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Smeal College of Business Mourns Alumnus, Philanthropist John Garber
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.
Penn State Smeal MBA Students Get First-Hand Look at Growing Industry in Lima, Peru
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.
APEX Program Projects Mark Final Semester for Penn State Smeal MBA Students
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).
MBA Case Competition and Round Table Focus on Supply Chain
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.
Summer Internship Turned into Winter Olympics Stint for Penn State Smeal MBA Student
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.
Super Bowl Ads Prompt Discussion in Penn State Smeal MBA Marketing Course
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.
Penn State Smeal MBA Team Wins Global Operations Case Competition
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.
First Admit to Joint MD/MBA Program Gains Deeper Perspective Through 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.
Penn State Smeal MBA and Undergraduate Net Impact Chapters Travel to National Conference
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.
Career Immersion Week Deepens Job Search, Planning Skills in First-Year MBAs
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.
MBA Students Attend Largest U.S. Career Fair, National Black MBA Association Conference
Last month, 34 Penn State Smeal MBA students attended the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) 35th Annual Conference and Exposition, which features the largest MBA career fair in the country.
Concentration in Sustainability Announced for Penn State Smeal MBA Program
The Penn State Smeal MBA Program now offers a formal concentration in Sustainability and Social Innovation.
Princeton Review: Penn State Smeal MBA Program Offers Top Ten Campus, Family Friendly Environment
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.
Penn State Smeal MBA to Host Recruitment Event for Military Community on Veterans Day
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.
Supply Chain Management Professor Visits Major Food Production Company
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.
International Collaboration Enhances APEX Experience for Penn State Smeal MBA Team
In the spring semester of 2013, the Penn State Smeal MBA Program offered a new way for students to gain international collaborative experience in a real project environment.
Penn State Smeal MBA Program's First-Year Orientation Jumpstarts B-School Experience
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.
Merit-Based Financial Aid Offered to 100 Percent of Smeal MBA Class of 2015
The Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program has announced that 100 percent of its incoming MBA class has received merit-based financial aid.
Client Projects Sought for Penn State Smeal MBA Program's Applied Professional Experience
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 Alumni in Profile: Wall Street’s ‘Best Athlete,’ Rubin Fuses Finance and Fitness
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.
Smeal MBA Program Welcomes New Student Services Director Erik Orient
The Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program welcomes Erik Orient as the new student services director.
Penn State Smeal MBA Program's Net Impact Chapter Granted Gold Standing
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.
MBA Student Services Director Robin Brouse Set to Retire
After thirty-five years in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, Robin Brouse will retire from her position as MBA Student Services director at the end of June.
MBA Employer Relations Director Elected to Career Services Council Board
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.
Women in Business Learn About MBA Life at 'Careers and Cupcakes' Event
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.
Supply Chain Management Association and Chevron Host Smeal MBA Case Competition
Last month, the Penn State Smeal College of Business Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), with sponsorship from Chevron, hosted its third annual Chevron Supply Chain Case Competition.
Commencements, Receptions Set for Class of 2013
The Penn State Smeal College of Business has a slate of festivities scheduled to celebrate the spring 2013 commencement.
Penn State Smeal MBA Students Reflect on Global Immersion Trip to Johannesburg
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.
Penn State Smeal MBA Team Wins Marketing Case Competition in Texas
A group of Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA students won first prize in the second annual Rice MBA Marketing Case Competition, held on April 6 in Houston, Tex.
Penn State Smeal MBA Students Top U.S. Schools at Logistics Case Competition
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.
MBAs Confront Real Business Challenges in APEX Program
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.
MBAs Experience Global Economy in Weeklong Immersion
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.
Highlights from the Past Six Years at Smeal
Life at the Smeal College of Business has evolved in countless ways since 2006. This timeline captures just some of the milestones and events from the past six years.
Career Fairs Kick Off Fall Recruiting Season at Smeal
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.
MBA Graduate Assistants Make a Difference for Small Business in Centre County
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.
Smeal Alumni Society Board Honors 2013 Slate of Awardees
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.
APEX Program Offers Experiential Learning to Penn State Smeal MBA Students
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).
Potential Penn State Smeal MBA Applicants Encouraged to Teach for America
The Penn State Smeal MBA Program has partnered with Teach for America to encourage prospective MBA applicants to consider gaining real-life experience in at-risk classrooms.
Penn State Smeal MBA Ranks Highly for Ethics, Finds Bloomberg Businessweek
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.
Smeal Students Learn Leadership and Management Skills Through THON
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.
Kurtz Family Establishes MBA Scholarship
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.
Penn State Smeal MBA Improves in 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek Rankings
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.
Commencements, Receptions Set for Graduation Weekend
The Penn State Smeal College of Business has a slate of festivities scheduled to celebrate the spring 2012 commencement. The celebration begins with two events on May 5.
Smeal Team Wins Rutgers Supply Chain Case Competition
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.
Penn State to Offer Joint M.D./M.B.A. Program
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.
Companies Contribute $50,000 to Support Sustainability Teaching Tools


