At a Glance: February 20, 2023

Mar 5, 2023
Online Programs Announcements
Graduate Student Professional Development Week
Join the Graduate College for a workshop series this week 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
Carle Medical Capstone Opportunity
The deadline to apply for the Carle Capstone is this week! 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 (
Registration Reminder for 2nd 8-Week Courses 
Have not registered for 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.  Connect with a Specialist through a scheduled one-on-one appointment, Express Advising, or email
Using R for Qualitative Data Analysis Workshop
The University Library hosts workshops on qualitative data analysis each Fall and Spring semester through the Scholarly Commons' Savvy Researcher workshop series. You can find notes and recording from a previous “Getting Started with R for Qualitative Data Analysis” workshop, as well as code snippets and suggested resources, on this page. Additionally, you can find upcoming workshops here.
Faculty Feature
Marcelo Bucheli
Marcelo Bucheli is an Associate Professor of Business Administration and Area Chair, Strategy/Entrepreneurship/International Business. Professor Bucheli earned his Ph.D. in History at Stanford University and joined the University of Illinois faculty in 2005. He studies the political economy of foreign direct investment, international business history, multinational corporations, and the intersection of history and management theory. He teaches courses in international business, global business history, and global strategy. He has received multiple MBA Teaching Excellence Awards from Gies.

Find Professor Bucheli:
Professor Bucheli is the co-lead instructor for MBA 548: Global Strategy, which begins in March.
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.
In Case You Missed It...
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. 
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.