The UA's College of Engineering recently honored Douglas Hutchings, CEO of Innovate Arkansas firm Silicon Solar Solutions and its sister startup, Picasolar, with an Early Career Award.
Very much deserved.
Here's more from the UA:
College of Engineering Recognizes Douglas Hutchings
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas College of Engineering honored Douglas Hutchings of Fayetteville, Ark., founder and chief executive officer of Silicon Solar Solutions and Picasolar, at its annual banquet.
Hutchings received the Early Career Award. This award recognizes exceptional professional and personal achievements of engineers who have attended the College of Engineering in the past 20 years. The College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet was held Saturday, April 5 at the Springdale Holiday Inn and Convention Center.
“Our alumni are one of our college’s biggest strengths and their accomplishments speak directly to the quality of our academic program,” said Dean John English at the banquet, which honored 14 alumni. “We are proud of all our alumni but this group is a sample of our very best.”
Hutchings grew up in England. He received bachelor’s degrees in math and physics from Hendrix College before coming to the U of A to earn a master’s degree and doctorate in microelectronics-photonics in 2007 and 2010.
Hutchings developed a business plan for his first company, Silicon Solar Solutions LLC, as part of a business class team project. A second company, Picasolar, emerged from Silicon Solar Solutions in 2013. Picasolar is developing a technique to decrease the cost of solar cells by decreasing the amount of silver used in the gridlines.
By Mark Carter
A quick note about Little Rock native and Arkansas startup champion Max Farrell, who works for digital payment platform Dwolla in Des Moines.
In addition to helping organize and promote Startup Weekends in his home state, Max (@MaxOnTheTrack) is an accomplished hip hop artist. The video he crowdsourced through Fiverr with his Juke Joint partner, Little Rock's Jaye White (@paperclipjaye), is below.
"Goody Good" is available on iTunes here, and it's goody-good stuff (even for a classic rock dinosaur like me). Max tells us it was recorded at Little Rock's Joker Ent. Studio with owner/producer KEV supplying the beat.
Before we get to the video, we've got links to coverage of Max's innovative crowdsourcing from the Des Moines Register, and here's more from Max in the Dwolla blog.
(Maybe Juke Joint could hook up with MC Hammer next month in Conway. Just sayin'...)
By Todd E Jones
For the fourth time, Conway hosted it’s annual BarCamp Conway.
Started in 2010, BarCamp Conway has been around for five years, the same age as organizer Dan Decker’s son who was born just days before the first event. The event took place this past
weekend on the campus of UCA.
Decker told the Log Cabin Democrat’s Michelle Corbet:
We all have so much to learn from each other, it’s a really great way to spend a Saturday. We think of it as getting to hang out with over 200 of our closest friends.
Attendees and presenters came from as far away as Omaha, Neb. Ben Lueders was visiting a friend who insisted he attend. Lueders ended up presenting, "What I Learned My First Year As a Startup."
Other presentations included:
- Idea to Income -- James Eldridge, WearLit
- 3D Design & Printing, Gordan Fisher
- Explain SMM to Your Boss -- JS Stansel, UCA
- Creative Doodling -- Michael Clanton, Clanton Graphic
- Methodology of Design Process -- Li Zeng, UCA
- Educating Entrepreneurs -- David Allen, Acorn Hours (Hendrix)
- Rasberry Pi, Maker and Community Collaboration -- Shawn Goicoechea, The Locals
Along with Decker, Shawn Goicoechea and the team at The Locals helped with the organization of the event. The grassroots community effort by Conway residents contributed to the success. Also, Decker pointed out to the crowd, the only non-local sponsor was Sticker Mule which has been providing stickers from the beginning of BarCamp Conway.
Along with The Locals, the Chamber of Commerce and UCA were big sponsors. Giving out swag to attendees were dotStrategy, the new registry for the TLD .BUZZ, and abc Financial which also provided raffle prizes.
