UICBusiness Stories

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

The CBA Student Services Team Welcomes Dominque Thomas-Green

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the CBA Student Services staff, Dominque Thomas-Green. Dominque joined the Student Services team as an Academic Advisor this March. We have put together some fun facts about Dominque, so please read on. And make sure to say hello when you see her around. Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places: I absolutely love walking or driving along the lake on a beautiful day. Favorite Chicago Restaurants: Pearl’s Place, Wildberry, and any place that you... read more

CBA Welcomes Our Newest Advisor: Josiel Marrufo

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the College of Business Administration's Advising Staff, Josiel Marrufo. Josiel joined the Student Services Advising Team this May, and will serve as an Academic Advisor for undergraduate CBA students. Please read below to learn more about Josiel! Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places: When it comes to exploring Chicago, I enjoy the variety of events that the change of seasons are able to provide like parades, fests, and winter traditions.... read more

A New Addition to Student Services: Shonta Durham-Wiersema

We would like to introduce you to a new member of the College of Business Administration's Advising Staff, Shonta Durham-Wiersema. Shonta joined the Student Services Advising Team this April, and will serve as Director of Student Advising. Please read below to get to know Shonta. Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places: I love Chicago’s lakefront; it is my second home during the three months of the year that it is warm! Jogging, biking, reading, grilling out with friends and family, the lakefront in... read more

A New Addition to Student Services: Melissa Thomas

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the College of Business Administration's Advising Staff, Melissa Thomas. Melissa joined the Student Services Advising Team this March. Please read below to learn more about Melissa.   Favorite Chicago Activities/Places: During Chicago summer, I especially love to bike on the lakefront path. The lake brings so much calm and fun in the summer that it (almost) makes the cold winter worth it. I also love performance art and festivals … and so... read more