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Race Aims to Open Doors to Master’s Program that Finds Jobs for Every Graduate

This article was originally posted March 2012 by The Huntsman Post.

By Paul Lewis Siddoway

Students stuff marshmallows in their partners' mouths to win points for their team during The Amazing Race.

Students stuff marshmallows in their partners’ mouths to win points for their team during The Amazing Race.

Utah State University students raced all over campus recently, competing for prizes such as two vouchers for free airplane tickets, in an event which was aimed at informing students about a Huntsman master’s program, which places 100 percent of its graduates.

On Feb. 16, more than 75 students participated in the event, modeled after the television show, “The Amazing Race.” The race was put on by the Master of Science in Human Resources program and The Agency, a student-run marketing firm at the Huntsman School. Students traveled from station to station answering questions about the MSHR program and competing in physical contests.

Students hold a balloon between them as they make their way up the stairs up Old Main Hill as part of The Amazing Race.

Students hold a balloon between them as they make their way up the stairs up Old Main Hill as part of The Amazing Race.

Lisa Leishman, the MSHR program administrator, said she hoped the event would get the word out that during the two-year program students would be offered the opportunity to complete an international internship. She also wanted people to know that the MSHR program helps every student who graduates find a job.

“The program places 100 percent of our students in professional positions upon graduation,” Lisa said.

Brad Singer, a junior in The Agency, is the account manager who worked with the MSHR program. He said The Agency advertised the race all over campus and online, specifically targeting other majors, such as psychology and sociology. As good as the participation was, the best part was when Julie Pond, a staff assistant for the MSHR program, and Lisa talked to the students about the program while the judges were compiling the data, he said.

Students compete in a three-legged event during The Amazing Race. Photos by Paul Lewis Siddoway

Students compete in a three-legged event during The Amazing Race. Photos by Paul Lewis Siddoway

“The event was fun and the students were able to enjoy themselves,” Brad said. “But I think after they were sitting down and actually listening to Lisa speaking about the MSHR program was the best part of the event. That was the whole point.”

Lisa and Brad said the race might become an annual event, with more participants and more stations around campus each year. Lisa said she felt like the event was a success.

“We were extremely pleased with the number of students who participated in The Amazing Race and the energy they brought to the event,” Lisa said. “They went away with a better understanding of the incredible MSHR program we have here.”


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Police Shootout Brings Sudden Pressure on Huntsman Graduate

This article was originally posted February 2012 by The Huntsman Post.

By Paul Lewis Siddoway

On Jan. 4, 2012, after six Ogden City police officers were shot, Chris Dallin faced a sudden challenge unlike any he had ever encountered before.

Chris Dallin speaks at a press conference. Photo Courtesy of Intermountain Healthcare

Chris Dallin speaks at a press conference. Photo Courtesy of Intermountain Healthcare

Chris, the director of public and government relations of Intermountain Healthcare’s northern region, graduated from Utah State in ‘97 with a degree in human resource management. He said there are lessons and principles he continues to apply that he learned during his years at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

Around 8 p.m. on Jan. 4, six officers from a Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force and Ogden Police Department were shot while serving warrants. The shooting left one officer dead and put the other five, who are now recovering, in the hospital.

When the police officers were taken to McKay-Dee Hospital, Chris said the police department’s spokesperson told reporters if they wanted updates on the condition of the officers, they would need to contact the hospital. He said he faced a barrage of questions from reporters from major national media outlets such as Time MagazineThe Today Show, and the New York Times. Despite the fact that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) does not allow him to reveal that type of information without patient permission, Chris said he “was constantly receiving requests for updates on the health of the officers” from reporters.

While he had dealt with some tough issues before, he said this was the first time he experienced the type of sudden pressure that came with being in the middle of a major news event. Despite the intensity of the calls, he said he knew he could not release the information, because he had decided years earlier how to act ethically in difficult situations.

He said the way he thinks through these situations always comes back to lessons he learned in the classroom of Caryn Beck-Dudley, who taught law and ethics classes at the Huntsman School and was the dean. He said not one fiscal quarter of the year goes by in which he does not think about, and use, what she taught.

