At a Glance: February 27, 2023

Mar 5, 2023
Online Programs Announcements
Spring 2 Soft Launch
The second eight weeks of Spring 2023 will soft launch next week on Wednesday, March 8 in both Canvas and Coursera platforms for courses that begin on March 15. For learners who registered by the February 22 deadline, soft launch allows you to view your registered classes, giving you the opportunity to review your syllabi and expectations before the official start date on March 15. Registration after the February 22 deadline is permitted, but it may result in a delay in accessing your courses on both platforms. Questions? Connect with a Specialist or email
Writers Workshop
The Writers Workshop offers free one-to-one support for all types of writing, at any stage of the writing process. Their services include:
  • Live 50-minute appointments (tutoring discussion).
  • Live 15-30 minute drop-in sessions (no appointment required).
  • Written feedback appointments (file uploaded to appointment; no attendance required).
You can make an appointment on their website or explore their written guides here!
Resources for Veterans
Whether you’re fresh out of active, or you’re reserve, guard, or a military family member, you have access to a variety of services through the Chez Veterans Center such as:
  • Individualized academic and career coaching to support progress and address barriers.
  • Peer and professional mentoring to foster community and networking.
  • Health and wellness services to promote psychosocial adjustments and well-being.
Additionally, the Office of Student Financial Aid provides a list of Veteran Education Benefits on their website. Federal and state veterans educational programs are available for active duty service members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Services, and, in some cases, the dependents of service members.
Faculty Feature
Ishva Minefee
Professor Ishva Minefee is a Assistant Professor of Business Administration. Professor Minefee is a two-time University of Illinois graduate, earning his B.A. in Global Studies and his Ph.D. in International Business at the university. He joined the Gies faculty in 2021. His research examines firm corporate responses to social movement activism. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in global and international business.

Find Professor Minefee:
Professor Minefee is the co-lead instructor for MBA 548: Global Strategy, which begins in March.
Gies Webinar: The State of Programs and Progress at Gies
Tuesday, February 28 | 7:00-8:00  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.
Singapore Meet Up--Save the Date!
Wednesday, March 15 | Registration form to be announced
Gies Business is looking forward to providing an opportunity for our iDegree learners and alumni in Singapore to gather for a Meet Up! Join Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration Elizabeth Luckman for an evening of networking and connecting! Event details and registration will be shared out soon so be sure to save the date in your calendar. 
Philadelphia Meet Up--Save the Date!
Monday, March 20 | 6:00 -8:00 pm ET | Registration form to be announced
Gies Business is looking forward to providing an opportunity for our iDegree learners and alumni in the Philadelphia area to gather for a Meet Up! Join Director of Content and Educational Portfolio Strategy Amanda Brantner for an evening of networking and connecting! Event location and registration will be shared out at a later date. 
In Case You Missed It...
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.
Use the Event Calendar for upcoming events and academic deadlines this semester.
Gies Webinar: The State of Programs and Progress at Gies
Tuesday, February 28 | 7:00 pm CT | Register Here
Soft Launch for Spring Second 8-Week Courses (March 15 start)
March 8
Singapore Meet Up
Wednesday, March 15 | Registration form to be announced
PhiladelphiaMeet Up
Monday, March 20 | 6:00-8:00 pm ET | Registration form to be announced
Drop Deadline for March 15 courses 
March 20 | Course Refund Guide
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 Celebration and Open House 
May 12th | 11:30 am-1:30 pm CT iHotel and Conference Center- Heritage Hall Register Here
May 2023 iDegrees Convocation Ceremony
Friday, May 12 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm CT | The State Farm Center | Register Here
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 iDegrees Virtual Ceremony
More information to follow.
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.
Spring 2023 Grade Release in Student Self-Service
May 20