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The Rogers Trading Room Challenge

Portrait of David and Patricia RogersEstablished in 2001 with a generous gift from David Rogers ’78 and Patricia Maloney Rogers ’79, the Rogers Family Trading Room offers Smeal College students unique opportunities for hands-on stock trading and other investment management experiences. In Fall 2011, the Rogers family challenged Penn State alumni and friends to join them in supporting this state-of-the-art facility. They offered to match gifts made to the Smeal College Trading Room Endowment dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million, with the goal of adding $2 million to the endowment. As of December 31, 2013, this goal was achieved.

Thanks to the participation of more than 200 alumni and friends, the Rogers Family Trading Room will reap the benefits of a strong endowment for years to come.

About the Rogers Family Trading Room

Equipped with real-time stock tickers, advanced trading software, and integrated video conferencing capabilities, thousands of finance students as well as those from other majors, faculty, and alumni have benefitted from this unique learning resource. When its doors opened, the Rogers Family Trading Room was one of the first facilities of its kind in higher education. It quickly became a highly used laboratory and classroom and a must-see destination for visitors to University Park. While the cost to maintain the Trading Room is significant, a healthy endowment generates reliable, sustainable income every year. Additional gifts are always welcome to support this important fund.

To make a gift toward the Smeal College Trading Room Endowment, contact Michelle Houser, Senior Director of Development at 814-865-3497 or by email at, or give online.

Alumni and friends who have committed $25,000 or more to the Rogers Challenge

Charles Balducci '97 
Craig Chobor '94
Ali Chaudhry '02
Larry Daurelle '73
Vince Delie '87 
Jeff '94 and Wendy '94 Gido
Steve Gordon '97
Dan Ives '96
A. Richard Janiak '68
Sandy Bower Kennedy '63
Ken Kulju ’80 
David Marcinek '93
William '85 and Cynthia '85 Mayer
Craig '89 and Jennifer '91 McGuinn
Maggie Smeal
Eric Snyder '95
Sal Sredni '87

Alumni and friends under age 35* who have committed $10,000 or more to the Rogers Challenge

Sachin Aggarwal '04
Thomas Aichele '08
John Beberus '07
John '08 and Mandy '08 Borys
Steve Deitch '04
Michael Devine '02
Jennifer Dumford '03
David '04 and Lauren '05 Horowitz
Farnoosh Torabi '02
Eugene Weissberger '06



*age 35 at the time of their committment