Supply Chain Management Application

Supply Chain Management Program

We are now taking applications for a limited number of seats to the SCM program. Applications will be accepted between February 2, 2015 and February 13, 2015 at 5 pm. Applications are to be submitted on-line at the above address.

Why Supply Chain Management?

Supply Chain management is one of the most important functions in all manufacturing enterprises. It spans processes such as procurement, purchasing, plant and transportation logistics, demand fulfillment, and promotion management. For most manufacturing, distribution and retail companies, supply chains constitute a significant amount of their annual spending – large corporations may have billions of dollars of annual supply chain related costs. Managing this supply chain effectively is vital to compete in a global and hyper-competitive environment. Accordingly, there is immense interest among corporations to hire well-trained and talented supply chain professionals.

The SCM program in the College of Business has been very successful in training and placing our undergraduate students. The excellent curricular and practical training offered by the SCM program makes our graduates highly desirable to a variety of corporations, business consultancies and government.

Some things to consider:

  1. SCM majors are hired by large business consulting firms, major manufacturers and government agencies.
  2. SCM majors have a 100% job placement record.
  3. SCM majors are, on average, some of the highest paid students in the college of business.

If you are still in the process of deciding what you would like to do for your major, we think that you should look carefully at the Supply Chain Management Major.

Who Should Apply:

Students who like to blend creative and analytical thinking for solving large-scale real-world problems are well suited for the SCM program. You should have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and must be willing to participate in all program activities, which expose you to the practice of supply chain management. You are also required to complete a summer internship before graduating.

The SCM major is also popular as a dual degree, or double major option within the department of business administration. Many of our students combine the SCM major with degrees in accounting and finance. Even more combine it with other majors such as International Business, ISIT, Marketing, or Process Management.

  • You must be a sophomore with an expected graduation date of May 2017 to apply to the program.
  • You do not need to re-apply or do anything further  If you applied in Fall and were deferred for admission. We will update your GPA based on last semester’s grades internally.
  • Students who were denied admission in Fall may reapply but please be aware that we have very few seats and the chances of admission are small.

More Information:

For a student perspective about the SCM program, you may wish to contact one of  our SCM student advisors –  Erin Brennan(; Trent Houdek (;  Nick Langhammer (

Other questions should be directed to: Professor Udatta Palekar (

Spanish Minor Information Sessions

If you have been considering a major or minor in Spanish and you would like more information about how and when to declare, the requirements, and how study abroad can be incorporated, you are invited to attend one of these information meetings. Come meet the undergraduate Spanish advisor, Beth Chasco, as she explains the curriculum and answers student questions. In this way you can avoid the long lines at the advising office during peak periods. *Bring the Intent to Declare a Campus Minor form and a print out of your academic history if you believe you will want to declare a minor at the end of the meeting.

Spanish Minor Information/*Declaration Meetings Lucy Ellis Lounge FLB (1st floor behind elevators)

Bring the Intent to Declare a Campus Minor form and a print out of your academic history if you believe you will want to declare a minor at the end of the meeting.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 3, 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, February 10, 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 4, 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 11, 5:00-6:00 PM
    (Optional meeting based on expressed interest)

If you are unable to attend any of these meeting, please visit the advising webpage and view the links to Minor Requirements: . Or, you may visit me during my walk-in hours also found at this same URL.

Information Sessions to learn about the NEW undergraduate Certificate in International Development Studies offered by LAS Global Studies

This Certificate is an interdisciplinary program of study in the social sciences focused on development theory and interventions. Students will gain fundamental skills for understanding and assessing global to local scale institutions and strategies that seek to improve human well-being in the global South.  The Certificate in International Development Studies provides students a credential that demonstrates their competency in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary international development. Such skills are valued by a range of organizations including governmental and non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, philanthropic organizations, social enterprises, private sector firms, and educational institutions.

Interested students should attend an upcoming information session held in Global Studies Conference Room (703 S. Wright Street, 3rd Floor next to Coco Mero) to learn about the requirements of the Certificate and sign up:

  • Thursday, January 29 from 3-3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 11 from 1-1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 4th from 2-2:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 14th from 3-3:30 PM

For more information please refer to

You may also contact the LAS Global Studies Office at 217-333-0178 or and ask to speak to an academic advisor about the certificate.

This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

OTCR Consulting Info Sessions & Case Training Session

OTCR Consulting Info Session & Case Training Session

When: (I.S.) Tuesday, Jan. 27th at 7 PM & (C.T.S) Thursday, Jan. 29th at 7 PM

Where: (I.S.) Engineering Hall 106B1 & (C.T.S) Lincoln Hall 1065

Attire: Business Casual

Learn more at:

Apply at:

OTCR Consulting is a student run consulting group made up of highly-motivated students from the University of Illinois. As a consultant in OTCR, you will have the opportunity for significant professional development and the opportunity to build a network within the University and the community. OTCR assists companies ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies with their business & technology problems and provides unique solutions to them. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Jack Kalanik at

College of Business James Scholar Updates

Please be aware of the new James Scholar self-nomination process.

