During their two-week orientation to the program, members of the Penn State Smeal MBA Class of 2016 called upon improvisation comedy techniques to improve their communication and networking skills in a session with CSz Business. A new initiative this year, the MBA Improv Communications session offers a number of exercises aimed at improving listening skills, brainstorming techniques, and teamwork.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business once again ranks No. 1 in graduate supply chain education according to a report from IT research and advisory firm Gartner, which also ranked the college best for undergraduate supply chain education in August.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business is currently seeking projects for the spring 2015 Applied Professional Experience (APEX) Program. APEX, the capstone component of Smeal’s internationally ranked MBA program, runs from early January through April and consists of student teams collaborating with client firms to take on real-world business challenges.
Penn State Smeal MBA Program student Nahom Woldemariam spent this past summer as an intern for multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis in its strategic sourcing division. His responsibilities included examining spending across categories like print, travel, professional services, and more, looking for savings and efficiencies.
MBA students from AACSB-accredited programs in the U.S. and Canada are invited to register for the inaugural Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Sustainability Case Competition. The competition, part of an initiative aimed at incorporating sustainability into the curriculum, will offer three top prizes that total $17,500.
Dennis Sheehan, the Virginia and Louis Benzak Professor of Finance at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been named faculty director of both the Penn State Smeal MBA Program and the Executive MBA Program in Philadelphia.
Penn State Smeal MBA Program student Donald Roenigk is using his summer internship experience to shift gears from logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps to business professional in the oil and gas industry. He has spent the last two months conducting bidding analyses related to the drilling of exploratory wells on the Projects, Drilling, and Exploration team at ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas.
Brenda Fabian, assistant director of employer relations and recruiting, is the newest Penn State Smeal MBA Program staff member. Filling a new position for the college, she will be responsible for candidate recruiting as well as employer relationships.
A team of Penn State Smeal MBA students spent their final semester in the program working with entrepreneur Sisay Shimelis on an aspect of his ambitious project to improve the quality of life for Ethiopians.
At the end of April, 15 Penn State Smeal MBA students spent 24 hours with the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia, as part of a leadership immersion activity providing insight into the military organization's leadership styles, culture, and decision-making.
Penn State Smeal MBA alumni, current and incoming students are invited to gather at various locations around the world for the inaugural Global Lion Gathering, to be held on Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. local time.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business will add a new associate dean position to its administration this fall. Brian Cameron, currently with the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), will join Smeal as the new associate dean for professional master’s programs.
The inaugural Smeal Africa Business Forum, led by first-year Penn State Smeal MBA student Judith Egbas, was held in the Business Building Atrium last month to educate attendees on the growing business opportunities in African countries.
A group of about 40 Penn State Smeal MBA students spent a day at the Fire Department of the City of New York Fire Academy on Randall's Island, N.Y., last month to participate in the Firefighter for a Day Challenge, a teambuilding and leadership development program through the FDNY Foundation.
John D. Garber ’40 passed away last month in Palm Desert, Calif. He and his wife, Bette, were significant contributors to the Penn State Smeal College of Business, establishing the John and Bette Garber Venture Capital Center for Penn State Smeal MBA students in 1999.
As part of the Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program’s global immersion experience, 22 students spent one week in Lima, Peru, at the beginning of March to experience the business climate and culture.
As part of their final semester of coursework in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, MBA students are applying all their recently acquired knowledge to real-world business projects through the Applied Professional Experience Program (APEX).
On February 20-21, the Penn State Smeal MBA Program hosted the second and final round of the Deloitte Supply Chain MBA Challenge—a case competition sponsored by Deloitte Consulting LLP. After the awards presentation, faculty members from the participating schools and Deloitte Consulting leaders participated in a round table discussion on the future of supply chain education.
While many Americans watched the 2014 Winter Olympics on television, Penn State Smeal MBA student Jason Ganter was working behind the scenes in Sochi, Russia, in the NBC wing of the International Broadcast Center.
Ralph Oliva, professor of marketing and executive director of the Institute for the Study of Business Markets, uses the Super Bowl as a teachable moment in his Integrated Strategic Communications class for Penn State Smeal MBA students. In class the Monday following the big game, he and his students spent time analyzing the previous night’s commercials—some of the most highly sought-after spots in television advertising.
A team of five Penn State Smeal MBA students recently won first place—and a $5,000 prize—in the 2013 Global Operations Conference Case Competition, held last month at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Alison Thompson, the first student to be admitted to the new MD/MBA Program, a partnership between the Smeal College of Business and the Penn State College of Medicine, is currently completing her first semester of business classes. She says that the business skills she'll learn, like teamwork, communications, and financial accounting, will help to make her a more well-rounded physician.
More than 30 Smeal College of Business students from the Penn State undergraduate and MBA chapters of Net Impact, a national organization focused on sustainability in business, attended the organization’s annual conference held at the end of October in San Jose, Calif.
First-year MBA students spent four intensive days last month enhancing their career search and planning skills as part of their Career Immersion, a staple of the Penn State Smeal MBA Program experience.
