Matt GrabenMatt Graben. Photo courtesy of Randy MartinFive years ago, Matt Graben dropped out of college. At the time he was a junior at UAB studying finance, but he was more interested in actively launching a nonprofit than he was in his business courses, so he dropped out. During the next five years he worked with other local self-starters to create more than 10 businesses in the Magic City, businesses that focused on everything from housing development to coffee sourcing and production.

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UAB Collat School of Business Professor Jack Howard, Ph.D., has been named editor-in-chief of the Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal. The journal, founded in 1989, offers an international forum for scholarly peer-reviewed original research, including qualitative and quantitative empirical studies, case studies, critical commentaries, and conceptual and dialectic presentations.

Howard is a Professor of Management at Collat focusing on human resource management and employee rights and serves as interim chair of the Management, Information Systems & Quantitative Methods Department. He has a secondary appointment as a senior scientist in the School of Medicine’s Integrative Center for Aging Research.

Howard earned his doctorate in human resources management and personnel administration from the University of Illinois and has earned numerous teaching awards, including the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal is an interdisciplinary publication, drawing from a broad range of disciplines including ethics, organizational behavior, law, economics, sociology, social psychology, industrial and employment relations, administrative and organizational studies, and philosophy to further the understanding of both employee responsibilities and rights.

Howard says he plans to increase the number of articles published per year and improve the journal’s social media presence during his tenure. He begins his three-year term as editor on Jan. 1, 2021.

mentorsThe Collat Management and Human Resource Advisory Council has established a new mentorship program for management and human resource management students to provide undergraduates meaningful, impactful connection with employers throughout their academic careers.

Kennedy Riles 2020Step into the Collat Welcome Center and you’ll find Kennedy Riles behind the front desk, answering phone calls, scheduling meetings and posting to the center’s social media pages.

Since 2018, Riles has been a fixture in the Welcome Center, helping visitors get where they need to go and answering student questions. Now, as the management student navigates her senior year, she’s thriving as an intern, college student and student worker amidst the global coronavirus pandemic.

Frank MessinaDr. Frank Messina, Collat’s endowed Alumni & Friends Professor of Accounting, recently was elected vice president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives (1A FAR) Board. Messina has served as UAB’s FAR since 2008. 1A is an organization of faculty athletics representatives at NCAA Division I institutions in the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division 1A.

Register now for virtual Collat Career FairThe Collat Career Center team faced an unusual challenge this fall when finalizing plans to move its popular Collat Career Fair online. How could they engage students in a unique way to participate in a newly virtual event while also educating them on how to prepare for and participate in the fair?

Their innovative answer? Online gamification with a virtual escape room (see a glimpse below). 

Collat's IT team and a crew of student tech workers and facilitators helped smooth the school's transition to face-to-face and hybrid classes this fall.Medical Properties Trust Auditorium in Collat School of Business

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The Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has named its namesake, Charles Collat, member emeritus of the Dean’s Advisory Board. The honor recognizes Collat, former Mayer CEO, for his active participation, philanthropy, and dedicated service to the board for more than a decade. Collat will assume his new role on Sept. 22, 2020.

scptThe UAB Center for the Public Trust student chapter was recently recognized as a Star Chapter by the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) for the 2019-20 academic year. The Star Chapter designation is an honor awarded to student chapters that lead with excellence and cultivate an environment of ethical behavior on campus.