Smeal Update: May 22, 2020

Dear Smeal Community,

Welcome to our weekly update on the many activities of the Penn State Smeal College of Business. 

As we continue to support Penn State’s efforts to address the impact of COVID-19, please refer to the Smeal Coronavirus FAQ page, which contains links to the University’s faculty/staff FAQs and other pertinent information.

Leading executives to discuss the impact of COVID-19 at upcoming Smeal webinars

  • The Center for the Business of Sustainability and the Tarriff Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility will collaborate to facilitate a virtual fireside discussion at noon May 27 titled “The Impact of Coronavirus on Sustainability and the need for Ethical Leadership.” Smeal Board of Visitors members Karen Quintos, executive vice president and chief customer officer at Dell Technologies, and Jean Oelwang, CEO and president at Virgin Unite, are the featured speakers. Read the story.
  • The Institute for Real Estate Studies’ Advisory Board will hold a webinar at 2 p.m. June 5 titled “Insights on the Real Estate and Financial Markets During the Pandemic.” The panel discussion will feature Ira Lubert, Penn State Board of Trustees member and chairman of Lubert-Adler Partners, David Welsh, founder of Seniac Ridge Partners, and Simon Ziff, president of the Ackman-Ziff Real Estate group. Register online.

Smeal In the News

  • The Appraisal Foundation Appraisal Qualification Board, which is authorized by Congress as the source of appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications, recently approved Smeal’s bachelor’s of risk management, real estate option to count toward the education component associated with the appraisal licensing requirements. Read the story
  • Graduating Penn State senior Jessica Oney will follow her passion to become a leader in the technical industry by continuing her education this fall with her admittance into Penn State Smeal's Master in Management & Organizational Leadership (MOL) program. Read the story

TIAA counseling sessions to be held virtually until Aug. 15

  • One-hour sessions are available regardless of your participation in a TIAA retirement program. Click this link to register, then: Select Meet at Work (even though the session will be virtual), choose Pennsylvania from the dropdown menu, select Penn State University, and then Select a date and time that works best for you to meet virtually. 

Keeping up with Zoom

  • To make Zoom a safer, more secure resource for learning and work, Penn State’s Office of Information Security has made some significant security setting updates. Those using a Smeal-owned device will have those updates installed via BigFix. Answers to Zoom security questions can be found online.