• Honors Program Students Represent Collat School of Business at UAB’s Spring Commencement

    Three members of the class of 2015 cohort of the Collat School of Business Honors Program had key roles at the April 25, 2015 UAB commencement ceremonies. Alicja Foksinska and Ameen Barghi were the undergraduate speakers. A third participant in the 2015 cohort of the program, Abeda Iqbal, was selected by the faculty to represent the school as its banner bearer for the ceremonies.
  • Paying for College Boot Camp Free for Students

    Join us for a free Chick-fil-A biscuit breakfast and discover resources that can help fund your education, including loans, grants and scholarships! Dr. Stephanie Yates will show you how to find these resources and make them stretch! Choose either session. All UAB students welcome. The workship is offered on Thursday, February 19th and again on Friday, February 20th from 7:30am-9am in BEC 119. RSVP is required. Register now for desired date: Thursday, Feb. 19th Friday, Feb. 20th
  • Business Honors Student Invited to Join Teach for America Corps

    by Sarah Domm Collat Business Honors student Tori Gandy has been invited to join the 2015 Teach for America Corps. Tori, along with two other UAB invitees, will spend the next two years teaching in low-income areas throughout America. Teach for America (TFA) is a nonprofit corps composed of high-achieving recent college graduates and professionals. Corps members are committed to expanding educational opportunities for children facing the challenges of poverty by committing for two years to teach in high-need schools. The TFA application process is highly competitive, with an acceptance rate of just 15 percents in 2014. Tori was chosen from more than 50,000 applicants at more than 850 colleges and universities throughout America. TFA takes great pride in recruiting corps members from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of academic disciplines.
  • Innovation Boot Camp for Local Executives

    UAB's Innovation Boot Camp is an exciting new opportunity for local executives to learn a process for building and fostering innovation that can be applied to products, services and business design. Innovation is vital to every type of organization, and it can be learned!
  • ServisFirst CEO Says Bank’s Name is its Strategy

    Tom Broughton, Chief Executive Officer of ServisFirst Bank , recently told students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite” that his company’s competitive advantage is based on its ability to build service relationships with its customers. Broughton made a return visit to the Collat School of Business on November 18, 2014.
  • HealthSouth CEO Shows Students the Disciplined Approach to Strategy

    Jay Grinney, Chief Executive Officer of HealthSouth Corporation , described the ten-year journey he has made at the company to redraw its strategy and make it a success. Grinney made a return visit to the UAB Collat School of Business on November 11, 2014 when he met with students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”
  • Alacare President Says His Business is a Commitment to the Community

    John Beard, Chairman and President of Alacare Home Health and Hospice, recently told students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite” that his company’s mission is to serve the health needs of the homebound citizens of Alabama.
  • Advice to Students From Hibbett Sports C-Suite: “Meet Needs”

    Hibbett Sports CEO Jeffry Rosenthal and Chief Merchant Jared Briskin met with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite,” on October 28, 2014, to discuss their company’s strategy.
  • CEO Says “Culture Wins Over Strategy” at Regions

    Regions Financial Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Grayson Hall discussed his company’s strategy with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite,” on October 21, 2014. This was Mr. Hall’s third visit since becoming CEO in 2011.
  • Energen CEO Describes His Company’s ‘Pure Play” Strategy

    James McManus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Energen Corporation, recently gave students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite” an up-close look at a “pure play” strategy.
  • Edward Aldag Shows Strategy Students the Importance of Passion

    Edward K. Aldag, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. , recently demonstrated the importance of being passionate about your career, to students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”
  • New UAB Entrepreneurship Club for Students to Hold Interest Meeting

    Radical ideas need a multidisciplinary approach to come to fruition. Students from ALL majors are invited to join the new UAB Entrepreneurship Club on Wednesday, October 8th from 4:30-6pm at the Innovation Depot , 1500 1st Ave. N., and learn about the new UAB Entrepreneurship Club for students.
  • Protective Life CEO Says Everyone Should Share in a Strategy’s Value

    Protective Life CEO Johnny Johns told students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite” on September 30, 2014 that a successful strategy should create value not only for a company’s shareholders but also for its customers and for society.
  • Charles Collat Tells Strategy Students to ‘Do Good and Be Better’

    Nancy Collat Goedecke, CEO and Chair of Mayer Electric Company, and Charles Collat, Sr., Chair Emeritus of the company, were the first guests in the Fall 2014 strategy course, “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.” The course is a combined undergraduate honors course and MBA course which is a “capstone” experience for students, designed to bring together a variety of business disciplines in the study of business strategy.
  • Students in Collat's Honors Program Excel in Research Events

    Twenty undergraduates with strong connections to the Collat School of Business recently joined other UAB students to present the results of their independent projects at two events showcasing undergraduate research.
  • Collat School of Business Honors Program Student Learns and Serves

    Margaret Yeh has a full schedule by any measure: full-time Industrial Distribution major; women’s golf team member; president of UAB chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership honors society); Collat School of Business Honors Program participant; holder of a perfect 4.0 GPA. But she also makes time to serve as an intern at Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity.
  • Record Number of Students Form 2015 Cohort of Collat Business Honors Program

    An all-time high 35 students have been admitted to the Collat School of Business Honors Program as members of the class of 2015 cohort.
  • ServisFirst Bank CEO: “Be humble and be hungry”

    Tom Broughton, Chief Executive Officer of ServisFirst Bank , made a return visit to the Collat School of Business on November 19, 2013 when he spoke with students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”
  • UAB SHRM Chapter Hosts Success with LinkedIn Workshops

    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), UAB Collat School of Business (CSOB) student chapter sponsored two LinkedIn workshops on November 14, 2013 that were facilitated by expert LinkedIn trainer, David McElhaney. Mr. McElhaney is the Managing Partner at Global Recruiters of Huntsville. Over 70 students, faculty, and staff members participated in the training event. The 90 minute sessions covered the value of networking along with the mechanics of managing your LinkedIn profile.
  • Protective Life C-Suite Members Host Strategy Students

    Four members of the C-Suite of Protective Life Corporation , including chief executive officer Johnny Johns, hosted students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite” on November 12, 2013 at company headquarters, to discuss their company’s strategy.
  • “Social Entrepreneur” Visits with Strategy Students

    Although she has never described herself as one, Isabel Rubio is a “social entrepreneur.” Rubio is the founder and CEO of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, and she recently discussed her organization and its strategy with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite”.
  • Students Compare Business and Hospital Strategies

    Brian Spraberry, CEO of the Callahan Eye Hospital, made his first visit to the Collat School of Business on October 29, 2013 when he discussed his organization and its strategy with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite”.
  • Strategy Students See Business Disciplines in Action at Hibbett Sports

    Hibbett Sports CEO Jeffry Rosenthal and merchandising chief Becky Jones were the visiting “C-Suite” executives at the October 15, 2013 class meeting of the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite.” Mr. Rosenthal and Ms. Jones demonstrated to students how strategy is interwoven with various other business disciplines, including: information systems; supply chain management; real estate management; marketing; and finance. For example, Mr. Rosenthal described the company’s “clustered expansion” strategy in which the company expands only within a short driving distance of existing stores, melding its growth strategy with its inventory management.
  • Successful Entrepreneur Discusses Strategy with Students

    Edward K. Aldag, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Medical Properties Trust, Inc., described his journey as an entrepreneur to students recently in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”
  • Regions Financial CEO Discusses Strategy of Regions with Students

    Making a return visit to the UAB Collat School of Business on October 8, 2013, Regions Financial Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Grayson Hall discussed the strategy of Regions with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite.
  • The Evolution of Strategy at HealthSouth

    Mark J. Tarr, Chief Operating Officer of HealthSouth Corporation, made his first visit to the UAB Collat School of Business on October 1, 2013 when he met with students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”
  • Energen CEO Describes His Company’s Focus to Strategy Students

    James McManus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Energen Corporation, made a return visit to the School of Business on September 24, 2013 when he spoke with students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”
  • Honors Organization for Business Earns National Recognition

    The UAB School of Business chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was named most improved chapter and granted superior status by the international honorary and service organization for accounting, finance and information system students and professionals.
  • UAB Entrepreneurs Connect Alumni Online

    For UAB School of Business associate professor Molly Wasko, Ph.D., LinkedIn is more than a social media site for professionals. She views it as a rich source of data for her research into the development of online communities—and a business opportunity that could benefit universities, their students, and their alumni. Read more...
  • Annual Department Awards Ceremonies

    Outstanding business students are recognized during the annual awards ceremonies hosted by each department during the end of the spring term. Faculty, staff and members of the student's family gather together to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of these outstanding students. Find photos from the events-
  • Professor Rauterkus to Speak about State of Economy

    On Thursday, May 16 at 6pm, Dr. Andreas Rauterkus, UAB assistant professor of finance, will address the crowd at the Emmet O’Neal library in Mountain Brook on the state of the economy. The event will be held in the library meeting room. Read more…
  • MISQ Awards Ceremony 2013

    The Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods Department held its annual awards ceremony to recognize outstanding students in management and information systems. The ceremony took place on Friday, April 26 at Rosewood Hall, Soho Square in Homewood, AL. See photos...
  • School of Business Professors Speak to Internal Risk Professionals

    UAB School of Business professors Jamey Worrell and Steve Yoder were the featured speakers at a recent continuing education meeting of the Birmingham chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Worrell spoke on "Identifying and Understanding Social Media Threats," and Yoder's topic was "Internal Audit's Role in Corporate Governance."
  • It's Graduation Time!

    It’s graduation time, a time of the year when the results of our collective efforts can be seen through the successes of our graduating students. As an early internal estimate, we are expecting 308 students to graduate in May. Graduates from our seven undergraduate majors include the following: Accounting (83), Information Systems (21), Marketing (39), Management (34), Industrial Distribution (24), Finance (21) and Economics (8). We also have 78 students receiving their graduate degrees: MBA (56) and MAc (22).
  • School of Business Sales Program Recognized Nationally

    The UAB School of Business has been named one of the top sales programs in the nation by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF). The 2013 Top University Sales Programs award recognizes those that are “preparing students for professional sales careers and placing top talent in professional selling roles.”
  • UAB Design Class Partners Engineers and Entrepreneurs

    An innovative UAB class pairs engineering students with business students to design and commercialize marketable solutions. A wheelchair that toddlers can control with a joystick and an affordable home wheelchair weight scale are two of the six outcomes from this collaboration.
  • Students in School of Business Honors Program Shine in Undergraduate Research Expo

    Five School of Business students won awards for their presentations at the Sixth Annual UAB Undergraduate Research Expo on April 26, 2013. Their topics ranged from healthcare-related issues such as collaboration in healthcare management and what medical schools can do to encourage more primary care physicians, to an inheritor’s perspective in a family business.
  • UAB's Student-Led, Green and Gold Fund Wins Third Consecutive International Title

    The UAB Green and Gold Fund , a student-led financial fund that has grown nearly $250,000 since inception, wins a third consecutive Redefining Investment Strategy Education (RISE) international championship in the Alternative category. They took home the title because they had the most superior risk-adjusted returns of any university in their category.
  • Online Learning Helps Accounting Student Find His Voice

    "You're really only an artist when you're on stage," says soul singer Paul Janeway (left) of St. Paul and the Broken Bones. "The rest of the time, you're a small-business owner." Hear Paul's story and find out how he is benefiting from UAB's new online accounting program. Plus, hear some great music! Read more...
  • UAB School of Business Streamlines MBA Program for Fall 2013

    The UAB School of Business has streamlined and modernized its MBA program. The new, sequenced courses are designed to build upon each other as students progress together, providing a clear path of study with peers who have taken the same courses. The changes take effect fall semester 2013.
  • Eric Jack Named UAB School of Business Dean After National Search

    Eric Jack, Ph.D., who has served as the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Business interim dean since October 2012, has been named to the permanent post following a nationwide search.
  • International Banking Expert and Professor, Andreas Rauterkus, Discusses Possible Levy on Bank Accounts

    It seems like a ridiculous thing to have to ask: could the U.S. government arbitrarily take 10 percent of your savings directly from your bank accoun t ? But that's precisely what's being loosely discussed in the European island nation of Cyprus. Hear more from Andreas on al.com about the current situation in Cyprus and possible effects if the U.S. were to choose this route.
  • Finance Professor Andreas Rauterkus Addresses Decline in Purchase Originations

    The Birmingham Business Journal reports that mortgage lending is still low but new development spreads hope. Andreas Rauterkus, UAB professor of finance, is quoted in the article about the low number of originations for purchases since 2005. “The decline in home lending is a reflection of the slump in the housing market,” says Rauterkus. “He said with the low number of home sales, coupled with more stringent mortgage regulations, it’s no surprise there’s been a drop in new purchase originations. “It should have been just as difficult to get a mortgage in 2005, but lenders lowered their standards, and that’s what got us in this trouble in the first place,” he said. “Also since home values have declined, it’s hard to sell a house without being underwater on the mortgage. He added that the low-interest rate environment has encouraged more borrowers to refinance their loans. Read more in The Birmingham Business Journal article…
  • Professionals in Technology-Related Careers Share First-Hand Experience

    For the third consecutive year, The UAB Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods (MISQ) held an IS Symposium for current UAB business students to learn more about the IS industry.
  • School of Business Honors Program Forms Class of 2014 Cohort

    Twenty-two students have been admitted to the School of Business Honors Program as members of the class of 2014 cohort. Participants in the Honors Program are selected on the basis of their academic performance in courses at the School of Business and in courses elsewhere at UAB, and on the basis of faculty recommendations. The focus of the School of Business Honors Program is leadership. Honors Program Director Stephen A. Yoder, J.D. said, “We believe that these talented students will be leaders in their careers, either directly or indirectly, and we want them to get as many learning opportunities related to leadership as possible while studying in the School of Business.” There are three courses in the program, which typically begin in the spring semester of a student’s junior year: A principles of leadership course, including an introduction to business presentation skills; A strategic leadership course in which CEOs of large organizations present to and interact with students; and An independent study course in which students make presentations at the UAB Undergraduate Research Expo in April of their senior years. Yoder noted that of the majors offered at the School of Business, accounting, finance, economics and industrial distribution are the most common majors among the 2014 cohort. One student is majoring in mathematics and one in communications studies. There are four students who either are currently or were formerly varsity athletes at UAB. The Honors Program is one of several honors programs offered at UAB to provide an enriched experience for high ability students. The UAB Honors Academy consists of several university-wide programs as well as other department- or school-based programs like the School of Business program. Several students in the School of Business program are also participants in university-wide programs, including the University Honors Program and the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program. Professor Yoder assists in the recruitment of students in these programs A variety of business leaders and other outside professionals have visited with participants in the Honors Program, including the CEOs of most of Birmingham’s publicly-traded companies, and thought leaders such as Neal Berte, president emeritus of Birmingham Southern College, and Drayton Nabers, former CEO of Protective Life Corporation and former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. More on UAB School of Business Honors Program (Pictured left to right, front row: Samantha McRae, Margaret Yeh, John Wong, Yujie Zheng, Jaina Patel, Sarika Patel, Bidisa Chandra (2013 cohort), Amanda Reidy, Anna Tillman, Emily Mosley, Andreanna Johnson. Second row, left to right: Bethany Spates, Kyle Portwood, Tyler Mims, Robert Zebrowski, Jory Eaton, Tonya McKinney, Kirsten Ebert, Jordan Jones, Kellee Pearson. Not pictured: Abigail Hackett, Daniel Kwon and Gerard Ramsey)
  • Building Academic Programs at UAB School of Business

    In our last e-news, I gave a brief synopsis of our school and then highlighted the people who make the UAB School of Business so special. In this issue, I’d like to focus on our innovative, top-quality programs. Simply stated, our programs are the vehicles by which we engage our stakeholders and satisfy our customers. At the UAB School of Business, we educate students through two sets of programs: undergraduate (e.g. BS degrees in seven business disciplines including Accounting, Finance, Management, Information Systems, Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics) and graduate (MBA and Master of Accounting). Our program offerings have remained strong and consistent for several years, but the needs of business are continually evolving, and the UAB School of Business understands the vital need to continually evaluate our offerings to ensure that the programs we deliver are meeting the needs of our students and the business community. That’s why we’re making three significant sets of changes that we believe will enhance our ability to meet the changing needs of our stakeholders and customers.
  • Alumni Honored as Top Young Professionals

    Two UAB School of Business alumni recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal in its annual Top 40 Under 40 class that includes Top aspiring young professionals in the Birmingham area.
  • UAB Business Students Give Back to Community While Gaining Practical Experience

    UAB School of Business is working with United Way and PNC Bank to provide free tax assistance to households making less than $49,000. Call United Way, (205) 458-8970, for more information and to make an appointment.
  • Provost Names Finalists for School of Business Dean

    The four finalists for dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business will visit campus during the next two weeks for interviews and public presentations. The candidates are Kenneth R. Evans of the University of Oklahoma , Eric P. Jack of the University of Alabama at Birmingham , Stephen T. Parente of the University of Minnesota , and David J. Urban of Virginia Commonwealth University .
  • UAB School of Business Makes Top Social Media List

    Online MBA Page.com ranks the UAB School of Business among the Top 50 Social Media Friendly MBA Schools . The list ranks UAB’s MBA program at No. 44 out of more than 400 campus-based business schools from across the United States.
  • UAB Business Class is Lesson for Students and CEOs

    The UAB School of Business Strategic Leadership through the Eyes of the C-Suite course, which welcomed nine CEOs to speak with students during the fall semester, might be more aptly named Strategic Leadership from the Mouth of the C-Suite. Read More...
  • What Is Going to Happen in 2013?

    Professor Andreas Rauterkus explains what to expect from the economy in the year ahead at the Birmingham Business Journal's 2013 Economic Forecast panel. Read More.. .
  • Banks Are Between A Rock And A Hard Place

    "Banks are stuck in a tough place right now," says UAB Business professor and banking expert Stephen Yoder. The Birmingham Business Journal provides a full report of what he had to say at a recent Women's Network meeting about the current conditions of the banking industry. Read More...
  • Miller Appointed to Lead MBA Program at UAB

    Kenneth L. Miller, Ed.D., has been appointed director of the UAB School of Business MBA program , effective Jan. 1, 2013. Miller, who earned his doctoral degree in higher education administration from The Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, began teaching in the UAB School of Business as an adjunct professor of marketing in 2004. He was appointed full time clinical instructor in 2009.
  • UAB Business Students Take 2 of Top 3 Spots at Pi Sigma Epsilon Competition

    The website for cutlery firm CUTCO says its Santoku-Style Cheese Knife is sharp, subtle and functional, with the ability to glide through or break off chunks of cheese. You can easily use the same description for two University of Alabama at Birmingham seniors who sliced and diced their way, via simulated selling of the CUTCO knife , to Top 3 finishes at the recent Pi Sigma Epsilon South/West Regional Conference Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon.
  • UAB’s Burdette Selected for Disney College Program

    Amy Burdette, a UAB junior and management major, has been selected to participate in the Disney College Program for the spring 2013 semester. Amy will work in the merchandise department at Walt Disney World Resort, where she hopes to learn best practices in working with customers.
  • School and Accounting Community Mourn the Death of Professor Ollie Powers

    It is with great sadness that we share that a member of our UAB family has passed away. Professor Ollie Powers died on December 3, 2012. Ollie was one of the first instructors at the UAB School of Business when it opened in 1971, and he became a full-time professor in 1976. He was beloved by his students, colleagues and the accounting community and was an inspiration to everyone he met. He will be greatly missed. Related article: Professor Ollie Powers Feted at Retirement Reception December 14, 2011
  • UAB in China Offers Trip, Immersion Class to Everyone

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Business is opening its UAB in China study-abroad experience to anyone interested in observing the world’s largest emerging market first hand. The trip, scheduled for May 13-24, 2013, includes visits to Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. Students will receive hands-on knowledge of China’s business and cultural environment through direct interaction with businesses and universities. The trip also will include cultural activities and the opportunity to communicate with Chinese college students. Simon Sheng, Ph.D. , associate professor in the School of Business, is the trip’s faculty leader. Sheng received his B.S. from China’s Tsinghua University and has authored several papers on business and culture in the country. His core research is on emerging economies with a focus on pricing, market channels, institutional theory and marketing issues.
  • UAB Program Develops Leaders, Prevents Knowledge Migration

    Google “What stops migration of leaders?” and you will be bombarded with thousands of websites dedicated to political rhetoric. Ask someone at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) the same question, and you will find a common answer: the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA). The joint collaboration between UAB’s School of Business and School of Medicine has helped the university retain promising faculty and staff members at all of its health-focused schools. The HLA, launched in January 2009, welcomed its fifth class of new candidates with a weekend orientation retreat earlier this fall. Leap-of-faith activities like the Pamper Pole and the classic trust fall help members overcome fears and improve communication and teamwork.
  • Protective Life CEO Tells Strategy Students “Cheap is not a Strategy”

    Johnny Johns, Chairman, President and CEO of Protective Life Corporation , told the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite” on November 27, 2012 that simply being more efficient is not going to be a winning strategy. Johns said, “Cheap is not a strategy.” Mr. Johns hosted the class at the company’s headquarters in Birmingham.
  • Scholarship Application Deadlines Approaching

    A number of scholarships, available to business students at all levels, are awarded on an annual basis. The application deadline is December 1st for the Opportunities in Business 4-Year Scholarships and February 1st for all other School of Business scholarships. Read more...
  • Energen CEO Describes His Company’s Strategic Transformations

    James McManus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Energen Corporation, made a return visit to the School of Business on November 13, 2012 when he spoke with students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”
  • Welcome 2012-13 Business Student Leaders!

