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The Graduate School of Business prepares the business leaders of tomorrow. And we measure our impact by the successes of our students, alumni, and faculty. Browse the articles below.

Featured Stories

Walton Ph.D. Student Wins Fellowship to Study Rice, Information, Markets featured image

Walton Ph.D. Student Wins Fellowship to Study Rice, Information, Markets

Jessica Darby wrote her honors thesis on the relationship of rice markets and information while she was an undergraduate. Now, as a doctoral candidate in the Walton College, she’s studying ways that timely and accurate information flowing out of the supply chain can help rice farmers in Arkansas and around the world.

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EPIC Spotlight: Boxxyy

It started as a class assignment. It became a pet product company that helps animal shelters.

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EPIC Spotlight: Addison Scott

She thought she had failed. This was something Addison Scott did not do.

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Corporate Mentorship Program Allows Students to Interact with Industry

The corporate mentorship program offered through the M.B.A. program at the Sam M. Walton College of Business offers students the opportunity to interact with senior industry leaders and gain knowledge in a way they could not in a regular classroom setting.

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U of A Sweeps Graduate Places at Governor’s Cup Competition

Walton College teams swept all three places Tuesday in the graduate division at the 2016 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition held in Little Rock.

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Walton MBA Team Competes in SEC MBA Case Competition

MBA students Haley Cleous, Phil Keil, Ash Ganapathiraju and Clinton Rhodes represented Walton College during the 4th SEC MBA Case Competition held April 7-9, 2016, at the University of Arkansas.

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Walton College to Host 4th SEC MBA Case Competition

Walton College will host the 4th Southeastern Conference MBA Case Competition April 7-9, 2016, with 14 SEC universities participating.

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Walton MBA Program Offers New Certification with Nielsen

The Nielsen Academy Certificate Program for Walton MBA students will focus on data analysis, interpretation, and presentation.

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Davis Wins Dissertation Award from Southern Regional Education Board

By Christina Wilkerson Marketing Ph.D. student Cassandra Davis has won a dissertation award from the Southern Regional Education Board for her research in negative identity.

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Peinkofer Receives Research Fellowship

By Christina Wilkerson Simone Peinkofer, a Ph.D. candidate in supply chain management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, was selected to receive the George and Marion Plossl Research Fellowship for 2015.

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Douglas Presents Watson Papers At Big Data And Analytics Edcon

David Douglas, a University Professor in the Department of Information Systems, delivered two papers at the International Big Data and Analytics Educational Conference 2015.

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Fondren Named Walton College Employee of the Year

Nancy Fondren, administrative support supervisor in the Graduate School of Business, has been named employee of the year by the Walton College.

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EPIC Spotlight: Anita Sambor

As a graduate student, there is a lot to manage besides the assignments listed in the syllabi. Will the financial aid come through? Is the required coarse work met? What if a life event comes up that interferes with studies?

Walton MBA and Henkel Partner on Sustainability Course Project featured image

Walton MBA and Henkel Partner on Sustainability Course Project

The M.B.A. program has partnered with Henkel, the company behind well-known brands such as Dial soap, Purex laundry detergent and Loctite adhesive, to offer experiential learning opportunities for students.

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Walton MBA Students Compete at SEC Case Competition

The Walton College team was made up of three second-year M.B.A. students, Kenny Bierman, Qinghai Sun and Kristen Raney, and one first-year M.B.A. student, Jenny Glover.

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M.B.A. Reconnect Weekend Highlights Thinking Like a Startup

The Graduate School of Business of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas recently hosted its second M.B.A. Alumni Reconnect event.

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Alumna Honors Father’s Teaching Legacy with Gift

An emeritus faculty member’s legacy in the Walton College is being recognized with a $50,000 contribution from his daughter.

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Teams Compete in International Supply Chain Case Competition

The Supply Chain Management Research Center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas hosted its 11th annual International Graduate Supply Chain Case Competition on March 5-7 at the John Q. Hammonds Center in Rogers.

