STARS Transfer Night Welcomes Incoming Transfer Students
to the Smith School
On Tuesday, Sept. 7, the Smith School STARS program —Smith Talent Acquisition
& Referral System— welcomed newly admitted transfer students to a networking
reception designed to introduce them to each other and to corporate partners and
alumni who recruit Smith school students, giving students a head start on the
process of exploring careers and opportunities in business.
Approximately 30 students newly admitted as juniors to the Smith School at
College Park and at Shady Grove, joined employers from KPMG, Ernst & Young,
Northrup-Grumman, Target, and PWC, who will return on Sept. 17 for the Smith
School’s annual Career Fair to kick off the academic year. Through informal
conversations, students learned about career opportunities and picked up
valuable tips from alumni employers, who enjoyed revisiting their days as Smith
School students while welcoming new students to the Smith community.
event was hosted in Van Munching Hall by the Smith School’s STARS program, the
mission of which is to encourage and attract first generation and
underrepresented students to the study of business and to provide a support
network for academic success. The event was co-hosted by Cynthia O’Brien,
Associate Director for Employer Development at the Smith School’s Office of
Career Services, and by officers of the Black Business Association (BBA) and
National Association of Black Accountants (NABA).
Dean Pat Cleveland welcomed attendees, and encouraged students to join the
STARS program in expanding the Smith School’s outreach to prospective students.
She introduced STARS ambassadors, Teonna Lonon, accounting junior and Smith
Honors student, and Takor Njang, junior in accounting—both originally from
Flowers High School – and Maurice Nick, junior in logistics and supply chain,
from Frederick Douglass High School, all in Prince Georges County.
For more information on the Undergraduate
Fellows Program, visit the website.