Smeal Update: Friday, April 1, 2022

Smeal names Alumni Award recipients, Hammond Society inductees

The Smeal Alumni Society Board of Directors recognized alumni who demonstrate leadership and service, work to further diversity and sustainability efforts, and attain outstanding career achievements during the 2022 awards ceremony Thursday evening. Read the story.

Research reveals team newcomers are treated differently based on attractiveness and sex

A study co-authored by Stephen Humphrey, Alvin H. Clemens Professor of Management, revealed that reactions to a new work team member may differ depending on the newcomer’s attractiveness and sex. Read the story.

Kankanhalli to discuss research paper

Shreya Kankanhalli, assistant professor of marketing, will discuss her paper “Modernizing Retailers in Emerging Markets” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in 214 Business Building. Lunch will be provided, but attendees must register online. The Center for Global Business Studies encourages faculty to present their research that features an international business dimension. For further information, email center director Terrence Guay at .

Kumar research paper published in Information Systems Frontiers

Ahkil Kumar, professor of information systems, co-authored a paper, titled “Multi-level Team Assignment in Social Business Processes: An Algorithm and Simulation Study,” in the journal Information Systems Frontiers. Read the paper.

MOL student Harrar receives 2022 McCoy Award

John Harrar, a standout on the Penn State men’s basketball team, has been selected as a 2022 recipient of the Ernest B. McCoy Award. It is presented annually to two senior student-athletes, one male and one female, who have combined successful athletic participation with academic excellence. Harrar is working toward a master’s degree in management and organizational leadership at Smeal after earning a bachelor’s in management in 2021. Read the story.

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 Wednesday 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.

University announces changes to indoor masking

Penn State announced recently adjustments to the indoor masking and testing protocols in response to high vaccination and low levels of COVID-19 in the community. Please know that the Penn State Coronavirus Information Website has been updated to provide answers to these questions and others. I encourage you to review this new online FAQ as well as this Penn State News story.

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.