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Drs. Voss & Cangelosi Release Survey Showing Hair Testing Is More Effective in Detecting Hard Drug Use by USDOT Truck Drivers

UCA Management Professor Dr. Doug Voss and Marketing Professor Dr. Joe Cangelosi recently released their findings from a new survey entitled, “Comparing Hair V. Urine Test Effectiveness: Trucking Alliance 2021 Pre-Employment Data,” which examines the differences between hair and urine drug test results, using a sample of 172,632 pre-employment hair and urine drug screens that were administered in 2021.

See the report |  Read the News Release

The results showed that hair testing is a more effective method to detect the regular use of hard drugs and drug users than the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

The US Department of Transportation classifies truck driving as a safety-sensitive occupation. For this reason, federally regulated operators of commercial vehicles are required to pass a pre-employment drug test. Urine testing is the primary, federally accepted method. Trucking Alliance carriers supplement DOT urinalysis by requiring drivers to also pass a hair drug test. Hair testing is reliable and accurate due to its longer look-back period to identify regular drug use.

In 2021, 88,021 licensed truck drivers applied for jobs at seven Trucking Alliance member trucking companies. The USDOT required drivers to take both urinalysis and a hair drug test. Here were the results:

  • Four-thousand three-hundred sixty-two (4,362) applicants failed hair tests whereas four-hundred three (403) failed urine.
  • If participating carriers did not use hair testing, they likely would have hired three-thousand four-hundred four (3,959) drivers that failed hair tests. It is likely these individuals are now driving for another carrier, given hair testing results cannot be submitted to the drug and alcohol clearinghouse.
  • Hair testing delivered 11x (5.16%/0.46%) higher overall positivity rate, more frequently detected every drug class, and better detected hard drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines/methamphetamines, and opioids.

“Hair tests uncover 11 times more drug users than a urinalysis but the marked difference in positive cocaine, amphetamine/methamphetamine, and opioid tests is most troubling,” observes Dr. Doug Voss at the University of Central Arkansas, who conducted the survey. “These results underscore the inability of urinalysis alone to remove hard drug users from the truck driver population.”

Because USDOT’s Clearinghouse doesn’t accept hair test results, those four-thousand three-hundred sixty-two (4,362) drivers are likely still driving 80,000-pound tractor trailers for other companies, even though the Trucking Alliance companies disqualified them.

The news release announcing these results stated that “the Trucking Alliance has formally requested USDOT’s trucking agency – the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – to include positive hair tests on the agency’s list of ‘actual knowledge’ of a truck driver’s drug use. If granted, these positive hair test results will be submitted to the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and the names of those drivers will be known by other employers.” Read more about the pros and cons of this application.

The data was independently provided by J.B. Hunt Transport, Knight-Swift Transportation, Schneider, Maverick USA, KLLM/FFE Transportation Services, US Xpress, and Cargo Transporters. All 50 states+DC are represented in the sample.

UCA Foundation Scholarships | Apply by Jan 23

Foundation scholarships for academic year 2023-2024 are open, and applications must be complete by Jan 23. Apply for dozens of scholarships with just one application. Everyone is encouraged to apply. Not all scholarships are based on GPAs.

To apply: https://uca.edu/foundation/scholarships/

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Beta Alpha Psi Diversity Equity Inclusion Scholarship

Beta Alpha Psi have over 300 chapters in the US and service many communities. In an effort to expand representation in these communities, the AICPA Foundation has approved BAP for a grant to help us to broaden our membership inclusion of underrepresented minority students. For the 2022-2023 year, recipients of this scholarship will receive $75 for the one-time BAP international membership fee. Applicants must be eligible to join Beta Alpha Psi by meeting these requirements:

  • Are members of underrepresented racial or ethnic groups
  • Majoring in accounting, finance, business analytics, or information systems
  • Obtained an overall GPA of 3.0
  • An active candidate in UCA’s Beta Alpha Psi Chapter (Fall 2023 or Spring 2024)

If you would like to apply: Contact Dr. McKnight (cmcknight@uca.edu)

For more information, visit https://www.bap.org/dei-aicpa-scholarship

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UCA Foundation Scholarships

Foundation scholarships for academic year 2023-2024 open on Nov 1 and applications must be complete by Jan 23. Apply for dozens of scholarships with just one application, including some scholarships designated for accounting majors only. Everyone is encouraged to apply. Not all scholarships are based on GPAs.

To apply: https://uca.edu/foundation/scholarships/

BASCOM Logo Design Contest

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All current UCA students (full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate), 18 years old and older, are invited to submit up to three original creations for judging and possible selection as the logo for Bears Advancing Supply Chain & Operations Management, more commonly known as BASCOM.

