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Impact Smeal Day - April 5, 2024

Registration for Alumni & Professional Graduate Students

* This registration is for alumni and professional graduate students only. Undergraduate students should register at this link: https://engage.tassl.com/event/11130 

Connect with the college through a number of activities such as interacting with current students, networking with other alumni, gaining professional insights, and hearing about college initiatives. The day is designed so that you can sign up for the sessions that work for your schedule. Alumni and professional graduate students who cannot return to campus can still join us for Dean Whiteman's "State of the College" session and may register to receive the link to join. 

  • Read details about the sessions below and then select "Impact Smeal Day Registration" at the bottom of the page to register. Please note that if a session is at capacity, it will no longer appear as an option on the registration form. 

  • Attendees who arrive to campus on Thursday, April 4 are invited to join the Smeal Alumni Society Board for the annual Smeal Awards Celebration and Hammond Society Recognition event in the Business Building Atrium. This event requires a separate registration: https://engage.tassl.com/event/11007/

  • The next Impact Smeal Day will be on Friday, September 20, 2024.

  • Disclaimer acknowledgment: Your participation at this event indicates your consent to be photographed, filmed, or recorded for Smeal publicity through print or online communication.

Schedule

Thursday, April 4 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Smeal Awards Celebration & Hammond Society Recognition: Attendees who arrive to campus on Thursday, April 4 are invited to this annual event in the Business Building Atrium. This event requires a separate registration: https://engage.tassl.com/event/11007/

Friday, April 5
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
  • Networking & Welcome: Kick off your day in the Atrium of the Business Building with other alumni and light continental breakfast items. 
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (select one)

  • State of the College with Dean Whiteman: Join Chuck Whiteman, the John and Karen Arnold Dean of the Smeal College of Business as he looks back at the '23-'24 academic year and reflects on his 12-year tenure as Dean. During the session, attendees can ask questions and engage in a discussion with the Dean. Alumni or graduate students who cannot come to campus may register for this session and receive a link to join virtually. 

  • Observe the Sustainability Case Competition: The Center for the Business of Sustainability is excited to provide undergraduate students with this case competition opportunity. The student's case theme is related to the possibilities around using 3-D printing as a solution for housing crisis challenges in communities. Participants who attend this session will get the opportunity to watch students in action as the final teams present their case responses (participants will not be serving as judges). Different teams will be presenting during two Impact Smeal Day sessions, so attendees are welcome to attend one or both timeframes. We do ask that attendees respectfully remain in the session for the duration of the time, as to not disrupt the presenting teams. 

  • Meet With Your Protégé: If you are a part of Smeal's formal Alumni Mentoring Program, you can choose to spend time with your protégé. Please contact your protégé and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas located in the Atrium of the Business Building for your individual meetings.
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. (select one)
  • Developing Ethical Leaders in a Climate of Declining Trust: Engage with advisory board members of the Tarriff Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility to critically explore how we can, as a community, amplify Smeal’s efforts to advance business as a force for good. In this interactive session, participants will be invited to share their own ethical challenges in business and the strategies they use to resolve issues, which will inform the continuous development of initiatives offered through the Tarriff Center.

  • Navigating Non-Traditional Careers in Accounting: During this session, participants will share the many career possibilities awaiting accounting students outside the traditional public sector. Join us in this interactive session where attendees will help students explore unconventional paths and innovative roles that showcase the versatility of an accounting education. Smeal Alumni or PGP students who majored in accounting, but do not work in public accounting will share their experiences and advice with first- and second-year Smeal business students who are considering this major. This session is being hosted in partnership with the Smeal External Accounting Advisory Board. 

  • Observe the Nittany Lion Fund: The Nittany Lion Fund (NLF) is a student managed investment fund with over $10 MM in AUM serving over 70 individual investors. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the Nittany Lion Fund provides Penn State undergraduate students with the opportunity to make real investment decisions regarding the fund's equity securities while exploring the intricacies of the financial world. Participants who sit in on this class (limit of 15), will be observing only; no formal interaction with the students will take place. This class is taught by Dr. Randy Woolridge, professor of finance and president of the Nittany Lion Fund.  

  • Making a Successful Transition to the Workplace: During this session, participants will share valuable insights and practical advice on successfully transitioning from college life to the professional workplace. This session aims to equip current students with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate this crucial phase of their lives with confidence and readiness. Through personal anecdotes, lessons learned, and professional tips, participants will address key aspects of the transition process, including: navigating office culture, managing work-life balance, building professional networks, and setting expectations.

