Ten job hunting tips for Gamma Zeta Seniors

I’ve spoken to many Gamma Zeta seniors and other soon to be college grads who are in the process of looking for their first job and find that I’m repeating some of the suggestions over and over again.  I thought that it would be useful to put them in writing so that I can just point people to a link as a follow up to a call but also to solicit tips from others.  After reading this list if you have other ideas, please make note in the comments section or send me a note at daneluhrsen@gmail.com.

So, here are a few thoughts that I’ve heard have been helpful… Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Homecoming Court 1997

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Before he was a top executive with one of the top private equity funds in the city this Gamma Zeta was undergrad Social Chair, Rush Chair, WM, on Student Alumni Association and did some volunteer tutor work. He was also on the Homecoming Court and after graduation served 5 years as the House Corp President. Name this former Gamma Zeta Thomas Arkle Clark winner for being the top ATO in the country.

Thomas Arkle Clark to be inducted into the University of Illinois Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame!

TAC1We’ve just been informed that our initiate #1, Thomas Arkle Clark has been selected to be inducted into the Illinois Fraternity & Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2015! “His lifetime achievements since leaving the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been recognized and we are pleased to announce that he has been selected to be given this honor.” There will be an award ceremony on Saturday, May 2nd at 3pm in the afternoon at the ACES Library Heritage Room on campus. More info to follow…

Congrats Dr. David Teuscher ’81- 83rd President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

daveteuscherCongratulations to Dr. David Teuscher ’81 who was just installed as the 83rd President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas on March 26th. You can watch his speech at http://www.aaos.org/education/anmeet/presentations/anmeet_video.asp and view a press release from the Academy at http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/apr15/cover1.asp   Awesome work Dave!!!

Gamma Zeta’s 15’s – Congrats Guys!!

15s back in their freshman year

15s back in their freshman year

Most of the Gamma Zeta ’15’s will be graduating soon and I thought that all would like to see what they plan to do next.  Many already have jobs or grad school lined up but some are still looking for a best fit.  Please take a look through the list and if you have any ideas that you think would help, reach out to the guys individually and let them know how you can help.

Congrats to all of the 15’s and good luck to you as you move on to the next phase of your lives!!


Name: Samuel Less
Major: Accoutancy
Hometown: Vernon Hills, IL
Plans after graduation:
I plan on getting my Master’s in Accounting Science this May. I started studying for my CPA in March and will complete the CPA examination process by October where I will start full-time at McGladrey LLP in Real Estate Assurance. My resume is part of the Resume Book.

Name: George Adams
Major: Accountancy
Home Town: Glenview, IL
Plans after graduation:
I am currently building a start-up company called StockClash LLC. It’s a website that allows users to compete with each other in fantasy stock competitions for a chance to win real cash prizes. Along with my fellow co-founders, I hope to work on this full time after graduation. My resume is part of the Resume Book.

Name: Kevin Breckenfelder
Major: Finance
Home Town: Bettendorf, IA
Plans after graduation:
I am working as an investment banking analyst at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago.

Name: Jacob Eble
Major: Architecture
Hometown: Mokena, IL
Plans after Graduation:
I plan on attending graduate school at the University of Michigan. I am actively seeking a summer Architecture internship. My resume is part of the Resume Book.

Name: Mark Giarelli
Major: Economics, Political Science and Business Minor
Home Town: Arlington Heights, IL
Plans after graduation:
Next year I will be working as a Market Search Manager for InSite Real Estate (Gerry Kostelny’s company). My resume is part of the Resume Book.

Name: Robert Kleinhans
Major: General Engineering
Home Town: Elmhurst, IL
Plans after graduation:
I will be starting June 8th working full-time for Strata Decision Technology in downtown Chicago. I will be a software implementation consultant for their decision support team. I plan on attending part-time MBA schooling within the next 5 years to study Information Technology and Data Analytics. My resume is part of the Resume Book.

Name: Michael Lazzaroni
Major: Agribusiness Markets & Management with Business Minor
Home Town: Barrington, IL
Plans after graduation:
I am actively seeking a full-time career in finance. I am waiting to hear back for a full-time decision from my summer internship as a CRN Data Intern with CME Group and recently interviewed with AIM.

Name: Jack McAndrew
Major: ACES Consumer Economics and Finance
Home Town: Park Ridge, IL
Plans after graduation:
I have started studying for my Series 7 certification, will soon begin studying for my Series 63 certification, and then will begin the process of obtaining CFP certification. Upon completion of my Series 7 I will begin work as a financial advisor at AXA Advisors.

Name: Brian Mulcrone
Major: Business Administration
Home Town: Western Springs, IL
Plans after graduation:
I will be interning with the Cincinnati Reds this summer. I plan to get a full-time position in Sports Marketing or Sponsorship Sales after I graduate in May 2016.

Name: Joseph Pearson
Major: Economics
Home Town: Park Ridge, IL
Plans after graduation:
I am actively seeking a position in the financial services, banking, insurance, and government sectors. My resume is part of the Resume Book.

Name: Jack Polancich
Major: Accountancy
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Plans after Graduation:
I am completing my undergraduate in May 2015 but I will come back for one year of graduate school. Afterwards I will take the CPA exam. This summer I have an internship doing forensic accounting with Meaden & Moore in Chicago. I was looking for either a forensic accounting job or an audit position. I have no experience in either field before this summer and do not fully know which I want to pursue as a career. My resume is part of the Resume Book.

Name: Spencer Stilitz
Major: Economics and Communication
Hometown: Lake Bluff, IL
Plans after graduation:
I will start work as a Business Delivery Specialist/Consultant with Aon Hewitt.

Name: Brett Williams
Major: Accountancy
Home Town: Schaumburg, IL
Plans after graduation:
I will be interning at McGladrey as a Risk Consulting Intern this summer, and then attending graduate school for my Master of Accounting Science degree at the University of Illinois.

Thanks to Sam Less for gathering this info!!

Gamma Zetas support Hope Center in Champaign

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Gamma Zeta philanthropy goes beyond big events focused on raising large sums of money for big name charities. Often times the little organizations are the ones that need the help the most and it isn’t always on the financial side. In our case, the place that needed our help was in fact right in our own backyard, almost literally. The Hope Center Food in Champaign, IL was in desperate need of some renovation and upkeep. The interior was a worn down and the walls were in bad shape so we decided to step in. One of our very own Alumni and BOT member, Norm Bilsbury ’92, plays an active role in Hope Center and offered to have the undergraduate members of Gamma Zeta take a short time out of their weeks to help out. Over the course of three different days, the members of The Gamma Zeta Chapter put in over 60 hours of combined community service helping to paint the interior of the Hope Center in Champaign, Il. At the end of the week we were pleased to hear that our work had paid off and that the Hope Center was grateful for our help.

Michael Drai ’00 wins 2nd Annual “Tau Madness” NCAA Bracket Challenge


Congrats to Michael Drai ’00, Champion of the 2nd Annual “Tau Madness” NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket Challenge!! He wins $947 and his name will be displayed on the trophy at the chapter house. Bill Barry ’77 ($394) was 2nd and John Norton ’77 ($236) was third. Thanks to all who entered and helped raise over $1500 for the Gamma Zeta Traditions fund!! It was a lot of fun.