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U-Md. Robert H. Smith School of Business Receives $1.5M from BB&T to Support Leadership, Ethics Education

College Park, Md. – March 11, 2010 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced it will receive $1.5 million from the BB&T Foundation to support to business ethics and leadership programs. Awarded over a 10-year period, the gift will fund new curriculum and the BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics and Leadership lecture series at the Smith School’s new Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change, which will launch in the fall of 2010.

Smith Alumna Lacey Brauer Catches ‘Lucky Break’ on Wheel of Fortune

Lacey Brauer, a 2009 alumna from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University Maryland, caught her “lucky break” and won big on ABC’sWheel of Fortune.

Brauer, 22, attended the Smith School for a Marketing degree, with a concentration in Sports Management as a part of the Sports Management Fellows Program. She appeared on the popular TV game show on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009.

Ernst & Young Foundation Donates $250,000 to University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business

College Park, Md. – June 22, 2009 — The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced a $250,000 gift to create the Ernst & Young Freshman Fellows Orientation Program and endowment. The gift will support orientation programs and presentations for Smith’s two-year Freshman Fellows program, an innovative combination of cohort-style classes, experiential learning, co-curricular activities and events that create a cohesive learning community linking students, faculty, staff, corporate partners and alumni.

University of Maryland Business School Connects Alumni with Career Options

College Park, Md. – January 13, 2009 — The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is bolstering its alumni career services and has added a dedicated alumni career coach and New York-based resources to help business managers hard-hit by the economic downturn. The initiative, dubbed “Smith Connects,” is geared to provide help with job searches and networking while strengthening the sense of community among alumni confronted with uncertainty in the current economic climate.

President Bush Recognizes Robert H. Smith For Philanthropy Supporting Humanities

College Park, Md. – November 18, 2008 – President George W. Bush awarded Robert H. Smith, a key benefactor and namesake of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, with the prestigious National Humanities Medal for 2008 for his philanthropic contributions to the humanities. Smith received his award during a ceremony yesterday at the White House East Room.

Smith Speaker Series Welcomes Coach Gary Williams

The inaugural session of the Smith Speaker Series was launched with much fanfare on October 14, 2008. The speaker, Gary Williams ’68, is the head coach of the University of Maryland’s men’s basketball team.

Smith School Dean G. “Anand” Anandalingam opened the session and welcomed Coach Williams, applauding him for his achievements and contributions to the University of Maryland.

Smith Alum in the Running for BusinessWeek’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2008

Robert H. Smith School of Business finance alumnus Anik Singal ’05, was named one of America’s most promising young entrepreneurs in BusinessWeek.com’s fourth annual roundup. Singal is a finalist for the top of the 25-and-under crop — online voting will narrow down the 25 finalists to determine the top five businesses that readers feel hold the most promise.

Robert H. Smith School of Business Names 2008 Leadership and Excellence Award Winners

College Park, Md. – May 8, 2008 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced the recipients of the 2008 Smith Leadership and Excellence Awards. The announcement was made at the Smith School’s annual Undergraduate Awards Banquet. Each year, the school honors business leaders and organizations that have made significant and positive impact on their industries and the community in the mid-Atlantic region.

Smith Community Celebrates Alumni Mentors

Over 60 Smith School MBA students, administrators and alumni mentors attended the fourth annual Smith MBA Alumni Mentor Program (AMP) Awards Luncheon on April 19, 2008. Held at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Washington, D.C., the luncheon recognizes exemplary program participation, honoring the “Mentor of the Year,” “Cluster of the Year,” and “Cluster Coordinator of the Year.”

AMP chairs Glenn Gargan ’87, MBA ’02, and Jean-Yves Van Halle, MS ’96, MBA ’04, addressed attendees and reflected on the program’s growth over the past few years of their involvement.

University of Maryland Business School Honors Late Board Member Michael Corvino

College Park, Md. - April 14, 2008 - The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business honored the late Michael Corvino, president of JanSport backpack brand and an active member of the schools board of visitors, with a room dedication ceremony on Thursday, April 3. Located in Van Munching Hall, the room was named in memory of Corvino's many contributions to the school before he was killed in a car accident on July 14, 2007.

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