Business ScholarsBirmingham’s leaders have been listening to 22-year-old Ariel Smith’s advice for improving quality of life in the city’s neighborhoods. And the UAB student hasn’t even finished her senior year.

Smith was one of six students who took part in the UAB Collat School of Business Student Scholars Program, a two-week service-learning course that lets business students apply their classroom knowledge to help communities solve real-world problems from crime to poor housing and a lagging local economy. The scholars teamed up with nine high school students living in the community.

Last summer, the group analyzed housing, crime, business, education, health, culture, and recreation and entertainment in Birmingham’s Sixth District and developed a business plan for the area. The district, which borders UAB’s campus, includes the Glen Iris, Arlington-West End, and Woodland Park neighborhoods, among others.

SOB green acresNearly 1,500 middle school students from Birmingham City Schools recently learned the importance of basic finances from University of Alabama at Birmingham faculty, staff and students during the national Teach Children To Save event.

Students from Green Acres Middle School, Huffman Middle School, Inglenook K-8 School, Phillips Academy, Smith Middle School, Wilkerson Middle School and Wylam K-8 School participated in the event, which supported Financial Literacy Month.

Faculty, staff and students from UAB’s Collat School of Business served as ambassadors for the Institute for Financial Literacy, whose mission is built upon community outreach efforts such as this event. The Institute’s ambassadors went into each of the seven participating schools and taught lessons that sought to lay the foundation for savings fundamentals for the students.

Chelsea Burke (right)  and Andrea PoundThere was a point during her studies at UAB when Chelsea Burks didn’t know if she would graduate.

She was a freshman studying human resources management, eager to devour all UAB and the Collat School of Business had to offer. But a bout of mononucleosis turned out to be not as common for her as it usually is for other students.

Chelsea’s mono triggered a slew of life-threatening health problems that required numerous hospitalizations and nearly crushed her academic dreams.

Jack AveProfessor Ave Jack in the Collat School of Business submitted her online course for review through a nationally ranked program - Quality Matters. The program has gained national attention for its faculty peer review process which utilizes three Quality matters (QM) certified reviewers.

In order to earn recognition, a course must meet each of the 21 essential standards, based on research, and receive a minimum of 84 (out of 99) points on the QM rubric. Professor Jack was one of the first of five in the state to earn this recognition.

“Going through the review process confirmed the excellent work our instructional design team has been doing in the Collat School of Business for years,” says Ave Jack.

Dr. Elizabeth Fisher, Director of Academic Outreach and the UAB QM Coordinator for the Division of eLearning and Professional Studies noted, “The QM process is very collegial and student centric. Professor Jack clearly cares about student success evidenced by her hard work and willingness to seek and embrace continual improvement of their courses.”

SpgGrad DanielleWhere are undergradutes from Collat School of Business heading after college? Take a look at a few of our upcoming graduates and find out where they have decided to apply their business skills in the next phase of their career or academic education.


Gary KhodanianThe Industrial Supply Association (ISA) announced today that University of Alabama at Birmingham student Gary Khodanian was chosen to receive the 2015-16 Gary L. Buffington Memorial Scholarship.

Khodanian is majoring in Industrial Distribution at the UAB Collat School of Business, and is scheduled to graduate in April 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution and an Entrepreneurship Certificate.

"I cannot begin to describe my immense gratitude to the selection committee and to the ISA Educational Foundation for choosing me as the recipient of this award. I will diligently work to spend every day of my academic and professional career living up to the merits of this wonderful distinction and the prestige of Gary L. Buffington himself,” Khodanian said.

Pound AndreaCollat advisor Andrea Miller Pound was honored April 13 with UAB's 2015 Outstanding Advisor Award.

Andrea has advised students in the Department of Management, Information Systems & Quantitative Methods since 2010, when the business school moved all of the dedicated student support services to be housed within the departments. Being embedded in the MISQ department allowed Andrea to get to know her students, and better focus on student recruitment and retention, student engagement and industry connections for students.

Twenty-one undergraduates in the Collat School of Business recently joined other UAB undergraduate students to present the results of their independent research projects at the Eighth Annual UAB Undergraduate Research Expo on April 10, 2015.

There were over 200 presentations made at the Expo, with over 300 presenters, in the categories of arts and humanities; biological, life, and physical sciences; business, financial, and international studies; social, behavioral and health sciences; and service learning.

Four of the business students, all participants in the Collat School of Business Honors Program, won awards for their presentations from the Expo organizers:

• Rami Elsharif (Marketing), for his poster presentation, “Good Vibes: How the Leader’s Mood Can Influence the Group” (Dr. Christopher Biga, Department of Sociology, faculty advisor). 
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Geocache posterApril is Financial Literacy Month and the Collat School of Business is celebrating with a fun, scavenger hunt in which students can win up to $1,000 in scholarship credit.

GeoCach for College Cash is a weeklong event sponsored by the Chicago Federal Reserve. Between April 6 and April 25, students can look for GeoCash posters on highly visible bulletin boards throughout UAB's campus (there are seven in all) and read the poster content. Poster themes include budgeting, credit scores, college loans, paychecks, debit vs. credit, identity theft and car loans. Students can use a QR Code Reader on their smart phones to scan the poster's QR code (search "QR Code Reader" in your phone's app store to find and download a free one), and then answer one question about the poster. A correct answer enters the student into a drawing to win the scholarship credit. Find all seven posters and answer all seven questions correctly and be entered into the drawing seven times.