Alumni

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

C2V Business Plan Competition - Transforming Concepts into Business Ventures (and Adventures too!)

If you’re familiar with the show Shark Tank, you can get an idea of what it was like at the 2013 UIC Concept2Ventures (C2V) Business Plan Competition on December 16-17. The C2V Challenge is an opportunity to pitch a business idea win cash prizes. A total of $10,000 was awarded to winning teams. Teams are placed into different tracks to present to a panel of distinguished judges. Our judges include serial entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and investors. One winner from each track advances to... read more

Alumni Profile: Chris Madden, MBA 2006

    Chris Madden          Entrepreneurship concentration Current Employer: Matchnode Digital Marketing Industry/Field of Work: Start-Ups Undergraduate Degree: Spanish/English Undergraduate School: Georgetown University Organizations involved with: Beta Gamma Sigma     What prompted you to join UIC Liautaud to earn your graduate business degree? After a liberal arts undergrad and running my own business for 3 years, I wanted to have a solid foundation in business disciplines like accounting,... read more

A Day at the Field Museum | How Chicago Works Alumni Event with BAA

Join the Business Alumni Association (BAA) for the next installment of their popular How Chicago Works series with a guided tour at The Field Museum next Saturday. Led by Field Museum Curator, Dr. Alaka Wall, UIC Liautaud alumni and guests will enjoy a private tour of the Restoring Earth exhibit, one of the most visited cultural attractions in Chicago. Admission includes access to the museum's 35 permanent exhibitions and a light breakfast on site. Friends and family are welcome.  A Day at the... read more

Liautaud Alumnus and CFO of AUDI AG Receives UIC Alumni 5 Award

  Axel Strotbek, CFO of AUDI AG and 2013 recipient of the UIC Alumni 5 Award, will speak with students this Friday, October 11, from 2:30-4:00pm in 605 Student Center East.  Mr. Strotbek is a 1991 MBA alumnus of UIC Liautaud. This event is free for College of Business Administration students, but registration is required to attend. Seats are limited. See the full listing of UIC 2013 Alumni Five Award Recipients by clicking ... read more

Student Spotlight: Vishwanath Ram, MS-MIS 2013

  Vishwanath Ram   MIS Candidate, Full-time student   Undergraduate degree in: Computer Science and Engineering   Undergraduate School: University of Mumbai   Organizations involved with: INFORMS   LinkedIn Profile   I am currently working with KPMG as an Experienced Associate. My job profile is focused towards risk assessment and compliance to ensure organizations adhere to the regulations imposed by governing bodies. Being based out of Houston most of my projects are in the energy and... read more

Alumni Profile: Meet Mehta, MBA 2012

Concentration: International Business, Management Pre-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Information Technology Post-Degree Industry/Field of Work: IT and Telecommunications Undergraduate Degree: BS Computer Engineering Undergraduate Institution: Kurukshetra University Current Employer: Senior Analyst, Supplier Management at Motorola Solutions Contact Meet! LinkedIn, meet.mehta@ymail.com   Why did you return to school to obtain your Graduate Business Degree? After completing engineering education... read more

Alumni Profile: Arthur Anderson, MBA 2013

  Arthur Anderson MBA 2013 Arthur's LinkedIn Profile Concentration(s):  Finance and Entrepreneurship Undergraduate degree in:  Chemical Engineering Undergraduate School:  Illinois Institute of Technology Pre-MBA Industry/Field of work:  Pharmaceutical and Food Organizations involved with:  GFIN, MBAA, NABA, and NSBE Post MBA Industry/Field of work:  Construction Machinery Manufacturing Current Employment:  Finance Analyst II at Caterpillar, Inc.   What prompted you to return to school to achieve... read more

Alumnus Spotlight: Aswin Prakash Thiyagarajan, MS-MIS 2012

  Aswin Prakash Thiyagarajan    MS-MIS Alumnus 2012 Concentration: Management Information Systems Industry/Field of work: Cleantech/Software Undergraduate degree in: Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering Undergraduate School: Vellore Institute of Technology University, Tamil Nadu, India Organizations involved with: INFORMS LinkedIn Profile What is your current role? I currently work as an Associate Professional Services Engineer at Opower, constantly voted as one of the best in... read more

How to Use an MBA to Advance Your Career

The biggest piece of advice I give to prospective students who are applying to MBA programs is that the degree itself is only half the battle. If you graduate from business school without really leveraging the school's network, you are really missing a tremendous opportunity. You should leave the program with not only a great education, but also with a fantastic network of your peers who will be in key leadership positions in the future. The best way to build a network of your fellow students is... read more

Inspired & Transformed: Alumni Success Stories Panel Event on July 25

Learn what a UIC Liautaud degree has meant for a panel of alumni - and what it could mean for you! Join us on July 25 at this exclusive event and hear from alumni from all three master's programs (MBA, MSA, MIS) as they share their stories of how UIC Liautaud changed their career direction and/or its trajectory. Whether you are looking to change your career by switching industries or you are hoping to accelerate your current career path, hear from those who have had similar experiences.... read more

How does an MBA benefit my career?

What is the value of an MBA degree? Many people believe that studying full-time for their MBA means dropping their jobs. However, the MBA program doesn’t slow down your career, but actually enhances any professional skills you may lack. With the skills I’ve developed here, I aspire to create innovative tech products to help improve people’s lives. Before studying at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), I graduated from National Chengchi University with a Master’s Degree in Management... read more