June 2017 Around Town

Bob Kustra to Receive Boise Metro Chamber Hall of Fame Award

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Boise State University President Bob Kustra is the 2017 recipient of the chamber’s Hall of Fame Award.

Kustra was selected for the award for his contributions to the betterment of the chamber and support of its mission to advocate for a vibrant economy and outstanding quality of life.

Kustra became president of BSU in 2003. Since then, the university has grown to more than 22,000 students with nearly 4,000 graduates each year. He has led a transformation that has turned the campus into a metropolitan research university. In 2016, BSU was designated a doctoral research university in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. After a 10-year, $300 million capital effort, the university now boasts state-of-the-art multidisciplinary buildings and high-tech classrooms for many disciplines.

“No one has done more to shatter old images of Boise than Bob Kustra,” Bill Connors, president and CEO of the chamber, says. “That Boise State University has risen to international prominence in academics, athletics, research and innovation from its past role as a small junior college is just one of Bob’s remarkable makeover projects.”

Curt Asmussen Promoted to General Manager at the Inn at 500 Capitol

The Inn at 500 Capitol, a boutique hotel, announced the promotion of Curt Asmussen to general manager.

“It is with joy, anticipation and great pleasure that I announce that director of sales Curt Asmussen has accepted the position of general manager of the Inn at 500 Capitol,” Brian Obie, CEO of Obie Hospitality, says. “We have great respect for Curt’s character and competence. His background and proven ability bode well for our future.”

Asmussen will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the hotel. He joined the company in April 2016 as director of sales and was instrumental in the pre-opening and opening success of Boise’s newest boutique hotel.

Before joining the Inn at 500 Capitol team, Asmussen was general manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites Chicago-Lincolnshire. With over 13 years in the hospitality industry, he spent six of those in Boise advancing his career in hotel sales, marketing and management.

ISU Honors Outstanding Graduating Seniors from Boise

Idaho State University and the ISU Alumni Association announced the 2017 Outstanding Student Award recipients, including two students from Boise.

The awards recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs, their extracurricular activities and have epitomized ISU’s outstanding student body.

Claire Jorgensen, a student in the College of Education, and Sabrina J. Sherwood, a student in the College of Pharmacy, were recognized because they exhibit a readiness to graduate, high academic achievement, above-average dedication to academic and professional goals and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered.

Jorgensen is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, serving as its president in 2015-16; a member of SHEPHERD Club; ISU Student Orientation leader; Bengal Visit Day panelist and a member of Chi Alpha. Jorgensen was named student of the year in the Department of Physical Education in 2015. She will graduate with her degree in physical education and health education and a 3.84 GPA.

Sherwood was the recipient of scholarships for pharmacy students including the Pharmacy General, J. Garner Memorial, Michael T. & Robyn Prime, Gehrke-Moore Phi Delta Chi, David & Jane Chu, Walgreens Diversity Glenn W. Corbett, Kasiska and ASISU scholarships. Sherwood will graduate with her Pharm D. degree and a 3.46 GPA.

Boise GreenBike Celebrates Two Years of Operations

Boise GreenBike has celebrated two years of operations after it launched on April 15, 2015, with 114 bikes at 15 station hubs. It is the city’s first modern bike-share system.

Since then, the network has grown to include 8,200 active members who have taken nearly 44,000 unique trips covering more than 90,000 miles. The system now boasts more than 35 hub locations with another 16 new stations expected to come online early this summer. The system just took delivery of 15 new bikes, bringing the total fleet to 129. Membership information can be found at Boise.GreenBike.com.

Local Dutch Bros. Raise Money for Boise Rescue Mission

Dutch Bros. of Boise and Dutch Bros. of Canyon County hosted a successful Dutch Luv Day on Valentine’s Day this year to benefit homeless and hungry guests staying at Boise Rescue Mission Ministries.

One dollar was donated for every drink sold on Feb. 14 at all locations in Boise and Nampa. A total of $13,247 was raised.

“We felt the outpouring of community support for homeless and hungry men, women and children,” Jason Billester, vice president of development for Boise Rescue Mission, says. “Thanks Dutch Bros. and Dutch Bros. customers for providing thousands of meals and safe nights of shelter for our guests.”

EO Idaho Inspires Business Community to “Think Big”

Small business success is not exclusively sourced from the office. This was a clear theme at the recent EO Talks event. The Idaho Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO Idaho) hosted the inau-gural EO Talks event on April 20th.

Five EO Idaho members shared snippets of their personal stories to members of the local business community. The presentations went beyond the average industry conference, and focused on the heart of the entrepreneurial spirit. Each speaker detailed the real-life struggles in their lives, from the office to the home; and what drove them to push for success in their business, their families, and their community.

