The UAB Collat School of Business celebrated its largest graduating class of online students thus far with a special reception in their honor at the Hill University Center on Friday, April 29, 2016. Twenty-seven Collat graduates earned their undergraduate or graduate degree this spring through one of Collat’s online program offerings. Luciano Pitts, Master of Accounting (MAc) graduate, was one of the graduates who attended the reception and shared his story and experience in the accounting program.

MBA Collat2 outThe UAB Collat School of Business will begin offering a new option for experienced professionals seeking an MBA to forgo the MBA admissions test requirements if they have professional work experience.

MoneySenseLast summer, UAB student Brandon Pickett worked as a lead counselor in a camp where the kids learned survival skills—the kind involving dollars and cents. During the four-day Money Math Camp, he and other counselors taught 45 middle-schoolers from low-income and minority school districts about money management and the impact of career choices on future lifestyles.

Random Logic GamesBirmingham's Random Logic Games is a startup founded by UAB Collat School of Business alumnus Andrew Stone and his business partner, Nick Sloan. Random Logic, which launched in 2012, is a quiet force in a booming industry. Its games have been downloaded more than 25 million times to iPhones, Android tablets and a host of other mobile devices around the world. The company’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes. To meet the growing demands of success, the company is hiring another UAB graduate who interned at the company and considers it to be "a local treasure".

franks family portraitBlount County parents Woodrow and Margie Franks will watch the youngest of their six sons — who have all attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham — graduate this weekend. Each of the six Franks brothers has received an undergraduate degree from the university, spanning nearly two decades of studying at the campus.

Most business schools want their finance students to gain real-world experience. Not many give them half a million to do it.

LearningTheTradeFive hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars, to be specific, is what students manage in UAB’s Green and Gold Fund investment portfolio. “It’s not Monopoly money or Yahoo Finance,” says Andreas Rauterkus, Ph.D., the fund’s faculty adviser and associate professor of accounting and finance in the Collat School of Business. “These are actual dollars, and quite a few of them.”

student entrepreneurs fix it and forget it solutionHere’s the problem, as Dr. Ashish Shah sees it: Every year, millions of Americans suffer bone fractures, the most common location being the ankle region known as the distal fibula. Orthopedic surgeons such as Shah, an assistant professor in the UAB School of Medicine, repair the damage using a piece of metal hardware. But that metal can cause inflammation, and it always requires a second surgery to pull it back out after the bone has healed.

Shelby BrownellShelby Brownell, marketing and industrial distribution double major, completed an internship with Intermark Group in summer 2015, which led to an offer of Junior Account Executive for Intermark’s interactive division, Alloy.

Malik PegeasAccounting student Malik Pegeas was recently accepted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop. Only 100 students nationwide were selected to attend.