COB Student Awarded Granger & Jan Davis Emerging Leaders Scholarship

More than 300 scholarship recipients gathered at the Farris Center for the annual scholarship reception at the University of Central Arkansas Sept. 30 hosted by the UCA Foundation.

The theme for the evening “Celebrating 40 Years” commemorated the Foundation’s successes since its 1981 inception under former UCA President Jeff Farris. The event provided an opportunity for students to connect with scholarship donors and share stories.

President Davis told donors their gifts provide an enormous impact on students like Savannah Conly, who is a junior marketing major in the College of Business. Conly received the Granger and Jan Davis Emerging Leaders Scholarship.

“When I received this scholarship, It meant the world to me because I felt seen,” Conly said. “I felt like all my behind-the-scenes work was seen. Receiving this recognition fueled my motivation to keep working hard and to push myself toward my dreams, even on hard days.”

Read more about the scholarship reception in UCA News.

UCA Ranked #3 Best Online MBA in International Business Management

The University of Central Arkansas College of Business was recently ranked the #3 best online MBA in the nation for International Business Management. This online MBA allows students to earn the degree anywhere in the world even while working full-time. The program has also been ranked among the most affordable. Find out more about the UCA MBA program.

See the ranking from Best Value Schools  [Read more…]

UCA Supply Chain Program Ranked #77 for Best Affordable Supply Chain Management Degree

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management has been ranked the #77 Best Affordable Supply Chain Management Degree by University HQ.

Well-trained supply chain managers solve organizations’ most impactful challenges: purchasing, manufacturing, storing, and transporting product. UCA’s Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) program prepares students to tackle global supply chain challenges with a focus on the U.S. trucking industry. Our curriculum emphasizes trucking operations, safety, and regulatory compliance.  Graduates are prepared for management positions in trucking but also learn to optimize product flow and storage, collaborate with suppliers and customers, and meet delivery expectations through innovative solutions.

For more information about our LSCM BBA, visit

Terri Hayes-Winstead Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Senior Business IRM Student Richard Casto

Richard Casto Receives Terri Hayes-Winstead Memorial Scholarship

Theresa Hayes, Dylan Dugger, Staci Shearon (PIA), Richard Casto (recipient), Cynthia Burleson (UCA) Hana McCown, Tammi Van Cleave

Conversation centered on hopes for the future on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, as UCA senior Richard Casto was awarded the Terri Hayes-Winstead Memorial Scholarship. Terri’s sister, Tammi Van Cleave, and Tammi’s employer, Scottish American of Arkansas, team up each year to award the scholarship to a College of Business student in the Insurance and Risk Management (IRM) program who demonstrates potential for the industry and financial need to fund continued education. [Read more…]

Advice from Alumni: Nato Silue

With the start of fall semester, our College of Business (COB) alumni are sending their best advice. Recent alumna Tchetahan Natogoma (Nato) Silue, COB class of 2020, believes that the supportive environment fostered by the faculty and advisors is something students should embrace.

“Don’t be scared to approach your professors. They are there for you and want you to succeed,” said Silue. “Everyone was supportive which boosted my learning experience.”

Silue graduated from the UCA College of Business in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and a minor in Computer Science. Why students should take note of her prudent advice? One might say Silue was successful student with her accomplishments and awards including: [Read more…]

COB Advisory Board Member Karen Shaw Named a 2021 CFO of the Year Finalist by Arkansas Business

Karen ShawArkansas Business has announced the 2021 CFO of the Year finalists, and College of Business Advisory Board member Karen Shaw was named a Bank CFO Finalist.

Shaw serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Citizens Bank and is responsible for the financial management of the bank. She has over 25 years of banking experience and oversees the Bank’s Investment and Asset Liability Committee, Policy Committee, and development of financial planning and budgets to guide the Bank’s future business growth.

Among other public service activities, Shaw is a member of the board of directors of the University of Central Arkansas College of Business Advisory Board. She is also a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with the Highest Honors in Accounting.

Presented by Hogan Taylor, the 2021 CFO of the Year Awards will be broadcast live from the DoubleTree Little Rock on November 3. Finalists and winners in each category will be honored at the event, and their profiles will be published in a special supplement of Arkansas Business on Oct. 18. Nomination forms were submitted to an independent panel of judges who met in July to determine finalists and winners.

UCA Expands Computer Information Systems & Analytics Degree Options to Address Changing Business Environment

The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is offering new degree and certificate options through its Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) department, expanding opportunities for CISA students and current business professionals to gain top in-demand business and technical skills.

Beginning this fall three new Applied Data Analytics programs will be available: a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and a technical certificate. These new programs follow the successful addition of both an undergraduate minor and a graduate-level technical certificate in data analytics two years ago.

“I chose to get this graduate certificate because I believe data analytics is the future. As technology is evolving, businesses are using analytics to make informed decisions, solve problems, help reduce risks, and increase return on their investments,” said Joyti Lal who is working to earn a Master of Business Administration concurrent with a Data Analytics graduate certificate.

The Department of Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA), located within the UCA College of Business, combines highly desired technical skills with sound business principles. The department’s name was changed in July 2021 from “Management Information Systems” to better reflect what the department now offers. [Read more…]

Tom J. Smith Memorial Scholarship Established for UCA College of Business Students

The family of Tom J. Smith has established a memorial scholarship in his honor at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), his alma mater, to support students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the College of Business. The inaugural award will be given to support a student for the fall 2021 semester.

Tom J. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UCA in 1971 through hard work and diligence, working multiple jobs to fund his education, and was the first in his family to earn a college degree. Higher education made a significant difference in his life, opening doors to many opportunities and eventually propelling him to the position of Administrator of Accounting for the State of Arkansas through the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). [Read more…]

UCA Beta Alpha Psi Joins Other State Chapters for Annual Conference

UCA Beta Alpha Psi joined 3 other state chapters this week to attend a virtual conference together and make some valuable connections.

While students might usually attend the conference in person, pandemic restrictions pushed the conference to a virtual setting. Instead the Arkansas chapters gathered as a smaller group, so they wouldn’t miss out on the annual learning opportunity and important industry connections.

Many thanks to Dr. Connie McKnight, Dr. Stephanie Watson, and Professor Ashley Phillips for their hard work to give our students learning experiences like this.

UCA’s Theta Lambda chapter traveled to the event hosted in Northwest Arkansas for a full schedule of events:

– Lunch with Landmark CPAs
– Virtual BAP Conference and snacks with Arkansas Society of CPAs
– Dinner with BKD, LLP
– Breakfast with Bell and Company PA
– Community service (bookmarks and backpacks) with Frost PLLC/Facta and Walmart
– Lunch with EY
– Virtual BAP Conference and snacks with ASCPA

See more photos from the Arkansas BAP conference.

Insurance & Risk Management Instructor Cynthia Burleson Explains Pet Insurance in AICP Podcast

Cynthia Burleson

Cynthia Burleson, UCA Instructor and Director for the Center for Insurance & Risk Management, joined host Katie Grunett and industry peer Bill Horan on an Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals (AICP) podcast discussing pet insurance, one of the fastest growing segments of the insurance industry.

Pop Quiz: Which was the first beloved Hollywood canine to get pet insurance? If you guessed Lassie, you are correct!

Listeners may be surprised to learn that pet insurance is considered property and casualty insurance rather than health insurance. Listen to the podcast to learn why this insurance gets the property classification along with many more surprising facts to help you consider pet insurance for your own pets.