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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

Career Fair Prep To-Dos to Add to Your Calendar

Steam your suits and make your resume copies, the Spring 2018 Business & Technology Career Fair takes place on Tuesday, February 13 from 11a.m. to 2p.m. in the Student Center East Illinois Rooms. In order to make the most of the day, add these reminders to your calendar and plan accordingly. Your future awaits, don’t wait for it.  Get Feedback With the addition of a completed fall internship and new skills from last semester’s classes your resume will look much different than it did the... 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

Mary Dillon (Back!) in the UIC Business Classroom

Each semester, undergraduate students at UIC Business connect with senior leaders from local, national, and international companies in Management 495 (Competitive Strategy).  For the course, Clinical Associate Professor Michael Miller brings top business leaders to UIC Business for the Executives in the Classroom series.  As part of the Fall 2017 speaker lineup, Ulta Beauty CEO, Mary Dillon ‘83, UIC Business alumna, joined the Management 495 class.  Each Executives in the Classroom session... read more

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

The study abroad application deadline for Spring 2018 is October 27! We talked with the Study Abroad Office about the opportunities available to UIC Business students and the information you should know as you decide to apply.     Academics The highly motivated students at UIC Business are often understandably nervous to miss a semester of classes on campus. It’s important to know that studying abroad does not extend your graduation date. In fact, UIC students who study abroad have, on average,... read more

Founded at UIC Business: One. Clothing Brand

UIC Business Scholar sophomores Edgar Gabriel Avalos and Brian (Seungyong) Lee are the co-founders of One. Clothing Brand.  We caught up with Avalos and Lee to learn about the company, what is coming up next for the brand, and the role UIC Business has played in the company’s founding. Both Avalos, born in the U.S. and raised in Mexico City, and Lee, raised in Seoul, South Korea before moving to Michigan in 2009, brought a passion for entrepreneurship with them to UIC.  In October 2016, Avalos... read more

UIC Business Stamps our Passport

The study abroad application deadline for Spring 2018 is October 27! For UIC Business students, study abroad can be an experience that allows for significant professional and personal growth.  Through a combination of classroom instruction, immersion in local culture, and independent travel, Davis Birsan, a senior Finance major was able to get the most out of his study abroad experience. We sat down with Birsan to hear about his time in Seville, Spain as a participant with the CIEE International... 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

MBA students tackle innovation in the healthcare field with MAD Lab

Are you a UIC Business graduate student interested in start-ups, market research, venture capital, or the medical device industry? If so, the UIC Medical Accelerator for Devices Laboratory is hiring for their interdisciplinary team that develops novel, real world medical devices. MAD Lab pairs business students with industrial designers and engineers to validate healthcare ideas and problems that UIC doctors, nurses, or students identify.   For more details on how business students contribute to... 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

Pitching a Client as a General Mills Intern

by Lianne Ramahi   This past summer, I had the opportunity to work at General Mills, Inc. as a business management associate intern. This role was heavily focused on data analysis for the domestic western region sales team in Scottsdale, Ariz. Throughout this experience, I was given projects similar to those that would be performed as a first-year associate. I took ownership of impactful projects that added tangible value to the company.   General Mills truly values nurturing its employees... read more

Insider Information on the First Day of Marketing 461

  Ryan Patterson, Samantha Payne, Allan Rodriguez, Kathrynn Sharp, and Robert Grilli [Not pictured: Jaime Manriquez] In Consumer Behavior (Marketing 461), Professor Lan Nguyen Chaplin has high expectations of her students.  To communicate these expectations and the level of professionalism required to succeed, Professor Chaplin invited alumni of the course to speak in the opening session of her Fall 2017 classes.  “It is a tough class that places a high demand on professionalism in addition 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

Building on Healthcare Experience in a Liautaud MBA

Yih-Ting Chen, MBA ’17, came to UIC Liautaud from Taipei, Taiwan, where he’d worked as a hospital pharmacist, a job that gave him privileged insight into hospital management, single-payer healthcare, and Taiwan’s pharmaceutical market. As a pharmacist, Chen was putting his bachelor’s degree to work precisely in his area of expertise. But the more he learned about healthcare, the more interested he became in business and management. “I knew that Taiwanese healthcare faced challenges,” Chen says,... read more

Spring 2017 Executives in the Classroom

Each semester, undergraduate students at UIC Business have a variety of opportunities to connect with executives from local, national, and international firms. One of the most popular opportunities by sheer attendance numbers is Professor Michael Miller’s Executives in the Classroom series, which kicks off for the spring semester on Thursday, March 2, with a visit from Terry A. Duffy of CME Group. Duffy will meet with a small group of management students in the morning, followed by an 11... read more

Interdisciplinary Product Development at UIC’s Innovation Center

On a Tuesday afternoon behind an inconspicuous façade on West Harrison Street, offices, labs, design studios, and meetings spaces all buzz with activity; medical students are rehearsing elevator pitches; engineers are discussing market research; design students are learning about construction technology; and Liautaud MBA students are overseeing a range of projects for outside firms who have come to UIC seeking solutions. This is UIC’s Innovation Center, where Professor Jelena Spanjol and her... read more

Fall 2016 Executives in the Classroom

Each semester, undergraduate students at UIC Business have a variety of opportunities to connect with executives from local, national, and international firms. One of the most popular opportunities by sheer attendance numbers is Professor Michael Miller’s Executives in the Classroom series, which kicks off for the fall semester next Thursday, October 6, with a visit from Aaron Wetzel of John Deere & Co. Wetzel will meet with a small group of management students in the morning, followed by an 11... read more