Huntsman School of Business Award Recipients 2010

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year - Dr. Chad Albrecht

Chad Albrecht recently graduated with his Ph.D. from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. For the last several years, ESADE has been ranked as the number one business school in the world by The Wall Street Journal. At ESADE, Chad served as president of the ESADE Doctoral Society and presented at academic and professional conferences in countries throughout the world.

Prior to enrolling at ESADE, Chad worked as a licensed stockbroker for The Harris, a subsidiary of the Bank of Montreal. Chad’s research focuses on international fraud and corruption from a humanistic perspective. He has published in many journals and co-authored four books. One of his books, a textbook on fraud, is used in more than 300 business schools worldwide. Chad also serves as associate editor of Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, a peer-review journal by Emerald Publishing.

Over the past year, Chad has worked with many undergraduates in various stages of research. Working on student and faculty collaborated research has provided him with a rich opportunity for one-on-one teaching and mentoring. One of his students co-authored a paper that was published in the prestigious Journal of International Taxation. Chad has also co-authored research with students that have been presented at the Mountain Plains Management Conference, the Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Research on Capitol Hill and the Huntsman School of Business Research Symposium. One of these papers, co-authored with Christopher Ainge and Nate Stephens, received the Best Paper Award at the 2009 Mountain Plains Management Conference. Chad is married to Jenny Lant Albrecht and together they have three young daughters.

Classified Employee of the Year - Kaye Andersen

Kaye Andersen is a staff assistant in the Huntsman School of Business Programs and Advising Center and has worked for the university since 2002. She graduated from Utah State in 1978 with a BS in English and a minor in business education. She and her husband, Dan, have lived in Brigham City for the past 24 years; they have three daughters and two grandchildren. In her spare time Kaye’s favorite things to do are read, sew, garden, hike and spend time with her family. The part of her job she likes best is getting to know the students and being able to help them.

Faculty Advisor of the Year - Dr. Carrie Belsito

Carrie Belsito is an assistant professor in the Management Department in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. She completed her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University and received her B.S. (business administration/management) from California State University, Fresno. She has taught various Human Resource Management courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Carrie also serves as an advisor for both the Huntsman School’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as well as for the HR Games teams, who took first and second place at the regional competition.

Researcher of the Year - Dr. Jeffery Doyle

Jeffrey Doyle has been at the Huntsman School since 2006 as the George S. Eccles Chair in Capital Markets Research. Before coming to Utah State, Jef also taught undergraduate and MBA classes at the University of Utah and at Stanford University. He earned a Masters in Accounting degree from the University of Virginia, his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Michigan, and, most importantly, his bachelor’s degree in economics from Utah State University. In fact, Jef’s career has come full circle with this award as faculty Researcher of the Year, as he was also Scholar of the Year for the Huntsman School of Business as an undergraduate student in 1994.

Jef’s research investigates how managers, investors and regulators use financial information to allocate resources in our economic system. His papers have been published in elite academic journals and his research has had a practical impact on money-management professionals and finance and accounting regulators. Not only has his work been noted by regulators such the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission, but he has worked as a consultant for a Wall Street hedge fund, developing accounting-based trading strategies based on his research. His research has been presented at conferences and schools around the world at places such as MIT, Stanford, and Wharton and has also been quoted in The New York Times, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.

Jef also frequently brings his research work into the classroom. Last year, he was also named as Teacher of the Year for the Huntsman School and Professor of the Year for Utah State University. His research work can be found in several textbooks and in PhD seminars around the country.

Graduate Mentor of the Year - Dr. Richard Jenson

Richard L. Jenson, ATK Thiokol Professor and former head of the School of Accountancy, joined the USU accounting faculty in 1987. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Prior to his doctoral program, he spent six years with the public accounting firm Wiggins & Company and one year with Intermountain Health Care. He is a certified public accountant (Utah) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, and the Decision Sciences Institute. He is a former president of the Western Decision Sciences Institute and has served as associate program chair for the Decision Sciences Institute. Dick teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes in the area of accounting information systems. His information systems consulting focuses on conference management systems. He presently is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Management. Dick received the Western Decision Sciences Institute Distinguished Service Award in 2004. In 2002 he was named the ATK Thiokol Professor, inducted into the Utah State University Old Main Society, and appointed as head of the School of Accountancy. He received the Decision Sciences Institute Special Service Award in 2000. In 1997, Dick was awarded the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research.

