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 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.”
The UAB Collat School of Business has scheduled a ground breaking celebration for its new educational building next month. The announcement follows a University of Alabama System Board of Trustees vote last week approving construction to begin and awarding the facility’s construction contract to Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC.
Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, and an expert in company sustainability and growth, says that it is not only the quality of leadership that makes companies great, but the continuity of leadership that matters. Jay Grinney, chief executive officer of HealthSouth Corporation, demonstrated that to students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite,” when he made a return visit to the class on November 1, 2016.
The 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.
Five finalists have been chosen out of 26 applicants to move on the final round of the Blazer Innovation Challenge, a competition designed to encourage students to craft innovative strategies and solutions for various challenges. The Blazer Innovation Challenge — presented by the UAB Collat School of Business, UAB Innovation Lab (iLab), and IBERIABANK — provides students the opportunity to test out their entrepreneurial ideas in a “Shark Tank”-style competition and win prize money to help launch their ideas.
It’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, 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.