Posts Tagged Global Vision
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 www.ais2012.com for more details.
Those interested in the USU chapter may visit its website at www.huntsman.usu.edu/ais for more information.
This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 edition of the Huntsman Alumni Magazine.
A journal on innovation in business education is coming to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
Vijay Kannan, professor of operations management and executive director of international programs, was selected in January as the editor of the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. The journal is published quarterly, and features articles on teaching innovation, and research on contemporary issues in business education with an emphasis on the decision sciences, quantitative and behavioral approaches to decision-making. The journal is sponsored by the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), a global organization of academics and business professionals in a variety of business disciplines.
Professor Kannan said he was selected based on his prior involvement in DSI, his research record, and his experience as an associate editor for another DSI journal, Decision Sciences, and for the Institute for Supply Management’s Journal of Supply Chain Management.
This article was originally posted November 2011 by The Huntsman Post.
Students Put Skills Into Practice by Raising Money for Worthy Causes
By Paul Lewis Siddoway
It may be hard to see, at first, how a shotgun-shooting contest could help an entrepreneur in Peru. And most probably wouldn’t think that dropping a professor into a cold dunk tank in front of the George S. Eccles Business Building might help someone in Africa start a new business.
It is easier, however, for students at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business to make that connection, especially those in marketing classes taught by David Herrmann and Ron Welker.
Students in management 3110 spend each semester executing service projects; many of them with a goal to raise money for the Small Enterprise Education and Development program, or SEED. Other teams chose to work on other projects for other non-profits or a worthy cause of their choice.
All of the teams are under the same obligation to demonstrate they have learned something in class. Mr. Hermann, executive-in-residence in the Huntsman School’s management department, said the assignment is designed to help develop leadership, and harness the power of teamwork as the students plan, organize, execute, and report on their projects. To give them a goal, he said the revenue from their projects could be used to help fund the SEED program, which started in 2007.
This semester, he said he expects the total amount of money raised by Huntsman students for the SEED program will be between $180,000 and $190,000.
The SEED program, Mr. Herrmann said, is designed to give students hands-on learning as students mentor and teach aspiring entrepreneurs in developing economies, adding that some graduate and undergraduate students spend a semester doing internships as “permanent players” in Ghana, Peru, or Uganda.
At least two student interns are on-location year-round, teaching local entrepreneurs about basic business principles, he said. Study abroad students then come for a week and help filter through business plans written up by those who have completed the course taught by the Huntsman student interns.
The money raised by students at the Huntsman School, which Mr. Herrmann said is kept separate from university funds, will then be loaned to qualifying entrepreneurs as micro- or small-enterprise loans. Of the sixteen business plans submitted in Peru last summer, he said half were approved and given loans.
“We don’t want to set anyone up for failure,” he said. “If it’s not going to work, we don’t fund it.”
Once the loans are given out, Mr. Herrmann said student interns check up with the entrepreneurs on a weekly basis and continue to mentor them, teaching them such things as how to make monthly financial statements.
Chelsey Funk, a senior studying economics, said her time with SEED in Abomosu, Ghana, was the most rewarding experience of her college career. Along with the other Huntsman students, she said they were able to help 31 individuals start or expand small businesses.
As the businesses grow, the loans increase as well, Mr. Hermann said, adding that he is taking MBA students to Africa in November to analyze a potential medium enterprise loan for a cocoa processing plant.
The SEED program provides students with opportunities in all four of the Huntsman School’s areas of emphasis as student work in a foreign culture, analyze business plans, and mentor local entrepreneurs. Melody Jensen said her three months in Africa helped “drive home” the importance of having an entrepreneurial spirit.
“In the eastern region there aren’t a lot of options for employment,” she said, “so people have to make things happen on their own. I definitely gained a greater understanding of what it takes to start and sustain a business.”
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.
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.
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.
This article was originally posted October 2011 by The Huntsman Post.
Fulbright Scholarship Funds Hungary Academic Experience
By Paul Lewis Siddoway
An associate professor in the management information systems department of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach in Budapest.
