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Terps Attend Smith Minors Orientation Night

Sep 11, 2017


Lauren Black, class of 2019 accounting and information systems double major, writes about Smith Minors Orientation Night, held on Sept. 5, 2017, at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Business Minors Make a Major Impact

As each class year gets more impressive, so does the progression within the Smith School. The almost three-year-old minor program is continuously being developed as faculty work to revamp the curriculum. From different majors like engineering, computer science, economics, or public health, an incredibly diverse group of around 220 students gathered for the Smith Minors Orientation Night. Students networked with fellow peers, faculty and professionals to talk about their passion for the minors program, and what they plan to get out of it. The Smith School currently offers three minors: innovation and entrepreneurship, business analytics and general business.

Melanie Ashton, Smith Business Minor program champion and assistant program director, opened the event and exuded her excitement for the program this year. The presentation highlighted the different possibilities and advantages students have with their chosen minor. Representatives from the University Career Center, Center for Social Value Creation, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and more followed her and spoke about their programs, and let these Smith students know more about the impact they could make in the business world.

Paxton Paganelli, junior neurobiology and physiology major, described the difference he plans to make in his field with his background in business. “Being pre-med and having a business perspective would allow me to effectively change health care for the better in being a business conscience physician,” said Paganelli. The presentation was concluded by student entrepreneurs from the company FRODOH, a delicious frozen donut hole company started from students in the innovation and entrepreneurship minor. They are a great example of the exceptional work students from the minors program do.

Business touches every industry, and these Smith students are ready to make an impact in their fields. For more information about the minors offered at Smith, visit:

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

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 part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty masters, 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.