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Dean Newsletter FeatureSeptember Highlights with Dean Prabhudev Konana

I’ve been energized by a summer of planning. We are launching a bold new strategic plan for the Smith School to continue our pursuit of academic excellence and to address the changing marketplace. Our purpose is to generate and disseminate new and impactful knowledge, and to provide a transformational, integrated, interdisciplinary experience that unleashes student creativity to challenge the status quo, builds their ability to think critically and independently, and empowers them to drive a prosperous future for the benefit of all."

Read the Dean's letter.

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_Alumni Spotlight Newsletter Debdattah RoyDebdattah Sinha Roy, PhD '19 -

Taking A Passion for Research Outside Academia

When we imagine researchers, we often think about the world of academia in which professors conduct research while taking on a teaching schedule. However, outside of academia, there are a variety of professional research scientists, like Maryland Smith alumnus Debdatta Sinha Roy,

PhD ‘19, who use data to help companies find patterns in customer behavior and optimize future decisions. 

With machine learning and big data becoming increasingly important components of the business world, researchers like Sinha Roy are using concepts from mathematical sciences to solve real world business problems. Read Debdatta's full story

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Hall of Fame Smith Alumni Newsletter 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is launching a Hall of Fame to honor alumni and dedicated champions who embody excellence achieved through inspired business education. The Hall of Fame committee, composed of faculty, alumni, and Smith leadership, seeks nominations for our inaugural cohort.

To be eligible for the 2022-2023 award, nominees must be received by November 4, 2022. Please navigate to to nominate a deserving Smith alumnus or champion, and please email for more information or to discuss your nomination with a committee member!

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Five Iron Golf Sept 2022

Three events. One night. All Smith! Golf simulators and appetizers will be provided. Additionally, prizes will be available for the top winners at each location. All three locations will also be competing against each other to find out whether DC, Baltimore or New York has the best golf game!


Don't play golf or not interested in it? Not a problem at all, just come out and connect with fellow Terps in a relaxed atmosphere.


Space will be limited, so please be sure to register in advance. Registration closes on September 26. Register today

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Smith Day Eheaders 2021LG_resize 

Smith Day 2022 is less than two months away! Are you ready? On Wednesday, November 2, the Smith Community will gather around the world to celebrate our collective identity and pride as Smith Terps - alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Here’s how you can prepare for this annual event:

  • Promote Smith Day - help spread the word about Smith Day with Smith Terps in your network (
  • Volunteer to be a Smith Day Ambassador - assist in planning a Regional or Workplace alumni event  
  • Plan a Meet-Up with Fellow Smith Terps - Meet-Ups are smaller, less formal gatherings of two or more Smith constituents (e.g., coffee/lunch date, workouts, walks, etc.)
  • Share your Smith Pride on social media with #MarylandSmithDay and #UMDSmithProud

It’s that simple! Sign-up to help with Smith Day 2022

Check the Smith Day website for additional details. The full schedule of events will be posted in October. If you have any questions, contact the Alumni Relations team at 

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Smith Reunion Homecoming Tailgate 2022 updated 

Make plans to visit College Park on Saturday, October 22nd for Homecoming 2022!  Join fellow alumni and current MBA students at Van Munching Hall for a pre-game tailgate celebration before your Terps take on the Northwestern Wildcats!

Group ticket information and tailgate registration will open soon. Contact with questions.  

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The Robert H. Smith School of Business Office of Development and Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the fall Smith Pop-Up Store!  The Pop-Up Store is open until Monday, September 19 and offers a variety of products for you to display your Smith pride. From apparel to accessories, you are sure to find something for every occasion, including a Smith Day Pride Bundle. Check out the pop-up store today!

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Young Alumni Conference 2022 

YOU’RE INVITED: Join the UMD Alumni Association for the inaugural Young Alumni Conference on Friday, Sept. 23 at Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Life in your twenties can be complicated: adapting to life post-graduation can involve moving to new cities, beginning new careers, or learning how to adapt to a 9-5 schedule. Join fellow Terps for a day-long career conference featuring career coaching, networking, mock-interviewing and workshops designed specifically for young professionals. Register today

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Resume Review 

1:1 Student Resume Reviews. Help the undergraduate students prepare to connect with employers during the fall career fair. Review resumes to provide insights!  Meet virtually or in person with undergraduate students from all years and all business majors for 10-minute resume reviews to help them prepare for the 2022 Fall Smith Undergraduate Career Fair which takes place on Friday, September 16, 2022. Sign-up to help students today. 

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 OCS Career Services

Terp Network Team. Remember your days of searching for a job while a student at Smith? Do those memories make you smile, or leave you with a pit in your stomach?  Let’s face it, the career search can feel like a scary and lonely road.  OCS is seeking volunteers for three alumni initiatives aimed at helping current Smith Terps reach their career goals.  Learn more today.

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MD Biz Adapts Sept 2022 

Celebrate Maryland business resilience and learn how five Maryland companies have found innovative ways to adapt to global economic shocks. Learn more today.

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 ESG save the date - Kathryn Mary Manning (1)

This year, the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) will be hosting its annual Environmental, Social, and Governance conference on Friday, December 9th. This event is an amazing opportunity to take part in thought-provoking dialogue and learn from industry experts, stay tuned for more details! Learn more about the CSVC.

September 8 Salary Negotiation: Young Alumni Conference Preview Event (Virtual)
September 10 Northern NJ Alumni Network Annual Crabfest (New Jersey)  
September 11 APAAN's 10th Annual Signature Summer BBQ (On Campus)
September 17 San Diego Terps Crab Feast (San Diego)
September 18 Terrapin Taste Fest (Baltimore)  
September 23 Young Alumni Conference (On Campus) 
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