At a Glance: March 22

Mar 24, 2021
Online Programs Announcements
Drop Deadline
Second 8-week courses have begun!  Remember if you want to drop a course that started on March 17 with a full refund, you must do that by Monday, March 22; the deadline to drop a course that started on March 22 is March 27. Refer to our Course Refund Guide for more information
Non-standard Calendar Reminder
As a reminder, Gies Online Programs runs on the non-standard calendar. Non-instructional days do not apply. All program activities, including live sessions, will go on as planned on Wednesday, March 24 and on other non-instructional days this semester.
We need you! Join our study on Crisis Leadership
COVID-19 and unrest around social injustice have created unprecedented challenges and opportunities for business leaders in the US and around the world in 2020. We are interested in understanding leaders’ experiences in navigating these circumstances. If you are a leader in an organization of more than 500 people, we would love to learn how you have led your organization through this unique context.

Please consider participating in a confidential 50-60-minute interview via phone or Zoom with a researcher from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Your participation is voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time. If you would like to learn more about this study, please contact Dr. Denise Lewin Loyd at or Dr. Miriam Yates at

We understand that your time is valuable. As an indication of our gratitude, we will offer participants of this study the opportunity to enter a lottery. There will be two winners of the lottery who will be able to select a charity of their choice from a list. This charity will receive a donation of $150 in each of the winners’ names.
Graduating this Spring?
If you have not yet applied to graduate, you must do this by April 4. You can view detailed instructions on how to add yourself to the degree list on the website. At this time we are still awaiting detailed information about graduation from the College. We will have more to share with you in the coming weeks; in the meantime, you can check out details about University Commencement.

If you are in the iMBA program, you must also register for the Program Capstone. Detailed information on group information and the capstone overview has been sent to all students who are eligible to graduate.
Register for the Lavender Congratulatory
Are you an LGBTQ+ student who is graduating this year? Register for the Lavender Congratulatory, hosted by the LGBT Resource Center. The virtual reception will be held on April 28 at 5:00 PM CST. For questions, please contact Daniel Camacho at
Curriculum Updates
Online Programs recently shared important curriculum changes all students should be aware of. 
The Business Analytics focus area is currently being revised. These revisions include:
  • Revised course content
  • Updated MOOC Components
  • The removal of a Business Analytics Capstone
The attached document lays out the updates coming to the focus area. To understand how these changes might affect your degree plan, please reach out to a Student Success Specialist.
Updated MBA 561 MOOC has Launched!
The MOOC Component for MBA 561: Introduction to Business Analytics with R is now available. While the high engagement course begins April 14, you are welcome to start on the MOOC Component now!
Webinar: Managing Remote Work Relationships
Wednesday, March 24  |  11:30 am -12:30 pm CST  |  Register Here
Remote work is here to stay. Managers and employees who work remotely have plenty of technological tools to help get work done, but what about tools to foster collaborative relationships and handle conflict productively with people you never met in person? Judith White, teaching professor of business administration, will review the impact that remote work has on our natural relationship building, conflict resolution, and communication skills, and look at some new ideas for developing these skills online. 
Relish Connect Virtual Career Event
April 1-2 |  Register Here
This event is perfect for candidates seeking careers in data, finance or tech. Each day of this two-day conference will focus on a specific set of job functions and require separate registrations. You can register for the specific day that fits your job search or you can register for both days to access the full conference. Registration is free.