DAR - Alumni / Giving

Welcome Message

Dear Smith School Alumni,

Welcome! Thank you for visiting our website.  This is the first step to becoming more involved with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and making your degree even more valuable than it is today.  Our team is eager to help you connect with one another and provide you with a myriad of ways to continue your relationship with your alma mater.  

With more than 57,000 alumni, Smith’s network spans the globe, and with 30,000 alumni living in the Washington, D.C., metro area, we connect students and graduates to the largest alumni network in the region.  Capitalizing on this community can open many doors for you in your professional career and personal life – jobs, prospective clients, new markets, and new ideas.  SmithConnector is our online alumni community and provides you with instant access to former classmates and fellow Terps.   Please take a moment to make sure your contact information is correct so we can keep you informed of what’s happening here.  Additionally, please consider joining our FaceBook page and check out our Twitter feeds.

Looking for a way to give back?  Check out our ‘Get Involved’ page and consider assisting current students improve their experience at Smith.  You can also attend events either or campus or with your local alumni club.

We hope you’ll continue to stay in touch with your Smith alumni community through the years.  We need our exceptionally talented, diverse alumni to help us move the Smith School forward.

Sincerely,

Patty Carocci
Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

Spotlights

PolingTodd

Todd Poling, MBA '06

Todd graduated from the Robert H. Smith School of Business with his MBA in 2006.  He is currently Senior Brand Manager for the brand strategy small business team at Capital One.  He is a member of the Alumni Chapter Board, where he sits on the Marketing Task Force.  Read more >>

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Brian Meenaghan '05

Brian graduated from the Robert H. Smith School of Business in 2005 with a degree in Finance and International Business.  He now works as a Vice President and Business Services Officer at BB&T.  Brian is very involved in the University of Maryland Community, as both an alumnus and as a representative of BB&T.  Brian serves as chair of the Smith Alumni Chapter Board.  Read more >>

Josh Reznick

 

Josh Reznick '98

A veteran of Internet advertising, Josh Reznick '98, became intimately familiar with all manner of digital measurement when he founded his first online marketing company a decade ago. After selling that company, Reznick realized that in spite of all the innovation that had occurred with search and display advertising... Read more >>

Success Stories

WE CONNECT THE DOTS. YOU CREATE THE BIG PICTURE.

Rick Spadara

Meet Rick.

Meet Rick, a Smith MBA ’12 grad. As co-president of the MBA Finance Association, Rick organized the Smith’s M&A Competition, supported in-part by the Annual Fund, where he worked closely with Smith School staff to make the event a success. Those staff then connected Rick with an alumnus who needed the right person for a banking internship. Rick got the internship… and landed a full-time job at the UBS Leverage Finance Group after graduation.

My advice for future students? Get involved in activities beyond the classroom. These connections are going to get you far.

Rick Spadaro, MBA ’12

 

Brianna Burnette

Meet Brianna.

Meet Brianna, a Smith School undergraduate. As a scholarship recipient, Brianna understands the importance of philanthropy firsthand. This goes beyond just her scholarship to an appreciation for every corner of Van Munching Hall—our building filled with resources and innovative technology due to gifts from donors and alumni.

As a Smith School student, every day when I walk down the halls of Van Munching, I witness the generosity of many Smith School alumni. Philanthropy within the Smith School community brings a sense of success and inspiration. It sends a constant reminder that as you prosper in your career, always remember the ones who helped you along the way, and more importantly, remember to always help others’ dreams come true, too.

Brianna Burnette, Smith School Undergraduate

 

Meet our EMBAs.

Meet our EMBAs. Being part of an Executive MBA program means juggling established careers, family time and an intensive executive education program. The Annual Fund helps fund social events open to EMBAs and their families, events which foster networking and community building.

Getting your Smith EMBA is such an intense experience, so I always looked forward to the social events that the Smith School put on for us -- especially the BBQs and holiday parties. These events not only gave us the opportunity to relax and have some fun, but our families could also attend some events. I believe that really helped us build a strong and lasting community.

Alissa Arford, EMBA ‘10

 

Ritu Agarwal

Meet Ritu and Rebecca.

