Thursday, October 29, 2009
Dub Ashton holds a PhD in marketing from the University of Georgia. He teaches consumer behavior, market research and market strategy. Encouraged by the late Sam Walton, Ashton joined the University of Arkansas faculty in 1981. He has also served the college as associate dean of graduate studies and associate dean from 1994 to 1999 when he was assigned responsibility for the design, construction and use of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development. In 2000, he returned to teaching full-time. His research interests include brand imitation and consumer confusion and Generation Y’s brand choice. Ashton is a past vice-president of the Academy of Marketing Science. He served as editor of the Journal of Midwest Marketing from 1992 until 1996. He is a recipient of the Walton College Outstanding Teaching Award and Outstanding Service Award.
Amy Farmer holds a PhD in economics from Duke University. She spearheaded the University of Arkansas Global Community Development Program, which takes students to Belize. The project exposes students to different cultural and social environments and involves teams of students from the Fulbright, Bumpers, Engineering and Walton colleges. Farmer also has developed two new courses during the past three years: a doctoral-level public policy course and economics of life. She is also the holder of the Margaret Gerig and R.S. Martin Jr. Chair. Farmer's research is in the areas of law and economics and the economics of the family. Her recent publications have used game-theoretic analyses to study the role that asymmetric information might play in generating impasses to settlement in a bargaining situation. In addition, her work applies these theories of bargaining to the family in order to study issues such as domestic violence, divorce and child custody. She has published articles in the Economic Journal, Journal of Legal Studies, Public Choice, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Inquiry, and International Review of Law and Economics.
The Walton College is proud to have two faculty members represented at the 65th Annual Arkansas Alumni Association Awards. Congratulations to both and to all recipients!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The Walton College MBA was ranked 28th among public universities and 91st on the list of 149 of both public and private schools. The institute compiled the list “over the past eighteen months ... from 149 M.B.A. programs in 24 countries about the depth and scope of integration of social, environmental and ethical issues in business school education.”
Beyond Pinstripes is a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools conducted by the institute, which undertook an effort to map the landscape of teaching and research issues pertaining to business and society. In addition, the Walton College MBA ranked in the following categories among the 149 public and private schools:
· Relevant courses — 106th
· Student exposure — 95th
· For-profit impact — 71st
· Faculty research — 49th
Marion Dunagan, assistant dean for graduate programs in the Walton College Graduate School of Business, said, “We are very excited to be included in this international group, especially at 28th place among public schoos and at 49th for research. The Aspen ‘100’ recognizes the schools that are best preparing the next generation of leaders to innovate at the intersection of corporate profits and social impacts.”
Jon Johnson, executive director of the University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center, which is housed in the Walton College, will receive the award for the college at the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education celebration on Nov. 5-6 in New York City.
Alan Ellstand, director of the Walton College MBA program, said, “To be ranked among MBA programs around the globe is a great honor. Over 40,000 pages of data were analyzed to come up with the 100 top MBA programs.”
Judith Samuelson, executive director, Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, said, “The best business students move quickly into the front ranks of business — and the attitudes and values they bring to the table are deeply influenced by their time in business education. Will they accept the status quo or act on their passion about the positive role business can play at the intersection of corporate profit and social impact? The schools that are competitive in the Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking are the real trailblazers — they assure that students have the right skill as well as the will to make things happen.”
For more information, go to: http://gsb.uark.edu/
http://waltoncollege.uark.edu/news/view.asp?article=732 and http://www.beyondgreypinstripes.org/.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
By day, Becky is an insights analyst for Saatchi & Saatchi X where she spends her time examining the needs and desires of her clients’ consumers. However, when the sun goes down, you can find Becky in her kitchen concocting treats to meet the needs and desires of fellow chocolate lovers. Come see how Becky’s consumer insights translate into a Chocolate Truffle Cake on Tuesday, October 20 at the home of Tim and Mary Beth Brooks. We are relying on you, the consumer, to let us know if Becky succeeded in determining and satisfying your chocolate cravings. Remember, your votes in the “celebrity caterer” competition will directly support the Walton College Alumni Society scholarship fund. So come be an informed consumer for a good cause.
Tickets are $20 for members of the Arkansas Alumni Association and $25 for non-members. Advance registration for the event is required and can be completed by calling Rachel Burton at (479) 575-5425.
