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Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

S.A.M. Students Achieving Milestones

Are you Ready?


Walton College S.A.M.s (Students Achieving Milestones) provide a framework for students to enhance their personal, academic and professional opportunities by being exposed to, interacting with, participating in, and gaining expertise and mastery of, timely student success and career readiness skills, competencies and experiences to prepare them for life during and after college.

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How to becomeCareer Ready


S.A.M. can help Walton College students become Career Ready by completing various activities and achieving S.A.M. Badges.

Each activity will consist of one of the 12 Career Readiness Competencies that were identified by employers, advisory boards, alumni, and by N.A.C.E. national standards as very important attributes.
Follow these three steps to get started:

  • Register for S.A.M.

    Go to app.suitable.co or download the app on iOS or Android and use your @uark.edu email address.

  • Complete the Activities

    Upload documents, scan event codes, submit reflections, and complete surveys and assessments to earn badges.

  • Display your Badges

    Once you have completed a badge, display it on your LinkedIn account.

What are theCore Competencies
Behind the S.A.M. Badges?


What are theS.A.M. Badges?


Each badge is made up of components that consist of any combination of the 12 Career Readiness competencies.*

Career Management 1

Career Management 1

Career Management Badge Level 1 contains foundational and fundamental career management principles and practices. Software and App tools introduced to Walton students for tracking milestones, personal brand development, networking with a purpose, and introductions to the employers that hire our intern-ready and graduation-ready students. Students are expected to continuously use the software and Apps during their academic pursuits with the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Competencies: Career Management, Communication, Industry Knowledge & Experience, Planning & Change, Self & Social Awareness, Technical Readiness

Career Management 2

Career Management 2

Career Management Badge Level 2 milestones build upon previous badge tasks deepening the use of software, Apps, individual coaching, enhancing Professionalism in participation, developing expertise, and autonomous career path management via the tools and skills acquired in Level 1 Career Management.

Competencies: Career Management, Communication, Industry Knowledge & Experience, Planning & Change, Self & Social Awareness, Technical Readiness

Career Management 3

Career Management 3

Career Management Badge Level 3 activities challenge participants to achieve expertise and mastery level competency in higher-level career path management topics such as personal accountability as a Business Professional, knowledge to pursue career advancement, and adaptability to emerging career trends in your chosen field.

Competencies: Career Management, Communication, Industry Knowledge & Experience, Planning & Change, Self & Social Awareness, Technical Readiness

Turn 2 into 4

Turn 2 into 4

Get more acquainted with the Walton College through the Turn 2 into 4 badge to make your transition to campus later a little easier.

Competencies: Planning and Change, Career Management, Self & Social Awareness, Technical Readiness, Industry Knowledge & Experience

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

This badge is for students taking Freshman Business Connections in 2021. Complete the following activities to prepare yourself for your Walton experience!

Competencies: Planning and Change, Career Management, Self & Social Awareness, Technical Readiness, Industry Knowledge & Experience, Communication

Business Integrity

Business Integrity

An interactive and digital media focused credential to build your competency of acting and leading with integrity, a competency all employers desire.

Competencies: Career Management, Communication, Industry Knowledge & Experience, Planning & Change, Self & Social Awareness, Technical Readiness.

Let's Talk

Let's Talk: Integrity & Race

A book, workshop, and speaker series for students, faculty, and staff to initiate, inform, and enhance discussions about what racism is, how to speak up about it, and engage in productive dialogue.

Competencies: Communication, Experience, Change, Self & Social Awareness.

Let's Talk

Let's Talk: Fraud

Attend a workshop and learn more about fraud and white collar crime. Learn more about the topics covered by the Let's Talk about Fraud speakers and the Book of the Semester.

Competencies: Communication, Experience, Change, Self & Social Awareness.

Supply Chain Management Thought Leadership

Supply Chain Management Thought Leadership

The purpose of this badge is for students to cultivate original content to become Supply Chain thought leaders. This means you will need to go a step further than just reading an article, attending an event, or listening to a guest speaker- you need to then create your own original content connecting those ideas and concepts.

Competencies: Majors, Industry Knowledge, Self & Social Awareness.

Virtual Communication

Virtual Communication

Many organizations have team members in different geographic locations - some working from home and some in field offices. Having an increased awareness of and skills in virtual communication has become a must for professionals. Virtual communication can be as simple as a matter of etiquette or it can involve deeper knowledge of cultural differences and navigating different communication styles. Improving your ability to build rapport and project professionalism - while also displaying your exceptional oral and written communication skills - before you enter the workforce could pay huge dividends once you are in the workforce.

Competencies: Career Management, Communication, Self & Social Awareness.

