Posts Tagged ‘Penn State’
Monday, May 20th, 2013
Dear MBAs – Class of 2013 and Class of 2014 ~
It is with deepest and sincere thanks that I express my appreciation to you for honoring me in my retirement by making a contribution to the Michael Ryan Phillips Scholarship. I am humbled by your kindness and thoughtfulness – it means so very much to me – you truly rendered me speechless and that is something that does not happen very often. I am so proud to be a part of such a caring community, lucky to have had my life so immensely enriched by the many students that have crossed the threshold of the MBA Program, and gratified to have had such a purposeful career.
Thank you on so many levels. I wish you all the best in life ~~ may you always find joy and happiness and that silver lining. Take Care and Stay in Touch!
Fondly ~ Robin
(A note from Admissions: Anyone who would like to honor Robin as she retires on June 30 is welcome to make a contribution to the Michael Ryan Phillips Scholarship. Go to www.givenow.psu.edu and check the box to view giving opportunities. Select Other and type “Michael Ryan Phillips Memorial Scholarship/allocation SCBPH” in the description box. This scholarship is awarded each year to a member of the 1st year MBA Class who is making a difference in our community.)
Thursday, March 28th, 2013
The American Institute for Economic Research released their 2012-2013 rankings of best College Towns & Cities recently. (https://www.aier.org/article/7841-aier-names-75-best-college-towns-and-cities-2012-2013) We are excited that State College is again considered one of the best College Towns (under 2500,000 residents). Ranked #3 behind Ithaca, NY and Ames, IA exemplifies what those of us who live here already know: State College is a great place to live!
The AIER ranking is based on a 12 area index, which evaluates things such as Student Diversity, Cost of Living, Arts & Leisure, Earning Potential, Entrepreneurial Activity, etc. We think State College does well with those, and so much more. Nestled in a valley (Happy Valley) surrounded by beautiful mountains, there are plenty of outdoor activities for those who enjoy an active life, and many groups who actively participate in those activities. For those looking for music, theater, movies or more State College offers a wide variety of productions, artists and movie theatres. As for sporting events, because of Penn State University Park, there is always a sporting event happening near by, wherever you live.
Somethings you have to see to believe, so we invite you to come visit us soon!
Friday, February 1st, 2013
Today we welcome guest blogger Michael Brown, who is the Director of our Penn State Smeal MBA Career Services team. Mike has allowed us to share with you his suggestions for successful Skype (and other webcam) interviews. This messages was sent to our current students this week, but anyone can apply these suggestions to any upcoming interview they may have in the future.
We are full swing into the spring recruiting season and many companies are conducting first and second round interviews using the virtual power of Skype. While the technology allows you to interview from the comfort of home, it also presents some challenges that, if overlooked, or not anticipated, could adversely affect the positive impression that you want to make. Take a look at these strategies for successfully utilizing Skype video conference technology.
Ensure proper lighting
Lighting is very critical. Be sure lighting is positioned in front of you to illuminate your face rather than cast a shadow. We’ve all seen photographs where the subjects’ faces are dark due to back-lighting conditions. Be careful of overhead lights that are very bright or fluorescent lighting that tends to wash out your face.
Test audio and video settings
If you haven’t used Skype before, take a “test drive” well before the interview. Pre-test your computer’s audio and video settings to make sure they work. Use Skype’s testing wizard to pre-record and playback your audio. Position your camera so it looks down on you and slightly above your hairline. This will help you maintain good posture while giving you a complimentary camera angle. Pre-position the camera and your chair so it frames you from mid-chest level up.
Business professional will still be the order of the day for most interviews. Solid, dark colors are best. Whites and light colors tend to wash out your face. Avoid busy stripes and patterns, since they tend to look wavy on video.
Although you might be in the comfort of your home, the interviewer can see you in his or her office. Maintain a confident posture with shoulders square, head erect and chin up. On video, avoid hand gestures, as they can be distracting.
Direct your eye contact to the camera not the image of the interviewer on the screen. Just as we make direct eye contact in person, it is just as important for the interviewer to see that you are looking at him or her rather than your screen.
Manage your background
I once conducted a Skype interview with a candidate who had a very ornate wall hanging directly behind her head. It was very distracting and it made her look like she was wearing a headdress. Control the image that the employer sees. Position the camera toward a simple wall background with warm or neutral colors and frame yourself in the shot. You should be the focus of the image, not bookshelves or wall ornamentation.
Set-up a quiet zone
If you are conducting the interview from home, take precautions to ensure that potential noise such as TVs, loud stereos, barking dogs, ringing telephones or outside construction noises are eliminated.
Turn off email and pop-up applications
Additional applications, when running, tend to slow down your computer and could be distracting, especially if you receive an incoming email. Make sure that your video conferencing software is the only application running.
