Smeal Update: May 14, 2021

Online master’s in marketing analytics celebrates first graduates

Counted among the most recent cohort of Smeal graduates was the inaugural group to complete the online Master’s in Marketing Insights and Analytics program. Read the story.

Smeal MBA student among Poets & Quants 2021 Best and Brightest

Smeal MBA student Andrew Marshall, a Schreyer Scholar who entered the program with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history, was included in the Poets & Quants MBA Best and Brightest 2021 list. Read his profile online, which includes a glowing endorsement from Don Hambrick, Evan Pugh University Professor and Smeal Chaired Professor of Management.

Smeal names spring 2021 Senior Award honorees

The college recognizes graduating seniors each spring with six named awards. Seniors who are graduating in spring, summer, or fall of the same year are eligible. Recipients were recognized at commencement and received a Nittany Lion statuette. Recipients of the Eisenhower, Leffler, Stevens and Wherry awards also received a monetary award. Read the story.

A Smeal farewell to share

Ryan Hess, interim director of admissions in the Office of Professional Graduate Programs, will be leaving Smeal today. He will be joining Baker Tilly in Washington, D.C., as a corporate recruiter.

Smeal in the News 

PGP leaders write story for BizEd about stacking degrees

Brian Cameron, associate dean for professional graduate programs, Stacey Dorang Peeler, managing director of the Penn State Online MBA Program, and Michelle Rockower, managing director of online speciality master’s programs, shared a byline on a BizEd story titled “The Stackable Online Course Portfolio.” Read the story.

Register for Smeal SAC Craft Event

The Smeal Staff Advisory Committee will be holding a craft event with Board and Brush of State College at 3 p.m. May 26 via Zoom. Attendees will be making small home décor signs. Those planning to attend are asked to click this link to pick your design and receive your crafting supplies.

Workday is now available in a mobile app

A link to access either the Penn State Workday website or the Workday mobile application can now be conveniently accessed via the Penn State Go App. With the mobile application, employees and managers are now able to leverage the tool to perform some of the most common actions in Workday – such as entering, submitting, and approving time and reviewing pay slips – without being tied down to a laptop or desktop. Find more information in this Penn State News article.

Ask the Dean open for your questions

Send your questions to We’ll do our best to provide answers in a video to be included in an upcoming Smeal Update. 

Do you 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

This week's survey pits chocolate vs. coffee. Click this link to participate. Results will be shared during next week's Smeal Community Zoom.