boyle insideKris Boyle, manager of administration and operations in the Collat School of BusinessIn case you missed it, August 2018 was a big month for the Collat School of Business: It opened its new $37.5 million state-of-the-art facility, a 108,000-square-foot building located along the north side of University Boulevard between 12th and 13th streets south. It was a significant undertaking — one that many Collat employees say wouldn’t have been possible without Kris Boyle, manager of administration and operations.

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The UAB Collat School of Business’s new state-of-the-art building on University Boulevard was honored recently by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Alabama chapter. During an awards ceremony at The Club in Birmingham, the $37.5-million facility and its general contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie, were honored for excellence in construction.

project management joomlaAdditional courses have been added to the Collat School of Business project management certificate program to help business professionals further succeed.Business professionals throughout Alabama have the opportunity to expand their project management skills through the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Professional Education. The 2019 course schedule includes individual courses and the opportunity to pursue a certification in project management.

rusty duvall streamA two-time childhood cancer survivor, Rusty Duvall will graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with his bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution Saturday, Dec. 15, and start his dream job with the United Parcel Service in January.

BIC18Dean Jack, Greg King (IBERIABANK) and student entrepreneurs. Click to see more photos on Flickr

University of Alabama at Birmingham students with big ideas for new businesses were awarded $8,500 to pursue and promote their ideas in the third annual Blazer Innovation Challenge this week.

Andrew CreceliusMore and more companies are structuring their organizations based on customer segments instead of product categories to better meet the needs of these specific customers. But this customer-centric approach is often a double-edged sword for those companies’ suppliers, who may reap some benefits but also assume more risk.

In an article published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business and colleagues from four other institutions detailed a first-of-its-kind look into the impact of a customer-centric approach on upstream suppliers.

Braxton BarnwellBraxton Barnwell using one of the Bloomberg Terminals in the Chad Thomas Hagwood Finance LabCompeting with more than 400 students worldwide, UAB finance students Braxton Barnwell (#1) and Jared Walker (#8) are currently ranked in the Top 10 in a prestigious investment competition. EquitySim is an investment portfolio simulation powered by an integrated artificial intelligence platform that evaluates its participants' skill-sets, personality traits and culture fit over a four-month period. Barnwell and Walker, both members of UAB’s Financial Management Association student chapter, are ranked first and eighth, respectively.

chia streamNadia Richardson, Ph.D., right, and her assistant Alexandra Ward, receive a check from the Community Health Innovation Awards to fund their local mental health awareness campaign, No More Martyrs.In a paper that analyzes the successes of the program, researchers detailed the strengths and limitations of CHIA, and the outcomes from each of the 26 funded projects.

Since 2012, 26 projects that help solve problems in Birmingham communities have been funded through the Community Health Innovation Awards. The program, which is based at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has touched thousands of men, women and children through projects proposed by community participants. The projects have provided mental health first aid training, increased access to fresh produce and bicycles to people without reliable transportation, and have accomplished many other initiatives to better people’s lives.

patrick murphy 2 streamIn 2017, the cumulative cost of the 16 separate billion-dollar weather events in the United States was $306.2 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Severe storms can and often do damage homes and businesses, which negatively impacts lives.