There are easy problems and then there are “wicked” problems: those highly complex problems whose potential solutions require creative, interdisciplinary thinking. Students and faculty from the Collat School of Business recently participated in a “Wicked Problem Case Competition ” sponsored by the UAB School of Public Health. A total of 13 teams of UAB’s best thinkers competed. This year’s problem was how to revitalize the Bush Hills neighborhood of Birmingham located about four miles northwest of the UAB campus.
A team from UAB's Collat School of Business has taken home second place in a futures trading competition up against more than 500 teams from 226 universities representing 37 countries, besting teams from schools worldwide, including Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University and the London School of Economics.
The award program is designed to identify, recognize and celebrate the success of the top 25 businesses owned or operated by UAB alumni.
Those nominated are ranked by set award criteria: Each must have been in operation a minimum of 36 months, have verifiable revenue of at least $150,000 in the past 12-month period, and be owned, operated or founded and managed by an alumnus of UAB.
These are the 2015 honorees, recognized during an awards luncheon March 10 in the UAB Alumni House:
A new study by Thomas DeCarlo, Ph.D., professor and interim chair of the Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business, breaks new ground on ways to identify effective hunters and farmers in the sales force, and it also may point the way to better bottom lines for businesses. DeCarlo has demonstrated a 3 percent improvement in company sales profitability for salespeople who are “ambidextrous” — that is, high in both hunting and farming orientations.
This Collat School of Business online program features the same award-winning faculty who teach in campus classrooms. In addition, UAB’s online bachelor’s accounting degree program allows students to roll credits directly to the master’s in accounting degree program and fast-track their time to complete it.
The program prepares students for the Certified Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner exams.
UAB’s online accounting programs are nationally accredited, and the university is among an elite group of only 176 universities worldwide to achieve the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business seal of excellence in both business and accounting.
Andrew Milstead, senior finance major in the UAB Collat School of Business and Business Honors student, hopes to bring natural apiaries to the Birmingham area through a project he’s pursuing as part of a national initiative to develop America’s next-generation leaders.
Management instructor Nathan Oliver was honored with the 2015 President’s Award for Diversity. The Vice President for Equity and Diversity and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success recognized UAB’s outstanding leaders at a special luncheon for their commitment and contributions to diversity on campus.
For the past four years, Oliver has led Collat’s Business Student Scholars program, a service-learning program geared towards providing students with an opportunity to apply business concepts and knowledge in real world settings while also mentoring local area high school students. Student teams engaged in unique, highly impactful service projects aimed at enhancing economic development in Alabama’s rural Wilcox County and in the City of Birmingham. These projects helped bridge the gap between UAB and the communities it serves, and promoted the university’s core values, which include an appreciation for diversity of all kinds.
This ranking is the second national accolade the program has received this year after being recognized as 17th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Online Programs rankings.