• Collat Alumnus Names Endowed Scholarship for Industrial Distribution Advisor

    KCraigKenny Wolfe with his wife Toni and Kristen Craig (center)Collat alumnus and Lighting Solutions President Kenny Wolfe has donated $30,000 to create the Lighting Solutions Kristen Craig Endowed Scholarship in Industrial Distribution (ID) to honor Collat ID advisor Kristen Craig for her mentorship and dedication to student success within the Charles and Patsy Collat ID Program.

  • Wells Fargo Gifts Advance Growth for Collat School of Business and UAB Athletics

     business students giftCollat School of Business students selected for the Wells Fargo Scholars Program will benefit from scholarship funds to put toward tuition.The University of Alabama at Birmingham is advancing its commitment to serving students and the community with the donation of two gifts from Wells Fargo, the first of which has created the Wells Fargo Scholars Program within the Collat School of Business and another to support UAB Athletics.
  • Collat Donor Found Path to Success in Sales Class

    Paul Zani

    Paul Zani remembers the moment like it was yesterday. He was in a Sales 101 class at UAB one day in the late 1980s, in front of a video camera, making a product pitch in front of classmates and the professor. And he was good at it. In fact, he was great at it.

    “That one experience gave me confidence that there was a path to success for me,” he recalls.

  • Business Grad is First Alumnus to Give $1M to Collat

    UAB alumnus Chad Hagwood is one of Birmingham’s top commercial real estate finance professionals, so it’s no surprise that he’s especially over-the-moon about this aspect of the new Collat School of Business building: Location, location, location.

  • Collat Alumna Creates Mentorship Program for Female Students

    CollatAllumnaArticleHeaderJanet Herring and her husband, Mark, have established the Janet Herring Accounting Student Professional Development Program through a generous donation to The Campaign for UAB. The endowed program encourages female students to succeed in the workplace through professional development workshops, job shadowing and mentoring. The program exposes students to skills they need to succeed and are not provided in the classroom.

  • Alumnus Names Finance Lab in Collat’s New Building

    Capital Campaign HagwoodSenior Vice President and Regional Manager for Capital One Multifamily Finance in Birmingham, Chad Thomas Hagwood, has made a substantial gift to name the Finance Lab in the new Collat School of Business building.

    The Chad Thomas Hagwood Finance Lab will serve as a 40-seat, advanced teaching space designed to provide finance and real estate finance students with hands-on experience performing business transactions and valuable business scenarios that reflect the marketplace. The lab will also house the Green and Gold Fund, an award-winning, student-managed investment portfolio.

  • UAB Graduate Names Classroom to Support Collat School of Business

    RonMcabeeCollatRon McAbee grew up watching the hard work his grandfather put into his work as a cotton farmer and the dedication his father put into his work as a battalion chief of the Birmingham Fire Department. Their examples motivated him as he took another path – one not taken before by a member of his family – and became the first person in his family to graduate from college.

  • UAB Breaks Ground for New Collat School of Business and Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Building

    UAB officials and Birmingham business leaders broke ground today for the new building that will house the Collat School of Business and Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

    Community leaders including Charles Collat, Mayer Electric chairman emeritus, Ed Aldag of Medical Properties Trust, and Billy Harbert of BL Harbert International were in attendance to help shovel the first pile of dirt at the site, ceremoniously kicking off construction of the project, which is expected to officially begin Dec. 19, lasting 18 months.

  • The Campaign for UAB: Doubling the Promise

    Campaign Mike Warren

    Birmingham’s business leaders are among The Campaign for UAB’s most generous supporters. Hundreds of companies – large and small, local and national – and their foundations have contributed more than $79 million toward our $1 billion goal.

    Some were early investors. Others have made their commitments more recently, as opportunities to support new facilities and programs have arisen.

    Medical Properties Trust has done both: After committing to a $1 million gift in 2014 to the new Collat School of Business building, the company doubled that promise in 2016.

  • Collat Receives Gift for Industrial Distribution Scholarships

    greenleehandshakeGreenlee Textron, an industrial and electrical tool company headquartered in Illinois, has pledged the Collat School of Business $30,000 to further the Charles and Patsy Collat Industrial Distribution Program and provide students with academic scholarships.

  • Nielsens Name Lab for Innovation in Collat New Business School Facility

    Nielsens 2Labs aren’t only filled with beakers, microscopes, and other tools of scientific investigation. At the Collat School of Business and the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a lab will also be filled with big ideas from current and future entrepreneurs.

    Kate and Claude Nielsen have made a $500,000 commitment to establish the Nielsen Innovation Lab, which will serve as a home for student entrepreneurship clubs, as well as classes focused on innovation and business incubation. It also will provide a collaborative teaching space in which students can gain first-hand business experience working on faculty- and student-led startups.

  • Regions Bank Gift to Establish Institute for Financial Education at UAB

    Hall Jack 400 1115Regions Bank has provided a gift to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to create and support the Regions Institute for Financial Education within the Collat School of Business.

    The Institute’s mission is to develop a conduit for UAB students, faculty and staff as well as for the Birmingham community to learn the skills and knowledge essential to successfully manage personal finances.

