What to Expect Fall 2020

As we return to Van Munching Hall for the beginning of a new academic year, the health and well-being of Maryland Smith students, faculty, and staff is a top priority. We must rely on each other to faithfully wear masks, maintain distance, and follow the precautions that help keep us safe. Thank you for doing your part for our community.

Although this year will look different, there will be some great opportunities for students, both virtual and in person. We look forward to welcoming you back for an unusual but truly inspiring year!

Coming in Fall 2020

CEO@Smith
Sept. 8, Noon, Virtual
Have (virtual) lunch with the CEO of EY, Carmine di Sibio.

Smith Day 2020
Nov. 12
Join the community for a celebration of Smith Pride.

Senior Class Barbecue
Date will be available soon
Join fellow Terps for a socially distanced BBQ. More details to follow.

Business Week
Sept. 8, 9 and 10
Join dynamic events to gear up for recruiting season.

Smith Undergraduate Career Fair
Sept. 17, 3-6 p.m., Virtual
Sept. 18, Noon-3 p.m., Virtual
Meet with employers hiring for full-time positions, internships and externships

Smith in the City
Nov. 5 and 6, Virtual
Visit top NYC companies and network with alumni, all virtually.

Snacks on Smith
Dec. 15, Van Munching Hall
Dean Mullins and Team serve snacks to Smith Students.

Safety in Van Munching Hall

  • Everyone is expected to wear a mask while in Van Munching Hall and follow the University’s health and safety requirements. Visit 4Maryland for the most updated information about the University of Maryland Fall 2020 reopening plan and health and safety information.
  • Please follow signage on classroom doors and enter and exit classrooms through the doors as marked.
  • Chairs will be taped off in classrooms to indicate proper spacing between students.
  • Disinfecting wipes will be provided in each classroom. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to disinfect your work area prior to the start of class.
  • There are hand sanitizer stations at building entrances for your use.
  • Please do not congregate in common areas in order to maintain appropriate distance between students.
  • Instructions for traffic flow in hallways and on stairs, and for elevator use, will be marked by signs.
  • Furniture and equipment will be moved within classrooms to allow for the appropriate distance between people. Classroom doors will have signs that indicate the number of people that the classroom can hold with distancing requirements. Please follow posted signs for maximum occupancy.
  • Van Munching Hall classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected nightly.

COVID-19 Testing Policy

As required by the University System of Maryland,  anyone returning in-person to a USM institution must be tested for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their arrival, and must provide university officials confirmation of a negative COVID test result. Read more about the University of Maryland's COVID-19 testing policy.

Student Services

Undergraduate Students

For the Fall 2020 semester, the Undergraduate Program Office will be operating virtually. Contact the office via email, smithundergradinfo@umd.edu, or by phone, 301-405-2286. Messages left by phone will be answered within one business day.

For the Fall 2020 semester, the Undergraduate Program Office will be operating virtually. 

Admitted Students

Admitted Smith students can contact their Smith School advisor via email. 

Minor Students

Smith minor students: For the Fall 2020 semester, the Smith Minor Program Office will be operating virtually.    

  • Admitted Smith Minor students can contact a minor advisor via email. 
    • Smith Minor Advisors can be reached via email at smithminors@umd.edu
    • Schedule a virtual advising appointment with your Smith advisor and selecting the link for Smith Minor admitted students.
    • Confirm the name of your Smith Minor Program advisor by logging into Terp Engage.  
    • Contact your individual instructor for information regarding faculty office hours.
  • Prospective Smith Minor students have several options to connect with the Smith Minor Community.  

Prospective Students

Prospective Smith students have several options to connect with the Smith School.  

General Information

Contact your individual instructor for information regarding faculty office hours.

General inquiries should be sent to smithundergradinfo@umd.edu.

All undergraduate Smith School courses at the Shady Grove campus will be offered online for the Fall 2020 semester. Student services will be provided remotely and all events will be virtual.  

