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Penn State Smeal graduate competes in “The Investment”

May 12, 2021


As a freshman, Penn State Smeal College of Business student Austin Thomas was inspired with a business idea. Four years later, his clothing company JERPA is among six student startups competing for a share of $30,000 on WPSU’s Shark Tank-style TV show “The Investment,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday.

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Penn State Smeal names spring 2021 Senior Award honorees

May 6, 2021


The Penn State Smeal College of Business recognizes graduating seniors each spring with six named awards. Seniors who are graduating in spring, summer, or fall of the same year are eligible.

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Business consulting impacts Smeal spring 2021 student marshal Allie Mollo

May 5, 2021


Chosen as Smeal’s spring 2021 college marshal, finance major Allie Mollo said her consulting experiences have been the highlight of her Penn State story.

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Penn State Smeal team excels at International Business Ethics Case Competition

May 4, 2021


In its first time competing at the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC), the Penn State Smeal College of Business Ethics Case Team proved it belonged, as it placed in each of the event’s three main competitions.

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Penn State Smeal Ph.D. students sweep awards at Haring Symposium

May 4, 2021


Two Smeal marketing Ph.D. students swept top honors recently at the Albert Haring Symposium for Doctoral Research in Marketing, hosted by the Indiana Kelley School of Business. Felix Xu was named Best Presenter, while Ben Beck shared Best Discussant honors.

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Penn State chapter of AMA named International Chapter of the Year

May 4, 2021


The Penn State Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) was recently named International Chapter of the Year at the AMA International Collegiate Conference Awards Ceremony, which was held virtually.

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Fred H. Schaefer Named Accounting Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

April 30, 2021


Penn State Smeal College of Business Dean Charles H. Whiteman announced that Fred H. Schaefer has been posthumously named the Department of Accounting’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. The award will be presented by Penn State President Eric J. Barron.

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Consumers might not return to old product choices once finances improve

April 28, 2021


When faced with job losses, a sudden drop in income, or other stormy economic conditions, consumers will likely need to shift their purchasing priorities and preferences. Those changed preferences outlast the contraction and shape choices even after income recovers. In a series of studies, Penn State Smeal College of Business-led researchers say that consumers may not return to their original spending patterns even after those gloomy economic clouds finally clear up.

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Lou and Kathy Gatto set sights on future with Global Social Impact Fund at Penn State Smeal

April 20, 2021


Penn State Smeal College of Business alumnus Lou Gatto and his wife, Kathy, have made a $1.1 million commitment as part of their estate plans to create the Gatto Global Social Impact Fund at Smeal.

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Oelwang to lead inaugural Susman Sustainability Leadership Award Speaker Series panel

April 19, 2021


Jean Oelwang, the founding CEO and president of Virgin Unite and a member of the Penn State Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors, will lead a panel discussion in the inaugural Susman Sustainability Leadership Award Speaker Series at noon Wednesday.

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Penn State Smeal names Alumni Award recipients

April 13, 2021


The Penn State Smeal College of Business has announced the recipients of its 2021 and 2020 Alumni Awards.

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Penn State Smeal MBA programs join Forté Foundation to continue supporting women in business

April 9, 2021


Online, residential, and executive MBA students from the Penn State Smeal College of Business can now leverage the Forté Foundation, a non-profit consortium of multinational corporations and top universities and business schools, through a new MBA partnership.

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Warm feelings about human-looking robots can turn icy when bots blunder

April 7, 2021


If a robot worker makes a mistake on the job, or annoys customers, businesses may not give it a pink slip and a cardboard box for its office belongings, but companies may be forced to shut down these expensive machines, according to a team of researchers.

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Penn State Smeal names winners in first annual Undergraduate Sustainability Case Competition

April 6, 2021


The inaugural Smeal Undergraduate Sustainability Case Competition wrapped up recently, with the three winning teams demonstrating the college’s dedication to business that makes a difference not just a profit.

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Penn State Smeal promotes diversity with launch of Minority-Owned Business Network

March 30, 2021


A new initiative of the Penn State Smeal College of Business aims to help alumni of color who own businesses network and engage with the University.

