Smeal Update: November 14, 2022

Smeal accepting applications for new one-year MBA

The college is currently accepting applications for its new one-year early career Master’s in Business Administration program aimed at current undergraduate students and early career professionals seeking workplace advancement. Read the story.

Faculty research: Psychological distance affects inventory decision making

A paper published by Brent Moritz, associate professor of supply chain management, in the journal Production and Operations Management, reveals that psychological factors can affect how inventory managers perceive their suppliers. Read the story.

Amaya authors chapter in supply chain management research book

Johanna Amaya, assistant professor in supply chain and information systems, wrote a chapter titled “Research needs in disaster response logistics” for the “Handbook of Research Methods for Supply Chain Management.” The chapter defines the field of disaster response logistics (DRL) and provides a comprehensive overview of the wide range of emergency functions as part of DRL.

Compass Consulting Diversity Audit Town Hall at noon

Our partnership with Compass Consulting Services, LLC, has yielded results and we are excited to share them with you. Please join us from noon-1:30 today for a faculty, staff, and administrator town hall with Compass Consulting (via Zoom: If you would like to submit questions before the meeting, please use the link below.

GivingTuesday donations will support Student Emergency Fund

For a second consecutive year, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations is partnering with the Office of Undergraduate Education to raise money for the Smeal Student Emergency Fund on GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving that will take place on Nov. 29. The Student Emergency Fund provides financial support for students who face an unexpected financial challenge that threatens their ability to afford food, rent, utilities, internet access, medical bills, or other basic necessities as they work to complete their Smeal degree. You can join the effort by making a giftbetween now and Nov. 29, or by becoming a Smeal Champion to spread the word ahead of GivingTuesday. Smeal Champion.

Smeal sponsors Maryland at Penn State football game

We continue to promote the Smeal brand through a partnership with Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. That partnership included sponsorship of Saturday’s football game against Maryland. I was interviewed at halftime by Penn State play-by-play announcer Steve Jones, and several alumni, faculty and staff members represented the college on the field during the first quarter. Smeal's brand was prominent in the stadium, the radio broadcast, and

Consider taking the ‘Living Our Values’ survey

Penn State has launched the 2022 Living Our Values Survey. It is a continuation of the Values and Culture Surveys conducted in 2017 and 2013 that helped University leadership understand how the Penn State Values of integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence, and community are integrated into Penn Staters’ day-to-day lives. The 2022 survey, which runs through Nov. 22,  is intended for faculty, staff, graduate students, and post docs. Check your inbox for an email from President Bendapudi dated Nov. 7 and titled “Take the Living Our Values Survey” for more information and to take the survey. Read the story.

Tickets available for Forum Speaker Series

The Dean’s Office has sponsored a table for each speaker in the 2022-23 Penn State Forum Speaker Series. The luncheons are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Presidents Hall of the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel. If you would like to attend one of the four remaining events, which are listed below, email Michele Kirkpatrick at

  • Dec. 1 — Dr. Na’ilah Nasir, president of the American Educational Research Foundation, National Academy of Education member, and CEO of the Spencer Foundation
  • Feb. 23, 2023 — Velvet Brown, School of Music professor and the Penn State Laureate for 2022-23
  • March 23, 2023 — Sabaah Folayan, award-winning film director of the documentary “Whose Streets?”
  • April 20, 2023 — Derek Lee and Monica Bond, wildlife biologists, activists and Penn State professors will present “True Tales from Tanzania”

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 coming soon.

Smeal in the News

Zhu featured in WalletHub Q&A

Nan Zhu, associate professor of risk management, participated in a WalletHub question-and-answer story about personal injury protection. Read the story.

This week at Smeal

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.