Summer biz scholars 2015 This month, Collat School of Business student scholars are collaborating with area high school students on a research project to analyze possible solutions for economic and social disparities within Birmingham.

The Business Student Scholars Program, now in its fifth year, will focus on developing a strategic plan for the revitalization of the historic 6th District of Birmingham, including neighborhoods such as Glen Iris, Arlington-West End, Woodland Park and Five Points South.

In 2014, students involved in the program partnered with Birmingham City School System students to evaluate the 6th District’s overall well-being, ranging from education and crime prevention to housing and health disparities.

This year, a different group of students are continuing to study opportunities to improve the 6th district, with a particular focus on partnering with Birmingham Land Bank Authority and Habitat for Humanity to improve housing conditions and availability within the district.

MBA Alumnus: David Hamlin

Hamlin SunguardDavid Hamlin, UAB MBA ’12, was enrolled in the MBA program when he received an interview with SunGard Financial Systems that landed him a job two weeks after graduation. Three years and two job promotions later, he accepted a new role with SunGard last year that included relocating to Singapore to assist with software sales in Asia-Pacific and Australia.

David attributes his career success to the valuable experience that he received in the MBA program. “UAB’s MBA program has world-class faculty that I interacted with on campus and since graduation,” says David. “The amount of real-world experience and knowledge displayed in the classroom and in case studies by professors was extremely impressive. Some professors were entrepreneurs who were able to share tips for starting, growing and owning a business. Others include world renowned managing partners and legal professionals who taught us about ethics and promoted highly effective presentations skills.”

During his time as a student, David worked as a portfolio analyst for UAB’s Green and Gold Fund, a student-managed investment portfolio. Members of the Fund are tasked to analyze, present and choose stocks, bonds and other investments to add to the portfolio. With this experience in the securities market, David was more desirable to SunGard for employment.

“The school’s remarkable connections and dedication by the faculty and staff helped me obtain a paid internship that also earned MBA credits,” David says. “The MBA program is dedicated to providing students the keys to achieve outside the classroom.” For David, having crucial connections built through the MBA program ensured his success in gaining employment after graduation.Hamlin 1

At the end of the day, David was taught to give back. In 2011, he volunteered as a loan officer for UAB’s Tornado Relief Forgivable Loan Program, led by Dr. Stephen Yoder. He was encouraged to volunteer his time. “I learned that it is very important to give back to the community that provided me with such a flourishing academic and personal environment.”

The Collat School of Business is accredited by AACSB International at the baccalaureate and master's level: less than five percent of schools worldwide are AACSB accredited for their business programs. UAB is the only school that offers an MBA program in the Birmingham area. To learn more about UAB’s MBA program, follow the link for more information:

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Rising Collat School of Business senior Halli Williamson of Oneonta says it would be impossible to put into words what she has experienced in Kampala, Uganda, during a nine-week internship this summer.The UAB Gospel Choir member, 22, is volunteering with Sozo Children, a nongovernmental organization with an office in nearby Avondale. She applied for the program and was accepted, and she and 12 other interns raised $5,000 each to take the trip. Sozo has four children’s homes in Kampala, and Williamson is assisting in the group’s work toward The Village Project, which will be a full village with homes, a school, a church and a medical clinic.

Eddie DanielleCollat Accounting Professor Eddie Nabors was honored with the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award from the Alabama Society of CPAs at its 96th Annual Meeting in June. This highly coveted award recognizes distinguished accounting educators in Alabama and is selected by the education committee within the Alabama Society of CPAs. Nabors was one of several nominees and was selected after lengthy consideration.

In announcing the award, the committee made special note of Nabors' comprehensive nomination package, which was spearheaded by UAB student Danielle Brannock.

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Dr. Lary Cowart has been appointed assistant dean for accreditation at the Collat School of Business, effective July 1, 2015.

Dr. Cowart, assistant professor of real estate and finance, recently served as interim chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance. He earned his PhD in real estate from the University of Georgia after receiving his MBA from Samford University and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Athens College.

Pound AndreaThe National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) recently honored Collat academic advisor Andrea Miller Pound with the 2015 Outstanding Advising Award - Primary Advising Role for her "significant contributions to the advancement of academic advising." Andrea advises management majors and serves as program manager in the Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods.

NACADA, an international, educational association with more than 10,000 members, promotes student development through effective academic programs and personal attention. NACADA advocates for the improvement of academic advising and those who provide that service to higher education.

Andrea has served as advisor for the department since 2010. Since then, she has innovative new methods of connecting with her students through technology and specialized programs. Andrea is devoted to engaging with students and providing quality advising services. NACADA recognized Andrea for her dedication to student retention and recruitment growth.

Andrea also recently received UAB’s 2015 Outstanding Advisor Award.

graduationThree members of the class of 2015 cohort of the Collat School of Business Honors Program had key roles at the April 25, 2015 UAB commencement ceremonies. Alicja Foksinska and Ameen Barghi were the undergraduate speakers. A third participant in the 2015 cohort of the program, Abeda Iqbal, was selected by the faculty to represent the school as its banner bearer for the ceremonies.

WittmannC. Michael Wittmann, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution, and Economics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business, effective July 1.

Dr. Wittmann comes to UAB from the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business, where he serves as a tenured marketing professor and chair of the Department of Marketing and Merchandising. Dr. Wittmann also holds the Max and Susan Draughn Endowed Professorship in Healthcare Marketing and is responsible for the college’s Center for Healthcare Sales and Marketing.