Alumni

How a UIC Transfer Student Joined a Top Consulting Firm

Samu Thomas, BS ’16, has one piece of advice for UIC Business students: find your area of interest and focus. Thomas works as an IT consultant for Maven Wave Partners, where consultants like himself help clients like Nike, US Foods, Bosch, and other familiar names stay up to speed in the digital marketplace. Thomas found this work–and the IDS degree that led to it–after a little soul-searching of his own. “Early on in college, I was doing electronic and communications engineering,” Thomas says.... read more

Balancing Business and Technology at UIC

For Brandon Feld, BS ‘13, a regular day at the Googleplex involves a mix of project management and writing code in SQL, Java, and Python, a balance of duties Feld sought from the start, when he enrolled as a freshman IDS major at UIC Business. “Before I came to UIC, I was living in Northbrook, and trying to make a college choice between Arizona, Iowa, and a few University of Illinois campuses,” Feld says. Raised in a single-parent family, Feld said the in-state tuition helped him narrow his... read more

The Business of Social Good at UIC Liautaud

Jill Kozeluh, MBA '12, has been busy with UIC lately. She recently participated in a housing and economic development panel hosted by UIC’s Net Impact chapter, where she introduced UIC Business students to the work of Accion Chicago. She also paid a visit to Professor Renko’s social entrepreneurship class to talk about microfinance for Chicago’s underserved entrepreneurs. On top of all this, she’s looking forward to a new connection between her work at Accion Chicago and a fresh partnership... read more

From Military Service to Business Leadership

Rachel Kim, BS ’16, is a Technical Recruiter at OtterBase. Kim shares her insights below about how veterans can emphasize their strengths when circulating their resumés. Two veterans featured in this article are UIC students – Brian (MBA grad) and Michael (current MBA candidate at UIC). The skills that lead to success in the military can lead to success in business, which is why business schools, recruiters, and firms are on the lookout for veterans. Veterans on the job market enjoy the respect... read more

Catherine Yi, BS '11, on her path to Amazon, Inc.

When she was working for Leo Burnett in Chicago, Catherine Yi regularly met with UIC Business students on campus. “I met with students through Alumni 4U, and every meeting was different, depending on what each student wanted to learn,” says Yi. “But there was one piece of advice I had for everyone: start interning as soon as possible.” Yi’s path to her current role at Amazon included a series of internships during her time at UIC Business. Though some internships were more relevant than others... read more

Kicking off class with stories of student success

  Professor Lan Chaplin has a knack for fostering strong connections with her consumer behavior students. Not only does she keep in touch with former students, she brings some of them back to her classroom, recruiting them to offer new students pointers for how to succeed in the class. On Tuesday, August 23rd, two teams of former students joined Professor Chaplin’s consumer behavior sections to offer students roadmaps to success. “My consumer behavior course isn’t for everyone,” Chaplin says.... read more

Down Memory Lane: Reminiscences from an alum after 22 years

In May 2016, I got an opportunity to visit my alma mater UIC after 22 years! I first came to UIC as an international student in 1988. I graduated from the MSA (Accounting) program in 1989. After working for 3 years, I came back to UIC in 1992 and completed my MBA in 1994. Since 1995, I have been working in India. I am now a professional practitioner and author in Quality and Knowledge Management. Through my company The CPi Coach, I provide consulting and training services in Quality / Business... read more

Business Scholars at the top of Wacker Drive

by Nicole Kaushanski One of the lessons I’m learning as a Business Scholar is that it’s never too early to make introductions at Chicago’s big firms. In the last month and a half, I’ve been introduced around two of the Big Four at their offices on Wacker Drive, and I’ve met people who have given me a much clearer picture of my career path. In late April, just a few weeks before the end of my freshman year, a small group of accounting students visited Deloitte at their downtown office, and a few... read more

Marisa Randle and the Art of the Career

Career paths are seldom picture perfect, and there’s no single route to a given job. A career is a composition, a variety of experiences and steps taken in pursuit of success. But one thing you’ll find behind most stories of success is a combination of hard work, opportunity and the good sense to jump at opportunity when it arises. On the evening of February 18, Marisa Randle, MBA ’11, spoke to the Graduate Marketing Association (GMARK) at UIC Liautaud about the pathways from the MBA to our... read more

Latino Association of Business Students Hosts Deloitte

The Latino Association of Business Students (LABS) at UIC Business recently hosted representatives from Deloitte. After the event, LABS member Daisy Espinoza and LABS VP Leticia Esparza took a moment to share their LABS experience with the Business blog. What were your paths to LABS at UIC Business? DE: I’m from the Chicago area. At my previous college, I wasn’t focused on business. But someone there introduced me to the campus accounting club, and it sparked an interest. From that point on, my... read more

The BAC Connection at UIC Business

The Business Advisory Council (BAC) at UIC Business dates back to 1969. It was one of the original organizations within the Business College, and remains one of the core connections between UIC Business and Chicago’s business community. Through BAC, countless UIC students have made their introductions to Chicago businesses over the years, and continue to do so. Toward the end of the fall '15 semester, BAC brought some Deloitte staff on campus to meet students. Sam Vaghmare, a freshman student in... read more

UIC Alumni Bring Lessons on Success to Campus

The last couple of weeks have been busy at Alumni 4 U, a UIC Business program that connects UIC alumni to current UIC Business students for knowledge-sharing exchanges in a one-on-one setting.  Juan Hernandez Trigueros, a Business Scholar within UIC Business, had the opportunity to meet with Eamonn McDonagh, MSA ’04, who currently works in internal auditing and compliance at United Airlines.  “We talked a lot about the challenges that are unique to different accounting roles,” says... read more

Celebrating 50 Years of UIC Business

On Friday September 25, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend my very last Celebrating UIC Business dinner. This definitely was a bittersweet moment for me because it was my third and final year of attending the dinner as a student of the College of Business Administration. This year marked the 50th Anniversary of the college, and in its 50-year lifespan, the college has thrived to become a top-ranked business school with an international reputation.          . On this night, donors had the... read more

A Gradual Rise to the Top: Advice from Alum Michael Fung

On Friday, September 18, UIC Business Scholars had the privilege of meeting with UIC Business alumnus Michael Fung, BS ’73, who spent a morning with the scholars discussing his experiences across over 25 years of accounting work, including CFO roles at Bass Pro Shops and Wal-Mart, among many other positions. Fung wasn’t there to lecture students on the finer points of retail accounting, but rather to tease out their ideas of what a successful career looks like in the real world.  Fung’s career... read more

Alumni Success Story: Jimmy Merritello, BBA '13

Alumni Success Stories Jimmy Merritello, BBA '13 Entreprenurial Studies Where did you grow up? I grew up in Addison, IL. What prompted you to choose UIC? My father, mother, aunt, and uncle each attended UIC for their undergrad degrees. The city location, reputable university name, and reasonable price were also more practical reasons. Did you always know you were going to be a business major? I dabbled with other ideas, but always seemed to come back to business because it can be applied in so... read more

Alumni Success Story: Eugene Fula

Eugene Fula, BS - Accounting '13, MS - Accounting '14   Where is your hometown? I moved around a lot when I was little, but I have lived in Orland Park the longest. So, I would consider Orland Park as my hometown. Why did you choose UIC? I didn't want to move too far from home, and really liked that UIC was in the city. As a potential business student, I knew that this could help me out. I didn't know much more about UIC than that, but I talked to a few of my friends that went to the school... read more

Getting connected to your college community - Interview with the founder of College Rising

  Shang Wu: I recently met Chris Kearney at UIC Career Fair. He started his own company after graduating from UIC with a bachelor degree in marketing. As a UIC MBA student with a marketing concentration, I took a deep interest in his story, which I think will be a great inspiration for all UIC students.   Shang Wu: You graduated from UIC. Can you describe your life as a student at UIC? Chris Kearney:  I transferred to UIC as a junior from the College or DuPage and JJC, and like many transfer... read more

Alumni Success Story: Chris Kearney BS Marketing '09

Chris Kearney, BS Marketing '09 Entrepreneur and owner of College Rising Photo Credit: Erica Minix Where did you grow up? I grew up in the west burbs of Chicago in Burr Ridge and Willow Springs. What prompted you to choose UIC? Did you enroll knowing you'd major in business?  I came to UIC as a transfer student from the College of DuPage and Joliet Junior College.  My two school options were UIC and UIUC. I had a few close friends at each school, but thought UIC was a great value compared to... read more

Alumni Profile: Caralynn Nowinski, MBA/MD 2007

Concentration: Entrepreneurship Post-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Technology Startups & Economic Development Undergraduate Degree: Human Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Institution: Northwestern University Current Employer: Associate Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development, University of Illinois; Interim Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, UI LABS LinkedIn Profile: Caralynn Nowinski   Why did you return to school to obtain your Graduate Business... read more

Alumni Success Story: Diana Palomar, BS Marketing 1985

As vice president of community affairs at ABC 7 Chicago (WLS-TV), Diana Palomar is responsible for guiding the station’s public service efforts and on-air public service announcement campaigns. She conveys Chicago’s community concerns and issues to station management with the ultimate goal of facilitating awareness, cultivating resources, and better serving viewers with informing, sensitive stories and programming. Diana is proud to tell people, “This is my dream job!” Are you a native Chi<img... read more