First year and second year students who plan to self-nominate:

  • Your GPA will be reviewed in May. Your cumulative GPA must be 3.50+ and you must have completed a minimum of 14 graded credit hours in the fall and 14 graded credit hours in the spring.
  • You will receive an invitation over the summer to join the program in the fall.
  • After admission to the James Scholar program, you are required to:
    • Meet with Rich Johnson, Assistant Dean for Honors, and sign the Honors Contract
    • Maintain a 3.50+ cumulative GPA
    • Complete a minimum of 14 graded credit hours per semester (12 hours when studying abroad)
    • Complete an Honors Credit Learning Agreement (HCLA), available in 1055 BIF, in the fall or spring semester (deadlines are Nov 1 and April 1)
    • Complete an activity credit

Phi Gamma Nu Info Night

Hello and Welcome Back!

Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity would like to invite freshmen and sophomores to our Information Night on Wednesday, January 21st at 7:30 pm in Lincoln Hall Theater. The Beta Pi Chapter of Phi Gamma Nu consists of more than 100 business-minded members across all majors who consistently go above and beyond to invest in your professional growth. We are an organization driven to success and devoted to each other.

Through raising over $80,000 for cancer research, our 100% job placement rate, and our focus on fostering personal development, Phi Gamma Nu is committed to supporting our members and helping each other succeed. We accept students of all majors who have an interest in business.

To learn more about PGN, visit us on our website at as well as our Facebook Event and check out this video to get a glimpse of what Phi Gamma Nu has to offer: Recruitment Video.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

Phi Gamma Nu Recruitment

BAP Spring 2015 Rush

Accountancy, Finance, and IS/IT majors:

Do you want to create lifelong networks with some of the brightest peers and professionals in your field? Looking to get exclusive face-to-face time with corporate recruiters?

Look no further than Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the College of Business’s ONLY honors society. Beta Alpha Psi is an international honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. With almost 300 chapters worldwide, BAP is highly regarded in the professional world. In 1919, the first chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was founded at the University of Illinois.

As a member of Beta Alpha Psi, you will belong to a group of the most successful students in your major and connect with BAP alumni who are currently working as financial information professionals around the world. Additionally, our close ties with our corporate sponsors, like the Big Four, will give you special opportunities to network with top recruiters and experienced professionals in the industry.

The start of our Spring 2015 Rush is just around the corner. We would love to welcome you into the historic Alpha Chapter by extending an invitation to our Info Night on January 22 at 7 pm in Wohlers Hall 141. Dress is business casual.

Please visit our website at for more information on requirements to rush. Feel free to e-mail us at with any questions. We look forward to meeting you at Info Night!


Beta Alpha Psi Executive Board

Pre-Law 101

Pre-Law 101—Monday, Feb. 9 from 4-5 pm in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. This workshop is designed for students who are new to being pre-law at Illinois. It covers: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois; what law schools are really looking for; how to build a strong pre-law resume; and what resources are available to assist pre-law students at Illinois. Registration can be found here:

Law School Admission Test Prep Fair

Law School Admission Test Prep Fair—Thurs, Feb. 5 from 4-6 pm in Illini Union Rooms A & B. Learn about the LSAT and how to maximize LSAT performance. Discover the many LSAT prep options out there. Get big discounts. Win a scholarship. These are all reasons to attend the LSAT Prep Fair! This fair will host six LSAT prep companies who are here to tell pre-law students about what kinds of LSAT prep courses and resources they offer. Four 15 minute mini-lessons covering each part of the LSAT will also be offered by LSAT experts during the fair. We’ll have snacks, prizes, discounts, and a raffle to win scholarships! This is an excellent event for all pre-law students to attend. Stop by or stay the whole time. Check out our website for more details, including a list of participating companies:

Change in Audit Course Options for Fall 2015 (ACCY Majors)

Effective fall 2015, the Department of Accountancy has redesigned the undergraduate auditing course options so that students will select the appropriate course according to his/her educational track. In addition to ACCY 405, Assurance and Attestation, the Department will also offer ACCY 415, Auditing Standards and Practice. The course tracks will work as follows:
–Students admitted to the Initial Stage of the BS/MAS (and not pursuing Tax) will take ACCY 405 during senior year. These students will then take ACCY 515, Auditing and Assurance Standards, during the MAS year.
–Students not pursuing the BS/MAS will take ACCY 415. Please note that ACCY 415 will fulfill the B.S. degree requirement in lieu of ACCY 405.
–Students admitted to the Initial Stage of the BS/MAS that are 100% certain that they will pursue Tax should take ACCY 415.
–Students admitted to the Initial Stage of the BS/MAS that are undecided about Tax should take ACCY 405.

Please note that during your undergraduate studies, you must select one or the other. You cannot get credit for both and you cannot count both classes towards B.S. degree requirements.

This change has been made because the Department wants to give students that are not going into the MAS (and therefore, not getting additional audit content) a 3-hour audit course that will give you the most effective information for both career and CPA preparation.

Please contact an Accountancy Advisor if you have questions.

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