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  • Advice from the MBA Class of 2012 to the MBA Class of 2014

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    Today I, like many others, stood in line to pick up my cap and gown for graduation on Saturday. While waiting for my turn, I thought about all of the things I’ve learned over the past two years and how much I had grown both as a professional and as a person. While two years seem like such a short time, there is a major difference between how I felt two years ago on the first day of orientation and how I feel now, almost ready to graduate. As a result of this, I decided to write my final Student Life blog post on the advice that some of the members of my class have for the incoming MBA class.

  • MBA Awards Season

    Professors of the Year
    Professors of the Year

    As the semester winds down to an end and the second-year MBA students gear up to graduate this weekend, the MBA program and organizations within the MBA program gather together to honor students and faculty alike for all that they have accomplished throughout the year. Over the past two weeks, we honored students with the Extraordinary Achievement Award, the MBAA Finale Superlatives and the Student Worker of the Year Award. We also honored professors in the Faculty Appreciation Award Ceremony. Because the professors and students accomplish so many amazing tasks throughout the year, the program has multiple ceremonies to honor them.

  • Design for America at the University of Illinois

    First-year MBA student, Ankit Iyer, along with two other MBA students and two undergraduate students created this video as part of the application process to start a Design for America (DFA) chapter at the University of Illinois. Design For America is a national organization that looks at using design thinking to solve social problems. Currently there are chapters at Northwestern, Stanford, Brown, Columbia, UCLA, Cornell, etc. DFA was on the cover of Fast Company magazine in October and has been featured in Forbes, Inc. magazine, and Harvard Business Review. I asked Ankit share some information about the project and the video.

  • Steve Houlihan, Case Competition Extraordinaire

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    First-year MBA student, Steve Houlihan has been very busy this year. Apart from his studies, networking and career search, Steve has also been a part of three case competitions. Because case competitions seem to be a hot topic for perspective students and a wonderful opportunity for current students, I asked Steve to write a guest blog on his experiences. 

  • Keith T. Darcy Presents on Corporate Social Responsibility

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    On Tuesday, the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society invited Keith T. Darcy to the University of Illinois to give a presentation entitled “Corporate Social Responsibility: Ethics or Profit?” Darcy is the Executive Director of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, which is the largest organization exclusively for ethics and compliance executives. Darcy’s presentation was phenomenal—a must-see for anyone going into business.

  • Nine Compete for Full MBA Scholarship

    Competitors for the 2012 Scholarship Case Competition included (L to R): Ashley Hudson, Harout Sahakian, Isak Griffiths, Egemen Gozoglu, Matthias Uhl, Rose Aba Dodd, Adam Sherman, Steven Rodriguez, and Utkarshi Joshi.
    Competitors for the 2012 Scholarship Case Competition included (L to R): Ashley Hudson, Harout Sahakian, Isak Griffiths, Egemen Gozoglu, Matthias Uhl, Rose Aba Dodd, Adam Sherman, Steven Rodriguez, and Utkarshi Joshi.

    On Friday, March 9, nine prospective students for the University of Illinois MBA program competed for top scholarship prizes. The annual Illinois MBA Scholarship Case Competition offers prospective students a unique and productive way to show off their analytical and presentation skills to seasoned professionals and program administrators. In return, the top three participants earn significant scholarships that apply toward a degree from the Illinois MBA program.

  • An Interview with the MBA Association President

    2012 MBAA Board
    2012 MBAA Board

    Every year in January, a first-year Illinois MBA student begins his/her term as the MBA Association president. This year, Corey Painter was elected to this prestigious position. Since Corey has been the MBAA president for a couple of months, I decided that now was the perfect time to gather his thoughts on his position and his vision for the rest of the year.

  • HP's Global Consulting Challenge

    Illinois MBA GCC Team
    Illinois MBA GCC Team

    Working with the Admissions team, I’ve noticed that a lot of our perspective students are interested in case competitions and what they entail. My good friend and second-year MBA student, Tim Kingery, was on the Illinois MBA team for the HP Global Consulting Challenge Case Competition that competed a couple weekends ago. I spent some time with Tim to learn more about his experience. 

