Living Classroom

UIC Business Professor Hosts Executives in the Classroom

On Thursday, November 5, Arthur Velasquez quietly sat down inside Lecture Center F1 to listen to UIC Business students’ SWOT analysis of a business (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats - a common exercise in Professor Miller’s classes). Though he's neither student, staff nor faculty, Velasquez knows UIC well; he grew up in an apartment building that used to stand across the street from the Hull House museum. He and his siblings spent their summer days involved in Hull House... 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

Social Enterprise Alliance at UIC Net Impact

A big challenge for social enterprises, nonprofits and NGOs has been how to measure efficiency and impact when the bottom line isn’t simply revenue or stock price, but rather some form of social value. As the nature of social value continues to evolve, new organizations doing new work need new kinds of measurement. Members of Chicago’s social enterprise community discussed these issues at “Impact Hour - The Sustainability of Social Impact,” a September 23 event cohosted by the UIC chapter of Net... read more

Liautaud Students Meet with Larry Byrne of Ogilvy & Mather

On the evening of Thursday, October 1, the UIC Graduate Marketing Association (GMARK) hosted a conversation with Larry Byrne, Senior Partner and Chief Production Officer for Ogilvy & Mather. The event, put together by Jeffrey Wilson of UIC Business Career Services, was part of the MBA Career Topics series, which is designed to give Liautaud students a view from the C-suite by introducing them to executives from Chicagoland firms. Byrne is not only an exec at a Chicago firm, he’s also a lifelong... read more

MGMT 495: The Business of Italian Lemonade

Professor Michael Miller’s MGMT 495 class has been studying the environments in which businesses operate. How does a firm situate itself among a variety of factors - economic, demographic, social, legal and technological - and turn challenges into strategy? In the context of globalization and international business, the problems are complex, and the questions multiply quickly. For a little break, Professor Miller took the class on a field trip to Mario's Italian Lemonade on Taylor Street to find... read more

Apply for UIC InKIND 2015

Each year since 2012, the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business has offered free consulting to Chicago-area nonprofit organizations through the MBA Association’s InKIND Consulting Program, part of the training that graduate students receive at the Liautaud Graduate School of Business. InKIND student consulting groups form in early fall, and are paired with participating nonprofits, who come to InKIND for consulting on a wide variety of problems. Student consulting groups work with their... read more

Studying business in a different country? An experience of a lifetime

 Like what you see? This was my view of the Shanghai skyline on a boat tour when I was studying abroad last semester (Spring 2015). A few of my peers and I would like to share our advice on how to make studying abroad a reality for YOU. Studying business in a different country adds profound value to your personal experience and your business education. Everyday, you are learning something new: whether how to say Finance in the native language or the way business meetings are conducted in that... read more

A Successful Junior Achievement Volunteer Experience

A few members of LABS participated in the one-day Junior Achievement school program at Ambrose Plamondon Elementary School. Volunteers were trained on December 16 by Angel Lira, and were given their assigned classrooms and materials to be used. Mr. Lira is an Operations Manager at JA, and a LABS and UIC alumni. I was assigned an 8th grade classroom with Abraham, a JA volunteer, and we were both two very excited first-time volunteers. Abraham and I had a well-disciplined group of 8th graders who... 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

Fall 2014 CRIM Student Expo

To complete the Fall 2014 semester, the CRIM Student Expo showcased a variety of projects completed by students committed to the art and science of the management of information systems. Working directly with a corporate sponsor, each team was presented with an everyday business scenario which could be improved by the implementation of information system technology. This semester's corporate sponsors included: CME Group The UIC Department of Disability and Human Language Lerner’s Academy... read more