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Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Students, Alumni Reunite for THON

The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program hosted its annual holiday reunion event earlier this month, which included a silent auction raising more than $5,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund of the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
December 13, 2013

The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program hosted its annual holiday reunion event earlier this month, which included a silent auction raising more than $5,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund of the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

The event was held at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Pa., to benefit the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) and also provided students and alumni the chance to network with faculty and each other. The ACE Conference Center is where EMBA Program classes take place on alternating weekends throughout the year.

“The EMBA Program has a very connected community of students and alumni. Our holiday reunion is an annual tradition that allows us to reconnect in support of a great cause.”

About 150 current EMBA students and program alumni attended the event, which was hosted by 2008 EMBA alumnus Ted Dwyer. Other speakers included Carol Montandon ’13, who talked about her experience with her daughter participating in THON, and Hank Angus, founder of The Hope Express. The Hope Express is a 135-mile run organized between Hershey and University Park to raise awareness of the Four Diamonds Fund in the communities in between.

“The EMBA Program has a very connected community of students and alumni. Our holiday reunion is an annual tradition that allows us to reconnect in support of a great cause,” said Tara Banerjee, program coordinator of the EMBA Program. “THON is something that brings all Penn Staters together, no matter their campus location, and that is something that the EMBA Program is proud to support.”

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff donated items for the auction, including a Tex Mex enchilada dinner with Professor Ralph Oliva and family and a two-night stay at Stone Cottage at Whipple Dam, donated by EMBA Faculty Director Al Vicere and his wife, Nancy.

Other special guests in attendance included Russell Barton, senior associate dean of Smeal, and Todd Sloan, director of development.

THON is a student-run philanthropic effort partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

About the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program
The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program provides working professionals with the learning, connections, resources, and experiences to accelerate their careers. The 21-month program features personalized executive coaching, intensive communication training, a weeklong international residency experience, and coursework focused on the unique challenges of the students’ firms. Classes are held on alternating weekends at the ACE Conference Center in suburban Philadelphia. Learn more at www.smeal.psu.edu/execmba.

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