DotStrategy also gave participants a chance to secure their own .BUZZ name for free the first year though its partnership with Pleth, LLC.
Food was provided by Zaza’s Pizza and the Patio Cafe as well as Conway Family Chiropractic which paid to have bacon present when the meeting started. Participants enjoyed coffee by Springdale’s Onyx Coffee Lab.
The after party was sponsored by King’s and The Twisted Purl. Check out the photo gallery at AR
By Mark Carter
UA startup BioBotic Solutions wasted little time building on momentum created at last week's 2014 DWR Governor's Cup business-plan competition in Little Rock.
The UA team -- which includes a student from Hendrix and is developing UAMS technology -- flew to DFW from Little Rock to compete over the weekend at the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition (VandV) at TCU's Neeley School of Business.
UA entrepreneurship/business-plan guru Carol Reeves -- whose daughter Rachel Zweig is the Hendrix member of the BioBotic team -- calls VandV the top undergrad competition in the country.
Winning business-plan competitions is old hat for Reeves and the UA by now. Reeves' graduate-level success is well documented. But BioBotics' win represents the first UA undergrad win since 2009 and just the second ever outside of the state Governor's Cup or Tri-State Governor's Cup.
Interestingly, BioBotic finished second in the undergrad track at this year's Governor's Cup; a true testament to the strength of Arkansas teams. Undergrad winner Arleesa of JBU will join BioBotics and top two grad winners Lumadrop and DataVis of the UA at Tri-State next month in Las Vegas.
BioBotic is developing a robotocs technology that will help reduce human error in pathology labs. They made a big impression at TCU.
"The team was nothing short of superb, and they received real investment interest from some people at the competition," Reeves told us. She noted that event co-funder Lisa Barrantine is a UA alum whose son attends school on the Hill.
"We all called the Hogs on stage when it was over," Reeves said. "Pretty cool."
Indeed, Carol. Indeed.
Here's the official VandV presser from the UA:
University of Arkansas Team Wins $25,000 Undergraduate Prize at Texas Competition
BioBotic Solutions includes business, engineering students
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – BioBotic Solutions, an undergraduate business plan competition team at the University of Arkansas, beat more than two dozen teams from across the United States to take the $25,000 grand prize at the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition.
BioBotic Solutions won for a business plan built around a container and robot that automate tissue handling, one of the few areas in a pathology lab that is not already automated. The concept, which is based on existing technology, would decrease pathology lab errors from 1 percent to 0.005 percent.
Michael Iseman, a senior finance major in the Sam M. Walton College of Business and Honors College, said he and fellow members of the team would like to go forward with the plan as a real business.
“Every time we pitch this I believe in it more and more,” Iseman said. “I think that is why we do so well; we believe in this product. We’ve spoken with health care recruiters about hiring a CEO, and we’re looking for someone with experience in fundraising and pathology. With the money [from the award] and the time we’ve spent here, I could not be more excited about the future.”
Twenty-seven teams competed April 11-12 at the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Teams that were invited to the competition had to demonstrate a societal or environmental need to be filled, as well as the profitability of the business.
Carol Reeves, associate vice provost for entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas and one of the team’s advisers, said the win was the most significant for an undergraduate team at the U of A.
“The team was simply superb,” Reeves said. “Many judges told me their plan was ‘Wall Street-ready’ and better than most plans they see from professionals.”
Just days earlier, BioBotic Solutions won $22,000 at the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition, including the $15,000 second-place prize in the undergraduate division.
BioBotic Solutions developed its plan in close cooperation with the U of A’s department of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering. Reeves and Jeff Amerine, who directs Technology Ventures, the U of A’s technology transfer office, co-advised the team.
