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Penn State's President Barron Speaks at Recent Institute for Real Estate Studies Event in NYC

New Penn State President Eric J. Barron delivered the keynote remarks at a recent networking event in New York City for Penn State alumni and friends in the real estate and finance industries.
June 25, 2014

The Institute for Real Estate Studies Advisory Board group toured 1 World Trade
The Institute for Real Estate Studies Advisory Board group toured 1 World Trade as part of its recent New York City event.

New Penn State President Eric J. Barron delivered the keynote remarks at a recent networking event in New York City for Penn State alumni and friends in the real estate and finance industries.

The event, held at 4 World Trade in Manhattan on June 10, was sponsored by the Penn State Smeal College of Business Institute for Real Estate Studies (IRES) and New York City real estate company Silverstein Properties.

“President Barron talked about the six things he sees as making Penn State one of the greatest institutions of higher education. We were honored to have him join us at this special event in New York.”

Jonathan Knipe, a Penn State alumnus and general counsel for Silverstein Properties, helped to organize the event. Knipe also serves as a member of the IRES Real Estate Advisory Board.

“President Barron talked about the six things he sees as making Penn State one of the greatest institutions of higher education,” said Brent Ambrose, Smeal Professor of Risk Management and IRES director. “We were honored to have him join us at this special event in New York.”

About 60 people attended the event, including members of the Real Estate Advisory Board.

Prior to the networking reception, the IRES Real Estate Advisory Board also had the opportunity to tour 1 World Trade and the Transportation Hub, both currently under development. Carla Bonacci, assistant director of the Port Authority’s World Trade Center Construction division and a Penn State alumna of the College of Arts and Architecture, led the tour.

The afternoon also included a meeting for advisory board members, which included a discussion of the Real Estate program at Smeal and an industry round table, joined by President Barron.

“We had a good discussion of things that we can do to continue to make our Real Estate program stronger,” said Ambrose.

About the Institute for Real Estate Studies
The Institute for Real Estate Studies is a research center in the Smeal College of Business that supports real estate faculty and programs at Penn State, sponsors and supports rigorous research focused on financial and economic aspects of real estate, and serves as the focal point and physical presence for students interested in real estate at Penn State. Learn more at www.smeal.psu.edu/ires.

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