News at Smith
The Center for Global Business closed out the spring semester successfully with the completion of several thought-leadership initiatives and the launch of a new summer program. Although spring delivered unexpected disruptions due to COVID-19, the center remained committed to its mission of being the driving force behind global learning at Maryland Smith. Some highlights from the academic year thus far include the participation of over 900 Maryland Smith students in on-campus and study abroad programs, the safe return of 180 students from 19 different locations due to the global pandemic, $226,000 of scholarship funding awarded to students, and the launch of new initiatives designed to support students during a remote environment.
Poets & Quants has selected and profiled newly graduated Maryland Smith Full-Time MBA students Jeremy Stratton, Vanessa Chang and Snigdha Sinha as among its class of “2020 MBAs to Watch.”
Maryland Partners in International Trade Share Solutions to Shipping and Logistics Challenges During a Pandemic
The Center for Global Business presented the third installment in an ongoing series of webinars by the MAPIT Alliance, “You Can’t Travel, But Your Products Can: Shipping Logistics During a Pandemic.” Building on the previous webinars focused on website globalization and digital marketing strategies, the third webinar was designed to inform companies of the challenges experienced with exporting due to COVID-19 disruptions and how to overcome them.
As they celebrated their graduation from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, six students reflected on what the moment – and the achievement – mean to them.
Here is what they said:
The Smith Investment Fund’s student money management team couldn’t have known what kind of year was ahead in May 2019, when they launched its investment portfolio. But the group’s investment decisions nonetheless have weathered the financial storms rather well.
“Well, we did it,” cheered Maryland Smith’s David Rosenstein ’20, in cap and gown, delivering a commencement address and a note of congratulations to his 1,400 fellow graduates, gathered virtually for the spring commencement ceremony.
“I'm not sure I or anyone watching saw killer wasps, UFOs or global pandemics happening,” said Peyton Harrison, MBA ’20, in his address, offering a nod to the uniqueness of the time in which he and his cohort are graduating. “And if you did, you may have just won the oddest game of bingo ever created. But here we are.”
Three Maryland Smith students were recognized by the Do Good Institute for their commitment to supporting their fellow students, addressing crucial issues and leading fearlessly.
Dan Kossoy, Roxanna Kazemzadeh and Casey McCarthy were among the 38 students selected from thousands of students across the University of Maryland campus who competed in the annual Do Good Challenge. All three were mailed medallions to wear during their virtual commencement ceremonies.
With the fight to treat COVID-19 patients in full force at hospitals, Mike Weber ’14 wanted to help. He watched as his wife, an internal medicine resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and her colleagues put in long, intense hours in the ICU. As the co-founder of fruit-based ice cream company Frutero, Weber didn’t have face masks or PPE to donate. But he and business partner Vedant Saboo realized there was something they could do. They started dropping off ice cream to hospital staff as a thank you for their frontline dedication.
For the hundreds of students poised to graduate this spring from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, commencement day is nearly here. And while the event will be virtual, our pride in and excitement for these graduates is very real.
To celebrate the accomplishments of full-time MBA students, faculty and staff, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business transformed its annual MBA End-of-Year Banquet to a virtual ceremony on May 15, 2020. Students nominated their classmates and professors for the awards, and a committee of students, faculty and administrators selected the recipients.
This year’s winners:
2nd Year MBAs
Smith Community Development Award: Shannon Moselle
Smith Brand Champion: Erick Loyo and Frank DiGiovanni
Marina Augoustidis, associate director of the Center for Global Business, writes about the Maryland Global Export Consulting program.
Longer walks. More lap cuddles. And more chewed-up tennis balls. Pets are gleaning a few perks from the pandemic quarantine—and so are their owners, according to a recent survey from a veterinary tech company run by two Terps.
“Everyone is Online: Reaching your Global Customer Through Digital Marketing” was the second webinar in an ongoing series from the Maryland Partners in International Trade (MAPIT), Alliance, a partnership of the Maryland Smith Center for Global Business, Maryland-D.C. District Export Council, the Office of International Investment and Trade at the Maryland Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Baltimore.
Cut off from customers, unable to access production facilities or seek out goods and materials for their budding businesses because of the pandemic lockdown, some Terp undergraduate entrepreneurs are turning to that ultimate time-killer: infomercials.
On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted a virtual gathering to recognize the achievements of top undergraduate students during the 20th Annual Undergraduate Awards Banquet.
As Busboys and Poets founder Andy Shallal, MBA ’19, fixed a shattered window from a break-in at his restaurant chain’s Anacostia location, he found an opportunity to turn his misfortune into inspiration.
After staring at the black piece of plywood that now occupied his window space, Shallal picked up his paintbrushes and went to work. The result: “Busboys [heart] Anacostia.”
The project had all the makings of a blockbuster: unaired, behind-the-scenes footage of one of pro basketball’s greatest dynasties; candid new interviews with one of the most transcendent athletes in history; and, with live competition on indefinite hold due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, a public starved for new sports content.
And two Terps helped bring it to life.
The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce that it has accepted 12 University of Maryland student and young alumni startups into its Terp Startup summer accelerator program. Launched in 2015 with just six startups in its first cohort, Terp Startup has grown to accommodate increased demand from student founders. The startups selected represent a range of sectors including drone delivery, esports, snack bars, physician wellness, fashion and beauty.
Roland T. Rust, Distinguished University Professor and David Bruce Smith Chair in Marketing at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, has won the 2020 Buck Weaver Award from the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science.
The award recognizes career achievements in marketing science and is bestowed by the industry’s leading organization for quantitative marketing.
The Eta Gamma chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business recently took home honors during the fraternity’s virtual National Convention.