Through the facilitation of faculty advisors, UAB Chapters of national professional organizations offer students a chance to apply and practice what they learn in the classroom to win national competitions and help the local community.
For the second year in a row, the UAB chapter of AMA (American Marketing Association) led by Dr. Lauren Skinner Beitelspacher, UAB marketing professor, is the recent winner of the Global Entrepreneurship Week “Take an Entrepreneur to Lunch” contest, sponsored by the Acton Foundation. This year, they nominated Alan Hunter, owner of Workplay as their "Entrepreneurial Hero". The video accompanying their winning nomination can be seen here.
The UAB Chapter of NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) is providing free tax preparation to qualifying Birmingham citizens- See video on Fox 6 News. Everyone deserves to have an accurate tax return filed on their behalf, and our students take a lot of pride in providing this valuable service to the Birmingham community," said NABA student adviser and UAB accounting instructor Beth Springer. Last year, UAB students helped the United Way in preparing 3,892 tax returns for greater Birmingham residents.
In addition to the experience gained through participating in UAB student chapters of professional organizations, students have the opportunity to network with local and regional professionals in their field of study.
Other active UAB student chapters of national professional organizations include: AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals), Beta Alpha Psi (accounting students and professionals) and the recently established UAB chapter of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management).