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.

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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

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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Voss Awarded the Jack Meredith Award from the Journal of Operations Management for the Best Paper Published

Doug Voss and co-authors from Michigan State University received the Jack Meredith Award from the Journal of Operations Management (JOM) for the best paper published in the Journal in 2011. JOM is debatably the top supply chain/operations research journal in the world. According to Thomson Reuters, it has the number 1 impact factor of any Operations Research & Management Science journal ( ). It is one of 40 academic journals used by Financial Times to compile their annual business school research ranking, and is included in both their Global MBA and EMBA rankings ( ).

Voss’s winning paper is entitled, “Global Supply Chain Design Considerations: Mitigating Product Safety and Security Risks.” The article can be view here: Global Supply Chain Design Considerations.

There were three other manuscripts considered for the award, authored by faculty representing the following universities: The University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, University of Virginia, Arizona State University, Texas A&M University and Northeastern University.

Acxiom Corporation Gives $150,000 to Establish the “Acxiom Professors of MIS.”

Acxiom Corporation® has pledged $150,000 to the University of Central Arkansas to establish the “Acxiom Professors of MIS.” The gift will support five faculty members within the Department of Management Information Systems over the next four years. The gift was announced Tuesday during a press conference at the UCA College of Business.

“We sincerely appreciate this gift from Acxiom. This is just another example of Acxiom’s continued involvement in and generosity to UCA, but more importantly, to its commitment to the education of our students and faculty, and the overall improvement of Arkansas’s economy,” said UCA President Tom Courtway. “These funds will enable us to recruit and retain the highest quality faculty in the Management Information System program and provide our state with tomorrow’s leaders in the field.” [Read more…]

AMC/Fairmont Pledges $100,000 for Dr. John Bratton Endowed Professorship

AMC/Fairmont has pledged $100,000 to become the lead donor and strategic partner in the advancement of the Insurance and Risk Management program by creating the Dr. John Bratton Endowed Professorship at the University of Central Arkansas. The growth and strength of the curriculum of UCA’s program is directly attributable to the leadership of Dr. John Bratton, stated Stephen L. Strange, president of AMC/Fairmont, formerly American Management Corporation (AMC). American Management Corporation was acquired in 2011 by Fairfax Financial Holdings and became part of their Crum & Forster division under the name AMC/Fairmont.

The number of majors has grown from six in 2002 to 87 in 2011. In 2011, Bratton championed the regulatory change allowing UCA graduates to take the claims adjusters license exam without the one year experience or direct supervision requirement.

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