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Celebrate Maya Schimpf as She Retires

Maya SchimpfThe campus community is invited to the College of Health Sciences retirement celebration for Maya Schimpf, family practice nurse practitioner for Health Services. The celebration will be held from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23 in the Health Services’ lobby on the second floor of the Norco Building.

Schimpf’s specialties include working with the patients at Health Services as a clinician and as an educator, to help them learn and apply the tools for health and wellbeing. Schmipf began her career at Health Services in 2013 after she became certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master’s degree in Nursing with Family Practice emphasis from Idaho State University. She has over 20 years of previous experience as a Registered Nurse in telemetry and Emergency Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in the mountains, floating on the rivers and gardening.

Faculty and Staff Complete Department of Kinesiology Fitness Challenge

Hats off to the top 10 finalists of the Spring 2018 Fitness Challenge, sponsored by the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology.

The Fitness Challenge is a friendly competition between Boise State employees who train with kinesiology students over the course of one semester to see who improved their health and fitness most. Faculty and staff commit to nine weeks of personal training provided by students of the KINES 432: Conditioning Principles class. Student personal trainers develop and guide clients through an exercise routine designed to help participants meet their health and fitness goals.

Students in the kinesiology department would like to thank and congratulate all of the finalists of the Fitness Challenge who improved their health and fitness this semester. As a result of the challenge, more than $4,000 was raised for the Department of Kinesiology scholarships.

Finalists and their departments include:

  • Alma Navarrete, High School Equivalency Program
  • Anna Bailey, Service Learning Center
  • Claire Xiong, Department of Material Science and Engineering
  • Eva Horn, Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies
  • Michelle Vos, Department of Management
  • Ramona Martin, Department of Construction Management
  • Rossitta Fleming, Early and Special Education
  • Shin Pu, Biomolecular Research Center
  • Victoria Hoshino, Financial Aid  
  • Yong Gao, Department of Kinesiology

School of Nursing Faculty and Students Present at Annual Research Conference

Gallegos and her students with research poster on Disaster Training for Nurses

Cara Gallegos and her students with research poster on Disaster Training for Nurses

Eight faculty, nine undergraduate nursing students, and one Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership student, all from the School of Nursing, had the opportunity to attend the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Annual Research Conference on April 11-14, in Spokane, Washington. This opportunity is provided each year by the Jody DeMeyer endowed fund and makes Boise State University unique for having such great representation at the conference.

The focus of the conference was “Transforming Health Through Advances in Nursing, Research, Practice, and Education.” Not only did students attend sessions related to this topic, they presented their own research and evidence-based practice projects alongside their mentors and other faculty research presentations.

Jenny Alderden, assistant professor, presented her work in a symposium on pressure injuries using machine learning to investigate the injuries within the Intensive Care Unit in a symposium. Jane Grassley, professor and Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair, also gave a podium presentation highlighting her work with St. Luke’s nurses to implement a family bonding time in the mother/baby unit. Other faculty also presented their research posters at the conference. Max Veltman, associate professor presented his research on “Healthcare for Foster Children,” and Teresa Serratt, associate professor, presented a poster on “The Nursing Workforce.”

Strohfus and Molina- Shaver with their Poster

Strohfus and Molina- Shaver with their poster

School of Nursing faculty also won awards at the conference. Pam Strohfus, associate professor, and Paula Molina-Shaver, clinical assistant professor, won the Best of Show Poster award for their work entitled, “Medication Errors Abound: Why an Intramuscular Injection isn’t Intramuscular.” This scholarly endeavor is a continuation of their work concerning body mass index and appropriate needle depth.

Teresa Serratt After Being Recognized for her Grant

Teresa Serratt after being recognized for her grant


Serratt was also recognized as the recipient of the 2018 Sigma Theta Tau International Western Institute of Nursing Research Grant. She has received $10,000 to investigate state regulations related to mental health technicians in acute care.

Pam Strohfus, Teresa Serratt, Ron Ordona, and Cara Gallegos (left to right)

Pam Strohfus, Teresa Serratt, Ron Ordona, and Cara Gallegos (left to right)

Ron Ordona, a DNP in Leadership student who will graduate Spring 2018, presented his capstone student project, “Transitional Care Medical House Call: A Pilot Project” with mentor Cara Gallegos, assistant professor. Ordona’s work was recognized by the WIN Gerontology Special Interest Group as the best student presentation in gerontological nursing at the conference.