Graduate Research Assistant of the Year - Cari Markham

Cari Markham is currently a student in the Master of Science and Human Resources program. She received her BBA in management with a human resource emphasis from Boise State University and has her professional in human resource (PHR) certification. Cari has seven years experience in human resources in a variety of industries. She has enjoyed the range of projects and research as well as the mentorship and leadership of the faculty she has worked with in her studies in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. She is married with two children.

Professional Employee of the Year - Kathy McConkie

Kathy McConkie is assistant director for the Jon M. Huntsman MBA program. She is responsible for all programmatic issues, including recruitment, admission, enrollment, advising, program development and delivery, international trip development and coordination and graduation.

Prior to joining the Huntsman School of Business in December 2006, Kathy worked for Utah State in various positions – grant specialist in the Center for Integrated BioSystems, business officer for Academic and International Affairs and staff assistant for Continuing Education. She has loved the 20 years that she’s been at USU but gratefully acknowledges the lessons learned prior to that in her jobs as a ranch hand, department store clerk, cake decorator and donut fryer, elementary school secretary and bank teller. Kathy strongly believes that all work is honorable and that there are valuable lessons to be learned from the people one works with.

Kathy was recognized in 2010 as the Professional Employee of the Year by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. She also received the USU Spring 2003 Professional Employee of the Quarter award and a Distinguished Service Award in February 2000 from the Biological and Irrigation Engineering Department. In 2008, Kathy started the Gratitude List in the Huntsman Programs and Advising Center, a weekly email that celebrates the things people are grateful for in their work and their lives.

Kathy currently serves as an advisory board member for USU’s Office of International Research, as a member of the Huntsman School Curriculum Committee and as the advisor for the MBA Association. She was a member of the 2002-2004 Professional Development Committee for the Professional Employees’ Association and as a member of the 2007 Search Committee for the dean of the College of Science. Outside of work, Kathy serves on the Board of Directors for the LCpl Michael J. Allred Scholarship Foundation, which awards scholarships to less-advantaged USU students. She serves as a member of Robert’s Quilts, a charity which makes and donates quilts in memory of her son, Robert, who passed away in 2009. His motto, “Service – there’s no higher purpose,” has become their family slogan.

While working full-time at Utah State, Kathy managed to graduate magna cum laude in 1993. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in instructional technology, also from USU. She lives in Smithfield, Utah, with her husband and best friend, Carl. The greatest treasures in her life are her husband, their children, granddaughters, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends.

Teacher of the Year - Jack Peterson

Jack Peterson joined the Utah State University faculty in 1984. He played an integral part in the accreditation process for the School of Accountancy and was a member of the faculty when the School of Accountancy received the USU Faculty Award for Teaching in 2004. In addition, Jack has taken the leadership role in designing the accounting classes for delivery in the off-site economics degree program in China. He has visited the teaching sites in China and worked closely with local facilitators and spent considerable time mentoring students.

Jack is now the School of Accountancy Mission Committee chairman, leading an exhaustive and detailed review and reconsideration of the school’s mission and vision. As a member of the Ethics Committee for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Jack contributes significantly, teaching his students the importance of moral courage. He recently chaired the committee to identify attributes appropriate for advancement for non-tenured lecturer positions in the School of Accountancy. He has provided distance education to various sites throughout Utah and surrounding areas and maintains his investment securities licenses as a registered representative, financial advisor and insurance agent in Utah.

Jack has taught classes in financial accounting principles, managerial accounting principles, intermediate accounting, both graduate and undergraduate financial auditing, strategic cost management, insurance and risk management and auditing for the USU MBA Alliance program on the campus of Utah Valley University.

Jack brings to the classroom a diverse wealth of knowledge from his career of 29 years as a certified public accountant. He was the managing partner of the CPA firm Peterson and Allred for most of those years. Jack is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants. He has also participated in several non-profit organizations such as the Logan City Light and Power advisory board for 15 years and the original organizing committee of the Utah Festival Opera company.

Jack is married to Marsha Maughan, and they are the parents of two sons, Matthew and David. With a passion for reading, he constantly adds a variety of literary, inspirational, historical and other good books to his library. Between chapters, he enjoys the therapeutic wonders and consistently defying challenges of the greatest game ever created, golf.

Valedictorian - Natali Naegle

Natali Naegle is graduating from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University with dual bachelor degrees in marketing and economics and with minors in accounting and international studies. Natali is also a research fellow and has been involved in research since her first week on campus. Working with Dr. Stacey Hills, she co-authored “How Important Are Items on a Student Evaluation? A Study of Item Salience” that was published in the May/June 2009 issue of The Journal of Education for Business. Natali was also previously named the 2009 Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.

