State Rep. Warwick Sabin to Speak on Social Entrepreneurship

Arkansas State Representative Warwick Sabin will deliver a talk on the social entrepreneurship movement in Arkansas at Willard J. Walker Hall, room 403, on the University of Arkansas campus, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. The talk is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Continue reading State Rep. Warwick Sabin to Speak on Social Entrepreneurship

University Receives Two Campaign Gifts in Support of Entrepreneurship Hub

Two University of Arkansas alumni and their wives are contributing a total of $600,000 for a new entrepreneurship hub that will support students from across campus. Jerry and Kay Brewer of Fayetteville are contributing $500,000 to create the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub, and their son, Clete Brewer, and his wife, Tammy, of Rogers are contributing another $100,000. Continue reading University Receives Two Campaign Gifts in Support of Entrepreneurship Hub

Walton College Hosts SEC Diversity Conference

Diversity officers from Southeastern Conference business schools converged on the Fayetteville campus to discuss best practices, new initiatives and professional development, March 8-10, for the 2nd Annual Southeastern Conference Business School Diversity Officers Conference.

“Walton College is proud to host our fellow SEC diversity officers and support recruitment and retainage efforts with academic institutions, faculty, staff and students,” said Barbara Lofton, director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion for the Sam M. Walton College of Business. “Through this conference, we explored many avenues to promote diversity in business.”

Diversity officers from Southeastern Conference business schools met to discuss best practices, new initiatives and professional development, March 8-10. [Photo by Ryan C. Versey]
The conference included speakers addressing diversity assessment and evaluation, demographics, funding and investment, and traditional and non-traditional recruitment strategies for faculty, staff and students. Keynote speakers included Dereck Rovaris, vice provost for diversity and chief diversity officer, Louisiana State University; Florence Holland, lead manager of pipeline initiatives for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Sonel Shropshire, president of The Academic Network; Bernard Milano, president of KPMG Foundation/The Ph.D. Project; and Rodney Parks, senior director, major and planned gifts, University of Arkansas Fort Smith Foundation. Foundation directors from Tyson Foods, Walmart, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., and the Rockefeller Foundation also spoke to attendees about strengthening relationships with funders.

Several of the attendees serve as both administrative staff and associate professors at their respective schools. These conference participants joined forces to create a research team, which will focus on research regarding retaining minority faculty, staff and students.

Walton College boasts the oldest diversity office at an SEC business school and one of the oldest in the nation. Walton’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion was established in 1994 by Dean Doyle Z. Williams.

ITRI Hosts IT Day for Northeast Arkansas High School Students

The Information Technology Research Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, hosted its first IT Day for Students in Arkansas’s Delta region at Newport High School. More than 115 9th through 12th grade students from Newport, Bradford, Tuckerman and Cedar Ridge attended the event held March 3.

The day focused on opportunities in the field of information technology. Students participated in activities that highlighted job types, job descriptions, and salaries, as well as activities to build leadership skills. They also heard from currently information technology professionals about what it is like to work in the field. Included in the event was a Q&A session with a panel of information technology executives.

“It was inspirational to expose high school students in Northeast Arkansas about lucrative career options in the field of information technology,” said Eric Bradford, managing director of the Information Technology Research Institute. “I loved seeing their bright minds latch on to new ideas and begin to think about future opportunities for themselves.”

Entrepreneur Rick Boosey, founder of Kyya Chocolate, served as the keynote speaker and encouraged students to follow their passion by doing something they love. Boosey also shared the value of giving and how thinking differently or finding a niche can help you be successful.

Other professionals were on hand to explain the college admissions process, degree options, personal attitude and branding. Guest speakers included Rob Burgess, assistant to the dean and master instructor of computer networking technology at Arkansas State University Newport; Autumn Parker, associate director of undergraduate programs at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas; Adrain Smith, director of the strengths based initiative of the Multicultural Center at the University of Arkansas; Synetra Hughes, director of student programs, Center for Retailing Excellence, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas.

The event was sponsored by The Joe and Helen Harris Educational Foundation and the Newport Economic Development Commission in partnership with ITRI board member companies.

For more information, visit itri.uark.edu/it-day-for-students.php.