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Economics Student Speaks at United We Stand Festival

Brittney Logan is a senior Economics major and one of the "Koch Student Scholars" engaged in research under EFIRM's new program that provides a stipend for a few students to engage in economic research with faculty members. She has been invited to speak about youth activism by Christina Tobin. For more information, visit this link.

Study: Digital Divide Narrowing Between Generations

Researchers at the University of Central Arkansas have completed a study showing that the digital divide between younger and older generations is beginning to narrow.

The study reveals some surprising truths about seniors. They have more money available for technological expenses, are already a significant online presence, and they use technology and the internet in comparable ways to younger generations.

To read more of the article, click here.

Authors: Mark E. McMurtrey, Ronald E. McGaughey, James P. Downey and Steven M. Zeltmann

To read the research, click here.

Former Governor Mike Huckabee Guest Speaker

Centennial Bank hosted a fund raising event honoring Johnny Allison and his entrepreneurial success. Former Governor Mike Huckabee was the featured speaker for the event and we had between 25 and 30 students in attendance and a packed house in McCastlain Hall.
The event raised $252,000 that will all go into the John W. Allison Entrepreneur Endowed Professorship Fund. Centennial Bank covered 100% of the expenses for the event and 100% of the revenue raised ($252k) will go into this newly created endowment. Half of the money came from selling tables and the other half was a matching gift from the Allison family.
For more information read this article in The Log Cabin Democrat

Economics Professor Named to Public Choice Society Board

Noel Campbell, professor of economics at UCA, was appointed to the Executive Committee’s Board of Directors (2012-2015) of the Public Choice Society during the Society’s 50th anniversary conference. The Public Choice Society was created by the late Nobel Laureate economist, James Buchanan, on the basis of “methodological individualism, rational choice, and politics-as-exchange.” The Public Choice Society is affiliated with the Springer journals Public Choice, Constitutional Political Economy, and the Review of Austrian Economics.

UCA's Beta Alpha Psi Chapter takes a first place during conference

The University of Central Arkansas’ chapter of Beta Alpha Psi — the honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals — earned a first-place award recently at the organization’s 2013 Southwest Regional Conference in Dallas.

UCA students Amber Brewer, Kaci Burrow and Kristen Flynn were awarded first place in the Best Practices competition in the category of Innovation in Developing Soft Skills, according to a news release. The three made a presentation based on a program the UCA chapter of Beta Alpha Psi developed to improve communication skills of its members. Six other schools competed in this category.

For more of the story, click here to read the Log Cabin Democrat article.

Two College of Business Economics Students Present Research...

Two College of Business Economics students presented research that they have co-authored with UCA faculty at the 50th annual meeting of the Public Choice Society in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 7-10, 2013. Britney Logan presented her paper "Does Interest Group Sclerosis Occur via New Business Venturing" (co-authored with Dr. Noel Campbell). Stephen Gross presented "Public Corruption in a Standard Model of Business Venturing" (co-authored with Dr. Noel Campbell). Both papers were well received by the conference attendees. Both students travel and conference fees were paid for through a grant Dr. David Mitchell received to support undergraduate economics research at UCA from the Koch Charitable Trust Foundation.

If you missed it...

Professor Tammy Rogers was interviewed on KLRT Monday, February 4, 2013 on the topic of credit report errors. To see her interview, click http://www.fox16.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=3964543&navCatId=19792.

What are the Alternatives to the Federal Reserve Bank?

Professor George Selgin is a Professor of Economics at the University of Georgia. His research covers a broad range of topics including monetary theory, monetary history, macroeconomic policy, and the history of monetary thought.

He has written or edited seven books including The Theory of Free Banking and Good Money: Birmingham Button Makers, the Royal Mint, and the Beginnings of Modern Coinage, 1775-1821. He has over 60 academic articles.

His writings appear in The Christian Science Monitor, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other popular outlets. Professor Selgin holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York University.

 When and Where?
Thursday, February 28
College of Business, Room 107
1:40 – 2:30 (x-period)

EFIRM Faculty testified to the Joint Performance Review Committee

Drs. Noel Campbell and David Mitchell testified to Joint Performance Review Committee at the Arkansas State Legislature November 8, 2012. The professors presented evidence on taxes and spending. Arkansas is a low tax state nationally but taxes higher than its neighboring states. This affects Arkansas' growth rate because the higher taxes affect Arkansas' ability to attract people and firms.

Trucking Industry Defense Association Awards $5,000 Grant to UCA

Joe Pappalardo, TIDA’s General Counsel, and Dr. David Voss

The Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) has selected UCA as one of four recipients of its fifth annual Endowment Fund Grants in the amount of $5,000. The grant will help fund scholarships and research for the university’s Center for Logistics Education, Advancement, and Research (CLEAR), a program designed to prepare students for careers in the transportation industry.

The grant was presented to Dr. Douglas Voss, director of the CLEAR program for the University of Central Arkansas, at a ceremony on Sept. 20.

“On behalf of the University of Central Arkansas’ transportation and logistics students and faculty, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to TIDA for choosing our University and CLEAR as a beneficiary of its annual endowment program,” said Voss.

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