At a Glance: December 6

Dec 6, 2021
Online Programs Announcements
Celebrate Gies College of Business on December 7 - Tomorrow!
Gies College of Business is throwing a party, and you are invited! We’re hosting a special celebration of our College and the outstanding people who make up our Gies community on December 7 at 3:30 pm. We’ll be joined by John Byrne of Poets&Quants, the leading information source on the business education field. You can join us live on Facebook on the Gies Business Facebook page or in person at the BIF Commons. Mark your calendars now. You won’t want to miss this.
Lecture by V. Dale Cozad on Entrepreneurship - Today!
Attend the annual Cozad Lecture, presented by Divey Gulati ’13 MBA, president and co-founder of ShipBob. Monday, December 6 | 4:30 pm CT
Register here
Divey Gulati is the President and co-founder of ShipBob, a cloud-based logistics platform that supports over 5,000 small and medium-sized eCommerce businesses from their 25 fulfillment centers across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, and Australia. Prior to ShipBob, he worked as a consultant at Deloitte. Divey holds both a bachelor’s in computer engineering and an MBA from the University of Illinois.
We hope you can join us to learn more about Divey’s entrepreneurial journey, and critical pivots taken along the way.
You can watch the lecture via livestream on Zoom(webinar ID: 894 4283 7090; passcode: 461144).
Registration Deadline is Quickly Approaching!
Only a week and a half left to register for first 8-week classes by the registration deadline of December 15 (iMBA/iMSM) and December 20 (iMSA)! Our team of Student & Academic Success Specialists are ready to help if you would like assistance choosing classes. 

Use the CRNs on the Course Offerings Schedule to quickly register using Enhanced Registration in Self-Service. Mark your calendars for important drop deadlines. If you have questions, you can email for assistance.
Information Session for iMSA - ACCY 517: Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
Nerissa Brown will host an info session for iMSA students to learn more about ACCY 517 - we will hold this session on Wednesday, December 15 at 12p CT. Students can register here.

Taught by Dr. Nerissa Brown, ACCY 517 will cover topics that allow you to develop the skills to analyze and interpret financial statements to make informed business and investment decisions. In addition, you will learn to use a variety of tools to breakdown financial reports into meaningful units to forecast financial statements and valuation of a firm. Dr. Brown is the Academic Director for the BSA/MAS Program, a PwC Faculty Fellow, and an Associate Professor for Accountancy and has been recognized as Excellent Teacher by her students for the last two years.
Ambassador Applications Now Open!
Do you want to help share your experiences and encourage others to apply to the program? Applications are now open to become a student Ambassador. We are looking for students who will have a positive, proactive and professional approach that want to develop leadership and presentation skills. Applications are due by December 19 at 11:59pm CT. Apply here!
Improve Your Resume and Land the Job
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Save Course Documents from Your Course Site
Canvas course websites are available for 8 weeks from the end of the last course module, as stated in each course syllabus. After 8 weeks from the end date, you will no longer have access to your fall course website in Canvas. Save any documents before that date for your personal archives, including your individual and team assignments.
Winter Wellness
As we approach the end of the semester, it can feel overwhelming to manage multiple priorities, including balancing your work projects and final exams. Check out the online apps and tools - many have free or low-cost components (discounts subject to change and may be discontinued at any time):
  • Aura – help reduce stress, anxiety, and insomnia with a 3 month free trial available during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Calm – meditation, relation, sleep, and breathing tools with a discount for military, nurses, first responders, teachers, and government employees. State health plan participants can register for the ComPsych EAP, and access a discount via the Working Advantage discount center. Additionally, Health Alliance members can receive a discount.
  • Headspace – meditation and mindfulness offering a 14 day free trial.
  • Stop/Breathe/Think – mindfulness and fitness from, offers 30% discount with code 30STRONG.
  • Search YouTube for free resources that interest you, such as Mental HealthMeditation, or Yoga.
May 2022 Convocation
Gies College of Business May 2022 Convocation will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm CT in the State Farm Center. If you think you might attend, please reserve your hotel room now! Prior to the ceremony, we will host an Open House celebration around 10:30 am. More details will be forthcoming.
Shift in Course Delivery Schedule
Beginning Fall 2022, the order of two required core courses will change.
ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting will be offered in Fall 2 (October) and Spring 2 (March). While ACCY 503 will be offered this summer (May 2022), this section will be limited to students graduating in Summer 2022 and PAT students. Other students should plan to take this in October 2022 or in future terms. ACCY 503 will be offered this January 2022.
BADM 567: Process Management will be offered in Spring 1 (January) and Summer (May), starting Spring 2023. With the shift in delivery of these courses, BADM 567 will not be offered in Fall 2022. If you intend to graduate in Fall 2022, please ensure you register for BADM 567 this Spring 2022.
Mergers and Acquisitions Delivery Schedule
The Mergers and Acquisitions Focus Area Specialization will launch this March 2022 with FIN 572: Finance of Mergers and Acquisitions. Students are encouraged to complete this Focus Area in sequence. FIN 572 and ACCY 532 must be completed before Investment Banking Concepts; a formal pre-requisite will be enforced. If you are interested in completing this Focus Area during its initial launch, please plan to complete the courses during the following terms:
FIN 572: Finance of Mergers and Acquisitions – March 2022
ACCY 532: Mergers and Acquisitions and Other Complex Transactions – May 2022
Investment Banking Concepts – August 2022

Following the initial launch, the Mergers and Acquisitions Focus Area will be delivered on the following schedule:
FIN 572: Finance of Mergers and Acquisitions – August 2022
ACCY 532: Mergers and Acquisitions and Other Complex Transactions – October 2022
Investment Banking Concepts – January 2023
We encourage you to schedule an appointment with the Student & Academic Success team to review your degree plan and ensure you are on track for graduation.
iMBA & iMSM Registration Deadline
December 15
December 2021 Convocation Ceremony
December 18
iMSA Registration Deadline
December 20
University Closed for Winter Break
December 24 - January 3
iMBA & iMSM Spring 1st 8-week Courses Launch
January 12
iMSA Spring 1st 8-week Courses Launch
January 18
iMBA & iMSM Spring 1st 8-week Drop Deadline
January 17
iMSA Spring 1st 8-week Drop Deadline
January 22
May 2022 Convocation Ceremony
May 15, 2022 | 1:30 PM CT | State Farm Center