In addition to Iseman, BioBotic Solutions includes:
• Kelley Coakley, a senior biomedical engineering major in the College of Engineering
• Aundria Eoff, a senior biomedical engineering major in the College of Engineering
• Rachel Zweig, who is majoring in chemistry and mathematics at Hendrix College
The team and results would not have been possible without the strong input and support from three units across the campuses of the U of A, Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Dr. Shree Sharma, a renal pathologist at UAMS, provided mentoring for the team and the technology on which the business was based.
“His support for the team was nothing short of amazing,” Reeves said.
The prototype for the company’s product was built in the senior design class taught by Jeff Wolchok, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the U of A. The students created a prototype using a 3-D printer in the class.
“Jeff Wolchok’s students developed an impressive prototype, and their knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process was critical,” Reeves said.
Iseman is in Amerine’s honors undergraduate New Venture Development class. Maria Driesel, an exchange student from Germany who is in the class, assisted in advising the team.
By Mark Carter
Little Rock tech conference Made By Few has added more big names in the tech world to its 2014 lineup.
MxF 2014 is scheduled for August 22-23 from the River Market District. Newly added speakers include Marc Hemeon of Google, Jeffrey Kalmikoff of Betable and Jina Bolton of Salesforce.
See pics and get more info here.
Meanwhile, here's the official presser from Abbi at MxF:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Made by Few Brings Big Names in Technology to Little Rock
Contact: Abbi Siler, 501.786.3412 or email@example.com
There has been a ton of innovation and growth in the technology startup scene this past year. With pitch events, pop up competitions and general enthusiasm growing across the region, entrepreneurship has never been so sexy. Made by Few is now in its third year and is bringing a huge cast of speakers to the great state of Arkansas.
The two-day conference being held August 22-23rd in Little Rock already boasts great names like James Victore, Michael Parenteau, James White among others. This morning the team at Made by Few announced a new wave of speakers – some that will make your jaw drop:
- Marc Hemeon, Senior UX Designer at Google, has been working on design products for YouTube, Chromecast, Google X and Google Analytics. Marc was also a designer at Digg and co-founded a startup named fflick which was acquired by Google in 2011. In addition, he is co-founder of the popular t-shirt site teefury.com.
- Jeffrey Kalmikoff is head of design at Betable, a startup that enables any developer to create games where players can win real money. In 2011, he joined as the first employee after leading product and design at SimpleGeo, which was acquired by UrbanAirship. Previously, Jeffrey served as head of design and UX at Digg and was one of the early employees at Threadless, where he worked as Chief Creative Officer until 2008.
- Jina Bolton is a Senior Product Designer with Salesforce where she enjoys creating beautiful user experiences. Previously, she worked with companies that include Apple, Engine Yard and Crush + Lovely. Jina is also co-author of two books: Fancy Form Design and The Art & Science of CSS. In her spare time, Jina organizes the San Francisco Sass meet up and leads Team Sass Design which is an open source task force that redesigned the Sass brand and website.
Made by Few will be held at the Ron Robinson Theater and there are only 300 seats available. Tickets are on sale now and include admission to each day of the event, the ‘Designed by Few’ competition, conference after-party, lunch and breakfast on both days and a conference t-shirt. In addition, there will be some pretty awesome giveaways throughout the day. Register online at http://madebyfew.com - tickets sell out fast.
G60 returns to NWA on Monday at the 21c in Bentonville.
Plenty of time to sign up to pitch or just attend. You can do either right here.
Winrock and Startup Junkie are organizing this one, and Windstream Hosted Solutions is the title sponsor.
Here's more info:
The G60 Pitch Contest is an event created to promote startups, improve founder communication skills, and to increase "creative collisions" in emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems.
No slides. No notes. Come sling your story and seize some startup glory in 60 seconds or less.
Contestants: Open to Entrepreneurs or Aspiring Entrepreneurs
Attendees will be angel investors, business leaders, community supporters, entrepreneurs, and anyone looking to have a great time!!
PRIZES!!!! Two $1000 prizes will be given. $1000 will be awarded by audience vote to 1 contestant. The second $1000 will be awarded by judges vote.