  • Observe the Sustainability Case Competition: The Center for the Business of Sustainability is excited to provide undergraduate students with this case competition opportunity. The student's case theme is related to the possibilities around using 3-D printing as a solution for housing crisis challenges in communities. Participants who attend this session will get the opportunity to watch students in action as the final teams present their case responses (participants will not be serving as judges). Different teams will be presenting during two Impact Smeal Day sessions, so attendees are welcome to attend one or both timeframes. We do ask that attendees respectfully remain in the session for the duration of the time, as to not disrupt the presenting teams.

  • Meet With Your Protégé: If you are a part of Smeal's formal Alumni Mentoring Program, you can choose to spend time with your protégé. Please contact your protégé and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas located in the Atrium of the Business Building for your individual meetings.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - LUNCH IS NOW FULL
  • Lunch: Boxed lunches will be served in the Atrium of the Business Building to all Impact Smeal Day alumni attendees. Alumni who are in Smeal's Mentoring Program can make arrangements ahead of time to invite their Student Protégé to join them for lunch (students should let us know they are coming through a separate form that was sent to them from the Alumni Relations Office). Although this is the time we are aiming for the majority of our event attendees to eat, you can eat at any point between 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., if there is a time that better accommodates your schedule or your student protégé's schedule.


12:15 - 1:00 p.m. (select one)
  • Business Edge Session "Alternative Funding Opportunities for New Ventures": Since the passing of the JOBS Act in 2012, the landscape for alternative funding mechanisms for new and small businesses has changed dramatically. This mini-lecture will share highlights for funding ventures, and also share how the average person can now invest in dynamic startups. Debt crowdfunding, equity crowdfunding, and angel investing will be covered. Dr. Jeanette Miller is a Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, the Associate Director of the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Faculty Director of the recently launched Doctorate of Business (DBA) at the Smeal College of Business. She is also an entrepreneur and dabbles in investing in startups.

  • Business Edge Session "The Circular Economy: Sustaining Sustainability": An increasing number of companies offer circular economy programs for their products or related products, whereby customers return used products to the company for reuse, recycling, or repair. The success of such programs, and subsequently the benefits to the environment, ultimately depends not only on participation in such programs but also on persistent customer participation. For circular economy programs to work, companies need to make customers feel like partners in sustainability. Dr. Sara Dommer conducts research in the area of consumer behavior, with a particular focus on how individuals' self-concepts, identities, and relationships influence their behavior. Her research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, and Journal of Consumer Psychology, among others. She serves on the Editorial Review Board at the Journal of Marketing Research. Sara also enjoys teaching Integrated Marketing Communications at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Meet With Your Protégé: If you are a part of Smeal's formal Alumni Mentoring Program, you can choose to spend time with your protégé. Please contact your protégé and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas located in the Atrium of the Business Building for your individual meetings.

1:15 - 2:00 p.m. (select one)
  • Flash Connect: Alumni-Student Networking Meetup: Alumni and students (both undergrad and grad) will get the opportunity to come together for an exciting networking experience in the Atrium. In this low-pressure meetup, participants will engage in quick, but dynamic conversations. Students will gain valuable insights, industry perspectives, and practice the art of networking. 

  • Meet With Your Protégé: If you are a part of Smeal's formal Alumni Mentoring Program, you can choose to spend time with your protégé. Please contact your protégé and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas located in the Atrium of the Business Building for your individual meetings.

2:15 - 3:00 p.m. (select one)
  • Student Org Showcase "Global Business Brigades": Participants will learn about the organization's top initiatives, and some of the leadership team's successes and challenges. The mission of the organization is to build economic opportunities in the developing world. Members work to create financial opportunities in remote, rural, and under resourced areas of Honduras and Ghana. They work with communities to build community-owned banks to provide access to loans, savings accounts and financial literacy for community members.

  • Student Org Showcase "Penn State Music Group": Participants will learn about the organization's top initiatives, and some of the leadership team's successes and challenges. The mission of the organization is to create the music industry’s next generation of leaders – whether that be artists, producers, business people, or media specialists. From our organization, students develop project-centered experience across the practices of song creation, artist management, A&R, marketing, visual arts, and more. 

  • Student Org Showcase "Nittany Lion Consulting Group": Participants will learn about the organization's top initiatives, and some of the leadership team's successes and challenges. The mission of NLCG is to provide a student-managed faculty-supported consulting firm where members earn academic credit and work with clients on real-world business problems. 

Details

Friday: April 05, 2024
Business Building
210 Business Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16803 US

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