  • The MBAA Service Association Participates in the Polar Plunge

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    It was a gorgeous day on Saturday: sunny, blue skies and a cool 35 degrees Fahrenheit—a perfect day for skiing, ice skating or other winter sports. However, for the MBAA Service Association and many others in the Champaign-Urbana community, it was also a perfect day to jump in a lake. The Polar Plunge takes place annually in Mahomet, IL and raises money for the Illinois Special Olympics. The MBAA Service Association saw this as the perfect opportunity to give back to the community, while building camaraderie among the MBA cohort.

  • Career Motivation through I-Motivate

    Friday I-Motivate Meeting
    Friday I-Motivate Meeting

    In the MBA program, our peers are often our best asset. We all come from different backgrounds, work experience, political and social views, etc. and we all can help each other to succeed. This was the very thought second-year MBA student Olaide Lawal had when he decided to lead an initiative called I-Motivate. I’ve asked him to write a guest blog outlining the program and its benefits.

  • Investigate Illinois and the Lunar New Year

    Photo Credit: Justin Essig
    Photo Credit: Justin Essig

    Saturday, February 4 was a busy day for the University of Illinois’s MBA program. That morning, the Admissions team held Investigate Illinois, where perspective students at breakfast with the Dean, sat in on a marketing class, had lunch with current students, participated in tours and interviewed with the Admissions team. After Investigate Illinois was over, and the sun began to set, it was time to celebrate the Lunar New Year with the MBAA Diversity Association. First-year student, Osborne Wang, told me about his experience participating in the celebration.

  • Breakfast with Judge Holmes, as Told by MBA Alum, Devin Ruthstrom

    Judge Holmes
    Judge Holmes

    Recent MBA alum, Devin Ruthstrom, had the opportunity to attend breakfast with Judge Sven Erik Holmes, the Vice Chair of Legal and Compliance at KPMG, along with other students as a part of a program sponsored by the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society on campus. Devin had such an amazing experience at this breakfast, that he agreed to write a guest blog capturing this event.

  • The Taste of Champaign

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    Many of us go through our two years in the MBA program without really knowing the Champaign-Urbana community. As a way to introduce the students to various restaurants and community-owned establishments, the MBA Association has a program called, “The Taste of Champaign” where they highlight foods from other cultures that can be found right in the Champaign-Urbana area. Last week, the MBA Association featured foods from the Rainbow Garden Chinese restaurant to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Plates were piled high with vegetable eggrolls, General Tso’s Chicken, Vegetable Lomein and more! The MBA Diversity Association, in preparation for the MBA Association’s Chinese New Year celebration, decided to interview a couple of their members regarding the Chinese New Year.

  • Checking in with a Second-Year MBA

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    For second-year MBAs like me, our time in the MBA program at Illinois is quickly drawing to a close. For many of us, this is our last semester at the university (not true for some joint degree students) and we are all trying to make the most of it by taking classes that interest us and will benefit us in the future, making lasting connections, and finding the perfect career. I decided to sit down with Emilia Poppe, second-year MBA, Forte Fellow and an active member of the MBA community to check in with her about her classes and her job search.

  • The International Perspective

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    The Illinois MBA program often boasts that our student body is comprised of a number of international students from over 25+ countries. As a result, I decided to sit down with second-year MBA student, Shubhashri Mohanty to ask her questions about the University of Illinois, her career search, and more. Shubhashri graduated from the Amrita School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and is exploring a career in IT and Marketing.

  • Kola Foundation's Trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

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    Shelly Wohadlo, first-year MBA student and incoming president of the Kola Foundation, had the amazing opportunity of spending some time at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota over her winter break. Shelly is concentrating in Marketing and was a sales manager at a start-up company in Ecuador prior to coming to Illinois for her MBA. I had the pleasure of interviewing Shelly about the Kola Foundation and her visit to the reservation.
  • The Illinois MBA and Toys for Tots

