MBA News Archive

Illinois MBA Teams up with Eastern Illinois Foodbank

The Illinois MBA is teaming up with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to help alleviate hunger throughout the month of April. This month-long service project is part of an initiative sponsored by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) called TeamMBA, which was created to celebrate, promote, and publicize the outstanding community and volunteer work that is performed by graduate management programs. Each week there are several events, meals, and speakers that will draw attention and help raise money for EIF in partnership with TeamMBA. For more information or to get involved please contact MBAStudentAffairs@illinois.edu.


Joint Degree InfoSession Scheduled for April 13

University of Illinois students are invited to find out more about earning an MBA as a joint degree by attending a reception and information session on Tuesday, April 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Business Instructional Facility at 515 E. Gregory Dr. in Champaign. The Illinois MBA offers a joint degree with any Master's or PhD program on campus. Joint degree students can earn an MBA in three semesters, as opposed to four semesters for non-joint degree students. To register for this event, click here.


2010 Career Lab for Women Business Leaders

The Illinois MBA is co-hosting the Forté Foundation's 2010 Career Lab at the University of Illinois for women interested in learning more about business. The lab is on April 8. Click here for more information and to register. Illinois MBA alumni Katie Abernathy, Business Development Manager for Butler Business Accelerator, and Karen Fenske, Midwest Ad Director for Shape Magazine, are the featured presenters.


MBA Students Bring "Idea-Sharing" Conference to Illinois

TEDxUIUC, a TED-licensed event, is scheduled to take place on April 10, 2010, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Organized by a group of Illinois MBA students (Cristian Mitreanu, Nick Timpone, Srinivas Venugopal, and Derek Larsen), the event will feature over 20 short-but-powerful presentations under the overarching theme "Bold — Ideas, Innovations, Performances." Up to 300 participants are expected to attend and hear from speakers including Paul Debevec (recent Academy Award winner for technical and scientific achievement in "Avatar") and David Markham (President, Lockheed Martin). Although the event is invitation-only, a waitlist is open for the public. Learn more at www.TEDxUIUC.com or follow twitter.com/TEDxUIUC.


Illinois MBA Alumni Start Online Social Network for Veterans

Chris Petersen and Dave Chonowski, former U.S. Army officers who are 2008 graduates of the Illinois MBA, recently launched an online social network for military veterans who have earned MBA degrees. The website - MBA Veterans Connect - provides a platform for veterans who are now in the business profession to network and provide support for each other. Petersen and Chonowski have also organized military MBA career fairs that have successfully grown each of the past two years.


MBA Students Initiate Project to Help Local Non-Profits

Professional MBA students Rebecca Motley and Kate Meghji have transformed a class project into community service. Together, they have initiated a program called "Illinois MBA Non-Profit Outreach" that will enable local non-profit companies to gain the consulting services of current MBA students at no cost. To read a full write-up on this project, click here.


Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus to Present on U of I Campus

Muhammad Yunus, who received the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering concept of banking without collateral for the poorest of the poor, will be honored with the university's Presidential Award and Medallion on Monday, March 1. After the ceremony, which will begin at 7 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium, Yunus will deliver a public talk, "Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century." In connection with Yunus' talk, students, researchers, and organizations with social entrepreneurship projects have been invited to present their work.


MBA Students Enjoy Free Lunch with Professors

MBA students will have the opportunity to sit down for a free lunch with their professors starting this week. Students initiated this program, which is supported by the Illinois MBA, so that students may build camaraderie with their professors outside of the classroom. This program started last year and received a great response and therefore has been re-launched.


Admissions Team Hosting Information Sessions Thursday, Feb. 11

The Illinois MBA is hosting two informational events on Thursday, February 11. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Illinois MBA. There will be an information session and lunch at the Illini Center in Chicago at noon. In addition, there will be an information session and reception in Naperville at 6:00 p.m. For more information and to register for either event, please go to our events page.


Student Wins First Prize in Sustainable Business Essay Contest

Srinivas Venugopal, a first-year MBA student, has won first prize in the BoP (Base of the Pyramid) Narrative Competition, hosted by the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University, for his submission, "Engaging with the Emergent Oder to Create Social And Financial Value." His work was chosen from among 100 submissions from 15 countries illustrating businesses in 25 different countries. The event was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).


Business Roundtable to Discuss Success through Social Media

The College of Business Roundtable event for January will draw attention to the early success of young professionals through the creative use of social and digital media. "Me, Inc.: The Power of a Personal Brand in the Digital Age" will emphasize how some young professionals have used social media to establish a strong professional brand that builds their reputation and makes them high-demand talent. Alumni are welcome to sign up for this event, which will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Illini Center in Chicago on Wednesday, January 27.


University Offices Closed: December 24-January 3

All university offices will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2009, to January 3, 2010. Offices will re-open on January 4, 2010. If you have applied to the Illinois MBA, your application status will not be updated with materials received during this time. If you have any questions, please email us at mba@illinois.edu, and we will reply to your query when we return.

From the entire Illinois MBA staff: Happy Holidays!


2010 Alumni Awards Banquet to Honor Mike Tokarz

Mike Tokarz, a 1973 graduate of the Illinois MBA and Chairman of The Tokarz Group, will be honored at the Illinois MBA's 2010 Alumni Awards Banquet. The event is scheduled to be held in Chicago on Thursday, February 4. This annual event brings together alumni, friends, and students for a special evening. To register to attend this event, click here.


It's Official: Business Building Earns Highest Environmental Rating

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Business Instructional Facility with the LEED Platinum rating, the highest possible rating offered for sustainable, environmentally friendly construction and design. This means that the University of Illinois has the first business facility at a public university to earn the Platinum level. To read a full article, click here.


Certificate Training for Aspiring Project Managers to Be Offered

Illinois Business Consulting, a registered educational provider for the Project Management Institute, is hosting a four-day project management exam boot camp from Jan. 5-8 (Tuesday - Friday). The course is designed to help participants pass the PMP exam. The deadline to register is Friday, December 11. For more information or to register, go to: www.ibc.illinois.edu/pdf/Winter-2009-PMI-Course.pdf.


College of Business Roundtable to Highlight Healthcare

The Roundtable Series of the College of Business at Illinois will bring in healthcare experts and leaders to discuss significant current issues affecting this industry. Dean Larry DeBrock will be the moderator for this event, which will be held on Wednesday, December 9, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago. College of Business students and alumni are invited to register by emailing Deborah Keyes by December 7.


Students to Celebrate End of Semester with Winter Ball

The MBA Association has organized a Winter Ball for both full-time and Professional MBA students for Friday, December 4, 2009. This semi-formal event will be held at the I Hotel from 8:00-11:30 p.m. and will include hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and dancing the night away.


Business Professor Wins International Award

Professor Madhu Viswanathan, who teaches a second-year class to MBA and master's of engineering students, will receive the India International Friendship Society's Bharat Gaurav Award, given annually to honor people whose work promotes India's heritage and contributions at home and abroad. This award has been previously awarded to Mother Teresa and the former vice president of India. Click here to read the article in Inside Illinois.


MBA Students Finish Third at Corporate Restructuring Case Competition

Illinois MBA students Gagan Bhatia, Min Xie, and Atsushi Fukuno, along with Master's of Finance student Tirath Muchhala, recently competed in the Kellogg/ABI Corporate Restructuring Case Competition held at Northwestern University on November 5-6. The team advanced to the final round and finished third (out of 12 teams) for the second year in a row, earning a prize of $2,500. This case competition, co-sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Kellogg School of Management, challenges groups of business students to solve a hypothetical business case of a distressed company before an audience of experts in the turnaround/crisis management/restructuring industries.


MBA Students to Attend Social Responsibility Conference

A group of MBA students will travel to Ithaca, New York, to attend the 2009 Net Impact Conference on November 13-14 at Cornell University. The title for this year's conference is "Advancing Sustainable Global Enterprise: Changemakers, Innovators, and Problem Solvers." The conference will bring together the leaders of the sustainable global enterprise movement. The Illinois MBA has a Net Impact chapter that creates opportunities for students to learn and discuss how they can make a positive difference in the world through business.


Roundtable to Address Corruption in International Business

The Colleges of Business and Law are hosting a corporate compliance roundtable on Friday, November 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The title of the roundtable is "Combating Corruption When Doing Business Globally: Corporate Compliance Programs and the FCPA." Industry experts will lead this roundtable by discussing the Federal Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and ways in which U.S. companies work to comply with the law. 


Veterans Career Conference Featured in BusinessWeek

The MBA Veterans Career Conference, which was organized by alumnus Chris Petersen and current MBA student David Chonowski, was recognized by BusinessWeek recently. To read the full commentary on this one-of-a-kind event, click here.


MBA Professor Presents Approach for Planning for Recessions

Economic recessions will happen, and businesses that plan for these recessions before they occur are likely to survive and prosper. In 2005, before anyone knew of the impending recession, Illinois professor Steve Michael and Villanova University professor John Pearce developed a four-pronged plan to help businesses navigate recessions. Michael's plan is presented in an article in a recent issue of Inside Illinois.


MBA Student Competes for Top Prize in "Solar" Competition

Joint MBA and Master's of Architecture student Joe Simon and his team finished second in the annual Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C. This event is sponsored by the Department of Energy, and challenges teams of students representing 20 universities to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The homes are currently on display at the National Mall. Further details can be found at: http://www.solardecathlon.org/.


Illinois MBAs Organize Career Conference for Veterans

Class of 2009 alumnus Chris Petersen and current MBA student David Chonowski have organized a career conference for MBA students and recent MBA graduates who are military veterans. This event, which features a number of top MBA hiring companies, will be held in Chicago, Ill., on Friday, October 16. For more information, including registration details, go to: http://mbaveterans.com/welcome.


College of Business Professors Recognized in University Publication

Professors Greg Northcraft and Hayden Noel, who both teach classes for the MBA program, were recently featured in Inside Illinois for their business insights in a down economy. Professor Northcraft highlights the importance of engaging workers at all levels for making company-wide decisions. Professor Noel identifies that companies that reduce advertising to survive the recession risk sales declines that linger long after the economy rebounds.


Alumni Invited to Attend Reception in Minneapolis

The Illinois MBA is visiting Minneapolis. If you are an MBA alumnus attending NSHMBA 2009 or living in the Minneapolis Metropolitan area, please join us for an alumni reception at Zelo, downtown Minneapolis, on Friday, October 9, 2009, from  5:30-7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to attend.


