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Boise State Student Media is made up of several departments. There is a way for everyone to get involved and content for everyone to enjoy!

THE ARBITER

The Arbiter brings you relevant, up-to-date content on the issues that effect college students. The Arbiter is your source for campus news, information on events, trends and music and all inside sports knowledge you need to be a true Bronco. The Arbiter is entirely student-run and independent from the university. This means that students just like you are producing content for you.

The Arbiter welcomes and encourages interaction and feedback. Email story ideas, questions and letters to the editor to editor@stumedia.boisestate.edu.

WHERE TO GET IT

The print edition of The Arbiter can be picked up on stands all over campus.

The Arbiter is available online 24/7 at arbiteronline.com.

Download our mobile app BroncoMobile from the PlayStore and iTunes.

Like The Arbiter on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @arbiteronline.

WRITERS/BLOGGERS:

The Arbiter is looking for engaged, active students with a love of writing. Ideal candidates should have a love of learning and the ability to work on a deadline. No experience is needed. The Arbiter offers on-the-job training and class credit to writers if they enroll in the Comm 119 class.

Writers are an integral part of The Arbiter. They have the opportunity to not only improve their own writing, but provide a service to their fellow students by informing them of issues and happenings around campus.

While working as a writer/blogger for The Arbiter you will learn to communicate more effectively both in writing and orally. The Arbiter offers internships, class credit and frequently promotes from within to paid staff positions. The Arbiter is also an excellent gateway to other internships across the country.

PHOTO

The Arbiter is looking for creative, visual people to be photographers. This position is ideal for individuals who are passionate about photography and increasing their skills.

This position is vital to The Arbiter because photos and other visual images are equally as important to telling as story as the words. Images help to capture the readers attention and can make a powerful impression. Students in this position are able to gain experience communicating at working as part of team as well as technical photo skills.

While working as a photographer for The Arbiter you will be able to learn not only how to take beautiful photos, but how to tell a story with those images. You will also have the opportunity to develop a diverse portfolio by shooting everything from music recitals to football games to student life.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Student Media is searching for creative, visual people to work as graphic designers. Candidates should be able to take directions, work independently and have a love for art and design. Familiarity with the Adobe Suite is preferred.

An individual working as a graphic designer for Student Media has the opportunity to develop skills in a wide array of areas including page layout, ad design both in print and online and the creation of specialty marketing and promotion aids. Students have the opportunity to work in a fast-paced work environment with their peers.

A designer with Student Media will develop skills with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. They will also develop a creative eye that will allow them to create effective ads and pages from scratch. Internships and paid positions are available.

VIDEOGRAPHER

Student Media is searching for videographers. The ideal candidate for this position would be detail oriented, work well with deadlines and enjoy the visual storytelling. Students in this position would learn to effectively shoot, edit and package video.

The importance of skilled video work is becoming more and more important in today’s media environment. As we switch to an online-first mentality, multimedia packages become vital. Videographers are the key to making this happen. Videographers will also have the opportunity to produce promotional videos that are shown all over campus.

Working in this position allows students to develop this skills necessary to shoot and edit their own video. Internship and paid opportunities are available. Student Media is an excellent gateway to internships across the country.

SALES & MARKETING

Working in the business department offers a variety of opportunities for students interested in sales, advertising, accounting, marketing, public relations and business management.

The business department provides a learning environment where students gain valuable knowledge about advertising and business in addition to communication, conflict resolution and marketing. They also gain experience in a professional work environment which allows for the development of professional networks.

The business team is responsible for yearly advertising sales, marketing Student Media services and managing the various financial aspects of Student Media. These positions are a great fit for business, accounting, marketing, finance and economics students.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Student Media is searching for computer technicians/programmers.  The ideal candidate for this position is a problem solver, able to trouble shoot and  motivated to learn.  This position requires someone who can work independently and in a team setting.

Some knowledge of computer hardware and operating systems (mac/unix/windows) networks is desired.  Knowing HTML, C, AJAX and/or Objective C is a plus.  This position offers the opportunity to learn and grow in this field while providing technical support to the entire Student Media Center.

In today’s digital media age, these positions are vitally important to the growing and changing media environment.  Working in this position allows students to develop the skills necessary to gain experience in technical areas that will be necessary for future opportunities outside of campus.  Internship and paid opportunities are available.

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Get Rolling with the Boise State Cycle Learning Center

The Cycle Learning Center (CLC) is available through a partnership between Campus Recreation and Transportation and Parking Services. We provide programs and services for all things bike related, promote environmentally sustainable transportation, and encourage an active and healthy campus community.

