Smeal Update: September 24, 2021

We can all help to assure adherence to mask mandate

Anyone who has recently walked through the atrium has probably seen uneven adherence to the University’s universal indoor masking policy. We are asking all of you to do your part and offer reminders to anyone who isn’t masking up in the Business Building. Here are some tips to help with that process:

  • Offer reminders of the policy about wearing a mask, over your mouth and nose, at all times inside the building
  • If you don’t have a mask to share, direct the unmasked to the RIIT Group in Room 11 to pick one up
  • Remind those who are eating or drinking that unless actively doing so, they are expected to be masked

It’s been our experience that gentle, positive reminders usually lead to compliance. Your assistance with this helps us all stay safer.

Smeal Research: Digital marketing campaigns focused on auto recalls can improve consumer safety

Regulator-initiated digital marketing campaigns aimed at urging consumers to comply with automobile recall requests can improve compliance, saving money and possibly even lives, according to a research team led by Sotires Pagiavlas, assistant professor of marketing at Smeal. 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 serve 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 Oct. 4 at

Help Smeal share PAWS-itive news

We can celebrate our community by recognizing the contributions of others. Take a moment to encourage a student, staff, or faculty member who has made a difference. Recognize their “Positive Act Within Smeal” by sending them a virtual PAWS-itive Note. Small acts of kindness like this benefit both the recipient and you. It feels good to spread cheer.

Smeal in the News

Smeal’s Third-Party Logistics Study cited by Forbes, Yahoo! Finance

The 26th Annual Third-Party Logistics Study, led by John Langley, clinical professor of supply chain management and director of development for Smeal’s Center for Supply Chain Research, was recently released. Read the Forbes story. Read the Yahoo! story.

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.

Next Week at Smeal

Diversity Enhancement Programs open house (2-5 p.m. Tuesday)

The Diversity Enhancement Programs team invites the Smeal community to drop in from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday for an open house celebrating its new space in 204 Business Building.

Questions from faculty

I’m vaccinated. What’s my actual risk of getting COVID-19?

In this FAQ, Elizabeth McGraw, head of the department of biology, explains that vaccines are highly protective against serious illness, and that the risk of a breakthrough infection is lower in communities with high vaccine uptake.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

According to Matt Ferrari, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, it is a misconception that the COVID-19 vaccines are new and, therefore, unsafe. The vaccines have been administered to 175 million Americans, and there have been less than 1,000 cases of myocarditis, pericarditis, or severe blood clots.