Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations for 2019 Class

The Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its class of 2019.

“We are looking for nominees with strong Arkansas ties who have enjoyed a long, illustrious career in insurance that has exemplified innovation, social responsibility, leadership, and excellence,” said Cynthia Burleson, director of the Center for Insurance and Risk Management in the University of Central Arkansas College of Business. “Those who have made broad, encompassing contributions to advance the role of insurance in society and who have significantly impacted the lives of many Arkansans.”

Nominations will be accepted through June 15. More information and an online nomination form can be found at The 2019 Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame Banquet will be Oct. 17 at the University of Central Arkansas’ HPER Center.

The Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame was created to recognize leaders of the insurance industry in Arkansas and to remind the public of the important role insurance plays in securing the well-being of both individuals and businesses. The Hall of Fame is housed in the UCA College of Business, which offers the only insurance and risk management program in the state.

For more information, visit or call (501) 450-3106.

The UCA College of Business is the fastest-growing college at the University of Central Arkansas with more than 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 13 baccalaureate degrees, two master’s and one graduate certificate across four academic departments and houses the state’s only insurance and risk management program. The UCA College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Visit for more.

Dean Hargis, Jeff Standridge Featured on Arkansas Shrimp Tank Podcast

Dean Michael Hargis and COB Advisory Board Member Jeff Standridge, adjunct instructor of Finance, were featured guests on a recent episode of the Arkansas Shrimp Tank podcast.

To listen to their episode, click here.

COB Student of the Year: Kelsey Carter

Kelsey Carter was named the UCA College of Business Student of the Year at the 2019 COB Student Awards Banquet on April 4.

Carter is a senior accounting major. After graduation in May, she’ll enter the Master of Accountancy program. Learn more about Carter in the video below.

COB Honors Top Students at Awards Banquet

The UCA College of Business honored its top students from across its four departments and various programs April 4 in the McCastlain Ballroom.

Students were not only recognized for academic achievement but service as well. For photos from the night, click here. The winners were:

Service Awards
Accounting Club — Obed Onyemakonor
American Marketing Association — Payton Oehlschlager
Beta Alpha Psi — Kylie Garrett
BIT Club — Chandler Baker
Gamma Iota Sigma — Emily Humphrey
HR Club — Kaitlyn Reeves
Phi Beta Lambda — Emily Ketchum

Academic Awards
HoganTaylor Accounting Student of the Year — Kelsey Carter
Economics Student of the Year — Thomas Moore
First Arkansas Bank & Trust Finance Student of the Year — Siata Coulibaly
Conductor Innovation & Entrepreneurship Student of the Year — Druid Wen
Insurance & Risk Management Student of the Year — Emily Humphrey
Logistics & Supply Chain Management Student of the Year — Dusty Mikula
Marketing Student of the Year — Markus Schweikert
Management Student of the Year — Kaitlyn Reeves
Management Information Systems Student of the Year — Yung-Ming Kao
Acxiom Information Systems Student of the Year — Angel Breaux
General Business Student of the Year — Angela Brown
Master of Accountancy Student of the Year — Kylie Garrett
Master of Business Administration Student of the Year — Justin Criddle
College of Business Student of the Year — Kelsey Carter

Panel Discussion: Achieving Diversity in Business

How do businesses achieve diversity in business? Students from Biz@Bear in the UCA Business Residential College heard from professionals in higher education, accounting, insurance and finance on how corporations and industry achieve diversity of all kinds.

COB Students Hear from Professionals at Women in Business Luncheon

More than 50 female students from the UCA College of Business enjoyed lunch with business professionals from various companies, as well as a panel discussion on tips and advice for women in business.

The panel featured Christina Munoz Madsen, of Munoz Pugh; Mary Ward, of Acxiom; Lorrie Trogden, of Arkansas Bankers Association; Leanna Godley, of Goddess Products; and Krista Tapp and Amy Denton, of Pediatrics Plus.

Corporate Partners: C.H. Robinson

With a global marketplace and operations that span every industry, C.H. Robinson requires employees who can think outside the box, adapt to changing landscapes and deliver world-class service to its clients. It has found a beneficial partner in the UCA College of Business and our graduates have found an employer who values them and enables them to grow in their careers.

BIT Club Meeting – 4/9/19 @ 1:40 pm

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its second meeting on Tuesday, April 9th.  It will be held in the College of Business Auditorium (Rooms 107/208) during X-period (1:40 – 2:30 p.m.) and is open to all majors on campus.  Justin Pham, a UCA graduate, will be our featured speaker from Acxiom.

We will also be having Officer elections, PIZZA, and door prizes. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

Zack King to be College of Business’ Accounting Professional in Residence

Zack King, vice president and corporate controller at USAT Capacity Solutions, will be the UCA College of Business’ Accounting Professional in Residence on March 28.

King will speak to four classes throughout the day, meet with faculty and present to the Accounting Club and Beta Alpha Psi. King is a graduate of the college’s undergraduate and master’s programs in accounting and is a member of the College of Business Advisory Board.

“Zack was an incredible student in the college,” said Stephanie Watson, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Accounting. “We are thrilled to have him back in the college to talk with our students. We know his experiences will translate well to them and help them chart the next steps in their education and career.”

King has been with USAT Capacity Solutions for more than four years, including more than two years as vice president and corporate controller. Prior to that, he was the assistant controller and corporate accounting manager. King has also worked as a senior financial analyst at ABB Ltd. and as an audit senior at Deloitte.

King earned his bachelor’s in accounting in 2009 and his master’s in 2010. He is a certified public accountant.

Identity Theft Investigator, Office of Attorney General – PBL and BIT Club Joint Meeting – 3/12/19