"Business Bash" Welcomes Alumni to Campus for Homecoming

The College of Business Alumni Association invites alumni and students to attend the "Business Bash" after the Illinois vs. Michigan St. football game on October 10, 2009, during Homecoming Weekend. Alumni and students can enjoy great food, a cash bar, and a kids area featuring Illini games. Football tickets are available in the Business block while supplies last. To register, click here or call 217-244-6669.


Dean Lanesskog to Host Alumni Happy Hours in California

Illinois MBA alumni in Los Angeles and San Francisco will join Associate Dean Stig Lanesskog and Director of Admissions Jackie Wilson for exclusive Happy Hour events on Friday, October 2, and Monday, October 5, respectively. Dean Lanesskog will share his vision for the future of the Illinois MBA. If you are an Illinois MBA alumnus, you can register to attend the event in Los Angeles or San Francisco.


Sr. Economics Editor for Wall Street Journal Presenting on Campus

The Center for Business and Public Policy, in conjunction with the Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government, has organized a panel of experts to speak on the topic of "Are We Regulating Capitalism out of Existence?" Keynote speaker and Illinois alumnus Stephen Moore, Senior Economics Editor for the Wall Street Journal, will be joined by a multidisciplinary panel of experts to address this question on Thursday, October 1, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Illini Union. For complete details on this event and the panelists, click here.


Experts to Speak on Changes in Investment Banking

The College of Business Development Office and the Finance Club will host a Trader Forum on Wednesday, September 23. Five alumni panelists from the world of investment finance will discuss topics including candid insights of market operations over the past year, fiscal and monetary policy affecting the marketplace, the role of investment banks, and how to find jobs in the new generation of finance. The panel will start at 6:00 p.m. in Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility and will be preceded by a reception in the BIF Commons at 4:30 p.m.


Joint Degree InfoSession Scheduled for Graduate Students

The Illinois MBA is opening up its joint degree option to all graduate students on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. An information session has been scheduled for Thursday, September 17, at 5:00 p.m. in 3007 Business Instructional Facility. Interested students may register here.


New Scholarships Announced for Professional MBA

Dean Larry DeBrock and the College of Business have announced two new scholarship programs available to Professional MBA applicants. These scholarship programs were created for the purpose of supporting local residents who have been affected by the weakened economy with full tuition for the part-time MBA program. For complete details on these scholarships, including eligibility guidelines, click here.


Professor Madhu Viswanathan Writes Article for Wall Street Journal

Professor Madhu Viswanathan, who teaches a popular master's course titled Sustainable Product and Market Development for Subsistence Marketplaces, has had an article featured in the Wall Street Journal. His article is about marketplace literacy as a key to expanding rural economies. To read the article, click here.


Admissions Kicks Off Recruiting Season in Chicago

The Illinois MBA admissions team will be traveling around the United States and the world this fall to recruit the next class of MBA students. The next event will be in Chicago on Tuesday, September 15,  for a World MBA Tour event.


MBA and Law Students Plan Social Event

MBA and law students at the University of Illinois are co-hosting a social event on Wednesday, September 9, at Jupiter's at the Crossing in Champaign. The basement has been reserved so that MBA and law students can get to know each other while they enjoy pizza, drinks, and games.


"Welcome Back" Picnic Brings Everyone Together

All MBA students, faculty, staff, and their families are invited to attend the "Welcome Back" Picnic on Thursday, August 27, at Hessel Park in Champaign. This fun and relaxing event welcomes second-year students back to campus and allows first-year students to meet more of their new Illinois MBA family.


Alumnus Featured in Crain's Chicago Business

Illinois MBA alumnus Greg Merdinger ('81) was featured in Crain's Chicago Business for his work with distressed projects at Nexstep LLC, a Chicago-based real estate investment venture aiming to buy troubled residential developments.


Class of 2011 to Experience CareerQuest in Chicago

The new MBA Class of 2011 will travel to Chicago on Thursday, August 20, for a Career Services event known as CareerQuest. During the event, students will hear from an alumnus guest speaker, take part in a networking expo with alumni and recruiters, and then enjoy a happy hour and reception with Illinois MBA alumni.


Students Return to Campus for New Academic Year

Students are starting to return to the University of Illinois campus with classes beginning on Monday, August 24. The new Class of 2011 is already on campus for PreTerm and enjoying the start of their two-year experience in the Illinois MBA.

Admissions Events Released for Fall 2009

The admissions office of the Illinois MBA has released a list of scheduled recruiting events for fall 2009.


MBA Class of 2011 to Start PreTerm on August 17

The Illinois MBA is excited to welcome the Class of 2011 to campus on Monday, August 17, for PreTerm. PreTerm is a week full of activities intended to familiarize students with the University of Illinois campus and its resources. PreTerm also includes various team and social activities that allow students to start building rapport with their classmates. Classes will begin on Monday, August 24.


Alumni and Students Networking at Second Tuesday Event

On the second Tuesday of every month, Illinois College of Business alumni meet together in Chicago for the Second Tuesday happy hour. The next event will be held on Tuesday, August 11, at Market Bar in downtown Chicago. Current and incoming MBA students are also welcome to attend this month's event, which will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you are an alumnus or student, you can RSVP by emailing to BusinessAlumni@illinois.edu.

Illinois MBA Alumnus Interviewed on Local Radio

Alumnus Ron Watkins was recently interviewed on a local radio station to talk about Illinois Business Consulting (IBC), where he serves as Associate Director. To listen to this interview and to find out more about IBC, go to: http://illinois.edu/goto/rwinterview.


Illinois MBA to be Represented at MBA Event in Chicago

An admissions representative of the Illinois MBA will attend the Business School Insider event in Chicago on Tuesday, July 28. This event is organized by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions and will feature a number of local MBA programs. They will provide a free GMAT strategy session, a panel session with MBA admissions representatives, and a networking fair where prospective students can meet with MBA program representatives.


Kaplan Test Prep Offering GMAT Strategy Session

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions in Champaign will be offering a free GMAT strategy session on Wednesday, July 29, starting at 5:30 p.m. An Illinois MBA admissions representative will also be in attendance to answer any questions about how admissions evaluates the various aspects of the application, including the GMAT. To sign up for this event, go to: http://www.kaptest.com/enroll/GMAT/61820/events.


Prospective MBA Students Invited to St. Louis Events

On Thursday, July 9, the Illinois MBA will be in St. Louis for a joint event with Kaplan Test Prep as well as for an alumni reception. Prospective MBA students are welcome to attend either event, which will occur simultaneously in different areas of St. Louis.


Alumni Reception to Be Held in St. Louis

Illinois MBA alumni in the St. Louis area will join together for an alumni reception on Thursday, July 9, 2009, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. If you are an Illinois MBA alumnus and are interested in attending this reception in St. Louis, please contact the MBA office at 217-244-8019.


DeBrock Named College of Business Dean

Lawrence DeBrock, a longtime Illinois MBA professor and administrator, has been named Dean of the College of Business. DeBrock's appointment was officially approved by the Board of Trustees at their May 21 meeting. The news release for this announcement can be found here. You may also view a video where Dean DeBrock addresses the challenges and opportunities confronting business education today.


University Offices Closed for Memorial Day

Faculty and staff of the University of Illinois and the College of Business will enjoy a long weekend when the offices close for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25. All offices will re-open on Tuesday, May 26.


Alumni to Gather for Networking Event in Chicago

On Tuesday, June 9, Illinois MBA alumni will meet at The Gage Restaurant in downtown Chicago for the monthly networking event know as "Second Tuesdays". Appetizers will be provided for alumni by the Illinois MBA and College of Business Alumni Associations. Current students who are located in Chicago for the summer are also welcome to attend.


Graduates to Celebrate Accomplishments at Convocation 2009

Family and friends from around the world will join MBA students from the 2009 graduating classes of the full-time MBA, the Professional MBA, the Executive MBA, and the Executive MBA-Warsaw to celebrate their accomplishments as Illinois MBA graduates. Convocation will take place on Saturday, May 16, at 9:00 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. A post-graduation brunch will be held following the ceremony in the Atrium of the Business Instructional Facility. Tickets are required for all attendees.


Women's Roundtable Event to Highlight Philanthropic Leaders

The College of Business is hosting a Women in Business Roundtable event on Wednesday, May 13, at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago. College of Business students, graduates, and their guests will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from five women who are leaders of not-for-profit organizations in Chicago.


Bernard Madoff Whistleblower to Lecture on Campus

Harry Markopolos, the accountant who blew the whistle on Bernard Madoff and his Ponzi scheme that lost investors billions of dollars, will be lecturing on the University of Illinois campus on Monday, May 4. The lecture is titled "Bernie Madoff and Beyond: A Whistleblower's Take on the SEC." The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in room 141 of Loomis Laboratory. This special event is co-sponsored by the Hillel Foundation, the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business & Society, and the College of Business.


Two MBA Students Earn Global Leadership Award

MBA students Chris Petersen and David Chonowski, both former U.S. Army officers, have won an international leadership award for organizing a first-of-its-kind career fair that connected military veterans with prospective employers. A full article can be read by going to: http://news.illinois.edu/news/09/0427leadership.html.


MBA Diversity Association Hosting Latin Cultural Night

The MBA Diversity Association will host MBA students, staff, and faculty for a Latin Cultural Night on Saturday, April 25. The Diversity Association brings together the various cultural groups represented in the Illinois MBA and strives to provide students with the opportunity to embrace, learn and celebrate the diversity represented in the Illinois MBA. This particular event was organized by the Latin American Business Society, a sub-committee of the Diversity Association.


MBA Service Association to Assist Local Food Pantry

The MBA Service Association (MBASA) will send volunteers to work with the Salt & Light Food/Clothing Pantry on Friday, April 24. MBASA's mission is to positively impact the community, to reinforce the importance of collaborative service, and to add value to the Illinois MBA.


Illinois MBA to Compete for Top Prize at Big Ten Case Competition

First-year MBA students Jeff Hong, Todd Koleszar, Patrick MacKay, and Parmesh Venkateswaran will represent the Illinois MBA at the Big Ten Case Competition at Ohio State University. The team is eager to bring home the top prize in this annual competition, taking place this year on April 16-18. The Illinois MBA wishes our team the best of luck!


MBA Admissions to Host Informational Lunch in Chicago

On Friday, May 1, the Illinois MBA will be hosting a lunch for prospective MBA students at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago. This event will feature a panel of current students, alumni, and an admissions representative who will provide an overview of the Illinois MBA. This is an event for anyone who is thinking about starting an MBA this fall or in future years.


