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. Continue reading Corporate Mentorship Program Allows Students to Interact with Industry
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the Sam M. Walton College of business has assisted a University of Arkansas graduate student in starting a business to help prepare student athletes for the rigors and expectations of college academics, athletics and student life.
Krystal Beachum, who worked as an academic counselor for Razorback women’s basketball, tennis and volleyball programs, started Student-Athletes Unite, LLC, to offer consulting services for future collegiate athletes and their families.
“I realized early on in my career how necessary it is to provide more resources and information to the student-athletes and their families today because I have experienced first-hand, hard lessons when student-athletes were misinformed on recruiting, marketing themselves and athletic scholarships,” Beachum said. “I want to educate, inspire and connect these students and their families with the resources they need for success.”
Beachum, from Mexia, Texas, is a first-generation college student, having received full athletic scholarships to play basketball for McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, and Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She earned her master’s degree in sports management from the University of Arkansas in May 2016 while serving as a graduate assistant with the athletic department.
Beachum maintained her college scholarships and a high grade point average while being a member in multiple honor societies and playing women’s basketball. While working as academic counselor for the University of Arkansas, she assisted in prospective-athlete recruiting tours, monitored the collegiate progress and performance indicators for 40 Division I Razorback student-athletes and assisted them in course enrollment guidance and academic college major selection.
Her two brothers and her sister were also collegiate scholarship athletes and college graduates. Her brother Kevin Beachum is in his fourth season with the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Her brothers and sister are also a part of the Student-Athletes Unite team.
Before starting her business, Beachum attended a public seminar with the Walton College small business center entitled “Choosing the Proper Legal Entity.” The seminar was presented by a volunteer speaker, attorney Alex Miller of the law firm Reece, Moore and Pendergraft, LLP, of Fayetteville, Arkansas. After the seminar, Beachum sought the free services of Martha Londagin, business consultant at the center. Reece, Moore and Pendergraft, LLP, assisted Beachum at no charge in setting up her LLC and guiding her on how to operate this new legal entity.
“Krystal has one of the best backgrounds for starting a small business of any client I have seen,” Londagin said. “She has the personal life experiences, the collegiate experiences and the personality and drive to help her target consumers to prepare early on for their collegiate academic and sports careers. I am confident in her future success. Our center is also very appreciative of the community service Reece, Moore and Pendergraft, LLP, provides to our center each year.”
Learn more about Beachum and Student-Athletes Unite, LLC at studentathletesunite.com.
About the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center: The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas has been serving the Northwest Arkansas community for more than 30 years. The center is part of a national network of more than 1,000 small business development center offices that provide training, research and consulting services to existing and potential business owners. The center network is the largest small business assistance program in the United States. The Walton College center operates as a regional office of the ASBTDC and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Walton College. Any for-profit small business located or intending to locate in Northwest Arkansas may receive assistance from the center which provides services to businesses in the following counties: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Washington. The ASBTDC serves all of Arkansas through UALR’s Little Rock-based lead center and six regional offices. Visit the Walton College ASBTDC website at sbtdc.uark.edu for more information on the center or the state network.
April 20, 2016 – FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas teams swept all three places Tuesday in the graduate division at the 2016 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition.
VivImmune, a start-up biotechnology company that specializes in immunotherapy for bladder cancer, finished in first place and won $25,000. The company also won the AT&T Elevator Pitch Contest for $2,000 and the Delta Plastics Innovation Award for $5,000.
Actio Systems, which developed a patient reminder and intelligent rescheduling smartphone app for medical clinics and their patients, placed second and took home $15,000.
Third place and $10,000 went to deciLvl, a company using metamaterial research out of MIT to filter out harmful audio signals in noisy environments.
A team of four M.B.A. students from the Sam M. Walton College Business competed in the 4th Southeastern Conference MBA Case Competition held April 7-9, 2016, on the University of Arkansas campus.
The Walton team of Haley Cleous, Phil Keil, Ash Ganapathiraju and Clinton Rhodes had 24 hours to create a business plan to a case presented by Henkel Corp., a multinational company that produces consumer and industrial products and whose executives served as judges of the competition.
