The Industrial Supply Association (ISA) announced today that University of Alabama at Birmingham student Gary Khodanian was chosen to receive the 2015-16 Gary L. Buffington Memorial Scholarship.
Khodanian is majoring in Industrial Distribution at the UAB Collat School of Business, and is scheduled to graduate in April 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution and an Entrepreneurship Certificate.
"I cannot begin to describe my immense gratitude to the selection committee and to the ISA Educational Foundation for choosing me as the recipient of this award. I will diligently work to spend every day of my academic and professional career living up to the merits of this wonderful distinction and the prestige of Gary L. Buffington himself,” Khodanian said.
A resident of Madison, Ala., Khodanian ranks at the top of his class in the Industrial Distribution program and has consistently earned Presidential Honors at UAB. He has spent time volunteering for the youth organization Campfire Alabama, served as a student leader for BhamCru, the campus Crusade for Christ ministry at UAB, and is active in the Entrepreneurship Club at UAB. He currently works as an Industrial Supply Intern at O’Neal Steel, a highly sought after internship position.
“Gary excels in both his business and engineering courses, and earns recognition for his high level of academic achievement from faculty and fellow students alike,” said Kristen B. Craig, program manager for the Charles & Patsy Collat Industrial Distribution program.
Craig added that Khodanian has persevered in the face of a difficult personal experience, when his father passed away soon after Khodanian enrolled at UAB. “Coping with the difficult experience of losing his father at a young age, Gary finds motivation in honoring his father by excelling in his pursuit to complete his undergraduate degree. Success has not come easily for Gary, but he has made his mark at UAB and has achieved excellence despite the extraordinary hardships and simple everyday challenges that are both part of everyday life,” Craig said.
The scholarship was created in 2003 as a memorial to former I.D.A. Executive Vice President Gary Buffington. It is awarded each year to a rising senior in a qualified undergraduate industrial distribution program. The ISA Educational Foundation selection committee evaluates candidates from colleges with programs in industrial distribution.
Andrea has advised students in the Department of Management, Information Systems & Quantitative Methods since 2010, when the business school moved all of the dedicated student support services to be housed withing the departments. Being embedded in the MISQ department allowed Andrea to get to know her students, and better focus on student recruitment and retention, student engagement and industry connections for students.
Twenty-one undergraduates in the Collat School of Business recently joined other UAB undergraduate students to present the results of their independent research projects at the Eighth Annual UAB Undergraduate Research Expo on April 10, 2015.
There were over 200 presentations made at the Expo, with over 300 presenters, in the categories of arts and humanities; biological, life, and physical sciences; business, financial, and international studies; social, behavioral and health sciences; and service learning.
Four of the business students, all participants in the Collat School of Business Honors Program, won awards for their presentations from the Expo organizers:• Rami Elsharif (Marketing), for his poster presentation, “Good Vibes: How the Leader’s Mood Can Influence the Group” (Dr. Christopher Biga, Department of Sociology, faculty advisor).
• Joseph Evans (Information Systems), for his poster presentation, “Collat School of Business Career Services: Why is it not used more?” (Rita Stewart-Hampton, Director of Collat School of Business Career Services, advisor).
• Jenna Floore (Management), for her poster presentation, “The Importance of Pay in the Workplace: What Motivates and Satisfies Employees?” (Dr. Scott Boyar, Collat School of Business, faculty advisor).
• Jesse Lawley (Management), for her poster presentation, “Social Media, Athletics, and Academics at UAB” (Dr. Molly Wasko, Collat School of Business, faculty advisor).
Two students in the Honors Program, Ameen Barghi and Kevin Shrestha, also have completed independent research projects, but were unable to present at the Undergraduate Research Expo because they were participating as part of the UAB team at the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference in Tallahassee, Florida. The UAB team placed first, edging teams from Dartmouth, Georgetown, Samford (second place finisher), UCLA, and other fine schools!
The following Collat Business faculty and staff served as advisors for students on the successful completion of their projects: Scott Boyar (MISQ), James Byrd (ACFN), Paul Crigler (MISQ), Sarah Culver (MIDE), Annetta Dolowitz (ACFN), Griffin Edwards (MIDE), John Hansen (MIDE), Jenice Prather-Kinsey (ACFN), Joshua Robinson (MIDE), Arline Savage (ACFN), Grant Savage (MISQ), Rita Stewart-Hampton (Director of Career Services), Molly Wasko (MISQ), and Barbara Wech (MISQ). Special thanks to Drs. Boyar, Hansen, Robinson and Grant Savage for serving as advisors for more than one student.
GeoCach for College Cash is a weeklong event sponsored by the Chicago Federal Reserve. Between April 6 and April 25, students can look for GeoCash posters on highly visible bulletin boards throughout UAB's campus (there are seven in all) and read the poster content. Poster themes include budgeting, credit scores, college loans, paychecks, debit vs. credit, identity theft and car loans. Students can use a QR Code Reader on their smart phones to scan the poster's QR code (search "QR Code Reader" in your phone's app store to find and download a free one), and then answer one question about the poster. A correct answer enters the student into a drawing to win the scholarship credit. Find all seven posters and answer all seven questions correctly and be entered into the drawing seven times.
Boyar, associate professor of management, has been described by students as diligent, thorough and innovative. Although he has been at UAB for only five years, Boyar has made his mark by adopting new technologies and developing courses for classroom and online delivery. Since 2009, Boyar has interacted with more than 530 students in the Collat School of Business. “Teaching at the university level requires more than expert knowledge, it encompasses a level of responsibility to both students and the community who expect and need our graduates to be ready to meet the challenges of organizational life,” Boyar said. Students say Boyar’s human resource management and organizational behavior classes are both the hardest and most rewarding classes they’ve taken. In the past few years, Boyar has published and presented papers on personality, work-family balance, turnover and social support. He uses his research to keep his courses up-to-date on management thought and best practices.
Full list of honorees
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:
- How to Identify and Better Manage Effective Sales-Force Hunters and Farmers
- UAB Online Accounting Program Ranked Top in U.S.
- Building to House UAB’s Collat School of Business, B.L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Approved by Board
- Business Honors Student Invited to Join Teach for America Corps
- Business Honors Student to Showcase Sustainable Beekeeping Initiative at Clinton Global Initiative University Summit
- Professor Oliver Honored with 2015 President's Award for Diversity
- UAB’s Online Accounting Program in Top 10 Nationally
- UAB among 25 U.S. Institutions Selected for NSF-funded Pathways to Innovation Program
- UAB Online Business Graduate Programs Ranked among Nation's Best
- Professor Sheng Recognized for Best Paper by Society for Marketing Advances