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Economics Doctoral Candidate’s Work Helps Improve Radiation Therapy

Using complex computational algorithms based on repeated sampling, a University of Arkansas graduate student helped spearhead a project to develop a computer simulator that provides customized electron beam tunings for radiation therapy. The research will help cancer centers provide better radiation therapy. 

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Doctoral Student Researches Consumer Behavior Toward Online Out-of-Stocks

On-shelf availability of products is a key performance measurement for retailers. But, how does product availability affect consumers? That is what Simone Peinkofer, a doctoral candidate in supply chain management, has set out to discover.

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EPIC Spotlight: Hua Wang

Hua Wang has experienced much in his five years in the United States. He has mastered the English language, played French horn with the University of Arkansas band and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Sam M. Walton College of Business in addition to his music degree.

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Walton College, UAMS Collaborate on Healthcare Management M.B.A.

The Walton College is collaborating with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health to offer a Healthcare Management track for its Executive Master in Business Administration program.

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EPIC Spotlight: Bill Watt

Bill Watt wasn’t looking to earn another college degree. He simply needed to get some insight from Matt Waller and decided to give him a call.

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Small Business and Technology Development Center Helps Alumna Start Student-Athletes Unite, LLC

The ASBTDC has assisted an alumna prepare student athletes for the rigors and expectations of college academics, athletics and student life.

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Tiffany Jarrett: Executive MBA Class of 2017

The pursuit of higher education is a value Tiffany Jarrett learned from her father. She remembers watching her father work toward his master’s degree when she was a teenager. She hopes her decision to pursue a graduate degree at this point in her life, with a demanding full-time job and four young children at home, … Continue reading Tiffany Jarrett: Executive MBA Class of 2017

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Peinkofer to Join Michigan State Supply Chain Faculty

Simone Peinkofer, who is scheduled to complete her doctoral degree at the Sam M. Walton College of Business in May, will become an assistant professor of supply chain management at Michigan State University in the fall.

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U of A Faculty Appreciation Week

The University of Arkansas’ Faculty Appreciation Week is underway. Any student who wants to give a special “Shout Out’ to a faculty member who deserves appreciation can use #WooProf to send a message – or go to thanks.uark.edu to post a message – and see what everyone else has to say.

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EPIC Spotlight: Rwan El-Khatib

Many told Rwan El-Khatib she would not be accepted by a United States doctoral program. It had been difficult for business majors in her native country of Jordan to continue their education in a doctoral program in America, and she repeatedly heard about it. It was almost as if people were challenging her

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CycleWood Solutions Signs Agreement to Produce ‘Green’ Bags for Pet Waste

A technology company that developed its award-winning business concept in the New Venture Development class taught by management professor Carol Reeves has signed an exclusive agreement to produce a line of eco-friendly waste pickup bags for pet owners.

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BioBridge LLC Takes Third Place at Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge

A business plan team from the University of Arkansas that is creating an online marketplace that would connect researchers to suppliers of human biospecimens placed third at the 2015 Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge.

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Walton MBA Students Learn and Help During Experiential Learning Week

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The MBA class of 2015 at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas honed their skills and helped out area non-profit organizations through this year’s experiential learning week. During the last week of October, MBA students engaged in activities that included a presentation workshop, a set of … Continue reading Walton MBA Students Learn and Help During Experiential Learning Week

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Presentation Highlights SAS Visual Analytics

Tom Bohannon, an analytical consultant for SAS Institute, will present to Sam M. Walton College of Business faculty and Ph.D. students about SAS Visual Analytics on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Bohannon will give an overview of SAS Visual Analytics to all faculty and doctoral students from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Willard J. Walker Hall room 331. He … Continue reading Presentation Highlights SAS Visual Analytics

Entrepreneur Theresa Fette to Speak on Succeeding Without Selling Your Soul featured image

Entrepreneur Theresa Fette to Speak on Succeeding Without Selling Your Soul

Theresa Fette, an entrepreneur who founded the Provident Trust Group, will speak to students and faculty on Friday, Oct. 31, about “How to Succeed in Business Without Selling your Soul.” Fette’s talk is presented by the Office of Entrepreneurship and the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. It will be … Continue reading Entrepreneur Theresa Fette to Speak on Succeeding Without Selling Your Soul

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2014 Business Career Fair A Success

The September Business Career Fair was the largest ever, with more than 140 companies talking with students from all business disciplines and with students from across the University.