Need to rent a beach cruiser to get around campus or a mountain bike to ride some of the local trails? We can set you up. Along with each two-wheeler comes a helmet, lock, light and a basic maintenance package.

We are Boise State University’s centralized source for basic bicycle repair, safety rules and instructional clinics, and retail sales. Need to borrow a wrench? Please use our free bike stands and tools. We encourage you to register your bike with the Boise Police Department’s free online bike registration and always use a quality U-lock.

The CLC is located in the Lincoln Parking Garage across from the Student Union and adjacent to the Campus Recreation Center. We’re open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit rec.boisestate.edu/clc, call (208) 426-7433 or send us a message at clc@boisestate.edu.

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Office of the Dean of Students

As you begin to blaze your academic trail, the Boise State Dean of Students (DOS) is always on hand to help you achieve success. From navigating campus to juggling a demanding schedule to working out a problem, DOS offers services, support and resources.

The Dean of Students, Chris Wuthrich, serves as your advocate. He and the staff believe it’s important to foster personal, intellectual and social development because college is much more than going to school. Their goal is to help you succeed in everything.

DOS also provides direct services, including courtesy absence notices for students dealing with health issues or other emergencies. Departments include:

  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: supports academic success by enforcing the student Code of Conduct and oversees student grievances, academic dishonesty, sexual- or discrimination-based misconduct, and the drug and alcohol policy.
  • Disability Resource Center: coordinates accommodations between students and faculty.
  • Veteran Services: provides information and procedures relevant to all education benefits via the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • CARE Team (Campus Assessment, Resource, and Education): provides well-rounded support for students, faculty and staff in distress. Representatives from many departments provide assistance when concerning, disruptive or threatening behavior has been reported.
  • Case Management: provides early intervention and support to students experiencing difficult situations; coordinates services on and off campus to help reduce tension.
  • Impact Scholars Program: supports former foster youth to obtain a college education at Boise State.
  • Student Emergency Fund: provides financial assistance to students experiencing unanticipated temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency or crisis situation.

For more information about DOS and their many resources, visit deanofstudents.boisestate.edu or call (208) 426-1527. The office is located in the Norco Building, Suite 116, 1529 Belmont Street.

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Boise State Health Services provides medical, counseling and wellness services to the Boise State community. Conveniently located on campus, our services are comprehensive, affordable and focused on the patient’s individual needs. Health Services is committed to helping students stay healthy and learn healthy habits that they can use to achieve their personal and academic goals.

Call us at (208) 426-1459 to schedule an appointment or visit our website at healthservices.boisestate.edu for more information.

Medical Services:

Medical services provides a full range of primary care and select specialty medical services to the Boise State community. We are your on-campus doctors office. Our services are patient focused, accessible and affordable. We emphasize early screening and prevention. Our medical staff includes Board Certified physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and registered medical assistants.
The primary care providers in Health Services are experienced in treating common, acute and chronic medical problems, illnesses and injuries. Our goal is to empower patients with self-care knowledge and skills which they can use throughout their lifetime. We offer both appointment-based visits and walk-in Urgent Care.
Health Services also provides select medical care in Psychiatry and Sports Medicine by referral from our primary care providers. These specialists are on-campus and provide convenient access to commonly needed specialty medical care.
For your added convenience, Health Services has a limited dispensary that sells commonly used over-the-counter and prescription medications, when ordered by a Health Services medical provider.
Our staff wants your visit to be as quick and easy as possible. Scheduled appointments are available by calling (208) 426-1459. For simple medical concerns that cannot wait for a scheduled appointment you can access our walk-in Urgent Care during our hours of operation.

Counseling Services:

Counseling Services helps you tap into your strengths and find resources to deal more effectively with concerns that impact your pursuit of personal and academic goals. We emphasize prevention and early detection and provide a broad spectrum of short-term counseling. Our services are client focused, accessible and affordable. Our counseling staff is made up of a diverse group of professionals including: psychologists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists and closely supervised interns.
Our counseling services offer individual, multi-person counseling and group counseling to all students at Boise State. The group experience can help support exploration of self, identification of desired chage and allow for the sharing of resources and experiences that are unique to a particular group of individuals.
Issues which are commonly address in short-term counseling are:
• Abuse
• Adjustment issues
• Alcohol & other drugs
• Anger
• Anxiety
• Body image
• Depression
• Gender & sexual orientation
• Grief
• Healthy lifestyle choices
• Life transition
• Loneliness
• Low motivation
• Low self-esteem
• Perfectionism
• Relationships
• Sexual assault
• Stress

There are occasions when a problem or crisis feels too overwhelming to wait for a scheduled appointment. If this is the case, we have staff available during our hours of operation to more immediately assess your needs. Call first, if possible, or walk-in and we can usually get you in quickly.