Steven is the chairman of the Business Alumni Advisory Council and received a Walton College Alumni Award this past year for outstanding service. He is also a member of the Walton College Alumni Society's board of directors.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Cooks and Books team plans to submit Sausage and Chile Sombreros as their entry in the celebrity caterer competition. To obtain their recipe and vote for their entry, plan to attend the event on October 20th! Advance registration is required and can be completed by contacting Rachel Burton at (479) 575-5425.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Walton College Dean’s Executive Advisory Board member John Reap (BSBA ’70) hosted a delicious breakfast at the Bent Tree Country Club on Friday morning. We are very grateful to have such wonderful supporters such as John. Guests were treated to a University of Arkansas update from Chancellor Dave Gearhart and a Walton College update from Dean Dan Worrell. John strongly encouraged alumni to help recruit students to Fayetteville, pointing out that approximately 25 percent of the Walton College freshman class this year are from Texas.
The Walton College is also grateful to Sam Pittman (BSBA ’82) who invited some of his alumni buddies —as well as people he wanted to inform about the college— to lunch at Sevy’s on Preston Road. Even a Walton college parent, Chuck Carter and his father, Charles Carter, some alumni parents, and a high school counselor joined the group. Approximately 32 people turned up to enjoy the great food and learn more about the good things going on at the college. Dean Worrell discussed the college’s strategic plan for 2015, some of its challenges, and took questions from the guests.
In addition to the chancellor, University of Arkansas guests at one or both events included Vice Chancellor for Advancement Brad Choate, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development Bruce Pontious, Executive Director of Development Mark Power, Executive Associate Athletic Director Bev Lewis, and Director of Development Harley Lewis — as well as Walton College Senior Associate Dean Bill Curington, Director of Development & External Relations Katy Nelson, Director of Communications Dixie Kline, and Assistant Director for Undergraduate Recruitment Autumn Parker.
By the way, alumnus Jerry Jones, owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, will be inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame on February 12, 2010.
We hope the Walton College made an impression on the Big “D.” We were certainly impressed by the enthusiasm shown by our Dallas alumni and friends.
Autumn Parker and Keith Walters (BSBA '83)
Bill Curington, Sarah Wiles (BSBA '06) and Jared Wilkins (BSBA '05)
Kirk Meyer (BSBA '03) and Todd Green (BSBA '99)
Carl Cross (BSBA '75), Pat Carrigan (BSBA '80) and Katy Nelson
Ken Broom (BSBA '82), Jim Howe and Bobby Lambert (BSBA '80)
Chuck Carter and Sam Pittman (BSBA '82)
Mario Ramirez (BSBA '89) and Jana Rouble (BSBA '90)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
If you want Trisha & Andre's Rum Cake recipe and want to help support the Walton College Alumni Society Scholarship in the process, join us for our alumni event on October 20th. Vote for them that night and help them win the celebrity caterer competition as well. Tickets are $20 for members of the Arkansas Alumni Association and $25 for non-members. To register, call Rachel Burton at (479) 575-5425.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
If you are thirsty for Brittany's recipe and want to help her win the competition, be sure to join us! Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling Rachel Burton at (479) 575-5425.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Known as one of the top wedding photographers in Arkansas, Brittney Carlton began her photography studio, Focused Exposure, in Fayetteville after graduating from the Walton College in 1998. She is married to Dale Carlton, graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law, class of 2001. Having a love for the arts and enjoying capturing the memories of people in her photos, Brittney continues to advance her techniques and perspectives in portraying the splendor of her client’s wedding day. Brittney has professional training in photography and worked directly with an ESPN photographer for three years as she developed her individual style. Although no two photos are the same, people often recognize Brittney’s photographic style in every image. Brittney is in demand for her commercial work, personality images, portraits, and artistic pictures, but she spends the majority of her time focusing on her love and passion for weddings.
Even though wedding photography is her expertise and focus, Brittney has kindly agreed to be our event photographer to show her support of her alma mater. Smile her way when you see her on October 20th!
Brittney's website can be found at http://www.focusedexposure.com/. She also has her own blog at http://focusedexposure.blogspot.com/.
If you would like to contact Brittney to schedule your own photography session, you can reach her at 479-521-3686 or Brittney@FocusedExposure.com.