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EPIC Spotlight: Carmen Williamson

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Carmen Williamson became an auto claims representative in Columbia, Mo., for State Farm Insurance. Missouri is a nice state. The work was good. Yet, with a bachelor’s degree in both marketing and human resources, she wanted to better channel her talents and skills.

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EPIC Spotlight: Stephen O. Kayode-Owoyele

“I would encourage people of ethnic backgrounds to seriously consider this school.” Stephen O. Kayode-Owoyele Graduate Student Walton Managerial Master’s of Business Administration The trip to India is still fresh on Stephen O. Kayode-Owoyele’s mind. There were visits to businesses and people’s homes. Stephen and other University of Arkansas students roamed the markets and bazaars. … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Stephen O. Kayode-Owoyele

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EPIC Spotlight: Marcus Monk

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.

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EPIC Spotlight: Kellen Utecht

“The Walton College and Clinton School together have helped make me realize I want to work in supply chain sustainability.” Kellen Utecht Graduate Student Master of Business Administration-Master of Public Service He lives in Fayetteville. He also lives in Little Rock. To further complicate things, his fianceé lives in Turkey. As in the country Turkey. … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Kellen Utecht

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EPIC Spotlight: Jack Lim

“I love the challenge.” Jack Lim Graduate Student Master of Business Administration Supply Chain Management Jack Lim had never been to the United States, let alone Arkansas. But he remembers the exact time and day – 10 p.m., Dec. 31, 1998 – when he got off the plane at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport and … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Jack Lim

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EPIC Spotlight: Hayley Cocker

“The students are really bright. The research is brilliant.” Hayley Cocker Visiting Ph.D Student Lancaster University Lancaster, Lancashire, UK Hayley Cocker first learned about Arkansas from a jigsaw puzzle. She remembers as a child sitting in her home in Lancaster, England, putting together puzzle pieces that composed a map of the United States. Sure, she … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Hayley Cocker

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EPIC Spotlight: Ernst Wittenschläger

Ernst Wittenschläger Graduate Student Walton Managerial Master’s of Business Administration Major Each day, as Ernst Wittenschläger drives to his office, he passes by the local state university where his exams are proctored. He lives in Newmarket, N.H. He goes to school at the University of Arkansas. When Ernst was offered a chance to transfer to … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Ernst Wittenschläger

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EPIC Spotlight: Bethany Haefner

“I have been learning so much, and I wouldn’t trade the amazing experiences that I have had throughout the MBA program for anything.” Bethany Haefner Graduate Student Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain Major For Bethany Haefner, life really is like a box of chocolates – especially around Valentines Day when she, along with her coworkers at The … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Bethany Haefner

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EPIC Spotlight: Andrew Caldwell

Andrew Caldwell Graduate Student MBA Major When Andrew Caldwell first arrived in Korea, he was the only English-speaking person in his community. “For the first month, I couldn’t talk to anybody,” he says. Weeks earlier, he had graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies at Harding University in Searcy, but his career focus was … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Andrew Caldwell

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EPIC Spotlight: Anastasia Thyroff

Anastasia Thyroff Ph.D. Student Department of Marketing As students find their seats, Anastasia Thyroff’s classroom is often filled with music. The songs, which she broadcasts through the classroom computer, can be something she’s heard while on her travels or something that reflects a personal aspect about her. During the week of the Super Bowl, she … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Anastasia Thyroff

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