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Sarah Cutler

January 1, 2013

Program Helps Students Prepare for Chartered Financial Analyst Credential
Logan - The JON M. HUNTSMAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS at UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY is one of just 22 schools in the United States now recognized by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute for the work it is doing to prepare students to earn the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

The CFA designation has become one of the most recognized investment credentials in the world. The Huntsman School was invited by the CFA Institute to be part of its University Recognition Program. This move signals to potential students, employers and the marketplace that the Huntsman School’s bachelor’s in finance degree curriculum is closely tied to professional practice, according to Paul Fjeldsted, a senior lecturer in the economics and finance department.

Stephen Horan, the head of University Relations & Private Wealth for the CFA Institute, says students in these programs study a curriculum designed to help them obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities that investment experts worldwide have identified as essential best practices.

To be accepted into the program, the Huntsman School’s finance degree curriculum was required to incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA Institute program components and to emphasize the institute’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Because of the recognition, students pursuing finance degrees are eligible to apply for scholarships that cover a substantial portion of examination costs.

“This recognition would not be possible without the hard work that our dedicated faculty has put into building this program,” says Tyler Bowles, the economics and finance department head. “We continually strive to improve the program and aim for academic excellence and rigor.”

WSU’s Goddard School Named Best Business School
Ogden - A survey conducted for The Princeton Review’s annual guidebook named WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY’s JOHN B. GODDARD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & ECONOMICS one of the best schools in the 2013 edition of The Best 296 Business Schools.

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in a single hierarchical list from one to 296, nor does it name one business school best overall. Instead, it compiles a comprehensive list of academically outstanding schools that received excellent student reviews.

“The recognition is very gratifying because, unlike other rankings, this is based on students’ opinions and what they think about the program,” says Mark Stevenson, enrollment director of WSU’s MBA program. “We have always taken good care of our students by offering the most flexible evening MBA program in the state.”

The survey asked 19,000 students at the best MBA programs in the world their opinions of their schools’ academics, student body and campus life, as well as about themselves and their career plans.

“We selected the schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences on our survey,” explains Robert Franek, senior vice president of The Princeton Review.

Wasatch/Summit Area
Park City - THE SKY LODGE held a yard sale specifically targeting Park City’s dedicated public servants: the Park City Police Department, Park City Fire Department and public school teachers. More than 40 teachers, firefighters, police officers and staff participated in the yard sale and signed up to volunteer their time for the service project.

Park City - The PARK CITY AREA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION launched its new mobile site to help Park City diners discover local restaurants and tasty eats while on the go. Each restaurant listing includes directions that link to map applications and phone numbers, connecting visitors to their restaurant of choice.

Snowbird - SNOWBIRD SKI AND SUMMER RESORT collected thousands of pounds of food during the resort’s annual Customer Appreciation Days. The donation was presented to the UTAH FOOD BANK.

Wanship - HIGH WEST DISTILLERY partnered with BLUE SKY RANCH and has plans to move its main Salt Lake City distillery to Wanship. A new distillery, warehouse and restaurant will be opened on the ranch property.

Park City - The MCMILLEN GALLERY OF FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY recently held a celebration for the grand opening of the Park City gallery at Redstone.

Vernal - VERNAL received statewide recognition for an affordable housing program that recently opened—the Vernal Gardens apartment complex, a 48-unit apartment complex that opened last October and was named project of the year by the Utah Housing Coalition.

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