Our staff wants your visit to be as quick and easy as possible. Before coming in, please call (208)426-1459 to schedule an appointment.

Wellness Services:

Wellness services is a collaborative team which provides innovative programing and quality services to foster lifelong health, academic success, and a sense of campus wellbeing. Our Wellness providers offer programs and services to students, faculty and staff.

The Student Wellness Program offers a wide variety of events, programs, workshops, and training sessions geared towards students’ particular needs as it relates to establishing positive, lifelong personal health habits. Our programing is available to assist students with their own personal wellness in on-on-one or small/large group settings. We also provide training for those wishing to lead health related programming with other students on campus. Topics include:

• Stress and time management
• Alcohol and other drugs
• Sexual health
• Physical activity
• Nutrition
• Smoking cessation
• Sleep

As a compliment to other health services, our Wellness Providers offer Health Coaching. This is a personalized approach to behavior change. Through client centered goal setting, individuals are empowered to improve their health and wellness. Our health coaches will guide, motivate and provide resources while helping clients set SMART (specific, attainable, realistic, time specific) goals. Health Coaching is available for:

• Time management
• Sleep
• Stress
• Tobacco cessation
• Weight loss
• Physical activity
Other services offered through Wellness services include FREE HIV testing, tobacco cessation and nutrition consultation. Our nutrition consultation services are provided by a Registered Dietitian upon referral from a primary care provider.

Health Insurance and Billing:

The Health Insurance and Billing office within Health Services provides routine billing and insurance support for all patients/clients served at Health Services. All patients are welcome to use Health Services, you do not have to have the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to receive services from Health Services. Our billing professionals offer courtesy claims submission for services rendered, assistance with claims dispute, advocacy and resolution. We can provide you with a general explanation of the SHIP benefit package, assistance with submitting health insurance waivers, or guidance on alternative coverage options for part-time and full-time students.

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Welcome to Boise State!

From convocation to commencement, the faculty, staff and I are dedicated to guiding you, supporting you and helping you launch into the next phase of your life.

In the past decade we’ve doubled our graduate programs and taken great leaps into online and mobile learning. We’ve built well over a million square feet of new academic, athletic and housing facilities. We have reshaped core classes to provide the kind of shared learning that will build the skills you need to propel you into your careers and lives—problem solving, communication, innovation and teamwork, ethics and diversity—in addition to the mastery you will develop in your chosen field of study. Of course, all of these changes, as well as our fast-growing research efforts, are designed to maximize your academic experience.

Interested in saving some money? Seriously consider our graduation guarantee program—Finish in Four. Not only will it save the extra tuition that additional semesters would cost you, it will accelerate your move into the job market or graduate studies. And if you agree to stay on track to graduate in four years, we will give you priority when registering for classes. If you follow the path and still can’t get into a needed class on time, we’ll pay for the course when you do take it. It is important to your success to begin on this path in your first semester, so please talk to an adviser about how to sign up.

Engaging with the community around you can truly enhance the college experience. Each year, Boise State chooses a “Campus Read” to start conversations and build our university community. This year, we’ve selected “The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal and a Marine Biologist’s Fight to Save a Species,” by Terrie M. Williams. This engaging look at science and ecology will be read by all new students and we look forward to campus-wide discussions and related events throughout the coming year.

As with all of aspects of life, you will get out of college what you put into it. We are here to help. Make sure that you:

  • Meet your academic adviser to discuss career goals, program requirements and tutorial support.
  • Connect with people who are knowledgeable in housing, financial aid, job opportunities, and health and wellness.

 

Join a student organization and meet new friends — your educational experience will be greatly enhanced through your participation in clubs, campus events and service activities.
We are so proud to have you here at Boise State. You will find committed faculty and staff, a spirit of collaboration across campus and a glowing pride in the transformative educational experience you’re about to begin. Again, welcome and Go Broncos!

