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Calling All UIC Entrepreneurs: Apply for Campus 1871

Text by Abhinaya Konduru. UIC Business students interested in Chicago’s startup community can't afford to miss Campus 1871, which takes place April 8-10 in downtown Chicago. The Campus 1871 application is due Sunday, February 14th. What is 1871? 1871 is a nonprofit tech incubator on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart. The name comes from the year of the Great Chicago Fire, though not from the fire itself. “It’s about what happened next,” says 1871’s website, “a remarkable moment when the... read more

Life is what happens while you're busy getting an MBA

Sean Kemper, MBA ’17 here, writing from the border of Buena Park and Wrigleyville on Chicago's north side. It’s early in the Spring ’16 semester, the work has yet to pile up, and while I don’t actually have a lot of free time, winter break was recent enough that I still feel like I have some free time, which I’ve used to snap a few pics and share a picture of my life at Liautaud. My days start early; Coconut and Mung-Mung, my Yorkshire terriers, want breakfast and a walk, and I’ve learned that... 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

Holiday Events Around Town

Finals week has come to an end, and while there wasn't much of a chill in the air, nor really a single snowflake to be seen on campus, winter break is upon us, whether Chicago weather is with us or not. Here are some great ways to make use of all that free time: Ice skating in the park The quintessential winter activity. For the real skating-in-the-city experience, visit the McCormick Tribune rink on Michigan Ave. Twinkling lights in the trees, buildings rising up around you, and Anish Kapoor's... read more

UIC Business Scholars Win Start Internships with PwC

After several rounds of interviews, UIC Business Scholars Keenan Jeffrey Artis and Yaritza Velasquez have been awarded PricewaterhouseCoopers Start internships. The Start internship is a three year program; Artis’ and Velasquez’ work for PwC will begin in Summer 2016 and continue through the following two summers. Artis and Velasquez, both freshman at UIC Business, and both double majors in Accounting and IDS, came to the Start internship from very different backgrounds. Velasquez, a graduate of... read more

Marketing 461 Relay Fun!

                 (Professor Chaplin's Consumer Behavior Class) On October 22, my Consumer Behavior class had a unique opportunity to take part in team building exercises that would ultimately help us grow stronger as teams and prepare ourselves to get ready for the toughest part of the course, our semester long project: a final paper and presentation. One probably does not expect experiential activities to happen every day in your average classroom--so this day was even more special for the... read more

Do's & Don'ts: Freshman Year First Semester

Do's ​​​Do explore different majors, Chicago and who you are. Your next few years depend on the type of choices you make and who you become. It is time for you to explore and learn more about yourself. If you came with a major, is that really what you want to do? Do you know what type of work you will be doing once you graduate? Do you know which classes you need to take beyond the core classes? Below are a few questions you can ask yourself. You might not know all the answers, but by asking the... read more

Business Scholars Volunteer for the Chicago Marathon

  This Sunday on October 11, 2015, my fellow business scholars took part in volunteering for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Every year the Chicago Marathon attracts growing numbers. The event, owned by Bank of America, is one of the six World Marathon Majors alongside the Boston, New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo Marathons. Each semester, the Collegiate Association of Business Scholars (CABS) organizes volunteering events so that the Business Scholars can give back to their community.... 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

A Summer in Chicago

    It’s summer time in the city! Finally. Like most of Chicago’s three million residents, you probably couldn’t wait for cold temperatures to end, the snow to melt, and yes, the spring semester to finally, finally end. Hopefully, you have used your time wisely, because we would not be business students if we did not keep busy during the summer as well. Working internships, working on and off campus, and yes, being back in school! The 8-week long summer session started this Monday, June 15, and... 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

Global Marketing: Building Brand Engagement While Leveraging Customer Understanding

Thank you to Subramaniam Palghat Balasubramanian, Director of Corporate Outreach - GMARK, for contributing this post.  It was to my great pleasure to attend the Global Marketing Event presented by the Graduate Marketing Associations from UIC Liautaud, DePaul Kellstadt, and Loyola Quinlan. It was a first of its kind event.  The event commenced at the very busy downtown campus of DePaul at 9AM with networking and a light breakfast. This was followed by the first keynote speaker Angela Johnson,... read more

My First Semester in Chicago

Thank you to Melphin James Parathazham, MS-MIS Candidate 2016, for contributing this post.   First of all, it’s not all roses and sunshine, especially in Chicago. A graduate student's life is hard, it’s different, but there is much to learn about your future, your career, and yourself. I started school in Fall 2014; like most of us, I was chasing a dream to be successful, to start a new chapter in life, to fulfill those ambitions and responsibilities.   The majority of the students who come from... read more

A Starry Night with the MBA Association and the Business Alumni Association!

Kicking off the holiday season, the UIC Liautaud MBA Association and the Business Alumni Association provided students and alumni an evening of networking and galactic exploration at Adler After Dark hosted by the Adler Planetarium. The evening was a great opportunity for current students to connect and reconnect with alumni while exploring the depths of the universe. In addition to the exhibits and shows, gastronomy was an added highlight of the night. On every floor there was a mixture of... read more

GMARK - Karaoke Night Kick-Off

Taking a break from studying, members of the Liautaud Graduate Marketing Association (GMARK) came together to officially welcome and network with the incoming class at the Karaoke Night Kick-Off Social the second week of classes at Morgan’s Grill in the University Village. This was a wonderful chance  to meet new friends, mingle with students from class, have fun, and enjoy food and drinks while singing our hearts out.   It was a successful start to the new school year. There was an awesome... read more

Student Spotlight: Abe Berkley-Vigil, MBA Candidate 2014

Abe Berkley-Vigil Full-time MBA Candidate 2014 Concentration:  Finance Undergraduate degree: Economics, History Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin Career Goal: Doing what I love Organizations involved with: GFIN     Tell us about your personal and professional background. I am a second year MBA student with a concentration in Finance. I have worked in the restaurant industry as a server, and also worked at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group as a runner for a summer. This... read more

Student Spotlight: Christina Wright, MBA Candidate 2015

Christina Wright Full-time MBA Candidate 2015, Finance and Accounting Undergraduate Degree: International Affairs with a minor in Economics Undergraduate School: Northeastern University Organizations involved with: MBAA, GFIN, Dean Advisory Council     Tell us about your professional background and why you decided to return to school to achieve your master’s degree. After earning my BA in International Affairs with a minor in Economics, I started my professional career in Nonprofit Marketing and... read more

Student Spotlight: Megan Wright Drumm, MBA Candidate 2016

Megan Wright Drumm Part-time MBA Candidate 2016, Management   Industry/Field of work: Nonprofit Management   Undergraduate degree: Communication Arts and French (majors); Business Administration (minor)   Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin-Madison   Organizations involved with: InKIND       What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree?   I minored in Business Administration as an undergraduate student and really enjoyed the experience. The education that I... 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