College of Business Student Updates

Students Participate in the first round of Boeing's New Business Challenge with UAHuntsville's College of Business Administration

The Boeing Company teamed with the College of Business Administration at UAHuntsville to give undergraduate students an opportunity to plan the launch of a new business. The teams are competing for $10,000 in scholarship winnings that can be used for undergraduate or graduate study at UAHuntsville. The first round of competition was held on November 30th. Eleven teams entered the competition with a total of 26 students participating. Daniel Olberding, Anissa Weed and Jack Kachelman were judges for the Boeing Company's Huntsville Operation.

The judges met with each team and critiqued the ideas, provided feedback, and extended invitations to teams for the second phase of competition in the spring. Student teams will continue to work on their business ideas with coaching and assistance from faculty and mentors. In April, students will pitch their business plans and compete for the scholarship winnings.

Entrepreneurship Club Hosted its First Annual E-Launch Business Plan Competition

The Entrepreneurship Club hosted what it hopes will be an annual 48-hour business plan competition. UAHuntsville students pitched ideas ranging from a character-themed restaurant to fusion-powered rockets to Mars. The students formed teams, developed business plans and presented them to judges. Over 25 professionals and experts in the community mentored the students, and taught them the breadth of skills they will need to fully develop business plans. E-Launch students ranged from freshmen to graduate students and represented every College. At the event finale students described their business plans to judges in five minute presentations. The MaptIt team won first place with an app to help universities reach students with event information and event maps. MaptIt received $1,000 plus free CPA and legal counseling. Feedback from the event shows that mentors strongly support E-Launch's goals and approach.

Romania Study Abroad Program Raises Money for Mia's Children

The Romania study abroad classes for the last two years raised over $1,000 to benefit Mia's Children, an orphanage located in Bucharest, Romania. A local business, All Points Logistics, matched the amount raised by the students, raising the total donated to over $2,000.

MBA Student attends E-Learning Symposium at Athens State

Graduate student Rebecca Parker attended the third annual E-Learning Symposium at Athens State University to gather information on new technology available to enhance student experiences in and out of the classroom. Ms. Parker is part of the MBA review committee which is studying possible alternatives for the delivery of the MBA Program.

Graduate Student Receives National Defense Industrial Association Fellowship Award

Ms. Reba White, a student in the Master of Science in Information Assurance & Security (MS-IAS) degree program at UAHuntsville, received a $5000.00 fellowship from National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). NDIA is America's leading defense industry association promoting national security. Students who were eligible for the fellowship were those currently enrolled in a graduate studies program, specifically pursuing a course of academic study directly related to Space and Missile Defense in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

Ms. White received her Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Alabama and received a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Vanderbilt University. In addition to being enrolled in the MS-IAS program, she is currently working as a graduate research assistant at UAHuntsville's Office of Technology Commercialization, working primarily on the Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne Venture Challenge.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance, certified by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.