At a Glance: March 29

Mar 30, 2021
Article: Digital Platforms Give Business Schools Global Reach
W. Brooke Elliott, associate dean and EY Distinguished Professor in Accounting, was featured in the article in “Digital Platforms Give Business Schools Global Reach” that appeared in Financial Times. The article focuses on how tech companies have worked with business schools to expand the reach of online business programs. Congratulations, Brooke
Make the Most of a Break
Being in a graduate program while managing other responsibilities can be difficult, and we may often push ourselves to not take a break. But did you know breaks can vary in length, and may be 5 minutes or even a few days? Explore the latest blog post from GradLife for tips on how to make the most of your break. 
We Still Need Participants for our study on Crisis Leadership
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 global pandemic. 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
Webinar Recording: Managing Remote Relationships
Last week Judith White explored 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. The recording is now available if you missed it or want to review further. 
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

Gies College of Business will not be holding in-person May Convocation ceremonies. Our virtual Convocation for graduates of our online programs will take place on Sunday, May 16 at 10 am US Central Time. Your diploma will be mailed and you will be invited to participate in future in-person ceremonies when it is safe to gather again. Continue to watch your email inbox for messages containing additional details and the ceremony. In the meantime, you can check out details about University Commencement.
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
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!
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.
Webinar: COVID-19 & Beyond: The Future of Diagnostics in Building Sustainable Healthcare
Tuesday, April 6 | 4–5:30 pm | Register Here 
Global healthcare challenges call for global solutions. Abbott VP Damian Halloran will share how
the company responded to the global COVID-19 pandemic by developing a series of accessible
and affordable tests in record time – while continuing to build innovative and sustainable models
to tackle HIV, malaria, and other infectious diseases around the world.
Webinar: From Refugee to Game Developer: Peacemaking through the Art of Gaming
Thursday, April 6 | 4–5 pm | Register Here 
Lual Mayen is the founder of Junub Games. He has a rich story from growing up as a refugee to becoming a game developer. For 22 of his 24 years of life, Mayen lived in a refugee camp in northern Uganda. A few years back, Mayen saw a laptop computer at a registration station for the refugee camp. He told his mother he wanted one. She saved money for three years to get the $300 to buy it for him. He discovered Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and the joy of playing at an internet cafe. He regularly walked three-hours to get to the internet cafe to charge his computer and play games.