UCA Debate and Forensics Campus Debate

UCA Debate and Forensics will be holding a campus debate on Tuesday, November 17, at 6:00 in the College of Business Auditorium. The resolution for the evening will be “Concealed carry licensees should be allowed to carry on college campus.” Audience members will hear a robust debate on both sides of the issue. In addition, members of UCA Debate and Forensics will be joined by students from the Conway High School Forensics and Debate team.

8 COB students participated in the ACTAA Arkansas Student Congress

UCA_DebateOn November 8-10, eight COB students participated in the ACTAA Arkansas Student Congress. In this competition, students take on the role of legislators as they debate and vote on bills proposed by the students. The UCA delegation took second place among all of the college delegations. The other delegations were from Hendrix, University of Arkansas–Fayetteville, University of Arkansas–Monticello, and Missouri State University–West Plains.

In addition, every member of the team earned at least one individual accolade. The students who participated (as well as the honors won) are as follows:

Dallas Forbes: elected Senate Clerk; excellent in caucus; superior in committee; superior in parliamentary procedure
Alyson Tyler: recognized as UCA’s best delegate; excellent in committee; excellent in floor debate; superior in caucus; superior in parliamentary procedure
Niki Taylor: superior in caucus; authored second best senate bill (A Bill Recommending to the U.S. Congress that Companies be Allowed to Claim Compensation of Interns as Charitable Donations)
Addison Meyer: excellent in caucus; excellent in committee; superior in parliamentary procedure
Sarah Gentry: excellent in caucus; excellent in committee
Sarah Hocott: excellent in caucus; excellent in committee
Kasie Follett: excellent in caucus
Jamie-Lynn Gills: superior in caucus

BIT Club Meeting – 11/12/15

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its last meeting of the fall semester on Thursday, November 12th.  The event, which will be held in the College of Business Auditorium (Rooms 107/208) during X-period (1:40 – 2:30 p.m.), is open to all majors on campus.  Jeff Hill, our newest faculty member in the MIS Department, will be the featured speaker.  Dr. Hill joined UCA this past summer after completing his doctorate in MIS at Kent State University in Ohio.  Refreshments will be served (PIZZA!) and door prizes will be awarded.  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

BIT Club – Fall Welcome Meeting and Kick-Off – September 24th

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its Fall Welcome Meeting and Kick-Off on Thursday, September 24th.  The event, which will be held in the College of Business Auditorium (Rooms 107/208) during X-period (1:40 – 2:30 p.m.), is open to all majors on campus.  Iris Osmon, Marketing Operations Program Manager at HP, will be the featured speaker.  Joining her from Hewlett-Packard Company will be Ashley Osmon, her daughter and current MIS major at UCA.  Ashley also served as Secretary of the BIT Club last year and we are delighted to welcome them both to campus.  Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

UCA COB Awarded $3 Million from AR Commercial Truck Safety, Education Program

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Doug Voss on his recent success.  As many of you know, Dr. Voss has worked to develop close partnerships with the logistics and supply chain industry in our region.  As a direct result of Dr. Voss’ time, effort, and expertise, the Arkansas Commercial Truck Safety and Education Program has awarded $3 million to the University of Central Arkansas College of Business.  These funds will be used to endow a chaired faculty position and to support and expand the Supply Chain Management and Logistics program in the Marketing and Management Department.  In addition, Dr. Voss was recently appointed to the Arkansas Trucking Association Board of Directors.  He is the only academic that serves on this influential board.

Additional information regarding these accomplishments can be found at the following links:





Please congratulate Dr. Voss the next time you see him.

UCA Beta Alpha Psi Bowling Tournament Raises Money for Ten Charities

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the University of Central Arkansas chapter of Beta Alpha Psi hosted a Member Initiation and Bowling Charity Fundraiser.  We had approximately fifty accounting professionals, students, and faculty come together to congratulate our new members, network, and raise money for ten local charities.

Bowling teams, comprised of representatives from ten accounting firms and students, raised money this semester by soliciting donations, classroom fundraisers, and other great events. This money went directly to each team’s charity of choice.  On the night of the event, the teams competed in a bowling tournament for the chance to give their charity an additional $1000, which was donated by the ten accounting firms.