Class of 2009 to Celebrate at MBA Finale

The Illinois MBA Class of 2009 will celebrate their two years together at Illinois during MBA Finale 2009. This year's Finale will be held at the Refinery in Champaign on Saturday, April 18. Second-year students will enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing as they reminisce about their time as MBA students in the Illinois MBA.


Executive Vice President of Ace Hardware to Discuss Business Ethics

Rita Kahle, the Executive Vice President of Ace Hardware, will present during the Leighton Lecture on Ethics and Leadership on Monday, April 13, at the Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility. The event, which will begin at 4:15 p.m., will be co-hosted by the College of Business and the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society.


MBA Alumnus John Murray to Talk about Chicago's Olympic Bid

John Murray, MBA 2001 and Chief Bid Officer for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympic Games, is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of the bid's messages to local, national and international audiences. Murray is also coordinating the bid's functional teams and managing multiple stakeholder relations teams, as well as overseeing back-office operations. He will share his insights with MBA alumni and current students on April 16 at the Illini Center in Chicago. For more details, go to http://illinois.edu/goto/chicago_bid.


IMBA Runners to Support HireIllini.com at Marathon

MBA students, staff, and alumni will be running and walking in their HireIllini.com shirts during the Illinois Marathon on Saturday, April 11, 2009. They will be marketing the campus-wide campaign that promotes the hiring of University of Illinois students. Participants will also raise at least $100 for one of two community nonprofit organizations (Developmental Services Center of Champaign or Center for Women in Transition) that support employment for those with unique challenges.


Students to Celebrate at Spring Gala

The MBA Association will host the Spring Gala on Saturday, April 4, at the I Hotel & Conference Center. First-year, second-year and professional MBA students are invited to this semi-formal event. Live entertainment will be provided by MBA students!


Trading Insider to Discuss History and Future of Trading

George Hanley, President and Founder of Hanley Group LP and Principal and Founder of Infinium Capital Management, will give a presentation about the history and future of trading on Friday, March 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility. The College of Business is proud to host Mr. Hanley, whose role as a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange, along with numerous other global exchanges, will enable him to provide unique insights into the past, present and future of trading and investments.


Chief Technology Officer of The Boeing Company to Present

The Hoeft Technology & Management Program will host Dr. John J. Tracy, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of The Boeing Company, for the Alan M. Hallene Lecture on Thursday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Tracy will present on how Boeing hones its competitive edge. This special presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center at 601 S. Lincoln in Urbana.


Students Raise Money for Special Olympics through Polar Plunge

On Saturday, March 7, MBA students will plunge into the frigid waters of Lake of the Woods in Mahomet, Ill., to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois. To support the Special Olympics Illinois through sponsoring the MBA Service Association, go to: http://illinois.edu/goto/specialolympicsillinois.


Students to Vie to Become Global Tycoons

After completing their MBA 503 finals, first-year students will spend all of next week competing against each other in the global strategy simulation known as Global Tycoon. Students form teams of ten through which they make decisions regarding their business in response to a changing business environment. Through this simulation, students learn how all parts of a business must work together for success.


Alumnus Selected as Special Assistant to the President

Illinois MBA alumnus Kareem Dale (JD/MBA '99) was recently announced by Vice President Joe Biden as Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. Dale previously served as the National Disability Director for the Obama for America campaign. The full news release can be read at: http://www.law.uiuc.edu/prospective-students/news/article.asp?id=1064.


Illinois Announces Team for Big Ten Case Competition

An internal case competition was held to determine who would represent the Illinois MBA in the 2009 Big Ten MBA Case Competition. Congratulations to the winning team of Jeff Hong, Todd Koleszar, Patrick MacKay, and Parmesh Venkateswaran! They will travel to Ohio State University on April 16-18 to try to bring home the top prize in this annual competition.


Governor to Sign Sustainability Compact on Campus

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will travel to the Business Instructional Facility on Wednesday, February 18, to sign a Sustainability Compact with members of the Board of Trustees and University administrators. The new business building has been selected as the site for this momentous occasion due to its environmentally friendly design elements that will set the trend for future campus architecture.


Illinois Students Participate in National Case Competition

First-year students Aurora Zhang and Snehal Sheth were selected to participate in the 2009 Kenan-Flagler Marketing Case Challenge at the University of North Carolina. The teams were composed of four first-year students from different schools. Sheth's team finished in second place and received a $1,000 cash prize. Congratulations to both students on their accomplishments!


"Investigate Illinois" Returns in 2009

The popular admissions event, "Investigate Illinois," has been scheduled for Monday, February 16. This event is held specifically for applicants to the Illinois MBA. "Investigate Illinois" allows applicants to observe an MBA class, have lunch with students and staff, take a tour of the new business building, and sit in on presentations about Illinois Business Consulting and MBA Career Services. Furthermore, admissions interviews are offered throughout the day, making this a particularly valuable day for future students of the Illinois MBA.

Women in Business to Host 6th Annual Leadership Conference

On Friday, February 20, 2009, the MBA Women in Business Society will host the 6th Annual Women in Business Leadership Conference. The conference will be held in the Business Instructional Facility from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Additional information about the event can be found at www.wibconference.illinoismbaa.org.


Women in Business Society Organizes Silent Auction

The Women in Business Society of the Illinois MBA will hold a silent auction on Wednesday, February 4. Students, faculty, and staff will bid on anything from "Dinner for Four" with MBA staff members to wine and cheese gift baskets to music lessons with MBA students. The funds raised by the silent auction will go to support the 6th Annual Women in Business Conference, to be held on Friday, February 20.


Illinois MBA to Host Strategy Case Competition

The Illinois MBA will host a Strategy Case Competition on January 30 and 31, 2009, on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Five teams of full-time MBA students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their business acumen to a panel of corporate judges. Teams will compete for a $4,000 first-place and $2,000 second-place prize. For more information click here.


Alumni Awards Banquet to Be Held February 7, 2009

This year's Illinois MBA Alumni Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. For more details on the event and registration information, please visit http://illinois.edu/goto/mba_alumni_banquet.

Illinois MBA Admissions Attending Chicago Business School Forum

Admissions representatives from the Illinois MBA will join six other graduate business programs at the Chicago Business School Forum for a Q&A panel and networking forum. The event, organized by Kaplan Test Prep, will take place on Saturday, January 24.

MBA Students to Study in Berlin and Mexico City

Fifty-nine Illinois MBA students will participate in week-long study abroad courses at Freie University in Berlin, Germany, and IPADE in Mexico City, Mexico, during the week of January 12, 2009. The opportunity to study abroad allows Illinois MBA students to gain international experience while fulfilling a course requirement. First-year MBAs Brett Pearce (Berlin) and Loren Friedman (Mexico City) will blog about their trips at illinoismbastudents.blogspot.com.

India Trip Rescheduled

Associate Dean Mary Miller's trip to India has been rescheduled. She will be holding information sessions in Bangalore, Mumbai, and New Delhi starting on January 6, 2009.


MBA Leading Exciting IBC Project

An MBA student is leading an Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) project where team members are conducting due diligence for a startup company that was created around a novel cancer diagnostic technology developed at the University of Illinois. The project team, comprising a diverse group of students, has been able to provide a unique perspective on the issues being analyzed to provide the client with specific recommendations as the company moves forward.


Law and MBA to Hold Joint Degree InfoSession

The Illinois MBA and College of Law are holding an InfoSession for those interested in the JD/MBA joint degree program at the University of Illinois. The session will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, in 3039 Business Instructional Facility (515 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign). No registration is required; all are welcome to attend.

Illinois MBA Team Places Third at Case Competition

A team of first-year MBA students advanced to the final round of the American Bankruptcy Institute/Kellogg School of Management Corporate Restructuring Competition and placed third. The competition provided an opportunity for students from leading business schools to solve a realistic business case of a distressed company and presented before an audience of experts in the turnaround/crisis management/restructuring industries. The team was composed of Loren Friedman, Jonathan Grubb, Travis Green, and Nitin Verma. 


Veterans Society Hosts Veterans' Career Conference

Second-year MBA Chris Petersen and the Illinois MBA Veterans Society organized and hosted the first annual Veterans' Career Conference on Friday, November 7 at the Symphony Center in Chicago. The first of its kind, this event brought together 70 veterans from MBA programs across the Midwest and several top companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Credit Suisse, Procter & Gamble and many others. The Illinois MBA currently hosts the largest percentage of veterans within its program among all U.S. MBA programs and hopes to participate in this networking event on an annual basis.


MBA Student Published in Law Journal

First-year MBA student Loren Friedman, J.D., recently contributed an article to the "Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law."  His article, "Recent Developments in the Law of Fraudulent Transfers and Recoveries," addresses the history and construction of sections 548 and 550 of the Bankruptcy Code, as well as discusses recent case law regarding the same.


Student Leading Exciting IBC Project

Through Illinois Business Consulting (IBC), a group of MBA students is conducting a feasibility study for a Fortune 50 firm that is considering opening a satellite office in the Research Park at the University of Illinois. The project involves aligning the firm's activities with skill sets available in Illinois interns. This will allow the firm to target high-value activities that could be accomplished at this satellite office in order to maximize their return on investment.

MBA Organization to Visit CME and CBOT

The MBA Graduate Finance Association will be visiting the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade on Friday, October 24, to learn about operations in the financial industry. They will be touring the Visitors Center, participating in mock trading activities, and meeting with the Associate Director of the CME Group Trading Knowledge Center and Product Education.


Future MBA Students Invited for "Exclusive" Look at Illinois MBA

The Illinois MBA will be hosting a special event for prospective MBA students on November 14. The event, "Illinois MBA Exclusive", will provide prospective students with an inside look at the Illinois MBA.


IMBA Career Services Visits Microsoft

Illinois MBA Career Services Associate Director Julie Sweet visited Seattle, Wash., where she networked with alumni and visited Microsoft's world headquarters. Julie learned about potential MBA opportunities for current students thanks to the coordination efforts of alumnus Brad Jarocki '99, who set up a meeting with the MBA recruiter. In addition to visiting Microsoft, Julie hosted a happy hour for Illinois MBA alumni living in Seattle.


Students to Represent Illinois at Case Competition

First-year MBA Students Prabhu Devarajan, Brett Havens, Ty Rashid, Manu Srivastava, and Kendra Younker will represent Illinois at the Krannert Business-to-Business Marketing & Strategy Case Competition on October 17-18, 2008 at Purdue University. An internal case competition was held to select the most qualified students. Congratulations and good luck!


