At a Glance: November 7, 2022

Nov 8, 2022
Online Programs Announcements
Holiday Closure Reminder - Election Day
The University will be closed on Tuesday, November 8 for Election Day, a state holiday. University offices will be closed, and there will be no advising services offered. Please refer to your course syllabi for assignment deadlines and live session schedules.
Registration Reminder
Registration has started for Spring courses! Our course schedule has been updated and is available on our Course Offerings page. Use the CRN's and enhanced registration for registration efficiency! Take time now to review your degree plan with a Student & Academic Success Specialist to prepare for registration!  
Take Your Venture to the Next Level!
Apply to join iVenture Accelerator's 9th cohort in May 2023! Applications come in three waves, and Wave 1 applications will close on Sunday, November 13, at 11:59 pm. Selected teams receive up to $20,000 in funding and extensive resources to support project development. Apply here.
Faculty Feature
Xiangyi Spencer, Teaching Assistant Professor of Finance
Professor Xiangyi Spencer earned her PhD in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been teaching at Gies since 2014. She teaches courses on investments and portfolio management as well and corporate finance. Professor Spencer was a 2019-2020 Dean's Impact Award Recipient.
Find Professor Spencer:
Professor Spencer is the lead instructor for FIN 511: Investments a course she has been involved with as both associate and lead instructor for many terms. She also serves as associate instructor of FIN 570: Corporate Finance
Ivy Exec Webinar: "Moving Hearts and Minds with Data" with Ron Guymon and Michael Elniski
Wednesday November 9, 2022 | 11:00am CT | Register Here
Numbers by themselves don't move hearts and minds. Consequently, encouraging data-driven decisions in organizations goes beyond extracting insight from data. In this webinar, Ron and Michael will discuss the importance of telling stories in tandem with presenting data. They will share experiences, principles, and tips for using data to motivate improvement.
Building Creative Confidence!
Thursday, November 10 | 12:30-1:30pm CT | Register Here
SCD’s Lunchtime Learner Workshops engage learners in activities and experience practices associated with the six mindsets around human-centered design: the Human-Centered mindset, the Collaborative mindset, the Communicative mindset, the Creative mindset, the Experimental mindset and the Metacognitive mindset. These standalone sessions are open to University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff interested in learning more about human-centered design and its mindsets. Learners attend in-person or via Zoom.

Fireside Chat with Scott Santi, Interviewed by Dean Jeffery Brown
Thursday, November 10 | 5pm CT | Read more and register here!
Join us for the webinar featuring an informative discussion between Scott Santi and Dean Jeffrey Brown. You'll want to hear this compelling story of a person who put his Gies education to work to move up through a company to a position of leadership.
Houston Immersion - January 4-7, 2023
January 4-7, 2023
Please join us for our immersion trip to Houston where you will have the opportunity to put your iDegrees education to practice in person with your classmates.  This 3-day course will be truly immersive, educational, and fun!  Please travel to Houston by January 4.  That evening, Gies will host a welcome dinner and introduce you to our action-packed itinerary and course objectives. We will work alongside a Houston based company to solve a current business change focused on the convergence of technology and new innovation.   

Fee: $1,700 based upon double occupancy. We are currently waiting on the room rate for a single room as well as the optional one night longer stay. Details about both of those rates will be available the week of November 28.   Please note that the cost of airfare to and from Houston is at your own expense.  Trips fees will be assessed to your student account.   
How can I register?
To secure your spot, please register and submit a $100 non-refundable deposit by 
completing this form before Wednesday, November 16. You will be notified of your acceptance by Tuesday, November 29. If demand exceeds capacity, we will give priority based on seniority (credits earned) in the program.  If you are not selected, your deposit will be refunded.  
If an iMBA degree student, does this course count as credit toward my capstones?
If successfully completed, immersions can count for ONE of the two required specialization capstone courses. Students cannot use the immersion for the program capstone. Students can participate in more than one global immersion, however only one will count as a specialization capstone course.   Students are welcome to participate in the immersion regardless of whether if it counts as a specialization capstone.
Save the Date for Meet Ups in January!
Gies Business will be hosting Meet-Ups for iDegree learners and alumni in the Texas and Urbana/Champaign areas! Join faculty for networking and connecting in person at these events. 
  • Texas - Saturday, January 7 at 3:30pm CT
  • Urbana-Champaign - Friday, January 13 at 4pm CT
Join us to grow your Gies Business network with current students and fellow alumni and reconnect with the College! More information, including how to register, will be forthcoming at a later date.
In Case You Missed It...
Spring Registration Opens This Month!
Spring 2023 registration for first and second 8-week courses begins this month! Begin preparing for registration by locating your specific time-ticket in either Self-Service or the Degree Planner and exploring all course options, using the course offering guide to view the course dates and live session information. Some courses may reach capacity, so we recommend that you register as soon as your time ticket opens. If you need assistance in selecting courses or registering, please connect with the Student & Academic Success Specialist team
Announcing the iDegrees Graduate Business Association (iGBA)
The iGBA is an official university registered student organization (RSO) exclusively for currently enrolled iDegrees graduate students. The iGBA replaces the iDegrees Student Council as the official voice of currently enrolled iMBA, iMSA, and iMSM students to Gies College of Business and University administration. The iGBA serves four pillars: Professional Development, Degree and Program Development, Student Experience, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. If you are interested in serving on a committee within the iGBA, please complete this form.
How to Win $50K For Your Startup Idea
BIG IdeaBounce® is a pitch contest open to all current undergraduate and graduate school students or any prospect interested in a graduate business school degree (enter here). There are three rounds to the competition, starting with the submission of your idea in an easy-to-complete online form that is open through January 15th, 2023. The top 20 teams will then be asked to submit a two-minute pitch video. Finally, the best three teams will present their business plans in front of a panel of judges on Washington University’s Olin campus in March. Learn More
GoGies Game Answers
Thanks to all the students who participated in the GoGies game last during the 5th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, October 26. Prize winners were notified by email last week. You can find answers to the challenge questions and visual puzzles at this link.
Use the Events Calendar for upcoming events and academic deadlines this semester.
Holiday Closure - Election Day
November 8 | The University of Illinois will be closed on Tuesday, November 8, in observance of Election Day, an Illinois State Holiday.
Ivy Exec Webinar: "Moving Hearts and Minds with Data" with Ron Guymon and Michael Elniski
November 9, 2022 | 11:00am CT | Register Here
Building Creative Confidence!
November 10 | 12:30-1:30PM | Register Here
Fireside Chat with Scott Santi, Interviewed by Dean Jeffery Brown
November 10 | 5pm CT | Register Here
Holiday Closure - Thanksgiving
November 24-25 | The University of Illinois will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24-25, in observance of Thanksgiving, a National Holiday in the United States.
December 2022 In-Person Convocation Ceremony
December 16 | 11am - 3pm CT | Krannert Center
December 2022 Degree Conferral
December 19