Students who attended the conference had positive comments about presenting their research:

“Engaging with people as they passed my poster was really fun. I left feeling truly empowered by the exciting projects so many inspiring nurses are working hard to accomplish. I really loved being able to interact with nurse researchers and hear about their research as well. I was not sure how I felt about research prior to attending the conference, but after the poster session and several concurrent sessions, I now know this is something I want to pursue. Because of this experience, I aspire to continue my education to a graduate level and participate in future research projects.”

Student research posters included:

  • The Undergraduate Research Assistant Experience – Kelsy Mitchell, Julie Rekiere, students, and Grassley, faculty mentor
  • Child Fatalities – Julie Rekiere, student and Veltman, faculty mentor
  • General Anesthesia and Delirium – Hannah Nakashima, student and Gallegos, faculty mentor
  • Disaster Training for Nurses – Taylor Beckman, Alanna Belz, Cat Ostrem, Sarah Leuw, students and Gallegos, faculty mentor
  • Fall Prevention in the Community -Christine Shives, student and Lucy Zhao, assistant professor, faculty mentor
  • Virtual Reality, Gaming, and Nursing Skills – Kimberly Brown, student and Karen Breitkruz, associate professor, faculty mentor
  • Targeted Education Related to Intramuscular Injections – Chelsea Tindell, student, and Strohfus, faculty mentor


School of Nursing Faculty Helping Patient Outcomes Through Research

Jane Grassley and Cheeren Langrill, department of communications and marketing for St. Luke's

Jane Grassley and Cheeren Langrill, department of communications and marketing for St. Luke’s

Jane Grassley, professor and Joanna “Jody” DeMeyer Endowed Chair for Nursing in the College of Health Sciences, has been recognized as the 2017-18 St. Luke’s Nursing Research Outstanding Mentor. Grassley received this honor as she has served as a mentor the last four years for St. Luke’s Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Fellowship Program, a representation of the strong partnership between Boise State’s School of Nursing and St. Luke’s Health System in Boise.

The EBP Fellowship Program, which has been in effect for more than 10 years, serves as a professional development program that allows working nurses to improve the ways in which care is delivered. The program offers classes and seminars about conducting research and evidence-based practice for nurses at St. Luke’s. Those selected for the program are teamed up with a mentor from Boise State’s School of Nursing, Idaho State University, or other St. Luke’s staff and former fellows to explore a topic of their choosing.

Nurses are chosen by senior fellows of the program to participate. The classes and seminars offered allow for nurse fellows to conduct a research study or evidence-based practice project on any topic of their choosing. The weekly classes are held over an intensive 18 month period before they present their posters at the annual fellows celebration. Their research posters are also displayed at the traveling poster show during St. Luke’s nurses week.

Grassley’s fellows have previously studied nurses’ breastfeeding support on night shifts, evidence-based breastfeeding support, discharge teaching about breastfeeding, and the late preterm infant. This year Grassley mentored Ryoko Pentecost, and Kristy Schmidt who both graduated from Boise State University in May of 2016 with a Masters in Nursing. Pentecost and Schmidt researched the topic, “Screening for Substance Use During Pregnancy: Perceived Provider Barriers.” Their research study will continue a second year and be presented at the next fellows celebration.

“Participating as a mentor in the St. Luke’s Health System Nurse Fellowship Program has been a delightful and meaningful experience,” said Grassley. “I love watching the nurse fellows grow in their confidence that they can bring positive and effective evidence-based change that benefits their nursing unit and/or patients. Mentoring involves being available to encourage my fellows when they feel overwhelmed by reading the research literature and empowering them to push past their perceived barriers and complete their projects. I feel very honored to have received this award.”

Grassley was invited by Laura Tivis, director of research for St. Luke’s Health System to become a mentor for fellow nurses. Other Boise State Nursing mentors have included:

  • Cara Gallegos, assistant professor
  • Kim Martz, associate professor
  • Marty Downey, emeritus professor
  • Pam Strohfus, associate professor and graduate programs coordinator

“Jane Grassley has done such a wonderful job mentoring nurses on nursing research projects,” said Lucy Zhao, assistant professor for the School of Nursing. “She is truly an asset to both Boise State University and our nursing community!”

It’s a wonderful honor and so well deserved,” said Ann Hubbert, professor and director for the School of Nursing. “Jane’s exceptional contributions, not only within the School of Nursing, but to the entire nursing community, impacts the transformations in advancing healthcare daily. We are thankful for the strong partnership between St. Luke’s and the School of Nursing that allows our faculty to continue to make these kinds of contributions. We are so thankful for all of your work that benefits so many!”

