Achievements in Idaho business, government, education and nonprofits

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January 15, 2014 


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Agency wins bicycling award

Drake Cooper has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists with one of 90 new Silver Bicycle Friendly Business awards nationwide.

Drake Cooper is a few blocks from the Boise Greenbelt, a staple for bike commuters, and the company encourages bicycling by providing showers, bike storage and Green Commute dollars to any employee who arrives at work via any alternative source of transportation.

“Boise is possibly the most bikeable community anywhere,” says CEO Jamie Cooper, a bike commuter and road- and mountain-biking cyclist. “My best thinking always happens when I’m pedaling a bike.”


McClure Center names interim chief

Priscilla Salant has been appointed the interim director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho.

Based at the university’s Boise Center, Salant is the founding director of the Office of Community Partnerships, which supports Idaho communities through research and student projects focused on local priorities.

She has led the university’s outreach and engagement efforts since 2006. Darin Saul, currently associate director of the Office of Community Partnerships, will serve as its interim director.

Salant is an affiliate faculty member in the university’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. Her research and outreach focuses on rural development, immigration policy, telecommunications and university engagement. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Arizona and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California.

Salant will succeed Martin L. “Marty” Peterson, who is retiring from the university for a second time. Peterson served as special assistant to the president for almost 20 years.

The university says the McClure Center provides nonpartisan research for Idaho and the region, promotes sustainability, fosters collaborations, improves civic education and increases public dialogue. Research from the center also enhances opportunities for graduate and undergraduate student research and offers faculty opportunities to meld scholarly interests with practical applications to benefit Idaho and the region.

ISU professor gets Fulbright funds

Josephine A. Garibaldi, associate professor of dance in the Idaho State University School of Performing Arts in the College of Arts and Letters, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at the Latvian Academy of Culture’s Department of Contemporary Dance in Riga, Latvia.

She will complete the Fulbright award from February through June 2014. She will teach coursework in choreography, interdisciplinary and collaborative practices and world dance, and she will present workshops and seminars throughout Latvia on various topics. Paul Zmolek, a fellow faculty member at ISU and Garibaldi’s creative partner for more than 20 years, will accompany her with a teaching invitation at the Latvian Culture College.

Students in Latvia and Pocatello will be able to talk live and collaborate on creative and scholarly projects online through coursework designed by Garibaldi, Zmolek, Ryan Faulkner and Lisa Kidder with ISU Instructional Technology; and Kristi Austin, ISU’s Oboler Library reference librarian.

Garibaldi is one of about 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2013-14.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

The program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries.


Idaho Stampede gives away tickets

The Idaho Stampede Community Foundation donated 1,040 tickets to more than 260 foster families in Idaho as part of the GivingTuesday movement. Each family received tickets to a game, courtesy of Stampede season ticket holders and the Stampede ownership group.

With the help of the Idaho Department of Health and Soroptimist International of Boise, the Stampede were able to identify deserving families for the donation.

“We hope these families enjoy a fun night thanks to our fans who underwrote the tickets,” Stampede President Steve Brandes says.

GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to start the holiday season on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Travel and tourism

USA Today honors Harmon cruise

Harmon Travel’s “Where the Action Is” oldies music cruise was named as one of the best music-themed cruises of the year.

The cruise is hosted by Concerts at Sea, a subsidiary of the Boise company. Concerts at Sea launched its oldies music cruise 21 years ago for seniors and baby boomers.

The cruise “has really exploded in popularity,” owner Bob Harmon says. “It started as a small contingent of primarily Boise music lovers and grew to thousands of participants from all over the world.”

The cruise features nightly entertainment by popular singers from the 1950s and 1960s. The upcoming 2014 cruise is hosted by Paul Revere of Paul Revere & The Raiders, with additional scheduled entertainers B.J. Thomas, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, The Cowsills, and Charlie Thomas’ Drifters. It is a seven-day trip that begins Jan. 18 in Houston and includes visits to Cozumel, Roatan and Belize.

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