Poverty simulation in gymIn a gymnasium at the Campus Rec Center, students congregate in chairs in the center of the room. Scattered around the perimeter are tables with signs that read, “Public School” and “General Employer,” among others. For the next two hours, this is the students’ community, and they are its citizens.

GroupThirty Collat Scholars spent a day of service to the homeless community of Birmingham on Saturday, February 24th in honor of Mr. Charles Collat who generously funded the Collat Scholars Program, and the program's commitment to community leadership and service. The scholars served as “smiling guides” to help their clients navigate the services of Project Homeless Connect at Boutwell Auditorium.

IMG 9962 edThe Collat School of Business has a new student organization. The Society of Distribution Leaders, a professional development club for students interested in industrial distribution, launched in Fall 2017 and is already having an impact.

lolaCollat management major Lola Diaz is trading her Birmingham surroundings for something a little more international: this semester, Lola will be studying at the University of Hull in England after being selected for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

pediatric patient navigators

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Children’s of Alabama look to adapt the Patient Care Connect Program — which has proved successful in decreasing distress and improving quality of life for adults diagnosed with cancer — to children.

brick click stream

Increased pressure from large online retailers is reducing brick-and-mortar retailers’ sales and profits, causing numerous store closings on both local and national levels. But community engagement may be an answer for local retailers.

According to a recent study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business, community engagement brings positive outcomes for retailers in two ways: by directly building consumer trust in, and commitment to, the retailer; and by lessening the importance of the retailer’s economic value proposition, or the perceived value of products and services sold.

Business students can gain experience employers value and fulfill their Collat Experiential Learning Requirement by studying abroad in three programs this summer.

Whether it’s combining public health and nonprofit management in Thailand, exploring international trade in China’s major cities or studying innovation and entrepreneurship in Italy, the faculty leaders all concur that there is no business learning experience quite like studying abroad.
Weise with Blazer football player

To say that Collat MBA alumna Kathy Weise, O.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.O., has a strong vision would be an understatement. A pioneer in the introduction of UAB Blazer Vision, a partnership between UAB Athletics, School of Optometry and Department of Ophthalmology, Kathy effortlessly blends cutting-edge medicine with business fundamentals. And that’s just scratching the surface.

A team of students taking the MG 305: Nonprofit Organization Management course fall semester won first place in the Service Learning category at the 2017 Fall Research Expo for their project on Greater Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution (GASP), a nonprofit initiative to test and advocate for cleaner air for Birmingham.