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EPIC Spotlight: Luke Holland

EPIC Spotlight: Luke Holland

Luke Holland dreamed of a fast-paced career on Wall Street. Instead, he landed a fast-paced career on Capitol Hill.

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Podcast: Tim Yeager Discusses The Federal Reserve and the Housing and Credit Crises

Podcast: Tim Yeager Discusses The Federal Reserve and the Housing and Credit Crises

Yeager is featured on “Short Talks From The Hill,” a new podcast highlighting research and scholarly work across the University of Arkansas campus.

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Hog Ride Offering Students Alternative Travel Plan

Hog Ride Offering Students Alternative Travel Plan

A speeding ticket after freshman orientation – one that raised the cost of his car trip from about $70 to nearly $300 — planted the idea with Byron Alley that there had to be a better way to and from the Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas for students who live in Texas.

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EPIC Spotlight: Ross Lawrence

EPIC Spotlight: Ross Lawrence

Many fresh college graduates look for exciting careers in big cities like Chicago or New York. Ross Lawrence was one of them. With a bachelor’s degree in finance, he applied to more than 70 jobs in the Windy City and Big Apple. Then he decided he’d give Nevada, Missouri, a try. Ross Lawrence BSBA ’11 … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Ross Lawrence

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EPIC Spotlight: Tim Riley

EPIC Spotlight: Tim Riley

An economist with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Riley wondered what would happen if he borrowed an idea from Alexey Malakhov, and modified it to see how actively managed mutual funds perform against passively managed investments.

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Walton Hosts International Trade and Finance Research Workshop

Walton Hosts International Trade and Finance Research Workshop

The 5th Annual CIRANO-Sam M. Walton College of Business Workshop on Networks in Trade and Finance will take place in Willard J. Walker Hall at the University of Arkansas on September 30 and October 1. 

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Nine Walton College Faculty Awarded Endowed Chairs, Professorships

Nine Walton College Faculty Awarded Endowed Chairs, Professorships

Nine faculty members of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas have been awarded endowed chairs or endowed professorships.

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EPIC Spotlight: Addison Scott

EPIC Spotlight: Addison Scott

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

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Faculty: Best of the Best

Faculty: Best of the Best

Eight faculty members were recognized for their outstanding work by Walton College’s Business Awards and Elections Committee.

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EPIC Spotlight: Collin Grimes

EPIC Spotlight: Collin Grimes

Houston is a city where oil is big and buildings fill the skyline. But securing office space in one of those buildings, or any real estate, in the nation’s fourth largest city can be daunting. Collin Grimes BSBA ’06 First Vice President Global Corporate Services CBRE Group Inc. Houston For Collin Grimes, it’s another day … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Collin Grimes

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EPIC Spotlight: Scott Hsu

EPIC Spotlight: Scott Hsu

Scott Hsu loved watching American movies in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan. He sought out as many Academy Award-winning films he could and fell in love with “The Sound of Music.” Then there was another one starring Michael Douglas, who played a greedy, ruthless stockbroker. “Wall Street” got Hsu curious about the business world.

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EPIC Spotlight: Lindsay Duckworth

EPIC Spotlight: Lindsay Duckworth

Lindsay Duckworth is always on the move. One moment, she may be at home in Denver, enjoying the Rocky Mountain air. Then she’s on a plane to New York, where she meets with business executives – sometimes in Manhattan.

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EPIC Spotlight: Andrew Motter

EPIC Spotlight: Andrew Motter

Before Andrew Motter was old enough to drive, he made money by dragging the family lawnmower out of the garage and cutting the neighbors’ grass.

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2015-16 Walton Student Ambassadors Announced

2015-16 Walton Student Ambassadors Announced

Thirteen students have been named Walton College Student Ambassadors for 2015-16. Student ambassadors assist Walton’s Undergraduate Programs Office with recruitment efforts.

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Three From Walton College Elected to ASG Leadership Roles

Three From Walton College Elected to ASG Leadership Roles

Three Walton College students have been elected as Associated Student Government officials for the 2015-16 academic year. Elections were conducted March 9-12 and have been certified by the ASG Judiciary.

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EPIC Spotlight: Hannah Birch

EPIC Spotlight: Hannah Birch

Hannah was inspired to pursue an education at the Sam M. Walton College of Business when she came to the university as a junior for a convocation that featured presentations by Walton students as well as Jason Adams, the college’s Honors Programs associate director, and Javier Reyes.