    Outstanding Business students are selected each fall to represent the School of Business as UAB Business Student Leaders. Students are selected based on their experiences, campus and community involvement, and overall GPA. The Business Student Leaders provide first-hand knowledge of the School to prospective students, participate in business projects in the Birmingham community, and serve as a valued resource for faculty and administration with regard to strategic planning for the school. Pictured: (Front Row, L-R) Ariel Smith, (MG-HR) Anna Johnson(Med ID), Belicia Montgomery(MK), Lindsey Gipson(FN), Sadie Foster(Med ID), and Abby Hackett(FN/MK). (Back Row, L-R) Zach Phillips(FN), Megan Stone(MG-HR), Onreisha Pruitt(FN/MK), Shelby Smith(MG), Keith Wright(IS), Olu Ogunbi(MK), and Will Bates(AC). Not Pictured: Alicja Foksinska(MG), Courtney Foster(AC/FN), Dominique Gibson(FN), and Joey Spellerberg(MK).
  • UAB Leader to Leader Breakfast Series Concludes with Insight from Greg Canfield (UAB FN ’83)

    Find coverage of the UAB Leader to Leader Breakfast Series event on November 8, 2012 featuring Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce and Chairman of the Alabama Economic Development Alliance- Bentley to announce new focus on education and workforce development... Greg Canfield's advice for JeffCo's woes...
  • Faculty Publication to Help Accounting Firms Prosper During an Economic Downturn

    Jim Byrd, visiting instructor in the UAB Accounting and Finance Department co-authored a publication appearing in the November CPA Journal that identifies strategies and opportunities for accounting firms to prosper during an economic downturn. See publication
  • Colonial Properties COO Says Good Leaders Know How to Focus

    In his first visit to the UAB School of Business, Colonial Properties Trust Chief Operating Officer Paul Earle told students that great leaders know how to focus both small groups and large groups of people on their organization’s vision. Earle met with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite” on November 6, 2012.
  • Regions Bank CEO Says Banks Must Share Same Values with Customers

    Grayson Hall made his first visit to the UAB School of Business as CEO of Regions Financial Corporation on October 30, 2012 when he met with the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite.”
  • UAB Hosts U.S. Ambassador in Live Webcast at U.S.-China Relations Town Hall

    Eight days before the U.S. presidential election and less than two weeks before China’s Communist Party Congress names a new leader, UAB’s International Business Association will host the sixth annual CHINA Town Hall meeting from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in the Chemistry Building Room 101, 901 14th Street South. Gary F. Locke, U.S. ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, will appear live via webcast from Beijing, China. Stanley M. Erdreich, Jr., a Birmingham native who served U.S. presidents Carter, Reagan and George H.W. Bush in appointed capacities dealing with the Pacific Basin, will attend in person.
  • ProAssurance CEO Suggests Students Follow the “3Es”

    Stancil Starnes, Chairman and CEO of ProAssurance Corporation , told students on October 23, 2012 in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite” to expect change throughout their careers and suggested they deal with change through “3 Es:” Enthusiasm, Effectiveness and Efficiency.
  • Strategy Students Hear What’s Right about REITs

    Edward K. Aldag, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. , spoke to students recently in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”
  • Her Company’s Growing Success Encourages UAB Business Grad to Expand in Loft District

    Taylor Peake-Wyatt (IS '11), is moving her family and MotionMobs, her two-year old company specializing in developing iPhone and Android mobile phone apps, into an over 100-year-old warehouse building within Birmingham's hip loft district. Read more...
  • Interprofessional Global Health Service Learning Initiative Info Session

    A new initiative, Interprofessional Global Health Service Learning, is underway that crosses UAB’s disciplines to offer students the opportunity to learn more about key concepts of social responsibility in global health, interprofessional collaboration, and interdisciplinary team work.
  • UAB’s Leaders Talk Strategy in Higher Education

    Two members of UAB’s own “C-Suite” visited with students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite” on October 9, 2012. Interim President Richard Marchase, Ph.D, and Vice Provost for Administration and Quality Improvement Harlan Sands, J.D., were the first senior executives of a tax-exempt organization to visit the class this semester.
  • UAB School of Business Named One of Best by The Princeton Review

    The UAB School of Business is one of the best in the world, according to The Princeton Review’s “Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition.” This is the seventh consecutive year the school has been profiled in the annual guidebook. Rankings are based on a survey of 19,000 students at 296 schools — 280 of which are in the United States, along with 16 international institutions. The surveys analyzed for this edition were completed online during the 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2009-10 academic years. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in order. The School of Business was recognized by students for its cutting-edge classes, strong curriculum and flexible schedules. The school’s location in the heart of Alabama’s economic center and the experience of the faculty also received praise from students surveyed.
  • Employers in Birmingham Looking for More Top Recruits

    Michael Hang was one of the top 3 recruits in the country for Ford Motor Company in spring 2012. Ford, Bridgestone- Firestone, CTS, GE, Regions, and more are back in the Business School this month interviewing for intern and full-time positions. Register on Dragon Trail and prepare for your future career!
  • ServisFirst CEO Tells Strategy Students to “Invest in People”

    Tom Broughton, Chief Executive Officer of ServisFirst Bank, made a return visit to the School of Business on October 2, 2012 when he spoke with students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”
  • Business Freshmen Talk about Their UAB Experience So Far

    Six weeks into the fall 2012 term, we check in with a few of our freshmen to see how they are adjusting to UAB. Watch the video to see what we find.
  • Professor Robicheaux Comments on Retail Marketing of Birmingham's Crossplex

    Two businesses want to buy land at Birmingham's Crossplex, the latest offer Mayor William Bell's administration hopes will spark larger development around the $46 million sports complex at Fair Park. Professsor Robicheaux comments on the latest possibilities and steps needed for the success of Crossplex in The Birmingham News article- Walgreens, Bojangles chicken latest proposals for Birmingham's Crossplex campus Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 5:00 AM Updated: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 5:02 AM By Joseph D. Bryant -- The Birmingham News Follow
  • Strategy Students Study Sports Retailing

    Hibbett Sports CEO Jeffry Rosenthal and director of internal controls Rolanda Waddell kicked off the visits from the “C-Suites” of large organizations with the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite,” on September 25, 2012.
  • UAB Research Fuels Push for Collecting Online Sales Tax

    A study authored by UAB Business Professor Bob Robicheaux shows that Alabama lost over $160M last year in uncollected sales tax from online purchases, and that number is expected to grow substantially each year unless new legislation prevents it. Governor Robert Bentley joined a panel discussion at Alabama Retail Day to address this growing concern.
  • UAB Hosts Business Version of Speed Dating

    UAB Business students and employers spent an evening connecting during a speed networking event hosted by the UAB School of Business and sponsored by .
  • UAB's "Speed Dating" Event Brings Employers and Students Seeking Jobs Together

    UAB's Business Speed Networking event provides 50 students from the School of Business with an oppoturnity to exchange information with roughly a dozen potential employers, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car (the event's sponsor), Regions Financial, and Aerotek. Read more...
  • Governor Joins Panel Discussing UAB Online Tax-Loss Study

    A panel featuring Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will discuss how potential federal tax law changes regarding online sales taxes will affect the state and retailers at an Alabama Retail Day event set for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Read more...
  • Manolo Sanchez, President/CEO, BBVA Compass, to Speak on Sept. 13th

    UAB Presents Leader to Leader Breakfast Series with Manolo Sanchez, President/CEO, BBVA Compass. The Leader to Leader Breakfast Series brings the nation's business leaders together with Birmingham's business leaders. The UAB School of Business is hosting industry leaders from the banking, finance, energy and security sectors. Breakfast will also be served. Thursday, September 13, 2012 · 7 AM Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall Purchase season tickets here.
  • Professor Wasko’s Company Featured in BBJ's Entrepreneur Spotlight

    Dr. Molly Wasko talks with Birmingham Business Journal about the challenges of developing and launching her rapidly-growing company inDegree Inc., a company providing an alumni-tracking service that helps universities build stronger alumni communities and helps students leverage their alumni networks in the job market. "I am a big proponet of lean startup methodology," Wasko said. "Build it quick, launch it, fix it, launch it better. Don't wait to develop the perfect platform and then launch. Get it out there and then keep revising." Read more...
  • On the Record with Eric Jack, Interim Dean of UAB School Of Business

    Dr. Jack has more than 11 years of experience with the School as a professor and associate dean. He shares some advice for students and more about himself in an interview reported in The Birmingham News. Read article...
  • On-Campus Recruiting for Spring 2013 Accounting Internships Begins!

    On-Campus Recruiting for Spring 2013 Accounting Internships begins Tuesday, August 28 and First Offer Date is Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 a.m. Recruiters from the organizations below are scheduled to interview our students on the dates indicated. All interviews will be held in UAB School of Business, Career & Professional Development Services, BEC 203.
  • Back in School for Business!

    Business students take time during their first week back at school to tell us a little about themselves and what they like most about UAB. Plus, hear some feedback on the all new ZEBI restaurant located right here in the School of Business.
  • UAB Business Students Hoping to Find Treasure in Black Belt Bamboo

    UAB business students traveled to Wilcox County this summer for a faculty-led service learning experience. Read more...
  • UAB Professor to Deliver Keynote at Research Scholar Conference in Helsinki

    The European Group for Organizational Studies has invited Grant T. Savage, Ph.D., professor in the UAB School of Business , to chair and be keynote speaker for a session at their 2012 conference in Helsinki on July 7, 2012. The session, titled “Project Networks and Stakeholder Management,” will explore how corporations and public entities deal with large, complex projects. “CEOs and government officials must recognize through discussions with top leaders is only a starting point; it doesn’t capture today’s reality,” says Savage. “Large projects today have multiple stakeholders and powerful entities. You can’t forget the moral outrage of those that are affected by a decision, because voices that are not heard oftentimes will trump the financial power of corporations.” EGOS members, from business, sociology, engineering, political science and other disciplines, hail from 46 countries. The organization focus is to understand the workings of modern organizations.
  • Marketing Professor Erik Schwiebert's Company DiscoveryBioMed Wins $222K Grant

    The grant by the National Institutes of Health will help fund the Birmingham-based company's focus on high-throughput screening and discovery of new drugs to help prevent obesity-related diseases. Read more...
  • Professor Yoder on ABC 33/40 Providing Tips on Raising Your Credit Score

  • Powers Receives First ASCPA Lifetime Achievement Award

    UAB associate professor emeritus Ollie Powers received the first Alabama Society of CPA’s Lifetime Achievement in Accounting Education Award for his 40-year career as an accounting educator on June 7, 2012.
  • Professor Rauterkus Discusses Loss in Americans' Net Worth

  • Annual Department Awards Banquets Recognize Outstanding Students

    See banquet programs and photos Accounting Photos Program Finance Photos Program Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods Photos Program Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics Photos Program
  • UAB's NABA Chapter Places in Top 3 for National Award

    The Department of Accounting and Finance is proud to report UAB’s NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) chapter is in third place nationally for the 2012 SCREP (Student Chapter Reporting and Evaluation Program) Division II Award. The chapter is in first place for the NABA Southern Region 2012 SCREP Division II Award.
  • Professor Yoder Publishes Article in Directors and Boards Magazine Focusing on the “Rogue Director”

    Yoder suggests preventive measures for dealing with problem directors, such as term limits and continuing education that includes team dynamics. Yoder is a lawyer who teaches courses in corporate governance, leadership and legal studies. Read more...
  • UAB Team Wins Alabama Launchpad $100,000 Grand Prize

    inDegree, a team from UAB, has won the $100,000 grand prize in the Alabama Launchpad business plan competition. inDegree includes Molly Wasko, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods . Read more...
  • Inaugural Morris M. “Mickey” Gee Servant Leader Award Given

    Rylee Roquemore, a recent marketing graduate from Jasper, Ala., received the first Morris M. “Mickey” Gee Servant Leader Award from the Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics . Read more...
  • UAB Business Leading the Way in Quality Online Instruction

    Dr. Elizabeth Fisher’s online faculty training course, BUS 001: Designing, Teaching and Managing Online Instruction, is the second course in the state of Alabama to receive Quality Matters (QM) recognition and the QM seal. The first course to receive recognition was also from the UAB School of Business.
  • In Celebration of Our Spring Graduates!

    Faculty and staff celebrated with graduates and their friends and family at a reception prior to commencement on May 12, 2012
  • Professor A. Rauterkus Talks with CBS 42 about Economic Mobility in the South

    “Of all the southern states, Alabama has the most opportunity for prosperity.” -Professor Andreas Rauterkus
  • Current Job Market Shows More Opportunity for Business Majors

    Graduates are facing a tough job market, but fortunately for our grads, business skills remain in demand. Read more...
  • UAB Business Students Earn Green and Gold with Fund

    The UAB Green and Gold Fund , a student-managed investment portfolio, began with $300,000 in 2005 and has nearly doubled in value since its inception, outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ. The feat is made more impressive considering the fund is required to hold lower-risk, lower-returning investments such as cash and bonds.
  • Students Win Shopping Sprees to the Shops of Grand River

    Over 80 UAB Business students recently competed in the OMG Graduation Business Interview Competition by submitting an “Elevator Pitch” video and resume to UAB School of Business Career and Professional Development Services.
  • New Eatery Coming to the Business School

    The School of Business will soon be home to the newest, freshest food eatery on campus! ZeBi , a new bistro featuring freshly made sandwiches, salads, soups and gourmet grab-and-go, is moving into the space currently occupied by the Simply to Go Cart next to the lobby. ZeBi, short for Zest Bistro, will also feature trade coffee and organic teas, as well as fresh baked goods and a few entrée items.
  • Instructor Elizabeth Turnbull Selected as the Gamma Sigma Alpha Faculty Member of the Year!

    The Faculty of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual for striving to meet and achieving excellence in all areas of educating Greek students at UAB. Elizabeth was nominated by the members of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. One of the members is quoted as saying: “Professor Turnbull has been one of the best professors I have had at UAB. Not only is she very knowledgeable about business, but she genuinely cares about her students.” Another as saying: “As the instructor for Introduction to Business, she aided greatly in my transition to college. Instantaneously I felt comfortable in a college classroom setting. Her guiding words helped me feel confident and certain of my majors of choice.”
  • UAB Business Executive in Residence Brings Expertise to UAB Forum Exploring Regenerative Medicine's Potential Impact

    Joel Dobbs, UAB Executive in Resi­dence in Entrepreneurship with over 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, provides an overview of the economic hurdles involved in taking an idea from in­novation to a successful product at the recent UAB forum exploring regenerative medicine’s potential impact. Read more…
  • Industrial Distribution Student Earns Prestigious Business Scholarship

    James “Randy” Carter , a junior in the UAB School of Business , was awarded the Gary L. Buffington Memorial Scholarship by the Industrial Supply Association . The $10,000 scholarship is given every year to the best industrial distribution student in the nation.
  • New UAB Men’s Basketball coach, Jerod Haase, will be the speaker for the May 10 Leader to Leader Event

    Don't miss the chance to hear Jerod Haase, new UAB Men's Basketball Head Coach speak at the upcoming Leader to Leader Breakfast Series on Thursday, May 10th, 2012, 7am in the Alys Stephens Center, Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall.
  • UAB Green and Gold Fund Defends National Championship

    UAB ’s Green and Gold Fund won the 2012 Alternative Investment Style national championship at this week’s R.I.S.E. XII Forum. This marks back-to-back national titles for the student-managed investment portfolio. The R.I.S.E. Forum is the largest national collegiate portfolio competition in the country.
  • Professor Robicheaux Talks with The Birmingham News about Effects of High Gas Prices

    Paying $4 a gallon for gas not only puts a crimp on transportation spending, it's also a psychological barrier that makes consumers hunker down in other areas, said Bob Robicheaux, a retailing expert and professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "People just stop moving around as much all together," he said. "The spike in gasoline prices can cause a downturn in shopping at the malls and trips to the stores because people begin to question whether they want to travel 10 or 15 miles round trip to go explore what they might buy." Full article Published: Sunday, April 08, 2012, 7:30 AM By Dawn Kent -- The Birmingham News
  • Jacob Ledbetter Awarded Language Scholarship

    6 th UAB recipient in last 3 years Jacob Ledbetter, a freshman in the UAB School of Business, has been selected for the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship Program . It is the sixth such honor for a UAB student in the last three years.
  • UAB Team Defends National Championship

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham ’s Green and Gold Fund won the 2012 Alternative Investment Style national championship at this week’s R.I.S.E. XII Forum. This marks back to back national titles for the student managed investment portfolio. The fund is valued at approximately $525,000 – easily surpassing their goal of $500,000 – and has outperformed the S&P 500 by a wide margin. The UAB Green and Gold Fund is run by UAB students operating out of the UAB School of Business Bloomberg Terminal Room. The newly created space features 20 Bloomberg terminals, the same used by financial professionals, to monitor and analyze real time financial market data and place trades electronically. The UAB Green and Gold Fund holdings include Apple, Google and Amazon. The UAB national championship team is advised by Jacob Gelber, instructor in the UAB School of Business, and the student leaders are: · Daniel Phillips, Chief Investment Officer · Kevin Mann, Chief Economist, Web Designer, Portfolio Manager, Accounting Officer · Lou Jackson, Portfolio Manager · Daniel Wilson, Portfolio Manager, Former Chief Investment Officer · Corey Lovelace, Portfolio Manager · Joshua Phillips, Analyst The UAB Green and Gold Fund also took second place in the Balanced Portfolio category narrowly missing two national titles this year. They won first place in the undergraduate Growth Style Category at the 2008 R.I.S.E. Forum and have been featured on CNBC and in Bloomberg BusinessWeek in the past. The R.I.S.E. Forum is the largest national collegiate portfolio competition in the country. Media Contact: Kevin Storr, storr@uab.edu , 205-975-3997
  • UAB AMA Chapter Earns Top Awards at International Competition

    Nine UAB|AMA members, along with Professor John Hansen and Advisor Laura Weems Tull, attended the 34th International Collegiate AMA Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 22-25, 2012.
  • Professors Andreas and Stephanie Rauterkus on Fox 6 Making Sense of High Gas Prices

  • Ollie Powers Endowed Faculty Position

    On November 30, 2011, Professor Ollie Powers retired from the UAB School of Business after 36 years. During his 36 year career he witnessed the University’s development from its infancy; the School of Business went from being an unaccredited business program to an AACSB accredited School of Business. Throughout it all, Ollie enjoyed his time at UAB too much to call it work, although his dedication to the institution and its students would suggest otherwise.
  • Drayton Nabers Visits With Leadership Students

    Former Alabama Chief Justice and Protective Life CEO Drayton Nabers, Jr. met with undergraduate honors students in a class on leadership on March 26, 2012. Nabers’s topic was ethics for business leaders.
  • Professor A. Rauterkus on Fox 6 about Taxation Rate on Gas in AL

    Gas prices are expected to rise during the summer. While the tax rate will remain fixed per gallon, would it do any good if some of those taxes were possibly eliminated? "As a general rule, the taxation law of gasoline in the United States is so much less than anywhere else in the world. I'm not sure how much that would do in lowering our gas prices," Andreas Rauterkus, UAB Assistant Finance Professor said. The federal tax rate is set at 18.4 cents per gallon. Alaska has the lowest gas prices in the country, Connecticut has the highest. Alabama is among the lowest. Rauterkus says don't expect that to change, especially in an election year. "It's not going to happen. It's an idea I don't see happening for that no matter what," Rauterkus said. Full article on Fox 6 WBRC
  • UAB Accounting Grad Brings Home Financial Advice

    Declan O'Beirne, VP and CFO of John Hancock Financial and graduate of UAB's accounting program, provided financial advice at the recent UAB Business Leader to Leader Series. Read more...
  • Local Banks' Bottom Lines Hit from Restrictions on Service Fees

    Professor Stephen Yoder is quoted in the March 19, 2012 issue of the Birmingham Business Journal on the effect on larger banks from governmental restrictions on bank service fees. See article
  • School and Business Community Mourn the Death of Beloved Professor Mickey Gee

    Mickey Gee, noted business executive and instructor at UAB School of Business, died suddenly March 5, 2012. He was 66.
  • Professor Yoder Talks about Birmingham as a Banking Center

    Professor Yoder talks with Birmingham Business Journal about Birmingham's position among the top 10 largest banking centers in the U.S. Yoder said it’s interesting to note that the assets held by Birmingham banks improved Alabama’s ranking as a banking center when compared to states across the country. Alabama is No. 6 in the nation based on total assets of state-chartered banks, he said, citing the Alabama Banking Department’s fiscal year 2011 annual report. Most of those assets (about $193 billion of $220 billion) are for banks headquartered in Birmingham. “This ranking has always been a point of pride for Alabama, particularly because the states ahead of it are states with much larger populations,” he said. Full article from the Birmingham Business Journal
  • Southern Company Executive Talks Team Leadership with Students

    UAB School of Business alumnus, and current Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Southern Company, Art P. Beattie, met with School of Business Honors Program students on Monday, February 20, 2012 to discuss team leadership.
  • Alumni Honored as Top Young Professionals in the Birmingham Area

    Top aspiring young professionals in the Birmingham area are recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal in its annual Top 40 Under 40 section revealed this month. Past honorees are some of Birmingham’s most recognized business leaders. The highly anticipated list includes a “super hero” theme that asks each honoree what super power they would most like to have and how they would use it to help Birmingham. The following UAB School of Business alumni made the list: John Barnhart (MBA '05), Director of American Cast Iron Pipe Co.’s information services Trey Cummings (BS Accounting '00 & MAc '01), Owner and associate broker of Crown Acquisition LLC and Bentley Realty Group LLC Jonathan Porter (MBA '97), Director of customer service at Alabama Power Co. James Underwood (MBA '00), Chief portfolio strategist with Welch Hornsby Inc. See full list with bios and related entertainment- Meet the 2012 Top 40 Under 40 Birmingham Business Journal Date: Friday, February 3, 2012, 3:47am CST
  • Professor Yoder Comments on ‘Banker’s Banks

    Assistant Professor Stephen Yoder is quoted in the January 30, 2012 issue of the Birmingham Business Journal on the strategy of banks acting as banks for other banks, noting that the recent failure of a large such bank in Atlanta has given some banks and their regulators pause about entering into such a business line. Full article in BBJ
  • UAB School of Business Maintains AACSB Accreditation