Free delicious hors d'oeuvres!
More details on the event here: http://www.g60contest.com/
Come on out and have a great time!!!!
Contestants & Guests please register here.
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND & PITCH, BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!
Deadline for contestants to register April 20th at 12pm.
By MC Blogger (er, Mark Carter)
Indeed, other startup competitions can't touch this.
Hip-hop icon/tech entrepreneur MC Hammer is coming to Conway to help judge the inaugural LaunchPad startup competition set for May 3 as part of Toad Suck Daze.
Sponsored by creative agency Pleth (Batesville, Conway, Jonesboro) and .BUZZ (which will host a launch party on Tuesday), the LaunchPad (as opposed to the Innovation Hub's Launch Pad) represents another marker in the evolution of Conway as a major player in the Arkansas startup scene.
Hammer's real name is Stanley Burrell, and he's quite an accomplished man. In addition to his hip-hop credentials, Burrell is a successful entrepreneur/investor, clothier, promoter, even thoroughbred owner (wonder if he's ever been to Oaklawn).
A 21st century "Renaissance" man, you might say.
Read more about him in the official presser below:
MC Hammer to judge business start-up competition
“LaunchPad” offers $15K prize to winner
CONWAY, Ark. – When MC Hammer comes to Toad Suck Daze on May 3rd he’ll do more than just entertain festival goers. He’ll help choose one promising entrepreneur to take home $15,000. Hammer is one of three tech-savvy judges at “LaunchPad”, a start-up competition among ten Arkansas entrepreneurs.
“When we chose Hammer to perform at Toad Suck Daze, we had this event in mind,” said Brad Lacy President & CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. “Most people know his music, but they don’t know that he is a major player in Silicon Valley.” Hammer (Stanley Burrell) has lectured about business and social media at Stanford and Harvard. He has been a founder and early investor in a number of successful tech ventures.
Joining Hammer on the panel will be Nada Stirrat, Chief Revenue Officer for Acxiom and Jonathan Sasse, a consultant who helped launch Slacker Radio and was President/CEO of iRiver America.
The ten participants will be composed of: six “invitational” participants from the Arkansas start-up community, a team from the Arkansas High School Start-Up Weekend and three “play-in” spots to be selected from video submissions. “We’re especially excited about the “play-in” spots,” said Lacy. “We’re encouraging any budding Arkansas entrepreneurs to submit a two-minute pitch video and a local panel will pick the three most promising.”
The LaunchPad competition has been organized by the Start-Up Conway Steering Team chaired by Jeff Standridge. "Toad Suck Daze is a festival founded on fun but grounded in education. LaunchPad will be an exciting way to celebrate new ideas and reward entrepreneurs," said Standridge. "Our panel of judges has the reputation and credibility to help these start-ups in a number of ways."
LaunchPad is presented by Pleth and .BUZZ. For more information about pitch submissions and competition details visit Startup.buzz.
By Mark Carter
Our friends at Nibletz tell us that Little Rock's Bourbon & Boots will be one of 10 finalists presenting and pitching at Startup Avenue, part of the Everywhere Else Tennessee Conference running April 30 through May 2 in Memphis.
Bourbon & Boots is the online Southern lifestyle marketplace from Matt Price (co-founder of former IA client firm Capsearch) that's growing like...well, like weeds in a trailer park, like Hog calls in the fall, like waistlines at Larry's pizza buffet, like Texas twisters in a...OK, forgive us our Wally/Dan Rather moment.
It's up and coming. Let's just go with that. Oh, Matt shared his B&B story and offered up some startup observations to DWR Governor's Cup student entrepreneurs at Wednesday's "after event" hosted by the Arkansas Venture Center. Good stuff.
