National Alumni Society MemberName: Scott D. McWhorter
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): Bachelor of Science (Management & Marketing Double Major) 2000; Bachelor of Science (Accounting Major) 2006
Current town: Cahaba Heights
Current employer and job: Accountant at Southern Nuclear
What is your favorite UAB memory? Chartering a new Fraternity on campus, AKPsi. It was rewarding to not only participate in campus organizations, but even more so to create one.
How has UAB impacted your life? UAB is where I developed myself professionally. It is also the place where I developed friendships that will last a lifetime
What made you choose your current profession? Accounting had always interested me. I had friends from UAB who were working on their accounting degrees and was able to learn more about the profession from them. I felt that accounting was something that would give me a broader business perspective.
What lessons has your professional life taught you? Building relationships and good communications are the cornerstone of success.
What would you do if you were given more time in each day? I would read more. I think reading is an important part of developing your character.
What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? The internet. Almost every major technological development in the last 20 years has been tied to the internet.
If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? Obviously anyone would want to wish for peace and to be rich, but I think for me personally, I would want the ability to better motivate others.
If you could go back to any age…which age and why? I don’t think I would want to start over at any age. The decisions I’ve made, mistakes included, have made me into the person I am today. I don’t think I would want to change that.
Which historical figure do you most identify with and why? Warren Buffet, we both like money
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? That is a tough question, as the world has so many problems and they are so interrelated, it is hard to pick just one. If I had to pick, I would say ending hunger. Food is such a basic necessity that no one should be without.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? Singing, trust me; you do not want to hear me sing
What trait(s) do you most value in your friends? Honesty, integrity, and putting of others ahead of themselves.
Who would you want to portray you in a film about your life? Henry Cavill, who better than Superman?
What is your motto? Never Give Up! Quitting is the first step towards failure.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Don’t try to be anyone other than yourself
If you could start a charity or non-profit organization, what would it be and why? Feeding the hungry. I think feeding people not only fights starvation, but also gives hope.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? London, I have always wanted to visit Europe and I think England would be a good place to start.
What is something you are proud of and why? Having the courage to start my career over at age 27. It was a difficult decision and I’m glad that I took the chance to not settle for the status quo.
What is the last book you read? For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. I try to work classics into what I read.
Student Alumni Society MemberName: Alicja Foksinska
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Business Management (concentration in Business Administration) and Information Systems
Hometown: Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland
Why did you choose to attend UAB? UAB offers remarkable opportunities that I could never receive at any other university. When I was applying, the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program (GCL) attracted me because of the service learning opportunities that it offered. I was able to connect my classroom knowledge from my business classes with my love for non-profits and children with disabilities. Also, I love UAB faculty! They are the most helpful and encouraging people I’ve ever met. The faculty at the Collat School of Business makes your dreams into a reality.
Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far and why? This is such a hard question! I really do love all of my professors because they have each left a positive and lasting impression on me. Dr. Keri Larson, assistant professor of Information Systems, has been one of the most outstanding professors and mentors I’ve ever had. She has invited me to help her with her research projects, and it’s been an incredible experience. She instilled in me the idea of continuing my career in academia.
What is your favorite UAB memory? While I have a lot of amazing memories, the unveiling ceremony for the Collat School of Business was by far one my favorites. Mr. Collat is an extraordinary example of humbleness. By the generous contribution from Mr. & Mrs. Collat, many students will be able to reach their dreams by having a chance of attending this remarkable university.
What is your current state of mind? Very thankful – for all the opportunities I’ve had at UAB, thus far, and I am excited for more to come!
What do you do for fun? I love to craft, especially making use of Pinterest— which is probably the best social media platform that was invented because of the numerous ideas that it provides to crafters!
Who are your heroes in real life? One of my personal role models (besides my parents) is Ms. Betty Bell. She is the founder of The Bell Center which is an early intervention program in Homewood. She is an angel sent down from heaven because her love for children with disabilities is unconditional, and she has devoted her entire life to serve those children and their families. She is a true inspiration of dedication to those who can’t fight for their own rights.
If you were given more time in each day, what would you do? I love gaining new knowledge; therefore, I would love to have more time for research. I believe that there is so much undiscovered knowledge and new theories yet to be written, and I hope that one day I might be able to make new discoveries in the field of business.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I don’t know if this is considered a “super power” but I would love to travel in time. One can learn a lot from history – it’s an open life lesson where one learns from the mistakes and consequences of our predecessors.
What is the best invention of your lifetime and why? Online education! While I love in-person classes, I enjoy taking online classes because I love to teach myself. There are many educational videos available to curious minds, for example TED videos, which I love to watch whenever I have time.
What are your future goals? I would love to become a professor and teach while doing research. I would also love to get involved with non-profits targeting children with disabilities. That’s a personal passion of mine, and I would love to serve on the board of directors for an organization like that.
What would be your ultimate dream job? I would love to be the President of UAB, of course (at least for a day, please?)
If money was not an object, I would open a foundation focused on children with disabilities. Children with disabilities are born to families who are well off and those who don’t have money at all. Children with developmental delays have so much talent and potential in life; however, it is hard work, dedication, and a lot of funding. This foundation would aid families who might not be well off in order to provide their child with opportunities to expand and capitalize on their talents and abilities.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional with whom would it be? I’ve always been a fan of Walt Disney. He is an inspiration of following your dreams and reaching new heights. Not only was he successful with his company, but he created something beyond movies – he created an escape from reality for many. I would love to be Mr. Disney and see how to create an enterprise that is driven by creativity – and of course how to make kids – both young and young at heart – smile through my work.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? Hall of Fame by Script – “You can be the greatest, you can be the best…”
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? End world hunger. It’s unfair that many people in the world go to bed hungry and wake up to no food, while many of us take it for granted. People die because of the lack of food or malnourishment; therefore, ending hunger is a great cause to get involved in.
What’s the best advice you ever received? “Don’t ever forget where you came from.” My grandmother has always told me to remember my Polish heritage and the Polish language.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be? “Over Achiever”