Alicia Smith

Student Spotlight: Sade Stokes, MBA Candidate 2016

  UIC Liautaud Student Profile   Name: Sade L. Stokes Email Address:              Program: Master of Business Administration Concentration(s): Marketing Full-time/Part-time Student:  Part-time Industry/Field of work: Human Resources / Public Affairs Class of: 2016 Undergraduate degree in:  Finance         Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois at Chicago Organizations involved with: Graduate Marketing Association What prompted you to return to school to achieve your... read more

​MBA 590 Options for Second Half of Spring Semester

Two-credit courses offer an excellent way to try topics that interest you or to explore fields that you are curious about.  A few spaces remain in several of the eight-week MBA courses that begin the week of March 9. If you are looking for a course that integrates the elements of a business and explores strategic direction, MBA 500 Corporate Strategy, could be for you.  If you are in your first year of study and enjoyed the case competition during orientation (or if you found it daunting),... read more

A Magical Night With the Business Alumni Association

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the UIC Business Alumni Association's Annual Winter Soirée. This year's Winter Soirée took place at the fabulous Signature Room at the 95th. Located atop the John Hancock Center, overlooking the breathtaking Chicago skyline, alumni from both UIC Business and the Liautaud Graduate School of Business came together to celebrate each other, and a new year with the Business Alumni Association.  While highlights included the premium open bar and amazing hors... read more

The Best Place to Work - Google

This past fall semester a group of UIC Liautaud graduate students visited Google's downtown Chicago office. The purpose of the company visit was to learn more about Google's company culture, and what it's like to be employed by a company ranked number one on Fortune's, 'Best Places to Work." Before the highly anticipated tour, students had the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Google, as well as hear firsthand from Googlers in the Chicago office. During the conversation a... read more

Soft Skills Make the Difference

In a recent article from The Wall Street Journal, it was reported that a growing number of employers are expecting to hire more business school graduates. Compared to five years ago, in 2009, the number of employers expecting to hire business school graduates has climbed by 30%! While this is certainly good news for those preparing for life after business school, the article also mentions what employers are really looking for when they're searching for that perfect candidate. Many of us... read more

Books? Check. Pens and Pencils? Check. Now What?

You've registered for classes. You've started counting down the days until August 25th. You've even updated your LinkedIn profile with your new graduate school endeavor. Now what? Let me introduce you to... The Top Five Things To Do Before Classes Start 1. Get your UIC i-card. Your UIC i-card is your official University ID card. What's great about the i-card is it gives you access to various services and facilities on campus. If access around campus isn't extremely important to you, remember you... read more

The New Face in Student Services: Scott Schneider

Have you met Scott Schneider? Well, if you haven't it's only a matter of time, because Scott Schneider is one of the newest additions to the UIC Liautaud staff. In May Scott joined the Student Services team as an Academic Advisor, and I wanted to take a moment to find out more about Scott and share some fun facts about him with the Liautaud Community. Read on to see what I learned!   Fun Facts About Scott Hometown: Wyomissing, PA Favorite Part of the Day: Winding down my day with my... read more

High Frequency Trading Brought to Light

Earlier this month, UIC Business hosted a  High Frequency Trading (HFT) Roundtable Discussion. This was an insightful analysis of hot topic issues that have been recently brought to light by the release of Michael Lewis' new book "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt."  UIC Finance Professors who are recognized leaders in the area of Market Microstructure, Professors Rosenthal, Murphy, and Bondarenko, shed some light on what it all  means and how it affects financial markets and investors. The event... read more

Spring 2014 CRIM Student Projects Expo

Earlier this month the IDS Department in conjunction with the Center for Research in Information Management (CRIM) brought the best and the brightest students together to showcase their work and problem solving skills. Throughout the semester teams of students, both undergraduate and graduate, worked to solve real-world business problems facing Chicagoland companies. After diligently working to solve these Management Information System problems, each student group showcased their solutions to... read more

The Impact of Values on Job Satisfaction

Associate Professor of Marketing in the UIC College of Business Administration, Jelena Spanjol, is not only a pivotal asset to the Interdisciplinary Product Development (IPD) program, but also a researcher developing insights into the realms of managerial studies and innovation. Dr. Spanjol’s most recent research looks at how values impact job satisfaction. With the help of two colleagues from the University of Wollongong and the University of Western Sydney, they take a look at the... read more

The New Face of Chicago: Caralynn Nowinski, MBA/MD 2007

UIC alumna Caralynn Nowinski, MBA/MD 2007, has become a key trailblazer in the efforts to revitalize the nation’s manufacturing base, with UI LABS. When Caralynn started her MBA journey at UIC Liautaud, she wanted to learn the basics of business to better prepare herself for a future role within hospital administration, something to complement her medical degree. However, once she started her journey, she was exposed to amazing opportunities that allowed her to explore a variety of different... read more

A possible alternative to MBA 590 w/ Professor Michael Popowits

Since my first semester at UIC, I have heard nothing, but good things about Professor Michael Popowits' Improv and Leadership course. While I consider myself a somewhat outgoing person depending on the occasion, I knew that taking Improv and Leadership would only help me in increasing my level of comfort in dealing with social, and most importantly professional networking, situations.   Going into my second semester, I wanted to make it a point to add MBA 590, Improv and Leadership, to my Spring... read more