The holiday season is a boom time for the sale of consumer electronics, which means it’s also prime time for retailers to push extended-service contracts onto their customers. The contracts lengthen the terms of manufacturers’ warranties — for a hefty fee. Consider that Best Buy right now is charging $310 to insure a $480 laptop against spills, drops or other damage for three years.
Thirteen teams of undergraduate QUEST honors students presented the results of their capstone projects to an audience of hundreds at the annual QUEST Conference on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at the Riggs Alumni Center.
Smith School faculty and staff were clad in chef hats and “I Heart Smith Seniors” aprons for the Second Annual Smith Senior Pancake Night on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.
Now in its fourth year at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Social Innovation Fellows (SIF) welcomed a new face of the program this Fall. Professor David Kirsch has taken on the SIF curriculum and breathed a new energy into the program. “So far, I think SIF is more of an experience than a class.” said Mandy Yard, current SIF Fellow. “I have been able to learn business concepts and apply them to real life, while focusing on how to change the world.”
This Fall, the Social Entrepreneurship Lab (SE Lab) was piloted at the Robert H. Smith School of Business under the leadership of Professor Christine Beckman and Adjunct Professor Sara Herald. The Lab is an active learning environment where students test hypotheses around the creation of social ventures, and thereby develop a first-hand understanding of how the field works.