At a Glance: February 13, 2023

Mar 5, 2023
Online Programs Announcements
Graduate Student Professional Development Week
Graduate Student Professional Development Week is from February 20-24, 2023. Join the Graduate College for a workshop series dedicated to helping you succeed in graduate school and beyond! The workshops are hosted every day at 12:00 pm CT. Access any of the workshops through this link: Workshops are not recorded. 
  • Data Analysis with Excel—Monday, February 20
  • Publish Your Videos with Mediaspace—Tuesday, February 21
  • Time Management for Grad School—Wednesday, February 22
  • Data Analysis with Python—Thursday, February 23
  • Values-Based Career Decision-Making—Friday, February 24
Upcoming MOOC Changes
Planning to work ahead in MOOCs for your future courses? Please be mindful of the following MOOC revisions:
  • MBA 551: Strategic Innovation 
  • BADM 567: Process Management 
  • ACCY 501: Accounting Analysis I (Fall 2023)
  • ACCY 502: Accounting Analysis II (Fall 2023)
​​​​It is advised to not work ahead on these MOOCs if you are not currently enrolled in the high engagement portion of the course. If you have previously completed these MOOCs and earned the certificates, they will count towards progress in your for-credit courses, however, you will be responsible for any new content. The revised MOOCs are anticipated to be available before the next course launch date. 
Registration Reminder for 2nd 8-Week Courses 
Are you considering enrolling in a 2nd 8-week (Spring 2) course? Review the Course Offerings page and register for courses in Self-Service by February 22, 2023. Student and Academic Success Specialists can assist throughout the planning and registration process. We are eager to learn about your goals and help create a degree plan that fits your lifestyle. Connect with a Specialist through a scheduled one-on-one appointment, Express Advising, or email
Faculty Feature
Nerissa Brown
Professor Nerissa Brown is the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Professor of Accountancy and Josef and Margot Lakonishok Faculty Fellow and PwC Faculty Fellow. Professor Brown earned her Ph.D. in Accounting at the University of Maryland and joined the Gies faculty in 2018. Professor Brown is a nationally recognized expert on financial reporting and IPOs and was recently selected as an editor for The Accounting Review, one of the three top journals in accounting. She teaches courses on financial statement analysis.

Find Professor Brown:
As Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, you'll find Professor Brown at meet-ups and iDegrees events throughout the year, including next year's iConverge.
Creating Equitable and Thriving Organizations for All 
Monday, February 20 | 1:30-2:30 pm CT | Register Here
Karen Simms will join us on Monday, February 20, from 1:30-2:30 pm as our Black History Month speaker. Karen's talk, "Equitable & Thriving: Creating Healthy Environments and Organizations for All," will cover the cost of trauma (including turnover and absenteeism) in organizations. She will also define trauma and adversity, discuss the connection between trauma and equity, and offer healing strategies that lead to thriving individuals and organizations. All are encouraged to join us for this topic, which intersects with the College's Purpose, Commitments, and Beliefs in several important ways.
Speaker Bio: Karen Crawford Simms, MS, is the founding director of the Trauma & Resilience Initiative, which provides training and technical assistance to employers, schools, universities, community organizations, law enforcement, local governments, and not-for-profits. For over 30 years, Karen has been advocating for individuals, families, and communities marginalized because of race, gender, sexual orientation/identity, health, or socioeconomic status. 
First Generation Graduate Student Coffee Chat
Wednesday, February 22 | 11:00 am CT | Register Here
cordially invite you to bring your coffee or tea and join Marcus Phillips, Associate Director at Gies Online, along with some of our current student ambassadors that are first-generation graduate students for a coffee chat. We will discuss issues facing first generation learners and their success in graduate education. You will learn more about the support services that are available and understand what it is like being a first-generation student in the Gies Online Program.
Gies Webinar: The State of Programs and Progress at Gies
Tuesday, February 28 | 7:00 pm CT | Register Here
Gies Online Programs invites you to join us for a conversation about how the College continues to innovate in online education and what opportunities are next for our current and prospective learners. Executive Associate Dean Brooke Elliott and Associate Dean Nerissa Brown will discuss what our accomplishments and success looked like in the past year and also share a glimpse into what's to come in 2024 and beyond. Gies is constantly creating new ways for learners to succeed and achieve their goals, and we are excited for you to be part of the conversation. If you'd like to ask a question for our panelists, you can submit that with your registration.
In Case You Missed It...
Carle Medical Capstone Opportunity
The Carle College of Medicine is the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine where they are leveraging advanced technology to train physical-innovators. During the medical students' final year in the program, they complete a capstone project. This is a year-long project where medical students will team up with business and engineering students to develop a new product - at least a working prototype - for the capstone.
At this time, the opportunity is only available to iMBA learners who reside in the U.S. Upon successful completion of all 3 semesters of the Carle College of Medicine Capstone, iMBA learners will fulfill both specialization capstone requirements.

Application Process

Learners interested in being part of the capstone team will need to submit a resume and a short video that includes an introduction of yourself and the skills you will bring to the capstone team. The selection is competitive and determined by the Carle College of Medicine Capstone Committee.

You can apply to participate at deadline to apply is Friday, February 24. 
If you have any questions regarding the opportunity, please reach out to Professor Ravi Mehta (
Gies Business Focuses on “Thriving as Resistance” for Black History Month
February marks Black History Month, a tradition that was made official in 1976 to honor, celebrate and recognize the past and present achievements of African Americans and their central role and contributions to the United States. Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), chooses a theme for Black History Month—and the 2023 theme is Black Resistance. At Gies, the focus will be on “Thriving as Resistance” connecting history with current concerns.
"Resistance against injustice and inequality is a hallmark of the struggle for civil rights," said Denise Lewin Loyd, associate dean for equity at Gies Business. “One outcome of injustice – in the past and present – is to make targets of injustice feel small and reduce their opportunities. Thriving is about flourishing, growing, and prospering. The theme is a reminder that through nourishing and taking care of ourselves, each other, and our communities, we can see and embrace opportunities and achieve our goals.”
Read the full article here to find out more about "Thriving as Resistance" and the ways in which our community at Gies Business is helping people and communities thrive.
Getting to Know CU
Are you interested in touring campus? There are many opportunities to see campus, even in the online community! As an online learner, you can explore campus virtually on this self-guided tour. You can also view the Touring Time video series to look at different locations on campus. Click here to discover some of the online touring options and read more about the most popular spots on campus!
Use the Event Calendar for upcoming events and academic deadlines this semester.
Creating Equitable and Thriving Organizations for All 
February 20 | 1:30-2:30 pm CT | Register Here
Graduate Student Professional Development Week
February 20-24 | Workshop Details 
Spring 2023 2nd 8-Weeks Registration Deadline 
February 22 
First Generation Graduate Student Coffee Chat
February 22 | 11:00 am CT | Register Here
Gies Webinar: The State of Programs and Progress at Gies
Tuesday, February 28 | 7:00 pm CT | Register Here
Colombia Virtual Immersion
March 8-21, 2023
Deadline to Apply to Graduate in May 2023 
April 2 | Apply to Graduate
For May 2023 graduates to be awarded their degree, they will need to apply to graduate on student self-service by April 2. This application will not register you for the convocation ceremony. 
May 2023 iDegrees Convocation Ceremony
Friday, May 12 | 3:00-4:30 pm CT | State Farm Center
This ceremony is a celebration of learners completing their degree, but the degree conferral is the formal process by which the University awards degrees. 
May 2023 Degree Conferral
May 13 
The University will begin to confer degrees for May 2023 graduates starting on May 13, but it may take longer for the degree to be officially awarded.