Here's more from Everywhere Else:
The Everywhere Else Tennessee Conference Announces 10 Finalists for Startup Avenue
National startup conference highlights most promising startups from around the country outside Silicon Valley
Memphis, TN, April 8, 2014: Everywhere Else Tennessee has selected its 10 finalists to exhibit in their Startup Avenue and pitch in their Startup Showdown competition. The Startup Showdown pitch competition will take place on the main stage in front of a packed house of 400 entrepreneurs, investors and press and is being judged by a panel of venture capitalists and angel investors. The winner will be crowned “Heavyweight Champion of Everywhere Else.”
The participating startups were selected from a pool of over 100 applicants. They are:
Bourbon and Boots | Little Rock, AR
We are a great, new resource for finding stylish and unique handmade gifts to make you just a little bit cooler than all your friends. We only offer the best, high-quality “small batch” creations from small business owners and artisans.
Brandfolder | Denver, CO
Brandfolder is your convenient source to visually organize, quickly find and easily share all your final brand assets.
Cariloop | Dallas, TX
Cariloop helps people answer the questions they didn’t know to ask and connects them with the best senior care and service providers for their loved ones.
Kindful | Nashville, TN
Kindful's simplistic yet powerful nature isn't typical. We've made donor management fun again, and we have created the tools that allow you to engage your donors and further your cause.
MentorMe | Memphis, TN
MentorMe has taken the process of online dating and applied it to mentoring. We're the only available technology solution that not only helps mentoring programs better manage day-to-day operations, but also helps them to better engage mentors and mentees.
OverDog | Nashville, TN
OverDog is a mobile app that enables athletes to challenge their fans to play video games on Xbox and Playstation. Launched in August 2013, OverDog has signed on hundreds of athletes across all of the major sports – football, baseball, soccer, even a few Olympians! – and has helped forge thousands of dream connections between its roster of athletes and OverDog fans.
Screwpulp | Memphis, TN
Screwpulp is an eBook market that helps you discover new books you'll love according to your tastes. Our mission is to make it easy for authors and readers to find each other in meaningful way. We promote a community of sharing and honest feedback between readers and authors.
The SoGood | Charlotte, NC
The SoGood helps you discover the best local businesses through recommendations from friends and SoGood tastemakers. We've found that word-of-mouth recommendations drive local discovery, but access to these trusted recommendations is fairly limited.
Wannado | Nashville, TN
From concerts to causes to cultural events, every day is packed with opportunities. Wannado® lets you find the events you want, and tune out the ones you don't.
WeddingWorthy | Memphis, TN
WeddingWorthy.com is a group shopping platform that lets brides and their bridesmaids shop together from anywhere. On WeddingWorthy.com, brides can finally tap into wedding inspiration that is shoppable. No more endless searches through dead-end photo sites.
“The Startup Avenue companies are some of the best startups in the country,” said Monica Selby, co-founder of The Everywhere Else Conference Series. “They deserve to show off, and I’m excited to provide a place to let them.”
With 2013 Startup Avenue alumni raising over $30 million dollars last year, they will have a high bar to live up to.
Everywhere Else Tennessee is made possible through our generous sponsors Launch Tennessee, Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at The University of Memphis, The Marston Group, PLC, Baker Donelson and Elevate.co.
About The Everywhere Else Conference Series
The Everywhere Else Conference Series is held annually in multiple cities across the country, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, and creatives from inside and outside Silicon Valley. The conference’s mission is to provide education, connections and inspiration for entrepreneurs while shining a national spotlight on its host region’s entrepreneurial community.
For more information about Everywhere Else Tennessee please visit www.EverywhereElse.co.
Big doin's planned for Conway on Tuesday, when the UCA College of Business will host the Dot Buzz launch party featuring Arkansas "reality" TV star Crowbar Russell.
Bill Doshier of Conway's dotStrategy secured the new top-level domain name, .BUZZ, and next week's party will officially launch it.
