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UIC Business Black History Month Spotlight: Brittany Barton

Recent graduate Brittany Barton (Master of Science in Marketing ’18) is not your typical business student. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Psychology and Spanish from Loyola University New Orleans, the Baton Rouge native started her career in education - primarily in education and training field within the nonprofit sector. “I kind of just fell into this work,” she recollects. Her introduction into the industry started through working with Autistic children and... read more

Curbing the Crisis: Professor Kyle Cheek on the Opioid Epidemic

The recent headlines surrounding the nation’s opioid crisis begs the question, “How is this epidemic happening, when many of these drugs are prescribed?” The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that anywhere from 21% to 29% of prescription opioids are misused. They also hold that the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice... read more

American Marketing Association at University of Illinois at Chicago Visits PepsiCo

Zainub Ghias is a fourth-year UIC Business Ambassador pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a Business Analytics minor. In the summer of 2018, Zainub was a Business and Entrepreneurship intern at the Golden Corridor Makerspace and William Rainey Harper College. She currently works as a Communication Aide with the Physics Department and General Office Aide with Biology Department at UIC. She also serves as the Secretary of the American Marketing Association and Vice Chair of Marketing... read more

QuanTâm by Team Chaplin Shows that Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Team Chaplin is a name business professors and students have heard throughout the last few years. The team is led by Professor Lan Nguyen Chaplin, who was selected by Poets & Quants (the most read news website on business programs with 100 million visitors) as one of the Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors. Professor Chaplin selects students to join the high-performing team, as well as who can come back next semester. Her selection criteria includes professionalism, resiliency, strong work... read more

Encouraging Words for Finals Week from UIC Business Faculty

UIC finals week is fast approaching (as if you needed a reminder)! If you ask a college student what are some of their busiest moments as a scholar, many will say “finals week.” Millions of students across the country are preparing for their upcoming final exams, projects, and presentations. While finals time is a student’s opportunity to step up and demonstrate the wealth of knowledge they’ve attained over the semester, it can also lead to high levels of stress. According to NBC News, four in... read more

Doing Good with Deloitte

UIC Business Scholar and senior year Accounting and IDS double major, Patrick Klimek is a young professional who is making a difference. His summer experience as a 2018 Deloitte Tax intern afforded him an opportunity to give back to young students in need. It all started with Patrick securing an internship with Deloitte, one of the "Big Four" accounting organizations and the largest professional services network in the world. Patrick discussed how he landed his internship: “As a Business... read more

MBA Student Carley Mostar Secures Funding for her Community

Carley Mostar, MBA ’19, cares about her community and it shows. This summer, Carley was selected as a finalist in the Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) for two proposed neighborhood improvement initiatives. The challenge invites students worldwide to partner with organizations to design projects that address critical needs of their community. Carley first heard about Ford C3 through her involvement in the UIC Business chapter of Net Impact, a nonprofit membership organization for... read more

Doing Business in France: Pete's European Adventure

The “Doing Business in Europe” program offered to UIC Business graduate students is a fantastic opportunity to learn about international business while immersed in a different cultural environment. This four-week course, taught at the ESC Normandy School of Business, offers students the opportunity to visit local businesses and study major aspects of European business culture. Students that take part in this program can earn up to six credit hours toward their MBA.   The UIC Business MBA program... read more

From Vision to Value: Matt Gorniak, a UIC Venture

Matt Gorniak’s career is a testament to the new American dream. At 17, Matt immigrated to the United States with no network or connections and is now the Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of G2 Crowd, one of Chicago’s fastest growing tech companies. After earning his MBA (’02) from UIC, Matt sought a career filled with self-starters like himself, leading him to the technology industry. “I was looking for a high-growth opportunity where I could compete on a level playing field.” Matt’s... read more

First Day Recap: Accepting the Challenge of MKTG 461

Tyler Benavides, Laura Nicolescu, Gladstone Hukporti, Samantha Payne, Kimberly Lazzara On August 28, I stood outside of Professor Lan Nguyen Chaplin’s classroom with eight other Consumer Behavior (MTG 461) alumni, awaiting to deliver the student-led first day of class presentation. The buzz of excitement was apparent in all of us. Professor Chaplin handpicks former students to deliver this special presentation every year. This presentation is specifically tailored for new Consumer Behavior... read more