As the name implies, BASCOM is a UCA recognized student organization that is focused on the business functions related to supply chain, operations, and logistics management. We seek to engage with the business community in these areas and to further understanding of them among the UCA student population.

Prizes

Prizes (in the form of a vendor gift card) will be awarded as follows:

  • $200 for 1st prize
  • $100 for 2nd prize
  • $50 for 3rd prize

We welcome up to three submissions per submitter, but no more than one prize will be awarded to a single submitter.

Contest Rules

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  • Submissions may be made as physical or electronic content.
    Physical content should be sent to Michael Cross, COB 305H, or to the department administrative assistant, Amanda Craig, in the COB 312 suite.
    Electronic content should be submitted to mcross@uca.edu.
  • All submissions must be original content.
    * No copyrighted or trademarked materials may be used.
    * This includes UCA’s primary and secondary logos and “spirit” logos, e.g., bear head or bear claw images. That does not preclude you from using bear head/claw designs of your own making. However, they may not mimic the designs already in use by the university.
  • All submissions must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 11/30/2022.
  • Each submitter must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission.
  • Each submitter must read, acknowledge and agree to the Waiver of Intellectual Property Rights.

Judging

  • Judging criteria will include both artistic merit and suitability of the design to convey BASCOM’s focus to the community.
  • The panel of judges will be comprised of the BASCOM Executive Committee (student officers and faculty advisor), and UCA staff and faculty, to be determined.
  • All submissions will be reviewed by staff from Branding and Creative Services to ensure that intellectual property restrictions are appropriately applied.
  • Contest winners will be notified prior to Study Day, 12/9/2022.

Click here to read the waiver of intellectual property rights and agree to contest rules.

All Students Welcome to Compete in COB Homecoming Innovation Challenge

Imagine Lab Innovation Challenge 4: The Homecoming Challenge

Entries due October 29, 2022

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COB launched this challenge series to help students develop and exhibit their talents in innovation. For this fourth and final open-call opportunity this semester, think about current UCAers and alumni. Think Homecoming 2022 – the pageantry, the festivities, the memories. Current and former students can find something meaningful during Homecoming.

WHO: Any UCA student is welcome to enter this challenge whether you attend UCA online or in person.
WHAT: Imagine Lab Innovation Challenge 4: The Homecoming Challenge
WHEN: 
Video submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2022.
WHY: (1) Prizes. (2) Entry into Tournament of Champions. (3) Bragging rights on your resume.

For Homecoming this week, students are invited to participate in an either/or challenge. Either
(a) design an “official” sticker to be placed on water bottles, personal tech devices, car windows, etc. or
(b) make a music video using the UCA Fight Song as the music and lyrics.

Students from any major or college at any level — both face-to-face and online — can participate in the Innovation Challenge Series.  The deadline is Saturday, October 29, 2022, at midnight to exercise their opportunity-seeking and problem-solving skills.

Using tools found in the Imagine Lab (3rd Floor of UCA’s College of Business), make Homecoming memorable in this core challenge. Then, make a video of yourself highlighting the features of your approach. Upload that video to YouTube and share a link via this form. Please know that the video can be as long as you want, but only the first two (2) minutes will be viewed for prize consideration. Prizes are gift cards valued at $100 for the best approach, $50 for second, and $25 for third. Email for questions or details.

Also, many thanks to Stoby’s for contributing to the first place winner prize!

Be sure to request access to the Imagine Lab via the Department of Marketing & Management: mktgmgmt@uca.edu.

Innovation Challenge 2 Winners Announced

Congratulations to our Imagine Lab Innovation Challenge 2 winners: Savannah Conly, Grayson Pinson, and Veronica Bertolusso!

The competition launched early this fall, and this time students were challenged to select a day in September and tell us how to celebrate it in a big way. Using tools found in the Imagine Lab (3rd Floor of UCA’s College of Business), the competition winners designed a big-time celebration that, at the least, brings people together.

Many thanks to Stoby’s, a long-time Arkansas favorite, for contributing to our prizes for our first place winners!

See Related Article: Innovation Challenge Series at UCA: First Winners Announced!


First Place: Savannah Conly – ($100 value prize) + Stoby’s prize

Cinema day is a day all about relaxation, connecting with your friends and family, and having fun. By making this a National Holiday, it brings people together and allows them to enjoy something together. It caters to all ages, it brings people together, and creates a new market for a different spin on gift giving.


