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Students Attend 2017 Enactus National Competition

Students Attend 2017 Enactus National Competition

Students from the U of A attended the 2017 Enactus National Competition in Kansas City to network, brainstorm project ideas and create partnerships with students from other colleges and universities.

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Brownback Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant for Consumer Research

Brownback Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant for Consumer Research

Andrew P. Brownback, a Walton College assistant professor in economics, has won a $198,940 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a study on ways to encourage people to make healthy food choices while not giving up choice.

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Yell Retires After 40 Years of Service

Yell Retires After 40 Years of Service

In the summer of 1976, Susan Imes Yell was a rising senior at Fayetteville High School. She also held a part time job at the School of Law. Little did she know that this would lead to a 40-year journey at the University of Arkansas.

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EPIC Spotlight: Difei Geng

EPIC Spotlight: Difei Geng

Difei Geng doesn’t teach students. He shares with them. “By sharing, you don’t have to agree with me,” Geng says.

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Farmer Study Accepted by International Review of Law and Economics

Farmer Study Accepted by International Review of Law and Economics

A study by Amy Farmer, a University Professor in the economics department at the Sam M. Walton College of Business and holder of the Margaret Gerig & R.S. Martin, Jr. Chair in Business, has been accepted for publication by International Review of Law and Economics.

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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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Middlespeak: Building Bridges to Immigrant Integration

Middlespeak: Building Bridges to Immigrant Integration

Nathanael Mickelson’s honors thesis isn’t interested in binaries: “The truth is always somewhere in the middle.” This history and business economics major is more attentive to the middle spaces, on understanding the historical and cultural reasons for the current migrant crisis.

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State of NWA Region Report, Quarterly Business Analysis Set for Sept. 30

State of NWA Region Report, Quarterly Business Analysis Set for Sept. 30

Speakers for the event include Mike Harvey, chief operating officer of the Northwest Arkansas Council, and University of Arkansas economist Kathy Deck, director of the university’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

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EPIC Spotlight: Philip Meek

EPIC Spotlight: Philip Meek

There are no gray areas in auditing. No subjectivity. What you see is what you get.

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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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EPIC Spotlight: Andrew Brownback

EPIC Spotlight: Andrew Brownback

While in grade school, Andrew Brownback discovered he was proficient in math. He entered competitions, occasionally going home with an award.

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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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Kathy Deck Joins St. Louis Fed’s Real Estate Industry Council

Kathy Deck Joins St. Louis Fed’s Real Estate Industry Council

Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, has been named to the Real Estate Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

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Experts Set to Discuss Economy at 22nd Business Forecast Luncheon

Experts Set to Discuss Economy at 22nd Business Forecast Luncheon

Regional, national and international experts will discuss the economic outlook for Arkansas, the nation and the world at the 22nd annual Business Forecast luncheon.

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EPIC Spotlight: Tracy Liu

EPIC Spotlight: Tracy Liu

If research can positively impact society, then all of those hours toiling over data is well worth it, says Tracy Liu.

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Kyya: Pure and Simple

Kyya: Pure and Simple

Mmmmm. Chocolate. Rick Boosey, the president and founder of Kyya Chocolate, faced a full and engaged classroom when he spoke to students about entrepreneurship in ECON 3053 – Economics for Elementary Teachers – at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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State of Northwest Arkansas Region, Quarterly Business Analysis: Oct. 2

State of Northwest Arkansas Region, Quarterly Business Analysis: Oct. 2

The Center for Business and Economic Research, in collaboration with the Northwest Arkansas Council, will release the fifth annual State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report on Oct. 2.

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News release announcing Cary Deck’s UAA apppointment

News release announcing Cary Deck’s UAA apppointment

Here is the text of the news release from the University of Alaska Anchorage on Cary Deck’s year-long appointment as Rasmuson Chair of Economics.

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Cold and Exciting Days Ahead

Cold and Exciting Days Ahead

Warmth. That is the number one thing Cary Deck will soon miss. Specifically, he will miss the warmth of his colleagues and the research environment at the University of Arkansas more so than the temperature as he travels to Anchorage, Alaska.

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EPIC Spotlight: Muhammad Rahman

EPIC Spotlight: Muhammad Rahman

As a college student in his native Bangladesh, Muhammad Rahman became fascinated with looking at the world through economics. He listened intently to his professor explain the rise of capitalism and socialism as well as Japan’s economic history.

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EPIC Spotlight: Charles Britton

EPIC Spotlight: Charles Britton

Charles Britton figures he has taught about 25,000 University of Arkansas students since arriving on campus in 1969.

