College Park, MD - May 27, 1999 - Leo Van Munching Jr. has donated $6 million to help finance the expansion and renovation of Van Munching Hall, the home of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. An alumnus of the Smith School, Van Munching graduated from the University of Maryland in 1950 with a degree in marketing and business administration. He is the retired president of Van Munching & Co., the sole U.S. importer of Heineken Beer.
Baltimore, MD - May 18, 1999 - The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, will honor Baltimore business leaders William N. Apollony and Francis A. Contino as the business school's 1999 Distinguished Alumni. Apollony, who received his MBA in finance from the school in 1976, is the senior vice president of First National Bank of Maryland's Healthcare Banking Division. Contino, a 1968 accounting graduate, is executive vice president and CFO of McCormick & Company, Inc.
College Park, MD - May 5, 1999 - Thanks to the generosity of alumni and a corporate foundation, the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, can boast another prestigious faculty position: the KPMG Professorship in Accounting. Alumni of the University of Maryland and other University System of Maryland institutions now working at KPMG LLP have committed $100,000 to establish the professorship. The KPMG Foundation has committed an additional $150,000 to support the professorship's endowment, for a total gift of $250,
College Park, MD - January 21, 1999 - Chevy Chase Bank, the largest thrift based in Greater Washington and the area's 4th largest bank, is donating $580,000 to the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. The endowment created by the contribution will fund the Chevy Chase MBA Fellowships and the Chevy Chase Bank Dean's Scholarships for undergraduates at the Smith School.
College Park, MD - December 9, 1998 - The magazine digitalsouth has named Charles O. Heller, of Arnold, Maryland, one of "The 50 Most Influential People in Southern Technology." Heller is director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park.