EO Idaho seeks to help its members and partners expand their knowledge and understanding of cutting edge practices to help them grow their business. EO Talks was a first of its kind event for the local area, and the organization is looking forward to making EO Talks an annual event. EOIdaho.org.

Boise Associate Selected as Recipient of 2017 Law360 Writing Award

Perkins Coie announced Boise associate Stephanie M. Regenold has been selected by the Burton Awards as a recipient of the 2017 Law360 Distinguished Writing Award for the article “Environmental Streamlining Measures in Title 41 of the FAST Act: What Will They Mean for Infrastructure Project Developers?” The winning article appeared in Environmental Law News, Volume 25, Number 1, Spring 2016.

The nonprofit Burton Awards program, which is run in association with the Library of Congress, presented by lead sponsor Law360, and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association, recognizes the finest law firm writers. Winners are chosen from articles submitted by the managing partners of the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms. Regenold was honored at an award ceremony celebrating the 18th anniversary of the Burton Awards at the Library of Congress.

Komen Idaho Montana Affiliate Awards Treasure Valley Grants

The Idaho Montana affiliate of Susan G. Komen announced the 2017-18 Community Grant slate.  Grants totaling $120,000 have been awarded to 16 programs within Idaho and Montana.

In the Treasure Valley alone, Komen Idaho Montana has awarded $59,000 to local services, many of this funded by the public’s participation in events such as Komen Boise Race for the Cure.

The Treasure Valley awards include:

  • Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Breast Care Center – Diagnostic and Support Access for the Underserved, $24,000
  • St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute Breast Care Services – St. Luke’s Breast Care Financial Assistance Program 2016, $24,000
  • St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute – Concrete Needs During Breast Cancer Treatment, $6,000
  • Terry Reilly Health Services – Terry Reilly Screening Ada Canyon Owyhee, $5,000

The Komen Idaho Montana affiliate is one of 100 Komen affiliates worldwide, all pledging to relieve suffering from the disease and to end breast cancer forever.

Timothy Cline Joins Ada County Treasurer’s Office

Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre has hired Timothy Cline as the new finance manager for her office.

Cline’s extensive background in finance includes working as a treasury analyst, corporate tax accountant and financial analyst over the last 14 years. Most recently he worked as the senior financial analyst for Maximus Federal Services. Cline has an executive MBA from the University of New Mexico.

The Ada County Finance Manager plans, develops, implements, coordinates, directs and evaluates the financial activities of the Ada County Treasurer’s Office. This includes managing the property tax billing, collection and distribution process, managing the county’s investment program and designing and implementing long- and short-range plans to address funding, equipment, staffing and public education.

“He brings a wealth of financial knowledge with him and is quickly learning all of his job duties,” McIntyre says. “I’m looking forward to working with him and utilizing his great talents for the taxpayers of Ada County.”

Ocean Beauty Seafood, Lucky Fins Donate Salmon to Boise Rescue Mission

Ocean Beauty Seafood Boise and Lucky Fins Seafood Grill have partnered with the Boise Rescue Mission to help feed the hungry in the Treasure Valley.

Ocean Beauty and Lucky Fins Seafood Grill donated 1,200 pounds of Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon portions to Boise Rescue Mission Ministries’ City Light Home for Women and Children’s Shelter and River of Life Men’s Shelter.

“We care about our community, and no one should ever go hungry,” Kent Langston Smith, general manager at Ocean Beauty Seafood, says.

“This is a wonderful gift from our friends at Ocean Beauty and Lucky Fins” Boise Rescue Mission CEO Bill Roscoe, says. “We have been the recipient of literally thousands of pounds of seafood from Ocean Beauty over the years, and our guests really appreciate it when fresh fish is on the menu.”

JoAnn Slama Lighty Named Dean of BSU’s College of Engineering

JoAnn Slama Lighty will be the new dean of Boise State University’s College of Engineering.

Lighty has served as a division director for the National Science Foundation since October 2013. She is also professor of chemical engineering at the University of Utah and has held leadership positions in research, teaching and service.

“Building upon the college’s recognized excellence in undergraduate education and the university’s collaborative culture and innovative approaches, this is a wonderful opportunity to work with faculty, students, staff and the community to enhance and grow the college’s research and education potential,” she says.

Lighty was selected following a national search.

“Lighty brings a wealth of experience from a top-tier public research university and as division director at the National Science Foundation,” Martin Schimpf, provost and vice president for academic affairs, says.

Historic Preservation Council Presents Award to Lila Hill

The Ada County Historic Preservation Council honored Lila Hill by presenting her with a Making History Award.

The award honors people whose activities today are creating our future history. Hill is the author of two books about Meridian-area history: They Came to Build a Community and Before the Times. Hill is also a volunteer at the Meridian History Center. She has been a driving force to preserve and share Meridian’s history for future generations.