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Tyson CEO to Speak at Walton Commencement

Tyson CEO to Speak at Walton Commencement

Donnie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods Inc., is the 2015 commencement speaker for the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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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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Quarterly Business Analysis luncheon set for May 8

Quarterly Business Analysis luncheon set for May 8

Kathy Deck’s regular Quarterly Business Analysis luncheon will be Friday, May 8. Deck’s popular sessions feature business highlights of the previous quarter, key economic trends and projections and immediate and long-term issues facing the regional and state economy.

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Alumna Honors Father’s Teaching Legacy with Gift

Alumna Honors Father’s Teaching Legacy with Gift

An emeritus faculty member’s legacy in the Walton College is being recognized with a $50,000 contribution from his daughter.

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Location of Professor McGarry’s Talk Changed

Location of Professor McGarry’s Talk Changed

If the university is closed this evening, the scheduled talk by Kathleen McGarry will not take place. If the university is open this evening, her talk will take place at 6 p.m. BUT WILL TAKE PLACE IN HILLSIDE 202 rather than the Reynolds Auditorium.

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Economics Doctoral Candidate’s Work Helps Improve Radiation Therapy

Economics Doctoral Candidate’s Work Helps Improve Radiation Therapy

Using complex computational algorithms based on repeated sampling, a University of Arkansas graduate student helped spearhead a project to develop a computer simulator that provides customized electron beam tunings for radiation therapy. The research will help cancer centers provide better radiation therapy. 

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EPIC Spotlight: Peter Katuscak

EPIC Spotlight: Peter Katuscak

Peter Katuscak researches around the globe as he examines the behaviors of auction bidders or how people perceive their tax situations. For the 2014-15 school year, he is a visiting assistant professor with the Department of Economics at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, where he teaches microeconomic theory to undergraduates. Peter Katuscak Visiting … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Peter Katuscak

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University’s Impact on Arkansas Economy $1.2 Billion

University’s Impact on Arkansas Economy $1.2 Billion

The economic impact of the University of Arkansas on state and local economies has grown from $725 million in 2009 to $1.2 billion in 2014.

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Video: John James: Arkansas Favors the Bold

Video: John James: Arkansas Favors the Bold

John James, founder of Acumen Brands, will be a panelist and moderator Arkansas Business Forecast Luncheon. The Friday, Jan. 30 event is coordinated by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

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Experts Set to Discuss Economic Outlook at 21st Business Forecast Luncheon

Experts Set to Discuss Economic Outlook at 21st Business Forecast Luncheon

The event will be held Friday, Jan. 30, at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in the World Trade Center District in Rogers.

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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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EPIC Spotlight: Brittney Brown

EPIC Spotlight: Brittney Brown

If Brittney Brown’s plans go accordingly, she will be in a classroom for several decades to come. Though she is a student now, she hopes to someday teach in a university setting much like 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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EPIC Spotlight: Dongya Koh

EPIC Spotlight: Dongya Koh

As a self-described “computer geek,” Dongya Koh has found a good use of his ability to write programming code: numerically solving complicated macroeconomic models. Dongya Koh Assistant Professor Department of Economics He has the background for it, too. His professional career includes serving as a system engineer for Yahoo! Japan, a joint venture of the … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Dongya Koh

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Walton, CIRANO Collaborate on Research Workshop

Walton, CIRANO Collaborate on Research Workshop

The Department of Economics at the Sam M. Walton College of Business recently collaborated in a research workshop on the theme of Networks in Trade and Finance. The workshop, which took place on the University of Arkansas campus in October, was a collaboration between Walton and CIRANO. A French acronym, CIRANO stands for the Inter-University … Continue reading Walton, CIRANO Collaborate on Research Workshop

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Economics Department to Host Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Economics Department to Host Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Kathleen McGarry, a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2014-2015, will visit the University of Arkansas next spring. Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholar Program provides students and faculty the opportunity to engage with top academics from other institutions. McGarry, a faculty member at UCLA and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, … Continue reading Economics Department to Host Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

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Economics Department Recognized Globally

Economics Department Recognized Globally

The Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University recently recognized the Department of Economics at the Sam M. Walton College of Business in their ranking of 200 economics departments worldwide. The department fell into the 76-100 group among AACSB International-accredited schools, ranking in the group with the two highest ranked SEC economics … Continue reading Economics Department Recognized Globally

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EPIC Spotlight: Abby Davidson

EPIC Spotlight: Abby Davidson

Abby Davidson has seen the effects of 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 Walton, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Business and a master’s degree in economics.

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Economics Department Recognized Globally

Economics Department Recognized Globally

By Marty Murad The Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University recently recognized the Department of Economics at the Sam M. Walton College of Business in their ranking of 200 economics departments worldwide. The department fell into the 76-100 group among AACSB International-accredited schools, ranking in the group with the two highest … Continue reading Economics Department Recognized Globally

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Deck to Discuss State, Northwest Arkansas Economic Trends, Issues

Deck to Discuss State, Northwest Arkansas Economic Trends, Issues

Deck’s popular sessions feature business highlights of the previous quarter, key economic trends and projections and immediate and long-term issues facing the regional and state economy.

