Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Got a New Product? Take It to the Hog Pen!

“How do we connect students to industry?”

John Rippl, vice president of IRI, a leading provider in market and shopper information data, and Claudia Mobley, director of Center for Retailing Excellence at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, posed that simple question. Combining industry experience with a student-focused need, Category Management Topics, marketing class 3653, was born.

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EPIC Spotlight: Abby Davidson

Abby Davidson has seen the effects of conflict in war-torn countries. She has worked to assist communities in overcoming poverty and has met with refugees driven from their homeland.

Her interest in international affairs began with her pursuits at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in international economics and business and a master’s degree in economics. Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Abby Davidson

Walton Student Wins Youth of the Year Award

Trei Dudley, a freshman at the University of Arkansas, has been named the 2012-2013 National Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Dudley was selected in recognition of her long relationship and involvement with the Boys & Girls Club in her hometown of Lawrence, Kan. Her selection was announced recently at a news conference and series of events in Washington, D.C.

“The university is proud of Trei for earning this prestigious national recognition,” Chancellor G. David Gearhart said. “And we are equally proud that, with many educational options to choose from, Trei chose to attend the University of Arkansas. She will serve as an outstanding ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs as well as a great representative of the U of A.”

An 18-year-old student in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, Dudley is a 2012 graduate of Free State High School in Lawrence where she has been involved with the Boys & Girls Club since she was in kindergarten. “The Boys & Girls Club had a huge influence on my life,” she said. “Growing up, there were many obstacles at home that I was faced with.”

She said that being the oldest child at home she felt it was her responsibility to shield her younger siblings from some of the things she had seen and experienced. “I became the ‘mother hen’ once my mom became a single parent, and I did a lot of maturing at an early age,” Dudley said. “Because I did protect my siblings, I never expressed myself. But when I went to the Boys & Girls Club, I met mentors, Laura Wagner and Jen Williams, who made that easy for me to do.

“They listened whenever I needed to talk and always comforted me. I felt super comfortable with these two, and they helped me come out of my shell and express myself. Once I started working as a staff member, the club continued to influence my life. The different kids that I have worked with, some who have similar stories as mine, have really pushed me to strive harder in everything that I do to set a good example for them.”

Dudley also volunteered at a local community center in Lawrence, at church and at a soup kitchen. She was a certified volunteer for Family Promise, an agency that provides shelter, food and programs to help homeless families. At Free State High School, she served as a board member of Can We Talk, a group dedicated to helping at-risk youth. She also was captain of the cheerleading squad and editor of the yearbook.

She plans to continue to work with young people. After college, she would like to open a nonprofit organization that helps high school students prepare for and transition into college.

Walton College Dean Eli Jones said he was pleased with her selection and her decision to attend the University of Arkansas. “Trei is the kind of high-achieving, engaged student the Walton College attracts and the kind it has dedicated itself to educating as future leaders in our state and nation,” Jones said.

“Some of the goals that I have set for myself are simply to continue doing my best and being involved,” Dudley said. “I want to continue volunteering within my new community and do things that are going to better me. I will definitely continue working with young people while I’m in college, and the Boys & Girls Club of Fayetteville will be the perfect place to do that.”

Dudley received the National Youth of the Year award in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., last month, where she attended a congressional breakfast on Capitol Hill and a news conference at the National Press Club with Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, R&B singer Ashanti and Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.

“To me personally, being selected as the National Youth of the Year means having a chance to be the voice for those 4 million kids who are a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs,” Dudley said. “It is a true honor and blessing to hold this title!”

As the National Youth of the Year, Dudley receives up to $61,000 in college scholarships and a new car.

She says she knew she wanted to move away from home when she went to college. Just not too far away.

“I chose to attend the University of Arkansas for a couple different reasons,” Dudley said. “I wanted to be away from home, but not too far because I know I am going to miss my family. I also heard about Arkansas’ amazing business program.

“And when I found out about the New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award Scholarship and was awarded it, I just knew this was the place for me!”

Entrepreneurship Professor Wins SEC Faculty Achievement Award

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –The Southeastern Conference has announced that Carol Reeves, the Cecil & Gwendolyn Cupp Applied Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas, is the recipient of the university’s 2014 Faculty Achievement Award.

The award honors professors from SEC universities with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for other faculty and students.

“The 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners are some of our nation’s most accomplished instructors, researchers and scholars,” said Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University and president of the SEC. “It is my great pleasure to preside over an intercollegiate athletics conference that not only recognizes their work, but strives to support it as well.”

SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners, one from each university, will receive a $5,000 honorarium and become his or her university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award. The SEC Professor of the Year receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized during the annual SEC Spring Banquet in May.

In addition to her faculty appointment in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, Reeves serves as associate vice provost for entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas. In that role, Reeves promotes entrepreneurship and economic development in Northwest Arkansas and across the state. She works with faculty and students in all colleges at the University of Arkansas to encourage the start-up of new companies based on university research.

Under Reeves’ guidance, the university has fielded competitive graduate student teams at state, regional, national and international business plan competitions since 2002. During the past decade, students have won more than $2 million in cash at these competitions.

“We were thrilled that Carol Reeves was selected as the University of Arkansas’ SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipient,” said Sharon Gaber, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Dr. Reeves is both well-known and respected for her outstanding work in developing nationally competitive collegiate business plan teams.”

Reeves advised or co-advised four of the six University of Arkansas teams who made the finals of the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Competition. The University of Arkansas has won the graduate division at the Governor’s Cup 11 consecutive years, and placed the top three teams in the graduate division in three of the last four years.

Also, teams in the entrepreneurship program in Walton College have won 17 national business plan competitions, two times more than the closest competitor.

Reeves has been an exceptional teacher. In 2010, she received the Arkansas Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. She was also selected for the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy in 2011.

“I’m very honored and flattered by this award,” Reeves said. “This recognition would not have been possible without the tremendous efforts of my students and those from the community who mentor them.”

The SEC Faculty Achievement and SEC Professor of the Year Awards were created in 2012 to honor and celebrate, at the conference level, university faculty and their achievements and contributions in scholarship, research and service.

Selected by a committee of SEC provosts, the SEC Faculty Achievement Awards and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are part of SECU, the academic initiative of the conference, which sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its 14 member universities.

Previous SEC Faculty Achievement winners at the University Arkansas are Elliott West (2012), Distinguished Professor of history in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and Greg Salamo (2013), Distinguished Professor of physics, also in the Fulbright College.

To be eligible, a professor must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and have a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally or internationally.