At a Glance: February 6, 2023

Mar 5, 2023
Online Programs Announcements
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
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. More detailed information can be found in the two attachments.
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 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.
Upcoming MOOC Changes
Planning to work ahead in MOOCs for your future courses? Please be mindful of the following MOOC revisions:
  • BADM 567: Process Management 
  • ACCY 501: Accounting Analysis I 
  • ACCY 502: Accounting Analysis II
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 BADM 567 launches in Summer 2023 and ACCY 501 and ACCY 502 launch in Fall 2023.
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!
Faculty Feature
Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta
Professor Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta is a Clinical Professor of Business Administration. Professor Taghaboni-Dutta earned her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and joined the faculty at Gies in 2009. Her research looks at the integration of technology into management and process improvement. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in project management and a graduate course in statistics for business decision-making. She has appeared on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent and has been honored by the College for excellence in online & distance teaching.

Find Professor Taghaboni-Dutta: 
Professor Taghaboni-Dutta is currently the lead instructor for BADM 572: Statistics Management Decision Making. She will serve as the lead instructor for BADM 589: Project Management, which begins in March.
Military Coffee Chat
Tuesday, February 7 |  4:00 pm CT | Register Here
Interested in learning about how a master's degree with Gies Online can benefit your career, or assist with your transition into civilian life? Our recruitment team and some current student veterans will discuss their success and answer questions. This event is open and available to all active duty, reservists and veterans of the military. We will also provide additional advice on the obstacles and opportunities for those within the military community. 
Las Vegas Meet Up
Friday, February 10 | 6:00-8:00 pm PT | Register Here
Gies Business is looking forward to providing an opportunity for our iDegree learners and alumni in the Las Vegas area to gather for a Meet Up! Join Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Nerissa Brown for an evening of networking and connecting at Virgil's Real BBQ at the LINQ PromenadePlease let us know if you will plan to attend by Thursday, February 9.
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...
McKinley Relaxation Techniques
As a student in an iDegree program, you have a lot of commitments and responsibilities to balance — finding time to relax can be a challenge. Luckily, McKinley Health Center provides a list of relaxation techniques, exercises, and tips on their website! Check out their online resources here.
Digital Certificates and Badges Flagged as Spam
We have received reports from learners indicating they had not received their digital certificate or badge upon completing a specialization or other program. Upon looking into the issue, we found that the credential emails were being flagged as Spam.
We are actively working with Accredible, our digital credential partner, and our IT team to ensure proper delivery in the future. In the meantime, you can check the Spam folder to see if you have received the credential. You may also follow these steps to add the following email addresses to your safe senders' list: and, to ensure you receive future emails. 

Additionally, you may use Accredible’s credential retrieval tool to access your credentials. If you have any questions or you do not see your credentials after checking Spam, please get in touch with
Gies Online Graduation Course
May and August 2023 Graduates: Check your Illinois email to find an invitation from Coursera to enroll in the Gies Online Programs Graduation Course. This optional course is your guide through the graduation process and other important things to know as you transition from learners to alumni! Be sure to accept your email invitation from Coursera to enroll in the Gies Online Programs Graduation Course.
August 2023 Graduates: Since there is no official convocation ceremony in the summer, August 2023 graduates who have 8 credit hours or less remaining have the option of attending the May 2023 Convocation Ceremony. You will need to visit the Gies Convocation website to find more information about the May convocation ceremony once it is available. However, you will submit your application for graduation when your summer registration time ticket opens in April and your degree will officially be awarded in August 2023.
Use the Event Calendar for upcoming events and academic deadlines this semester.
Military Coffee Chat
February 7 |  4:00 pm CT | Register Here
Las Vegas Meet Up
February 10 | 6:00-8:00 pm PT | Register by February 9
Spring 2023 2nd 8-Weeks Registration Deadline 
February 22 
First Generation Graduate Student Coffee Chat
February 22 | 11:00 am 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.