Fall 2014 New Student Orientation


Get Consulting Experience While Giving Back!

Calling all UIC Liautaud students! Are you looking to strengthen your resume and give back to the community at the same time? Are you interested in helping a local nonprofit organization streamline its finances, create a new marketing strategy, or even improve its network security?  Then UIC’s MBA Association InKIND Consulting Program wants you! For only one to two hours a week, you can gain real world consulting experience and help strengthen a nonprofit organization. Teams of students will... read more

Get Involved With the MBA Association

On behalf of the UIC MBA Association, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the Liautaud Graduate School of Business! The MBA Association is committed to enhancing the MBA experience for our members. Our goals revolve around: 
  • Providing opportunities for students to grow their network, both within UIC Liautaud and with the Chicago business community
  • Providing community service opportunities
  • Providing professional development opportunities 
We have some fun events planned this semester. To see the... read more

2014 InKIND Consulting Program

Are you a non-profit looking to create a social venture? Streamline finances and accounting practices? Apply the latest IT technology to help you better meet your mission? Create a marketing campaign for a specific audience? UIC’s InKind consulting program wants to work with you on projects like this for free! The UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business (LGSB) MBA Association and InKind consulting program are seeking applications from Chicago area non-profit organizations that are interested in... read more

Books? Check. Pens and Pencils? Check. Now What?

You've registered for classes. You've started counting down the days until August 25th. You've even updated your LinkedIn profile with your new graduate school endeavor. Now what? Let me introduce you to... The Top Five Things To Do Before Classes Start 1. Get your UIC i-card. Your UIC i-card is your official University ID card. What's great about the i-card is it gives you access to various services and facilities on campus. If access around campus isn't extremely important to you, remember you... read more

Where Are They Now: Cory Cooper, MBA 2004

 Cory F. Cooper MBA 2004, Finance and Entrepreneurship Current Employer: Citibank Pre-Degree Field of Work: Marketing Post-Degree Field Work: Finance Undergraduate Degree:  B.S. in Marketing Undergraduate Institution:  Saint Xavier University Organization Involvement:  National Association of Health Services Executives, Coalition of African American Leaders, Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art   How did you get your current position? I was tapped by a good friend of mine who... read more

The Power of Immersion: Doing Business in Brazil 2014

The UIC Liautaud MBA program offers students exciting opportunities to gain firsthand experience about foreign business systems and cultures with two unique study abroad options in Brazil and Europe. This summer, five students packed their bags and headed to Brazil for a thrilling adventure. Students studied alongside international business leaders, developed an understanding of another business and cultural environment, and sharpened their global business skills in an international market. Our... read more

The New Face in Student Services: Scott Schneider

Have you met Scott Schneider? Well, if you haven't it's only a matter of time, because Scott Schneider is one of the newest additions to the UIC Liautaud staff. In May Scott joined the Student Services team as an Academic Advisor, and I wanted to take a moment to find out more about Scott and share some fun facts about him with the Liautaud Community. Read on to see what I learned!   Fun Facts About Scott Hometown: Wyomissing, PA Favorite Part of the Day: Winding down my day with my... read more

Inspired & Transformed: Alumni Success Stories Panel Event on July 10

Learn what a UIC Liautaud degree has meant for a panel of alumni - and what it could mean for you! Join us on July 10 for this exclusive event and hear from alumni from three master's programs (MBA, MSA, MIS) as they share their stories of how UIC Liautaud changed their career direction and/or its trajectory. Whether you are looking to change your career by switching industries or you are hoping to accelerate your current career path, hear from those who have had similar experiences. Current and... read more

High Frequency Trading Brought to Light

Earlier this month, UIC Business hosted a  High Frequency Trading (HFT) Roundtable Discussion. This was an insightful analysis of hot topic issues that have been recently brought to light by the release of Michael Lewis' new book "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt."  UIC Finance Professors who are recognized leaders in the area of Market Microstructure, Professors Rosenthal, Murphy, and Bondarenko, shed some light on what it all  means and how it affects financial markets and investors. The event... read more

Student Spotlight: Danielle Seger, MBA/MSF Candidate 2015

Danielle Seger               Full-time MBA/MSF Candidate 2015 Concentration: Finance  Field of Work: Investment Management Undergraduate Degree In: Economics & Spanish Undergraduate School: Lafayette College Career Goal: Buy-side investment finance Organizations Involved With: Illinois Ventures and UIC Liautaud's Women Network       Interests/Hobbies: Distance running, reading, and alternative rock Internships: Illinois Ventures Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places: 2nd Friday’s @ The Fine Arts... read more

Student Spotlight: Rogelio Rangel, MBA Candidate 2015

Rogelio Rangel Weekend - MBA Candidate 2015 Concentrations: Finance / Management Industry: Financial Services Undergraduate Degree In: Industrial and Systems Engineering Undergraduate School: Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Career Goal: Continued growth in the financial field Interests/Hobbies: Watching sports and going to concerts Internships: American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico, Landstar Favorite Chicago Restaurant: Portillo’s Favorite Part of the Day: Relaxing after... read more

Student Spotlight: Abe Berkley-Vigil, MBA Candidate 2014

Abe Berkley-Vigil Full-time MBA Candidate 2014 Concentration:  Finance Undergraduate degree: Economics, History Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin Career Goal: Doing what I love Organizations involved with: GFIN     Tell us about your personal and professional background. I am a second year MBA student with a concentration in Finance. I have worked in the restaurant industry as a server, and also worked at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group as a runner for a summer. This... read more

MBAA's Community Service at Lincoln Park Community Shelter

  This past month, the UIC Liautaud MBA Association cooked and served a wholesome lunch consisting of chicken alfredo, rosemary roasted potatoes, and salad for those at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter.  The team of five students gathered together to serve in camaraderie and in support of the LP Community Shelter. Throughout the year, student organizations periodically volunteer at the community shelter. While lending a hand in the kitchen and serving food to men and women who are experiencing... read more

Fall 2014 Two-Credit Hour Liautaud Courses

This 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