The Bridge to Success Project, a program established by the Academic and Small Business Alliance (ASBA), selects Collat School of Business students to intern with small and Diverse Business Enterprises (DBEs) in order to establish mutually beneficial relationships that will allow DBEs to build capacity for UAB supplier opportunities, students to get hands-on experiences and UAB to partner with the underserved community.
Maacah Davis is the girl that knows everyone at the party.
Talkative and engaging, Maacah is the Editor-in-Chief for BellaDonna, a successful Birmingham based fashion magazine. Maacah is one of eight student entrepreneurs who have started a business at the UAB iLab, a joint initiative between UAB’s Collat School of Business and the Innovation Depot intended to help students incubate creative ideas and build new businesses while in school.
Statuesque at 5’11, hair dip-dyed blue at its ends, Maacah commands your attention — she prefers it that way. She’s the embodiment of her magazine: a publication aimed at giving creative individuals a voice. And she’s carrying a megaphone.
The Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is enriching its coursework by requiring all students to complete an internship or similar experience prior to graduation. Collat is the first business school in Alabama to make this requirement a part of the curricula.
Kaycey Martindale, a fall 2015 graduate of the UAB Collat School of Business, has recently accepted a job offer with Ryerson, Inc., a leading metals manufacturer and distributor in North America. Out of 1,800 nationwide applicants, Martindale was one of 15 chosen for employment with Ryerson. His degree in Industrial Distribution, he says, is what helped him stand apart from the other applicants.
Labs aren’t only filled with beakers, microscopes, and other tools of scientific investigation. At the Collat School of Business and the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a lab will also be filled with big ideas from current and future entrepreneurs.
Kate and Claude Nielsen have made a $500,000 commitment to establish the Nielsen Innovation Lab, which will serve as a home for student entrepreneurship clubs, as well as classes focused on innovation and business incubation. It also will provide a collaborative teaching space in which students can gain first-hand business experience working on faculty- and student-led startups.
Brian Spraberry, CEO of Callahan Eye Hospital, made a return visit to the Collat School of Business on November 10, 2015 when he met with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite.”
Callahan Eye Hospital is a member of the UAB Health System. It is located in the heart of the UAB medical campus on University Boulevard. Mr. Spraberry described the hospital’s strategic mission as taking care of people with blinding eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, and disorders related to the retina and cornea. Unlike the rest of the 1,000-bed UAB Health System, Callahan Eye Hospital delivers almost all of its services on an outpatient basis, both in the UAB campus building as well as in several satellite clinics around Birmingham.
Just one week before Mr. Spraberry’s visit, students in the class met with Jay Grinney, CEO of HealthSouth Corporation, an investor-owned provider of inpatient rehabilitation services and outpatient home health and hospice services. Mr. Spraberry explained that because Callahan Eye Hospital does not have investors, it reinvests all of its profits back into the operation of the hospital.
Jay Grinney, chief executive officer of HealthSouth Corporation, says that when setting its strategy his company has confronted and then embraced the upheaval currently underway in how health care providers are paid. Grinney made a return visit to the UAB Collat School of Business on November 3, 2015 when he met with students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”