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

Internal Drive, Supportive Faculty Helped Ericka Gutierrez Be Successful in COB

Attaining her master’s in business administration was going to be a daunting task, but Ericka Gutierrez was up for it.

Most days began around 5 a.m. for her. She finished up tasks and assignments she hadn’t the night before at the library, prepared for another day and saw her 5-year-old daughter, Aryana, off to school. She was at her desk by 8 a.m., working as outreach coordinator for the UCA Office of Diversity & Community.

From there, she either worked several hours at her part-time job or attended night class. That was followed by a few hours in the library each night to work on assignments. Then, she tried to get a few hours of sleep before the next day began.

“It’s difficult to be in school at the post-graduate level and have all those moving parts,” said Gutierrez. “But I never doubted that no matter what happened, I could reach out to my professors and they would support me. I knew from my undergraduate in the College of Business I could take all this on and have the support I needed.”

Gutierrez first came to UCA in 2012 as a transfer student from the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.

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“I was a first-generation college student in my family so I needed a little extra help in navigating through college, finding my bearings and navigating the next steps,” said Gutierrez. “My professors were the best throughout that process and impacted me tremendously.”

After she settled on a management degree with an emphasis in logistics and supply chain management, Gutierrez said Scott Nadler, Ph.D., associate professor of management, walked her through her first career fair, introducing her to his contacts in the industry.

“That first career fair can be intimidating,” she said. “There a lot of people and recruiters, and it’s hard to know what to say and how to present yourself. Dr. Nadler diffused the tension and helped me through it.”

That type of support and encouragement continued throughout her undergraduate with other professors including Doug Voss, Ph.D., associate professor of logistics and supply chain management, and Michael B. Hargis, Ph.D., dean of the UCA College of Business and then-associate professor of marketing and management.

LEARN MORE: Logistics & Supply Chain Management

“It was really unheard of to have that type of support,” said Gutierrez. “I felt at home with a group of professors who were willing to walk with me through my education. It was great to have that type of support from people I looked up to.”

When she graduated in 2014, Gutierrez had various opportunities in logistics and supply chain, but the pull to work at UCA was too strong to ignore. She accepted a position as an admissions counselor and began recruiting throughout central and northwest Arkansas.

“I loved UCA, and the position sounded great,” said Gutierrez. “The more I learned about it, the more I knew that was where I needed to be. As a Hispanic woman and first-generation college student, it was incredible to connect with so many students who were like me and reassure them they could achieve the educational goals they had and have the support at UCA to do so.”

Her previous experiences in the college, along with an opportunity she saw to grow personally and in her career, Gutierrez returned to the College of Business in 2016 to pursue an MBA.

“I wanted to continue to learn about myself and see what area of business I wanted to enter eventually,” said Gutierrez. “It was an amazing experience.”

Gutierrez immediately saw the benefits of the program. Concepts in Organizational Behavior helped Gutierrez better address and counsel students in her new position as coordinator for Hispanic and Latino outreach initiatives in the Office of Diversity & Community.

Her Innovation Leadership course with Jeff Standridge, Ph.D., adjunct instructor of finance and member of the College of Business Advisory Board, “changed my perspective in my personal life, motherhood and in my career,” said Gutierrez.

“It’s a do-and-learn class,” said Gutierrez. “It’s about implementing new products or ideas in effective ways. It presents a process you can follow and implement whatever you’re doing, get feedback, adjust and reapply. It’s something I’ve been able to apply in my job and it’s been rewarding to see how it’s helped with implementing new programs in our office.”

LEARN MORE: Master of Business Administration

While many of the days were long, Gutierrez said smaller class sizes, paired with helpful professors and hybrid courses helped her tremendously.

“I was able to take face-to-face classes when I felt I needed to do that, but I had the flexibility to take online classes, too,” she said. “Having that option was amazing and makes it possible to achieve.”

Ultimately, her time in the MBA program was transformational for Gutierrez.

“I took a lot of self-development and growth out of that program,” she said. “I was able to explore my strengths and weaknesses which is invaluable. Whether it is personally, academically or professionally, if you’re able to see your strengths and weaknesses, you can be strategic in those areas.”

BIT Club Meeting ~ 2/26/19

The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its second meeting on Tuesday, February 26th.  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.  Allison Nicholas and Jay Callaway, both with First Orion, will be our featured speakers.  First Orion is a leader in network enterprise solutions, call identification, and call management software, focusing on data-driven call transparency across the calling experience.  Allison and Jay are both UCA graduates and we are delighted to welcome them back to campus.  Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.