Smeal Update: September 4, 2020

Together, we can make our college a shining example of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the entire University Community.

In a recent Town Hall Zoom meeting of faculty and staff Wednesday morning, I shared my continued frustration over the unequal and unfair treatment of people of color across America. Like many of you, I find myself in search of a new, perhaps more forceful way to express outrage over the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wis. Truth be told, I’ve run out of words. Read my entire message here.

Reminder about Labor Day holiday

Please remember that the University will be holding classes on Monday. Labor Day remains a University holiday, so most offices will be closed. 

Honor Code celebration planned for next week

Smeal will celebrate its culture of honor and integrity through various activities next week. As a student, you are an important part of this special culture of learning, and I encourage you to participate in as many of the following events as possible:

  • Sign the Honor Code and post the confirmation graphic you receive on your social media accounts. By doing so, you affirm your personal commitment to honor and integrity.
  • Follow Smeal’s social media channels (Instagram,Facebook Twitter, LinkedIn) and share our posts, which will highlight commitments by faculty, students, staff, and alumni. As part of our celebration, Twitter will be used to announce the recipients of $20 gift cards, chosen daily throughout the week from those who sign the Honor Code. 
  • Attend the webinar “Choosing a Professional Path,” sponsored by the Tarriff Center, on Sept. 9. The webinar will explore the importance of aligning personal values with the decision to pursue a professional journey in a specific industry or for a particular company. It will also critically reflect on Smeal’s role in the recruitment process.  Register now for this event. 


Dean Charles H. Whiteman