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.

University of Alabama at Birmingham students with innovative business ideas won up to $5,000 to help get their concepts off the ground in a competition held at the Innovation Depot this week.

The UAB Innovation Lab (iLab) and Collat School of Business launched the Blazer Innovation Challenge, sponsored by IBERIABANK, earlier this fall to encourage UAB students to develop new solutions to product, service or process challenges.

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.”

collat rendering atriumThe 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.

Grinney Visit 2016Jim 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.

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.

Blazer Innovation Challenge logoFive 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.