To read more about the EBP Fellowship Program, visit the St. Luke’s Blog.

College of Health Sciences Students Recognized at Campus Community Awards Ceremony

Two College of Health Sciences students received awards at Boise State University’s annual Campus Awards Ceremony hosted by the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management on April 19.

This blue carpet event recognizes students, faculty, staff and student organizations for outstanding achievement, service and campus engagement.

Holly Harper Receiving her awardHolly Harper, Health Studies and Pre-Physician Assistant major was awarded the Emerging Leader award. This award recognizes a student who is charting intentional paths where they learn what it means to lead. They show a commitment to personal leadership development and are dedicated to student involvement and learning outside the classroom.



Jake Robertson Receiving his AwardJake Robertson, Pre-Medical Studies and Biology major, received the Spirit of Boise State Awards award. Robertson, and four other students received this award which identifies outstanding students who exemplify the Boise State University Shared Values of academic excellence, caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. Robertson was also previously recognized at the annual Top Ten Scholars reception a few days earlier for his academic breadth of coursework, research, creative works and publications, presentations at professional meetings or conferences, and extracurricular community and campus service.

View the full list of people and organizations also recognized at the ceremony and see photos of individual winners on Facebook.

College of Health Sciences Faculty Receive Golden Apple Awards

Jill Chonody

Jill Chonody, School of Social Work

Pam Gehrke

Pam Gehrke, School of Nursing

Two College of Health Sciences faculty have received Golden Apple Awards from the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU). Pamela Gehrke, associate professor for the School of Nursing, and Jill Chonody, associate professor for the School of Social Work.

For more than 30 years, the ASBSU has presented Golden Apple Awards to thank and honor teachers who have encouraged them and instilled in them a passion for learning.

Following hundreds of nominations from students, a total of nine Boise State faculty received the prestigious honor of receiving a 2018 award for their college. Other honorees include:

  • Soo Jeoung “Crystal” Han, College of Engineering
  • Norman Weinstein, College of Education
  • Virginia Hatch, School of Public Service
  • Eliot Smith, College of Business and Economics
  • Joe Tornello, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kendall House, College of Innovation and Design
  • Shelton Woods, Honors College

Certificate in Sport Coaching Program Now Offered Through the Department of Kinesiology

Interested in being a sports coach? The Department of Kinesiology has a new Certificate in Sport Coaching for you. All students of any major at Boise State University interested in sport coaching are welcome to enroll.

The Certificate in Sport Coaching program offers 15 credits through six kinesiology classes. The required classes include:

  • KINES 180 – Introduction to Sport Coaching
  • KINES 220 – Introduction to Athletic Injuries
  • KINES 360 – Psychology of Sport Coaching
  • KINES 361 – Conditioning Principles for Sport
  • KINES 362 – Sport Coaching Methods and Administration
  • KINES 493 – Internship in Sport Coaching

Registration is now open with KINES 180, KINES 361, and KINES 362 being offered for the fall 2018 semester.

For any questions, students can email or contact an advisor to ask about the specifics of the program and how it applies to their schedule.

Two College of Health Sciences Students Named Top Ten Scholars

Ten outstanding Boise State University graduating seniors, including two from the College of Health Sciences, were recognized for their exceptional academic success at the annual Top Ten Scholars reception on Monday, April 16 in the Stueckle Sky Center.

The scholars, joined by their families and professors, gathered for a reception that recognizes the students’ academic excellence and the influence specific faculty members have had on their success. It is a unique opportunity each year to bring together many of Boise State’s best and brightest students and teachers.

Presented by the Boise State Alumni Association, the awards ceremony featured remarks from each student honoree as well as remarks from Kevin Satterlee, chief operating officer, vice president and special counsel, and Jim Kerns, vice president of the Boise State Alumni Association and Office of Alumni Relations.

Students are nominated by their academic deans and are subject to rigorous review by a selection committee. To qualify for consideration, a student must have a 3.8 or higher grade point average. Nominees are then reviewed based on academic breadth of coursework, research, creative works and publications, presentations at professional meetings or conferences, and extracurricular community and campus service.

“Student recipients should feel extremely proud knowing that they are deemed the top of their graduating class,” said Lisa Gardner, executive director of the Boise State University Alumni Association. “They have had extraordinary experiences through their undergraduate studies with Boise State University and we hope that they continue to share their wisdom and energy with their colleagues and with their alma mater as they move through their life and career paths as Boise State alumni and continue to represent the university’s highest standards.”

