Outstanding BASCOM Student: Peyton Tolliver

Peyton Tolliver

Classification: Junior earning a BBA in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Hometown: Columbia, Missouri

Future plans: I  am currently a Business Management Intern at Virco Manufacturing in Conway, AR and plan to take on a full time job in supply chain upon graduation in May 2023.

“I have made connections with students and faculty that I know will last long after I graduate. Faculty such as Dr. Voss and Mr. Cross have encouraged and supported me as I work towards my degree and are always there to answer questions and give advice when I need it. Through these relationships I’ve been provided opportunities for leadership positions within UCA and outside organizations, internships and networking with industry professionals. These opportunities have allowed me to grow as an individual as well as a leader and industry professional.”


Outstanding Beta Alpha Psi Student: Claire DeBusk

Claire DeBusk

Classification: Graduate earning a Master of Accountancy

Hometown: Cabot, AR

Future plans: In June, I will start as assurance staff at HoganTaylor and begin the process of taking the CPA exam.

“My time at UCA has been an amazing 5 years. As a freshman, I could not have imagined all the people I would meet, the memories I would make, and the experiences that would impact me. The College of Business has become a second home; I have spent hundreds of hours in the building attending class, studying, or hanging with friends. I am blessed to have such great faculty and classmates that have helped me along the way. Most notably, Beta Alpha Psi has positively impacted my leadership and professional development. I have been able to network with employers as well as get to know my classmates. I will always remember my time in the College of Business with gratitude.”

Outstanding Accounting Club Student: Kaidan Zheng

KaKaidan Zhengi

Classification: Senior earning a BBA in Accounting

Hometown: Bryant, AR

Future plans: I enrolled in the MAcc program at UCA starting this summer, and after that, I have accepted a tax staff position at HoganTaylor LLP in Little Rock, AR starting next June.

I appreciate Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting club for  organizing events that assist students in building their careers, especially the opportunity to attend the Beta Alpha Psi regional conference with other excellent students.


Outstanding COB Student: Michael Isaac

Michael Isaac

Classification: Freshman earning a BBA in Business Administration

Hometown: West Memphis, AR

Future plans: After graduation I plan to go to law school and obtain my J.D.

“The COB has impacted me in a very positive and profound way, I enjoy the environment, and I love how all of my professors are willing to go above and beyond to help me be successful. Most importantly I am grateful for all of the networking opportunities that the campus has to offer, and I am grateful that my Academic adviser, Dr. Moseley makes it a priority to keep all of her student informed about opportunities within the COB.”

Outstanding Master of Business Administration (MBA) Student: Kelsey Hagan

Kelsey Hagan

Classification: Graduate earning her MBA with a focus in finance

Hometown: Sunnyvale CA

Future Plans: I will begin working at Deloitte – Memphis office remotely.

“UCA helped me in a variety of ways. The professors have helped tremendously and each of them took the time to help me. Dr. Chen and Dr. Nadler took their personal time to help prepare me for interviews and review my resume. I enjoyed getting to know my peers and gaining relationships I would not have had otherwise.”

Outstanding Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Student: Madeline Brodsky

Madeline Brodsky

Classification: Graduate earning her MAcc

Hometown: Conway, AR

Future plans: I have accepted a full time position as a Tax Staff with HCJ CPAs and Advisors, PLLC, in Little Rock, AR, and I will start this position this summer. I will also begin studying for the CPA exam upon completing my degree.

“The Accounting Department faculty have impacted my life both professionally and academically during my time in the UCA College of Business. These faculty members desire to see their students succeed, and I have experienced this in my interactions with these professors both in and out of the classroom. From additional help with coursework to advice on career opportunities, the accounting faculty have helped me achieve my academic and professional goals. I would not be where I am today without the support and encouragement of these professors.”

Outstanding Innovation & Entrepreneurship Student: Elin Kumlin

Elin Kumlin

Classification: Senior earning a BBA in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Hometown: Kinna, Sweden

Future Plans: I want to play professional golf.

“The College of business has helped me plan for the future in starting my own business. I will have to do this to obtain sponsorships, budgeting for tournaments, and networking with fellow golfers to enhance my future in the professional golf world.”

Outstanding Human Resources Student: Ashlyn Garner

Ashlyn Garner

Classification: Senior earning a BBA in Human Resource Management

Hometown: Mountain Home, AR

Future plans: I plan to attend graduate school in the fall, pursuing a masters degree in healthcare administration. I will also be working in human resources gaining experience and networking with people in my field.

“My time at UCA has directed my business endeavors towards management. Professor Schlachter’s human resources courses have helped me find my passion in organizational behavior and compensation.

The best advice I have received is to not underestimate the importance in developing your people. Human capital is the greatest asset of any business. Provide them with resources, understand the motivators of your organization, and cultivate a culture that enhances workplace relationships and develops the transformational leaders of tomorrow.”

Outstanding Logistics & Supply Chain Management Student: Trevor Cook

Trevor Cook

Classification: Junior earning a BBA in Logistic & Supply Chain Management

Hometown: I’ve accepted an intern position at Cintas this summer and plan to explore different companies and look for a good fit. I could see myself working for a major trucking company in Arkansas after graduation.

Future plans: I’ve accepted an intern position at Cintas this summer and plan to explore different companies and look for a good fit. I could see myself working for a major trucking company in Arkansas after graduation.

“The UCA College of Business has opened up opportunities for me that I didn’t even know existed by emphasizing career fairs and teaching me skills that are actually applicable to getting a well-paying job in the future.”

Outstanding Management Student: William Pontius

William Pontius

Classification: Senior earning BBA in Management

Hometown: Conway, AR

Future plans: I have been accepted into the University of Central Arkansas Master’s Program for my MBA and data analytics certificate. I plan on obtaining my doctorate after my MBA.

“I had doubts when I made the decision to further my education. I am so grateful I did. Attending UCA has been the most rewarding experience. With the support of my advisor Christy Peel and my instructors, my doubts turned into confidence. UCA has given me the motivation to push myself further than I ever imagined.

I am a non-traditional student as well as a single father. With the education I am receiving, I am confident that I will be able to provide the best life for my son. I will forever be grateful for the experience UCA has given me. I know that my future holds endless opportunities and that there is no limit to how far I can go.”