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Academic Calendar for Collat's Fall and Spring A and B Terms

Currently Collat School of Business is the only school at UAB offering classes in a 7 week format, A and B terms, during the fall and spring. Due to the confusion that it may cause other UAB students, the academic calendar for those terms are found here on Collat's website only.  Please refer to the main UAB Academic Calendar for additional scheduling informations on other terms throughout the year.    

Fall 2014  A Term      B Term 
tuition prepayment 50% Aug 14 Aug 14
classes begin Aug 25 Oct 20 
last day to drop  Aug 28 Oct 23 
fall break (B term)   Nov 24-28
last day to withdraw  Sept 19  Nov 14 
tuition payment final Oct 6 Oct 6
classes/finals end Oct 11 Dec 12
finals Oct 11 Dec 12
grades due Oct 16 Dec 15
grades available online Oct 16 Dec 17

Spring 2015 A Term       B Term    
tuition prepayment 50% Dec 30 Dec 30 
classes begin Jan 5 Mar 2
last day to drop  Jan 8 Mar 5
spring break (B term)   Mar 23-27
last day to withdraw  Jan 30  Apr 3
tuition payment final Feb 16 Feb 16 
classes/finals end Feb 21 Apr 24
finals Feb 21 Apr 24
grades due Feb 26 Apr 27
grades available online Feb 26 Apr 29

Fall 2015  A Term       B Term 
tuition prepayment 50%    
classes begin Aug 24 Oct 19
last day to drop  Aug 27 Oct 22
fall break (B term)   Nov 23-27
last day to withdraw  Sept 18 Nov 13
tuition payment final    
classes/finals end Oct 10 Dec 11
finals Oct 10 Dec 12
grades due Oct 15 Dec 14
grades available online Oct 15 Dec 16

Spring 2016  A Term       B Term 
tuition prepayment 50%    
classes begin Jan 4 Feb 29
last day to drop  Jan 7 Mar 3
spring break (B term)   Mar 21-25
last day to withdraw  Jan 29 Apr 1
tuition payment final    
classes/finals end Feb 20 Apr 22
finals Feb 20 Apr 22
grades due Feb 25 Apr 25
grades available online Feb 26 Apr 27



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Serving Others Takes UAB Alum Inside The White House

spring2011_teacher-carpenterMost 23-year-olds looking for fun with a little drama would tune in to The Hills. Not many would go to work on The Hill, as in Capitol Hill. Yet that is the choice UAB School of Business alum Josh Carpenter made.

“The value of service-learning that UAB emphasized has enabled me to invest in my colleagues the importance of the work we are doing for the people we serve and ourselves,” says Carpenter.

Carpenter is spending his summer in the White House Internship Program (WHIP) with the Office of Presidential Correspondence.

“Josh has many leadership qualities,” says Stephen Yoder, director of UAB School of Business Honors Program. “He is an extrovert, collaborative, empathetic and has terrific interpersonal skills.”

Almost immediately Carpenter was named a co-leader of one of WHIP’s public-service initiatives. He organized a team to create an alternative service project for the 55 volunteer leaders and interns. “We coordinate interns to aid the Capital Area Food Bank in the distribution of 25 million pounds of food to those in need,” Carpenter says. “Hunger is a real problem in D.C.; one of every three residents are at risk for hunger. This includes 200,000 children.”

It is not surprising that he has taken the lead in serving the community. Carpenter recently finished the first of two years in the Teach for America program. He is in the first class of Alabamians to join Teach for America, a program that sends future leaders to low-income communities. Carpenter is teaching English plus coaching football and baseball in Marion County, Ala.

“The challenges are, indeed, numerous, but so are the rewards,” says Carpenter. “Professionally, I developed a deeper understanding of the deficits that plague many low-income public schools. Students often are the victims of a number of deficits, including chronic underfunding, low teacher support and misaligned incentive structures. I hope to use this experience to inform my future endeavors in public service.”

Josh_DCThe White House intern, who has not yet met President Barack Obama, says his typical day varies. In the Office of Correspondence he has learned the level of effort placed on responding to the emails and letters the president receives. He is amazed by “the substantive value the president places on hearing from the American people.” But the most valuable lesson he has learned is that sometimes it takes more than hard work to be successful.

“Most of the government officials we’ve heard from said one serendipitous opportunity ultimately propelled them to where they are now,” says Carpenter. “I think the point here is that you must be willing to take on a job that you may feel is incommensurate with your abilities and work hard at it because that very well could be your starting point or provide you with a connection to develop your career. Breadth of experience is as important as your education.”

Carpenter’s short-term goal is to finish his commitment to Teach for America and his students in Marion County. Afterward he plans to pursue a master’s degree and maybe a doctorate.


UAB Students Seek to Unearth Treasure in Struggling Area

Reported by Kevin Storr
UAB Media Relations

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.

“This all started because I was chatting with my friend Ed Partridge (Dr. Edward Partridge, director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and president of the American Cancer Society Inc.) about the health disparity in Wilcox County,” says Mickey Gee, executive-in-residence in the UAB Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics. “It is not a delivery problem, it is an economic problem. So I hand-picked six School of Business students to find and implement a solution that will generate tourism and revenue to this area so desperately in need.”

The student volunteers are Olu Dosunmu-Ogunbi, Calvin Burchfiel, Daniel Owens, Gabrielle Hood, Eboni Thomas, Lewinale Harris and Derrick Strong. They were each chosen because of individual skills in marketing, industrial distribution, management, web work and web design.

The students will develop a marketing strategy for the Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce. They will help develop the brand and tag line the chamber will use to promote the county. They will also work with Black Belt Treasures, a non-profit organization promoting the arts of the Black Belt region, on their point-of-sale system, bar coding, inventory management and website support.

The School of Business students will mentor a group of students from each of the two local high schools. They will be assisted by faculty volunteers Jacob Gelber and Nathan Oliver in addition to Gee. They are calling the project “One Tank Treasures” because it only takes one tank of gas to reach the Wilcox County area from most of Alabama’s major cities. Plus, the area offers so many treasures for tourists and retirees.

You can follow the students’ journey daily by visiting their One Tank Treasures Blog.

One Tank Treasures in the news-

UAB professors, students push Wilcox County, Alabama economic development (with gallery)- Birmingham News