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Heinzel Named Walton College Employee of the Quarter

Pamela Heinzel, administrative support supervisor for the Department of Marketing, has been named employee of the fourth quarter by the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Anyone in the college may nominate colleagues for the award, which is given to employees who show superior customer service that enhances the image of the college above and beyond the scope of that employee’s job description.

Along with Heinzel, Rachel Hancock, academic advisor for the Honors Program, was nominated for her contributions to Walton College.

The winner receives a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize. Winners are chosen by Walton College Dean Matt Waller, the associate deans, the assistant deans and the Walton College Staff Council.

Walton College Hosts Accounting Career Awareness Program

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Sam M. Walton College of Business is hosting 19 high school students from Arkansas and Texas at the Accounting Career Awareness Program on the University of Arkansas campus July 15-20. The residential summer camp introduces high ability minority students to career options available in accounting and other fields of business administration.

To kick off the program, Anne O’Leary-Kelly, Walton College senior associate dean; Barbara Lofton, Walton College director of Diversity and Inclusion; andDonell Cunningham, president of the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, will speak to students about career and academic options. During the week, students attend short courses in business foundations, accounting, oral and written communications, computer information systems, ACT Prep and multimedia. National Association of Black Accountants members assist and serve as mentors to students.

Accounting executives, business leaders and other professionals talk with students about professional development and opportunities in their field. Campers will tour nearby corporations including Walmart and JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. to learn more about accounting.

“I am thrilled that Walton College is opening doors to professional accounting careers for these students,” Lofton said. “We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Black Accountants and other corporate partners. It’s a great investment into our communities, our state and our college.”

This year’s camp is supported by a $14,000 grant from the institute and the national association. An additional $10,000 from a collaborative effort of the Northwest Arkansas chapter, Walmart, KPMG, EY and The Tea Rose Foundation of Northwest Arkansas also supports the summer program.

Walton College hosted the first Accounting Career Awareness Program session in the summer of 1994 and continued the program until 2010 through the support of the Ernst & Young Foundation and the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. Through their support, the Accounting Career Awareness Program accommodated more than 300 participants.

The Accounting Career Awareness Program was developed by the National Association of Black Accountants in response to the growing need for minorities in accounting and related fields of business. 

Board Accepting Nominations for the 2019 Arkansas Business Hall of Fame

The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame board is accepting nominations for the 2019 class of leaders who have made a lasting contribution to business and their communities.

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame

The nomination deadline is July 31.

Specific criteria for selection and a list of past honorees can be found at walton.uark.edu/abhf. Nominations can be made by completing and submitting the form found on the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame website or sending a letter of nomination including information that illustrates to the selection committee why the nominee deserves recognition.

Nominations also may be emailed to abhf@walton.uark.edu or by mail to the Office of External Relations at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development, Office of External Relations, Room 217, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201.

The 2019 class, which will join the 82 business leaders now in the hall of fame, will be inducted at a gala dinner Feb. 8, 2019, in Little Rock.

In selecting inductees, the committee considers outstanding leadership in establishing, building or running a business; improving his or her community; and displaying the highest level of ethics.

Equal consideration is given to Arkansans – by birth or by choice – whose business achievements have been inside or outside of the state. Living inductees must be at least 60 years of age. Nominations are not limited to graduates of the Sam M. Walton College of Business or the University of Arkansas.

University of Arkansas Enactus Team Named Regional Champs

The University of Arkansas Enactus team won the regional championship at the Enactus Southeastern Regional Competition and advances to the national competition in May.

The team took the title at the regional competition in Dallas on Monday, April 16. At that competition, the team presented three projects they designed and implemented this academic year. These projects create an impact for residents in Northwest Arkansas fighting issues with homelessness, recidivism among youth and unemployment of disabled adults.

This is the first time in eight years that the University of Arkansas Enactus team will advance to the Enactus National Competition, which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, May 20-22.

