I am InvisableThe first session of a new course, Taxation and the Working Poor, had just ended, and senior Suann Hunter left the classroom looking troubled. She turned to instructor Eddie Nabors and said, “I’m going to be mad all semester.”

Nabors smiled. That’s precisely the response he wanted when he created the Collat School of Business class. “The working poor are invisible in America,” he says. “You interact with them every day without knowing it. They could be your cashier at Walmart or the waitress serving your coffee.” But some businesses know exactly who the working poor are, and target them with predatory practices involving loans and tax preparation.

Amanda BorenNearly 850 UAB summer graduates walked across the stage at Bartow Arena during Saturday’s commencement ceremony. But before they did, excited graduates, their families and their friends listened to advice and guidance from human resource management major Amanda Boren, selected as this semester’s undergraduate commencement speaker.

Dave MedlockCollat accounting student Dave Medlock strongly believes in the adage, “It is better to learn late than never.” At age 35, Dave is an unconventional undergraduate student, returning to higher education after having left school more than a decade ago.

Lexie ARC 2In the wake of the never-ending social media uptick, one thing is clear: more and more brands are struggling to keep up digitally. Navigating the plethora of apps can be tricky, and more businesses are relying on social media gurus who can champion their brand seamlessly across channels. Gurus like Collat student Lexie Bear.

innovation icorpThe National Science Foundation has designated the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Innovation Corps Site to strengthen local innovation and foster the engagement of student, staff, faculty and researcher teams in transitioning technology concepts into the marketplace.

Sheng SimonMarketing Professor Simon Sheng in the Collat School of Business has earned Quality Matters recognition for his course - MK 416 (International Marketing), an indicator of excellence in online education. Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally ranked program that has gained national attention for its faculty peer review process, which utilizes three QM certified reviewers.

Eddie NaborsCollat Instructor Eddie Nabors is passionate about service learning.

During the 2016-17 school year, Nabors served as one of 12 Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship at UAB, a yearlong program of workshops that brings together faculty, students and community partners to collaborate on projects that expand student learning, increase volunteerism and further UAB’s mission to improve the Birmingham community.

SEF.Top Sales IconThe Collat School of Business’s Center for Sales Leadership has been named a “Top University for Professional Sales Education” by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) in its 2017 ANNUAL magazine. The Collat School of Business is one of only four schools globally with three SEF trained instructors.

During the recent tax season, 56 UAB Collat students volunteered at free tax preparations sites across Birmingham and Bessemer to prepare more than 2,500 tax returns for working families, securing more than $3.9 million in tax refunds and saving families $1 million in commercial tax preparation fees.