Friday, December 17, 2021



Ethics a guiding force for fall student marshal

Toni McFarland, Smeal's fall 2021 student marshal, charted an accelerated path through the Integrated MAcc Program. She will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and an impressive list of accomplishments. Read the story.

Business Building earns LEED Platinum certification

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Business Building with LEED Platinum Certification, the highest ranking in the world’s most widely used rating system for green building design, construction, operations and performance. Read the story.

Karen Winterich wins award for responsible research in marketing

Karen Winterich, Gerald I. Susman Professor in Sustainability, was named a distinguished winner by the American Marketing Association in its third annual AMA-EBSCO-RRBM Award for Responsible Research in Marketing. She co-authored the paper with her former Ph.D. student, Gabe Gonzales, and another collaborator. Read the story.

GivingTuesday donors add over $27,500 to Student Emergency Fund

Thanks to the generosity of donors, Penn State Smeal College of Business students who face unanticipated financial difficulties will have a safety net. On GivingTuesday, those donors contributed more than $27,500 to the college's Student Emergency Fund. Read the story.

Undergraduate student research awards announced

The Center for Global Business Studies has announced that four students will receive $750 each to conduct international business research with Smeal faculty members during the spring 2022 semester. Shannon Christ (supply chain and information systems), Yanting Guo (supply chain and information systems), Yicheng Shen (finance), and Chunyang Zhang (supply chain and information systems) will conduct research on identifying best practices among multinational enterprises implementing sustainability strategies, comparing responses to Chinese foreign investment in western countries, technology adoption among Mexican retailers, and the impact of COVID-19 on international business.

Business Building will be locked down over winter break

As we approach the official start of winter break next week, we wanted to share some important facilities information. The Business Building will officially and automatically be locked at 5 p.m. today and remain locked until 7 a.m. Jan. 3, 2022. All interior doors with electronic locks will also be affected. Anyone with card access will still be able to enter the building. In addition, the Business Building will be participating in the annual Holiday Heat Reduction Program. Between 5-11 p.m. today, buildings will begin to transition to unoccupied mode, which means temperatures drop to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and ventilation ceases. Starting on Jan. 2, buildings will return to 60 degrees. Then, on Jan. 3, temperature settings return to 70 degrees in time for normal morning startup and ventilation settings return to occupied status.

Smeal in the News

Hurvitz quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer

Fred Hurvitz, instructor of marketing and Kohl’s Professor of Practice for Retail Studies, was quoted in a story about a Philadelphia teen who launched a clothing line with more than a $1 million in sales. Read the story.

Know someone who rocks? Nominate them!

Each month the Smeal Staff Advisory Committee names a You Rock! Award recipient. The honoree for December is Erin Long, director of learning and development for Penn State Executive Programs. Congratulations, Erin. You rock! You can nominate a co-worker for the You Rock! Award online.

The Smeal Community Weekly Poll

Click this link to participate in this week’s survey. Results will be shared during the next Smeal Community Zoom, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.