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Three Smeal Grads to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

February 6, 2012


The Penn State Board of Trustees on Jan. 20 selected three Smeal College of Business graduates among the seven Penn State alumni to be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual.

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The Helpfulness of Hope

February 6, 2012


With the start of February, many of our New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier and exercise more may be left in the dust. Recent research from Smeal College of Business suggests there is hope for those who may have fallen off track. More specifically, the study looks at the way positive emotions impact eating habits. The findings show that hopefulness, or feeling hopeful, can lead to healthier food choices.

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Grabowsky Named Penn State Accounting Alumnus of the Year

January 30, 2012


The Department of Accounting at the Penn State Smeal College of Business has selected Lou Grabowsky, chief operating officer of Grant Thornton LLP, as the 2011-2012 Penn State Accounting Alumnus of the Year. Grabowsky will receive the honor at the 2012 Beta Alpha Psi Banquet on April 18 on Penn State's University Park campus.

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Financial Times Ranks Smeal MBA Program Sixth Among U.S. Public Programs

January 30, 2012


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.

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The Downside to Debt Consolidation

January 25, 2012


Recent research by Smeal’s Lisa Bolton and coauthors reveals the negative impact debt consolidation loan marketing can have on consumer behavior. One-sided appeals made by lenders often over-emphasize the short-term benefits of lower monthly payments, while glossing over the considerable downside of longer re-payment periods and more total interest paid. In order to better respond to the marketing tactics used by lenders, consumers need to arm themselves with a solid understanding of not only how and why loans work, but also how and why particular lenders act as they do.

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Seniors: Complete Your Businessweek Survey Today

January 19, 2012


The deadline is this week for Smeal College of Business seniors to complete their Bloomberg Businessweek magazine business school survey.

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President Obama Presents Smeal Alum with 2011 SAVE Award

January 12, 2012


President Barack Obama this week presented the 2011 Presidential Securing Americans' Value and Efficiency (SAVE) award to Penn State Smeal College of Business alumnus Matthew Ritsko, a financial manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

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Media Portrayal of Race in Sports Reveals Biases in the Corporate World

January 12, 2012


A recent study co-authored by Smeal College of Business professor Andrew Carton reveals the way in which media portrayal of quarterbacks differs according to race. Carton and his co-author also discover an interesting parallel between negative evaluations of black leaders in sports and how success varies among race in the corporate world. The researchers maintain that the stereotypes revealed in the media are not perpetrated deliberately or even consciously, however, their findings suggest that even in a subtle form, biases can affect the manner in which black leadership positions are evaluated in sports and business.

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How “Greenness” is Evaluated in the Housing Market

January 11, 2012


Although there are obvious benefits associated with constructing more environmentally friendly buildings, an ongoing study from the Penn State Smeal College of Business asks whether or not “greenness” is priced in the market, and if so, how that price is determined. Findings show the effect that green labeling has on price differentials in Tokyo’s housing market, and what the possible implications are for green real estate elsewhere.

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Smeal EMBA Students Collect Food, Clothing for Philadelphia Homeless

December 23, 2011


Students, faculty, and staff of the Penn State Smeal College of Business Executive MBA Program participated in a food and clothing drive on Dec. 16 to benefit We Feed the Homeless Philadelphia.

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