At a Glance: May 8, 2023

May 31, 2023
Online Programs Announcements
Summer 2023 Course Soft Launch
Summer 2023 courses will soft launch on Wednesday, May 10 in both Canvas and Coursera platforms for courses that begin on May 17. For learners who registered by the May 3, soft launch allows you to view your registered classes, giving you the opportunity to review your syllabi and expectations before the official start date. Registration after May 3 is permitted, but it may result in a delay in accessing your courses on both platforms. Questions? Connect with a Specialist or email
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 resume its normal schedule on Monday, May 15.
Your Canvas Course Page Has a Time Limit
Canvas course pages are available for eight weeks from the end of the last course module, as stated in each course syllabus. After eight weeks from the end date, you will no longer have access to your course(s) dashboard in Canvas. Save any documents before that date for your personal archives. 
Know Someone Great?
Gies Online Programs is looking for great students like you. Our students are some of the best referrals to introducing prospective students to the iMBA, iMSM and iMSA. If you know someone who would like more information or be a great fit for our programs fill out this short form to refer them. Thank you for spreading the benefits of joining Gies!
Larry Gies Is a "Superstar in the Classroom"
Poets & Quants featured Larry Gies in a story on his recent visit to teach in a FIN 423: Entrepreneurial Finance class. Larry has been a regular guest speaker in the course for 30 years. He assigns the students a case study, runs a simulated auction to acquire a company, and shares with the students how they can find meaning and purpose in their work. Read more.
Faculty Feature
Tina Girndt-Clougherty 
Professor Girndt-Clougherty is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Administration. She earned her Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Psychology from Tilburg University in 2000 and has been a member of the Gies faculty since 2011. She has written and presented on cultural diversity and differences and has served as a cross-cultural and intercultural mediation trainer. She teaches the undergraduate course Business in Action and graduate courses in global marketing, multiculturalism in management and the marketplace, and international comparative management.

Find Professor Girndt-Clougherty: Professor Girndt-Cloughtery will serve as the co-lead instructor for MBA 547: Global Marketing this summer. In the fall, she will join the instructional team for a new course, MBA 549: Multiculturalism in Management and the Marketplace, with Professor Rodas.
First Generation Student Coffee Chat (Note: Date Change)
Monday, May 15 | 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...
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. Registering by May 3 ensures you 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.
Use the Event Calendar for upcoming events and academic deadlines this semester.
Summer 2023 Soft Launch
May 10
First Generation Student Coffee Chat
Monday, May 15 | 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
iDegree Workshop: Immersion Opportunities within Gies Online
Thursday, May 18 | 11:00 am CT | Register Here
Spring 2023 Grade Release in Student Self-Service
May 20
Drop Deadline for Summer 2023 Courses
May 22 Nonstandard Drop Refund Guide
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