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College Supports Faculty by Awarding Developmental Mini-Research Grants

This fall, the College of Health Sciences Office of External Funding (OEF) awarded three Developmental Mini-Research Grants to faculty in order to further the faculty’s research projects. (more…)

Center for Health Policy Contracts to Work on Affordable Care Act Program

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has contracted with Boise State’s Center for Health Policy to develop and implement an evaluation plan for the Idaho Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. MIECHV was developed and funded under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to provide funds for “Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs” to ensure healthy maternal and child health in members of at-risk populations. The program’s goal is to help build quality, comprehensive statewide early childhood systems for pregnant women, parents and caregivers, and children from birth to 8 years of age – and, ultimately, to improve health and development outcomes across the nation. (more…)

College of Health Sciences Grant Coordinator Facilitates Workshop on Service-Learning and Research with Refugees

Terri SoelbergTerri Soelberg, grant coordinator for the College of Health Sciences, facilitated a Center for Teaching and Learning workshop with Kara Brascia, director of the Service-Learning Program, on Jan. 25.  The workshop, “Refugees, Service-Learning and Research” helped faculty connect with refugee agencies and on-campus resources to explore future collaborations in these areas, and gain insight from other faculty members into the benefits and special considerations of working with the refugee population.

This workshop is a part of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Boise State and Mountain States Group. This collaboration has supported a number of initiatives aimed at connecting refugees with the Boise State community.  Current examples of Boise State’s engagement with refugees include:


  • School of Nursing has a history of research collaborations with African refugee groups in the Boise area.
  • MOA team sponsored faculty workshops focused on best practices in the areas of community-based research/participation action research, refugee-focused service-learning and partnerships with refugee agencies.


  • School of Social Work developed and launched a Refugee Services Certificate program beginning in fall 2011, offered through the Boise State Center for Professional Development
  • In May 2011, Department of History offered three-credit course titled “Refugee Resettlement and Latino Immigration in Idaho,” developed and taught by Errol D. Jones, professor emeritus. This followed a highly successful forum and workshop on the Idaho refugee experience in 2010.
  • MOA team and the Service-Learning Program continue to facilitate partnerships between refugee agencies and faculty from multiple academic disciplines, including Linguistics, English, Social Work, Nursing, Counseling Education, Special Education, and Information Technology
  • In fall 2011, 11 academic courses partnered with with refugee-focused agencies through the Service-Learning Program, resulting in 70 students devoting 1,790 hours to refugee organizations in one semester.

Experiential Learning:

  • Boise State allocated two community work-study positions to refugee agencies to help coordinate Boise State students on-site
  • Service-Learning Program is collaborating with the English Language Center (ELC) to staff the new Family Literacy Program at ELC where Boise State students can serve with refugee families

Looking ahead, Boise State and MSG will focus on creating a welcoming and supportive environment for refugees who are coming to campus as students and teachers. The MOA team is also helping prepare the Boise State community to embrace the strengths and unique contributions of these new Americans.

Many of these achievements and initiatives are in collaboration with the Idaho Office of Refugees. The MOA team continues to identify new opportunities for collaboration around refugee issues that will build on accomplishments and promote the objectives of the agreement. New ideas are welcome; contact View the full MOA here.

The MOA team currently includes representatives from Boise State’s Service-Learning Program, Office of Research and Economic Development, Enrollment Services and the departments of History, Nursing, Linguistics and Social Work. Participants are appointed by the deans and new members are welcome. MSG’s team include staff from the Idaho Office of Refugees, English Language Center and the Agency for New Americans.

