WittmannC. Michael Wittmann, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution, and Economics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business, effective July 1.

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.

SOB banner 15To support the continued development of a business school renowned for leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business Dean Eric Jack, Ph.D., has important plans and priorities.

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 sealThe University of Alabama at Birmingham is proud to announce that the Collat School of Business accounting program has earned endorsement by IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession.

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.

Business ScholarsBirmingham’s leaders have been listening to 22-year-old Ariel Smith’s advice for improving quality of life in the city’s neighborhoods. And the UAB student hasn’t even finished her senior year.

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.

SOB green acresNearly 1,500 middle school students from Birmingham City Schools recently learned the importance of basic finances from University of Alabama at Birmingham faculty, staff and students during the national Teach Children To Save event.

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.

Chelsea Burke (right)  and Andrea PoundThere was a point during her studies at UAB when Chelsea Burks didn’t know if she would graduate.

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.

Jack AveProfessor 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.”

SpgGrad DanielleWhere are undergradutes from Collat School of Business heading after college? Take a look at a few of our upcoming graduates and find out where they have decided to apply their business skills in the next phase of their career or academic education.


Gary KhodanianThe Industrial Supply Association (ISA) announced today that University of Alabama at Birmingham student Gary Khodanian was chosen to receive the 2015-16 Gary L. Buffington Memorial Scholarship.

Khodanian is majoring in Industrial Distribution at the UAB Collat School of Business, and is scheduled to graduate in April 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution and an Entrepreneurship Certificate.

"I cannot begin to describe my immense gratitude to the selection committee and to the ISA Educational Foundation for choosing me as the recipient of this award. I will diligently work to spend every day of my academic and professional career living up to the merits of this wonderful distinction and the prestige of Gary L. Buffington himself,” Khodanian said.