Dr. Lary Cowart has been appointed assistant dean for accreditation at the Collat School of Business, effective July 1, 2015.
Dr. Cowart, assistant professor of real estate and finance, recently served as interim chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance. He earned his PhD in real estate from the University of Georgia after receiving his MBA from Samford University and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Athens College.
In his new role, Dr. Cowart will oversee the school’s reaccreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Collat School of Business is one of only 179 universities in the world to be accredited separately in both business and in accounting.
The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) recently honored Collat academic advisor Andrea Miller Pound with the 2015 Outstanding Advising Award - Primary Advising Role for her "significant contributions to the advancement of academic advising." Andrea advises management majors and serves as program manager in the Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods.
NACADA, an international, educational association with more than 10,000 members, promotes student development through effective academic programs and personal attention. NACADA advocates for the improvement of academic advising and those who provide that service to higher education.
Andrea has served as advisor for the department since 2010. Since then, she has innovative new methods of connecting with her students through technology and specialized programs. Andrea is devoted to engaging with students and providing quality advising services. NACADA recognized Andrea for her dedication to student retention and recruitment growth.
Andrea also recently received UAB’s 2015 Outstanding Advisor Award.
Dr. Wittmann comes to UAB from the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business, where he serves as a tenured marketing professor and chair of the Department of Marketing and Merchandising. Dr. Wittmann also holds the Max and Susan Draughn Endowed Professorship in Healthcare Marketing and is responsible for the college’s Center for Healthcare Sales and Marketing.
Over the next five years, Collat will focus on implementing its strategic plan — developed through the institution’s largest, most comprehensive strategic planning process — to support growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, value-added partnerships, professional development and engagement, and facilities and technology.
IMA's Endorsement of Higher Education initiative recognizes programs that meet high educational standards, enabling students to pursue and earn the Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) credential.
Smith was one of six students who took part in the UAB Collat School of Business Student Scholars Program, a two-week service-learning course that lets business students apply their classroom knowledge to help communities solve real-world problems from crime to poor housing and a lagging local economy. The scholars teamed up with nine high school students living in the community.
Last summer, the group analyzed housing, crime, business, education, health, culture, and recreation and entertainment in Birmingham’s Sixth District and developed a business plan for the area. The district, which borders UAB’s campus, includes the Glen Iris, Arlington-West End, and Woodland Park neighborhoods, among others.
Students from Green Acres Middle School, Huffman Middle School, Inglenook K-8 School, Phillips Academy, Smith Middle School, Wilkerson Middle School and Wylam K-8 School participated in the event, which supported Financial Literacy Month.
Faculty, staff and students from UAB’s Collat School of Business served as ambassadors for the Institute for Financial Literacy, whose mission is built upon community outreach efforts such as this event. The Institute’s ambassadors went into each of the seven participating schools and taught lessons that sought to lay the foundation for savings fundamentals for the students.
She was a freshman studying human resources management, eager to devour all UAB and the Collat School of Business had to offer. But a bout of mononucleosis turned out to be not as common for her as it usually is for other students.
Chelsea’s mono triggered a slew of life-threatening health problems that required numerous hospitalizations and nearly crushed her academic dreams.
Professor Ave Jack in the Collat School of Business submitted her online course for review through a nationally ranked program - Quality Matters. The program has gained national attention for its faculty peer review process which utilizes three Quality matters (QM) certified reviewers.
In order to earn recognition, a course must meet each of the 21 essential standards, based on research, and receive a minimum of 84 (out of 99) points on the QM rubric. Professor Jack was one of the first of five in the state to earn this recognition.
“Going through the review process confirmed the excellent work our instructional design team has been doing in the Collat School of Business for years,” says Ave Jack.
Dr. Elizabeth Fisher, Director of Academic Outreach and the UAB QM Coordinator for the Division of eLearning and Professional Studies noted, “The QM process is very collegial and student centric. Professor Jack clearly cares about student success evidenced by her hard work and willingness to seek and embrace continual improvement of their courses.”