Chris said it is important to recognize the individuals who have helped create your life’s blueprint.

“It is important to understand the parts that make you a person,” Chris said. “USU opened up a lot of opportunities to me.”

Reed Durtschi was another professor who Chris said continues to influence his business decisions. As a member of the senior management team for McKay-Dee Hospital, Chris said he can still hear Durtschi’s voice in his mind.

“Any time the management team talks about consumer price indexes or is considering any financial decision, I remember everything Reed Durtschi taught me, all summed up into ‘Guns and Butter,’ his phrase describing the basket of goods your company is trying to market,” Chris said.

Two other professors Chris cited as helping him become who he is today are Melissa and David Baucus, who, he said, taught him everything from essential vocabulary to critical thinking skills and analytical rigor. He said he is grateful for the things they taught him whenever he interacts with officials from Hill Air Force Base, the Utah State Legislature, and county council members from Davis, Weber, Box Elder, or Cache counties.

“I have always been taught that you can only think as deeply as your vocabulary will allow,” Chris said.

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Huntsman AIS Chapter Named Best in World

This was originally released to the press Feb. 2, 2012. It was also posted January 2012 by The Huntsman Post.

USU Student Club Recognized as Best by Global Organization
Information Systems Club Recognized

A new student club at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University has been recognized by a global organization as its Best New Student Chapter in 2011.

In the fall of 2010, students at Utah State University founded a student chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), a global professional organization for research, teaching, practice and study of information systems.

Kathy Chudoba, an associate professor in the management information systems department, accepted the award for the best new chapter on behalf of the USU AIS chapter at the International Conference on Information Systems held in Shanghai, China, in December 2011.

Clayton Fielding is a senior in the MIS department and the USU AIS president. He said the chapter submitted a report in the spring of 2011 of its activities for its first academic year, detailing the results of its plans to help students gain knowledge, get connected and get employed. Among other events, the USU AIS chapter has a special Partners In Business session with speakers brought in to talk to MIS students, Fielding said.  That was one reason the chapter was selected for the award.

Tmitri Owens, program director for the global AIS organization, said nine other new student chapters competed with the USU chapter, and the groups were judged on their performance in the areas of fundraising, membership, communication and careers in information systems.

The organization is for all USU undergraduate or graduate students interested in technology, Fielding said. The USU chapter has MIS students, as well as computer science and computer engineering majors. Fielding said their vision is to know about the next best technology and be a resource for students who are trying to stay up-to-date with the newest tools. The chapter meets every Thursday throughout the semester, and chapter membership is $10 each academic year.

He said the chapter has also branched out to other student organizations, such as the Society for Human Resource Management and the Huntsman School’s Business Council.

The Huntsman School of Business emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurial thinking, and Fielding said that many of the club’s activities, such as teaching students how to build their own business websites, have been centered on encouraging entrepreneurs.

Aside from assisting USU students, Fielding said his group is also helping the Brigham Young University chapter plan the global 2012 Leadership Conference and Student Competition, which will be held April 26-28 in Provo. Those interested in the conference may visit for more details.

Those interested in the USU chapter may visit its website at for more information.

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Former Global CEO to Return to USU on Nov. 16

This was originally released to the press Nov. 10, 2011.

Huntsman School of Business Graduate to Speak at Dean’s Convocation

The former global CEO of the largest professional services firm in the world, a company that had revenues of $26.6 billion, is coming back to Utah State University.

Jim Quigley, who graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Jon. M. Huntsman School of Business, is a senior partner at Deloitte & Touche, and the company’s former global CEO. Quigley will speak Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. at a Dean’s Convocation in the Orson A. Christensen Auditorium (room 215) of the George S. Eccles Business Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Quigley has been with Deloitte for 37 years and was elected global CEO for a four-year term from 2007 to 2011. In 2010, Deloitte became the largest professional services firm in the world, with 170,000 employees in 150 countries and revenues of $26.6 billion.

