Posts Tagged ‘leadership’
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Today is brought to you by the letter “C”. “C” is for Communication! This is one of the themes that the classic TV learning show, Sesame Street aims to teach children at a young age. (For a fun video illustrating beloved characters Bert and Ernie experiencing a Communication Problem, check out their video on YouTube). No matter what age, everyone needs communication skills to help them survive and thrive in the world.
One of the differentiators at the Penn State Smeal MBA Program is our Leadership Communications program led by Professors Andy Gustafson and Nancy Mahon. No matter what industry and function our students are coming from, and no matter what industry and function our students will pursue post-graduation, they MUST be able to communicate effectively with clients, co-workers, and other stakeholders in a diverse and global marketplace.
Our communications program is a full-year requirement for all first year students, and time and time again, we have alumni tell us this was one of the most helpful experiences they had during their time at Smeal.
We hope that you will visit us and have the opportunity to experience the Leadership Communications course for yourself. To schedule a visit and class observation, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Stacey Dorang Peeler
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
Often when we speak about our Penn State Smeal MBA Program we include the word community. A few weeks ago, the 2nd year MBA students took that sense of community beyond campus and engaged in a week of Service Immersion. The concept is simple. The week before Spring Break each year, our 2nd year students are asked to find a service project and dedicate some time to helping others. Each year it amazes me how passionate our students are to reach out around the world, and lend a hand to those in need. From State College, PA to New Orleans, LA to Guatemala, this year was no exception. I am honored to be a part of this program, where we practice values of not only leadership, but Principled Leadership.
More about the various Service Immersion projects can be found here: http://blogs.smeal.psu.edu/mba/
Friday, July 1st, 2011
As our team looks forward to working with Carrie as the new MBA Managing Director, I am excited and proud to take on my new role of MBA Admissions Director. One of the most rewarding parts of my job on the admissions team is meeting and getting to know students from all over the globe, with each cycle culminating in a personal welcome when they finally arrive at Smeal for orientation. I truly believe in our program, community, and the MBA experience that Smeal can offer, and I will continue to work to ensure the legacy of providing a great experience for our applicants and admitted students lives on. Here’s to a fantastic academic year ahead, and I look forward to seeing your application in the months to come! If I can be of any help to you as you explore what lies ahead for you in an MBA program, I invite you to reach out and start the conversation at email@example.com. We are…Penn State!
–Stacey Dorang Peeler
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
The funny thing about admissions is that I get to know our students very well before they arrive, but after they arrive I’m on to bringing in the next class. Sometimes I miss seeing the fantastic people that our students become during their 21 months with us. What concentrations did you choose? Where was your internship? What was your favorite class? Who are your closest friends? Where are you going? And most of all, how can I help you get there?
I have been fortunate to serve the Penn State Smeal MBA by bringing great students to the program. They have gone on to be fantastic alumni. This summer, I am pleased to be moving from the Admissions Director to the new role of Managing Director for the program. While I’ve primarily worked with students at the entry to their MBA, now I have the privilege of working with them throughout their MBA career. I am excited about the possibilities, the relationships, and the outlook this will offer. And I look forward to leading the Penn State Smeal MBA with the energy, enthusiasm and expertise of our staff and faculty.
Monday, February 21st, 2011
This is the question MBA Admissions teams are asked repeatedly each year in each admission cycle. The answer is probably the same in many areas, but may differ in others for different programs. We are in a somewhat unique position here at the Penn State Smeal MBA Program. Becuase of our small class sizes, we take a very close look at our candidates’ applications and interviews. In general, the things we are looking for include (in no specific order):
- Teamwork- We want to know if you will be a good team player. Our curriculum has a large “team-based’ structure, so finding individuals who will work well together is important.
- Leadership- We want to not only educate the future business leaders of the world, but we also want students in our program who are willing to contribute and lead within the program.
- Academic Ability – We want to make sure that the student we bring into the program have the ability or the potential to handle the academic rigors of the coursework involved. The last thing we want is to set someone up for failure.
- Career Experience &/or Goals – We look to see if your past experience is in line with your future goals. If you are shifting careers, we look to see what skills and qualifications you have to make that new career successful.
- Diversity of Experience – We look to see what your career and life experience will add to the experience of your classmates and the program. We try to make our classes as diverse as possible, in every regard, so as to build a community of leaders who have the benefit of knowing life through what other people share.
As you can tell, we really do look at every aspect of every candidate’s application. We want to ensure that you are a good fit for us, and that we are a great fit for you.