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TIAA-CREF CEO Roger Ferguson Answers Walton Faculty, Student Questions

TIAA-CREF CEO Roger Ferguson Answers Walton Faculty, Student Questions

Roger Ferguson, president and chief executive officer of TIAA-CREF, spoke to students, faculty and staff of the Sam M. Walton College of Business on Wednesday, Aug. 27. As a part of his visit, he took questions from the crowd of more than 300 people in the auditorium of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development. … Continue reading TIAA-CREF CEO Roger Ferguson Answers Walton Faculty, Student Questions

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Community College Students Visit for Walton Transfer Day

Community College Students Visit for Walton Transfer Day

Nearly 40 potential transfer students from Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville visited the Sam M. Walton College of Business to learn about life as a student at the University of Arkansas.

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EPIC Spotlight: Rwan El-Khatib

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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EPIC Spotlight: Omar Meson

EPIC Spotlight: Omar Meson

“With finance, you never know what you’re going to get,” Omar says. “Every day, it’s a new adventure.”

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27 Named to the Walton Dean’s Student Advisory Board

27 Named to the Walton Dean’s Student Advisory Board

Autumn Parker, associate director for undergraduate recruitment, and Barbara Lofton, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, have announced the 27 members of the 2014-2015 Dean’s Student Advisory Board for Walton.

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Gilbrech Featured in Arkansas Fellowship Video

Gilbrech Featured in Arkansas Fellowship Video

Will Gilbrech, a Walton graduate and one of the inaugural class of Arkansas Fellows, is featured in a new video about his work at DataRank.

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Highly Connected CEOs More Likely to Broker Mergers and Acquisitions That Harm Firms

Highly Connected CEOs More Likely to Broker Mergers and Acquisitions That Harm Firms

A new study by Walton College associate professor Tomas Jandik examines “connected” CEOs.

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Thea Winston Selected as Boyer Fellow

Thea Winston Selected as Boyer Fellow

“The Boyer Fellowship will help me at the Walton College by first taking the financial stress out of attending college and secondly, being that extra push towards being successful.”

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EPIC Spotlight: Will Simpson

EPIC Spotlight: Will Simpson

“They give you all the opportunities you can ever want, and all you have to do is pursue them.” Will Simpson Economics and Finance Sophomore Though only in his second year in college, Will Simpson speaks about economics and governmental affairs like a veteran. Those topics often appear in the opinion column he writes for … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Will Simpson

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EPIC Spotlight: Tom Davis

EPIC Spotlight: Tom Davis

Tom Davis Class of 2013 Accounting and Finance Tom Davis, a senior from Bentonville, Ark., majoring in accounting with a minor in finance, says he may never have gotten a chance to intern with Ernst and Young if he hadn’t participated in the Walton Honors Program. As an audit and assurance services intern last summer … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Tom Davis

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EPIC Spotlight: Dr. Tim Yeager

EPIC Spotlight: Dr. Tim Yeager

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.

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EPIC Spotlight: Talesha Christian

EPIC Spotlight: Talesha Christian

Talesha Christian Sophomore Accounting and Financial Investments Talesha Christian isn’t shy to say it. She loves math. From the time she was in grade school, she has enjoyed working with numbers. Now, as an Accounting and Financial Investments major at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, she sees so many opportunities where she can … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Talesha Christian

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EPIC Spotlight: Stephanie Nguyen

EPIC Spotlight: Stephanie Nguyen

Stephanie Nguyen Accounting and Finance major Economics minor As a rising senior at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, Stephanie Nguyen is a busy student. With a double major in accounting and finance, and a minor in economics, Stephanie has mastered time management. In addition to her extensive coursework, she is active in many … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Stephanie Nguyen

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EPIC Spotlight: Sarah Pittman

EPIC Spotlight: Sarah Pittman

“The camaraderie among students in the Walton College contributes to the overall college experience.” Sarah Margaret Pittman Junior Finance Major English and Economics Minor Sarah Margaret Pittman puts a bit of a spin on her finance knowledge. Though she dabbles in the stock market, she also pays attention to up-and-coming musical acts, trying to figure … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Sarah Pittman

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EPIC Spotlight: Rohit Mittal

EPIC Spotlight: Rohit Mittal

  “The professors are top-notch.” Rohit Mittal Junior Accounting and Finance Major, Spanish Minor The summer before he enrolled at the University of Arkansas, Rohit Mittal helped manage a Subway Restaurant franchised by his mother. Dealing with day-to-day operations gave him a new respect for the work done behind-the-scenes while teaching him another vital skill: … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Rohit Mittal

