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Friday, September 19, 2014

Experiencing Business in a Whole New World

Trevor Andersen (South America 2014)

My Go Global experience was something I'll never forget, and quite honestly, it has been all I could talk about coming back to school. To visit top-tier businesses in other countries, visit a country’s most sacred ruin, and finish it all up with a mini internship as a micro-finance consultant, was one of the best experiences of my life. There really is no other program that can give a cultural exposure, open up your eyes to global business, and help you see what value you can add to this world than the Go Global Program.

I originally decided to apply for Go Global because it went to South America, and I have always wanted to learn about that culture. Once I started my BUS 2000 class during spring semester I knew that the trip was going to help me decide what I wanted to do with my degree. Probably the most valuable business lesson I learned is that the culture of a society effects its economic conditions greatly, so in order to successfully run or work for a business, you must first strive to understand what aspects of society effect your realm of business. On a more personal level, I learned that I want a career that can directly impact peoples' personal lives. If I could do this program all over again, I would in a heartbeat. I even tried to convince the professors that led the trip that I would be a great travel assistant for next year’s trip.

For business and for any other major, this really is the best way to prepare yourself for what lies beyond college. Having the chance to experience the global business world before you even graduate is an opportunity that shouldn't be overlooked.
Trevor Andersen

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FJ Management Center for Student Success


Classroom BUS 317 pre-rennovation
Classrooms 317 and 319 post-rennovation
Over the past few years, the most frequent question I am asked about the new building is, “Why do you need a new building?” My usual reply is something along the lines of, “We need space to do all of the terrific things that will help our students succeed.” Most people don’t understand this vague answer. It isn’t until I get into specifics – things such as the advantages of the new classrooms, the 21 new student meeting rooms, etc. – that the inquirer starts to understand.

Last Thursday we had a terrific example of how a new space can open up opportunities to help our students succeed. We celebrated the opening of the FJ Management Center for Student Success. We decided to place this center in the existing Eccles building because we wanted to build on the nice advising center space that was renovated a few years ago. As reported earlier (see my blog from September 10, 2012), we converted some existing, awful, classrooms to beautiful new space for this center. We are grateful to Crystal and Chuck Maggelet, and all of the others at FJ Management who made this terrific new center possible.

This is a wonderful example of how having the right space can help fulfill the desired purpose!

You can read more about the new FJ Management Center in our press release, or from the center website.

Link to the press release:

http://huntsman.usu.edu/news/htm/news/articleID=26058

Link to the center website:

http://huntsman.usu.edu/fjmcenter/

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall 2014 New Business Student Orientation Recap


This year’s new Huntsman student orientation began with Associate Dean, Dave Patel, giving his five words for success: initiative, excellence, integrity, investment and ownership. He asked the students to always be able to answer the question, “What do you want?”

Director of Undergraduate Programs, Ruth Harrison, then began with her analogy of someone being asked to build a house, unbeknownst to them that one day they would live in it. She compared this to the students’ education. She directed students to the new Huntsman School Road Map to Graduation. Many students noticed that this new outline looked less like a checklist and more of a tool box of suggestions for success.

This year’s business senator, Scott Laneri, concluded by telling the students to do at least three things this year. He challenged them to first go on a Career Exploration Trip. He explained that whether the students choose a local or national trip, this experience would help them find the passion they are looking for in business. He then challenged to meet a professor. And finally, he challenged them to join a club. With so many clubs and organizations offered by the Huntsman School, getting involved will only propel one’s career forward.

Best of luck new Huntsman Students. We know you’ll make us proud.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Six Must-Haves of a New Business Building


In the current edition of BizEd Magazine, the main trade journal for business schools, there is an article entitled What to Build When You’re Building. In this article, the magazine identifies six must-have elements of new business school buildings. I thought I might report on how well we do with those six must-haves:
Technology Lab

1) A variety of (classroom) floor plans. Check! We have both flat and tiered classrooms, with two different sizes of tiered classrooms, and three different sizes of flat classrooms.

2) Room to experiment. Check! With a Finance Lab, two additional computer technology labs, a research-focused Behavior Lab, and an Innovation Lab in our new Clark Center for Entrepreneurship, we have labs.

3) Spaces large and small. Check! We have the wonderful event space as our largest, new space. We have 21 new student project team rooms, and five new conference rooms, for small space. In between, we have three student lounge areas, the courtyard, the terrace, the cafeteria, and other great spaces to meet and work.

