iMBA/iMSM At a Glance: August 22, 2022

Aug 28, 2022
Online Programs Announcements
2022-23 iDegrees Student Council
We are excited to welcome six new members to the iDegrees Student Council. The council consists of a group of iMBA, iMSA, and iMSM student leaders who are selected by the program through an application process. The iDegrees Student Council works in close contact with program administration to build a strong network and support initiatives that advance Gies Online’s strategic priorities.
Please join us in welcoming the following new members:
Molly Johnson (iMBA), Chicago, IL Flavia Jones (iMSA), Dallas, TX
Brian O’Hare (iMBA), Eagle, ID Ravi Rooprai (iMBA), Naperville, IL
Gaurav Sachdev (iMSM), San Diego, CA Caylin Stewart (iMBA), Chicago, IL
These leaders will join the following Gies Online students currently serving on the iDegrees Student Council:
Dawn Carey (iMBA/iMSA), Austin, TX Manmit Kaur (iMSM), Boston, MA
Chester Coronel (iMBA), Manila, Philippines Vaishnavi (Vaishu) Ganesh (iMBA), Novi, MI
Laurel Purves (iMBA), Madison, WI Eric Scott (iMBA), Jacksonville, FL
We would also like to thank the outgoing members for their incredible contributions to the iDegrees program:
Deepa Eswara (iMBA ’22), St. Louis, MO Smita Jha (iMBA ’21), Muscat, Oman
Nicole Steele (iMBA ’22), Portland, OR Taylor Stratton (iMBA ’22), Boulder, CO
Matthew Jones (MJ) (iMBA ’22), Nuremberg, Germany Kripakar Krishnamurthy (KK) (iMBA ’22), Detroit, MI
Women's Coffee Chat
Wednesday, August 24 | 11:00am CT | Register Here
Join us to explore how women in business can achieve success in Gies Online! A recruitment leader here at Gies Online will be joined by some of the amazing women currently studying in one of our online programs. Bring your questions and a cup of coffee to sit back and discuss the experiences and challenges women face in business and how graduate education can help women succeed.
Phishing Campaigns on the Rise
As the semester kicks off, please be extra cautions about potential phishing/fake emails. We usually see a significant increase right when classes start, as attackers know that we're all in a whirlwind of activity and often too rushed to catch subtle hints that something isn't legitimate.
The two most common types at the moment are:
  1. Messages impersonating VIPs like deans, directors, and department heads, asking for a favor
  2. Messages using Google or Box to send "shared document" notifications.
If you receive one of these messages, or anything pertaining to an email quota or similar that seems suspicious, you can forward the message as an attachment (right-click, forward-as-attachment) to:
In Case You Missed It...
May 2023 Convocation Date
Gies College of Business will plan to hold its Spring Convocation ceremony for iDegrees students in-person at 3 pm on Friday, May 12, 2023, in the State Farm Center. More information will be forthcoming, but you can start making plans to attend!

Covid-19 note: 
While we are planning on holding the ceremony on this date, the continued uncertainty of the pandemic means that scheduling can still be subject to change. 
Duo - Multi-Factor Authorization
Between August 12 and 14, you will begin to see an updated login screen and secondary screen for Duo multi-factor authentication when you access certain web-protected resources.
What action steps do I need to take?

  1. On the first screen, type in your entire university provided email address. You will no longer be able to enter only your NetID for access. Please update your password managers accordingly.
  2. The Duo screen will appear upon successful entry of your email address and password. This is a visual change that requires no new or different action on your part. Continue to login with Duo as you have in the past.
Who do I contact with questions?
If you have any questions, please contact Technology Services at or call 217-244-7000.
Want to Show Your Gies Pride?
Want to show your Gies pride? Need to augment your wardrobe?
In partnership with Campus Ink, we’re launching the new Gies online store featuring exclusive Gies College of Business merchandise. You’ll be the talk of the town and the envy of all your friends in your new Gies gear.
Check out the new selection of Gies-branded sportswear and other merchandise. Look for exclusive launch items available only while supplies last – when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Attending iConverge in September? Order Gies College of Business merchandise ahead of time to show your Gies pride at iConverge! 
Women's Coffee Chat
August 24 | 11:00am CT | Register Here
Holiday Closure - Labor Day
September 5 | The University of Illinois will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day, a National Holiday in the United States.
iConverge 2022
September 8 - 10 
Fall 2 Registration Deadline
September 22 
Japan Virtual Immersion
October 5-18 
Deadline to Apply to Graduate in December
October 30 | Instructions Here
December 2022 In-Person Convocation Ceremony
December 16 | 11am - 3pm CT | State Farm Center
December 2022 Degree Conferral
December 19