About Enactus: Enactus, an international nonprofit organization, seeks to empower students to make a difference through sustainable, entrepreneurial action. Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress. Through student programs on campuses across the nation, Enactus applies business concepts to develop entrepreneurial projects that transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Walton College, Consortium Organizing Blockchain Conference for April 6

The Department of Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Enterprise Systems Blockchain Consortium are hosting a conference on the basics, value propositions and technology options of blockchain. Registration closes March 30.

Mary C. Lacity, Curators’ Distinguished Professor and International Business Fellow at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the keynote speaker for the event. Her talk on “The Business of Blockchain as the New World Order” will kick off the event at 8:30 a.m., Friday, April 6, at the Chancellor Hotel at 70 N. East Ave. in Fayetteville.

Lacity, in speaking about blockchain to a group of University of Arkansas faculty and students in 2017, defined blockchain this way: “A blockchain is a decentralized, peer-to-peer system for validating, time-stamping and permanently storing transactions on a distributed ledger that uses encryption protocols to authenticate digital asset ownership and consensus protocols to prevent double spending, to add validated transactions to the ledger and to ensure the ongoing integrity of the ledger’s complete history. Some blockchains also use smart contracts that apply rules to automatically execute transactions based upon pre-agreed conditions.”

In her keynote, Lacity will be sharing the findings from her forthcoming book, A Manager’s Guide to Blockchain Applications for Business: Mindshifts, Strategies and Action Principles.

Conference attendees will participate in a daylong series of panels and presentations with industry leaders from members of the Enterprise Systems Blockchain Consortium — ArcBest, IBM, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., Tyson Foods and Walmart.

Industry and academic experts presenting at the conference include Chris Enslin and Archana Sristy of Walmart, Nikhil Gupta of IBM, Heather Czech of SAP, P.J. Johnson of Microsoft, Nitin Kale from the University of Southern California and Zach Steelman, Beth Keiffer, Ron Freeze and Rhonda Syler of the Walton College information systems department. Attendees also will also have the opportunity to build their own use case, get hands-on with Hyperledger and Ethereum or take a deeper dive into business analytics.

For more information or to register for the conference go to blockchain.uark.edu.

Walton College Center to Host Supply Chain Conference April 17

A conference on Trends in Supply Chain Management: Disruptive Innovation will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development at the University of Arkansas. Professionals in logistics, manufacturing and retail industries are invited to attend.

The conference will be hosted by the Supply Chain Management Research Center and the Executive Education program at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

2018 Trends in Supply Chain Management: Disruptive InnovationExecutives from Walmart, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., GRIT Studios and Roland Berger will discuss supply chain disruptors, artificial intelligence, changes in commerce implementation and innovative culture.

“Commerce is changing rapidly and, consequently, supply chain professionals must be constantly learning and adapting,” said Brent Williams, associate dean for executive education and outreach for Walton College. “This conference is an opportunity to hear from industry leaders and to network with other supply chain professionals.”

Speakers or panelists include:

  • Stephan Keese, senior partner, Roland Berger
  • Jeremy Verba, general manager, Vudu
  • Tim Madigan, vice president, eCommerce, Tyson Foods
  • Avery Vise, vice president, Transportation Intelligence, FTR
  • Rick Webb, cofounder, GRIT Studios
  • Greg Smith, executive vice president, Supply Chain, Walmart
  • Shelley Simpson, chief commercial officer, J.B. Hunt

To register for the conference, visit scmr.uark.edu. Pre-registration is required. Conference fees are $500 per person and include breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages and parking. For additional information or to register more than five attendees, email execed@walton.uark.edu or contact Blythe Eggleston at 479-575-5871.

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Walton Career Services Preps Students for Career Readiness

Walton Career Services at the Sam M. Walton College of Business will host a variety of events this spring to help prepare students for career readiness through engagement with industry professionals, professional development skill enhancement and internship/job search strategy. Continue reading Walton Career Services Preps Students for Career Readiness