Business Week Raised Money and Gets Dean in Chef's Hat
By Paul Lewis Siddoway
As Business Council members look back at Business Week, they say they are grateful for the many student volunteers who helped make the events successful.
Participants in the Last Dash Relay head off on their run. Business Week fundraisers generated $16,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Photo by: Paul Lewis Siddoway
Business Week, held every autumn, features events and service activities for students, alumni, and friends of the school aimed at giving them the opportunity to network and participate in fundraisers for a worthy cause. The events are sponsored by the Business Council, which is made up of 20 students selected by Utah State University’s business senator, who listen to their classmates and take leadership roles as they contribute to the School’s progress.
This year the Business Council, Sigma Chi Fraternity, and the Armenian Association raised money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute and presented a giant check for $16,000 to Jon M. Huntsman at the Annual Awards Banquet. Scot Marsden, the 2011-2012 Business Senator for the student government and Business Council president, said the money came from events such as the Huntsman Alumni Charity Golf Tournament and donations from sponsors such as ICON Health & Fitness and Cache Valley Electric.
“The tournament raised a significant amount of money for us,” he said, “and we raised a record-breaking amount of money through sponsorships this year.”
Reed Page, a sophomore in economics and international studies, as well as the senior vice president of the Business Council, said all the volunteers who helped out with any one of the 20 events surprised him most from Business Week.
“I was surprised by the volunteers, who weren’t a part of the Business Council or a part of Sigma Chi,” he said. “Just regular business students who came out of the woodwork to fill some needed spots.”
Kailey Larsen, a human resources senior and the service VP on the Business Council, said she was impressed by the number of passersby who took time on their way to class to help put together kits for patients at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and their families who come from out of town, each of which consisted of basic home-maintenance tools, first aid supplie,s and essential hygiene products.
“We had to end the service project early because there were so many people lined up to help, we ran out of things for them to do,” she said. “We had tons of students who wanted to help.”
Mr. Marsden said nearly 2,100 students planned, volunteered at or took part in the activities in Business Week 2011.
Dean Douglas Dean Anderson and Associate Dean Jeffrey Doyle serve hot dogs to Liz Arellano (left) and Sloan Bailey
Photo by: Steve Eaton
Along with the help provided by students, Mr. Reed said he was also pleasantly surprised by some of the events themselves, which he hopes will continue on as Huntsman School and Business Week traditions. One such event was “Dog’s with the Deans.” Executive Dean Ken Snyder said the event, held for the first time this year, gave the deans an opportunity to interact with the students in a unique way.
“We always talk about our desire to serve our students,” he said, “but rarely do we get to do so in such a tangible way. We had great fun interacting as we cooked hot dogs and handed them out to hungry students.”
Mr. Reed said he was glad they hosted on-campus fundraising activities that got students and the community to participate, like the Last Dash Relay. Mr. Marsden said he hopes activities like the race and the golf tournament continue as a school tradition, with each year garnering more support from students, alumni, and friends of the Huntsman School.
The Business Council also invited all the Aggies who did not trek to Provo for the BYU game to gather at the Nelson Fieldhouse where they watched the contest on a big screen. Mr. Reed said he would like it to become a tradition which would bring students together for all away games.