Huntsman Post

Students Accepted to Columbia, Vanderbilt, and Yale

Natali Neagle

Bo and Blake Nemelka

Photo by: Russ Dixon

By Connor Child

In the past few years, students at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business have created successful businesses, started popular websites, and won prestigious awards. Additionally, several other students have been accepted into some of the top graduate schools in the nation.

Natali Naegle was the Utah State University valedictorian when she graduated in 2010, and she was recently accepted to Columbia Business School for the fall 2012 semester. Columbia Business School has been recognized by numerous publications, such as U.S. News & World Report and The Economist, as a top 10 program in the nation. Natali, who has maintained a strong connection to the Huntsman School since graduating, received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics in 2010.

Identical twins Bo and Blake Nemelka will graduate this spring with their undergraduate degrees, and both have been accepted to top graduate schools. Blake has been accepted to Vanderbilt where he will pursue a master’s degree in higher education administration, and Bo has been accepted to Yale and the University of Minnesota healthcare administration master’s programs.

Bo said that he had a lot of support from the Huntsman School as he prepared his applications. He said that Marianna Larsen, principle lecturer of business communications, was an invaluable resource when it came to writing his essays.

“I have a strong belief that graduate school is the best thing I could do for my career,” Bo said. “Thankfully, I have a lot of friends and professors at the Huntsman School who helped me through the application process.”

Several other recent graduates from the Huntsman School of Business are already enrolled at top institutions, such as programs at Thunderbird and Stanford. But just being able to say you are going to a certain program is not enough, Blake said.

“It will mean nothing if I start graduate school satisfied that I got in,” Blake said. “I learned at the Huntsman School to take an active role in my education, and I look forward to doing that in the future. I am excited to gain a more solid understanding of my chosen field as I prepare to enter the workforce.”

Jesse Randall earned his MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Mangement last December. Thunderbird has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the nation's top school for international business for 15 years in a row. Jesse, who graduated from USU in 2009, is also pursuing a master's degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School.