Evan Lutz, a 2014 alumnus of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, is scheduled to appear on ABC’s Shark Tank on Jan. 8, 2016, to pitch Hungry Harvest, a company that ships surplus produce destined for waste to local families and businesses. Shark Tank is a reality television show where budding entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of high-powered investors.
DAR - Alumni / Giving
On Dec. 20, 2015, 700 students graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The commencement ceremony was held at the Xfinity Center, University of Maryland’s College Park campus.
$545,900 in need and merit scholarships awarded to Smith undergraduates in fiscal year 2014-15.
$7,454 per student in unmet need, on average, from qualified Smith undergraduates who applied for scholarships in fiscal year 2014-15.
Financial contributions and volunteer efforts give the Smith School what it needs to positively impact students, faculty, alumni and the community at large. These three fearless donors are an important part of the much larger Smith network of generous individuals who contributed greatly to our success last year.
These are just three of the people who helped contribute to our success.
When the Smith School pledged to close its MBA gender enrollment gap within five years, Betty Cinquegrana responded with a pledge of her own. She stepped forward to support the 50/50 by 2020 initiative with a scholarship for students interested in women’s issues. The award, made in honor of her late husband, Paul J. Cinquegrana ’63, will help recipients cope with the typical challenges that come with juggling multiple roles. Instead of fretting about finances, these students can focus on maximizing their Smith experience. Betty’s contribution, through a scholarship in her name, is an especially admirable one, as she is not an alumna and makes it on the basis of respect for and admiration of the Smith School and its values and message.
In 1985 Allen J. Krowe ’54 made the first gift of its kind at the university: a gift to the Smith School to support teaching excellence. As a result of his student experience, he believed strongly that the best teachers would inspire lifelong learning and provide students an intellectual framework to help them in all future endeavors. Krowe continues to give to the Allen J. Krowe Awards for Teaching Excellence, a fund which has recognized more than 150 professors since its inception almost 30 years ago. He has truly made a difference at the Smith School and has undoubtedly inspired students and faculty alike with his legacy.
Bill Longbrake, PhD ’76, has come full circle at the Smith School. During his doctoral program in the early 1970s, he taught finance and introductory business courses to undergraduate students in College Park, Md. Then, after a full career that included senior leadership positions in banking and public policy, he returned to Smith as a student adviser and Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Financial Policy. He also serves on the school’s Board of Advisors and continues to make an annual contribution to the Smith School.
Entrepreneurs can appear effortless and glamorous, yet the realities of running a startup of full-blown company are certainly daunting - especially to current students. The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship helps students as they navigate the startup experience, offering guidance, constructive feedback, and now, thanks to the generosity of two donors in particular, financial support.
The Kathryn Stewart Fellowship program was created this fall through a gift from its namesake. The program provides opportunities for undergraduates to work at a startup of VC as an intern over the summer. Rather than face the financial pressures often associated with no-pay or low-pay internships, Stewart Fellows receive a stipend that allows them to pursue their passions.
The Hisaoka Fellowship program was created by Robert Hisaoka to offer similar benefits primarily to MBA students with a passion for entrepreneurship. The fellowship fosters connections within the local entrepreneurial ecosystem by matching qualified students with startups and VCs for summer internships. In 2015, five students received Hisaoka fellowships with companies including Homesnap, LivingSocial and MPOWER Financial.
As of June 30, 2015
No. 5 Public Business School (Businessweek, 2014)
No. 9 PhD Program (Financial Times, 2014)
No. 11 Undergraduate Management Information Systems (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
No. 15 Executive MBA Program, World (The Economist, 2015)
No. 22 Undergraduate Program (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
No. 24 Full-Time MBA Program (Financial Times, 2015)
No. 26 Part-Time MBA Program (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
No. 4 Faculty (The Economist, 2015)
No. 26 Research, World (Financial Times, 2015)
No. 6 Intellectual Capital, U.S. (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2015)
Quality education starts with a commitment to research. Like art, music and poetry, research is a creative pursuit that requires genius and discipline. The pursuit of new knowledge sets the tone for the whole Smith community.
Krowe Teaching Excellence Award Winners, 2014-2015
Joe Bailey, Decision, Operations and Information Technologies
Zhi-Long Chen, Decision, Operations and Information Technologies
David Kass, Finance
Sarah Kroncke, Finance
Rachelle Sampson, Logistics, Business and Public Policy
Nick Seybert, Accounting and Information Assurance
Subra Tangirala, Management and Organization
Smith School Distinguished Scholar-Teachers
2014-2015: Gilad Chen
2013-2014: Michel Wedel
2011-2012: Ritu Agarwal
2010-2011: Curt Grimm
2004-2005: Michael Fu
2002-2003: M. Susan Taylor
2000-2001: Bruce Golden
1998-1999: Saul Gass
1997-1998: Anil Gupta
1995-1996: Ken Smith
1994-1995: Maryam Alavi
1993-1994: Lee Preston
1989-1990: Kathryn Bartol
1984-1985: Samuel Kotz
1983-1984: Edwin A. Locke
1979-1980: Stephen Carroll
(College Park and Shady Grove)
|Mean SAT Score||1345 (fall 2015 freshmen)|
|Mean high school GPA||4.12 (fall 2015 freshmen)|
|GMAT NOT REQUIRED|
|Average work experience||9 years|
|Average work experience||15 years|
|Advanced to candidacy||15|
|“A” journal publications||6|
The Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Change (CLIC) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is sponsoring a panel on the “Business Athletes” leadership model at the Smith School Business Summit on Nov. 13, 2015, in Baltimore.