Jack Howard 200Jack Howard, Ph.D., has been appointed interim chair of the Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods department, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

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.

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.

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.

male on laptopThe online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham placed fourteenth among the Top 20 such programs in North
America.

Photo 3 edIt’s one thing to read about the strategic planning process and SWOT analyses in a business management textbook. It’s quite another to observe a company go through it first-hand. That was the unique opportunity presented recently to two Collat students who were able to accompany UAB Collat faculty as they fascilitated strategic planning sessions for Mayer Electric Supply Company. Industrial distribution major Pacifico Otamias and management major Catarina Mojica were invited to attend the sessions at Embassy Suites in Homewood to see firsthand how a company works through the strategic planning.

Charles Collat classroomCharles Collat, Chair Emeritus of Mayer Electric Supply Company, was the special guest in the Fall 2016 strategy course, “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite,” on October 25, 2016. His daughter, Nancy Collat Goedecke, CEO and Chair of the company, appeared by video from out of town. The course is a combined undergraduate honors course and MBA course which is a “capstone” experience for students, designed to bring together a variety of business disciplines in the study of business strategy.

RF Team 2016Regions Financial Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Grayson Hall returned as a guest in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite,” on October 18, 2016.