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May 2014

May 2014

Dear Smeal Alumni and Friends:

Earlier this month, we proudly celebrated more than 1,300 new Penn State Smeal College of Business graduates. Read more about our commencement celebrations and a full breakout of the numbers. For those new graduates who are reading this as new alumni: congratulations, and welcome to the Penn State alumni family. Please be sure to update your contact information so we can stay in touch. Don’t forget that your Penn State email address expires in six months.

Of the undergraduates who have responded to our surveys, 72 percent have reported placements, either in full-time jobs, further education, military, or other roles. And of the MBA graduates seeking employment, 81 percent have reported receiving one or more job offers as of earlier this month. While this is only preliminary data, we think this is a good indication of our graduates’ success in taking their next steps.

Though things are a bit quieter around campus with most students having moved on for the summer, we are still actively working to make the college a better place. One big project for the summer months is to begin actively pursuing LEED-EB certification for the Business Building to support our commitment to sustainability. There are a number of improvement options, so we have a team of faculty, staff, and students exploring those options and investigating how we can involve the greater Smeal community in those efforts.

Finally, I want to remind you all—particularly new alumni—that you can sign up for our Smeal College of Business newswire at The newswire is delivered weekly (biweekly in the summer) and includes all the latest news from the college so that you can keep up with what’s happening at your alma mater. We would love for you to get involved in other ways, as well. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or join the Smeal alumni group on LinkedIn. We hope to hear from you or see you soon.

Best regards,
Charles H. Whiteman
John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal