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News Update September 2013

College of Education Notes 20th Anniversary of Doctoral Program

Winter Commencement, Graduation, Carrie Quinney photo

Dean Diane Boothe, left, after presenting a doctoral candidate her degree.

During the 2013-14 academic year, the College of Education is observing the 20th anniversary of its doctor of education in curriculum and instruction program.

“The importance of the doctoral program to the future of Idaho and the nation cannot be overestimated,” said Diane Boothe, dean of the College of Education. “The program develops the knowledge and skills for current and future leaders to improve the lives of students, their families and their communities.”

The start of the doctoral program in 1993-94 marked milestones for the university, the city and for education in Idaho, Boothe noted. “For Boise State University, this first doctoral program branded the university as a growing educational force. For the city of Boise, the new program symbolized the rising importance of the capital city and its economy to the state. For education, the doctorate responded to a need for leaders to meet new educational challenges.”

Jack Hourcade, associate chair of the Department of Special Education and Early Childhood Studies, said, “This was truly a momentous development for the university.”

Hourcade credits then-president John Keiser with seeing the value of the doctoral program to better serve the region and boost the reputation of Boise State. In 1990, Richard Hart, then dean of the College of Education, called on his associate dean Ken Hill and Hourcade to lead the committees that produced the program eventually approved by the Boise State Board of Trustees.

Hourcade and his fellow committee members created a program that could provide leaders who would respond effectively to the need for redesign of instruction and curricula, shared decision-making, the increasingly diverse student population and other challenges.

Since the beginning of the program, the college has awarded a total of 90 doctoral degrees.

If you received your doctorate of education from Boise State and would like more information on plans to observe the 20th anniversary, please contact Kris Kamann, director of Development, at (208) 426-5196 or

Boise State to honor Newby, Waters with Distinguished Kinesiology Alumni Award

Boise State’s Department of Kinesiology will present its Distinguished Alumni Award to Trevor W. Newby and Eric Waters at a celebration of alumni and friends on Sept. 26.

The evening’s festivities will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Double ‘R’ Ranch Club Room on the fourth floor of the Stueckle Sky Center on the Boise State campus.

The guest speaker will be Robert “Boo” Heffner (B.S., physical education, ’86), who is the executive vice president for Falck USA, one of the largest private providers of emergency medical services in the United States.

Trevor Newby

Trevor Newby

Newby (B.S., health promotion, ’05, M.H.S. health promotion, ’07), who is a senior health education specialist for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, said “I will never regret the decision to become a Bronco. It provided me with focus, direction, education and paved the way for me to enjoy a professional career in public health.”

He said that members of the kinesiology faculty did an “amazing job” in preparing him, but he especially singled out professor Caile Spear. “She not only prepared me with pertinent information needed in the job field, but provided the experiences necessary to gain a working knowledge of theories and practices used in public health. These experiences included service learning, internships, public speaking and health fair development and implementation.”

Eric Waters

Eric Waters

Waters (M.S., exercise and sports studies, ’98), who is the head athletic trainer for the NBA’s Washington Wizards professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C., recalled that during his time at Boise State, kinesiology faculty members were excited about presenting their courses. “What a great, warm supportive group of people. I wanted to be friends with all of them. I benefitted the most from learning how to mentor other people.”

Waters also credited the support he received from the Boise State athletic training staff as being crucial to his success. “Gary Craner, the former head athletic trainer, and medical doctors George Wade and Kirk Lewis were not only great mentors, but great people. I was able to learn in real time the things I was studying because of them. I appreciate their help very much.”

The department previously presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to:

Kelsy Moe Porter (B.S., K-12 physical education, ’07)

Lisa Stuppy, (M.S., exercise and sports studies, ’97)
Eric LaMott, (M.S., exercise and sports studies, ’90)

The cost of the alumni event is $10 a person. Heavy appetizers will be served, with a no-host bar available. In addition, there will be a silent auction filled with Bronco memorabilia and items from local businesses.

Part of the proceeds raised at the event will be directed to the Sherman Button Memorial Scholarship for Kinesiology. Button, emeritus kinesiology professor, died in December 2012 of multiple myeloma.

Please RSVP by Sept. 16, 2013 to Lisa DeRosier at or (208) 426-1731. Seating is limited to the first 200 people who reply.

Awards Program to Recognize Outstanding Teachers, Counselors Who Mentor

Glass appleTwenty-one teachers and counselors from southwest Idaho public schools will be recognized with Celebration of Teaching—Mentors of the Year Awards on Oct. 17.

Recipients will be honored at the third-annual awards program and dinner at 6 p.m. in the Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State.

The program recognizes excellent teachers and school counselors from among more than 50 public school districts who guide, support and encourage fellow educators in their pursuit of effective teaching and professional growth.

“Excellent mentors provide the spark that drives learning and innovation among students and teachers,” said Diane Boothe, dean of the College of Education at Boise State. “They represent the best of our profession.”

The awards program is a joint project of Boise State and its partners, including the Idaho State Department of Education, Idaho Education Association, Blaine County School District and Meridian School District.