Smeal Update: Monday, November 21, 2022

Giving thanks for all of your diligence

With the Thanksgiving break just days away, I wanted you to know that I am giving thanks for all of your hard work and dedication this semester. Because of our world-class faculty and staff, our students can thrive in nurturing, inclusive surroundings. Thank you for your efforts in fostering that environment.

Purdum named to ISM University Committee

Sue Purdum, associate teaching professor of supply chain, is serving as an academic committee member of the Institute for Supply Management’s University Committee. Sue’s term runs from October 2022 through October 2024.

Digital version of 2021-22 CSCR Impact Report available

The Center for Supply Chain Research recently released the digital publication of the first CSCR Impact Report. The report highlights various advances the center has made in the 2021-2022 academic year including student accomplishments, industry partnerships and research innovations as well as CSCR’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Read the full report here.

Thank you for your early GivingTuesday donations

Thank you to those who have taken advantage of our early giving period to support Smeal’s GivingTuesday campaign to raise money for the Smeal Student Emergency Fund. Last year, more than 170 donors made a gift to the Smeal Student Emergency Fund on GivingTuesday, raising more than $28,000 to support students facing an unexpected financial challenge that threatens their ability to afford food, rent, utilities, internet access, medical bills, or other basic necessities. You can join the effort by making a gift between now and Nov. 29, or by becoming a Smeal Champion to spread the word ahead of GivingTuesday.

Save the Date: Smeal Holiday Reception

Faculty and staff are reminded to mark your calendars for the 2022 Smeal Holiday Reception, which is planned for 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Business Building Atrium. More details are forthcoming. To RSVP your attendance, click the link below. Please respond by Dec. 1. RSVP.

Smeal Update taking off next week

Penn State’s annual recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday provides a brief respite to the entire University community. We hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the company of friends and loved ones. We all return to work and campus on Nov. 28 for the final two weeks of the semester. Smeal Update will return to your inboxes on Dec. 5. 

Smeal in the News

Moritz interviewed for WTAJ-TV story

Brent Moritz, associate professor of supply chain management, was interviewed for a story titled “Rising diesel fuel prices causing supply chain issues, high costs for businesses.” Read the story.

Ketz quoted in Wall Street Journal story

Ed Ketz, associate professor of accounting, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story titled “Rising Interest Rates Hit Banks’ Bond Holdings.” A subscription is required to read the story. Read the story.

Ghadar quoted in story on WJAC-TV

Fariborz Ghadar, William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Management, Policies and Planning, was quoted in a story on WJAC-TV titled “Holiday spending could be costly this year as inflation drives prices up.” Read the story.

Hurvitz featured in WalletHub Q&A

Fred Hurvitz, Kohl’s Professor of Practice for Retail Studies, participated in a WalletHub question-and-answer article about “The Best Places to go for Thanksgiving.” Read the Q&A.

This week at Smeal

  • Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!

Know someone who rocks?

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. Nominate them.

The Smeal Community Weekly Poll

Participate in this week’s survey. Results will be shared during the next Smeal Community Zoom, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 28. Take the poll.