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2014 - 2015 IllinoisLLAA Book Scholarship Recipients

The University of Illinois Latina/Latino Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the Book Scholarships awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. 
Book Scholarship Recipients:
Alberto Lara Valdivieso
Jasmin Garcia
Marialicia Chavez Barrientos
Paola Padron (Graduate)
Please take a moment to read each bio in full here. 
Help Us Grow Next Year's Scholarships
We are pleased to be able to award four $500 book scholarships for this year, but we need to now raise funds for next year's scholarships.

Our goal is to raise $2,500 for these scholarships by December 10th. Your tax-deductible gift to the LLAA Book Scholarship Fund would help ease the financial stress that is common to many Latino students today.

Please donate and help support the next generation of Latino leaders who attend the University of Illinois.
To donate, please click on the following link: DONATE NOW
Again, congrats to all our recipients and a very big thank you to all who helped make our scholarships possible.


Entrepreneur Programs

The UI Alumni Association’s Alumni Career Center is coordinating a few entrepreneurial programs in October and November. The first event is a Webinar, while the other events are based at the Illini Center in Chicago. These events focus on different aspects of being an entrepreneur and help bring alumni entrepreneurs together, so please view linked web pages for additional details and to register.


Alumni Entrepreneurs (Web-Panel)


Oct. 14, 7-8 CST

Alumni discuss how they followed their passion and built their businesses.

Have you thought about owning your own business? The future of careers and income opportunities in America is shifting toward small companies and having an entrepreneurial mindset. This only reinforces the well-known fact that small business has been the driving force of the economy prior to and during the Great Recession’s rebound. Our panelists will present expert advice and relate their experiences to help you learn more about what it’s like to decide on self-employment, and then to develop and execute a plan. You’ll hear from alumni in different who are self-employed, independent contractors and small business owners and an adviser to prospective entrepreneurs. We'll have time for questions, from the on-site and virtual audience.

Alumni Panelists:

Bela Gandhi '93 BALAS, '93 BUS (UI), Founder & President, Smart Dating Academy

Bob Irvine '89 ENG, MS '92 ENG (UI), Founder and Registered Patent Attorney, Invention Mine LLC

Chris Tourre MFA '09 (UIC), Co-owner/Brewer, Arcade Brewery 


The Three Stages of Your Entrepreneurial Venture - A Legal Perspective


Oct 21, Oct 28, and Nov 4, 5:30-7:30pm CST

A 3-part workshop on starting, growing, and selling your business

This workshop series by Lema Khorshid ’01 BUS (UI), Founding Partner and Attorney with Fuksa Khorshid, LLC, is designed to provide you with valuable business and legal insight that will help you succeed through the multiple stages of your entrepreneurial venture. From launching your business to growing your brand and eventually selling your company, there are key legal aspects that you must consider. In our three-part workshop series, we will help you develop a deeper understanding of the business and legal concepts you need to grasp as you embark on your entrepreneurial venture.


All workshops will be held 5:30-7:30 pm central at the Illini Center, Orange and Blue Room, First Floor, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606

WEEK ONE: Starting a Business: Financing and Protecting Your Small Business

WEEK TWO: Growing a Business: Identifying, Capitalizing, and Protecting Your Intellectual Property

WEEK THREE: Selling a Business: Buying and Selling a Business: Find, Evaluate, and Negotiate


Alumni Connections After 5


Nov. 11, 5-7 pm CST

Networking event for alumni entrepreneurs

The UI Alumni Association's Alumni Career Center invites alumni entrepreneurs to join us for the Alumni Connections After 5 networking event. Alumni Connections After 5 provides University of Illinois professionals, from our 3 campuses (Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana) an opportunity to meet up with fellow alumni and create new professional connections along the way. The November 11th networking event targets alumni entrepreneurs, small business owners, and those looking for their next opportunity within an entrepreneurial environment.

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