blog postsMBA Students to Compete in Real Estate Case CompetitionMar 30, 2011 12:30 pm827 views MBA second-year students Matt Lesh and Kyle Pietila will be competing next week in a Real Estate Case Competition in Chicago. For the past few weeks, the team (comprised of real estate, MBA and architecture students) has been doing market research on the current real estate market in the Chicago land area. The research includes: absorption rates, building trends, interest rates. the land & building entitlement process, and commercial tenant build out requirements. Additionally, the team has conducted multiple interviews and meetings with real estate professionals from the Chicago area as well as proprietary online real estate databases. Read more to hear from team member Matt Lash as he sat down with us to talk about the competition and his experience.Spring Break Study Abroad in Rio de JaneiroMar 24, 2011 4:45 pm450 views Saturday 3/19/11 Day 1 By Matt Lesh, MBA2 Our group arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. After going through Brazil Customs, we were greeted by Daniel Amgarten, our tour guide from Campus Brazil. Campus Brazil has a close relationship with the University of Illinois College of Business Study Abroad program and they are eager to host more Illinois study abroad trips in the near future. After arriving at our hotel, The Ipanema Inn, we walked to Carretea, a Brazilian steakhouse, for lunch. The food was excellent! Waiters came to our table offering us freshly cooked steak, pork, chicken, and beef ribs. In addition to the meat, our group ate a number of items from the buffet as well as dessert. Daniel encouraged us to try the Guarana, a popular Brazilian drink. This drink is served carbonated in an aluminum can and tastes like apple juice without a lot of sugar added. After lunch, many of us walked half a block from our hotel to the famous Ipanema Beach. The beach was very crowded with locals, spring breakers, and other tourists. Our group hung out at the beach for a few hours and relaxed. As the sun went down, everyone returned to their rooms to get ready for our first night out in Brazil. We went to an outdoor restaurant, Bartholemeu, that was just a few doors down from our hotel. We enjoyed a traditional Brazilian drink, Caipirihna, which is similar to a mojito.Kola Workshop with DoGood Consulting CEO Laura HuthMar 17, 2011 12:00 pm410 views On April 1st from 1pm-5pm, the Kola Foundation with host a workshop featuring Laura Huth, CEO of DoGood Consulting. This workshop was designed to ensure Kola's sustainability in the work they are doing on and off the Pine Ridge reservation. It is focused on marketing and fundraising, but will address all components of operating and growing a non-profit organization. The format will be interactive workshop style - not a typical lecture. Laura has an extremely impressive background - in 2008 she was named Female of the Year by Central Illinois Business Magazine, and in 2009 Do Good Consulting was recognized by the Champaign Chamber of Commerce as Small Business of the Year. Keep reading to learn more about this distinguished guest speaker and the event.Kola Foundation Distributes Goods in Pine RidgeMar 16, 2011 11:30 am383 views The Kola Foundation is at it again! The non-profit organization, run by Illinois MBA students, recently took part in distributing thousands of good to the Porcupine Middle School, a centrally located venue on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The event was "tremendously successful", according to Kola CEO, Adam Ratner. Continue reading for Adam's account of the trip to South Dakota and the great work the foundation is doing.MBA Students Polar Plunge for the Illinois Special OlympicsMar 7, 2011 12:00 pm409 views On Saturday February 26, 2011 the Illinois MBA had 9 student volunteers at the Polar Plunge after raising money to benefit the Special Olympics of Illinois. One plunger, first year MBA student, Colleen Symansky sat down with us to give us the download on her freezing cold adventure into the Lake of the Woods in Mahomet, IL. Although it was cold, the team had a great time...keep reading to learn more!Illinois MBA Helps Sponsor TEDxUIUC 2011 EventMar 2, 2011 1:00 pm582 views For the second year in a row, MBA student Cristian Mitreanu served as the curator of the TEDxUIUC conference. Held at the Business Instructional Facility in Champaign, this event brings together students, alumni and some of the world's top thinkers to spark discussion and conversation about innovation in the world around us. Whether its consumer psychology, cosmology or our relationship with technology, the event features remarkable speakers talking about the incredible research they've done. TEDxUIUC is certainly a unique experience, both for the university and its students, which is why this years event was nothing short of inspiring. Keep reading to learn more about the conference and the TED organization.