self guided walking tour by absences


									  Boise state
  self guided
walking tour
Welcome to Boise state University!
B   ustling and friendly, affordable and fun, Boise is recognized as one of the best places to live in the u.s. it stands out because of
    the thriving downtown scene, museums and cultural events, scenic parks and byways, and nearly 30 miles of greenbelt access. Boise,
nestled against the rocky Mountain foothills, is a growing city that has it all – big business, government, education, and every outdoor
activity you could want – all in one lively location!

aBoUt oUr campUs
founded in 1932 by the episcopal Church, Boise Junior College went through various stages of change and growth before becoming
a state university in 1974. today with nearly 20,000 students enrolled, Boise state is idaho’s largest institution of higher education.
students are able to earn associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 190 areas of study in seven colleges. Boise state
university was ranked among the nation’s and West’s “top up-and-coming schools” in u.s. news and World report’s annual “america’s
Best Colleges” issue. the magazine ranked Boise state no. 3 in the western division of its “Keep an eye on these schools” list for master’s
degree institutions.

                                start yoUr toUr of campUs
                                          in the
                                  stUdent Union BUildinG

BeGin toUr
STOP 1: STudenT uniOn Building
Begin your tour in the beautiful, newly expanded student union Building (suB). the $30 million 67,000 square foot addition features:
  •	Comfortable and expanded areas for students to study and relax
  •	deluxe office suite for student organizations and asBsu
  •	expanded Bookstore
  •	Contemporary Boise river Café dining room
  •	Veterans Memorial
  •	Wrap-around patio and outdoor programming space
  •	J.r. and esther simplot Ballroom
the suB houses various student organizations and business offices. Bowl or play pool in the games Center, get your picture taken at the
Bronco Card id office, pick up a Bronco t-shirt at the Bookstore, grab a snack at the Boise river Café dining center, or check out a free
laptop with wireless internet capabilities from the info desk. the suB is also home to the Cultural Center, which offers a free mentoring
program to first generation college students; asBsu student government offices; and the Volunteer services Board, responsible for
planning community service events which contribute to the 22,000 plus volunteer hours conducted by Boise state students each year.
STOP 2: liBeral arTS Building
Home to both the art and english departments, this is one of the major classroom buildings on campus. also located inside is the Visual
arts Center which features two large galleries for student, faculty and internationally acclaimed artists’ exhibits. showcasing 8 to 10
diverse exhibitions annually, the center serves as the department of art’s most visible form of university and community outreach.
the Writing Center, located on the second floor, has been around for over 25 years, making it one of the oldest programs in the country.
Open to all members of the Boise state community, the Writing Center conducts over 3,000 consultations annually by e-mail and in-
person appointments. Consultants are trained and able to talk with writers about any aspect of writing and entice visitors by keeping a
bowl of candy readily stocked!

STOP 3: adminiSTraTiOn Building
Built in 1940 the administration Building is the oldest building on campus. today, the second floor houses the President’s and Provost’s
suite, along with other executive offices. On the first floor, student services such as the BroncoWeb Help Center, admissions, financial
aid and scholarships Office, and registrar’s Office assist students in daily business. Boise state students register for classes online via

STOP 4: maTh/geOScienceS Building
Both the Math and geosciences departments can be found here along with the graduate College office. science classrooms, a free math
drop-in help center, gem and mineral collections, and a geographic information systems laboratory with a state-of-the-art computer
mapping and software system are also located here. in addition, this building is home to the Center for geophysical investigation of the
shallow subsurface, a nationally recognized research facility.

STOP 5: PuBlic affairS & arTS WeST, gaTeWay cenTer and STudenT healTh, WellneSS & cOunSeling cenTer
formerly known as the Old Campus school, this building is home to both the Political science and art departments. the department of
Political science boasts three recipients of the idaho Professor of the year award from the Carnegie foundation for the advancement of
teaching. students majoring in Political science are involved in internships with agencies such as the department of Homeland security,
the governor’s Office, and nonprofit organizations.
Just south across university drive you’ll find advising and academic enhancement in the gateway Center. along with advising undecided
students, advising and academic enhancement provides student success courses, tutorial services, academic skill building workshops,
a study skills resource center and workshops on choosing a major. the new “finish in four graduation guarantee” program is also
administered here.
next door to the gateway Center you’ll find Health, Wellness and Counseling services (HWC). integrated medical, counseling and
health promotion services optimize the health of students and the campus community. services include flu shots; massage; nutrition
counseling; primary care; individual, couples, and group counseling sessions. Healthier students and campus community members
facilitate learning, enhance academic achievement and improve retention rates. Future Update: Construction of a new building for the
nursing department and Health, Wellness & Counseling services is underway south of the reC. the four-story, $25 million building,
expected to be completed in time for the 2009-10 academic year, will enhance the already strong relationship between the College of
Health sciences and Health, Wellness and Counseling services

