maker space Students, faculty and staff with big ideas have a new outlet at the university’s student-run MakerSpace in Sterne Library. The tech-packed operation, spearheaded by a group of undergraduate entrepreneurs, officially opened on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in a highly trafficked location on the library’s main level. It currently offers five 3-D printers and two built-in computer 3-D scanners. Students can draw on a healthy collection of prototyping kits from Arduino and other maker manufacturers as well.

loaned executive programFor more than two months in the fall, five University of Alabama at Birmingham students found out what it is like to manage a large-scale fundraising campaign for a major nonprofit organization.


student taxes For nearly a decade, UAB has worked with the United Way of Central Alabama to provide free help through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Eligible families and individuals earn less than $54,000 per year. In Birmingham, the median earned income for VITA clients is $21,000.

jack eric 2016Collat School of Business Dean Eric Jack, PhD, has been elected to the Beta Alpha Psi national Board of Directors. Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals.

UAB's Collat School of Business hosted Collat Professional Day on February 17, encouraging students, faculty and staff to dress professionally for class. Hundreds of students came to campus dressed to impress and documented the experience at #SuitUpCollat.

jack eric 2016Collat School of Business Dean Eric Jack, Ph.D., will receive an award during a conference honoring the memory of a revered Birmingham businessman and civil rights activist. Each year, the A.G. Gaston Conference recognizes members of the community who embody characteristics of the late Gaston.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine is partnering with researchers at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Pretoria, South Africa, to address pregnancy-related problems in developing countries, funded by two $2.5 million grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Yates wins diversity award Collat School of Business Finance Professor Stephanie Yates, Ph.D., was recently awarded the 2016 President’s Award for Diversity from UAB’s Vice President for Equity and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success. The annual award is given to outstanding faculty, staff and students for their achievements towards a more inclusive, diverse and competent university community. Award criteria include significance, implementation and impact of community service.

The Bridge to Success Project, a program established by the Academic and Small Business Alliance (ASBA), selects Collat School of Business students to intern with small and Diverse Business Enterprises (DBEs) in order to establish mutually beneficial relationships that will allow DBEs to build capacity for UAB supplier opportunities, students to get hands-on experiences and UAB to partner with the underserved community.