With summer winding down and fall just around the corner, many students are getting ready to go back to school. The EMBA Program is no exception and has begun another academic year by welcoming the ninth Huntsville cohort at the UA campus in Tuscaloosa for orientation and their first day of classes.
On Wednesday, August 10, the new class got to know their classmates and teammates better, were instructed on university logistics and participated in a campus-wide team-building scavenger hunt. The full day was capped off with a dinner at the Hotel Capstone where the class mingled with professors, staff and alumni. Benjamin Paulk (TEMBA 2012) and Russell Shamburger (TEMBA 2004) represented the EMBA Alumni Network Board.
Following orientation, the students began their first semester classes on Thursday and Friday with Accounting, Statistics, Marketing and Project Management.
This year’s Huntsville class is composed of seasoned professionals from a variety of industries, including defense, healthcare, and manufacturing. Some other industries represented in this year’s cohort are services, telecom and construction. The average age for the Huntsville class is 41, and the average work experience is 19 years, with 12 years being management experience. Sixty-seven percent of the class are managers in their jobs and 20% are C-level/VP/Owners. Twenty-seven percent of the class has military experience, ranging from current active duty to retired service members.
“Although students take classes one weekend a month in Huntsville for twenty-one months beginning in September, it is great to get them on the UA campus to meet faculty and alumni at orientation,” said Director Donna Blackburn. Some HEMBA students in the past haven’t been able to visit the campus, so this is an excellent way to help them fully acquaint themselves with The University of Alabama.
Everyone is excited and ready to get started. The alumni were especially eager to welcome this new class into the program and see them thrive over the next twenty-one months.
The 2018 H-EMBA class are:
Colton Campbell, Otis Elevator Company
Chemeka Dabney, LP Building Products
Daryl Evans, TotalPrint
Lacey Hyche, Oral Arts Dental Laboratories
Eric Janssen, SportMed
Pete Kerr, ADTRAN, Inc
Nancy Laster, Piedmont Healthcare
Brian Lee, Sentry Insulation
Andy Maguire, Tennessee National Guard
Mario McKinnon, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
John Meshensky, ManTech International
Rachel Smith, WOW! Business
Carl Vasilko, PAE
Tory Wiles, SAIC
Tyler Williams, Parker Hannifin Corporation