Meet Ritu and Rebecca. Both Smith School professors, they have many roles to play. In addition to being members of our stellar faculty, these women are also members of the greater academic community. The Annual Fund provides membership dues for Ritu, Rebecca and many other professors and PhD students, for the world’s top professional associations, so they can do what they do best: represent Smith as an intellectual force to be reckoned with. 

Memberships in professional societies are an outstanding way of connecting with new ideas and building relationships with colleagues at other institutions. My long-standing association with INFORMS, a leading professional society for operations research, management science, and information systems, has allowed me to play a variety of leadership roles in the profession, including my current position as Editor-in-Chief of one of the top journals in Information Systems.

Ritu Agarwal, Professor of Information Systems

Rebecca HamiltonMembership in professional organizations like the Association for Consumer Research and the Society for Consumer Psychology is critical to faculty and PhD student development. Sponsoring these memberships raises the stature of the Smith School by allowing our faculty and PhD students to participate in the essential academic process of presenting research and providing feedback on others' research.

Rebecca Hamilton, Professor of Marketing

Fund Champions

Fund Champions

Smith School Annual Fund faculty and staff champions are leaders both in their fields, and within the Smith School. They are advocates for the Annual Fund for a variety of reasons, but they all share a passion for providing a world-class experience for our students. Learn more about our champions today!

Terrill Drake

Terrill Drake

Executive Director, Office of Smith Programs and Events

 

“I'm a champion because this fund will not only support our students, but will enhance our experience as faculty and staff, as well as Smith's brand.”

Terrill Drake is the executive director of the Office of Smith Programs and Events, overseeing the day-to-day operations and execution of more than 200 conferences, meetings and special events annually supported by the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Joyce Russell

Joyce Russell

Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow & Senior Executive Education Fellow

 

“We as faculty and staff impact Smith's history and future. I'm a champion because I want to impact my students' futures through this fund.”

Professor Joyce Russell is a Ralph J. Tyser Distinguished Teaching Fellow and a Senior Executive Education Fellow in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, as well as a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist with over 25 years of experience consulting with both private and public sector organizations.

Alex Triantis

Alex Triantis

Dean & Professor, Finance

 

“I'm a champion because I want to invest in the future of the Smith School, and to help leverage the impact of all of our educational, research and outreach activities.”

Professor Alex Triantis has twice received the Smith School's Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence, served two terms as editor of Financial Management (1999-2005), and served as chair of the finance department from 2006-11.

Rebecca Winner

Rebecca Winner

Associate Director, Strategic Communications

 

“I'm proud of Smith's student, faculty and staff community, and I'm excited about our potential to do great things. I'm a champion because the Annual Fund will help meet our most urgent needs and pursue that margin of excellence in all our activities.”

Rebecca Winner, associate director of strategic communications, helps to shape the way the Smith School story is told to all key stakeholders--current and prospective students, alumni, corporate partners, faculty and staff, and the wider world.

Progress Report

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Did you know that alumni giving has a direct impact on Smith School rankings?

As more individual alumni give back, our rankings go up – which keeps the value of your Smith degree high. Gifts of all sizes impact our participation rate, so alumni from all graduation years have a chance to make a real difference for the School.

For the inaugural year of the Smith School Annual Fund campaign, we’ve set forth the following alumni participation and dollar goals:

Smith Undergraduate alumni participation goal: 5%

  • That’s 1,925 undergraduate Smith alumni choosing to give back to Smith between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
  • Undergraduate alumni: The Maryland Fund for Excellence, the annual giving outreach program for the University as a whole, will contact you on behalf of the Smith School. When you receive this outreach, simply write in “Smith School Annual Fund” in the Designation section of your giving form, or tell the student caller who contacts you that you’d like to give directly to Smith. This helps both the MFE and Smith at the same time!
  • At the midpoint of the fiscal year, we still have work to do to reach our 5% goal. We need 1,594 new undergraduate alumni to make a gift, no matter what size, between now and June 30, 2013 in order to make our goal.

Smith Graduate alumni participation goal: 5%

  • That’s 505 graduate Smith alumni choosing to give back to Smith between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
  • At the midpoint of the fiscal year, we are almost half way to this 5% goal. We need 293 new graduate alumni to participate between now and June 30, 2013 in order to make our goal.

