BOISE, Idaho — Boise State will formally invest Dr. Marlene Tromp with the leadership of the university, celebrate the opening of the Center for the Visual Arts, raise money for the President’s True Blue Endowed Scholarship for Idaho students and more during inauguration week activities Oct. 2-3.
A student celebration with Dr. Tromp will kick off the week’s events from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, on the Quad in the heart of the Boise State campus. The event will include remarks from Associated Students of Boise State University President Kaleb Smith, the Blue Thunder Marching Band and more.
True Blue Inaugural Gala
The True Blue Inaugural Gala will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Stueckle Sky Center. Proceeds will benefit the President’s True Blue Endowed Scholarship. Boise State has helped Idaho residents attend college through the True Blue Promise Scholarship since 2016. These four-year scholarships are awarded to Idaho students based on financial need and merit. Boise State is launching the President’s True Blue Endowed Scholarship in honor of the inauguration of Dr. Tromp, and pledges toward this endowment will ensure scholarship funds for Idaho residents continue to grow.
Financial need is the primary reason students do not complete their degrees. Support for the President’s True Blue Endowed Scholarship is aimed at increasing Idaho’s “go-on” rates and growing the number of Idaho graduates who will contribute to the state’s economy. This scholarship will help ensure that great local potential is not left unrealized. Learn more and contribute here.
The True Blue Inaugural Gala will feature readings by 2019 United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, who also will be engaging with students while she is on campus. The author of nine books, Harjo is also a renowned musician and the recipient of numerous literary awards. Tickets are required and may be purchased for this black-tie event here.
The investiture ceremony for Dr. Marlene Tromp will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. All are welcome to attend the formal ceremony. Doors open at 1 p.m. Please arrive early for best seating and to avoid security or seating delays. Business attire recommended. A celebratory reception will follow the ceremony in the Morrison Center lobby and courtyard.
Dr. Tromp joined Boise State on July 1 as the university’s seventh president. She previously served as campus provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, one of the top-ranked public universities in the country, and as the dean of Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the vice provost of the university’s West Campus.
A ceremony to formally inaugurate a president is a long tradition in academia. The ceremony will include an academic processional, music, salutations from representative groups, the official investiture, remarks from the president and an academic recession.
Center for the Visual Arts Opening
The opening celebration for the Center for the Visual Arts will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, with a program and ribbon-cutting, followed by an open house and public building tours until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary parking is available for the Oct. 3 events in the Towers parking lot and the Brady Garage.
Located on the west end of campus along Capitol Boulevard, the Center for the Visual Arts is a work of art in itself. The $48 million building brings all of the university’s visual art programs – history of art and visual culture, art metals, art education, ceramics, graphic design, illustration, photography, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and painting – together under one roof, and features the Blue Galleries, which are open to the public. It also houses the administration, faculty and staff for the School of the Arts.
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