Smeal Update: August 30, 2022

Save the dates: Fall Executive Insights guests

We are pleased to announce our fall 2023 Executive Insights speaker series. All five guests will speak from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. in Struthers Auditorium, 110 Business Building. The list includes:

  • 23: Lori Koch, CFO of DuPont
  • 30: Chuck Raup, U.S. president of The Hershey Company
  • 21: Henry Ines: CEO and founder of Chainparency
  • 28: Scott Lipesky, executive vice president and CFO of Abercrombie & Fitch
  • 11: Dana Deasy, senior advisor at Brighton Park Capital

Registration is open for the Sept. 23 and Sept. 30 events.

Bansal wins INFORMS award for research paper

A research paper co-written by Saurabh Bansal, associate professor of supply chain management, has been selected as the winner of the 2022 Decision Analysis Society Publication Award. The society, a subdivision of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORM), promotes the development and use of logical methods for improving decision making in public and private enterprise. The paper, which is titled “Estimating Uncertainties Using Judgmental Forecasts with Expert Heterogeneity,” can be read online.

Neilson paper published in The Accounting Review

Jed Neilson, assistant professor of accounting, co-authored a paper titled “Anticipatory effects around proposed regulation: Evidence from Basel III” that was published in The Accounting Review. Neilson’s paper can be read online.

Burkholder named to Smeal Sustainability Advisory Board

The college recently named Sheila Burkholder to the college’s Sustainability Advisory Board. Burkholder is a senior project developer for Ameresco, a leading renewable energy and energy efficiency company offering energy savings performance contracts-funded energy solutions for public and private organizations. Read the story.

Reminder: Submit work arrangements to Workday

Smeal staff who have had work arrangements approved are reminded to enter those work arrangements into Workday. After logging into Workday, go to Quick Tasks and click on View All Apps. You will find Flexible Work Arrangements in the third row.

Smeal LinkedIn account now a College page

The Smeal Office of Marketing and Strategic Communications recently transitioned the college’s LinkedIn page type from a Company to a School.  For Smeal students and alumni, this means that they can now list Penn State Smeal College of Business as their college or alma mater on the education sections of their LinkedIn profiles. The new page type also includes enhanced features such as an Alumni tab, which allows LinkedIn users to browse information about those who have identified Smeal as their college or alma mater including what companies they work for, in what industries, location, etc. and more. This feature will allow for greater opportunity among our LinkedIn user base to connect with one another. Instructions on how to update your profile are forthcoming.

Smeal in the News

Ghadar writes guest editorial for

Fariborz Ghadar, William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Management, Policies and Planning, has written a guest editorial for the Opinion page titled “A vibrant workforce depends on immigrants.” The article can be found online, but a subscription is required to read it in its entirety.

This week at Smeal


  • Today: Fall 2022 Supply Chain and Information Systems company information sessions, 6-8:10 p.m. Business Building Atrium
  • Tuesday: Fall 2022 Supply Chain and Information Systems Career Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Business Building Atrium
  • Tuesday: Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 120 BB
  • Wednesday: Fall 2022 Supply Chain and Information Systems Career Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Business Building Atrium
  • Thursday: Fall 2022 Supply Chain and Information Systems Career Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Business Building Atrium

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. Sept. 7.