Huntsman reputation drawing students to USU

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.

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. Click here for more.

Photo at top of Dewey Denning by Sara Eaton
Cameron "Cam" Peterson, left, Lara Willey and Omar Arrieta walk across campus. Photo by Russ Dixon.