BIT Club Meeting ~ 9/20/18 @ 1:40 ~ COB Auditorium

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its Fall Welcome Meeting and Kick-Off on Thursday, September 20th.  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.  Paul Bradley, a UCA alum who is the Conway Market Leader for Edafio Technology Partners, will be the featured speaker.  Paul is both an MIS and MBA graduate and we are delighted to welcome him back to campus.  Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

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Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) competes at National Conference

Six PBfbla-pbl logoL members competed at the PBL National Conference June 23 – June 26 in Baltimore, MD, and we had some winners:

Emily Ketchum
1st place in Client Services
4th place in Job Interview
Tyler Gum
2nd place in Contemporary Sports Issues
Russell Holley
6th place in Impromptu Speaking
Ciara Devine
7th place in Retail Management Concepts

First Service Bank establishes Marketing Scholarship

First Service Bank established a scholarship for students studying Marketing in the College of Business. The scholarship recipient will receive $1,500 per academic year. The recipient will be majoring in Marketing and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 and have at least 30 hours of coursework remaining for graduation. Preference is given to students who graduated high school from a Faulkner County high school. This scholarship is housed in the UCA Foundation and will begin being awarded in the Fall 2018 semester.

Auto-Owners Insurance makes gift to Insurance & Risk Management program

Auto-Owners Insurance, headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, recently made a gift to the UCA College of Business Insurance and Risk Management program. Their gift of $15,000 will go to support the Dr. John Bratton Endowed Professorship, departmental needs and a departmental scholarship. Auto-Owners Insurance has a local office in Little Rock that has hired interns and graduates of the Insurance and Risk Management program. Auto-Owners Insurance is a mutual insurance company that offers auto, home, business and life insurance to policyholders exclusively through independent agents.

Winners of the COB Research and Project Presentation Day

Announcing the winners of the College of Business Research and Project Presentation Day

There were 30 research and projects on display and 44 student participants. A team of 10 judges, faculty from the College of Business, evaluated and scored projects for clarity, strategy, quality, resolution, and presentation excellence.

The competition was very close and all were very impressed with the high quality of the submissions.



Research 1st Prize
Joyce Ajayi
County Web Transparency in Arkansas


Project 1st Prize
Brian Wan, Vivian Gou, Nathan Stobaugh, James Allen, Sotoku Tomotsu and Jason Hensel
Measuring Student Engagement through Web Application Analytics

Project 2nd Prize
Blair McKnight, Jake Mitchum, Brian Wan and Paige Ingram
Schedule Adjustment Process Automation

Project 3rd Prize
Leah Smith
LLC Start Up

Project Honorable Mention
Alex Cottrell
Roll it! Frozen Cream

Research 1st Prize
Risa Ozeki and Moe Ota
Young Japanese People and E-Payment Usage

Research 2nd Prize
James Jones
Do Arkansas’s Job Creation Incentives Increase Jobs?

Research 3rd Prize
Alexandria Tatem
Faulkner County Economic Report

Research Honorable Mention
Aaron Newell
The Effects of Charter Schools on Disciplinary Infractions


Project 1st Prize
Grant Pearson
Burd Disk Lights

Project 2nd Prize
Julia White
Lucky Dog Bakery

Project 3rd Prize
Nick Hopkins
Shaved by the Bottle

Project Honorable Mention
Abbey Fletcher

Project Honorable Mention
Abbey Shrewbury
S&G Dog Training

Project Honorable Mention
Heather Donham
Sweet Treats

Research 1st Prize
Morgan Burke
Strength of Charter School Law on Student Achievement

Research 2nd Prize
Zahui Derbe
E-Payment in Cote d’Ivorie


Project 1st Prize
Valentin Sawadogo and Zachary Hull
The Mars Pizza Company

COB Alumna establishes first scholarship for female students in finance

Jennifer Westpfahl

Jennifer Westpfahl

UCA Day of Giving on March 8 resulted in a historical outcome for the university as a whole, raising $434,526 for dozens of departments and initiatives across campus, but it was also an important day for the College of Business. On this day, the Jennifer J. Westpfahl Women in Finance Scholarship was established as the very first scholarship with the goal to support women pursuing a career in the finance industry was established.

