State of the University 2018

State of the University 2018

August 23, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


well good morning everyone it’s truly an
honor and a privilege to be able to present to you today the state of the
University address 2018 we are coming off of the best year in our history and
we’re stronger than we’ve ever been the good thing is this year is gonna be even
better recent global honor that space purely on metrics and not reputation or
popularity contest we were named the number one Young University which means
under 50 years or younger in the US and number 10 worldwide the interesting
thing is that wasn’t on our radar screen until they contacted us so we’re proud
of it and it’s certainly a tribute to our faculty our staff our students the
will to do more as you will see in our new branding campaign UAB powered
by will what does that mean that means when the going gets tough we will get
the job done and it means we have the will to pursue excellence in every part
of our mission so this the scribblers Skechers doodlers powered by midnight
oil under moonlight they tinker toil stop go then nothing then nothing then
Eureka everything so who will create a better smartphone who’ll make the game
safer who’ll develop an unheard-of treatment for a rare disease and then
200 more he will she will they will UAB powered by will this is our third
straight year of record enrollment we are almost 22,000 students strong today
and that’s ahead of our schedule we’ve grown more the last two years and we
anticipated and thankfully our schools and teachers have responded to that and
made it work we have chemistry laboratories until 9 o’clock at night
and on Saturday but everyone is working hard to accommodate these additional
students we grew by more students this year than any other University in the
state and you can see that that’s both across undergraduate and graduate our
Honors College grew even more over 13% to over 2000 students you can see the
freshman class and their academic accomplishments as they join us you can
also see how diverse our student body is our freshman class 40% minority
64 percent female and 29 percent first-generation ie the first in their
families to go to college and get a university education and that’s not by
accident that’s because we want to give our young people access to a world-class
education and you can see we can’t send all of our students for study abroad
although we want to send more and more but we can bring the world to UAB and
you see our thousand international students in over 400 international
faculty staff and volunteers visiting scholars representing over 100
country’s that’s by design because we know that the more our students
experience those who seem different from them on the surface the more they
realize how much we are all much more alike whether you were born in America
or born in the country across the seas and you come to this institution
everybody is going to be treated equally that student body growth has translated
into additional credit hours who strives our tuition revenue which helps us
transform our educational facilities and right now across UAB you can see that we
have become one of the most beautiful green sustainable urban campuses in
America and also one of the safest and most secure even in a big city how are
we recruiting these students how are we attracting them
well we’re giving them novel majors that will put them at the forefront of their
fields very few institutions have an undergraduate degree in immunology or
genetics and genomics aside genomic sciences and medical sociology which is
appropriate for us as a health oriented University but a comprehensive
University this fall we introduced a new bachelor’s degree and bioinformatics
which is studying information science related to healthcare related to biology
and biomedical science as well as the new masters in data science which is
more popular than ever because data science is what drives much of our new
knowledge this spring we’re introducing a new Master of Science in engineering
management to help either our alums who are working or others who are working
who want to get a degree in management and they work in the fields of
engineering you can see we still continue to rank among the best graduate
schools in America across many different topics
our masters in health administration is number two is our nursing administration
my question to them is when are we gonna be number one ranking among our peers
related to exploring the frontiers of knowledge this past year we had a record
five hundred and sixty two million dollars research expenditures that
ranked us number fifteen among all public universities in federal funding
and in NIH funding we ranked number eight among all public universities and
you can see that those are in the upper echelons of these outstanding
institutions and we continue to be one of the most effective and high-powered
research institutions in the southeast in Alabama you can see the relative
proportion of NIH funding that we have compared to other institutions 86% of
all the state NIH funding comes to UAB our overall research portfolio is twice
as big as all the other universities in the state put together and that’s
something we can all be proud of but we’re not just about biomedical research
cybersecurity our folks both faculty and students are developing new technologies
and partnering with our major security agencies to combat cyber crime globally
in the College of Arts and Sciences our faculty publish 17 books in 2017 and one
of our faculty received a very highly competitive national endowment for the
humanities fellowship engineering continue to excel in building machines
in particular high-tech space freezers for the International Space Station and
