Smeal Update: April 8, 2022

CGBS to offer funding for student research assistants

The Center for Global Business Studies funds several students each semester to work with Smeal faculty conducting international business research. Students receive $750 for completing 50 hours of research. The work assigned to students can include research support for publications or conference papers you are working on, or to develop global content in courses you teach. The one-page application form requesting a research assistant can be found online. Return it to Terrence Guay ( by April 22 for fall 2020 semester funding.

Foley invited to serve on Antea Group Strategy Advisory Board

Erik Foley, instructor of management and organization and director of the Center for the Business of Sustainability, has been invited to serve on the inaugural Strategic Advisory Board for Antea Group USA. Antea is an environmental health and safety and sustainability consulting company with offices throughout the United States.

Volleyball first whistle!

At Monday’s Community Zoom I mentioned being invited to Saturday night’s Penn State volleyball game to blow the “first whistle.” Everyone in the Smeal community is invited to attend. Admission is free and no tickets are being distributed.  The game is at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall.  If interested, just show up and enjoy the game. I hope to see some of you there!

Save the date: Smeal Diversity Drop-In Event

Are you interested in being an ally for diversity, equity, and inclusion? We would love to talk to you. Drop by Happy Valley Brewing Company from 4-6 p.m. on April 26 to meet and chat with members of the Smeal Diversity Task Force. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. RSVP to the email sent March 30 by the end of the day April 22 or email Emily Baxter at to ensure an accurate count for ordering appetizers. Can’t make it but still want to talk about diversity? Email Emily or Stacey Dorang Peeler at to schedule another time to talk.

Another paper available from Kankanhalli

Shreya Kankanhalli, assistant professor of marketing, discussed her paper “Modernizing Retailers in an Emerging Market; Investigating Externally Focused and Internally Focused Approaches” at a lunch and learn session last week sponsored by the Center for Global Business Studies. Kankanhalli has another paper related to international business that attendees might be interested to read: “The Economic and Social Impacts of Migration on Brand Expenditure: Evidence from Rural India.” 

Know someone who rocks? Nominate them!

Each month the Smeal Staff Advisory Committee names a You Rock! Award recipient. 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.