    I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. The MBAs have been busy over break! Some went with the Kola foundation to the LaKota reservation, some went to South Africa, others went home and applied for jobs and yet others spent their break participating in community service. In the coming weeks, look for blogs to outline the items mentioned above. For now, please enjoy this lovely video of some of the members of the Illinois MBAA Service Association helping the local Toys for Tots campaign in gathering toys at Toys R Us.
  • Interview Insights from BCS Employee and Second-Year MBA Student, Jill Krivacek

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    As the semester comes to a close, many of the MBA students are leaving the Champaign-Urbana community for home to take a break from school work and to continue their search for the perfect full-time job or internship. Since winter break is a great time to refine interview skills, update resumes and search for jobs or internships, I decided to sit down with Jill Krivacek, current second-year MBA student, employee of Business Career Services and the 2011 president of the MBA Association to see if she had any tips for students looking for job opportunities.
  • MBA Students Help Freshmen Learn the Importance of Professional Responsibility

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    On Wednesday night, I was able to see firsthand the culmination of Business 101, a course in Professional Responsibility that all freshmen entering the College of Business have to take. I have been the Assistant Course Director for this class for the past year and Wednesday night was the official end to it. The 650 freshmen that take this course were split into groups this semester and were required to develop a product and a company that would be focused on the '3 Ps' of social responsibility: People, Profit and Planet. Many MBAs came out to help judge the posters and presentations that the freshmen gave and six of us (three MBA2s currently on the Business 101 management team and three MBA1s that are on the 2012 Business 101 management team) had the task of assigning grades to the presentations and seeing how much the freshmen have improved over the year.
  • Illinois MBAs are Extraordinary!

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    On Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of attending the Extraordinary Achievement Award ceremony which honored MBAs who went above and beyond the minimum requirements of being an Illinois MBA student. There were 18 students nominated, each of whom have engaged in outstanding personal acts, impacted the community or impacted the MBA program. I was lucky to be one of the nominees, excited to be honored for all of my hard work and dedication to the program.
  • Giving Thanks through Giving

    Illinois MBA Students at the Eastern Illinois Food Bank
    Illinois MBA Students at the Eastern Illinois Food Bank
    Those of us in the Illinois MBA program have a lot to be thankful for--an excellent education, wonderful friends and family, many job prospects and more. In order to show how thankful we are for the things we have, Illinois MBA students like to give back to the Champaign-Urbana community and other communities as often as possible. Prior to Thanksgiving break, MBA students participated in a number of events that benefitted the community, including donating food to a university-wide food drive, helping the Eastern Illinois Food Bank pack food and raising awareness of the Lakota Nation through the student-founded Kola Foundation.
  • The Wonderful World of Case Competitions

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    Case competitions are one of the many chapters that an Illinois MBA can add to her or his story while in the MBA program. During a case competition, MBA students are given the opportunity work on a team to present their solutions to company problems and compete against other schools and other teams doing the same. First-year MBA student, Jaren Gaddi was on a case competition team for Nielsen in which his team won. Jaren has a background in retail pharmacy operations and is currently concentrating in Finance and Strategic Management. I had the opportunity to interview Jaren regarding his experience at the Nielsen Case Competition.
  • Making a Difference with the Illinois MBA Service Association

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    In the first-year MBA ethics class, we often heard our professor state that her goal in life was to leave things better than she found them. This thought embodies the MBA Service Association and the projects that they participate in throughout the year. The MBA program is only two years long and many of us come from miles away, moving furniture, family and lives to Champaign-Urbana to start a new adventure as MBA students'we can only hope that we leave this community better than how we found it.
  • Checking in with a First-Year MBA

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    As we are deep into the second quarter for the first-year MBAs and quickly approaching Thanksgiving Break, I decided to sit down with Matt Foreman, a first-year MBA, to check in with him on how the semester is going so far. Matt has a background in aquatics management and has even traveled the world as an Assistant Cruise Director. He is planning on concentrating in general management while in the Illinois MBA Program. Heres what he had to say about his experience as an Illinois MBA:
  • Friday Night for Women and Saturday Night for Diwali

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    This weekend proved to be a busy one for the MBA program. Friday night started with an event solely for females interested in pursuing an Illinois MBA. Around 17 women from all over the country traveled to Champaign to take an in-depth look at the MBA program.

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