Dare Mighty Things. These words are displayed prominently in the newly-completed Huntsman Hall at Utah State University. It is a motto that not only provides direction for the students who will be walking its halls, collaborating in its study halls, or learning in its classrooms. It is a motto that inspired the building’s design and purpose.
Huntsman Hall offers dramatic, sweeping views of the Cache Valley and adds 147,000 square feet of teaching and learning space. Very little of the modern, state-of-the-art building is designated as office space for professors or staff.
The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled in front of the new $50 million addition to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The school’s namesake, Jon M. Huntsman, provided the lead gift to get the building started and a total of 70% of the building’s cost came from private donors and friends of the university. The state of Utah contributed an additional $14 million to the facility that will house 21 classrooms, 29 study rooms, a cafe, outdoor space and multiple common areas throughout the building.
“The Jon M. Huntsman Hall is emblematic of our vision and values and promotes interaction just through its very design,” says Associate Dean Dave Patel. “It is a place for people to be involved with others, for active learning, for interaction, collaboration, for teamwork. It is a space that promotes community.”
After the ribbon cutting on Wednesday, March 16 at 3:30 p.m., the building will be open to the public. Several dignitaries are expected to be in attendance for the dedication and ribbon cutting, including Jon M. Huntsman, USU President Stan Albrecht, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and others. The American Festival Chorus will also perform “America the Beautiful.”
The school of business at USU is the oldest continuously operating business school west of the Mississippi River, having its origins in 1889 as the Commercial Department of the Agricultural College of Utah. The program has steadily grown and become nationally recognized and ranked.
“While we celebrate the opening of a beautiful new building, our purpose remains to be a career accelerator for our students and an engine of growth for our community, our state, our nation, and the world,” says Associate Dean Patel. “Our aim is to bring together our amazing faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to create incredible opportunities for our students.
“That is how we answer Jon Huntsman’s challenge to produce students who can compete with the best anywhere in the world. That is how we are Building Huntsman.”
Parking for Wednesday’s ribbon cutting and open house is available at the Parking Terrace or at the parking lot of east of Maverik Stadium. A courtesy shuttle will be available to transport people to and from Huntsman Hall.