October 2016 Around Town

Boise State Named One of ’20 Rising Stars’ Globally

Firetail, a British consulting firm, recently listed Boise State University as one of 20 “Rising Stars” worldwide. The list includes universities that consistently rise in higher education rankings and provide continued innovations. Firetail’s list has universities from throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia that showed significant improvement in global rankings and have a strong higher education system.

The new recognition comes just a few months after Boise State’s designation as a doctoral research university in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and recognition as a “top up-and-coming” university by U.S. News and World Report. BSU was also described as “demonstrably on the move” by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and praised by President Barack Obama for its “culture of innovation.” The university is Idaho’s fastest growing research institution and largest graduate school.

Boise to Host Women’s Junior Olympic Level 9 Western Championships

USA Gymnastics recently announced a major competitive gymnastics event coming to Boise next year. Boise’s CenturyLink Arena will host the 2017 Junior Olympic Level 9 Western Championships. Levels 9 and 10 are the final gymnastics competition levels before reaching elite competition status. Competitions will also take place in Indianapolis, Indiana and Lansing, Michigan.

“We look forward to staging the championship events in these three cities next year, and we encourage fans to come out and support these outstanding athletes,” said Rhonda Faehn, senior vice-president of women’s gymnastics for USA Gymnastics.

Numerous Junior Olympic champions have gone on to compete in collegiate gymnastics or make the U.S. National Team to represent the United States in international competition. A few former participants include 2012 Olympic Team champions Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross, along with 2008 Olympic Team silver medalists Shawn Johnson and Samantha Peszek.

Manfred’s Catering Opens Downtown

Two local favorites, Archie’s Place food truck and Bar Gernika, teamed up to create a new comfort food restaurant: Manfred’s Catering. Located downtown in the same building as Woodland Empire Ale Craft, Manfred’s offers a small, creative menu including a beer sandwich, Cubano, Sloppy Grilled Cheese, spicy grilled pineapple skewer, and chocolate and cheese appetizer. Dishes combine elements from both restaurants, with the owners bringing their expertise together for a truly unique dining experience.

The restaurant opened in July. With additional beer and event catering menus coming soon, Manfred’s will soon offer expanded options for special events. For now, its offerings of fusion comfort food with a touch of Basque flavors are enough to keep customers coming back for more.

Albertsons Boise Open Grows as a Web.com Tour Finals Event

The annual Albertsons Boise Open is bigger than ever. With new designation as one of four Web.com Tour Finals Event, it will host its strongest field of golfers to date. The Top 75 Web.com Tour players from the regular season will play against 75 PGA Tour players for 2016-2017 PGA Tour cards. Offering a $1 million purse, which is the largest purse on tour, the event will be highly competitive and provide great entertainment for spectators.

“Launching the Web.com Tour Finals this year will allow us to take this Boise community tradition to new levels, especially with the stellar field we’ll see at Hillcrest in September comprised of current PGA TOUR players and the best of the Web.com Tour, the largest purse on Tour, and 50 PGA TOUR Cards on the line,” said Jeff Sanders, executive director of the Albertsons Boise Open. “We look forward to continuing to help Albertsons break charitable records and deliver significant dollars that truly make an impact on Boise-area charities for years to come.”

Boise State University to Host Scripps National Spelling Bee Regionals

Boise State University recently announced it will host the Southwest Idaho regional finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on March 11, 2017. The winner of the regional spelling bee will advance to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Teachers and homeschool parents of third- through eighth-grade students are invited to register at SpellingBee.com through December 12.

Left without a sponsor for years, Treasure Valley spellers were unable to participate in the national bee since they didn’t have a qualifying local bee. Boise State is opening up that opportunity for students in Southwestern Idaho, including Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington counties. For more information, email SpellingBee@BoiseState.edu.