Molly Wasko 16Management Information Systems professor Molly Wasko, Ph.D., who also chairs the UAB Collat School of Business Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods (MISQ) Department, has been appointed associate dean of research, innovation and faculty success, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

See where some of our recent business graduates are heading and how the Collat School of Business helped them get there.  

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.

ProAssurance TeamStudents of business strategy learn that a strategic plan must include a mission statement that clearly describes what the business does.

Impact America VisitStephen Black, founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Impact America, was the guest CEO at the combined undergraduate business capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite,” on November 15, 2016.

jordan ricksJordan Ricks has been playing football since he was 5. He suffered his first injury at 12 when he broke his left femur, the longest and strongest bone in the human body. Because the femur is so strong, it usually takes a lot of force to break it, and recovery is often difficult, lasting four to six months. Jordan’s right femur grew to compensate for his injury, causing a height imbalance. “I’m 6’2 on my right leg and 6’1 on my left,” he jokes.

Jordan used his childhood football experience as the catalyst for a business idea. He recently launched a business that analyzes movements of football players to yield biofeedback on how to train effectively and safely.

This spring, the Collat School of Business is introducing a new service-learning course, Taxation and the Working Poor (AC490), designed for students to explore the objectives and consequences of various aspects of the U.S. federal tax system in relation to the working poor. In addition to in-class instruction, students will participate in free income tax return preparation for families that qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, the federal government’s largest anti-poverty program to support low-to-moderate income working families.

Protective LifeProtective Life chairman and CEO Johnny Johns told students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite” on November 8, 2016 that his company’s success is a case study in confronting brutal facts about an industry and designing a successful new strategy to thrive in the face of those facts.

Collat School of Business student Alon Elezra won first place in the 2016 Project Run With It team competition as part of the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting held in Baltimore. He was a member of the first place team for “Case A-Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, team A6.”