Sincerely,
Bob Kustra
President

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Welcome to Boise State University! We are excited that you made the decision to join us and want to offer some advice on making your college experience count. Making college count is about taking control of your future, maximizing the investment you’re making in your education, and ensuring you achieve the goals that brought you here in the first place. If your goal is to become employable, then the following advice is for you.

Explore Your Options: The Boise State Career Center, Advising and Academic Enhancement is a great resource for exploring different majors and careers. Take advantage of all the resources available and be open to different career paths. We also offer assessments that can help you with the career decision-making process.

Get Involved: Involving yourself in campus life not only gives you the chance to meet new people and connect with your community, it provides you with an excellent opportunity to develop skills that employers say are critical to success in the workplace. Whether it be a campus organization, ASBSU, volunteering, Service-Learning, or Sorority/Fraternity life; you can build new skills and expand your network.

Get a Job: Whether you need a job or not, working around 15 hours a week is a good idea. Not only does it bring in “spending money,” it increases your skill set and helps you begin building your network.

Boise State hires between 1,500 and 2,000 student employees each year, and surrounding businesses also hire for part-time positions. Employers consistently tell us that one of the things that impresses them most about Boise State graduates is their work ethic. So, get a job and be a part of a great tradition. Start with BroncoJobs, which you can access once you’ve registered for classes. Check early and check often to find the best opportunities.

Build Your Network: It’s never too early to start building your network—faculty, staff, other students, alumni, and employers who you’ll connect with throughout your college career, and who will be very valuable to you when it’s time to search for internships or jobs. If you really want to get a head start, consider building your online presence with LinkedIn. We can provide all the information you need to use this professional online networking and job search site.

Participate in an Internship: You most likely will not engage in an internship your first year or two, but make sure it’s something you plan for later. Employers are always looking for relevant work experience and an internship provides this along with connections to people in your field of interest.

Everything you do from the time you start college to the time you graduate will help prepare you for the future. Make College Count! Visit career.boisestate.edu/makecollegecount to check out other great resources. To make an appointment to meet with a career counselor, call (208) 426-1747. We’re located in the Academic and Career Services Building, Room 111. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Get (IN)volved. You’re going to hear that often at Boise State. You’ll see those words stamped on giveaways, printed on posters, and shouted from university websites, Twitter and Facebook. Why? Because involvement on campus will add value to your university experience. The office of Student Involvement and Leadership Center is here to help.
By only going to class it’s possible that you’ll miss out on a very important aspect of your academic career. So why take the chance? While studying for biology or writing that English paper, don’t forget to think outside the classroom. You’ll be better prepared for the future.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently surveyed employers in the business and nonprofit sectors to find out what they were looking for when hiring new college graduates. More than 75 percent of employers surveyed said they want to hire graduates with strong critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication skills and applied knowledge in real-world settings—skills difficult to develop when you’re just listening to classroom lectures. It’s when you get out and get (IN)volved that you can hone skills and become the employee that’s in demand.

Maybe you want to join one of the more than 200 student organizations that include everything from academic, professional and religious groups, to sports, arts, and cultural clubs.  Or maybe you want to join a sorority or fraternity, where you’ll build positive relationships and lifelong friendships, develop leadership skills, and serve the community.

You can also participate in any number of volunteer projects, concerts, movies, lectures or other events on campus. If you want to advocate for fellow students, serve through the Associated Students of Boise State University, a great way to shape the policies that affect student life. Expand your worldview by immersing yourself in an international service experience. Last spring students helped improve education in rural communities in Jamaica through an ongoing service program called Partnership Jamaica.

Getting involved on campus doesn’t mean the same thing to every student. The activities you choose depend on your interests and what kind of spare time you have. So, customize your own plan. Identify what works for you and go for it.
Take advantage when you see the words “Get (IN)volved.” The difference between just going to class and participating beyond the classroom is like choosing between a fenced-in yard and an open field. Unlatch the gate. Get out there and explore the many opportunities at Boise State.

For more information, visit getinvolved.boisestate.edu or call the Student Involvement and Leadership Center at (208) 426-1223.

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Lisa Harris welcomes you to Boise State University!

We are thrilled that you have made the decision to join the Bronco family. I want to make sure you have all the information you need at your fingertips as you begin your new adventure with us. Here are a few things I hope you keep in mind, because we have some expectations of each member of our campus community:

Go to class. Be an active partner in your education; show up, do your homework, be prepared. You’ll find that the Boise State experience is a richer, more satisfying one for you, and you’ll be able to meet the academic goals you set for yourself.

