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Release: Boise State, Idaho Humanities Council

Boise State breaks ground to start student housing project

Boise State University officially began construction today on a student housing project on Lincoln Avenue that will provide a campus home for 360 additional students and help meet a growing demand for university housing.

The project will line both sides of Lincoln Avenue just south of the Lincoln Parking Garage with 90 two-story townhouse style units. The community will offer juniors and seniors a campus living option designed specifically for upperclassmen. Expected completion date is January 2012.

“Additional campus housing further develops the sense of citizenship we are building by placing students in the center of campus life,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra. “This housing community will allow a student to live on campus all four years, which studies show positively impacts student success.”

The State Board of Education gave final approval to the $15.8 million housing project in January. It will be funded with a combination of redirected bond proceeds that were a result of savings from previous building projects, as well as university and student housing reserves. The university will be repaid with student housing revenues.

Boise-based ESI Construction is general contractor for the project. ESI has a 37-year history in the Boise valley and employs more than 200 professionals.

The Lincoln housing project will be Boise State’s first that is primarily dedicated to upperclass students. Each unit will have four bedrooms and two baths and will offer students more space than is typically found in student housing. The initial 360-bed project that began today is part of a larger 874-bed design that may be completed at a later date.

“To have a residential experience you have to have the right residential facilities,” said Jeff Hale, executive director of University Housing. “This is more than just a place where students will live. It completes the collegiate experience and enables students to better connect to resources like the library, campus recreation, the Student Union and health services.”

The new housing option will help encourage juniors and seniors to continue to live on campus and be active members of a growing on-campus community, said Alexa Walker, student president of the University Housing Association.

“A four-year degree plan will now be matched with a four-year residential living plan for students,” Walker said. “Part of the college experience is being an involved member of a community.”

Demand for on-campus housing at Boise State continues to grow and the university has doubled its student housing capacity since 2004. About 2,300 students currently live on campus in six residence halls and a variety of suites/apartment complexes. The university also has a thriving Residential College Program that was founded in 2004. It comprises five Living-Learning Communities, each facilitated by a faculty in residence. Students with similar majors or academic interests live and learn together and students in each community earn academic credit, providing innovative teaching opportunities for faculty.

The housing project is among several major construction projects currently under way on campus, including the Environmental Research Building, Micron Business and Economics Building, a Transit Center in front of the Student Union, phase two of the Lincoln Avenue Parking Garage and an expansion of the men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms.

Idaho Humanities Council honors residents

The Idaho Humanities Council will honor Idaho Falls resident and University of Idaho James A. & Louise McClure Center Director David Gray Adler with IHC’s Award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities” at a wine/dessert reception and award ceremony on Thursday, February 17th, 8:00 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel in Idaho Falls. The award, presented to Adler for his work as a scholar of political science, exemplary teacher, and inspired speaker about the U.S. Constitution in communities large and small throughout Idaho and the nation, carries with it a $1,000 honorarium. The public is invited to attend.

A professor of political science at Idaho State University for 25 years, Adler recently assumed the honor of the James A. McClure Chair in Political Science at the University of Idaho, and serves as director of the university’s James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research. He currently divides his time between Moscow, Boise, and Idaho Falls.

From 1985 to 2009, Adler taught political science at Idaho State University, has lectured throughout the state and the nation about constitutional issues, directed summer institutes on the history of the presidency and the Constitution for K-12 teachers, and has published a half-dozen books and a substantial number of articles exploring the Bill of Rights, the American presidency, civility, and other political issues.

Adler is a well traveled ambassador of the humanities, who has brought together people of all political persuasions and urged them into civil discourse. Several years ago, he collaborated with Idaho Falls civic leaders to help found the City Club of Idaho Falls, which sponsors monthly public forums on issues of public concern in a nonpartisan manner.

Adler holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Utah and is the author of American Constitutional Law, The Presidency and the Law: The Clinton Legacy, and other books. He is a frequent contributor to the editorial pages of Idaho newspapers, and a commentator for television and radio, including Idaho Public Television.

“Dave Adler exemplifies civility in his manner and in his command of his subject,” said Idaho Humanities Council Chair Jeff Fox, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. “His way with teachers and students is inspiring. The Idaho Humanities Council looks forward to presenting Dave with this award for outstanding achievement among his friends and family and colleagues in eastern Idaho.”

Christine Hatch, IHC board member and former director of the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho concurs, “Dave believes young and old need a better understanding of our Constitutional history, and he’s devoted his life to promoting better awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities generally.”

On the evening of the award ceremony, several colleagues will speak about Adler’s work in the humanities and the appropriateness of the recognition, and then Adler himself will say a few words about his life’s work in the public humanities.


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