STOP 6: inTeracTive learning cenTer
dedicated in august 2007 as part of Boise state’s 75th anniversary celebration, the 54,000-square-foot interactive learning Center
supports the latest in technology for students and faculty alike. the $13.5 million building includes a 200-seat lecture hall, 12 general
use classrooms, multi-media labs, a distance-learning classroom, a classroom for research and innovation and even a 3-d visualization
classroom. inviting spaces for students and faculty to interact are available throughout the building in numerous study lounges, a food-
services area, a convenience store and a coffee bar featuring a cyber cafe/study lounge. a wi-fi network for wireless internet covers the
entire building. the Center for teaching and learning serves as a resource for Boise state’s faculty members.

STOP 7: mulTiPurPOSe claSSrOOm faciliTy
this four-story, 59,000-square-foot building holds 24 classrooms and laboratories, one of 15 free computer labs for students use, eight
experimental labs and seven natural science department offices. equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the MP Building provides
engaging and interactive learning.

STOP 8: velma v. mOrriSOn cenTer fOr The PerfOrming arTS
this 10-story stage house and 2,100-seat performance hall is the most prestigious theater in idaho. One of the nation’s finest performance
halls, the Morrison Center is acoustically tuned with lasers to enhance performances. With no seat further than 131 feet from the stage,
audiences enjoy an unusual intimacy with performers. Co-owned by the community and Boise state, the center houses local arts groups
such as the Boise Philharmonic, Ballet idaho, Opera idaho, the Master Choral, and Boise state university’s Music and theatre arts
departments. it has hosted such greats as isaac stern, itzhak Perlman, Harry Bellefonte, Bill Cosby, Jerry seinfeld, david Copperfield, Hal
Holbrook’s–Mark twain and Josh groban’s 1st u.s. tour. in 2006 the Morrison Center had an economic impact of close to $19 million on
the greater treasure Valley with over 122,000 patrons seeing 98 performances throughout the season.
STOP 9: TOWerS reSidence hall
One of six residence halls on campus, towers is “home” to over 300 students on its seven floors. located on the west end of the Boise
state university campus, next to the Morrison Center for the Performing arts, towers hall consists of suite-style rooms in two connected
seven-story towers. residents enjoy sponsoring a haunted house each October and can claim that they live in one of only three round
buildings in Boise!
STOP 10: Science/nurSing Building
Home to the departments of Biology, Chemistry and nursing, this building also contains one of the world’s largest collections of
mounted raptors and waterfowl. state-of-the-art computer programs simulate dissection and enhance learning for students. the nursing
program is the largest in the state of idaho. Anticipated for the 2009-2010 academic year: Nursing will join the Health, Wellness & Counseling
Services in a new facility south of the REC.

STOP 11: educaTiOn Building
the seven-story education Building houses social Work, Psychology, and education department offices. students in the Black Holez
astronomy Club sponsor viewings on the roof of the education Building where the astronomy observatory can be found.

STOP 12: SimPlOT/micrOn Building
located inside is KBsu, Boise state’s radio station with listenership of 80,000 weekly. Boise state radio includes arts and cultural
programming, idaho’s jazz station and nPr news 91.5. also inside is the department of academic technologies, which broadcasts
interactive courses within the service area, as well as provide these services: e-learning, Computer-Based testing, teleproduction,
telecommunications and teleconferencing.

STOP 13: BuSineSS Building
the Business Building contains all business departments including programs in networking and telecommunications. Business majors
have the opportunity to participate in the only completely student-run internet service provider on a college campus, along with
managing a stock market investment portfolio of real money.

STOP 14: alBerTSOnS liBrary
Open 98 hours per week, the library houses an array of resources for student use including books, periodicals, online databases, u.s.
documents, textbooks plus the largest map collection in the West! Want to learn more? Over 200 library tours are conducted annually.
also housed in the library building are the Criminal Justice, sociology, History and Modern languages departments.

STOP 15: hemingWay cenTer
this center, named after ernest Hemingway, renowned author and longtime idaho resident, focuses on rocky Mountain cultures and
environments. anthropology offices are also located in this building. a beautiful pipe organ is housed in the interior, dedicated to Boise
Junior College in 1953 by laura Moore Cunningham.

STOP 16: cOmmunicaTiOn Building
the Communication Building is home to the nationally recognized talking Broncos. it also includes a digital lab for Cd writing, digital
video, and web page development for student use. the Communication department, one of the largest departments at Boise state, is
located in this building.