    The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) recently announced that the UAB School of Business maintained its accreditation in both business and accounting. Only 1% of business schools worldwide are accredited in both.
  • Project Management Certificate Program Helps Graduate Change Careers

    The training and certification that Gina Boyington recently earned through the Project Management Certificate Program offered by the UAB Management, Information Systems, and Quantitative Methods department and the Project Management Institute, Birmingham chapter, allowed her to change the course of her career.
  • Massive Bank Consolidation on Horizon, IBERIABANK CEO Tells UAB Crowd

    The President and CEO of IBERIABANK , Daryl G. Byrd, opened the latest UAB School of Business Leader to Leader breakfast saying, “We are going to see a massive amount of consolidation in the banking industry. Good, bad or indifferent in terms of what you think about it, I think it is going to happen.”
  • Regions Sells Morgan Keegan: Professor Rauterkus Tells BBJ Why

    Andreas Rauterkus, UAB assistant professor of finance, told the Birmingham Business Journal that Regions had several reasons to sell the unit. “This sale shows that Regions really wanted to get out of this particular business,” said Rauterkus. “Morgan Keegan has not made a lot of positive headlines in the last years with all of the lawsuits that were filed against it. I think Regions is getting rid of a headache that its had. Plus, Regions needed the money to pay off the TARP.” Full article from Birmingham Business Journal
  • UAB Leads the Way in Call for Civic Learning

    "A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future," prepared by the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, released in January 2012 includes UAB as one of the few higher education institutions around the country where the suggestions in the report are already happening. Read more...
  • New Push to Commercialize UAB Research Includes Business Community

    The School of Business is part of a new initiative aimed to turn brainpower at UAB into a wave of business start-ups. The first component of the initiative is called i2i -- short for Invention to Innovation -- and it seeks to create viable businesses from work at the university. Read more...
  • UAB Alumnus Art Beattie Rings Opening Bell on New York Stock Exchange

    Southern Company Chief Financial Officer and UAB School of Business alumnus Art Beattie rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on January 5 in celebration of the company's 100th anniversary.
  • iPad Drawing Official Rules

    No purchase necessary to enter drawing. Drawing is open to University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) students currently registered for 2012 spring classes. UAB School of Business is the sponsor of the drawing. Students may enter by filling out and submitting an entry card at the UAB-Memphis Basketball game on January 7, 2012 and must be present to win. All entries must be received before tipoff. No more than one entry per student is allowed. By submitting an entry, you have accepted the terms outlined in the official rules . All entries become the sole property of UAB School of Business and none will be acknowledged or returned. Entries will be declared invalid if they are late, illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, mutilated or forged. Winning entries will not receive further compensation beyond a 16GB, wi-fi iPad itself. Entry is free, unconditional and does not depend on any purchase. The School of Business reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should the featured prize become unavailable for any reason. The School of Business reserves the right to disqualify entrants who do not abide by these Official Rules. Winner agrees to permit the School of Business to utilize the winning entry in its original or edited form in any promotional or marketing purposes for the School of Business without further acknowledgement or compensation. Winner agrees to permit the School of Business to utilize his/her name and likeness in promotional and other School of Business materials, including School of Business website, without additional compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.
  • School of Business to Give Away iPad 2 at Memphis Basketball Game

    So the holidays are over and you didn’t get the Apple iPad 2 you desperately wanted? The UAB School of Business wants to hook you up! We’re kicking off 2012 (and what we expect to be a great year) by giving away a FREE iPad to one lucky UAB student at the UAB-Memphis Bartow Classic on January 7, 2012 . If there’s a better way to start off the Spring Term, we don’t know it!
  • Internship Provides More than Experience for a Recent MBA Graduate

    Andrew Murphy took time at the UAB School of Business graduation reception held on December 17 th , 2011 to share his journey over the last few years since he started the UAB MBA program. With a Fine Arts degree from Samford University, Andrew was working as an office manager and bookkeeper when he discovered that he really enjoyed business and finance.
  • Marketing Professor Mickey Gee is 1st in Alabama to Earn Official Recognition for Quality Online Instruction

    Mickey Gee, Marketing Professor and Instructor-in-Residence in the UAB Marketing, Industrial Distribution, and Economics Department, recently earned Quality Matters (QM) recognition for MK 303 QL: Basic Marketing following a stringent review process by a trained QM peer review team. This is the first QM recognition earned by a public university in Alabama.
  • Professor Ollie Powers Feted at Retirement Reception

    More than 100 UAB School of Business students, alumni, faculty and staff attended a reception at the UAB Alumni House on December 6 to honor beloved professor Ollie Powers, who retires this month after teaching at the school for 40 years.
  • Josh Carpenter, 2012 Rhodes Scholar and UAB Graduate, Talks about His Experience at UAB and Plans for Oxford and Beyond

    What influenced your decision to attend UAB? Do you feel that you had a personalized education at UAB? What stands out most about your experience in the School of Business? What is important about being a Rhodes Scholar? How have your aspirations changed since starting at UAB? What has your experience been teaching in the Blackbelt through Teach for America? Plans after Oxford?
  • Business Leaders Provide Ethics Guidance to Students

    In the final class of the semester in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Management: Conversations With CEOs,” three senior leaders from Birmingham-based companies gave students wide-ranging and practical advice on how to make good ethical decisions in their personal and professional lives.
  • Take the Headache Out of Holiday Shopping

    If you chose leftovers over Black Friday shopping, don't worry, there are still lots of bargains out there. UAB business professor Stephanie Rauterkus has tips and strategies to help you get the best deals and stay within your budget.
  • Has Shopping Eclipsed Giving Thanks?

    Shopping is overtaking eating as the national pastime for Thanksgiving, and shoppers are being urged to gorge themselves unnecessarily, says instructor and retail expert Mickey Gee.
  • UAB Alum Joshua Carpenter Named 2012 Rhodes Scholar

    Joshua Carpenter, a 2010 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham , has been awarded a 2012 Rhodes Scholarship . Carpenter, an accounting major in the UAB School of Business , is the school’s second Rhodes Scholar.
  • Coffee Talk With Royal Cup CEO

    William E. Smith, Jr., chairman of the board of Royal Cup Coffee, discussed his company’s strategy on November 15, 2011 with students in the combined capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Management: Conversations With CEOs.”
  • Business Classes for All Majors

    Because Everyone Can Use Some Business! Spring 2012 The UAB School of Business offers many courses that are open to all UAB students regardless of major. These courses have no School of Business prerequisites. Limited seats available.
  • Hibbett Senior Executives Visit Strategy Class

    Senior management executives from Hibbett Sports demonstrated to students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Management: Conversations With CEOs,” that a successful business strategy is built on all of the business disciplines.
  • Professor Sheng Talks with CBS42 about the "Power of the Consumer"

  • UAB and everis: A Partnership Built to Last

    everis, a global management consulting, IT services and outsourcing company with over 7,300 professionals in over 11 countries around the globe is looking to UAB School of Business Career Services to help expand their services in Birmingham and other parts of the U.S.
  • UAB Business Faculty Lead the Way in Innovation

    The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama announces the 2011-12 Alabama Launchpad class. UAB leads all universities with six finalists; twice as many as the next closest university. Four of the UAB finalists include a UAB School of Business professor on the team. Alabama Launchpad is an annual business plan competition that feeds into economic development for the state.
  • Professor Robicheaux Comments on a New Business Using Vending Machine to Reach Meat Lovers

    ODENVILLE, Alabama -- It could be the ultimate convenience for carnivores -- a vending machine that dispenses filet mignon in the same way you would buy a cola. What may be Alabama's first-ever meat vending machine exists at an Odenville store, and the Birmingham company that created it has beefy expectations to expand the concept. Find out what Professor Robicheaux has to say about the new concept and what challenges they may face. By Michael Tomberlin -- The Birmingham News Published: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 6:00 AM
  • ProAssurance CEO Starnes Tells Students to Expect Major Changes in Healthcare Delivery

    Stancil Starnes, Chairman and CEO of ProAssurance Corporation, told students on October 25, 2011 in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class “Strategic Management: Conversations with CEOs” that the “world of healthcare is going to change.”
  • Student Organizations Offer a Great Way to Get Involved on Campus

    "Business student organizations offer a great way to get involved and make yourself more marketable to employers," says Belicia Montgomery, Business Student Leader Find Business Student Organizations
  • ServisFirst Bank CEO Tom Broughton Tells Strategy Students Bank Branches Are Obsolete

    Tom Broughton, Chief Executive Officer of ServisFirst Bank, visited the School of Business for the first time on October 18, 2011 when he spoke with students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic Management: Conversations With CEOs.”
  • Halloween Indicates if Holiday Season will be Retailers’ Trick or Treat

    There are 14 million people officially unemployed in the United States; another 12 million have stopped looking for jobs. Yet the ghoulish economy is not scaring away Halloween consumers, and that means the holiday season will not be a nightmare for retailers. “Halloween sales really reflect well the mood of the consumer and the economy in this country,” says Mickey Gee, M.A., executive-in-residence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business . “Halloween sales are a number that we as retailers really look at because it often will indicate how much extra help we need to hire for the holiday season, how much we need in inventory levels and the amount of promotion we need to do or not do.”
  • Professor A. Rauterkas Shares Tips to Avoid New Debit Card Fees

    Professor Andreas Rauterkus talks with ABC 33/40 about alternative ways to pay-
  • Energen CEO James McManus Tells Students to Have Curious Minds

    James McManus, Chairman and CEO of Energen Corporation, discussed his company’s strategy on October 11, 2011 with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Management: Conversations with CEOs.”
  • Strategy Students Visit Protective Life

    Over fifty students from the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class, “Strategic Management: Conversations with CEOs,” traveled to the headquarters of Protective Life Corporation on Highway 280 in Mountain Brook on October 4, 2011 to discuss that company’s strategy with its chief executive officer Johnny Johns and its chief operating officer Carolyn Johnson.
  • Another Stellar “First Offer Day” for UAB Accounting Students!

    Accounting students across the state compete for top internships each fall. Students are looking for the “best” opportunity to put their skills to use and land a future, full-time job offer. This fall, the UAB accounting internship program had 71 students apply and 17 organizations conducting interviews.
  • Graduate Business Programs Info Session on Oct. 4th

    Freshman, sophomore, and transfer students interested in accounting or finance are invited to join the Department of Accounting & Finance on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 to meet faculty members, advisory, and alumni, and learn more about the Master of Accounting and Master of Business Administration graduate programs. Tuesday, October 4, 2011 3:00 - 4:30pm UAB Commons on the Green Private Dining Room Refreshments will be served!
  • BioCryst CEO Jon Stonehouse Speaks with Strategic Management Class

    Jon Stonehouse, CEO of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., visited on September 27, 2011 with students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class, “Strategic Management: Conversations with CEOs.” Stonehouse described the company’s current strategic focus on developing drugs for the treatment of gout and influenza as well as other diseases. He noted that over 8 million Americans suffer from gout, a painful inflammatory disease that attacks the joints.
  • Bob Robicheaux: Education Affects Unemployment Suffering

    People with college degrees on average are today fully-employed by economic standards. Is every person with a B.S. or B.A. employed? No, 4.3 percent of those are unemployed and many are under-employed. Find full article in The Birmingham News .
  • Professor Yoder on Good Day Alabama About Recent Changes in Banking Fees

    Assistant Professor Stephen Yoder, J.D., was interviewed about bank fees on Birmingham television program “Good Day Alabama” on Fox 6 on Thursday morning September 29, 2011. He described a recent law that limits banks’ fees charged to merchants on debit card transactions and the effect that is having on fees charged to consumers for checking account services.
  • Information Systems at UAB Offers a Promising Career for Its Graduates

    Over 100 high school students from Oak Mountain and Hoover High schools came to UAB’s campus for the Information Systems Summit on September 26, 2011 to learn about UAB’s Information Systems (IS) Degree Program .
  • Professor Howard Recognized for Commitment to Students

    In recognition of his support to students, Professor Jack Howard was nominated by senior business administration major and punter for UAB Blazers, Trey Ragland, to serve as faculty guest coach for a UAB football game. See video that includes Howard’s off the field career advice to “follow your passion”.
  • Don Logan Returns to Speak to Strategic Management Class

    Don Logan, former chairman of Time Warner Cable and former Chairman of Time Warner Inc.’s Media Communications Group, returned to the School of Business on September 20, 2011 to speak with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA course, “Strategic Management: Conversations with CEOs.”
  • Strategic Planning Consultant Critiques Students’ Presentation on a Company’s Strategy

    Strategic planning consultant Brent Peinhardt, President of Vantage Associates, met on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA strategic management class, “Conversations with CEOs.”
  • Students Awarded Laptops

    Laptops donated by Regions Bank, Hewlett Packard and the Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods were awarded to nine business students on September 9, 2011 as part of the IS Advisory Council meeting.
  • Professor Rauterkus on Good Day Alabama Responding to the President’s Jobs Plan

  • Emeritus Professor Jack Duncan Visits Strategic Management Class

    In its seventh year, “Strategic Management, Conversations with CEOs,” the unique and popular approach to learning strategic management, kicks off this fall with a visit from one of the pioneers of the UAB School of Business.
  • UAB Business Graduate and Former Blazer, Danielle Blair, Named Top 30 Honoree for 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year!

    Blair, a triple major in marketing, management and industrial distribution with a certificate in professional sales, is the first UAB athlete in school history to be tabbed to the prestigious top 30 list that honors student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
  • Instructor Gee Comments on Alabama’s ranking in a Recent Consumer Distress Index

    Instructor Mickey Gee told Birmingham Business Journal’s Antrenise Cole that for all areas, including Alabama, with low consumer distress index scores, the blame can be placed on the issues of unemployment and underemployment – factors that aren’t going to change anytime soon. Gee said consumer distress index results could be damaged further in the future by any cutbacks in defense, which would have a major impact to Alabama’s economy. Alabama consumers rank among most distressed in the U.S. Birmingham Business Journal August 19, 2011
  • More Parents Breaking Taboos with Their Back-to-School Budget

    When people think “thrifty” they often think “cheap, chintzy, scrimpy, stingy and tight.” They need to think “smart” instead. The current economic climate has parents embracing previously taboo ways to keep their back-to-school budget out of detention.
  • Students Compete at NABA Annual Conference

    Accounting students Grant Robinson, Natasha Lundy, Eboni Toney and Courtney Foster were invited by the National Association of Black Accountants to compete at the organization's Student Case Competition during the NABA Annual Conference in Orlando in June.
  • What is Going on in the Stock Market Now?

    “A lot of fear, a lot of uncertainty”, says UAB finance professor, Stephanie Rauterkus on Fox 6 Good Day Alabama. Hear the full story-
  • AFP Invites Professor Yoder to Speak on Ethical Decision Making

    Assistant Professor Stephen Yoder spoke to the Alabama chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on August 8, 2011 about ethical decision-making. AFP is a world-wide organization that advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising.
  • Dr. Steve Grice Named Director of Master of Accounting Program

    Accounting Professor Steve Grice has been named Director of the Master of Accounting (MAc) program at the UAB School of Business. A Scholar-In-Residence for the firm of Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLC., Dr. Grice was awarded the 2011 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and most recently volunteered to assume the role as instructor of the accounting capstone course. A student favorite, Dr. Grice’s student evaluations consistently rank in the top 10% in the Excellent Teacher category.
  • Five Questions With New Accounting Instructor Robert Wilbanks

    Alumnus Robert Wilbanks earned his MBA at UAB in 1989 and now returns to his alma mater to teach accounting. A licensed CPA in Tennessee, Instructor Wilbanks has worked in both public accounting (auditing) and in the private sector. Having worked with companies involved in the banking, fast food, manufacturing and service industries, he brings a wealth of experience into the classroom.
  • What Could the Deal to Raise the Debt Ceiling Mean for You?

    Hear what Professor Andreas Rauterkus has to say on ABC 33/40's Talk of Alabama concerning the debt crisis and its possible impacts. see video
  • Professor Yoder Talks with BBJ about First Financial Bank's First Quarter and Future Outloook

  • UAB Students Seek to Unearth Treasure in Struggling Area

    The unemployment rate in Camden, Alabama is more than double the national average. A staggering 47 percent of households earn less than $25,000 per year. The Wilcox County area needs help. The UAB School of Business is providing some.
  • UAB Alumni Give Back with Teach for America

    Business alumni Josh Carpenter applied for Teach for America in his senior year at UAB and was assigned to teach English at a high school in Alabama’s Black Belt—becoming a part of the first group of Teach for America corps members to serve in the state. Hear from Josh and three other UAB alumni about their experience in the Teach for America program.
  • Why Should We Care about Greece? Hear from Professor A. Rauterkus

    The unknown answer depends on an unknown question: How deeply involved is the United States? Andreas Rauterkus, Ph.D., a banking expert with the UAB School of Business, says “US banks and the Federal Reserve were suspiciously quiet when asked about the exposure of U.S. financial institutions. Some guess it could be anywhere between $5 billion and $80 billion. Talk on Wall Street indicates that U.S. financial institutions might be holding a large number of Credit Default Swaps that would have to be paid in case of a default, effectively creating a second AIG situation." full article on UAB News Blog- Why should we care about Greece? Thursday, June 30, 2011
  • Communications Director Named for UAB School of Business

    Julie Ross Senter has been named director of communications for the UAB School of Business. Senter is principal of Senterline Communications, a public relations and social media consultancy, and has nearly 20 years of experience directing communication strategy, social media outreach and branding campaigns. In her new role, Senter will be responsible for creating a comprehensive communications plan for the School of Business and overseeing its media relations, strategic communications and branding efforts.
  • UAB Business Students Report on Their Experience in China

    Students returned from their study away program in China deeply moved from their experience. Read what they had to say about their experience and watch a clip from one of the local Chinese news stations that shows the students in action.
  • Internships Abound for UAB Business Students

    Jonathan Preston and Kimberlee Dunn, Accounting Majors Internship- PricewaterhouseCoopers- '2011 Summer Leadership Program Marshall Long Economics Major Internship- BBVA Compass Bank Daniel Phillips, Finance Major Internship- Montag and Caldwell Lauren Hagood, Industrial Distribution Major Internship- Southern Progress Cody Callahan, Information Systems Major Internship- CTS Jelicia Mallory, Marketing Major Internship- Regions Bank Heather Pulley, Management Major Internship- Target Internship opportunities are up, and savvy students from all business majors are taking advantage of the chance to put their business skills to use and gain valuable experience to build their resumes. “The majority of student internships are project driven, and provide a resource for employers to complete projects without the risk of priority interruption that often occurs with regular employees,” says Mickey Gee, instructor and internship coordinator for marketing, economics and MBA students. “Interns can focus on the project and get the job done while evolving and branching into other areas of the company. The overwhelming response that I hear from employers is that our students are bright, driven, technically advanced, and contribute well beyond the given project.” Not only do internships offer students a chance to gain industry experience, but they often provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills and earn a full time job offer. “It’s a win-win for everyone,” says Whitney Wilson, accounting and finance internship director. “Employers can see first-hand what skill sets the intern brings to the company, and how well he/she fits into the company culture. In return, interns gain valuable experience and the chance to explore an industry and company before launching into a career.” Over 80 students from various business backgrounds are currently enrolled in summer internships. A glimpse of where some of these students are interning is provided to the right. If you are an employer or student interested in internship opportunities through the UAB School of Business, please contact the internship coordinator listed below for desired area. InternshipCoordinators Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing and MBA Sevante Metcalf (205) 934-8660 Industrial Distribution Kristen Craig (205) 975-5810 Information System and Management Paul Crigler (205) 934-8816
  • MBA Class Explores Links between Leadership and Creativity

    Creativity is as essential to business leadership as having a business to lead, says Mary Kay Culpepper, the retired editor-in-chief of Cooking Light, the country’s largest epicurean magazine during her tenure. Culpepper recently met with UAB MBA students studying leadership in Professor Stephen Yoder's MBA 698 “Leadership Principles and Applications" course.
  • Professor Andreas Rauterkus spoke with the Mobile Press-Register about PNC's purchase of RBC Bank.

    PNC Financial Services will pay $3.62 billion for RBC Bank , the banks said Monday, allowing RBC parent Royal Bank of Canada to exit a foray into the American South that left it drenched in red ink. "The addition of RBC Bank provides PNC a great opportunity to enter attractive Southeast markets in a way that will create value for our shareholders," James E. Rohr, PNC's chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement . "The success of our recent acquisitions demonstrates that when we bring our innovative products and services to new markets we have the proven ability to win clients and take out costs." RBC is relatively small in big Southeastern cities such as Birmingham, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., and that could mean more PNC acquisitions to follow. But the path to the top in places like Birmingham is blocked by large banks, said Andreas Rauterkus , a finance professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "I think it will be very difficult for them to break into this market and build share in the short term," he said. Read full article quoting Assistant Professor Andreas Rauterkus on al.com
  • Congress Puts Chill on Innovation in Financial Industry

    Assistant Professor Stephen A. Yoder takes the position in a recent op-ed column in The Birmingham News that Congress is impeding, not helping, innovation in the financial services industry. It is targeting in particular the larger players in the industry, even though they have usually taken the lead in creating new products and services. Read full article by assistant professor Stephen Yoder in the Birmingham News
  • UAB Marketing Major Uses Business Knowledge to Create a Career that Involves Doing What She Loves- Swimming!

