Business Briefs

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, May. 9, 2011 12:00 am  

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has approved a new doctoral program in Engineering Science & Systems in the Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The four tracks in the new ESS program are systems engineering, electrical and computer engineering, telecommunications and networking engineering, and mechanical and materials engineering.


Arvest Tops in 'Power' Rankings

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville has earned the highest customer satisfaction in its region, according to a study released by J.D. Power & Associates.

Arvest scored 809 on the 1,000-point scale and was followed by Zions First National Bank (782) and Bank of Oklahoma (779) in the Southwest region. There are 11 regions, and only four banks nationwide scored higher than Arvest.

The study is based on responses from more than 50,000 retail banking customers regarding their experiences with their banking provider. It was conducted in January and February.


Goodwill Honored for Advocacy

Goodwill Industries International has named Goodwill Industries of Arkansas its Advocacy Leader for 2011. Goodwill Industries of Arkansas was chosen for the second time in two years.

The award recognizes a Goodwill agency that has demonstrated leadership and commitment to Goodwill's policy and advocacy efforts. The efforts seek to further Goodwill's mission of helping people find employment and build stronger communities. The agency is also recognized for building strong relationships with federal and state policymakers.


Tyson Announces Food Donation

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced that it had donated more than 270,000 pounds of food as part of disaster relief efforts in several states affected by devastating storms.

"We're shocked and saddened by the impact of these powerful spring storms and are pitching in to help those whose lives have been turned upside down by the devastation," said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods.



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