Alumnus Brings Cummins Inc. to Campus

Dan Remsen ('07) returned to campus on Monday, September 15, to host a Cummins Inc. information session with other representatives from his company and to meet the new class of internship candidates. Dan was instrumental in bringing Cummins to the Illinois MBA last year to facilitate internship interviews.  This led to an excellent opportunity for Kabid Choudhury, second-year MBA, who spent the summer in strategic marketing at Cummins.


Illinois Recognized as America's Top Wired College

PC Magazine recently revealed the top 20 high-tech U.S. colleges recognizing Illinois as number one.  Illinois was in sixth place on the 2006 list and is pleased to have jumped to the top this year.  To read this article and view the top 20 list click here.


MBA Students Win Global Innovation Challenge

During the summer break, MBA students Amitanshu Tripathy, Yifan Wang, and Young Soon Ji participated in the inaugural "innovateCHINA Global Innovation Challenge 2008".  They developed a business proposal for establishing a company that addresses urban poverty in China. Their team won the "Global Links Initiative" prize for their excellent submission. Congratulations!

50th Class of IMBA to Begin Class in New Building

On Monday, August 25, the 50th class of Illinois MBA students will begin classes in the brand new, 160,000 square foot, "green" Business Instructional Facility (BIF). Students, faculty, and staff are anxious to embark on the future in this striking facility. Please view the website, map, and write-up of BIF for additional details.


Class of 2010 to be Welcomed August 18

On Monday, August 18, the Illinois MBA will welcome the Class of 2010 to campus. PreTerm allows incoming students the opportunity to become acquainted with university resources and the campus, to engage their classmates in team-building activities, and to register for classes, among other important activities. Welcome Class of 2010!


International Students Complete PEP

Twenty-three incoming MBA students concluded the Preparatory English Program (PEP) Wednesday, August 13. PEP is an intensive language program designed to help MBA students adapt to life and school in the United States. The PEP curriculum includes language courses as well as lectures from MBA professors and a case competition.


Illinois MBA Alumni Reception to be Held August 21

The Illinois MBA and College of Business Alumni Affairs office will host an MBA Alumni Reception in Chicago on August 21, 2008. Catch up with fellow MBAs, meet the incoming Class of 2010, and toast to the program's 50 years of excellence. Admission is free with registration and includes cocktails and appetizers. For location and registration information, click here.


MBA Graduate Named Interim Dean of College of Law

Ralph Brubaker (JD/MBA; Class of '89) was recently named Interim Dean of the College of Law by Provost Linda Katehi. Dean Brubaker, who is considered one of the leading bankruptcy scholars of his generation, had been serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Law. To read Dean Brubaker's complete profile, click here.


IMBA Career Services Visits Procter and Gamble

Illinois MBA Career Services Associate Director Julie Sweet recently spent three days in Cincinnati, Ohio, networking with alumni and visiting Procter and Gamble's world headquarters. Julie learned about P&G's Human Resources opportunities for Illinois MBA graduates and summer interns. In addition to visiting Procter & Gamble, Julie hosted a happy hour for Illinois MBA alumni and summer interns living in Cincinnati.


Professor Tiffany White Studies E-mail Marketing

A recent email marketing study conducted by Illinois MBA Professor Tiffany White shows that overly personalizing email marketing can backfire for the retailer. An article on the study can be found at the Illinois News Bureau.


MBA Professor Researches Novice Traders

Illinois MBA Professor of Accountancy W. Brooke Elliot and Professor Kevin Jackson recently conducted a study on non-professional investors. The study found that novice traders should use the guidance and expertise of professionals until they are able to understand and apply the data independently. To read an article about their study, click here.


Students Participate in Entrepreneurship Competition

Three first-year MBA students were honored with a third-place award at the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership's inaugural Innovation Teams Entrepreneurship Competition. Jareer Oweimrin and Tom DeSplinter of team Indiviti and Angela Moton of team DzymeTech tied for third place.


Alumna Honored with Design Awards

Illinois MBA alumna and Associate Director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Kim Sugden, was recently honored with three national awards from the Graphic Design USA, American InHouse Design Awards.  Kim's work on the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership's website and formal Academy Affiliates Banquet Invitations were among the winning pieces. Congratulations Kim!


Illinois MBA Joins Forté Foundation

The Illinois MBA and UIUC College of Business are now official sponsors of the Forté Foundation, which exists to support women who work in the business profession. Forté provides a forum for women to "share ideas about the workplace, professional development and work/life balance." Forté also awards fellowships to women who enroll in member MBA programs.


Illinois MBA and Hispanic Organization to Offer MBA Scholarships

The Illinois MBA is proud to announce that they are now partnering with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) to offer partial and full scholarships for members of NSHMBA. Further details can be found here.

MBAs to Participate in Convocation Ceremony

On Saturday, May 10, the Illinois MBA Class of 2008 will participate in the MBA Convocation Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. The ceremony will honor students from the Full-time MBA, Part-time Evening MBA for Working Professionals, Executive MBA (located in Chicago), and Executive MBA-Warsaw. Congratulations graduates!


Graduates and Families to Celebrate at Annual Tent Party

The IMBA Class of 2008 will have their final social event prior to convocation at the annual Tent Party, which will be held Friday, May 9, the day before graduation, on the South Quad of the Urbana campus. The Tent Party is a catered event where graduating students bring their families together to celebrate their achievement over dinner and music.


Daily Illini Releases Story on New Business Facility

The online version of the Daily Illini, the student-run newspaper of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has released an article about the College of Business's new Business Instructional Facility. To read this article, which describes many of the unique features of the new building, click here.


MBA Student Clubs to Host Guest Speaker

The MBA Global Business Association, Graduate Finance Association, and Latin American Business Society will be hosting Jim Foley, Director of the International Trade Center and NAFTA Opportunity Center at Bradley University for a presentation on Friday, April 18. The lecture will begin at 10:00 a.m. in 243 Wohlers Hall.


Net Impact to Host Guest Speaker

The UIUC chapter of Net Impact will host guest speaker William Blackburn, author of The Sustainability Handbook—Management Guide to Achieve Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability, on Tuesday, April 15. Mr. Blackburn has more than 30 years of professional experience in sustainable development, environmental health and safety, and emergency response.  His lecture will give insight on sustainability and why it is important from a business and academic standpoint. The lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m. in 243 Wohlers Hall. For more information about Mr. Blackburn, please visit: http://www.wblackburnconsulting.com.


Business Professors Interviewed on Research Topics

Illinois MBA finance professor, Jeffrey R. Brown, co-author of a recent study demonstrating the impact of Medicaid on the private sector of insurance, and Steve Michael, professor of business administration and co-author of a study regarding training programs in franchised chain restaurants each independently made the headlines in the March 20, 2008, issue of Inside IllinoisFollow these links to read Professor Brown's and Professor Michael's articles and learn more about the research.

MBA Association to Host Spring Gala

The MBA Association will host the 2008 Spring Gala on Saturday, April 5, at the Champaign Country Club. This annual, semi-formal event provides students with an opportunity to enjoy a night of dinner and dancing with classmates, staff, and administration. For more information please visit www.illinoismbaa.org.


Latin American Business Society to Host Whirlpool

The Latin American Business Society (LABS) will host guest speakers from Whirlpool on Wednesday, March 26. This event will include a discussion on the topic of global business as well as an opportunity for IMBA students to network with Whirlpool representatives while learning about the company. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in room 123 David Kinley Hall.


College to Host Lecture on Ethics and Leadership

On Wednesday, March 26, the College of Business and The Center for Professional Responsibility in Business will co-host speaker Mary Kay Haben,Group Vice President and Managing Director, North America, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. Haben will address issues in ethics and leadership. 


MBAs Participate in Business Simulation

First-year MBA students are currently participating in Global Tycoon, a dynamic, team-based computer simulation that challenges students to make many difficult and complex business decisions. Team members must work effectively and efficiently to achieve the strategic business objectives they have established for each of their ten firms. Global Tycoon also provides students an opportunity to apply the course materials studied in MBA 501, 502 and 503 in a simulated business environment. Students will give final presentations on their companies' performance at the end of the project.


IMBA Students Give Back to the C-U Community

On March 8, 12 Illinois MBA students will be participating in the annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics Illinois-Eastern Prairie. The team, organized by the IMBA Service Organization, has raised over $3,000.00 to date and will be plunging into the waters of the Lake of the Woods in Mahomet, IL. The money raised helps fund sporting events and other programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt"—Special Olympics Athlete Oath.


MBAs to Participate in Big Ten MBA Case Competition

Four first-year MBA students will be competing in the Big Ten MBA Case Competition at Ohio State University April 10-12.  An Internal Case Competition was held to qualify a team for this competition that Illinois participates in every year.  Teams analyze a complex business case by identifying the company's challenge and presenting their recommendations to a panel of industry and academic experts.  The top three teams are invited to participate in the Pac 10/Big10 "Rose Bowl" Challenge in 2009.


Upcoming Illinois MBA Info Session on Campus

The Illinois MBA will be holding an Information Session on Tuesday, March 4, at 5:00 p.m. in 241 Wohlers Hall. Hear from admissions representatives and current students about the application process and what it is like being a student in the Illinois MBA. Register for the event at www.uiuc.edu/goto/mba_mar4. Walk-ins are welcome.

Practice GMAT to Be Offered Saturday, February 23

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions will be offering a free practice GMAT examination on Saturday, February 23, on the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois. This event will allow you to experience the exam under proctored conditions, receive a detailed score analysis, and learn strategies to improve your score. Furthermore, an admissions representative from the Illinois MBA will be in attendance to offer advice on submitting a competitive application.


Illinois MBA Participating in "Race & Case" Competition

Six Illinois MBA students are traveling to Vail, Colorado, this weekend to participate in the Daniels School of Business (University of Denver) annual Race & Case competition. Although the "case" competition focuses on ethical dilemmas that are encountered in today's business world, the unique "race" competition pits the schools against each other in a skiing competition at the Black Forest NASTAR race course. We wish our team of Judy McDermott, Chris Petersen, Mike Petersen, Jasen Schrock, Amit Tripathy and Roselyne Yao the best of luck in these exciting competitions!


MBA Student Recognized for Contribution to Lincoln Bicentennial

Second-year MBA student Bhavik Rathod was recognized by the College of Business for his contribution to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission through his work with Illinois Business Consulting (IBC). Click here to learn more.


Women in Business to Host Leadership Conference

The 5th Annual Women in Business Leadership conference will be held Saturday, February 16, with the theme "Expand your Horizon".  This year's conference will feature multiple panel discussions as well as keynote speaker Diane Adams, Vice President of HR for World Wide Sales and International Theatres at Cisco Systems, Inc. Please visit www.2008.wibconference.illinoismbaa.org/ for conference details and registration.


