At a Glance: April 5

Apr 7, 2021
Summer & Fall Time Tickets Available to View
Time tickets for Summer and Fall registration are available to view on Self-Service. Your time ticket designates the time that you can register for both summer and fall. Registration will open as early as April 26, but times vary for each individual.
iMBA: NEW! Elective Path to satisfy degree requirement
The iMBA program is continually innovating and re-examining our course options. We are pleased to announce an exciting new option to satisfy degree requirements: The Elective Path. Students will still have the option of completing two focus areas. You can now also choose to complete one focus area and replace the other with 12 elective credits. Gies Online Programs understands this curriculum change can lead to many questions. We invite you to attend our webinar where we will highlight these changes:

Thursday, April 15 | 9-10 am CST | Register 
Monday, April 19 | 6-7 pm CST | Register 

To elect this option in place of a second focus area will need to submit a petition using the Graduate Student Request Form. Select "Policy Exception" and state you are seeking to update your catalog term to Summer 2021 due to program updates that allow you to complete electives which will take affect that term.
Have You Led Your Organization Through a Crisis?
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: COVID-19 & Beyond: The Future of Diagnostics in Building Sustainable Healthcare
Tuesday, April 6 | 4–5:30 pm CST | 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 8 | 4–5 pm CST | 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.
ISOI Distinguished Speaker Series: Violina Rindova
April 16 | 2-3 pm | Join Here 
The ISOI Distinguished Speaker Series focuses on opinion, viewpoints, and debate about our research field(s), and makes a connection to practice. This speaker will be Patrice Louvet (President and CEO, Ralph Lauren). There is no registration required for this event.
Webinar: Climate Change Effects on Innovation, the Economy, and Diplomacy
Tuesday, April 20 | 9–10 am CST | Register Here 
Don Fullerton, Gutgsell Professor of Finance, will host a special event in recognition of Earth Day titled “Climate Change Effects on Innovation, the Economy, and Diplomacy”. This virtual event will feature a discussion between Professor Fullerton and Gideon Behar, Israel’s Special Envoy for Climate Change and Sustainability. They will share their unique perspectives about current climate change innovation research and its effects on the economy and diplomacy.
Webinar: Creating a Workplace Climate that Welcomes Diverse Perspectives
Thursday, April 22 | 2:30-3:30 pm CST | Register Here 
Many organizations have found the goal of a truly inclusive workplace difficult to realize. One reason is that we’ve lost sight of an important axis of diversity: diversity of perspectives—political, ideological, and otherwise. We often recognize that a climate with open communication and where a range of perspectives are welcomed is also one where cooperation, productivity, and innovation will thrive; however, getting there has remained elusive. This new climate doesn’t come from a toolkit or a checklist of to-do items: It comes from a new way of thinking. Join Associate Dean Brooke Elliott and associate professor of sociology, Illana Redstone as they talk about how to bring it to life.