New Client E-mail 6/12/14

6/12/14 – E-mail #1

· Meet the IEM Program Manager

· BlazerID and UAB E-mail

· International Status

· Registration/Books

· Google Groups and SM

· IEM Seminar

· IEM Recruiting Incentive

Welcome to the IEM Class of 2015! We are looking forward to getting started… expect this to be a life changing experience!

First, if you have changed your plans in any way and cannot attend this fall, please let us know ASAP. If you let us know before the seminar starts in August, we can probably defer your admission to the 2015 class. If not, you will likely have to go through the entire admission process again.

Second, you should expect to receive an e-mail from IEM at least every 2 weeks until August.

Meet the IEM Program Manager


The IEM Program Manager is going to be your biggest resource each semester so go ahead and put Maria’s name, e-mail address and phone number in your contact list now.  She can assist you with all things IEM and UAB and is happy to answer any questions you may have.

Maria Whitmire, CAP-OM

IEM Program Manager


BlazerID and UAB E-mail


Once you have been admitted and your paperwork has been processed by the Graduate School, you will need to create a BlazerID. This will be critical to operating at UAB. This is an identifier that will stick with you the entire time you are at UAB (and after you leave) so you might not want to select “hotmama” as your BlazerID.  We suggest you use something that will identify you (like callahan or dalec).

When requesting your BlazerID, you can use your student number (starts with B0xxxxxx) to request the BlazerID or your social security number.  Request the BlazerID here:

You will also note that at the bottom of the BlazerID request form, the question is asked “Would you like a UAB e-mail account?”  If you plan to log in and check your UAB e-mail account regularly, then select yes.  If you don’t want another e-mail account to check, then list the e-mail address you want your UAB e-mail forwarded to in the box to the left of the question.  It is very important that you make sure your UAB e-mail is checked regularly or forwarded to another provider since ALL communication coming from UAB uses the UAB E-mail address.  You can go back and update this later if you change your mind.

International Status


If you are on any kind of International Visa (even if it’s not a student visa), please contact Stacye Fraser Thompson in the UAB ISSS Office to make sure that everything is in order for you to register and take classes at UAB and that you are taking the correct number of hours that your visa allows/requires.  You can reach Stacye by e-mail at or by phone at 205-934-8046.



Note: you must have your BlazerID before you can register so don’t delay in getting that set up.  You will be receiving details about registering for classes in a few weeks, along with a list of books/software needed for your classes.  Do not worry about registering now… IEM controls the registration for these classes so they will not fill up!  If you are an over achiever and need something to do before you receive the next e-mail correspondence, then purchase the book “Resumes Are Worthless” which was written by Dr. Dale Callahan.  You can get the book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, the UAB Bookstores or purchase the Kindle version.  This is required reading for one of your fall courses.

“Company of One” Blog and Podcasts


Have you listened to a Company of Onepodcast presented by IEM Director, Dale Callahan?
Dale also has a blog which you can sign up for at and receive a copy of his popular e-book on finding your calling FREE.

Here are two interviews that Dale did with some of our IEM grads and they will inspire you!

·       #18 - Don't Die in Your Cube (interview with IEM Alum Brian Rabon)

You can listen to his most recent podcasts on iTunes or visit his website for the entire list.

Google Groups and SM


Google Group – this is a group that IEM has set up just for your IEM Class –  This is a distribution list that we will use to communicate with you now and even after you have graduated from the program.  The e-mail address you listed on your IEM application was used for this group.  If you would prefer to use a different e-mail address, or list an additional e-mail address, please let Maria know so she can update your account. You can only communicate with the group using the e-mail addresses that are included in the groups.  Please note that when you do a “reply” to e-mails sent to the group that you are “replying all” so please be conscious of this since this list includes faculty as well.

If you do not have accounts on these social media groups, you probably need to start setting those up since you will be using them during your IEM experience.  Start by following and liking our social media IEM Groups:


LinkedIn IEM Group:

Facebook: IEM - Information Engineering and Management -

Twitter: @IEM_UAB -

If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, start building yours today and start making connections to IEM faculty and staff.

IEM Seminar


The IEM seminar (a/k/a IEM 601) is an introduction to IEM and will set the tone for your first semester in the program.  The seminar will be held on campus in the Business-Engineering Complex (BEC) which is located at 1150 Tenth Avenue South.  The seminar begins Thursday, August 14 and ends Saturday, August 16 and will meet from 8 am-5 pm each day.  While attendance is optional, we would strongly encourage you to do everything possible to attend as much of the seminar as possible. 

IEM Recruiting Incentive


In case you haven’t heard, IEM offers a $250 recruiting incentive to IEM clients that recommend the program to new applicants that enroll and stay with the program for 2 semesters.  If an IEM Alumni recommended you to IEM, please be sure to let us know so that they receive credit for recruiting you.  And you are eligible for this incentive also so start recruiting others that you think will benefit from IEM so you can cash in too!

We plan to “walk you through” the steps you need to take to be prepared for the fall semester.  Most information you will need about classes and dates can be found on the IEM website under the client info tab at   We are in the process of setting up a website to contain all these e-mails so you shouldn’t miss anything important.

Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to address in the coming weeks.