4) Top-tier technology. Check! Our architects put together a wonderful rendering of our technology lab which shows what our lab should look like. Plus, all of our classrooms will be outfitted with the latest and greatest proven technologies. No, we are not on the bleeding edge, but, yes, we are on the leading edge.

5) Green grandeur. Check! This is all about LEED. Frankly, we have to be – it’s state law. And we’re building a state-owned building.


Aeriel view of the courtyard
6) Tailor-made features. Check! Each region, campus and building space might have special characteristics which can be expressed through a high-quality business building. As I read this section, two things came to mind: (1) The wonderful views we will have of the south end of Cache Valley from the new event space. This will be high-value, “beach-front” property. And, (2) I thought of our courtyard. By fire code, we have to have 24 feet of separation between the two buildings. We are turning 24 feet of separation into a great asset. Tailor-made!

All in all, based on the BizEd criteria, we’ve nailed it.

Ken Snyder

Monday, September 8, 2014

Go Global: Asia 2014


Sarah at the Great Wall of China
 By Sarah Keating

Participating in the Go Global: Asia 2014 trip was one of the smartest decisions I have made during my collegiate career. Originally I wanted to go to Asia to learn more about big economic powers like China and South Korea, as well as developing economic nations like Vietnam. However, once I left Asia I had not only learned international economics but I also had experienced Asian culture and learned so much about myself as a student and as a person. This international experience helped me improve as a businesswoman, as a traveler and as a productive citizen as a whole.

While traveling I learned that having a global perspective is such an important principle when working with different countries. I had the opportunity to attend a private business dinner with three other students, and I was astounded by the courtesy and genuine friendship displayed by our Chinese host. I realized the power of adventure and the benefits of escaping the tourist mentality while traveling. With the help of our wonderful professors, I was encouraged to get out of my comfort zone and have conversations with dozens of people from countless backgrounds, allowing me to get a well-rounded vision of Asia. Most importantly I realized the importance of utilizing every moment and seizing every opportunity. Since returning from Asia, I’ve been more proactive about making every hour of every day a learning and growing experience. I would absolutely recommend this experience to anyone looking for a challenging, enlightening experience in international studies.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

They’re Taking Away My View (For a Little While)


View from Ken Snyder's office
After spending most of the long, hot summer in a classroom, six weeks ago I moved into my new office. My new office is on the west side of the Eccles Business Building, with a wonderful view of the construction site, and also a nice view of the quad.

Over the past six weeks, I’ve watched as the construction crew put up the support pillars and support walls for Level 3 of the new building. In just the last two weeks, the construction crew has laid the beams and metal framework for Level 4. And the concrete floor slab will be poured for Level 4 later this week. I know what comes after that:pillars and support walls.

It’s great to see the progress of the new building, but I have to admit, I have some mixed emotions about the progress. I will lose my view of the beautiful trees on the quad. As I whine to myself, I have to keep telling myself – Patience! When we have the new building, the views will be even better. For example, I can’t wait for our first event on the terrace (see my July 28, 2012 blog). I'll be counting down the days.

Ken Snyder

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Saturday Morning Excursion

Last Saturday I had to come in to work. I needed to make sure all of the classrooms in the Eccles School of Business were ready for Monday morning classes. I also had to interview candidates for a few open positions in the business building and needed to participate in our MBA Orientation that was still going on. So I came into work early – even earlier than I needed to.

On a whim I decided to take a little excursion. One of the fences around the construction yard wasn’t locked, so I snuck in there (don’t tell Sean or he’ll kill me!). I spent the next 45 minutes walking through the shell of the new building. I was struck by two things:

1) The immense size of the building. It is mammoth. It is spacious. It is awesome.

2) How easy it is becoming to envision everything. I have the advantage of seeing all the architectural renderings along the way, so I spent my time applying those renderings to the new building. I stood at the front of many of the classrooms and envisioned what it would be like to teach in it. I pretended to walk through and buy something in the cafeteria. I sat down in the courtyard and thought, “what a great place to sit down and drink hot chocolate.” I watched a student team work on a project in one of the student project team rooms. And so on…

All in all, it was a wonderful Saturday morning excursion. And the building really is coming together!

Ken Snyder