Huntsman Alumni Magazine Spring 2013

Spring 2013

State-of-the-Art New “Huntsman Hall” to be Built for School of Business

The Huntsman School of Business is the oldest continuously operating business school west of the Mississippi River, having its origins in 1889 as the Commercial Department of the Agricultural College of Utah. The first class of eight graduated in 1894. As the university grew, so did the business department, evolving to a college of commerce, and then the college of business in 1970, and then to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in 2007.

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Features

USU to Award Honorary Degrees to Nike President Denson and Bangkok University President Santiwat

Utah State University will honor two Huntsman School alumni with honorary degrees at the 126th commencement on May 4, 2013. Charlie Denson, ‘78, business administration, president of Nike Brand, will receive an honorary degree and will also serve as the commencement speaker. As president of Nike Brand, Mr. Denson is responsible for leading the strategy of one of the world’s most distinctive companies in sports.

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Two Huntsman Graduates, Anthony Lemon and Jill Aoki, Earn Prestigious “Sells Award”

Just 39 people out of more than 92,000 candidates who took the Uniform CPA Examination in 2012 scored above 95.5, and two of those high scorers were graduates of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accounts recently released the names of those who will be receiving the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award, given only to people who average above 95.5 on all four tests candidates must take to become certified public accountants.

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Research on “Sin Taxes” Finds Costs Often Outweigh Benefits

William F. Shughart, II, and Michael D. Thomas, two economics professors at the Huntsman School, partnered recently with economist Adam J. Hoffer from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on a working paper on “sin taxes.” The paper was published in February by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The authors make the case that the costs of “sin taxes” often outweigh the benefits. So-called “sin taxes” are applied to a variety of things, such as alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and more recently, soda. The paper garnered wide media coverage, in U.S. News & World Report, Atlantic Business, Forbes, Newsweek, and more.

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Alumni

Huntsman Alum Chris Stewart Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

Chris Stewart ran successfully on a conservative reform platform, and in January he was sworn in as the Republican congressman representing Utah’s Second Congressional District.

Rep. Stewart, ’84, economics, voted in favor of the Republican budget in March, and joined a group of bipartisan freshmen members that outlined some basic principles to address spending reforms and social security. He serves on the Homeland Security, Natural Resources, and the Science, Space, and Technology committees.

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Student

Huntsman Students Win Skullcandy Case Competition by Developing Training Metrics

In February, Huntsman students helped Skullcandy find a quantifiable way to measure the results of a planned marketing push that will be carried out through the company’s new “college ambassador program.” Skullcandy is a publicly traded company based in Park City, Utah, that markets headphones, earphones, hands free devices, audio backpacks, MP3 players, and other products, all targeted at outdoor action sports enthusiasts.

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Faculty

School of Accountancy Ranked in Top 6% in the U.S., at #46 out of 800, by Public Accounting Report

The School of Accountancy’s under- graduate program at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has been ranked #46 in the nation by Public Accounting Report.

The publication, which bills itself as the “leading provider of competitive intelligence for public accounting firms and the profession,” prepares the rankings based on a survey of accounting professors across the country.

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Dean's Message

A Message from Dean Douglas D. Anderson

Recently, I read a speech by Mitt Romney in which he quotes lines of the song, “Forty Years On,” sung by the students and alumni of The Harrow School, the London school for boys, whose most famous graduate is Winston Churchill1. Here are a few lines from that song:

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My Favorite Professor

My Favorite Professor: USU Grad Nick Bahr Recalls Working on Research Projects with Dr. Chad Albrecht

My experience with Dr. Chad Albrecht was life changing in a literal sense. I was privileged to collaborate with him on several research projects while working on my undergraduate degree at USU.

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Vision

Vision - Duane Shaw

I grew up in the shadows of Old Main in Logan and was an Aggie by the time I was four or five. I attended public schools in Logan and without a second thought enrolled at USU.

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Voice

Voice - Brian Broadbent

What resonates the most for you from your two decades on Wall Street?

In my years on Wall Street I have seen many people do extremely well and others who have not found success. A couple of phrases that come to mind when I think about this are: 1) There is no such thing as luck; rather, luck is when hard work meets opportunity, and 2) It takes a lot of work to become an overnight success.

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