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Liautaud Graduate Finance Interest Network (GFIN) Launches Official Website

Student organizations play an important role in bringing together UIC business school students, professors and alumni both inside and outside of the classroom. The Liautaud Graduate Finance Interest Network (GFIN) enables career-oriented business candidates to discuss theory, current events and market opportunities (internships, and part-time/full-time job leads), leveraging the power of its many assets. GFIN also provides valuable in-roads for companies and external industry leaders to tell... read more

UIC Meet the Firms

If you're considering a career in accounting, and are applying to or already studying at UIC as an undergraduate or graduate student, here's a must-attend event for your planner -- Every September, UIC current students and UIC recent graduates are invited to "Meet the Firms", the event at the University of Illinois at Chicago that kicks off the accounting industry's recruiting season for internships and full-time positions. Given UIC's phenomenal, historical and continued CPA pass rate,... read more

GFIN 2012: Executive Team Leaders, Lookback

On behalf of the Executive Team Leaders of Liautaud Graduate Finance Interest Network (GFIN), thank you to all the faculty, administrators, special guests (company representatives and alumni), and student attendees who contributed to the successful planning and execution of the 2012 career and social events. GFIN continues to prosper as the 2nd largest, and the fastest growing student organization at UIC Liautaud. ETLs of GFIN 2012
  • Alan Leon, President
  • Emil Barci, Vice President
  • Arthur Anderson,...
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From Intern to Full-time

As part of my duties as a UIC Liautaud Student Ambassador, I recently spoke with some 20 prospective students. The prospects asked good questions about the importance of graduate-level internships and estimated job placement rates. Here's a summary of my response, comprised of statistics compiled by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE), the Vault, and my own anecdotal experience. Some fun facts -- (Source: NACE 2012 Internship & Co-Op Survey, April 1, 2012):
  • Companies are...
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UIC Liautaud Career Services Starts When You Do

Did you know that the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business Career Services office can:
  • Review resumes and cover letters
  • Research industries, companies and positions
  • Prepare you with mock interviews
  • Determine salary negotiations
  • And much more ...!
No matter what stage you are (prospective student, a new accept, or a seasoned, ready-to-commence business school candidate), here are some key recommendations:
  • Talk with Caroline LaTorre, Recruitment and Enrollment Director, AND talk with Jeff Wilson,...
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GFIN Fall 2011, Spring 2012

Thanks to the smarts and diligence of the Executive Team Leaders of GFIN, we count the programming of Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 as a major success. During this time, the Liautaud Graduate Finance Interest Network presented:
  • Lee Kolodziej, Forrest Schneider and D. Ben Flynn at the 1st GFIN Alumni Panel (These favored alumni brought more than 60 years of finance experience to the delight of the 64 audience members)
  • Dr. John Binder, UIC's esteemed professor at his lecture on "Hoaxes, Scams and Fraud:...
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Congratulations Professor Sinha, Official Winner of the 2011 - 2012 Favorite MBA Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Liautaud Graduate School of Business!

Thank you Liautaud Graduate Finance Interest Network for getting involved and taking action! Because of the students at UIC and your votes, we celebrate Professor Nitish Sinha for his outstanding teaching and commitment to UIC Liautaud graduate candidates. Dr. Michael Pagano, Interim Dean of the UIC College of Business Administration, presents Dr. Nitish Sinha with the 2011 - 2012 Favorite MBA Professor Award. Congratulations Professor Sinha, Official Winner of the 2011 - 2012 Favorite MBA... read more

University of Illinois at Chicago: 3rd Annual Day with the Flames Basketball Game

Saturday, January 21, 2012, UIC Pavilion: UIC Athletics and the University of Illinois at Chicago, Liautaud GSB, welcomed students, alumni, friends and family at the 3rd Annual Day with the UIC Flames Men's Basketball Team.UIC Liautaud staff and volunteers greet alumni and students at the 3rd Annual Day with the Flames.UIC Men's Basketball team hosts Valparaiso.UIC Liautaud Alumni shows school spirit.The first 100 guests that arrived received special access to "The Fire Pit", feasting in the... read more

Offerings at UIC Liautaud Career Services: Professional Style & Attire Presentation

The Career Services Office at UIC Liautaud GSB offers information and consultations on researching companies and job opportunities, guidance on resume and cover letters, practice for informational and job interviews through no pressure mock interviews, and negotiation tips.UIC Liautaud Career Services brings in companies and speakers for professional development workshops, covering topics such as: creating your professional persona, building your career network, and maximizing job search efforts... read more

