Impact Smeal Day - September 28, 2018

Agenda and registration for Smeal College of Business Impact Smeal Day on September 28, 2018

Impact Smeal Day logo.

The next Impact Smeal Day will be on Friday, April 5, 2019. Details and registration information will be available in late February. See below for the agenda from Fall 2018 Impact Smeal Day.

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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 is 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, September 28
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

If you're in Happy Valley on Thursday, join the Smeal Alumni Society Board at Champs Downtown in State College for a casual gathering with drinks and appetizers. Champs Downtown is located at 139 South Allen Street. 

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)
9:05 - 9:55 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. 

Participate in an Accounting Class (ACCTG 440, Advanced Management Accounting)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the accounting profession. While this class focuses on Management 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 panel will be limited to 3 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 3 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Participate in an Accounting Class (ACCTG 404, Managerial Accounting)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the accounting profession. While this class focuses on Managerial 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 panel will be limited to 3 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 3 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

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 or student group 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. 

Participate in a Business Law Class (BLAW 424, Real Estate Law)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to real estate law. The panelists will be able to discuss career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students, especially about how an understanding of business law has been beneficial in their own careers. Participation in this panel will be limited to 5 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 5 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Participate in an Accounting Class (ACCTG 440, Advanced Management Accounting)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the accounting profession. While this class focuses on Management 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 panel will be limited to 3 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 3 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

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 15), will be observing only; no formal interaction with the students will take place.  

The Coffee Chat Buzz with Smeal Alumni Career Services
In the first-ever career needs assessment of alumni graduates from professional degree programs at Smeal, insight has been gathered from around the globe! Join Smeal Alumni Career Services (ACS) for an informal, open-ended chat on the hot topics identified by respondents, such as the dynamics of "career switchers" and the demand for executive career coaching. ACS has dug into business trends and research related to these priorities and they look forward to a compelling discussion!

Give Advice to Students: Communicating with Employers in the 21st Century
Technology presents a number of ways to communicate with employers and professionals. This session is an opportunity for alumni to share best practices when communicating across various means (email, phone, LinkedIn, virtual, face-to-face) throughout the recruiting process. The session will be led by the Smeal Business Career Center and alumni will get the chance to share their thoughts and experiences. 

Give Advice to Students: Getting Ahead in Your Sophomore Year
Alumni will get the chance to provide current and rising sophomores with tips and resources for getting ahead of the career prep curve during a critical year in their Smeal journey. A representative from the Smeal Business Career Center will help facilitate the discussion and alumni will share their own insights and experiences. 

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 or student group 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)
11:15 - 12:05 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. This is one of two lunch opportunities; please choose one. 

Participate in an Accounting Class (ACCTG 404, Managerial Accounting)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the accounting profession. While this class focuses on Managerial 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 panel will be limited to 3 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 3 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Participate in a Marketing Class (MKTG 422, Advertising & Sales Promotion Management)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the marketing profession. While this class focuses on advertising and sales promotion campaigns, the panelists will be able to discuss a variety of marketing career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students. Participation in this panel will be limited to 5 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 3 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Participate in a Business Law Class (BLAW 341, Business Law I: Introduction to Contracts, Liability Issues, and Intellectual Property)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to business law. The panelists will be able to discuss career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students, especially about how an understanding of business law has been beneficial in their own careers. Participation in this panel will be limited to 5 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 5 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Participate in an Accounting Class (ACCTG 440, Advanced Management Accounting)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the accounting profession. While this class focuses on Management 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 panel will be limited to 3 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 3 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Participate in a Finance Class (FIN 305, Financial Management of the Business Enterprise)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the finance profession. While this class focuses on financial management, the panelists will be able to discuss a variety of finance career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students. Participation in this panel will be limited to 3 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 5 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Smeal Student Organization Presentation
Hear from one of Smeal's most active student organizations (org TBD) and learn about their mission, goals, and current initiatives. This will be an interactive presentation where the students will gain experience presenting and conversing with professionals, and alumni will get the chance to give the students feedback and advice. 

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 or student group 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 4 (choose one)
12:20 - 1:10 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. This is one of two lunch opportunities; please choose one. 

Participate in an Accounting Class (ACCTG 471, Intermediate Financial Accounting)
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 panel will be limited to 3 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 3 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Participate in a Marketing Class (MKTG 422, Advertising & Sales Promotion Management)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the marketing profession. While this class focuses on advertising and sales promotion campaigns, the panelists will be able to discuss a variety of marketing career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students. Participation in this panel will be limited to 5 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 3 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

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. The 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 panel will be limited to 5 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 5 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Participate in a Finance Class (FIN 408 (Honors), Financial Markets & Institutions)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the finance profession. Panelists will be able to discuss a variety of finance career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students. Participation in this panel will be limited to 5 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 5 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Session 5 (choose one)
1:25 - 2:15 p.m.