Sarah Siderius Gets the Job Done at Google

Ranked third on the Forbes: Best American Employers list, Google is one of the most recognized companies on the planet. While most know the company as a high-powered Internet search engine, many are unaware of its philanthropic arm, Google.org. Many people could only dream of working with the tech powerhouse that is Google, but graduate student Sarah Siderius, who is working toward completing her MBA in the spring of 2019, had the unique experience of working as a contractor for Google.org.... read more

Finance Students "Seize the Opportunity of a Lifetime" at Goldman Sachs Undergraduate Camp

UIC Business caught up with Finance majors Nicolas Robledo ’20 and Edgar Avalos ’20 to discuss their experience at Goldman Sachs Undergraduate Camp and how they will leverage their learnings in their careers. What is the Goldman Sachs undergraduate camp? What did it consist of? Edgar: It is a three day series of networking opportunities in Dallas, Texas connecting students from all over the country with Goldman Sachs employees. We had the opportunity to attend a series of presentations given by... read more

Professor Turns to UIC Students for Research Aid

In the second semester of the 2017-18 academic year, Robert Chirinko, Professor of Finance, took sabbatical leave to further his research on the Puerto Rican debt crisis and other research projects. Between January and March, he was a visitor at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. He continued working on his research projects at the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance in Rome from March until June. The Puerto Rican research was a continuation of a paper he started to... read more

UIC Business Scholar Alleia James says "Hola" to Spain this Summer

Studying abroad is one of the best opportunities presented to college students and Alleia James, upcoming fourth-year finance major and UIC Business Scholar, has seized that opportunity. This summer, Alleia will be studying International Business and European Economics at University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain and shared with UIC Business how she made it happen. As a first-generation college student of color who never knew that an opportunity like studying abroad would be possible, I’m glad to... read more

Assistant Professor Bill O'Brien Receives 2018 Silver Circle Award

William O’Brien, assistant professor of finance, received this year’s Silver Circle Award for the College of Business Administration.  The award, presented since 1966, honors excellence in teaching by UIC faculty, with winners selected by graduating seniors from each college. O’Brien joins the 13 other faculty receiving the 2018 award and will be honored at UIC Business commencement. O’Brien teaches Introduction to Managerial Finance (FIN 301), the first finance course that students take at the... read more

Commencement Countdown with Student Singer Courtney Hickman

Courtney Hickman is a full-time fundraising professional with UIC Business and is graduating in May 2018 from the Master of Science in Marketing program. Hickman is passionate and confident of her skill set in donor relations, capital campaign fundraising, front-line fundraising, brand management, promotions/marketing, and event planning. She will be singing the National Anthem as this year's commencement student singer, and reflected on her time as a UIC student for the UIC Business Blog: Q:... read more

Commencement Countdown with Undergraduate Student Speaker Vinita Choradia

Vinita Choradia is graduating in May 2018 as a Finance major with a minor in Management Information Systems. Throughout her time at UIC, she has been involved with the Finance and Investments Group and she has held internships at Exelon Corporation and Ernst & Young. After graduation, Choradia will be starting a full-time position with Ernst & Young. She will be speaking at UIC Business commencement this year as the undergraduate student speaker and talked with the UIC Business Blog about her... read more

Commencement Countdown with Graduate Student Speaker Kera Beskin

Kera Beskin is a graduate student and researcher here at UIC. She grew up in rural Minnesota and is graduating this May with her dual master’s of public health and master’s of business administration at UIC. The president of the Public Health Student Association and currently working as a research assistant at the UIC School of Public Health, she has also served as a Business Ambassador and will deliver this year’s graduate speech at the UIC Business commencement. We caught up with Beskin as her... read more

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’ Kaushik Kompella competes at MIT’s Annual Sports Analytics Conference

The 12th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference took place this past February, providing a forum for industry professionals and students to discuss the expanding role of analytics in the global sports industry. The MIT Sloan School of Management is dedicated to encouraging growth and  innovation in this space, and the conference enriches opportunities for learning about the sports business world. UIC Business’ own Kaushik Kompella, a graduate student currently pursuing a dual degree in... read more