People of UAB
Jim Bakken

Jim Bakken

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jimb@uab.edu • (205) 934-3887
Assistant Vice President of Public Relations
Creates and leads strategy for communicating news from UAB to the media and general public, as well as key stakeholder and constituent groups
UAB student satisfaction in 2017 is higher than ever and increased significantly from the 2015 survey. UAB students also recorded more satisfaction than national averages among students at four-year public universities.
UAB works to address record growth with plans to enhance parking and transportation following a comprehensive study and expert recommendations for strategic focus and investments.
UAB remains among the lowest in incidents of many crimes, and overall compares favorably to urban and non-urban universities in safety. Recent satisfaction survey results show students’ feelings of safety have increased.
UAB now has far and away the fastest supercomputer in Alabama, accelerating the volume and speed at which transformational education, research and medical care can occur.
With an economic impact now exceeding $7.15 billion, according to Tripp Umbach, Alabama’s largest single employer’s influence on the state’s economy has grown by more than 50 percent since the last study.
UAB’s student body grew nearly 7 percent year-over-year with gains in every school, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Honors College. UAB also enrolled its largest and most academically prepared freshman class.

The ceremony will include employers that are hiring graduates. Prior graduates have secured employment with organizations like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Honda, Protective Life and UAB.

The City of Birmingham has secured a $75,000 grant from the National Conference of Mayors to support the UAB-led Innovate Birmingham workforce development initiative.
Calhoun Community College graduates can access UAB facilities, resources, mentors and counselors while pursuing an associate degree, and enroll in UAB with financial assistance when they graduate from Calhoun. Two graduates a year will receive full UAB scholarships.
UAB will host a free Sam Hunt concert Sept. 1 in Birmingham’s Uptown Entertainment District on the eve of the Blazers’ first game in #theReturn of UAB Football the following day. The country music star and former UAB quarterback will be joined by Maren Morris and Ryan Follese.
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