Smeal Update: October, 1, 2021

Two Smeal alumni to be honored as Alumni Fellows

Wanda Bryant Hope, a 1987 marketing graduate and a member of Smeal’s Board of Visitors, and Allen J. Mistysyn, a 1990 finance graduate, will be among 22 recipients of the Penn State Alumni Association’s highest honor — the Alumni Fellow Award. This year’s award ceremony will be livestreamed by WPSU from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Read the story

Encourage students to enter Kohl’s case competition

Smeal is once again partnering with Kohl’s to present the Kohl’s Business with Integrity Case Competition. Participants have the opportunity to analyze a contemporary ethical issue in business and interact with senior executives who will service as coaches and judges throughout the competition. Teams of 3-4 students, with at least one member affiliated with Smeal, are asked to register by Monday at

Smeal in the News

Karen Winterich article published on

An article written by Karen Winterich, the Gerald I. Susman Professor in Sustainability, titled “Three Ways to Engage Consumers for Sustainable Consumption” was published recently by the American Marketing Association. Read the story.

Brent Ambrose story published on The Conversation, Yahoo! News

Brent Ambrose, Jason and Julie Borrelli Faculty Chair in Real Estate, wrote a story for The Conversation based on his research on the implications of eliminating the federal deduction of state and local taxes. Read the story.

Nan Zhu featured in Wallet Hub Q&A

Nan Zhu, associate professor of risk management, answered a series of questions about pay-per-mile insurance. Read the Q&A.

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

Click this link to participate in this week’s survey. Results will be shared during the next Smeal Community Zoom, at 1 p.m. Monday.

Questions from faculty

What do I do if a student in my class has been placed on interim suspension due to noncompliance with the University’s required weekly testing?

University Park faculty and instructors received a letter from Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones about students who have been placed on interim suspension due to failure to comply with the University’s required weekly COVID-19 testing. The letter describes the consequences for students on interim suspension and how faculty and instructors should handle those students’ absences.