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.”

 
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Where are undergraduates 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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Scott BoyarDr. Scott Boyar will be honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching during the annual Faculty Awards Convocation at 4 p.m. March 18 in the UAB National Alumni Society House.

Boyar, associate professor of management, has been described by students as diligent, thorough and innovative. Although he has been at UAB for only five years, Boyar has made his mark by adopting new technologies and developing courses for classroom and online delivery. Since 2009, Boyar has interacted with more than 530 students in the Collat School of Business. “Teaching at the university level requires more than expert knowledge, it encompasses a level of responsibility to both students and the community who expect and need our graduates to be ready to meet the challenges of organizational life,” Boyar said. Students say Boyar’s human resource management and organizational behavior classes are both the hardest and most rewarding classes they’ve taken. In the past few years, Boyar has published and presented papers on personality, work-family balance, turnover and social support. He uses his research to keep his courses up-to-date on management thought and best practices.

Full list of honorees




 
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There are easy problems and then there are “wicked” problems: those highly complex problems whose potential solutions require creative, interdisciplinary thinking. Students and faculty from the Collat School of Business recently participated in a “Wicked Problem Case Competition ” sponsored by the UAB School of Public Health. A total of 13 teams of UAB’s best thinkers competed. This year’s problem was how to revitalize the Bush Hills neighborhood of Birmingham located about four miles northwest of the UAB campus.

 
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A team from UAB's Collat School of Business has taken home second place in a futures trading competition up against more than 500 teams from 226 universities representing 37 countries, besting teams from schools worldwide, including Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University and the London School of Economics.