne Josephson, associate professor for the School of Nursing tries out the game.

The School of Nursing is partnering with the College of Innovation and Design, Department of Gaming, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology (GIMM) to create a virtual reality game and tool for nursing students.

Karen Breitkreuz

Karen Breitkreuz

Nursing students may soon have the opportunity to practice how to properly insert a sterile urinary catheter through virtual reality simulation. Karen Breitkreuz, associate professor for the School of Nursing, and Anthony Ellertson, program director of GIMM, have collaborated to create and test a virtual reality game that allows more hands on learning for future nurses.

“The game we have developed so far would allow students the opportunity to practice an important skill with sterile urinary catheterization as much as the student desired until they reach a competent level of proficiency,” said Breitkreuz.

The College of Health Sciences Simulation Center currently provides nursing students with the opportunity to work in full patient hospital rooms on manikins to practice using oxygen equipment, hospital beds, IV pumps, feeding pumps, etc. With the creation of this virtual reality game, students would be able to further their hands on learning with another way to practice and assess how to keep this procedure sterile. The games would also allow for a more affordable option compared to manikins in the Simulation Center.

“The advantage of the game is that it tells students when they make mistakes and how they can correct their own performance,” said Breitkreuz, “The thing we are trying to teach with this game, is how to prevent a sterile field from being contaminated and the basic steps to complete the procedure. In the game, the students see germs they don’t see in the practice lab and errors are pointed out in sterile technique the students make that can sometimes be missed.”

Picture of the on screen game“The simulation ability and freedom of exploration will make virtual reality tools essential in higher education in the upcoming years,” said Mike Wilson, GIMM student. “I think virtual reality will become a part of every department here on campus, from nursing to physics. It offers functions that professors can use to evaluate their instruction.”

Saint Alphonsus Invites Boise State Students to Go Beyond Their Major

President Bob Kustra Speaking at the Event

Dr. Bob Kustra, president of Boise State University speaks at Student Engagement Night

Saint Alphonsus, in an ongoing partnership with Boise State University’s College of Health Sciences, recently hosted the second annual Student Engagement Night. The event was held on Monday, Jan. 29 in the McCleary Auditorium of the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. The event was open to all College of Health Sciences students, faculty, and staff and over 150 attended.

Events such as these are thanks to the ongoing partnership between Boise State and Saint Alphonsus. The health system continues to be a major contributor to students and programs within the College of Health Sciences. These contributions range from providing access of their clinical sites for all students, over thousands of dollars donated in scholarships, creating a persistent partnership in research, and donating millions of dollars in support of students and programs over several decades.

Rodney Reider Speaks to Students at the Student Engagement Night

Dr. Rodney Reider, president of Saint Alphonsus presents at Student Engagement Night

The night kicked off with an introduction from Carolyn Holly, vice president of marketing, communications, and public relations for Saint Alphonsus Health System. Bob Kustra, president of Boise State followed with rousing comments about the exciting future of both the university and the health system. Tim Dunnagan, dean of Boise State’s College of Health Sciences then reminded students of the importance of finding a job that is more than just a paycheck but rather a mission that feeds the soul.

Rodney Reider, president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System, then greeted students with a presentation that featured an introduction to the Saint Alphonsus mission and team. Reider shared an overview of services offered in their medical centers, their community impact, and where they are headed as a health system. The presentation also enabled an illustration of a job in healthcare for the students. Reider provided insight to the career of changing lives and being a part of something greater within the health system community. Students were able to grasp the traditions, impacts, and overall driven mission that make up Saint Alphonsus.

“With the opportunity to learn more about Saint Alphonsus and their mission, I was able to further understand who they are as a health system and what they stand for,” said Brynn Peters, a Boise State nursing student. “Hearing the CEO’s speech allowed me to make connections with Saint Alphonsus’ initiative to help the entire population and made me appreciate their goals in helping each individual become the best medical professional they strive to be. I felt as if these values and goals went hand in hand with those of Boise State’s in the support of their students and helping them achieve their educational endeavors.”

Following Reider’s presentation, students were separated into networking sessions unique to their area of study. They had the remarkable opportunity to interact with medical professionals and leaders in nursing, radiology, respiratory care, social work, informatics, kinesiology, and more. These networking sessions gave students the opportunity to ask questions and familiarize themselves with the ways in which these professions operate within Saint Alphonsus.The sessions also proposed and outlined ways students can get involved with the health system after receiving their degree. The experience allowed students to make connections with these professionals and gain a better idea of what opportunities lie ahead after graduation to hopefully further define their career and what it would look like within Saint Alphonsus.

Dean Dunnigan Speaking at the Event

Dr. Tim Dunnagan, dean of the College of Health Sciences speaks at the Student Engagement Night

“It was exciting to get to speak with people who are a part of the Saint Alphonsus team,” said Peters. “It gave me an idea of what this health system expects from new graduates and what I can expect going into my career after graduation. This extremely rare opportunity to meet and speak with medical directors and professionals from our local health system really reminded me of why I want to be a nurse. It’s easy to lose sight of your end goal with an overwhelming course load. However, events like this make you even more excited to see where your education can take you.”

