At a Glance: May 1

May 31, 2023
Online Programs Announcements
iDegrees May Virtual Convocation Ceremony
May 2023 graduates who are attending the iDegrees Virtual Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 am CT, we are pleased to share the zoom link and password for the ceremony. We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating your achievements!
Zoom Link:
Zoom Meeting ID: 893 7522 6248
Zoom Meeting Password: 776917

For security and access reasons, we ask that your friends and family join us separately via the YouTube stream. Your guests can join us by clicking directly on the link in the invitation or can paste this link into their browser:
Updated Express Advising Hours on May 12
Due to the May 2023 Convocation Ceremony, there will not be Express Advising held from 1 pm-3 pm CT on Friday, May 12. Express Advising will still be offered from 10 am-12 pm CT that day. Express Advising hours will return to normal on Monday, May 15.
Summer Registration Reminder
Summer courses begin soon, so make sure to give yourself enough time to register to ensure your spot in your courses. Your program’s course offerings page provides the course registration number (CRNs) for all Summer 2023 courses, and also includes live session times and course dates. Use enhanced registration and CRNs to register efficiently. Register by May 3 to have access to courses ahead of time during Soft Launch. 
Gies Online Graduation Course for May and August 2023 Graduates
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. If you are a May or August 2023 graduate and do not see an invite, please reach out to to have it re-sent to you.
GiesLink Transitioning to LinkedIn
Gies College of Business will be investing in building a LinkedIn community designed for alumni and friends, which will be replacing the GiesLink platform. The GiesLink platform was deactivated on Friday, April 28. We encourage you to follow the new Alumni of Gies College of Business LinkedIn page and visit the Alumni website to stay up to date on ways to engage with the Gies community.
Research from Gies College of Business Professor: How Money Affects Feelings of Meaning in Life
Assistant Professor in Gies College of Business, Sarah Ward, partnered with Jinhyung Kim from Sogang University to study how thinking about money impacts feelings of meaning in life and whether there is also a link to socioeconomic status. Read the article here.
Faculty Feature
Doug Laney
Professor Doug Laney is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Accountancy. He is an alum of the University of Illinois and joined the Gies faculty in 2018. He is also the Data & Analytics Strategy Innovation Fellow with the firm West Monroe, where he consults for business, data, and analytics leaders about realizing new value streams from their data assets. He teaches a graduate course on infonomics.

Find Professor Laney:
Professor Laney will be offering MBA 565: Infonomics in the summer.
Salt Lake City Meet Up 
Friday, May 5 | 6:00-8:00 pm MT | Register Here
Gies Business is looking forward to providing an opportunity for our iDegree learners and alumni in Salt Lake City area to gather for a Meet Up! Join Ron Guymon, Senior Lecturer of Accountancy, for an evening of networking and connecting at Wildwood Restaurant 564 E 3rd Ave Salt Lake City, UT 84103. If you are interested, please fill out your availability by Monday, May 1.
First Generation Student Coffee Chat
Friday, May 12 | 11:00 am CT | Register Here
Join Gies Online Recruitment and some current first-generation Gies students for a coffee chat. You will learn more about the support services and what it is like being a first-generation student in Gies Online Programs. 

iDegree Workshop: Immersion Opportunities within Gies Online
Thursday, May 18 | 11:00 am CT | Register Here
Gies Online offers Immersion trips virtually and in person, domestically and globally where students can learn about industries outside those in which they currently work and understand business and economics in our host countries. Join us to hear from Rachel Ward, Assistant Director of Operations, who oversees the immersion opportunities. We will also hear from a student ambassador who has completed an immersion trip and learn about the requirements, benefits, and successes they have experienced from micro and global immersions.
In Case You Missed It...
Share Gies Online With Your Employer 
We have many professional backgrounds and employers represented within Online Programs at Gies College of Business. We would love to meet some of your coworkers and share details on how graduate education can help them and your company succeed. Can you put us in touch with your HR department? Do you have a business club or professional group at work that could benefit from learning about Gies? We would love to have you join us for a presentation to share the student experience while we explain all of the Gies credentials we have to offer. We are excited to create new relationships with your colleagues! Reach out to Kate Deering for more information:
Research from Gies College of Business Professor: Why Negative Branding Fuels Craft Beer Industry
New research from Gies College of Business professor Olga Khessina finds that in taprooms, bars, and backyards across the country negative branding resonates more with consumers of craft beer than positive ones. Read the article here. 
How to Register for the Program Capstone
If you are preparing to register for your last semester, then you will also want to register for the Program Capstone! The Program Capstone is offered every Spring, Summer and Fall semester. In order to register for the Program Capstone, you must apply to graduate in the semester you complete all of your degree requirements. You will need to wait a day or two for the system to process your application before registering for the Program Capstone. You can find the CRN for the Program Capstone on the iMBA Course Offerings page for the semester in which you plan on taking it. 
Use the Event Calendar for upcoming events and academic deadlines this semester.
Summer 2023 Registration
May 3
Register for courses by May 3 to have access by soft launch. 
Salt Lake City Meet Up
Friday, May 5 | 6:00-8:00 pm MT | Register Here
Summer 2023 Soft Launch
May 10
First Generation Student Coffee Chat
Friday, May 12 | 11:00 am CT | Register Here
iDegree Workshop: Immersion Opportunities within Gies Online
Thursday, May 18 | 11:00 am CT | Register Here
May 2023 iDegrees Celebration and Open House 
May 12th | 11:30 am-1:00 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
Saturday, May 13 | 8:30-9:30 am CT | Zoom

Zoom Link
Zoom Meeting ID: 893 7522 6248
Zoom Meeting Password: 776917
Access for Friends and Family:
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.
Summer 2023 Courses Begin
May 17
Spring 2023 Grade Release in Student Self-Service
May 20
Holiday Closure: Memorial Day
May 29 
The University of Illinois will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day, a National Holiday in the United States.
Holiday Closure: Juneteenth
June 19
The University of Illinois will be closed on Monday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth, a National Holiday in the United States.
Deadline to Apply to Graduate in August 2023
June 30 | Apply to Graduate
For August 2023 graduates to be awarded their degree, they will need to apply to graduate on student self-service by June 30. This application will not register you for the May or December 2023 convocation ceremony.

Brazil Immersion
July 29-August 5 
August 2023 Degree Conferral 
August 7
The University will begin to confer degrees for August 2023 graduates starting on August 7, but it may take longer for the degree to be officially awarded.
Summer 2023 Grade Release
August 11