Quigley’s presentation is called “As One: Independent Action – Collective Power,” which is also the title of a book he co-authored with Mehrdad Baghai. The book is considered required reading this year for students at the Huntsman School of Business.

He was named by “Accounting Today” as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” for three consecutive years. Recognized within the business community, he has testified before the House Committee on Financial Services about reducing the likelihood of fraud and restoring investor confidence in the United States. Utah State University recognized him with an honorary doctor of business degree in 2008.

Dean Douglas D. Anderson said Quigley is considered “a legend at USU.”

“He is one of the nation’s most recognized spokesmen for honesty, integrity and ethics in the corporate world today,” he said. “He continues to play an enormously important role in setting the standards of the accounting profession and helping to raise those standards.”

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Operational Excellence Seminar Draws Hundreds to USU

This article was originally posted October 2011 by The Huntsman Post.

By Paul Lewis Siddoway

A keynote speaker at a recent Partners in Business event said he found a leader worth emulating, especially when it comes to being completely honest with employees.

Jerry Bussell, a former vice president of Medtronics, a Fortune 200 company, is not the first one to recognize this leader and his reputation; after all he’s been referred to as “Honest Abe” for decades. He may be the first speaker, however, to build a keynote address at a Utah State University event around the theme that President Abraham Lincoln is a leader who could teach today’s business executives a thing or two.

Mr. Bussell, has done extensive research in leadership and is sought out for his insights. Mr. Bussell spoke about President Lincoln at the 37th Annual Partners In Business Operational Excellence Conference held in September. Partners in Business is sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

Mr. Bussell outlined several other leadership principles he said President Lincoln modeled.

  • President Lincoln was fighting to preserve the Union, and wanted to eradicate slavery. But even more important to him, however, was that he uphold the principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence. He had a clear vision of want he wanted to accomplish.
  • Mr. Bussell talked about the word “probity.” “People can say that’s a pretty arcane word,” Mr. Bussell said. “Well probity is about complete honesty. It’s very specific. It’s not about being honest sometime, but all the time.” Mr. Bussell continued, saying probity begins with being completely honest with one’s self, so you can then be honest with everyone else.
  • If people want to follow President Lincoln’s example, Mr. Bussell said they should talk to and get to know employees and subordinates. It is the best way to build confidence and trust, he said.
  • Preparation and persistence were two qualities which are easily identified in President Lincoln, Mr. Bussell said. “His whole career he did a number of different jobs, and failed at a bunch of them. He failed as a store owner. He wasn’t much of a soldier. He failed in a lot of election opportunities that he had, but he just kept learning. He became a surveyor. Then he studied and became a lawyer.”
  • Mr. Bussell said President Lincoln was known for sharing anecdotes, which Mr. Bussell said can be more persuasive than facts: “I found that when I’m trying to get my point across, trying to do it in a logical fashion, people put up all these walls, but if you tell them a story that makes sense to them, they can relate to it.”
  • Mr. Bussell said putting good people in bad processes will continue to turn out bad results, and the solution is to fix the process. Speaking of President Lincoln, Mr. Bussell said, “He had a lot of failures with generals, but once he had the right people in there, it was all about getting people going after the right things in the right fashion.”

After examining President Lincoln’s leadership style, Mr. Bussell encouraged students and business leaders at the conference to be leaders and visionaries, and then turn around and teach those principles to others.

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2,000+ Students Participate in Business Week

This article was originally posted October 2011 by The Huntsman Post.

Business Week Raised Money and Gets Dean in Chef’s Hat
Students Raised $16,000 for Huntsman Cancer Institute

By Paul Lewis Siddoway

As Business Council members look back at Business Week, they say they are grateful for the many student volunteers who helped make the events successful.

Participants in the Last Dash Relay head off on their run. Business Week fundraisers generated $16,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Photo by: Paul Lewis Siddoway

Business Week, held every autumn, features events and service activities for students, alumni, and friends of the school aimed at giving them the opportunity to network and participate in fundraisers for a worthy cause. The events are sponsored by the Business Council, which is made up of 20 students selected by Utah State University’s business senator, who listen to their classmates and take leadership roles as they contribute to the School’s progress.

This year the Business Council, Sigma Chi Fraternity, and the Armenian Association raised money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute and presented a giant check for $16,000 to Jon M. Huntsman at the Annual Awards Banquet. Scot Marsden, the 2011-2012 Business Senator for the student government and Business Council president, said the money came from events such as the Huntsman Alumni Charity Golf Tournament and donations from sponsors such as ICON Health & Fitness and Cache Valley Electric.

“The tournament raised a significant amount of money for us,” he said, “and we raised a record-breaking amount of money through sponsorships this year.”

Reed Page, a sophomore in economics and international studies, as well as the senior vice president of the Business Council, said all the volunteers who helped out with any one of the 20 events surprised him most from Business Week.

“I was surprised by the volunteers, who weren’t a part of the Business Council or a part of Sigma Chi,” he said. “Just regular business students who came out of the woodwork to fill some needed spots.”

Kailey Larsen, a human resources senior and the service VP on the Business Council, said she was impressed by the number of passersby who took time on their way to class to help put together kits for patients at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and their families who come from out-of-town, each of which consisted of basic home-maintenance tools, first aid supplies and essential hygiene products.

“We had to end the service project early because there were so many people lined up to help, we ran out of things for them to do,” she said. “We had tons of students who wanted to help.”

Mr. Marsden said nearly 2,100 students planned, volunteered at or took part in the activities in Business Week 2011.

Dean Douglas Dean Anderson and Associate Dean Jeffrey Doyle serve hot dogs to Liz Arellano (left) and Sloan Bailey. Photo by: Steve Eaton

Along with the help provided by students, Mr. Reed said he was also pleasantly surprised by some of the events themselves, which he hopes will continue as Huntsman School and Business Week traditions. One such event was “Dog’s with the Deans.” Executive Dean Ken Snyder said the event, held for the first time this year, gave the deans an opportunity to interact with the students in a unique way.

“We always talk about our desire to serve our students,” he said, “but rarely do we get to do so in such a tangible way. We had great fun interacting as we cooked hot dogs and handed them out to hungry students.”

Mr. Reed said he was glad they hosted on-campus fundraising activities that got students and the community to participate, like the Last Dash Relay. Mr. Marsden said he hopes activities like the race and the golf tournament continue as a school tradition, with each year garnering more support from students, alumni, and friends of the Huntsman School.

The Business Council also invited all the Aggies who did not trek to Provo for the BYU game to gather at the Nelson Fieldhouse where they watched the contest on a big screen. Mr. Reed said he would like it to become a tradition which would bring students together for all away games.

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A business professional talks about Honest Abe’s influence on business

This article was originally posted Oct. 3, 2011 by the Huntsman School Blog.

I had the opportunity to see Jerry Bussell’s presentation on leadership skills at the Partners In Business Operational Excellence Conference that the Huntsman School put on.

His whole lecture was based on Abraham Lincoln and his influence on Toyota. I never knew this, but apparently Lincoln is very popular in Japan, and it’s because of his leadership skills and integrity. After Mr. Bussell’s presentation, he came and talked with a couple of students.

Mr. Bussell told us that while scholars and politicians have gone back and forth praising and criticizing Lincoln, nobody has ever been able to attack Lincoln’s honesty and integrity. He said that only about a third of employees trust their employers. And unfortunately most employers don’t merit it; Bussell also said that three-quarters of employers have done or saw a colleague do something unethical. I think it’s ironic that I just saw a great example of integrity.

Mr. Bussell said the key to good, ethical business is mentoring everyone in the company, not just mandating from the top down, and he uses Lincoln as his guide. Just like Socrates taught Plato, Mr. Bussell said he never gives any answers, he just asks more questions. It makes everyone else earn the answer, because they have to think it through for themselves. Mr. Bussell doesn’t have 200 employees who work for him; he works for his 200 employees. By putting the organization before himself and by remembering that he serves others, Mr. Bussell said that he strives to maintain ethical leadership. Just like Lincoln.

Now all he needs is to grow Lincoln’s chin curtain.

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