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The tradition lives on!!  MBA students from Penn State again participated in the Duke MBA Games, which raises money and awareness for the Special Olympics of North Carolina (SONC).  Since 1989, teams from top business schools have enjoyed a weekend of friendly competition while positively influencing the lives of adult athletes, spending time with and encouraging them during athletic activities.

During the past 26 years, the event has raised over $2.2 million for SONC!  In 2014, the Penn State team fundraised over $2.5K.

It was an action-packed weekend.  On April 10, there was a social mixer where we could meet the teams we would be competing against during the weekend.  The schools included: Carnegie Mellon, Maryland, Duke, Rice, Babson, UPenn, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt.

On April 11, our team participated in the optional events (Golf outing, Hash Run) as a warm-up to the actual events.  Later that night, there was an opening ceremony to officially welcome us to the Games.  Each team also performed a choreographed dance routine.  Thanks to the direction of 2nd year MBA, Deramus Griffin, Penn State came in 4th place!

On April 12, the real fun began.  We were able to greet our Special Olympic athletes, Kristin and “Birdman.”  We were lucky to have them on our team for the 2nd consecutive year in a row.  For those going next year, watch out for these two: Kristin is the ultimate prankster, while Birdman loves to put on a performance!

Throughout the day, we competed in many fun events, such as tug of war, business suit relay, briefcase toss, dizzy bat race, soccer relay, bean bag toss, and knockout.  Penn State won the soccer relay thanks to a team comprised of Javier Bathen, Mike Bassani and Ray Banks!

After the fun-filled day, we were able to mingle and relax at a pool party before the Closing Ceremony.  During the Closing Ceremony, we were shown a video that highlighted the funniest events of the day.  We were also able to hear directly from the Special Olympians about how much fun they had with their respective teams.  Later that night, we all celebrated at the White Party sponsored by the Duke MBA Latin American Student Association.

On April 13, we were able to say our goodbyes and prepare ourselves for the 8-hour road trip back to State College just in time for class on Monday.  Remember, we’re still conscientious MBA students after all!

For more information about Duke MBA Games, please visit their website at

-Anthony Cheng, Penn State Smeal MBA ‘14


Last night, the Minority MBA Association partnered up with 2 diversity undergraduate organizations NABA (National Association for Black Accountants) and MWF (Multicultural Women’s Forum) to host the event Jeopardy: Black History Edition. We threw this event to educate the Penn State community about Black History facts that they might not have learned before. In the MBA program, there are a lot of diverse students and we wanted to educate them about some history they might not have learned about previously. Questions consisted of topics that ranged from music, movie, inventions, history, Penn State history, etc. 

The point of the game was to get people to interact with their team to try to figure out the right answers. It was a fun, competitive way to learn. Many questions were tough, but there was a winner, Team 1, that consisted of MBA students Darius Yuwono, Iyare Oni, Boakai Lalugba, Anthony Cheng, Carolina Herrera, and undergraduates. It was a great turn out, and all 3 organizations received great feedback about the event.

– Tiffani Guerre, Penn State Smeal MBA ’15

THONTHON 2014 is 11 days away!  What is THON you ask?  Penn State Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, was started in 1973 by Penn State University’s Interfraternity Council.  In its first year, more than $2,000 was raised, with 39 couples dancing for 30 hours straight. Today, it is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, by involvement and revenue.  THON 2013 raised a total of $12,374,034.46.  In 2014, 708 Penn State students will dance for 46 hours.  The donations are given to The Four Diamonds Fund, a charity devoted to defeating pediatric cancer through research and caring for patients at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.


The MBA program has been striving to beat last year’s MBA THON total of $13,204.30.  Currently we have raised $6,366.45.  If you are interested in supporting both the MBA program philanthropic interest in THON and children who are fighting pediatric cancer, please follow this link to donate:  Please utilize this specific link to ensure that the MBA program is credited for the donation.  We appreciate your support and look forward to updating you on our progress in fundraising as well as Matt & Mallory’s experience as MBA students dancing in THON.

To learn more about THON, visit & 

Thank you to Megan Orient and the Centre Furnace Mansion for hosting the Smeal MBA Lion Partners event yesterday! Our MBA families received a tour of the mansion and learned about the history of Centre County, Penn State and how iron making relates to that history.