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.
(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)
My new role as interim Dean (September 2012) has provided a fresh perspective on our school and an increased level of appreciation for our many stakeholders. It is refreshing to see and feel the level of expectations, commitment and appreciation that our stakeholders have for our business school. UAB is one of the “Best Business Schools” in the world, due in part, to the following six groups of people who are positively engaged with the school on a day-to-day basis:
First, I am amazed by the level of engagement of our student leaders matriculating through our programs where they enliven our programs and serve (particularly at recruiting events) as excellent ambassadors of our school.
Second, I am also amazed by the care and dedication of our 60 full-time faculty and 25 staff members who labor numerous long hours to persistently meet the many needs of our students. Here, we need to do all that we can to continue to recruit and retain excellent faculty and staff.
Third, I am amazed by the openness and support of the administrators, across UAB, who have high expectations for our School.
Fourth, on a recent trip to visit some major donors, I was truly enlightened by these highly successful alumni who recalled many fond memories of the early preparation and support that our faculty and staff provided them.
Fifth, I am amazed by the members of the business community who want to be more engaged with our business school.
Finally, I am amazed by the people who call on our school to help our community to reach and guide our young people into preparing themselves for successful careers.
UAB is a recognized leader in business education because of people like you. Thank you for your ongoing support of our School.
In my next memo, I will share some perspectives on programs and process and then on performance in our school.
The Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods (MISQ) Department in the UAB School of Business seeks a tenure-track faculty of open rank. Rank and tenure will be commensurate with qualifications. Candidates should have an earned doctorate in one of the disciplines in the department and a strong record of research and scholarship in his/her disciplinary area. Candidates with a background and/or interest in IT security, especially in the context of health systems, will find outstanding opportunities to teach and conduct research in these areas at UAB. More information is available at http://www.uab.edu/business/schoolprofile/career-opportunities.
While high quality peer-reviewed research is emphasized, the administration is also supportive of other research activities and cross-disciplinary collaborations across the university and with the business community.
Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. We will be holding interviews for this position December 17-19, at ICIS 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Please indicate your availability to interview at this conference.
The expected starting date of appointment is August 15, 2013.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is located in Birmingham, the largest metropolitan community in Alabama with a population in excess of one million. Birmingham is a leading regional cultural center and its many attractions include the Alabama Symphony, Alabama Ballet, Alabama School of Fine Arts, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Birmingham Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. The city's pivotal role in the civil rights movement is chronicled in the important Birmingham Civil Rights Institute that promotes civil and human rights worldwide through education.
A significant attraction to the area is unprecedented quality of life in the Birmingham metropolitan area. The housing market and cost of living are among the most affordable in the Southeast. Downtown living is experiencing resurgence and attractive housing choices exist in the city's historic neighborhoods as well as in the surrounding communities. Area schools, both public and private, are nationally recognized among the nations best. Within 30 minutes of the lively downtown business district are recreation opportunities that attract visitors from across the nation.
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of ethnicity, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.
A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.
Interested candidates should send a letter of application along with two letters of recommendation to the Head of the Search Committee, as follows:
Allen Johnston, Ph.D.,
Search Committee Chair, Department of MISQ - UAB School of Business
1150 10th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Telephone 205. 934.8870
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Most 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.”
The 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.
By Kevin Storr
UAB Media Relations
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.
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UAB professors, students push Wilcox County, Alabama economic development (with gallery)- Birmingham News
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