Boise State Faculty Member performs External Review of an Academic Program in Malaysia

Dale Stephenson, PhD, professor of community and environmental health, traveled Jan. 2-9 to Malaysia as an appointed external reviewer of a newly formed undergraduate program in environmental and occupational health at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Kota Bharu, Malaysia. In addition to providing opinions regarding continued maintenance and quality improvement of their academic program, Stephenson was able to network with university faculty and staff, setting the foundation for future academic and research collaborations with Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Dale Stephenson with faculty of the Universiti Sains Malaysia

Dr. Stephenson with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Faculty and Staff

Boise State School of Nursing Partners with the National League for Nursing (NLN) to Become National Experts in Healthcare Simulation

The Boise State University School of Nursing is excited and honored to co-sponsor a two-day workshop with the National League for Nursing (NLN) in an effort to promote the use of simulation in health care education, to meet the needs for collaboration, communication and teamwork resulting in improved care, enhanced safety, and reduction of human error. The workshop, titled “Beyond the Basics:Innovative Simulation Topics for Health Care Educators,” will be held on April 27 and 28 and will examine what is currently known about simulation and learning outcomes; discuss integration, challenges and strategies for simulation in curriculum; explore the state of science related to Interprofessional Education; and investigate evaluation tools for simulation. The workshop will be led by nationally known and respected simulation leaders Sharon Decker, PhD, RN, ANEF, Professor and Director of Clinical Simulations at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

For more information, view this PDF flier or contact Rosemary Macy,

College of Health Sciences Student Services and Academic Advising Succeeds in Helping Students Navigate University

The new centralized Student Services and Academic Advising (SSAA) experienced great success in its first six months. The advising team experienced a drastic increase in numbers due to a requirement that transfer students and freshmen attend an advising meeting prior to registering for the spring term; yet the team rose to the challenge and student feedback has been very positive.

Advisers, including peer advisers, have had more than 1800 appointments between July 1 and Dec. 31. These appointments are not just about assisting students with course selection, but assisting students to identify career paths. In addition, countless emails and phone calls rounded out the advising services.

Olga Salinas, pre-nursing adviser, states that the number of students the SSAA has advised “are amazing; I believe that they would favorably compare to the numbers given in any college on this (or any other comparable campus). Our students were not just assisted, but assisted well. We were proactive in our approach, using technology and a variety of options for our students to full this [mandatory advising for first time students] requirement and we were successful.” (more…)

Faculty Presents on Using Facebook to Enhance Advising at International Education Conference

Sandra Nadelson, College of Health Sciences, presented at the 10th annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Jan. 7. Sandra Nadelson’s poster was titled, “Using Facebook to Enhance College Student Advising: A Case Study” and was developed with Louis Nadelson, College of Education, and nursing student Sara Palma.

Nursing Students Inducted into Mu Gamma Honor Society

Seven School of Nursing seniors were inducted into Mu Gamma honor society on Nov. 14 at St. Luke’s Health Systems-Boise Anderson Center. Alumni Linda Mikitish, BS, RN joined them for the celebration. Congratulations to Hanna Niehaus, Candida Morgan, Lindsey Robinson, Russell Harris, Jacquie Winter, Ashley Croft, and Marie Cotton.

Students inducted into Mu Gamma

Left to right: Students Hanna Niehaus, Candida Morgan, Lindsey Robinson, Russell Harris, Jacquie Winter, Ashley Croft, Marie Cotton, and alumni Linda Mikitish, BSN, RN

Faculty Presents Webinar for International Professional Organization

Joie BurnsJoie Burns, associate professor and program director for diagnostic medical sonography, presented a webinar on sonography of the normal liver for the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS) on Nov. 18. Burns also presented a webinar on the sonography of liver pathology for SDMS on Dec. 5. These webinars are supplements to the “National Certification Review on Abdominal Sonography” that Burns authored for the society in 2010.

The SDMS is a professional membership organization founded in 1970 to promote, advance and educate its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. The society enjoys an international membership of over 23,000.

Nursing Faculty Present on End-of-Life Care to the Gerontological Society of America

Gail Gerding and Kim MartzAbigail Gerding, Ph.D, RN, and Kim Martz, MSN, RN, presented a poster from an abstract for the Gerontological Society of America conference in Boston, Mass., in Nov. The title was “Perceptions of End-of-Life Care between Hospice and Skilled Nursing Facility Staff Utilizing Dedicated Teams.”