Thursday, January 26, 2006


If you ask any BYU student or alumnus whose major is or was Information Systems Management about INTEX you would probably get a response like, "Oh yes, INTEX, I'm glad that’s over."

Well, that is probably how I would react too but besides being glad it's over, I'm glad I did it. In fact, this semester we have INTEX 2. That's right, another INTEX, but this time... it's all semester long baby!

You're probably wondering, "What on earth is INTEX?" In the Information Systems program in the Marriott School of Business at BYU we have an integrated core of classes our junior year, or what is called the Junior Core. That means we have 3 classes that teach us different things but whose curriculum is integrated with the other classes so that what we are learning in one class applies to another class.

So, last semester, my first semester in the Junior Core, I took Java Programming, Systems Analysis & Design, and Database Management. On the Monday after Thanksgiving break we were given a business case detailing an airline company named "Rocky Mountain Airlines." This company was in a process of tremendous growth and needed a new computer system to track their inventory and their maintenance activities. We were given one week to apply all that we had learned thus far in the semester and present a sales proposal on Saturday in front of representatives from PriceWaterhouseCoopers who were the judges.

In the proposal we had to design the system, create mock reports and GUI's, explain the business benefits, and so on. Our report ended up being 77 pages long. On Saturday morning we had to present to the judges and faculty and our group did a great job. After everyone presented we had an award ceremony and our group took 1st place. Out of 20+ groups in the program, our group won. I couldn't believe but we worked hard and needless to say, that week was very difficult (I think I saw Allison for a total of 4 hours that week). But, like I said I'm really glad I did it and it was one of the best educational experiences I've ever had.

Here are some pictures of our group and some logos I made for our project. The orange "Blockwood Video" logo is for INTEX2 where we are actually creating a software package that will handle the business operations of a video rental system. Cool uh! I'm afraid this major is turning me into a nerd!

Nate Skousen, Famous?

Go to Google and search 'Nate Skousen'. The first two links go to an article my Grandpa published about my great-grandfather building Route 66. Oddly enough I show up #3 on the list, and my Grandpa shows up again on #4. Here my Grandpa (Nate Skousen Jr.) is quoted in the Albuquerque Journal talking about Route 66. Not bad, but I'm not sure how many people are "Googling" Nate Skousen, so I'm sure us Nate Skousens are really not that famous. Oh well!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Download Center

We have added a new link in the "Links" section titled "Skousen Download Center." We plan on uploading some files that you can download. Stuff you can download include funny videos, programs that Nate has made in his classes, and Skousen home vidoes. Be sure to head on over there and check it out! More stuff will be added periodically.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Cross-Country Skiing

Last Monday (01/16/06) we enjoyed a nice holiday break from school and work and decided to go cross-country skiing at Aspen Grove, which is just above Sundance Ski Resort in Provo. We had a lot of fun & even found some decent hills to climb up & ski down. Allison did a great job, even though I threw a snowball at her on the way down (by the way... she crashed and burned). The snow was great, but now it's back to school and work!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Welcome to the Skousen Blog

Welcome to our blog. We hope you come often and see what we're up to. We think having a blog is easier to manage than our old web site that we haven't touched in months. The old site is still up if you want to see other pictures and stuff, but someday we hope to merge all of this "online stuff."

The old site is located here:

Please feel free to leave some comments on this BLOG and be sure to keep in touch!

Nate & Allison