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Fall 2014 Two-Credit Hour Liautaud Courses

In the fall 2014 semester the Liautaud program is offering several unique two-credit course options.  What makes these courses unique is that they are short courses that only last eight weeks out of the semester and they focus on developing professional skills that will assist in launching and developing a successful career.  Topics taught include project management, web analytics, and improvisation & leadership to name a few. MBA 500:  Corporate Strategy Section 1:  Monday, 8/25-10-13. ... read more

UIC Liautaud Announces New Peer Mentorship Program!

Starting Fall 2014, UIC Liautaud will provide incoming students with the opportunity to have a student mentor during their first semester at UIC.  The mentorship program aims to encourage student engagement and collaboration between new students and students who have completed at least one semester at UIC Liautaud. The program’s success will depend on student mentors, mentees, and UIC Liautaud staff taking an active role in the acclimation process. UIC Liautaud will match incoming students... read more

Student Spotlight: Christina Wright, MBA Candidate 2015

Christina Wright Full-time MBA Candidate 2015, Finance and Accounting Undergraduate Degree: International Affairs with a minor in Economics Undergraduate School: Northeastern University Organizations involved with: MBAA, GFIN, Dean Advisory Council     Tell us about your professional background and why you decided to return to school to achieve your master’s degree. After earning my BA in International Affairs with a minor in Economics, I started my professional career in Nonprofit Marketing and... read more

Housing Advice for New Liautaud Graduate Students

“So where are you going to live?” I heard this question over and over again, when saying good-bye to friends and family to start the UIC Liautaud MBA program in Fall 2013. Organizing a move to a new city is not the easiest thing to do. Here are a few tips to help you with your move. Incoming international students: When moving to a new city and without knowing anyone, where are the right places to look for an apartment? Where are the best and most convenient areas to live? While I had moved... read more

The New Face of Chicago: Caralynn Nowinski, MBA/MD 2007

UIC alumna Caralynn Nowinski, MBA/MD 2007, has become a key trailblazer in the efforts to revitalize the nation’s manufacturing base, with UI LABS. When Caralynn started her MBA journey at UIC Liautaud, she wanted to learn the basics of business to better prepare herself for a future role within hospital administration, something to complement her medical degree. However, once she started her journey, she was exposed to amazing opportunities that allowed her to explore a variety of different... read more

Alumni Profile: Caralynn Nowinski, MBA/MD 2007

Concentration: Entrepreneurship Post-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Technology Startups & Economic Development Undergraduate Degree: Human Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Institution: Northwestern University Current Employer: Associate Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development, University of Illinois; Interim Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, UI LABS LinkedIn Profile: Caralynn Nowinski   Why did you return to school to obtain your Graduate Business... read more

UIC Tech Ventures and Beyond! - Full Interview

Since winning the grand prize at the 2013 UIC Concept2Venture competition in December, the NuFortis team has been on the road these past few months participating and winning prizes at other business plan competitions all over the nation!  I had a chance to speak with them, and this is what I found out…   1. Tell us about your company and its origin in the Technology Ventures Program.  NuFortis is a technology services firm offering the next generation Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) solution... read more

UIC Tech Ventures and Beyond!

                      Soon-to-be graduates and co-founders of NuFortis, Flor Fernandez, Brittany Chibe and Jason Rebello have been unstoppable since winning first place at UIC C2V Business Plan Competition this past December. The team placed 2nd in the Louisville Cardinal Challenge elevator pitch competition and 6th in the Georgia Bowl competition, and has raised a total of $4,250 in prize money. Their upcoming schedule is jam-packed and will take them to The Big Sell competition at Purdue... read more

Student Spotlight: Megan Wright Drumm, MBA Candidate 2016

Megan Wright Drumm Part-time MBA Candidate 2016, Management   Industry/Field of work: Nonprofit Management   Undergraduate degree: Communication Arts and French (majors); Business Administration (minor)   Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin-Madison   Organizations involved with: InKIND       What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree?   I minored in Business Administration as an undergraduate student and really enjoyed the experience. The education that I... read more

Student Spotlight: Christine Meier, MBA Candidate 2015

    Christine Meier      MBA Candidate 2015         Concentration: International Business  Industry/Field of Work: Renewable Energy / Manufacturing Undergraduate Degree: International Business Undergraduate School: Illinois State University Career Goal: Continue work in international manufacturing and operations.     Organizations involved with: German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Women of Wind Energy Chicago Chapter           Can you tell us about your personal and... read more

Life as a Current Student Webinar this Wednesday!