Review and learn the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Handbook.  You will be required to uphold its standards and regulations.  Here is the link to that page at http://deanofstudents.boisestate.edu.

Pay attention to your learning outcomes for the foundational studies. These are building blocks for your future education at Boise State.

Get involved in some meaningful way that links you to our community. Work on campus. Join a sport, a club or student organization that complements your major.

If you’re a freshman, start planning now to graduate in four years. If you’re a transfer student, plan now to graduate “on time.”

Check and READ your Bronco Mail frequently—your professors use it and so does the university for official notifications.

We encourage you to “Opt in” to the university’s emergency notification system on Bronco Web to receive campus emergency
notifications.

As a student, it’s important to know that your personal information is confidential. If you want your parents or other family members to be able to call the university to access information about you or help with an issue, you must fill out a Release of Information on the Registrar’s website. 

The vice president for Student Affairs and our staff, including the Office of the Dean of Students, are committed to providing proactive and comprehensive advocacy for you. We can assist with personalized referrals for on-campus resources and services to help work through student issues, personal concerns, and medical and family emergencies that can impact academic
success. 

Call the Office of the Dean of Students at (202) 426-1484 or visit them in Room 116 of the Norco Building. 

Other departments include Student Affairs are:   Bookstore & Bronco Shops, The Career Center, Children’s Center, Disability Resource Center, Enrollment Services, Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Fraternities and Sororities, International Student Services, Multicultural Student Services, New Student & Family Programs ,Student Involvement and Leadership, Student Media, the Student Union Building, Campus Recreation, University Housing, Veteran Services, and the Women’s Center   

For more information about departments, resources or services of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs visit their website or call (208) 426-1418.

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Boise State Veteran Services provides resources and learning opportunities for Veteran students and their dependents. We help make the transition from military life to campus to civilian career.

For more than 20 years we have been providing exceptional customer service and information on GI-Bill benefits. Last year, more than 2,000 Veterans and dependents attended Boise State University, with more than 1,100 using their educational benefits.

We offer a computer lab and study area, paid VA work-study opportunities for GI-Bill recipients, and free-of-charge printer access for limited use for any Veteran or dependent, even if s/he doesn’t have GI-Bill benefit eligibility.

Future plans include a Veterans lounge, which will be under construction this summer. It will be a comfortable place to meet, relax between classes, shoot some pool, or just watch some television. Our affiliated offices:

 

VetSuccess:

In collaboration between Boise State and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VetSuccess ensures that student Veterans receive necessary care and benefits. They provide outreach, benefits advising, career development, and other services aimed at making sure student Veterans get every opportunity to succeed in college and gain meaningful employment.

Wyakin Academy for Wounded Warriors: Enables Post 9/11 severely wounded and injured Veterans to achieve personal and professional success as business and community leaders. They offer a multi-level mentorship program that helps the student Veteran assimilate back into college life, civilian life and into a professional career.

Disability Resource Center: The Disability Resource Center is responsible for ensuring that Boise State University maintains an educationally and physically open, accessible environment for students with disabilities. 

 

Veteran Services is located in the Lincoln Parking Garage on the corner of Lincoln and University across from the Student Union. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call (208) 426-3744 or visit veterans.boisestate.edu. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @BSUVetServices.

 

 

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TRIO Student Success Program—A Unique Opportunity

Joining the Boise State TRIO Student Success Program (SSP) at Boise State University can be life-changing. Highly motivated students from diverse backgrounds are admitted to SSP and offered a variety of tools to help them become successful while pursuing a four-year degree.  College is an exciting opportunity for students, but it can also present unique challenges.

How will I adjust to college course work?

  • Where can I find a support system?
  • How do I balance working part-time and being a student?
  • Who do I ask when I have questions?

As a SSP student, you are part of a community of students who have both asked and discovered the answers to those very same questions.

How It Works: From the first day of your fall semester, you are assigned an academic advisor you can meet with regularly. New students are also matched with a Peer Mentor and offered an array of student engagement opportunities on and off campus. One former SSP student described her experience in the program:

“I started college with no idea what I was doing or where to go for help.  Becoming acquainted with the staff, services, and resources at SSP introduced me to a safe, friendly place to go to ask for help, study, learn new skills, and overall, become a better, more successful student. I have achieved more than I ever imagined I could and graduated with a 3.66 GPA.”

 SSP builds a community for high-achieving, underrepresented students to ensure academic success at Boise State University and beyond! For questions about the program, please email ssp@boisestate.edu.