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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Stairway to Heaven (part 2)

Ken Snyder
Last August, I wrote a blog about our grand staircase. This is the staircase that is just inside the main entrance at the SW corner of the building. It is on the curve of the boomerang that Huntsman Hall forms as it sweeps around the current Eccles Business Building.

These stairways will be glass-enclosed. That means that people on the outside will be able to see the people on the stairs, and that the people on the stairs will see the people outside – and also have nice view of the Wellsville Mountains and the south end of the valley. An absolutely great view!

The news is that yesterday (finally!), we started installing the grand staircase. The first step is to install some columns to which the staircase will attach. I took some pictures of the workers installing the base of the columns, and also of the vertical view of the columns (see attached).

The pieces of the grand staircase will be installed in segments. The first segment being installed this week will be Level 1 (the basement) to Level 2 (the ground floor). In about two weeks, we will start installing the 2nd segment which will connect Level 2 to Level 3. The 3rd segment will follow about 2 weeks after that. Please watch for this installation over the next 6-7 weeks. I think you’ll be amazed by our stairway to heaven.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Huntsman Marketing Case Team Wins Fan Favorite!

I am pleased to report that our Huntsman marketing undergraduate case team performed very well at the Wake Forest Marketing Analytics Summit Competition. For the first time we were selected as one of six semifinalists with teams from Wharton, Yale, Maryland, Universidad Panamericana (Mexico), and Wake Forest. Our Huntsman team was voted the “Fan Favorite” and according to the conference organizers our Huntsman team was their personal favorite as well. While we did not place in the top three, I was able to see our students present their case and they did an outstanding job in representing Huntsman. From the minute we arrived to Winston-Salem, the students were full of positive energy that was contagious! The event organizers and many of the other teams commented to me how professional, mature and poised our students were during the entire competition. The Wake Forest faculty and MBA students that organized the competition told me on a number of occasions how impressed they were with our Huntsman team, and were hopeful that we would want to return for the competition in years to come.

Team members included Trevor Gonzales, Kyle Spackman, Sheii Lindley, Emily Munk, Chris Vaughan, and Dan Meszaros.

Friday, April 10, 2015

SAEL Students Win National Ethics Competition

Just wanted to let you know about some of the great work our students are doing.  As you know SAEL puts on an ethics bowl each year.  This year, the ethics bowl was changed to a new format and was turned into an ethics video competition.  The first and second place winners were encouraged to submit their videos to the National Ethics In Action competition, hosted by the Student Center for the Public Trust.  Both submitted and they ended up winning the Grand and the first place prizes in the competition.  The first place team is all Huntsman Scholars, as were most of the participants at our local competition.  The winners are announced here.  Winning videos below: 

The students of SAEL have done a great job these past few years supporting the pillar of ethical leadership in the Huntsman School and it is good to see their efforts getting national attention as well.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Sample Chair
As we approach the completion of the building, it’s now time to start worrying about furniture. Last week, we went through space by space and identified the furniture needs for each space. We’d already done this for the classrooms much earlier in the process, but we had not gone through and done it for the offices, lounge areas, outdoor spaces, etc.

I thought you might be interested in some furniture facts:
  • There will be over 2,000 chairs in the new building.
    • About 1,300 chairs will be in classrooms. You may be interested to know that we have been working on developing a Huntsman/Aggie chair to be used in all of our classrooms (please see the attached rendering of what the chair might look like).
    • About 300 chairs will be in student meeting rooms, student lounges, and in the cafeteria area.
    • About 200 chairs will be in outdoor spaces such as the courtyard and the terrace.
    • Over 100 chairs will be dedicated for use in the big event space.
  • There will be over 500 tables in the new building.
  • Ken Snyder
    • Over 300 tables will be in the classrooms. Many of these are fixed tables for our tiered classrooms which have already been ordered and are starting to be installed.
    • About 40 tables will be in student meeting rooms, student lounges, and in the cafeteria area.
    • About 40 tables will be in outdoor spaces such as the courtyard and the terrace.
    • About 80 tables will be dedicated for use in the big event space.
    • The most expensive table will likely be the table we put in the new Board Room.

There really won’t be many desks. Only about 20. That’s because there aren’t many offices in the new building. The building is almost all new classrooms and new student meeting rooms.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Shark Tank Night Results

by Natalee Champlin

The four sharks (from Left to Right): Amy Anderson founder of Mediconnect Global, Brad Oldroyd Founder and CEO of Teamone Management Group, Paul Woodland Former CFO of Dryers Grand Ice Cream Inc., and Steve Peterson, general partner of Millrock Capital.
Wednesday night’s shark tank event was amazing. There was so much energy. The ECC auditorium was full and we had a great time with the Sharks. The results were:

$5,000 given to our top entrepreneurs
Seth Christensen founder of Christensen Genetics
  • $2,000 to MBA, Danny Noall for Infuze, an inline hydration flavoring system for camelbak packs
  • $1500 to Ag major, Seth Christensen for Christensen Genetics, a company that helps beef cattle producers reduce expenses and increase revenue by improving quality of cattle through artificial insemination and bull leasing
  • $1000 to Engineering major, Cody Pickering for Align Boards, an aluminum skate deck design and manufacturing company

  • $500 to Spencer Finch for Rental on Me, an online marketplace where users can make money by sharing their items, goods, and even services.

