COB Faculty & Students Present Papers at International Academy of Business Disciplines Conference

Several UCA business faculty and students presented papers at the International Academy of Business Disciplines (IABD) 2022 Virtual Conference on April 7-8.

The following UCA faculty served as Track/Session Chairs:

On Thursday, April 7, the following faculty and students presented papers:

On Friday, April 8, the following faculty and students presented their papers:

  • “Covid-19, Vaccine and Brazilian E-Payment Adoption Behavior” – Dr. Alexander Chen, Dr. David McCalman (Associate Professor of Management), Matheus Tupinambe August de Brito (COB undergraduate student)
  • “Covid-19, Vaccine and Mexican E-Payment Adoption Behavior” – Dr. Alexander Chen, Adrian Juarez Castellanos (undergrad student), Tracy Suter (Chair of Marketing and Management, Associate Professor of Marketing)

COB Names Its 2022 Outstanding Students

At its annual awards banquet on Thursday, April 7, the UCA College of Business (COB) named its Outstanding Students for the 2021-2022 academic year. The evening was a celebration of the academic achievements and leadership of College of Business students.

The college has outstanding students in every academic area, and the night’s MC, Associate Dean Lyons, said that choosing just one per area was difficult. The awards given celebrate one student who stood out this year in each academic program and registered student organization. These students have more than excellent GPAs. Students recognized were chosen because they have taken advantage of their education and combined exemplary academic performance with internships, volunteerism, professional development, experiential education, and participating in clubs and other important experiences.

Congratulate our winners and learn more about them.  [Read more…]

COB Dean Hargis Receives 2022 Outstanding Dean Award From International Honor Organization

The Dean of the UCA College of Business, Dr. Michael Hargis, has been selected to receive the 2022 Outstanding Dean Award by Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), an international honor organization for financial information students and professionals.

Dr. Hargis was nominated by UCA’s Theta Lambda Chapter and will be presented with the award at the Annual Beta Alpha Psi meeting in Orlando in late July. In the nomination, UCA’s chapter called Dr. Hargis a “fierce advocate” for the College of Business and cited his “amazing impact” on the BAP Theta Lambda chapter. The nomination detailed his support of the chapter’s expansion as well as BAP members’ development and achievements.

In its letter notifying him of this award, the BAP National Office told Dr. Hargis, “while this year’s nominees were very competitive, you stood out based on your consistent and longstanding commitment to Beta Alpha Psi. Your selection was based on your hands-on engagement, and your significant financial and operational support to the chapter that positioned them to achieve their goals and objectives. Overall, the committee was quite impressed with your achievements considering the long history of outstanding performance of the Theta Lambda chapter.”

Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization founded in 1919 for financial information students and professionals. There are over 300 AACSB- and/or EQUIS-accredited chapters on university campuses with over 300,000 members. Beta Alpha Psi recognizes scholastic excellence, offers professional development, and encourages ethical, social, and public responsibility.

The BAP Theta Lambda chapter of University of Central Arkansas focuses on honoring scholarship, professional development, and service to the community. Members have the opportunity to meet and get to know professionals from all areas of accounting, and they learn skills needed to be successful in careers in accounting, finance, information systems, and analytics.

COB Student Daisy Martinez Awarded UCA 2022 Intern of the Year

The UCA Internships and Cooperative Education department recently announced the 2021-2022 Intern of the Year, Daisy Martinez Carranza. Daisy is a senior Marketing major, minoring in Studio Art. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her four years at UCA and serves on many UCA student organizations.

In Summer 2021, Daisy completed an internship at Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield where she was charged with the task of creating and executing a marketing plan for a national health program with low enrollment in Arkansas. Daisy’s “Healthy Blue Summer” campaign was a huge success, resulting in over 3,600 registrations (an 8.85% increase in program participation). As a result of her hard work and collaboration on this project, Daisy was also awarded the 2021 Arkansas Blue Cross Academic Scholarship. Daisy will graduate from UCA in May 2022 and plans to pursue a master’s degree in Data Analytics in the near future.

Daisy has also been selected as the honorable mention for the National Intern of the Year distinction. She will receive a certificate and formal recognition on the CEIA website and in the program at the CEIA national conference in April 2022.

Daisy was nominated for UCA Intern of the Year by Management professor and Associate Dean of College of Business, Dr. Laci Lyons.

Student Profile: Joshua Adesina

Joshua Adesina

Majoring in Finance & minoring in Data Analytics

Expected Graduation: 05/2022

Involved in: Accounting club, African Students Association, Team Global

What drew you to business? When and how did you know that an education in business is the right fit for you?

I will say I was drawn to this role because of a couple of factors, one of which is growing up with people in the business industry. My parents are in accounting & finance, so that environment made finance not as hard for me. I also have always enjoyed understanding financial concepts and analyzing business processes, especially looking at the big picture of services a company provides to bring in more revenue. Knowing how business processes are done is important, but what is more important is knowing why the business processes are done that way. And given the way I think about money, I didn’t second guess getting a financial analyst role. I had to improve on a couple of things to get the position, and it has been worth it so far. The plan is to hopefully get a consulting role later in the future to help improve the services companies provide. The minor improved my technical computer skills making me proficient in software and programs job seekers are now after.

What have you found useful in the College of Business and why?  [Read more…]

Arkansas Business Leaders Share Career Advice at Annual Women in Business Development Luncheon

The UCA College of Business held its annual Women in Business Development Luncheon on Tuesday, March 8. Distinguished business leaders from across the state attended to connect with UCA’s business students. The topic of the day was the “Top 5 Things Women in Business Need to Know.”

