Smeal Update: October 22, 2021

Smeal brand anthem video to debut today

As part of Smeal’s brand refresh, our Marketing and Strategic Communications team has collaborated with a film production company to produce a “brand anthem” video of various lengths. A 15-second version will debut today in Beaver Stadium during Penn State’s Homecoming game, which is sponsored by Smeal. For those of you planning to attend, keep an eye on the video boards during the third TV timeout of the third quarter. We think you’ll like what you see.

Smeal team finishes fourth in ethics case competition

Three Smeal students teamed up to place fourth in the Eller Collegiate Ethics Case Competition, hosted recently by the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management Center for Leadership Ethics. Katherine Groves, a senior supply chain and information systems major; Kayla Esannason, a senior management information systems major; and Adam Zovko, a junior finance and economics dual major, formed Smeal’s team. Concordia University placed first, followed by Boston College and Indiana.

Yormacks make estate commitment to Smeal

Penn State Smeal College of Business alumna Bonnie Yormack and her husband, Rob, recently made an estate commitment to create two scholarships for accounting students at Smeal — the Bonnie and Robert Yormack Scholarship and the Jerome O. Markowitz Scholarship in Accounting. They also pledged to support Penn State Athletics. Read the story.

Accounting External Advisory Board adds members

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has announced the addition of five members to its Accounting External Advisory Board. The new members attended their first meeting on Thursday. Read the story.

Here’s the scoop: Smeal Business Bash is a hit!

As we mentioned last week, the Berkey Creamery this week introduced Smeal Business Bash ice cream. Formerly known as Birthday Bash, the flavor features yellow cake batter ice cream, frosted cookie freckles, and blue frosting swirl. Sale of Smeal-branded half gallons, as well as cups and cones, started Monday. Initial reports indicate that sales have been brisk.

Save the Date: Executive Insights with J.T. Marino

J.T. Marino, co-founder of Tuft & Needle and chief disruption officer at Serta Simmons Bedding, will be our final Executive Insights guest of the fall semester. He will join us from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Nov. 12. Watch your inbox for an email with a registration link.

Next week at Smeal

Continuing the conversation: Supporting Latinx Communities (noon Thursday)

The next Diversity Task Force learning opportunity, “Continuing the Conversation: Supporting Latinx Communities,” coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month. Attending a training workshop prior to this is not required, but may enhance the discussion. A training workshop is available at noon Tuesday. Register here. Check your inbox for an email dated Oct. 4, which contains registration information for the Thursday conversation.

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.

Question from faculty

Are faculty ‘work adjustments’ available for spring semester 2022?

Guidance has been updated and released to inform faculty and instructors of on-campus work expectations and the work adjustments process for spring 2022. A document describing the work adjustment process and criteria is available here. Faculty with an approved work adjustment for fall 2021 may apply for an extension of their work adjustment to spring 2022 here. A link to the form for faculty who do not currently have a work adjustment, but who want to request one for spring 2022, is available in the story referenced above. The deadline to apply for a spring semester work adjustment is Oct. 29.