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BSU President Dr. Marlene Tromp delivering State of the University address

Posted at 10:12 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 12:14:41-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State University President Dr. Marlene Tromp is delivering the annual State of the University address at 10 Wednesday morning. The address is titled "Forging our Future" and Dr. Tromp will talk about Boise State is one of the Top 50 most innovative public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report and how the attribute will help the university adapt and thrive.

Students began moving in August 18 and have until August 20 to finish. They will have access to a health officer and other resources to keep them healthy in the residence halls. Bronco Welcome Week activities will run August 18 through 29. A full list of activities can be found here.

The university has hired two public health officers and a team of campus staff and students are being trained to direct a safe return to campus. The public health officers will provide guidance on the coronavirus to university leadership and the campus community. A daily symptom checker phone app and website will be available and a partnership with St. Alphonsus and St. Luke's will help with on-campus testing.

Classes start on August 24 and around half will be delivered in a hybrid or online format. About 10,000 students will attend at least one class in person on campus. Boise State’s faculty spent a cumulative 16,000 hours this summer in training designed to help them adapt and grow their teaching skills and offer the best online and remote courses this fall.

“I am incredibly proud of the many ways we have served our community during this pandemic. The work of faculty and staff from all across campus has prepared us to offer our students educational experiences designed both to meet people’s needs and to be responsive to the challenges we continue to face,” said Dr. Tromp. “Our reintegration plan earned national attention precisely because it displayed the kind of creativity and innovation for which Boise State is known — the same innovation that will ensure we continue to positively impact our community and our nation long after COVID-19.”

On campus, large settings like the Morrison Center and ExtraMile Arena have been converted to classrooms for fall. In the Morrison Center, for example, students will have three empty seats between them and their nearest classmate, and seating areas will be sanitized between classes.