Smeal Credit Stackers


Meet the New Generation of Professional Learners

Credential stacking — the ability to earn multiple degrees or credentials more quickly and cost-effectively than if they were earned separately — has become a popular trend in professional graduate education, and Smeal has responded in a significant way. Meet Lee-Ann Craig, Liam Zhou, Sofie Lutfy, Samuel Liang, and Shaman Ajmani who are on a path of lifelong learning.

Denny Gioia


What Would You Do?

How One Smeal Professor Engages His Students in the Complexities of Ethical Decision-Making

What happens when you are confronted with an ethical dilemma in the workplace and the decision-making information is limited? Professor Denny Gioia explores this dilemma with his students.

Melissa Gonzalez


A Pop-Up Future for Retail

Pioneering Women in Business

Smeal alumna Melissa Gonzalez (FIN ’99) and her company, The Lion’esque Group, has reimagined the traditional retail experience by channeling their creative, strategic and design expertise into more than 150 brick-and-mortar experiences in cities across the United States.

Interior of Smeal's Rogers Family Trading Room


A Path to Wall Street

Smeal’s Nittany Lion Fund Turns 15

Before the Rogers Family Trading Room and the Nittany Lion Fund, one or two Smeal students a year might receive an offer to join a Wall Street firm. Today nearly 100 students accept internships and full-time positions at well-known firms.

Dean’s Perspective

Chuck Whiteman

The Essence of the Penn State Smeal Brand

In 2017, Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors member Richard Bard and his wife, Pam, invited board members to their Colorado home for a strategic discussion about who we are and what we aspire to be as a business school. We had great discussions, but if you have ever engaged in such an activity, you’ll probably agree that it can be difficult to put into words what sits at the core of oneself or one’s organization. | Read More

Alumni Perspective

Farnoosh Torabi

Brand Ambassadorship: The Power of Penn State Smeal’s Alumni Network

By Farnoosh Torabi | The drive to my parents’ hotel following my Smeal graduation ceremony was a slow, bumper-to-bumper ride through campus. I remember thinking about the many possibilities my future in New York offered, while desperately holding onto whatever remained of my college experience. | Read More 

Smeal By The Numbers

While universities across the nation have experienced a decline in applications and enrollment during the pandemic, interest in many Penn State Smeal programs has increased.


Kevin Linderman

Kevin Linderman New Chair of SC&IS

Kevin Linderman has been appointed chair of the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department. Linderman also holds the John J. Coyle Professorship in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. | Read More

Karen Winterich

Karen Winterich Named Inaugural Susman Professor

Penn State Smeal Marketing Professor Karen Winterich has been named the inaugural Gerald I. Susman Professor in Sustainability. Winterich conducts research in the area of consumer behavior, with much of her work examining how consumers’ social identities influence charitable giving as well as (im)moral and sustainable behavior. | Read More

Jennifer Chang Coupland

Smeal Introduces New Hands-On Options for Marketing Students

To prepare students for success in a rapidly changing landscape, the Penn State Smeal College of Business is making several enhancements to its Marketing curriculum. | Read More

Penn State Smeal + Dell Technologies

Smeal Collaborates With Dell Technologies for Diversity Training

In the wake of a nationwide discussion on racial injustice, Smeal Dean Charles H. Whiteman answered calls from the Smeal community to embrace action over words, forming the Smeal Diversity Task Force. | Read More


How an Alumni Mentor Helped an International Student Navigate the Pandemic

Each year, hundreds of Penn State Smeal alumni mentors share their perspectives with student protégés, exploring topics such as academic majors, internships, career planning and leadership development. | Read More

Alumni Society Helped Smeal Focus on Student Success in the Most Challenging Circumstances

When alumnus George Benham reflects on his two-year term as president of the Smeal Alumni Society Board, he is quick to acknowledge everyone who helped the board accomplish its goals. | Read More

4,557 alumni users and 1,032 job postings on nittanylionCAREERS, 16 webinars and 14 podcast episodes, career transitions fully supports at 158, 35 digital executive group coaching participants, 437, 214 social media interactions, and 9,450 LinkedIn alumni group members

Helping Alumni Build Careers

Last year, Penn State Smeal Alumni Career Services helped alumni enhance their skills and make meaningful connections. | Read More

Career Coaching: A Pandemic-Era Pivot Success Story

Karen Garner Stewart, a 1989 graduate with a degree in accounting, mastered a pandemic-era career reinvention. It began when she registered for career coaching and established her first LinkedIn profile showcasing accomplishments as a senior financial executive at Columbia University. | Read More

State of Business

How Will the Acceleration of Digital Innovation Affect the Future of Business-to-Business Marketing?

Harnessing Big Data to Understand Customer Needs, Digital Transformation and Marketing Ecosystems, and Going Digital in B2B Trade Shows | Read More


A Greater Penn State Campaign Yields Unparalleled Support

Inspired by the goals of the A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence campaign, Penn State Smeal alumni, parents, and friends demonstrated unprecedented generosity in fiscal year 2020, contributing a record $32 million. | Read More

In Memoriam

Remembering J.D. Hammond

J.D. Hammond’s tenure as dean of the Penn State Smeal College of Business lasted 10 years. What Hammond accomplished during that decade is considered by many to be immeasurable. | Read More