Twenty-two students have been admitted to the School of Business Honors Program as members of the class of 2014 cohort. Participants in the Honors Program are selected on the basis of their academic performance in courses at the School of Business and in courses elsewhere at UAB, and on the basis of faculty recommendations.
The focus of the School of Business Honors Program is leadership. Honors Program Director Stephen A. Yoder, J.D. said, “We believe that these talented students will be leaders in their careers, either directly or indirectly, and we want them to get as many learning opportunities related to leadership as possible while studying in the School of Business.”
There are three courses in the program, which typically begin in the spring semester of a student’s junior year:
- A principles of leadership course, including an introduction to business presentation skills;
- A strategic leadership course in which CEOs of large organizations present to and interact with students; and
- An independent study course in which students make presentations at the UAB Undergraduate Research Expo in April of their senior years.
Yoder noted that of the majors offered at the School of Business, accounting, finance, economics and industrial distribution are the most common majors among the 2014 cohort. One student is majoring in mathematics and one in communications studies. There are four students who either are currently or were formerly varsity athletes at UAB.
The Honors Program is one of several honors programs offered at UAB to provide an enriched experience for high ability students. The UAB Honors Academy consists of several university-wide programs as well as other department- or school-based programs like the School of Business program. Several students in the School of Business program are also participants in university-wide programs, including the University Honors Program and the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program. Professor Yoder assists in the recruitment of students in these programs
A variety of business leaders and other outside professionals have visited with participants in the Honors Program, including the CEOs of most of Birmingham’s publicly-traded companies, and thought leaders such as Neal Berte, president emeritus of Birmingham Southern College, and Drayton Nabers, former CEO of Protective Life Corporation and former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
(Pictured left to right, front row: Samantha McRae, Margaret Yeh, John Wong, Yujie Zheng, Jaina Patel, Sarika Patel, Bidisa Chandra (2013 cohort), Amanda Reidy, Anna Tillman, Emily Mosley, Andreanna Johnson. Second row, left to right: Bethany Spates, Kyle Portwood, Tyler Mims, Robert Zebrowski, Jory Eaton, Tonya McKinney, Kirsten Ebert, Jordan Jones, Kellee Pearson. Not pictured: Abigail Hackett, Daniel Kwon and Gerard Ramsey)