Huntsman Alumni Magazine Spring 2012

Spring 2012

A Renewed Focus on Analytical Rigor

In this burgeoning new age of “big data” and business intelligence driven by internet-enabled information, the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is adding a number of programs and offerings that will strengthen its students preparation for the rapidly changing work world. These additions include a new master’s degree in financial economics, a restructured 10-month MBA program, and the hiring of 10 new faculty members with significant expertise in the more analytical disciplines.

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Student Joins Japan Relief Efforts

USU student Brett Stevenson was in Japan on March 11, 2011, when the catastrophic earthquakes and tsunami hit. It was three unstable days before he could leave and come back to Utah State University. And yet, it was not long after he arrived in Utah that he decided he needed to return.

The devastation in Japan was not an abstract calamity for Brett. Even though he was watching from thousands of miles away, he said the suffering he saw was very close to his heart.

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In the Eye of the Storm

Logan native and Utah State University graduate David Stowell (‘76, economics) has a ready point of view on the main factors that caused the 2008 financial meltdown. A member of the Huntsman School’s National Advisory Board, he gives lectures at USU that touch on these “crash” factors in two online courses with three in-person lectures each—hedge funds and private equity in the fall, and investment banking in the spring.

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The All-American Maverick

He was about nine years old when he started working at the E.A. Miller meatpacking plant in Hyrum, Utah. John R. Miller essentially grew up on the slaughterhouse floor of this relatively small, regional meatpacking company that was started in 1936 by his grandfather, E.A. Miller. One of John’s earliest memories is of sweeping sawdust off the floors of the refrigerated coolers.

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Legacy: Three Cache Valley Friends

They met in Logan at the Brigham Young College (BYC), the small “high school and college” Brigham Young founded in 1877, 23 days before he died. John A. Widtsoe and George Thomas, Jr., were students at the BYC, where Logan High stands now, and Joseph M. Tanner was the school’s principal. The BYC was a kind of combination high school and community college, in contrast to USU (called the Agricultural College of Utah until 1929), which opened 11 years later in 1888 up on the hill in Logan.

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Deloitte Finds Value in Huntsman Graduates

In the United States, Deloitte, LLP, and its subsidiaries employ tens of thousands of profes­sionals. The firm has discovered that Huntsman graduates prove a good investment with more than 15 now employed in the company’s Salt Lake City office alone.

One of those students, Mike Mansfield, graduated with a master of accountancy from Utah State University in 2010 and joined Deloitte as an auditing associate.

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Research Highlights: “Haphazard Sampling” Not as Random as it Might Appear

An auditor may choose from several methodologies for determining what to look at when auditing a company. One of the frequently employed techniques is called “haphazard sampling.”

Haphazard sampling is a non-statistical technique used by auditors to simulate a variety of random sampling techniques when testing for potential errors in various accounting populations such as inventory and accounts receivable.

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Dean's Message

A Message from Dean Douglas D. Anderson

It’s wonderful to reflect on the progress we have made at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in the last few years. Thanks to the many dedicated people who have dared to see things in new ways, we continue to transform the school and accelerate the careers of our students.

Thinking like entrepreneurial leaders isn’t easy because it can push us out of our comfort zones, but the rewards for doing so can be exhilarating.

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My Favorite Professor

My Favorite Professor: Accounting 3120: Debits, Credits and Ethics

When I took my first and second accounting classes, I satisfied the academic requirement. When I took my third and fourth account­ing classes, I placated my dad, an engineer and small-business owner who recognized the value of understanding accounting (and who was helping to foot my educa­tion bill, so I did whatever he asked). When I took Professor Chris Skousen’s accounting class, I finally appreciated accounting for shaping me into a better future business leader.

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Vision – Ron Dunford

During my 30-year career in the dairy industry I have had a variety of assignments, including several leadership roles in operations, sales and marketing, and general management. Currently I am responsible for Schreiber Foods’ global operations, which include 27 facilities in the United States, Germany, Austria, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Uruguay.

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Voice – Dell Loy Hansen

What principles have guided your business leadership philosophy?

Early on I set out three foundational rules to help me become an “owner,” rather than purely an “employee” working for someone else. I learned them from my great grandfather, James Hansen, who began these practices as a child, growing up in a dugout basement home in Redmond, Utah.

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Dean's Message

A Message from Douglas D. Anderson

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