Karen Huntsman surprises students at commencement

One of the largest graduating classes in the history of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University got a little more than it expected May 7 when the students ended up with two, not just one, commencement speakers.

It was Karen Huntsman, the scheduled commencement speaker, who decided to suddenly draft her husband, Jon M. Huntsman, to say a few words. Mrs. Huntsman, vice president and director of the Huntsman Corporation, received an honorary doctorate at the Utah State University Commencement ceremony Saturday morning.

More than 830 students graduated from the Huntsman School of Business this spring. May 7 was the first time that Karen and Jon Huntsman had addressed the school since it was renamed after Jon Huntsman in 2007. The Huntsmans donated $26 million to USU and the Huntsman School of Business in December 2007.

Dean Douglas D. Anderson talked about Mrs. Huntsman, saying that she has played a vital role in expanding the family business. He said Forbes Magazine once called her the “Chairman of the Chairman.” Dean Anderson talked about the causes that Mrs. Huntsman has supported and noted that, in April, the Huntsmans announced $41 million would be added to the $300 million they have already contributed to the Huntsman Cancer Institute. More

Students help Brian Regan bring laughs to Logan

A student-led group at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business was asked to help with a project recently and what it came up with proved laughable.

In this case, laughter was an indicator of success because the Huntsman Marketing Association was looking to fill seats for Logan performances by comedian Brian Regan. It wasn’t that he was having much trouble selling tickets on his own. He’d already nearly sold out two shows. With some help from the Huntsman Marketing association, however, he sold out four performances.

Mr. Regan has been on the “Tonight Show” several times and the “David Letterman Show” more than 20 times. He’s done two one-hour specials for “Comedy Central,” appearing in specials on “Showtime” and “MTV,” and winning several awards, including the “Best Club Comedian” at the American Comedy Awards in 1996.

Most of the promotions the Huntsman Marketing Association did revolved around social media, according to Alexis Elsethagen, vice president of new membership for the association. Ms. Elsethagen is also in charge of social media for the association. She said they used the Huntsman Marketing Association’s Facebook site, the Huntsman School of Business Facebook page and other sites. The group even promoted a contest giving out free tickets to the best Brian Regan impersonator. More

Renovated Huntsman School website allows for customized viewing

Editor’s note: Sterling Morris, who is working on his master’s degree in Management Information Systems, was the project manager in the redesign of the Huntsman website that was recently completed. We asked him to give us some background into the changes that have been made.

Since its dedication in 1970, the George S. Eccles Business Building has served as an exceptional hub for learning for thousands of students at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. During the past four years, many Huntsman students, faculty, staff and friends have seen this building transform into a modern, more comfortable place to learn. Study and meeting spaces were added and technological capabilities were improved to meet the changing needs students face. It’s now not uncommon to see groups of students collaborating on a project in a study room, or a club holding a meeting in a remodeled classroom as a result of the renovation.

Similar to the renovation of our business building, we wanted to ensure that we were meeting our students’ needs on the Huntsman School’s website. We started searching for ways we could improve our website. We asked our community what they liked and disliked about our website. We looked at elements other business schools have implemented on their websites and asked our community what features they would find useful. We took the feedback we received and updated the website to meet the needs of our own users. More