At a Glance: August 30

Sep 3, 2021
Online Programs Announcements
Transition to Canvas Learning Platform
The University of Illinois has adopted Canvas to replace Compass 2g as our learner platform. Many courses have already transitioned to Canvas, including almost all iMSA courses. Beginning in October, all iMBA and iMSM courses will transition to this learner platform, with the exception of the Program Capstone for iMBA. 

To prepare you for this transition, you are encouraged to complete the Onboarding Course in Canvas. Retaking the Onboarding Course in Canvas is optional, however it will allow you to get to learn the new Canvas platform. Additional help is also provided in an introductory video and student guide.
Visit a Student and Academic Success Specialist
Looking to get quick assistance from a Student & Academic Success Specialist? Drop into Express Advising! Express Advising is first-come, first-serve and is designed for quick questions and may last up to 15 minutes. For degree planning questions, please schedule an appointment. For the link to Express Advising and to make an appointment, please visit the Advising Calendar. 
There will be no Express Advising on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day. 
Attend iConverge Keynote Address Virtually
We are eagerly looking forward to iConverge in September. Even if you aren’t able to attend iConverge in person, we invite to join us online. The morning session begins at 9:15 am US Central Time with a welcome from Dean Jeffrey Brown. Next, hear from Dr. Brooke Elliott, Associate Dean and EY Distinguished Professor in Accounting, who will present some details around the current online programs and give you a first look at things to come.

Then at 10 am, you will want to hear our featured speaker Cedric Thurman, Chief Diversity Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC), where he has shaped the culture at FHLBC to provide opportunities for all employees. Cedric has been recognized for his professional accomplishments by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the Top 100 Executives Under 50, Kellogg School of Management’s Black Management Association as Alumnus of the Year, Chicago Defender Men of Excellence, and UCAN Diversity Advocate of the Year. He has twice been recognized in Who’s Who in Black Chicago. 
New Gies Podcast: The Gies Download
In the inaugural Gies Download podcast, host Tim Sinclair sits down with Director of Athletics at the University of Illinois and Gies Business alum, Josh Whitman (FIN '01). The former Illini and NFL tight end talks about balancing academics and athletics, celebrating with student-athletes after games, and navigating "one of the most transformative years in the history of college athletics." Josh also opens up about what makes him smile, what makes him cry, and the importance of keeping a secret.
Faculty Highlights
This week, learn about three faculty who specialize in Financial Accounting. You will not want to miss an opportunity to connect with these three experts. 

Nerissa Brown, Associate Professor of Accountancy & Academic Director for the BSA/MAS Program in Accountancy 
Professor Brown has been an Associate Professor in Accountancy with Gies since 2018 and is currently a PricewaterhouseCoopers Faculty Fellow. She has an interest in teaching Financial Accounting and has made the list of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for two years in a row.

Find Professor Brown:
Professor Brown is the lead instructor for ACCY 517*: Financial Statement Analysis for iMSA, launching January ‘22, and teaches in the MOOCs for ACCY 593*: Financial Statement Analysis for MBAs offered this October. 

Brooke ElliottAssociate Dean & EY Distinguished Professor in Accounting
Professor Elliott is Associate Dean at Gies College of Business and has previously served as the Head of Accountancy and the Academic Director for Gies Undergraduate Programs. Professor Elliott has been teaching at the University of Illinois since 2003 and has a strong interest in teaching financial reporting and financial statement analysis.

Find Professor Elliott:
Professor Elliott brings her expertise to the MOOCs for ACCY 593*, offered this October, and ACCY 517*, launching January '22. 

Brian HammClinical Assistant Professor of Accountancy
Professor Hamm has been teaching with Gies since 2018 and has made the list of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for two years in a row. Prior to teaching at Gies, Professor Hamm served as the Chief Financial Officer at TruGreen and Energizer and has also served as the Vice President of Finance for Pepsi. 

Find Professor Hamm: 
Professor Hamm is the Lead Instructor for ACCY 593*: Financial Statement Analysis for MBAs* and teaches in the MOOC for ACCY 517*. 

*ACCY 593 has the prerequisite of ACCY 500. ACCY 517 has the prerequisite of ACCY 502. 
Labor Day - US Holiday
September 6  | The University will be closed in observance of Labor Day, a US Federal Holiday.
September 16-18
Virtual Immersion to Ghana
October 6-19