their grant has moved up to an upper limit of 50 million dollars to will to
find answers that change people’s lives this past year we saw over 1 point
million patient visits and we save more lives than ever our US News rankings put
ten of our specialties in the top 50 the only ones ahead of us were Duke
University our live donor kidney chain is the longest in the history of
Medicine now over a hundred and each one of those save somebody’s life and
somebody donated a kidney to help save their lives our transplant teams here at
UAB had done the third most organ transplants in the last forty nine years
they were started did the first one in 1969 we do want to transform our economy
we want to help Birmingham and Alabama be all that we can be our Harbert
Institute for innovation and entrepreneurship continues to accelerate
commercialization under the leadership of dr. Cathy Nugent we had over six
million dollars in revenue nine startups 42 licenses executed thirty-eight
patents and we just received American public land-grant universities
innovation economic prosperity designation that was a lot of work that
Kathy and our entire team put in you can see innovation Depot and we’re the lead
investor and partner there is doing extremely well better than ever
over a hundred companies thousand jobs and a 1.6 billion dollar impact over the
neck last five years and they are helping build the technology and
knowledge economy in Birmingham we want to give access to as many of our young
people as possible to both education and skills development and through our
innovate Birmingham IT workforce development program we’ve had over 150
graduates in the last two and a half years each one of them has had the
opportunity to move into the IT tech field to get a job that will change
their families and change their neighborhoods we continue to work
with others to build here in Birmingham a workforce that is going to lead our
future economy the will to inspire we have some of the finest arts facilities
in the country in the world and we bring the world of talent to Birmingham every
year through our Alys Stephens Center and through our Abroms-Engel Institute
for the visual arts a big part of that is education and giving our young people
our children access to these artists and to educational programs we’ve partnered
with the Kennedy Center and are trying to develop professional development
programs for our teachers WBHM 110,000 weekly listeners here in the heart of
central Alabama our benevolent fund raised a record 2.06 million last year
contributed to a hundred and forty five area nonprofits including our own blazer
kitchen which was established several years ago to make sure that no one
within the UAB community has food insecurity and a few years ago when I
learned from some of our students that there was food insecurity here even on
our campus John Jones and I determined that that would never happen here and we
created the food pantry here in the hill Student Center and we worked with our
benevolent fund to create this blazer kitchen which as you can see serves a
lot of people in need and that’s what we’re all about as an institution we’re
about serving others and helping the world be a better place we’re gonna cut
the ribbon on Thursday for our fifth habitat house and you can see over 2800
of our faculty staff students volunteered in January we’re excited to
launch blazer pulse which is a Community Engagement software platform that will
allow us to track measure our collective impact in the
city of Birmingham and across the state of Alabama and then some instances
around the world as part of our strategic plan we intend to take on a
grand challenge something that’s facing not only us in Birmingham and in Alabama
but others around the world dr. Chris Brown has been leading this process very
effectively and this was not from the top down this was from the bottom up and
you can see that we have moved to funding six planning grants at $30,000
each and the full proposals will be due in January and a selected challenge will
begin funding and work in the summer of 2019 all six of those planning grants
all six of those proposals are outstanding and while we might pick one
to invest a concentration of resources I can tell already that we’re going to
invest in many of them and many of them will move to opportunities for
extramural funding big time and in philanthropy because these are
challenges that affect everyone also as part of our strategic plan we want to
look at our curriculum it’s been decades since our core curriculum was changed
and now that we’re in the 21st century and going full-bore we want to make sure
that we have a core curriculum that is not just signature but a signature to
UAB and it’s meeting the needs of our students in the 21st century and this is
a process that’s going through a lot of deliberation with anybody having input
susan spezzini and alison chapman are leading this and you can see that
committees liaisons are gathering input and we’re gonna work through this
process over the coming year we are now a campus that covers more than a hundred
blocks on the south side of Birmingham and as I could tell this morning when I
couldn’t find a parking place we are growing beyond sometimes our
current infrastructure all of the building going on across campus and our
upgrades of our utilities to be an even greener more sustainable campus have the
roads torn up all over the campus and we understand that there’s been no shortage
of complaints about parking even among our students I’ve received some
interesting emails and fortunately we’ve been able to respond to those sensibly
but we are looking to make sure that our parking is capable of handling the
