Financial Advisor Greg Pillow Shares Insight with COB Students

Greg Pillow, Conway Wealth Management owner, visited the College of Business on Sept. 12 to share his expertise and insight with Finance students. Pillow, a financial advisor for nearly 20 years, gave students an overview of many issues and items he deals with on a daily basis, including stocks, options, real estate investment trusts, bonds, mutual funds and more.
Following his lecture, students were able to ask questions and learn more. Pillow is a longtime Conway resident and active community member. He graduated from UCA in 1996.

Young Alumni Profile: Brandi Mikula

Brandi Mikula felt better prepared to begin her career because of the type of education she received at the UCA College of Business.

Her experience in the College of Business went beyond the didactic learning that is crucial to any worthwhile education and extended into real-world experiences and assignments. One of those opportunities was her class splitting off into groups and providing a local dentist with a fresh marketing strategy.

As a double-major in marketing and management, the assignment gave her a chance to see what a day in her career might look like.

“I really appreciated that type of experience in the classroom,” said Mikula. “It prepared me more for jobs after college.”

Having meaningful relationships with faculty like Joe Cangelosi helped Mikula navigate her college career and the many things students juggle while in school including coursework, studying, projects, internships, and the future.

“Dr. Cangelosi loves his students and wants to build that relationship with you,” said Mikula. “He’s so approachable and willing to help whether you’re dealing with something at school or contemplating the future.”

Mikula said he was more than willing to help her find jobs, and she found his class during her senior year helped calm a lot of angst she felt as she prepared to leave college to begin her career.

“Brandi was an excellent student, very cooperative with good leadership and analytical skills,” said Cangelosi. “She can do anything she wants.”

Since graduating in 2014, it has been a whirlwind for Mikula. She was among the first class of Arkansas Fellows, and the first Arkansas Fellow from UCA.

As part of the fellowship, she spent two years immediately after college working for Hayseed Ventures, a startup company in Fayetteville. The fellowship provides a two-year experience for recent graduates that includes a salaried position, a mentorship program, and professional development and networking.

Related: If you’re interested in being an Arkansas Fellow, click here

“Those years were so valuable,” said Mikula. “You’re in a fast-paced, fast-growing company and gain access to upper-level management for mentorship, and you’re able to see all aspects of the company.”

Mikula spent a good portion of her fellowship running her own company with Hayseed Ventures serving as a parent company. For a person who’s had entrepreneurial aspirations since childhood, it was an incredible experience.

“Being put in that role, it’s not an experience you normally get a job,” said Mikula. “It is an amazing program for anyone interested in entrepreneurship.”

Mikula now serves on the Arkansas Fellowship board and remains involved in the organization. The Arkansas Fellowship is currently accepting applications through Oct. 26. Click here to apply.

Mikula works at OneStone, an e-commerce agency in Rogers. As content and digital assets team lead, she services online retailer clients, including Amazon and Walmart, to optimize their pages. It includes managing a staff of contract writers and photographers to make sure the end product meets the client’s satisfaction.

She still harbors the same entrepreneurial spirit she’s always had and hopes to harness it moving forward.

“I’ve always wanted to run my own business,” she said. “I’ve been entrepreneurial minded since I was 5 or 6 years old. I hope to be able to start pursuing that soon, but I am still figuring out what that business will look like.”

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.

Apply Today to be an Arkansas Fellow

Arkansas Fellowship is accepting applications for its 2018 class of Arkansas Fellows.

The fellowship is open to graduating seniors looking for a unique experience after college. Here are some of the fast facts of the fellowship:

  • Two-year experience
  • $40,000+ salary
  • Fast-paced environment
  • Build a network of business leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Attend lectures and hear renowned speakers
  • 100 percent job placement rate

Apply and learn more at arkansasfellowship.org.

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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!

GRADUATES

Research 1st Prize
Joyce Ajayi
County Web Transparency in Arkansas

SENIORS

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

JUNIORS

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
C-Pop

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

SOPHOMORES

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.