Impact Smeal Day - Friday, March 24

Impact Smeal Day

Impact Smeal Day provides alumni with the opportunity to return to campus and reconnect with the college through a number of activities such as interacting with current students, networking with other alumni, and hearing college updates. Once you review the sessions below, COMPLETE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION. Once a session if at capacity, it will no longer appear on the registration site. Dress is business casual.

Directions and parking information for the Business Building

READ ABOUT THE SMEAL ALUMNI SOCIETY BOARD (Host of Impact Smeal Day)

Pre-Event Evening Reception - Thursday, March 23
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

If you're in Happy Valley on Thursday, join the Smeal Alumni Society Board at Local Whiskey in Downtown State College for a casual gathering with drinks and appetizers. Local Whiskey is located at 107 E. Beaver Avenue. 

Registration 
8:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Visit the registration table in the Business Building Atrium to receive your name tag and schedule for the day. The day is designed so that you can come and go according to your schedule.


Session 1 (choose one)
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (light breakfast items will be available)

State of the College with Dean Whiteman
Learn about what is new at the Smeal College from Dean Whiteman during an interactive Q&A session. 

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 (choose one)
10:10 - 11:00 a.m. 

Donuts and Dilemmas hosted by IBM
Chat with students in an open discussion about ethical dilemmas in the professional workplace. The session will be hosted and led by alumni representatives from IBM, but alumni representing other organizations can also attend. The session will be moderated so that all insights and experiences can be shared with the students. Participation in this session will be limited to 7 alumni. 

Participate in an Accounting Class (ACCTG 472, Intermediate Financial Accounting II)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the accounting profession. While this class focuses on Financial Accounting, the panelists will be able to discuss a variety of accounting career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students. Participation in this class will be limited to 7 alumni. 

Participate in a Supply Chain Class (SCM 301, Supply Chain Management)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the supply chain profession. Panelists will be able to discuss a variety of supply chain career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students. Participation in this class will be limited to 4 alumni. 

Participate in a First-Year Seminar Class
First-Year Seminars are designed to help new Penn State students learn about the University community. The students also explore the majors that Smeal has to offer and what types of career paths these majors can lead to. Panelists will be able to discuss their career journey, and lend advice to the students on a variety of other topics that benefit first-year students. First-Year Seminars are designed to help new Penn State students learn about the University community. Participation in this class will be limited to 7 alumni. 

Observe the Nittany Lion Fund Weekly Meeting
The Nittany Lion Fund is a $7 million hedge fund run exclusively by undergraduate students at Penn State. The first of its kind in the country, the Nittany Lion Fund provides students the chance to make real investment decisions regarding the fund's 65 equities while exploring the intricacies of the financial world. The Nittany Lion Fund's mission is two-fold, to outperform the market providing a strong return for its investors and to educate its students in order to help them obtain careers on Wall Street. Alumni who sit in on this class (limit of 10), will be observing only; no formal interaction with the students will take place.  

Nittany Consulting Group Presentation
The Nittany Consulting Group's mission is to bring consulting to Penn State by providing students with the opportunity to gain a valuable education and unparalleled experience while exploring what a career in consulting may mean to them. Through NCG, students have access to a competitive educational environment built on the foundations of critical and strategic thinking. During this session, the students will be prepared to give you the inside scoop on their organization's initiatives. During this interactive session, you'll also have the chance to ask questions and give feedback. 

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 3 (choose one)
11:10 - 12:10 p.m.

Task Force Breakout Sessions

Task Forces focus on topics that our Alumni Society Board has identified as important areas in which our alumni community can help Smeal. During this session, you can learn and contribute ideas on a particular topic, and if you choose to do so, the groups can also 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 between, they meet via e-mail and conference call. If you wish, you will be given the opportunity to give your contact information to the Task Force Chair at the end of the meeting to stay connected. 

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, Pittsburgh, New York City, Chicago, and Central PA. The Task Force discusses strategy for these groups in the areas of membership, executive team succession planning, marketing, sponsorship, etc. 

Task Force Breakout Session: Alumni Engagement
The Alumni Engagement Task Force is currently assisting the college with improving the Alumni Adviser Program and developing a recent alumni leadership initiative. 

Task Force Breakout Session: Mentoring
The Mentoring Task Force is currently assisting the college by analyzing the college's formal Mentoring Program and determining goals for growth.

Task Force Breakout Session: Student Engagement
The Student Engagement Task Force is currently assisting the college with projects associated with the effort to improve the experience of change of location students (students coming to Smeal from a Commonwealth Campus in their junior year).

Take a 20-minute Tour of the Business Building
This will be a student-led tour of one of the most beautiful business school facilities in the world.

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.