Graduate Marketing Association to Host Ad Bowl

The time has come once again for the Graduate Marketing Association (GMA) to host the Fifth Annual Ad Bowl on Sunday, February 3. Students and their families gather together to watch the Super Bowl and analyze the myriad of new commercials that are shown. MBA students are encouraged to attend as this is one of the most popular social events each year.


Webcam Shows Progress on New Business Building

The Business Instructional Facility, which is scheduled to open next summer, is well on its way to becoming a landmark on the University of Illinois campus. To take a look at how this monumental project is coming along, you can view the webcam here.


Illinois MBA Attending "2008 Chicago Business School Forum"

The Illinois MBA will have an admissions representative attending the "2008 Chicago Business School Forum" this Saturday, January 26, starting at 10:00 a.m. The event is organized by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions and will include a GMAT strategy session, an MBA panel discussion with Chicago-area business school representatives, and a networking session. To find location details and to register for the event, go to: http://www.kaptest.com/chicagoforum.


Spring Leadership Forum to be Held

Newly elected MBA club officers will attend the Spring Leadership Forum on Thursday, January 17.  MBA staff and the new MBAA board will speak to the new student leaders about the MBAA vision and goals for 2008.  Clubs will have the opportunity to brainstorm with each other and plan their Spring events and activities.

College of Business to Host Monthly Roundtable Event

On January 16 the College of Business is hosting their monthly roundtable event in Chicago; this month's topic is "Twenty-something Leaders in Business: Milestone, Mistakes and Millions."  Al Goldstein '02 and Steve Joung '02, entrepreneurs who met as undergrads in the College of Business, will speak about their company, CashNetUSA. This roundtable event is an opportunity not only to hear an engaging presentation, but also to network with other College of Business alumni.


MBA Offices Closed during Holiday Season

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be closed for the holiday season, starting on Saturday, December 22. The offices will open again on January 2, 2008. If you have applied to the Illinois MBA, your application status will not be updated with materials received during this time. If you have any questions, please email us at mba@illinois.edu, and we will reply to your query when we return.

From the entire Illinois MBA staff: Happy Holidays!

MBA Students Prepare to Study Abroad

Forty-one full-time students will be traveling abroad this coming January as part of the Illinois MBA's study abroad trips. One group will be traveling to Warsaw, Poland, and attend classes at the University of Warsaw. The other group will venture to Mexico City and attend classes at IPADE Business School. Students will have the additional opportunity of visiting local companies, not to mention taking sightseeing tours around these great international cities.


First-years Finish Semester with Presentations

While second-year students are completing their final exams and starting their winter break, first-year students are preparing their group presentations to complete their first semester. The presentations, which will be given on Wednesday, December 12, are part of Applied Business Perspectives (ABP), which challenges students to use their knowledge from the previous semester's classes to analyze a business case.


GMAT Testing Center Now Available at University of Illinois

GMAT test takers now have the opportunity to register to take the GMAT at a testing center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Test takers may reserve a test appointment at this site now by going to www.mba.com.

Finals Week Approaching for MBA1s

The fall semester is quickly coming to a close for all MBA students, but first-year MBAs will be taking finals this coming week, December 3-6, for MBA 502. The following week, second-year MBAs will be taking their finals while the first-years engage in Applied Business Perspectives (ABP), an intense, weeklong case study that challenges students to apply their first-semester education to real business problems.


Students to Display Hidden Talents at WiB Show

The Women in Business Society (WiB) has organized their fall semester Talent Show for Friday, November 30, starting at 5:00 p.m. Each semester, MBA students find out what hidden talents exist among their classmates at this event, which is always a popular event for students, staff, and faculty alike.


MBA Association Elections to Be Held for 2008 Term

Platform speeches for the new MBAA board candidates were held November 5, 2007.  Elections will take place online November 12-14 with the winners being announced Thursday, November 15.  The MBA Assocation is responsible for overseeing club activities, starting new initiatives, maintaining alumni relations, and improving general student life.


Students to Take Break from Studies

Students will be on Fall Break November 19 through 23.  This is a good opportunity for students to rest before finals, travel, and spend time with family.  Classes will resume Monday, November 26.


Admissions Office to Attend MBA Fairs in November

Admissions representatives and Illinois MBA alumni will be attending MBA fairs around the world during the month of November. The first international event will be at the World MBA fair in Tokyo, Japan, on November 2, with the final international event being held in Bangalore, India.


Students to Attend Women MBAs Conference

A group of Illinois MBA students will travel to College Park, Maryland, to attend the 2007 National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) Conference on November 2-3. This event will bring together thousands of women MBA students for a series of panel discussions, workshops, and keynote speakers. The event is also a great opportunity for women MBA students to meet with recruiters, possibly leading to internship and job interviews.


MBA Admissions Attending "Inside the MBA" Events

The admissions office of the Illinois MBA will send representatives to the "Inside the MBA" events in St. Louis on Monday, October 29, and Chicago on Tuesday, October 30. During the event, a panel of admissions representatives will provide advice for submitting strong applications.


Information Session on Joint Degree Programs Scheduled

In cooperation with various University of Illinois academic departments, the Illinois MBA will be holding an information session on joint degree programs on Tuesday, October 23, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in 243 Wohlers Hall. By attending this session, you can find out how joint master's degrees can expand your career prospects as well as learn about the process of applying as a joint degree student. To see a list of joint degree programs offered between the Illinois MBA and other university programs, click here. To register, click here. Walk-ins are welcome.


Kaplan Test Prep to Offer Free Practice GMAT

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions of Champaign will be offering a free practice GMAT examination on Saturday, October 20. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how the GMAT is administered and to experience real test questions in a timed environment. Additionally, a representative from the Illinois MBA will be present at the conclusion of the event to answer any questions you may have about the program or the admissions process. To register for this event, click here.


MBA Service Association Organizing Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup

The MBA Service Association (MBASA) has scheduled an Adopt-A-Highway cleanup for Saturday, October 13. MBA students will gather to clean up litter from an assigned stretch of highway. The Illinois Adopt-A-Highway program, which was started in 1995, allows volunteer groups to adopt a two-mile stretch of highway for which they are responsible for cleaning at least four times per year.


Information Session to Be Held for Study Abroad Trips

This winter break, MBA students will have the opportunity to attend one of two study abroad trips--Warsaw, Poland, or Mexico City, Mexico. An information session will be held Wednesday, October 3, so that students can get the details on these events and how to sign up. The information session will be held in 241 Wohlers from 12:30-1:00 p.m.


MBA Students to Attend NSHMBA Conference

The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) will hold their "18th Annual Conference and Career Expo" in Houston, Texas, from October 4-6. A group of Illinois MBA students will attend the conference along with thousands of other MBA students from around the country. To read about the Illinois MBA's involvement at last year's conference, go to page 7 of the following publication.


MBA Service Association to Hold Charity Tailgate

The MBA Service Association (MBASA) of the Illinois MBA has organized a charity tailgate for Saturday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This tailgate will be held before, during, and after the Illinois vs. Penn State football game. All proceeds from the tailgate will go to benefit the Champaign County Christian Health Center, which offers free health care service to the uninsured of Champaign County. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, send an email  to coconno7@illinois.edu.


MBAs of Color to Host Speaker from Sports Marketing World

On Friday, September 28, Illinois MBA alumnus Deryk Gilmore will be presenting to a group of MBA students about his career as a recruiting coordinator for NCAA athletic teams, sports marketer, and now in his work in football operations for Priority Sports. Gilmore has an MBA and Master's in Sports Marketing, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The leadership team of the MBAs of Color (MBAC) arranged to have Gilmore come to campus for this special event.


Admissions Representative to Attend MBA Fair for Women

Director of Admissions Jackie Wilson will be representing the Illinois MBA at the Forte Forum in Chicago on Wednesday, September 19. The Forte Foundation is a community of women dedicated to sharing ideas about the workplace, professional development, and work/life balance. The event on September 19 will focus on the opportunities available to women through MBA studies. To find out more about this event, click here.


Prospective Students Invited to "Exclusive" Event

The Illinois MBA would like to invite prospective students to campus for an "exclusive" introduction to our MBA program. This event, Illinois MBA Exclusive, will be held on Saturday, October 13, starting at 10:00 a.m. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the benefits of an Illinois MBA, to meet admissions representatives, and to network with current students of the program. To register for this special event, go to Illinois MBA Exclusive.

Students and Dean to Attend National Black MBA Conference

A group of Illinois MBA students will be attending the "29th Annual Conference & Exposition," which is organized by the National Black MBA Association. Associate Dean Mary Miller will be joining the students at this event, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, from Tuesday, September 11, to Sunday, September 16. The goal of this year's conference is to inspire and empower visionary thinking among MBA students. For more details, visit the event website.


Application for Fall 2008 Open

Applications for the class beginning in Fall 2008 are now being accepted. The next class of MBA students will join current first-year students as the first to enjoy the benefits of the new business facility, scheduled to open next summer. To begin your own application to become part of the Illinois MBA Class of 2010, you can link to our online application here.

Students Get Break from Class on Labor Day

No university classes will be held on Monday, September 3, for Labor Day. With most students having no class on Fridays, this is a great opportunity for students to get away from campus to go sightseeing, shopping, or spend extra time with family and friends. Normal class schedules will resume on September 4.


Women in Business (WiB) to Hold First Monthly Coffee Club

The first Women in Business (WiB) Coffee Club will be held Thursday, August 30, starting at 4:00 p.m. Coffee Club meetings are organized so that students have a regular opportunity to discuss issues that women encounter in the workplace and business classroom. These meetings are held at least once a month throughout the school year.


University Classes Begin

University and MBA classes have started, and now both first- and second-year students are on campus together for the first time. We all look forward to another great year, and we wish all our students success in their classes, club activities, and job/internship searches. Lets make it the best year yet!


PreTerm Orientation to Conclude with Lake Michigan Cruise

The new class of students arrived to meet all their classmates for the first time this week for their PreTerm orientation. PreTerm will conclude on Monday, August 20, with a career-building event, including a mock career fair with alumni and corporate recruiters and a workshop led by the day's keynote speaker, Catherine Kaputa, award-winning author of the book U R a Brand. The final event, a sunset cruise on Lake Michigan, will bring students, faculty, staff, and alumni together to enjoy each other's company while having a perfect view of the Chicago skyline at sunset.


