July 2017 Around Town 1

Morrison Center Announces 
Broadway Lineup

The Morrison Center announced its Broadway in Boise 2017-18 season. It opens with modern day Christmas classic “Elf The Musical”(December 1-2, 2017) then features “Kinky Boots” (March 3-4, 2018), “A Chorus Line” (Ap ril 3-5, 2018), “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” (May 11-12, 2018), and the six-time Tony Award-winning “Disney’s The Lion King” (Oct. 17-Nov. 4, 2018).
Season ticket holders are first in line for “Wild Kratts Live!” (October 1, 2017), “The Price is Right Live” (Dec. 3, 2017), Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (Dec. 21, 2017), “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” (April 16, 2018), and “Jersey Boys” (June 12-14, 2018). And back by popular demand following a sold-out engagement in 2015, The “Book of Mormon” returns to Boise (January 30-February 4, 2018).

Boise Achieves GoodWell 

GoodWell, a social enterprise recently featured in Fast Company magazine for its measurement of workplace health and sustainability, announced Boise has successfully achieved GoodWell certification. The city, with more than 1,600 employees, passed all 11 metrics of the GoodWell certification, becoming the largest organization to certify to date.

“Employees who thrive and love what they do are essential to fostering the kind of workplace culture that will help the city of Boise become the most livable city in the country,” Mayor David Bieter says. “Moving ahead, we think GoodWell will help us gain better insight and give us stronger tools as an employer to take our culture to that next level.”

Boise Metro Chamber Announces 2017 Awards

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce announced its 2017 Small Business of the Year and Chamber Excellence Award winners during its annual awards luncheon.

Small Business of the Year (small-size category)–Peppershock Media

Small Business of the Year (medium-size category)–T-O Engineers

Nonprofit Excellence–United Way of Treasure Valley

Financial Services Industry Excellence–Harris & Co. PLLC

Food & Agriculture Industry Excellence –Food Services of America

Healthcare Industry Excellence–Idaho State University-Meridian

Travel Industry Excellence—Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Government Advocate of the Year—AECOM

The chamber also honored Robert Kustra, Boise State University’s president, with the 2017 Hall of Fame Award.

Trailhead Receives Idaho STEM 
Action Center Grant

Trailhead, a Boise-based nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs start and scale businesses and high-impact projects, received a grant from the Idaho STEM Action Center to launch an apprentice program to help aspiring software developers gain the skills and experience required to fill entry-level software development positions. The apprentice program will be located at Trailhead North in downtown Boise.

The Trailhead apprentice program provides a practical, incremental pathway to a career in software development. The program consists of a 10-week series of part-time, evening courses that teach core web development skills combined with a six-month, full-time, compensated apprentice program. To assist in the delivery of this program, Trailhead is working with private software development and education partners including Vynyl and Tyro.

BSU student awarded Truman 

Boise State University student Rachel Elena Gallina has been awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Gallina, who will graduate in May 2018 with a bachelor of arts in economics and a minor in Arabic studies, is the second person in BSU history to become a Truman Scholar. The award, considered one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the United States, is based on leadership, a commitment to public service and academic excellence.

Gallina is passionate about changing the way international governing bodies respond to disaster and the post-conflict reconstruction process. Growing up the child of humanitarian aid workers in the aftermath of the Balkan wars, she witnessed firsthand the ill effects mishandled aid can have on society.

Since graduating high school, she has worked among Syrian refugees in Jordan, aided community development in Swaziland and served in a variety of social empowerment efforts in the Balkans, Israel, Palestine and now Boise.

“The incredible people I’ve been privileged to know and work alongside in all of these contexts have made me who I am today. The grace and dignity of the women I grew close to in Zataari … well, their memories serve as inspiration for the type of character I’d like to embody,” she says.

United Way Collects 96,000 Books for Children’s Book Drive

More than 96,000 books were donated during United Way of Treasure Valley’s third annual Children’s Book Drive.

More than 500 volunteers from civic groups, businesses, schools and faith-based groups helped clean and sort the donated books at a large warehouse on Fairview in Boise, donated by The Sundance Company. The books were categorized by grade level and distributed to nearly 100 local organizations that serve children, including schools, daycare centers, libraries, after-school programs and health clinics.

BSU Public Service Awards Honor Bruce Newcomb, Betsy Russell

Boise State University’s School of Public Service honored former Idaho Speaker of the House Bruce Newcomb with the second annual Commitment to Idaho award.

A lifelong rancher from Buhl, Idaho, Newcomb served in the Idaho House of Representatives for 20 years. A member of the Idaho Hall of Fame, Newcomb serves as special assistant to BSU President Bob Kustra.

Betsy Russell was also honored with an award for Enhancing Public Discourse. Russell covers Idaho state government as Boise bureau chief for the Spokesman-Review. She is president of the Idaho Press Club and serves on the board of directors of Idahoans for Openness in Government.

COMPASS Planner Tom Laws Receives American Trails Award

The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho announced Tom Laws, associate planner—bicycle and pedestrian, has received the American Trails 2017 Outstanding Trail Leader Award for Idaho, presented by American Trails. This award honors one individual per state each year. Laws received the award at the International Trails Symposium in Dayton, Ohio.

The Outstanding Trail Leader Award recognizes individuals who have made compelling and significant contributions to trails and pathways in their home state.

This award recognizes Laws’ substantial contributions to the pathway and trail network in Ada and Canyon counties.

Boise Residents Honored with Idaho State Historical Society Award

The “Esto Perpetua” awards are presented by the Idaho State Historical Society. Named for the state motto which translates to “let it be perpetual,” the awards began in 1999 to honor individuals or groups for professional accomplishments, public service, volunteerism and philanthropy related to preservation of Idaho’s heritage.

The 2017 local awardees are Max Burke, Dave Crawforth, Carol MacGregor and Martin Peterson.