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Article Title: Grove Fitness Club & Spa (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article describes the state-of-the-art Grove Fitness Club & Spa, located on the fifth floor of the Grove Hotel, in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho.

Primarily a fitness facility, Grove Fitness Club & Spa at The Grove Hotel has a very open, metropolitan feel. Upon entering, the views of downtown Boise and the nearby foothills from the fifth-floor location immediately command your attention. The sophistication of the gym’s technologically advanced, state-of-the-art equipment also seeks to impress.

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Article Title: Emilio’s (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article describes Emilio’s, the restaurant in the Grove Hotel, in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho.

There’s no shortage of local bounty for a Boise chef to play with — Idaho trout, steak and potatoes are just a few standouts — and the open kitchen at Emilio’s prepares these locally sourced products with creative Western flair. Situated within The Grove Hotel in the center of downtown Boise — just steps from the CenturyLink Arena, Boise Centre convention facility, Basque Block and State Capitol — Emilio’s offers innovative American fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Article Title: Chandlers Prime Steaks and Fine Seafood (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article describes Chandlers, a popular steak and seafood restaurant in downtown Boise, Idaho.

Once seated, the live jazz complements the cozy ambiance without overpowering the conversation at your own table. The result is an intimate experience where the din of the crowd feels very much in the background, and your table’s chatter remains private yet easily heard by your dining companions. Elsewhere around the Boise restaurant, you’ll see groups celebrating a special occasion, young couples having a romantic filet mignon dinner and locals and business travelers unwinding with after-work rib-eyes.

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Article Title: The Grove Hotel (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article describes The Grove Hotel, an upscale, full-service hotel in downtown Boise, Idaho.

A standard room at The Grove Hotel feels modern and spacious. Many rooms include picturesque views overlooking the decorative Basque blocks or facing toward the state capitol building. Regardless of the vista, guests can plan to wrap themselves in luxurious bedding atop a plush pillow-top mattress when the time for sleep arrives. In addition to the typical hotel amenities, the rooms here include complimentary wireless high-speed Internet and robes for lounging.

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Hotel 43

Article Title: Hotel 43 (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article describes Hotel 43, a boutique hotel in downtown Boise, Idaho.

There’s no western kitsch here—instead you’ll find rooms with streamlined decor punched up with doses of red and charcoal, and upscale touches like high thread count luxury linens and flat-screen TVs. The onsite restaurant, Chandlers, is a local hotspot and includes a stylish martini bar where on most nights you can hear live jazz.

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Article Title: Boise, Idaho (Overview)

Publication: Forbes Travel Guide

Summary: This article introduces potential visitors to the city of Boise, describing its emerging microbrew scene, the nearby wine country, its thriving downtown, and the plethora of outdoor activities for adventurers of all ages.

Visitors unfamiliar with Boise may be surprised to learn about the city’s increasing notoriety in the microbrew scene. Receiving national recognition for its growing number of microbreweries, the city’s brewers offer an array of flavors, with a local specialty in the hoppier varieties.

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I’ve been writing for LivingSocial for the past several months – daily deals and things to do. The gig is fun, yet challenging, since the witty and playful approach they value is not my usual writing voice.

I’ve included a few samples below – click on each image to view an enlarged, readable version.

Note: I am not the only one writing content for their Boise market.

Salon Deal

Things to Do: Dutch Goose

Things to Do: Steelheads Game

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In recent months, I’ve worked two writing gigs contributing to relocation guides – one for Boise, Idaho and another for Sherman, Texas. Both are currently in press, and I’m hoping they will have online versions I can link to after they’re published.

Relocation guides are typically available through a city’s chamber of commerce. They describe the the area’s economy, resources, population, and popular pastimes. Their intent is to provide prospective residents with a sense of the community’s character and the types of resources and opportunities available to support a family and active personal life.

Writing for these relocation guides was a lot of fun! As I segue into travel writing, these projects inspired me to think about destination writing from a different perspective and prompted me to research topics I might not have thought of otherwise…like agrieconomics in the Treasure Valley.

Here’s looking forward to the next one!

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Article Title: The Role of Intrinsic Goal Orientation, Self-Efficacy, and E-Learning Practice in Engineering Education (link connects to article abstract)

Publication: The Journal of Effective Teaching

Comments:

Spoiler: The study found that supplemental e-learning activities improved the academic performance of engineering students.

I was an e-learning developer for the Materials Science & Engineering program at Boise State University for a couple of years. My position was funded by a National Science Foundation grant. The grant funded a study to determine whether supplementing an introductory engineering class with e-learning activities would help students learn.

Good news – it did!

During those two years, I was assigned engineering textbook chapters and tasked with designing and developing key content into e-learning activities. We tracked students’ use of those activities and their class performance.

And this study is the subject of a recently published paper called The Role of Intrinsic Goal Orientation, Self-Efficacy, and E-Learning Practice in Engineering Education. I know…it’s a mouthful. But that’s how it works with academic articles.

The article was just published in The Journal of Effective Teaching.

FYI – This is published under my maiden name, Berg.

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