Schedule of Admissions Recruiting Events Released

The admissions office of the Illinois MBA has released its schedule of recruiting events for fall 2007. Contact the admissions office at mba@illinois.edu if you have any questions.


Class of 2009 to Be Welcomed on August 15

On Wednesday, August 15, the Illinois MBA community will proudly welcome members of the Class of 2009 to their new lives as MBA students at the University of Illinois. PreTerm allows incoming students the opportunity to become acquainted with university resources and the campus, to engage their classmates in team-building activities, and to register for classes, among other important activities. The orientation will conclude with a career-building event in Chicago followed by a sunset cruise on Lake Michigan.


International Students Welcomed to Campus

Thirty-two international students arrived on campus to begin the Preparatory English Program (PEP) on Friday, July 20. This English program is held each year to help international students further develop their English abilities, to adapt to life in a new country, and to learn to write documents for business purposes, etc. The program will come to a close on August 13 with students giving case competition presentations.


GMAT Preparatory Session to Be Held July 24

Kaplan Testing Service will be offering a free GMAT preparatory session on Tuesday, July 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. If you are planning to apply to an MBA program and will be taking the GMAT, you will not want to miss this opportunity to get free test-taking advice from a trained GMAT instructor. Furthermore, representatives from the Illinois MBA will be there to answer any questions you may have about our MBA program. To register for this event, go to www.uiuc.edu/goto/kaplangmat.


Recent Graduates Advised to "Adapt and Thrive"

During commencement last month, Michael Tokarz, chairman of MVC Capital, and a 1973 graduate of the Illinois MBA, encouraged the graduating students to "adapt and thrive" in the ever-changing business environment in order to find long-term success. In addition to this charge, Tokarz congratulated the students on having graduated from one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. To read his full commencement address, click here.

Alumni Reception to Be Held in St. Louis

On June 26, staff members Annetta Culver and Julie Sweet are welcoming Illinois MBA alumni for a meet and greet session at a restaurant and bar in downtown St. Louis. This reception is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. If you did not receive an email invitation to this event, but are interested in attending, please send an email indicating your interest to Ben Moreland at bmorelan@illinois.edu.


Alumni in the News

J. Bryant Evans (Class of '00), a portfolio manager at Cozad Asset Management, has recently been quoted as an industry expert in two major publications. He is quoted in BusinessWeek Online on June 11 in an article about the effects of rising interest rates on company stocks. He is also quoted in The Washington Times on June 8 in an article about the recent stock market decline.

Alumni and Students Invited to Chicago Event

The Illinois MBA Alumni Association hosts a happy hour in Chicago on the second tuesday of every month where alumni can socialize and network with each other. For the month of June, the Alumni Board is extending a special invitation to current and incoming students. The event will be held on Tuesday, June 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Millennium Park Grill (11 N. Michigan Ave.). If you are a current or incoming student, please indicate your intentions to attend by registering at www.uiuc.edu/goto/mba_june12.


Preparing for Your MBA Studies

If you will be starting your MBA studies this fall, be sure that you are ready for the rigors of the Illinois MBA coursework. We encourage you to assess your quantitative skills. Here are two resources we recommend: MBA Survival Kit and MBA Math.


Congratulations to IMBA Class of 2007

Congratulations to the Class of 2007 for graduating from the Illinois MBA. You will be missed! Best of luck as you achieve success and make a positive difference in this world.


MBA Students Leave for Summer Vacation

The University of Illinois has ended its spring semester, and most MBA students have left campus either to start their new jobs or internships or to return home for the next several months. Many new international students will come to campus on July 20 for the Preparatory English Program (PEP), and they will be joined by the rest of their classmates on August 15 for PreTerm 2007. The summer session officially ends on August 22, when classes start up again.


Graduating Students to Bring Families to Annual Tent Party

The IMBA Class of 2007 will have their final social event prior to convocation at the annual Tent Party, which will be held Friday, May 11, the day before graduation, on the South Quad of the Urbana campus. The Tent Party is a catered event where graduating students bring their families together to celebrate their achievement over dinner and music.


Alumni in the News: Kurt Trauth

Kurt Trauth, Illinois MBA Class of 2003, is being recognized for his role as a director in AT&T's newly organized Entertainment Services division. Trauth shares his perspective in BusinessWeek online's "MBA Insider: Day in the Life" series. To read the article, click here.


Class of 2007 to Reminisce at Finale 2007

Each year, soon-to-be graduates of the Illinois MBA join together as a class to celebrate two years in the Illinois MBA. After enjoying a nice meal, those in attendance are entertained by various skits, presentations, and mock awards, providing a humorous, and oftentimes bittersweet, review of the MBA experience. This year's event will be held in the Illini Union on Thursday, April 26, starting at 6:00 p.m. with an after-party being held at Joe's Brewery. Casual attire is appropriate for those attending the event.


Spring Picnic Promises Good Food and Sunshine

The Latin American Business Society (LABS), Women in Business (WiB) society, and the Partner's Club have organized a picnic for MBA students and their friends and family for Saturday, April 21. With a positive weekend weather forecast, it looks like it will be a sunny day for the MBA community to enjoy each other's company with plenty of good food as well as a volleyball tournament.


Illinois MBA Students Compete for Big Ten Title

First-year MBA students Mike Lewis, Maura Gill, Michelle Bernardi, and Chris Mulliken will compete for the Big Ten Case Competition title this weekend. This is the 15th anniversary of the Big Ten Case Competition, which is being held at Ohio State University on April 12-14. This team hopes to build on last year's team's success, as they advanced to the three-team final, finishing second overall.


International Business Course Added to MBA Curriculum

In a new MBA class taught by Professor Xiaowei Rose Luo, MBA students are examining the challenges and opportunities businesses encounter when expanding into emerging economies. The unpredictable nature of these growing, yet often unstable economies makes this a particularly crucial topic for business students today. To read more about this course, click here.


Spring Gala 2007 Returns to Champaign Country Club

Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy an evening of hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and dancing at the 2007 Spring Gala on Friday, April 6. The annual event will be held at the Champaign Country Club again this year, as it proved to be an excellent venue for last year's Gala.


CareerQuest Offers On-Site Interview Experience

The CareerQuest event for this spring, which offers students a mock interview with alumni, will be held in Chicago on Friday, March 30. This year, approximately 40 students will travel to various businesses throughout Chicago and have their mock interviews on site, providing a more authentic interview experience. Later that day, students will gather with alumni for a happy hour at Grotto on State.


Deans to Hold an Open Forum

Each semester, Dean Avijit Ghosh and Associate Dean Mary Miller hold an open forum where current MBA students can come ask their questions and express their concerns or insights regarding the MBA program. This semester's forum will be held on Wednesday, March 28. For further details on this event, contact the Student Affairs office at MBAStudentAffairs@business.uiuc.edu.


University of Illinois Lets Out for Spring Break

Starting Friday, March 16, MBA students went their separate ways--some to see family, others to go on a well-deserved vacation--as the University of Illinois let out all its students for Spring Break. The break will continue until Monday, March 26, when classes resume for the final stretch of the 2006-2007 school year.


MBAs Plunge for Special Olympics

The MBA Service Association wants to thank everyone who donated money and made the Special Olympics Polar Plunge a successful event. The MBA team was able to raise over $4500 for this charitable event. Photos of the MBA team--which includes Dean Ghosh and Dean Miller--before, during, and after the plunge can be found here.


MBAs to Square Off against Law Students in Trivia Night

Illinois MBA students will test their intellectual might against Law students in the Battle of the Brains event being held Monday, March 12. Various teams representing each program will compete in the trivia game format at Guido's starting at 8:00 p.m.


MBAs to Learn Latin Dancing during International Week

On Wednesday, March 14, the Latin American Business Society (LABS) will be holding Salsa Night at Soma in Champaign. Starting at 8:45 p.m., instructors will teach the fundamentals of Salsa, Bachata, and the Merengue. Judging by last year's event, Salsa Night will not only be one of the most memorable events of International Week but also for the entire year.


Convocation Ceremony to Be Held on May 12

Graduates of the Class of 2007 will have their convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 12. Details about the ceremony and how graduates can prepare can be found here.


Food Night Will Cap off International Week

Each year, the International Business Society organizes an international food night as the highlight of international week. Students and their family and friends get the opportunity to sample the cuisine of the various countries represented in the Illinois MBA. This year's event will start at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at Wesley Church in Urbana.

Students to Challenge Each Other in Business Simulation

From March 5 to March 9, first-year MBA students will test each other's business knowledge and negotiation skills when they compete against each other in Global Tycoon. Each year, students conclude their MBA 503 course by working in teams, attempting to outdo their classmates in this weeklong business simulation activity. Teams are faced by new challenges each day and must come up with solutions that will drive their company's stock upwards.


OTMA Hosting Strategy Game Night

The Operations and Technology Management Association (OTMA) has scheduled a strategy game night and Illinois MBA quiz for Thursday night, February 22. The game night, which will be held on campus in 370 Wohlers, is an enjoyable way for MBA students to compete against each other in games that require strategic thinking.


MBA Students Inducted into Business Honor Society

Twenty students of the Illinois MBA were recently inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for business students. Long-time Beta Gamma Sigma member and University of Illinois professor Steve Michael spoke to the inductees, encouraging them to maintain their humility, discipline, and curiosity. To read Professor Michael's entire speech, click here.


Women in Business Coffee Club to Meet on February 20

Following up their annual conference, the Women in Business Society will meet for coffee on Tuesday, February 20. This monthly meeting is organized to provide a relaxed setting for students of the Illinois MBA to join together and discuss issues that women face in the professional world today.


LABS Spreading Culture through Movie Night

On Sunday, February 11, the Latin American Business Society (LABS) will hold a movie night. All MBA students are invited to come watch the popular Mexican film Amores Perros. Each student organization of the Illinois MBA holds at least one professional event and one social event per semester with the goal of enriching both the professional and social aspects of MBA student life.


Graduate Marketing Association to Host Super Bowl Party

Each year, the Graduate Marketing Association (GMA) organizes a Super Bowl party of a different kind--the GMA Ad-Bowl. While watching the two teams striving to be crowned as Super Bowl champion, students will determine which company should be crowned as the advertising champion during this premier event of the advertising world. This year's party will be held at Rock's in Urbana-Champaign starting at 5:00 p.m.


Fourth Annual Women in Business Conference Set for February 10

The Women in Business Society (WiB) of the Illinois MBA will be holding its annual Women in Business Conference on Saturday, February 10. The theme of this year's conference is "Leading Change -- From Inspiration to Performance." The keynote speaker for the event will be Ping Fu, who is an alumna of the University of Illinois and was named by Inc. magazine as the 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year. For more details on this event, go to the conference website at http://www.wibconference.illinoismbaa.org/index.html.