The Penn State Smeal MBA Program has been named one of the best business schools in the nation, according to education services company, The Princeton Review. The program was also ranked No. 6 on the Most Family Friendly list and No. 10 on the Best Campus Environment list.
The Penn State Smeal MBA Program will host a special Military MBA for a Day event on Monday, Nov. 11. All military personnel and veterans considering an MBA are invited to attend. The program has been named to the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools.
Chuck Nicholson, clinical associate professor of supply chain management, will enhance his classroom instruction this fall with his experience at a weeklong externship with Leprino Foods Company at the company’s headquarters in Denver, Colo.
While most University Park students were just returning to campus, first-year Penn State Smeal MBA students were competing in a Chevron-sponsored case competition, already testing knowledge gained during their first two weeks on campus.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program’s Applied Professional Experience (APEX)--the capstone project for second-year MBAs--is now accepting project submissions from company clients for 2014.
Smeal alumnus Mark Rubin ’08 Finance, ‘10 MBA, is a familiar face to many Penn State football fans because of his years playing safety on the team. He’s pursuing a Wall Street career at Barclays now as a futures trader, but he hasn’t lost touch with his athletic roots.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program’s Net Impact student organization has been awarded Gold standing by the Net Impact network, an honor granted this year to only 24 percent of the 300 chapters worldwide.
Paul Poissant, director of MBA Employer Relations for the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been elected to the MBA Career Services Council (MBA CSC) Board of Directors, where he will serve a three-year term.
On Tuesday, April 9, the Women in Business (WIB) student organization and MBA Women International (WMBA) partnered for a Careers and Cupcakes event to showcase various opportunities for Smeal students after graduation.
As part of the Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program’s global immersion experience, 26 students spent one week in Johannesburg, South Africa, earlier this semester to experience the business climate and culture.
Last month, six students in the Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program traveled to the University of Arkansas to compete in the Sam M. Walton College of Business International Graduate Logistics Case Competition. The Smeal team topped their U.S. competitors and earned third place overall.
The Department of Dermatology at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was struggling to enroll participants in outpatient clinical trials and compete with more nimble competitors in the private sector. A team of MBAs from the Smeal College of Business helped to streamline the Penn State process and win a greater share of the important pharmaceutical company sponsored clinical trial business.
In March, first-year students in the Smeal College of Business MBA Program completed their global immersion. They spent a week in one of four locations worldwide—Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; New Delhi, India; or San Francisco (for international students)—to get a glimpse of the global economy in action and the challenges and opportunities associated with doing business under different laws, regulations, and customs.
With only 500 miles or so between Penn State’s University Park campus and one of the largest MBA career fairs in the nation, more than a third of the students in the Smeal MBA Program decided to pack their bags and set out for Indianapolis in late September. The MBA road-trip was just one of many activities during the month designed to connect corporate recruiters with Smeal College of Business students at all levels seeking internships, co-ops, and full-time opportunities.
The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) office served 657 clients in Centre and Mifflin counties last fiscal year, providing 5,614 consulting hours and helping to increase client sales by $11 million—and Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA students were integral to making that happen.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business Alumni Society Board will present awards to six alumni and two students at the Alumni Society Board awards banquet, held on Friday, March 22. The awards recognize students and alumni for their extraordinary commitment to diversity and the mission of the college.
As part of their final semester of coursework in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, MBA students are currently working on real-world business projects through the Applied Professional Experience Program (APEX).
The Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program ranks 15th for ethics, according to rankings published in February by Bloomberg Businessweek. The program also ranks highly in e-business, coming in 23rd.
The countless hours of hard work and fundraising that go into each year’s Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon weekend are “for the kids,” but THON also provides many students with a variety of professional development opportunities they never expected. This year, the Penn State Smeal College of Business has four students on the Overall Committee for THON, more than 45 dancing for Smeal-related organizations, and many more involved in fundraising or dancing for other Penn State organizations.
Penn State alumnus David J. Kurtz and his wife, Jenifer A. Kurtz, have committed $50,000 to create the David and Jennifer Kurtz MBA Scholarship in the Smeal College of Business to help entice future business leaders to the MBA program.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program was one of the biggest positive movers in Bloomberg Businessweek’s most recent bi-annual ranking of full-time MBAs, improving by six places to No. 38 overall and No. 14 among public business schools.
A team of MBA students from the Penn State Smeal College of Business bested teams from seven leading business schools to take home first place in the Supply Chain Management Case Competition at Rutgers Business School, held March 30 in Piscataway, N.J.
The Smeal College of Business and Penn State College of Medicine have teamed up to offer a five-year joint M.D./M.B.A. program beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year. Designed to appeal to highly qualified and motivated medical students who have an interest in the business of medicine, the program is now accepting applications for admission in the fall 2012 semester.
Seven companies that are represented on the Sustainability Advisory Board at the Penn State Smeal College of Business have contributed $50,000 to support the development of teaching tools on business-related sustainability topics.
