New COB MBA Director – Dr. Mark McMurtrey

Dr. Mark McMurtrey recently agreed to serve as the MBA Director for the College of Business!

In addition to being the MBA director, Mark is an associate professor of MIS. Dr. McMurtrey received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He has consulting experience with Fortune-500 firms (as well as regional healthcare) and has served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina and the University of Idaho, among others. Besides his lengthy service and participation at various national conferences, he has published articles in journals such as Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology Education, Interacting With Computers, Journal of Information Systems Education, Industrial Management and Data Systems, and others. Currently he is the Program Chair for the 48th Annual Meeting of the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (SWDSI), to be held at the Marriott Little Rock and Statehouse Convention Center March 8-11, 2017. His research interests include systems development processes, career and personnel issues of IS employees, and the matching of employer skill set requirements with recent college graduates.

Mark is a long-standing member of the COB team and we very excited that he has agreed to serve the College in this important leadership role.

BIT Club Meeting – 1/24/2017

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its Spring Welcome Meeting and Kick-Off on Tuesday, January 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. Whitney Davis, Programmer/Analyst on the IT Payroll Team at Dillard’s, will be our featured speaker. Whitney is a recent MIS graduate from UCA and we are delighted to welcome her back to campus. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

$20 Business Bear Challenge

On November 1st, EPIC Residential College students and faculty gathered for a $20 Business Bear Challenge. EPIC@Bear teams started a business with only an Andrew Jackson and a month to discover, build and market their ideas. Why only $20 and a month?

According to Dr. Dan Fisher, Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the EPIC@Bear faculty mentor for this event, this model “forces people to make their ideas tangible and take them to market so they can quickly and cheaply learn about what works and what doesn’t.”

Teams completing the challenge were Kallie’s Kards, led by Kallie Benedict and Purple Pride Photography, led by Zachary Hull. Both teams were composed primarily of freshman and sophomore students, greatly impressing the judges with their poise and professionalism. “The transformation in just one month was incredible to watch,” says Fisher.

Dr. Ron Duggins (Assistant Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship), Mr. Bill Doshier (Marketing & Management Executive-in-Residence) and College of Business Dean Michael Hargis served as judges for the event. The Norris Taylor Residential College Fund provided cash awards to the businesses based on research, presentation, and potential.

Top Team Challenge with Judges and FisherPicture L to R: Bill Doshier, Kaleb Posey, Zachary Hull, Ron Duggins, Abbey Fletcher, Dan Fisher & Michael Hargis. Team member not pictured is Valentin Sawadogo

Delano Rolle (EFIRM student) has an Op-Ed Article in the Log Cabin 11/10/16

Dr. Joe McGarrity’s Intermediate Microeconomics class has 13 students that will have Op-Ed articles published in the Log Cabin Democrat. Here’s the 1st one: How Nuclear Weapons Can Help the Poor in Arkansas by Delano Rolle.

Beta Gamma Sigma Society Hosting an Internship Day

The Beta Gamma Sigma Society is organizing an Internship Day for COB students with Career Services this Thursday 10/27. We will have Dillard’s IT and Life Ministries representatives coming in to meet with students on the 2nd Floor study room in COB from 12-3 pm. Walgreen’s representatives will also be here from 10-2.00 pm.

In addition, a panel discussion will be conducted in Room 111 at 1.40 to 2.40 on 10/27. All students are invited to attend. The panelists are the GM from C.H. Robinson, CEO of Eyenalyze and two students undergoing internship in INUVO and HP. The session will be chaired by the President of Beta Gamma Sigma.

BIT Club – Thursday, October 20 in COB Auditorium

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its second meeting on Thursday, October 20th. The event, which will be held in Room 210 in the College of Business during X-period (1:40 – 2:30 p.m.), is open to all majors on campus. David McMackins II is a political activist, an associate member of the Free Software Foundation, and a junior at UCA. He is a technology enthusiast and a professional software engineer with a diverse set of projects and experience in many environments and applications of software development. He will be discussing the importance of software freedom for both individuals and businesses. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.
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COB Day on the Lawn 9/21/16

You’re Invited…

You’re moved in. You started classes. Labor Day is over. The excitement of the “start of the semester” is dwindling. Now what do you do?

Come out for the College of Business Day on the Lawn.

All of the student organizations and departments in the College of Business will be there along with Career Services. Check out your opportunities for clubs and internships, check out different majors and minors, and meet some other students. There will be music, there will be food, and there will be a lot of information about how to get involved.

College of Business Day on the Lawn
When: Wednesday, September 21, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: On the lawn in front of the College of Business Building

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ACTEB – Arkansas College Teachers of Economics and Business

9 a.m. to 3p.m. Friday, September 30th
College of Business Room 307

The University of Central Arkansas is hosting the Arkansas College Teachers of Economics & Business (ACTEB) Conference on September 30th in the College of Business Room 307.

Economics and business faculty from Arkansas share their research and teaching methods. The conference includes paper sessions, panel discussions, and teaching workshops. Dr. Mark McMurtrey (markmc@uca.edu or 501-450-5308) is the faculty contact for this event. acteb

Fall 2016 Academic Paper Presentation Series Schedule

Presentations and Dates:

Local Option Sales Tax Elections in Arkansas: When Do They Pass?
Jeremy Horpedahl
September 13

Occupational Licensing & Crime
Thomas Snyder
October 11

Charter School Performance Effects on Public Schools
Mavuto Kalulu
November 15

Time and Location:

1:40 pm – 2:30 pm (x-period)
COB 210
Refreshments will be served!

Cosponsored by UCA’s Economiocs, Finance, Insurance & Risk Management (EFIRM) Department & The Arkansas Center for Economic Research (ACRE).

Phi Beta Lambda WIN at State Conference

April 2-3, 2016, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) students competed against college students state-wide in business-related events at their Spring Leadership Conference. If you see them, please CONGRATULATE them for “placing” in their competitive events! Several of them will be eligible to compete at the PBL National Leadership Conference this summer.

David Beale 1st place Macroeconomics & 4th place Personal Finance
Jamie-Lynn Gills 2nd place Public Speaking & 2nd place Marketing Concepts
Amy Koum 1st place Hospitality Management
Michael Lofton 1st place Management Concepts
Adam Vasquez 4th place Cyber Security & 4th place Project Management
Madeline West 2nd place Retail Management
Team:
Luz Elena Arechiga
Michael Lofton
Amy Koum
5th place Business Ethics
UCA PBL 2nd largest chapter paid membership increase