Graduate Students

The Masters Program Office is encouraging students to meet with their advisors and the MPO staff virtually when possible.  While the office will be open for in person visits, the need to social distance is limiting the number of staff in VMH at any given time. We will continue to monitor activities and may adjust our schedule but our current plans are as follows:  

  • MBA and Specialty Master’s students are encouraged to email their program advisor.
  • Day/time for each program’s virtual ‘walk-in’ hours will be posted once scheduled.
  • Issues that require a 1:1 conversation can be handled via a phone call or by requesting a virtual or walk-in appointment in advance.
  • If you have an urgent general question during the day, the front desk of the Masters Programs Office (2308 Van Munching Hall) will be staffed from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursday.
  • For general inquiries or additional information please contact the MPO via email at Smith-Masters-Programs-Office@umd.edu

The status of this campus may be affected by the state of coronavirus outbreak management in the surrounding region. Any changes will be communicated by the Master's Program Office directly to students' email.

As at the College Park campus, students are expected to wear masks, maintain social distance, follow posted signs and observe all University health and safety requirements.

The Masters Program Office is encouraging students to meet with their advisors and the MPO staff virtually when possible.  We will continue to monitor activities and may adjust our schedule but our current plans are as follows:    

  • For the Fall 2020 semester, MPO staff plan to be on site to assist students from 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. when blended classes are holding an ‘in person’ session. 
  • Students are encouraged to email their program advisor, Tagrina Rayhan
  • Day/time for the campus advisor’s virtual ‘walk-in’ hours will be posted once scheduled.
  • Issues that require a 1:1 conversation can be handled via a phone call or by requesting a virtual or walk-in appointment in advance.

The status of this campus may be affected by the state of coronavirus outbreak management in the surrounding region. Any changes will be communicated by the Master's Program Office directly to students' email.

As at the College Park campus, students are expected to wear masks, maintain social distance, follow posted signs and observe all University health and safety requirements.

The Masters Program Office is encouraging students to meet with their advisors and the MPO staff virtually when possible.  We will continue to monitor activities and may adjust our schedule but our current plans are as follows:    

  • For the Fall 2020 semester, MPO staff plan to be on site to assist students from 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. when blended classes are holding an ‘in person’ session. 
  • Students are encouraged to email their program advisor, Martha Schnare
  • Day/time for the campus advisor’s virtual ‘walk-in’ hours will be posted once scheduled.
  • Issues that require a 1:1 conversation can be handled via a phone call or by requesting a virtual or walk-in appointment in advance.

The status of this campus may be affected by the state of coronavirus outbreak management in the surrounding region. Any changes will be communicated by the Master's Program Office directly to students' email.

As at the College Park campus, students are expected to wear masks, maintain social distance, follow posted signs and observe all University health and safety requirements.

The Masters Program Office is encouraging students to meet with their advisors and the MPO staff virtually when possible.  We will continue to monitor activities and may adjust our schedule but our current plans are as follows:   

  • For the Fall 2020 semester, MPO staff plan to be on site to assist students from 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. when blended classes are holding an ‘in person’ session. 
  • Students are encouraged to email their program advisor, Eugenia Martin
  • Day/time for the campus advisor’s virtual ‘walk-in’ hours will be posted once scheduled.
  • ·Issues that require a 1:1 conversation can be handled via a phone call or by requesting a virtual or walk-in appointment in advance.

Office of Career Services

We are gearing up for a full calendar of events to help you get career ready, pivot and grow your career, as well as connect you to employers.  

The events you would normally experience are all here, but reimagined for the virtual context -- career fairs, information sessions, mock interviews, career coaching. In general, you can expect all employer events to be virtual; career coaching will be available primarily virtually, although we are working on a plan for offering some face-to-face coaching opportunities as well. If you need a quiet, professional space to conduct a virtual interview, we have interview rooms at the ready, too. 

We also have some inventive new offerings in the works, taking advantage of the flexibility the virtual context offers.  Stay tuned for more about new virtual networking events -- like Employer Power Hours, Ask Me Anything Sessions, and Alumni Cyber Cafe.  

