When Jennifer Sheppard learned that UAB School of Engineering and School of Business students created a motorized wheelchair for 1- to 3-year-olds, she was eager to let her daughter give it a try.

Mary Graham, 2, was born with scoliosis, hip dysplasia and muscular dystrophy. Dreams by Sheppard of her daughter running and jumping were replaced with plans for a life seated in a clunky wheelchair.

As part of the 50th anniversary year of celebration commemorating the Civil Rights Movement and the passing of the Civil Rights Act, the UAB Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (UAB SHRM) is hosting a competition open to all UAB students to bring attention to the monumental changes that have taken place in the field of HR over the past 50 years that are directly related to the passing of the Civil Rights Act.

Enter to win a tablet PC gift pack, cash and prizes!

MeetEmployers 200Students and employers had a chance to get acquainted at the annual Meet the Employers event held this year at the UAB Alumni House on August 28th, 5pm-7pm. Over 90 students attended the event to gain valuable face-time with 79 employer representatives from 23 firms, to explore the possible fit for a spring internship or full-time opportunity.


UAB and BBVA Compass have partnered to create the BBVA Compass Global Scholars Internship Program and provide UAB students a hands-on learning opportunity.

yoderProfessor Stephen Yoder talks with Birmingham Business Journal on the current status of the earlier prediction by industry insiders that new regulations and low interest rates would force community banks into merger and acquisition deals in 2013 and beyond. Yoder tells BBJ that a buyer is going to be a lot more selective today than it was 10 years ago because the financials just don’t look as good for a lot of the banks that might sell due to lower income from fees, loan write-downs and higher compliance costs. “The financial conditions for some banks are so poor that they aren’t worth as much as the buyers thought,” he said.

Kiersten Engle 200The performance of finance student Kiersten Engel as one of the top 100 international scorers on the BAT (Bloomberg Aptitude Test) earned an invitation for her to the BAT Summer Intern Challenge, an exclusive networking event in New York or London on August 1st.

Business student scholarsUAB business students have partnered with Birmingham high-school students to examine the history of the city and their role in the community in a new way.

Slowly but surely, “Back to School” displays are popping up in stores. But if back to school means back to budget woes, one University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) personal finance expert has tips to help stretch a dollar.

back_to_school_savings_sAdding up all the costs – supplies, clothes, shoes and electronics – highlights how expensive it can be to go to school. According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) 2013 Back-to-School Survey, families with school-age children will spend an average $634.78. Total spending on back-to-school is expected to reach $26.7 billion.

While the NRF said that spending is slightly down from last year, UAB School of Business Instructor Elizabeth Turnbull, M.B.A., explained that planning and preparation can help further reduce money spent.

It was a toxic mix, according to Bob Robicheaux, a retail professor with UAB who has done extensive research on the changes to the grocery industry in Alabama during the past 20 years.

“I’ve studied this very carefully and I’ve had access to proprietary information from Bruno’s,” Robicheaux said. “It’s pretty obvious that Wal-Mart targeted Alabama as the first state to try to expand its Supercenter concept aimed at the grocers here.”

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