Participate in an Accounting Class (ACCTG 471, Intermediate Financial Accounting)
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 panel will be limited to 3 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 3 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Participate in a Business Law Class (BLAW 341, Business Law I: Introduction to Contracts, Liability Issues, and Intellectual Property)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to business law. The panelists will be able to discuss career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students, especially about how an understanding of business law has been beneficial in their own careers. Participation in this panel will be limited to 5 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 5 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

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. The 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 panel will be limited to 5 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 5 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Participate in a Finance Class (FIN 408, Financial Markets & Institutions)
Be part of a panel of alumni who will chat with students about topics related to the finance profession. Panelists will be able to discuss a variety of finance career paths, as well as share personal experiences and advice with the students. Participation in this panel will be limited to 5 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 5 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Give Advice to Students: 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 ways to overcome this fear and start to build confidence in networking situations. 

Professional Networks and Your Sphere of Influence
Keleigh Asbury, Director of Smeal Alumni Career Services will discuss the importance of building a professional network to widen your sphere of influence. Smeal faculty research and alumni career coaching practices provide the framework for an engaging conversation where participants will not only learn more about themselves, but their ability to leverage meaningful connections. 

Explore the LEMA Lab
The Laboratory for Economic Management and Auctions (LEMA) provides a laboratory environment for the study of questions in business and economics in particular. The experimental economics laboratory allows researchers to more clearly identify how real human behavior reacts to changes in environments, institutions, and policy. Thus, laboratory results have the potential to provide practical and realistic guidance to both managers and policy makers. LEMA is the only dedicated experimental economics facility at Penn State. This session will briefly introduce the exciting and growing field of laboratory experiments in business and economics and highlight the accomplishments of LEMA researchers. A number of hands on simulations will be offered to demonstrate the kinds of experiments conducted in the lab.

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 or student group 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 6 (choose one)
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.

Participate in 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 6 alumni.

Give Advice to Students: The College to Career Transition
Recent Smeal graduates can share their experiences in the "real world" with students. Topics may include concerns around moving to a new city, work/life balance, addressing challenging workplace situations, considering an advanced degree, and many other personal and professional topics.

Mentoring Program Information Session 
The Smeal College of Business Mentoring Program offers students the opportunity to explore topics such as academic majors, internships, career planning, college to career transition, and leadership development with an alumni mentor. This session will allow students and alumni the chance to learn more about the program including the benefits of joining and how to apply. If you are already participating in the program, feel free to attend and help answer questions and share personal experiences. 

Integrity Beyond Academics
In this session, students and alumni will work together in small breakout groups to identify how common ethical challenges for students have parallels in business organizations, demonstrating reasons why it is practical for students to learn skill sets to resolve challenges now. Students will help to identify common reasons why it is difficult to “do the right thing”, and alumni will offer strategies for how they have successfully negotiated challenging situations in their own careers. Michelle Darnell, Honor & Integrity Director for Smeal, will moderate this session.

Smeal Student Organization Presentation
Hear from one of Smeal's most active student organizations (org TBD) and learn about their mission, goals, and current initiatives. This will be an interactive presentation where the students will gain experience presenting and conversing with professionals, and alumni will get the chance to give the students feedback and advice.

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 or student group 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 7 (choose one)
3:30 - 4:35 p.m.

Participate in an Accounting Class (ACCTG 471, Intermediate Financial Accounting)
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 panel will be limited to 3 alumni. Selecting this option on the registration page means that you will be on the panel and will receive more information a few days before the event. Once 3 alumni have signed up for the session, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration page.

Attend a Committee Breakout
The Alumni Society Board assists the Alumni Relations Office through a variety of working Committees. The Board welcomes insight and expertise from volunteers on these Committees, and Impact Smeal Day provides an opportunity for alumni to meet face-to-face to discuss current projects and initiatives. 

A very brief overview of each Committee will take place at 3:30 p.m., and then alumni can choose which Committee they would like to join for the remainder of the session. After Impact Smeal Day, alumni will have the option to continue volunteering for this Committee, if they wish. 

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 or student group 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. 

Alumni Society Open Board Meeting
4:45 - 5:15 p.m. 

Hear brief updates on the alumni society and Committee work, as well as ways you can stay engaged beyond Impact Smeal Day, including the Mentoring and Alumni Adviser Programs, Alumni Clubs, serving on panels for professional development events, and reading Sapphire Program applications in the spring.

Pre-Game Reception in the Business Building Atrium hosted by Dean Whiteman
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Kick off the Penn State vs. Ohio State weekend with Smeal faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Hors d'oeuvres and a beer and wine bar will be available. This event requires a separate registration. The link can be found at the end of your Impact Smeal Day registration, or you can click here to be redirected also.