Smeal Alumni and Friends,
Greetings from Penn State. Less than a month into the spring semester, our students are already immersed in a new semester of classes, projects, and activities. They aren’t the only ones in the Business Building embracing a new set of experiences and challenges in 2013. We have added a pair of longtime Smeal faculty members to the leadership team at the college.
Russell Barton, professor of supply chain and information systems and associate director of the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change, will oversee faculty and research as senior associate dean. Jeff Sharp, associate professor of business law, will oversee undergraduate education strategy and curriculum issues as associate dean for undergraduate education. Russell and Jeff will both be integral contributors to our vision and strategy for the future.
In other news from the college:
- Chairman and CEO of KPMG in the U.S., John Veihmeyer, will be on campus Friday, February 1, to take part in a discussion with me as part of the Executive Insights series. As you know, it is part of our mission to bring top-name business leaders to campus every year so our students can learn from them. Our last Executive Insights visitor was GE CEO Jeff Immelt, who visited Smeal in October.
- THON is coming up next month, and our business students are as involved as ever. I’m so proud of their continued spirit of giving back. For example, at an event at the end of last year in Philadelphia, a group of our Executive MBA students and alumni raised $5,000 for the cause.
- On April 18-19, the Penn State Women in Business organization will host its third annual Powerful Women Paving the Way conference, bringing together students and businesswomen for networking and professional development. Keynote speakers will include Penn State women’s basketball coach Coquese Washington, former Virgin America CMO Porter Gale, and Tiffany Persons, the founding director of non-profit organization Shine On Sierra Leone. I encourage our alumni to consider attending.
- Our faculty continue to be very productive and successful in their research: marketing professors Hari Sridhar and Karen Winterich were named 2013 Young Scholars by the Marketing Science Institute. Brent Ambrose, Smeal Professor of Risk Management and director of the Institute for Real Estate Studies, won the 2012 Edwin S. Mills Award for the best paper published in Real Estate Economics.
As I’m sure you can imagine, these are just some of the exciting things emerging from Smeal this spring. I invite you to keep up with news from Smeal at our website and join us on social media. Also, please reach out to us if you’d like to get involved—there are many ways to do so—in the life of the college. We would love to hear from you!
John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal