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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

Mixing Business with Technology: The IT Executive Forum

On Thursday, Oct. 2, more than 300 high school and college students attended the IT Executive Forum, hosted by the Information Technology Research Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. After introducing each group of students and their teachers, young people eagerly asked these technology executives how to prepare for the future.

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