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Minute with a Member

National Alumni Society Member

CraigName: Mark W. Craig

Degree(s) and graduation year(s): BS in Information Systems, 2005 and MBA, 2013

Hometown: Clay, AL

Current town: Hoover, AL

Current employer and job: Jack Henry and Associates, Programming Analysis Supervisor

What is your favorite UAB memory? My favorite UAB memory is from the two years I was Gang Green President during undergrad.  I had an amazing time working with the Athletic Department during such an exciting time in UAB athletics.  This has carried over into the love I have for the Blazers today.

How has UAB impacted your life? UAB has impacted my life tremendously.  The knowledge I gained at UAB has allowed me to continue to advance my career.  I would also have to say being involved with the many student organizations while on campus helped me build the leadership skills I use today.

What made you choose your current profession? I always enjoyed learning about technology as a teenager, so it was a natural transition to work in a field that I enjoy.

What lessons has your professional life taught you? Hard work pays off.

What would you do if you were given more time in each day? If I had more time each day I would spend even more time with my family.

What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? I think the iPhone has revolutionized our lives and the way we communicate with others.

Which historical figure do you most admire and why? Nikola Tesla, the father of modern-day electricity.  He was ahead of his time in all that he did.  If it were not for him, we would not have any of the luxuries we enjoy today.

What natural gift would you most like to possess? I would love to be able to play an instrument.

What trait(s) do you most value in your friends? I value loyalty the most.  When life hands you certain situations you really see who your true friends are.

Who would you want to portray you in a film about your life and why? Noah Wyle because everyone always said I look like him.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? The best piece of advice I ever received was to never stop learning.  I have put this advice to use since technology is constantly changing.  I have to change with it and continue to learn new things.

If you could start a charity or non-profit organization, what would it be and why? I would start a non-profit to teach children and young adults important computer skills to help them succeed in the ever-changing business world where technology skills are so vital.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I would want to go to Ireland because I have distant relatives who live there.  It would be great to meet them and see the beautiful country.

What is the last book you read? Web Analytics 2.0 (yes, that is nerdy, I know).

Where would you go in a time machine and why? I would go back to the Revolutionary War era because that part of history has always fascinated me.  It would be amazing to meet the founding fathers of our country.

What 3 items would you take to a deserted island other than food and water? I would bring a Bible, sunscreen, and a deck of cards.

Student Alumni Society Member

Eric KimName: Eric Kim

Graduation Year: 2018

Major: Finance

Hometown: Hoover, AL

Why did you choose to attend UAB? Having been accepted to the Early Medical School Acceptance Program, I knew UAB would be the place to maximize my academic freedom and personalize my course load.  I also chose UAB for its progressive mindset.  While many colleges have seemingly become stagnant, UAB continues to improve and make great strides to become an even better institution.

What is your favorite UAB memory? The day we upset Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament this year.  It was really great how everyone came together.

How has UAB impacted your life? UAB has given me the opportunity to find out what I like and dislike.  I've made lasting friendships and memories at UAB, and I am excited to know that there's much more to come.

What is your current state of mind? Hopeful.

What do you do for fun? Besides reading and exercising, music is always something I've enjoyed.  I'm not great by any measure, but I like playing piano and guitar.

Who are your heroes in real life? My parents.  They have guided me throughout my entire life, and I owe everything to them.

If you were given more time in each day, what would you do? I would read more and spend more time outside in nature.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Telaportation.  Every day would be a different adventure and every night a different concert or sporting event.

What is the best invention of your lifetime and why? The Internet: an invention that has connected people from around the world, facilitated large social movements, and given us an infinite, self-sustaining pool of knowledge and information.

What are your future goals? I want to continue volunteering for non-profits, become a good physician, and invest my time in start-up ventures.

What would be your ultimate dream job? Getting paid to travel around the world and write about my experiences.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fiction, with whom would it be? Bruce Wayne.  Being Batman for a week would be pretty cool, but any longer would probably wear me out.

What three items would you take to a deserted island other than food and water? As many books as I can take for entertainment, a Wilson volleyball for companionship, and a boat full of fuel for obvious reasons.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Float On by Modest Mouse - "And we'll all float on OK"

If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world...what would it be and why? The water crisis.  Water is a basic necessity, and everyone deserves access to clean drinking water.  It's hard to believe over 700 million people still lack access to potable water.

What's the best advice you ever received? "You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.  Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land." -Thoreau