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 Ranks Smeal MBA Program Sixth Among U.S. Public Programs
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.
Penn State Smeal Wins International MBA Logistics Case Competition
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.
Smeal MBAs Place Second in National Case Competition
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.
Supply Chain Executives Rank Penn State Among Top Talent Sources
A new report from by researchers at Stanford University and Gartner names Penn State as one of the leading universities for supply chain talent.
Smeal Alumni: Lessons from Paterno Apply on Wall Street
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.
Forbes Ranks Smeal MBA Program Among Public Top 10
The Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program is ranked No. 10 among publicly supported business schools in the latest ranking of domestic MBA programs by Forbes magazine.
Smeal Tops Gartner's Supply Chain Education Rankings
The Penn State Smeal College of Business has the No. 1 undergraduate and graduate programs in supply chain management in the country, according to a new report from Gartner.
Smeal MBA Program Restructures Leadership
The Penn State Smeal College of Business has restructured the organizational leadership of the Penn State Smeal MBA Program, dividing management of the program between two administrators.
Garber VC Fund Invests in Philadelphia Medical Imaging Technology Firm
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.
MBA Pre-Commencement Set for May 7
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.
Penn State Smeal MBA Program Improves in 2012 U.S. News Rankings
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.
Businessweek Website Profiles Smeal's MBA Integrity Efforts
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.
MBA-Managed Garber VC Fund Exits One Investment, Ups Another
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.
Garber VC Fund Exits American Education Corp.
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.
Smeal Joins National Hispanic MBA Scholarship Effort
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.
Two Smeal MBA Students Find $13.3 Million in Energy Savings During Summer Fellowships
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 Selects Smeal as Target School for MBA Supply Chain Recruiting
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.
College Guide Highlights Smeal MBA Program's Social, Environmental Components
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.
Smeal's Garber VC Fund Invests in Healthy Humans
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.
Smeal Team Places Second in Big Ten MBA Case Competition
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.
MBAs Volunteer Around the World in Inaugural Immersion Week
Second-year MBA students at the Penn State Smeal College of Business completed their weeklong service immersion in March and shared their experiences on a new website, serviceatsmeal.org.
Alumni Society Board to Honor Outstanding Smeal Students and Graduates
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' Holds Auction for Chile Earthquake Recovery
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.
MBAs Discuss Chinese Economy After Global Immersion Week
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.
MBAs Share Their Global Immersion Experiences in India
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.
MBA Class Reunion Scheduled for Blue-White Weekend
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.
Wal-Mart Gives Smeal MBAs Hands-On Research Project
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.
Competition Aims To Find, Nurture New Business Ideas At Penn State
Penn State students, faculty, and staff who have an idea for a viable business venture are invited to enter a new competition that will equip them with the tools, skills, and resources necessary to successfully pitch their ideas to investors, while providing exposure to potential backers.
Executive MBA Students Raise $12,000 For Pediatric Cancer Fight
Students in the Smeal College of Business Executive MBA Program raised about $12,000 over the weekend with a a silent auction and other fund-raisers to help in the fight against pediatric cancer.
'Executive Insights' Speaker Series Hosts Gallup CEO James Clifton
Penn State's Smeal College of Business welcomes James Clifton, chairman and chief executive officer of The Gallup Organization, to campus on Nov. 2 as the final guest this semester in the college's speaker series, Leadership in Focus: Executive Insights.
Smeal MBA And EMBA Programs Sponsor New York Conference For Businesswomen
The Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA and Executive MBA Programs are sponsoring a conference on Nov. 6 in New York City for women in business to meet and share tools, tactics, and strategies for success.
Princeton Review: Smeal Offers Best Facilities, Top Ten Faculty
The Princeton Review's annual business school guidebook, released this week, ranks Penn State's Smeal College of Business No. 1 on its list of "Best Campus Facilities" and No. 8 on its "Best Professors" list.
Kesslers Give $1 Million For Two Smeal Scholarship Endowments
Penn State alumnus Gerald Kessler and his wife, Joyce Kessler, have committed $1 million to establish the Gerald P. and Joyce Kessler Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships in the Smeal College of Business. The scholarships, which are already benefiting four Smeal students, are to be awarded annually to outstanding undergraduate and Ph.D. or MBA students who are interested in the study of international business.
Dell Executives To Discuss Company's Evolving Supply Chain Model At Smeal
Two Dell executives are scheduled to visit Penn State next month to meet with students and administrators and discuss Dell business strategies with students.
Three Speakers Scheduled To Share 'Executive Insights' This Fall
Penn State's Smeal College of Business continues its Leadership in Focus: Executive Insights guest speaker series this fall by welcoming three high-level executives to the college to connect with Smeal students and faculty.
Ten New Faculty Members Join Smeal
Penn State's Smeal College of Business recently welcomed 10 new members to its faculty.
Smeal Welcomes New Undergraduate And MBA Students
With the start of the 2007-2008 academic year only a few days away, new Smeal College of Business students have begun arriving on campus and some have already started their programs.
Treviño Named Academy Of Management Fellow
Linda Treviño, Franklin H. Cook Fellow in Business Ethics at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, has been elected as a fellow of the Academy of Management, a leading professional organization for scholars in the field of management and organization.
Smeal Alumnus To Address Graduating MBA Students
Jeffrey A. Malehorn '82, president and chief executive officer of GE Healthcare Financial Services, will deliver the keynote address at this year's Smeal MBA Pre-commencement Celebratory Ceremony on May 13 recognizing the MBA class of 2007. This year's ceremony, the 47th annual celebration, begins at 1 p.m. in the Atrium of Smeal's Business Building.
Garber Fund Grows Investment In DiamondBack Automotive Accessories
