UICBusiness Stories

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

UIC Alumni Bring Lessons on Success to Campus

The last couple of weeks have been busy at Alumni 4 U, a UIC Business program that connects UIC alumni to current UIC Business students for knowledge-sharing exchanges in a one-on-one setting.  Juan Hernandez Trigueros, a Business Scholar within UIC Business, had the opportunity to meet with Eamonn McDonagh, MSA ’04, who currently works in internal auditing and compliance at United Airlines.  “We talked a lot about the challenges that are unique to different accounting roles,” says... 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

A Gradual Rise to the Top: Advice from Alum Michael Fung

On Friday, September 18, UIC Business Scholars had the privilege of meeting with UIC Business alumnus Michael Fung, BS ’73, who spent a morning with the scholars discussing his experiences across over 25 years of accounting work, including CFO roles at Bass Pro Shops and Wal-Mart, among many other positions. Fung wasn’t there to lecture students on the finer points of retail accounting, but rather to tease out their ideas of what a successful career looks like in the real world.  Fung’s career... read more

Meet UIC Business Faculty Member: Dr. Benet DeBerry-Spence

Dr. Benet DeBerry-Spence is an associate professor of marketing in the UIC College of Business Administration. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a PhD in marketing from Northwestern University. How did you become interested in teaching at the university level? As an undergraduate I worked in an epidemiology lab and I had a chance to work with a faculty member on a research project. Until then, I did not really know that a career as a... read more

Welcome Business Scholars Class of 2017!

Another exciting year is beginning at UIC's College of Business Administration as we welcome the first cohort of the Business Scholars Program. (Business Scholars Frank Lin, Gabriella Santoyo and Krishna Shah, work with their Business Scholar peers on a marketing exercise during Orientation 2013 in Douglas Hall) A week before the new school year commences, the first cohort of UIC Business Scholars came together in Douglas Hall. The cohort program means this group of high-achieving, hard-working... read more