UICBusiness Stories

Starting Class with Student Success

  Professor Lan Chaplin has a knack for fostering strong connections with her consumer behavior students. Not only does she keep in touch with former students, she brings some of them back to her classroom, recruiting them to offer new students pointers for how to succeed in the class. On Tuesday, August 23rd, two teams of former students joined Professor Chaplin’s consumer behavior sections to offer students roadmaps to success. “My consumer behavior course isn’t for everyone,” Chaplin says.... read more

Fall 2016 Special Topics Courses: Applied Equity Investment and Corporate Social Responsibility

Students still putting together their Fall 2016 schedule should consider some of the college’s special topics courses, which provide intensive study of business topics not regularly covered in the course offerings. In this post, we feature Professor Wightkin’s Applied Equity Investment Management course and Professor Lloyd's Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility course. FIN 594 Applied Equity Investment Management When John Wightkin looks back on his first interviews out of his MBA, he... read more

Special Topics courses in Fall 2016: Global Sourcing & Logistics and Islamic Banking and Finance

If you haven't set your fall schedule, consider some of the college’s special topics courses, which provide intensive study of business topics not regularly covered in the course offerings. In this post, we feature Professor Arslan-Ayaydin’s Islamic Banking and Finance course and Professor Liotine’s Global Sourcing & Logistics course. FIN 494: Islamic Banking and Finance A few years ago, Professor Arslan-Ayaydin started looking into the steady double-digit annual growth of the Islamic finance... read more

Funding Business Education with Scholarships

Four UIC Business students were recently awarded a total of $8200 in scholarships sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs. Senior UIC Business student Abhinaya Konduru, who won the Gordon J. Flesch Memorial Scholarship, got in touch with the Business Blog to offer students some tips on funding their education with scholarships: “Your first step is finding scholarships. The key resources for UIC Business students are the SnAP! website, the Office of Special Scholarship... read more

UIC Ventures Get Startup Boost

When it comes to launching ventures, the Startup Challenge goes well beyond the walls of UIC Business, inviting everyone in the UIC community to bring their best venture concepts to the table. The Startup Challenge is an annual program of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and though it has evolved in name and format over the last 11 years, the mission has remained the same: to turn ideas into viable businesses. This year, 56 teams took part in IES’s series of seminars, workshops,... read more

Management Students Meet Deere Executives

UIC Business Professor Michael Miller recently took a group of undergraduates to the John Deere headquarters in the Quad Cities. Anthony Gleeson, a student of Miller's, made a video to document the trip. Below, Miller and Gleeson share a few thoughts about the experience. MM: These trips began through the Management Leadership Association here at UIC Business. I’m the faculty advisor for the MLA, and Ali Mohammed, who just graduated, is the current president. From the beginning, I wanted to do... read more

Keeping Data on the Rails: Miranda Powell's Work at TTX

On any given weekday, a handful of analysts are working in an office above North Wacker Drive, collecting current data on over 200,000 railcars scattered across North America, the fleet of the TTX Company. Freight is constantly in motion, and this means data is constantly pouring in. Miranda Powell, a senior at UIC Business, is one of the analysts who makes sense of it all. “A railcar goes over alerts on the tracks, and we get data from each axle or 'truck' on each car,” says Powell. “Alerts... read more

From Classroom to Factory Floor: Richard Lekakh's Caterpillar Internship

Four years ago, Richard Lekakh was a freshman at Northeastern Illinois University taking the necessary steps toward a career in education. "I was gearing up to become a schoolteacher," Lekakh says, "and I was looking forward to it. But then, by chance, I took an internship at Water Tower Financial Partners." The glimpse into the business world led him to change gears, and change schools, too.  Fast-forward to the present: Lekakh is going into his senior year at UIC Business, and just returned... read more