Second Place: Grayson Pinson ($50 value prize)

The Birth Day is a day where we recognize everyone’s birthday on one day. It doesn’t replace your actual birthday; instead, it is a day that we can all come together to commonly celebrate one day that we all love. It solves all gift-giving problems related to birthdays. We now have one centralized day that gifts can be expected rather than having to decide who you will gift a gift to on their actual birthday. It is a day I would personally also love to celebrate- it sounds very fun for everyone to have a birthday at the same time.


Third Place: Veronica Bertolusso ($25 value prize)

My proposed day of celebration is the International Student Day! It would be celebrated yearly on September 28. ISD will allow international students (and not!) to get together and appreciate all cultures from around the globe. During ISD international students will celebrated together throughout one big cookout where everyone will make their most loved Home meal and will later be followed by a karaoke night with song in each home language. ISD is celebrated during the first two weeks of Hispanic Heritage Month. However, many cultures not only aren’t celebrated well enough, but some of them are still unknown! ISD would help solve this issue and expand cultural knowledge to international students and not! And who doesn’t love a good cookout and karaoke night!


Congratulations to these winners. Stay tuned for the announcement of our next challenge on Monday, October 10!

Innovation Challenge Series at UCA: First Winners Announced!

See related post: Innovation Challenge Series Released at UCA

The first two winners of our new and exciting innovation challenge are Connor Tuttle and Savannah Conly! The competition launched in the COB Imagine Lab last week challenging students to design a suitcase that accommodates clean clothes at the beginning of a trip and dirty clothes during and at the end of a trip. Using tools found in the Imagine Lab (3rd Floor of UCA’s College of Business), the competition winners designed a suitcase that overcomes this core challenge.

Best-upgraded design – $100 value prize: Connor Tuttle

Many thanks to Stoby’s, a long-time Arkansas favorite, for contributing to our prizes for our first place winners!

In his submission, Connor said:
“Imagine a for-the-most-part normal ole’ suitcase, with a golden twist addressing an issue that has been around for decades! The fundamental design premise behind this suitcase is that down the middle of the main compartment there is a stretchy nylon divider that allows for different proportions of clothes to be held on either side depending on how far along you are on your trip! The front-facing section of the suitcase has the typical small, medium, and large compartment. The back, however, is also accessible for dealing with dirty laundry. Taking up approximately half of the top portion of the back-facing side will be a zipper compartment housing all of the tools necessary to temporarily deal with dirty laundry while on the go. Within the flap in the back, there is a mesh-like pocket to slide dryer sheets that have been folded twice right into the space to serve as a form of temporary air freshening.”

Second Place Design – $50 value prize: Savannah Conly

Savannah branded her suitcase and described her design as, “a suitcase designed to help keep you organized, from the beginning to end of a trip. With the detachable laundry bag, clothes rack, and hard shell, it is easier than ever to Rome more organized than ever before. Not only does it offer a way to keep your clean and dirty clothes separate, it offers an at-home closet feel, and you lose no space to pack.

Stay tuned. The first challenge was for students, but we will be engaging other friends on and off campus this semester. Get ready to compete! Teams are welcome. Email for questions or details. And if you plan to compete in the next challenge, request access to the Imagine Lab now!

Department of Marketing & Management: mktgmgmt@uca.edu

Marketing & Management Student Worker

Student worker is responsible for providing support to the administrative assistant, department chair, and faculty. They should also provide excellent customer service to students and visitors. This position requires someone who can be dependable, is quick to learn, and will take the initiative. There is occasionally free time during shifts when the student can study or work on schoolwork.

Learn more or apply: https://jobs.uca.edu/postings/11325

 

Internship • The Conductor

The Conductor has an open internship opportunity for the fall!
We are looking for a highly motivated UCA student who loves small business, community, and being creative.
This is a paid position, and we are located in downtown Conway at the Arnold Innovation Center.
You can find the application here:

Part-time Job • WorkoutSandbags.com

Help is needed from a retired teacher, running a small online business from home in Conway.  See the business at WorkoutSandbags.com.
    The bags ship empty worldwide and the customer adds their sand.  I have sold them since 2011.  For an online shopper, the first thing they see on  a website is critical.  The photo on the top of the homepage motivates the shopper to buy or not.
   I would like help with more than one thing, but a good start would be hiring a student to help with my social media.   I have done it before, about 9 years ago, and it helped.
   Also, I would like to hire 1, 2, or 3 students to “model” for me while i take their photos using the bags. My wife can be my assistant if that would make the model feel more comfortable.
   I can take the photos either on campus or elsewhere in Conway.  I need to hire a social media helper who can find me the right influencers to recommend by product and students to model.