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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Have a New Home in Birmingham

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Have a New Home in Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham bridges collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship with the opening of the $37.5 million state-of-the-art facility that houses the Collat School of Business and Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

“This beautiful new building changes everything,” said Collat School of Business Dean Eric P. Jack. “This addition to UAB’s campus heralds a new era of leadership in business education that will help drive innovation at UAB and in Birmingham for many years to come.”

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Friday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. Students began classes for the fall semester Monday, Aug. 27.

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New Endowed Chair Shows UAB’s Commitment to Birmingham Economy, Startup Ecosystem

New Endowed Chair Shows UAB’s Commitment to Birmingham Economy, Startup Ecosystem

Collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurial synergy remain top-of-mind for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Patrick J. Murphy, Ph.D., has been tapped as the inaugural Goodrich Endowed Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Collat School of Business. programs, to help innovate Birmingham.”

“Hiring Dr. Murphy reinforces UAB’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Eric Jack, dean of the Collat School of Business. “The Goodrich endowed chair will bring credibility, cross-disciplinary collaborations and the horsepower to significantly enhance our academic and experiential programs, to help innovate Birmingham.”

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Custom Art at Collat Brings Inspiration, New Tradition to UAB Students

Custom Art at Collat Brings Inspiration, New Tradition to UAB Students

Success of businessmen and -women is featured in two pieces of artwork on display at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s newest facility, the Collat School of Business. Charles Collat and Ken Jackson display their passion for student success with two prominent pieces of artwork that are centerpieces to the entrance of the 108,000-square-foot business building.

“Inspiration comes from all corners of this new business building,” said Eric Jack, Ph.D., dean of the UAB Collat School of Business. “These two pieces of art are meant to bring a sense of camaraderie between students and alumni and the success they each will see.”

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UAB Green and Gold Fund Helps International Finance Graduate Overcome Career Obstacles

UAB Green and Gold Fund Helps International Finance Graduate Overcome Career Obstacles

Learning doesn’t stop in the classroom, and Collat graduates are constantly learning new skills to be a step ahead in their growing careers. A willingness to learn and improve is vital for success – in every aspect of life.

Recent Collat finance graduate Michael Assoué considers himself a student of life.

An international student from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, Michael arrived at UAB through a merit-based exchange visitor program sponsored by the Ivorian government. He quickly fell in love with UAB and his studies.

Before UAB, Michael attended an elite high school that allowed him to major in a subject to prepare for college. He chose accounting. At UAB, Michael switched to finance because he liked the growing career opportunities and the dynamic subject matter.

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Tech Leader Taylor Peake Wyatt Expands Entrepreneurship in Birmingham

Tech Leader Taylor Peake Wyatt Expands Entrepreneurship in Birmingham

Taylor Peake Wyatt founded MotionMobs, a custom software consulting and development firm, during her last semester at UAB’s Collat School of Business. She was only 19 years old—and she credits her youth for a willingness to take risks and work long hours on little sleep. Leaping into the technology industry was daunting, but the potential rewards were thrilling, she says.

“In 2010, I predicted we would see huge growth in mobile adoption,” explains Wyatt (pictured above), the company president, who grew up in Jasper, Alabama. “It wasn’t easy, and it still isn’t. A regular paycheck is convenient, but taking this risk was the right path for me. Being an entrepreneur has always been part of who I am.”

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