The Garber Venture Capital Fund, a $5 million student-managed fund at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, recently invested $25,000 of its $200,000 second investment tranche in DiamondBack Automotive Accessories, Inc., one of the fastest-growing auto accessory companies in the world. The capital, which is the second of two tranches in a Series B Preference Stock transaction, will be used to grow sales and expand the company’s marketing efforts nationwide.
Shell Executive To Discuss Company's Efforts In Post-Katrina New Orleans
Andrew Seck, manager business planning & support and vice president for corporate affairs for a number of Shell Exploration & Production companies in the United States, will visit Penn State's Smeal College of Business on April 24 as a guest in the college's executive speaker series, Leadership in Focus: Executive Insights.
Alumni Association Honors Two Smeal MBA Grads
The Penn State Alumni Association presented two graduates of the Smeal College of Business MBA Program with its Alumni Achievement Award, an honor for Penn State alumni who have achieved an extraordinary level of professional accomplishment by the age of 35.
Smeal Advances In Latest U.S. News Ranking Of MBA Programs
Penn State's Smeal College of Business rose four spots to 34th overall and 17th among publicly supported business schools in this year's edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America’s Best Graduate Schools," out today. The publication also ranks Smeal sixth in the nation in the discipline-specific category of Supply Chain/Logistics.
Steelers President Rooney, Other Executives To Discuss Business Side Of Sports At Smeal
Penn State's Smeal College of Business and Dickinson School of Law will host several executives from the sports industry—including Art Rooney II, president of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ernie Accorsi, former general manager of the New York Giants, and Chris Bevilacqua, founder of CSTV—for a two-part event exploring the economic, financial, and management aspects of the sports industry.
Smeal Alum To Deliver Jacobs Retail Lecture
Smeal College of Business alumnus Joseph Solimando '77 and '81 MBA, senior vice president, global operations and technology, and chief information officer of Disney Consumer Products, will deliver the Melvin Jacobs Retail Leadership Lecture at 11:15 a.m. on April 26 in the Business Building's Struthers Auditorium.
MBA Auction To Raise Funds For THON
The MBA Association at Penn State's Smeal College of Business will hold its fourth annual Smeal MBA Auction to Benefit THON at 7 p.m. on March 30 in the Atrium of the Business Building. The event will feature a silent and live auction for items including two Penn State-Notre Dame football tickets, autographed sports memorabilia, and the use of a beach house in South Bethany Beach, Del. All proceeds from the auctions will go to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which raises money for the Four Diamonds Fund to combat pediatric cancer.
Smeal Executive Insights Series To Host Ernst & Young CEO James Turley
Penn State's Smeal College of Business will host James Turley, chairman and chief executive officer of the Ernst & Young global organization, on March 27 as part of the college's new guest speaker series, Leadership In Focus: Executive Insights. Turley will sit down on stage for a conversation with Smeal Dean James Thomas, who will pose questions submitted by students and faculty in the audience.
Smeal MBA Students Travel To Four International Cities For Global Immersion
First-year Smeal College of Business MBA students will travel to one of four pivotal global business regions next week as they participate in the Smeal MBA Program's annual Global Immersion component. This international business experience, launched in 2004 as a required part of the MBA curriculum, offers students firsthand exposure to the international economy and the particular challenges and opportunities of doing business in another culture and under different laws and regulations.This year, students will spend a week in Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; Istanbul, Turkey; or San Francisco, Calif.—the latter for international students.
More Than 40 Companies Recruiting At Semiannual Supply Chain Career Fair
Recruiters from more than 40 of the world's top companies will be at Penn State's Smeal College of Business on Feb. 8 to meet with students, accept resumes, and interview candidates seeking careers in the field of supply chain management. Smeal's semiannual Supply Chain Career Fair will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Business Building Atrium.
Smeal MBAs Study Sustainable Development In Costa Rica
Four Smeal College of Business MBA students spent a portion of their winter break in Costa Rica participating in a program for graduate students designed to showcase sustainable development and highlight ways that business can protect the environment while still making a profit.
Business Leaders Share 'Executive Insights' In New Smeal Program
Joseph Amado, vice president and chief information officer of Philip Morris USA, will be the first guest in a new program at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, which is designed to bring high-profile business leaders to the college to connect with students, faculty, and administrators.
Smeal Ranks Among Financial Times' Top 25 U.S. MBA Programs
For the second year in a row, the MBA Program at Penn State's Smeal College of Business ranks 25th domestically on the Financial Times' annual ranking of MBA providers. The newspaper ranks Smeal 10th overall among U.S. public colleges and 43rd internationally.
Op-Ed: Businesses, Business Schools Need To Stress Ethics
Linda Treviño, Franklin H. Cook Fellow in Business Ethics, writes: "At Penn State's Smeal College of Business, students and administrators are working together to create a strong culture of academic integrity. At a professional level, employers, too, must place a greater emphasis on integrity and 'doing the right thing.'"
Smeal To Host Real Estate Lecture
Penn State's Smeal College of Business will host Joe Riggs, group president of K. Hovnanian Companies, as this year's speaker at the annual Advance Realty Group Real Estate Lecture. Riggs will discuss the diverse opportunities offered by the real estate industry and its importance in our nation's future.
Smeal MBAs Win Supply Chain Case Competition
A team of four Smeal MBA students took first place at this year's Supply Chain Management Case Competition held at Rutgers Business School on Oct. 27.
Penn State, Temple University Recognized For Leadership In Entrepreneurship Education
The two largest universities in Pennsylvania, Penn State and Temple University, have been recognized by the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (NCEC) with the organization’s national Award for Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines.
Two Magazines Rank Smeal MBA Program
Two business magazines today listed the MBA Program at Penn State's Smeal College of Business in their separate rankings of the top MBA providers.
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Female and Minority Junior Partners More Effective in Building Business From Outside Firm 22 Apr