    In order to carry out that mission, Regions is partnering with UAB to provide an endowed program support fund for comprehensive financial education outreach, research and education programs at UAB and in the community.

    Together with Regions, UAB will endeavor to leverage the resources of the Institute to provide money-management tools that will have a lasting impact.

  • Business Alumnus Honors Faculty Mentor with Classroom in His Name

    Hagwood CowartChad T. Hagwood, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Capital One Multifamily Finance in Birmingham, graduated from UAB in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in finance with a concentration in Commercial Real Estate Finance and Investment Institutional Finance. He’s been giving back to UAB ever since, by mentoring students, chairing the Finance Department Advisory Council, and establishing the Tommy and Anne Hagwood Endowed Scholarship in Real Estate in 2007 to honor his parents.

    His latest gift of $250,000 will name a classroom in the new Collat School of Business and Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in honor of Lary B. Cowart, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Assistant Professor of Real Estate and Finance.

    “I have been very blessed and fortunate to have several great mentors in my life, and one of those mentors is Dr. Lary Cowart,” he says. “I met Dr. Cowart in the fall of 1991 when I took an intro to real estate class. During my three years at UAB, Dr. Cowart’s advice, wisdom and knowledge was invaluable to me, and I attribute much of my success to what I learned at UAB from Dr. Cowart and other fantastic faculty at the Collat School of Business.

  • Kassouf & Co. Names Accounting/Finance Suite

    David KassoufThe Kassouf family — and the accounting firm that bears their name — have made gifts totaling $500,000 to name the Department of Accounting and Finance Suite in the new Collat School of Business building.

    The Kassouf & Co. Suite is the latest investment in UAB by the Kassouf family and the firm, who also have established endowed scholarships in accounting and industrial distribution and have supported a range of programs across campus. The suite includes offices for the department chair and student advising staff, as well as a conference room, reception space and workroom.

    David P. Kassouf, a member of the Collat School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, says the “dividends” of investing in UAB are the accomplished graduates who enter the workforce, driving Birmingham’s business toward success.

    “We’ve had the opportunity to see the Collat School of Business and the Accounting Department blossom from their modest beginnings,” he says. “By continuing our support, we hope to catapult UAB into its role as a destination business school and help serve as a catalyst in the development of the next generation of our community’s leaders.”

  • Investments Will Build New Home for Collat School of Business, Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Rendering Inside 350With lead gifts from the Joy and Bill Harbert Foundation and Medical Properties Trust, UAB’s Collat School of Business is close to the halfway mark in an ambitious effort to raise $15 million for a new building at the corner of University Boulevard and 13th Street South.

    “Our vision for this facility is to create a formalized structure that leverages UAB’s tremendous on-campus resources – from business expertise to world-class medicine to engineering – to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship leading to commercialization and economic development for the community, state and beyond,” said Eric Jack, Ph.D., Wells Fargo Endowed Chair in Business Administration and dean of the Collat School of Business. “We are honored to partner with generous individuals and organizations who share that vision."

  • Paying It Forward: Scholarship Gift Comes Full Circle

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    Chandiwala Kassouf 350TTwenty-two years ago, Hafiz Chandiwala was an accounting student at UAB, struggling to balance college studies while supporting his young family. “I was working full time, I had a family, I was young, and I was going to school at night to try to finish my degree in four years,” he recalls. “I received some financial aid, including student loans, to support my way through school, but it was a traditional package with a large component to be repaid following graduation.”

    Then, to his surprise, the Collat School of Business Scholarship Committee awarded him the Louis Paul Kassouf Endowed Scholarship for accounting students. “I was very shocked — amazed and grateful — to receive a scholarship, and without it, I am not sure I would have been able to finish my education,” he says. “That scholarship changed everything for me.”

    Today, Chandiwala is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. And in 2005, he created his own scholarship in the Collat School of Business to provide more opportunities to UAB students who, like him, are juggling financial challenges and big dreams. The Hafiz Chandiwala Endowed Scholarship in Accounting is designated for accounting majors who are working full-time while attending college at UAB. “I receive letters from the recipients,” he says. “It’s heartwarming to know that you are able to help others in a manner that you were once helped and pay it forward.”

  • Creating Tomorrow's Leaders

    Donner Amy and DuaneThe Collat School of Business recently received a $125,000 gift from Amy and Duane Donner for its Healthcare Leadership Academy. Founded in 2009, the academy is a joint collaboration between the Collat School of Business and  the School of Medicine, and it has helped the university retain promising health-focused faculty and staff. The academy’s mission is to identify and develop future leaders of the UAB academic medical center. 

  • Collat School of Business Sets Impressive Example

    Collat Faculty and StaffThe faculty and staff of the Collat School of Business have displayed a standard of giving that is exactly what The Campaign for UAB is all about, working together to make UAB the best.

    The Collat School of Business launched an internal push to gain as much participation in its faculty and staff campaign as possible and, within only months of setting that goal, reached 99 percent participation.

  • Collat School of Business Dean Starts Faculty/Staff Campaign

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    Eric P. Jack, Ph.D., dean of the Charles and Patsy Collat School of Business, is leading The Campaign for UAB—and his school—by example. He made a significant initial gift to establish a faculty/staff campaign in the school.