Education Archive

$21.5M Children's Museum 'Amazeum' Taking Shape in Bentonville

by Marty Cook 8/11/2014 12:00 am

The Amazeum, billed as an interactive children's museum, isn't scheduled to open until 2015, but after years of planning it is at least beginning to take physical shape.

Trucking Firms Raise Pay To Keep Moving

by Marty Cook 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Listen to any Arkansas trucking company executive — with the possible exception of unionized ABF Freight — and you will hear lamentations about driver shortages in the industry. Short of cultural change to repopularize the job, executives know they have to pay more to attract drivers and work harder to keep them. The trend doesn't look like it is going to get any better anytime soon.

Back to School By the Numbers

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

A look at the money spend on education in the United States, from nursery school to college.

Midtowne Little Rock Sells for $41.4 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/11/2014 12:00 am

A 126,288-SF retail center in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $41.45 million. Construction of a 9,000-SF retail building in west Little Rock is trailing a $1 million land deal. And development of a Noah's event center in west Little Rock is following an $859,636 land sale.

UA's Michael Kidd Named Poultry Industry Leader of the Year

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Michael Kidd, director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and head of the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has been named the Poultry Industry Leader of the Year by The Poultry Federation, based in Little Rock. Kidd joined UA's Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences in 2010. He is responsible for the Center ‘s programs in poultry science and related disciplines.

Nominate Now for Arkansas Business' CFO of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/5/2014 11:28 am

Arkansas Business is searching for the state's most outstanding chief financial officers for its sixth "CFO of the Year" awards. You can nominate CFOs here.

University of Arkansas Raises $113.3M, Surpasses Goal

by Lee Hogan 8/4/2014 09:51 am

The University of Arkansas eclipsed its fundraising goal, and for the fourth consecutive year, raised more than $100 million dollars in private gifts, in fiscal year 2014.

Well-Being Report Ranks Arkansas at 41 in Child Poverty

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

The poverty rate among children in Arkansas rose to 29 percent in 2012, up from 25 percent in 2005, according to the “Kids Count Data Book,” an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Maverick Goes Extra Mile to Train Drivers

by Marty Cook 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Steve Williams, the CEO and founder of Maverick USA Inc., spent $4 million to expand and improve the driver training center at his company's headquarters in North Little Rock. Williams held a grand opening on July 24 and all sorts of political and industry bigwigs showed up.

Holiday Shopping Trends Start Now (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Whether you're a family with school-age children, a college student or just a smart shopper, back-to-school — BTS — means making the most of every dollar for everything from school supplies and clothes to shoes, appliances and furniture. Consumer research indicates that BTS shoppers are most interested in getting more for less. They expect it. That's why smart retailers should be launching their best promotions right now, during August.

Annie Wright Moves to UALR's College of Social Sciences & Communication (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Annie Wright has been hired as director of development and external affairs for the College of Social Sciences & Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She previously worked as director of major gifts and special projects at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Bank of America's Donnie Cook on the Value of Classroom Economics

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Donnie Cook has more than 40 years of experience in banking. He's the Arkansas state president and Little Rock market president for Bank of America as well as its senior client manager in its Commercial Bank Specialized Industries Division, overseeing the development of nonprofit, religious and health care clients.

Arkansas State University Closes Outreach Center

by Associated Press 7/30/2014 09:16 am

Arkansas State University is closing its decades-old Continuing Education and Community Outreach Center.

Arkansas Tech Gets Approval for Doctoral Programs

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:02 pm

Arkansas Tech University will be able to offer doctoral programs for the first time, beginning next summer. The first doctoral program will be offered in education, and designed for kindergarten through 12th grade education professionals who wish to serve in school district leadership positions.

Arkansas High School to Start Drones Program

by Associated Press 7/28/2014 07:48 am

Beebe will be bringing drones to school this fall. The school district will offer a drones class after ninth- and 10th-grade Principal Mike Tarkington got the idea for starting one while watching an episode of "60 Minutes" about them in March.

A Closer Look: Arkansas Unemployment and Employment

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell in June to 6.2 percent, but the number of people employed “continues to be a source of concern,” state economic forecaster Michael Pakko noted recently.

C. Lowry Barnes Set To Chair UAMS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Dr. C. Lowry Barnes has been named chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He previously worked at UAMS as a professor of orthopedics and maintains a private practice. He will start in his new position Aug. 1 and will continue to see patients at Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics and St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, both in Little Rock.

Arkansas Business Presents the 2014 Power List

by Gwen Moritz 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business introduced “The Power List” in 2006, and after updating it annually for a few years, we decided to spread it out. That means there have been a lot of changes in 20 industries and professions since our last installment in 2011, so we've been doing a lot of rounding up of resumes and photos in the last few weeks.

State Higher Ed Board OKs Osteopathic School at Arkansas State

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/25/2014 01:42 pm

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board grants the New York Institute of Technology certification for an additional osteopathic medical school site on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro.

UCA Names Kelley Erstine Chief of Staff

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/22/2014 09:38 am

The University of Central Arkansas has named an alumnus and former trustee as its next chief of staff. Kelley Erstine, a Sheridan native, will assume the duties Sept. 1. His salary will be $165,000 a year.