This is a good time to be a young professional in Birmingham. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Magic City ranks in the top 10 nationally in young professional growth, increasing at a rate triple the national average between 2010 and 2015. In a recent survey of thousands of small-business owners nationwide, Birmingham was named the top city in the country for millennial entrepreneurs. The city is also home to established, employee-hungry leaders in health care, banking, biotechnology and energy, along with a wide range of technology services firms that work closely with those major players.
U.S. News & World Report ranks UAB’s MBA program among the nation’s best. The latest rankings were released March 14 in the 2018 edition of the Best Graduate Schools guidebook, available online at usnews.com.
For the third year in a row, Collat School of Business Scholars volunteered their time and talents to assist Birmingham’s homeless connect with resources at the annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) fair. PHC, held in the Birmingham Boutwell Auditorium and produced by volunteer organization Hands On Birmingham, provides people experiencing homelessness an array of services that include housing, employment services, pet care, medical services, haircuts and much more.
Janet 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.
The UAB student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) located in the Collat School of Business was selected this year as part of UAB's 2017 Diversity Champtions. In support of UAB's commitment to diversity, this annual award honors employees, students and organizations that help create a more culturally diverse and inclusive university community through their achievement.
The Collat School of Business has a new student organization focused on business ethics. The UAB Student Center for the Public Trust chapter hosted a kick-off meeting in January to launch the new organization.
Stephanie Yates, Ph.D., was honored this week as one of three 2017 A.G. Gaston Community Service Award recipients. Dr. Yates, director of the UAB Collat School of Business’s Regions Institute for Financial Education, was honored at the 13th Annual A.G. Gaston Conference luncheon Wednesday at the BJCC.
Senior 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.
Ron 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.