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Summer 2017

A Transformative Moment

Jon Huntsman and Charles Koch have each written history more than a few times. Both have spent a lifetime building billion-dollar enterprises that employ thousands around the world. The two have revolutionized entire industries. They’ve each authored best-selling books on business philosophy and ethical leadership, and both are renowned for their generosity. They’ve been business associates and personal friends for more than 40 years. Now, these two icons of entrepreneurship and philanthropy have made a joint gift of $50,000,000, the largest in USU history, to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

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Fantastic Focused Fridays

How the Huntsman School's newest initiative is inspiring everyone.

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At the Top of Their Game

Huntsman alumni are leading lives of distinction around the world.

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How We're Building Huntsman

Karen and I met while crossing the Quad at USU, and our experience at Utah State shaped our lives.

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Huntsman Gives Back Junior Tyler Hargraves started the “Share The Love” project. His goal was to gather 150 valentines to be delivered alongside Cache Valley’s Meals on Wheels Program to senior citizens on Valentine’s Day. In a two-week period nearly 450 valentines were donated by the community. The Huntsman Scholars raised over $3,600 for the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection (CRIC), with the focus of funding a new green house for their community garden. They also recorded and transcribed the oral histories of local assisted living center residents, with the goal of returning transcripts to the participants as well as donating the stories to the Fife Folklore Archive at USU. The Huntsman Scholars continue to clean the highway at the mouth of Logan Canyon twice a year as well. The Huntsman Scholars raised over $3,600 for the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection (CRIC), with the focus of funding a new green house for their community garden. They also recorded and transcribed the oral histories of local assisted living center residents, with the goal of returning transcripts to the participants as well as donating the stories to the Fife Folklore Archive at USU. The Huntsman Scholars continue to clean the highway at the mouth of Logan Canyon twice a year as well. Marissa Johnson, a junior majoring in marketing, partnered with Cases for Smiles which provides fun and whimsical pillowcases for children in hospitals. Her team gathered fabric donations and sewed 26 pillowcases for hospitals in the Logan and Ogden areas. Marissa Johnson, a junior majoring in marketing, partnered with Cases for Smiles which provides fun and whimsical pillowcases for children in hospitals. Her team gathered fabric donations and sewed 26 pillowcases for hospitals in the Logan and Ogden areas. The Rock Hour is a time at Sky View High School dedicated to giving students opportunities to choose from various topics of things they are interested in. The Finance and Economics Club put together a group that would teach the students about basic financial principles needed in everyday life as an adult in our society. They discussed budgeting, home mortgages, car loans, bank accounts, credit cards, continuing education, and the importance of scholarships, and grants to help pay for school. The group also participated in a mock stock trading game to get the students interested and excited about gaining an introductory knowledge to the world of finance. This class has not only helped those high school students, but it has been helpful for the Huntsman students who are working to better understand these principles themselves. It has created an environment where the teachers have also become the students. Matt Baker, a senior majoring in economics and finance, organized fellow members of the Sigma Chi Fraternity to assemble over 40 comfort kits for local nonprofit organization, Little Lambs of Utah. Little Lambs is dedicated to helping children of all ages who are entering foster care by providing them with comfort kits full of books, clothes, blankets, toys, and basic hygiene materials. In 2016 alone, Little Lambs assisted over 3,000 children entering foster care. Matt Baker, a senior majoring in economics and finance, organized fellow members of the Sigma Chi Fraternity to assemble over 40 comfort kits for local nonprofit organization, Little Lambs of Utah. Little Lambs is dedicated to helping children of all ages who are entering foster care by providing them with comfort kits full of books, clothes, blankets, toys, and basic hygiene materials. In 2016 alone, Little Lambs assisted over 3,000 children entering foster care. Huntsman students rallied together to give back to the community on Valentine’s Day. Members of the Huntsman Business Council handcrafted over 30 personalized valentines and delivered them to a local retirement home. “This Valentine’s Day we wanted to do something that would show the elderly in our community that they are remembered and loved,” explained event organizer, Service VP Tess Arnold. Madeleine Alder, a freshman studying marketing and economics, said of the experience, “It was so neat to visit the rest home and hear the amazing stories of the residents. Talking to them helped me expand my own perspective.” 97-year-old Dora Larsen made a lasting impact on students by reminding them to look for the silver lining in all things. Throughout the visit she was often heard saying, “Life is wonderful.” Members of the School of Accountancy’s honor society, Beta Alpha Psi, volunteer each year to provide free income tax preparation assistance. Through the VITA program, students work with low-income individuals, individuals with disabilities, and others for whom paid assistance may not be possible. Students in the Clark Center for Entrepreneurship worked on items produced by Destiny Foundation, a Kolkata, India non-profit organization that works to end human trafficking and slavery. Working with Destiny’s distinctive products made by women who are survivors of human trafficking, these students help in the marketing, design, and distribution of the organization’s products throughout the United States as part of a Clark Center-facilitated social venture.