iMBA At a Glance: May 3

May 3, 2021
Online Programs Announcements
Consider Taking MBA 565 This Summer!
Are you starting to register for summer courses? Consider enrolling in MBA 565: Infonomics. This course, taught by Doug Laney, provides a non-technical perspective on and methods for monetizing, managing, and measuring information as if it were any other kind of corporate asset. Reminder - Registration is now open!
Live Session Times For Summer Courses Available Now
As you prepare for your summer courses, please review the live session times for your courses. Attendance at one of the weekly live sessions is strongly encouraged. If unable to participate, students are expected to watch the recording of the live session as soon as possible. Attendance requirements will vary by course, so be sure to check the syllabus. 
Update Your Grouping Preference Form
Please take a moment to go into the group profile form and update your preferences as well as your availability. Preferences must be updated one week before courses begin. Bookmark the link to the form as it stores your preferences and will be continually used, unless otherwise updated. You do not need to fill out the form if there are no changes from your initial preferences. Please update by May 14, for summer course groupings.
Need Some Quick Help? Check out Express Advising!
Do you have a question and do not want to wait to book a full advising appointment? Express Advising is a great way to connect with a member of the Gies Online Programs Student & Academic Success team when you need some fast help. These are set up as first come, first serve, walk-ins where you can connect with a Specialist for up to 15 minutes and get your questions answered. No appointment needed. Check out our Advising and Planning page for more information and times
iMBA: Student Council Applications DUE TODAY!!
Applications are now open for the iMBA Student Council! The student council consists of a group of iMBA student leaders who are selected by the program through an application process. The student council works in close contact with program administration to build a strong network and support initiatives that advance the program’s strategic priorities. Apply by TODAY Monday, May 3 for consideration.
Announcing Virtual Global Immersion CAPSTONE – July 14-27, 2021 Japan
Please travel with us virtually to Japan for a 2-week capstone course starting July 14, 2021 to learn about how Japan now works to reinvent itself via focusing on their startup ecosystem, developing technological advancements, and venturing into new markets. Space is limited, so please apply ASAP. If you can't make it, stay tuned for another immersion this fall - details coming soon!

Registration Details
To secure your spot, please register and submit a $100 non-refundable deposit by completing this form by Friday, May 14. You will be notified of your acceptance by Wednesday, May 19. If demand exceeds capacity, we will give priority based on seniority (credits earned) in the program. The total fee to participate is $500. Your $100 deposit will applied to this total and $400 will then be charged to your student account. If you are not selected, your deposit will be refunded.

Capstone Credit - iMBA
If successfully completed, the immersion can count for ONE of the two required specialization capstone courses. Students cannot use the immersion for the program capstone. 
Are You Finishing your iMBA this summer?
After you add your name to the degree list, please allow up to 48 hours before attempting to register for the Program Capstone (CRN 40569). The Program Capstone is a requirement to finish your iMBA. More information regarding steps to prepare for graduation and the Program Capstone will be shared with you within the next week.
iMBA: Mentor Application Open
Applications to become an iMBA Mentor for the August & October cohorts are now open!  If selected, you will be required to attend two one-hour training sessions in order to receive your mentees in June.  If you are interested in becoming a student mentor for the next cohort of incoming students, please complete your application today! The deadline to submit your application is Friday, May 21 at 11:59pm CST.
Data Science’s First-Mile and Last-Mile Problems: Drivers of Success for Data-Driven Decision-Making
Tuesday, May 4 | 12-1 pm CT | Register Here 
The impact of data on business decision-making and, more specifically, analytics and analytics-driven automation continues to increase. Most people and courses intrinsically focus on the importance of the algorithm behind the analytics or automation. Yet the choice and optimization of the algorithm is becoming automated itself. As a result, many experts miss the importance of what comes before and after the algorithm. Join Jim Guszcza, Fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and Deloitte’s first US data scientist, and Robert Brunner, associate dean for innovation and chief disruption officer at Gies College of Business, for a discussion on the important issues behind so-called first-mile and last-mile problems, and how these problems are fast becoming the key drivers for success in the field of data-driven decision-making.
Gies Online Convocation Ceremony
Sunday, May 16 | 7:30-8:30 am CT 
We are looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the class of May 2021! Our virtual Convocation for graduates of our online programs (iMSA, iMBA and iMSM) will celebrate the incredible achievement in graduate education. Please join us directly via Zoom by using this link or the following information: Zoom Meeting ID: 899 5258 1449; Zoom Meeting Password: 083461

Attached is an invitation you can share with your friends and family. Due to security and access reasons, we will ask that they join us separately via the Youtube stream. Your guests can join us by clicking directly on the link in the invitation or can paste this link into their browser:
Panel Discussion on Disruption and Innovation
Thursday, May 20 | 7:30-8:30 am CT | Register Here 
Panel Discussion on Disruption and Innovation What are disruption and innovation? What disruptions are coming, and how can we teach students to be ready? Join us for a one-hour discussion and Q&A on Thursday, May 20 at 7:30 am CT. The conversation will feature Tim Lee (Founder & CEO, QFPay), Frank Shi (Co-Founder & CEO, PhotonIC Technologies), Aakrit Vaish (Founder & CEO, Haptik), and Winnie Wu (student leader, Disruption Lab). The discussion will be moderated by Gies Associate Dean for Innovation and Chief Disruption Officer Robert Brunner.