EPIC Spotlight: Quincy Jordan

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Quincy Jordan will admit she’s a country girl at heart – one who likes to ride horses and drive a pickup truck.

Yet when it comes to her life professionally, she envisions a future as a corporate lawyer. This was a decision reached during a career fair when she was in the seventh grade, she says. That was when a corporate lawyer visited. He spoke about his experiences working with Harley-Davidson, copyright law and his travels.

“That just fascinated me,” she says. “I’m very creative but, at the same time, I’m very logical.”

Learning that corporate law could combine those two skills, Quincy continued to explore a future in the field. In high school, she shadowed a corporate lawyer who tested Serta mattresses. Again, this fascinated her.

“It was so cool,” she says. “I didn’t know there was that type of corporate lawyers.”

When it came time to find a university to help reach her goal, she looked around considerably. She soon realized that the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business would prepare her best. Its No. 11 ranking among public business schools by U.S. News and World Report’s 2009 America’s Best Business Colleges played a major role in her decision.

“I just loved it,” she says, adding that the university is not far from her home in Oronogo, Missouri, located just a few miles north of Joplin.

Quincy is majoring in both International Business and Accounting, and will continue her education through the Integrated Master of Accountancy (IMAcc) program before graduating. After that, she says she hopes to be accepted into the University of Arkansas School of Law. Yet, she says it’s too soon for her to narrow down what area of law she would like to pursue.

“It’s hard because I’m one of those people who’s interested in so many things,” she says.

One of those interests is movies. As a resident assistant at Maple Hill West, she not only mentors many of those who live in the dorm, she also shares with them her vast collection of DVDs.

She has also channeled her interests through her various activities on campus. She is a member of the newly formed Future Alumni Awareness Network, a group of 10 students who work with both the Walton College of Business and alumni to create networking opportunities, whether it be at a Razorback baseball game or elsewhere.

Quincy is also a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting fraternity at the college, and is the founding president of the new National Honor Society for First Year Students, a program offered through Alpha Lambda Delta. She helped bring the honors program to campus after being inspired through her mentoring at R.O.C.K. (Razorback Outreach for Community and Knowledge) Camp, which is presented through the university’s First Year Experience office.

Her studies also enable her to do something else she loves: travel. She has already visited 11 countries, including Greece last summer when she was part of the university’s Study Abroad program.

All of these opportunities were made possible through the Walton College of Business. Quincy says she feels her instructors provide an education that isn‘t available elsewhere, adding that Dr. Charles Leflar, an accounting professor, has been especially helpful as a Beta Alpha Psi advisor.

“Walton College gives me a lot of real world experiences as well as a lot of people to talk to,” Quincy says. “Plus, they provide you with a lot of opportunities.”