Co-founders Andy Ridgeway and Rae Felte were interviewed by Patricia Bowen, Managing Editor for the Arbiter. Below are some key quotes from the interview.
The Ethos Project is currently comprised of a panel of Ridgeway, Felte, Myers and five other students interning for the organization. According to Ridgeway, the Ethos Symposium will “allow students to get their foot in the door when it comes to certain conversations on campus.
We’re all about giving students a larger voice and a larger platform, and I think ‘ethos’ is all about character and credentials and sharing your thoughts,” Felte said. “We want to help students create their own ethos, their own voice in a powerful way.
There are a lot of people working on really cool things within their departments, but they don’t necessarily have a platform to share that with the rest of campus community,” Ridgeway said. “I think the Ethos Symposium can be that platform.
You can find the full transcript HERE.
The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Rebecka Seward, a 2016 Ethos Speaker, has been selected as one of the three fellows of the program. With her colleagues Ann Delaney and Kelly Schut, Rebecka has completed a six week long training course and will represent Boise State at the University Innovation Fellows annual meet-up in March in California’s Silicon Valley.
Boise State University joins 47 other higher education institutions with 155 students as University Innovation Fellows. These fellows aim to create “lasting institutional change and create opportunities for students to engage with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity at their schools.” You can find out more about innovation fellows here.
“Since innovation in higher education stems from any and all stakeholders, I’m excited at the prospect of our students contributing to the innovations occurring within the College of Innovation and Design, for the benefit of Boise State University,” said Gordon Jones, dean of the college.
Congratulations, Rebecka! The Ethos Project can not wait to see what kind of change you bring about campus!
Monday, March 14th was a night filled with passion, excitement and energy. The Ethos Project, a student run organization created by two English majors, Rae Felte and Andy Ridgeway, held its first annual symposium.
For our first-ever event, The Ethos Project organization is in awe of what was accomplished. Our target audience of 150–which we were nervous we couldn’t make–was blown out of the water! There were over 200 people in the Jordan Ballroom that night. The overflow of positive response from the audience was moving. The speakers feel empowered and supported, the board members are full of excitement for the future, and the passion around The Ethos Project is greater than ever.
The symposium showcased seven undergraduate students from all different disciplines and walks of life. Drawing from their personal expertise, these students crafted ten minute presentations utilizing personalized delivery styles and presented them to an audience of over 200.
The topics ranged from Rebecka Seward presenting her service dog vest prototype that aims to decrease heat stress, to Desirée Midby emphasizing the importance of diversity and celebrating it on campus by creating a student diversity council, to Alex Barrows aiming to rally the audience around the Peruvian sheepherders in our own backyard.
And the styles of presentations ranged from Zach Harbauer bringing to life the horrendous, helpless feelings that come with mental illness through a powerful slam poem, to Emilee Ayers and Scott Conover bringing to life before the audience their process of blending together photography and botany, to Trevor Hill using personal narrative to bring the audience to feel his “zero hour.”
The Ethos Project Symposium offered just a glimpse into what the club wishes to do in the future. We want students to continue to see themselves as innovators, creators, and visionaries. CLICK TO TWEETIn addition to future symposium events, The Ethos Project plans to help students build their ethos by offering workshops on activism, public speaking, and finding or following their passion.
To watch the videos of The Ethos Project Speakers presentations, visit ethosprojectboise.com If you are a student interested in joining The Ethos Project, email firstname.lastname@example.org.