A total of $3,375.91 was raised at this inaugural event. The results of our fundraising efforts are as follows:

  • $1,432.53 to Make-A-Wish Mid-South sponsored by Hudson Cisne & Company
    (WINNER of the Bowling Event!!!)
  • $278.80 to ACCESS Schools sponsored by JPMS Cox
  • $182.53 to Arkansas Children’s Hospital sponsored by Erwin & Company
  • $436.52 to Bethlehem House sponsored by Frost
  • $268.63 to Camp Aldersgate sponsored by Beall Barclay
  • $61.58 to Conway Cradle Care sponsored by Deloitte
  • $132.53 to Easter Seals of Arkansas sponsored by BKD
  • $132.53 to Junior Achievement of Arkansas – Central AR Region sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • $287.73 to Ronald McDonald House sponsored by Thomas & Thomas
  • $162.53 to Salvation Army – Central Arkansas sponsored by Bell & Company

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the event. Because of your efforts, the evening was a huge success.  We would like to give special thanks to:

  • The Millennium Bowl in Maumelle
  • Mr. Robby Burton, UCA Art Department Lab Technician.  Robby gave a considerable amount of time designing and painting our bowling pin trophies.  He painted the pins purple and grey in honor of our university. They were a highlight of the evening.
  • MP Consulting, who gave a significant and largest monetary donation.
  • Dean Michael Hargis and Associate Dean Ken Griffin.  We appreciate their support of our Beta Alpha Psi chapter throughout the year.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisors Dr. Connie McKnight (501.450.5313cmcknight@uca.edu) or Dr. Stephanie Watson (501.450.5317; swatson@uca.edu).

2014-2015 Faculty Awards

Every year, three College of Business (COB) faculty members are given an award in three areas: Teaching, Research, and Service. This yea’rs recipients are:


Dr. Summer Bartczak

Dr. Summer Bartczak

There are two items that stand out when looking at Summer’s teaching evaluations:

  1. Instructor was well organized and prepared
  2. Students learned a lot

Both were ranked BEST in the COB! In fact, a total of nine items were  ranked best in COB by the students.

Summer’s teaching included innovation efforts in all her classes in order to engage the students in learning the content and to improve their critical thinking skills so that they would be impactful during and after their time at UCA.
Summer also teaches junior and senior high school students during the summer at the Acxiom/UCA IT camp. These students have also reported that she is effective and highly respected.


Dr. Doug Voss

Dr. Doug Voss

Doug has several research irons in the fire:

  1. 7 grants awarded with 1 pending
  2. 20 peer reviewed articles with over 70% in A tier journals
  3. 8 editorial reviewed articles
  4. 3 book chapters
  5. On the editorial/advisory board of four journals:
    Journal of Business Logistics
    International Journal of Logistics Management
    International Journal of Distribution & Logistics Management
    Journal of Supply Chain Management


Dr. Stephanie Watson

Dr. Stephanie Watson

In the past 5 years, Stephanie has been involved in:

  1. 33 Local Community Activities
  2. Accounting Community Activities
  3. Accounting Professional Activities

Stephanie averages 27 service activities per year for each of the past 5 years. Her service has included organizations such as Bethlehem House, Conway Cradle Care, Conway Women’s Shelter, Beta Alpha Psi, and dozens of other activities.

Business Analysis Students Present PM Projects

MIS students with a Business Analysis concentration are required to take a course in Project Management. As part of that class they choose teams and small UCA centric project. This year two of the projects were (Smiley, Jones & Sarsekeyev) educating students on the life long benefits of healthy eating and (Novarese, Davis and Ferguson) educating students on recycling IT products. Here are some of the photos from their events.

Smiley, Jones & Sarsekeyev

Novarese, Davis & Ferguson

BIT Club Meeting – 4-14-15 – Last one for Spring 2015!

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its last meeting of the school year on Tuesday, April 14th. The event, which will be held in the College of Business Auditorium (Rooms 107/208) during X-period (1:40 – 2:30 p.m.), is open to all majors on campus. Mr. Justin Duellman, Senior process engineer at Kimberly-Clark in Maumelle, will be our featured speaker. Mr. Duellman is an expert in Lean Manufacturing, and the KC plant in Maumelle is a model for Lean in the company’s worldwide operations. We will conduct Officer Elections for next year as well as discuss our upcoming field trip to the Acxiom Data Center in Conway on Tuesday, April 21st. Refreshments will be served (PIZZA!) and door prizes will be awarded. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

Davis Lecture – April 7, 2015

Reynie Rutledge

Reynie Rutledge

Davis Lecture – Guest Speaker – Reynie Rutledge

When: April 7, 2015, 1:40-2:30 pm
Where: COB Auditorium (COB 107)

Reynie Rutledge is the Chairman of First Security Bancorp, a financial services holding company headquartered in Searcy, Arkansas. With over 39 years of experience in banking Reynie has been involved with all aspects of finance and management while leading First Security Bancorp to become the 5th largest bank holding company based in Arkansas with over $4.7 billion in assets and 74 locations throughout the state. First Security Bancorp consists of First Security Bank, First Security Crews & Associates investment banking firm, and First Security Public Finance.

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