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UIC Business Scholars Speaker Series

by Jasur Rasulov A premiere benefit of the UIC Business Scholars Program is the Speaker Series.  Every semester, several well-established business professionals—most of them UIC alumni—visit UIC Business to deliver speeches on a variety of topics, exclusively for Business Scholars. Although the specific details of every speech vary, the common underlying themes surround the topics of leadership, determination, paths to professional success, personal branding, and dealing with setbacks. ... read more

UIC Business Tackles “Back to College” with Target

The 2018 Management Leadership Association and Target Case Competition took place at the end of last month, with 11 teams presenting to a panel of Target staff members.  Each year, Target partners with the UIC Business Career Center to host this program that asks students to develop and present solutions to a unique challenge facing the company. This year’s case study prompt presented teams with the opportunity to directly apply their lived experiences as college students. The retailer gave... read more

The Lasting Impact of a UIC Business Education

As the first in his family to receive a college education, Don Hermanek (BS Marketing ’70) chose to attend The University of Illinois at Chicago for his undergraduate degree because he could commute, receive an affordable education, and work full-time at Goodyear Tires in Berwyn, IL to help pay for it. Little did Hermanek know how beneficial his UIC Business education would be.  Hermanek credits his UIC education with providing a strong foundation that extended beyond business theory. It gave... read more

The UIC Business Student Services Team Welcomes Mayra Sanchez

We would like to introduce you to a new member of the UIC Business Student Services staff, Mayra Sanchez. Mayra joined the Student Services team as an Academic Adviser this January, and she will be working specifically with UIC Business Scholars. Prior to this role, Mayra worked as part of the college's Events Team for the past three years. We have put together some fun facts about Mayra, so please read on. And make sure to say hello when you see her around! Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places:... read more

Midterm Social Media Recap: Spring 2018

Be sure to follow UIC Business on social media to stay up to date on upcoming events campus activities, business news, and fun things going on around Chicago: Instagram: @UICBusiness Twitter: @UICBusiness Facebook Page: UIC Business  While we’re already halfway through the Spring 2018 semester and just starting to see some spring temperatures on campus, let’s take a look back at some UIC Business highlights with a midterm social media recap. UIC Business Swims with the Sharks For UIC Business,... read more

Recruiting on Campus: PwC

PwC is currently recruiting for Winter 2019 internships, as well as their Early Identification Programs (Dec. 2019 or later grad date) such as Start, Career Preview, and Elevate.  Applications are due the night of Tuesday, February 13th on the PwC website. UIC Business caught up with Grace Wood, talent acquisition senior associate and lead recruiter for Chicago universities, at a branding day in Douglas Hall where she shared some insight into the PwC recruiting process. UIC Business: What are... read more

Recruiting on Campus: Groupon

Groupon will be at the February 13 Business Career Fair, and is looking for May graduates to fill open sales roles in Merchant Development and Business Development.  UIC Business caught up with Lauren Mullins, senior sales campus recruiter at Groupon, during a branding day organized by the Business Career Center. UIC Business: What kind candidate is Groupon looking for? LM: People who do well here have an entrepreneurial spirit, are self-motivated, super coachable, resilient, and organized. I’d... read more

UIC Business Alumnus Honored as 2017 Business Leader of Color

Mike Maali speaks to UIC Business Scholars at a 2016 event hosted by PwC. Mike Maali, BS ’88, is a Partner and the Midwest Regional Leader in Risk Assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Chicago. UIC Business caught up with Maali after he was honored by Chicago United as a 2017 Business Leader of Color.  Maali talked about his time at UIC, the importance of diversity in the workplace, and his advice for current students.    Maali came to UIC in 1984, eventually earning a degree... read more

Making Change by Saving Change

ChangEd, a Chicago startup co-founded by a UIC Business graduate, hopes to transform our relationship with student loans.  Nick Sky ’13, took the time to talk with the UIC Business Blog about ChangEd’s founding, mission, and the role UIC Business played in making the concept behind ChangEd a reality. Sky and his brother started formulating the business plan for ChangEd in mid-2016 when his brother realized that the balance on his own student loans was not falling as fast as he would have liked,... read more

Market Research with a Meaningful Mission

From left: Joe Moag, Susan Kantor, Asma Hasan. By Asma Hasan and Susan Kantor The business skills taught in UIC Business graduate programs are in high demand for non-profit organizations and explain the significant number of MBAs employed in the sector. Recognizing how important business skills are to non-profits, Associate Professor Maija Renko presented UIC Business students with an independent study opportunity focused on non-profit market research.  This project we took on was conducted... read more