Firsthand Lessons in Leadership: ENACTUS at UIC Business

A lot of UIC Business students don’t know about the chapter of ENACTUS on campus. “Recruiting has been a challenge,” says Patricia Soto, the chapter’s current President. “People ask me, ‘what do you guys do?’ I tell them we create projects to empower community members, and they ask, ‘what does that mean?’ In the end, I just have to show them our work.” Soto founded the UIC chapter of ENACTUS about a year ago, during her sophomore year. “Founded, or reopened; I learned from Professor Anthony... read more

Lessons in Management from Middleby and Accenture

How do you turn a flagging kitchen supply company into an intellectual property giant and industry leader? How do you revolutionize human resources in a company with over 300,000 employees? Students in Professor Miller’s MGMT 495 class got to ask those who know, when they hosted Selim Bassoul, CEO of The Middleby Corporation, and Jill Smart, former Chief of HR for Accenture and President of the National Academy of Human Resources. Smart and Bassoul each spent a morning with UIC Business students... read more

A Scholar's Path To Tax Accounting

UIC Business Scholars met this morning at a restaurant near campus for their mid-semester check-in, an opportunity for the Scholars to reconnect with their mentoring families and take a break from studying for midterms. Collegiate Association of Business Scholars (CABS) members, upperclassmen and the Assistant Director of the Business Scholars Program were on hand to provide feedback, answer questions and catch up more generally over pizza. The UIC Business blog caught up with senior Scholar... read more

Points for Professional Development at UIC Business

The faculty of the Professional Development Program at UIC Business are here to support all UIC students, whatever their area of specialization. We offer the soft skills that help them stand out among professionals in their fields. Self-awareness, self-control, the ability to work in a team; these elements of professionalism raise students above their peers both in job searches and in the workforce. Our BA 100 and BA 220 Professional Development classes are required for freshmen and sophomores... read more

MGMT 495 and the Business of UIC

Professor Miller's MGMT 495 students recently enjoyed a rare opportunity to apply their business acumen to their own business education. On the morning of February 18, UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis met with business students to discuss the future of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Students had prepared a profile and analysis of the university, which they presented to Chancellor Amiridis for feedback.   Management students were eager to identify opportunities opened up by UIC’s record... 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

Google's Jenny Zhao at UIC Business

Jenny Zhao, BS ’88, has spent the last two years splitting her time between the Bay Area and Beijing. As Director of Google’s Beijing site, she serves as a key link between Google’s home base in Mountain View, CA, and its work in China, and so on any given day she might be involved in project planning on either side of the Pacific. “Google changes so fast. New projects, new people all the time - it literally keeps me on my toes.” Today she was in Chicago, seated in lecture center F1 to hear... read more

Local Organizations Prepare to Roll Out UIC Business Solutions

As UIC Business students knuckle down in the Fall ’15 homestretch, a handful of students are working overtime on coursework that is more than just coursework. Three teams of 2-3 students each have partnered with area organizations to help them solve a range of business problems, and their December deadlines are looming. These student-business partnerships are a core program of the UIC Business Center for Research in Information Management (CRIM). With the help of faculty from the Department of... read more

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

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

Professor Chaplin's Marketing 461 Relay

Having just taken their midterm exam, Professor Lan Chaplin's MKTG 461 classes needed to shake their lingering test anxiety. "So," Professor Chaplin said, "what better way to loosen up than to run around outside on a beautiful fall day in Chicago?" On the afternoon of Thursday, October 22, two sections of her class met on the lawn outside of University Hall to compete for what else but Halloween candy (and the sheer satisfaction of winning) in a series of relay races. The legwork began with... read more

UIC Business Faculty Members Tapped to Roll Out New Teaching-Learning Center

In the last year, the UIC Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs undertook a huge project: founding the Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities. The Center (TLC for short) offers UIC faculty a place to explore new ideas and practices in teaching. In the search for peer mentors, TLC has selected three UIC Business faculty members - Richard Thomas, Michael Popowits and Anthony Corte - to serve as Master Teaching Scholars for the 2015-16 academic year. Thomas, Popowits... read more