DAR - Alumni / Giving

SUSA NY Alumni & Student Networking Night

Smith alumni in NYC are invited to network with current undergraduate Smith students, reconnect with some of their former professors and meet fellow Smith alumni living in New York! 

Smith faculty/staff in attendance: Dr. Gary Bulmash, Dr. Pat Cleveland, Claudia Donnelly, Dr. Phil Evers, Mary Harms, Dr. Peng Huang, Dr. Zeinab Karake, Dr. Elinda Kiss, Julia Klein, Chris Olson, Dr. David Waguespack, Dr. Mark Wellman, Dr. Diane Whitney 
October 22, 2015 - 11:00pm to October 23, 2015 - 1:00am

Contact Us

Campus Circle

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

Office of Development

Nick Brennan
Associate Director, Coperate and Foundation Relations
301-405-1418 nbrennan@rhsmith.umd.edu
Patty Carocci
Assistant Dean
Development & Alumni Relations
301-405-1786 pcarocci@rhsmith.umd.edu
Sarah Conboy
Associate Director, Annual Giving, Direct Marketing
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
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
Senior Director of Alumni Engagement
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 Recent Alumni Engagement
301-405-6090 mwagner@rhsmith.umd.edu
Donna White-Sneed
Assistant Director of Donor Relations Events
301-405-9481 dwhitesneed@rhsmith.umd.edu

Annual Report

A Note from the Dean

Download the 2016 Annual ReportIt is with pride that we share the 2015-16 highlights from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. We celebrate your contributions as we pursue our mission and stay true to our values.

This past year saw the school grow in many ways. We added the Office of Transformational Learning to help professors integrate technology and hands-on experiences into their courses. We welcomed our first group of business minors and celebrated the graduation of our first group of online MBAs. We partnered with the American Bankers Association to deliver a first-of-its-kind executive education series focused on the detection and prevention of financial crimes.

We also expanded our donor base, completed our reaccreditation process with the AACSB, launched the weekly Smith Brain Trust newsletter and welcomed about 1,000 alumni and other members of the Smith community to the first holiday gala in Washington, D.C.

In addition, our students are winning coveted internships, case competitions and even an MBA dance competition. Our professors are contributing to top journals, writing books and driving intellectual discovery in other ways.

Great ventures like ours require fearless ideas but also great teamwork from people like you. We hope you will continue to partner with us in the year ahead by attending events, volunteering, keeping in touch via social media and coming back to campus to cheer on the Terps.

Thank you for being part of our team and for your continued support of Smith.

Alex Triantis


The following questions are among those most commonly asked by prospective donors to the Smith School. For more information, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please email or call one of our development staff.

Do I have different options in making a gift to the Smith School?

 You may choose the type of asset (cash or non-cash) to contribute, the giving method (direct or planned), and the initiative you would like to support (a fund, program, scholarship, department, and so on).

May I pledge a gift and spread it out over a period of time?

Pledges to the Smith School Annual Fund must be paid by June 30th of the fiscal year in which the gift was made.  Gifts for other purposes in excess of $5,000 can be paid in a maximum of five years.

How can I give online?

Gifts to the Smith School Annual Fund may be made on line quickly and securely.  Contact person for gifts other than online gifts: Jessica Davies at 301-405-9460

How should I make my gift to Smith School?

Credit card gifts can be made online or by calling the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 301-405-9456.

Checks should be made out to University of Maryland College Park Foundation, with a notation that the gift is designated to the Smith School of Business.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Contributions to the University of Maryland are tax-deductible as allowed by law.  Please see your tax advisor for details.

The University of Maryland is a state institution and receives public funding. Does my tax money and tuition cover your costs?

Over the last three decades, national and state funding for higher education has decreased steadily. Currently, support from the state of Maryland provides less than 26 percent of the university’s annual operating budget. Like most large public universities (i.e., Michigan and Ohio State) alumni and friends are committing a significant portion of the school’s operating budget through philanthropic gifts.

I was an MBA at the Smith School. How can I financially support the Smith School as an alumnus?

Alumni of the Smith School are comprised of both undergrads and graduate students. Every alumnus plays a critical role in our future success and the value of their degree.   We ask all alumni to support the Smith School Annual Fund and whatever additional area of interest he or she may have such as scholarships, faculty enrichment opportunities or academic program growth.

May I make a gift to recognize or memorialize someone?

Yes, you may make your gift in recognition of a special loved one, friend, or colleague, or to memorialize someone who is deceased.

How can I make a gift that will last forever as a tribute to someone?

You may endow your gift so that it lives in perpetuity. The gift's principal will be invested soundly and a percentage of the income generated will be designated as you wish.

May I make a gift through my estate or will?

There are numerous ways to use your estate as a means to take care of loved ones after you're gone, while realizing your philanthropic goals. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is happy to work with you, your attorney, and financial advisors regarding these opportunities.

Are there other tax breaks or income-producing opportunities for me through my gift?

There are various ways of structuring your gift whereby you will be provided with a stream of income in addition to a tax break. Please contact your finance or tax professional directly, please e-mail or call one of our development staff.

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.


Planned Giving

Make a Difference for the Future

Did you know there are creative ways to support the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and your loved ones at the same time?  Planned giving is a process of considering what and when to give, as well as how to structure charitable gifts to meet personal financial goals.

Through planned giving, it is possible to:

  1. Make gifts to Maryland larger than you can afford through immediate outright contributions
  2. Retain control and use of assets you plan to donate later
  3. Receive lifetime income for yourself and your family
  4. Reduce income taxes, gift taxes or estate taxes.

To leave the Smith School in your will, click here for bequest language.

To learn more about planned giving opportunities, please contact John McKee at 301-405-0320.

About Us

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations furthers the vision of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland by:

  • Engaging alumni, families, friends, corporations and foundations in the life of the Smith School,
  • Nurturing lifelong, mutually beneficial relationships throughout the Smith community,
  • Building and supporting an active, connected and dynamic Smith School community, and
  • Promoting a vibrant culture of philanthropy and securing financial resources.

Our work supports the needs of our outstanding alumni and students, and fuels the future success of our world class business school, respected faculty, and centers of excellence.

Why Give?

Make a Gift!

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business depends on support from alumni and friends to provide students with an exceptional education in business management. State support is not enough to keep Smith competitive among fellow business schools and private donations fill the gaps where public funding stops short. Your gift can make a difference in the lives of students every day and we depend on our community to answer the call. The Smith community gratefully thanks those who invested in the future of the Smith School! 

As we look to a future fundraising initiative some common themes emerge:

  • Growing the Smith School Annual Fund
  • Providing enhanced learning opportunities for our students
  • Increasing the number of scholarships available, particularly for our MBA and graduate students
  • Offering stronger levels of compensation to recruit and retain our talented faculty
  • Supporting our currently established academic centers to the fullest degree possible

If these or any other area of philanthropic need is of interest to you, please click here to explore how to make a gift or contact the development office at 301-405-7869.

Dingman in New York

Can you spot a budding entrepreneur or the next great business idea? Find out when the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship comes to NYC to showcase Terp startups for SmithNY Alumni. 

Dingman in New York 
Thursday, October 1, 2015 
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
250 W 39th Street 
New York, NY 10018

Cocktails and appetizers will be served

October 1, 2015 - 11:00pm to October 2, 2015 - 1:00am


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