Kustra Plugs New Construction, Initiatives In 15th State Of The University Address

Aug 17, 2017

Boise State University’s expansion continues as President Bob Kustra announced plans for a new building to host the School of Public Service during his annual state of the university address.


The 50,000-70,000 square foot building is expected to cost up to $21 million and sit just across the street from the Micron Business and Economics Building on University Drive.


Kustra says the move will house several departments and associated centers, including the Andrus Center for Public Policy and the Frank Church Institute. It’s not clear how the school will fund the project or when it might break ground.


The university leader also announced a new initiative in memory of longtime human rights activist Marilyn Schuler.


“It will offer human rights education and smart advocacy skills on campus. It will eventually include an academic certificate in human rights issues and advocacy, as well as offer events open to the public,” Kustra said.


The Marilyn Schuler Human Rights Initiative’s first event will come in October, with presentations by longtime leaders of a north Idaho organization that helped bankrupt the Aryan Nations.


Kustra also mentioned the dining hall at the university’s newest dormitory won’t be open for another month. Students will be able to move in to Sawtooth Hall on Friday.


“It’s hard to believe that in the arid west, rain screwed things up,” he said.


In the meantime, which Kustra estimates will be a month, students will have to eat elsewhere on campus.


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