    Georgia Luch, 22, of Hoboken, New Jersey, is using her business skills to transform her love for swimming into a unique career. Her start-up company “Eau La La Entertainment” uses elements of synchronized swimming and dance to create a one-of-a-kind performance for special events and private parties.
  • Forgivable Loan Program for Tornado Survivors is Underway

    Professionals, educators and students met last week for the next project regarding the Forgivable Loan Program. The loan program was referred to as a second phase to help storm victims pick up the pieces after the initial needs of food, water and shelter have been met. Business students are gaining valuable experience in the process. Hear what some of them have to say…
  • UAB Management Alumni Selected for Highly Competitive Mayo Clinic Training Program

    Chris Shubert, UAB Management alumni (‘07) and recent graduate of UAB's General Surgery program, is one of only eleven graduates from across the country accepted to undergo training at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. "It's going to prepare me on a level by being trained by the nation's best," Shubert said. "I'm very excited about the chance to be able to train at Mayo -- it will certainly help me to become a better surgeon and I'm looking forward to a tremendous experience." Medical school and a career as a health care provider was not the first path for Chris, settling into UAB’s business school was first. “Though a lot of people go with a biology major, those people often end up working in a lab or teaching high school -- neither of which really interested me,” said Shubert. “So I chose business school with the thought of getting an MBA. Even if I did get into medical school, this business knowledge wouldn't hurt me." Read more: Daily Mountain Eagle - Curry grad to train at Mayo Clinic
  • Assistant Professor Yoder Talks with BBJ about Newcomers to the Local Banking Scene

    InThe Birmingham Business Journal article, Newcomers holding on to local market share after failures , reports on the successes and failures of banks new to the Birmingham market. Assistant Professor Stephen Yoder said when a bank enters a new market and acquires an existing bank, whether one that has failed or one that is healthy, the acquiring bank will focus on communicating early and often with the acquired bank’s deposit customers. “The new bank wants those customers to know that they are valued and that service will not deteriorate, because the new bank is aware that their competitors are calling on those same customers,” he said. “BB&T and Iberia clearly worked very hard to maintain the deposit relationships they acquired.” Read more: Newcomers holding on to local market share after failures | Birmingham Business Journal
  • Alabama Must Focus Tornado Rebuilding in the Right Areas

    If there is anything positive to be gained from the disaster that hit our state on April 27, it will lie in this rebuilding process," says Instructor Mickey Gee. "This endeavor, like most any other, must be focused on its long-term benefits to be effective." Read The Birmingham News article and find out what Instructor Gee thinks the next steps are in rebuilding- Memorandum: Alabama must focus tornado rebuilding in the right areas Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 10:00 AM
  • Students Travel to China to Cultivate International Business Skills

    UAB business students will head to China on May 27, 2011 as part of a month-long educational tour exploring Chinese culture and business.
  • Up-close with Spring Accounting Graduate Stephanie Cunningham

    Attending the University of Michigan’s School of Law is next on the agenda for Stephanie Cunningham, but she takes a moment after graduation for a brief interview that reveals why she chose UAB and business for her undergraduate study. Read more...
  • UAB Accounting Alumni Chapter Hosts Upcoming Event

    UAB’s Accounting Alumni Chapter has begun to reestablish itself in the last several months. The current, newly formed Accounting Alumni Board includes Sarah Malcom, Lisa McMahon, Ricky Tucker and Tyler Jenkins and we hope to add to this number in the near future. We are all excited to get things moving and provide opportunities to reconnect with and be introduced to alumni who have graduated from the University’s fine accounting programs. Additionally, we hope to aid in networking with community leaders who are UAB alumni and those who are alumni of other universities.
  • UAB Business Alumni Chapter Kicks Off

    I am excited to report a very successful first meeting of the Business Alumni Chapter board and look forward to the future of this new chapter. Our newly developed board is comprised of seven members from varying fields of study each whom are leaders in their respective industries. The board met on May 2nd to create an overall vision and to set goals for the Business Alumni Chapter.
  • Up-close with Spring Accounting Graduate Stephanie Cunningham

    Attending the University of Michigan’s School of Law is next on the agenda for Stephanie Cunningham, 2011 Spring graduate. She takes a moment after graduation for a brief interview that reveals why she chose UAB and business for her undergraduate study.
  • International Student Tells Why She Recommends UAB

    Ayesha Jeddy, international student from India, graduated from UAB's accounting program and is now completing her MBA. Hear why she recommends UAB to other international students as a top-notch university to study business. .
  • International Recruitment Efforts Underway

    During Fall 2010, the School of Business joined the University in a recruitment effort aimed at increasing international student enrollment.
  • Alumni Honored as Birmingham’s Business Leaders

    On May 10th, 2011, The Birmingham Business Journal honored Birmingham’s Top 40 under 40 alumni with a reception at Historic Rucker Place, adjacent to UAB’s campus. Along with Alabama Power and AT&T, the UAB School of Business was asked to host the event and recognize the 70+ School of Business alumni who have received this award in the past.
  • MBA Alum Takes Second Place in Prize2theFuture Contest

    Josh Westerhold (MBA '10) placed second out of over one thousand entrants in the "Prize2theFuture" competition of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for transformation of real estate adjacent to Birmingham's Railroad Park into a cooler, more vibrant part of the city.
  • A Time to Celebrate with Spring 2011 Graduates

    School of Business faculty and staff enjoyed the chance to celebrate with graduates and their families on May 7th at a reception prior to commencement.
  • Professor Yoder Talks about the Storms' Impact on the Banking Industry

    Professor Steve Yoder is quoted in The Birmingham Business Journal about the storms' impact on the banking industry-
  • Assistant Professor Yoder says Birmingham is still seen as a Financial Center

    A recent article in the The Birmingham Business Journal covers the failure of Superior Bank announced on April 15, 2011, new banks in town, cost of failure, new Superior strategy and Birmingham’s banking future. “Despite the many changes, Birmingham is still seen as a financial center,” said Assistant Professor Yoder. “It’s one of the largest banking centers in the Southeast,” he said. “I believe that Birmingham still has talented bankers, and it is a good market for banks to be in.” See article… Superior Bank’s failure changes bank scene Premium content from Birmingham Business Journal - by Antrenise Cole, Staff Date: Friday, April 22, 2011, 5:00am CDT
  • School of Business Honors Students Present at Undergraduate Research Expo

    Fifteen undergraduate students in the School of Business Honors Program presented the results of their independent research projects at the annual UAB Undergraduate Research Expo on April 22, 2011.
  • UAB Accounting Alumna and Current MBA Student Brings Community Together for an Important Cause

    In memory of her mother, Lisa Martz, Amanda Vandergrift organized Rumpshaker, Inc. in 2008 to raise funds and awareness to fight colon cancer. On March 26, 2011, 3248 individuals participated in the 3rd Annual Rumpshaker 5k run/walk in Birmingham that raised approximately $122,000. Alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends of the UAB School of Business participated in the run/walk as a team by the name of The Booty-licious Bean Counters. Members of the team include: Kay Gerlach –professor Worrell’s mother-in-law, Laura Holloman -current accounting student, Erik Kahill -staff, Emily Pruitt -accounting and MBA alumna, Misti Rasmussen- accounting alumna, Lacinda Riesland- UAB employee, Debbie Tanju- retired accounting faculty, Nancy Turpen- professor Turpen’s wife, Whitney Wilson-staff, Jamey Worrell- faculty, and Lynn Worrelll- professor Worrell’s wife. “This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” says Whitney Wilson, UAB School of Business internship coordinator. “I am thankful that Amanda is doing such an amazing job of bringing awareness to fighting the disease, and glad to have the opportunity to support her and this very worthwhile cause.” In 2010, Rumpshaker Inc. used 30% of funds raised to educate the community about colon health as well as the importance of regular colon screening, and donated 60% of the funds to two local hospitals for capital equipment funds to purchase equipment used to detect and surgically remove colon cancer by less evasive means.
  • UAB Green and Gold Fund Places First in National Competition

    The Green and Gold Fund, the School of Business’ innovative and successful student-managed portfolio, claimed first place at the Redefining Investment Strategy Education (R.I.S.E.) Forum’s national portfolio competition, held from March 31 to April 2, 2011 at the University of Dayton.
  • Class of 2011 starts a Senior Class Gift Fund

    The Business Student Leaders organization will start the first ever Senior Class Gift to the School with the Class of 2011. The seniors of the leadership organization are leading the charge to encourage their peers to pledge a gift to the School of $100.55, $20.11 a year for 5 years in honor of their graduation year. The result of this Senior Class Gift campaign will be an endowed scholarship fund that will benefit future students in the School of Business. The Class of 2011 is challenging future classes to beat their participation and dollar contributions each year.
  • UAB AMA Chapter Enjoys Another Outstanding Year

    This year's International Collegiate AMA Conference held March 24 – 26, 2011 in New Orleans was the biggest AMA Conference (including academic and professional) in AMA history. UAB AMA students brought home the following awards: Outstanding Communication Outstanding Chapter Planning Honorable Mention- Marketing Week Activities Honorable Mention- Website Dr. Lauren S. Beitelspacher, UAB Assistant Professor of Marketing was co-chair of the conference.
  • Professor Robicheaux comments on Birmingham Business Alliance's move to polish image

    Birmingham's primary business group is turning to a New York firm as part of a campaign to polish the image of Alabama's largest metro area. Bob Robicheaux, a marketing expert and professor at UAB's School of Business, said he believes it is a smart move for the business organization to partner with a firm that focuses on creating greater awareness and helping to shape a better image for regions such as Birmingham. "Most people think that marketing is primarily about selling stuff to people," Robicheaux said. "In fact, it is all about determining what people want or need and working hard to produce and distribute the right stuff to the right people." full story - Birmingham will polish image with New York marketing firm's help Published: Friday, April 01, 2011, 9:00 AM By Roy L. Williams -- The Birmingham News
  • Students Learn First-Hand About the Sporting Goods Industry

    Cathy Pryor, Senior Vice President of Store Operations for Hibbett Sports spoke with a Basic Marketing class taught by Dr. Lauren Skinner Beitelspacher.
  • Some of Our Own Honored as Birmingham’s Up and Coming

    The Birmingham Business Journal honored Birmingham’s “all-star group of young achievers” at its 2011 Top 40 Under 40 awards luncheon on March 24th at The Sheraton Birmingham. The annual awards, in their 27th year, honor the best and brightest young professionals in the Magic City, and the list of past honorees doubles as a who's who of the Birmingham business community. The following UAB School of Business alumni and professor were included in the list: Mazi Abdolrasulnia (UAB, MBA 2003) As executive vice president of CE Outcomes LLC, Abdolrasulnia, 31, is contributing to the Birmingham community by developing studies that enhance the efforts of local health care providers and extending his knowledge through research and consulting with major health care companies nationally. Stephen Armstrong, (UAB, MBA 2001) Armstrong, 37, leads O’Neal Steel Inc.’s strategy development and implementation. As vice president of business administration, he is responsible for a 65-employee staff in accounting, information services and credit. O’Neal Steel, a metal service center, is the largest subsidiary of O’Neal Industries. Dr. Lauren Skinner Beitelspacher As Assistant Professor of Marketing at UAB, Beitelspacher, 33, has helped grow the UAB Chapter of the American Marketing Association to 100 members and into one of the top 20 chapters in the world. Brett Jovanovich (UAB, BS in Marketing 2004) At age 34, Jovanovich serves as chief operating officer for Lifeguard Transportation Service Inc., having relocated to the area from New Orleans to help develop this start-up business in Birmingham for owner John Roche in 2001. Working closely with Roche, he has facilitated company growth to $30 million a year in revenue and more than 150 employees. Michael Mullis ( UAB, M.Ac. 1997) Mullis, 37, was recognized for his rise in the financial planning industry. As managing partner and wealth manager of the independently-owned Kelly & Mullis Wealth management, he was recently honored for being in the Top 65 advisers out of 16,000 at LPL Financial, the company’s broker dealer John Smith (UAB, MBA 2002) Smith, 38, is the youngest office manager in the more than 300-employee architecture and engineering firm, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc. Elected vice president in August 2010, he successfully grew business in civil engineering, which now composes more than 50 percent of the office’s revenue. Full article from The Birmingham Business Journal
  • MBA Alums Turn Out at Innovation Depot

    A record number of alumni from the UAB School of Business MBA program, as well as other School of Business graduates, convened on a recent morning at the Innovation Depot, for networking and professional development.
  • A Glimpse of Lauren Skinner Beitelspacher, Assistant Professor of Marketing

    Dr. Lauren Skinner Beitelspacher was recently recognized in the Birmingham Business Journal's 2011 Top 40 Under 40, a select group of people with high achievement early in their career. FInd some of Lauren's profile information that is included in the Birmingham Business Journal -
  • Assistant Professor Lauren Skinner Beitelspacher and five UAB Business Alumni Recognized as Birmingham's Best and Brightest!

    The Birmingham Business Journal has unveiled the winners of its 2011 Top 40 Under 40 Awards . The annual awards, in their 27th year, honor the best and brightest young professionals in the Magic City, and the list of past honorees doubles as a who's who of the Birmingham business community. Dr. Lauren Skinner Beitelspacher was included in the select group, along with the following five UAB Business alumni- Mazi Abdolrasulnia (MBA 2003), CE Outcomes, LLC Stephen Armstrong (MBA 2001), O'Neal Steel, Inc. Brett Jovanovich (BS in Marketing 2004), Lifeguard Transportation Service, Inc. Michael Mullis ( M.Ac. 1997), Kelley & Mullis Wealth Management John Smith (MBA 2002), Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc.
  • Plans are Underway for a Research Center to Connect Business and Medicine

    A vibrant city providing culture, sports, and plenty of activities was just part of the reason that Dr. Grant Savage and his wife, Nancy, decided to move to Birmingham. The real draw for Dr. Savage was the opportunity to utilize his talents and interests in management and healthcare at UAB. “I was impressed by Dean Klock’s vision and interest in connecting with the medical center, and by the medical center’s reputation,” says Dr. Savage. “UAB offers the challenge to address a critical need of a research center that will connect business and medicine. Drawing together faculty from schools across campus to address emerging issues in healthcare and business will create value for the university and the community. The School of Business has an opportunity to really grow and become a valuable partner.
  • Alumnus Reports Plans for Top College Grads to Teach in the B'ham City Schools

    School of Business alumnus Josh Carpenter (Accounting 2010) recently attended the 20 th annual alumni summit of Teach for America (TFA) in Washington, D.C. Josh is currently teaching high school English in Perry County, Alabama with the TFA program. TFA announced on February 18, 2011 that it will soon be placing its top college graduates as teachers in the Birmingham City Schools.
  • School of Business Honors Program Welcomes Class of 2012 Cohort

    Twenty-one students have been admitted to the School of Business Honors Program as members of the class of 2012 cohort. Participants in the Honors Program are selected on the basis of their academic performance in courses at the School of Business and in courses elsewhere at UAB, and on the basis of faculty recommendations.
  • New Alabama Economics Club Benefits Local Economist and Students

    New Alabama Economics Club Benefits Local Economist and Students Thanks to the initiative of Dr. Sarah Culver , Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics, economists throughout the region have a new opportunity to gather, learn, network, and share ideas on a regular basis.
  • Dr. Steve Grice Awarded The 2011 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Dr. Steve Grice was awarded the 2011 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award that recognizes full-time regular faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching.
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    The President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes full-time regular faculty members of The University of Alabama at Birmingham who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching. A recipient is chosen from each of the schools and the Joint Health Sciences. Turpen has been honored for his extensive knowledge in the field of accounting and information systems and his strong teaching skills. Turpen teaches financial accounting, auditing and applied research. He also works as a consultant locally and abroad. Turpen is an advisor to the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts of the State of Alabama and was instructor/author of electronic, multimedia Internet courses for the educational division of Pro2Net Corporation. He was volunteer consultant in international accounting, auditing, education and ethics to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and its Oryol Banking School and was a volunteer consultant in accounting, auditing and finance to the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and the Yekatit 25 Cooperative Institute in Ardaita, Ethiopia. Turpen was nominated in 1996 and 2001 for the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching for the School of Business. In 2000, he received the Loudell Ellis Robinson Teaching Award for the department of accounting and information systems.
  • Feeling Taxed Over Filing Season?

    This year have less fear about filing your income taxes, at least that's what Beth Springer, an instructor in the UAB School of Business Department of Accounting and Finance, says.
  • Professor’s Blog Makes Money Crashes Top Personal Finance Blog List

    Assistant Professor Stephanie Rauterkus is helping readers of her blog, 365 Days On A Budget, make sound money decisions 365 days of the year! Her personal finance blog that provides practical financial tips was ranked in Money Crashers Top Personal Finance Blog list . To assemble their list, Money Crashers uses a comprehensive algorithm, that combines data from FeedBurner subscribers, Twitter followers, Alexa rank, Compete rank, Technorati authority, Google PageRank, number of inbound links according to Yahoo, SEOmoz rank, and SEMRush organic search value, etc. to give each blog a relative score in points. Make sure to check out her blog www.365daysonabudget.com .
  • Faculty Receive an A+ from Recent Graduates

    We asked a few December graduates to take a moment to tell us what they thought was most beneficial about their time at UAB. Hear what they had to say-
  • DragonTrail Leads Graduate to Employment

    Bradley Dukes graduated in May 2010 with a degree in Management. Hear his success story of using UAB School of Business Career Services to secure employment after graduation.
  • 2011: A Look Ahead for the School and our Alumni Chapters

    This year will be a memorable year for the School of Business. In 2011, the School will celebrate its 40th anniversary! Since our inception in 1971, we have seen great growth and change. We have a record number of graduate students enrolled since our MBA program began in ’71 and the Master of Accounting program which began in ’81, and we continue to see increases in total student enrollment. We moved from Building No. 1, currently the School of Education building, to the Business and Engineering Complex in 1983. And we have grown our scholarship allocation from one $500 scholarship donated by McGriff Seibels to over $500,000.
  • WikiLeaks Offers Lessons in Making Ethical Decisions

    By STEPHEN A. YODER The controversy over the release by WikiLeaks of sensitive government documents, and the threat of a release of sensitive documents from a large business organization, gives teachers of business ethics an opportunity to consider the ethics of both the release of the information itself as well as the uses of the release. The faculty members at the UAB School of Business strive for our students to learn how to identify ethical issues and resolve them in a professional manner. View full article in The Birmingham News
  • School Increases Online Class Offerings to Meet Growing Demand

    Based on the report Class Differences, Online Education in the United States, 2010 , 75% of 2,500 colleges and universities surveyed reported that the economic downturn has increased demand for online courses and programs, and online enrollments have continued to grow at rates far in excess of the total higher education student population. Sixty-three percent of all reporting institutions said that online learning was a critical part of their institution’s long term strategy. Back in 2009, the UAB School of Business hired Dr. Elizabeth Fisher as Instructional Design Manager. Dr. Fisher has been instrumental in preparing our faculty to provide quality on-line instruction by utilizing the latest technology available. Along with Dr. Fisher’s efforts and the dedication of the teaching faculty, the school’s on-line class offerings have increased by 50% since 2008. With the increased interest in on-line instruction the school is currently considering the option to offer complete programs on-line. On-line classes this fall account for 15% of the school’s total credit hour production, compared to 10% this time last year. “Students are voting with their feet and their money in favor of on-line instruction,” says Dr. Eric Jack, Associate Dean and Professor. “Recent experiences with our undergraduate courses suggest that when the same course is offered on-line and in the classroom, the on-line course tends to fill up faster despite the requirement that students must pay additional fees for online courses.” “I have taken at least 10 on-line classes and I love them,” says Katie Thomas, current business student. “They are very convenient and the blackboard helps me keep up with everything. You do have to be self motivated to keep up with classes, but I actually prefer them over classroom classes.” More on-line class benefits reported in a recent student survey: “I love online course. Being a busy mom, I can still be home and see my little ones grow up while staying on top of my class work at the same time.” “On-line classes open up more time for me to go to work without having to ask my boss for time off to go to school.” “Students in my on-line classes seem to be motivated the same as in class. There seems to be a wider range of students in online classes from other schools.” “I can work at my own pace and revisit material that I may not have completely understood as many times as needed.” “I can work on my on-line classes when it is convenient for me. This is very important because it allows me to run my business and further my education.” “I was a little skeptical at first, but the professor had the class set up where he used an online drawing board and had 20-30 minute real-time lessons for each subject. It was very good.” “On-line classes work out great for me. They offer me the ultimate in flexibility. If you are a disciplined student and can self manage your time, then on-line is a real time and schedule saver.” So what are you waiting for, search over 30 online business classes available this spring and register before it’s too late!
  • UAB Business Programs Acclaimed as Best in the Nation in 2011 Rankings

    UAB School of Business continues to gain national recognition as one of the top business schools in the country. Our outstanding business programs paired with the diversity of UAB students produce graduates equipped to approach and solve business problems from varying perspectives. US News & World Report has recognized UAB School of Business as one of the top tier "Best Business Programs" in its 2011 edition of "Best Colleges". The Princeton Review reports UAB is one of the best institutions you can attend to earn an MBA and lists UAB in their 2011 edition of the "Best 300 Business Schools" nationwide. UAB is ranked in the top 10 nationwide for diverse student population, according to The Princeton Review's 2011 edition of its annual book, "The Best 373 Colleges." “The UAB School of Business is establishing itself as a destination institution, and the quality of our programs is just one of the many reasons why the business leaders of tomorrow are choosing a business degree from UAB,” says David Klock, Ph.D., dean of the UAB School of Business.
  • A Holiday Shopping Survival Guide From UAB News

    "A Holiday Shopping Survival Guide" featuring tips from business professors Lauren Beitelspacher and Stephanie Rauterkus is the first in a series of stories from UAB News about how to handle stress, your diet, finances and safety during the holidays. Enjoy the holidays!
  • Apply Now, Scholarship Deadlines are Approaching Fast!