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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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EPIC Spotlight: Omar Kasim

EPIC Spotlight: Omar Kasim

What if Taco Bell delivered? That was the question Omar Kasim asked himself over and over as he began planning his business. Omar, a business management major from Tulsa, Okla., is entertaining the idea of opening a Mexican food delivery service.

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Cappelen Wins First Time Out on Tour

Cappelen Wins First Time Out on Tour

Sebastian Cappelen, an economics major and 2014 graduate of Walton College, won his first time out on the PGA Tour. Cappelen did it as a Monday qualifier at the Air Capital Classic in Wichita presented by Aetna.

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Walton Student Wins Youth of the Year Award

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 … Continue reading Walton Student Wins Youth of the Year Award

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In Memoriam: Joseph A. Ziegler

In Memoriam: Joseph A. Ziegler

Joseph A. Ziegler, Ph.D. Dec. 13, 1945-March 9, 2013 Co-Director, Global Engagement Office Professor of Economics Joseph A. Ziegler, 67, passed away on March 9, 2013, in Fayetteville. Joe was a Professor of Economics for 40 years in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He received a bachelor’s degree … Continue reading In Memoriam: Joseph A. Ziegler

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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: 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: 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: Qili “Lily” Jin

EPIC Spotlight: Qili “Lily” Jin

“My philosophy is to challenge your limits. You’ll never know how successful you’ll be.” Qili “Lily” Jin Junior Accounting Major Economics and Retail minor This part of her visit to China wasn’t in the study abroad curriculum. But it was something Qili “Lily” Jin felt she had to do. Only days before, she was in … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Qili “Lily” Jin

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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: 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: Elizabeth Kyle and Ryan Taylor

EPIC Spotlight: Elizabeth Kyle and Ryan Taylor

Being a freshman can be trying enough. But for those who are honors students, sometimes the worries, and the expectations placed on them, can weigh especially heavy.

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EPIC Spotlight: Elijah Garcia

EPIC Spotlight: Elijah Garcia

Elijah Garcia Senior Retail and Marketing Major Each year, Elijah Garcia and his family would load up the car and travel from his hometown of Santa Fe, N.M., to visit relatives in Northwest Arkansas. It was one of the few times he would ever get to travel, but he always enjoyed his visits. “There’s a … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Elijah Garcia

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EPIC Spotlight: Clair Finke

EPIC Spotlight: Clair Finke

“When you walk in the halls, there’s always a familiar face.” Clair Finke Junior International Business Major Economics and Spanish Minor That initial view of the Boston Mountains from Humphreys Hall dormitory was breathtaking. The campus was large and the opportunities were exciting. Clair Finke soon learned the rave reviews she heard from her former … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Clair Finke

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EPIC Spotlight: Chris Krittenbrink

EPIC Spotlight: Chris Krittenbrink

“I just think there are so many opportunities at the Walton College, and you don’t realize it until you get deep into it.” Chris Krittenbrink Senior International Business Management Major Economics and Spanish Minor For Chris Krittenbrink, the global experience is already happening. Last summer, he visited South Africa as part of the University of … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Chris Krittenbrink

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EPIC Spotlight: Cary Deck

EPIC Spotlight: Cary Deck

“Everyone’s an economist, some are just formally trained.” Dr. Cary Deck Professor Department of Economics In Cary Deck’s world, everything is economics, but as he points out, “Everyone’s an economist,” he says. “Some are just formally trained.” Deck is formally trained in experimental economics. As a professor with the Department of Economics at Sam M. … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Cary Deck

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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: Bunny Xu

EPIC Spotlight: Bunny Xu

“There are a lot of corporations in Northwest Arkansas, and Walton College is one of the best business schools.” Shicong “Bunny” Xu Junior Economics Major Biochemistry Major One moment, Shicong “Bunny” Xu may be in a laboratory, working toward her biochemistry degree. A couple of hours later, she could be sitting in a classroom at … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Bunny Xu

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EPIC Spotlight: Audrey Davidson

EPIC Spotlight: Audrey Davidson

Audrey Davidson Senior Accounting Major Economics and Spanish Minor The 10-key calculator with a small, paper roll fascinated Audrey Davidson as a child. She watched her mother, a real estate accountant, punch the buttons, causing the calculator to print out numbers as the spool turned. Sometimes, Audrey punched the buttons herself, pretending she was grown … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Audrey Davidson

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EPIC Spotlight: Arya Gaduh

EPIC Spotlight: Arya Gaduh

Dr. Arya Gaduh knew there had to be more to life than computer coding. With a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Gaduh wanted to find ways where he could use this knowledge to contribute more to the world. That’s when his brother suggested he explore policy research.

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