Learning the Ropes

Immersion Experience Fosters Leadership Trust “Research has shown that engagement opportunities, whether outside of class or embedded in course projects, are trans-formative for students,” says Mike Zeman, program director of the Penn State Student Engagement Network. When Jennifer Eury ’05 COM, ’07 M.ED EDU, ’14 Ph.D. EDU, clinical assistant professor … Continue reading

OMBA Flexibility Attracts Students

Since it launched in fall 2017, record numbers of students have been attracted to the Smeal-led Penn State Online MBA Program—a partnership with Penn State World Campus and business programs at multiple Penn State campuses—because it features the schedule flexibility and concentration variety other MBA programs can’t offer. Continue reading

Championing Our Values

For more than a decade, Smeal has made its commitment to a culture of honor and integrity an integral part of its strategic plan. With that in mind, Michelle Darnell, Smeal’s director of honor and integrity, enhanced the Integrity Advocates, a student organization that promotes these values, when she arrived at Smeal a year ago.  Continue reading

MACC Curriculum Evolves

Accounting firms continue to demand an expanded set of skills from graduating students, particularly in the area of data and analytics. To respond to those demands, the Smeal Department of Accounting, in collaboration with the colleges Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems, has developed a revised curriculum for the college’s two Master of Accounting Programs (MAcc). Continue reading

Roundtable Sessions Address Workforce Diversity

Jamie Campbell, Smeal’s assistant dean for diversity enhancement, knows change often starts from the ground up. That’s why last spring his office spearheaded an accounting roundtable of leading national experts to address diversity within the field. “It is important for diverse students to have the ability to not only see people … Continue reading

Smeal Team Wins Sustainability Case Competition

Sustainability case competition winners.

A team of Smeal second-year MBA students emerged from a field of more than 30 teams from throughout the country to win the Fifth Annual Smeal MBA Sustainability Case Competition. The winning team produced the best plan for the case that focused on CNote, a company that has been built on impact investing and social finance while it supports underserved communities across America. Continue reading

Professors Introduce CPI Replacement

The United States has used the consumer price index, or CPI, for more than a century to measure inflation and to calculate the economy’s “real” growth rate—output adjusted for inflation. Research conducted by Smeal faculty members Brent Ambrose and Jiro Yoshida reveals that the CPI is misleading as a measure of inflation. Continue reading

MOL Program Prepares Leaders

As a second class nears graduation, members of the first cohort from Smeal’s Master of Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) Program share how the experience prepared them for their current roles. Thirty students graduated from the MOL Program in 2018 and 44 are expected to finish in 2019. Continue reading

Spanning the Globe

Petronus Towers

Charles H. Whiteman, John and Becky Surma Dean; Michelle Houser, senior director of development and alumni relations; and Rolf Dietrich, Penn state director of international fundraising, connected with Smeal alumni in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Singapore last fall. Whiteman was invited to Guangzhou, China, by the Association to … Continue reading