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Fourth Consecutive National Championship for The Talkin’ Broncos!

“We just tore it up from beginning to end,” said Boise State Director of Forensics Manda Hicks, who leads the program.

Read the entire Boise Weekly article, by Harrison Berry.

Talkin’ Broncos bring home the season as National Champs!

Talkin’ Broncos, group photo, Allison Corona photo

The Department of Communication is proud to announce that our BSU Talkin’ Broncos end their season as the 2017-18 Pi Kappa Delta National Champions in Speech and Debate! To read the full article by Cienna Madris on UPDATE, go to:

For more information about the Talkin’ Broncos, contact Manda Hicks, director of forensics at Boise State, at


Melissa Klassen – Golden Apple Honorable Mention

Boise State Communication Department’s very own Melissa Klassen has been chosen to receive an honorable mention for the Honors College at the 30th Annual Golden Apple Awards. The Golden Apple Awards recognize Boise State faculty members who have inspired and made an extraordinary impact on their student’s classroom experience. Each year we are continuously surprised by the quantity and quality of nominations submitted by students. Congratulations Professor Klassen!

Talkin’ Broncos Win Historic Mahaffey Memorial Tournament


2016-17 Talkin’ Broncos, photo by Allison Corona

Over the weekend of November 18, the Pi Kappa Delta National Champion Boise State Speech and Debate team finished the conference season in McMinville, Oregon with their sixth-consecutive win at the 86th annual Mahaffey Memorial Tournament. Out of the 30 featured schools, the Talkin’ Broncos placed first in the Overall Sweepstakes. Click on the link to read more about the Historic Mahaffey Memorial Tournament win by Cienna Madrid.

For more information about the Talkin’ Broncos, contact Dr. Manda Hicks at


Christmas Community Service

 tb-1The Boise State Talkin’ Broncos cleaned and sorted over 2400 children’s books at the public library for Christmas donations on December 5, 2016.

Four Talkin’ Broncos Advance in Hult Prize


From left to right, members of Boise State’s winning Hult Prize team known as “Team Cultivate,” Luke Yeates, Brandon Sams, Janice Witherspoon and Steve Silva.

Team Cultivate, comprised our four Boise State University Talkin’ Broncos, advanced in the Hult Prize competition where they have a chance to win a $1 million prize, earmarked for seed capital.

The team recognized, and addressed a sustainable solution to three desperate problems existing within refugee camps: camp cleanliness, safety and access to food. Their solution was to introduce the P.O.T.T (portable one-time toilet). The P.O.T.T. promotes safety and privacy for individuals using the restroom, removes build-up of sewage that pollutes water, and can even help generate food.

For the full article by Brady W. Moore, click on the link to UPDATE.

Dr. Lane receives recognition as “Best Local Teacher”

Julie Lane portrait

Dr. Julie Lane

Dr. Julie Lane receives praise from The Department of Communication on a wonderful and well-deserved distinction as “Best Local Teacher” in Boise Weekly. Congratulations to our exceptional colleague!!

Communication Professor Vander Boegh goes Hollywood


Matt Vander Boegh’s talents extend far beyond his skills as an instructor in the Department of Communication. Currently teaching four classes at CWI and two classes at Boise State, he also carves out time to make himself known in Hollywood. His musical contributions are seen on various television networks and series, such as “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, “Catfish”, NFL and the Big 10 Network. For more about Matt’s journey with his music career and goals, go to The Arbiter Online for a full article by Sierra Echols.

Sadly, this will be Matt’s final semester teaching with Boise State, as he makes plans to concentrate on his music. As an instructor, Matt’s rich and vibrant contributions to our students will be missed, as all of us in the Department of Communication  wish him much success in his musical endeavors.

Julie Lane’s Paper on Senator Frank Church

Deanah Fights For Rights!

Julie Lane’s paper on Senator Frank Church

Julie Lane presented a paper at the Policy History Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in early June. Drawing on the Senator Frank Church papers housed in Special Collections at Boise State, her paper explored Church’s efforts to stimulate public debate about U.S. involvement in Vietnam in 1964 and 1965 and coverage of his criticism of that involvement by the New York Times.

Estefany Vega receives Television Academy Foundation Internship

Deanah Fights For Rights!

Estefany Vega receives Television Academy Foundation Internship

Congratulations to Estefany Vega on receiving the Television Academy Foundation Internship! This internship gives both undergraduate and graduate students an in-depth exposure to professional television production during an eight-week, paid summer period in Los Angeles. With this internship, the recipient could find themselves working with hosts such as ABC StudiosCBS, The Disney Channel, HBO, Fox TV Studios, Warner Bros., and many more. The students that have been chosen are coming from many of the top tier production programs, so it’s an honor to have Estefany represent BSU. She will be working on the narrative series, Con Man, created by Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion. Congratulations Estefany!