Huntsman Post

"Dare Mighty Things" can also mean "work mighty hard"

By Steve Eaton

A man on a scooter changed the Utah State University campus this fall.

Skyler Jenks is the senator for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and when he broke his foot on a mountain bike just days before Business Week was to begin, he realized he had to find some way to get around. A slow-moving attack on crutches just wasn’t going to cut it. He borrowed a motorized scooter from USU and went about business.

He almost wore it out.

Business Week this year was no small proposition, in fact, it was the biggest week-long celebration ever organized by students of the Huntsman School of Business. The events included a concert on Old Main Hill that drew more than 1,200 people, a golf tournament, a relay race and a barbecue. They even teamed up with a fraternity, Sigma Chi, to do a fund-raising dance marathon.

Jay Castro and his son, Tyler, take in a mellow September evening at the Kalai concert. – Photo by Sara Eaton

The events raised more than $9,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute that the student leaders presented to Jon M. Huntsman the night of the Annual Awards Banquet. During the program, Mr. Huntsman presented Ron Labrum, president and chief executive officer of Fenwall, Inc., with the Distinguished Executive Alumnus Award.

A number of well known speakers visited campus during Business Week. Stephen Covey, who became the Jon M. Huntsman Professor of Leadership in February of 2010, spoke. Dr. Covey is the author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people and several other best-selling books. Roger Martin, author of The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage and dean of Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto spoke at a Partners In Business seminar. Henry J. Eyring, author of Major Decisions: Taking Charge of Your College Education and advancement vice president at Brigham Young University - Idaho also spoke at a Dean's Convocation.

Mr. Jenks, however, would be the first to tell you that he only led the charge. He relied on the Huntsman Business Council and an army of volunteers to orchestrate the events. Council members estimated that the group logged more than 500 volunteer hours in one week. It proved an opportunity for them to envision doing great things and then execute an ambitious plan.

“It’s one thing to talk about leadership,” Mr. Jenks said, “it’s another thing to be tested like this. We dared mighty things and discovered that meant doing mighty work. I am so grateful that so many students were willing to sacrifice their time to make this work. It was worth it because it brought the school together, raised money for a good cause and was a lot of fun.”

Troy Oldham, the Business Council faculty advisor, explained that the “cultural theme of the Huntsman School of Business is to dare mighty things,” and he said that the theme was brought to life through the efforts of the students during business week.

“We like to talk about our students’ high ethical standards and their amazing work ethic,” Mr. Oldham said. “During Business Week the talk was backed up by real efforts. The entire campus and our community were able to witness our students’ leadership skills in action.”

Runners prepare for the Last Dash Rely, which raised money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. - Photo by Joshua Butts