November 13, 2023

Education with Impact

Unique Experiences and Opportunities for Smith Students

Across Van Munching Hall, students are exposed to unique educational experiences that bring them in contact with industry leaders, uncover current challenges in business, build their practical skills, and help their community. Whether getting justice for fraud victims, debating whether ESG goals should impact business decisions, hearing from a former CIO of the Army, or diving into sports management, students get an extraordinary experience at Smith.

Smith Students Help Get Justice for Fraud Victims

Outside the classroom, accounting lecturer Samuel Handwerger leads the Justice for Fraud Victims program. Students work with the Prince George’s County Financial Crimes Unit and State’s Attorney’s Office to investigate financial fraud cases to help vulnerable populations. Read more.

Students Explore ESG and Investment

The Smith School once again welcomed the Steamboat Institute’s Campus Liberty Tour to campus. This year’s event, held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center and hosted in partnership with the Smith School’s Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets, saw participants discuss whether environmental, social and governance goals should impact investment and business decisions.

“The best form of education is through creating thought leaders, independent thinkers and critical thinkers. How do you do that? You provide evidence, arguments and different viewpoints. You make up your own mind, not just believing what people think you should believe,” said Dean Konana. Read more.

Industry Seminar Course Hosts Former CIO, Office of the Secretary of the Army

When industry professionals step into the classroom, there are always valuable lessons to be learned. On Oct. 13, the MSIS Industry Seminar course hosted Raj G. Iyer, former Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Information Technology Reform in the Office of the Secretary of the Army, who spoke to over 130 graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program. Read more.

New Sports Management Program Launched

Breaking into the sports industry can be difficult, but UMD students are getting a leg up on the competition with a newly launched Sports Management Program. The 12-credit program represents a partnership between the Smith School, the School of Public Health's Department of Kinesiology, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism's Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, and Maryland Athletics. Students will gain the skills, foundational knowledge and professional opportunities to succeed in the sports industry through classes, site visits, fireside chats with industry professionals, sports industry-focused career fairs and sporting events.

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The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and flex MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, business master’s, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

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