Huntsman Post

Students Return to Construction and 14 New Professors

By Klydi Heywood

Huntsman Students returned this fall to discover a giant hole in front of the George S. Eccles Business Building, 14 new professors, and new curriculum in the classroom.

The construction going on in front of the George S. Eccles Business Building is part of a project to connect campus underground utility tunnels to the building.
Photo by Klydi Heywoood.

It looks almost as if construction crews are putting in a swimming pool in front of the Eccles Business Building, but they are not. The new work will allow them to extend the existing campus underground utility tunnels to the Eccles Business Building and eventually to the new Huntsman Hall when it is constructed.

The Huntsman School of Business hired 14 new faculty members, including a new Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Visiting Professor who began this fall. (See story on Scott Schaefer.) Three of those professors will be teaching on the regional campuses.

There is also evidence at the Huntsman School of academic construction work already completed.

For example, in the Department of Management, the change for this school year is about simplification. Before this year the department offered five undergraduate majors to its students; this year the department has simplified it down to three majors: business administration, international management, and marketing.

“We feel it fits more what our students will need to move either into graduate school or into their future careers,” said Alan Warnick, associate department head.

This is also the first year of implementing a new MBA curriculum at USU. This revamped curriculum emphasizes entrepreneurial spirit and refocuses on doing, rather than just knowing. New to the curriculum is a one-week “boot camp” orientation where students will get an overview of the business subjects they will be covering in the upcoming year and will be taught what it means to be a Huntsman MBA graduate.

“When MBA students graduate they will be able to point to successful projects they’ve completed and also will have gained practical international experience,” said Konrad Lee, director of the MBA program. “They can show employers the positive results they helped to create because of this revamped curriculum.”

And while the School of Accountancy is known for its award-winning clubs and career placement numbers, the school says that it is trying to reach out to a different group, or more specifically, a different gender this year.

“An accounting degree can be very appealing to women for three main reasons,” said Larry Walther, department head of the School of Accountancy. “Accounting can be very family friendly because you can work at home. It is also very financially rewarding. And finally having an accounting degree can open a lot of doors in business because of the knowledge it gives you.”

The school will be holding “Women in Accounting Luncheons,” where all female students will be invited to network with women from a variety of accounting fields.

The Department of Management Information Systems’ goal is “to be the ninjas of data,” said David Olsen, department head of MIS. The department will now offer two new business intelligence and analytics courses. It will also have a business intelligence research group and several data-oriented internships.

The Department of Finance and Economics holds that with politics dominating the media this year, the topic of economics is as relevant as ever. The faculty aims to use the debates to examine the importance and impact economics can have on our country and the world.

Entrepreneurship Club president Kyle Ivins said that the main goal for the club this year is to focus on outreach to students in different disciplines.

“We have found great value in welcoming students with various interests and backgrounds,” Kyle said.

The club presidency has approached each academic college senator to encourage students from all majors to participate this year.