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Alumnus José L. Santillan To Be Keynote Speaker at UIC Business Virtual Commencement

Alumnus José L. Santillan, CFA (’80) will deliver keynote remarks during the UIC Business Virtual Commencement ceremony on May 8. José received an MBA from DePaul University, a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois Chicago, and has more than 40 years of experience in the financial services and regulatory industries. In 2008, he began funding the José Santillan, CFA Scholarship Endowment at UIC Business. Embracing themes of change and thinking big, he is proud to uplift graduates as... read more

Countdown to Virtual Commencement with Undergraduate and Graduate Student Speakers | Eric Costa Pimentel and Mrinal Ashok Bageshwari

After a months-long search, UIC Business is thrilled to announce the spring 2021 Commencement student speakers. Eric Costa Pimentel, BS Finance, and Mrinal Ashok Bageshwari, MS Management Information Systems, will speak to the student experience while delivering powerful reflections. “When selecting Eric and Mrinal, our committee found their audition videos to be very motivating and inspirational to others. Both are outstanding students who make UIC very proud!” said Joey Maman,... read more

AMA-UIC Connects Students with Top Executives at First Regional Conference

UIC’s award-winning American Marketing Association chapter held their first Regional Conference and have much to be proud of. The theme, “Driving your destiny,” created anticipation amongst students ready to network with a variety of companies such as: Sherwin-Williams, Gallagher, and many others. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers, attend a career fair, and participate in competitions to demonstrate their marketing skills. Anela Hanic, AMA-UIC president, explained what... read more

5 Questions for Assistant Professor Lez Trujillo Torres

In the fall of 2020, UIC Business welcomed Assistant Professor Lez Trujillo Torres to the Marketing Department. A familiar face to many, Professor Trujillo Torres received her MBA and Ph.D. from the college. Her newest course, MKTG 485 Customer Experience Management, focuses on the creation of customer-centric business practices and is highly rated by students. We spoke with Professor Trujillo Torres to learn more about the inspiration for her research. You received your MBA and Ph.D. in... read more

Exploring Business and Engineering at EngComm

Recently, UIC Business welcomed Chicago Hyperloop to its roster of student organizations, and members have been on a roll ever since. With a combined focus on business principles and technical perspectives, Chicago Hyperloop is recognized as a College of Engineering student organization as well. Members were presented with a special opportunity to compete in Concordia University’s Engineering and Commerce Case Competition (EngComm). EngComm fosters communication between engineering and commerce... read more

Triumphs of a Transfer Student: Sophia Carteciano

Transferring to UIC is a unique experience for each student. Adjusting to a new environment, making friends, and mastering the curriculum requires patience and a great amount of determination. Sophia Carteciano came to UIC Business from Oakton Community College and began mapping her path toward academic success. After becoming a UIC Business Advancement Scholarship recipient, she expressed an interest in sharing the challenges and triumphs that came with her decision to transfer. Here is her... read more

5 Questions for Assistant Professor Marcel Rosa-Salas

Last semester, UIC Business happily welcomed Assistant Professor of Marketing, Marcel Rosa-Salas, to the college. With a strong background in cultural anthropology and brand development, she is committed to helping students understand the influence that marketing has on consumers’ thoughts about race in American society. This topic is the focal point of her latest course, MKTG 459 Marketing Insights from Qualitative Research. Professor Rosa-Salas has an interest in filmmaking as well. Her... read more

Top 5 Book Recommendations for Black History Month 2021

Are you looking for ways to increase your knowledge about Black culture and history? Check out our top five recommendations for books to read in 2021. Featuring a range of topics, each selection is sure to provide you with a heightened sense of awareness and understanding. Remember to RSVP for The Power of Black Women’s Leadership panel. On February 17, get inspired by influential business leaders as they share their stories and offer valuable advice about navigating the workplace.   read more

Top 5 Podcast Recommendations for Black History Month 2021

Are you looking for ways to increase your knowledge about Black culture and history? Check out our top five recommendations for podcasts to listen to in 2021. Featuring a range of topics, each selection is sure to provide you with a heightened sense of awareness and understanding. Remember to RSVP for The Power of Black Women’s Leadership panel. On February 17, get inspired by influential business leaders as they share their stories and offer valuable advice about navigating the workplace.   Fck... read more

