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Because each student signs the Honor Code during Orientation, everyone is expected to comply with all aspects of the process to ensure that the Code is a living document that we all abide by. There have been news reports of students at other MBA programs engaged in conduct that reflects on the brand of the entire program. As such, students here at Smeal have decided to take action into their own hands and want to expand the Honor Code to cover more than academics.

On Tuesday, October 29, students came together to discuss expanding our current Honor Code to encompass Career Services and one’s internship and job search. A lively discussion took place with students debating the extend to which the Honor Code should be expanded to Career Services, what type of actions would be deemed violations and how soon this effort should be initiated. Students also raised concerns around ensuring that companies understand their role and engage in ethical recruiting practices as well. As the VP of Academic Affairs and Student Relations for the MBAA, it was refreshing for me to see so many students dedicated and involved in the process and ready to take ownership of the Honor Code.

Faculty, administration and staff from the program also attended the luncheon to show their support. The MBA Career Services team and the MBA administration supports the Honor Code in the Smeal College of Business and are willing to assist in any way possible to have the Honor Code umbrella over Career Services. Having this bottom up approach to expanding the Honor Code rather than a top down effort is refreshing as a student in the program. I really feel like we have ownership in this endeavor and I look forward to seeing where else the Honor Code expands for Smeal students.

-Tai Parks, tdp151@psu.edu

Tai is a second year student in the MBA program concentrating in Supply Chain Management , Product and Market Development and Strategic Leadership. She is a native of Philadelphia and a huge sports fan


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Sears Roundtable

On September 13, 2008, Ron Schnur discussed with us his role as the VP of Procurement and Supplier Management at Sears Holdings.  This is one aspect that makes the Smeal MBA great.  We have only been in classes three weeks and already have access to alumni like Ron.  This event was sponsored by the Supply Chain Management Association.

There was a group of about 20 that attended and lunch was served.  We were able to discuss anything that we wanted to with Ron.  He was very friendly, open, and realistic.  Something that I really enjoyed was the fact the Ron has definitely made it in the corporate world.  At the same time he has also been in my shoes.  I believe the advice he gave us about being dedicated to what you do and making the most of your MBA experience was great.  What I remember most was his passion.  He is very passionate about Sears Holdings and Penn State.

I am blown away at the level of dedication the alumni have toward this program.  Alumni are constantly helping with various events that benefit the students.  I really believe that it would be hard to find an MBA program where the alumni and students are so dedicated, passionate, and united.  I look forward to the many events and experiences in my next two years.

-Cameron Holbrook
MBA Class of 2010

Cameron Holbrook is a 1st year MBA student emphasizing in Supply Chain Management and Marketing.  Prior to the MBA program he was involved in managing a farm with wheat production as his primary focus.


Today, the MBA Supply Chain Management Association organized a roundtable discussion over lunch with Ron Schnur from Coors. Ron is a distinguished member of the Smeal College of Business MBA Alumni Advisory Board, and in town to meet with current MBA students.

The conversation was very interesting, covering topics ranging from the Coors supply chain to the malt beverage industry to Penn State football. Most interesting was his discussion of the importance of relationships within the supply chain (and business in general). He shared many examples of good relationships being the deciding factor in many supply chain (and life) decisions. It was great to interact with an executive of Ron’s level on an informal basis and lean many formal and informal lessons from him.

Finally, he shared an article that he wrote for the September, 2007 edition of “Inside Supply Management” magazine regarding supplier collaboration. I look forward to attending additional opportunities like todays…

–Tim Gross
2nd year MBA student, VP Finance, MBA Supply Chain Management Association