Total dollars raised goal: $650,000

  • At the midpoint of the fiscal year, we are almost halfway to our dollars raised goal. We need to raise an additional $385,000 between now and June 30, 2013 in order to make our goal.

Check this page quarterly for updates on our progress towards these goals.

Message from the Director

Students

Dear Smith School Community –

The last few months of the 2013 fiscal year are upon us, and the academic semester is beginning to wind down for Smith School students. Final projects, exams, and commencement are all just around the corner, and groups of students can be found studying throughout Van Munching Hall at all hours of the day and evening.

While our students complete their final assignments, alumni, parents, and friends like you are also working hard to reach this year’s goals for the Smith School Annual Fund. We still have progress to make before June 30, and I hope that if you haven’t yet participated by giving online , you’ll join your peers by doing so today.

Also keep an eye on your mailbox for our fiscal year end communication, which will give you the chance to test your Smith School expertise with a few fun trivia questions (Don’t worry – we’ll grade on a curve!) It will also provide you with the chance to easily give through the mail via a return envelope.

As always, thank you for your support of the Smith School, and for your engagement in the Smith community. I look forward to seeing how quickly we can meet, and even exceed this year’s goals for the Annual Fund.

All the best,

Patty Carocci
Assistant Dean

Ways of Giving

Cash and Credit Card Gifts

Gifts by check or credit card continue to be popular. You can make your credit card gift online by clicking the "Make a Gift" link below. We accept all forms of credit cards.

Make a Gift!

Pledge Payments

Another gift option is to pay a pledge at a later date or in a series of installments. You can specify if you would like to be reminded to pay your pledge in December, March, and/or June.

Matching Gifts

Click here to see if your company is match eligible

You may have the opportunity to double or even triple the value of your gift. Many companies offer matching gift programs to their employees as part of the benefits package. Please contact your Human Resources Office to learn more about your company’s matching gift policy and to determine if you are eligible for a matching gift or click here.

Stock Gifts

Donors are discovering the ease and added benefits of giving gifts of appreciated securities. Often giving a gift of stock will create tax savings for the donor.

A wire transfer is the easiest way to make a gift of stock. Please call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations to notify us of the transfer and to receive further instructions including the account and DTC numbers.

If you have the original stock certificate, please call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 301-405-2449 for transfer instructions.

Fiscal Year 2014

The fiscal year for the 2012-2013 Annual Funds is July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. A gift now or pledge to be paid by June 30 will save us from contacting you again for the Annual Funds. We appreciate your support.

Leadership Gift Clubs

Our leadership giving societies honor our most generous and committed donors who are fundamental to the success of the university. These loyal supporters have established a strong tradition of giving to the university.

The Colonnade Society

The Colonnade Society recognizes donors who make annual contributions of $1,000 or more to any program or unit across the university. Corporations receive Colonnade Society status with gifts totaling $5,000 or more. 

Colonnade Society giving is recognized at the following levels:

Steeple Club

$25,000 and above

Portico Club

$10,000 to $24,999

Pillar Club

$5,000 to $9,999

Pedestal Club

$2,500 to $4,999

Cornerstone Club*

$1,000 to $2,499

*$500 for alumni one to five years from graduation
**$100 for current students

The Maryland Society

The Maryland Society acknowledges donors who have made lifetime contributions of $100,000 or more. 

Maryland Society giving is recognized at the following levels:

1856 Society

$1,000,000 or more

Black and Gold Society

$500,000 - $999,999

Rossborough Society

$250,000 - $499,999

Maryland Society

$100,000 - $249,99

The Founders Society

The Founders Society honors alumni and friends who demonstrate their generosity and commitment to the University of Maryland through will, trust or other planned gift. Members of the Founders Society help ensure the future excellence and impact of the university by making simple bequests to Maryland, naming the university as a beneficiary of a living trust, life insurance policy or a qualified retirement plan. You can also become a member by establishing a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust.

THANK YOU! It’s largely because of generous alumni and friends like you that the Smith School can recruit and retain the world’s leading faculty experts, provide scholarships and a first-tier business education to talented students, and graduate the next generation of business leaders who serve their organizations and communities.