Top 5 Movie Recommendations for Black History Month 2021

Are you looking for ways to increase your knowledge about Black culture and history? Check out our top five recommendations for movies to watch in 2021. Featuring a range of topics, each selection is sure to provide you with a heightened sense of awareness and understanding. Remember to RSVP for The Power of Black Women’s Leadership panel. On February 17, get inspired by influential business leaders as they share their stories and offer valuable advice about navigating the workplace.   Malcom... read more

AMA Places Third in the Sherwin-Williams Marketing Design Competition

Last fall, the UIC American Marketing Association (AMA) competed in the Sherwin-Williams Marketing Design Competition at the University of Whitewater AMA Regional Conference. The competition involved creating a marketing communication post intended to attract job seekers to career opportunities at Sherwin-Williams. A total of 35 teams competed, and UIC finished in the top three! The winning team consisted of members Iwona Goscinski, Purivsh Patel, and Karla Ramirez. Below is an overview of the... read more

Earth’s Remedies Brings Holiday Cheer to Chicago’s West-Side Residents

The month of December gives many of us reasons to be joyous: music, lights, family, gift-giving, friends, food, and much more. However, the 2020 winter season proved to be especially hard on Chicago’s west-side residents facing marginalization and the COVID-19 crisis. Immediately, Earth’s Remedies saw an opportunity to provide relief. Earth's Remedies was founded by Mercedes Pickett. Her brother, alumnus Charles Pickett ’17, is the Vice President. The duo brought the West-Side Holiday Drive to... read more

Meet The 2020 CME Group Foundation Scholarship Winners

Four UIC Business Scholars have been announced among the winners of the highly competitive and prestigious CME Group Foundation Scholars Program scholarship that provides support for the education of underrepresented minorities in finance, information technology, computer science, and applied mathematics. Each recipient will receive a renewable scholarship worth up to $20,000 per year. The scholars competed for the award with students from 10 CME partner schools that included UIUC, DePaul... read more

Future Leaders In Business Junior Program Goes Virtual

The Future Leaders in Business Junior (FLB JR) Program gives 10th and 11th grade high school students the opportunity to learn about careers and programs of study in the field of business. FLB JR is comprised of fun and educational activities meant to empower youth, specifically those from underrepresented communities. A generous donation made by UIC Business alumnus, Al Heller, provided the support that was necessary in order to offer this one-week experience at no cost. The 2020 FLB JR program... read more

Student Organization Spotlight: American Marketing Association

In light of a new academic year, UIC Business is excited to continue the tradition of highlighting organizations that enhance the quality of students' lives. The American Marketing Association (AMA) makes a strong effort to do so. "We believe that marketing is more than just a major or a career path, marketing is a skill that everyone should have." AMA holds these words true, and is proud to see members secure employment at companies like Bosch, Leo Burnett, P&G, Starcom and many others. Anela... read more

UIC Business Stands With Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. We in UIC Business are committed to ensuring this message is heard, understood and realized.  On July 23, 2020, students, faculty and staff gathered to lead with a critical conversation that created space for reflection, dialogue and action. Featured speakers included: Dean Michael Mikhail, Vice Chancellor Rex Tolliver, Earth's Remedies Vice President & Chief Development Director Charles Pickett ('17) and Black Student Union President Ashaley Hassel. This critical... read more

Conversations with a Career Coach | Jacob Schulz

Since February 2019, UIC Business career coach Jacob Schulz has been widely recognized for helping undergraduates discover their purpose as professionals. “I enjoy seeing students reach their goals, whether it’s securing that coveted internship or gaining the clarity needed to set goals,” affirms Schulz. In addition to his contributions to the university, there are plenty of interesting facts about Jacob and reasons why he is a valued team member. What is your hometown? Chicago. What are you... read more

Alumnus Charles Pickett Co-Creates 'Save the West Side, Chicago' Initiative

An influential UIC Business alumnus that you should know is Charles Pickett ’17. When the city was reeling from the effects of mass protests and looting incited by racism and police brutality, he saw an opportunity to invoke change by restoring local communities. Charles operates a non-profit organization called Earth’s Remedies where he serves as vice president and chief business development director. His sister, Mercedes Pickett, is the president of Earth’s Remedies. The sibling duo created a... read more