UCA Alum Jennifer Westpfahl ’99 established the scholarship to advocate on the behalf of female finance students. “I want this to be a gift that inspires others to give back but also makes an immediate impact on students,” Westpfahl stated.

Upon completing her finance degree at the UCA College of Business, Westpfahl embarked on a path to achieving her dream of working on Wall Street.

“There were not many opportunities for women to work in the financial services industry when I began my career. That has changed considerably, but there is still work to be done,” said Westpfahl.

Westpfahl did achieve her dream of working on Wall Street as she was recently promoted to Executive Director, Head of Field Services at Morgan Stanley. This came after her role as Head of FAA Talent Management where she was responsible for recruiting and developing the next generation of advisors in the financial services industry. In that role, she encouraged those who have not traditionally considered a career in finance in the past, specifically females, to do so.

“I want to bring to the forefront the importance of chasing your dreams and hard work. I hope this provides young women who want to work in the financial industry the opportunity to continue their coursework and pursue their dreams,” said Westpfahl. “Additionally, I am aiming to inspire other alumni to give back and support the College of Business and its students. UCA made a significant impact on my life, both personally and professionally, and I am grateful to have the capability to give back now. I challenge other UCA alumni to think about doing the same thing.”

The Jennifer J. Westpfahl Women in Finance Scholarship will be available for awarding beginning in Fall 2019. The scholarship will be awarded to students who are female and have a declared major of finance in the College of Business. The recipient shall be at least in junior-level standing and have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The scholarship will be housed with the UCA Foundation, Inc.

College of Business students tour US Bank location

US Bank Tour

Students on tour at US Bank

Last month, students studying economics, finance, accounting, and banking took a trip to the US Bank location in North Little Rock. On a tour guided by Arkansas and Missouri Region President for US Bank and UCA alum, Mike Richardson, students were exposed to all sides of banking including commercial lending, underwriting, and retail. Students met directors and managers of local US Bank locations and were able to ask questions and get an up-close look at all of the different career paths that are available in the field of banking.

Phi Beta Lambda students compete at PBL State Competition

Emily Ketchum (l) and Ciara Devine (r)

This past weekend, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) students competed against college/university students state-wide in business-related events at the PBL Spring Leadership Conference.  They took their competitions very seriously this year and did very well! Several of them will be eligible to compete at the PBL National Leadership Conference this summer.

Russell Holley:  1st place – Impromptu Speaking and 1st place – Public Speaking
Jordan Rivera:   1st place – Management Concepts
Emily Ketchum:  2nd place – Job Interview and 2nd place – Client Service
Logan Walsh:      2nd place – Computer Applications
Tyler Gum:          2nd place – Contemporary Sports Issues and 3rd place – Sports Management & Marketing
Abbie Weaver:     3rd place – Marketing Concepts
Kennedy Neely & Megan Tustison (Team Event):  3rd place – Business Ethics
Chloe Nelson:         5th place – Entrepreneurship Concepts
Derek Johnson:      5th place – Personal Finance
Ciara Devine — 2nd place in Retail Management and 4th place in Sports Management Marketing

BIT Club Meeting 4-10-18

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its last meeting of the school year on Tuesday, April 10th.  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.  Tucker Adams, an Agile Business Analyst on an Application Development team for Dillard’s Inc., will be the featured speaker.  He served in the United States Marine Corps from 2008-2012 achieving the rank of Sergeant before pursuing an MBA in Information Management from UCA.  His bachelor’s degree is from the COB as well. Tucker has demonstrated experience in Retail, Technology, and Manufacturing industries, working in a variety of functions such as Accounting, Operations, Sales, and Information Technology.  We will also conduct Officer Elections for next year, as well as discuss our upcoming field trip to the Dillard’s Data Center and Headquarters in Little Rock on Thursday, April 12th.  Refreshments will be served (PIZZA!) and door prizes will be awarded.  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.