Zsolt Ugray is one of only 1,100 faculty and professionals in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics from the United States who is traveling abroad through the Fulbright Program this school year. He is teaching classes in Corvinus University’s MIS program and is continuing his international research on the use and development of information systems and business intelligence tools while in his native Hungary.
Dr. Ugray received his doctorate from the University of Texas in 2011. He was selected based on academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership, according to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, operating in more than 155 countries around the world, designed to increase international understanding by studying, teaching, conducting research, exchanging ideas, and contributing to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Corvinus University reported 17,879 students enrolled last school year, compared to Utah State’s 25,767. Dr. Ugray said the university, which is noted for its programs in economics and business management, was looking for a scholar with teaching and research experience in MIS in a global context, which goes hand in hand with his interests and the Huntsman School’s vision.
“This kind of program is in strong alignment with the Huntsman School’s efforts into global academic endeavors,” he said. “It complements the School’s existing efforts and supplements it with a focus on faculty’s research into international issues related to their field and gives more opportunities to develop relationships, contacts, future visiting possibilities for students and academics both to and from Hungary.”
Corvinus University is interested in building cooperative research projects in the MIS area, Dr. Ugray said, and specifically in his ability to teach several courses in their English language undergraduate and graduate MIS programs. He said the application process was not easy and took more than a year of planning.
“I started the process in the summer of 2010,” he said. “I wrote a research plan and described the types of courses I can offer to teach. I secured three endorsements, one from my department head, and two more that related to my scholarly and academic skills and achievements.”
This article was originally posted September 2011 by The Huntsman Post.
Huntsman professors post their free books online, generate millions of hits
By Paul Lewis Siddoway
Two professors at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business are providing students around the world with free books for their accounting classes.
Larry Walther, a professor and head of the School of Accountancy, published Principles of Accounting online and offered it to the world for free in 1998, saying that it seemed like “the obvious thing to do at the time.” The book now receives 10 million hits a month from more than 100 universities and colleges.
Dr. Walther’s Principles of Accounting and seven other free volumes he co-authored with Chris Skousen, an associate professor of accounting at the Huntsman School of Business, provide access to the lesson text, workbook problems, and video supplements for lower division accounting principles classes.
Dr. Skousen said since he began using e-books in 2009, they have had a global reach. Instructors from institutions all over the world have started using the Huntsman professors’ e-book materials, including Jared Burgess, who received his MBA from the Huntsman School in 2010 and is now teaching in Korea.
The books are also examples of other pillars of the Huntsman School.
“Innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership are all part of the Huntsman School’s mission,” Dr. Skousen said. “That’s what we’re doing here; we’re at the front of the new thing. The way things are going, you’re going to see a lot more e-books.”
Dr. Walther said that part of his reasoning for offering his books for free was that he hoped to help students. He also said he wanted to keep the information and examples current, without having to reprint the whole work. Dr. Skousen added that the format seems to be the preferred method of students.
“In one class, only one of forty-six students said they preferred to have a real textbook,” Dr. Skousen said. “So now we made it possible to print the whole book, not just each PDF file.”
In July, a national survey by Kelton Research reported that 62 percent of students surveyed would study more often if they could access their textbooks digitally, and 54 percent would study more efficiently.
The books that Dr. Walther and Dr. Skousen have written are available at www.bookboon.com, a website that offers downloads of textbooks, business books, and travel guides for free. Dr. Walther’s work is available at www.principlesofaccounting.com.
This article was originally a Huntsman Brief sent out Sept. 1, 2011.
A student from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business appeared on the cover of the fall issue of the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, a periodical devoted to undergraduate research.
Lindsey McBride, a junior studying business and English, is working as an undergraduate research fellow on a project about the literature of Irish Jews.
Ms. McBride’s role focuses on the historical background, using microfilm to access primary sources that discuss Irish politics, the IRA, and Irish government activities during the 1930s and 1940s. She says plans
on continuing on to law school.
Ms. McBride is doing the research with Christie Fox, the director of the Honors Program at Utah State University. Dr. Fox, the research mentor for Ms. McBride, said she is delighted to have the opportunity to work with undergraduates, and said Ms. McBride’s contributions to the research have been invaluable.