Prepare for contingencies
Skype is not foolproof and audio and video connections on either end of the connection can fail. Be sure to have the interviewer’s telephone number and email address handy. Having a Plan B demonstrates that you are proactive and can save an otherwise disastrous interview.
Delay responding by one-one thousand
The most common Skype or video conferencing pitfall is talking over the interviewer by starting a response before they are finished. It leads to the interviewer repeating his or her question or clumsy apologies. Develop a habit of delaying your response by a count of “one-one thousand.” It might feel funny at first but once you develop the timing, it will seem natural in “Skype space.”
In reading these 10 strategies, there is nothing complex about any of them but failure to prepare for just one of them could dash a promising job or internship possibility. Be prepared!
Michael J. Brown
Director, MBA Career Services
Tags: admissions, business school, Career Services, Community, Interviews, job search, MBA, MBA application, MBA Interview, Penn State, Penn State MBA, Smeal, Smeal MBA
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Friday, December 7th, 2012
Last evening the MBA Association held elections to name the officers for 2013. It was a great night of speeches, questions and celebrations. The MBAA is the governing body for MBA students, and works closely with the administration to enhance our Smeal MBA Program.
A big thank you to the 2012 officers for their hard work and dedication to the program.
- Stephen Dil, President
- Shivani Agarwal, VP of Communications
- Mark Bushey, VP Recruitment
- Joey Ly, VP Corporate Relations
- Meagan Gallagher, VP Finance
- Saloni Asthana, VP International Affairs
- Pat Mazur, VP Marketing
- Stuart Shapiro, VP of Philanthropy
- Peter Wolkowski, VP of Academic Affairs
Congratulations to our new officers!
- Matthew Marshall, President
- Mayur Aras, VP of Communications
- Nate Brodman, VP Recruitment
- Mike Bassani, VP Corporate Relations
- Joshua Mathis, VP Finance
- Ipsa Mohanty, VP International Affairs
- Elizabeth Combs, VP Marketing
- Mallory Meehan, VP of Philanthropy
- Dave Kubiak, VP of Academic Affairs
Monday, November 19th, 2012
So, you’re researching MBA programs and you’ve got the basics down. You’ve mastered your target schools’ profiles, you know who some of the faculty are, you’ve met a few students, and you visited campus. What else is there to know? How about some fun facts? While it’s not necessary to know some of the historical anecdotes and interesting tidbits about the schools you are applying to, it just might make the process more fun! For those trivia gurus out there, here are a couple of “fun facts” about Smeal and Penn State:
-Penn State is known for its school colors—Blue and White. Did you know that the ORIGINAL colors were Pink and Black?
-The Smeal College of Business was founded in 1953. Did you know that its previous home was in the Business Administration Building (now Ford Building) at the corner of Park Avenue and North Allen Road?
-Prior names of The Pennsylvania State University were The Pennsylvania State College, The Agricultural College of Pennsylvania, and The Farmers’ High School
- Milton S. Eisenhower, President of PSU in 1950 was the brother of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
-Did you know that Gene Kelly, actor and dancer best known for his performances in Singin’ in the Rain, Anchors Aweigh, and An American in Paris, was a 1933 PSU alum? (for other Famous Alumni, see: http://www.alumni.psu.edu/about_us/famous/famousd)
-Did you know the atom was first “seen” at Penn State? (http://www.psu.edu/ur/about/markers/atomfirstseen.html)
-One of the most enduring Smeal alumni connections was forged in 1990 with the naming of the college for Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal ’42/’42, two of Penn State’s most generous benefactors. Their contributions created five endowed chairs within the college as well as a separate endowment for program excellence. Today, Smeal counts more than 65,000 alumni around the globe. (http://www.smeal.psu.edu/about/history/)
I hope this gave you just a little glimpse into Penn State and Smeal history and a few “fun facts” to share with your family and friends. Penn State is a truly fascinating place, and we hope you will consider being a part of it!
–Stacey Dorang Peeler
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
We have received information that some of our international candidates are facing challenges in booking TOEFL test dates. We are aware of the issue.
If you are having difficulty scheduling your TOEFL exam before the first application deadline you can still apply, but if your exam is not taken within 2 weeks of the deadline you may be moved to the next deadline. We will do our best to evaluate your materials as soon as possible but cannot guarantee further processing without a complete application. Even if we are able to process your application we will not be able to make an admissions decision until the exam is taken and score report received. Also please remember we also do accept the IELTS exam if you are able to schedule it instead.
For anyone planning to apply by our 2nd deadline, January 11th, please take this into account and book your TOEFL test (and your GMAT or GRE) early. All international applicants and anyone who would like to be considered for financial aid, must apply by January 11th.