UIC Liautaud Welcomes Jeff Wilson, New Director of UIC LGSB Career Services

Jeff Wilson joined the Liautaud team on January 3rd as Director of Career Services. Jeff comes to us most recently from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Business Administration where he served as Interim Director of Career Management Services. Jeff previously served as the Director of Alumni & Special Events and as Founder and Program Manager for the Office of General Internships.Prior to Loyola, Jeff served the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation as Director of Development, and Peterson... read more

Spring 2012: UIC Liautaud New Student Networking Dinner

Wednesday, January 4, 2012, The Parthenon Restaurant: The University of Illinois at Chicago, Liautaud Graduate School of Business welcomed incoming masters candidates over dinner and icebreakers.Caroline La Torre, UIC LGSB Admissions Director, welcomes new and returning students.Students discuss shared interests and backgrounds at New Student Networking Dinner.James Brown, UIC Academic Advisor, greets incoming MBA candidate.Kicked off by Caroline La Torre, UIC LGSB Admissions Director, the New... read more

Offerings at UIC Liautaud Career Services: Men's and Women's Suit and Custom Made Shirt Measurements

After presenting on how to dress to make a professional first impression at interviews, meetings, and at the office, 9tailors, LLC, the Boston-based custom tailor, returned the next day to explain the differences of quality, cut, and styles of custom made suits and shirts.Kathryn Walsh explains the differences of fabrics to Kiran Kripakaran.Samantha Shih shows jacket color choices and patterns to Joe Sheahan.Kathryn Walsh takes Jia Luo's order options for an accountant's suit."Sam and Kathryn... read more

Liautaud Career Services: Success Story

Cobra, Kiran Kripakaran "I will be starting to work with Cobra Electronics in Chicago, beginning on January 1st. I will be working as an Assistant Category Manager. My duties will include development of market research, product strategy, design development and introduction of new products. I will be coordinating between category managers, industrial design, product development, engineering, marketing and sales to help bring new products to the market. The two product lines I will be managing are... read more

Liautaud Career Services: Success Story

Caterpillar Inc., Joshua Welker "I will be graduating in December from the Liautaud Graduate School of Business with an MBA and a concentration in Finance. I was offered and have accepted a position with Caterpillar's Treasury Department and will be working with CAT's Pension Fund Management Team. The position starts in mid January, about a month after graduation." Caterpillar is a global manufacturer of heavy mining, construction and agricultural equipment and recruits employees and interns... read more

Liautaud Career Services: Success Story

Swedish Match North America, Carlos Balandrin "As a Territory Representative at SMNA my main responsibilities will be to implement sales and merchandising programs for all retail and independent accounts; develop and implement strategies for the introduction of new products, particularly in the SNUS category, and expand distribution of established brands; support local trade shows and sampling events; and prepare all territory related sales, expense, and stock reports within the St. Louis metro... read more


Work hard. Play hard. In addition to studying, working, and bringing finance and marketing related companies and professionals to the University of Illinois at Chicago, Liautaud Graduate School of Business, the part-time and full-time MBA candidates of GFIN (Graduate Finance Interest Network) and GMARK (Graduate Marketing Association) enjoy spending time with one another.These pictures are from the GFIN/GMARK Social at Vintage Lounge.Karel Sorgeloos, Jason Settle, and Gabriel Granillo enjoying... read more

UIC Liautaud Students Win Concept2Venture Business Plan Competition

Tuesday, December 13, 2011, Student Center East: UIC College of Business Administration hosted the seventh annual Concept2Venture (C2V) UIC Campus-Wide Business Plan Competition. C2V Director, Professor Rod Shrader thanking participants.Team NovoView Diagnostics presenting oral business plan.Dominic Blank presenting 90-second elevator pitch.Michelle Shah, Dominic Blank and Joseph Sheahan accepting first place prize.Thanks to the sponsorship of J.B. & M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, Cricket... read more

An MBA Candidate with Triple Concentrations...

Hi All! Welcome to my MBA Candidate Blog, where you can find info on being a grad student, interning, working, and Chicago life in general. I’m Alan, a second year b-school student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Liautaud Graduate School of Business. Thus far I’ve wrapped up the first of my triple concentrations, as I study toward a Finance, Marketing and Management MBA. I went to Boston College for undergraduate college, where I graduated with a BA in English and Computer Science. I’m... read more

ENGAGE Executive Speaker Series

Friday, September 23, 2011, Douglas Hall: UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business and the Business Alumni Association hosted the first ENGAGE Executive Speaker Night of the school year. ENGAGE participants mingling.Dean Michael Pagano, Melanie Hampton, Bill Testa.ENGAGE audience listening to Dennis Vicchiarelli.Professor Robert Chirinko welcoming guest the speakers.Ezra Becker (UIC Liautaud alumnus) presenting on changes to credit ratings.Distinguished guest speakers, alumni, and current... read more