Attendees enjoyed lunch while students connected with business leaders to ask their questions. MC Lori Melton led a panel of five women who shared advice they wish someone had told them before they began their careers. Much of the advice the leaders gave was learned the hard way as they journeyed through their careers, but they wanted these students to be set up for success before they begin.

Throughout the event, the panelists and table hosts gave students tips on how to define their own success, master their mindsets, maintain integrity, find a mentor, and know their audience and brand. The event was sponsored by First Community Bank.

The College of Business thanks the business leaders who committed their time to mentor our students and First Community Bank for sponsoring this event!  [Read more…]

UCA Hosts Annual Day of Giving – When You Give, We Grow

Join thousands of Bears around the world as we make a difference on UCA Day of Giving 2022. From the expansion of academic programs to the addition of new facilities, UCA is growing — and your gift makes it possible.

You can give to one fund or multiple funds, and every dollar makes a difference.

COB Enhancement Fund | The College of Business is continuously improving its technology, its curriculum, and opportunities for students from scholarships to hands-on experiences within the business community. If you give to this fund, you’ll be part of making COB even better for current and future students and faculty.

Accounting Enhancement Fund | Giving to this fund means your gift goes straight to the College of Business Accounting Department. Your gift will:

  • Help our accounting majors be successful through tutoring and professional development opportunities
  • Build curriculum and hosting programs that inspire diverse students to pursue a career in accounting
  • Develop learning activities that make the study of accounting an enjoyable community activity

Computer Information Systems and Analytics Fund | Formerly called Management Information Systems, the Computer Information Systems and Analytics department gives students experience with technology and data analysis. Giving to this fund helps the department continue to teach a business foundation and give students experience with the latest technological advances.

Economics and Finance Enhancement Fund | Alumni and friends of the EFIRM department may choose this fund to help students discover the best way to use available resources to meet the needs and desires of individuals, nations, corporations, and nonprofits.

Marketing and Management Enhancement Fund | Funds given to Marketing and Management support their mission by:

  • providing an innovative and relevant curriculum that is refined through interaction with the business community
  • enhancing the learning experience by emphasizing information technologies and collaborations with faculty and students
  • encouraging professional involvement of students and faculty and continuing research efforts
  • promoting lifelong learning, integrity, and ethical behavior

Whether you give a little or a lot, your dollars make a difference. You give, we grow. On March 10, let’s grow together.

UCA Hosts FBLA Spring Conferences for Junior & Senior High School Students

Students compete at FBLA Conference in the College of Business

Approximately 675 senior high school students will be on UCA’s campus on Friday, February 11, 2022, for the District V Senior High Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Spring Conference, and another 450 junior high students will attend the District V Middle Level FBLA Spring Conference on Friday, February 17.

FBLA is a national vocational student organization for students in high schools and middle schools who are interested in business or business education careers. Students from across District V will enjoy competitive events, interest sessions, as well as officer elections. District V covers 11 counties in central Arkansas.

The senior high conference headquarters will be in Student Center 207E, while the junior high students will primarily be in Reynolds Auditorium. Some competitions will occur in the College of Business.

A special thanks is due to Marsha Carson, COB Senior Lecturer of Management, for all of her hard work to make this event possible every spring and fall for District V.

Beta Alpha Psi Hosts Escape Room to Engage Students in Career Readiness

Two days in late January, Beta Alpha Psi hosted the COB Escape Room for which the RSO created intricate puzzles students had to solve to “escape” the (unlocked) room. Over 115 people participated in the escape experience with 99 undergrads and 16 graduate students, alumni, and faculty. Most participated in person, but a few were able to take part virtually.

During the experience, participants found clues around the room and used them to solve puzzles all in an effort to build a proper resume. The engaging exercise directed teams of two to discover common mistakes and recommended practices for creating a great resume.

“It felt like the full escape room experience,” said Junior Business Administration major Noah Willis. It showed me how to get my resume in order, what to put, what not to put. I think this has taught me how to create a better resume.”

Escaping required problem-solving, teamwork, and critical thinking. Even the most experienced resume writers learned a thing or two.

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UCA College of Business Names New Department Chair

(Conway, Ark.) – The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) College of Business has named Dr. Tracy A. Suter as the new Chair for the Department of Marketing and Management. Dr. Suter began his role at the start of the spring semester.

As Department Chair, Dr. Suter will collaborate with the faculty and supervise department activities that support the college’s mission to provide an innovative and relevant curriculum combined with hands-on student experiences in the business community. He will also teach creativity and innovation courses from a marketing point of view and continue his research interests in creative problem-solving and business innovation.

Dean Michael Hargis welcomed Suter to the College of Business saying, “Tracy is innovative, engaging, and committed to student and faculty success. He also has a long track record of success as a leader in higher education. I look forward to Tracy’s contributions to the development and continuous improvement of our college’s programs.”

Suter, originally from Russellville, brings a wealth of expertise from his 25-year academic career as he assumes the role of department chair. In addition to teaching, Dr. Suter has authored many academic articles and textbooks and served in other administrative capacities. His most extensive experience was as a 15-year faculty member at Oklahoma State University.

“As a first-generation college student from the great state of Arkansas, I do not take my opportunity or responsibility lightly to nurture and develop the next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers,” said Dr. Suter. “I look forward to working with my departmental and college colleagues in helping students grow and succeed here at UCA.”

Suter earned his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Arkansas. Before teaching, he worked as a marketing and analysis specialist at an aviation company.

Established in 1969, the UCA College of Business offers 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates to equip current and future business professionals to successfully and ethically meet the changing business environment. The AACSB-accredited program offers a thorough business education as well as opportunities for hands-on experience and industry networking.