Additional information about testing can be found here:
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
There is a general feeling of stress amongst our students at the moment. Career fairs have started. Recruiters are in the building. Midterms just finished for Mod 1, and the end of the Mod is creeping closer. Projects, presentation, papers and quizzes are occurring each day. As one 2nd year told me this morning, “ I have 4 classes, 4 teams, 2 first-year teams to facilitate, a job search, a GA, a wife and 2 kids. There just isn’t enough time in the day right now.” I think everyone can relate to the “not enough time” problem, but until you are in an MBA program you can’t really understand.
The good news is that our students will get through it all, and do it well. How do I know? Well, I’m sure because it has all been done before. All of the hard work pays off and at the end of the day our students can be proud of all they have accomplished. As the Penn State Smeal MBA Program and the Smeal College of Business, we have lots to be proud of as well. Just a few of these things are mentioned on signs hanging in the Atrium. The #1 ranking by corporate recruiters, top 10 in public business schools (undergraduate and MBA), and our loyalty to our honor code are all indicators of how hard our students work, and the success that brings to them.
Friday, September 14th, 2012
It’s been a whirlwind of a first month in the “official” MBA recruiting season for the Fall 2013 incoming class! Our events have taken us all over the country so far, from Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, to NYC and Miami. In October, our alumni will host events in China and Beijing as well. Hopefully, you’ve had the chance to meet us in one of the cities we’ve recently been to. If not, there are still many upcoming opportunities to connect with us either live or virtually. One of the best parts of our jobs is getting out on the road and meeting so many diverse and fascinating people. In addition to meeting new faces, we also have the privilege of connecting with familiar faces as well, as our alumni often help us out at fairs and other events in the cities in which they currently live and work. Penn Staters aren’t kidding when they say alumni have a ravenous passion for their alma mater. Our alums are usually just as excited as we are to get involved with the recruitment of the new class and are more than happy to represent Smeal behind our table or at our meet and greet receptions to share their personal experiences. From an admissions perspective, it’s very fulfilling to see how far these individuals have come since the time we first met them when they were going through the application process. We hope that you will consider coming to Penn State, and in a few years, be just as excited to be on the road with us looking for the next great Smeal MBA!
–Stacey Dorang Peeler
Monday, August 20th, 2012
Let Us Entertain You!
Wondering what an MBA can do for fun outside of class (other than the myriad of activities hosted by the MBAA)? You’re probably already well aware there are many sporting events to take advantage of at PSU, but you may not know how many other types of events take place in the various theatres and venues around town and campus.
The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State has programming such as a Woody Guthrie tribute, The Merchant of Venice, The Addams Family and Hair (Broadway productions) as well as various other national and international performances.
The Bryce Jordan Center has recently hosted acts such as Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi and Elton John. This fall, both Bruce Springsteen and Carrie Underwood will visit campus to perform. Several different versions of Cirque du Soleil have also made University Park a stop on their tour.
If you venture just off campus, you can also find more theatrical and musical offerings, as well as vintage and art film showings, at The State Theatre. Or you may visit one of the School of Theatre’s venues to experience productions like Beehive, Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor”, and later this fall, Sweeney Todd.
While State College and PSU may be far from the lights of Broadway, there are many options to experience theatre, music and dance within minutes of where you will live and study as a Smeal MBA. You’ll work harder than you ever dreamed while you are with us, but we want you to play hard too!
–Stacey Dorang Peeler
Monday, August 13th, 2012
We have officially entered into event season here at the Penn State Smeal MBA Admissions office. Fairs, Tours, Visits and MBA for a Day Events have either started or are just around the corner. Would you like to meet with us in person? There are several ways to make that happen. First, you can attend one of our MBA for a Day sessions. One Monday a month, we host prospective candidates for the day, allowing them to meet the program staff and faculty. During the day you will sit in on a class and eat lunch with our students. Another way to meet with us is to schedule a visit. Our office is happy to coordinate a personal visit for you, during which you may be able to sit in on a class, meet with Admissions and have coffee or lunch with a student. Finally, you can meet with us at one of the many events we are travelling to this season:
8/13 Road to Business School in Boston, MA
8/15 Road to Business School in New York, NY
8/16 Road to Business School in Washington, DC
8/28 MBA Admissions Meet and Greet Dinner in Salt Lake City, UT
8/29 Forte Forum in San Francisco, CA
8/30 Forte Forum in Los Angeles, CA
9/4 Forte Forum in New York, NY
9/4 Admissions Director and Alumni Meet and Greet in Miami, FL
9/5 QS World MBA Tour in Miami, FL
10/10-10/11 GMATCH Virtual MBA Fair
11/10 Inside the MBA Diversity Event in New York, NY
11/12 Inside the MBA in Philadelphia, PA
11/13 Inside the MBA in Pittsburgh, PA
11/15 Inside the MBA in Washington, DC
To learn more about these events and visits, or to register please visit our website: http://www.smeal.psu.edu/mba/related-links/admission/visits.html