Alumnus to Hold MBA Career Workshop

Ralph Wakerly, an Illinois MBA alumnus, entrepreneur, marketing executive, and career consultant, will conduct three interactive career workshops for MBA students on Friday, January 19. The topics of the workshops include how to choose the right career, outside-the-box job searching, and how students with minimal professional work experience can generate interviews and job offers.


Brazilian Alumni Welcome Current Students to Sao Paulo

Brazilian alumni, pictured here, joined 50 Illinois MBA students at a reception in Sao Paulo on January 8, 2007, during the one-week study course. The students learned about the Brazilian economy and visited corporate sites while enjoying the Brazilian culture and hospitality.


Welcome Back Picnic Set for January 16

Whether they traveled abroad or used the month-long break to spend time with family and friends, Illinois MBA students will have plenty to share about their adventures upon returning to campus. The Welcome Back Picnic, to be held Tuesday, January 16, will give students the perfect opportunity to catch up and to look ahead to another busy semester of classes, club activities, job searches, and social events.


MBA Students to Warm Up with Study Abroad Trips

Students have completed their fall semester studies, and many are leaving campus to spend time with family and friends. However, the learning will continue for 69 Illinois MBA students who will be heading for warmer weather in Sao Paulo, Brazil, or Mexico City, Mexico, for weeklong study trips. Each winter break, Illinois MBA students are given the opportunity to attend a for-credit study trip to a foreign country. Students attend business courses at a major university and have the opportunity to make corporate visits.


MBA Students to Compete in Case Competition at Purdue University

An Illinois MBA internal case competition was held Thursday, December 14, and the team of Kapil Rajurkar, Cody Body, Zivar Hallaji, Sumeet Mittal, and Chenjie (Judy) Ju was announced as the winning team. This group, which consists of first- and second-year students, will be representing the Illinois MBA at the Global Supply Chain Conference and Case Competition at Purdue University in February 2007.


Illinois MBA Offices Will Be Closed for Holidays

The offices of the Illinois MBA will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 25, to Monday, January 1. The offices will reopen on January 2. We wish everyone a happy holiday season and look forward to a great year in 2007.


First-Year MBAs to Put Theory into Practice

Each year, first-year students have the opportunity to apply all their new business knowledge in a three-day activity known as Applied Business Perspectives (ABP). This year ABP will begin on Monday, December 11, and will be completed on Wednesday, December 13. Teams of students will spend the three days solving a business case, and on the final day they will make a presentation to a panel of professors who will provide constructive criticism and positive feedback regarding their presentation and conclusions.


Student Club Elections Complete

Elections for the new leadership teams for Illinois MBA student organizations concluded last week, and the winners have been announced. The Illinois MBA currently offers various leadership positions for 11 student clubs including professional clubs (Graduate Finance Association), minority and international clubs (MBAs of Color; Asian Business Society), and sports clubs (MBA Golf Association). Check back shortly for a complete list of the new leadership teams.


Alumni in the News

The Illinois MBA has a strong tradition of students who have served in the military, and we are proud of their accomplishments, both in the military and the civilian sectors. Illinois MBA graduate Daryl Wilkerson was recently interviewed by mba.com about his transition from the military life to the business world. To read the interview online, click here.


Illinois MBA Students to Showcase Their Talents December 1

One of the annual events that garners a lot of interest from the Illinois MBA community is the Women in Business's Talent Show. This semester's event will be held Friday, December 1, starting at 5:00 p.m. The event always seems to generate enthusiasm as students, faculty, and administration get the chance to discover what talents lay hidden among their classmates, friends, and teachers.


Congratulations to the New MBA Association Officers!

The results of the MBA Association elections were announced Thursday, November 9. Congratulations to Ed Austin, President; Martin Lauw, VP of Programs; Judy McDermott, VP of Social Programs; Mike Lewis, VP of Alumni Affairs; Amy Wu, VP of Finance; and David Payne, VP of Communications for winning their respective elections.


Thanksgiving Break Begins November 18

Thanksgiving Break for the University of Illinois will begin Saturday, November 18, with classes resuming on Monday, November 27.


Global Business Conference (GBC) To Be Held November 10

Four Illinois MBA student clubs have teamed up to organize the first ever Global Business Conference. The conference will take place on Friday, November 10, at the Levis Faculty Center on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Keynote speakers include Claudia Knowlton-Chike, director of global supply chain at Motorola and Manuel Favela, chief financial officer of McDonald's Latin America. For more details or to register for this event, go to www.gbc.illinoismbaa.org.


Elections for New MBAA Board Being Held This Week

The polls are now open for students to vote for the new MBA Association (MBAA) board. Voting ends Thursday, November 9, and the new MBAA board will be announced later that evening. Following the MBAA officer announcements on Thursday night, students may begin to declare candidacy for leadership of student clubs.


Upcoming Informational Event for Prospective MBA Students

In addition to the joint-degree information session held Wednesday, November 1, there will be a general information session for prospective MBA students followed by a GMAT test preparation event offered by Kaplan on Wednesday, November 8.


Alumni Awards Banquet to Honor Paul Lubbers, Class of 2001

The first annual IMBA Alumni Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, November 3, at the Illini Union Ballroom. Illinois MBA alumni, students, faculty, and staff will attend this event, which will honor Paul Lubbers, a 2001 graduate and current president of the Illinois MBA Alumni Association. Current students who serve on the MBAA board organized this event so as to strengthen the Illinois MBA student and alumni network. If you are interested in attending this event or have any further questions, send an email to MBAStudentAffairs@illinois.edu.


"Business Bash" Brings Style to Tailgating

To celebrate Homecoming 2006, the College of Business held a Business Bash tailgate party between David Kinley and Wohlers Halls on Saturday, October 7, following the Illinois football game. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni were all in good spirits thanks in part to the beautiful weather, tasty kabobs and caramel apples, a live band, and Illini games for kids. Whirlpool Corporation co-sponsored the event, giving MBA students the opportunity to talk with recruiters in a casual setting.


"Get Fit Illinois!" Featured in BusinessWeek and CNN.com

Get Fit Illinois!, the newest Illinois MBA student club, is currently being featured in BusinessWeek and CNN.com.  Initiated by Illinois MBA students Chris Mulh and T.J. Houren, the club is encouraging MBA students to exercise and eat healthy.  Club leaders have planned friendly competitions each month to promote healthy lifestyles which they hope will continue beyond graduation. 


Application for Fall 2007 Now Live!

The application for prospective students who would like to attend the Illinois MBA starting in the fall of 2007 is now available to be completed online. The deadline for early scholarship and admission consideration is December 15, 2006. For a complete overview of application deadlines, the application checklist, or to start a new application, click accordingly.


Introducing Prospectus: Your Personalized Look at the Illinois MBA

The Illinois MBA is proud to announce the release of our innovative customizable online brochure, Prospectus. Whether you are a prospective student, a current student, or an alumnus, we encourage you to create your own Prospectus to get your inside look at the Illinois MBA. A link will be emailed to you so that you can view your Prospectus and print it out.

September Issue of Sixth Street Journal 2.0 Released

The September issue of the Sixth Street Journal 2.0 is now available for you to read. The newsletter was put on hold over the summer due to the students' absence from campus, but now that they have returned for another year, we  have plenty of exciting events to report and announce.

MBA Association to Hold First Annual Canoeing Trip

Illinois MBA students will enjoy the great outdoors on the first annual MBAA Canoeing Trip this weekend, August 25-27. This event will be a great opportunity for first- and second-year students to get better acquainted while experiencing the beauty of the Midwestern wilderness. If you would like to get further details or sign up for this event, please visit the MBAA website.


Get to Know the Illinois MBA

Illinois MBA admissions representatives are now attending fairs in various U.S. cities. On September 26 and 28 we will be in Chicago. On September 30 we will be in Los Angeles. We encourage prospective students and alumni to come meet with us at these events.


PreTerm 2006 Begins August 16

The Class of 2008 will soon join together for the first time during PreTerm 2006, which runs from Wednesday, August 16, to Monday, August 21. Students representing 15 nationalities will meet during this event in anticipation of a great two years at the University of Illinois.


Sunset Cruise to Be Highlight of PreTerm 2006

A breathtaking cruise on Chicago's Lake Michigan will be the final event of PreTerm 2006. Illinois MBA alumni, staff, and some second-year students will join the incoming students for this highly anticipated Sunset Cruise on Monday, August 21, starting at 6:00 p.m. For more information on this event, contact us at MBAStudentAffairs@illinois.edu.


GMAT Strategy Seminar to Be Held on July 19

The Illinois MBA has teamed up with Kaplan to cosponsor a GMAT strategy seminar on Wednesday, July 19. Details and registration information may be found here.


Preparatory English Program Has Begun

The Illinois MBA welcomed its new international students to the Preparatory English Program (PEP) on July 21. Fifty-one students from around the world are participating in this year's program, which will continue until August 14. Learn more.


Illinois MBA to Visit Los Angeles Area

The Illinois MBA is hosting a Happy Hour in Huntington Beach on Wednesday, June 21 for alumni and prospective students. To attend this event, please contact us by June 19.

Illinois MBA Professor Featured in CIO Insight Magazine

College of Business Professor Professor Michael J. Shaw was cited in CIO Insight magazine about curriculum changes made to ensure Illinois MBAs are tech-savvy managers. Learn more.


New Alumni Contact System Launched

The Illinois MBA has launched a new alumni database system to improve alumni participation. Visit the new system today.


Welcome Class of 2008

We are excited to have you join the Illinois MBA. Be sure to visit the summer preparation page to see how you can start getting ready for the school year.


Class of 2006 Prepares for Graduation

Commencement activities for graduating Illinois MBAs and their families and guests begin Friday, May 12, with the MBA tent party, continue with the MBA Commencement on Saturday, May 13, and conclude on Sunday, May 13 at the all-University commencement.


Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Cites New Illinois MBA Scholarship Plan

Recently Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reference the military scholarship program for returning veterans that was initiated by the Illinois MBA.

MBA Town Forum Today

All Illinois MBA students should plan to attend the MBA Town Forum for a Q&A session with Associate Dean Mary Miller on Wednesday, April 26, at 12:20 p.m. in 241 Wohlers Hall.


