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Walton Students Participate in Retail Conference in New York

Four Walton College students traveled to New York with Center for Retailing Excellence staff members to attend the National Retail Federation 2016 Big Show Student Program Jan. 14-17. They joined nearly 500 students representing more than 50 universities around the country for the retail conference, which provided students opportunities for internships, employment, training programs and networking.

Kelsey Casey, Jack Scaccia, Jessica Fuentes and Hoang Le Dang
Walton students (left to right) Kelsey Casey, Jack Scaccia, Jessica Fuentes and Hoang Le Dang visit Rockefeller Center in New York during their recent trip to the National Retail Federation’s 2016 Big Show Student Program Jan. 14-17.

Students Jessica Fuentes, Hoang Le Dang, Kelsey Casey and Jack Scaccia attended the conference with Center for Retailing Excellence staff members Claudia Mobley, director, and Pam Styles, associate director.

Conference attendees heard from senior retail leaders from Belk, HSNi, Nike, Williams-Sonoma, The Home Depot, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Walgreens, Walmart, Kohl’s Corporation and more.

Four years ago there were seven university members of NRF, with the University of Arkansas serving as a founding member of the student program. In 2016, there are now 67 university members.

Fuentes and Dang earned a conference scholarship through participation in STORE, Students in Retailing Excellence, a registered student organization. In addition, Fuentes received a travel sponsorship from National Retail Federation as the University of Arkansas NRF Rising Star; Dang was the NRF Student Ambassador for recruiting more than 25 members.

Fellow students Casey and Scaccia represented Enactus, a registered student organization that promotes entrepreneurship as a way to create a better world. Their travel was sponsored by the Center for Retailing Excellence.

 

Walton College Students to Compete in Kelley School of Business National Diversity Case Competition

Walton students (from left) Boston Woodworth, Tatiana Polydore, Cordell Griffin and Byron Alley prepare for the Kelley School of Business National Diversity Case Competition taking place this weekend.
Walton students (from left) Boston Woodworth, Tatiana Polydore, Cordell Griffin and Byron Alley prepare for the Kelley School of Business National Diversity Case Competition taking place this weekend. (Photo: Ryan C. Versey)

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, selected four students to compete in the Kelley School of Business National Diversity Case Competition taking place Jan. 15-16, 2016, at the Indiana University campus in Bloomington.

Walton students Boston Woodworth, Tatiana Polydore, Byron Alley and Cordell Griffin will represent the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Walton College and the University of Arkansas while competing against top level, diverse talent from colleges and universities across the country to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The two-day event includes a business case competition, networking opportunities and additional workshops.

President of Saatchi & Saatchi X to Speak on Lessons Learned in Business

 

Good Reads: Walton Reader’s Spotlight

In the Walton Reader’s Spotlight, our business librarian, Jonathan Torres, interviews faculty and staff about books that have inspired them. Torres starts out by asking Dean Matt Waller what book has inspired him: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance.

Next on deck is professor Jon Johnson, so stay tuned for Jon’s book pick!

Students Experience Life-Changing Summer in Mozambique

Walton College students, along side U of A classmates from the the Honors College, the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and the College of Engineering, spent their summer in Mozambique participating in a service learning project. While they taught the community about nutrition, poultry practices and business efficiencies, the community taught them as well.

Applying what they’ve learned in the classroom, had life-changing results.

Walton Team Claims Top Prize

BAR Collection — comprised of Walton seniors (left to right) Brittney Brown, Rachel Dukes and Allison Kinsey — presented its business plan to the Alley Scholars Summit business plan competition judges on Saturday, Feb. 28. The trio placed first, beating out undergraduate teams from Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

During the business plan challenge, teams develop and pitch a new business venture. The best proposals and presentations win teams a total of $10,000.

John English, dean of the College of Engineering, served as moderator. Serving as judges were: Carolyn Brown, Black Enterprise; Jamail Larkins, Ascension Air Management and Larkins Enterprises; Betty Manetta, Argent Associates; and Bob Storey, The Osteo Vantage Company.

The summit is sponsored by the Alley Scholars, a non-profit initiative for underrepresented students established by Troy and Unnice Alley with support from the Gerald and Candace Alley Foundation.

Girls in IT Conference

More than 100 young women in high school and junior high school networked with professional women currently working in the field of information technology during the 2nd annual Girls in IT event to learn about industry careers, courses, and needed skills. This daylong affair was held at the Sam M. Walton College of Business on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Schools from Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Prairie Grove, and even as far away as Pine Bluff, participated. The day was filled with a mix of activities, all geared toward encouraging young women to consider information technology as a field of study and a career. Continue reading Girls in IT Conference