All 14 SEC universities participated in the event with the University of Alabama bringing home the top prize. The University of Florida placed second, Texas A&M University third and Mississippi State University fourth.
“I was impressed by the caliber of the students who represented the University of Arkansas and the SEC,” said Matthew A. Waller, interim dean of the Walton College. “All of the M.B.A. teams presented quality solutions to a leading international company’s business challenge. Each member of the 14 teams reflects the outstanding business sophistication and talent we have in the SEC.”
Other awards given during the divisional rounds included Best Presenter and Best Q&A.
Sarah Gardener from Louisiana State University, Katie Lamberth from the University of Alabama, Lillian Niakan from Texas A&M University and Kate O’Hara from the University of Florida were named Best Presenters for their divisions.
The Best Q&A Awards were earned by Abhinav Bhattacharya from the University of Alabama, Sarah Crook from the University of Tennessee, Kendall Daniel from Texas A&M University and Carew Ferguson from Mississippi State University.
This marks the fourth year for the SEC MBA Case Competition, which provides an opportunity for SEC business schools to showcase their students’ skills at solving simulated, real-world problems that cover the spectrum of business disciplines. The 2017 SEC MBA Case Competition will be held at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
A complete list of winners from the 2016 competition is available at www.thesecu.com.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas will host the 4th Southeastern Conference MBA Case Competition April 7-9, 2016, with 14 SEC universities participating.
Teams of four graduate students will present a business plan regarding a real problem faced by Henkel Corporation, which will also provide executives to serve as judges. Within a specific time restriction, the teams will analyze the problem, develop a solution and present their findings.
“Walton College is proud to host this premier competition,” said Marion Dunagan, Walton College assistant dean, Graduate Programs. “The business plan competition highlights the outstanding talent we have in the Southeastern Conference and our significant contributions to the business world locally, nationally and globally.”
Competing teams will represent graduate business colleges from the University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Auburn University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, Louisiana State University, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, University of Missouri, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, Texas A&M University and Vanderbilt University.
The University of Florida took first place in the 2015 SEC MBA Case Competition held at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.
Henkel, headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, is known for brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. Henkel North America produces brands such as Dial soaps, Purex laundry detergents, Right Guard deodorants, göt2b hair styling products and Loctite adhesives.
About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.
By Becca Trippe
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas is working with Nielsen, a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers watch and buy, to expand its professional development offerings to include a Nielsen Academy Certificate Program for Walton MBA students. Continue reading Walton MBA Program Offers New Certification with Nielsen
Congratulations to the following faculty selected by the Sam M. Walton College of Business Awards and Elections Committee for the following college awards:
Award Winning Faculty
Cassandra Davis, marketing Ph.D. candidate at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, is passionate about inspiring future generations of minority academics. Aligned with the Ph.D. project, a non-profit organization with the goal of increasing diversity in business leadership, Cassandra describes herself “as a person who is both African-American and a low-income, first-generation college student.” Cassandra proudly displays leadership for under-represented students as an “educator, mentor, role model and ally.” Once she completes her degree, Cassandra aspires to be a professor at a research university where she can continue to be a driving force in recruiting and retaining more minority students.
Cassandra brings an interesting perspective to her studies and teaching responsibilities in the marketing department. As a former territory sales representative in the tobacco industry, Cassandra learned “first-hand how public policy and shifting cultural and ethical boundaries affect marketing.” She has used her background as a foundation for her research, with a goal of impacting her community, government institutions, and public policy.
“I am motivated by the fact that the research I engage in is personally and socially relevant.”
Cassandra also shows her commitment to social issues in her personal life. Recently she read a book on minimalism and started the process of downsizing her possessions. In her leisure time she enjoys taking long walks, reading and traveling. She is especially fond of the time she spent in Lyon, France, studying and exploring the region, soaking up the language and beauty.
Cassandra advises potential doctoral candidates to “start with the end in mind.”
They should “make sure they can envision their future after receiving their diploma” and ask themselves:
“What kind of job do you want to have (university position or industry)? If an academic career is your goal, what kind of institution do you see yourself joining? What kind of research do you want to pursue? What location do you want to live in? It is my belief that answering questions about your future will help you decide if a Ph.D. is right for you and help you figure out which Ph.D. programs meet your needs.”