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Accomplished female business leaders headline Penn State Smeal’s Powerful Women conference

March 29, 2021


Registration is under way for the 2021 Powerful Women Paving the Way Conference, scheduled to be held virtually on April 15-16. The event, which is hosted by the Penn State Smeal College of Business and its student-run Women in Business organization, will commemorate its 12th year with five accomplished speakers, valuable networking opportunities and engaging breakout sessions.

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Smeal alumnus leaves lasting legacy by creating the Fred H. Schaefer Scholars Program in Accounting

March 25, 2021


The Penn State Smeal College of Business has received a $4 million gift from the estate of late alumnus Fred Schaefer to create the Fred H. Schaefer Scholars Program in Accounting.

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Wisconsin’s Yavas to deliver inaugural Jaffe Real Estate Lecture

March 24, 2021


Abdullah Yavas, the Robert E. Wangard Real Estate Chair at the University of Wisconsin and a former member of the Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty, will deliver via Zoom the inaugural lecture in the Austin J. Jaffe Real Estate Lecture Series on April 6.

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Former Lady Lion Monroe still dishing assists to Penn State Smeal

March 23, 2021


Former Penn State women's basketball player Meredith Monroe, who holds a bachelor's in finance and an MBA from Smeal, is still handing out assists to the college in a number of ways.

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Susan L. Taylor to speak as part of Smeal Diversity Enhancement Programs Speaker Series

March 18, 2021


Susan L. Taylor, founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement and the former editor of Essence magazine, will speak virtually at 6 p.m. March 23. Taylor’s talk is part of the Smeal Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs Speaker Series.

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Smeal student leaders orchestrate Undergraduate Professional Development Business Conference

March 17, 2021


Smeal students recently had the opportunity to discuss professional development with student leaders across the region at the inaugural Undergraduate Professional Development Business Conference led by Smeal Student Council Vice President Michael Errichetti.

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Penn State Smeal EMBA program now offering flexible remote attendance

March 11, 2021


To support even the busiest students in achieving their goals, the Penn State Smeal College of Business is now offering optional remote attendance for its Philadelphia-based Executive MBA program, allowing students to attend up to 50 percent of each course remotely with the remaining half in person.

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Penn State Smeal faculty member J. Randall Woolridge honored with $1 million named professorship

March 8, 2021


Penn State alumni and longtime benefactors Dave and Tricia Rogers have made a $1 million commitment to create the J. Randall Woolridge Professorship in Finance in the Smeal College of Business.

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Penn State Smeal introducing exciting changes to marketing curriculum

March 2, 2021


To better equip Smeal students to cope in a changing landscape, the Penn State Smeal College of Business Marketing Department is making several enhancements to its curriculum.

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Penn State Smeal Marketing Department, faculty recognized for research productivity

February 23, 2021


The Penn State Smeal College of Business Marketing Department and four of its faculty members have been recognized on two recently published lists of author productivity.

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A message for the Smeal Community from Dean Charles Whiteman

February 19, 2021


A recent spate of Zoom-bombings serves as another stark reminder of the trauma that our students, staff and faculty of minority communities endure daily. Within the past several weeks, the Black Caucus and the University’s Gender Equity Center were the targets of individuals spewing hate-filled speech and imagery.

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Penn State Smeal Resident MBA Program improves rankings

February 17, 2021


The Smeal College of Business has continued its trend of upward trajectory in both The Economist’s and the Financial Times’ 2021 MBA rankings — demonstrating the college’s dedication to improvement.

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Accenture’s KC McClure named to Penn State Smeal Board of Visitors

February 4, 2021


Dean Charles H. Whiteman recently appointed Penn State Smeal College of Business alumna KC McClure, chief financial officer at Accenture, to the Smeal Board of Visitors.

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Penn State Online MBA ranked No. 7 in U.S. News’ Best Online Programs rankings

January 29, 2021


The Penn State Online MBA, led by the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business, is No. 7 overall in U.S. News’ 2021 Best Online Programs rankings — marking the fifth consecutive year the program has ranked in the top 10.

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