    A number of scholarships, available through the UAB School of Business to business students at all levels, are awarded on an annual basis. Find application and scholarship info...
  • B'ham Management Consultant Brent Peinhardt Speaks to Strategic Management Students

    One of Birmingham’s leading strategic management consultants Brent Peinhardt spoke to the combined undergraduate capstone-MBA strategic management class on Tuesday November 16, 2010. Peinhardt is principal and president of Vantage Associates. Peinhardt noted that most of his clients are undergoing rapid change and that he views strategic management and change management as interchangeable terms. He was the tenth executive to visit the “Hearing It From the CEOs” class, and the only independent strategic consulting professional. In addition to discussing the strategic management consulting profession, Mr. Peinhardt also reviewed a student presentation on Caterpillar, Inc. He has consulted on strategy with one of Caterpillar’s largest distributors, and as a result is very familiar with the strategy of the publicly-traded construction equipment manufacturer.
  • BioCryst CEO Jon Stonehouse Returns to CEO Strategy Class

    Jon Stonehouse, CEO of BioCryst Corporation since 2007, paid a return visit to the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone strategic management class on November 9, 2010. BioCryst was created over 25 years ago by researchers from UAB including Charles Bugg, Ph.D. Former UAB president J. Claude Bennett, Ph.D., a microbiologist, was chief operating officer of the company from 1996 to 2008, and attended the November 9 class with Mr. Stonehouse. Mr. Stonehouse described BioCryst’s strategy as “high risk, but high reward,” noting that while it can cost up to $1 billion, and take up to ten years to introduce a new drug in the United States, such drugs can have very high profit margins for the drug company. BioCryst currently has drugs in various stages of development for the treatment of influenza, gout and certain types of cancer.
  • Students Get Real-Life Ethics Lesson From HealthSouth Co-Founder

    UAB students are getting lessons in ethics this fall, through speakers teaching real situations. Professors hope the students will learn how to make moral business decisions before they're forced to actually make them, sometimes with a moment's notice.The UAB School of Business and the Department of Criminal Justice hosted HealthSouth co-founder and former CFO Aaron Beam on Thursday. Beam, who spent three months in prison after being convicted of fraudulent accounting, told the class his story to show not only why they need ethical decision-making but also how to notice signs that a company might be heading down the wrong path. Full article in The Birmingham News, Business
  • Energen CEO James McManus Meets with Strategic Management Students

    Energen Corporation James McManus discussed his company’s strategy on November 2, 2010 with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class “Strategic Management: Hearing It From the CEOs.” Energen has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past 25 years from its roots as Alabama Gas Company (which still accounts for approximately 15% of its business), to a major player in the U.S. domestic oil and gas exploration industry. For over the last decade, Mr. McManus was either CEO or head of the oil and gas exploration segment of the company. Energen is now the third largest publicly-traded company headquartered in Alabama, in terms of market capitalization. Mr. McManus commented on his own path to leadership, from an accountant at the company’s independent public accounting firm to Chairman and CEO, by recommending that students maintain a “curious mind” wherever they might find themselves in their careers. He described how he, trained as an accountant, learned as much as he could about engineering and geology when he moved into the oil and gas segment of the company’s business. Pictured left to right with Mr. McManus are students who made a presentation on Energen’sstrategy: Krish Varma, Christopher Brabson, Jenna Joaquin, JonathanMitchell, Mr. McManus, Tucker Stone, Dibya Thapa,Maddox Casey.
  • UAB AMA hosting " Why Birmingham is Great " event on Nov. 9th

    The UAB AMA (American Marketing Association) chapter is hosting a panel discussion event featuring some of B'ham's well-known locals to discuss with students what they think makes Birmingham unique, and a great place to live and work. The event will take place Tuesday, November 9th from 3:30- 4:30 in the School of Business, 1150 10th Avenue South, Room 109. Speakers: Scott Register, Reg’s Coffee House Maureen Holt, Little Savannah Libby Sexton, BIG Communications
  • UAB MBA Alumni Chapter Breakfast and Speaker Series- Nov. 4th

    Join the UAB MBA Alumni Chapter for the next installment on the 2010 Breakfast and Speaker Series featuring Vulcan Materials President and CEO Mr. Donald James on Thursday, Nov. 4th at the UAB Commons on the Green. Breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m. with the speaker beginning at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is complimentary for members of the MBA Alumni Chapter and $10 for other guests. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 1st to Rachel Powell at rachelpowell32@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Starts: 11/04/10 7:15 AM Ends: 11/04/10 8:30 AM Building/Location: UAB Commons on the Green
  • ProAssurance CEO Starnes visits Strategic Management Class

    W. Stancil Starnes, CEO of Birmingham-based ProAssurance Corp., discussed his company’s strategy on October 26, 2010 with students in the combined undergraduate and graduate course, “Strategic Management: Hearing It From the CEOs.” ProAssurance is one of the country’s leading professional liability insurers, insuring physicians, podiatrists, other health professionals and lawyers. Mr. Starnes became CEO of ProAssurance in 2007 after a 35-year career as a distinguished trial lawyer focusing his practice on the defense of physicians in professional liability cases. Mr. Starnes vividly described his company’s business as “like driving down the highway in a car with no view through the windshield and only the rearview mirror to guide you,” because often times the company will collect premiums for years without knowing whether a particular professional it insures will be found liable and will need to call upon the company’s assets. Starnes noted that it is ProAssurance’s strategy to pay more in legal costs to defend non-meritorious cases brought against its insureds than it likely would be required to pay in settlements of such cases.
  • Students Explore Ways to Get Involved

    Students enjoyed a chance to learn about the various business student/professional organizations available through the School of Business at the Business Student Organization Expo held on Tuesday, October 26 th . Members of the organizations were on-hand to talk about the benefits of joining, share their experience, and answer questions. Hear what some of the members had to say about their organization- Student Organization Expo 2010 from UABSchoolofBusiness on Vimeo .
  • Improving Students Ethical Decision Making Abilities

    Funded in part by a grant from the UAB Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the UAB School of Business has launched a series of learning opportunities for students to make informed, ethical decisions in their professional careers. The first event was a panel discussion in Professor Worrell’s Internal Auditing class on October 19, 2010, in which three experienced internal auditing professionals discussed barriers to, and methods for making, good ethical decisions. Video excerpts from the discussion will be made available to students in other classes. Panelists at the October 19 event were the following senior internal auditing professionals from Birmingham-based organizations: • Chip Bivins, Energen Corporation (UAB Accounting Advisory Board) • Don Hancock, Regions Financial Corporation (UAB Accounting Advisory Board) • Brantley Synco, Baptist Health System of Alabama (UAB Business Alumnus)
  • UAB Launches a Series of Learning Opportunities to Improve Students’ Ethical Decision-Making Abilities

    The first event in the new series designed to help students make informed, ethical decisions in their professional careers included a panel discussion in which experienced internal auditing professionals discussed barriers to, and methods for making, good ethical decisions. -full article including upcoming speakers...
  • MBA Alum Art Beattie named CFO and EVP of Southern Company

    Arthur P. Beattie, Art has been Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Southern Company since August 13, 2010. Mr. Beattie has been an Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Alabama Power Co., a retail operating company and subsidiary of Southern Company, since February 1, 2005 and served as Principal Accounting Officer. Mr. Beattie served as Vice President and Comptroller of Alabama Power Co. from 1997 to January 2005. Mr.... Beattie served as Director of Emageon Inc. from August 2004 to April 2, 2009. Mr. Beattie holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Tennessee and a master of business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
  • Alumnus Chad Hagwood to Open Beech Street Capital Office in B'ham

    Chad Hagwood, BBA 1994, recently moved his commercial mortgage orgination business from Berkadia Commercial Mortgage to Beech Street Capital- Local commercial lender Chad Hagwood said he and his employees in Birmingham and Atlanta have split from Berkadia Commercial Mortgage. Hagwood now will open offices in the two cities for newly formed Beech Street Capital out of Maryland and oversee originations for the company’s Southeast operations. That means, he said, there’s no bureaucracy or legacy debt and lending decisions will be made in Birmingham for multifamily, manufactured housing community and commercial loans. “What drew me to (Beech Street) is the core mentality of serving the customer, which the big and medium-size guys have gotten away from because so many are plagued with issues and problems,” said Hagwood. “And the customers got lost in the lenders’ problems.” Read more: Lending vet to open Beech Street Capital office in Birmingham - Birmingham Business Journal
  • Campbell’s Sales Company Provides “Food for Thought” to Students

    The School of Business Career Services’ office has launched a new series for employer involvement called “Food for Thought”. Professionals from the employment community partner with classes to make presentations to address career opportunities in a particular career field. The first industry we are focusing on is the consumer package goods industry. The Campbell’s Sales Company was the first to sign up. Two representatives from the company, Bernard Card and Vince Luczak, spoke to Dr. John Hansen’s professional selling class on October 11. Bernard is the Retail Business Manager for the Birmingham metro area and Vince is the Retail Operations Manager for the mid-south division. Bernard and Vince talked about the consumer package goods industry, a day in the life of a Campbell’s Soup sales representative, and how students need to create their own identity in the workforce. Campbell’s also allowed students to sample five new flavors of the V-8 Fusion. Look for more companies to participate in the “Food for Thought” series in the very near future.
  • IberiaBank Senior Managers Visit Strategic Management Class

    Daryl Byrd, CEO of IberiaBank Corporation, and Greg King, Birmingham market president, presented their company’s strategy on October 12, 2010 to the combined MBA-undergraduate capstone course on strategic management, “Hearing It From the CEOs.” Both Mr. Byrd and Mr. King earned their MBA degrees from the UAB School of Business, Byrd in 1978 and King in 2000. One of the recurrent themes in the remarks of both Byrd and King to the strategic management students is that recruiting and retaining the right people is essential to the successful leadership of any business strategy. IberiaBank has just recently entered the Birmingham market and has assembled a new management team largely recruited from other local banks. They already operate three branches in the Birmingham market and have plans for several more. IberiaBank has the second-highest total return to shareholders of the over 200 publicly-traded bank holding companies, measured since Mr. Byrd became CEO in 1999. The “Hearing It From the CEOs” strategic management course was created by Assistant Professor Eddie Friend along with former Dean Robert Holmes, and today is taught by Professor Friend and Professor Stephen Yoder.
  • UAB’s MBA Program Is One Of Nation’s Best, Says Princeton Review

    UAB's MBA program is one of the best in the nation, according The Princeton Review’s new 2011 edition of The Best 300 Business Schools . The book was available for purchase at U.S. stores Tuesday, Oct. 12. The Princeton Review does not rank schools academically or hierarchically but compiles its list based on surveys of 19,000 students from the 300 schools profiled in the book. This is the fifth consecutive year that the UAB MBA program has placed in the education services company’s best business schools list. In the two-page UAB profile, students praise the MBA program faculty, describing the extensive industry experience of faculty members as a valued commodity that enhances classroom teaching. The School’s location in the heart of Alabama’s economic center, Birmingham, also earned it high marks from student reviewers. “The UAB School of Business is establishing itself as a destination institution, and the quality of our MBA program is just one of the many reasons why the business leaders of tomorrow are choosing a business degree from UAB,” says David Klock, Ph.D., dean of the UAB School of Business. “We are proud to have the MBA program at UAB appear in The Princeton Review’s listing of best business schools for a fifth consecutive year.”
  • Endowment Supports UAB Information Systems Faculty and Students

    $100,000 gift from Dora and Sanjay Singh encourages research and creates scholarships. The UAB School of Business has received a $100,000 endowment gift from Dr. Sanjay K. Singh, Ph.D., and his wife, Dora Eugenia Pineda-Rivera. The Dora and Sanjay Singh Endowed Research Fund will support faculty research, student scholarships, and student activities within the Information Systems program in the UAB School of Business. International students are also eligible for support from the endowment. “The School of Business is grateful to Sanjay for his dedication to the School through his service as an excellent teacher-scholar and with his gift to our Information Systems Department. It is a great vote of confidence in our program when a faculty member makes a substantial commitment to the future of the School,” says Dean David R. Klock, Ph.D. Dr. Singh is Vice President of Business Development at CTS (Computer Technology Solutions) in Birmingham and an Associate Professor of Information Systems. He specializes in the use of information technology for strategic planning and implementation and teaches primarily in the Master of Business Administration program. He has developed and implemented a study abroad program to Europe, established partnerships with area businesses, and served as an advisor to student organizations. Dr. Singh and the School will seek additional gifts for the endowment. Former students, especially, are welcome to contribute. Additional contributions could lead to the endowment supporting a professorship or chair. ABOUT DR. SANJAY SINGH: During the past 20 years, Dr. Singh has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies and private organizations, including Johnson & Johnson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, UAB Health System, Duke Energy, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, and IBM. He serves on the board of Rotary Club of Downtown Birmingham, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Founders Investment Bank, and TechBirmingham. He is president of Alabama India Business Partnership, a trade organization that promotes economic development activities between India and the state of Alabama. He is the past President of Society for Information Managers (SIM) – Alabama Chapter. Dr. Singh has lectured in 10 countries and studied more than 200 companies in North America, Europe, and Asia. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems and Strategic Management from the University of Georgia
  • Retail Expert Micky Gee Predicts More Seasonal Jobs

    New sales tax figures released today show Alabama's back to school sales for August were up 2.4% over last year. That may be the confidence stores like Party City and Kohl's need to start adding temporary workers. And for a lot of folks without jobs, any paycheck is a blessing right now. Stores like Kohl's, Macy's, Pier 1, and Toys 'R Us all plan to hire more holiday workers this year. A retail expert at UAB, Mickey Gee, says there's an easy explanation. Hear full story quoting Instructor Mickey Gee and UAB business students...
  • By training together, professor and alumnus bring new insights to their teaching and business practices

    Associate Dean Eric Jack and Glenn Kinstler, the MBA Alumni Association’s outgoing president, recently took a look together at the inner workings of the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International manufacturing plant in Vance, Ala. As part of Mercedes’ Continuous Improvement Training Program, the pair gained firsthand insight into the auto maker’s problem-solving process, picked up a few ideas applicable to their own work, and continued the spirit of collaboration that is a hallmark of the UAB School of Business community.
  • O’Neal Steel Hosts Collat Industrial Distribution Program Reception

    The UAB School of Business Charles and Patsy Collat Industrial Distribution Program hosted a reception sponsored by O’Neal Steel for donors, alumni, current students and faculty on Oct. 4. At the event, UAB School of Business Dean and Wachovia Chair in Business David Klock, Ph.D., as well as leaders and supporters of the Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics shared the latest information on the Industrial Distribution program’s recent growth and success. The program has enjoyed student enrollment growth in each of the last five years, and strong industry involvement and sponsorship supported more than $100,000 in scholarships for Industrial Distribution majors in 2010, which is a 900 percent increase over the last ten years. Event photos
  • MBA alumni Mike Johnson named among Top 10 Retailers of the Year

    Mike Johnson, owner of Terramé Day Spa and Salon in Huntsville,was among the 10 Retailers of the Year honored at the annual Retail Day luncheon in Birmingham. Johnson received the Silver Award in the Annual Sales $1 Million to $5 Million category. Despite a 40 percent sales drop in 2009 for the spa industry nationwide, Terramé was able to maintain sales and increase its profit by 35 percent, which Johnson credited to a focus on retail sales and social media campaigns along with a dedication to customer service. It was the second major honor in the last couple of months for Johnson. The business was a finalist in the Professional Services category at the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/ Madison County's 25th Small Business Awards Celebration in August. - Full article by Budd McLaughlin, The Huntsville Times
  • Professor Yoder Speaks to BirminghamCREW

    Assistant Professor Stephen A. Yoder spoke recently to the Birmingham chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) on what the recent Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform law might mean to the commercial real estate industry. CREW is an organization of commercial real estate professionals in various parts of the industry, including lending, brokerage, appraisal, law and title insurance. Yoder described provisions of Dodd-Frank that will encourage banking supervisors as well as banks to engage women-owned business to a greater degree than they are today, creating opportunities for women in commercial real estate. Yoder also noted that new restrictions on lender underwriting of mortgage loans might make rental real estate projects more attractive than owner-occupied projects.
  • Dr. Murat Tanju Appointed Professor Emeritus

    The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees appointed Murat N. Tanju, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Accounting and Finance in the UAB School of Business at its meeting Sept. 17, 2010. Tanju received his doctorate in accounting from the University of Georgia in 1977 and joined the UAB faculty later that year as an assistant professor of accounting. He became associate professor in 1983 and was promoted to professor in 1991.
  • Putting Contest Shows Students the Power of Networking

    The School of Business held a “Putting Contest” this week to provide students a fun, interactive way to prepare for the Fall Career Fair by learning the power of networking. Networking offers individuals a way to gather critical information first-hand, while making connections and gaining exposure with people in their career field. Golfsmith & Golf Tec sponsored the event and spoke to students in the Sales Certificate program afterwards.
  • Professor Yoder Talks about Iberia Bank's New Locations

    Iberia Bank representatives said they will be adding five new locations in Alabama, bringing the total number of branches in Alabama to 15 after the expansion is completed. Stephen Yoder, University of Alabama at Birmingham assistant professor in the department of marketing and economics, said location, online capability and personal relationships establish a bank in the long term for success. Yoder said Iberia opening five branches in Birmingham makes it an immediate competitor in the market. See article at Birmingham Business Journal-
  • Students Learn About the Accounting Profession First-Hand

    On September 15 th , Beta Alpha Psi hosted an event for all UAB business students that included a panel discussion with representatives from Deloitte, international accounting and consulting firm, to address questions from the audience concerning the accounting profession. A social period followed the event.
  • Top Firms and Internal Audit Departments Recruiting On-Campus

    Each fall, some of the top accounting firms in the region come to the school of business for a convenient way to interview our graduate and undergraduate students for internships and full-time accounting positions. First offer date for internship positions is Sept. 24 th . Organizations on campus this month: Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith, P.C.; Carr Riggs & Ingram, LLC; Culotta, Scroggins Hendricks & Gillespie, P.C.; Deloitte; Dent, Baker & Company, LLP; Ernst & Young LLP; Frost Cummings Tidwell Group, LLC; L. Paul Kassouf & Company; Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg, & Moore, P.C.; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Regions Internal Audit Dept.; Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino, LLC.
  • Apply for On-Campus Interviews

    Attention Students and Alumni We have several really great companies coming to campus this semester to interview our students and alumni for full-time and internship positions. Log-in to Dragon Trail and apply today! Please note application deadlines. Positions currently available (see Dragon Trail for full description) GE Healthcare - Commercial Leadership Program (full-time) Application Deadline: September 17th Interviews: October 6th GE Healthcare - CLP Internship(Summer 2011) Application Deadline: September 17th Interviews: October 7th Computer Technology Solutions (CTS) - Analyst I & IT Consulting Internship Application Deadline: September 14th Interviews: October 4th Eaton Corporation - Leadership Development Program (Technical Sales) & Summer Sales Internship Application Deadline: September 23rd Interviews: October 13th Lowes Companies, Inc. – Human Resource Manager, Retail Management & Store Loss Prevention Specialist Application Deadline: September 25th Interviews: October 8th Regions- Management Associate Program Application Deadline: September 17th Interviews: October 7th To Apply Current Dragon Trail member? Apply today! Login through BlazerNet at http://blazernet.uab.edu * Student Resources tab * Enter DragonTrail * Quicklinks: Campus Interviews Not on DragonTrail? Create an account now! Login through BlazerNet at http://blazernet.uab.edu * Student Resources tab * Enter DragonTrail * Complete authorization Questions? Kristin Chapleau or Rita Stewart Hampton (205) 934-9202
  • Hewlett Packard and Regions Financial Corporation Award Laptops to Qualifying Students

    Information systems (IS) majors from the UAB School of Business Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods are the recipients of new Hewlett Packard (HP) laptop computers valued at $1,000. The machines were donated to the IS program by HP and Regions Financial Corporation. The 10 student awardees qualified for the computers based on academic performance and financial need. Officials with HP and Regions as well as UAB faculty members attended an Aug. 27 ceremony when the students were presented with their new laptops. The student awardees are sophomores Stephanie Baxter, Robert Garret, Irvin Stewart; juniors Jayne Ivy, Arthur Ndaba, Ritika Pareek; seniors Nereyda Garcia, Kendall Gregory, Jeremy Jacobs, and Crystal Martin.
  • Connecting Students and Employers

    Accounting and Information systems students have a chance to meet and network with some of the top employers in the region during fall recruitment events. These events allow students to learn more about the accounting and information systems professions, and meet potential employers whom they may be interviewing with for internships or full time employment. The accounting Meet the Employers event was held at the Innovation Depot on August 27 th . Over 200 people attended the event, including faculty, staff, students and representatives from Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith, P.C.; Becker Professional Education; Carr Riggs & Ingram, LLC; Culotta, Scroggins Hendricks & Gillespie, P.C.; Deloitte; Dent, Baker & Company, LLP; Ernst & Young LLP; Frost Cummings Tidwell Group, LLC; HealthSouth Corporation; IRS; L. Paul Kassouf & Company; Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg, & Moore, P.C.; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Protective; Regions; Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino, LLC. The Information Systems Meet the Companies event is scheduled for September 30 th . Alabama Power and Southern Company have graciously agreed to host the event at Alabama Power Headquarters located downtown. For further information on the IS event, contact Paul Crigler . Employers interested in other School of Business recruitment services should contact Rita Hampton , Associate Director of Employer Services.
  • UAB’s MBA Program Prepares Birmingham’s Best and Brightest Leaders

    Hear about the benefits of the program from some of our local alumni- from UABSchoolofBusiness on Vimeo .
  • View A Snap-shot Of Our Students - Smart, Friendly, and Diverse!