“We are grateful for our superb community partners such as Saint Alphonsus,” said Dunnagan. “Saint Alphonsus demonstrates their care and compassion for the community in events like the Student Engagement Night to converse and share with our students, furthering their understanding of health care systems and future careers.”

Cynthia Curl Quoted in New York Times Article

Cynthia Curl Cynthia Curl, assistant professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health was quoted in a New York Times article titled “These Goldfish Are 70 Percent Organic.” In the article Curl noted that when we eat organically, we reduce our pesticide exposure. “Observational studies, while not conclusive, are consistent with the idea that there may be health benefits from reducing pesticide exposure, particularly during pregnancy. But the science simply isn’t there to say for sure,” she said.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Professor and Graduate Collaborate to Publish Manuscript on Faculty Retention

Teresa SerrattTeresa Serratt, associate professor for the School of Nursing and Karen Theis, alumnae of the School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership program, recently celebrated the publication of their manuscript: “Evaluating Association Degree Nursing Faculty Job Satisfaction” in the April 2018 peer-reviewed journal, Teaching and Learning in Nursing.

Theis graduated from the DNP in Leadership program in May 2017 and this manuscript served as her final scholarly project. The DNP in Leadership program prepares nurses to transform practice environments, lead change in complex health systems, and evaluate and implement strategies that optimize health outcomes. Serratt served as the committee chair for Theis’s scholarly project and continues to serve as a professional mentor.  

“DNP graduates are expected to take a leadership role in crafting meaningful changes that improve health and health care delivery,” said Serratt. “Part of being a leader is sharing the impact of these changes and ‘lessons learned’ so that others may benefit from these experiences. Most of our graduates have never submitted a manuscript for publication so one of our key goals is to mentor them through the publication process in order to enhance these abilities and help them become more confident.”

Serratt and Theis’ manuscript outlines a scholarly project that identifies factors affecting the retention of faculty in Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs. Theis conducted a nation-wide survey of part-time and full-time ADN faculty. The survey identified the factors of dissatisfaction such as salary, organizational policies, and workload and those of satisfaction such as interactions, professional status, and autonomy. The manuscript then offers informative and advanced solutions to retain current faculty.

Read the full manuscript, Evaluating Association Degree Nursing Faculty Job Satisfaction.

Read the scholarly project, Evaluating ADN Faculty Job Satisfaction.

Network with Health-Related Professionals at the Spring 2018 Meet-N-Greet

2017 Fall Meet-N-Greet

Students network with agencies at the Fall 2017 Meet-N-Greet

Students who are interested in expanding their network should know that a majority of jobs are found through networking. For a chance to do just that, College of Health Sciences students are invited to attend the ninth semiannual Meet-N-Greet, Wednesday, Mar. 14 from 3:30-6:00 pm in the Simplot Ballroom of the Student Union Building.

Hosted by the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health and Eta Sigma Gamma, health education honorary, this event is a great chance for students to expand their network by connecting with health professionals in their career of interest from 26 local health-related agencies.

This network event enables students to learn more about the different agencies, expand connections, and grow their network in search of possible volunteer, internship, and job opportunities.  

The event includes agency introductions, four, eight-minute rounds of separate networking with an agency of choice, and an hour of open networking. Students do not have to attend the entire event, only what their schedule allows and are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress business casual. Free food will also be provided at the event.

To sign up for the Meet-N-Greet, fill out this form by ​Friday, Mar. 9. Signing up will also allow you to receive email updates prior to the event.

For any further questions, contact Caile Spear at (208) 426-3656 or


Boise State University Launches Online Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Health

With recent approval from the Idaho State Board of Education, Boise State University is launching a new, online-only bachelor of arts degree in public health.

The program will begin accepting applications in early March and enroll its first students in fall 2018.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer a rigorous program that will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively serve as public health advocates,” said Lillian Smith, head of the Department of Community and Environmental Health. “Public health addresses issues that are timely, important and relevant. Having this degree offered exclusively online also ensures that students anywhere can complete the program while remaining in and contributing to their home communities.”

Boise State’s program will educate students about the cause and effect components of public health, thereby preparing them to advocate for social change and address community health-related challenges. Professionals with degrees in public health often work in both traditional public health and service-focused organizations, as well as new practice settings and nonprofit organizations.

Students will need to meet several key academic requirements before being accepted to the program. Once enrolled, full-time students can expect to complete their degree in five semesters (including summer coursework.)

“Public health is a rapidly growing field that needs well-educated, well-trained leaders who know how to serve and advance the health and welfare of their communities,” said Tim Dunnagan, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “This new degree is the perfect example of how our faculty and staff are dedicated to creating high-caliber, accessible and affordable programs. Offering this program online also presents an exciting way for us to work directly with individual students while developing leaders who will graduate and contribute to the larger social good.”

To learn more about the bachelor of arts degree in public health, please visit To learn more about all of Boise State University’s online offerings, visit


Students Invited to Present Scholarship at Different Conferences This Spring

IPE PresentationsCollege of Health Sciences students have been invited to participate in the opportunity to present research at two of the three upcoming conferences: the Interprofessional Education Scholarship Conference, the Undergraduate Research Conference, and the Graduate Student Showcase. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity of having their scholarship or research presented in multiple conferences to further their expertise.

The Interprofessional Education Scholarship Conference is open to both graduate and undergraduate students from the College of Health Sciences to share both discipline-specific and interprofessional scholarship. Students are recommended to present submissions done within the last year and to provide a College of Health Sciences faculty sponsor. Posters must also be 4’ x 3’ or 48” x 36”.

When: Monday, April 9 from 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Hatch AB Ballroom of the Student Union Building.

The keynote speaker will be Allan M. Korn, MD, FACP, former chief medical officer of Blue Cross-Blue Shield Association.

The following information is required for the application via Word document:

  • Contributing author(s) and discipline/degree(s)
  • Faculty mentor information
  • Project abstract (less than 500 words)
  • A brief description of how the scholarship/research impacts other disciplines

To apply or ask questions, email Phil Ford at The deadline to apply for the conference is March 16.

The Undergraduate Research Conference is open to all Boise State undergraduate students who wish to demonstrate what they have learned through their research, scholarship, or the arts. Presentations may vary as posters, podium, or visual formats. Students must also provide a Boise State Faculty sponsorship.

When: Monday, April 16 from 12:00-2:30pm
Where: Student Union Building.

The following information is required for the application:

  • Faculty member information
  • Team member(s) names
  • Project abstract uploaded as an attachment (abstract should be 150 – 200 words)
  • Abstract must be reviewed and approved by faculty mentor prior to applying for conference

Applications are due Friday, March 2. More information and the application may be found at

The Graduate Student Showcase is a chance for graduate students to present research, work and talents, to connect with other graduate students and faculty at Boise State, and to learn about other disciplines and gain conference experience. Presentations may vary depending on the type of submission. Posters must be 46” x 36”.

When: Thursday, April 19 from 9:00-11:00am
Where: Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union Building.

The deadline to submit is March 16. For more information and to apply visit,

Radiologic Sciences Attends 2018 ACERT Conference

Boise State faculty Leslie Kendrick (far right) and Travis Armstrong (second from left) joined twenty-one students from Boise State’s Radiologic Sciences program at the 2018 ACERT conference

Boise State faculty Leslie Kendrick (far right) and Travis Armstrong (second from left) joined twenty-one students from Boise State’s Radiologic Sciences program at the 2018 ACERT conference.

A large group representing Boise State’s School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences, traveled to Las Vegas the first week of February to attend the 43rd annual Association of Collegiate Educator in Radiologic Technology (ACERT) conference. The conference is dedicated to improving the quality of education at the collegiate level in radiologic technology. This year over 800 educators, students, and vendors from across the country attended the conference.

Over the course of three days, experts in the field gave presentations on a wide variety of subjects related to medical imaging. In addition to the presentations, there were a number of student competitions such as an essay and research poster contest. The opportunity to share best practices, learn new trends in medical imaging and education programs, as well as meet faculty and students from across the country was invaluable for educators and students alike.  

College of Health Sciences faculty Leslie Kendrick and Travis Armstrong joined twenty-one members of the Boise State Student Association of Radiologic Technology (SART) in attending the conference. The conference allowed for the promotion of Boise State’s online Imaging Sciences A.S. to B.S. and Kendrick also served as a judge for the poster competition.

Student essay competition winners Melisa Dick, James Tamarra, Amy Woolley, Taylor Sievers, Ingred Stokes, Alyssa Canegaly (left to right)

Student essay competition winners Melisa Dick, James Tamarra, Amy Woolley, Taylor Sievers, Ingred Stokes, Alyssa Canegaly (left to right).

Continuing the long tradition of Boise State students performing well in the competitions, the top two places in the student essay competition were claimed by Boise State. This is the eleventh year in a row that at least one student or student group has placed in the top three of the competition. In first place was Melisa Dick, James Tamarra, and Amy Woolley with their essay, “Effects of Hand Washing Versus Hand Sanitizing on Various Pathogenic Organisms in the Hospital.” In second place was Alyssa Canegaly, Taylor Sievers, and Ingred Stokes with their essay, “The Differences in Dose to the Thyroid in a Stationary X-ray Unit Versus a Portable Unit.”

Free Strength, Function, and Balance Class for Adults 50+

The School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology is offering a free eight-week Strength, Function, and Balance class for adults of 50 years of age and older who are looking to improve their physical function. The objective of this class is to improve participants’ functional limitations and is designed for those who might be out of the habit of exercising, those who are dealing with chronic conditions or those who simply would like more physical direction delivered in a fun, engaging environment. This class is not designed for highly fit individuals.

Classes are available February 15 through April 26 and will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:15-6:10 p.m. in the Bronco Gym, room 215. Sign-up will continue until the end of February. Participants will be instructed by Kinesiology majors who are enrolled in the Physical Activity and Aging course. Participants will also receive an individualized home exercise program following the course.

For more information or to sign up please call (208) 426- 4270 or Terry-Ann Spitzer Gibson at (208) 426-1509. You can also email Terry at