Beginning in fall 2018, the McMillon Innovation Studio will be forming innovation design teams that will focus on prototyping new models of delivery, services, products and policies in the areas of (1) health and well-being, (2) supply chain and (3) seamless commerce. We will be hiring student project leaders for each of these teams, who will have the opportunity to travel, create and innovate for real impact, gain job experience, earn potential credit hours, and receive potential funding to support innovation prototypes. All majors are welcome to apply.
The McMillon Innovation Studio seeks to shape the future of commerce by inspiring students to be catalysts of innovation.
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Students with creative, innovative ideas in health and well-being, supply chain or seamless commerce are welcome to join a design team being in fall 2018. Contact Rachel Sullivant at email@example.com for additional information.
Freshman year is life changing. Everything – from laundry and dorm rooms to classes and free time – is new and different. Teens are expected to navigate through classes and campus, manage their time and thrive on their own.
To help students’ transition to this new lifestyle, Carole Shook, an instructor for the Department of Supply Chain Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, created a team project to encourage freshmen to get to know each other, discover resources on campus and strengthen personal development skills.
Within her fall 2017 Freshman Business Connections class, Shook assigned a team project to create a video overview of the McMillon Innovation Studio on campus and then present their findings in class. The studio, a gift from Walmart chief executive officer and Walton graduate Doug McMillon and his wife Shelley, tests new technologies and is designed to impact the future of retail. The project, designed by McMillon Innovation Studio director Clint Johnson and Shook, required teamwork, time management, exploration of Walton College resources and networking with classmates.
Freshman Business Connections, often referred to as FBC, is taught to first-year business students to acclimate them to campus, understand what resources are available to them, introduce them to other freshman and help them be successful at the Walton College. It introduces them to David W. Mullins Library for research, academic integrity and ethics, the Business Communications Lab for writing assistance, the Credit Counseling of Arkansas for personal finance management, Walton Career Services for job readiness and the degree opportunities at Walton. The class also helps students’ transition from high school to college by nurturing personal development skills such as time management, stress management, financial planning, health and wellness, diversity and team building.
“I would say team management was the greatest skill I improved at,” said Jay Lovaas, a freshman from Canton, Ga. “I had to effectively communicate with my team members, help with any questions they may have had, and rely on them to check my work as I checked theirs.”
After selecting teams, the freshmen interviewed staff and students at the studio and created outlines for videos and presentations. Each student was responsible for a portion of the project and collaborated with the team on deliverables.
Team members Ryan Hardwick, Alexis Humm, Cydney Feinstone, Elijah Kaplan and interviewer Noah Tidmore recorded video, captured still photography, created graphics and wrote interview questions. In their video below, freshman Noah Tidmore interviews Kayla Bruskas, a senior accounting student and student manager for the McMillon Innovation Studio.
Team members for this video include Ryan Hardwick, Alexis Humm, Cydney Feinstone, Elijah Kaplan and interviewer Noah Tidmore.
“This project was created to show that freshmen students can do amazing things,” Shook said. “These were great students who worked hard and with enthusiasm.”
Throughout the project, students learned about the opportunities at the McMillon Studio, got to know their team members and explored campus. Simply put, the project helped freshmen get connected to their new life on campus.
“It was just a fun class,” Lovaas said. “It gets you in the flow of going to class during your first semester. In my opinion, the greatest thing about FBC is meeting people.”
The American Marketing Association chapter at the University of Arkansas took third place for best educational value at the 40th Annual AMA International Collegiate Conference.
Twelve members of the campus chapter attended the meeting in April in New Orleans, Louisiana, with more than 1,900 attendees from other schools. At the conference, students participated in competitions, keynote speaker events and a career fair.
The U of A chapter also received an award for Outstanding Membership, Communication and Professional Development.
U of A students who attended were chapter presidents Lindsey Simpson and Hunter Wilson and Andrew Bickford, Phoebe Frazier, Lauren Guilette, Justice Macy, Victoria Maness, Meagan Miller, Ben Martin, Nicklaus Porter, Harper Ramsey and Ally Watson.
The third annual Walton Study Abroad Instagram Photo Contest has announced its winners for this year! Early this semester, Walton students who studied abroad in 2017 were encouraged to enter their pictures to the categories of Local People, Culture, Hogs Abroad, Places, and Historic of the photo contest to be featured on Instagram.
The many submissions were voted on by Instagram followers and the most-liked photos were passsed on to a faculty round of judging. Thank you from the Global Engagement Office to all who submitted photos and participated in this year’s contest! Congratulations to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!
To view all the submissions to the contest, check out the Walton Study Abroad Instagram (@walton_studyabroad) and maybe they will encourage you to study abroad in the near future!
Nicholas “Nick” Foster is an EPIC Supply Chain student at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas. He is a sophomore from Edmond, Okla., with minors in Enterprise Resource Planning, Data Analytics, Political Science and History. Yes — one major and four minors. He is active on campus too! He is part of Alpha Kappa Psi, a member of Arkansas Supply Chain Association (ASCA), a new member of the Supply Chain Honor Society — Sigma Chi Mu Tau and is in Walton Honors College.
Foster has a passion for learning, and while he credits him mom who always encouraged him to read, he admits he sets high standards for himself to be the best that he can be. For Foster, it isn’t just about a love for learning, he enjoys continuously improving his education.
Continuous improvement led him to supply chain, although he admits initially, it was not at the forefront of his mind when coming to the U of A. His initial focus in history and political science changed during his second semester of freshmen year when Stephanie Thomas, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management, opened his eyes to the world of supply chain. The process-oriented aspect of logistics, its versatility as an industry to work in and Walton College has “one of the strongest programs that is available” caused him to declare supply chain as his major.
When he isn’t busy learning, Foster enjoys being outdoors, spending time with his family and his dog, and if he was not already busy enough with all his academic endeavors, he volunteers with local community groups.
He mentors with the Make a Difference Day – Volunteer Action Center and has been an assistant coach for the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department youth soccer league for 8th grade students. He enjoys making connections and helping others, whether it is with middle school students or as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for Walton College students.
And, someday soon, Nick aspires to combine his love of history and learning by traveling to Washington, D.C., where he plans to visit all the major monuments and museums in the area.
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