Everyone can agree that cookies are the universal currency of happiness, but this isn’t your grandmother’s baking. Reagan Lyle, owner of ReaBakes, wants to flip the script on the traditional sugar cookie. And at 24, she’s off to a tasty start.

A recent Collat graduate (MK ’16), Reagan is one of the many Collat entrepreneurs that have used UAB’s cutting-edge education to propel their business forward, marrying in-class education with real-life application.

Jack Howard 200Jack Howard, Ph.D., has been appointed interim chair of the Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods department, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Molly Wasko 16Management Information Systems professor Molly Wasko, Ph.D., who also chairs the UAB Collat School of Business Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods (MISQ) Department, has been appointed associate dean of research, innovation and faculty success, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

See where some of our December graduates, with a recently earned business degree in hand, are starting off the new year.

UAB officials and Birmingham business leaders broke ground today for the new building that will house the Collat School of Business and Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Community leaders including Charles Collat, Mayer Electric chairman emeritus, Ed Aldag of Medical Properties Trust, and Billy Harbert of BL Harbert International were in attendance to help shovel the first pile of dirt at the site, ceremoniously kicking off construction of the project, which is expected to officially begin Dec. 19, lasting 18 months.

ProAssurance TeamStudents of business strategy learn that a strategic plan must include a mission statement that clearly describes what the business does.

Impact America VisitStephen Black, founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Impact America, was the guest CEO at the combined undergraduate business capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite,” on November 15, 2016.

jordan ricksJordan Ricks has been playing football since he was 5. He suffered his first injury at 12 when he broke his left femur, the longest and strongest bone in the human body. Because the femur is so strong, it usually takes a lot of force to break it, and recovery is often difficult, lasting four to six months. Jordan’s right femur grew to compensate for his injury, causing a height imbalance. “I’m 6’2 on my right leg and 6’1 on my left,” he jokes.

Jordan used his childhood football experience as the catalyst for a business idea. He recently launched a business that analyzes movements of football players to yield biofeedback on how to train effectively and safely.

University of Alabama at Birmingham students with innovative business ideas won up to $5,000 to help get their concepts off the ground in a competition held at the Innovation Depot this week.

The UAB Innovation Lab (iLab) and Collat School of Business launched the Blazer Innovation Challenge, sponsored by IBERIABANK, earlier this fall to encourage UAB students to develop new solutions to product, service or process challenges.