The University of Arkansas is proud to send 23 of our undergraduates to exchange universities next semester as part of an estimated 115 students planning to head overseas to study abroad this spring. Continue reading U of A Students Prepare to Spend Spring Semester Overseas at Partner Universities
Students and faculty from the University of Arkansas worked in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam in the summer of 2015, learning from, working with and teaching people in the Hoa An village. Continue reading Students Learn about Life in the Mekong Delta
Walton College students, along side U of A classmates from the the Honors College, the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and the College of Engineering, spent their summer in Mozambique participating in a service learning project. While they taught the community about nutrition, poultry practices and business efficiencies, the community taught them as well.
Applying what they’ve learned in the classroom, had life-changing results.
Meaghan Pulliam, a marketing major from Plano, Texas, is the first recipient of the Joseph A. Ziegler Study Abroad Award. Continue reading Pulliam Named First Recipient of the Joseph A. Ziegler Study Abroad Award
Ghana – a country known for its cocoa beans, gold and oil – sits on the west coast of Africa, bordering the Ivory Coast, Togo and the Atlantic Ocean. Its land is rich and waiting, but can American businesses succeed there?
On Thursday, October 2, 2014, Michael Williams, chairman of the Aya Center in Accra, the capitol city of Ghana, spoke to Sam M. Walton College of Business faculty members about the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Ghana.
Dr. Tim Yeager could have stayed focused on economics. He spent years in college, earning degrees in economics and even teaching the subject at universities on both the East and West coasts.
But when he took a job in the Bank Supervision Unit of the Federal Reserve Bank, he was about to get a crash course on banking.
“I walked in knowing very little about banking,” he says. “I tell people it’s where I got my second Ph.D.”
Now, bankers (and the media) across Arkansas seek Yeager’s opinions and knowledge of the banking industry.
As an associate professor in finance at the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Arkansas Bankers Association Chair in Banking, Yeager teaches college students about the banking profession and updates and informs bankers through conferences and articles published through the Arkansas Bankers Association.
Yeager’s transition from economics professor to finance professor and banking expert may not have happened, in part, had he not been a bit homesick for his hometown of St. Louis. He taught economics at Ithaca College in New York and Humboldt State University in California – both far away from the Midwest where he and his wife were from. When the opportunity to work as a researcher for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis presented itself, he seized it.
At his Federal Reserve Bank job, where he was an economist in Supervisory Policy Analysis, Yeager researched issues affecting community banks as well as apprise bank examiners to economic and banking conditions. As he worked his way up to assistant vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank, Yeager says he found he spent more time in meetings and less doing research. Though he taught evening classes at St. Louis University, he yearned to return to a campus full time.
That campus would be in Fayetteville, Ark. In 2006, Yeager was hired for the position he now holds. “The job description fit me like a glove,” he says.
Yeager says he was pleasantly surprised with Northwest Arkansas’ scenic outdoors and the collegial and friendly atmosphere at Walton College. Yeager says at many universities, faculty can be competitive and even hostile. “Here, it’s completely the opposite,” he says.
At Walton College, Yeager teaches introductory, advanced and graduate banking courses.
He says his research interests are wide and varied, but most recently he has been exploring the link between the banking sector and the macro economy. He has been published in several publications, including Journal of Banking and Finance; Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking; and Journal of Economics and Business. “I have learned a lot since I’ve gotten here,” he says. “My research has improved because I’m surrounded by bright and hard-working colleagues and students.”
In addition, each summer for the past three years, he takes students to Belize where they assist potential and existing small business owners by presenting business education seminars and offering microloans to the most promising businesses. For Yeager, the Belize program has been personally rewarding and enriching. “I feel like we make a difference, and each year, thankfully, has been better than the last,” he says.
Yeager says when he’s away from work, he likes to spend time with his wife, Dara, and their four children—two of whom are attending the University of Arkansas. He also enjoys spending time on Beaver Lake. “I ended up where I wanted to be, but the path to get here had many twists and turns,” Yeager says.
Those who remember Marcus Monk during his undergrad years at the University of Arkansas probably think of his time as an Arkansas Razorback wide receiver.When Marcus graduated from the Sam M. Walton College of Business in 2008 with a degree in marketing, he went on to play in the NFL and then to play basketball in Germany for two years.
In January 2013, Marcus returned to the University of Arkansas to be a student again, this time in the Walton MBA program. “I remember when the recruiters came to talk to us (about the MBA program) and I knew it was something I was going to do,” he says. “When I first finished with my undergrad degree, I wasn’t finished playing ball. I knew that in grad school, you get out of it what you put into it. Once I really made up my mind to move on (from playing ball), I knew I was ready to do something else.” In May 2013, Marcus joined a team of students who participated in a study abroad program in India for three weeks. His previous international experience had already taught Marcus that to be successful in a different culture, especially in the business world, a person “can’t be stuck in your own ways. You have to be open to change.”
Marcus described his study abroad program as a “great experience” that was totally different than what he had expected. The first thing he recognized as different was the amount of people, he says. He was able to see up close how people in India conduct business in comparison to the United States.
Understanding how a different culture operates is vital to being a successful international business leader, he says.
“If you’re a US company doing business in another country, you have to take what they do and try to adapt to it, not try to make them adapt to U.S. ways,” he says. “You can’t be stuck in your ways, you have to be open to change.”
Marcus’ international experience has proven that international work is his preferred niche, something that will be possible because of his MBA from the University of Arkansas.
“If I can get into something that helps a U.S. company do business internationally, I think that’s something I would really enjoy, Marcus says. Wherever Marcus ends up in his career, he says that his experiences in the MBA program are preparing him for what lies ahead.
“The connections you make with people and that the school has are second to none,” Marcus says. His internship with a company based in Little Rock as well as his visits to some of the world’s top corporations will give him the business experience on his resume that is necessary to land a more permanent job.
“I know that I want to be in the business world and know that I need business experience before going out to get a job,” he says. “This is setting me in that path.”
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