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Impact Smeal Day - Friday, March 28, 2014

Impact Smeal Day

Impact Smeal Day will provide alumni with the opportunity to return to campus to reconnect with the college and engage in a number of activities. From connecting with current students and hearing about faculty research to networking with other alumni, this day will offer something for everyone from recent graduates to retirees! Once you review the sessions below, COMPLETE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION.

Dress is business casual attire. Bring your business cards to share.

There is a limited block of rooms being held at the Days Inn State College. To make your reservation, please call (814) 238-8454 and reference the group code: CGSEAL. This room block is available until Friday, March 7.

Directions and parking information for the Business Building

Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and remains open until 4:30 p.m.

Visit the Registration & Information table in the Business Building Atrium to receive your name tag and schedule for the day. Please join us for a casual continental breakfast. The table will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., should you have any questions during your visit to campus.

CandidCareer Filming Session

Various times throughout the day

CandidCareer is a tool for current students to review short informational videos of alumni discussing their careers. In the videos, alumni answer a series of questions about their job and offer career advice.

If you are interested in being considered for a 30-minute filming session, please check off "Candid Career" on the registration form, and a member of Smeal's Alumni Career Services team will contact you.

Attend a portion of the S.T.A.R.T. Conference

This one-day conference will be held at the Nittany Lion Inn, and will focus on business initiatives in diversity by gathering corporate, academic, and community speakers. Conference participants will gain knowledge and information about issues regarding diversity, awareness, and respect for oneself and others. If you are interested in attending part of the free conference, view the agenda and register here.

Session 1 - Impact Smeal Initiatives (Choose one)
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Task Force Breakout Sessions

If you are interested in continuing your involvement with Smeal beyond Impact Smeal Day, consider attending a Task Force Breakout Session. Task Forces provide you with the opportunity to stay connected and involved in one or more projects throughout the year. The task forces meet in person during the Fall and Spring Impact Smeal Days, and in the meantime, they meet via e-mail and conference call.

If you do not wish to commit to on of these on-going initiatives, please feel free to attend one of the other activities listed for Session 1.

Task Force Breakout Session: Affiliate Program Groups
The Affiliate Program Groups Task Force is currently assisting the college with our regional alumni engagement in D.C., Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, as well as identifying opportunities for APGs in other cities.

Task Force Breakout Session: Alumni Engagement
The Alumni Engagement Task Force is currently assisting the college with a number of initiatives including alumni career services, alumni-to-alumni mentoring, international alumni engagement, and more.

Task Force Breakout Session: Awards & Recognition
The Awards & Recognition Task Force is currently assisting the college with ideas for improving the annual Awards Program & Hammond Society Recognition Dinner, as well as identifying additional opportunities to recognize alumni accomplishments.

Task Force Breakout Session: Mentoring
The Mentoring Task Force is currently assisting the college with a number of initiatives including Smeal's formal Mentoring Program, an alumni seminar series, and programming for Impact Smeal Day.

Task Force Breakout Session: Student Engagement
The Student Engagement Task Force is currently assisting the college with identifying and coordinating alumni-student engagement opportunities from student orientation to graduation.

Honor & Integrity: A Candid Discussion about Ethics in the Workplace

In this informal session, alumni will meet with Jennifer Eury, Smeal’s Honor and Integrity Director to learn more about honor and integrity at Smeal. Alumni will be encouraged to share examples of ethical dilemmas that they have experienced in the workplace, and the ways in which their companies and organizations seek to promote and create an ethical culture. The discussion will serve as fodder for future programming to promote integrity and ethical behavior throughout the Smeal community.

Meet With Your Protege or Student Group

If you are a part of Smeal's formal Mentoring Program or Alumni Adviser Program, you can choose to spend time with your protege or student group. Please contact your protege and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas, located in the Atrium of the Business Building, for your individual or group meetings.

Session 2 - Impact Smeal Faculty & Student Orgs (Choose one)
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Presentation by Karen Winterich, Assistant Professor of Marketing: Seeing the World through GREEN-tinted Glasses

This session will focus on Dr. Winterich's research regarding green consumption values and responses to environmentally friendly products, as it relates to better understanding consumers' preference and purchase of these products.