Here's more from the AR Scene on dot buzz, and here's more on next week's event:
dotStrategy, Co. Launch Party Will Equip Guests To Start Their Own .BUZZ Business, celebrate student entrepreneurs and feature Crowbar Russell
Conway based dotStrategy, Co. will host a launch party to promote the new top level domain .BUZZ introduction to the world, April 15, 2014, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, on the UCA Business Building front lawn.
The internet was opened to commercial use 20 years ago, and since then the Internet’s domain namespace has been generally limited to three top level domains: .com, .net and .org. Good, short, meaningful domain names are no longer available. .BUZZ is the newest alternative ‘right of the dot’ web page address.
Starting next week, web pages such as www.conway.buzz, www.uca.buzz, and www.toadsuck.buzz will be available to the general public.
The First Annual BUZZ BASH will feature UCA Based Start-up businesses Past, Present and Future and directed attention toward the UCA Innovation & Entrepreneurial program, it’s students and business start-ups. The official .BUZZ launch event will Feature a dozen UCA Student Start-Up Businesses, Free Food, Free Swag, Free Buzz Cuts, Free .BUZZ Domain Names and Showcase the partnership between the .BUZZ Internet registry and the UCA Innovation & Entrepreneurial program.
.BUZZ is pleased to announce the selection of the domain name CROWBAR.BUZZ by Crowbar Russell, star of the Discovery Channel reality series, ‘Clash of the Ozarks’. The primary objective for the CROWBAR.BUZZ website will be to share news and information about Arkansas Outlaws - “Wanted: Crowbar”. The site will promote Crowbar’s endeavors outside the series, and eventually promote and sell merchandise.
Russell will appear at BUZZ BASH with Arkansas based marketing agency Pleth, LLC co-founder, Cotton Rohrscheib. Crowbar will be available for a short time to take photos and sign autographs.
Giveaways at BUZZ BASH include drawings for t-shirts, Itune gift cards and the grand prize opportunity of winning one of seven Google Nexus 7 Tablets to be given away. BUZZ BASH will introduce guests to what’s required to begin an online business. Along with the opportunity to register a free .BUZZ Internet domain name and start a web page, student exhibitors will advise attendees on the ins and outs, as well as highs and lows of starting a business. Guests can attend simply for food, giveaway opportunities and a visit with Crowbar and, in fact, leave with everything they need to know to start their own business.
About The UCA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program:
The I&E program at the University of Central Arkansas teaches students how to develop and implement game- changing ideas. The program emphasizes creativity, which is the ultimate business weapon and has become one of the most important business skills of the 21st century. Few business schools across the nation offer the courses and experiences necessary to develop the skills and abilities to perpetually innovative. The I&E program builds students’ abilities to identify problems and opportunities, and to develop and launch innovative solutions, including products, services, and processes that have impact. Students will identify opportunities and then develop and launch innovations, whether these are products, services, or processes. I & E students are change and innovation specialists who creatively solve problems.
dotStrategy is a Conway, Arkansas Internet startup company founded by Bill Doshier for the purpose of applying for the new Top Level Domains .BUZZ and .FUN . The mission and purpose of the new .BUZZ and .FUN top level domains is to provide registration space for domain registrants seeking to label their Internet- based content as noteworthy, exciting and as to what’s current and happening right now. .BUZZ and .FUN will appeal to groups related to blogging, communications, journalism, advertising, and marketing and development. Creating .buzz or promoting .fun around a brand, product, service, news, event or location is the goal of advertising and marketing professionals. Create .buzz or promote .fun and everyone is talking about you.
By Mark Carter
Startup business-plan guru Carol Reeves of the Walton Business College has been named the 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner for the UA.
On Wednesday, Reeves led another successful contingent of UA students to the DWR Governor's Cup business-plan competition. UA teams advised by Reeves swept the top three places in the graduate division for the 11th straight year.
