collat new buidling rendering exteriorStage three planning for the new building that will house the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business and Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been approved by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.

Stage three approval by the board authorizes the university to proceed with the design phase of the project, and follows last September’s stage two approval that granted architect selection, project scope and project budget plans.

Berte groupDr. Neal R. Berte, President Emeritus of Birmingham-Southern College, discussed “servant leadership” on April 4, 2016 with the members of the class of 2017 cohort of the Collat School of Business Honors Program. This was the seventh consecutive year that Dr. Berte met with students in the program.

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Senior Associate Dean Karen Kennedy, PhD, was recently installed as president of the Alabama Association for Higher Education in Business. She will serve a one-year term, beginning in March 2016.

maker space Students, faculty and staff with big ideas have a new outlet at the university’s student-run MakerSpace in Sterne Library. The tech-packed operation, spearheaded by a group of undergraduate entrepreneurs, officially opened on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in a highly trafficked location on the library’s main level. It currently offers five 3-D printers and two built-in computer 3-D scanners. Students can draw on a healthy collection of prototyping kits from Arduino and other maker manufacturers as well.

loaned executive programFor more than two months in the fall, five University of Alabama at Birmingham students found out what it is like to manage a large-scale fundraising campaign for a major nonprofit organization.


student taxes For nearly a decade, UAB has worked with the United Way of Central Alabama to provide free help through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Eligible families and individuals earn less than $54,000 per year. In Birmingham, the median earned income for VITA clients is $21,000.

jack eric 2016Collat School of Business Dean Eric Jack, PhD, has been elected to the Beta Alpha Psi national Board of Directors. Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals.

UAB's Collat School of Business hosted Collat Professional Day on February 17, encouraging students, faculty and staff to dress professionally for class. Hundreds of students came to campus dressed to impress and documented the experience at #SuitUpCollat.

jack eric 2016Collat School of Business Dean Eric Jack, Ph.D., will receive an award during a conference honoring the memory of a revered Birmingham businessman and civil rights activist. Each year, the A.G. Gaston Conference recognizes members of the community who embody characteristics of the late Gaston.