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EPIC Spotlight: Keri Stubbs

EPIC Spotlight: Keri Stubbs

“The projects that they have in classes are applicable to the real world.” Keri Stubbs Junior Management and Finance Major Marketing Minor Working with older people or operating a payment-friendly restaurant affordable to all. These are two ideas Keri Stubbs is kicking around as she majors in both management and finance at Sam M. Walton … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Keri Stubbs

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EPIC Spotlight: Katherine Cloud

EPIC Spotlight: Katherine Cloud

“The Portfolio Management class was especially helpful in gaining access to the extensive alumni network.” Katherine Cloud WHP 2011 Accounting and Finance Major Katherine Cloud graduated from the Walton Honors Program in 2011 with a double major in accounting and finance. While a student in the Walton College, she studied alternative investments and management entrepreneurship … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Katherine Cloud

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EPIC Spotlight: John Hill

EPIC Spotlight: John Hill

John Hill’s life is that of a speeding car on the track. Turns are everywhere. Focus is mandatory. So is endurance.

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EPIC Spotlight: Jody Bland

EPIC Spotlight: Jody Bland

“You won‘t regret the time you spend in the program.” Jody Bland BSBA ’11 London School of Economics Graduate Student Jody Bland has advice for those considering graduate school. “Prepare early and prepare often,” he says. Jody speaks from experience. He earned his bachelors’ degrees in economics and finance in 2011 from the Sam M. … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Jody Bland

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EPIC Spotlight: Jessica Lind

EPIC Spotlight: Jessica Lind

“I definitely think the Walton College career center is one of the most beneficial programs at the university.” Jessica Lind Senior Finance Major Accounting Minor Jessica Lind has another semester to go before graduation, yet she is already interviewing for a finance job. She says she is confident she will have something lined up by … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Jessica Lind

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EPIC Spotlight: Jackie Sandoval

EPIC Spotlight: Jackie Sandoval

“Walton College is one of the best business schools, so where else would I go?” Jackie Sandoval Junior Economics and Finance Major Accounting and Information Systems Minor Jackie Sandoval had to go to a meeting. She found the room, saw some familiar faces and a place to sit. But once the session began, Jackie quickly … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Jackie Sandoval

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EPIC Spotlight: Ethan Spiva

EPIC Spotlight: Ethan Spiva

Ethan Spiva Junior Accounting and Finance Major Ethan Spiva thought he might become a physician’s assistant. It seemed like a natural choice since his mother is an occupational therapist and his father works in pharmaceutical sales. When he became a freshman at the University of Arkansas, he took some science classes. His second semester in … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Ethan Spiva

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EPIC Spotlight: Diego Beekma

EPIC Spotlight: Diego Beekma

Diego Beekma Senior Finance Major In 2007, Diego Beekma was one of four students that comprised the first graduating class of Bolivia’s Highland International School. It was an all-male group. “Needless to say, prom wasn’t that interesting,” Beekma said. He decided to attend the University of Arkansas for two primary reasons. One, Bolivian students are … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Diego Beekma

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EPIC Spotlight: Caitlin Britt

EPIC Spotlight: Caitlin Britt

It started as a high school project. The class worked toward getting clean drinking water to Ethiopia, and Caitlin Britt was in charge of fundraising. The students’ goal was met, the water was provided and the class received photographs showing the community benefiting from the clean water. “It made everything worthwhile, and it put a … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Caitlin Britt

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EPIC Spotlight: Ashley Jancuska

EPIC Spotlight: Ashley Jancuska

Ashley Jancuska WHP 2012 Finance/Pre-med Major One might suspect that a Walton College Honors student would aspire to be an accountant, an investment analyst or an economist — but a physician? Ashley Jancuska knew in high school that she was passionate about both business and medicine. The Walton Honors Program did not force her to … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Ashley Jancuska

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EPIC Spotlight: Alex Nunn

EPIC Spotlight: Alex Nunn

Alex Nunn Senior Finance and Accounting Major Alex Nunn perks up when a law case is discussed in his classes at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. If there’s a topic that inspires debate among the students, even better. The combination has led to a revelation: He should become a corporate lawyer. Hailing from … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Alex Nunn

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EPIC Spotlight: Addison Scott

EPIC Spotlight: Addison Scott

Addison Scott Finance and Accounting Major International Business with minor in French Addison Scott resisted the calling to be an accountant. It was the profession of her parents, and she wanted to blaze a different trail. That is, until she took an accounting class. And liked it. “I got into business school and discovered it … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Addison Scott

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