AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Running into your brother or sister on campus is not unusual for siblings enrolled on the Plains. Bumping into your father as a fellow student is quite rare, though, and might be considered awkward – but not for Xavier and C.J. Uzomah, a father and son duo pursuing their goals through Auburn University and its Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.
C.J. has been working toward an NFL career since he was 6. And why not? A prize recruit at North Gwinnett High School in Georgia, he became the starting tight end on Auburn’s 2013 SEC championship team and scored three touchdowns on 11 receptions last season – including the dramatic game-winner in the closing seconds against Mississippi State.
“But at the same time, I know that if that doesn’t work out then there are other options for me,” said C.J., a senior marketing major. He’s a passionate soccer fan who also ponders a future as a communications/marketing representative for an international “futbol” outfitter.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The world gets smaller as we use smartphones, tablets and laptops to communicate each day, touching every aspect of our lives. But can that technology aid in rural areas when someone needs to make a lengthy trip to see a medical specialist?
Business professors from Auburn University and the University of Alabama have collaborated on research that could ease the state’s health care access problem and give rural residents an alternative to traveling long distances to see that specialist.
Rafay Ishfaq, assistant professor of supply chain management in Auburn’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, and Uzma Raja, associate professor of management information systems in Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, applied supply chain and business analytics principles in research that introduces telemedicine to the public. Supply chain management involves managing all the activities that deliver products to the consumer in an effective and efficient way.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn University will soon be home to one of the world’s leading research centers in the area of radio frequency identification, or RFID, technology.
In June, the RFID Research Center will move from the University of Arkansas to Auburn University, opening the door for research collaborations initially involving the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Human Sciences.
Since its founding at the University of Arkansas in 2005, the RFID Research Center has been at the epicenter of research in RFID, earning national and international recognition for its work. When it opens in June as the RFID Lab at Auburn University, it will be reunited with its founder and former director, Harbert College of Business Dean and Wells Fargo Professor Bill Hardgrave.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business will become the university’s first college to offer an online undergraduate program when its School of Accountancy opens its new Bachelor of Science offering this fall.
The program, designed for working professionals interested in pursuing careers in accounting, will be added to the college’s current online offerings, which consist of graduate-level degrees.
“Our online programs combine traditional instruction with modern technology delivery to offer educational opportunities to working professionals beyond Auburn’s campus,” School of Accountancy Director DeWayne Searcy said. “We are very pleased to be the first academic unit at Auburn to offer an online undergraduate degree and to pave the way for other programs to follow.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Thanks to the recession, as well as insider trading, Ponzi schemes, and rate fixing scandals, public trust in financial institutions has plummeted over the years. TIAA-CREF President and CEO Roger Ferguson will offer solutions to some of the problems plaguing the industry when he visits Auburn University and the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business March 17-18.
Ferguson will offer his insights during a campus forum scheduled for Monday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in 125 Lowder Business Building. The session, “Rebuilding Trust in the Financial Services Industry: The Way Forward,” is open to faculty, students and the community. Reservations for the free event can be made at https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=CORN26E.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A former executive whose revelations touched off a major fraud investigation of one of the world’s largest banks will speak at Auburn University on Monday, January 27, as part of a program on whistleblowers in government and business.
Eric Ben-Artzi, the quantative risk analyst who reported possible securities violations at Deutsche Bank in 2011 leading to a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, will speak at 7 p.m. in Lowder Hall Room 113-A. His visit is sponsored by the Government Accountability Project’s Whistleblower Tour and the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. There is no charge for the public event.