    Meet some of our students and hear what they have to say about the UAB School of Business- Back to School, Business-Style from UABSchoolofBusiness on Vimeo .
  • Assistant professor Stephen Yoder tells why Alabama needs more public companies

    Sometimes, Congress giveth and taketh away at the same time. Most of the recently-passed federal financial reform legislation, known as the Dodd-Frank law, is aimed at adding regulation, mainly on banks and the credit rating agencies. Read more: Alabama needs more public companies - Birmingham Business Journal
  • Birmingham Business Alliance CEO speaks to MBA Alumni Chapter

    Barry Copeland, interim chief executive officer of the Birmingham Business Alliance, spoke to the August breakfast meeting of the UAB MBA Alumni Chapter on August 6, 2010. Copeland described the strategic planning process nearing completion at the BBA that will map out the Birmingham region’s future. Called “Blueprint Birmingham,” the plan will be designed to spur economic development for the seven-county Birmingham region. Copeland said that the plan is to be unveiled on September 23, 2010 at the brand-new Railroad Reservation Park on the north side of UAB’s campus.
  • Positioned to Succeed- Medical Equipment and Supplies Distribution Program

    Graduates of UAB’s Medical Equipment and Supplies Distribution Program are well positioned on a career track that’s experiencing an explosion of growth. The Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) estimates 67 percent growth in the health-care industry during the next decade as the country’s baby boomers age. “People will continue to need health-care, regardless of the economy,” says Thomas DeCarlo, Ph.D., the Ben S. Weil Endowed Chair of the Patsy and Charles Collat Industrial Distribution Program at UAB’s School of Business. “That means demand for medical supply companies’ products will continue to grow, and those companies will seek qualified professionals,” Dr. DeCarlo says. “Our goal in the UAB School of Business is to produce highly qualified, highly specialized graduates with a practical understanding of the equipment and supplies they distribute to the coun­try’s hospitals and doctors.” UAB’s Medical Equip­ment and Supplies Distribution Program is unique because students are offered un­precedented access to doctors and medical professionals working in the university’s health system, which is ranked in the top 30 nationally for research funding. “Dr. Mark Hadley, a well-respected neurosur­geon and professor of surgery here at UAB, is also a professor in our Medical Equip­ment and Supplies Distribution Program,” Dr. DeCarlo says. “I’m not aware of any other program that offers professional medical distribution students access to such highly qualified experts from the industry they’ll be work­ing and specializing in after graduation.”
  • New Leadership Fund Encourages Annual Philanthropy

    Leadership giving has a fresh direction at the School of Business. Successfully preparing students to effectively contribute to business requires internships, experiential learning opportunities, and scholarships. That’s why Abby Westerhold, the school’s new associate director of Leadership Giving, is tasked with growing the newly created Business Leadership Fund. The School of Business Leadership Fund aims to create a culture of philanthropy among the School’s alumni and friends. “We have outstanding alumni, and we want to involve them in shaping the growth of our school,” Westerhold says. “My hope is that the Leadership Fund will give our alumni and friends a deeper connection to the happenings of the school, our faculty, and our students.” The School of Business Leadership Fund welcomes gifts of all sizes. In particular, the fund encourages an increase in annual investments in the $1,000 to $5,000 range. All gifts to the fund will be used at the school’s discretion to support student needs such as travel and housing costs associated with the internships that give UAB Business students the edge they need in the job market. Gifts to the Leadership Fund will also pay for innovative school projects and programs that improve the education and employment prospects of our students. In addition to the Leadership Fund, Westerhold will oversee alumni relations. “Our current students are eager for more opportunities to build connections with alumni,” she notes. Her keen sense of student needs stems from her previous work as a recruitment coordinator for the School of Business. In that role, explains Erik Kahill, senior director of external affairs for the school, Westerhold gained extensive experience in communicating all that UAB has to offer—a sensibility that is sure to more effectively connect students, alumni, and donors. To support the Business Leadership Fund, students, and the school, reach out to Westerhold at (205) 934-8810 or awesterhold@uab.edu . Writer: Jenni Derryberry Mann
  • Excellence in Selling

    Students Acquire Professional Sales Skills Employers nationwide are looking for sales professionals who have completed rigorous training programs—and the School of Business has responded with the Professional Sales Certificate Program in the Department of Marketing, In­dustrial Distribution, and Economics. The program begins its third class in August, with the maximum class-capacity of 25 students. All students have been well-screened, and are eager to develop the sales skills needed to compete and succeed in today’s economy. Students enrolled in the program earn a professional sales certificate in addition to the baccalaureate degree in their field of study. “People sometimes think a career in sales means join­ing an ‘old boy’s network,’” says program administrator Karen Kennedy, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing and an in­ternationally recognized sales scholar. “But to be successful in sales requires a broad array of skills. This program teaches students professional selling principles, sales management, negotiation, sales technology, and business communications through class­room experiences and through interactions with sales profes­sionals in a variety of out-of-class settings.” Beginning this fall, Dr. John Hansen joins faculty members Dr. Karen Kennedy and Dr. Ken Miller to instruct in the program. Dr. Hansen brings valuable insight to the classroom with extensive industry experience including positions as National Accounts Territory Manager, Independent Accounts Territory Manager, Regional Sales Manager, and Marketing Channel Manager at the Black & Decker Corporation Advisors from a range of area businesses work with faculty of the sales program to assist with strategy planning and to review progress. “Corporate sponsors help shape the program,” Dr. Kennedy says. “They also work with students through job shadowing and mentoring experiences before stu­dents embark on traditional job interviews.” The program offers sales internships that allow students to apply their newly acquired skills to benefit local and national companies. If you are interested in partnering with the Professional Sales Certificate Program to offer internship opportunities, please contact Dr. Karen Kennedy . Students from all disciplines can apply for admission to the sales program and for scholarship support. More information on the program...
  • UAB Internship Opportunity Paved the Way for Career as CPA

    UAB Alumnus and Accounting Advisory Council Member Kenneth Penn is featured in the July 2010 issue of the ASCPA Alabama CPA Magazine (page 13) . Kenneth grew up in rural Union Springs, AL and is now a partner in the Pantera Group in Union City, Georgia and serves on the board of the ASCPA Educational Foundation. Hear his story about how the opportunity to participate in the internship program at UAB under the guidance of Dr. Debbie Tanju allowed him to see first-hand the worlds of corporate accounting, internal audit, and external audit. "The exposure really played into my personal need for variety and diversity in my assignments, and I realized that audit was a good fit for me," says Kenneth. Read the full story (page 13)
  • Incoming Students Get a Head-start on Their Undergraduate Experience

    A select group of incoming students are participating in the Summer Bridge Program for Business Students, a seven-week, academic program designed to help minority students make a smooth transition to college. The Summer Bridge Program concludes on July 16 th with a conference and student concept project exhibition. (photo) Students tour the Innovation Depot with COO Devon Laney (far right) and learn about the facility and how it helps emerging businesses succeed.
  • Professor Yoder Talks with WBHM about the Hotel Tax Dispute

    Business law professor Steve Yoder was quoted in a recent story on Birmingham’s NPR station, WBHM, on litigation pending in several states, including Alabama, over the application of hotel occupancy taxes to rooms booked online. Yoder noted that there is little guidance from litigation in other states because of varying results, and that the solution may be to enact a federal law. These cases raise the applicability of the U.S. Constitution to business, which is one of Yoder’s teaching and research interests. Hear full story
  • Economics at UAB School of Business

    Why did gadget fans around the world wait in line for hours to get their hands on the latest iPhone 4? If you are intrigued by this question, you may be interested in studying economics- Hear about our economics program that is rapidly growing in popularity-
  • Westerhold to Lead Alumni Development for School of Business

    Abby Westerhold has been named the new associate director of Leadership Giving for the School of Business. Westerhold will oversee alumni relations and annual individual-donor and corporate-giving initiatives. A former recruitment coordinator for the business school, Westerhold transitions from generating new-student interest in the school to enlisting the support of graduates and other community leaders to champion School of Business initiatives. An estimated 7,000 UAB business graduates live and work in the greater Birmingham area.
  • Learning from Leaders

    UAB business students have opportunities to network and learn from a diverse range of leading executives. Rodger Overton, executive vice president and chief in­formation officer of Regions Bank, sits on the school’s Information Systems (IS) Advisory Board, including a past appointment as chairman. Regions was one of the school’s first corporate partners and helped endow a scholar­ship for business students pursuing degrees in information systems. Each year, Regions hires UAB accounting and IS students as interns, many of whom have gone on to become full-time employees. “Some fine UAB students have come through here,” Mr. Overton says. “And we have a good track record of hiring them after they graduate.”
  • Students Assist Low-Income Families with Tax Preparation

    Each year, members of the UAB Chapter of the National As­sociation of Black Accountants (NABA) volunteer for United Way ’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which helps families making less than $49,000 a year with their taxes. VITA is cosponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). NABA student-volunteers work in teams to ensure accu­racy. They are trained to secure the individual earned income tax credit for eligible taxpayers. This tax credit provides refund money to qualified low-income earners even if they do not pay income taxes throughout the year.
  • Strategies and Solutions: Students Do the Research

    At UAB’s Business Analysis Laboratory business students as­sist companies in solving real-world problems, using the latest research techniques. O’Neal Steel, the largest privately held steel distributor in the United States, with an­nual revenues of approximately $2 billion has been a frequent Lab participant. O’Neal’s customers include companies such as John Deere and Caterpillar, as well as automobile industry firms, construction companies, and builders. “O’Neal wanted the Business Analysis Lab to survey custom­ers in different parts of the country,” says Thomas DeCarlo, Ph.D., holder of the Ben S. Weil Endowed Chair of Industrial Distribution and director of the program. “To achieve this goal, our students developed a Web-based questionnaire as­sessing six different elements of satisfaction—from product quality to salesperson effectiveness to service and delivery. They examined the data from completed surveys, looking for trends and changes in customer satisfaction due to incidents such as late deliveries,” Dr. DeCarlo explains. “The data were then summarized and presented to O’Neal’s management team. O’Neal will likely use this data to shape future employee training sessions.
  • Internships: Insight and Initiative

    Internships create vital links between the School of Busi­ness and the larger business community. They are an integral part of students’ education and training, and it’s not uncommon for internships to lead directly to a career. UAB School of Business partners with as many as 60 firms to provide internships for business students, including the Big 4 CPA firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers. Faculty mentors form the backbone of the School of Busi­ness internship program. Thirty-year UAB veteran Debbie Tanju, Ph.D., professor of accounting, has been involved in the accounting internship program since its inception 20 years ago. Her many contacts in the Birmingham business community pave the way for students seeking internships with established firms. She’s also heavily involved in recruiting students to UAB. “We identify potential accounting students in high school and offer them scholarships because accounting firms look at students’ overall grade-point average, including English and writing skills, in addition to their accounting ability,” Dr. Tan­ju explains. “We keep in close touch with scholarship recipi­ents. Another reason we’re recruiting earlier is that we now have alumni employed at many firms and they want to train interns based on how their companies do things. That means interns could work for companies for two or three years while in school and then be hired full-time after graduation. “All of the internships are paid and many lead to full-time positions,” Dr. Tanju notes. “Some interns receive as much as $25 an hour. Through our regular internship program, stu­dents also can earn three hours of course credit doing entry-level staff accounting work for a CPA firm. This is the same type of work many graduates would be doing.”
  • Faculty Quoted in BBJ about Current Banking Industry

    UAB School of Business faculty members Andreas Rauterkus and Steve Yoder were both quoted in a recent article in the Birmingham Business Journal titled, “More Alabama banks profitable, but black clouds remain.” The article described recent data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation showing that overall banks are returning to profitability. Both Rauterkus and Yoder warned that real estate-related loans remain a problem for many banks, however. Full Story in Birmingham Business Journal
  • National Association of Black Accountants Honors UAB Business Student Group

    The UAB School of Business student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) earned a ranking No. 1 for its recordkeeping practices during the fiscal year. NABA requires its campus chapters to file quarterly activity reports for its Student Chapter Reporting and Evaluation Program (SCREP). SCREP reports consist of minutes from NABA meetings held both on and off campus, statistics on student participation in chapter activities, a chapter profile, an operating plan, statement of financial position and an annual 990 tax form. UAB NABA's top-ranked reporting was selected from more than 55 university submissions in its competitive division. Divisions are divided by geographic region. Winning reports also were selected in two other competitive, or regional, divisions. "Our UAB NABA chapter was recognized for its high level of student participation," says the chapter's faculty adviser Beth Springer, C.P.A., a UAB accounting instructor. "Our SCREP report reflected well-attended events and activities throughout the academic year, including our free tax-preparation service offered this past spring in conjunction with the United Way of Central Alabama." NABA Scholarships Also Awarded to UAB Students The three UAB NABA members primarily responsible for chapter's SCREP reports also were recognized individually by the national organization and were awarded scholarships to attend the NABA National Convention scheduled for June in Houston, Texas. The NABA scholarship winners from the UAB School of Business are Natasha Lundy, a 21-year-old senior student from Huntsville and the daughter of Quintin and Barbara Lundy; Stephanie Cunningham, a 21-year-old senior student from Monroeville and the daughter of Jemison and Carol Cunningham; and Kanisha Underwood, a 20-year old junior student from Meridianville and the daughter of Mary and Mychael Williams and Michael Underwood. Media Contact: Andrew Hayenga (205) 934-1676 ahayenga@uab.edu
  • Students Awarded Esteemed International Scholarships

    Kimberly Everett, Junior Economics Major, Concentration in Philosophy, Politics and Economics ( PPE) Boren Scholarship, Shanghai, China Kimberly, an economics major and a student in the University Honors Program, has been awarded a one-year Boren scholarship to study Mandarin and the Chinese economy. She will be in Shanghai for a semester, followed by another in Beijing. The Boren scholarship is part of the National Security Education Program, which seeks to develop our country’s capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security. Elisha Gentle, Senior Economics Major(PPE), Minor in Arabic and International Business Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, Cairo, Egypt Elisha has won a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to pursue a master‘s degree at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, in Arabic Studies: Language and Literature. Elisha then plans to pursue a master’s degree in Arab Studies (with an Economics concentration) at Georgetown University, and eventually embark on a career in geo-political risk consulting in Africa and the Middle East. “My time in Cairo will be punctuated by presentations at local Rotary Clubs and involvement with community service initiatives. Being connected to a large network of Rotarians in the Middle East will, likely, be this experience’s most valuable facet in the long run,” says Elisha Krish Varma, Junior Dual Major in Economics (PPE) and Spanish Critical Languages Scholarship, Jaipur, India The intensely competitive Department of State Critical Language Scholarship has selected Krish to be part of a 8 week Hindi language acquisition program in India over the summer. The Critical Language Scholarship is funded by the State Department to provide intensive summer language courses in languages of critical need (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi etc.). Krish will study Hindi at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Jaipur, India. The city is in the northern state of Rajasthan and is said to be one of the most beautiful cultural capitals of the country. The students are assigned a host family and attend class for 5–6 hours, Monday–Friday.
  • Want To Learn More About The Chinese Culture And Doing Business There?

    Follow the UAB in China blog and hear from some of our students as they attend classes at Anshan Normal University for language, culture, and business courses—and the opportunity to work with Chinese students to develop business plans for U.S.-China joint ventures. Participants will also be touring Beijing and other regions of the country.
  • Dr. Allen Johnston Presents in the Teaching Technology Track of the UA System Scholars Institute

    Dr. Allen Johnston, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, presented at the University of Alabama System Scholars Institute on May 18th in Huntsville, AL. Below is the abstract of his presentation that was included in the Teaching Technology track. Social media and virtual community technologies are disruptive in that they have changed the way businesses and consumers interact and do business, communicate, and conduct themselves as cyber citizens. As these technologies emerge, it is essential that we understand how to harness their power and implement them in a way that facilitates strategic advantages. Dr. Allen Johnston, Assistant Professor of Information Systems in the UAB School of Business, will review the teaching and learning approaches used in his course, Social Media and Virtual Communities in Business, to provide students with the necessary technological skills and knowledge to effectively implement social media and virtual community in their careers.
  • A Graduate and His Dad Speak Out About Their Experience at UAB

    “Professors pour into your life…they care so much about you personally and getting you to the next level of your career,” says Josh Carpenter, School of Business May graduate. Why UAB For Business Education? Hear From A Graduate And His Dad- from UAB School of Business on Vimeo .
  • What Do Our May Graduates Have Planned For The Summer?

    A survey was sent to all of our undergraduate students who were graduating in May. We had 63 students respond with the following results: Other (please specify) Start my own company CPA Exam Keep working my current job nannying full-time for the summer. Sit for the CPA Exam Work full time while preparing for graduate program Continue working Beginning a new internship Continue in the job of my degree study Start my own Business Continue working at current place of employment while looking for another job for career advancement. My answer to #2 is really "maybe" Study and sit for CPA exam Rest Continue to work
  • Dr. Susan Golicic, Intenationally Recognized Thought Leader in Supply Chain Management, Presents to MIDE Department

    On Friday, April 23, Dr. Susan Golicic made a research presentation to the UAB Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics. Dr. Golicic is recognized internationally as a thought leader in supply chain management. Her presentation focused on recent research entitled “Supply Chain Strategy in Emerging Markets: A Case Study.” Dr. Golicic is a noted professor of supply chain management at Colorado State University. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Wayne State University and an MBA and PhD in Logistics at the University of Tennessee. Her research has been featured in recent issues of the Sloan Management Review , Wall Street Journal , Journal of Operations Management , International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management and other prestigious research outlets. During her presentation, Dr. Golicic explained how the researchers examined the evolution of "go to market" strategies by high technology entrepreneurial firms in "emerging markets." The research provided insights to strategic and tactical initiatives employed by entrepreneurs to establish and build effective relationships with vendors and distributors in "radically new supply chains." This research is especially crucial to the MIDE department's Industrial Distribution and Advanced Sales Leadership programs. Dr. Golicic's visit to UAB was part of the MIDE department's Visiting Scholar series.
  • School of Business Honors Program Students Present at Undergraduate Research Expo

    All five members of the Class of 2010 cohort of the School of Business Honors Program presented the results of their program scholarship at the third annual UAB Undergraduate Research Expo on April 23, 2010. More than 180 undergraduates participated in the exposition, representing more than three dozen majors. The School of Business honors students participated in the “podium presentation” portion of the expo, in which students make brief oral presentations followed by a question and answer period. Other participants exhibited posters summarizing their scholarship. Sam Lee (Accounting) presented “Creative Leadership in Translational Research,” using a survey he took of participants in UAB’s Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. Amy Warren (Management) presented “A comparison study between key personality, demographic, and psychographic characteristics of honors students and an aptitude for strategic leadership,” which was based in part on a survey of students in the UAB Honors Academy course on leadership. Christine Higgins (Economics) presented “Conflict Style and Myers Briggs Type Indicator,” using a survey of UAB Honors Academy students in the leadership course. Josh Carpenter (Accounting) presented “Effective Leadership Styles in Higher Education Administrators at Transitions,” using interviews with higher education leaders including former UAB presidents Charles McCallum and Claude Bennett and former Birmingham-Southern College president Neal Berte. Ryan Johnston (Accounting and Finance) presented “Improving Negotiations,” based in part on his observations of class in the UAB Honors Academy course on leadership designed to provide honors students with negotiations skills. School of Business Honors Program Director Stephen Yoder, J.D., served as mentor for all of the students on their projects and Instructor Jacob Gelber served as an additional faculty advisor. The School of Business Honors Program is a selective, three-semester program focusing on leadership, directed by Yoder.
  • School ofBusiness Students Win Prestigious National Awards

    We are so very proud of the following students and would like to congratulate them on receiving the following prestigious awards: Jennifer Ghandhi (Economics major with a concentration in PPE) has received the Margie Wade Fellowship of $5,000 from Alpha Lambda Delta (2010). In addition, Jennifer was also awarded the 2010 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, $5,000. Jennifer will enroll for a MD / PhD (in Policy Studies and Economics) at the University of Chicago . Krish Varma (Economics and Spanish majors) has received a 2010 Department of State Critical Language scholarship to study Hindi in Jaipur , India for two and a half months over the summer. Elisha Gentle (Economics, with PPE concentration and International Business) has won a one-year Rotary Ambassadorial scholarship to study for a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Cairo , Egypt . Elisha’s career plans are to be a consultant to development agencies in North Africa and the Middle East and to help establish American educational institutions in the Maghreb . Kimberly Everet t (Economics Major with a concentration in PPE, and a student in the University Honors Program) has been awarded a one-year Boren scholarship to study Mandarin and the Chinese Economy. Kimberly will be in Shanghai for a semester, followed by another in Beijing .
  • Alumni Spotlight- Blake Margison Talks About Business in China

    Business alumnus Blake Margison traveled to China with Professor Pang’s group in 2006, the year he graduated from UAB, and decided to extend his stay indefinitely. He’s currently working for an international environmental protection agency NGO (non-governmental organization) in Beijing. Hear what Blake has to say about doing business in China… The UAB in China program led by Professor Pang opened a two-way communications channel for Chinese and UAB students and teachers. Through the university’s partnership with Anshan Normal University in northeast China, I gained a great understanding of the Chinese language and culture in a fantastic learning environment which inevitably led to my extended stay here.
  • UAB Professors Work With City of Birmingham to Help Determine an Accurate Revenue Projection for the 2011 Budget

    UAB School of Business Professors Stephanie and Andreas Rauterkus, Ted Bos and Lary Cowart met with the City of Birmingham finance director last week and have begun research into building a revenue model to help determine an accurate revenue projection for the 2011 budget. Full article
  • Business ventures for Birmingham companies exist in Israel, exec says

    Business ventures for Birmingham companies exist in Israel, exec says By Dawn Kent -- The Birmingham News March 26, 2010, 5:30AM Israel offers a wealth of opportunities for U.S. companies looking to do business overseas, particularly in the life sciences sector that is a crucial part of metro Birmingham's economy, an expert on the countries' business ties said Thursday. The Middle Eastern nation, a longtime U.S. ally, also is known for spawning innovative operations in security systems and clean technology, said Tom Glaser, president of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Southeast Region. Glaser, who spoke at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's business school, said current tensions between Israel and the White House are not hurting existing commerce between the countries. full article
  • Student Group From UAB Business Named To International Top 20

    The American Marketing Association (AMA) named the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Business AMA student chapter a Top 20 International AMA Collegiate Chapter during its 32nd annual International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, April 8-10. The group earned outstanding ratings in three of six considered categories — chapter planning, communication and professional development — to win its spot in the Top 20, says Lauren Beitelspacher, Ph.D., a UAB assistant professor of marketing and chapter faculty adviser. The top chapters were chosen from more than 190 AMA collegiate chapters operating internationally.
  • HealthSouth President and Chief Executive Officer, Jay Grinney Speaks at MBA Alumni Event