Financial Times has ranked the Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program sixth among all publicly supported programs in the United States. The Smeal MBA Program is ranked 22nd among all U.S. programs and 49th globally, according to the newspaper.
A team of MBA students from the Penn State Smeal College of Business won the 2011 Sam M. Walton College of Business International Graduate Logistics Case Competition, held Oct. 28-29 at Sam's Club headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The Smeal team of Jason Jones, Mehul Pathak, Jennifer Ruelens, Rashmi Sharma, Allison Shauger, and Erlend Weggers beat out teams from nine other leading American and European business schools.
A team of second-year MBA students at the Penn State Smeal College of Business took home second place in the National Student Case Competition held at the National Black MBA Association's (NBMBAA) annual conference and exposition on Oct. 6-7 in Atlanta.
An article published Oct. 6 by Bloomberg traces the steps of five men, including three Smeal College of Business alumni, from Penn State's 1986 national championship football team to the trading floors of Wall Street.
The Garber Venture Capital Fund, an MBA student-centric VC fund at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, recently closed a transaction to invest $150,000 in Real Time Tomography (RTT), LLC, a medical imaging technology firm based in suburban Philadelphia.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business will celebrate the accomplishments of the 82 members of the Smeal MBA Program class of 2011 with the annual MBA pre-commencement ceremony on May 7. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA program ranks 40th overall and 17th among public universities in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” which is published annually by U.S. News & World Report. Smeal ranks fifth in the nation in the specialty category of Supply Chain/Logistics.
An article on the website of Bloomberg Businessweek highlights the efforts of the Penn State Smeal College of Business in ending plagiarism in the MBA application process. The website also features an online chat transcript on the topic with Carrie Marcinkevage, MBA director of admissions.
The Garber Venture Capital Fund, an early stage venture investment fund managed by MBA students at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, recently sold its stock in one company and upped its investment in another.
With the acquisition of American Education Corp. (AEC) by K12 Inc., the Garber Venture Capital Fund at the Penn State Smeal College of Business has sold its shares of AEC for $764,518.65, with the possibility of additional milestone payments.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program has joined the National Society of Hispanic MBAs' University Partnership Program, a national higher education effort aimed at expanding scholarship opportunities for Hispanic MBA students.
Ryan Mallett and Rama Murugan, second-year MBA students at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, spent their summers as Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellows and identified more than $13.3 million in energy savings for their host companies.
Deloitte has selected the Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program as one of four programs nationwide where it is launching a targeted recruiting effort focused on supply chain management professionals. As part of this new initiative, Deloitte Consulting's Supply Chain practice will begin its ramped-up recruitment efforts at Smeal this fall.
A new guide to MBA programs focusing on the social responsibility and sustainability aspects of the graduate programs features a profile of the Smeal College of Business MBA Program and its efforts in these areas.
The MBA student-managed Garber Venture Capital Fund at the Penn State Smeal College of Business closed its investment in Healthy Humans LLC, a provider of e-health portals for patients and doctors to improve health outcomes and lower costs, during the spring 2010 semester. The $150,000 investment will be used to expand the Healthy Humans HealthHub continuity-care platform to additional physician practices and insurers.
A team of first-year MBA students at the Penn State Smeal College of Business placed second at the 18th annual Big Ten MBA Case Competition held this month at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business Alumni Society Board will hold its annual awards banquet on April 9 to honor outstanding alumni and students for their extraordinary commitment to diversity and the mission of the college.
Smeal for Chile, a fundraising effort started by Smeal College of Business MBA student Phillip Jarpa, is holding an online auction featuring Penn State sports memorabilia on its Facebook page starting today and running until April 15.
Twenty-six first-year MBA students at Smeal recently returned from their global immersion week in Shanghai, China. Scott Garrison, David Jones and Susan Slopek share their thoughts on some of the business issues they encountered while abroad.
Seventeen first-year MBA students from Smeal recently returned from their global immersion week in New Delhi, India. Students Sasha DiVirgilio, Bob Long and Kate Roberton share their thoughts on some of the business issues they encountered while overseas.
Smeal College of Business MBA alumni from the classes of 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005 are invited to attend this year's MBA reunion on April 24, the Saturday of the annual Blue-White football game. The day begins with a light breakfast served in the Business Building Atrium from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Having the chance to research and improve Wal-Mart’s distribution network as a student is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Bob Novack, associate professor of supply chain at Smeal, guided his second-year MBAs as they took on this seven and a half week project. After analyzing all aspects from suppliers to consumers to inventory and transportation, Novack and his students were able to add flexibility into the network and help reduce cost of lost sales.
A team of MBA students from the Penn State Smeal College of Business finished second in the inaugural Smeal MBA Sustainability Case Competition, which the college recently hosted in its Business Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business has named four new members to its Board of Visitors. Joining the board are Jon Grosso, ’89, executive vice president and director of stores for Kohl’s Department Stores; Ron Morgan, ’93, co-founder of MorganFranklin Consulting; Stephen Reeves, ’81, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Enviva Holdings; and Salomon “Sal” Sredni, ’87, chief executive officer of TradeStation Group, Inc.