Originally from Bountiful, Utah, Natali loves stealing time from work and school to waterski in Bear Lake, attend Utah State basketball games and stand in the line for Taco Tuesday at Café Rio.

Legacy of Utah - Kimberly Rigley

Kim Rigley grew up in Kaysville, Utah as the oldest of five children. Upon graduating from Davis High School, she traveled to Rexburg, Idaho, where she received an associate’s degree in architectural drafting technology and was married to Brad Wilcox. She then spent a year in Salt Lake, after which, she moved to Logan to attend Utah State, pursuing a degree in management information systems and graphic design. Six months after her husband's death in 2005, Kim served an 18-month volunteer mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in British Columbia, Canada. In May 2009, she married Michael Rigley, and they are expecting their first child in August. They also have a cat named Nike. During those rare moments when she is not at school or work, Kim enjoys reading, hiking, camping, biking, swimming, playing "dance dance revolution" and spending time with friends and family.

Undergraduate Teaching Fellow of the Year 2010 - Stacey Rindlisbacher

Stacey grew up in Cache Valley. She will be graduating this spring with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems.

She has enjoyed her experience with the Huntsman School of Business and owes much of her accomplishments to Dr. David Olsen. Stacey’s time as a UTF has allowed her to not only sharpen her own skills but has given her an opportunity to meet many great students and faculty members.

Stacey is planning on continuing her education at USU. She lives in Logan with her husband, Bryan Rindlisbacher, who is also attending USU. She enjoys outdoor activities, refinishing furniture and working with computers. She has been called a computer hog many times by her husband.

Undergraduate Researcher of the Year - Darcy Stewart

Darcy Stewart is a senior majoring in entrepreneurship. She has been on the Dean’s List fall 2006-2009. She has also been the recipient of several scholarships. Darcy is also a Huntsman Scholar and a Koch Scholar and has learned a tremendous amount about herself, her career goals and how she networks with others by being involved in these programs.

In the summer of 2009, Darcy participated in a study abroad semester to South America. While there she analyzed business plans of budding entrepreneurs who were applying for small business loans in Peru. She also conducted field research to determine market trends and demands for a service business.

While under the direction of Ronda Callister, Darcy completed an Honors Project in the International Management course by developing an empirical study titled “Influence of Culture on Entrepreneurial Activity.”

Darcy has a long list of accomplishments during her academic career. On January 28, 2010, she presented a poster during Research on Capitol Hill titled, “The Influence of Cultural Characteristics in Entrepreneurship across the Globe.” Her research was selected as one of the three best undergraduate research projects for the year at USU by the Vice President of Research Office, which will be presented at the Annual Research Basketball Pregame Reception at USU on February 17, 2010.

She has had a research abstract accepted for presentation at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, Cedar City, Utah, February 25-26, 2010, as well as a paper accepted titled, “Exploring the Relationship Between Cultural Dimension and Entrepreneurial Activity in 30 countries: A Research Collaboration,” at the conference and proceedings of the Western Decision Sciences Institute conference at Lake Tahoe, Nevada on April 6-10, 2010. Last, she has had an abstract accepted, “Influence of Culture on Entrepreneurial Activity around the World,” for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Missoula, Montana, on April 15-17, 2010.

Darcy is an example of a student who has taken advantage of the opportunities provided to her. The Huntsman School of Business is honored to have her named the 2010 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year.

Scholar of the Year - Kip Jackson

Kip Jackson is a senior majoring in economics with minors in statistics and quantitative finance. A native of Logan, Utah, Kip graduated as Valedictorian from Logan High School in 2004 then left to serve an LDS mission in Atlanta, Georgia, later that year. While attending Utah State University, Kip has received several scholarships, including the Huntsman School of Business National Advisory Board Scholarship. He has also been an A-Pin recipient and awarded with Dean’s List status. He has had the privilege of membership in a number of honors societies and is proud to have participated in the Koch Scholars program, which led to his being offered the Koch Fellowship at Florida State University’s economics Ph.D. program. Kip has served as a Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Ambassador (2008-2009) and a volunteer peer tutor. He is working as an undergraduate teaching fellow for Dr. Terry Glover, as well as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Daniel Holland. At the present time, he is working toward the publication of a paper he co-authored regarding ethics in small businesses. Amidst involvement in various academic organizations, as well as much service in his community and church, Kip has maintained an undergraduate GPA of 4.0. He is excited to further his education by pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at the University of California—Irvine.