This coming Wednesday, February 5th, UIC Liautaud will have a webinar about what life is like as an MBA student.  I will be moderating the discussion.  As I prepare for the event with my colleagues I realize just how quickly and significantly my life has changed over the past few months as I made the decision to pursue my MBA full-time.  In as much as life as an MBA will change you, challenge your perspectives and push you toward new success; getting to business school is its own journey.  It... read more

New Master of Science in Finance Program Starting Fall 2014

The past several years have been a time of exciting change and transformation for UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business, including a new dean, Michael Mikhail, the new Douglas Hall, the hiring of many additional faculty and career staff, and the start of our new Weekend MBA program. This year, we plan to continue this momentum as we launch a brand new program — the Master of Science in Finance degree (MSF) beginning Fall 2014. Professional opportunities in finance are changing dramatically as... read more

UIC Science & Technology Fellow at IllinoisVENTURES

          Philippe Kirschey         Full-time MBA Candidate 2015, Entrepreneurship and Management         Undergraduate Degree: Mechanical Engineering         Undergraduate School: Bergische University of Wuppertal, Germany           Career goal: President of CENTA Antriebe Kirschey GmbH           Organizations involved with: MBAA, Innovation Incubator                                      UIC Liautaud recently partnered with UIC’s Office of Technology Management and IllinoisVENTURES to offer... read more

A possible alternative to MBA 590 w/ Professor Michael Popowits

Since my first semester at UIC, I have heard nothing, but good things about Professor Michael Popowits' Improv and Leadership course. While I consider myself a somewhat outgoing person depending on the occasion, I knew that taking Improv and Leadership would only help me in increasing my level of comfort in dealing with social, and most importantly professional networking, situations.   Going into my second semester, I wanted to make it a point to add MBA 590, Improv and Leadership, to my Spring... read more

Student Spotlight: Jasmin Aßmann, MBA Candidate 2015

      Jasmin Aßmann           Full-time MBA Candidate 2015, Finance and International Business Undergraduate Degree: Media Studies Undergraduate School: University of Potsdam, Universidade de Vigo Organizations involved with: MBAA and Innovation Incubator     What prompted you to return to school to achieve your MBA? While finishing my undergraduate degree, I was constantly working and did several full-time internships. Through these experiences in the business world, it became apparent to me... read more

Is Career Advancement at the Top of Your New Year's Resolutions List?

A new year is here---Learn more about UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business programs by attending one of our exciting admissions events in January to fast track your goals.    UIC LIAUTAUD INFO SESSION – 1/15   This event will be a great opportunity to meet our admissions staff and learn about our four master’s degree offerings including our Weekend MBA program and the new MS Finance we are getting ready to launch!  Current student ambassadors will also be there to share their... read more

C2V Business Plan Competition - Transforming Concepts into Business Ventures (and Adventures too!)

If you’re familiar with the show Shark Tank, you can get an idea of what it was like at the 2013 UIC Concept2Ventures (C2V) Business Plan Competition on December 16-17. The C2V Challenge is an opportunity to pitch a business idea win cash prizes. A total of $10,000 was awarded to winning teams. Teams are placed into different tracks to present to a panel of distinguished judges. Our judges include serial entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and investors. One winner from each track advances to... read more

Looking for Spring Courses?

There are many exciting courses being offered next semester. Check out the list below and sign up today! Spots are filling quickly!    4 Credit Courses   IDS 500: Information Systems Saturdays 9-11:30 A.M.  *appx. 7 on-line classes Overview Information technologies are an integral part of the corporate and industrial world today They are being used in organizations for such purposes as: providing products and services; creating competitive advantage; managing global corporations; developing and... read more

Alumni Profile: Chris Madden, MBA 2006

    Chris Madden          Entrepreneurship concentration Current Employer: Matchnode Digital Marketing Industry/Field of Work: Start-Ups Undergraduate Degree: Spanish/English Undergraduate School: Georgetown University Organizations involved with: Beta Gamma Sigma     What prompted you to join UIC Liautaud to earn your graduate business degree? After a liberal arts undergrad and running my own business for 3 years, I wanted to have a solid foundation in business disciplines like accounting,... read more

Student Spotlight: Michael Vidmar, MBA Candidate 2013

Michael Vidmar           Full-time MBA Candidate, Finance and Management concentrations Industry/Field of Work: Real Estate Finance Undergraduate Degree: Economics Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College Career Goal: Manage real estate investment fund Organizations involved with: Preston Bradley Center, GFIN     What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree? After a career developing small- and medium-size companies in the real estate industry, I had exposure across many... read more