Presentation by Penn State Executive Programs: Leading Innovation

In today’s fast moving and complex global environment, the ability to innovate and deploy faster and more profitably than competitors is now requisite for growth and success. This session focuses on Innovation Leaders, those individuals who lead a new product or service through ideation, design, development, and implementation. These Innovation Leaders will be the catalyst for change by bringing diverse parts of the organization together to launch new products and services. This presentation will be led by Maria Taylor, Managing Director of Penn State Executive Programs and Carlo Ninassi, Clinical Associate Professor of Executive Education and Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Students in Action: Observe the Nittany Lion Fund Meeting

The Nittany Lion Fund, a student-managed investment fund, with over $5 million in assets, provides Smeal students with the ability to connect to real-world investors without leaving the Business Building. Founded in 2005, the Nittany Lion Fund has 65 individual investors and 31 student managers. It is one of the few university student-managed funds with actual investor money—not endowment dollars. Come watch the fund managers in action during their weekly meeting. Please note: the purpose of this session is to observe the NLF's regularly scheduled meeting, therefore interaction with the students may be very limited.

Meet With Your Protege or Student Group

If you are a part of Smea'ls formal Mentoring Program or Alumni Adviser Program, you can choose to spend time with your protege or student group. Please contact your protege and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas, located in the Atrium of the Business Building, for your individual or group meetings.

Lunch Activities
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Impact Smeal Day Attendee Luncheon sponsored by EY

Enjoy a networking luncheon with student proteges from Smeal's formal Mentoring Program, as well as their alumni mentors and other Impact Smeal Day alumni attendees. The luncheon is being hosted by EY.

Hammond Society Meeting & Lunch

This will serve as a special time for members of the Hammond Society to re-connect over lunch, as well as continue the on-going discussion about the vision for the group.

Session 3 - Impact Smeal Students (Choose one)
12:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Effective Uses of LinkedIn for Networking

LinkedIn can be an extremely powerful networking tool, by helping to make online connections among peers, colleagues, and clients. It can be especially helpful for both students and alumni in the job search or career transition process. Hear from Robin Stevens, Smeal's Director of Alumni Career Services about how to leverage LinkedIn in order to create and build important relationships. This session will also serve as an opportunity to engage in a group discussion with both alumni and students about personal experiences in using LinkedIn for networking purposes.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Share your advice and experiences with Smeal students who have entrepreneurial aspirations. This session will begin with a panel discussion, and will transform into a group discussion among alumni and students.

Backpack to Briefcase: The College to Career Transition

Transitioning from college-life to the working world is an important milestone, and there are many personal and professional challenges that are faced during this time. Help prepare current Smeal students to be better prepared for these challenges by sharing your advice and experiences. Alumni of all ages are more than welcome to participate in this session, but we especially encourage young alumni to attend. This session will begin with a panel discussion, and will transform into a group discussion amongst alumni and students.

Dealing with Difficult People and Situations at Work

Engage in a group discussion with alumni and students about how to handle various challenges in the workplace, such as issues with co-workers or managers, and uncomfortable or difficult office situations. Both alumni and students can share examples that they have experienced during their careers or internships, and lend advice for the best ways to overcome and manage these challenges in a professional way.

Meet With Your Protege or Student Group

If you are a part of Smea'ls formal Mentoring Program or Alumni Adviser Program, you can choose to spend time with your protege or student group. Please contact your protege and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas, located in the Atrium of the Business Building, for your individual or group meetings.

Networking Session for Alumni & Students
2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

This session will provide an opportunity for alumni and students to network together in an open-forum, to allow for more personal, one-on-one or small group discussions to take place.

Smeal Alumni Society Open Board Meeting
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Attend the Smeal Alumni Society Open Board Meeting to hear brief updates on the college and the alumni society, including the task forces.

Take a Tour of the Business Building
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

The Business Building was dedicated in 2005 and is recognized by The Princeton Review as the best business school facility in the nation. During this guided tour, learn about all the features and amenities of the 210,000-square-foot building.

Awards Program & Hammond Society Recognition Dinner
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

Join us for this annual signature event, where we recognize the accomplishments and service of some of our Smeal alumni and students. A reception and silent auction will take place at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards & recognition program at 7:00 p.m. This event will be taking place at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel (President's Hall).