Maverick Transportation hosts 21 UCA Students

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Touring Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation hosted a group of twenty-one UCA students at their headquarters in North Little Rock, AR on March 28, 2017.  Maverick is one of America’s largest trucking companies and has hired more UCA Logistics and Supply Chain students than any other single employer.

Students were guided on the tour by UCA alumni Erik Neville and Callie Heathscott, both of whom work in Maverick’s Human Resources Department.  Students not only toured Maverick’s offices but also sat in a new Freightliner and viewed Maverick’s training center where employees are able to utilize simulators to improve their driving skills.  Following the tour, students heard from Maverick executives John Culp (President), Doug Richey (Executive VP and COO), Kim Williams (VP of Sustainability), and Kevin Williams (VP of Logistics) who discussed the company’s history, culture, and operations.  A question and answer session followed with lively discussion.

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New Freightliner

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Training Center

Beta Gamma Sigma International Honors Society Induction Ceremony

2016-17 BGS Inductees

2016-2017 Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees

The Beta Gamma Sigma International Honors Society Induction Ceremony for 2016-2017 was held on March 31, 2017 in the COB Foyer.  The swearing in of new members was led by the Dean of the College of Business.  New members with their parents and loved ones were congratulated by members of the UCA College of Business and subsequently invited to light refreshments.

Members of this society  represent the top 10 percentile of AACSB accredited national and international business schools.  Members to this society are recruited by invitation based upon their excellent academic achievements.  This year the UCA College of Business inducted 7 members from the MBA program, 9 members from the Seniors class and 10 members from the junior class.

MBA Inductees: Brittany Hart, Ericka Guiterrez Fonseca, Patrick Hum, Justin Lee, Justin McCarty, Erica Rials and Robinson Tamara.

Senior Inductees: James Allen, Ahi Charles, Megan Cook, Colton Johnson, Ellen Huckabay, Andrew McFarlane, Matthew Montgomery, Roberto Rojo and Alvinn-Emmanuel Etranny Yao.

Junior Inductees: Anne Atahi, Angel Breaux, Fatim Coulibaly, Savannah Covington, Christina Cunningham, Rachel Durler, Thomas Moore, Justin Pham, Ashley Smith and Tianhu Wu.

UCA Debate and Forensics competes at the IPDA National Championship

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Pictured from left to right: Jacob Holland, Leia Smith, Stormy Giddens, Cagney Kilgroe, Morgan Newton, Marco Ramirez, Russell Holley, J.B. Wells, Dr. Anthony McMullen, and Dalton Cook. (Not pictured: Tanner Meyer, Wayd Risner)

UCA Debate and Forensics ended its IPDA season on a high note by finishing third overall at the IPDA National Championship, held at Arkansas Tech University on March 23-26, 2017. This concluded one of UCA’s best seasons in recent history.  [Read more…]

BIT Club Meeting 4/4/17 – Last meeting of the semester!

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its last meeting of the school year on Tuesday, April 4th.  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.  Cole Powell, a current graduate student in the UCA College of Business, will be the featured speaker.  Cole works at the Walmart Corporate Offices in Bentonville as an Associate Buyer for Wireless phones, in Merchandising in the Entertainment division.  His area consists primarily of exclusive brands such as Straight Talk and Family Mobile, but they also work with nationwide carriers like AT&T and Verizon.  Cole received his BSBA in Management from the University of Arkansas in 2013, with a concentration in leadership.   The BIT Club will also conduct Officer Elections for next year, as well as discuss our upcoming field trip to the Acxiom Data Center in Conway on Thursday, April 13th.  Refreshments will be served (PIZZA!) and door prizes will be awarded.  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

UCA Students Place First in Beta Alpha Psi Regional Competitions

BAPregional2017The Theta Lambda chapter of Beta Alpha Psi chapter at the University of Central Arkansas earned two first place awards at the organization’s Southwest Regional meeting in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Anastasiya Klimiankova of Belarus, Obed Onyemakonor of Nigeria, and Nathan Scheuter of Conway (all undergraduate accounting majors) competed in the Strategic Planning category of Best Practices using their project, “Building on the Past and Preparing for the Future.” The students competed against nine other regional teams and won the competition.

Emelyn-Doriane Djoké of Côte d’Ivorie (undergraduate accounting major) and Tuan Nguyen of Vietnam (post-baccalaureate accounting major) competed in the Community Outreach category of Best Practices using their project, “Diversity in the Accounting Profession.” The students competed against three other regional teams and won the competition.

The students who participated in the competitions earned the right to compete at the national meeting this August in Anaheim, California. Other UCA accounting students attending the conference were Jean Piere Leon Chavez of El Dorado, Kylie Garrett of Heber Springs, Jacob Hoelzeman of Conway, Johnathan Long of Bauxite, and Alyman Ouattara of Côte d’Ivorie (all undergraduates) and Sultan Faretdinov of Kazakhstan (graduate student). During the conference, students attended sessions on professional development, ethical behavior, leadership skills, service, and professional networking.

The UCA Department of Accounting received contributions from BKD, LLP which allows the students to travel to the southwest and annual conferences. [Read more…]

BIT Club Meeting 3-7-17

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its third meeting on Tuesday, March 7th.  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.  Phi Beta Lambda is co-hosting the event.  Kevin Lemley, Assistant Attorney General of Arkansas, will be the featured speaker.  Mr. Lemley is a 2000 graduate of UCA in Economics as well as a graduate of the UALR School of Law.  After years of operating his own successful law firm, he currently litigates on behalf of residential and small business ratepayers for the Office of the Attorney General.  He litigates utility rate increases, mergers, and acquisitions before federal and state utility agencies.  He also works with the state legislature in creating new laws that affect utility regulation and rates.  Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

BIT Club Meeting – 2/14/17

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its second meeting on Tuesday, February 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. Candice Offonry, UCA College of Business Graduate (2010) and currently a University Recruiter at Acxiom, will be the featured speaker. There will be a panel discussion with four current MIS majors who are doing internships at Acxiom: Brandy Bryant – Delivery Analyst; Noah Heffron – Tester Intern; Emma K. Lybrand – Applications Developer Intern; and Jhade McConnell – Entry Solutions Developer. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

COB Student Research and Project Presentation Day -March 28!

The College of Business and the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics are co-hosting a Student Research and Project Presentation Day in the College of Business on March 28th.

Prizes up to $500 will be awarded for freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who present original research or projects related to their College of Business courses. To learn more, please visit the event page at uca.edu/acre.

The Davis Speaker Series presents: Millie Ward (2/9/17)

The UCA College of Business
Cordially Invites You to Attend the
Spring 2017 Davis Family Lecture Series featuring: 

Millie WardMillie Ward
Co-Founder and President
Stone War

War Stories and Observational Advice
from an Old Ad Girl

Thursday, February 9, 1:40 pm
COB Auditorium (107)
A reception will follow the lecture in the COB lobby.

Dr. Ashley Phillips on KATV!

KATV recently featured Ashley Phillips (Assistant Professor of Accounting) on a segment providing end-of-year tax advice.  The segment is available at the following link: