New Student Orientation is Just Around the Corner

Hello Liautaud Students!

As you know, we are now less than a week away from the UIC Liautaud new student orientation. Orientation is a great way for new students to connect with each other - as well as with current students, faculty and staff - while preparing for the academic year ahead. Our goals for orientation are that students will learn about our various programs and will have the opportunity to refine skills that will help them become succesful students, valued classmates and networking professionals. The schedule for the day is as follows:

Saturday, August 25th

UIC Student Center East, Illinois Rooms

8:15am - Check-in and continental breakfast
9:00am - Welcome from CBA Dean Michael B. Mikhail
9:15am - Opening activity with Assistant Professor Sophia Marinova
10:00am - Curriculum highlights
10:30am - Group activity with Assistant Professor Jelena Spanjol
11:30am - Keynote speaker Thor Perplies, UIC Liautaud MBA '11
11:45am - Lunch and "Get to Know Us" Student Organization fair
1:00pm - Career Services Overview with Jeff Wilson, UIC Liautaud Director of Career Services
2:00pm - UIC Liautaud Alumni Panel moderated by Jonathan Greenspahn, UIC Liautaud MBA '95
3:00pm - Campus and Douglas Hall tours
3:30pm - Orientation social

We are proud to feature Thor Perplies as our keynote speaker at this year's orientation. Thor graduated with his UIC Liautaud MBA in May 2011. While enrolled as a student, Thor held a full-time job in marketing and was also heavily involved in student organizations. He was the president of the MBA Association for the 2010-2011 academic year. Currently, Thor works for Citigroup in New York City. He is excited to participate in this year's orientation and looks forward to meeting all of our incoming students! 

We are also excited to welcome the following faculty throughout the day of orientation:

Ranganathan Chandrasekaran - IDS (Director of Graduate Studies, UIC Liautaud MIS)
Sophia Marinova - Managerial Studies
Ram Ramakrishnan - Accounting (Director of Graduate Studies, UIC Liautaud MSA)
Dale Rosenthal - Finance
Rod Shrader - Managerial Studies
Jelena Spanjol - Managerial Studies

If you have questions about the event, or if you have not yet RSVPed, please contact Dawn Birkland at

We look forward to seeing you at the orientation this Saturday!