    More than 50 UAB School of Business MBA alumni, faculty and students attended our most recent MBA alumni chapter breakfast on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the Commons on the Green. HeathSouth President and Chief Executive Officer, Jay Grinney discussed how he has led the efforts to turn around HealthSouth since he came in May of 2004. Today, HealthSouth manages 93 hospitals in 26 states and Puerto Rico. Mr. Grinney also spoke about the health care bill and how it could drive up costs for insurance companies and their employees. "It's too early to know exactly what will happen, but there will be unintended consequences of this health reform bill. What Congress has done is take away the only leverage insurance companies had to make money -- refusing care to those with preexisting conditions, or rescinding care," Grinney said. "By forcing insurers to have to provide coverage to 30 million people, they will make up for that by raising prices on the rest of us." Find more information about the UAB MBA alumni chapter
  • Faculty Spotlight- Edward Friend

    With 40 years of experience in law at Sirote & Permutt PC, Assistant Professor Edward Friend brings valuable, real-world experience to the classroom for our business students. Friend joined the UAB School of Business in 1995 as an adjunct professor and has served as full time professor for the past four years. Along with former dean Bob Holmes, Mr. Friend created the much talked about MBA capstone course, Strategic Management: Conversation with CEOs, in which CEOs or former CEOs bring their experience into the classroom for students to learn from. The class has been a huge success since its inception and has been added to the Business Honors curriculum. Along with the strategic management course that Friend now teaches with Assistant Professor Steven Yoder, Mr. Friend also instructs Legal Environment of Business. "Through a combination of humor, sincerity, and expertise, professor Friend captivates his classes with story after story highlighting the material he teaches, says Josh Carpenter, current business student. “His genuine interest in the success of his students in and beyond the classroom is unprecedented. The lives of the students who sit in his class are permanently changed as they gain an understanding and appreciation for servanthood through his instruction or personal investment in their own lives." In addition to his commitment to the success of students here in the School of Business, Mr. Friend carries his passion for servanthood to other areas in the community. He has served as a leader for several philanthropic efforts in the community with the distinction of serving not once but twice as the chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has also been instrumental in his role as Big Brother ( Big Brothers Big Sisters ) for over 30 years to one young man who has become highly successful at Mayer Electric Company. “Lots of people go to lots of meetings on civic boards but few have the demonstrable impact on a life like Eddie has with this young man”, says Steven Yoder, assistant professor. Selected from a field of more than 1,000 former honorees, Mr. Friend was recently inducted into the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame , which honors former honorees who have more than fulfilled their potential.
  • Alumni Spotlight- Chad Nichols, MBA 2002

    Chad Nichols, MBA 2002, credits the UAB MBA program for helping him bring a business-like approach to his work in state government. Chad has worked for Governor Bob Riley since he took office in 2003 and has served in numerous capacities building partnerships to improve health, education, economic development, and other quality of life issues in Alabama. “I would not be where I am today without my MBA,” says Chad. “My MBA has had a direct impact on my career because it has helped me to develop important leadership skills that I now use to build collaborative teams from the public and private sectors to address important health care issues in our state.” As Assistant Director of the Governor’s Alabama Rural Action Commission, Chad is involved in several initiatives to improve health care access for Alabamians. One such initiative includes the highly successful KidCheck program that provides comprehensive health screenings for students in over 35 Alabama school systems, including schools in previously underserved rural areas. Theprogram also helps to ensure follow-up medical treatments for many students and results in students being enrolled in public health-care insurance programs like All Kids, Medicaid and Alabama Child Caring Foundation. Chad was recently recognized in the annual Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, which honors the best and brightest individuals under the age of 40 in the Birmingham business community.
  • UAB MBA Program Inspires Biomedical Researcher to Start Company

    Majd Zayzafoon, MD, Ph.D., is the owner and chief operating officer of Novicure Biotechnology who credits his UAB School of Business MBA Program experience for his successful start-up. The biomedical research company is discovering novel drugs to prevent prostate cancer metastasis, or its potentially fatal spread to a patient’s bones. Zayzafoon, who is a researcher and Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Pathology, says he started Novicure Biotechnology after being exposed to the best-business practices taught by the MBA program faculty. “As I progressed through my MBA lectures at UAB, my brain was being rewired,” Zayzafoon says. “This invaluable exposure to business taught me that I could do something with my research and industry expertise.”
  • Josh Carpenter Selected to Teach in Inaugural Teach for America Program in Alabama

    Joshua D. Carpenter, a senior economics and accounting major in the School of Business, has been selected to teach in Teach for America’s first program ever in the state of Alabama. Teach for America is a nonprofit organization formed to eliminate educational inequities in the United States. It has over 3,000 teachers in low income area schools throughout the United States. TFA is a highly selective program, accepting less than 12% of applicants in past years. The program has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. For example, according to the Princeton University student newspaper The Daily Princetonian , 173 members of that school’s Class of 2009 (nearly 10% of the class) applied and of those 29 were accepted. Three other UAB students in addition to Josh have been accepted to begin teaching this fall, and one is currently in the interview process. Dr. Nelleke Bak, who provides guidance to UAB students on competitive scholarships and opportunities such as TFA from UAB’s Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs, says, “ Josh’s and our other students’ acceptance to Teach for America demonstrates UAB students’ commitment to community service.” After receiving training during the summer months, Josh will be assigned to teach high school English for two years in a community in Alabama’s Black Belt (so named for the color of its soil), which includes Hale County, Lowndes Count, Marengo Count, Perry County, Selma City and Sumter County. On average, 91% of the students in these school systems are considered low income and 88% of the student population is African-American. Many TFA teachers go on to graduate school following their service and a very large number stay in the education sector. “I wanted to wake up every day feeling proud about what I was doing and knowing that I was making a difference in people’s lives,” said Carpenter. “When Teach for America announced it was expanding to Alabama, I jumped at the chance to be a member of the site’s inception.” Carpenter is a member of both the University Honors Program and the School of Business Honors Program. He holds a Presidential Scholarship and was a finalist in 2009 for a Truman Scholarship and for Mr. UAB in 2008. He has participated in numerous campus and community activities, including serving as president of the School of Business Student Leaders and as founder of the UAB chapter of Impact Alabama, a student-based service organization aimed at providing income tax return services to low to moderate income Alabamians and at providing vision screening services to pre-schoolers in Alabama. Josh also volunteered to teach high school economics at Minor High School in Birmingham in the fall of 2009. He is the son of David and Sissy Carpenter of Florence, Alabama.
  • Real-estate Finance Expert, Dr. Lary Cowart, Quoted in Article on Building Green in AL

    Birmingham Business Journal quotes Professor Lary Cowart in their article The Green House Effect which covers environmentally friendly residential building in Alabama. Excerpt from the article which is a read only for BBJ subscribers- Lary Cowart, assistant professor of accounting and finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business, says younger consumers have been shown to be more interested in big-ticket green design and energy-efficient durable goods. “They may expect to get back more of the benefit than older consumers” he said.
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  • Alumni Spotlight- Sara Petrov

    Sara Petrov arrived at UAB sure of one thing: she wanted to major in the School of Business. Sara, a native of Toronto, Canada, attended UAB on an athletic scholarship as a member of the synchronized swimming team. Initially uncertain of her major, it was not until Dr. Sarah Culver’s introductory macroeconomics course that she found a discipline that piqued her interest. In particular, she remembers Dr. Culver’s talent in contextualizing abstract concepts like gross domestic product and interest rates and applying them to the real world.
  • MBA Alumni, Greg King and Chad Nichols, along with Associate Professor Edward Friend Recognized as B'ham's Best and Brightest

    We are proud to announce that two of our MBA alumni, Greg King and Chad Nichols, have been selected for the annual Birmingham Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40, which honors the best and brightest individuals under the age of 40 in the Birmingham business community. Also recognized is business professor Eddie Friend, who will be inducted into the BBJ Top 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame. Click on their picture below and get to know them! - Greg King Market President, IberiaBank MBA Alumni Chad Nichols Assistant Director, Alabama Rural Action Commission MBA Alumni Edward Friend III Shareholder, Sirote & Permutt PC Assistant Professor, UAB School of Business
  • Drayton Nabors Visits with School of Business Honors Students

    Former Protective Life Corporation CEO and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Drayton Nabors recently met with the Class of 2011 School of Business Honors Program cohort. His topic was the importance of character, which he defined as “what you do when no one is looking.” Nabors described the need for all business leaders to have clear purposes in their lives, as well as to have certain values. He told the students that in his opinion the most important values for business leaders, which he labeled “virtues,” are humility, courage and justice. He believes that justice is closely interwoven with love, or the desiring the good for others and acting to obtain it. Nabors is the author of the book, “The Case for Character: Looking at Character From a Biblical Perspective.” Nabors served as Governor Riley’s first Finance Director, after his retirement as Protective Life CEO. He holds his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Yale University. He was a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, who served on the Court from 1937 to 1971. The School of Business Honors Program is a selective, three-semester program focusing on leadership and is directed by Assistant Professor Stephen A. Yoder, J.D.
  • Introducing the 2011 Cohort of the School of Business Honors Program

    Nineteen undergraduate business students were selected to participate in the School of Business Honors Program beginning this Spring semester. This cohort will graduate in 2011. The School of Business Honors Program is designed to provide talented and motivated students with additional dimensions in their learning, both in substance and in learning methods. The substantive focus of the program is leadership. Students take BUS 300, “Introduction to Leadership,” in the first semester of the three-semester program. This course, taught by Honors Program Director Stephen A. Yoder, J.D., reflects the evolution of leadership studies, from a focus on the traits and characteristics and styles of “great leaders”, to a more relationship-perspective such as “followership” and the nature of the relationship between leaders and followers. Students in the Honors Program also enroll in BUS 495, “Strategic Leadership: Hearing it From the CEOs.” In this course taught annually by Professor Yoder and by Professor Eddie Friend, students have a unique opportunity to hear about strategic management straight from CEOs or former CEOs of public companies. Friend has taught the course for several years, having created it along with former School of Business Dean Bob Holmes. The final course in the three-course series of the Honors Program is an independent study project in leadership. Projects can take the form of a traditional written thesis or a less traditional form such as a survey explained in an oral presentation. Participants receive considerable experience in oral and written communications over the course of their three semesters in the program. The students in the 2011 Cohort have a variety of majors (many have double majors), with Accounting being the most-represented major (nine students). Other majors include Finance, Industrial Distribution, Economics, and Communications Management. Three participants are varsity athletes (men’s soccer, women’s tennis and baseball). Most of the students went to high school in Alabama, but the Netherlands, Moldava, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana and Georgia are also counted among the countries and states that they call or once called home. All of the students have excellent academic records. Their average grade point average in School of Business courses is 3.79. All of the students came highly recommended by one or more faculty members as well. Several are also members of University-level honors programs such as the University Honors Program and the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program. Drayton Nabors Visits with School of Business Honors Students Dr. Neal Berte Speaks to Business Honors Students on Servant Leadership The 2011 Cohort of the School of Business Honors Program Left to Right: Andrei Fana (Finance), Robert Timmerman (Accounting), Christopher Pendergraft (Accounting and Finance), Zach Smith (Accounting and Finance), Daniel Fortenberry (Accounting and Information Systems), Ryan Woolley (Communications Management), Courtney Foster (Industrial Distribution), Jennifer Allen (Industrial Distribution – Medical), Garrett Jeffreys (Accounting), Stephanie Cunningham (Accounting), Krish Varma (Economics and Spanish), Evelien Strijker (Accounting), Kate Jarrett (Finance). Niki Maladkar (Industrial Distribution - Medical), Eric Klacik (Economics and Finance), John Murray (Finance), Daniel Phillips (Economics), Adam Arnold (Accounting), Tucker Stone (Economics).
  • Kristin Chapleau Promoted to Associate Director of Student Development

    We are pleased to announce that Kristin Chapleau will serve as our Associate Director of Student Development. Kristin holds her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from UAB. Before serving as an advisor for the School of Business she worked with Career Services as the Employer Relations Specialist for the School of Business for two years. Over the next couple of months, Kristin will transition from her current position into her new role with the School. Her attention will initially focus on collaborating with student groups to assess their needs from the department and meet with faculty and internship coordinators to see how we can better prepare our students for the job market. Kristin will also collaborate with Dr. Elizabeth Fisher to develop on-line modules that assist with career development. Please join us in welcoming Kristin to her new role.
  • Dr. Neal Berte Speaks to Business Honors Students on Servant Leadership

    Dr. Neal R. Berte, President Emeritus of Birmingham-Southern College, recently spoke to the Class of 2011 Cohort of the School of Business Honors Program on the subject of servant leadership. Dr. Berte has both researched and practiced service leadership both during his academic career and since his retirement several years ago as president of Birmingham-Southern after more than 28 years in that position. Students heard Dr. Berte describe the works of authors as varied as Robert Greenleaf, author of “The Servant as Leader,” Howard Gardner, author of “Five Minds for the Future,” and Rollo May, author of “The Courage to Create.” Robert Greenleaf, for whom the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership at Indiana University is named, described servant leadership this way: “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first . Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” Similarly, Dr. Berte told students of advice he received from an early mentor in his career, that the best leaders were those who saw themselves primarily as “givers” and not “takers.” The 19 honors students also discussed their own experiences with servant leaders in their own lives. Dr. Berte was introduced by Class of 2010 business honors student Josh Carpenter. Carpenter had earlier interviewed Dr. Berte for his own honors project on leadership styles in higher education. Among Dr. Berte’s many examples of recent service to his community are his serving as co-chair of the campaign to restore the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, serving as co-chair of the 50 th anniversary campaign of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham (along with School of Business assistant professor Eddie Friend), and serving as a non-physician member of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation. The School of Business Honors Program is a selective, three-semester program focusing on leadership and is directed by Assistant Professor Stephen A. Yoder, J.D.
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  • Alumni Spotlight- Rusty McHan

    Alumni Spotlight- Rusty McHan As an associate at an international investment company, Rusty McHan has finally found his place in the investment banking world. While interning with Regions Bank during his senior year at UAB’s School of Business, Rusty was offered and accepted a full-time position as a Commercial Credit Analyst. Although he enjoyed his work, he wanted more. After graduating he left Regions and moved to Chicago in order to pursue a career in investment banking.” After extensive research of companies and numerous interviews, Rusty took a position at Giuliani Capital Advisors . There he was able to work on mergers and acquisitions of companies-a love that traced back to UAB. Today, Rusty still works with mergers and acquisitions with Macquarie Group , who purchased Giuliani Capital, and lives in New York City. He is also pursuing his Masters of Finance through INSEAD.
  • Green and Gold Fund Success Receives National Attention

    The Green and Gold Fund, UAB’s student-managed investment portfolio, has earned an outstanding reputation in the investment management community—both regionally and nationally. The Fund’s remarkable success is set to be profiled in an upcoming issue of UAB Magazine , and previously has been featured on the highest-rated national financial news channel in America, CNBC. The CNBC feature included an interview of the Fund’s Chief Investment Officer by well-known anchor Erin Burnett, in which the two discussed some of the Fund’s successful stock selections. The interview appeared on the popular CNBC show Squawk Box , which is viewed by millions of professional investors each day. The Fund provides students with direct experience in portfolio management and the financial markets, which benefits their pursuit of career opportunities. All positions in the Fund—including Chief Investment Officer, Chief Economist, Chief Accounting Officer, Marketing Director, portfolio managers and analysts—are held by UAB undergraduate and MBA students and all decisions involve real money. At weekly meetings, members vote to buy and sell stocks, bonds, exchange-traded funds and other securities as they manage a portfolio valued at approximately $425,000 (as of January 2010). Students who are selected for membership in the Fund may be eligible to receive generous benefits including scholarships and sponsored travel to national collegiate competitions. The Green and Gold Fund also has been highlighted in Business Week magazine for its victory in a previous meeting of the RISE (Redefining Investment Strategy Education) forum and national collegiate competition. In a direct competition with 50 other prestigious U.S. business schools at this meeting, UAB claimed first place in the undergraduate growth-style portfolio category. The Fund’s current members are working toward achieving similar success at this year’s meeting in March. For additional information on the Green and Gold Fund, please contact Faculty Advisor Jacob Gelber at jag18@uab.edu or (205) 934-6048.
  • Welcome Dr. Chen “Karl” Wang of Beijing, Visiting International Scholar

    Visiting with us for the Spring 2010 semester is Dr. Chen “Karl” Wang of Beijing, China. Karl earned an MD degree in 1984 and worked as a medical doctor from 1984 to 1990 in China. He then worked as a medical supervisor and as a regional and national manager in several multinational or transnational companies, including Nestle, Dumex (Danone), Bausch & Lomb Vision Care, and Chindex (a US Medical Equipment & Supplies Distributor by its major operation in China). Karl is now PhD candidate majoring in Marketing Management at Sichuan University, Chengdu and will return to Beijing to begin a new career as a Marketing professor. Karl has come to the US for the spring semester of 2010 as a Visiting International Scholar. We will welcome Karl as a visitor and guest lecturer in several of our classes.
  • Alumni Spotlight- Mr. Andre' Peterson

    Mr. Andre’ Peterson, a CPA, a CMA, a Six Sigma Certified Champion, and Director of Internal Auditing at Sealy, Inc. in Trinity, North Carolina is a School of Business alumnus who has made time during his busy and lucrative career to stay connected to the School and faculty, contributing to the success of the School’s programs and its students. At Sealy Andre’ is responsible for the management of the internal audit function, including risk assessment and audit planning and execution. Along with traveling to six different continents over the last three years, he managed to fit in frequent visits to the School as a guest speaker. He does an amazing job of providing insight for our students into real world experiences as an accounting professional for the largest mattress maker in the world. He also serves on the Accounting Advisory Board and is instrumental in keeping the program curriculum up-to-date in meeting the latest industry needs. Andre’ says, “I received so many opportunities when I was at UAB that wanting to give back to the School comes naturally.” While Andre’ was in school he received an internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and accepted a full time offer upon graduation. He also received several scholarships and in return later matched their amount with his own money. On top of all of his professional accomplishments, as well as his many contributions to UAB, Andre’ is also a proud husband to his wife Lela, and a doting father to their daughter Lailoni, age 8.
  • Professor Andreas Rauterkus Talks About Currency Risk Driving Daimler's Move To Alabama

    Currency Risk Drives Daimler's Move To Alabama by Tanya Ott December 3, 2009 from WBHM Daimler employees in Sindelfingen, Germany, protest on Tuesday the proposed move of some production of the C-Class sedan to the U.S. Automakers around the globe are looking for ways to save money. The German carmaker Daimler AG says it has found a way by moving some production of its popular Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan from Germany to Alabama, reducing the company's exposure to exchange-rate risks. Full article including remarks by Professor Andreas Rauterkus
  • Erik Kahill Joins Us as Sr Director of Development and Alumni Affairs

    On January 19, 2010, Erik Kahill will join the UAB School of Business as Sr Director of Development and Alumni Affairs. He comes to UAB from Athens , GA were he served as Director of Development for The University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. Erik also has fund raising and alumni relations experience at Virginia Tech and the University of Florida . While at UGA, Erik and his team were responsible for helping raise over $15 million towards a building campaign for the Terry College of Business. He was also part of the team at the University of Florida 's Warrington College of Business Administration that closed the largest gift to UF; $30 million that helped create the William Hough Graduate School of Business. Erik has a background in finance and is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg , VA. After graduation and prior to entering into a career of fund raising for higher education he worked for Deutsche Bank in New York City in the bank's analyst training program. At UAB, Erik will nurture a team that will take the UAB and School of Business message to a national audience and bring our alumni and supporters critical information regarding our push to be a destination business school. UAB and the School of Business are excited to have Erik as a part of the UAB Family.
  • Aegis Health Group Hires Pearson Talbert as Chief Development Officer

    (NASHVILLE, TN – December 7, 2009) — Aegis Health Group, the nation’s leading healthcare business development company, has appointed Pearson Talbert as chief development officer. As a member of Aegis’ executive management team, Talbert will provide leadership and vision to the sales and marketing staff as they focus on solutions to help hospitals grow revenues through employer partnerships and physician relationships. To this newly created position, Talbert brings 15 years' healthcare business development and operational management experience. Immediately prior to joining Aegis, he served as vice president of sales and business development for Ingram & Associates, LLC, an affiliate of AIM Healthcare Services Inc. He spent the first several years of his healthcare career managing business office and payer relations for HealthSouth Corporation. In his role as chief development officer, Talbert will plan, coordinate and assure implementation of strategies to market and advance sales growth in direct support of the Aegis mission. “There is a deep professional satisfaction that comes from working with an organization with objectives as compelling as that of Aegis,” said Talbert. “Given the financial state of healthcare today, most hospitals need to embrace new strategies to help ensure that they are able to continue to serve their individual communities. Aegis provides just such creative programs, and I eagerly look forward to working with Aegis in support of our nation’s hospitals and the communities they serve.” “I am very excited to have someone with Pearson’s energy, experience and talent leading our accomplished sales team,” said Henry Ross, chief executive officer of Aegis. “The entire Aegis family is looking forward to working closely with him as we develop and execute our strategic initiatives as we move into 2010.” Talbert earned an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. About Aegis Health Group For 20 years Aegis has helped hospitals across the country form lasting relationships with area employers while improving the health of the workforce. They have translated their success in the employer-health arena to helping hospitals build stronger relationships with physicians. Aegis’ health initiatives can currently be found in more than 60 healthcare organizations. Further information may be obtained at aegisgroup.com .
  • HealthSouth Whistleblower Lectures UAB Students on Company Fraud