Mackenzie Moss PortraitMackenzie Ross

Degree: Bachelor of arts in social work and a minor in Spanish

Future Plans: To attend a post-baccalaureate institution to participate in earning a master of social work with a clinical concentration and a law degree.

Honored Faculty: Manda Hicks, associate professor, director of forensics, Department of Communication

With two Boise State graduates as parents, Ross was destined to attend Boise State University.

As a member of the Boise State Talkin’ Broncos Speech and Debate Team, Ross has helped the program claim two of four consecutive national championship titles and has obtained three individual national titles of her own. These awards include public forum debate titles and an extemporaneous speaking title. She placed first out of hundreds of student speakers from more than 80 schools.

Ross has held several leadership positions during her time at Boise State, including the president and vice president of the Speech and Debate Team. Off campus, she was nominated by Idaho Senator Jim Risch to represent Idaho at the Henry Clay Collegiate Student Congress where she engaged in conversations of policy and humanitarianism. She was celebrated at the congress with an award for leading compromise in political conversations.

Ross’ background as a member of the Talkin’ Broncos extends beyond the university through her service work. She works as a student interpreter with Project Laura, an immigration clinic focused on serving undocumented minors. She also developed the Prison Debate Initiative, which provides educational experiences and life skills to incarcerated individuals. Additionally, she serves as an intern for the Hunger Relief Task Force.

Ross is from Boise, Idaho.

Jake Robertson PortraitJake Robertson

Degree: Bachelor of science in biology with a human emphasis and a bachelor of science in premedical studies with an emphasis in biology

Future Plans: Attend a top medical school in the fall to become a physician.

Honored Faculty: Julia Thom Oxford, distinguished professor, Department of Biological Sciences, director, Biomolecular Research Center

Robertson’s passion for service began long before his arrival at Boise State University, spending 1,500 plus hours volunteering at food banks, homeless shelters and hospitals, serving meals at the Boise Rescue Mission and working as a pediatric-preop volunteer at St. Luke’s Health System.

During his time at Boise State, Robertson has worked with Boise’s refugee population, tutoring junior high refugees, helping older refugees with job applications, and collaborating with campus organizations to share volunteer opportunities with students. Additionally, he is a contributor and launch-team member for an upcoming book detailing the bipartisan movement in communities across the country to aid refugees.

After completing an Urban Apiary internship, Robertson helped found the Boise State Bee Team. In 2015, he became the vice president of community service for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, where he coordinated volunteer projects for hundreds of students.

As a founding member of the Plasma Medicine Vertically Integrated Project in the College of Innovation and Design, Robertson collaborated with a diverse group of scientists to determine novel applications of a unique medical device. Recently, Robertson led his own project to compile all known and properly documented germline-mutations of DICER1 Syndrome, a rare cancer-predisposition disorder affecting a close family member.

In his free time, he is, an award-winning pianist and guitarist, playing with local churches and campus bands, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Robertson is from Fort Worth, Texas.

Karyn Levin Portrait
Karyn Levin

Degree: Bachelor of science in psychology and bachelor of science in criminal justice

Future Plans: Pursue a master of social work at Boise State and later advocate for victims’ rights in a clinical and legislative capacity.

Honored Faculty: R. Eric Landrum, professor, Department of Psychological Science

Although not currently a College of Health Sciences student, Levin will be pursuing her master of social work degree starting this fall at Boise State and will be completing her first-year field placement with Planned Parenthood.

Levin has been a member of the Boise State Honors College since her first year. She has held two internships, one with Boise neuropsychologist Craig Beaver, by whom she is now employed, and one with the Faces of Hope Victim Center. She has worked for Boise State both as an academic advisor and for the Educational Access Center. Levin has held a role as a research assistant with R. Eric Landrum, working to start an education-based nonprofit organization.

Levin is from Portland, Oregon.

College of Health Sciences Invites Campus Community to Retirement Celebration

The campus community is invited to the College of Health Sciences retirement celebration for Pam Strohfus, associate professor for the School of Nursing, and Mike Berlin, lecturer for the Department of Community and Environmental Health. The celebration will be held from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in room 114 of the Norco building.

Pam StrohfusStrohfus serves as the Graduate Programs Coordinator for the School of Nursing. Over her 15 years of service to Boise State University, Strohfus has devoted her research focus to insure effective vaccine delivery, influence immunization policy changes, and increase immunization rates in Idaho. Strohfus’ career has encompassed an extensive nursing background in medical/surgical, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, and primary care. Leading up to her academic career, Strohfus spent 20 years at Kaiser Permanente in nursing, quality programs, management, and administration. Additionally, she currently serves on the Idaho Immunization Coalition Board.