Oral Communication

Oral Communication

Oral communication is the process of verbally transmitting information and ideas from one individual or group to another. Oral communication can be either formal or informal. Examples of informal oral communication include: face-to-face conversations, telephone conversations and discussions that take place at business meetings

Competencies: Career Management, Communication, Industry Knowledge & Experience, Planning & Change, Self & Social Awareness, Technical Readiness.

Written Communication

Written Communication

Nearly every job will require some degree of written communication skills, whether it’s sending emails, writing memos or providing briefs and reports. The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and concretely in writing ensures that everyone you work with understands what you’re telling them. Because written communication skills are so important in business, it’s worth taking the time to improve yours.

Competencies: Career Management, Communication, Industry Knowledge & Experience, Planning & Change, Self & Social Awareness, Technical Readiness.

Sam Start

S.A.M. Start

Get more acquainted with the Walton College through the S.A.M. Start badge to make your transition to campus later a little easier.

Competencies: Career Management, Communication, Innovative Mindset, Planning & Change, Self & Social Awareness.

McMillon Design Team

McMillon Design Team

Successful completion of the Mcmillon Design Team requirements.

Competencies: Innovative Mindset.

McMillon Project Leader

McMillon Project Leader

Successful completion of the Mcmillon Project Leader Requirements.

Competencies: Leadership.

Freshmen Business Connections

Freshmen Business Connections

Freshman Business Connections is an introductory course designed to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to successfully transition from high school to the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the University of Arkansas. This will be accomplished within the framework of Design Thinking, exposing you to an integrated, principle-centered approach to personal and professional problem solving.

Competencies: Communication, Career Management, Global Intelligence, Planning & Change, Self & Social Awareness.

Honors Freshmen Business Connections

Honors Freshmen Business Connections

Freshman Business Connections is an introductory course designed to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to successfully transition from high school to the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the University of Arkansas. This will be accomplished within the framework of Design Thinking, exposing you to an integrated, principle-centered approach to personal and professional problem solving.

Competencies: Communication, Career Management, Global Intelligence, Planning & Change, Self & Social Awareness.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Awareness is the first step towards real change. Complete the following activities to earn the Diversity and Inclusion Awareness badge.

Competencies: Global Intelligence, Self & Social Awareness.

*for detailed requirements please visit Suitable

Get StartedS.A.M. Resources


Video: How to Register for Suitable / S.A.M.

Video: How to Navigate Suitable / S.A.M.

Once logged in you’ll be able to complete activities, check progress, and share with your portfolio on LinkedIn.

Hear it from the sourceStudent Testimonials


Lauren Granger

"Earning the Business Integrity Badge is important to me because it has allowed myselfto enter into the business work environment with a better understanding of business ethics, diversity in the workplace, growth in racial topics and conversations, and business integrity in all aspects of the workplace."

— Lauren Granger, on the Business Integrity Badge

Watch Video: Lauren Granger talks about the Business Integrity Career Readiness Badge

Halley Crommett

"It shows potential employers that you have invested in your personal and professional development outside of the classroom and that your priorities align with theirs."

— Halley Crommett, on the Let’s Talk Badge

Watch Video: Halley Crommett talks about how the Let’s Talk Badge can help you stand out to potential employers and build the skills you need to make an impact in the business world!

Leadership Walton

professional development programLeadership Walton


Leadership Walton is a professional development program for undergraduate business students, offering a unique blend of academic, leadership and career development opportunities specifically designed to guide students toward lifelong professional success. The program fills the gap between academic pursuits and workforce preparation through an enhancement to standard educational experiences.

Application Process

All undergraduate business majors are encouraged to join, including transfer students, and must have a minimum of two academic years left to complete the program. All applications will be considered and selections will be based on the quality and thoughtfulness of each application.

 

Requirements

Leadership Walton students must complete a series of badges surrounding the core competencies. Each member should refer to their specific plan within Suitable.

Questions?

We'd love to connect with you, just email: leadwalt@walton.uark.edu.

FAQ's

We accept new applications once per year beginning in June and ending mid-August. All undergraduate business majors, including transfer students, are encouraged to apply. Students must have a minimum of two academic years left to complete the program.

A Leadership Walton participant's overall educational experience will include academic training, experiential educational experiences and professional development enhancements above and beyond that of a non-participant. Some of these value-added enhancements include:

  • Exclusive recruitment/networking events specifically for Leadership Walton participants and representatives of recruiting companies, including special networking time dedicated just for Leadership Walton participants in conjunction with the fall Business Career Fair.
  • The chance to participate in special programs and events.
  • Upon successful completion of Leadership Walton, a graduate of the program will be awarded a cord to wear at commencement and special recognition within the Walton College.
  • Most importantly, Leadership Walton members develop the skills and background employers are seeking in new graduates.