Huntsman Alumni Magazine

Spring 2014

My Huntsman Experience: Steve Mortenson

Steve MortensonAs my time at the Huntsman School of Business comes to an end I realize that although I’m sad to leave, I’m ready and excited for the next step. Much of this is thanks to countless professors, advisors, deans, and staff members who have donated time out of their busy lives to benefit my education. Several of my professors have done more than just allow me to sit through their lectures. They have spent time with me in their offices, emailed back and forth at all hours of the day and helped me understand my potential. Assistant Dean Dave Patel has sat with me in his office, taking valuable time, to teach me lessons of leadership and how to motivate others to find and reach their dreams. My academic advisors have surpassed expectations by really getting to know me. Every time I meet with them, it is like catching up with an old friend.

The Huntsman School has also provided great programs that have helped me prepare for my future. I have had the opportunity to attend several career exploration trips that have helped me clarify my future career aspirations. Other clubs and programs, such as the Entrepreneurship Club and the Huntsman Marketing Association, have given me ample opportunities to meet with and learn from current leaders in the business world, as well as develop my own skills through case competitions and other various activities.

"My academic advisors have surpassed expectations by really getting to know me. Every time I meet with them, it is like catching up with an old friend."

- Steve Mortenson

Throughout my undergraduate education, I have truly been able to go beyond the classroom. This semester, I am part of a group that was tasked to help the Pepperidge Farms facility in Richmond, Utah, remove waste from their production lines. In my sales class, I have had the opportunity to shadow a sales professional and reflect on and learn from his selling tactics. A few semesters ago a group of students and I raised thousands of dollars for a non-profit organization through planning and carrying out fundraising events. This model of real-world experience holds true for most of my classes, especially the classes I have taken my senior year.

The opportunities I have had while studying at Utah State are second to none. I am so grateful for all of the hard-working individuals who have made my time at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business a true Huntsman Experience.