Welcome Message

Welcome!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Please browse the links to the left to find out how you can make a difference with your support of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The Smith School depends on support from alumni and friends like you to provide students with an excellent business management education.  Your support allows us to continue the tradition of providing students with a first-class educational opportunity at a fraction of the cost. Funding will provide resources to fund scholarships and fellowships for deserving students, recruit and retain world-renowned faculty, and support innovative research.

I – along with the greater Smith and University of Maryland community – thank you for investing in the future of the Smith School.

Sincerely,

Patty Carocci
Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

Contact Us

Campus Circle

 

Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Robert H. Smith School of Business
4570 Van Munching Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Office of Development and Alumni Relations Staff

Patty Carocci
Assistant Dean
Development & Alumni Relations
301-405-1786 pcarocci@rhsmith.umd.edu
Sarah Conboy
Associate Director, Annual Fund
301-405-9459 sconboy@rhsmith.umd.edu
Jessica Davies
Executive Director, Constituent Relations & Special Projects
301-405-9460 jdavies@rhsmith.umd.edu
Sonja Frazier
Development Coordinator
301-405-2449 sfrazier@rhsmith.umd.edu
Ruth Hakulin
Office Manager
301-405-7869 rhakulin@rhsmith.umd.edu
Yvette King
Director of Information Services
301-405-8141 yking@rhsmith.umd.edu
Danielle Krizan
Assistant Director for Alumni Relations
301-405-4095 dkrizan@rhsmith.umd.edu
Cynthia Leland
Assistant Director, Development
301-405-2936 cleland@rhsmith.umd.edu
Tanika Magum
Development Coordinator
301-405-8978 tmagum@rhsmith.umd.edu
Angella McLarty
Assistant Director of Development
301-405-9483 amclarty@rhsmith.umd.edu
Stephan Silipigni
Senior Director of Development
301-405-9458 ssilipigni@rhsmith.umd.edu
Jessica Steinke 
Director of Development
301-405-9162 jsteinke@rhsmith.umd.edu
Liz Strand
Director of Donor Relations
301-405-1350 liz.strand@rhsmith.umd.edu
Sharon Strange Lewis
Director, Graduate Alumni Relations
301-405-9285 slewis@rhsmith.umd.edu
David VanLone
Senior Director of Corporate/Foundation Relations
301-405-8883 dvanlone@rhsmith.umd.edu
Mary Wagner
Director of Young Alumni Programs
301-405-6090 mwagner@rhsmith.umd.edu
Tonia Wang
Marketing Communications and Development Associate
301-405-9455 twang@rhsmith.umd.edu

Alumni Board

Alumni Event

The Smith Alumni Chapter Board functions in an advisory capacity to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations in the areas of programming and marketing to the alumni. The mission of the Alumni Chapter Board is to support the vision of the Smith School of Business by creating a vibrant alumni experience and fostering lifelong relationships between the school and alumni community.

The Alumni Chapter Board will support the Smith School in achieving the following objectives:

  • Strengthen the Smith community through alumni events that are well attended, executed and provide alumni with lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Build a strong alumni bench to tap into for networking, speaking and volunteering experiences.
  • Leverage alumni relationships to help current students identify career paths and secure jobs.

The Alumni Chapter Board members are alumni from the undergraduate, full-time MBA, part-time MBA, MS and PhD programs.  In addition, the board also consists of student representatives from each program.  The experience and feedback from alumni are key to the success of the Smith School.

Nominations for the Alumni Chapter Board are now open!  If you are looking for a way to get more involved and give back to the Smith School, please fill out a nomination form.  Self-nominations will be accepted.  You are also encourage to nominate a friend or colleague who would be an asset to the board.

 

2013-2014 Alumni Chapter Board

Melissa Davis, MBA '06

 

Etim Edim, MBA '05 

 

 

Clarence "CJ" Grant, MBA '05
Co-Chair

 

Eric Grant, MBA '07

 

Brittany Hargest '08

 

Stacey Lacer '06

 

Lin "Liam" Li, MS '12

 

John Masoudpour '01, MBA '07

 

Brian Meenaghan '05
Chair

 

Robin Meister '03

 

Todd Poling, MBA '06

 

Jennifer Reynolds, EMBA '11

 

Alison Taylor '09

 

Mark Weinstein '05
Immediate Past Chair

 

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