Here’s how you can stay abreast of all that is happening: 

  • HireSmith is the hub for all career services activities -- whether coaching appointments or employer events. Please check HireSmith frequently as it is regularly updated.
  • Look for your weekly #SmithHired virtual OCS newsletter for highlights including student success stories, events within and beyond Smith, and hot job opportunities.

Faculty Office Hours

Professors will be offering a variety of ways to connect this semester. Contact your individual instructor for information about their office hours.

Study Spaces and Collaboration Spaces 

  • If you need a quiet study space between face-to-face classes, the following classrooms have been reserved for student use. Please follow posted signs for maximum occupancy.
    • VMH 1202, VMH 1206, VMH 1505, VMH 1520
  • The Undergraduate Lounge is open. Please maintain 6 feet of distance from others when using this space. Club rooms are open; please follow posted signs for maximum occupancy.
  • Case rooms are open; please follow posted signs for maximum occupancy.
  • Limited seating is available in Pownall Atrium, the Photo Gallery, and on the third floor. Please maintain distancing when using these spaces.

Clubs

Undergraduate clubs currently plan to offer events virtually this semester. Learn more about Smith Undergraduate Student Association clubs and activities.

Information about graduate clubs will be posted when information is available. 

Rudy’s

Rudy's will be suspending operations after close of business on Friday, October 2, 2020. 

Computing Labs

VMH 1572 is the only computing lab open in Fall 2020. 

Printing Stations

WEPA printing stations will be touchless only. Please download the mobile app to use the WEPA printing stations.

Centers

  • Contact the Dingman Center for Entreprepreneurship at dingman@rhsmith.umd.edu
  • Connect with us on Instagram at @dingmancenter and Facebook at /dingmancenter. 
  • Get advice for your startup idea during Dingman Fridays. These 1:1 advising sessions will be held every Friday of the semester from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. virtually on Zoom. Venture mentors, subject matter experts, guest advisors and Dingman staff are available to listen to your idea, offer feedback and provide actionable next steps. 
  • "Get to Know Dingman" during office hours every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. During these brief 1:1 sessions, a team member will introduce you to the Center and aim to match you with the resources, advisors, funding, programming, or other support you need. 
  • October 15 from 6 - 7 p.m.: Ladies First Founders Alumni Panel
  • Ladies First Founders (BMGT 369D), the Dingman Center’s class for UMD female entrepreneurs, is open to undergraduate women working on businesses. During this virtual session, hear from female founders who have completed the course.
  • October 16 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.: Pitch Practice
  • Competing in the Pitch Dingman Competition, Do Good Challenge, Ag Innovation Challenge, SPH Gold Innovation Award, a classroom pitch competition, or just generally want to improve your pitching skills? Come to Pitch Practice! Hop online, grab yourself a snack and learn how to up your game. Pitch Practice is very interactive, so be ready with an elevator pitch or to screenshare a pitch deck (max 5 minutes) that you are working on. Incomplete pitches are encouraged as well. RSVP
  • CGB is the hub of global learning and activity at Maryland Smith. We are committed to bringing the world to our students through new and innovative programs.
  • Please connect with Center staff virtually at smithglobal@umd.edu, follow CGB on Twitter @SmithGlobalBiz and Instagram SmithGlobalBiz.
  • Undergraduates will want to check out the International Business Agility Lab Series. Students work on teams with other students from around the world to solve business resilience problems for an international company.
  • MBA students can travel the world virtually through a new Managing Global Risks and Opportunities course. 
  • All students are welcome at the fall Distinguished Speaker Series events to hear from executives and policy experts on how industry has adapted in the unsettled global business environment.
  • Follow #KeepGlobalSmith for more events and information.
  • The Center for Social Value Creation has a mission to educate, engage and empower Smith students to create a better world through business.
  • Educate: Follow @CreatingValue and the CSVC Newsletter for impact driven events, articles, and career opportunities.
  • Engage: Connect with Center staff virtually at csvc@umd.edu. We are excited to discuss any ideas you may have.
  • Empower: Work on cross-disciplinary teams with MBAs, Masters, and Undergraduate teams in our Impact Consulting Fellowship. Over the course of the fellowship, students will work in teams to help solve pressing business challenges for real impact-driven organizations.

