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Article on Women’s Entrepreneurship Wins Best Paper Award at AMJ

An article by researchers from the Department of Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and collaborators from Hong Kong and France published in the Academy of Management Journal was named the best paper of the year published in the journal. Continue reading Article on Women’s Entrepreneurship Wins Best Paper Award at AMJ

Chartwells Partnership Promotes McMillon Innovation Studio Health Initiative

Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services at the University of Arkansas has made a commitment to support a health and well-being program at the McMillon Innovation Studio at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. The McMillon Studio’s mission is to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas.

“As an organization, Chartwells/Compass Group is passionate about helping reduce food insecurity in the campuses and communities we live and work in,” said Andrew Lipson, resident district manager for Chartwells at the University of Arkansas. “I hope this initiative will educate people about making smarter food choices and provide them with better access to those food choices.”

The health and well-being program at the McMillon Innovation Studio will research various challenges with a specific focus on food insecurity and access to healthy foods.

“The partnership uses design thinking principles and puts innovation in action to discover solutions that achieve better health and well-being outcomes on campus and the larger community,” said Jessica Taylor, health and well-being program director at McMillon Innovation Studio and graduate student in the School of Social Work. “We put the customer at the heart of what we do.”

The projects are student-led and receive advice from advisory boards and local experts. The McMillon Innovation Studio also has design teams in the areas of supply chain and seamless commerce.

“I’m excited about what’s on the horizon for our teams,” said Rachel Sullivant, director of student engagement at McMillon Innovation Studio. “Our health and well-being program is a natural partnership for Chartwells. Together, we can make positive change for our students, the broader campus and the community.”

About Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services
Chartwells, a division of Compass Group North America, provides dining services for 280 colleges and universities nationwide. For more information about Chartwells, visit ChartwellsHigherEd.com or DineOnCampus.com.

About McMillon Innovation Studio
The McMillon Innovation Studio is a physical hub of innovation supporting creativity, entrepreneurship, and collaboration between all disciplines on the University of Arkansas campus. We exist to shape the future of commerce by developing and enabling students to be catalysts of innovation. Learn more about McMillon Studio at mcmillonstudio.uark.edu.

Walton College Offers Online Degree in Supply Chain Management

The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas now offers an online bachelor’s degree in supply chain management. Through a partnership with the university’s Global Campus, Walton College now supports three online bachelor’s degree programs: supply chain management, general business and accounting.

“I am proud to add a supply chain management degree to our lineup of online degree offerings,” said Matthew Waller, dean of the Walton College. “It opens up a world of possibilities for nontraditional students, no matter where they live or work.”

The online program in supply chain management will prepare students for leadership roles in a fast growing, complex and demanding field. Supply chain talent must be able to excel with the emergence of analytical capabilities as the market expands globally. Therefore, companies are continuously seeking new talent to keep pace with the rapidly changing interface of the supply chain.

“Businesses are currently experiencing a shortage in supply chain talent, so adding the online supply chain degree program reflects our ongoing efforts to advance the college’s vision for being a catalyst for transforming the lives of our students, while contributing great talent to the industry,” said Brian Fugate, chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management.

Students can begin the supply chain management bachelor’s program and complete all four years of coursework online. Students with past college credit can also complete the rest of their bachelor’s degrees online. To graduate, scholars must complete at least 120 credit hours, including the university’s core requirements and select Supply Chain Management courses.

Walton College’s Department of Supply Chain Management is ranked 15th in the nation by the 2018 U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” and by leading research and advisory company Gartner in its biennial North American Supply Chain University Program Survey.

“Online degree programs provide the flexibility needed by some students to overcome barriers of time, distance and life demands,” said Don Judges, vice provost for Distance Education. “The new online supply chain degree is the perfect complement to the U of A’s growing list of online bachelor’s and graduate degree programs.”

The new program is one of about 40 online programs offered completely or primarily online by U of A academic colleges and schools.

Online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree options are showcased on the University of Arkansas ONLINE website, as well as online certificate, licensure and endorsement programs. Online programs are administered by the Global Campus, which is a U of A support unit.

About the Department of Supply Chain Management: In addition to faculty expertise, our students benefit from the Walton College Supply Chain Management Research Center, which connects students to industry executives, internships and job opportunities. Recognizing the quality of the supply chain program faculty and graduates, U.S. News & World Report has rated the Walton College supply chain program among the best in the United States.

About the Global Campus: The Global Campus supports U of A colleges and schools in the development and delivery of online programs and courses. It provides instructional design services, technology services and assistance with marketing, recruiting and strategic academic development.

Urban League Honors Dean Matthew Waller

Matthew A. Waller, dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, will receive the Whitney M. Young Award for his work to improve the lives of underserved Arkansans at a luncheon hosted by the Urban League of the State of Arkansas on Dec. 5 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.

“It is quite an honor for me to be a recognized by the Urban League,” said Waller. “An integral part of the Walton College mission is to serve all Arkansans, something I take seriously. To aid us in our mission, Walton College leans on our Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the oldest diversity office of any SEC business college. We also provide scholarships and academic support resources to assist and retain students. This support is important to our school, industry and state.”

The luncheon, chaired by Lottie Shackelford, former mayor of Little Rock, recognizes the contributions of individuals who help provide equal opportunities for all Arkansans.

Waller was chosen for the honor because of his commitment to diversity and inclusion at Walton College and within the state.  Annie Abrams, a longtime civil rights activist, will also be recognized at the event.

For additional information or to purchase tickets for the event, contact the Urban League at info@urbanleagueark.org