Dr. Mark McMurtrey recently agreed to serve as the MBA Director for the College of Business!
In addition to being the MBA director, Mark is an associate professor of MIS. Dr. McMurtrey received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He has consulting experience with Fortune-500 firms (as well as regional healthcare) and has served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina and the University of Idaho, among others. Besides his lengthy service and participation at various national conferences, he has published articles in journals such as Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology Education, Interacting With Computers, Journal of Information Systems Education, Industrial Management and Data Systems, and others. Currently he is the Program Chair for the 48th Annual Meeting of the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (SWDSI), to be held at the Marriott Little Rock and Statehouse Convention Center March 8-11, 2017. His research interests include systems development processes, career and personnel issues of IS employees, and the matching of employer skill set requirements with recent college graduates.
Mark is a long-standing member of the COB team and we very excited that he has agreed to serve the College in this important leadership role.
The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its Spring Welcome Meeting and Kick-Off on Tuesday, January 24th. The event, which will be held in the College of Business Auditorium (Rooms 107/208) during X-period (1:40 – 2:30 p.m.), is open to all majors on campus. Whitney Davis, Programmer/Analyst on the IT Payroll Team at Dillard’s, will be our featured speaker. Whitney is a recent MIS graduate from UCA and we are delighted to welcome her back to campus. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.
On November 1st, EPIC Residential College students and faculty gathered for a $20 Business Bear Challenge. EPIC@Bear teams started a business with only an Andrew Jackson and a month to discover, build and market their ideas. Why only $20 and a month?
According to Dr. Dan Fisher, Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the EPIC@Bear faculty mentor for this event, this model “forces people to make their ideas tangible and take them to market so they can quickly and cheaply learn about what works and what doesn’t.”
Teams completing the challenge were Kallie’s Kards, led by Kallie Benedict and Purple Pride Photography, led by Zachary Hull. Both teams were composed primarily of freshman and sophomore students, greatly impressing the judges with their poise and professionalism. “The transformation in just one month was incredible to watch,” says Fisher.
Dr. Ron Duggins (Assistant Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship), Mr. Bill Doshier (Marketing & Management Executive-in-Residence) and College of Business Dean Michael Hargis served as judges for the event. The Norris Taylor Residential College Fund provided cash awards to the businesses based on research, presentation, and potential.
Picture L to R: Bill Doshier, Kaleb Posey, Zachary Hull, Ron Duggins, Abbey Fletcher, Dan Fisher & Michael Hargis. Team member not pictured is Valentin Sawadogo
Dr. Joe McGarrity’s Intermediate Microeconomics class has 13 students that will have Op-Ed articles published in the Log Cabin Democrat. Here’s the 1st one: How Nuclear Weapons Can Help the Poor in Arkansas by Delano Rolle.
The Beta Gamma Sigma Society is organizing an Internship Day for COB students with Career Services this Thursday 10/27. We will have Dillard’s IT and Life Ministries representatives coming in to meet with students on the 2nd Floor study room in COB from 12-3 pm. Walgreen’s representatives will also be here from 10-2.00 pm.
In addition, a panel discussion will be conducted in Room 111 at 1.40 to 2.40 on 10/27. All students are invited to attend. The panelists are the GM from C.H. Robinson, CEO of Eyenalyze and two students undergoing internship in INUVO and HP. The session will be chaired by the President of Beta Gamma Sigma.
The Business & Information Technology (BIT) Club is having its second meeting on Thursday, October 20th. The event, which will be held in Room 210 in the College of Business during X-period (1:40 – 2:30 p.m.), is open to all majors on campus. David McMackins II is a political activist, an associate member of the Free Software Foundation, and a junior at UCA. He is a technology enthusiast and a professional software engineer with a diverse set of projects and experience in many environments and applications of software development. He will be discussing the importance of software freedom for both individuals and businesses. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.
You’re moved in. You started classes. Labor Day is over. The excitement of the “start of the semester” is dwindling. Now what do you do?
Come out for the College of Business Day on the Lawn.
All of the student organizations and departments in the College of Business will be there along with Career Services. Check out your opportunities for clubs and internships, check out different majors and minors, and meet some other students. There will be music, there will be food, and there will be a lot of information about how to get involved.
College of Business Day on the Lawn
When: Wednesday, September 21, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: On the lawn in front of the College of Business Building
9 a.m. to 3p.m. Friday, September 30th
College of Business Room 307
The University of Central Arkansas is hosting the Arkansas College Teachers of Economics & Business (ACTEB) Conference on September 30th in the College of Business Room 307.
Economics and business faculty from Arkansas share their research and teaching methods. The conference includes paper sessions, panel discussions, and teaching workshops. Dr. Mark McMurtrey (firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-450-5308) is the faculty contact for this event.
Presentations and Dates:
Local Option Sales Tax Elections in Arkansas: When Do They Pass?
Occupational Licensing & Crime
Charter School Performance Effects on Public Schools
Time and Location:
1:40 pm – 2:30 pm (x-period)
Refreshments will be served!
Cosponsored by UCA’s Economiocs, Finance, Insurance & Risk Management (EFIRM) Department & The Arkansas Center for Economic Research (ACRE).