iMBA/iMSM At a Glance: August 29, 2022

Sep 5, 2022
Online Programs Announcements
Holiday Closure - Monday, September 5
The University will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day, a United States Holiday. University offices will be closed. Please refer to your course syllabi for assignment deadlines and live session schedules. 
Limited Advising Services Next Week
Limited academic advising services will be offered the week of September 5. No express advising will be held that week. To reach the SAS team, please email or schedule an advising appointment. 
Know Someone Great?
Gies Online Programs is looking for great students like you! Our students are some of the best referrals to introducing prospective students to the iMBA, iMSM and iMSA. If you know someone who would like more information or be a great fit for our programs fill out this short form to refer them. Thank you for spreading the benefits of joining Gies!
Midwest Healthcare Management Conference Article
Academic researchers and healthcare practitioners convened to explore using technology to improve healthcare delivery to diverse populations at the second Midwest Healthcare Management Conference held on August 12, 2022, at the i-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. The event was co-sponsored by Gies College of Business and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. To read more, click here!
Zoom Upgrade Deadline - September 10
On Saturday, September 10, at 12:01 am CT, Technology Services will require Zoom client 5.11.3 or newer for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux. You can check your own Zoom version by following the guide here. It must be 5.11.3 or newer by September 10.If you are prompted to update Zoom, please do so as soon as possible. You can check for updates manually and run them any time, either in Software Center, Managed Software Center, or Zoom itself.
Not sure how to update Zoom? Check out this article for illustrated steps.

The Help Desk will be happy to assist if needed:
Announcing iMSM to iMBA Stackability
We are excited to share another unique benefit about the iMSM program at Gies College of Business! Once students complete their iMSM program, they can now apply to the iMBA program to stack their MSM degree into the MBA!
This is the first time in the history of the University of Illinois that a degree can stack into another degree, and it is one of the very rare examples of this being done at any business school in the country. It is all part of our mission to make life-changing education affordable and accessible to learners of all ages, experiences, locations, and financial means. This new stackable option means those in the iMSM program can achieve their goals in the most flexible, affordable, and impactful way possible.
Ivy Exec Event with Kevin Hartman: What a Winning Analytics Team Looks Like, Acts Like, and Does
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 | 11:00am CT | Register Here
Data analytics should be top of mind for every advertiser, but building a successful and effective analytics team can be challenging. In this Ivy Exec webinar, Adjunct Professor Kevin Hartman will break down key principles that businesses can use to realize the potential of a tech-savvy analytics team while casting a keen eye toward the cultural considerations that are embraced by companies where analysts thrive.
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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
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:
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 
Ivy Exec Event with Kevin Hartman
September 20 | 11am CT | Register Here
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 | Krannert Center
December 2022 Degree Conferral
December 19