Female and minority junior partners in professional service firms may benefit from using different clientele-building strategies than their white male counterparts according to recent research co-authored by Forrest Briscoe of the Penn State Smeal College of Business. By encouraging and supporting these varying strategies, firms could increase both revenue and diversity among senior partners.

Annual Kohl's-Sponsored Case Competition Utilizes Students' Teamwork, Presentation Skills 22 Apr

More than 60 Penn State students—including teams from campuses at New Kensington, Greater Allegheny, Berks, Lehigh Valley, and Altoona—participated in the 2014 Smeal College of Business Case Competition, sponsored by Kohl’s Department Stores.

Smeal Students Invited to Register for April 24 PricewaterhouseCoopers Leadership Series 21 Apr

Penn State Smeal College of Business students are invited to register for “Aspire to Lead: The PwC Women's Leadership Series," PricewaterhouseCoopers’ first global forum on women and leadership, featuring U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner Bob Moritz. The event, which is free and open to Penn State students and faculty, will take place on Thursday, April 24, from 12:30-4:00 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Baker Tilly Representatives Talk to Students About Transitioning to the Workplace 21 Apr

As many students prepare for summer internships or their first full-time job in their industries, Baker Tilly representatives Patrick Welteroth and Karri McClellan spoke to students in BA 297 Career Planning and Strategies about the transition from college to the workplace.

Smeal Students Encouraged to Investigate Hiring Companies' Core Values 21 Apr

Penn State Smeal College of Business Director of Honor and Integrity Jennifer Eury encourages students to use a vast array of resources to learn about a company’s culture and to find an organization whose values also align with their personal values, especially as they plan their careers.

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