    Weston Smith, the whistleblower of the massive accounting fraud at Birmingham-based HealthSouth Corp., told a group of students from the UAB School of Business that he was "scared to death" while aiding the multibillion-dollar scam during his time as an accountant and chief financial officer at the company. "I've lost everything financially. I've lost a career and my CPA license, but do I have regrets about coming forward and blowing the whistle? No. None whatsoever," Smith told the UAB forensic accounting students who participated in the Nov. 18 interactive lecture. "Coming forward was very freeing," said Smith, a former HealthSouth chief financial officer who served more than a year in prison for his role in the company's $2.7 billion fraud. "I knew that I was in a lot of trouble, but I also knew for the first time in a long time that I was doing the right thing." Forensic accounting is the practice of tracking or investigating corporate fraud through the analysis of financial statements and records using specialized techniques and strategies. "We want to give our forensic accounting students the best learning opportunities available, and Weston Smith is well-prepared through experience to teach the importance of accurate and legal accounting practices - and the pitfalls that come with perpetrating fraud," said Tommie Singleton, Ph.D., the program director. "You learn a lot through the text books, but I think I can offer these students something that is very sincere and very real. Hopefully, it will touch them in a way that is more personal than what they can get out of a school book," Smith said. Smith and the company's other financial officers said founder and former chief executive Richard Scrushy orchestrated the HealthSouth fraud. Scrushy was acquitted of all criminal charges related to the fraud in a 2005 federal trial, but he is in prison after convictions on unrelated bribery charges. Media Contact: Andrew Hayenga (205) 934-1676 ahayenga@uab.edu
  • Fall Graduation Reception

    Dean David R. Klock of the UAB School of Business cordially invites all Fall 2009 Graduates and their family to the Graduation Reception honoring School of Business Graduates. Saturday, December 12th , 2009 11:30 pm until 1:00 pm Business & Engineering Complex Lobby 1150 10th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35294 RSVP December 8th Cicily Gray at (205) 934.8810 or cgray@uab.edu
  • Dr. Tom DeCarlo Attends Supply Chain Leaders in Action Meeting in Chicago

    Dr. Tom DeCarlo, Ben S. Weil Chair and Professor, recently attended a Supply Chain Leaders in Action meeting in Chicago for the purpose of identifying emerging trends, solutions to current problems, innovative strides in efficiency, and hot topics occurring in supply chain today. Participating Supply Chain Leaders in Action members include top CEOs and executives from over 80 nationally acclaimed companies including IBM, Hershey, P&G, Starbucks, CVS, UPS and more.
  • M.Ac. Student Spotlight- Meredith Edmonds

    Choosing to attend UAB has proven to be one of the best decisions I have made. I received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) in 2007 and decided to pursue a graduate degree in accounting as well as a career as a CPA. In order to meet the prerequisite requirements for the Master of Accountancy (MAc) program at UAB and to qualify for the CPA exam, I needed to complete several undergraduate accounting courses. I applied to UAB in the spring of 2008, received acceptance and began my first prerequisite class in June of that year. By the fall, I realized a career in public accounting was the best path for me. I was informed that UAB had a great internship program, thus I contacted Dr. Debbie Tanju and began the internship process. I interviewed with several accounting firms and was offered internship positions with great firms. I accepted an internship with Birmingham-based Barfield, Murphy, Shank, and Smith (BMSS).
  • MBA Alumni Spotlight- Santhosh Keshavan

    Santhosh Keshavan graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business in 2002 with a major in Information Systems. He has over 15 years of experience in IT operations, applications development, project management and business development serving top financial institutions in US, Europe and Asia Pacific. He also served on the UAB Information Systems Advisory Board from 2004- 2007. Santhosh pursued his MBA while he was with SunGard Data Systems in Birmingham as Managing Director – International Operations and is currently with Fidelity Investments in Dallas, TX as Vice President – Systems and Solutions Delivery. At Fidelity, Santhosh works with the operations group that provides accounting and investment management support services to Fidelity mutual funds and other investment vehicles, as well as to many Fidelity business partners in US and Europe.
  • MBA Alumni Spotlight- Santhosh Keshavan

    Santhosh Keshavan graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business in 2002 with a major in Information Systems. He has over 15 years of experience in IT operations, applications development, project management and business development serving top financial institutions in US, Europe and Asia Pacific. He also served on the UAB Information Systems Advisory Board from 2004- 2007. Santhosh pursued his MBA while he was with SunGard Data Systems in Birmingham as Managing Director – International Operations and is currently with Fidelity Investments in Dallas, TX as Vice President – Systems and Solutions Delivery. At Fidelity, Santhosh works with the operations group that provides accounting and investment management support services to Fidelity mutual funds and other investment vehicles, as well as to many Fidelity business partners in US and Europe. I strongly feel that my MBA has helped me shape my career and continues to do so till date in 3 major areas - Business Knowledge, Leadership Abilities and Networking. We all live in a global economy and there is a constant need to think outside the box and innovate new ways to stay on top and be the market leader. The process of learning and adapting never stops irrespective of the size, location or nature of the organization. We are constantly looking at new tools, processes and lean methodologies, global partnerships to align ourselves to serve the customer better and be the market leader. I am glad that many of the topics, case studies and projects we covered as part of our MBA is being put in practice every day. The opportunity to network with co-students from around the world, guest speakers and faculty and to be able to exchange ideas, get different perspectives is also amazing.
  • Experience Sets Us Apart From Other MBA Programs

    We are pleased to once again be recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the top business schools in the country. When I think about what sets the MBA Program at UAB’s School of Business apart from other programs in the area it comes down to one word: experience. Experience has several dimensions. An MBA program is often judged by its faculty and UAB’s School of Business faculty is highly experienced. Our faculty is comprised of accomplished scholars who are contributing cutting edge research to their respective fields. They also bring a wealth of real-world work experience to the classroom. In addition, the faculty continually works directly with the business community to address current business issues. This blending of academic and practical experience is a core part of the curriculum at the School of Business. Experienced faculty is only one part of the equation. Equally important is the experience residing in the student body. Virtually all of our MBA students bring several years of work experience to the classroom and the result is a give and take approach to learning where course concepts are enhanced via practical application. In any given class, our students come from highly varied professional and personal backgrounds. A typical class includes everyone from doctors to bankers; research scientists to accountants; teachers to engineers. This diversity leads to a richness of classroom experience that is highly valuable and hard to duplicate. When you bring experienced faculty together with experienced students you create powerful learning experiences. Dr. Doug Ayers MBA Program Director and Associate Professor
  • Honors Students Meet CEOs

    Members of the Class of 2010 UAB School of Business Honors Program have a unique opportunity this semester to join MBA students in a capstone course to hear about strategic management straight from eight CEOs or former CEOs of public companies. The capstone course is taught by Professors Eddie Friend and Steve Yoder. This year, the students will hear from the following business leaders: Jay Grinney, HealthSouth Corporation CEO Johnny Johns and Carolyn Johnson, Protective Life Corporation CEO and COO Ed Aldag, Medical Properties, Inc. Trust CEO Mickey Newsome, Hibbett Sports, Inc. CEO Don Logan, former CEO of Time Warner Cable, Inc. and former Chair of Time Warner Media and Communications Group Dowd Ritter, Regions Financial Corporation CEO James McManus, Energen Corporation CEO Jon Stonehouse, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CEO Not only do these CEOs describe their own companies’ strategies, but students will also make their own recommendations as to those strategies. During each class in which a CEO presents, a group of students presents to the CEO on its strategic analysis of the CEO’s company. “This is the sixth year that we have offered this unique approach to learning strategic management, and each year we have students tell us that the class was among the most valuable experiences they had at our school,” says School of Business Assistant Professor Eddie Friend. Professor Friend co-taught the class until this year with former Dean Bob Holmes. Professor Yoder joined Friend this year. Friend and Yoder each has over thirty years of business experience himself. The strategic management course is the second in a three-course series of courses for the honors students. The Honors Program focuses on business leadership. During their final course, honors students engage in independent study on a leadership-related topic of their choosing. Current Honors Program student Josh Carpenter (Accounting and Economics, Class of 2010) said, "The program has offered opportunities to hone and develop leadership skills I could never have been exposed to elsewhere. The students and faculty provide an unmatched learning experience that has truly been the most valuable asset of my education."
  • Record-breaking Year for Accounting Internships

    Internships benefit both the student and employer. Students have the opportunity to “get their foot in the door” of a prospective employer and to “try” a potential career path prior to graduation. Given that most CPA firms report that 70-90% of their new hires are previous interns, internships have become a “must-do” for accounting majors. Misti Rasmussen, one of our UAB accounting alums, who has been in charge of UAB recruiting for Kassouf & Company for many years says, “The greatest benefit for us is that it is a test drive for full-time employment. If we interviewed a candidate, he/she already looks great on paper, thus proving himself/herself in the classroom. With the internship, we are able to evaluate their work ethic, ability to apply what they’ve learned in class and how well they gel with our group. If, for any reason, the relationship doesn’t work, it’s much easier to separate. If it does work, then we and the intern can relax and know a good match was made, and in a year or so, the long-term relationship can begin.” Although UAB’s accounting internship program started off small in the late eighties with two internal auditing interns at SONAT and a handful of interns at CPA firms, over the last eight years, the number of students applying for spring accounting internships has almost tripled from 26 students in 2001 to a record-breaking number of 72 students this year. Between Aug. 25 th and Sept. 22 nd , the following CPA firms conducted interviews on campus: Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg & Moore PC; Horton, Lee, Burnett, Peacock, Cleveland, and Grainger, PC; Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino, LLC; Deloitte; Culotta, Scroggins, Hendricks & Gillespie, PC ; Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Kassouf & Co.; Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith PC; Ernst & Young; and Dent, Baker & Company, LLP. Many of the firms’ interviewers were UAB alumni who had themselves been through on-campus interviews for internship and fulltime positions when they were in school. According to the employers, competition for internship positions was extremely intense this year, and the interviewers had a difficult time selecting candidates to receive offers. So far, fourteen UAB students have received and accepted offers. After offers have been made and accepted, Ms. Whitney Wilson, the Accounting Program’s new Employment/Internship Coordinator will continue to work with the remaining students and employers throughout the fall to secure as many internship positions as possible before “busy season” for tax and audit work begins in January. Most of the interns will work fulltime through at least early March (audit interns) or April 15 th (tax interns). Many thanks to all the employers who hire UAB accounting interns. Given the increase in our supply of accounting internship applicants, we are always looking for more internship and employment opportunities for our outstanding students. If you know of an organization that needs an intern for the spring, summer, or fall semester or a part-time or fulltime employee year- round, please contact Ms. Whitney Wilson at 934-8660 or wrwilson@uab.edu .
  • Business School's Stanford Named UAB Professor Emeritus

    The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees appointed UAB Professor Robert E. Stanford, Ph.D., a professor emeritus at its Sept. 18 meeting. Stanford began his career at UAB in 1982 as an associate professor in the UAB School of Business. A professor in the Graduate School of Management since 1989, Stanford helped establish much of the School of Business curriculum. He served as departmental representative for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Committee, which developed the current system of MBA tracks at UAB . Stanford also was the architect for new business courses, which employ state-of-the-art methodology for improvement of business decision processes. He also was a founding instructor in the Certificate of Advanced Business Studies Program (CABS). Stanford’s interdisciplinary approach to research and learning is exemplified by his work with the UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education , which he has served as a senior scientist since 1999. Considered an expert in the engineering and quantitative methods of business operations, Stanford is the author of numerous articles and published papers in the leading academic journals of several disciplines. He also has served the editors of many publications as a reviewer of specialized research articles in quantitative methods. Stanford announced his retirement from UAB in 2009 but will continue to instruct students and serve the School of Business through the 2009-10 academic year. Sept. 21, 2009 Media Contact: Andrew Hayenga, UAB Media Relations 205-934-1676 or ahayenga@uab.edu
  • Business Skills Remain in Demand

    Good News for Our Students and Graduates The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recently conducted a nationwide survey of nearly 200 colleges, noting the number of jobs and salaries offered to graduates of specific majors. Business majors earned four of the top five slots reported in the survey- College Majors with the Most Job Offers Accounting Business Administration/Management Economics Mechanical Engineering Marketing
  • Center for Sales Leadership Provides Sales Tips

    Jason Reed, senior vice president for national sales strategy firm Miller Heiman, and Birmingham’s Holman Head, president of O’Neal Steel, share with attendees at a seminar held at the UAB Center for Sales Leadership best practices for sales in a down economy and what their companies learned from the last recession. See full report by- The Birmingham Business Journal
  • Networking Events for Students and Employers

    Annual Meet the Employers events held by Accounting and Information Systems allow students to learn more about the accounting and information systems professions and meet potential employers whom they may be interviewing with for internships or full time employment. Over 200 students, accounting professionals and faculty members attended the accounting Meet the Employers event held on August 28th. The Information Systems Meet the Employers event is scheduled for September 24th, 5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m at the Innovation Depot in downtown B'ham. For further information contact Paul Crigler at 205.934.8816.
  • Meet the Employers

    Friday, August 28, 2009 5pm - 7pm School of Business Lobby Meet-the-Employers is an annual event jointly hosted by the UAB chapters of Beta Alpha Psi and the National Association of Black Accountants. The event allows students to learn more about the profession and meet potential employers whom they may be interviewing with for internships or full time employment. Last year we had over 200 students, accounting professionals and faculty members attend the event. Confirmed Employers Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith Blue Cross Blue Shield Carr, Riggs & Ingram Culotta Scroggins Deloitte Dent, Baker & Company Dixon Hughes Ernst & Young Frost Cummings HealthSouth Kassouf & Co Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg & Moore PricewaterhouseCoopers Protective Southern Company Vulcan Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino
  • Dr. Frank Messina Awarded UAB Honorary Alumnus

    Each year the Board of Directors of the UAB National Alumni Society presents its Honorary Alumnus Award to a faculty member who has made exceptional contributions to the University and its programs. The Board has unanimously selected Dr. Frank Messina as the 2009 recipient of this award. He joins two others from the School of Business – Dr. Gene Newport and Dr. Jack Duncan – who were named honorary alumni in the past. In recognizing Frank’s work as Chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems and as UAB’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, the Alumni Society president praised Frank’s “commitment to the mission and vision of UAB and the exemplary work that he does each day.” The Society will recognize Frank at its Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon to be held at The Club on September 24.
  • Dustin Corey Awarded Regions Scholarship and Internship

    Business information systems student Dustin Corey won a scholarship for his senior year, allowing him to get practical experience while finishing his college degree. The internship is awarded each year to only one Alabama undergraduate by the Birmingham-based Regions Financial Corp. The 10-month internship will focus on data security rather than traditional banking functions. full article
  • Federal Reserve Bank Economist to Speak at UAB

    The UAB Center for Economic Education will host Federal Reserve economist Tom Cunningham in an event open to the public from 12-1 p.m. Thursday, May 21, the Business-Engineering Complex room 105, 1150 10 th Ave. S. Cunningham is the vice president and associate director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is a macroeconomist responsible for the administrative duties of the bank’s research department while overseeing the Atlanta Fed’s Economic Review. Cunningham comes to UAB for the Lunch and Learn Speaker Series, which is sponsored by the Center for Economic Education and the UAB Economics Club. Cunningham will discuss the economic outlook and policies undertaken by the Federal Reserve and other entities to help address U.S. financial stress and economic weakness. Tom Cunningham is vice president and associate director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Dr. Cunningham is responsible for the administrative duties of the research department as well as oversight of the Atlanta Fed’s Economic Review. He serves on the Bank’s Information Technology, and Risk Management Committees, and is a member of the Federal Reserve System’s Information Security Group and Technology Services Council. Prior to his appointment as associate director of research he served as vice president in the research department where he has been responsible for the Regional, Latin American and Finance research teams in the research department. Dr. Cunningham joined the Bank as an economist with the macropolicy group in 1985, specializing in macroeconomics and monetary theory. He was promoted to senior economist in 1989 and research officer and senior economist with responsibility for the regional group in 1992. Dr. Cunningham previously worked as an instructor of economics at Barnard College at Columbia University. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Western Economic Association, and the Southern Economic Association. Dr. Cunningham has published numerous professional articles. A native of Reedley California, he received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in economics from California State University, Fresno. He earned a master’s degree, a master of philosophy and a doctorate of philosophy in economics from Columbia University. He has attended the executive development program at Wharton.
  • Prof. Allen Johnston Selected for Groundbreaking Forum on Information Security Research

    Allen Johnston has been selected as one of only 18 Information Assurance scholars to participate in the first IFIP TC 8 International Working Conference on Information Systems Security Research to be held next month in Cape Town, South Africa. This conference is envisioned as a groundbreaking forum that will set new standards for information systems security research for the coming decade.
  • School of Business Reorganizes

    April 21, 2009 Media Contact: Andrew Hayenga 205-934-1676 or ahayenga@uab.edu UAB SCHOOL OF BUSINESS REORGANIZES, DEAN CITES COMPETITVE ADVANTAGE BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Business has announced the reorganization of its academic departments effective the first summer semester of 2009 after receiving approval from the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees last week. “The realignment of our departments is a key initial step in meeting our school’s goal to enhance and grow both our student-focused academic programs and our breakthrough research,” said David Klock, Ph.D., dean of the UAB School of Business. The reorganization will reduce the number of business departments from four to three. The new departments will be: Accounting and Finance Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods “The realignment of programs gives us a unique opportunity to enhance and grow curriculum by creating highly competitive cross-disciplinary programs that should be more desirable to both students and their prospective employers,” Klock said. “These changes, coupled with unique paid student internships and career opportunities created by UAB’s location in the heart of Alabama’s largest business center, should build on our momentum toward becoming a destination business school for students and a must-visit school for employers seeking a diverse, high-achieving student population,” Klock said. About UAB The UAB School of Business is located in the heart of Alabama’s largest city and business center. For more information on how the school’s Birmingham location provides unique internship and other out-of-the-classroom experiences, log on to http://www.uab.edu/business/home/ . VIDEO: www.youtube.com/uabnews TEXT: www.uab.edu/news TWEETS: www.twitter.com/uabnews
  • AMA Most Outstanding Student Organization

    Our UAB Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) has been recognized as the MOST OUTSTANDING STUDENT ORGANIZATION at UAB ! This is a truly remarkable achievement for our great students. The leaders and members of this group have done a FANTASTIC job this year. Their accomplishments in national competitions (AMA and American Collegiate Retailing Association) and in community service (Children’s Literacy and so much more) this past year earned them this campus-wide honor. I have never before seen a student organization like our current AMA group achieve so much. They set their sights very high last spring. They told us that they were going to be the best AMA organization that our state has ever seen. And, because of their very hard work and their very cooperative but competitive make-up, they achieved their lofty goals. The students have grown so very much as leaders. These are some our School’s students who have been so important to the AMA’s success. We are extremely proud of them! Amy Musick, Dave Karr, Patrick Tatum, Amber Atkins, James Oliveira,Katie Mozingo Christy Lewis, Nisha Patel, Morgan Stone, Amy Warren, Caroline Smith, Courtney Harris Dr. Lauren Skinner served as the AMA’s advisor and she has been very instrumental to the organization’s success. Bob Robicheaux Marshall Scholar, Professor & Chairman Marketing & Industrial Distribution UAB School of Business BEC 219-C 1150 10th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35294
  • Ernst & Young Vice Chair Visits School of Business

    Ernst & Young Vice Chair Visits School of Business How does the leader of an international accounting firm with over 135,000 employees ensure that its professionals stay knowledgeable and stay connected? Karole Lloyd, Vice Chair for Industry and Knowledge at Ernst & Young LLP, addressed that topic recently with the students in the UAB School of Business's honors program, which focuses on leadership. Lloyd described the firm's "People Find" system which was developed after the 9/11 attacks to enable the firm to locate its employees anytime, anywhere. The firm knew immediately, for example, that it had several employees aboard the USAir jet that crash-landed in the Hudson River recently. She also described the webcasts and podcasts that are available to both employees and clients on a wide variety of subjects related to the firm's assurance (auditing), tax, transaction and advisory services. On the same visit, Lloyd also addressed accounting faculty members and students, including members of the UAB chapters of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honorary society (of which Karole is a member from the University of Alabama) , and the National Association of Black Accountants. She described her own nearly 30-year career with Ernst & Young, which has included a wide variety of positions and locations. In response to a student question about when to move for your job, Karole commented, "Say yes often and say no strategically." Ernst & Young recently announced that effective July 1, 2009, Lloyd will join the governing body of the firm and will assume the position of Southeastern Area Managing Partner in Atlanta, with oversight responsibilities for six states and the Caribbean. Karole and her husband John have three sons and live in Mountain Brook. School of Business Dean David Klock, Ph.D., said, "Our students were truly inspired by so accomplished a professional as Karole Lloyd, and we thank her for taking time from her schedule to visit the UAB School of Business."
  • Kristen Craig Awarded Most Outstanding Professional Advisor on Campus!

    Kristen Craig, Academic Curriculum Counselor, will be recognized as the Most Outstanding Professional Advisor on our campus in a ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 at 2:30PM in The Hulsey Center, Recital Hall at 950 13 th Street South. Kristen is dedicated to helping her students succeed and reaching their full potential. She has been with the School of Business over 15 years and is valued by both her students and co-workers.
  • RISE Forum

    Professor Lary Cowart and ten School of Business students had the opportunity in March to attend the R.I.S.E IX Global Student Investment Forum, an event that brings together the best minds and brightest stars in the investment world to offer clues about the world's rapidly changing economic landscape. Co-sponsored by the University of Dayton and the United Nations Global Compact, this is the largest conference of its kind with more than 2,500 students from more than 260 universities from 61 countries participating. It's modeled after the World Economic Forum in Switzerland and gives students a chance to ask questions of some of the top professionals in the world. The keynote speaker was Dr. Roger G. Ibbotson, Chairman & CIO of Zebra Capital Management and Yale Professor of Finance. Session speakers included a Who's WHo in the investment world (Steve Liesman, Senior Economics Reported, CNBC; Dr. Robert D. McTeer, Jr., former President of the Dallas Fed, and former Chancellor of Texas A&M, John P Surma, Chairman and CEO of United States Steel Corp. (USX), etc.