[At right, Reeves' winning LumaDrop team is congratulated by Travis Justice of the Arkansas Farm Bureau (far left) and Rush Deacon of the Arkansas Capital Corp. (far right). Reeves (second from left) poses with team members Brad Phelan, Neil Bora, Joe Huff and Randy Espinal-Cabrera. (Photo by Beth Hall)]
In all, the UA took eight of the 10 Gov Cup prizes awarded, and Reeves with Allen Frazier of Harding was named one of the inaugural recipients of the Sam Walls Entrepreneur Educator Award.
Here's more on the Gov Cup from Arkansas Business.
And here's a look at what Reeves' business-plan teams from the Walton College have accomplished in the last five years or so, courtesy of the UA:
- Founded 10 high-growth companies that employ roughly 100 in high-paying jobs
- Raised $25 million in private investments, grants and tax incentives
- Won 19 national competitions, two times more than the closest competitor, and more than $2 million in cash prizes
- Won 27 awards in other competitions
- In 2012, the UA became the only school in the 25-year history of the prestigious Venture Labs Investment Competition at the University of Texas (the 'Super Bowl' of such competitions) to have three separate teams win a qualifying event
- UA teams led by Reeves hold the record for most competition wins by a school in a calendar year
- The UA ranks second in the number of finalist teams at the prestigious Rice University competition.
And finally, here's more on Reeves' SEC award from the UA:
Entrepreneurship Professor Wins SEC Faculty Achievement Award
Reeves honored for national contribution to teaching and research
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –The Southeastern Conference has announced that Carol Reeves, the Cecil & Gwendolyn Cupp Applied Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas, is the recipient of the university’s 2014 Faculty Achievement Award.
The award honors professors from SEC universities with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for other faculty and students.
“The 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners are some of our nation’s most accomplished instructors, researchers and scholars,” said Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University and president of the SEC. “It is my great pleasure to preside over an intercollegiate athletics conference that not only recognizes their work, but strives to support it as well.”
SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners, one from each university, will receive a $5,000 honorarium and become his or her university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award. The SEC Professor of the Year receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized during the annual SEC Spring Banquet in May.
In addition to her faculty appointment in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, Reeves serves as associate vice provost for entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas. In that role, Reeves promotes entrepreneurship and economic development in Northwest Arkansas and across the state. She works with faculty and students in all colleges at the University of Arkansas to encourage the start-up of new companies based on university research.
Under Reeves’ guidance, the university has fielded competitive graduate student teams at state, regional, national and international business plan competitions since 2002. During the past decade, students have won more than $2 million in cash at these competitions.
“We were thrilled that Carol Reeves was selected as the University of Arkansas’ SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipient,” said Sharon Gaber, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Dr. Reeves is both well-known and respected for her outstanding work in developing nationally competitive collegiate business plan teams.”
Reeves advised or co-advised four of the six University of Arkansas teams who made the finals of the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Competition. The University of Arkansas has won the graduate division at the Governor’s Cup 11 consecutive years, and placed the top three teams in the graduate division in three of the last four years.
Also, teams in the entrepreneurship program in Walton College have won 17 national business plan competitions, two times more than the closest competitor.
Reeves has been an exceptional teacher. In 2010, she received the Arkansas Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. She was also selected for the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy in 2011.
“I’m very honored and flattered by this award,” Reeves said. “This recognition would not have been possible without the tremendous efforts of my students and those from the community who mentor them.”
The SEC Faculty Achievement and SEC Professor of the Year Awards were created in 2012 to honor and celebrate, at the conference level, university faculty and their achievements and contributions in scholarship, research and service.
Selected by a committee of SEC provosts, the SEC Faculty Achievement Awards and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are part of SECU, the academic initiative of the conference, which sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its 14 member universities.
Previous SEC Faculty Achievement winners at the University Arkansas are Elliott West (2012), Distinguished Professor of history in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and Greg Salamo (2013), Distinguished Professor of physics, also in the Fulbright College.
To be eligible, a professor must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and have a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally or internationally.