Lunch Activities
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon with Impact Smeal Day Attendees & Mentoring Program Students
Enjoy a networking luncheon with student proteges from Smeal's formal Mentoring Program, alumni mentors, and other Impact Smeal Day alumni attendees.

Luncheon with Ethics Video Contest Student Winners (limited to 5 alumni)
Join the top 3 student teams of Smeal's Ethics Video Contest. This will be an opportunity for the students to share their videos and discuss ethics in business world with the alumni in attendance. 


Session 4 (choose one)
1:25 - 2:15 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Class (BA 397, Diversity & Inclusion)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to diversity and inclusion in the professional workplace. Panelists will share personal experiences and advice with the students, especially related to what diversity initiatives their companies have in place. Participation in this class will be limited to 7 alumni.

Participate in a Supply Chain Class (SCM 404, Demand Fulfillment)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the supply chain profession. Panelists will be able to discuss a variety of supply chain career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students, especially related to forecasting, inventory management, transportation, and distribution networks. Participation in this class will be limited to 7 alumni. 

Participate in a Marketing & Sales Class (MKTG 443, Sports Marketing)
Although this is a Sports Marketing class, panelists will be asked to chat with students about topics related to marketing and sales. Panelists will be able to discuss a variety of career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students, especially related to the importance of sales in all areas of business. Participation in this class will be limited to 7 alumni.  

Participate in a First-Year Seminar Class
First-Year Seminars are designed to help new Penn State students learn about the University community. The students also explore the majors that Smeal has to offer and what types of career paths these majors can lead to. Panelists will be able to discuss their career journey, and lend advice to the students on a variety of other topics that benefit first-year students. First-Year Seminars are designed to help new Penn State students learn about the University community. Participation in this class will be limited to 7 alumni. 

Acing the Interview
Alumni in this session will get the chance to provide students with insights on interview best practices, including preparing for an interview, general etiquette, and follow-up. A member of the Career & Corporate Connections team will kick the session off with some introductory guidelines and then ask the alumni to share their personal experiences and advice. 

Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship Society Presentation
CIES fosters an environment of creativity for aspiring entrepreneurs and industry innovators, and encourages students to take those experiences to the workplace whether it is a small business or a corporation. The goal of the organization is to strengthen the academic and professional network of students interested in Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship. During this session, the students will be prepared to give you the inside scoop on their organization's initiatives. During this interactive session, you'll also have the chance to ask questions and give feedback. 

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 5 (choose one)
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.

Participate in Management Information Systems Class (MIS 204, Introduction to Business Information Systems)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about how they use technology in their careers and the importance of gaining insight from data. Panelists will be able to discuss a variety of related career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students. Participation in this class will be limited to 7 alumni.  

Participate in a First-Year Seminar Class
First-Year Seminars are designed to help new Penn State students learn about the University community. The students also explore the majors that Smeal has to offer and what types of career paths these majors can lead to. Panelists will be able to discuss their career journey, and lend advice to the students on a variety of other topics that benefit first-year students. First-Year Seminars are designed to help new Penn State students learn about the University community. Participation in this class will be limited to 7 alumni. 

Staying Sharp Over the Summer
Alumni in this session will help emphasize the importance of continuing to make progress with professional goals during the summer. This can include research companies of interest, utilizing LinkedIn, practicing networking, job shadowing, etc. A member of the Career & Corporate Connections team will kick the session off with some introductory guidelines and then ask the alumni to share their personal experiences and advice. 

Taking the "work" out of Networking
Networking can be scary for students. In this session, alumni will get to share some of the most effective and easy ways to overcome this fear and start to build confidence in networking situations. 

Penn State Net Impact Presentation
Penn State Net Impact Undergraduate (PSNIUG) is a newly formed and fast growing student organization in the Smeal College of Business. They are affiliated with Net Impact National, a nonprofit organization with over 50,000 students and professional leaders in over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe. The mission of PSNIUG is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. During this session, the students will be prepared to give you the inside scoop on their organization's initiatives. During this interactive session, you'll also have the chance to ask questions and give feedback. 

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.

Representing the Blue & White with Gordon Bentley
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Gordon is a senior on the Penn State Football team. He will be graduating in May with a degree in finance from Smeal and earned the Highest Academic Average award this year. Hear about his journey to Penn State, his experience as a student-athlete, and how his time on campus has prepared him for success in the future. 

Alumni Society Open Board Meeting
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. 

Hear brief updates on the alumni society and Task Force work. The announcements of new At-Large Alumni Society Board members will also be announced. 

Alumni Society Board Awards Program & Hammond Society Dinner at the Penn Stater
Reception 6:00 p.m.; Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Join us for this annual event where we will recognize Smeal alumni and students for their achievements and dedication to the college. A reception will kick-off the evening, followed by dinner and the formal program.