volume of people coming and part of that is by creating zones where students can
have priority parking and on the east side of campus the hospital and research
and other facilities can have their appropriate parking
well we’ve opened three facilities in four weeks this fall the new School of
Nursing building is outstanding it is the finest nursing education facility in
the country and they have a full scale patient room ICU room operating room
delivery room and nursing units they’re in the basement now first floor in the
educational area and that gives them the opportunity to work and study together
on mannequins and robots before they go work on patients who putting their lives
in their hands but this is a wonderful facility the new Collat School of
Business Harbert Institute for innovation building next door on the
other side of Campbell is unbelievable it really is a beautiful facility and
again built very carefully to meet the needs of our students in the School of
Business and our tech transference so good to have them together they are
thriving together in this new facility and we opened a new police headquarters
that serves our camp and make sure that we are safe and
secure this fall in early August and they are thrilled to have that facility
if you haven’t seen it they’ll be happy to give you a tour of the will to grow
responsibly we are greening the western side of our campus very deliberately you
see there on top the final representation of our new
track and field complex will be finished in December we were expanding our soccer
field to hold 5,000 spectators because we were partnering with the new
professional soccer team who will play their games here they will play 20 games
this spring and bring a hundred thousand people to our campus into this part of
Birmingham the track and field complex had to go where the beach volleyball
courts were so they’re gonna get a brand new facility right on Sixth Avenue
across from the new recreation fields and across from the football complex and
we’re excited they’ve broken ground already on the new downtown B JCC
football stadium which will be home to the Blazers but which will be home to
many other sports activities and entertainment events throughout the year
and we play the pivotal role in helping that be successful well how about those
Blazers who are seven in one first place in Conference USA not only
in Conference USA but look at that 5th ranked defense in the nation leading the
nation in sacks they’ve had three shutouts this year which is the most in
Conference USA history and we won 10 straight home game here at Legion Field
another UAB record and the reason that we all should be there on Saturday
there’s a great tailgate and there’s gonna leave the game starting at 6:30
and we obviously want to win that and the rest of our games not only football
but women’s soccer women’s volleyball men’s golf and many other teams are
performing very well and achieving new heights of excellence well how about the
campaign for UAB we are now over 970 million toward our billion and that’s
something to be proud of 102 thousand plus donors and the results are over 200
new endowed scholarships 33 endowed chairs which allow us to retain and
attract the best talent in the country 59 endowed professorships and the value
of our endowment now is over five hundred million dollars
thanks to Tom Brannon and his entire team for working hard every day to help
others find the opportunity and the reasons to invest in UAB we anticipate
breaking that billion in the near future well next year we will celebrate our
50th birthday or 50th anniversary whichever way you want to look at you
can see in the middle there our logo for the 50-year celebration you can see the
crest in the back and then the fire in the front our Dragon Fire established in
1969 and fairly humble beginnings you can see on the left there as Tidwell
Hall I think that was the extension of the University of Alabama that allowed
people in Birmingham to take classes and on the right there
you can see some nurses dressed in a different form than today with their
caps and so forth but nonetheless doing a fabulous job then and an even better
job now we’ve got so much to be proud of at UAB we are the most accomplished
university in the state of Alabama and our mission is bigger than any
institution in the state of Alabama world-class education world-class
research world-class health care Community Impact it’s greater than any
other institution in the city or the state 7.15 billion dollar economic
impact and driving the economy of birmingham in the future and you can see
that we are being recognized nationally and globally in many of the top venues
in the world over 61,000 media hits to date in FY 18 and almost 10% of
those are global so we’re proud of all the work that’s being done we are about
helping people helping people face sometimes very difficult situations
through our health care if you’re sick in the state of Alabama and you come to
our doorstep we will always provide world-class health care no matter your
station in life we provided over a hundred million dollars of unreimbursed
care last year and we continue to be fortunate to be able to do that a recent
video about more than a game which relates to our football teams efforts
with the children at Children’s harbor garnered an Emmy this past year and you
see it there the video speaks really the UAB
commitment to service and care in our community and I want Andrea Reiber Jeff
Myers and Laura Thomas to please stand if they’re in the audience so that we
can give you due honor get your handkerchief in tissue ready
because this is going to get you coaches often say play for the team on the front
of the Jersey not the name on the back but sometimes those letters can be just
as much to me I thought it’s gonna be the game that I remember the most in my
college career because it’s not about me you know it’s about more than me in June
of 2015 the Nichols were on a family vacation when eight-year-old Emme
started showing signs of what they thought was the flu she would projectile
vomit complain of a headache a lot of crying just continually she got worse
after being admitted to Children’s of Alabama doctors discovered the worst was
told that we that Emme had a brain tumor and then we were told it was cancerous
that night so we had our world flipped upside down from a healthy girl who we
thought had a virus to now we have cancer and a brain tumor
two days later Emme had surgery to have the tumor removed it was very tough
watching her cause not just because she’s my daughter’s because she’s our youngest
and you know you never want anything bad to happen to your children during her
time in the hospital the Nichols family found comfort at Children’s harbor a
nonprofit that provides counseling and support and you really learn gosh your
extended family is not always blood-related the Nichols soon found out
just how far that extension went when members of the UAB football team showed
up at Emmy’s bedside coach Clark came into the program in 2014 he he said something
to all of us as former players he said you guys are family will played for UAB
from 91 to 94 with two sons he never imagined his daughter would be the
reason the name Nichols would once again be on a UAB uniform we’re going where
the name on the back of our Jersey of a children’s harbor Children’s
Hospital patient now former patient recovered
patient to recognize them and really take the spotlight off of us and put it
on somebody else overwhelmed you know part of it is because I played there
it means a lot to me at UAB’s homecoming game every player
wore a child’s name instead of their own each tackle and touchdown scored, a way to honor, cheer on and point back go those patients those
kids are just the toughest I don’t understand how tough they are of the
nearly 100 children represented some weren’t able to sit in the stands he had
a smile that would light up the whole world
Corey Bishop passed away last year, just seeing his name knowing that he couldn’t do it but knowing that part of him is still out there, it’s really special Shaq Jones played for Emme, it’s very special to me there’s so many
children who have life-threatening diseases or things like that and they
may not be able to do this again and so for Shaq Emme’s story is even more
personal something that a lot of people don’t know that I haven’t told anyone the
condition that she had she had a tumor in her brain my mom has the same she
suffered with the same problem when I met her I was like yeah I would love to wear your name and represent you but not only am i representing you, I’m representing my mama so it’s like a perfect match everyone on the team suited up for
someone and weren’t going to give up on this game
30-yard attempt middle of the field snap, spot, kicked blocked, they blocked it,
picked up by Barnes running to the nearside and tackled
UAB wins. the fairytale ending in the locker room the team knew who to celebrate with. an unbelievable finish for a team that brought these patients fight
to the front so you’ll never forget the names on the back UAB powered by will the video captures
really what’s at the heart of this institution couldn’t be more proud of
each and every one of you our people our greatest assets our leadership our
faculty our staff our students our alumni and our community supporters
helped make us great and our mission is front and center every day and we are
proud to be here and feel proud of the work that you and all of our faculty
staff and students do each and every day thank you for your attention any questions comments quiet as a mouse or a sleeping dragon
okay please yes well we are exceeding our
expectations the last two years we plan to grow by about 500 students a year and
the last two years we’ve been over a thousand growth and fortunately we are
able to accommodate it because we have planned for growth and you see the
beautiful new educational facilities that we have are fabulous we have a new
College of Arts and Sciences Building that’s going to be completed and folks
will move in there late next spring next summer we’ve got a number of buildings
planned across the campus in addition a new residence hall to accommodate our
growth about 750 beds or so it’s going to be built on 10th Avenue right south
of the new freshman residence hall it’s going to be very much of a similar
design and construction it will have a 300 seat dining facility in it because
we’re outgrowing our dining facilities and it will have a large green space in
between those two buildings for our students to have for activities it’ll
also have a very attractive front on 10th Avenue South which is totally being
renovated from 18th Street all the way down to 8th Street and it’s been
inconvenient because we’ve been tearing it up for the last year putting in all
of our new utilities which will save us millions of dollars a year and which
will make us even greener and more sustainable so I think that we continue
to estimate that we’ll grow by about 500 students a
year and with our current growth and additional facilities we’re planning a
new science building on this end of campus and a new genomic medicine and
data science research building on the health-related part of campus the East
part of campus those will both be world-class facilities that will allow
us to continue our research growth also we’re building a new proton radiation
therapy facility first and only in Alabama it’ll be finished in the next
year so because it’s a complex building we’re building a new IT Center start to
break ground this coming year so that we have a modern place for our high-powered
IT facilities and our supercomputer and we’re planning renovations of Campbell
Hall it will no longer be a science building most likely unless it’s dry
science and it will be for teaching and for student services and for
administration potentially and I’m trying to remember if I miss anything
but those new buildings will accommodate the growth that we are anticipating we
did grow by over 5% undergraduates but we also grew by over 5% in our masters
programs and our doctoral programs grew by about 2% so we are planning
additional campus development in order to be able to accommodate this growth
yes we are still planning and finalizing the
details but the basic plan is as long as the business plan looks tight is to
renovate the business and engineering complex the business in that was emptied
for the School of Education renovate that move them there take down the
education building and put the first phase of hopefully a number of science
and engineering buildings there in that site and alan bolton and the team and
facilities as well as Bob Palazzo and others are working hard to plan that
facility and to make sure it’s something that is modern and will accommodate our
growth will be both for research and for educational laboratories which we
desperately need and so we’ll hopefully have the final timeline on that in the
very near future sure and we also you know obviously going to need to
accommodate others in Campbell who might move out and there’s a cascade of
dominoes that kind of come into play but those are our current plans and we would
like to have broken ground yesterday or last year but it’s taken a complex set
of planning because of all the other buildings and because of all the effects
it will have but we think that this plan will accommodate everyone
and either newly renovated or newly built facilities and one of the reasons
we’ve been building new buildings rather than renovating old buildings it lowers
our cost a lot in the long term and it provides us with modern facility that
doesn’t have deferred maintenance to take care of these buildings over time
it’s tens of millions of dollars and we have 250 plus buildings on campus so we
have moved toward modern facilities to decrease our deferred maintenance
and to improve our utility use our sustainability the greening of our
campus and fortunately we’ve been successful enough to be able to pay for
those through our tuition growth through our research growth through our
healthcare enterprise through our economic development and through the
support from the state of Alabama our budget from the state is about 270
million we hope that’ll go up some this year and we believe it will but that’s
far less than 10% of the entire budget of the university and the Health System
our university budget is approaching 1.2 billion which is the largest in the
state and our health system is over 3 billion plus in revenue each year so
together our University and our health system are the biggest enterprise
certainly the biggest academic Enterprise in the state and we have a
big mission to serve the people of Alabama and we do that every day and
we’re very excited to have our additional students this year the
Birmingham Business Alliance and others have estimated that a thousand
additional students brings a fifty million dollar economic impact to
Birmingham gives us the opportunity to educate even more of our young people
and to help them be ready to serve not only their city and state and nation but
the world any other questions comments yes thank you well we’re excited about that
sustainability strategic plan it looks out over the next five or six years I’ve
reviewed it and you and all the others did a fabulous job Julie price continues
to lead that effort so effectively you may have seen up on I think 10th Avenue
in about 17th or so our solar house which has been reassembled and which we
placed high was it 5th 5th 6/5 that’s what I thought fifth internationally and
a competition that was held in Denver our students our faculty our staff our
facilities team were great and volunteers in the community Beryl
Stewart and others built that house disassembled took it out there put it
back together represented all that it could do and finish fifth in the world
in that competition Switzerland won but they’ve been doing
in about 15 or 20 years that was our first one right watch out next year it
took a lot of work but we’re gonna put it back together there and I think it’s
still planned for two of our students living there maybe don’t make promises demonstration project first yeah that’s
true that’s good that whole area around there
is going to become dragonfly Park as part of our campus master plan and as
part of our desire to be good neighbors to the communities around us and that
big green facility will have a lot of different activities it holds our
community garden now and it continues to expand but the facilities team and our
planning team are doing a great job of envisioning that and they came up with
this name of dragonfly Park to tie in with obviously our dragon but that will
be the South border of campus there next to Ramsey high
but not only can our community be part of it but the south side the Irish
community can be part of it and the same on the west side of campus that track
and field facility will be for everybody and it will give us a venue both to
exercise our own cells but to bring others to campus children young people
other teams to come and compete here and see you a B and the C Birmingham and
it’s gonna be truly amazing when those facilities are finished
any other questions if not thank you all for everything you do every day