New students come to the Huntsman School of Business expecting the best
Chris Hronek and Megan Dent are just starting at USU but say they want to be part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. - Photo by Jenna Jardine
By Jenna Jardine
It appears our reputation precedes us.
Dewey Denning did his homework. Mr. Denning, former Dixie State College Student Association president, said he chose the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business for his graduate work, in part, because of all the positive things he heard about the school from other people.
He said the Huntsman School of Business seems to have a clear vision of what it wants to do.
“My impression is that the school, its faculty and programs are all about ensuring that students succeed,” said Mr. Denning. “I wanted to come here and be a part of that.”
Others did their research by coming to USU to see the campus for themselves.
Meagan Dent, a freshman from Hyde Park, Utah, said that she knew she wanted to come to Utah State and the Huntsman School of Business after she went on a field trip with her English 1010 class and toured the George S. Eccles Business Building.
"We went through all the buildings, and we came in here (the George S. Eccles Business Building) and it felt so clean and so nice and everybody was just so friendly that I thought, ‘Okay, I want to go to Utah State and major in business,’" said Ms. Dent.
The building has gone through more changes since Ms. Dent first visited USU. When students returned this fall, there were some new visual reminders of the school’s theme, “Dare Mighty Things.” The phrase comes from an oft-quoted speech given by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Ron Godfrey, a career accelerator, greets students on the first day of school. - Photo by Steve Eaton
Standing vertical banners on the second floor feature faculty and students who exemplify the theme. Giant glass-mounted photos in the main stairwells also encourage students to take control of their education. New office space has been created on the first floor for experienced professionals called “career accelerators” who help Huntsman students prepare for the job market after graduation.
Ms. Dent said that the Huntsman family’s reputation also influenced her decision to come to USU.
“The Huntsman’s have created such a legacy,” she said. “When you look at what Jon Huntsman has done for people and the example he’s set, it is inspiring. I just think it’s amazing that the Huntsmans would invest so much money in our education. I think it is so cool.”
Ms. Dent is part the largest incoming USU freshmen class in a decade. Early estimates are that some 3,000 new freshmen will be on campus this year.
For the first week of school the second floor of the George S. Eccles Business Building was a hub of activity as staff from the Programs and Advising Center enticed students to stop and talk, offering them free donuts and even ice cream sundaes. The center offers a range of support services, including help with internships, information about international travel and academic counseling.
Mr. Denning said that it is important to get an academic education, and he thinks students should take advantage of opportunities to learn outside the classroom. It didn’t seem to bother him that some of that learning can be outright fun. He said online videos of USU basketball games inspired him.
“I’ve never seen so much school pride as I’ve seen at Utah State,” Mr. Denning said.
Feng Hao and Lang Man both came from China to study at the Huntsman School of Business.
Feng Hao, left, and Lang Man, came from China to complete their studies at the Huntsman School of Business. - Photo by Steve Eaton
Mr. Hao is an economics major, and Ms. Man a finance major. They seemed pleased with Cache Valley even though they said they had to adjust to what Mr. Hao called the bright sunlight. Ms. Man talked of strangers who have been unusually helpful to her as she has tried to find her way around campus.
“The atmosphere here is really great,” Mr. Hao said.
Chris Hronek made up his mind about USU and the Huntsman School when he came to the Connections class the week before school started. Mr. Hronek plans to major in entrepreneurship and says that he’s most looking forward to being at USU and challenging himself.
“Just being here this week is a really solid conformation that it’s going to be a good year,” he said. “In the first week my blood’s already turning Aggie blue.”