Mike Berlin, Health SciencesBerlin’s teaching specialties include a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including healthcare policy making, issues in aging, leadership and marketing for healthcare professionals, economics and finance in healthcare, and service delivery systems. Berlin previously worked in healthcare management for 25 years as both vice president of operations and vice president of product development for MHN, the behavioral health subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. He is also a co-founder of the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group which has put him in a position to present to the Idaho state legislature and Idaho’s congressional representatives.  His advocacy work has resulted in success for research funding and a statewide plan for Alzheimer’s disease in Idaho. Berlin additionally serves on the Idaho Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Leadership Council and sits on the Board of Directors of Sheridan Academy, an accredited non-profit junior/senior private school in Boise.

Athletic Training Students Get Inside Glimpse To NCAA Championship

NCAA Tournament Basketball gameTwo Boise State Department of Kinesiology athletic training students, Mikey Tsukamoto and Andrew Gong, had a rare glimpse into the undertakings of hosting two rounds of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Though occasionally you may see athletic trainers run onto the field or court to provide emergency treatment to an injured athlete in the middle of a game, athletic trainers prefer to be part of the behind the scenes medical team who keep the athletes healthy and help games run smoothly and safely. Athletic trainers also work with athletes between games and in the off season to help athletes with maintenance and injury prevention.

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who undertake a medical model of education – a combination of academic curriculum and clinical training. Boise State’s Department of Kinesiology has a highly regarded program and a unique, collaborative partnership with the athletic training unit in Boise State Athletics Department. All athletic training students, currently all undergraduates, rotate through Athletics for clinical hours, working with a variety of sports teams. Both kinesiology faculty and the athletic trainers in Athletics collaborate to find ways to meet Athletics’ needs and the Kinesiology student’s educational needs within the parameters of what student athletic trainers are allowed to do by their national credentialing body.

“Boise State’s athletic training academic program was one of the things that attracted me to Boise State,” said Marc Paul, assistant athletic director for sports medicine for Boise State Athletics. “It has an excellent reputation and I enjoy collaborating with the faculty in the program to move both the academic and the athletics programs forward. Our unique ability to constructively disagree doesn’t happen in a positive manner everywhere!”

Paul was thrilled when Tsukamoto and Gong volunteered to help with the NCAA tournament: “The production that goes into the tournament is astounding. Our goal is to make the process of receiving medical care while teams are visiting as easy and as straightforward as possible. For the tournament, we equipped four locker rooms for a total of eight visiting teams, balancing functionality and sponsorship placements, all of which is much more complicated than setting up for a regular game. We established medical services here in Boise – making sure a dentist, ER head physicians and nurses were all on call, lining up two pharmacies, reserving a massage therapist to be on site during the tournament, and more.”

NCAA Tournament Basketball Floor Hosted by Boise State UniversityOn Sunday, March 11, Paul, Tsukamoto and Gong began meeting with tournament personnel and Taco Bell Arena staff to review routines, practice schedules, equipment and other protocols. The teams arrived in Boise on Monday and the tournament began with four first round games on Thursday, March 15. Tsukamoto and Gong touched base with Paul and others every morning and every evening throughout the tournament, which ended its games in Boise on Saturday, March 17. The work Tsukamoto and Gong did for the tournament was above and beyond their normal clinical hours with three other Boise State sports teams.

“Mikey and Andrew were outstanding,” exclaimed Paul. “They thought ahead about what the teams would need and took the initiative to implement everything. I’d raise a question and they’d tell me, ‘Yeah. We know. We got this.’ It freed me to be able to go do other things like check in with a new shift of EMTs and it made the whole tournament go really smoothly. The tournament director thanked me before leaving town and told me that he never once had to worry about medical. That’s a huge compliment!”

“It was a great opportunity for our students,” said John McChesney, chair of the Department of Kinesiology. “These students had the opportunity to interact with players and coaches, some of whom are quite notable. They were also able to network with athletic trainers, administrators and team physicians from around the country – a very rewarding experience to begin their athletic training career!”

“Where Mikey and Andrew are today is due to their growth and maturity from the athletic training academic program here at Boise State,” said Paul. “They took advantage of this opportunity, but their education helped prepare them to excel at it. They impressed a large number of people in the athletic training world.”

Tsukamoto will be attending University of Nebraska in the fall. Gong has one more year with Boise State. Boise State is phasing out its undergraduate athletic training program and beginning a master’s degree in athletic training in summer 2018. To learn more visit,