2006 Spring Gala

The Illinois MBA Association will be holding its 2006 Spring Gala on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Champaign Country Club, 1211 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign. The event will feature light hors-d'oeuvres, dance music, and a  cash bar. Admission is $10.


Send-Off Events Planned for Second-Year MBAs

Join the Illinois MBA in a week of festivities celebrating the accomplishments of its graduating class. Activities start Saturday, April 22 and end Friday, April 28.


Sixth Street Journal Now Online

The Illinois MBA has released the June edition of the Sixth Street Journal 2.0, an Illinois MBA newsletter for the alumni community. Download a print-friendly version of the June edition.


Illinois MBA Registration Forum

First-year MBAs should plan to attend the Illinois MBA Registration Form on Wed., April 5, at 8:30 a.m. in 241 Wohlers Hall. Learn registration procedures and deadlines, learn about the course offerings, and hear about a brand new course.


Are You the Voice of the Class of 2006?

The Illinois MBA is conducting a speech competition among the graduating class to select a commencement speaker. We're looking for a two- to three-minute address that will continue an Illinois MBA tradition while highlighting the unique perspectives of the Class of 2006. Learn more about convocation or apply to speak or judge the speech competition.


New Presidential Scholars Award Announced

Presidential Scholars receive a two-year MBA tuition waiver. If you possess outstanding qualifications, apply for admission now.


International Week Activities Announced

The week of March 12 is International Week at the Illinois MBA. Activities include International Food Night on March 12, Karaoke Night on March 14, and Salsa Night on March 15.


Sixth Street Journal Now Online

The Illinois MBA has just launched the Sixth Street Journal 2.0, an Illinois MBA newsletter for the alumni community. Download a print-friendly version of the March 2006 debut issue.


Study Abroad Seminar in Mexico

The Illinois MBA's latest study abroad offering to its students is a one-week seminar, "Doing Business in Mexico," hosted by the IPADE Business School. Details of the program are available here.


New Online Chats

Illinois MBA Admissions representatives will be chatting online each week to answer your questions. Learn more.


GMAT Practice Test

The Illinois MBA has teamed up with Kaplan to cosponsor a free GMAT practice test on February 25. Details and registration information can be found here.


Internal Case Competition Winners

Congratulations to Zivar Hallaji, Cody Boyd, Matthew Cuff, and Kapil Rajurkar for earning first place in the Illinois MBA Internal Case Competition. These talented first-year MBAs will be representing the Illinois MBA in the Big Ten Case Competition at Ohio State University on April 13-15, 2006.


Super Ad Bowl

At the Illinois MBA, Super Bowl XL isn't just about football. Illinois MBAs are invited to join the Graduate Marketing Association for the Super Ad Bowl party at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 at Rock's, 25 E. Springfield Ave., Champaign.

Interested in a Joint Degree?

A Joint Degree Information Session will be February 13, 2006, at 4 p.m. in 241 Wohlers Hall. MBA Student Affairs staff will review available joint degree options and how to successfully complete a joint degree program. Interested students are invited to attend.


IMBA Internal Case Competition

The Internal Case Competition, sponsored by the Graduate Finance Association and the Graduate Marketing Association, will be Friday, February 3, at 1 p.m.


Winter Career Fair

The Winter Career Fair will be Jan. 31-Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Illini Union.


2006 Convocation

Information about the 2006 MBA graduation ceremonies is now available.


Scholarship Opportunities

Apply now to the Illinois MBA and you could qualify for a Dean's scholarship or the new  Illinois × 2 scholarship for alumni of UIUC.


Club Election Winners Announced

Winners of the MBA club officer elections were announced Tuesday, Dec. 6, in 240 Wohlers Hall.


Women in Business Conference

The Women in Business annual conference, "Unlocking Your Potential," will be Friday, February 17, 2006. Register now.


Early Application Deadline Coming Soon

Apply by December 15 for early MBA scholarship and admission consideration.


Study Abroad in India

The Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) will be taking its 2nd international entrepreneurship study trip to India in March 2006.


2005 Winter Banquet Coming Soon

The 2005 Winter Banquet will be Friday, November 4, 2005, at the Champaign Country Club, 1211 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign. Tickets will be available for sale at the door.


Speed Networking Set for Illinois MBAs

All Illinois MBA students are encouraged to come to MBA Speed Networking, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Kaeser Room of the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign.

Poland Study Abroad Trip Deadline Extended

The Illinois MBA plans a study abroad trip to Warsaw on January 8-13, 2006. There are a few seats still available, so deposits will still be accepted if received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2005. Learn more.


Free Tuition for a Year

Highly qualified applicants could be invited to compete for a Dean's Scholarship. The scholarship winner receives the first year of tuition for free.  Find out more  about this and other scholarship opportunities.


Fall Information Sessions Announced

Interested in being a part of the Illinois MBA Class of 2008? Then attend our MBA 101 information session to learn more about us.

Worried about Taking the GMAT?  Attend our GMAT 800 information session.

Illinois MBA Coming Soon to a City Near You

The Illinois MBA Admissions team will be traveling across the globe this fall to talk to prospective students. Find out where we'll be and meet us there!


New Part-Time Evening MBA for Working Professionals Announced

A Part-time Evening MBA for Working Professionals will be offered by the College of Business beginning in January 2006.  Students take classes two evenings a week and complete the program in 2 1/2 years.  Register for our local information sessions, receive an invitation and further updates, learn more at the new website, or apply.


The 2005 IMBA Legacy Campaign Is Now Online

The 2005 IMBA Legacy Campaign is the IMBA's first annual legacy campaign drive. Our goal is to have 100% participation from the MBA class of 2005. Members of the class of 2005 can participate by either submitting the pledge form from your mailbox in DKH, or using the online pledge form.


Students Give High Marks to Study Abroad Trip in Warsaw

Read what Illinois MBA students had to say about their recent study abroad experience in Poland.


It's Not Too Late to Apply to the Illinois MBA

Applications for the full-time Illinois MBA will continue to be accepted until the class is full.  Apply online today!


International Food Night

Save the date! International Food Night will be March 13 at 5 p.m. at the University YMCA.


Upcoming Illinois MBA 101 Information Session

Did you know that Illinois MBA students led and managed 45 consulting projects for leading corporate clients last year? Learn more about the Illinois MBA program at our next information session on Saturday, February 12. For more information or to register, please contact us at mba@illinois.edu.


Women's Leadership Conference

Please join us for our second annual Women's Leadership Conference on Friday, February 11, 2005.  The theme of this year's conference is "Inspired to Achieve."  This year's conference will include speakers from companies such as Accenture and Ford.


Upcoming Illinois MBA Information Session in Bloomington

Please join us for an Illinois MBA session at the Bloomington Public Library on the evening of Wednesday, January 12, 2005. We hope to see you there!


The Illinois MBA Early Admissions Deadline is Approaching!

It's not too late to apply to the Illinois MBA before the early deadline on December 15, 2004.  If you have any questions please contact us at mba@illinois.edu or call us at (217) 244-7602.  Please also consider attending our next information session, scheduled for Saturday, February 12, in conjunction with the Women in Business Conference on February 11.  We look forward to meeting you!


Looking for Companies That Have Hired Internationals?

Do you want to find out which companies have hired internationals and sponsored them to work in the U.S.?   Would you like to be able to search for sponsoring companies by job function, location, and company name?   Based on overwhelming international student feedback from our focus groups, the MBA program has acquired a subscription to H-1base.com -- a leading database of U.S. companies that have sponsored internationals for positions in the U.S.   H-1base.com allows international students to search by function, location, and company name to identify sponsoring employers.  Company data is kept up-to-date by a team of researchers, and some entries include company contact names with phone numbers and e-mail addresses.   In addition, the system contains information on H-1b visas so that you can be informed about sponsorship before you approach recruiters.  The system also includes forums where your sponsorship questions can be answered by immigration experts.


2005 Winter Banquet

The MBAA hosted its annual Winter Banquet on Sunday, December 5, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at the Champaign Country Club.  This year's festivities included dinner, drinks, a performance by The Bottom Line, a jazz band, and a DJ. Students, faculty, and staff were all invited to the event. 


Illinois MBA Takes First Place in EXCEL Case Competition

The Illinois MBA Program won First Place in the First Annual Kelley School of Business EXCEL Case Competition. The case competition was part of the EXCEL Conference hosted by the Black and Latin MBA Associations at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, on November 5-6, 2004 in Bloomington, IN. The winning team members are Danielle Anderson, IMBA '06; Daniel Herrera, IMBA '06; Marcos Hori, IMBA '06; and Aaron Thomas, IMBA '05. This team will represent the Illinois MBA at the upcoming Big Ten Minority Case Competition on February 25-26, 2005.


2005 Admissions Committee

Would you like to help select the Illinois MBA Class of 2007?  Apply for the 2005 Admissions Committee!  The Committee will be selected before break and begin meeting in January.  Details coming soon on FirstClass.


EMBA Now Taking Applications for Voitik Scholarship

The Executive MBA program at the University of Illinois is now taking applications from Illinois MBA second-year students for the $2,500 Voitik Scholarship. Applications are due Nov. 8. Refer to these links for more info, EMBA Voitik Scholarship Instructions, and an EMBA Voitik Scholarship Application.


MBA in Warsaw, Poland, in January

MBA students will have an opportunity to spend January 9-15, 2005 studying international business in Poland.


Minority Case Competition Cancelled

The second annual  Minority Case Competition, which was to be hosted by the University of Illinois College of Business and the National Black MBA Association on February 25-26, 2005, has been cancelled. 


Academic Council Elections

Congratulations to the winners of the Academic Council. Section A: Pedro Castaneda, Dion Soetadi, Peter Bosma. Section B: Chia-Huei (Penny) Lin, Stephan Seyfert, Aleksandrs Kalnins.


Enhance the Bottom Line

The Bottom Line, the Illinois MBA a cappella group, held auditions on September 26, and selected the following new members: First tenor, Regina Pareigis; second tenor, Tetsuya Abe; baritones, Cory Cruser and Bryan White.


Illinois MBA 101 Information Session

Are you considering an MBA?  We invite you to attend an Illinois MBA 101 information session on Saturday, October 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  At the session, you will meet current students and the admissions staff.  A lunch will be provided.  If you plan to attend MBA 101 or any of our other events, please register by sending a message to mba@illinois.edu with your name, address, e-mail address, and the event you plan to attend.  We look forward to meeting you.


PreTerm 2004 a Success

The Illinois MBA incoming class concluded a successful PreTerm on August 19-24.  Students participated in orientation sessions, team building exercises, social events, a community service project with special needs children, and computer and diversity training.

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