Proudly Named the Collat School of Business

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The UAB School of Business is named for longtime supporters Charles and Patsy Collat in recognition of their $25 million in gifts and pledges to the school.

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Tips to Reinvent Your Career

A recentGallup “State of the American Workforce” report revealed that 70 percent of U.S. workers “are not reaching their full potential,” and University of Alabama at Birmingham experts said it is for good reason.

nycu_reimagine-career_s “People are being called upon to do more for less,” said Suzanne Scott-Trammell, executive director of UAB Career & Professional Development Services. “When the economy improves, we will likely see many employees changing jobs.”

Robert Robicheaux, Ph.D., marketing professor and chairman of Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics in the UAB School of Business, agreed that the sluggish economy has impacted workers’ job status.

Scott-Trammell and Robicheaux offered tips to help workers reinvent themselves:

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Board Acknowledges $25 Million Gift, Approves Naming as UAB’s Collat School of Business

The UAB School of Business will be named for longtime supporters Charles and Patsy Collat in recognition of their $25 million in gifts and pledges to the school.

The naming, approved today by the University of Alabama System’s Board of Trustees, comes as the university prepares to publicly launch the Campaign for UAB, its most ambitious fundraising campaign to-date, with the Collat donation as the lead gift.

Charles Collat is former CEO of Mayer Electric Supply Company Inc. Under his leadership, Mayer grew to be one of Birmingham’s largest privately held companies. He and his wife Patsy are longtime supporters of UAB, and their collective gifts represent the largest philanthropic support from any donor to UAB. The naming will make The Charles and Patsy Collat School of Business the first school at UAB to carry the name of a benefactor.

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UAB Students Invent a Wheelchair that Helps Children with Disabilities Get Moving

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.

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UAB SHRM Contest to Showcase 50 years in Human Resources

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!

Students Meet Face-to-Face with Potential Employers

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.

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UAB MBA Program Hosts Fall Open House

The UAB School of Business will host three Open House events this fall for prospective MBA students. Program Director and Professor Ken Miller will be on hand with admissions coordinator Christy Manning and several professors in the program to explain the new curriculum and admission requirements of UAB's MBA program, as well as answer questions.  Deadline for Spring 2014 MBA applications is November 1, 2013.

Fall Open House Dates:

September 4                     5-7 pm                  The Wynfrey Hotel
September 10                   4-6 pm                  Innovation Depot
September 13                   4-6 pm                  UAB School of Business Lobby

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BBVA Compass Program Takes UAB Students Around the World for Career Training


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

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Professor Yoder Talks with BBJ about Obstacles to Predicted Bank Mergers

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.

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