University of Arkansas alumnus Frank Fletcher and his wife, Judy, have committed $150,000 to the Walton College to create the Frank and Judy Fletcher Distinguished Lecture Series in Entrepreneurship. Continue reading Fletchers Fund Additional Support for Entrepreneurs With Lecture Series Gift
Wren Myers is joining the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas as assistant director of development. Continue reading Myers Joins Walton Development Team
Three freshmen – Hailye Williams, Alyssa Bradford and Madison Holmes – have been awarded $10,000 scholarships, renewable for four years, to attend the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas through the Fleischer Scholars Program. Continue reading Three Walton Students Awarded Fleischer Scholarships
“My dream is to graduate with my bachelor’s degree and become a data analyst at Walmart,” said Katelyn Hunter. Continue reading Hunter to Receive Greene Family Scholarship
University of Arkansas student, alumni and faculty entrepreneurs will have a new home base when the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub opens its doors on Friday, Sept. 29. The facility is housed in the former Chamber of Commerce building at 123 W. Mountain St. on the historic Fayetteville Square. It will serve as an interdisciplinary collaboration venue, co-working space, and training center for new and early stage entrepreneurs in Northwest Arkansas.
The facility, made possible by gifts from Jerry, Kay, Clete and Tammy Brewer, builds on the success of the university’s entrepreneurship program, which boasts more victories in national business plan competitions than any other institution in the world – more than 22 since 2009.
Carol Reeves, associate vice provost for entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas, leads a discussion about customer discovery for her students and other teams participating in the 2017 Delta I-Fund program, an Arkansas-wide initiative that supports early-stage entrepreneurs in the development of their business plans. Photo credit: Garrett Hubbard for the University of Arkansas.
“I’m amazed by what our students have accomplished since the entrepreneurship program began ten years ago,” said Carol Reeves, associate vice provost for entrepreneurship and holder of the Cecil and Gwendolyn Cupp Applied Professorship in Entrepreneurship in the Walton College.
“Together they have now raised more than $60 million in investments to build their businesses, which employ hundreds of Arkansans. As a powerhouse research institution with a land grant mission, the University of Arkansas has a major opportunity, and I would argue obligation, to seed the virtuous cycle between commercialization and new avenues of discovery. The Entrepreneurship Hub will greatly accelerate our ability to drive that cycle.”
The Entrepreneurship Hub will feature regular programming for students and alumni, including invited guest lectures and networking luncheons, as well as office hours provided by experts in fields such as marketing, design, accounting and the law. The services are designed around the needs of entrepreneurship program alumni, who participated in a feedback forum earlier this year led by Reeves. In addition to this regular programming, a series of workshops on social entrepreneurship will be offered for the university community this fall, as will two upcoming public events:
Northwest Arkansas Startup Crawl, organized by Startup Junkie Consultants, Sept. 29 (featured stop)
University of Arkansas Blockchain Hackathon, Oct.28
To foster collaboration between disciplines, as well as between the university and community, the Entrepreneurship Hub will provide full-time office space to a variety of university groups, including: faculty and staff from the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; the student-run and managed business SAKE Forever Red; the Tesseract Center for Immersive Environments and Game Design; and STEAM-H, a program of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences that bridges health care, engineering, design, science and the arts.
Ideas and data will flow freely, thanks to ultrafast 1-plus gigabyte/second bidirectional WiFi made possible by Information Technology Services’ pilot installation of a Ubiquiti AirFiber connection to the campus network.
Anyone in the university community with an interest in entrepreneurship qualifies for membership at the Hub, with special privileges reserved for active and alumni participants of the entrepreneurship program.
Hemant Gosain “Sunny,” chairman and chief executive officer of Omniquo Inc., has established an internship to support work on next-generation technology at the McMillon Innovation Studio. Continue reading Gosain Establishes Technology Accelerator Internship
An emeritus faculty member’s legacy in the Walton College is being recognized with a $50,000 contribution from his daughter. Continue reading Alumna Honors Father’s Teaching Legacy with Gift
Rachel Dukes had always heard that accounting is the language of business.
Living in the Dallas bedroom community of Grand Prairie, Rachel felt it was time to pursue the discipline at a university beyond the Texas border.
Arkansas immediately got her attention. Though she was not yet an Arkansas Razorbacks fan, the University of Arkansas’ school spirit was infectious. Her love for math veered her toward the accounting program at the Walton College.
As Rachel spent time on campus, everything felt right. “It just seemed like a good school with a very comforting environment,” she says.
The summer before her freshman school year, Rachel participated in the Business Leadership Academy, a residential program through the Walton College that creates an awareness of retail career choices and opportunities available to business majors. “BLA definitely set the foundation for my Walton College experience,” she says.
Rachel is making the most of the experience, too. She is the recipient the African-American Studies Scholarship, the Bridgestone-Firestone Scholarship, the Fred S. and Doreen D. Vorsanger Scholarship and the Pat and Gus Blass Endowed Scholarship.
“I feel like I’ve had a lot of opportunities to network and make connections throughout the course of my college career.”
She serves as president of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), where her duties include overseeing and organizing different events for the organization. She is also a member of Students of Retailing Excellence (STORE), which offers educational and networking programs for students interested in a retailing or marketing career. In addition, Rachel is involved with Leadership Walton, a program that combines leadership experience, academic learning and training in both professional and career development. She was a mentor to Freshman Business Connections students as well with the Connections program through the university’s Multicultural Center. Rachel has also been positively influenced by Barbara Lofton and her team through Walton College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, where Lofton serves as director. “I feel like I’ve had a lot of opportunities to network and make connections throughout the course of my college career,” she says.
One of those opportunities came in the form of the “Shark Tank” Challenge in Arlington, Texas, which was part of the 2014 Alley Scholars Summit. Rachel was a member of a Walton College team that took third place for its online grocery service business model. Rachel served as the team’s accountant, where her challenge was finding ways to stick to the budget provided to her. Team members also created a 30-page business report and presented its plan to judges, which included Shawn Taylor, CEO of Zaxby’s restaurant, and Shama Kabani, CEO of Marketing Zen.
The summit also included panels composed of educators and entrepreneurs who shared their experiences and advice.
Away from class and competitions, Rachel works as an accounting intern for Tyson Foods Inc., where she runs reports, audits and works on different accounting projects for her team.
Rachel also has a double minor in Spanish and African and African-American Studies, both disciplines she hopes will help her business career.
As for where she sees herself after graduation, there’s still time to explore. “Right now, I’m trying to soak in everything about accounting so I can find my niche,” she says.
One summer while in high school, Rachel Mooreland traveled from her Bartlesville, Oklahoma, home to attend a summer program at the University of Arkansas. Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Rachel Mooreland