Parking

The most updated information about parking on campus can be found at the DOTS website

Smith Parent Resource Guide

Dear Smith Families,

With the fall semester approaching, we all share similar concerns about the health and safety of our families, friends and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. As parents of students, we can only imagine the stress and uncertainty you all face on a daily basis. This resource guide has been created in an attempt to bring attention to the University of Maryland's current policies and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as to highlight actionable steps that the Smith School of Business is taking to keep your students safe. Finally, this guide provides suggestions from current Smith students on how to cope and manage time in a virtual learning environment.

University of Maryland Response

Ways the Smith School of Business is Supporting Students

  • Review the Smith School’s What to Expect Fall 2020 guide that consists of safety procedures within Van Munching Hall, a comprehensive list of student services, and upcoming fall 2020 events that will be both virtual and in-person.
  • Prospective students and incoming freshmen are encouraged to review the undergraduate brochure details about the Smith School of Business and all of the opportunities that the school provides.
  • Incoming freshmen are automatically members of the Smith Start program which helps to prepare new students for their four years at UMD and beyond through numerous opportunities and small, linked courses and co-curricular programming.
    Note: First-year students are paired with upperclassmen mentors; mentors will run a meeting with their group the weekend before school starts, and send information to students about campus updates on a bi-weekly basis. Incoming freshmen will be updated regarding mentoring and opportunities for the fall in the near future.
  • Smith students are encouraged to get involved in undergraduate clubs & organizations which are continuing to run virtually and help connect students! More information can be requested by submitting a request through the SUSA club list.
  • Students and parents can subscribe to the Smith Undergraduate Student Association (SUSA) newsletter that provides information regarding accountability, engagement, and services within the Smith School of Business.
  • Fellows & special programs are available for students to apply to based on their individual interests.
  • The iSmith program allows for students to track experiences (e.g. virtual workshops, attendance at Smith events, job interviews) and competencies gained within the Smith School of Business.

Ways That Parents Can Further Support Their Students During Distance Learning

  • Keep in mind that transitioning very quickly into a completely virtual online learning environment is challenging to begin with but adding the pressure of a global pandemic can make transitioning extra challenging. Provide space for the fact that your student(s) may be overwhelmed at first and may take some time to settle into a routine and adjust to this transition.
  • Review this article about how other parents have been supporting their students during these unprecedented times.
  • Understanding the difference between synchronous and asynchronous class formats:
    • SYNCHRONOUS = Class occurs weekly at a designated time; students will meet with the professor either in person or virtually based on the course requirement. Course material and assignments can be provided by the professor during class.
      Note: This format is very similar to the traditional format of a college course. However, based on class size and location, students may be required to attend lectures virtually.
    • ASYNCHRONOUS = Classes do not formally meet on a weekly basis; course material is posted by the professor. Assignments are posted on UMD canvas/ELMS. Students complete assignments on their own schedules and submit assignments through ELMS.
      Note: Time management can become trickier because the student must plan to complete assignments and review course material based on their personal schedule.
  • Prior to attending classes, assist students in learning online conference etiquette in order to stay on top of synchronous lectures specific to the Smith School of Business.

Coping Skills and Recommendations From Current Students & Smith Ambassadors

  • Create a designated work/study space that is separate from your sleep space.
  • Take advantage of online office hours, it may feel awkward at first, but it’s very helpful and your teachers are all here to support you!
  • Dress for success during virtual class times, this may help you to get in the mindset of attending classes.
  • Schedule “class time” blocks of time in your day to attend to asynchronous work.
  • Utilize agendas or online organizers (e.g. Google Keep, Asana, Basecamp, etc.) for time management and to-do lists.
  • Continue to utilize social clubs that the Smith School of Business offers.

Additional Links

Contact Us

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University of Maryland
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Van Munching Hall
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301.405.7762