Living Classroom

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

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

Touring with an Atlantic Records Artist as a Creative Director

by Johnny Fan During 2016, I worked as a creative director for Atlantic Records music artist Sir the Baptist. I served as his touring photographer and videographer and digital marketing and branding manager.  Sir the Baptist offered me this opportunity after I worked on a magazine press shoot with him.  After that connection, he was impressed by my work and found a way for us to continue collaborating. The major function of my work with Sir the Baptist consisted of building the brand of the... read more

Pitching a Client as a General Mills Intern

by Lianne Ramahi   This past summer, I had the opportunity to work at General Mills, Inc. as a business management associate intern. This role was heavily focused on data analysis for the domestic western region sales team in Scottsdale, Ariz. Throughout this experience, I was given projects similar to those that would be performed as a first-year associate. I took ownership of impactful projects that added tangible value to the company.   General Mills truly values nurturing its employees... 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

Juggling Coursework, Jobs, and New Ventures at UIC

Daniel Natsagdorj paid his way through UIC’s entrepreneurship program in part by working long weekend hours as a server at a River North sushi restaurant. When he enrolled at UIC, Daniel had nearly a decade of food service experience, so the server work was nothing new. But when he started the job, the sharing economy was relatively new; Uber had recently arrived in Chicago. It got Daniel thinking about how restaurants managed their delivery drivers. “In all my years of working at restaurants,... read more

Building on Healthcare Experience in a Liautaud MBA

Yih-Ting Chen, MBA ’17, came to UIC Liautaud from Taipei, Taiwan, where he’d worked as a hospital pharmacist, a job that gave him privileged insight into hospital management, single-payer healthcare, and Taiwan’s pharmaceutical market. As a pharmacist, Chen was putting his bachelor’s degree to work precisely in his area of expertise. But the more he learned about healthcare, the more interested he became in business and management. “I knew that Taiwanese healthcare faced challenges,” Chen says,... read more

Spring 2017 Executives in the Classroom

Each semester, undergraduate students at UIC Business have a variety of opportunities to connect with executives from local, national, and international firms. One of the most popular opportunities by sheer attendance numbers is Professor Michael Miller’s Executives in the Classroom series, which kicks off for the spring semester on Thursday, March 2, with a visit from Terry A. Duffy of CME Group. Duffy will meet with a small group of management students in the morning, followed by an 11... read more

Interdisciplinary Product Development at UIC’s Innovation Center

On a Tuesday afternoon behind an inconspicuous façade on West Harrison Street, offices, labs, design studios, and meetings spaces all buzz with activity; medical students are rehearsing elevator pitches; engineers are discussing market research; design students are learning about construction technology; and Liautaud MBA students are overseeing a range of projects for outside firms who have come to UIC seeking solutions. This is UIC’s Innovation Center, where Professor Jelena Spanjol and her... read more

Fall 2016 Executives in the Classroom

Each semester, undergraduate students at UIC Business have a variety of opportunities to connect with executives from local, national, and international firms. One of the most popular opportunities by sheer attendance numbers is Professor Michael Miller’s Executives in the Classroom series, which kicks off for the fall semester next Thursday, October 6, with a visit from Aaron Wetzel of John Deere & Co. Wetzel will meet with a small group of management students in the morning, followed by an 11... read more

New Offerings for Fall 2016: MBA 590 Foundations in Entrepreneurship

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce plays a key role in the resources that the Chamber of Commerce offers business and entrepreneurs, resources that include business planning, market research, assistance dealing with local governments, and much more. This fall, Liautaud students have the opportunity to explore these resources in MBA 590 - Foundations in Entrepreneurship, an 8-week course led by Florence Hardy, Director of the Illinois SBDC at the... 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

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

Sam Zell Closes Spring '16 Executives in the Classroom

The Spring 2016 Executives in the Classroom series ended on a high note last Thursday morning with a visit from Equity Group Investments Chairman Sam Zell. Mr. Zell joined UIC Business students in Lecture Center C1 for an hour-long discussion that touched on the Zell Family Foundation and included students' SWOT analysis of Par Pacific, an energy company with which Equity Group has recently become affiliated. Students got to hear the story of Mr. Zell’s first venture, a property management... 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