STOP 17: chaffee, driScOll, mOrriSOn, TaylOr & KeiSer reSidence hallS
With over 1,200 students living on campus, there is always something going on! students can choose from any of the six residence halls
or three university-owned apartments. residential Colleges provide students the opportunity to live with others who have the same
academic major, including a faculty in residence. students who choose to live on campus achieve higher grade point averages, complete
more credit hours per semester and are more involved. support from peers, resident advisors and faculty all contribute to the success of
students living on campus. learn more about housing opportunities by contacting the student Housing office, or check out their virtual
tour online at
Driscoll Honors is home of the Boise state Honors Program offices. it has 54 single rooms and 13 double rooms arranged in suites for 8
to 12 residents. each suite has a small lounge and bathroom facilities. the halls have a large main lounge equipped with study tables and
fireplace. a community recreation room, kitchen, computer lab and laundry room are located in the basement of each hall.
Keiser hosts the Civic leadership residential College. it features furnished suites of 4 or 8 private bedrooms, each with a large living
room. Keiser has a state-of-the-art computer lab and large indoor and outdoor community spaces.
Morrison Hall, located between taylor and Keiser Halls, is the home of the Health Professions residential College. the hall features
mostly single rooms and some double rooms, arranged in suites for 8 to 12 residents. each suite has a small lounge and bathroom
facilities. there is a large main lounge equipped with study tables and fireplace, a community recreation room, kitchen, and laundry
Taylor Hall is adjacent to the library and greenbelt and hosts the Business residential College. it features furnished suites of 4 or 8
private bedrooms, each with a large living room and large indoor and outdoor community spaces.
Chaffee Hall is our largest first-year hall and is located near the taco Bell arena. residents say that it’s one of the best places to meet
friends and make your start at Boise state. first floor facilities include a community room and meeting rooms.
STOP 18: aPPleTOn TenniS cenTer
With six courts, this facility provides outdoor tennis space for varsity athletics, kinesiology courses, and campus recreation. Bleacher
seating is available for 1,500, and the complex is touted as one of the premier collegiate complexes in the nation.

STOP 19: TacO Bell arena
the arena seats over 12,000 people and is the site of Bronco basketball as well as concerts and community events, such as performances
by elton John, Metallica, george strait, the Boston Pops esplanade Orchestra and disney on ice. the Peterson learning Center is
available for athlete and student use and houses the second math drop-in center. Offices for the department of Military science and the
rOtC program are also found inside.

STOP 20: KineSiOlOgy annex
the swimming pool and the practice facility for the gymnastics team are located here. an indoor bike storage facility, believed to be the
first of its kind on a northwest college campus, provides showers and lockers for bicycle commuters. dry cleaning drop-off and delivery
services will be provided for those who wish to leave a selection of work clothes in their lockers.
STOP 21: caven-WilliamS SPOrTS cOmPlex/KeiTh and caTherine STein Band hall
this 78,000 square foot facility provides indoor practice space for many athletic teams to continue their training throughout the year
during varying weather conditions. the versatile structure also lends itself for use as a banquet facility or exhibit hall. enclosed on the
east side of the building is the Keith and Catherine stein Band Hall, home of the acclaimed Blue thunder Marching Band. dance studios
also provide practice space for the Harvey neef Maneline dancers Boise state Cheerleaders.
STOP 22: BrOncO STadium/allen nOBle hall Of fame
Known as the “smurf turf” and “the Blue,” Bronco stadium has the Only collegiate blue artificial turf in the world. an expansion
project completed in fall 08 added 38 luxury suites with 16 seats each, 41 loge boxes with four seats each and 787 individually-sold club
seats, increasing total capacity to 32,000, from 30,000. eventually, the planned stadium expansion will hold 40,000 seats. the allen
noble Hall of fame showcases a proud history of athletic competition and provides a window onto the famous blue turf.
STOP 23: engineering
three buildings make up the engineering complex at Boise state. the facilities include a clean room for the study and manufacturing
of computer semiconductors and a wind tunnel for the study of forces on buildings, structures and aerodynamics. the faa Center for
excellence for airliner Cabin environment research is also located in the Mechanical engineering Complex. the College of engineering,
which was only established in 1996, has been named one of the top 50 undergraduate engineering schools by u.s. news and World
report for the past four years.
STOP 24: STudenT recreaTiOn cenTer
this 90,000-square-foot building is a state-of-the-art fitness, sport and recreational activities center and best of all – free to full-time
students! Complete with an indoor track, rock climbing wall, group fitness classes, basketball courts and more, the student recreation
Center received the 2005 facility of Merit award from athletic Business Publications. the recreation Center also boasts the largest
collegiate climbing gym in
the u.s.
Ready to Schedule Your Campus Visit?
  Contact the admissions Office:
   Call 208.426.1156 or 1.800.824.7017
   Write                                     9/2009

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