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Trail Mix Team Project

Cleaning Table Rock

Students in Carissa Wilcox’s Comm-356 class finished final projects for the Spring 2017 semester. Students in this Small Groups course were challenged to make a difference in the community.

One of the groups, calling themselves Team Trail Mix (Maintaining Idaho X-Country) finished their final project by deciding to lead by example. They spent a day cleaning trails at Table Rock and reminding users of proper trail etiquette.

Congratulations to Johnny Whitmore, Anna Gallegos, Katie Bartlett, Maddy Peterson, and Amanda Fiksdal on a project well done!

Team Trail Mix


“Hiking Table Rock was absolutely enthralling. The imminent threat of hypothermia and mountain lions lurking around every bend turned our community service mission into an adrenaline filled excursion that hinged between life and death. Working together to clean the trails was much more dangerous than we initially imagined. Thankful to the pepper spray in Katie’s backpack, we forged on as our civic duty to beautify our surroundings.”

Arbiter Wins First Place in General Excellence at Press Club Awards

The Arbiter, Boise State University’s independent student media outlet, won 15 awards at the Idaho Press Club’s Best of 2016 awards banquet, including the first-place award for general excellence in student journalism. The awards were announced at a dinner in Boise on Saturday May 6.

Student staffers won individual awards in several categories. The first place in general excellence award shows how Boise State students can hold their own in their friendly rivalry with The Argonaut at the University of Idaho, home to Idaho’s only accredited School of Journalism and Mass Media.

Student staffers Patty Bowen, Brandon Rasmussen, Jacob Palmer and Andy Ridgeway attended the dinner Saturday night along with faculty adviser Dr. Seth Ashley.

General Excellence – Student   

1st        The Arbiter – Boise State University

2nd       The Argonaut – University of Idaho

3rd        The Sentinel – North Idaho College

General News Story – Student

1st        Taylor Munson – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “Election results leave student immigrants and refugees in fear”

3rd        Patty Bowen – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “Urban Design”

Watchdog / Investigative – Student

2nd       Sam Harting – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “Budgeting for success”

3rd     Jacob Palmer – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “Speech codes”

Serious Feature – Student

1st         Brandon Rasmussen – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “Idaho Veterans Heal Through Nature”

2nd       Patty Bowen – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “The Death of a Colleague”

Light Feature – Student

2nd       Brandon Rasmussen – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “New Art”

Column Writing – Student

2nd       Andy Ridgeway – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “Non-traditional students can’t afford      campus daycare; Unionize higher education; A white person’s guide to privilege”

Editorial – Student

1st        Sierra Williams & Andy Ridgeway – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “Let’s talk about race; To combat racial issues we must talk about them;  The NCAA exploits college athletes”

Sports News Report – Student

1st        Rylan Kobre – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “Basketball attendance struggles compared to football”

2nd     Evan Werner – The Arbiter – Boise State University– “Worthy of Big 12 Bid?”

Page Design – Student

3rd        Ted Atwell, Nancy Flecha – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “It’s Super Tuesday”

Graphics – Student

1st        Ted Atwell, Nancy Flecha – The Arbiter – Boise State University – “The Arbiter Graphics”

Photography – Student

1st        Jared Lewis – The Arbiter – Boise State University – selection of three

For a complete list of awards, go to:

Spring 2017 Graduate Student Showcase Reception

Spring 2017 Graduate Student Showcase Reception. Left to right: Stella Saltaga, Kayla Griffin, and Mark Galaviz

A big thank you to Stela Saltaga, Sarah Lausch, Mark Galaviz, Nikki Cannon, and Shanna Hagenah for presenting their research at the Graduate Student Showcase on April 3 and to Kayla Griffin and Mark Galaviz for participating in the 3 Minute Thesis competition on April 11!

The Department of Communication recognizes Kayla Griffin for earning first place in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition; Mark Galaviz for earning second place in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition; and Stela Saltaga for a earning a People’s Choice Award in the Graduate Student Showcase.

We also acknowledge the efforts and outstanding works of our graduate students, and appreciate all who participated in the Graduate Research Showcase activities as part of the inaugural Research Month at Boise State!

Baseball and American Culture

Communication Professor Marty Most publishes a chapter in the anthology The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2015-2016.

Click here for complete story by Sherry Squires.

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.