Spencer Finch pitching his start-up, Rental On Me, a website that allows users to connect and rent their personal belongings.
An additional $1,000 was given to the crowd favorite, based on a live text-to-vote competition. Danny Noall won. 

In addition, a few of the sharks are interested in personally investing in 2-3 of these student companies and will be meeting with them to discuss an investment deal.

But that’s not it… Amy Anderson, contributor to Forbes magazine will be writing an article about ALL four of our student entrepreneurs. This is huge! It was a tremendous night and couldn't have gone any better. 

Students in the Entrepreneur Leadership Series class gathered in the Eccles Conference Center on Wednesday April 1st to watch four fellow classmates pitch their business ideas to angel investors in Utah State’s very own Shark Tank.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Entrepreneurship Week 2015: 10 Year Anniversary: Be an Aggie Entrepreneur

By Ashley Brasseaux

USU Campus—Monday April 6th marks the first day of the 10th Anniversary of Entrepreneurship Week at Utah State. It is a week full competitions, activities, and prizes for aspiring entrepreneurs and the USU student body to taste a little of what entrepreneurship is all about. Students will be invited think, create, and start their own ventures throughout the week, while those who have already been hard at work on their start-ups will have opportunities to display and share their businesses with the rest of campus. Entrepreneurship Week is a time to explore your strengths, test your courage, and discover your potential to DO something. Check out the big events and come celebrate Entrepreneurship Week with us as you discover your inner entrepreneur.


11am - 2pm

The best way to start your week is by making the jump. Jump into entrepreneurship by leaping off a 30ft platform onto a professional stunt jump bag and get a free t-shirt!  We will also be showing off Aggie entrepreneurs in a farmer’s market style expo, where you can shop around and see what student businesses have been created this year. Get a bag of free gourmet popcorn and vote for your favorite Aggie start-ups!

Bus Bldg, Room 215, 5-7pm

Learn the recipe of starting a business and brainstorm your next start-up while eating delicious tacos. The night will include an idea incubator to help students generate ideas, and workshops including: Launching your Business, Getting Started Online, and Prototyping Models of Your Product.



TSC Skyroom, 6pm

The Great EntrepreneuRace is where your interest becomes your income. This is a 40 hour adventure challenge that pushes you and your team to get out of your comfort zone, experience entrepreneurship, and compete for $1,000. Teams of 2-5 people can register so sign up your team by Monday, April 6th at 11:59 pm.

TSC Patio, 11am-2pm

Devour a delicious hot dog  while you learn about the opportunities and programs the Clark Entrepreneurship Center has to offer.  Come get a taste of the Entrepreneurship Minor, the SEED Program, the Entrepreneur Leadership Series, and opportunities to get internships with the Entrepreneur Center. There will be food, fun, and lots of great people to meet.

 Bus Bldg, Room 215, 6pm

Be inspired to define your success and follow your passions.
Don't miss the chance to hear from Peter Huntsman and learn from his life experiences in business. Aggie ice cream social to follow.

TSC Sunburst Lounges, 12pm

A literal finish line for the Great EntrepreneuRace. Competitors will receive their final assignments and await the results. Select Aggie entrepreneurs will enjoy a banquet that evening to celebrate their hard work, network with alumni entrepreneurs, Huntsman faculty, and  board members who support the Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


There are 324 doors in the new building. Some doors need to be fire-rated – most do not. We want most doors to have electronic access controls, but some doors do not need this. Some doors need to have electronic scheduling capability, but most do not. Some doors are wood and some are glass. Some doors just need an old-fashioned key lock. Some doors need emergency exit bars. Most do not. I could go on. And on… It may be hard to believe, but it gets more complicated depending on how many functions a door needs to serve.

I never realized how complicated doors could be. We’ve spent a lot of time over the past few weeks figuring out exactly what each one of the 324 doors needs to do. The most surprising finding: There are very few doors that are exactly like any other door.

After our research into the various functions each of the doors needs to have, we all got together last week for a “door meeting.” We went through all 324 doors one-by-one. It took two hours. Present in the meeting were representatives of the business school, the university architect/job manager, key/lock specialists from the university Facilities Office, the building architects, representatives of the general contractor, the architect’s door advisor, and the firm that we hired to install the doors.

Ken Snyder
Ken Snyder
I said two things in the meeting. It was about principles. When we got into a difficult discussion about how we could get a certain door to serve multiple functions, I questioned whether or not we even needed that door. Principle #1: Keep it simple! In another case, doors were designed to serve the needs of the HVAC system, but ran counter to the needs of our students. Principle #2: This building is about the students!

I am happy to report that, due to the diligent preparation of the many people involved, we resolved the specifications of every door except one. This door requires a little more research into fire code, and technologies available to serve multiple functions. We’ll come back and re-visit that one door at a future meeting.