UIC NextGen Lab Launch Recap: Why SAP chose UIC

Thursday, November 16, marked the launch of SAP’s Next-Gen Lab here at UIC. The launch event and accompanying Blockchain Bootcamp gave great insight into the vision for the partnership. This innovative lab will give teams of students from various disciplines the opportunity to be on the ground floor of today’s most disruptive technology. UIC Business students will work alongside engineers, designers, as well as students from other fields across the university, to develop smart solutions for... read more

Q&A with Dean Michael Mikhail

In 2012, Michael Mikhail joined UIC as Dean of the College of Business. In five years, he’s launched programs such as iLEAD — the Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development -- the renowned Business Scholars program, increased enrollment, and improved student outcomes. We sat down with Dean Mikhail to hear his thoughts on the past five years and learn what he looks forward to accomplishing in the future. Q: You just underwent UIC’s five-year assessment process with rave reviews. What has... read more

Social Media Recap: September 2017

Be sure to follow UIC Business on social media to stay up to date on upcoming events campus activities, business news, and fun things going on around Chicago: Instagram: @UICBusiness Twitter: @CBAatUIC Facebook Page: UIC Business  We started the Fall 2017 semester with a busy and productive month. Let’s take a look back at some highlights with our September social media recap. It’s hard to say goodbye to a carefree summer schedule when classes start.  This year’s Student Org Networking Night... read more

Touring with an Atlantic Records Artist as a Creative Director

by Johnny Fan During 2016, I worked as a creative director for Atlantic Records music artist Sir the Baptist. I served as his touring photographer and videographer and digital marketing and branding manager.  Sir the Baptist offered me this opportunity after I worked on a magazine press shoot with him.  After that connection, he was impressed by my work and found a way for us to continue collaborating. The major function of my work with Sir the Baptist consisted of building the brand of the... read more

Professional Development Through Service

About 3 months ago, I had the idea of offering a professional development workshop to a small group of my most hardworking students. I thought that it would be a great opportunity to explore how service could teach valuable professional skills while also promoting empathy and the importance of giving back. I never had someone coach me on professionalism when I was an undergraduate, and I wanted to offer that opportunity to my students. Plus, I wanted to leverage UIC’s diversity and commitment to... read more

Juggling Coursework, Jobs, and New Ventures at UIC

Daniel Natsagdorj paid his way through UIC’s entrepreneurship program in part by working long weekend hours as a server at a River North sushi restaurant. When he enrolled at UIC, Daniel had nearly a decade of food service experience, so the server work was nothing new. But when he started the job, the sharing economy was relatively new; Uber had recently arrived in Chicago. It got Daniel thinking about how restaurants managed their delivery drivers. “In all my years of working at restaurants,... read more

Spring Break Destination: Chicago

Students spending spring break in Chicago have a great opportunity to explore the city we live in (but are always too busy for). Here are a few things to check out around town: Hit up Hyde Park Most people come and go from the Museum of Science and Industry without ever exploring the neighborhood around it. Over spring break, the Hyde Park Art Center will have exhibitions of work by Jessie Mott, Rhonda Wheatley, and collaborative work on the theme of public education. The Renaissance Society has... read more

New Offerings for Fall 2016: MBA 590 Foundations in Entrepreneurship

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce plays a key role in the resources that the Chamber of Commerce offers business and entrepreneurs, resources that include business planning, market research, assistance dealing with local governments, and much more. This fall, Liautaud students have the opportunity to explore these resources in MBA 590 - Foundations in Entrepreneurship, an 8-week course led by Florence Hardy, Director of the Illinois SBDC at the... read more

Chicago's Top Summer Offerings

With July 4th behind us, summer break can feel a little like a short downhill slide toward the beginning of the fall semester (just six weeks away). If you haven’t yet, it’s time to get serious about your summer. Whether this is your first summer in Chicago, your fourth, or your umpteenth, you’ll find more to do outside than can be crammed into your remaining free time: festivals, concerts, beaches, baseball games, day trips—from the city’s front yard on the lake to its back yard in the woods... read more

Getting to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from UIC Business

by Saif Sarvana I’m an intern at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and a junior at UIC Business, though I’m just now finishing my second semester here. I transferred from the College of DuPage over the summer of 2015. Why did I transfer to UIC? The short answer is the value of the UIC Business program. What does that mean? Well, here’s the long answer. I was curious about markets and finance from an early age, and I’ve been investing for a long time. I bought my first stock when I was twelve. I... read more